Review: The Brightest Night (Origin #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Goodreads Summary:

Less than a year ago, Evelyn Dasher was a normal girl, living an unremarkable life.

Now, she’s on the run, under the protection of the beautiful, deadly inhuman Luc. She’s been betrayed by those who were closest to her. And she’s learned truths about herself that she never saw coming–things she once knew, and was made to forget. Truths with devastating consequences. She’s caught in the eye of the storm.

He is the darkest star.
You are the burning shadow.
And together, you will bring about the brightest night.


4-star


My Review

The Brightest Night was a wonderful addition to the Origin series and I thoroughly enjoyed it throughout. The story continues smoothly into Evie and Luc’s journey, where they have now made it to a Luxen safe zone after barely surviving the trip there. Of course their troubles are far from over and on top of facing the ever growing threat that is the Daedalus, Evie must also attempt to win over the rest of the compound in order to gain their trust in her. 

As you can see, I didn’t give The Brightest Night 5 stars, but it for sure came very close. The story kept me intrigued all the way through. I absolutely loved seeing Evie and Luc’s relationship further unfold and grow in the most wonderful ways. You genuinely get to see the ends they will go to for one another which seems to be a common motif in JLAs Lux books. Also, you get sooo much more from Daemon in this book which was amazing and is making me need a Lux reread RIGHT NOW! However, I couldn’t help but notice that not a whole lot happened throughout the majority of the book. It’s not until the final 50 pages or so that you get more information that influences the overall plot going forward. Like I said, this didn’t stop me from really enjoying the entire thing, it still kept my attention and didn’t feel boring, I just wish we had been given more juicy things throughout instead of only at the end. 

This leads me into the ending, and HOLY SH**!! I am utterly shocked and devastated and MY HEART!! The ending was crazy and I cannot wait for more, I NEED MORE! Sorry for all the exclamation points and feelings, but just go read the darn thing and you will understand! I highly recommend this one regardless of the overall lack of movement throughout the meatier parts of the story, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still love it, because I certainly did! 

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Review: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire

Goodreads Summary:

A Betrayal…

Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.

A Choice…

Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…

But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late. 

 


3 Star


My Review

Well I so know I’m not going to be with majority on this one…but I was not the biggest fan of book two of the Blood and Ash series. After getting such an epic set up from book one, I was super pumped and expecting to be blown away by the sequel and that just didn’t happen for me.

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire picks up immediately where From Blood and Ash left off so that was great! I was so ready to see how Casteel/Hawke was going to get Poppy to marry him after all the craziness they dealt with in book one. And let me tell ya folks…you’re going to have to wait a while for anything major as far as plot developments to happen. Book two felt very much like a filler book. And some of the sex scenes in this one were just plain weird for me. Like borderline not ok in my book (pun not intended). Don’t get me wrong, the sexy banter between the two was super steamy and Casteel is incredibly endearing but I couldn’t help but feel that some of the sex scenes were oddly placed at times.

I also have a hard time rooting for a heroin who frequently gives into her bloodlust. Like yes their enemies need to go down but I guess I’m more used to the good guy being the bigger person when it comes to showing those that don’t deserve it mercy. So it was hard to see Poppy constantly cross that line. Like are we as readers supposed to be ok with her murdering the people who have wronged her in cold blood? Do they deserve it? 100%, but should she still stoop to their level and kill them? Idk…I just have a hard time with that I guess.

I didn’t not like the story but I didn’t love it like I hoped I would. I still enjoy the dynamic of Poppy and Casteel. And I LOVE Kieran and hope that JLA gives him his own series at some point. I just really hope the next book is better because this one ended crazy and I definitely have to know what happens next. And despite the hiccups, I still like the overall unique world and storyline.

Have you read book two of the Blood and Ash series? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts? I’ve read some other readers reviews and I know it’s not just me who feels this way. Comment below!

Buy A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire .

Review: Brave (Wicked #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout Koop

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5 star

Goodreads Summary:

Ivy Morgan hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine… and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies.

Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves–and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen….


My Review

Brave was hands down the best of the three books in the Wicked series. True to JLA nature, it picks up directly after the events following Torn. Ivy was freed from the clutches of the Prince but at what cost to her soul? Though she’s told Ren and Tink that she’s ok after being held captive, she’s clearly far from it as time goes by. And as the impending battle for their lives finally comes to a head, it’s clear that Ren and Ivy need to hold onto each other now more than ever if they hope to survive.

