Sunday, May 3, 2015

Kendra's Diaries (Growing Pains #1) by KP Smith

So its been forever since my last post. Like 8 months......Anyway, I've been really busy with school this year, so I haven't posted anything in a while.
Anyway, last week KP Smith asked me if I could review her book, and I was happy to do so, because it's been a while, and I just feel so honored that an author would reach out to me, so I read it. Also, disclaimer, I received an ebook of Kendra's Diaries for free for the purpose of reviewing it.
Kendra's Diaries reminded me of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, except aimed at a younger audience. The time period, the drama, the context reminded my of Eleanor and Park, and that isn't a bad thing, If you see the very first review on this blog, you'll see how much I loved that book, but I know that authors are artists and they want to be free from comparison of other authors. I just couldn't help myself from drawing the parallel.
Kendra's Diaries takes place in 1985 in New Orleans and it is about Kendra Foster, an eighth grader who, frankly, has to deal with things that no eighth grader should have to deal with. Kendra has her parents fighting at home, and friend drama when she goes to school. She doesn't understand any of what is going on because adults all patronize her, and chastise her for wanting to know what problems they're dealing with.
I overall feel like I'm a little too old for this story, because I've never really liked reading about middle school aged characters, Harry Potter being the exception to that. I read mainly YA, and I'm in high school, and I just feel like the middle schoolers in books experience middle school way differently than I did. Well, I don't experience high school like the characters in YA books, but I feel like I can put myself in their place while reading the book more than I can when reading about middle schoolers. I would probably give this to my cousin who right now is at the end of 5th grade. My biggest issue with this book, was that each chapter kind of stood on its own, like a new problem would be introduced in each chapter. and then sometimes even solved in the same chapter, and that aspect just wasn't my cup of tea,
My verdict is that this is a great  story for a younger crowd. I give it a 3.5/5 star rating.  I am excited to see how the story continues, the next book starts with Kendra being in highschool, and I'm interested to see who she keeps in her life, and who she loses contact with, and what relationships she forms, and new characters and all that jazz. I definitely recommend this to any young bookworm, because this is something that younger kids can read and learn how people live and grow despite their obstacles. Kendra is definitely a great character, and I'm excited to see her story continue.
Before I sign off from this post, I'd like to thank KP Smith for reaching out to me and giving me the review copy. I really enjoyed reading it.
-Swathi 

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Bridge of Deaths


Hey guys, so a while ago, I contacted M.C.V. Egan via a blogging forum, and received an E-Arc for the new revised edition of her book, The Bridge of Deaths. Then, I signed up for this book tour, to review, spotlight, and interview the author. I'd like to apologize to the publisher and author, because I haven't been able to finish the book yet. School and ho
mework and tests and quizzes and studying haven't given me too much time to read the book. I did however get around 1/3 into the book, and I'll tell you my thoughts on the writing style and the characters and theme/premise. I will finish this book very soon, and post a full review of it.
SPOTLIGHT
About The Bridge of Deaths
"M.C.V. Egan twists truth and fiction until you question your perceptions...it is a story of real love, triumph and search for self." - Beckah Boyd @ The Truthful Tarot
5 out of 5 stars:  "An unusual yet much recommended read." - Midwest Book Review 
On August 15th, 1939, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykøbing Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before, Hitler invaded Poland.
With the world at the brink of war, the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust.
The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve "one of those mysteries that never get solved." Based on true events and real people, The Bridge of Deaths is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through conventional and unconventional sources in Denmark, England, Mexico and the United States. The story finds a way to help the reader feel that s/he is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions.
Cross The Bridge of Deaths into 1939, and dive into cold Danish waters to uncover the secrets of the G-AESY.
Get the revised 75th anniversary of The Bridge of Deaths on Amazon in ebook and paperback.

INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
What kind of book were you going for when you wrote this? Was it primarily meant to be about history, or did you want it to be about the main characters' story?

