Review: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Reviewed by Joanna

This is the prequel to Obsidian, a teen alien love/hate romance, and focuses on Dawson and Beth. In Obsidian, this couple is reportedly dead after being caught by the bad aliens. Here we get to see their love story and, more importantly, understand just why Daemon (the main Lux hero) is just such a douche. [Read more…]

Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Reviewed by Joanna

Book one in this series gave us Katy, a seventeen-year-old relocating to West Virginia, and finding out her neighbors were aliens. One particular alien, Daemon, was super mean to her all the time so of course he’s the love interest, except they settled on being frenemies by the end of the tale.

Because of an interaction they’d had fighting the Arum, the alien bad guys, Katy now shares some of Daemon’s magical powers as well as a connection with him where they can sense each another and speak to one another inside their heads (when he’s in his pure light alien form). So it’s safe to say her life has changed forever. [Read more…]

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

Reviewed by Joanna

Alien romance is a new one on me. I don’t read much space fantasy so don’t often see aliens as heroes. Aren’t they usually the bad guys? Well for Katy, new resident of nowheresville, West Virginia, this proves both true and false. For one thing, her new neighbor—incredibly hot and frequently topless Daemon—is just such an ass. He is perma-scowling and rude, and can move faster than any human should. His twin sister Dee is his polar opposite in terms of attitude and as much as she and Katy want to be besties, the douchebag brother doesn’t like this plan one bit.

This story is set in high school and sits firmly in the YA category. The protagonists are seventeen and dealing with issues like exams, friendships, dating and social status. Except for Daemon, Dee and their crew they have the extra fun element to their torturous teenage years of being so very different to everyone. Like, light years away from their peers as, um, they’re aliens. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Summoner by S.D. Grimm

Reviewed by Ronelle

When Allie’s best friend dares their group to play a game in a cemetery—something she calls “witching”—Allie expects it to be just another one of Nell’s crazy ideas.

Turns out it’s not… at least not for Allie. While her friends are understandably freaked out, when Allie takes her turn, she doesn’t just find bodies, she summons their souls. But one soul wants more than Allie is willing to give.

And the boy next door could be the key to saving her. [Read more…]

Review: Red Winter by Annette Marie

red-winterReviewed by Janelle

Kimura Emi has dedicated every waking moment of the last ten years to being the perfect kamigakari. Now, only a few short weeks remain before her life as a mortal will end and her new existence as the human host of a goddess begins. She’s heard tales of the good she will be capable of once she’s imbued with Amaterasu’s divine power. Not once has she doubted her responsibility, her purpose, nor has she deviated from the stringent preparation of mind, body, and soul.

That is, until the discovery of a book in an abandoned storehouse shatters her perceptions of what it means to be a kamigakari. Angry, frightened, and desperate to have one experience for herself, she makes a reckless choice that puts her in the path of danger… and Shiro. [Read more…]

Review: Sucker Punched by Kelley R Martin

sucker-punchedReviewed by Shelly

This is a mixed bag for me. I thought the plot moved well, the characters were well rounded, and the dialogue exceptional (the cussing was a big much, however I’m not casting stones) but the mixed feelings are about the hero. Good night, the hero was a real piece of work. I’ve read about some not nice heroes but Blake Whitmore, you win the prize. I’m sure there’s an audience for that kind of hero, but for me, not so much because dude, you’re a douche who I wouldn’t spit on if you were on fire. If it wasn’t for Kelley Martin’s passionate writing, I would have given up on him very early on. [Read more…]

Review: Falling by Allyn Lesley

fallingReviewed by Shelly

Disclaimer – I’ve read all of Allyn Lesley’s published stories and while Falling might not be a category, YA, that I would typically read, I decided to read it based on my history of her story telling. I didn’t even read the blurb before I started reading. For me, Lesley’s story telling skills are still as good as when I read book 1 in her ‘Deeper’ series. I wasn’t disappointed.

Lesley doesn’t write about your typical good guy hero. Absolutely not the guy next door nor the guy with all the friends because of his charming and witty personality. Oh no, her heroes barely know the word etiquette much less practice it. Dyllan Sterling is an absolute tool. His expressions are surly, he’s cantankerous and can be plain ole disagreeable. But he loves and is loved by his parents and older twin brothers which says a lot when you find out how he got his family. As Dyllan’s story unfolds and I got to know him better, he actually started growing on me. I’m not saying I started to like him, but I did start to accept him as he was. I did have my limits with him though, I’ll tell you in a second. [Read more…]

Guest Review: Challenging Destiny by Cherie Colyer

challenging-destinyReviewed by Ronelle

This. Book. Was. GREAT!

No, seriously, it was. I don’t usually read YA novels—I tend to find the characters angsty and one-dimensional—so I didn’t go into this with super high expectations. But I got a free copy, so I thought “hey, why not?”

Wow, was I blown away!

The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Logan and Ariana Ragsdale, a brother and his exactly-two-years-younger-sister. Disaster has followed them since childhood and they’ve lost everyone they’ve ever loved—except one another. They’ve learned to fend for themselves, trust no one, and to hide that there is something different about them. (Turns out that, in addition to matching birthmarks, Logan and Ariana share the ability to control others’ minds by simply suggesting what they want.) [Read more…]

Review: Until You by Penelope Douglas

until youReviewed by Joanna

This is a retelling of the steamy Bully novel, this time from Jared’s perspective. Bully is about the relationship between a guy and girl who were best friends at age 11, enemies at 14, and become lovers at 17. (It’s set in the last year of high school, so the steaminess is okay.)

Jared is the bully to start with and Tate is his victim. Then she comes back from a year away in Paris and won’t take his crap anymore. She owns him, and they come together like two wrecking balls. It’s not sweet and high-schooly. It’s sexy and a little bit dark and I can’t get enough of this series.

Now I don’t mind a retelling of a good book, if it’s done well. This is. There’s a lot more extra content and the perspective is so different. Some scenes we don’t see, some we get a totally different view on, now we don’t have Tate’s assumptions and reactions. [Read more…]

Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas

bullyReviewed by Joanna

If you’re a sensitive soul who doesn’t like people being mean to other people by way of foreplay, then don’t read this book. If you like a tortured anti-hero who is too cool for school, sexy as hell and twisted by a terrible experience, then you really oughta read this book.

Tate has just returned from a year in France and is back in her original high school for her last year. Before she left, she was the victim of a campaign of petty bullying by her former best friend – Jared. [Read more…]