Romance

Summer Love: Two Series to Obsess Over

I’m a sucker for novels with young love. First love is incomparable to anything else, which is why I love reading YA novels because it means I get to feel it over and over again. It’s a girl thing, I think. I’ve recently stumbled upon a couple of great series by Jennifer Armentrout, The Lux Series and The Covenant Series. I’ll save the summaries for later. What I’ll tell the potential readers now is that both series are so easy to get wrapped in, I don’t think you could ask for anything more. The characters are fun and easy to identify with and the love story…ah, it’s good!

On to the summaries-

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.

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.

There is need. And then there is Fate—

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn’t exactly awesome—especially when Alexandria’s “other half” is everywhere she goes. Seth’s in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom—so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do—and sacrifice—for her.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies—lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon— and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn’t blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude— or killing her.

When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

The cover art isn’t the best and I’ve also met better characters, but the read is fun and enjoyable and who doesn’t want that, especially for Summer?

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Shatter Me: A Review

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in 264 days.  She’s been locked in a cell because her touch is fatal and no one knows why.  In a world where the clouds are the wrong color, birds no longer fly through the sky and disease takes over life, Juliette doesn’t really matter.  Soon Juliette must decide to either be a weapon or a warrior…

The prose is quite interesting in Tahereh Mafi’s debut novel. It’s actually what I adore most about the book.  The protagonist, Juliette, is not the whiney teenage girl that can’t help herself. This girl can actually hold her own, which is very refreshing. Throughout the entire book, Juliette’s thoughts are laid out on the page but what Mafi does to spice up the novel and really make it unique is the use of a strikethrough through many of her thoughts. It makes for an interesting way of letting the reader into a character’s mind. Then there is the love story aspect: I simply cannot resist them! This certainly has a good one, but I’ll let you discover that one on your own.

The overrall premise of the book is quite good as well. It’s a superhero story with a female protagonist. I feel like it may be harder to find your own voice in the YA genre lately, as so many novels seem to be playing off of all the other ones in the genre. What Tahereh Mafi does is all natural, it’s her voice developing a unique idea and standing out from all the rest.

Overall: People who love action, dystopia, and a bit of romance will fall in love with this title. Personally, I think this is better than the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, so if you liked that then I am very confident that you will love this one. Check it out for yourself!

Hourglass by Myra McEntire: A Review

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Published by EgmontUSA

Out June 14, 2011

It’s so nice to pick up a YA novel and it not be exactly like all the other titles that are out there in the genre.  Sure Hourglass contains the typical romance aspect that is in many YA novels but it deals with an interesting topic that I feel many YA authors do not attempt which is time travel.  Myra McEntire’s debut does a decent job of creating a world where time travel exists and opens the door for others to follow suit.

Emerson is a girl from a small southern town in Tennessee with a strange yet unique ability-she can see those from the past.  When Emerson meets Michael, the boy that was hired to help her with her ability, she finds that she is not crazy like she once thought and that there are others in the world with unique abilities too.  Emerson and Michael must work together to undo the past to create a safer future and many obstacles occur leaving an opening for a possible sequel.

McEntire does create a unique world with magic and time travel.  It’s great that McEntire strayed away from the general paranormal romance that seems to engulf a lot of the YA reads.  A lot of those are fine reads as well and very creative, but it is certainly refreshing to read about something other than the preternatural.  McEntire writes in a way that makes you want to keep reading.  Her style and character development excel in a lot of ways.  She makes it easy for you to identify with many of the characters and also to make you laugh out loud, as the protagonist can be cute and funny at times.

Overall I would say this is a decent read.  The book was published in June 2011 so I am sure many people have read and liked it, having said that, I think that those who have not read Hourglass and enjoy a lot of YA will enjoy this one as well. When McEntire publishes another title it will be another one I read.