My original idea was writing the story of my two grandfathers (my grandmother’s two husbands) the one who incited my curiosity and lived a long life impacting my childhood directly and the one who died twenty years before I was born leaving more questions than answers. The archives full of discrepancies and questions as well as Anthony Crossley’s involvement in so many aspects of the world in the 1930s steered me into a completely different direction and I wanted the readers to feel how messy history is and how much of it depends on where you look, of course many readers are very aware of it but many are not. The characters are there as a tool to guide the reader through that and to make the story flow. That being said there is a real Bill and Catalina has the obsessed lonely aspects of my life; she is however fictional as my life is far from lonely.

What drives the characters to investigate is their new found knowledge regarding their past lives. Are you a believer of past lives? PS- Just a side note, irrelevant to the question-. I really liked the line about having done something bad in a past life to deserve what's happening now (I've paraphrased it)- there's reincarnation involved in Hindu mythology, and I'm Hindu, and I've actually heard my mom say that, so that was just some relevance for me.

Thank you, I am most curious about the Hindu philosophies and I am honored that you liked that. I do believe and I will tell you why. Like so many westerners the religion I was raised in Catholicism is very adverse to any belief in re-incarnation. Even though in retrospect some of the childhood stories I grew up with; classics like Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid; the real one whose goal is to have an eternal human soul, have shades of the belief in the travels of the human soul. At the time I did not see it as such but I do think that some things can subconsciously make us open to this. As a teen ager I saw a movie with Anthony Hopkins The Two Lives of Audrey Rose. I was travelling in Madrid, Spain for the very first time and my brothers and I just needed something to do on a rainy afternoon. In other words the movie chose us, in that very trip I had strange moments of “recognition” feelings of déjà vu I had never experienced before.I was not particularly interested in Spain before that and it was a trip my parents did not give me a choice about (today I am ever so grateful and full of wonderful memories). My journey exploring past lives was a slow process, full of doubt and fear of betraying the God I was taught to believe in, but at the age of 31, I had my own first past life regression and I had an actual physical experience. My Spanish which had been neutral and made it imperceptible for people to guess where I was from (think American English and British or Australian), after the regression became a stark complete MEXICAN Spanish which to this day I cannot shake off! I also think that a fair God might just give us all a variety of lives, some easy some tough and then decide what we deserve, coming from Mexico it just does not make sense to me how a just God would give so much to some and so little to others; what if we get it all and then we prove ourselves? A bit like the real Little Mermaid.

What made you want to write a story about the WWII time period?

The period chose me! My grandfather was born in 1898; imagine having a grandfather born in the 19th century? His life was turned upside down by the First World War and the beginnings of the second one dictated his death, the period was not a choice!

Essentially, who do you want A Bridge of Deaths to appeal to- what was the target audience you
thought of while writing it?

I have been so amazed with the response from such a huge variety of readers. Lawyers seem to like all the documentation, but I have had readers with limited educational backgrounds who have explained that the book made them so curious, that they now like to watch WW II documentaries and feel great to relate to them. It feels like such an honor to have excited that type of curiosity in any one person. If I have my wish my target would be anyone who can add more light to the facts!

Who is your favorite character in TBoD? Why?

MAGGIE and she is my favorite because she is the only main character who was born and formed entirely in my mind. I also love that she strives for world peace and believes in it. I like that she believes that KNOWLEDGE is the key to an awareness that might help us prevent future wars. I am a ‘wanna be pacifist’ I am not as brave as Maggie or as full of conviction, but I learned a lot from her. I also love her wild friends in my new epilogue.

I would like to thank you very much for this well thought out and fun questions to answer.

Thank YOU for answering my questions. I'd never thought I would be interacting with authors, and arcs had been a foreign concept to me. Something I knew existed, but not something I'd ever be acquainted with. This was actually the first arc I received, and I am so grateful to have had the chance to speak to you.

