Over the course of the last months I read all five books of the Lux series and I liked it a lot. It was a fun read and highly enjoyable. I liked all five books so this ranking does not mean that some books were bad. I just liked some books even more than others. And yes, the covers are unbelievable cheesy and awful.
#5 Opposition (Book 5)
Unfortunately this conclusion of the Lux series felt rushed and not really thought trough for me. I hated the beginning. Really hated it. I thought about putting the book down because it was so bad for me. Also the writing stood out to me in this book but not in a good way. The writing was bad and felt like it should be how teenagers speak but it was just not. I liked the epilogue though and the quitter scenes with Katy and Daemon so the book was not totally bad.
#4 Opal (Book 3)
This book was a typical in between book. Nothing much happens. The thing with the Opal was annoying and everything that happens is predictable. Of course at the ending Daemon and Katy get separated, who didn’t see that coming? And why trust Blake? I did not care for any other characters than Katy and Daemon. They had some cute moments together but I was happy that this book was over.
#3 Onyx (Book 2)
This book was okay. I liked that finally things happen and that there was more action. But Katy was so stupid. All the lying and not trusting Daemon was idiotic. Why doesn’t she trust him? Of course, because of her bad judgment and pride so much bad is happening to her, Daemon and his family. I must say the ending was good and it got me to want to read the next book soon.
#2 Obsidian (Book 1)
I really liked the first book even if it makes clear that this book series will be shallow and superficial. But somehow it was still a fun and fast read. I wanted a series to read between fantasy and dystopian books that is light and simple, and the Lux series was perfect for that. The first book was so similar to twilight that is kind of funny to read. The ending was a mess and the writing not really great but besides that the scenes between Daemon, Dee and Katy were not bad. I loved the scenes they had in the high school and at least Katy does not let Daemon walk all over her.
#1 Origin (Book 4)
This was by far my favourite book in the series. It was fast paced and we discover so many new things about the aliens and the government. Katy and Daemon were so cute together end the entire book kept me at the edge of my seat. I wanted to know what happened with them and I wanted to know more about the Origin. This really pushed me to reading the last book in the series.
For this tag, all you have to do show off the 5 biggest books on your shelf that you have read, and 2 big books that you have not read. I was not tagged and I don’t know who created the tag but it seems fun to do this. Also 2015 will be a year in which I plan to read a lot of big books.
5 biggest books I’ve read:
There are two A Song of Ice and Fire books in my top 5 but because A Dance with Dragons is my biggest book that I have to read I will choose some other big books for this category. I will only choose one book from a series.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1.011 pages)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling (870 pages)
Vergebung (english title: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) by Stieg Larsson (864 pages)
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (800 pages)
I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe (738 pages)
2 biggest books on my TBR shelf:
A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin (1.123 pages)
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (763 pages)
3 Biggest books on my Kindle:
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (656 pages)
Night Film by Marisha Pessl (640 pages)
The Crimson Crown by Cinda Willliams Chima (598 pages)
I finally finished the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout and it was such a fun time. This series contains five books. The last book was published in the summer of 2014. I own the bind ups of the first two books, Lux: Beginnings and the next two books Lux: Consequences and also the last book. I love the covers of the bind ups because they are sparkly and so beautiful. The Lux series is about Katy who moves with her mom from Florida to West Virginia. Soon she discovers that there are strange things happening in the small town she is living in. People are disappearing or get attacked. Katy befriends Dee who lives next door but her brother Daemon does not want Dee to spend time with Katy. Daemon is arrogant and mean but also the hottest guy Katy has ever seen.
SPOILER WARNING – If you have not read the books and do not want to get spoiled you should come back when you have read them
This first book is centred mostly on Katy and Daemon. The two of them meet and don’t like each other at first but it is clear from the beginning, that they are attracted to each other. I loved the fact that Katy is a book blogger and get’s obsessed about fictional characters like I do. I also loved the friendship that bloomed between Katy and Dee. As for Daemon I did not like him at all but that’s just what you are supposed to feel. This book felt very much like twilight, there are so many parallels it was so funny. I read this book really fast, the writing is really simple and the plot is not too complicated. It was a fun read but unfortunately did not go further. It’s just a fluffy story with a paranormal twist.
