Posted in Extras

Chapters: Obsidian (Lux #1) – Part 1

Good evening! I hope you’re all doing well!
Today I am back with a fun little post that I have been working on for a really long time and I’m so excited to share! 🙂

It’s no secret that Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my all time favourite authors, considering the fact that I rarely shut up about her books. Her Lux series is one of my favourite series ever, so when I got wind of the fact that the first book, Obsidian, was being turned into an interactive story on the app Chapters, I just had to see what it was all about! Admittedly, I’m a little nervous going into this because I am worried that it will be horrible and I don’t want to be let down. However, I also feel like I will love anything to do with this series, so I’m willing to give it a shot. I thought that it would be fun to document my thoughts and progress as I went along to share with you all!

Since there are a whopping 27 chapters in this interactive story, I decided to break it down into three separate posts. 
Hope you enjoy!! 🙂


Chapter 1:
It’s definitely too early for me to decide how I’m feeling about this. I’m honestly scared it’s going to ruin my favourite series for me, but on the other hand, how can I not play a video game version of my favourite book series?
I’ve always thought that these choice games looked ridiculous and I never imagined that I’d be playing one, but alas, here we are. (Admittedly, I did play one once when I was 14. Oddly, I chose a bachelor reality show type of story on the app Episode – a strange choice considering I’ve never watched The Bachelor and have not intention of doing so. From what I can recall, it was actually somewhat entertaining, even if it was really stupid at times. I know that at the time, one of my friends was borderline addicted to the game and played countless stories, but I thought it looked absolutely ridiculous, so I have no recollection of why I ended up trying it. But for whatever reason, I downloaded the app, played one story, and then deleted it. And now here we again.
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You can design Katy and Daemon’s characters to look how you want (though there are extremely limited options), so at least the characters look sort of accurate. I am, however, very disappointed in Dee’s lack of curly hair.
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The music changes depending on the type of scene, and whenever Daemon appears, this weird sort of rockish guitar comes on. It’s like they’re trying to make the scene kinda sexy or something but I simply find it to be comedic.
So far, the storyline seems relatively accurate. I don’t really understand what they’re doing with this dramatic backstory with Katy’s dad. It was much less prominent in the book, I think, so I’m not sure where they’re going to be taking this. The relationship between Katy and her mom also seems weird because of this, which is unfortunate because I loved their relationship in the book! I do really like that they kept some of the dialogue the same, like Daemon referring to Katy as a looking like a vacant-eyed doll. They also still have Katy as an avid reader, book blogger, and gardener, which is good! However, they have changed some dialogue so horribly that I’m honestly at a loss for words. For instance:
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What on earth was that about?!? This part had me in tears from laughing (but also cringing) so hard. Who decided that it would be a good idea to start throwing memes into this? It was bad enough when her character was named “Entitled Mom”, but when she said ” Don’t talk to me or my son ever again” I lost it. Why, why, why, why, WHY?
It’s scenes and dialogue like this that makes me fear that they will ruin my precious Katy and Daemon, but I’m trying to have hope.
Onto Chapter 2 we go!

Chapter 2:
Okay, so, things are not looking good. First of all, WHAT IN GOD’S NAME IS DAEMON WEARING?
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My boy
would never be caught dead in such a thing! I get that they’re trying to portray him as a “bad boy”, but in the books, Daemon was always a simple jeans and T-shirt kind of guy. This jacket coupled with that weird rock music had me WHEEZING.
The relationship between Katy and her mother is still on the weird side. For instance, Kat’s mom would never say this:
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There was also some more weird dialogue Katy’s part:
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Handsome as the devil? Really???
At least they did keep some of her lines:
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I’m beginning to see how the choices that I get to make are going to be an issue down the line because I often don’t even get to make a choice at all unless I purchase it with my diamonds. I only have a limited number of diamonds, unless of course I would like to purchase more for a ludicrously high price. Which I do not want.
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Unfortunately this means that Katy will be a
boring and often kind of rude character but I can’t afford to choose the interesting options. I can’t even give her cute clothes to wear because the nice outfit options keep costing diamonds too!
Chapter 3, here we come!

Chapter 3:
Man, oh man, I really can’t take it with Daemon’s outfits. I mean:
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His head looks so oddly tiny.
Also, so much for Daemon being subtle about the fact that he and Dee are not human. This is definitely NOT suspicious or anything:
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(I must admit that sometimes the book was kind of bad with this too where Daemon was always making comments about how Katy wasn’t like them, but it was never this awful.)

