Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More


Today's subject is top ten authors we've needed to read more of, but haven't picked up any of their other books.
  1. Colleen Hoover - I read Hopeless and adored it! It totally broke me, which of course means I want more!
  2. Morgan Matson - I read Second Chance Summer and enjoyed it, but I just haven't gotten to any of her other books.
  3. Jus Accardo - I read her most recent release, Rules of Survival, and really liked it! I'd love to start her Denazen series soon. I own it, so maybe soon!
  4. Erin Bowman - I liked Taken by this author, but just never got to the second book.
  5. Dan Wells - I've really been wanting to read Fragments, the second book in the Partials series, but I keep putting it off! I own it, so maybe soon!
  6. C.J. Redwine - I seriously enjoyed Defiance and then just never made it to the sequel. I own it, so maybe soon!
  7. Fiona Paul - Even though I own Belladonna, the second book in her historical series, and I like the first one a lot, I just haven't gotten to it.
  8. Kathleen Peacock - I miss werewolf series, and I loved the first book of her series. I was supposed to read the second for a blog tour, but the copy didn't get here on time. I still haven't read it.
  9. Jessica Brody - I actually haven't read any of her books, but I own a bunch of them and I really need to get on it!

What are some authors you need to read more of? Let me know in the comments!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout: mini review


Goodreads rating: 4.50
Paperback, 364 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Entangled Publishing
Series: Lux #4
Genre: YA Sci-fi Romance

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?


 Spoilers from previous books!


Initial reaction: Errmehgerrd!!!!! I can't believe the heart-break and sexiness of this book. I think the final book might actually kill me.

I remember waiting so long for this book to come out, and then I wasn't sure I could start it. After wondering what Katy would be exposed to after getting caught after the raid that didn't exactly go to plan. I felt so bad for Katy; JLA set the stakes pretty high for getting Katy back. We've never seen Katy so hopeless, but she never completely loses her fire, and that made me love her even more. It was Daemon that really surprised me. Well, maybe not surprised, but he was so fierce and unforgiving when it came to getting Katy back. He becomes someone you don't want to mess with, not just Daedalus but the Luxen as well. He's literally willing to risk anything o get her back, no matter what the cost. And then as soon as he gets her back (that's not really a spoiler, it's obviously going to happen at some point), we see a much more swoon-worthy side of Daemon where he showed Katy just how much he missed her and loves her. I think the thing that really drew me to this book is that the two of them never lost their spirit, even when everything seemed hopeless. And, finally, we get to see Area 51! I feel like you can't write an alien series without going to Area 51 at some point. There are other things romance-wise that had me grinning like crazy, and let me just say that you will not be disappointed in that department. It obviously doesn't start out that way since Katy is kind of captured by the bad guys, but it's definitely worth the wait. And that ending! Oh my goodness, I can't handle the cliffhanger! I just bought the final book and will probably get started on it soon. Loved this series, and I totally devoured this installment!



People who enjoy the series! Because if you've made it this far, you might as well finish it off :) 



Sunday, September 14, 2014

My Poisonous Book Haul (72) ~ European Edition!

This has now become my replacement for In My Mailbox (which was created by The Story Siren). Since that feature has made some changes, I decided that I needed to move on as well. My book haul feature has a name that's more catered to my blog's theme, but it's exactly the same. Basically, you create a post of the books you either received in the mail/e-mail, bought at a bookstore, or borrowed from the library.

As I've said multiple times, I recently got back from Europe! On my trip, I obviously had a problem keeping myself from buying books. So this edition of MPBH is solely what I bought in Europe. My next MPBH will be books I bought for the signings I've recently been to and other books I've been looking forward to, as well as review books I received. Anyway, enjoy!


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What did you get in your book haul this week? Let me know in the comments!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

What Does the Bookworm Say? : Other Hobbies


So glad to finally be back to participating in this meme! Today, we discuss our other interests besides books.

  • I guess my main interest besides reading is writing! I know they're kind of similar, but it's a whole other ball game when it really comes down to it. There are times where I'll binge-write (sometimes after binge-reading), and it's very therapeutic.
  • Soccer!! Besides reading and writing, soccer is one of my favorite things to do. I'm in an adult league with my dad (in fact, we have our second game of the season tomorrow), and it's just a lot of fun. It's not always fun when it's boiling outside like it's supposed to be tomorrow, but that's what hydrating is for! I've been playing for 15 years... wow... Let's move on from that.
  • TV shows on Netflix! It seems a little ridiculous that it would be considered a hobby, but a lot of times I'll find a series on Netflix that I've been wanting to watch. I'm usually searching for it because I have nothing to do that day, and then I end up getting totally hooked. The last series I did that with was Revolution. Sadly, the second season isn't on Netflix, but as soon as I get some money, I may just buy the second season.
  • Singing in the car! I can barely sing in front of other people. But as soon as I get in the car, it's like I'm completely fearless. It's one of the reasons I love driving to signings; I have lots of songs I can sing along to!
  • Hanging out with my boyfriend! Again, seems like it's not much of a hobby, but my boyfriend is also my best friend, so we always have a great time together and I love being around him.
I wish I did productive things (like I know that Thuy knits, so at least she's creating something), but, ultimately, I'm the type of person where I like what I like and it's very hard for me to warm up to something if it's no appealing in the first place. For example, I used to play the clarinet in middle school in high school, and while I wasn't a child prodigy, I was decent enough. But then my high school teacher for Wind Ensemble made me hate music, so I gave it up. I don't regret it now, but I just proved that I wasn't as into it as soccer or writing or reading.


What are some of your non-reading hobbies? Let me know in the comments!


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