REVIEW
When I started reading this book, it reminded me of Titanic and The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. The history flashback brought together with a love story concept was there, and very well executed. I'm not really believer in reincarnation myself, because there's no solid evidence for me to believe, but I think it was the right direction for the story to take to bring in the concept of mystery and incorrect facts in history. The whole idea kind of scares me, but it was very well executed. 
Let me tell you how I found out about this book. The author messaged me a welcome message on a blogging forum, as I mentioned, and I decided to check out her site. I saw the trailers for the book, and I was intrigued. It may be because the music in the background was really badass and mysterious. But nevertheless, I'm so glad I picked it up. Like I said, I haven't finished yet, but I definitely will. This book immediately caught my attention, and I'm not even that big on history. When I first opened the book, I was kind of intimidated by the history aspect, bet even though there is a lot of evidence and facts and stuff, there's still a story. I'm enjoying the story so far, and by what I've read, I'd give it around 4/5 stars so far. I'll have to finish it and rereview the whole thing. 
Well, that's about it for this book tour post. I really haven't been reading too much to review, because school and stuff, but I'll get my act together soon enough and make some time to read books and review them. Thanks for reading my post, and I'll talk to you next time. 
-Swathi

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Soul Searching by Jamie-Jo Brenner Book Tour: Review

Description

Brent Harper is the perfect guy. He's Max's hero--the boy she's had a crush on since the school year began. But when Brent goes missing, Max must face the truth that she really doesn't know him at all. In order to find him, she will first need to learn everything she can about him.

After Brent wakes up without any memories, his only choice is to trust the first person he sees. Alison, the girl who finds him, promises to help him remember. But what if he doesn't want to remember? When his memories start to return, Brent is confronted with the hardest decision of his life.

How do you choose between who you thought you were and who you want to be?




My Thoughts:

When I picked this up, I'd thought I was going to be getting a contemporary book about amnesia and starting over- typical right? But really, that wasn't what this book was about. That was a part of it, but it was mainly about the main character finding acceptance for his past. Magic also ties into the story, however it was very minimal. It wasn't like Harry Potter magic; it was more like magic in faith? If that makes sense. Magic that only works if you believe in it. 
This is a self published book, and I did encounter some typos, which I had somewhat expected, but nothing too bad. One problem I had with the writing style was that it was written in a tell not show way, and that doesn't always make for the best story flow. The story was also told from lots of POVs, and at times that was a tad bit confusing sometimes, because the characters didn't really sound different from each other. 
The characters were my favorite part of the book, and I thought that Brent, the main character was very well developed. Most of the side characters were also well developed, but there was more to be desired for some of them. 
The romantic plotline was very abrupt, in that it was going in one direction, and for a short time it was in limbo as to which direction to go in, and then it suddenly just switched, and all the characters involved were okay with it. And there wasn't really any history between the characters that became the two love interests. 
Overall, I enjoyed the plot. It was like a contemporary with some magic and supernatural thrown in, in the best possible way. There were some bible quotes and references thrown in here and there, and those seemed unnecessary to me, but overall it wasn't cliched, and the plot was suspenseful in a way that you wanted to keep reading. I'm not going to say that my eyes were glued to the pages, but by no standards was it all that bad. 
I give this book a solid 3 stars. I liked it, I didn't hate it, but there are some areas for improvement. 

About the Author


I'm a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Tang Soo Do. I have been on mission trips, one to Haiti and the other to a Native American Reservation/Camp in Oklahoma. I loved both experiences.

I am in the Army Reserves. And I volunteer at Camp Sunshine each August. I also work in Security for Farmer's Insurance. And I was a victim's advocate for the YWCA.

My passion is writing and I love to read. I wrote a books, A Place for Me, and most recently, Soul Searching.

