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Sci-Fi Romance Review: The Silvers by Jill Smith

the silversThe Silvers by Jill Smith

Published by: Bold Strokes Books

Format: Kindle edition

Genre: Sci-Fi Romance (possibly mm but there’s an alien so…it’s actually m/a?)

Reviewed by: Judith

Score: 9/10

While the cover has been the subject of many a disturbing tweet (note to publishers: that cover is not…the greatest. You think I kid but I’m asking seriously, why would you use that? I would never in a million years have purchased this book except for the urging of trusted sources. No, really, not at all. EVER. It’s – what’s the word? Oh yes, AWFUL), the book itself is a rich and beautifully written find that lingered far longer than it should have and actually had me questioning my own humanity at points. It’s a rare romance novel that is able to do that!

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YA Review: Origin by Jennifer Armentrout

OriginOrigin (Lux Series #4) by Jennifer Armentrout

Publisher: Entangled Teen, 2013

Format: Kindle

It’s finally here! I swear I’ve been waiting decades to find out what happened to Katy and Daemon after the cliffhanger ending of Opal. Before I start I just want to remind everyone that there will be SPOILERS from books 1-3, but I’ll try to keep them to a minimum for this one. Read More

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Pure by Jennifer L Armentrout

Pure by Jennifer L Armentrout

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press; First edition (April 2, 2012)

Format: Kindle edition

Plot: (FYI MAJOR SPOILERS HERE!!!) Alex, the feisty fighting Half-Blood we met in Half-Blood, is back and training harder than ever at the Covenant with Aiden, the Pure blood Sentinel she loves, and Seth, the Half-Blood Apollyon with whom she has a freaky-deaky connection. As training progresses, her love for Aiden intensifies yet in order to protect her, Aiden refuses to acknowledge the romantic feelings they both share, alienating Alex and pushing her closer to Seth, the snarky man-whore who comforts her as she sleeps but annoys the crap out of her in daylight.

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Onyx (A Lux Novel) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Entangled Teen, 2012

Format: Kindle

I don’t know how Judith and I managed it but we actually got copies of this book about a month ago and have been dying to tell you about it. We are the luckiest people ever!!! Before we get started – I’m sure it doesn’t need to be said but there will be SPOILERS from the first book. So if you haven’t read the first book then stop now and

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go read Obsidian! (PS – are you crazy? Why haven’t you read Obsidian?!?!)

Plot: After Katy is healed by Daemon in the fight with the Arum things start to change. She has this new connection with Daemon which seems to make him think he’s in love with her. She’s suddenly come down with a weird virus which sends her to the hospital. There’s a new student – Blake – whose blatant interest in Katy causes strain between her and Daemon. And then there’s the constant pressure to keep everything hidden from the DOD, trying to find out what happened to Dawson and Bethany, dealing with her mom’s new boyfriend, and fighting her attraction to Daemon until she knows why he’s suddenly interested in her.

Review: Here’s the short review in case you came here thinking “hmmm, I really liked Obsidian but I’m not sure about buying this one, I’ll check with the I Love YA Fiction girls first” – THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. I really didn’t think anything could top the first book but it happened! I’ve read it at least once a week since Judith and I got our copy. No joke at one point I sent her a text that said “I just keep re-reading Onyx over and over again! Make me stop!” But she didn’t because she’s an awesome friend. Heck, even though we already had the book I purchased it just in case there was anything different and (to steal a phrase from Katy) holy alien babies am I glad I did because I got to read one of the seriously hot make-out scenes from Daemon’s pov. SWOON!!

There are so many things I loved about this book I don’t even know where to start. It was fast-paced but not so much that I felt like events were being rushed. The sexual tension between Katy and Daemon was just as high as ever (honestly every time he calls her “Kitten” or pokes her in the back with his pen I swoon like a 14-year-old girl). The Dawson/Bethany stuff didn’t seem out of place and I can’t wait to see what happens with all of that. If there’s anything I need to complain about it’s the lack of Katy/Dee friendship. While I understand why this happened, I love love loved their friendship in the first book and I wish we could have gotten the awesome Katy/Dee as well as Katy/Daemon.

Oh and anyone who reads this and loved it as much as Judith and I did needs to say a HUGE cosmic thank you to Liz Pelletier who, according to the acknowledgements, is the one who “demanded that I put more Daemon into Onyx.” I don’t know about you guys but I’m considering nominating her for a Nobel Prize of some sort.

In the end I’m going to give this one a 10 out of 10.

Based on the following criteria:

How much did I like the heroine: 100000000000000. There are some hard and fast rules here at ILYAF and one is that I LOVE KATY. Katy’s awesomeness and her blogging were the only reasons why I agreed to do this blog when Judith asked. I love that she cares so much about her friends that she realizes the best way to keep them safe is to become as strong and independent as possible so as not to be a risk. While I think she’s completely insane, her ability to resist Daemon’s advances is amazing. She’s had such a challenging life but isn’t all “woe is me” and really stands up for what and who she believes in. She is beyond awesomesauce.

