Review: Obsession (An Arum Novel) by Jennifer Armentrout

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Goodreads Description:

This is a stand alone novel that is an adult spin-off of the Lux Series You do not need to read a Lux book to read Obsession and vice versa.

He’s arrogant, domineering, and… To. Die. For.

Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.

Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something… unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret.

Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable—breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life… or is it Hunter?

 

My Review

Obsession is yet another Jennifer Armentrout book I’ve been meaning to read for over a year now.  When I first learned that JLA was writing an Arum novel I was pretty intrigued. The Lux series “raised” me to view the Arum as the worst enemy out there and a great threat to the ever wonderful Daemon Black! But I knew that since it was a Lux spinoff I had to read it!

Obsession was a good read filled with a steamy/rough romance and a new plot that opened my eyes to who the true enemy is out there.  Hunter is forced into protecting Serena after she witnesses proof of alien life (a Luxen) and learns some information from her best friend that she shouldn’t know about the Luxens’ plans. Their relationship starts off pretty rocky but as the two spend more time together an unstable attraction brews between the two one that could very well mean the death of Serena.

Obsession allowed me to see the Lux series from a new point of view. A view in which the Arum are just as much victims of circumstance as the Luxen. Not all of them are as they seem and they could very well prove to be allies in the final book of the Lux series titled Opposition. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK!!!! I read on JLA’s blog or Facebook (idk it was some form of social media) that Hunter and Serena will make an appearance of some sort in Opposition so that should be pretty awesome! At one point in Obsession the two worlds did collide and my inner fangirl had a heart attack!!

The only thing I wasn’t a big fan of in Obsession was the lack of plot movement. Don’t get me wrong, the story line was definitely good, but for a huge part of the book the main characters remained stationary. The romance was riveting but I just wanted the plot development to be an equal pair to the quality of the romantic buildup.  The story did have some great moments of suspense, I was just expecting more of it from a Lux spinoff book. But oh well, Obsession is still worth reading for Lux fans, if only so they can be fully educated in all things Lux!

You can buy Obsession on Amazon here!

RELEASE DAY BLITZ Excerpt & Giveaway: Endre (Elsker Saga #2) by S.T. Bende

We’re celebrating the release of Endre (Elsker Saga #2) by S.T. Bende!

Endre (Elsker Saga #2) by S.T. Bende
Upper YA/NA Paranormal Romance
Blurb:

Sometimes, finding your destiny means doing the exact opposite of what The Fates have planned.

Winning the heart of an immortal assassin was a dream come true for Kristia Tostenson. Now she’s knee deep in wedding plans, goddess lessons, and stolen kisses. But her decision to become immortal could end in heartbreak — not only for Kristia, but for the god who loves her. Because while Ull would do anything to protect his bride, even the God of Winter is powerless against the Norse apocalypse. Ragnarok is coming.

And the gods aren’t even close to ready.

Excerpt:

When I came to, my chest heaved with sobs. Cold sweat cloaked my body from my forehead to the backs of my knees. My hair was damp, my pulse was racing, and my fingers gripped the sheets so tightly my knuckles ached. I was in my room at Ýdalir, the one place I had always felt safe. Only now I was absolutely terrified.

I ripped the covers off and wrapped my arms around my legs. My nose twitched at an unfamiliar smell. I pulled the cord on the bedside lamp, and looked around to see what might be burning. There was no smoke in the room; all of the furniture seemed to be intact. But when I glanced down, I saw the hems of my pajamas. They were black, singed from the fire I’d desperately hoped had been part of a dream.

This time things had gone too far. If my smoldering pant legs were any indication, being injured in a vision could have far-reaching worldly consequences. And if Elfie had come that close to killing me . . .

Ull had his rules, but I no longer cared. I jumped out of bed and raced down the hallway. When I reached his door I pounded on the distressed wood. Tears streamed down my face but I didn’t bother to wipe them away. The downpour was too intense; it wouldn’t have done any good anyway.

The door flew open and Ull stood on the other side. He wore a loose pair of grey sweatpants and nothing else. Oh hot bejeebus. There was no way this guy was for real. It just wasn’t humanly possible to look that good.

