[Review] Half-blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

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5stars

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How do I even begin to explain this book? I think nobody can question Jennifer’s talent. Yes, I loved it and yes, I found similarities with VA and yes, I don’t even mind because the actual story has nothing to do with VA. So if you’re not a VA fan then you’re going to like this book.

First, let me praise Jennifer’s writting style. Not even once I got lost or consfused or tired. I found no plot holes and the story was evolving slowly and surely. Her humour is always appreciated and admirable.

We were introduced to a brave, smart and strong half-blood, Alexandria or Alex, who had just lost her mother and was trying to survive. A great first impression. Alex was not a godess so of course she had weaknesses and her behavior was not the best. She was stubborn, rude and she never listened to her instructors and friends. Ok, that reminded me of all the annoying female characters I always judge and I admit that there were a couple of time that Alex pissed me off.
Alex fell in love with Aiden, her pure-blood trainer and of course that was forbidden. I was glad that she denied it and fought it at first and that it wasn’t insta-love. Thank god for that! There was an enjoyable chemistry between the two of them and their scenes were intense and pleasing.

Aiden and Seth were the male leads. Aiden was the trainer and Seth was the fearsome Apollyon. Both of them were strong and respectable. They looked like they only cared about themselves but they were both caring and sensitive at some point. Especially Aiden who had a life similar to Alex and he felt like he should protect her. Well, if I had to compate them I would say that Seth was a selfish ashole on the outside and caring on the inside and Aiden was the mysterious, focused sentinel on the outside and a sensitive soul on the inside. I liked them both. Aiden grew on me immediately and Seth sent me the awe vibes since his entrance. Remarkable!

So, to end this review I will say that I am expecting the second book to be as exciting as this one and that I am already a fan of the series.

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[Jennifer L. Armentrout]

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

[Review] Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast

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There is a world that runs parallel to our own, a world in which the souls of the damned are caged, where they are looked over by the Furies, and where they spend eternity in torment, mirroring the devastation and mayhem they created when alive.

Someone has opened the cage.

The worst of terrors has crossed the barrier that separates our world from theirs, and the Furies send a great, albeit untested warrior—their only son, Alek—to try to bring those souls back. He is young and handsome, headstrong and impulsive, and he won’t be able to do it alone.

Eva has grown up, beautiful and beloved, but surrounded by secrets. First, she will be hunted in an ancient feud that will threaten her life. Then, she will become the hunter.

With the police closing in and two worlds on the verge of crumbling around them, Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another. Blending elements of mythology with the dazzling storytelling that her fans have devoured through the House of Night series, Kristin Cast weaves a spellbinding and passionate tale that starts a thrilling new series with an explosive charge.

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3stars

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Arc kindly provided by the publisher, via netGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I was about to give up on this book and rate it with a single star but after reading more than half of it, the story finally began.
The blurb was so promising and was talking about how “Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another.” I was expecting some action and something thrilling but all I got was a crime book about a couple detectives that were trying to solve a case of murder. Eva and Alek found each other but we barely got a glimpse of Eva’s and Alek’s power. So, there was no “dicovering the limits of their powers” as promised and they only met at the very end.
Ok I admit that Alek trying to find Eva was a bit interesting but I was bored really fast. Things got better when the story started focusing on Eva mostly and that’s when I changed my mind about giving up.

I was sad because I didn’t have the chance to get to know Eva and Alek. The third person POV was not helping at all and focusing on too many characters was frustrating. At the end I know more about the Furies and the detectives than the two very main leads.
I don’t care at all about the detectives and what they think about Alek and Eva or how the investigation about the murder goes. I only care about what the two of them think and plan on doing and how they experience things. I want to see through their eyes and I want to feel what they feel. It’s really important to understand their character and relate but I can’t. How did Eva really feel about the charges? What was Alek opinion about Eva? How was Eva experiencing her new powers? Was she scared? Excited? I really do hate guessing. They both look like they’re secondary characters in their own story and this is really unfair.