How much did I like the love interest: 10000000000000000000000000. Oh man do I love me some Daemon. He can be such a jerk but also the sweetest guy ever, he’s so protective of those he cares about, he’s beyond sexy. I want him to be my boyfriend. Especially if he brings me smoothies and cookies and pokes me in the back with his pen and…okay I need to calm myself down. And as if I didn’t already love him enough he then joins Katy on a video for her blog in which he states “What’s the obsession with fallen angels?” OMG!! I couldn’t have said it any better

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How believable is the plot: 5. I mean, aliens who seem like characters from Cocoon (but way younger and hotter). But who cares? It’s all so awesome.

How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 10. This woman knows how to write and edit. In the potentially dozen times I’ve read the book I’ve NEVER found anything wrong with the writing/editing. She is Batman.

How much did I want to keep reading: 10000000000. DO NOT DISTURB when I’m reading this. I was re-reading at work today and sighed in someone’s face when they tried to interrupt me.

Glasses of wine I drank while reading: 0. Who has time to drink when they’re this engrossed?

Final Score: 10/10. I am about to start counting down the days until the next book (Opal) is released in December, especially after reading this teaser from J.L.’s blog!!

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August 12 – 21st aka Jennifer L Armentrout Release Week!

You guys know what this week is right? RIGHT? Here’s a hint! It begins with an O and ends with an X and it’s coming out Tuesday, August 14th! Ding, ding: you guessed it! Onyx (Lux #2) is being released this week and in honor of this epic achievement, we’re hereby dubbing this: JENNIFER L ARMENTROUT RELEASE WEEK! And you know the best part? We’re reviewing 4 of her books + giving you a fan-freaking-tastic giveaway featuring a coveted ARC of Deity.

 

Here’s the game plan for Jennifer L Armentrout Release Week:

Monday (August 13th) : ARC of Deity contest announcement

Tuesday (August 14th) : Review of Onyx (cause hey, we read this bad boy a while ago and have been holding out so as not to make you jealous. It is that good, people)

Wednesday (August 15th) : Review of Half Blood

Sunday (August 19th) : Review of Pure

Monday (August 20th): Review of Deity

Tuesday (August 21st): Announcement of our winner of an ARC of Deity

Any questions about the fabulous agenda for Jennifer L Armentrout Release week? Hit us up! Good luck and happy reading…

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April 29th: Sunday Roundup because Monday I’m going to be feeling lazy

What’s that sound? Oh yes, it is silence, something my house has been lacking quite a bit of for the last two weeks. You see, we’ve had houseguests. The sort of houseguests that you love having around (my mother-in-law is a dream! She cooks, cleans, buys groceries, takes care of me and my husband. Now if we could only get her to learn some English and then force her onto one of those shows called Supermom or My Favorite Mother-In-Law, we could make a killing because this lady would WIN. She’s amazing). But still: my tiny New York apartment has been a crowded mess for half a month and there hasn’t been much time for reviews or reading lists or funny posts about authors and their upcoming books.

I do however have some great contests, an awesome blog tour and book release, one review thanks to Richelle, our fabulous go-to guest blogger, and some other tidbits you might find interesting. So here we go:

CONTESTS:

Fellow blogger, Mollie Harper of Tough Critic Book Reviews, is trying to beg/grovel/whine/connive her way into an ARC of Onyx, Jennifer L Armentrout’s sequel to Obsidian. If you haven’t started this series about hot aliens living next door, check out our review and then enter to win Mollie’s contest to win a copy of Obsidian.  It’ll also help her on her way to Likes which she hopes will get her noticed by Entangled Publishing…a girl can always dream because we all know Entangled is guarding those puppies like diamonds.

BLOG TOUR and SURPRISE AUTHOR GUEST REVIEW:

We’re participating in the Sarah Billington Kiss Off Blog tour! For those of you who are scratching your heads and saying, “The who to what tour?”, let me introduce you. This is Sarah Billington, a new YA author from the land down under:

Doesn’t she look fun? And Aussie? Well, Sarah has written an equally fun and fabulous book called, The Kiss Off:

It’s about a 16 year old song writer named Poppy and what happens when she releases a very real song about teenage heartbreak on Youtube.  Mum’s the word about anything more since our review of it will be out on May 2nd.  In anticipation, we have a very special Sarah Billington review of The Statistical Probability of Falling in Love which will be out on May 1st!

REVIEWS: 


Guest blogger, Richelle, has stepped up to the plate again and reviewed Slammed by Colleen Hoover. Lake and her family move to Michigan from Texas after the loss of her father. While there she meets hottie next door neighbor, Will, and the two are drawn to each other through another traumatic event. Richelle gives it 100000000/10 and has been trying to push the book on not only me but all people she comes into contact with. High praise indeed.

SAD NEWS:

Contrary to what we were originally told, the release for Onyx by Jennifer L Armentrout has been pushed back to August. Here it is, straight from the horse’s mouth as it were:

Jennifer ArmentroutJennifer Armentrout ‏ @JLArmentrout

@ILoveYAFiction @entangledpub @molliekh It was pushed back by the pub due to distribution.

Yes, that was the sound of the female readers of North America letting out a collective sob.  
And on that sad, sad note, I must bid you all a good Sunday.
xoxo
Judith
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