Book Review: The Burning Shadow

Book Review: The Burning Shadow

The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Origin #2
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Genres: YA sci-fi
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux—only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is—and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.

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Review: The Darkest Star

Review: The Darkest Star

The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Origin #1
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Genres: YA sci-fi
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen…but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head…

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old.

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Mini-Reviews: The Problem with Forever, Adorkable, What I Didn’t Say

Mini-Reviews: The Problem with Forever, Adorkable, What I Didn’t Say

Sometimes I read too fast and can’t keep up with the reviews. Here are a few of those books.

Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman
Release Date: March 31, 2016
Genre: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Look no further than the title y’all. This book is, well, adorkable.

This story was funny and light-hearted. Adorkable follows Sally Spitz who’s tired of her best-friend and mom trying to set her up on dates. So she devises the following brilliant plan: a fake boyfriend. She decides to ask her other best friend, Becks, to pretend to be her boyfriend to get everyone off her back. Except this is a bit awkward, as she has had feeling for Becks for a loooong time.

There are two reasons why I didn’t give this 5 stars. There is slut-shaming *long sigh* and the romance gets a bit cheesy at times. While a lot of people can read the synopsis and think “cliche” (though it kind of is) this is a feel-good YA contemporary, and if you’re looking for a light and quick read look no further.

four stars

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Genre: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟

So many fucking ellipsis. I know this is kind of weird things to say but c’mon, it was so obvious, and they were everywhere! I usually don’t notice things like this. So when I noticed those ellipsis here, you know they were everywhere.

My main issue with this was that I think this was too long. This was 480 pages for fucks sake! It was 480 pages, and nothing really happened? I will admit I did like the characters a bit. I liked seeing Mallory grow into herself throughout the story, and I liked how sweet Rider was, but that’s pretty much it. Plot wise I liked the prologue and I liked the last 20%, everything in the middle should have been condensed… by a lot.

This book just wasn’t for me.

two stars

What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor
Release Date: April 30, 2012
Genre: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Sweet, short, and compelling.

Jake Hayes has been in love with Sam since the moment he saw her freshman year. Fast forward 3 years it’s the beginning of freshman year and Jake is enjoying life while at a Homecoming party. One stupid decision leads to driving drunk and ending up with a post lodged into his throat in the crash, leaving him mute. Now Jake faces a choice: to drown in his own sorrow or to cope with a new normal.

“There’s a lot of times when I almost feel like I’m trapped inside of myself. Like if I don’t talk or yell or scream, or laugh I’m going to explode. A lot of the time it almost feels like I’m suffocating.”

Jake was a very authentic character and I love that the whole book was in his POV. He had a lot of regrets for only being 18, one of them not being brave enough to tell Sam how he really feels. But throughout the story he was very brave, he tried so hard to not feel sorry for himself for what happened. I do wish the story hadn’t focused so much on the romance and a bit more on Jake. He was definitely my favorite aspect of the story.

four stars

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Brave

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Brave

Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Wicked Trilogy, Book # 3
Release Date: December 11, 2017
Genres: Paranormal

Ivy Morgan hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine… and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.
If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves–and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

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