Book three was seriously intense from start to finish, like holy sh** people, I couldn’t put it down at certain points. There was just development after development. And the romance and fire between Ren and Ivy was EVERYTHING! It was seriously beautiful to see the ends to which they would go to for one another, and that definitely is a resounding theme of this book.

The ending was 100% not what I was expecting, which made it all the more fun to read. I didn’t want it to end, but thankfully I’ve heard awesome things about the novellas and that the main characters do make appearances, so I will definitely be giving those a read sometime soon! If you’re a JLA fan and looking to start another one of her beloved series, I highly recommend you give The Wicked Trilogy a try!

Buy Brave now!

Review: Torn (Wicked #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Goodreads Summary:

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.


5 star


My Review

I cannot believe it took me so many years to finally get around  to reading the second book in The Wicked Trilogy. OMG! If I had realized how amazing the series gets, I so would have gotten to it sooner!

Torn literally picks up right where Wicked left off with Ivy finding out she’s the halfling after almost losing her life thanks to the Prince! Naturally she’s completely “torn” between telling Ren, creating a potential insurmountable rift, or believing in her love for him and facing the odds anyway.  Should be an easy decision…

Wow, this book started off intense and intriguing from the get-go. I didn’t want to put it down. I actually flew through it faster than I thought I would considering I’m working 40 hours a week at my clinical rotation right now. New information is revealed, and there’s devastation and heartbreak around every corner, let me tell ya! This book will take you on quite the ride.

There is also a particular scene in this one that I can use no other description besides, UTTERLY SCANDALOUS! Like holy sh** balls, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was kind of shocked JLA could take things to the level that she did and it for sure made me uncomfortable, not gonna lie. It almost made me want to give the story 4 stars instead of 5, but overall, the scene proves a point about the Fae. I know that I’m being vague, but just brace yourselves.

Regardless, Torn was awesome, the romance was stellar, the plot was INSANE, and the characters are amazing! I’m currently halfway through book three and I’m even more in love with the story than before! I highly recommend this series folks! What are you waiting for, get started!

Buy Torn on Amazon!

Review: From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Goodreads Summary:

Captivating and action-packed, From Blood and Ash is a sexy, addictive, and unexpected fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Laura Thalassa.

A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel. 


4 star

My Review

From Blood and Ash is absolutely unlike any other JLA book I’ve ever read! This is her first high fantasy book and it certainly packs a punch!! Was it everything I was hoping for based on what everyone has been saying? No. BUT! I definitely enjoyed it and am super excited for book two!

From Blood and Ash gave me a “Throne of Glass” vibe right from the start!! Insert badass girl who can clearly fend for herself, befriends those closest to her, and is living in a castle while falling for the steamy male who’s duty bound to protect her. I instantly had so many questions too! This book leaves you guessing throughout. I commend JLA for giving us just enough clues that we’re able to see the big reveal coming, but not realize how much comes with it!! OMG!! I did not expect everything that came hurling at me by the last 100 pages!

Poppy is the lead female you can respect for her skill with a weapon and steadfast determination to stay true to herself. She has been forced to live a sheltered life, protected from everything life has to offer due to her status as the “Maiden.” A status that is honestly still not fully explained in book one. However, when she is given Hawke as her new bodyguard she has no idea what’s in store. Poppy cannot deny that she has an ever growing attraction to him, but things may not be what they seem.  Soon, mass rebellions start, and her whole world is turned upside down in more ways than one.

Oh my goodness was the romance in this one STEAMY!!! Like damn, folks. The relationship between these two was quite the insane ride. At times I truly didn’t know what to think, because there were just so many feelings!!!

Overall, the story was super fast paced, and easy to fly through. And even though I definitely enjoyed it, it didn’t quite hit 5 stars for me. From Blood and Ash was very much so a first book in what is clearly going to be an awesome series. It set the stage and gave all the background info, but definitely leaves you wanting a lot more. I foresee me giving book two a 5 star review because now everything’s been set, and I know there’s so much more to come! Thankfully, the next book comes out in September!!

Buy From Blood and Ash on Amazon!!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By

This meme is hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. 

This week’s theme is Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books by. I don’t have a full ten again this weeks, whoops. I guess that means I need to step my game up when it comes to reading more books by authors I love. Since I’ve been obsessed with PicMonkey lately, I decided to switch up my format this week. JLA is by far my favorite of these, if you couldn’t tell lol! I’m currently reading From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and I’ve got books pre-ordered by JLA, Colleen Hoover, and Sarah J. Maas, so these lists will continue to grow.