I really liked the fact that Katy is not immediately heads over heals for Daemon. He has to prove himself for her and this shows that she is an independent woman who does not get pushed around by others. Daemon did so many cute things for her that is inevitable for them to get together. Books without instalove are rare to find, so I liked the evolvement of Katy and Daemons Relationship a lot. Then there are Blake and Will. I knew Blake was not to be trusted. I was not so sure with Will. Katy acted really stupid in this book. She should have trusted Daemon. He could have helped her train. All the lies can never lead to something good. I did not expect the ending of this book and it was really fast paced. But for whatever reason it took me a long time to pick up the next book in this series.
After three months without Katy and Daemon I picked up the third book in this series and it was ok. I liked it but the plot bored me a bit. It was clear that the break in that they were attempting could only go wrong. There was also little character development and the story progressed slowly. And why did they trust Blake? Of course he will screw them over. I really liked Daemon and Katy in this book, they are a cute couple and their dialog is so much fun to read. I must say that I did not connected with any other characters in this book and I was not as invested in the story as with the other books. But after the ending of Opal I wanted to know what happens and I immediately picked up Origin.
I loved this book. So much happens and it is by far my favourite book in this series. It was fast paced and even when I don’t like it when a book series begins to have dual points of view it was necessary here and to here Daemons thoughts was interesting at the least. We finally get answers and insight in the whole Luxen and government problematic. I loved that Daemon did everything to save Katy and that when they are together they can conquer all. The back story to the Luxen was so interesting and I was really invested in the story. This book may be the most violent of all the five books and some scenes were hard to read. But we know that Jennifer L. Armentrout would never truly hurt our power couple. They just have to get their happily ever after, after all they have been trough.
After the ending of Origin I was so hyped to read the last instalment in the series. And then all my hopes get crushed. I hated the beginning of Opposition. It was just not my thing the whole Luxen invasion and Daemon turning her back on Katy to protect her. It was just annoying. And the story did not get better for me. I loved the little moments between Daemon and Katy and I loved Archers and Dee’s relationship. But like in Opal I did not care for the other characters. The big battle was not so big and way to quickly resolved. The end of this book felt rushed and wrapped up to easily. There was not really something shocking besides the thing with Katy’s mom which was truly mortifying but could have been foreseen. I liked the epilogue a lot so that was something. It was not a bad book, I just did not like the way everything was resolved and the writing also got on my nerves. But I would recommend the Lux series to fans of twilight or other paranormal romance novels.
Love triangles are often seen in YA books. They are mostly annoying but sometimes there are some love triangles that are better crafted. Here some of my favourite love triangles in young adult books.
#5 Bella, Edward and Jacob from Twilight
Bella, Edward and Jacob are the original love triangle, at least for me. In the twilight books the plot is all about the three of them. Even if Jacob does not really stand a chance against Edward the whole team thing when watching the movies was kind of fun. I was always on team Jacob just for the fact that Edward is dead and a creepy stalker. He is also way too controlling.
#4 Blue, Adam and Gansey from The Raven Cycle
This is not a traditional love triangle but I still count it as one. In the first book Blue begins a relationship with Adam even if she knows he is probably not her true love. Because this is probably Gansey and it is clear the two of them have a special bond. Unfortunately Blue will kill her true love if she kisses him. So this is problematic. Adam is also Gansey’s best friend which makes it worse. I have only read the first book in the Raven Cycle so who knows what will happen between the two of them.
#3 Clary, Jace and Simon (and also Isabelle and Alec) from The Mortal Instruments
This love triangle is a little bit more complicated. I try to break it down for you. Clary is into Jace and ace is into Clary kind off. But they think they are siblings. Simon is also into Clary and he is also her best friend (friendzone much!). Isabelle is into Simon but does not want to tell him and Alec, Isabelle’s brother is into Jace but keeps it also quite because gay Shadowhunters are not a thing. Of course everyone finds their perfect match in this series but in the first three books all the relationships are very confusing.