Oh, right. Ull wasn’t human.

Despite the agony coursing through my awakening consciousness, this was a moment of glory I’d remember forever—the first time I saw Ull’s naked torso. His sweats hung low on his hips, affording me a view of the cut just above the bone.

Holy Lord.

“Kristia?” Ull rubbed the sleep from his eyes. He took in my matted hair, tear-streaked face, and shaking hands. “Great Odin. What happened?”

He pulled me to him, crushing my face against the muscles of his chest. The knot in my stomach loosened infinitesimally. Just being near Ull gave me peace, but being this near Ull was like taking a sedative. Breathing in his woodsy smell made my panic subside. And when he pressed his hands against me—one to my hair, the other against the small of my back—my gut knew I was safe. Nothing bad could happen to me so long as I was in Ull’s arms. I inhaled again, letting his familiar scent fill me from the inside until my shaking stilled. Then I pressed my lips against his skin. Hard.

“Sweetheart?” he asked again.

“I had another vision and it freaked me out. Can I stay with you?” I didn’t take my lips off his chest as I spoke. I couldn’t. He tasted divine—like spruce and soap and home. There was a very real possibility my mouth might be permanently adhered to his flesh, like a kid who’d tried to lick a frozen railing.

Only this was far less unpleasant.

Buy Endre on: Amazon/ Amazon UK/ Kobo/ Barnes & Noble  

 

 

The Amazon bestselling Upper YA Paranormal Romance series inspired by Norse mythology and featured in USA Today.

What reviewers are saying about The Elsker Saga:

“The characters will leave an imprint on your heart and mind for a long time to come.” -Lisa (Bound by Books)

“Bende takes classic bits of Norse mythology and throws in original elements to create her own tasty Nordic blend… I’ll definitely be checking out the sequel!” -Bookalicious Reviews

“One of my favorite books of the year.” -White Zin Bookends

“Action packed with a heart pounding romance!” -Curse of the Bibliophile

“This book was nearly impossible to put down and I’m dying for the sequel!” -Brittany and Bianca Blab Books (now BiblioBelles)

Tur: An Elsker Saga Novella (Prequel)

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Inga Andersson is the envy of every girl in Asgard. On the surface she has it all — great friends, a job as Odin’s personal fight choreographer, and a happy ever after with her realm’s hottest assassin. But when evil invades Asgard, her perfect world comes crashing down. Someone is planning to kill off the gods, and Inga’s best friend Ull is first on their list. With the Norse apocalypse a nanosecond away, Inga has to decide how she’ll spend her final moments of freedom. Because from the moment this battle begins, Inga’s happily ever after will be nothing more than a memory.

Some things are worth fighting for.

Elsker: The Elsker Saga Book One

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You don’t win the heart of an immortal assassin without making a few enemies along the way. Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn’t exactly what she was expecting. He’s an honest to goodness Norse God – an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. Kristia’s crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms.

Her orderly life just got very messy.

ABOUT S.T. BENDE:

Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, ST Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of McVities cookies. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the books of The Elsker Saga. She hopes her characters make you smile and that one day, pastries will be considered a health food.

Find ST on Twitter @stbende or her blog (http://stbende.blogspot.com). While you’re at it, introduce yourself to @UllMyhr – when he’s not saving the cosmos from dark elves, he loves meeting new friends. Especially the human kind.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite TV Shows

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I am super excited about this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top Ten Favorite TV Shows! “Netflixing”/  watching my TV shows is the one thing I love just as much as reading! And I love that this week takes a break from talking about books, because from what I’ve seen, most people who are obsessed with reading are usually obsessed with TV shows as well and we don’t get nearly as much time to express our love for them. I could have chosen to do my post on movies instead of shows. Don’t get me wrong, I’m also a huge movie buff but my shows are the things I consistently hardcore fangirl over, and I’m just way more excited to share those with you than my fave movies.

So here they are in no particular order, my Top Ten Favorite TV Shows! Though I’ve saved the best for last!

