Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Review: Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pure (Covenant #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: April 3rd  2012
Author Website
Available for Order: Amazon|Barnes and Noble
Source: Arc from Publisher

There is need. And then there is Fate... 
Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her. 

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her. 

When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

My Take:

When your important and everyone has eyes on you, its kinda hard not to want to do something to change what they might think of you. For Alex living under rules that she more than likely breaks anyways is hard enough, even liking a Pure is a big no. What makes it even harder is he seems to feel the same way but since he isn't like other Pures, he leaves Alex alone, well tries has hard as he can. What makes it hard enough though is when he tells her she is ready, one minute she is training with Aiden and than not so much. What stinks is that she first had to split her time with Seth and Aiden and since because she is getting better, all of a sudden its with the class and who else but the annoying Seth. To make matters worse though is Alex is summoned and has to repeat what happened to her when she came across her mother. But when strange things happen to Alex while at court its hard enough not making yourself look bad. Especially since she doesn't have the power everyone is afraid of. What she says doesn't paint the prettiest picture for her, and because of many occurrences involving her during her stay at court, seem to make up the court decision much more easier.

With someone wanting Alex out of the picture, its hard to think who would want and half-blood/ Apollyon gone. With Seth's help Alex is able to keep out of trouble but for how long and with Alex going through mazes its hard enough trying to figure out who is behind everything Alex is being accused of. Many fingers are pointed and even though Alex isn't a Pure doesn't mean she is behind  everything. Its hard to really enjoy the higher court either, many would think though Alex is a key to everything.

I really enjoyed this, it seemed every step took could lead to other questions. Alex is gaining more and more attention and because of her affections towards a Pure is against the law, she has just one more thing standing in the way of her being with Aiden. Of course with her getting closer to Seth its kinda hard not to see him in a different light, he was able to bring me in. Since reading this I've been trying to figure out what is to happen, and of course with an ending like that its hard not draw some pictures in my mind. So looking forward to Deity which is out later this year. Who said 2012 isn't going to be a kick ass year, especially when an author like Jennifer its hard not be swooned in and of course wanting the days to any release date draw closer. Jennifer draws in the audience leaving us all in book coma, waiting is the only thing that draws the coma and once the book is in your hands its devour time. Jennifer is awesome like that leaving the reader never wanting to get to that dreadful last page. So yeah i need my next JLA fix pronto.

5/5 stars- because its ten times swoon worthy

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

Author: Jill Hathaway
Publisher: Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins 
Release Date: March  27th 2012
Author Website 
Available for Order: Amazon|Barnes and Noble
Source: Arc from  egalley 

Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered. 

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body. 

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting off lately, more distant, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane. 

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.

My Take:

Being able to slide into people isn't all fun and games especially when you witness the one thing everyone send you away for. You witness a murder, for Vee sliding isn't all that hard to do grab something with someone's imprint and than she is able to slide. Ever since she was little she has been able to slide into people and she hates the feeling after words, what stinks is not being able to pull yourself out and having no mobility at all, its like your riding in the backseat and unable to complain about it. Her gift though is useful, she is able to see when a teacher a sudden drink when they are not supposed to and also the worst thing was when she saw her own body being dragged off into the locker room through the eyes of her best friend. Yup having this gift sometimes sucks, especially when she witnessed a murder, the one thing is though she has no idea whose eyes she was seeing out of. If she goes to the police they will want to know how she got her information and the last time she said something she was sent straight to a therapist. While everyone thinks Sophie killed herself, Vee knows the truth its just telling people is hard to do. 

When another student is found dead, Vee has to try and figure out who is actually behind this and why target them. The only clue she has is a date left outside her front door which of course triggered her to slide, and since a new cute guy is paying more attention to her, she is also being out of touch with her best friend. With the clock ticking away Vee has to stop the killer because she believes her sister is next on the killer's list. With a gift of being able to slide Vee has to count on her instincts and come to grips that not everything is what it seems.

This was a wonderful roller coaster of a story, Vee pulled me in like I was sliding along with and of course her gift came in handy. Seeing all the events unfold I couldn't believe the ending and of course Vee is alot tougher than she thinks, her instincts are the key to helping her figure out being able to slide and not let the sliding take over her life. Plus when it comes down to her family is the greatest thing in her life and even though she can slide it helps to know the answers everyone else needs to know, even when they are the answers she wasn't searching for. I really loved this and I am so looking forward to the next one. I wish I can slide so that I knew what was coming for Vee. Because knowledge is key to everything that everyone holds onto, but when its out the truth will only set free those wanting to understand what they are searching for.

