Origin – Jennifer L. Armentrout

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


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?


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.


Day 6: Hound Dogs | Summer Lovin’ Read-A-Thon

Hey guys! I think today’s participation post is gonna be one of my favorite, listing those those bad boys that make your heart go pitter patter. I might have to eventually narrow mine down, as I have a thing for bad boys so this post could get pretty lengthy. In no specific order… 

Jace Herondale

C’mon, badass shadowhunter, hiding heaven knows how many weapons in his tight leather get up? Not to mention, I am a sucker for blond british guys, and sarcasm and wit. He’s got it all. Jace is the son of Stephen and Celine Herondale, and has angel blood in him from Valentine feeding it to his mother. Presumably, Celine commited suicide and Valentine took the child from her womb shortly after. After faking his and his real son’s death, Valentine took off with both Jonathan and Jace and raised them separately, while taking the identity of Michael Wayland. Valentine was both loving and cruel, and when Jace was ten, Valentine staged his death as Michael Wayland, convincing everyone his real father had died just them. Jace then spent the next several years in the New York Institute living with the Lightwoods. (The Mortal Instruments).

Will Herondale

Will Herondale was born in a welsh family consisting of a shadowhunter father who had left the Clave after falling in love with a munsdane. When Will was twelve, he unintentionally released a demon from a pyxis and when his older sister Ella came running, the demon attacked her and cursed Will that anyone who loved him would die. The next morning, his sister Ella was dead. He ran to the London Institute to keep his family safe. Ugh, Will’s so angsty and broken, how can you not love him? He’s guarded, because of the curse he’s cruel at times to everyone and keeps everyone at a distance but his best friend, who is already condemned to die an early death to a demon disease. (The Infernal Devices).

Adrian Ivashkov

Adrian is a royal Moroi and the great nephew of Queen Tatiana. He has the element of Spirit and to keep him from going insane from the darkness spirit causes, he often drinks and smokes as a way to cope. He’s always full of witty lines and is capable of walking into others dreams, a gift he often used to talk to Rose Hathaway in her dreams, and more recently, Sydney Sage. He’s arrogant, cocky, and occasionally annoying to those around him, but incredibly funny. He is the ultimate book boyfriend. (Vampire Academy & Bloodlines series)

Daemon Black

Daemon is a Lux, a race of alien that consists of light. His human form is drool-worthy. He has a twin brother, Dawson, who was missing for quite some time, and a sister, Dee. Not much is known about his past, and there’s only a handful of Lux on the planet. He’s sarcastic, and often cruel, but most of it is a guard to protecting his sister. He’s fiercely protective of people he loves. Daemon has grown on me throughout the series. I was put off a bit by his attitude, but he has since won me over with his loyalty and protectiveness (The Lux series).

Okay, I think I’ll end it here or I’ll be going on all day. Honorable mentions include Tobias Eaton/Four from the Divergent series, Dorian from Dark Swan series, and Adam from Before I Die by Jenny Downham.

Gah, why can’t these guys exist in real life. It’d be painful, but at least I’d have something to look at while I’m torturing myself over what I can’t have, right?

The Summer Lovin’ Read-a-Thon is hosted by Reviewing Wonderland. Head on over to Read-a-Thon Central and sign up!

Opal (Lux #3) – Jennifer Armentrout


Author: Jennifer Armentrout
Rating: 5/5


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.


First off, let me address the ending.


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.”
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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