#2 Juliette, Warner and Adam from Shatter Me
This is one of my favourite love triangles because there is real cause for it to exist. Juliette is locked up in a mental institution and gets recued by Adam. Of course she will fall in love with Adam, she had no human contact in many years and she is a teenager. The two of them also knew each other from childhood. But Juliette is damaged and can’t think straight. When she meets Warner he shows her what love can be. I know it sounds corny but I loved Juliette’s and Warner’s love story because it was not instalove. And Adam can suck it.
#1 Tessa, Jem and Will from The Infernal Devices
For me this is the ultimate love triangle. It was such an emotional journey with Tessa, Will and Jem. There was so much drama but how Cassandra Clare ended their story was beautiful and surprising. Everyone gets their happy ending and I could still cry when I think about the last chapters of Clockwork Princess. If you are searching for an epic love story set in an urban fantasy world this is your book.
We readers love our main characters but there are also some minor characters that suprised me because they were such a great addition to the novels they were in. I love strong side characters so that the spotlight is not only on the main characters. Minor characters should also be well thought out.
# 5 Iko from Cinder
I loved the android from Cinder. Even if she was an android her personality was so bubbly and just loveable all the time. When the thing with Iko in Cinder happens I was mortified and cried. Iko is such a great character and I think she is a big part of me loving this book so much.
# 4 Reagan from Fangirl
Fangirl is my favourite Rainbow Rowell book because it is not just beuatifully written but also has great character. Reagan is Cather’s college roomate. She seems diastant in the beginning but we soon discover that she takes a liking to Cather and helps her survive her freshman year. She is suportive and a great friend who will kick your ass when you need her to.
# 3 Alec from The Mortal Instruments
When I first met Alec from The Mortal Instruments I did not like him at all. But after time we got to know him and he became one of my favourite character in the whole series. I think I like him and Magnus even better than Clary and Jace. Alec is the moody type who is closed of and doesn’t talk a lot. But he cares deeply for his famiyl and friends and will do everything to portect them.
# 2 Kenji from Shatter Me
Kenji may be my favourite character after Warner. He is the only one that puts Juliette in her place and gives her a piece of his mind. And it looks like this was exactly the thing Juliette needed to grow. He helps her to get up and stop the annoying wining. Thansk for Kenji Juliette stand up for herself and starts fighting. Also he is such a funny character.
# 1 Neville from Harry Potter
For me, Neville is the ultimate side character. He does not get as much attention as Harry, Ron and Hermoine but he is there from beginning to end and does become a very important character. I loved Neville. I identified with him imediatly because I think I would have been like him when I would have attended Hogwarts. He is adorable and I think I don’t have to metion movie Nevielle who looks so handsome now.
Clay Jannon is living in San Francisco in the time of a great Recession and he is desperately searching for a job. On his job hunt he finds a 24-hour bookstore where a help wanted sign is hanging in the window. Clay is a tech geek but finds the idea of working in a bookstore interesting so he asks the owner about the job. Mr. Penumbra, the owner of the bookstore tells Clay that he is hired if he is curios enough, can work a ladder and does not mind working at night. So Clay winds up being the night clerk at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore. Clay soon learns that this store and its customers are weird. There is a whole section of peculiar books that Clay is forbidden to read. Clay soon gets really curious and wants to unravel Penumbras secrets. He discovers that there is more to the bookstore than meets the eye. The store is a front for something bigger. He has some wild theories and with the help of his friends he embarks on a journey to find the truth behind Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore.
A lot of my friends on Goodreads loved this book and many of them recommended it to me. I hoped that I would love it as much as they did but unfortunately this was not the case. It was an interesting book and I wanted to know how it ends but I was in no way invested in the story are liked the characters. For me this book seemed like a conglomerate of things I already read. It also reminded me a lot of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. But where Cline had me on the edge of my seat Robin Sloan’s Story about a bookstore and its mysteries were just some nice story. It is not a book I will remember. The characters felt flat for me and the whole book felt very much like a YA novel. There was hardly any world building and if you follow my blog you know that I always wish there was more world building in books. Clay is a one dimensional character and all the other characters are just here to play his sidekicks. Typical YA! His friends are conveniently rich or work at Google so Clay has no problem of financing his journey. For me this book felt too unrealistic. I know that it should be a magical story but it was just so convenient. Clay needs a book scanner that only Google has? Well his girlfriend works at Google. Clay needs to fly to New York to search for clues? No problem his childhood friend is rich.
