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REVIEW: Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Synopsis:

Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

REVIEW

So if you’ve been following my blog for a while now you already know I am a huge fan of Ms. Armentrout’s work. She has a way of weaving a story that makes it an unforgettable read. Every Last Breath was no different. Being the third and final book in the Dark Elements series, I was rather anxious to read this one. Normally, I never finish reading an entire series. Matter of fact I can count on one hand how many I’ve actually finished in their entirety. I don’t know what it is, but I hate seeing a series I loved dearly end, and I also hate when I do happen to finish it, that it may not end the way I had hoped. For those reasons, I usually stay away from the last book, as weird as that sounds. But with this series, I just HAD to see what happened to Layla, and who she picked.

Zayne or Roth.

I felt like this ‘choosing sides’ thing was almost like a Team Jacob or Team Edward kind of deal lol. I’m sure the fandom was tied at first, but alas, the tribe has spoken and the winner was…

Ha ha. Did you really think I was going to spoil it for you? Nope, you’ll just have to read to find out for yourself. Like I did.

Regardless of which side you were on, I don’t think there will be a single fan disappointed with the outcome to the end of this series. It was a fun read/journey and I’m incredibly happy that I decided to complete this saga. It will definitely be a series I go back to in the future to read time and time again, just like with the rest of Armentrout’s work.

Romantic, witty, endearing, and heartbreakingly sweet, I give Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout 5 stars.

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The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout update!

So the other day I was minding my own business, surfing through my Twitter feed, you know, like you do. And I happened to come across this tweet that made my heart stop and then start pumping like a rogue machine gun. (If I ever die of heart palpitations, then you can effectively blame Ms. Armentrout.) Why did I almost go into cardiac arrest, you ask? BECAUSE THEY RELEASED THE COVER FOR THE NEXT TITAN BOOK, THAT’S WHY! The beautifulness below (which I DO realize is not a dictionary sanctioned word…yet) flooded my iPad screen. And of course the hot as hell man on the cover did not help whatsoever to calm my frazzled nerves. But even more exciting is that the second installment in the Titan series is coming out in early Feruary of 2016. Which means that all that Sethy goodness is soon to come! Now I’m just waiting for them to finish the blasted blurb. Then my heart will indeed implode on itself 🔥💔

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The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout review

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Synopsis:

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series.

REVIEW

It’s no secret that I am a serious addict when it comes to Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books. I mean seriously, no one can compare to her. I admire and respect her from a reader’s stand point and also an author’s, because there truly is something to be said about clean, crisp writing. And Jen is the master of it.

The Return was no exception.

What did I love about this book? EVERYTHING. I know that sounds like an exaggeration, but it’s not. Every detail in this book had me enraptured. Not a single page was left without a purpose, and I was totally hooked throughout the story.

The book in question picks up a year after the end of the Covenant series. But don’t worry. You don’t have to read all of the Covenant books to understand this spin-off. Those events are explained in a pretty little package at some point in the book so that you get the gist of all that happened to make Seth the way he is. Speaking of Seth…

Wowza. In the dictionary under this word, you will see a picture of Seth, our leading man in The Return. I seriously missed Seth from the Covenant series. Since his introduction there, he’s been one of my favorite characters. Snarky, sexy, raw, and overall just ridiculous in how perfect he is, I was a Seth girl from day one. This book only increased my addiction to him. And though a moment ago I said he was flawless in a physical sense, I can’t say the same for, ahem, other things.

Seth is scarred. And broken. And well, lets admit it, a huge beautiful mess. Reading from his point of view in this brand new series really had me seeing a whole other side of him. But I love him more for his flaws, for his self-loathing and overall dislike for himself. I know that sounds demented, but hearing him berate his own self for his past actions just showed what a truly selfless person he is, and the fact that yes, he DOES have morals, much to his disagreement. Ugh, I just wanted to hug the idiot when he did put himself down. But aside from all that I love about his personality, I also loved his interactions with Josie and their easy playfulness with each other. He always brings humor to rather dark situations, and I love that about him. But that’s enough of me talking about Seth. Don’t want to ruin all of his yummy details for you, lol.

That brings me to Josie. Ah, poor Josie. The girl was just trying to finish up college and then she has to have her world obliterated by none other than Seth. Who, lets admit, is not the best at delivering harsh news. He’s not a sugar coater, that’s for freaking sure. But man…Josie was a champ. She’s the type of heroine that I love. Sassy, yet sweet. Vulnerable, but had a voice and she used it when it was important. She wasn’t ‘in your face’, nor too docile. She was the perfect mix of the two that made you feel like any girl reading the story could relate to her in some way. Josie – to me – is going to be a universally received character.

In other words, I loved her. She was fantastic. I also loved her interactions with Seth. He was (oddly) very gentle with her, which freaked a lot of people out in the book who knew him before. If you’ve read about Seth in the Covenant series, then you know this guy can be described as anything BUT gentle. I think that’s why I loved this story so much, though. The two MC’s were so perfect for each other that simply being together brought out their best qualities. Josie gave Seth a softer, more patient side, and I think Seth made Josie feel like there are things in this world worth fighting for. That it’s okay to have the confidence to take a stand.

He made her brave.

She made him human.

AH! I’m getting the feels just talking about these two. But anyways… This book was perfection and the most brilliant start to this (sure to be freaking AMAZING) series. The writing was flawless, the pace flowed beautifully, and the story was intricate enough to keep your attention, but not overdone to where you felt confused or bored. If you pick this book up, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. It has a little something for everyone.

The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout = 5 unbelievable stars

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“The Return” IS HERE PEOPLE!

I’m going to be fangirling like no person has ever fangirled before for the next week or so, because The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout is out now! LOL

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Let me know in comments if you’ve read this yet!

