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.
Angels have descended to the earth and the apocalypse is here. Street gangs rule the day while fear rules the night. Fear from creatures like Angels. Penryn has one goal only, to stay alive and to help her family survive. She must be the strong one because her mother is mentally ill and her sister is in a wheel chair. Not the best of conditions to stay their ground in the angel apocalypse. Of course something happens to Penryns sister. She gets taken by Angels and now Penryn has to save her. She does this with the help of a fallen Angel who got his wings cut off by other Angels. She saves his life and pressures him into helping her find her sister.
So this premise of Angelfall by Susan Ee seems not really my thing. I mean come on an angel book? And another girl fighting for her life and the life of her sister? Not really a new thing. But the book got amazing reviews on Goodreads so I checked it out. It also helps that it is under 300 pages long. Turns out that’s a bad thing because this book could have used some extra pages. For me Angelfall was awful. I could not get into it and had a hard time finishing this tiny book. There was no world building besides the fact that Angels are killing humans on earth. That was it. All the world building is in the synopsis. Penryn is travelling with an Angel nearly the whole book and she is asking questions like: What are you guys doing here? What do you want on earth? And so on. But she gets nothing. No answers NOTHING. Well maybe all the answers will be revealed n the end, I tell myself. But that’s not the chase. There are no answers in this book, no closure and hardly any plot at all. Everything you need to know is in this synopsis. There is no character development there is just action scene after action scene that has nothing to do with this so called plot.
When I thought the book can’t get worse there it is, the forbidden love, because humans and angels do not mix. Penryn and her angel Rafe have no chemistry what so ever. They start out hating each other but suddenly they are in love? Seriously, I can’t take this. So please tell me why everybody loves this book so much? Is it because the plot is so predictable and stupid that it is easy to read? Or is it because there is only action and you do not have to get involved with the characters and the plot? I just don’t get it and I heard that there are also no explanations in the second book. Maybe I just read too many dystopian books and am now too picky but this did nothing for me. Maybe I just don’t like angel books. I hardly got through. So no, I will not continue this series.
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West is a cute contemporary romance novel. It takes place in a small town on the east coast and is about the relationship between Caymen and Xander. Caymen works at the porcelain doll store of her mother and wants to get out of this town as fast as possible. The store life’s from rich people who buy dolls but lately the finances do not look good. Caymen and her mother have a hard time getting by. So Caymen has a lot of reasons to resent the rich customers that frequent her store. When Xander comes in it is clear that he has money. Actually his family has money. And to top this he looks amazingly good. But Caymen has one rule: Never get involved with a rich guy.
Of course Caymen and Xander can’t stand away from each other and they become friends. Or are even more than friends? Caymen finally begins to see that money is not always a way to make your life easy. Xander has problems, just like she does and she slowly gets to know his world. There is also Caymen’s mom who seems to have a lot of secrets and hides things from Caymen. And what will the two of them do when the store can’t make any money more? So this is what The Distance Between us is all about. When I read this book I wanted a fast and cute contemporary and this is what I got. But I was not amazed by this book. It was okay but unfortunately forgettable. Caymen is highly annoying in her prejudices against all people with money and has no idea that maybe Xander’s world is not as perfect as she thinks. I did no really feel the love between Caymen and Xander and also there were the typical misunderstandings you find in so many romance books. I’m over the obligatory lack of communication between characters. Don’t get mad with the guy and run away. Why do people always run away in books and movies? It’s so stupid, I hate it. So this is kind of the climax of this book, the running away, not talking with each other and thinking everything is over. This is so exhausting, authors, please stop it!
But after all, this book was cute and kind of fun. I read it in one day so it’s a really fast read. I like the small town setting but did not like the rich/poor issues. Also I have to admit that I thought this book is about a long distance relationship but that was not the case so I was a little bit disappointed. But that’s totally on me not reading the synopsis. So if you search for a quick and easy read with not much depth and good looking character you may find what you are looking for.
