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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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Our Top 3 of 2012!

So if you’re like us, you have a couple books from this year that you just can’t get out of your head. I mean obviously you do since you gave us a HUGE list of your favorite books. I mean, it was so big we had to break up in two parts cause we couldn’t handle its enormity and awesomeness.

Well, Ellen and I would like to return the favor. We each picked three books from 2012 that we want you to read. We forced them on each other and now we want to force them on you. Don’t worry: it’s not like that. We promise that you’ll thank us for this.

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Readers’ Choice Best YA/NA Books of 2012, part 1

We asked, you answered and the response was overwhelming to say the least!

Gotta hand it to you: YOUR list of the best Young Adult and New Adult from 2012 is amazing! A lot of these are on my TBR and a lot I’ve read (and totally agree with you by the way. You all have superb taste in books). If we reviewed it, I’ve also included a link to the review and the # of stars.

Now I must tell you. You gave us so many awesome reads that I had to break this list up! I’m giving you 25 at a time until we’re done and hope you can keep up!

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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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August 1: Judith’s back with a TON of reviews just for you

Hey guys! Judith here. I’m back in the house (or the country if we’re being literal) and armed with a TON of new books to review. You’re probably scrunching up your nose and scratching your head, thinking, “What books, Judith? Cause I’ve been dying to get some

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new stuff but with you away I just couldn’t think of what to get! Quite frankly I’ve been pining for you cause I’ve really, really missed you and your snark. Oh and if we’re being open I simply have to say that I find you to be the most amazing of all book bloggers and want to shower you with love.” Awww, you guys! Stop. I’m blushing! I missed you too.

Now if you just can’t wait for the reviews, here’s the list of what to expect in the next few weeks along with random pics from my crappy smartphone:

1. Crash by Nicole Williams

2. Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

3. Twisted by Amity Hope

4. Thoughtless and Effortless by SC Stephens (to be filed as New Adult)

5. My Heart for Yours by Jolene Perry and Steph Campbell

6. Blue Eyes and Other Teenage Hazards by Janette Rallison

7. Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

8. What I’ve Done by Jen Naumann

9. Onyx by Jennifer L Armentrout

10. Knee Deep by Jolene Perry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winner of our Jennifer L Armentrout Cursed ARC Contest

So after a tedious battle with Text Mechanic’s Random Line Picker, we have a winner of our Jennifer L Armentrout Cursed ARC Contest!

Congratulations to:

Brandy Dull

Girlfriend is going to love it!

Thanks to everyone who entered and if you’re still thinking, “Awww, the contest can’t be over!” We have a funny post about all the random haiku we received as part of it.  Enjoy!

 

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For the love of Poetry and Jennifer L Armentrout: a sampling of haiku

About a week ago, I realized that we had two (yes, 2) ARCs of Jennifer L Armentrout’s soon to be released book, Cursed.  “What a shame,” I thought. “This book needs to be shared with our readers.” And so the whole WIN A COPY OF CURSED Contest was born.  Now I was getting bored of the traditional means of entering contests on blogs. I mean, there’s only so many times you can ask someone to follow you on Twitter or Facebook! So I fished around for possible means of entry. JL Armentrout herself suggested we poll our entrants to see how they kiss a significant other if touching would kill him/her.  Then one of our fab readers, Andrea, suggested Haiku.

I gotta be honest: at first I was all, What? That can’t be a way to enter. That’s just weird. What would the haiku even be about? But the more I thought about it, the more I absolutely adored her idea because it’s creative and a chance to showcase all the talent you readers have. So Andrea, thank you; brilliant idea.

Now your entries were nothing short of awesome. They truly were. Your capacity for creativity is limitless and I just had to share these haiku (or simply, poems) with everyone else because, well, because I can and besides, any poetry that utilizes the words dude or amazesauce must be immortalized.  First let me set the mood:

Wow, I feel so ready for some haiku!

Cursed to live without Love,
But at least she’s not alone,
But who could have thought,
A girl could live without a,
Kiss goodnight
-Ginamarie

You guys rock my socks
With your clever book reviews
I love reading them
-Carole

dude, i can’t touch you
i know that this isn’t fair
put them lips away
-Ashley

This haiku probably won’t be well versed
But I’d really like a copy of Cursed
Jennifer’s books make my heart happy
And take my mind away
-Jennifer H.

Cursed will be great
like Half Blood and Obsidian
JLA is amazesauce
-Teresa

Green eyes burn me
Light caressing skin
I need a cold shower
-Mollie H.

Hard not to love
something so amazing
as Jen’s creations
-Alaiel K.

jennifer armen-
trout; i love her books and how
she writes such hot boys
-Eva

Haiku, my idea.
I Love YA Fiction rocks.
Made me feel special.
-Andrea

Jennifer works hard.
Jennifer likes zombie flicks.
Jennifer’s awesome.
-Andrea

I died and that sucks.
If I kiss boys, they die, too.
That sucks even more.
-Andrea

Let’s get real now: which is your fave?

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