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1. The Walking Dead: I love this show! The storyline never fails to have me on the edge of my seat with a pillow held close to squeeze during times of extreme stress! This show is about so much more than the zombie apocalypse! It’s about survival and the lengths one will go to to stay alive and to protect the people you love. Oh and two words: DARYL DIXON!

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Though the end of season 4 was kinda disappointing I’m still most definitely looking forward to the start up of season 5 in October!

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2. BBC’s Robin Hood: I’m absolutely in love with this show, even if it broke my heart into a million pieces, yet I’ve still rewatched them all! I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every episode at least 4 times (there’s only three seasons). The action is constant and the love story is breathtaking:

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Robin and Marian *sigh*

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3. Psych:  This show is downright hilarious! The first six seasons are fantastic and had me cracking up at every turn! The jokes are witty and the pop culture references are ever bountiful! Sean and Gus will forever be amazing!

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As Gus would say: “You know that’s right!”

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4. The Vampire Diaries: I think that picture speaks louder than words! This show is filled with all kinds of sexy *cough cough* Damon Salvatore aka Ian Somerhalder!

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Look at that smirk! *blushes*

This show is all sorts of angsty but also super intense and insane every second of the way! I got hooked on The Vampire Diaries last Summer and watched all four seasons in a month and was proud of it! Though the romance drives me crazy with frustration the content and supernatural phenomena keeps me glued to the story!

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5. The Legend of the Seeker: I love this show sooo much and was super upset that it got canceled after two seasons, but at least it still had 44 episodes and concluded wonderfully! This is yet another show that had an awesome romance as well as constant action and suspense! Every episode had me asking “how the heck are they gonna get out of this alive?!” And just look at Richard aka Craig Horner… he’s Australian!

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Legend of the Seeker is also one of those I have rewatched and hope to rewatch again! They just need to bring it back on Netflix dang it!!

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6. Arrow: I actually recently got into Arrow this Summer and after the first episode I was hooked! There are so many plot twists, awesome one-on-one combat, as well as Oliver and Felicity’s relationship that I will forever ship!

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Can’t you just see the sparks and feel the heat??

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7. BBC’s Merlin: Another show that has broken my heart, yet it still managed to find its way onto my Top Ten Favorite Shows post! I love Merlin for all the emotion, the fantasy filled action/suspense but most importantly for the relationship that Arthur and Merlin have with one another! It’s adorable and absolutely hilarious throughout! Though the ending of the series was more than disappointing I choose to remember Merlin for all its wonderful qualities and will go on as if I never saw that last episode (though there really is no forgetting).

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8. What I Like About You: I used to come home to watch reruns of this show everyday and slowly but surely saw every episodes multiple times! I love this ridiculous show! It never failed to make me laugh! Thus I choose to remember Amanda Bynes for how she was and not for the pink haired round faced person she is now.

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9. Avatar: The Last Airbender: I will forever love this show! It is SO much more than a childrens’ cartoon! Never has there ever been so much emotion and so many adult situations in what one would call a “kids’ show.” Every episode is gripping, the plot line is wonderfully structured and it had plenty of laugh out loud moments! Now every time I see them play reruns I’m all

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AND NOW I’VE SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST!!! MY ALL TIME FAVORITE SHOW….

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10. Supernatural: Oh how do I begin to put my love and adoration for this show into words!!! There isn’t a single thing I dislike about Supernatural. Between the characters (which are to die for…literally), the insane storyline, and the wonderful humor, this show has everything to offer! Every episode has me glued to the screen and every season finale kills me with it’s cliffhanger! And you can be sure to hear classic rock in almost every episode! The Winchesters (specifically Dean) stole my heart in a matter of 11 weeks which is how long it took me to watch all 9 seasons and 195 episodes! Bear in mind that this was also during Spring Break/ my last quarter of school too! Though really I fell in love with the show instantly, and never have I ever been so consumed by a show so quickly before. It almost wasn’t natural, you could say it was…supernatural… (bad puns but anyone in the SPN Family would catch my drift).