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Jennifer L Armentrout on Goodreads 


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Colleen Hoover on Goodreads


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Review: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Goodreads Summary:

A story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice.

Growing up, Mallory Dodge learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime. Now, after years of homeschooling, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at a public high school. But she never imagined she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day. 

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet soon it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants and the truths that need to be heard.


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Favorite Quotes: 

“And it was knowing that I could still be…still be afraid of everything, but not letting that fear stop me from living.”

“Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn’t exist.”


My Review

This is one of only a handful of stand alones by JLA. My history with her stand alone novels has always been great so I’ve been super excited to dive into this one! I’ve had it on my Kindle for a few years now and finally was able to read it. And once again, I was not disappointed!

The story follows Mallory as she navigates public school for the first time. She’s had a morbid past involving abusive foster parents and after being adopted and going through the necessary steps, is finally ready to face the great unknown that is her senior year in high school. The last thing she expects is to run into someone from her past on day one: her only friend and great protector Rider.

I have to say, this story’s lead female character was unlike any JLA has ever written about before. Usually her books consist of strong-willed badass girls with a great sense of humor. Mallory is definitely not any of these. Honestly, it wouldn’t have fit the story nearly as well if she was. And it was totally realistic for someone with her particular past to not come out unscathed.

This book was a breath of fresh air in that it depicted the very real ways anxiety can affect your day to day life. It also showed how you never quite know what someone is going through. Most importantly, it demonstrates that your past can be let go and you can move forward from it stronger. Overall, it spoke to me, and I couldn’t help but share a few of the lines that gave me chills while reading (see above).

The Problem with Forever was a quick read with a sweet romance, difficult social concepts, and a teary eyed beautiful finish. I 100% recommend you read it, especially if you’re a JLA fan.

Buy on Amazon. 

Double Review: Origin Series (#1 and #2)-The Darkest Star AND The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hello readers!!! I’m so sorry that I’ve been gone for well over a year. I’ve been finishing the didactic portion of the Physical Therapy program at Northern Arizona University, and am waiting to begin my clinical rotations in July! Though I’m unsure what rotations may bring to my scheduling, I plan on consistently sharing and reviewing again! I missed it oh so much, and I hope you’ll forgive me for my hiatus.  If you aren’t new to my blog, then you’ll find that I gave myself a facelift. I’m trying to start fresh and dive right back into bringing you reviews of books worth reading! So let’s start with a bang! What better way to start reviewing again than with a JLA review x2!!!

I’ve definitely read/listened to a good handful of books while I’ve been away and will probably be reviewing retrospectively in between current reviews. Since I just finished reading The Burning Shadow, I’ll only share the Goodreads summary for it.


Goodreads Summary of The Burning Shadow

When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux—only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is—and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with this steamy, shocking second installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling.


My Review 

The Origin series is a spin off series of the beloved Lux series, and I have to say, if you haven’t read The Lux series, first of all YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG! Secondly, you absolutely should read it first prior to this series, otherwise you’re bound to be confused.

If you’ve read The Lux books before, then you know who Luc is, that snarky teenager who happens to somehow be the owner of a night club and who also happens to be a crazy powerful Origin. These books center around the perspective of Evie Dasher, a teenage girl who ends up in the wrong club at the wrong time and finds herself coming face to face with Luc. This series begins following the Luxen invasion, so she is fully aware that there are Luxen among the humans, but has no idea that there are other alien lifeforms too. Before Evie knows it, she’s getting dragged into the life of Origins and learns that her world isn’t entirely what she thought it was. Secrets come out, the truth is revealed, nothing is what it seems, and the questions just keep on coming.

Naturally, true to the JLA nature, a brewing connection forms between Evie and Luc, and it’s intense and all consuming. Evie isn’t quite ready to admit it to herself though, but ohhhh boy just wait for book two!

Overall, The Darkest Star was a wonderful beginning of what is sure to be a fantastic spin off to the Lux books.

The Burning Shadow was even more tumultuous than the first book, and oh so jam packed full of suspense and fiery romance. It begins right from where book one left off. This one will leave you with all sorts of feels though! And the burning questions (pun intended) that you’ve had since the beginning are truly answered once and for all. Although, I will say the main reveal was a bit predictable (parts of book one were as well), it was still a cool twist nevertheless. And did I mention that the characters from The Lux series make appearances throughout both books??? It was like being called home reading about Kat and Daemon again and seeing where everyone was at in their relationships/little families * girly sigh*.

