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White Hot Kiss Review – Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I picked up the boxed set of this series due to it being one sale. I never really had any interest in this series of Jennifer’s but picked it up to add to my TBR anyways cuz hey she has never let me down…and what started out slow with a whiny main character ended up turning into a fun read! This series is about the fight of free will and between good and evil. Layla is a orphan the Wardens have picked up and taken In Even though she is only half warden. Her other half is Demon and you guessed it that’s the evil characters the wardens are trying to kill so the balance between good and evil stays balanced. At first Layla annoyed me she was too whiny like a spoiled little brat but once she meets Roth She starts becoming a stronger character at this point too and you start to relate and like her. And once Roth fully comes in you cannot put the book down! Roth’s sarcastic attitude and inhibited sense of self worth make this sexy demon the life of the book! There is also Layla’s other lust interest Zayne who is a warden and part of the good guy side of the story. at first I liked him as he’s the guy she can’t have because she’s half demon but then I fell in love with Roth and just kept thinking of him as a big brother.

 Also the story gets more interesting halfway through. We have Layla working with Roth who is supposed to be her and her family’s enemy but they are start to fall for each other. And the tension between them is exquisitely sexy. So if you decide to read just know it’s way worth it!! 

Since this was a digital box set I had picked up I didn’t catch that the first book in it was just a novella about two lesser characters from the main series I thought they had a good story going so I was a little confused and disappointed when reading on to white hot kiss they weren’t the main characters. (For my review for Bitter Sweet Love click).

Other than Layla’s initial Cain character confusion, the whiny child like phases of Layla and slow start I am starting to get into this series and can’t wait to read on! The ending of White Hot Kiss will definitely hit you in the feels!! Enjoy!

My Rating: 3 Stars

Overview from Goodreads:

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Published By: Harlequin Teen

Publication Date: February 2014

Date Read: 8/1/2016

Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy

Source: Purchased

Format: Nook Ebook

Pages: 299

The Book of Life Book Review – Deborah Harkness

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The conclusion to Harkness Discovery of witches is at the edge of your seat nail biter! It opens up to many chapters where medical mumbo jumbo will float over your head. Don’t worry it will all make sense after awhile. Then flies into Diana finding her strength and kicking ass! The ending is thrilling and gut retching. Definitely hit me in the feels! But overall I have to say the whole series was a delightful challenge to read. Most paranormal reads are short and easy reads that you can devour in a couple of hours but these are more my kind of length in a novel. And there is no fun if you don’t learn and challenge yourself while reading. 

Diana and Matthews future has finally fallen into place and their strength comes from their love for each other and family see them through! Love conquers all!!

Enjoy!

My Rating: 4Stars

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’ enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

 

Published By: Viking Adult

Publication Date: July 2014

Date Read: 8/10/2016

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

Source: Purchased

Format: Nook Ebook

Pages: 575

 

Shadow of Night Book Review – Deborah Harkness


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I am in love with this series! The way Harkness has brought historical facts, events, and people into a paranormal setting is addictive. Don’t be fooled by the page count this is a fast paced roller coaster read. Warning if you had trouble keeping up with names and places in the first book you will definitely have problems in the beginning of the second installment. A simple google search of the characters and putting names to pictures helps so I suggest it. After all that bouncing between time, characters and places the book is still an awesome read. Again Harkness imagery is direct and to the point but not without loosing any flow or taking away from beautiful backgrounds and characters. In true alchemy fashion I wish we could have done pictures showing the authors descriptions of objects and Diana’s familiar!

Harkness has them on a nonStop race to find the ashmole book, hone Diana’s skills as a witch and stay alive between kings and queens and family. All of their plans are quickly foiled once they time walk to the past. Here you can learn more of Diana and Matthew pasts and their relationship is not written out plainly as most books do but gradually as they figure each other out. Just as the first book slowly introduced its characters, Harkness has used the same plan with their relationship we learn things only as they do leaving us in the dark as long as they are and on the edge waiting to learn their secrets. This is another book you cannot put down!! Enjoy.

My Rating: 4Stars

Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened.

Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realize that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot.

Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers…

Published By: Viking Adult

Publication Date: July 2012

Date Read: 8/8/2016

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

Source: Purchased

Format: Nook Ebook

Pages: 626

 

The Power Book Review – Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I liked this book more than the Return maybe because Alex and Aiden return from the underworld to help out but also for the hot mess that is Seth! These books are for a more mature audience and these scenes (and language) are the reason why! When Josie and Seth finally get together it is an awesome scene in typical Seth fashion. A Hot, out of control, in your face sex scene. 

Also this book gets into more of the conflict Seth struggles over with the desire for power and aether and just wanting to have someone love him. He finds both in Josie.

Josie isn’t as annoying in this book. She a little naive still but that fits in with the story. And she actually picks up and puts on some big girl panties and starts kicking a little ass which is a relief!

Last but not least Alex and Aiden are back!! Even they are not the main characters and everything is in Seth and Josie’s POV I’ll take what I can get of them!

I loves this read and cannot wait for the Struggle!! And I just found out this series is going to have four books instead of three as originally planned YES!!! Enjoy!

