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Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer Armentrout

Origin (Lux, #4) Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L Armentrout.  Published Aug 27, 2013 by Entangled Teen. CDN $5.99 kindle edition.

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together? (goodreads excerpt)

OMG I love this series.  This book starts right where Opal ended.  It is hardcore action packed, edge of your seat awesomeness.  I usually get bored with a long series, but this one keeps getting better and better.  I love the new characters introduced in this one and the twist that they bring with it.

In origin, we really see how far Daemon and Katy will go to be with and to protect each other.  There is a lot of emotion and depth to these two that keeps you rooting them on.  I was a little shocked at the end of Opal and hate endings like that.  I wanted…needed to know what happens to Katy.  I don’t want to spoil anything, but holy this series is emotional.  You want to scream, cry, cheer, laugh and everything in between!

In Origin we get a glimpse of what Daedalus is all about.  We see what happened to Dawson and Beth and there is a whole lot of suspense built up around what is going to happen to Daemon and Katy.  Will they end up like the other two?  Will they be stronger?  Will they survive?  I won’t tell you what happens, but it is action packed all the way.

Origin ends on another cliff-hanger, which is frustrating because it introduced a whole new level to the playing field.  I want to know NOW what happens…alas I will have to wait patiently…did I tell you that I am NOT a patient person…lol

Awesome book! 5 stars for me.

Taking back Forever by Karen Amanda Hooper

Taking Back Forever (The Kindrily, #2) Taking Back Forever (Kindrily #2) by Karen Amanda Hooper.  Published May 29, 2013 by Starry Sky Publishing.  CDN $3.97 Kindle edition.

Forever is worth the fight.

Maryah erased all memory of her past lives, but she couldn’t erase her soul mate Nathan, or his undying love. Now, Maryah and Nathan have a second chance at a future together, but first Maryah must remember the person she used to be and embrace her supernatural gifts—more than one kindrily member’s life depends on it.

Maryah’s power is Harmony’s best hope of finding her kidnapped soul mate, Gregory. But Harmony isn’t big on asking anyone for help, and she’s tired of waiting, so she’s taking matters into her own hands. Heaven help anyone who stands in her way. (Goodreads excerpt)’

This book continues right after the first book, however instead of the POV being Maryah and Nathan, you get Maryah and Harmony.  I found this a little confusing at first since I read the books back to back.  It didn’t take long to fix in my mind however and it totally makes sense once you read it.

The story is mesmerizing and addictive.  I love the originality.  I love the characterization.  Ok I just love everything about this book!  One thing I will say is that there are a lot of characters in this story that play a key role in development.  At first it is hard to keep them all straight, but each one is unique and contributes to the story in their own way and you fall in love with the whole clan.

I love the sexual tension between Nathan and Maryah and the author does a wonderful job of showing Maryah as a naive seventeen year old girl and Nathan as a much older soul if not in body.  It is very realistic and I love Nathan all the more for protecting Maryah the way he does.

I love the ending to the story.  It is very interesting that the author leaves us a choice towards the end of the book noting that some people love a cliff hanger and others do not.  Personally I like my stories to end and then the next book start again.  (not a cliff hanger type it makes me frustrated)  She included an alternate ending with a cliff hanger after her warning that if you don’t like cliff hangers stop reading here.  This was so cool and original.  Of course I couldn’t resist and dang it now I need the next book now!  Which is why I don’t like cliff hangers…lol

5 stars for me!

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The Second Sign by Elizabeth Arroyo

Product DetailsThe Second Sign by Elizabeth Arroyo published Feb 2013 by Sapphire Star Publishing.  $3.98 CDN Kindle edition.

Bred to believe in the war between angels and demons, Gabby has come to the conclusion that love is responsible for war, jealousy, and all the other deadly sins she can think of. So when she’s exiled to the middle of nowhere for getting kicked out of her fifth school for fighting, she doesn’t expect to meet Jake. Much less fall in love. But Jake is quickly drawn to the eerie beauty of her violet eyes while Gabby is unsettled by their undeniable connection.

When a demon guardian comes to collect her soul, she refuses to give it up. She’s not a demon. She can’t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance, and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.

As Gabby and Jake begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever. (Goodreads Excerpt)

I have to give this a WOW straight up.  I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised that I liked this book as much as I did.  I am not usually into Angels and Demons and that sort of story line, but this book sucked me in almost from the start and I couldn’t put it down.  I was a little concerned with the first chapter being so dark and gory, but after that I really was drawn into the story and loved every minute.  I think I might just read a few more Angels and Demon stories after all.

I really enjoyed the main character Gabby, I found it easy to empathize with her and immediately felt a little sorry for her situation.  I wanted to protect her.  Her character was well rounded and nothing was left out.  The Same is said for Jake.  I equally liked him and wanted the two to find comfort in each other no matter what kept them apart.  I am an eternal optimist and really liked the chemistry between these two. (Even when Jake was being a bit of a jerk, I wanted to slap him and tell him to smarten up cause she is a great girl…lol)

The writing in this book is done exceptionally well and I found it easy to follow.  There were a few instances where I had to reread a passage because of everything that was going on, but it didn’t hinder the story line.  With all the twists and turns in the story it was explained well leaving nothing out.  I was actually surprised with how much detail and thought went into the story as it was very complex.  I love the idea of free will, even for Angels and Demons which one normally associates with good or evil.  I also loved the suspense of the story as we don’t know what exactly Gabby is (although the cover suggests she is an angel of sorts) she is something different and unique.

I really enjoyed this story but there is a dark element to it that may not be for everyone’s taste.

Definitely 5 stars for me.



Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Product DetailsShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.  Published Nov 2011 by HarperCollins.  $2.99 CDN Kindle Edition.

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. (Goodreads Excerpt)

Wow!  That is one fantastic book.  I love the writing style.  The author does a line with words crossed out almost as if the character thought it but then thought she should not say it or even think it.  There are many repeated words that could be annoying but to me conveyed a more realistic view of Juliette’s thinking.  The whole concept was very interesting and well thought out.  I found it made it easy for me as the reader to identify with the main character.  You get a feel for everything she is experiencing. Really  enjoyable unforgettable, captivating book. 

The characterization of the others is equally engaging.  Adam is my favorite and I love the interaction between him and Juliette.  He is so likable and you instantly want the two to find a way to be together.  Warner is the perfect villain.  He fits into the category of villains you hate to love! He is truly psychotic the way he ‘must have’ Juliette but then (spoiler alert) puts her in a situation where she has to hurt an innocent child.  Then, wham like it’s no big deal, he expects her to love him back! The man is a very complex character   evil sadist!

I loved everything about this book.  It was engaging from the opening paragraph.  I mean it really sucked you in.  Imagine not being able to touch someone.  I loved the world building aspect of the story.  The writer leaves nothing out.  Mafi is truly a genius and makes her dystopian world truly believable and unique.

I find nothing to criticize about the book other than that it is a series and therefore I don’t know what happens.  I will just have to read the next book Unravel Me to find out because this is one that I can’t get out of my mind.

5 stars for me.

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