When I was 19, I made an independent film (wrote, directed and starred in it) called, Weight of the World. I wrote A Place for Me when I was 20. Published it at 21. When I was 22, my cousins and I made a indie movie out of it. Now at 32, I wrote another book. Soul Searching.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of The Virtual Book Tour Cafe' and a
copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been
received by The Virtual Book Tour Cafe', no payment was received by me in exchange for
this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here
are entirely of my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's
publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with
the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of
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Hi guys, I didn't put an intro at the top as per usual, so I'm going to toss everything I have to say in my outro. This is my first book tour, and that is really exciting for me. I have another coming up in a few days, so I'm just finishing reading and gathering my thoughts for that. This was fun. I'm really enjoying actually being a part of the blogger community, and it was really cool to get my arc-copy in the mail, and whatnot. I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Liebster Award Nomination!


First of all, I want to apologize for not posting for so long, school started, and I'm really busy with homework and stuff, but I am going to get some reviews up soon, because I've actually joined my first book tours, and I'm really excited for that. But, I recently got nominated for the Liebster Award by Morrighan Rose  from Elysian Fields, and I was so stoked when I saw that she'd nominated me, because I've only been blogging for a couple of months now, and so I'd like to give one BIG thank you to Morrighan. Her blog's really great, and I suggest you go follow her. What this is, is a blog hop type of thing, and bloggers give the award to other bloggers, and so on and so forth. Basically, it's supposed to help you gain more followers.
The Rules are:
1. Thank the blogger who nominates you.
2. Answer the 11 questions she/he asks of you.
3. List 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
5. Ask these 11 bloggers 11 questions of your own.
6. Let them know you have mentioned them.

These are the questions that I was asked:
1. What is your favorite genre of book to read and your favorite book from that genre?
Damn..I only get to choose one favorite? That's really difficult, but I'm going to go with Young Adult Fantasy, and ummm....Harry Potter series and The Infernal Devices series. I cheated, I know, but I couldn't not include Harry Potter. 
2. If you could live in any world from a book, which would it be and why?
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- duh- do I even have to explain? But I love Harry Potter. I'm the hugest Harry Potter geek. 
3. Who is your favorite fictional character of the same sex? Does this character remind you of yourself, or someone you would like to be?
I think Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood- Once again, I'm a cheater, but I love how Hermione and Luna are independent, and strong, and smart, and inquisitive, and there's more to their story than a boyfriend. I love that though, I love cuteness and all, but Hermione and Luna are independent women. They run the world. 
4. Who is your favorite fictional character of the opposite sex? Why? (:
Oooohhhh. Now, I'm  going to feel like the biggest geek for saying this, but um...Harry Potter. I love a lot of male characters, but my ultimate number one favorite is Harry Potter. I mean, he was the first book crush I had, and Harry's great. I also liked Neville, and I think that he could have been developed more than he was. And Draco in the 6th book- I felt so bad for him. And we're Slytherin buddies, so yeah. I'm a humongous nerd. 
5. Tell me the most random fact about you. 
I love strawberries. 
6. When did you start your blog, and why?
I started my blog at the end of June this year, because I really liked reading, and I didn't have that many friends who liked reading as much as I did, so I decided to start a blog for books. 
7. If an alien invasion started tomorrow and you had to hide in a bomb shelter, name three things you would bring with you. 
My phone, my Nexus 7 Tablet (It's got my ebooks on it), and a blanket.I don't know why I'd want a blanket, but I just do. 
8. How many books do you own? (Physical and e-books included)
I'm going to say I own about 200 books in all. Physical and ebooks included. 
9. If you could pick one supernatural trait to have, what would it be?
Mind reading. Or maybe I'd want to be a wizard. But that isn't a trait is it? Then definitely mind reading. 
10. What is your all-time favorite book or series? 
By now, this is probably obvious, but HARRY POTTER. I used to hate reading until I started reading the Harry Potter books when I was seven years old. Harry Potter was an opening of doors of sorts for me, so I'll always love it. 
11. What book are you most anticipating reading, whether it not be released yet, or you just haven't gotten around to it?
Hmmmmm....In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken, Opposition by J.L. Armentrout (this is out, but I haven't gotten to it yet), The Retribution of Mara Dyer, The Bane Chronicles, and countless others. 

