Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Humpday Hello Luxen Style

Howdy ho hump day nation!  It's been awhile, life has just gotten to me - we all have those moments where you have to hunker down just to get through the day. Thank God for great friends....and books....and wine!

Some days guilty indulgences are the best thing you can give yourself.  Speaking of Guilty Indulgences - who here missed the Hump day eye candy?  Well, to serve penance, I will give you something special and maybe sneak in another later in the week....you'll have to keep your eyes peeled and stay tuned!

During my hiatus, I read....alot! And all over the map - historical romance, YA, erotica, M/M romance, contemporary romance - some old favorite authors and some new authors - and all of it was really, really good!  Check out my homage for the day - an amazing voice in romance is a hot YA storyteller to boot!

The Lux series, Jennifer Armentrout, Entangled Publishing, 2012

Shadows (A Prequel), Lux series

The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.

Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in.

Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence…and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.


Obsidian, Book 1, Lux Series

Starting Over Sucks

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy Internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And Then He Opened His Mouth

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The Hot Alien Living Next Door Marks Me

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I Don’t Kill Him First, That Is


Onyx, Book 2, Lux series

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 Arum has come to town

The Department of Defense is 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.


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REVIEW:

Call me a crazy kid wannabee, I adore YA romance series. The writing is usually a cut above, having to rely upon great characters and interesting plot lines instead of sexy erotic thrills. Jennifer Armentrout's new Lux series is no exception to this rule. Action, sassy heroines and brooding heroes, simmering sexual tension (at a PG13 level) and snarky humor - what more can one ask from a teen series? Toss in some truly interesting and well crafted plot twists and an extremely well constructed world and you have total captivation.

For those who freak out about order of series - close your eyes. I read Obsidian first (It's book 1) and completely fell in love with Daemon and Katy. Ms. Armentrout captures her readers with very multi-dimensional characters and some razor sharp story lines. From the very first page I was hooked, read all night and started the next book the following day - yes, that kind of addiction. Perhaps it's this blogger's tender heart for a book blogger heroine or a hero to rival Jace Wayland or Logan Quinn....

Katy and her mom move to podunk West Virginia in an attempt to restart their lives after Katy's dad's death. With mom working insane shifts at several hospitals, Katy is alone much of the time. She strikes up a friendship with her neighbor Dee Black, much to Dee's brother's dismay. Daemon's hostility manifests in some stellar verbal sparring that leaves Katy baffled. However, when Katy gets attacked one night, Daemon comes to the rescue. Like magnets that attract and repel, the pair have a chemistry that is out of this world...literally. Obsidian lays the ground work for a classic forbidden romance - Earth girl and Alien boy!

Onyx takes the storyline and runs full steam ahead. Unbelievably, Onyx was even better than Obsidian which I adored. Building upon the world of the Luxen on Earth, taking the war with the Arum and the mysterious men in black from the DOD, Onyx tantalizes the reader with the momentum of Daemon and Katy's romance and the mystery surrounding the disappearance of several local teens, including Dee and Daemon's brother Dawson and his human girlfriend. The witty banter between him and Katy continues and their sizzling chemistry remains but never crosses the YA line - combining a very emotional and cerebral romance with the burgeoning passions of the two teens from very different worlds. The cliff hanging ending keeps readers on the precipice desperately waiting for book 3, Opal, to be released December 11, 2012!

By far one of my favorite reads of 2012, the Lux series is a shining example of great YA storytelling.


RATING: Five Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries and a trip or two to the Smoke Hole Diner in Petersburg! Winner of our Ultimate Indulgence Book Award!

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