“When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.” Goodreads
The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken is a dystopian fiction book series about kids who are the only survivors of a deadly plaque and have now developed dangerous abilities. The gouvernment of the US has no idea how to deal with them so he puts them into so called rehabilitation camps where the kids get tortured and killed.
The Darkest Minds
Ruby is now 16 and since she is 10 she lives at Thurmond, a camp for teens who developed abilities. Ruby is a green which means she is highly intelligent. Or so it seems. One day she collapses and wakes up in the hospital wing where a doctor helps her escape. Turns out Ruby is not a green but an orange. She can manipulate people’s minds and is highly dangerous. She gets rescued be the Children’s League who want to use her in their fight against the government. But Ruby has a bad feeling and after discovering something horrible she flees from the League and finds three kids in a van. Liam, Chuck and Zu help Ruby and now they are on the run together. They are searching for East River, a safe location for kids like them. On the way their Liam and Ruby get closer and fall in love.
This was an action packed first book and I loved the characters. The best scenes where definitely the ones with the four kids together in the van. I also liked the setup of the story and I was really invested in getting to know more about the disease and the abilities. For me this was a great and fast read and even if there is not that much world building it was enough for a first book. The end was a little bit cliché because how often have we seen the heroine sacrificing herself to safe the others. But asides from that this seemed like a series I could really love. Turns out I was wrong.
Never Fade picks up where The Darkest Minds left off. Ruby is now with the League and tries to find Liam because he ha curtail information for overthrowing the government. Even if there is action in this book it was boring and long for me. There were so many new characters that I didn’t care about and it was clear that this one character would die. The writing was not my thing. I thought it was all over the place and it was hard to understand the more chaotic scenes. Not because they were so complex but because there was so much description, too much because I zoned out often. The writing was also chaotic and confusing at times. But I was still kind of invested in the story and liked Ruby and Liam. So I just hoped the third book will be better and the ending will be a fulminate finale. I was so wrong.
In the Afterlight
This novel was so long and the ending was still too quickly warped up. How can this happen with an over 500 page book? After Never Fade I hoped I was just in a bad mood when I read it but this book was so boring. There are chapters that only describe the rooms where the kids are living and who is on what duty. Who cares? I want to know how it all ends. Finally after hundreds of pages they get to recue Ruby’s camp and that were some great scenes. I loved that Clancy was back and that he screwed them over again. But asides from that the book was boring. I wanted to see what will happen after the rescue. There is a press conference that got my hopes up. There they discussing the future of the kids with powers but nothing get resolved. I get that the government will be reluctant to open the camps but why not stand up for yourselves? Instead they are going on a road trip together? I get why they are doing it but there are so many things not resolved in this novel. It would have been so much better if there were less description and less fighting between Liam and Ruby and instead Alexandra Bracken showed us what her vision for this new America would be. But she takes the easy way out and shows us only that there will be negotiations between the kids and the government. I’m sorry but this is just not enough.
The Mortal Instruments is one of my favourite fantasy book series. I has sassy characters, great and detailed world building and an amazing story. Okay the story is maybe not the best story ever but I still enyoed it and the books came together so beautifuly in the end that I just had to love this series. It has also one of the best last books in a series I have ever read. So keep in mind that I really like all six book in this series but I did like some more than others.
# 6 City of Fallen Angels
This was my least favourite book in the series. It felt like nothing much happened and it was just a bridge between the third and the forth book. I liked that the book was more focused on other characters, besides Clary but this book was just a little bit too slow.
# 5 City of Lost Souls
This book was also not the best in the series. This was probably due to the big finale that was the last book. City of Lost Souls sets up the plot for the final book in the series. I did like that it was quiter and not completly full with action. We got some cute moments with Clary and Jace but you know it is too good to be true.
# 4 City of Ashes
The second book in the series was way darker than the first book. I really enjoyed it except for the storyline of Clary and Jace being siblings. That was just stupid and clearly nobody was fooled. It did not get resolved in this book so I was a little anyoed because I did not think Cassandra Clare would drag out this plotline for so long.