11 Random Facts:
-I'm December born.
-I'm vegetarian, and I am absolutely NOT missing out on ANYTHING by not eating meat, and I hate when people say that, because they have said that before, and it really pisses me off
- My favorite color is purple
-I like spicy food, but I also have a HUGE sweet tooth. It's a weird combination, I know.
-Chocolate is my bae. I can't believe I just used the word "bae" in a sentence.
- I like a lot of pop music, and if you don't- well, don't hate on me or my taste. 
- My favorite season is winter
- I detest the sun
- I'm a Cali girl
- I have really long, beachy, wavy hair, and I refuse to cut it. 
- I like reading at night more than during the day. 

My Questions:
1. Book boyfriend?
2. Book girlfriend?
I don't care what sex you are, you have to answer BOTH questions. 
3. Pottermore House- or which house do you think you belong in? I'm sorry, but I need to know if we can be friends. I mean, me, and those Gryffindors don't really get along, because they're just plain reckless and arrogant.  And those Hufflepuffs are so jolly, and I hate spirit rallies, so we probably wouldn't be friends. I could probably dig some Ravenclaw though, given that I'm always reading a book, but ultimately, I prefer Slytherins- they're more-you know- determined and ambitious, so yeah. 
I'M KIDDING! I'll be your friend no matter what house you're in. I'm just curious. 
4. Favorite book-movie adaptation?
5. Favorite fictional food?
6. Preference of book format- E-books vs. Paperback vs. Hardcover? 
7. What fictional character would you want as your roommate?
8. Genre that makes you uncomfortable to read/you just don't like it?
9. Favorite book cover? There are a lot of suckish book covers for good books- but what are some of your favorite book covers?
10. Favorite snack food?
11. Favorite fruit/vegetable?

Nominees:
1. Andie from Metaphorical Musings
2. Michelle from Michelle's Minions
3.  Diane from Diane's Book Blog
4. Georgia from TeenBookHoots
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Well, that's about it for this post. Reviews are coming up, and one more BIG shout out to Morrighan for nominating me. Happy Wednesday, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Books/Authors I Constantly Tell People to Read


Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today's topic is "Top 10 Books that People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read", but I kind of flipped that, because as I've said before, I don't have too many bookish friends, and I'm usually the one telling people about books they MUST read.
I Present To You
10 Books That I Constantly Badger People About Reading

1. RAINBOW ROWELL- I'm always bugging my friends to read Rainbow Rowell, because A. They're amazing books, and B. They're amazing books. Plain and simple. If you haven't read a Rainbow Rowell book, get your ass to wherever you get books from and pick one up.


2. J. L. ARMENTROUT- One of the authors I fangirl over and stalk on the Twitter. Her male characters are HOT, and her writing is hilarious, and her female characters are badass, and you hafta read her books. You just hafta.
 3. KATIE MCGARRY- Another author I stalk on the Twitter. Do you know how awesome it is for a book lover when her/his favorite authors are TWITTER CERTIFIED? Well Katie and Jen (#2) are, and it's awesome how it's not just the singers, and actors, and blah blah blah that are certified. ANYWAY, Katie writes contemporary books, and they're really good, and you should read them. Her books are in a series of companion novels called Pushing The Limits. There are four books so far, and a fifth that's a sequel to the first ever PTL book- which is called Pushing The Limits- is scheduled for December 8th this year. But the characters overlap between the stories, and even though the characters are frustrating at times, they're really lovable.


4. HARRY POTTER- I have some friends, who are insane, and they don't like Harry Potter. I don't know how the hell they can not like Harry Potter. But I bug  those people about reading it. It's not too effective, but I have succeeded in getting my cousin to read it. I guess that's a good enough feat. But HP is something I always recommend to those who haven't read it.




