Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

12578077I was a little skeptical at first, but this book blew my mind!  So many YA paranormal romances involve either vampires, werewolves, zombies, ect… but this one… aliens!  Bonus, they weren’t cheesy!! Katy and her mom just moved to a small town in West Virginia.  She’s a total book nerd (which I can totally appreciate and relate to) and she was less than thrilled to have moved there.  Then she met her incredibly hot neighbor, Daemon Black.  She was thought he could be really awesome…. until he opened his mouth.  She ends up both infuriated with him and falling for him at the same time.  Meanwhile, she befriends his twin sister, Dee and they become as close as can be.  Then, one night, Katy is attacked and Daemon freezes time and shows that he’s actually an alien and so is his sister.  They have to deal with other aliens who want to take their powers and kill them.  Plus, because he’s used his powers around her, she starts glowing a bit and draws the enemy aliens toward her.  So, of course, she’s stuck being around Daemon constantly.  The book is hilarious and exciting and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series!  5 Stars, hands down.


Wake by Lisa McMann

51jCsdoIIAL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_This book was actually pretty good!  Janie has a secret.  She can see other people’s dreams.  However, she can’t control it and it really makes her life complicated.  Then there’s Cabel, the love interest and also suspect of the story.  I do have to admit, he’s actually pretty awesome.  🙂  I love the relationship the two of them end up having, too.  I will say, however, that I’m only giving this 4 Stars.  It’s written in a diary type of format and the dates and times constantly breaking up the pieces get annoying.  Either way, aside from that, great story line!  I might actually read more of of this series!

Black Heart by Holly Black

hqdefaultWow! What an ending to the three book series of The Curse Workers!  I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.  Cassel is trying to be a good guy, but then he starts questioning who is good and who is the bad guys. Who is pulling the con and who is telling the truth.  Plus, he’s still madly in love with Lila, the daughter of a crime lord.  Even his friends get in deeper with him and plus there’s a lot of misdirection in the book as well.  I loved it.  Hands down, the best in the series.  I would love to know more of the adventures after the book as well, but I’m sure that’s up to the reader’s own imagination.  5 Stars.  Easy.  Definitely read this series.  It is a 5 star series all together. 🙂

Red Glove by Holly Black

red-glove-valentineThis was a great sequel to White Cat. Holy wow! I give this one a 5 Star, hands down. I couldn’t see what was coming from one minute to the next. This time, Cassel is struggling with lots of guilt, trying to solve a murder mystery, and having to be torn apart by his conscience. I liked the balance of minor issues verses major ones, and the murder mystery was insane. I have to hand it to Holly Black, she had me so distracted by the suspects that when the actual murderer was revealed, I was surprised. I mean, it made sense, but ah! So good. The constant issues with Cassel’s love life, the issues with his brother, plus the issues with the feds were well balanced. I’m looking forward to the conclusion is Black Heart. 🙂

White Cat by Holly Black

white-cat-valentineCassel Sharpe is the odd one out in his family of curse workers. He isn’t one.  Everyone in his family is some kind of worker: death workers, emotion workers, luck workers, mind workers… but he alone is not one.  Instead, he’s a murderer.  A sleep walking murderer who murdered the girl he loved three years ago who ends up dreaming about cats and then finding a white cat he feels attached to.

This book was full of mystery and puzzle solving.  It was a very fun read from beginning to end and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.  I give this one a 4 Star rating simply because I ended up seeing quite a bit of it coming, but all in all, it made me laugh, gasp, and solve the mystery along with Cassel.  Definitely recommend!

The Diviners by Libba Bray

the divinersNaughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on…. That song is still stuck in my head. This book was a fascinating read and seriously creeped me out all at the same time.

Evie O’Neill, the main character of this story, is a very spunky flapper in 1920’s New York. I loved the diversity of the characters in this book and the fact that Libba Bray really did her research to make it as close to authentic as possible.  I see why she added the characters that she did, but I felt that she did struggle a little with the amount of characters.

A basic summary of this story is Evie O’Neill and many other characters of the book have special powers making them diviners.  The diviners come to be when the world is in danger of coming to an end, which it does become in danger of.  The fun part is only a few characters know about each other as diviners.  Only one of them (Evie) is more forthcoming with her ability than the others.  Also, there’s something up with her uncle, but we don’t know what yet and I’m really looking forward to finding out.

When I first started the book, it sounded like the typical start to a “scary” story that wouldn’t have really made me even the least bit creeped out, but the more I read, the more I got into it.  The twist and turns in the book… a few I saw coming and a few I didn’t.

Think of this book as mostly paranormal, light horror, and with a touch of romance.  I will say that out of the two guys who wanted to be with her, I was rooting for the other guy, but I’m not telling which guy was winning by the end of this story.

Right now, I’m anxiously waiting for when the next book comes out in August of this year so I can read more of the series that I am most definitely hooked on!! My rating?  4 out of 5 stars.


Nothing but Shadows – Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

nothing-but-shadowsIn this installment, Simon learns of James Herondale and his short lived time at the academy.  It made me smile to see how much like his parents James truly was even at such a young age.  I also got a kick out of Matthew Fairchild.  It’s awesome to see a Fairchild not only be so kind but also a good sense of humor.  🙂  I really like how Simon’s having more and more memories about Clary and also standing up for his new friends, too.  Can’t wait to read the next installment!!

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