My Reaction every time something insane happens on Supernatural:

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But just look at these two

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Can’t forget about Cas

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Alright well there you have it folks! All the loves of my life summed up into one post. If you haven’t noticed I like a particular genre of TV shows! Of course I watch many many more shows than this but these will forever be my top, or at least it’s going to take some epic awesomeness for a new show to make it onto the top ten! I’m pretty picky!

Hope you enjoyed my Top Ten Favorite TV Shows list! What are some of your favorite shows? I’d love to know! I’m always open to suggestions for my next Netflix binge! Comment below!

Review: Vampire Brides from Planet Hell by Malcolm Chandler

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Amazon Description:

In space, no one can hear you scream. But on Drakken III (a.k.a Planet Hell) visitors’ tortured screams echo for eternity.

Drakken was once home to a race of insatiable, blood-sucking warriors. Now it’s a dead world. Quarantined. Xed out on the astrogation charts with a skull and crossbones.

Unfortunately for convicted space pirate Max Neptune, a suicide mission to Drakken is his only way out of a death sentence. Drakken’s lecherous ruler, Count Styrax, has kidnapped the Crown Princess Persephone. If Neptune can get her back, he wins his freedom.

It’s not the worst deal in the galaxy. Sure beats the laser guillotine.

Unfortunately for Max, a harem full of voluptuous alien vampires may prove more than he can resist. In which case he, too, will spend a tortured eternity on Planet Hell — as their slave!

 

My Review

Vampire Brides from Planet Hell is definitely unlike anything you have encountered! It is a fast paced short story filled with scifi action and death at every turn.  The storyline pulled me in from the start.

Drakken III provided for a thrilling setting that was equally paired with the narrator. You don’t even have to learn his name to appreciate and be thoroughly entertained by his point of view! The dialogue was witty with just the perfect amount of humor. And the ending line could not have been more perfect! Vampire Brides from Planet Hell was a quick fun read! Too bad it was a “short” because it would have been wonderful to see what happened next!

You can buy Vampire Brides from Planet Hell on Amazon here!

Review: Half-Blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer Armentrout

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Goodreads Summary:

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

My Review

If you are a regular follower/viewer of my blog, then you know that it is no secret that I LOVE Jennifer Armentrout’s books, specifically The Lux Series! Well I always knew that she had written the Covenant series before she wrote The Lux Series and had been meaning to read them for a couple years now. And every blogger I’ve seen that’s read The Lux Series has also enjoyed the Covenant Series. So I knew I had to eventually read them, and huzzah! I finally read the first book!!!

Half-Blood brings about an entirely new race, while combining components of mythology and supernatural lore at the same time! So needless to say, it is a very unique story. I was pulled into this book almost instantly. The story line was captivating with its ingenuity and wonderfully appealing characters!

Alex is a hard headed, rebellious half-blood who manages to find her way into trouble at every turn. Whilst Aiden is a Pure who is level headed, extremely powerful, and oh yeah did I mention extremely hot! Let’s just say things begin to heat up between the two as they battle with their need to be together and with their knowledge of knowing it’s forbidden to ever do so! But it’s kinda hard to “unlike” one another when Aiden offers to train Alex and is therefor required to spend everyday together (which was oh so fine by me).

As Alex and Aiden grow closer, secrets are revealed and enemies are at their doorstep. Alex learns who/what she is and must come to terms with what it means. She must then do the unthinkable to protect the people she cares about, but to do so she has to put everything on the line.

This book had me glued to the pages and awake way too late reading! The content was just that awesome! Even when there wasn’t any big action going on, the dialogue and plot in general were constantly gripping! The romantic struggle was aggravating by the end but I still have hope for Aiden and Alex for sure! I really enjoyed Half-blood and I definitely recommend this book for any JLA fan, and for anyone looking for a new paranormal read!

You can buy Half-Blood here on Amazon! Or you might even be able to find it at your local library! I did!

 

WWW Wednesday 7/9/14

This meme is hosted by Should Be Reading.

 

WWW Wednesdays (July 9)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
 

What I’m Currently Reading:

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What I Recently Finished Reading:

 

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What I Think I’ll Read Next: I’m going to reread Origin by JLA before Opposition (the Last book) comes out!!!!

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