Thankfully the last chapters were finally about Eva and Alek and the story began. It’s a pity that I had to go through all the unimportant details and stuff before that. I lost my interest and I reached that point out of pure luck. The book has a lot of potential but it’s lacking. I am giving it three stars because I hope that the second book will really be about Eva and Alek. Just them.

I know I am strict and difficult to please but I need to write honest reviews that will trully help the publishers and the author. Hopefully nobody will be offended because of my humble opinion. I respect the authors hard work and the publisher’s efforts. The book was definitelly not bad but it could be better and it’s not really difficult to succeed in doing so.

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[Kristin Cast]

Kristin Cast is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who teamed with her mother to write the wildly successful House of Night series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal. When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves relaxing with her significant other and their dogs, and discovering new hobbies. This year she’ll work on swimming, yoga, and adding to her Doctor Who collection.

[Monthly] April’s ARC presentation

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[Downcast]

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What would you do when faced with an impossible truth? Written with heart and passion, Downcast by Cait Reynolds is ripe with twists you never saw coming and love that defies the odds in this intense new Paranormal Romance retelling one of mythology’s greatest love stories.

It’s the start of Stephanie Starr’s senior year of high school, but sadly, this is no life of the prom queen. Stuck at the bottom of the high school social totem pole, Stephanie is forced by her domineering mother to wear lumpy linen dresses and eat organic tofu for lunch in a world of mini-skirts and pizza.

What Stephanie doesn’t anticipate is gorgeous and cocky Haley Smith who breaks social convention and pursues her with a determination that is both terrifying and flattering. Afraid that Haley is simply trying to set her up for massive humiliation, Stephanie does her best to push him away. But the more attention he pays to her, the more she runs, and the more everyone else begins to notice.

Instead of a loving family to support her as the mean girls make their play, Stephanie’s mother begins to unravel mentally, her possessiveness of Stephanie spiraling to new and frightening extremes. Stephanie is forced to grow up, find herself, and learn the truth about her past in order to save her mother, her friends, and her town. When the truth is revealed, nothing can prepare her for the outrageous reality of her existence…and nothing can save her from her fate.

Except Haley.

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[Cait Reynolds]

[Review] Zeus by Kamery Solomon

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Vegas is not where Karly had imagined herself to be at this point in her life.She was supposed to be living in California, soaking up the sun and enjoying the life of an artist. Instead, she’s just moving out of her parent’s house and going to a school that could loosely be called her second choice. When she meets Zeus Drakos, owner of the new hit casino and resort in town, he seems just like every other jerk guy out there. How was she supposed to know who he really was?

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1star

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This book was a disaster. I do hate leaving bad reviews but I can’t help it.

You know Zeus, the mighty king of Gods and all. In this book the fates actually banish Zeus from Olympus, they take his powers because he divorced Hera. Please! Nobody gets to banish Zeus from his home because all the other gods owe him and because if it wasn’t for him they wouldn’t exist. Zeus can cheat whenever he wants because he is freaking Zeus and nobody can stop him, not even Hera.
So I hated the fact that in this book Zeus was not Zeus but a classic creepy, rich, player with bitchy attitude. NO! God/Zeus can act that way because he is a god, but not human/Zeus.

About Karly; I hate her. She is the worst kind of female lead one can find in books. She is completely immature, she never listens to what others have to say and she is selfish, she comes to conclusions and creates unessecery drama and even though she is a college student she acts like a spoiled 15-years-old (no offense you’re not all bad, just the spoiled ones!).

Other than that it was not even well written. It was like all these fan fiction written by amateurs that I used to read. Not a good job at all..

It is really sad that I actually spent hours of my life reading it but I did it because I wanted to give it a chance. Maybe the plot would have been better, maybe I misjudged it but no.

Anyway if you have second thoughts about reading I suggest you don’t but that’s me. It is always nice to give books a chance because you never know. I mean we all have different tastes and opinions so you may actually enjoy it!

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[Kamery Solomon]