Chapter 4:
Oh my God!! They’re making me use diamonds to pick the red bikini! That was an important part of the book. Ugh!! Guess I’m going with “dark and moody” instead.
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All of the choices are such extreme reactions; it’s ridiculous. For instance, when Katy trips in the forest and Daemon catches her, the options are to hug him and thank him (a hug would be really weird because they aren’t even friends at this point) or push him away (he just saved her from falling – what kind of jerk rudely pushes someone away for that?). Why can’t she just say thank you like a normal person (and the Katy that I know) would do?
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At least the general story line has been accurate thus far. I hope I’m not jinxing that!

Chapter 5:
The way that these characters are supposedly being secretive is making my eyes roll. Real subtle.
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I also can’t say that I’m a fan of the writing style. There have been some analogies and phrases, and some things that just don’t really make a whole lot of sense. Like, how can you be describing what his eyes look like when his back is to you?
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And again, what the hell is Daemon wearing now??? His costume designer needs a serious talking to. The only time he even looks somewhat like himself is when he doesn’t have a shirt on at all.
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Of course, I know that I can’t expect this thing to be word for word from the novel; I understand that – really, I do. But screw it, THAT’S WHAT I WANT!! If you’re going to include my favourite quotes, for the love of God, do not change them! Either include them or don’t. There is no in between! These weird versions are tainting the original ones for me.
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Honest to God, one of my (many) favourite parts of this book was the inclusion of the myth about Snowbird that Daemon told Katy when they went to the Seneca Rocks. I found it to be a very fascinating legend and I love that I learned something new about West Virginia’s history. It would be an understatement to say that I was excited when Daemon started telling Kat the story in the game. Oh, but then, BUT THEN, Daemon asked Katy what she would have done if she were Snowbird. And these are my options:
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WHAT KIND OF HEARTLESS, HORRIBLE PERSON ARE THEY TRYING TO MAKE KATY OUT TO BE!?! I have to spend these stupid fricking diamonds if I want her to be a decent person?!? Ridiculous! I’m only on the 5th of 27 chapters, so I’m saving these things for when it really matters later on, and I’m sure as hell not paying for more. So heartless Katy shall be. She’d let him fall.

Chapter 6:
This was pretty uneventful, other than Dee being weird and overly suspicious.
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Chapter 7:
This chapter was filled with a lot of WTF moments, such as when Katy suggests bringing pocket lint with her to the library.
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Or, even better, when Katy goes to checkout a book at the library but instead of a librarian, there is a cat at the desk? Wearing a painting smock? And with artistic hopes and dreams in her eyes?
And this is somehow perceived to be normal???
I AM SO CONFUSED!
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Also, Daemon apparently looks like this in his Luxen form:
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I’m sorry, bu is he an alien or the Heat Miser? And what the heck has he got around his neck?
Not gonna lie, I’m starting to get a little worried about what the next chapters will have in store for us, but on we go!

Chapter 8:
Well, that was rather boring and uneventful. I have literally nothing to say

Chapter 9:
Okay, first of all SMOKE HOLE DINER IS NOT ’50s THEMED!!!!
Second of all, Daemon would not say this:
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And I am so upset that my screenshot didn’t work at the part when Kat called Ash “bitch face”. Katy can do so much better than that! I feel like this game is seriously missing out on her creativity when it comes to that kind of stuff. For instance, I’m seriously missing Katy’s signature lines, like “holy alien babies everywhere” and “crap on a cracker”. 😦


Final Thoughts on Part 1:
Honestly, I’m disappointed, but not all that surprised. For the most part, this game has stuck to my original beloved story pretty well, but there have been a few details that have been removed or added, which I can’t say I’m too pleased with. I honestly don’t see why they couldn’t have kept dialogue identical to the actual book. In some circumstances, such as movie adaptation, that isn’t possible due to time constraints, but it would be perfectly doable in a game.
One of the many reasons why I love Obsidian so much is because of the quick pace and entertaining writing style, which are two things that this game is seriously lacking in. I feel like I’ve already spent so long plying this game, but hardly anything at all has happened.
So far, the element of making choices, which is the entire point of this app, hasn’t played a strong role. I am frustrated that the vast majority of decent options cost “diamonds”, but at the same time, it doesn’t seem that the choices made actually make much of a difference in the long-term story.
To put it simply, this game is just missing the magic that makes the Lux series so fantastic. If this weren’t based on a story that I love so dearly, I know I wouldn’t have been able to make it past the first few chapters. For the sake of, um, science (?), I will keep on going!
Stay tuned for Part 2 coming soon!! 🙂

Have you read the Lux series? How do you think this game compares to the original book?
Have you ever played one of these interactive games before?
I would love to hear from you in the comments down below!! 😉

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Posted in Book Tags

Tag: Cake Flavoured

Happy World Baking Day, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying your weekend!
To celebrate, I thought that it would be fun to do the Cake Flavoured Book Tag!