Maybe you have to be a designer or typographer to appreciate this book. There was a lot about fonts and designs here. I liked the idea of debating e-books vs. physical books in this really unusual setting. But it was way too much. There was so much advertising about Google and Amazon that I just could not take it. The book also got so obsessed with technical details that I trailed off. It was sometimes hard to follow because the plot got neglected. I liked the story but it got overshadowed with the things I criticised. It was a quick read and had nice ideas but for me it was nothing special. Did you like the book? If so, maybe you can share with me what you liked about it?
I love book series but there are some Stand Alones that I loved even more than most book series. If you like to read books without sequels, here are some suggestions.
This book is a combination of two stories. It follows the young author Darcy who got her first publishing deal and is moving to New York after High School to get her book published. There she dives into the publishing world and as readers we also get insight into this world. After every chapter about Darcy there is a chapter from the book she is writing. So when you read Afterworlds you can literary see the changes Darcy makes in her story and what drove her to this changes. I loved this book. It was beautifully written and Scott Westerfeld achieves to write like a young girl whose writing style grows over the course of this book. If you want to know more about the publishing world you should check this one out.
This book is about Violet whose sister dies in car accident a year ago. Violets life change drastically and she can’t really cope with all these changes. When she meets Finch, she finally found someone who understands her and can help her. But Finch has big problems of his own. He suffers from depression and other mental health problems. He fights against the dark that is trying to swallow him whole but as he tries to help Violet he gets sucked in more and more in this familiar darkness. This book shows with brutal honesty that mental health problems can occur and how many people do not know what to do in this situation. Violet and Finch are alone with their problems and no one really knows what to do. But at least they can help each other. This was such a deeply emotional book, I would recommend it to everyone because it broaches the issue of mental health which is a theme that should be explored more in modern literature.
#3 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives only at night. It is a mystical circus with many secrets. In the middle of this circus stand a contest that is many years old. Who will win the contest? And what is going on behind the tents of this peculiar circus? Erin Morgenstern creates such a magical setting with The Night Circus like I have never seen before. This book is not so much about plot than about atmosphere and myths. The characters are all interesting and mysterious. You want to discover all the secrets the circus bears but that only goes very slowly. At the end everything unravels and gets together so beautifully. Finally everything is clear and makes sense. But until the end, enjoy the ride and keep your eyes and ears open to glimpse some clues of this magical journey.
Ready Player One is set in 2044 and the world is an ugly place. Wade Watts wants nothing more than to escape his dull existing in one of the slums of his city. He spends all his hours jacked into the OASIS, a virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to. The creator of the OASIS has set up a contest, who finds some hidden eastereggs inside the OASIS and can figure out his riddle, will inherit massive fortune and remarkable power. Wade can figure out the first riddle and soon a wild chase begins to save all the mysteries the OASIS creator has set up. This book was so much fun to read, it felt like playing a video game. It is full of 80’s reference to arcade games and movies. There will also be a movie adaptation with Steven Spielberg as director.
#1 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This is easily my favourite Stand Alone. I love everything from Rainbow Rowell but this is my favourite book of hers. Fangirl is about Cath who is a real Fangirl. She loves the Simon Snow book series and writes fan fiction that is highly popular. The book starts with Cath and her twin sister Wren going to college. Wren wants to room without Cath and decides that she Cath should make her own life at college and not depend on her twin sister anymore. But Cath is a really shy and introverted girl who does not acclimate easily to her new surroundings. She soon meets a guy, Levi who seems to be too good to be true. So Cath struggles with being away from home, studying for her classes and probably falling in love with a really cute guy. This synopsis may seem shallow but it is the complete opposite. Surely everyone has anxieties and is not always comfortable in new situations. This book explores these insecurities and really hit home for me. Rainbow Rowell’s writing is vivid and wonderful that you will not want to put this book down.