5/5 stars 

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Review: Shadows by Jeniffer L. Armentrout

Shadows (Lux #0.5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Publisher: Entangled Publishing 
Release Date: December  6th 2011
Author Website 
Available for Order: Amazon|Barnes and Noble
Source: Own
The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane. Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable. 

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in. Captivated. Lured. Loved. 

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence...and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

My Take:
When the government has a handle on what, where, when, and how you do things its tough to even consider love into that equation. Especially when your in their sights because of where you come from, and its not from Kansas thats for sure. For Dawson, life is supposed to be like this school, protect your family and find someone just like you. But when a new girl transfers in and sits near Dawson, its kinda hard to think straight. For Bethany, moving into a new town was hard and making new friends was even harder, so being new isn't always a good thing. Unless of course their is a hot guy looking at you the way you dream about being looked at. Falling in love wasn't ever suppose to be so hard but because of their differences and of course his family on his case, falling for someone of is human never felt so easy for Dawson. Being with Bethany is like as easy as breathing of course its until she knows what he is she might not feel the same.

Finding out your boyfriend isn't from around is just another obstacle that Bethany has to think about, of course with danger at every corner its even harder to have one simple date. With weird glares from others like him Bethany also has to very cautious about the government and of course enemies even greater than the feds. Yup life just keeps on truckin' right, love isn't always easy and in order for them to be together they need to go through all obstacles.

I really enjoyed this just like I did with the first one, Dawson is so much more easy to actually swoon over I mean Daemon is HOT but his brother is more soulful and he appreciates what he has and lives in the now, I guess reading from Dawson point of view made me also realize how is brother can be so hostile and because of any threat. I loved the fact though that even though Daemon didn't like them together he knew she made his brother happy and he left them, I so swooned after that. Yup with these two brothers its hard to choose its like TVD all over again don't know which on I want more all I know is that this was so epically written I am so looking forward to the next one 2012 coudln't have been a better year to bring us these amazing men.

5/5 Stars

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Review: Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby

Shooting Stars
Author: Allison Rushby
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Release Date: February 28th  2012
Author Website 
Available for Order: Amazon|Barnes and Noble
Source: Borrowed 

Meet Josephine Foster, or Zo Jo as she’s called in the biz. The best pint-sized photographer of them all, Jo doesn’t mind doing what it takes to get that perfect shot, until she’s sent on an undercover assignment to shoot Ned Hartnett—teen superstar and the only celebrity who’s ever been kind to her—at an exclusive rehabilitation retreat in Boston. The money will be enough to pay for Jo’s dream: real photography classes, and maybe even quitting her paparazzi gig for good. Everyone wants to know what Ned’s in for. But Jo certainly doesn’t know what she’s in for: falling in love with Ned was never supposed to be part of her assignment.

My Take:
Being able to sneak into places never has been hard for Jo and it kinda comes in handy when she needs those perfect shots of celebs for her dream to come true. Even though being a pap was never the end result for Jo it was just something to do along the way. Since it was summer she had the time to kill and getting those shots for the cash never had felt wrong. The celebs needed the paparazzi just like the paparazzi needed the celebs so that they will be seen throughout the world. It was until Jo was given an assignment that would end all of her paparazzi business and help her to her goal, which is of course to take the classes she needed for her career to take of as a professional photographer. But falling in love never suppose to come into the equation. Her target was the one person she never thought to see and because of money she knows doing the job would require he to leave her feelings aside.

If only life was that easy, getting to know Ned and the others is hard because even though she is on a time schedule, she can't help but feel guilty taking the pictures. If being a pap included all of this pain than whats the point in keeping with it. Jo wants out and the only way out is to have a plan. With Ned helping it hard not to follow in his plan right? Jo has so many doubts and of course the guilt eating at her, she must decide a future where she is out of the game or in it for a little while longer.

I fell for this because even though I know the job is ruthless, the pain to get that million dollar shot is probably the most dangerous decision ever. Because of her age Jo has a gift and be able to enter places paps dream about going into and because she has so many gadgets to help her she able to get the shots ever pap in the business wanting. I loved the fact that the game never changed for Jo and was able to see that even though money can help its not always the best decision to make. Plus Jo and Ned and some good scenes together and it was just wonderful to be able to read this.

5/5 stars

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