I hope you enjoy!!! ❤


1) CHOCOLATE CAKE – A dark book you absolutely love

Oh, I will have to go with the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin. This is a dark thriller, but it is absolutely phenomenal.
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See my review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer here.

2) VANILLA CAKE – A light read

For this one I’m going to say 10 Blind Dates! I actually just finished this book a few days ago, but light, sweet, and fun are the very best ways to describe it!!
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See my review of 10 Blind Dates here.

3) RED VELVET – A book that gave you mixed emotions

Turtles All the Way Down definitely left me conflicted. I enjoyed the writing style and I liked and related to the protagonist, but the plot was so BORING!
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See my review of Turtles All the Way Down here.

4) CHEESECAKE – A book you would recommend to anyone

This is a really tough one because I don’t think there is any one book that suits every reader’s taste. However, I feel like Harry Potter is a versatile modern classic that can be enjoyed by almost anybody!
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5) COFFEE CAKE – A book you started but never finished

I never ended up completing The Bane Chronicles. I was very excited to read this way back when, but most of the stories that I read bored me and after putting it down once, I simply didn’t want to pick it back up.
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6) CARROT CAKE – A book with great writing

I absolutely loved the writing in The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout! She is my favourite author for a reason.
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See my review of The Problem With Forever here.

7) TIRAMISU – A book that left you wanting more

I’m forever craving more of Daemon and Katy, so the Lux series definitely left me wanting more.
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See my review of Obsidian (Lux #1) here.
See my review of  Onyx (Lux #2) here.
See my review of Opal (Lux #3) here.
See my review of Origin (Lux #4) here.
See my review of Opposition (Lux #5) here.

8) CUPCAKES – A series with 4+ books

There are practically endless options here, but I’m going to say Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan, just because I feel like I don’t talk about how much I love those books nearly enough! I am so excited for it to become a television series n Disney+!!
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9) FRUIT CAKE – A book that wasn’t what you anticipated

This is an easy one: The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent. I was expecting a dark thriller/romance, but I got a disturbing romance that I couldn’t even finish reading.
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See my review of The Unrequited here.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
Are they on your TBR?
Let me know in the comments don below!!

Thanks so much for joining me today! Hope to see you again soon! ❤

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Posted in Book Tags

Easter Time Book Tag

Good morning and happy Easter to those who celebrate! I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend filed with love despite these unfortunate circumstances. ❤
To thought it would be really fun to do a festive little book tag and I settled on this one. I hope you enjoy!! 😉


Rules:

  • Answer the prompts.
  • Tag some friends.
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Theresa @ The Calico Books)
  • Have fun!

Ah, there are so, so many books I could talk about for this one!
I’m going to say Kill The Boy Band, which I see people in the book community talk about occasionally, but not nearly enough. It is a fun, hilarious, and thoroughly entertaining read that it relatable (on some levels) for any fangirl. I also recently reread this book via audio book and it was absolutely fantastic. The narrator did such a great performance, she honestly deserved an Oscar, so if you’re interested in picking this one up (which you definitely should), the physical and audio book are both wonderful options!

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You can see my review of Kill the Boy Band here.

Not After Everything by Michelle Levy is one of my all-time favourite books. This is the first, and so far, the only book that she has had published. I really, really hope that it isn’t her last. This novel was an incredible and super underrated debut, and I would love to see what else Michelle Levy could come up with!!

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For this, I have to go with the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout! This series is one of my all-time favourites and I never wanted it to end – I could read 800 books about Katy and Daemon. Unfortunately, I only got five. 😦
Thankfully, JLA did create a spin-ff series about Luc, which I was so excited about that I literally cried when I heard the news. However, I didn’t end up loving the first book as much as I anticipated and I still haven’t continued on with the series, but I plan on giving the first book another go and reading the sequel very soon!

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You can see my reviews of the Lux series here:
Obsidian (Lux #1)
Onyx (Lux #2) 
Opal (Lux #3) 
Origin (Lux #4)
Opposition (Lux #5) 

Well, considering the fact that I genuinely cannot remember the last time that I purchased a book at full price, I’ve bought the vast majority of my books for super cheap – most of them were less than $5! However, a cheap book that I felt like I got the best deal on was my copy of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I found a gorgeous signed, deluxe/collector’s edition of the book at Indigo for only $3.33!! I’ve still yet to read the book, but I’m amazed by the incredible price, especially because it was signed by the author!

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I thought that the anthology Meet Cute: Some People are Destined to Meet was super sweet! While I can’t necessarily say that I loved every story in here, many of them were absolutely adorable and sweeter than sugar!

