Book Review #66: Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: Origin (Lux #4)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pages: 418
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Format: Digital Copy
Date Published: August 27, 2013
Publishing House: Entangled
GoodReads Rating: 4.44
Personal Rating: 4/5

Synopsis

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

My Personal Thoughts

Wow! Finally! My long wait was over! Daemon Black never ceases to bring me butterflies in the stomach, ugh! I just can’t! Honestly, I still don’t like the flow of the story (it’s just going nowhere), just like with the 3rd book, but the OTP (one true pair) is just so awesome and perfect for each other. I can’t count the number of times I swoon and screamed because they just make a real great pair. The setting is getting weirder and weirder as well now because they are on the run, away from their enemies and they spent most of their time in the DOD’s (Daedalus) camp where they were held prisoners and experiments were being done. Katy is always so annoying just like in the previous books but I love how she made good choices here in the 4th installment. Daemon’s determination and perseverance is just admirable because he could have run away and never looked back but he just can’t because Katy is all that matters. This is highly entertaining and funny. Very light and cute and the characters were able to maintain their bubbliness despite all difficulties. The sad part is the betrayal of a family member, I was caught off guard and did not realise that he was a threat. Anyway, the crew is getting smaller and it saddens me because in the 5th book an all out war is screaming and I don’t know how they will be able to withstand it. Dee and Katy’s friendship was restored and it made me giddy because BFFs will always rule. Hoes over Bros like what they say. I am not yet ready for this to end. Four out five. ^_^

~JaNnA

Book Review #36 : Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: Opal
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux Series #3
Pages: 382
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9781620610091
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Date of Publication: December 11, 2012
Publishing House: Entangled Teen
Date Read: September 10, 2016
Goodreads Rating: 4.36
Personal Rating: 3 out of 5
“You make me think before I act. You make me want to be a better person.” –Daemon Black
INTRODUCTION
Opal is the third instalment of the Lux series, which consists of five books by author Jennifer L. Armentrout. I can say that it is much better than the first two! I am still trying to adjust with her writing style though. This is my 4th JLA book read and I always find myself mesmerized by her creation. This series is about the love and misadventures of an alien-hunk and a girl-next-door book blogger. The perfect word to describe this novel is CUTE. It consists of the high-school-feels, the butterflies in the stomach, and of course, the happy ever after thingy. This is also my first alien-ish read, at first I was hesitant because I’m not into aliens and ufos and weird things at all, but once you start reading the first book (Obsidian), I promise that you will never put it down and you’ll probably ask for more.
SUMMARY
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back, even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
Together we’re stronger. And they know it…”
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“MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS”
SETTING
So, there’s nothing new or special with the setting because this is the 3rd book and they are still in the same neighbourhood and school. Although a new place was introduced where the main characters tried to save their long-lost friends and loved ones. A special place which is secured by a secret organization that works on aliens and humans. They transform them into hybrids, which in return become rabid beings that posts threat to the human race.
 
CHARACTERS
Katy – There are major changes in her character. This time, her powers are more impressive. She’s trying her best to get a hang on it with the help of Daemon and the rest of the gang. I love how she resists Daemon, it’s cute, and unbelievable! Considering the fact that the latter is hot as hell! At times I get so annoyed because she acts dumb and clueless. She is so stubborn; she always has this urge to be included in suicide missions, which in return causes accidental harm to other people. So that’s really crappy.
Daemon – I like how from being an arrogant son of a bitch, he transformed into a hopeless romantic for Katy, way to go DAEMON! Thank you, dear author, for the major add-ons, I love it!
PLOT AND WRITING STYLE
The plot is okay-okay.  I wasn’t too impressed with it. It is better and bolder than the first two books, but I got bored. It doesn’t have he surprise factor; I wasn’t even shocked with the turnout of events. It’s good for starters, for those who haven’t read other Science Fiction books yet, because you will not expect too much. But in my case, I’ve already read a lot of books and I just find it plain, odd and simple. It’s recommended for young adult readers who like cute stories. The writing style on the other hand is fine with me, I find it fast paced and it’s really a fast read, I finished it in two days. But don’t expect too much just because the male protagonist is swoon-and-drool-worthy to the nth level.
 
FAVORITE LINES
“KILLING isn’t hard. It’s what comes afterward – the guilt.”
“I learned that sometime when someone says something so devastatingly perfect, there isn’t a need for a response. The words said it all.”
“Never trusts the one who excels.”
“What’s the risk if you know everything?”
“There is nothing wrong with protecting those you love.”
CONCLUSION AND REALIZATIONS 
It may be a simple novel but I honestly learned a lot. First, when you are with the person you trust and brings out the best in you, you’ll be able to overcome all life’s obstacles together. Second, trusting someone for the second time even thought they betrayed you before is okay because everyone deserves second chances. But be very careful and vigilant, because people like them will not hesitate to betray you once again. Third, friendship is one of the most precious things in the world. Once broken, you just have to try so hard to win it back. If not, you’ll have what ifs and only ifs in the end.
That’s it! I hope I helped some of you to decide whether to go on with this series or not. LOL. I like it, seriously, it’s just that it isn’t that great enough. SORRY 😦
 
~JaNnA~
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PS. You can read my review of OBSIDIAN.