5. THE DARKEST MINDS- The Darkest Minds is probably one of the most underrated YA dystopias ever. I feel like everyone just reads the books that are being made into movies, and those are great books, but no one pays attention to awesome books like this! It's equipped with badass characters, cute characters, strong characters, sensitive characters- all different types of characters. And the world it occurs in is cool, and you should read it.


6. CASSANDRA CLARE- If you have yet to read a Cassandra Clare Book. Just. Stop. Reading. And. Get. Your. Ass. To. The. Store/library/computer. And get one of them. And FARPING READ IT! Then, once you've read it, you will have redeemed yourself, and you can come back and hang with us. CAPICHE? Good. ANYHOW, Shadowhunters are cool. Herondales are hot. Sarcasm and hilariousness is great- and there's a lot of that in these books. Go read them.



7. BLOODLINES/VAMPIRE ACADEMY- I've told y'all a billion times before READ VA AND BLOODLINES. The titles may not appeal to you. The covers may scare you away, but make an effort. You won't be able to stop once you start.

8. DELIRIUM- Delirium is one of my favorite dystopia series. And it's one of the more wide known ones, but there are still a lot of people who haven't read it- so I recommend it to them.


9. JOHN GREEN BOOKS- John Green is a genius and I love his books. My favorite is Will Grayson, Will Grayson. But different people have differing opinions on which John Green book is their favorite. Read them all, and decide for yourself.
10. YOU CHOOSE- Tell me a book you recommend to everyone. Down below in the comments. Feel free to link up TTTs in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Reboot: Reboot #1 by Amy Tintera

Author: Amy Tintera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 7th, 2013
My Rating: 3 STARS
Goodreads Blurb:
Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).
Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.
The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

My Thoughts:
The blurb gives you the basic information that you need to know about the world where Reboot takes place, so I won't really delve into that too much.
Characters:
Wren 178- Wren is the narrator, so we see the world through her eyes. I thought Wren was kind of dull. That could be because she's supposed to not have strong emotions after being dead for so long, and maybe that was intentional, and  intended, but she was just really dull, and at times annoying and unlikable. And the blurb makes her sound really badass-and maybe this was just me- but I didn't really see that. She was like a potato: emotionless, hard, and dull.
Callum 22- The love interest. He wasn't developed properly, we didn't actually see much of him, and he doesn't have enough personality. He's too washed out as a character. He wasn't painted with the vibrant colors that you'd expect for a main character. Rate that metaphor on a scale of 1-10 in the comments. I think it's a pretty damn good metaphor, if I do say so myself.
ANYWAY
Other than Callum and Wren, we don't really see that many other characters. There is a clear antagonist, however we can't visualize what the antagonist is and what they want. We only know second hand info, from the other character, so we didn't really get a feel for who Team Bad really is.
We don't actually see that many other characters in this book, which is a shame, because we didn't learn that much about the main characters, and I feel like we should have at least met more characters because of that.
Plot:
Plotwise, this book is kind of lacking. Nothing really big happened, except for the climactic last couple of chapters. It feels like it was kind of drawn out. With the amount of plot this book has, it could have been compressed into a 100 pages, which is about 1/3 of the amount of pages in the book. And like I said, character development was also lacking, and I don't know where the pages went, because not much happened.
Romance:
This romance was really abrupt. There wasn't a lot of cutesiness, or flirtation. It just kind of happened. One page it wasn't there, and then the next page it's there. I don't know. I just wasn't into it.
My Opinion:
Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this book. I feel like so much more could have been done with it, and the writing didn't do the world justice. It was okay. I'll probably read the sequel. Maybe I'll like it more than I liked this one.
These are my thoughts on Reboot. I don't think it's something you absolutely need to read, because of all these reasons. Tell me your thoughts in the comments. Do you agree? Disagree? I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Friday, August 15, 2014