My Rating: 4Stars

With any great change, there is always strife, and the Covenant University has become the frontline between pure-bloods who want the Breed Order reinstated and the half-bloods who want the right to control their own destinies.

Fate has other plans.

The violence is escalating and war between the races seems inevitable, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Hyperion may be out of commission, but Josie and Seth know they have only earned a reprieve.  Seth must get Josie fully prepared, which means controlling her newfound abilities, and they need to find the other demigods before the Titans do.

But the gods are sensing a greater threat. 

Only one thing is more dangerous than a bunch of starved Titans, and that’s an out-of-control Apollyon. The aether in Josie is drawing Seth in deeper, and when lust mixes with love and gives way to power, he knows being close to her is not only dangerous to her, but to everyone around them, but letting her go requires a level of selflessness that just isn’t Seth’s style.

The paths taken in the past are becoming the roads of the future.

Just as chaos breaks out, familiar faces from the past return, complicating the already strained bond between Josie and Seth, and when the danger from the Titans erupts with devastating consequences, the dark allure of power calls to Seth again, but this time Josie might not be able to pull him back.

 And when the struggle between power and love becomes the deadliest battleground, there may be no salvation.

Published By: Spencer Hill Press

Publication Date: February 2016

Date Read: 7/28/2016

Genre: NA

Source: Purchased

Format: Nook Ebook

Pages: 344

The Return Book Review – Jennifer L. Atmentrout

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Your favorite bad boy Seth is back and he has skillz!! Seth may or may not have been your favorite character through the Covenant series but he will be making it on your top list with the Titan series! This series is for a more mature audience. More gore and sex the only way Seth can be perfectly bad! I like that we get to see what’s inside Seth’s head. We learn a lot about why he is they way he is… Difficult, a smart ass, incredibly sexy!! If you didn’t feel for Seth during the Covenant series you will start to with the Titan series! 

The only problem I had with this book was the female lead Josie. At times I found her annoying. The daddy and mommy issues tend to be overbearing her character. Making her a bit whiny. Luckily it’s not something that takes away from the over all story as it makes sense why she has these issues. Other than that this book was only missing some Alex and Aiden but I think we will be seeing them soon! Enjoy!

My Rating: 4Stars

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Published By: Spencer Hill Press

Publication Date: February 2015

Date Read: 7/25/2016

Genre: NA

Source: Purchased

Format: Nook Ebook

Pages: 335

Torn Book Review – Jennifer L. Armentrout

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OMG things are even more crazy with Torn the second installment of the Wicked series. Ivy doesn’t even know who to trust and I can’t blame her! I wanted to punch Ren in this book!! And hug Tink lol! If you are anything like me don’t read this book in public!… You will want to yell out loud at the characters with frustration!! But I couldn’t put it down. Yet another great read from Jen! Enjoy!

My Rating: 4Stars

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

Published By: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publication Date: July 2016

Date Read: 7/20/2016

Genre: NA

Source: Purchased

Format: Nook Ebook

Pages: 299


A Discovery of Witches Book Review – Deborah Harkness

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I love history. My fiancé says its nerdy but I love reading books with history in them too. A discovery of witches fulfills this love of history and paranormal reading perfectly. Even though some of it is too smart for my mind to grasp without rereading a few lines it doesn’t take away from the feel of the book. This isn’t surprising coming from a professor of history at USC. Harkness has sprinkled historical facts around paranormal storylines making a fun and challenging read. It is a long read over 600 pages so a lot happens throughout the book that you must keep up with and remember to follow along. Many names in the book both the characters and the people they talk about will be a little confusing. You do not need to know much history but even if you remember the big names from your simple high school history class you should be able to follow along nicely. 

The only problem I had with the reading was the beginning. The book seems to open skipping the point of getting to know your lead character Diana. Most books start with reminiscing of their pasts to explain who that are and what to expect from their characters. But here Harkness starts you off already in the middle of Diana’s struggles with and the dangers of witchcraft without gently gliding you into it. Makes you feel like you skipped a couple of chapters at first. She introduces Diana as you progress through the book giving you more of her characteristics and history as you go just like you were meeting her in real life. (slowly, no one in real life gives you a history lesson, reading off family names and professions to get to know them. Well not anymore anyways) that’s one of unique styles this book has going for it. Another is the twist and turns. soon Harkness has you snared in Diana and Matthew and the mysteries surrounding them and you can’t stop reading. It’s definitely a book where your family will be on a fend for themselves kind of dinner! 

Another unique attribute that I am grateful for is the way Harkness can meticulously make her descriptions of the furniture, backgrounds and characters without dragging them out forever. If you read many longer novels such as this some others can go on forever with these details. Harkness is detailed but to the point setting the layout or backdrops perfectly without extra needless words! I love that!

If you are ready to be enthralled to a paranormal mystery with so much elegant wine and history to make you dizzy, this is your next book! You will love it! Enjoy!

My Rating: 4Stars

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

 

Published By: Viking Penguin

Publication Date: February 2011

Date Read: 8/5/2016

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

Source: Purchased

Format: Nook Ebook

Pages: 622