Jennifer Armentrout has mastered the talent of creating amazingly lovable characters full of snark, charm, and depth. You’ll be looking forward to each new page! Book two ended with a cliff hanger (also true to the JLA name), and unfortunately, book three: The Brightest Night won’t be out till October 20th *cries silently*.

I highly recommend you start The Origin Series and if you have but haven’t gotten to book two yet, it’s even better than the first!

Buy The Darkest Star.

Buy The Burning Shadow .

Release Day Launch & Excerpt: The Prince (A Wicked Novella) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, comes THE PRINCE, a new novella in her Wicked Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

 

From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a new story in her Wicked series…

She’s everything he wants….

Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She’s everything he can’t have…

Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She’s everything he’ll take….

But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.

She’s everything he’d die for….

 

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EXCERPT:

Did it make you a bad friend if you were completely, a hundred percent envious of that friend? Yes? No? Kind of?

I figured it was somewhere in between.

That’s what I was mulling over as I watched Ivy Morgan brush thick, red curls over her shoulder, laughing at something her boyfriend Ren Owens had said to her.

At least I wasn’t envious of that—their love. Okay, well, that wasn’t entirely true. Pretty sure anyone who was as single as me would be envious of all that warm and fuzzy that was passed back and forth with each long look or casual brush of skin. The two could barely tear their gazes away from one another to eat the dinner we’d grabbed at the cute little diner inside the shopping center on Prytania Street.

I honest to God couldn’t be happier for them. They’d been through so much—way more than two people should ever have to go through to be together, and here they were, stronger and more in love than ever, and they deserved that happiness.

But their epic love story wasn’t the source of a current case of the green-eye monster that was sitting on my shoulder.

Ivy was just such a… badass.

Even right now, relaxed in the chair, surrounded by twinkling Christmas lights with her hand in Ren’s and her belly full of a cheeseburger deluxe and crinkle fries and half of my tater tots, she could kick ass and take names along with addresses, telephone numbers, and social security numbers.

If the proverbial poo hit the fan, you called Ivy or Ren.

If you needed to know what streets Royal intersected with, you called… me. Or if you needed coffee or fresh beignets but were currently busy, you know, saving the world, you’d call me.

The three of us were all members of the Order, a widespread organization that was literally the only thing that stood between mankind and complete, utter enslavement and destruction by the fae. And not the super cute fae found in Disney movies or some crap like that. Humans thought they were on top of the food chain. They were wrong. The fae were.

The only thing pop culture got right about the fae was their slightly pointy ears. That was it. The fae were more than just beings from another world—the Otherworld—they were capable of glamouring their appearance to blend in with humans. But all Order members, even me, were warded at birth against the glamour. We saw through the human façade to the creature that lurked beneath.

 

 

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 About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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Review: Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Goodreads Summary:

Dying sucks
…and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand.

After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.

Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things–including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden’s adopted father, a man she’s sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister’s hand again. And hell, she’d also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn’t?

But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not’ve been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life.

For real this time.

My Review

I have been trying to finish reading Cursed for 6 months now and am so glad I was able to read it at last! I love Armentrout books and when I saw that this was a stand alone I got even more excited. Although, now after finishing it, I’m sad that there aren’t more books.

Cursed is a unique story focusing on the life of Ember, a girl who kills everything she touches. She hasn’t always had this power however. Since the day she got into a car crash and her sister brought her back from the dead, she’s had this deadly touch. She’s lived in the shadows ever since keeping to herself to avoid disaster, that is until she meets Hayden and her world is turned upside down. Soon she’s discovering that there are others with strange powers and the accident that killed her father might not have been an accident at all.

I most definitely enjoyed reading Cursed. I felt for Ember so much, her entire life becomes uprooted in the blink of an eye. She lives in such a miserable state, but seeing her relationship grow with Hayden made the story so worth wild. There were so many questions that got thrown around throughout, I was determined to find out the answers, no matter how predictable some of them were. That was the main flaw in the story in fact, was it’s predictability in the end. If anything, this was proof of how far JLA’s writing has come. I could tell this was one of her early books, though it was still good for sure, she has come so far with her incredible stories.

I would definitely recommend you read Cursed if you’re a JLA fan like me! It’s worth the read! Buy it on Amazon here!