# 3 City of Bones
The first book in the series was good but not the greatest. There was a lot of exposition and world building which I loved. Of course there was also a lot of action. Right in the beginning it starts out with very fast pacing. I must say the pacing of all the books is exceptional and you are never bored. But this first book was just the beginning of the story. So much is yet to come.
# 2 City of Glass
This should originaly be the last book in the series but fortunatly Cassandra Clare decided to continue the series and write six books instead of three. For me, City of Glass was a great finale for the first books. We finally get to see Alicante and get more insight into the world of the Shadowhunters. As you know I love good world building and great dialog and Cassandra Clare is the queen of both. She made this really clear in City of Glass and her last book in this series.
# 1 City of Heavenly Fire
The sixth book in the series was amazing. So much more amazing than all the other books combined. I loved every second of it. It was full funny, sassy and action-packed. Everything tied together so well and nothing was left unresolved. The ending was highly emotional and not at all what I expected. There were so many twist in the story and I could not stop reading. City of Heavenly Fire is an epic ending to a great fantasy series.
Falling Kingdoms is a fantasy book series by Morgan Rhodes. It will contain six books. As of now three books are released. The fourth book will be coming out in December 2015. The setting of the books is Mytica, a country with three kingdoms where magic is long forgotten. Mytica is divided into Auranos, the southern country in which people life in wealth. In the north there is Limeros which is highly religious. Between Limeros and Auranos sits Paelsia, the poor country which gets exploited by the Auranos people. The main characters in Falling Kingdoms are Cleo, youngest daughter of Auranos King, Magnus, heir of the king in Limeros, Lucia who also lives in Limeros royal family but who seems to have a different heritage. There also is Jonas, a rebel who searches for justice. Soon the four of them will meet and nothing will ever be the same.
SPOILER – If you have not read the book don’t read any further
The first book in this saga starts out with Cleo travelling to Paelsia to seek out some whine sellers with her friend Aaron. But there is in incident in which Aaron kills Jonas brother, supposedly in self defence. This event will trigger a war between the three countries of Mytica. Magnus will help his father to rise to power. Cleo wants to keep her kingdom save and Jonas wants revenge for his dead brother. This book was magical and fantastical. There were some big surprises that I did not see coming. I loved the writing and world building. We slowly get to know this strange country. I also loved everything that had to do with old myths and watchers. This book series seems to be inspired by Game of Thrones a little bit because characters can die really quickly here. But I think our four main characters will stand until the end.
Rebel Spring is set after the events of Falling Kingdoms. The Limeros King rules the whole country know and rebel groups are forming with Jonas as their leader. Cleo is a prisoner in her own home, Magnus is still obsessed with his feelings for Lucia and Lucia is becoming more and more darker. Her powers will soon corrupt her. This book was full of action, so much is happening. At the end of the book so much has changed. I loved how the story progressed but sometimes the pacing was too slow for my taste. There was also a lot of repetition which was unnecessary. But the last 100 pages made up for the slowness of the novel because all hell is getting loose. After reading Rebel Spring I immediately had to pick up the next book in the series.
All of the characters are searching for the Kindred, a magical artefact that will lead to limitless power. The hunt for the kindred turns into a crazy chase that will end in destruction. This was my favourite book in this series because it concentrated more on the magical aspects of the story. Again, so much happened and the end seems to set up a whole other problem for our protagonists. My other favourite part of this books where the relationships that are finally forming between the characters. I have to say I ship Cleo and Jonas even if I know most of you ship Cleo and Magnus. But I just can’t see them together. My favourite character is Lucia. From book one she is mysterious and flawed. I think she will go through a lot of character development in the next book. But of course I also love the other characters and can’t wait to find out what will happen next.
The forth book in the series will come out in December 2015. It features Lucia on the cover and seems like it will be set in Limeros. I hope we will see more of Lucia in this book and of the gods who were awakened in the last book. I think she will become evil and revengeful because of the betrayal and death of her first love. I don’t think anyone can control her anymore and she will use her power to get out her anger. Cleo and Magnus will probably have more scenes together and will get to know each other better. I can’t wait to read this book. Tell me what you think will happen and tell me how you like this series so far