Here is the cover and synopsis.

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Synopsis:

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series.

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Brief Yet Bitchin’ Reviews ;)

Okay, as promised, I have some hard hitting reviews *wink* to share with you lovely people 🙂 These are just brief reviews that sum up my thoughts in a nice little package. Because seriously, who has time for essay long reviews? Not me, so let’s get this started!

The Transfer: A Divergent Story by Veronica Roth

The Transfer: A Divergent Story (Divergent, #0.1)

REVIEW

Veronica Roth (aka author of the Divergent series) has started to release short stories on Tobias Eaton. Otherwise known as Four. There will, of course, be four books in the series, and this is the first installment. This was about 34 pages long and it told about Four taking the placement test and his decision to be dauntless. I loved that I got to see what happened with him, even though it was pretty similar to Tris’s. Nevertheless I found it interesting and I liked that it started to open up the gates about our mystery man.

The Transfer: A Divergent Story = 4 dauntless stars

Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements #0.5)  by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements, #0.5)

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So Jennifer spit out another series, this one about gargoyles and demons. There is one this lady does freakishly well: the chick is original with her stories. You know how HARD that is? Ugh, she’s disgustingly brilliant. What else is new? Anyways, this is a little novella to go along with the dark elements series. This mini book is labeled 0.5 before the other installments. You don’t necessarily have to read it, but the story is super cute with these secondary characters getting their own little novel. I loved Dez and Jasmine. He’s all confident and dark, and Jasmine is the kind of girl you’d be best friends with the first day of kindergarten. Loved them and the story they weaved. DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS BEAUIFUL STORY!

Bitter Sweet Love = 5 stars

White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1)

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This is the kind of story that draws you in, spits you out, and makes you want to cry when you’re done because the next book isn’t out yet. In other words, I loved it. This had drama, romance, sass, and a demon named Roth. Mmm makes me drool like someone’s waving a chocolate bar in my face. The only thing I didn’t dig was Layla’s adopted family. But that’s just me. Other than that, I loved this to pieces and I especially loved Roth. He’s just…Jesus help me. He got under my skin and then he made me want him to hop out of the pages and take me away. Bet you can’t guess how many stars I gave this one lol.

White Hot Kiss = 4.5 drool worthy stars

Resistance (The Variant Series #2)  by Jena Leigh

Resistance (The Variant Series, Book 2)

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So I entered this giveaway awhile ago and totally forgot about it. That is until I got an email from my friend’s blog saying I won the ebook! Needless to say, it totally made my day. This is the second book in the Variant series and I freaking devoured this in no time. I loved Declan, as usual, and all the rest of our favorite Variants. but I have to say, I didn’t like it as much as the first book. I only say that because it seemed like the first one had more lighthearted moments that countered the darker ones. This book was intense 24/7 without much of an emotional break, and I’m one of those readers that needs one. Besides that, the story was detailed and had a lot of great scenes along with story development. All in all a great story.

Resistance = 3.75 stars

Wooo! So there we go. My little reading round up for the week. Now I mentioned in my last post that I went to see Divergent and LOVED IT. But I should probably be a bit more detailed instead of just saying I fell in love with it, right? LOL. Everybody I know had been telling me they were so worried about the age of the characters and whether the director would stay true to the book. I’ll put them both to rest: The characters couldn’t have been better, and they stayed incredibly close to the book. What they DID change actually made the story better! So do not fear fellow fans. If you see Divergent, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

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Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout review

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Don’t even get me started about the dude on the cover, just…God help me.

Synopsis:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.”

It isn’t too often in life that you come across something that is so close, if not, absolute perfection. I myself can’t say that I ever felt the overwhelming feeling until I read…Obsidian. ***cue mind being blown and dramatic movie trailer music***

I know this is a well known book and it has been out for quite some time, but I just reread this book for the 1224345456457457457 time today and I felt the enormous urge to write a ground breaking review :—-) I love a good paranormal story, but rarely do I ever come across an alien themed one. When I had first discovered this book, (like when the thing came out) I was hugely skeptical on that stereotype alone and didn’t purchase this literature gem for months. Yes, I want to kill myself now for holding back on a stupid prejudice. But I’m here now to teach you beautiful people to learn from my bone head mistake.

Katy Swartz has to be one of my favorite female leads of all time. She isn’t a whiner, a bitcher, a complainer, or a pouty pants. (pouty pants description: one who sits in a corner and let’s bottom lip protrude in a ridiculous manner for multiple chapters). This girl can sarcasm fight with the best of them, and I loved that about her. Not only does she have a great dimensional personality, but she also has the perfect sparring partner–Daemon Black. Oh yeah.

This book feeds on the absolute tension and hostility of these two hot heads. Both have wicked tongues and moods to match. They both made the book for me and give it a twist we don’t usually see in YA paranormal: they hate each other. Like seriously, I want to kill you and feed your body parts through a meat grinder kind of hate each other. I know that last description was gross, but it’s the truth. And I have to say that I love the mix up from the insta-love and sappy romance we usually get. Not saying that’s bad at all. Just that this deviation was just what the doctor ordered 😉

The whole story is focused around, in the beginning, Katy figuring out what her freaky twin neighbors really are, and the rest is just action and comedy all rolled into one exciting read. There is never a dragging moment where you’re wanting to page skip or yawn. And you relate to all of the characters in at least one way or another. Either with Katy’s wit, Dee’s sunshine personality and exuberance, or even Daemon’s snarkiness. You seriously don’t need much motivation to read these books because they all are ridiculously good and will have you dying for the next installment. Also, don’t miss Daemon’s POV in the back of each book. His thoughts on some of the scenes in key chapters are priceless 🙂

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout = 5 kickass awesome sauce stars