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There are so many books that I could pick for this one, but I’m going to go with The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I read this book at a time in my life when I really, really need it. I related to Charlie on such a strong level is honestly scared me at times. I have reread the book several times, but it leaves an imprint every single time.

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For this prompt I have to go with one of my favourite series ever, The Mara Dyer series! This series is filled with so many thrilling twists and shocking turns that it made my head spin, but in the very best way possible!
I recommend these books all the time! If you’re a fan of YA mystery/thriller, paranormal romances, please do yourself a favor and read this series ASAP!!

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You can see my review of the third book in the series, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, here.


 

I’m not going to tag anybody specific, but if you do decide to join in on the fun, let me know so I can check out your answers!

Stay safe and healthy, and have a great day! 🙂
HAPPY EASTER!! ❤

 

Posted in First Lines Fridays

First Lines Fridays #4

Good evening, my lovely readers! I hope you’ve all had a great week! 🙂
Today I’m back with another First Lines Friday, this time for one of my very favourite books…. Any guesses?
Enjoy!


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words.
What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

Back in the day, I had this plan for the off chance that I was around for the whole end-of-the-world thing. It involved climbing up on my roof and blasting R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” as loud as humanly possible, but real life rarely turns out that cool.

And the book is…… Continue reading “First Lines Fridays #4”

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Review: Origin (Lux #4)

Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Young Adult -Science Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Series: Lux #4
Pages: 364
Publication Date: August 2013
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Read April 2016

Goodreads Synopsis:
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?


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read Origin yet?
How did you like having Daemon’s POV? What did you think of Luc and Archer? Did you predict any of the plot twists?
If you haven’t read it, is the series on your TBR?
Let’s discuss in the comments down below!

Find me on Goodreads here.

See my reviews for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s other books:
Covenant Series:
Half-Blood (Covenant #1) 
Pure (Covenant #2) 
Deity (Covenant #3)
Apollyon (Convenant #4) 
Sentinel (Covenant $5) 
Lux Series:
Obsidian (Lux #1)
Onyx (Lux #2) 
Opal (Lux #3) 
Origin (Lux #4) 
Opposition (Lux #5) 
Wait for You (Wait for You #1)

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Review: Opal (Lux #3)

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre:
Young Adult – Science Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Series: Lux #3
Pages: 382
Publication Date: December 2012
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Read February 2016

Goodreads Synopsis:
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
Together we’re stronger… and they know it.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Is this series on your TBR? (because it really should be)
Have you already read it?
Share your thoughts with me in the comments down below!

Find me on Goodreads here.

See my reviews for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s other books:
Covenant Series:
Half-Blood (Covenant #1) 
Pure (Covenant #2) 
Deity (Covenant #3)
Apollyon (Convenant #4) 
Sentinel (Covenant $5) 
Lux Series:
Obsidian (Lux #1)
Onyx (Lux #2) 
Opal (Lux #3) 
Origin (Lux #4) 
Opposition (Lux #5) 
Wait for You (Wait for You #1)

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Review: Onyx (Lux #2)

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre:
Young Adult –  Science Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Series: Lux #2
Pages: 366
Publication Date: August 2012
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Read November 2015

Goodreads Synopsis:
Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…
Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.
Something worse than the Arum has come to town…
The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.
But then everything changes…
I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?
No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Is The Lux series on your TBR? (If not, go add it right now!!!!)
Have you already read it? What were your favorite parts?
Let’s discuss in the comments down below!

Find me on Goodreads here.

See my reviews for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s other books:
Covenant Series:
Half-Blood (Covenant #1) 
Pure (Covenant #2) 
Deity (Covenant #3)
Apollyon (Convenant #4) 
Sentinel (Covenant $5) 
Lux Series:
Obsidian (Lux #1)
Onyx (Lux #2) 
Opal (Lux #3) 
Origin (Lux #4) 
Opposition (Lux #5) 
Wait for You (Wait for You #1)

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Review: Osidian (Lux #1)


Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1
Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 335
Publication Date: May 2012
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Read November 2015

Goodreads Synopsis:
Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don’t kill him first, that is.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Do you want to read the Lux series?
Have your already read it? Did you love it as much as I did? What were your favourite scenes?
Let’s discuss down in the comments below!

Thanks for visiting! I hope you all have a lovely evening; see you soon!

Find me on Goodreads here.

See my reviews for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s other books:
Covenant Series:
Half-Blood (Covenant #1) 
Pure (Covenant #2) 
Deity (Covenant #3)
Apollyon (Convenant #4) 
Sentinel (Covenant $5) 
Lux Series:
Obsidian (Lux #1)
Onyx (Lux #2) 
Opal (Lux #3) 
Origin (Lux #4) 
Opposition (Lux #5) 
Wait for You (Wait for You #1)