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…]

Review: Unchained

unchainedReviewed by Carrie

I’ve shied away from fallen angel books in general because I honestly find the whole mythology confusing.  However, I have enjoyed Jennifer Armentrout/ J. Lynn’s writing and when I was offered a review book, I thought I’d give it a go.

Lily Marks is a Nephilim, the offspring of an angel and a human.  Her life is devoted to working for the Sanctuary, a clandestine group of Nephilim tasked with hunting and eradicating minions (turned Nephilim) and deadheads (possessed souls) while trying to avoid death by the Fallen (angels).  She’s always been the wild card at the Sanctuary, but her hijinks are quickly forgiven. [Read more…]

Review: Frigid

frigidReviewed by Carrie

I’ll admit straight out that I am a sucker for friends to lovers stories, especially childhood best friends.  I read the first sentence of the blurb and I one-clicked.  I was pretty confident I’d at least get a decent story because I had enjoyed  J. Lynn’s (aka Jennifer Armentrout) other new adult novel.

Sydney has been in love with her best friend Kyler ever since a grade school rumble brought them together as friends.  Over the years, Sydney’s feelings intensified but she had been unable to speak them aloud.  Instead, she sat on the sidelines and watched Kyler run through girl after girl.

Unbeknownst to her, Kyler has always thought that Sydney was the epitome of perfection in a woman.  He felt that he could never be good enough for her, so he wasted his time in meaningless one night stands to take away the sting of not having her.  As fate would have it, they are snowed in during their annual ski trip in the mountains.  Sydney finally decides to come clean and put herself out there.

Sydney is a good girl, but she’s not virginial, nor is she stupid.  She has these feelings, but thinking Kyler wouldn’t reciprocate, she (get this) moves on.  Sydney dates a guy for years from high school to college.  Prior to the ski trip, she was about to do the same again.  She calls a spade a spade, as she sees it, and attempts to live her life instead of waiting around for “perhaps”.

Kyler is painted as this man-whore but he just comes off as a bit of a sweet dunderhead.  He really doesn’t see everything that had happened plain as day in front of his face.  Hearing his point of view allowed the reader to empathize with Kyler.

I liked that the story was told from alternate points of view which helped to easily understand the character’s motivations.  There is a little bit of angst, as one might imagine, but it’s not over the top. As Kyler and Sydney begin to realize that they share the same feelings, it is more sweet than angsty.  The sex scenes are kept to a minimum but are full of steamy goodness.  There is a very light suspense plot which didn’t make sense at first, but came together in the end.

I’ll end with my favorite quote which made me sigh happily:

“I’ve loved you my entire life,” he said, eyes locked on mine. “And I would love you for the rest of my life if you’d let me, Syd.”

Grade: B+

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Frigid
by J Lynn (Jennifer L Armentrout)
Release Date: July 15th 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary