[Thursday’s book recommendation] Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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So I am actually in the middle of reading the fourth book of the series, Apollyon. I find myself unable to write a proper review for the books because I am unusually excited. I don’t get excited very often because I am strict and bitch enough and I don’t allow myself to enjoy a book when there are plot holes or bad writing style. Well, thank god Jennifer is amazing and her books are close to flawless.

There are five books, already published.

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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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[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] Undeniably Chosen by Shelly Crane

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Ava has watched her parents, Caleb and Maggie, live the perfect fairy tale, the perfect love story, played out in front of her eyes her entire life. Her family is love, life, and happiness. The Jacobsons are everything a family should be and Ava is loved and well taken care of. But the one thing that’s missing from her life is the one thing she’s waited for every day, the one thing her kind knows will make them complete, the one thing they thought was gone and lost forever.

Her significant.

Seth has lived with the Watsons his entire life. They’re the only family he knows, but he knows that there are things they keep from him. He knows that they lie and they do unspeakable evil, things from when he was a child that he can barely remember that cling to the edges of his memory. He barely remembers his real mother and all he knows is what he’s told. He doesn’t know what to trust. He wants to believe that the Watsons love and care for him, have his best interest at heart, but isn’t so sure of that anymore when he finally—after a lifetime of waiting for her—meets his soulmate, and the Watson’s first act is to try to take her away from him.

The Virtuoso worlds collide, hearts are exposed, humans are endangered, and the lives of Seth and Ava are changed forever. They’ll have to love without judgment or reservation, they’ll have to be wise and accepting beyond their years, they’ll have to forgive for things before they’ve even happened, they’ll have to trust without seeing, have faith without knowing, and they’ll have to light their own way in the dark when everyone else is blind to show them the way. And more than anything else…

they’ll fight like hell to keep each other.

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5stars

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“The love one feels for his significant is bigger than the ocean, deeper than any well, more powerful than any storm.”

I was waiting for years to read this book and Ι finally finished it. Now I have to wait more for the second book and it kills me.

I loved every single word, every phrase and all the characters, even the villains. Shelly Crane just knows how to make you feel that way.

I really can’t review this book the right way because there are no words to express how I feel right now. I’ll just say that Ava and Seth were almost as perfect as Maggie and Caleb. Ava is her parents’ daughter after all. I wasn’t expecting nothing less from her and her Significant. Seth was really awesome and a perfect match for Ava obviously and he sent me these vibes that had me fall for him almost the same way I fell for Caleb. Well Caleb was my insta-love but Seth did a great job as well.

“There was no oil and water, no Watsons and Jacobsons, no Romeo and Juliet. Just Seth and Ava.”

Also, I thought that the “Romeo and Juliet love” that Seth and Ava experienced was going to be boring and all the same but it was actually better than I even hoped. The fact that there was no insta-love was even better but when the love came later in the book just blew my freaking mind.

“I wondered if Romeo and Juliet had been brought to life if this is what they would have felt. Betrayed, torn, confused, alone even when the person you’re supposed to be with is right in front of you.”

I wish all humans could love with all their hearts, minds and souls. I wish all humans were so eager to protect their soulmates. I wish all humans could understand each other the way significants do, but I guess that would be too perfect, right?
I wish my boyfriend was also my significant so that I would be able to feel his heart in my chest. Sometimes I catch myself trying to listen to his heartbeat when we sleep and I imagine that I could hear it through my own chest. It’s just so… wonderful.

I need to see more from Rodney and I hope that in the next books there will be more imprintings. Also I loved how Maggie and Caleb were a big part of this book and I loved them even more now that I’ve seen how they still adore each other, maybe more than they used to. I am so in love with their love and I even cried so hard when their names were mentioned for the first time. I cried like a freaking baby.

“I had watched my parents for what seemed like centuries. The way they existed so effortessly in each other’s world and space. They could go minutes without looking away from each other. They kissed constantly. They hugged all the time, stole touches and wrapped their fingers around the other’s wrist. I knew it was to feel their calm, to be wrapped in the little bit of bliss that their touch provided.”

As you can already guess this is an “absolutely-must-read book”. If you haven’t read Significance already just stop what you’re doing and read it. Now. go!

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[Shelly Crane]

Shelly is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay-at-home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. She hoards paperbacks, devours sweet tea, searches year-round for candy corn, and loves to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants, site-see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music, and, of course, loves to read, but doesn’t have much time to these days with all the characters filling her head begging to come out.

Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn’t go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.