Onyx : Lux #2 by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: August 4th, 2012
My Rating: 5 STARS
Goodreads Blurb: Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…
Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.
Something worse than the Arum has come to town…
The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.
But then everything changes…
I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?
No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…


My Thoughts: 
I recently reviewed Obsidian, the first book in the brilliant, beautiful, wonderful, hilarious, and awesome Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, so off course, I have to review the rest. If you haven't read Obsidian, for whatever reason, I suggest you go do that. I introduce the main characters in my review for Obsidian, so check that out. If you haven't read the book, I suggest you leave, because I'm going to talk about how I felt, and we're all going to discuss our feelings. So bye if you have yet to read the book.
So, right off the bat, we're introduced to a new character- Blake. At first, I'd thought that there was going to be real, legit competition between Daemon and Blake, because the rules don't prohibit Blake and Katy to be together, and Blake and Katy have more in common, and all that jazz.But it was pretty easy to catch on to the fact that it wasn't the case.
Let's start from the beginning though. Even before we meet Blake, Katy gets really sick. Like I told you in my Obsidian review,  if you look for them, you'll find Twilight parallels. And I really couldn't help myself with this one. It reminded me of the burning Bella experienced when she was becoming a vampire. But this was weird, because you can't become a Luxen.
Okay, we get past this though.
I love Daemon and Katy's not a relationship relationship in this book. I mean, they'll kiss in the library, but then seconds before and seconds later, they'll be screaming at each other. And when Katy's mom finds them in bed together. That was hilarious. That's one of the laugh-out-loud moments in this book. Personally though, Onyx wasn't as funny as Obsidian was, but that's just my opinion. 
Like I said, I'd originally thought that there would be some mild competition between Blake and Daemon, but those thoughts were squashed. I think that Katy should have listened to Daemon, because the whole situation seems fishy, right? Someone who's like Katy moves in exactly when Katy experiences the manifestations of these new powers- it's no coincidence. 
When Will first started making jokes about Daemon and Katy, I knew that he was bad. I didn't know how, but I knew. It's so bastardly, the way that the DOD drops people into places to build relationships with people, only to use them to get what they want. When Will called saying that Katy's mom was in trouble, it all just clicked together. 
Onyx, is the Luxen's kryptonite. And the cage they keep Katy in has onyx bars, and that caused her extreme pain. And I feel like reexplaining the whole climactic chapters would waste both of our time, as we've already read them,  but they were so well done. They had my figuratively biting my nails. I mean, I've never done that, but what I mean, was the anticipation of what would happen when I turned the page was so nerve-racking. 
In short, Blake kills Adam, and Dee blames Katy, and Dawson comes back, and Will is gone for the time being, they let Blake escape, and Katy and Daemon are together. 
I guess that's the best we could have hoped for. Once again, I have to end with a flashback, because I read this a while ago, so: when I read this, I thought it was a bittersweet ending, in the sense that we know that Daemon and Katy are together, and who doesn't ship them? And Dawson was back, and that brought some peace to Daemon and Dee. BUT, and there will always be a "but" with any JLA book that isn't the last book in the series, because Jen doesn't like giving her readers happy endings. She wants them to suffer and wait for her next books, which, can be torturous at times. Anyway, Dee blames Katy for everything, and Katy's sad that their friendship is in tatters. And with Dawson showing up on the last page, we had nothing to do but wait and wonder what happened next. 
In one last point, before I end this review, I want to tell you how spoilery I think the blurb for this book is. It gives away half of the main plot. I'm glad I didn't actually read it when I read the book, because it's so freaking spoilery. That is all. 
This was another great installment in the Lux Series, and I tell you, it gets even better. I recommend that you pick them up, and read them. Tell me your thoughts in the comments. Have you had the pleasure of reading Opposition yet? Tell me all that jazz in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time. 
-Swathi