Origin – Jennifer L. Armentrout

13644052Title: Origin
Series:
(
Lux, #4)
Author:
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Category: Young Adult
Rating: 5

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Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

MY REVIEW

After Opal’s devastating cliffhanger, I was itching to get my hands on this and devour it. And it didn’t disappoint. The feels were so intense, I even had to take breaks to swoon and re-read some of Daemon’s dialogue. Origin presents us with Daemon’s point of view, and the book paralleled in the fact that we got both sides of the story: Katy, trapped with Daedalus, and Daemon going out of his mind trying to save her from becoming like empty eyed and tortured Bethany.

With some couples progressions throughout a series, the female protagonist usually loses her personality (if she ever had one) and instead of being utterly consumed with Daemon, Katy actually took time to miss her mom, blogging and reading. She suffers through horrible experiences yet her spirit didn’t break and she didn’t need to be coddled or saved like some damsel in distress. Yes, Daemon came for her. But the two of them worked together instead of what you see on those old raunchy novels the elderly lady at the drugstore swoons about, with the half dressed damsel hanging off the arm of some muscled viking.

The plot had some nice twists and whatnot, and there was betrayal from characters you actually liked and death of those you wished you didn’t like, and about fifty, “WHAT THE HECK?” moments. Not as bad as it’s predecessor, but I can’t wait for the next one.

If you haven’t already, read the Lux series! Especially if you swooned over Max and Michael from Roswell and itching to get a hot-alien fix.

The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey

15745753Title: The 5th Wave
Series:
(The 5th Wave, #1)
Author:
Rick Yancey
Category:
Young Adult
Rating: 5

Goodreads

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

MY REVIEW

“But if I’m it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I’m going to let the story end this way. I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.”

Do you like alien invasions? What about intense action and mild romance? Or maybe you like apocalyptic novels? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions (or all of them), then this is the book for you! Told in multiple pov’s ranging from protagonist Cassie to a broken soldier nicknamed Zombie, this story is compelling from each.

1st wave: Goodbye cell phones, cars, planes, television and electricit.
2nd wave: Adios coastal cities that are now underwater.
3rd wave: Sayonara to a hefty percent of whats left of the world’s population. Birds are spreading a horrific, epidemic disease.
4th wave: Trust no one. How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.
5th wave: Well… Read to find out?

Cassie Sullivan believes she very well may be the last person on Earth. She hasn’t seen another human being since her first kill of a gutted, dying soldier in a corner store outside of what was once civilization.

Unbeknownst to Cassie, she’s being hunted, stalked, by someone she called a Silencer. Silencer’s are those that were once as human as you or, well, you, (don’t stare at my third eye and tentacles, please), who were invaded by a silent intruder in the womb. A Trojan Horse, if you will. This Silencer has been waiting to pick off Cassie for a long time, hoping that her human survival instincts compel her to seek out other survivors.

Elsewhere, we have Zombie, whom once was just a teenage boy that harbored guilt that he left his baby sister to die. Now, he’s a soldier, training to eradicate the infected on the eve of the 5th Wave.

Other mentionables are Sammy, Cassie’s younger brother, who was taken, and sweet farmboy, Evan Walker, who nurses Cassie back to health and may be hiding a deadly secret.

The characters are so real and flawed, trying to survive and willing themselves to find something to live for, and none of them are willing to lay down and let the aliens win. Do yourself a favor and buy a copy or check this out at the local library! It’s even being optioned for a movie!

Opal (Lux #3) – Jennifer Armentrout

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Author: Jennifer Armentrout
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. IN THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF RIVER SONG, “SPOILERS!”

First off, let me address the ending.

wut. wut. WHAAAAT! NOOOO!!! THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING!

ahem. I’m done.

Opal is Jennifer Armentrout’s third novel in the Lux series. Not to be confused with The Luxe by Anna Godbersen.

If you liked Roswell in it’s day, or love the idea of hot aliens, this series is definitely for you.

Actually, hot supernaturalish guys, which I’m sure nearly all of us YA readers love.

Let me just say, Jennifer L. Armentrout is one hell of a writer. I want to start her Covenant series soon. But really, she’s a great writer. I’m very picky with what I read, and I only read sequels if I really like the story. So, yeah. She’s right up there with my other favorite YA writers, Cassandra Clare and Richelle Mead.

It doesn’t hurt that our bookish protagonist in the Lux series is a bit too close to myself. No, not the typical bookish protag you might expect in YA that reads Sense and Sensibility nonstop – not that there’s anything wrong with that. Our heroine is a book-loving YA blogger. I get so amused by how she treats her laptop and books as if they were an extension of her soul, because I’m nearly the same. Not to mention, the near violence that Daemon drives her to with his wit and sarcasm between the span of these three books.

Opal was very action-packed and fast paced. Sometimes it was so consumed in the troubles that I was just pouting hoping for another cute Katy/Daemon moment. C’mon, just give me a liiiittle romance here 😛

 “I love you, Katy. Always have. Always will.”

Cmon! Who wouldn’t swoon if a gorgeous guy said that to them? Crazy people, that’s who!

And of course, the humor….

 “Oh, dear God and baby Jesus in the manger, my eyes!” Dee shrieked. “My eyes!”

“Just behave and don’t do anything you’ll regret in the morning.” Her gaze drifted over my shoulder, and she mustered, “Wouldn’t be much.”
“Mom!”
Laughing, she gave me a light shove. “I’m old, not dead.”

….

Now, to the cliffhanger. Jennifer, are you a sadist? Do you like causing your fans pain? DO YOU? These endings are torture! In fact, I’m calling up the DOD and telling them about you and your cruel torture of the fandom. Not to mention, I have to wait until next summer to read the next? You’re right up there with Lord Voldemort. Shame on you.

Read this book. Actually, read the first two before, or you’ll be very lost. Five stars, baby. *slow clap*

Excuse me while I ugly sob.

 

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