 

Janna’s Book Review #22 : Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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“I’ve always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect. The ones who throw their beauty around, waste what they have? Their beauty is only passing. It’s just a shell hiding nothing but shadows and emptiness.” -JLA

💟 Author : Jennifer L. Armentrout 💟
💟 Pages : 800 💟
💟 Format : Paperback (Entangled by Teen) 💟
💟 Publication Date : June 3, 2014 💟
💟 ISBN13 :  9781622664481 💟
💟 Genre : Young Adult, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Romance 💟
💟 Setting : West Virginia (USA) 💟
💟 Characters : Daemon Black, Katy Swartz 💟
💟 Date Read : March 2, 2016 💟
💟 Goodreads Rating : 4.65 💟
💟 Personal Rating : ☆☆☆☆/5 💟
💜 S Y N O P S I S 💜
Daemon Black is the epitome of perfection except for the simple and obvious fact that he is an arrogant jackass most of the time. Katy Swartz on the other hand is the new girl-next-door who instantly became Daemon’s apple of the eye. He wants to block and resist her because he thinks that she may cause a lot of trouble. Everything is going well until one day, Daemon was forced to use his super-mojo-alien-power to save Katy from the hands of death.
How can he avoid her if he is the only chance that she can be safe?
How can Katy withstand all the mood swings and arrogance of Daemon?
Is there a chance for them to set aside their issues and just secure each other’s back?
💜 M Y   T H O U G H T S 💜
📚 SETTING 📚
The story was set in West Virginia where the Blacks are residing for quite some time already. Katy and her mom recently moved in from Florida because they want to start a fresh and new life away from the painful memories that her father’s death brought. I like this setting because of its simplicity and it fits perfectly in a story like this where an alien squad wants to remain anonymous and discreet from the common people and the government.
📚 CHARACTERS 📚
Daemon Black is strong and handsome BUT arrogant. He is popular at school because of his perfect face and body. Girls are throwing themselves towards him and he is already accustomed to this set up ever since. He is loyal to his family and friends and he is willing to destroy and kill anyone who will cause them harm especially to his twin sister, Dee.
Katy Swartz is simple, beautiful in her own way and boring (according to Daemon😂). She loves reading books and blogging. Gardening is also her forte which she learned from her father. She likes what she likes and wants what she wants and nothing can stop her, not even Daemon. She is a good daughter and a loyal friend to Dee.
Dee Black is the sister of Daemon and Katy’s instant best friend. She is bubbly, sweet and just like her brother, Dee is screaming perfection. She is always between two colliding walls but she enjoys watching her brother and best friend make a fool out of themselves towards and around each other.
Ash Thompson is the protagonist in the love story of Daemon and Katy. She is the typical bitter-ex-girlfriend.
📚 WRITING STYLE AND PLOT 📚
This is my second Jennifer L. Armentrout book read and I must say that I wasn’t disappointed at all. It is a fast-paced story and a fast-read as well. I finished it in one sitting because godamnnnnit it is a real page turner! I lost track of time while devouring on Daemon and Katy’s cute topsy-turvy story. I literally did not put the book down but I have to stop for a couple of times because I need to pee.😂 I liked the idea that it involves aliens. For me, it is a different and unique story, I’ve never read a science fiction story before that includes aliens so I really did enjoy this novel. This will now set high standards for me when it comes to characters like them. It is highly entertaining especially on the scenes where Daemon is teasing Katy and seducing her.🙊 Honestly, during the first few chapters, I find Daemon so annoying! His arrogance is at the level where you just want to throw the book over someone’s face!😤 It is a good thing that he did everything to gain Katy’s trust and forgiveness. I hate jerks and douche bags so I was kind of irritated with his attitude at the start of the story. Despite the fact that I enjoyed this book, I still found myself asking and looking for more. The element of surprise was not present. I wasn’t even mind-blown with the twist. The plot line is decent and nice but I wasn’t impressed that much.🙊 I am craving for more!😐
📚 OVERALL RATING 📚
I will give this book a 4 (☆☆☆☆/5).  Daemon Black alone nailed it! Maybe he is the only reason I enjoyed this book. LoL😂 I will always recommend this to readers who are looking for a new kind of story with a swoon-and-drool-worthy male antagonist that will turn your world upside down!❤ Plus! I am in deep awe right now because Daemon has just been added to my official book boyfriend list who is now at the 3rd spot!🙊😍😙
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💜 C O N C L U S I O N 💜
I think no matter how much we put up these tall and strong walls around us to prevent people from coming in, some of them will really surprise us and push us to take some risk. In this story, I witnessed how determined Daemon was on trying to push Katy away for her own safety and for the sake of the Luxen family but his feelings or their feelings for each other is so strong that even danger and possible death did not stop them from admitting what they really feel about each other. Whatever happens, we always have to let other people in and I think we should not show them our worst behavior just to make them go away and turn their backs on us. People who loves us, truly and sincerely, will always make an effort and find a way to be with us.❤
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Xoxo,
Janna™💋💕