Review – Storm & Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…”

REVIEW:

Storm & Fury is a spin-off of the Dark Elements series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I have been wanting to read this series for a while now, but just kept getting distracted by other books. Honestly, I was intrigued by this book before I even knew about the Dark Elements series. I do believe you could go in blind since Armentrout does a good job of explaining prior events, but I do think having read the first series really adds depth to this book.

Our lead in this book is Trinity, she’s unique and the last of her kind. She’s half-human and has been protected by the Wardens for the last 10 years. The reader is left in the dark about what Trinity is for about half of the book, which was surprising. Trinity also suffers from a degenerative eye disease, which for most of the book I thought was a side effect of her powers. It’s actually really cool that it is a part of her that is completely human.

I loved being back in this world, and the opportunity to have Zayne have his own story. He was one of my favorites from the Dark Elements series, and I’m excited to see how his story evolves. Trinity and Zayne’s relationship is great and really adds to this story.

Storm & Fury packs much more oomph than any of the books in the Dark Elements series. Those books always felt a little lacking for me, but this book really sucks you in. I did grow a little frustrated with how Trinity’s uniqueness was teased. It was a little annoying to me for the last sentence of every chapter to be along the lines of “if they knew what I was”. It just grew tedious after a while, and probably why it took me a bit to get into this book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I’m excited to see where this series goes from here, and I love what it adds to the previous series.

RATING: 4/5

April Releases to Get Excited About

Somehow it is already almost April. March has flown by and I can’t believe it. Below you’ll find some of April’s book releases that I’m most excited. As always, these are books that I am super interested in or have been waiting on for the last couple of months. These just scratch the surface of everything coming out in April.

The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood & Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – April 20, 2021

Bow Before Your Queen Or Bleed Before Her…From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book three in her Blood and Ash series.

I have been dying for this book since I finished A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire last fall. It left off on such a cliff-hanger and I’m just so excited to see where this series goes. This series made me a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout and I highly recommend this series if you haven’t already checked it out.

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne – April 13, 2021

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Hating Game and 99 Percent Mine comes the clever, funny, and unforgettable story of a muscular, tattooed man hired as an assistant to two old women–under the watchful eye of a beautiful retirement home manager.

I read the Hating Game by Sally Thorne last month and I absolutely loved it! I couldn’t put this book down, neglected errands that had to be done, because I just wanted to keep reading. So Sally Thorne has become a must check out author for me. The synopsis to this book sounds super charming and I’m so excited to read it.

The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan – April 6, 2021

Naomi and Ethan will test the boundaries of love in this provocative romance from the author of the ground-breaking debut, The Roommate.

The Roommate by Rosie Danan was one of my favorite books I read last year. So naturally I’m very excited to read the follow up. Seriously, if you haven’t read The Roommate you need to add it to your TBR immediately. I’m excited to hear more about Naomi and her story. She was an interesting secondary character in The Roommate, so it will be nice to have her as the lead.

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price – April 6, 2021

“Perfect for fans of the Lady Janies and Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a thrilling and high-stakes whodunit.

As I’ve talked about on this blog before, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book and Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. So naturally any time there is a spin on her stories or a modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice, I’m going to want to check it out. This one honestly sounds amazing! Pride and Prejudice with a whodunit added in, how can you not add this to your TBR?

Blessed Monsters (Something Dark & Holy #3) by Emily A. Duncan – April 6, 2021

The startling conclusion to the instant New York Times bestselling Something Dark and Holy trilogy.”

I was recently recommended this series, and I’ve been waiting to start it until after the third book is released. I don’t always do this with series unless I discover them close to them being finished. Since it only got recommended to me a little over a month ago, I figured I would wait it out. I’m very excited to start it and of course I’ll post all my thoughts here on this blog.

Let me know what April releases you are excited about, and if you are checking out any of these books too!

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WWW Wednesday – March 24, 2021

Happy Wednesday! It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! I’m answering the three questions below. Let me know your answers in the comments, or share to your own blog!

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?


I’m continuing my re-reading adventure of the ACOTAR series by reading A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I am honestly loving this re-read. Because I know what is going to happen, I’ve been paying so much more attention to the little things happening. All the little details between Feyre and Rhysand, this re-read has been exactly what I need right now.

What did you recently finish?

I just finished up Storm & Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I’ll have a full review posted soon, but I really enjoyed this book! It is a spin-off of her Dark Elements series. Storm & Fury is an urban fantasy dealing with angels, demons, gargoyles and everything in between. Honestly, I want to pick up the next book right away because it set up a really exciting story, but I have other books I got to read first.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m super excited to start To Love and To Loathe by Martha Waters! I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review. So this will be my next read since it comes out super soon, and I want to have my review posted right away. This is actually my first ARC since starting this blog, which is a really nice growth opportunity for me as well.

As always let me know in the comments what you are reading or whether you have read any of these books. You can also follow along on Instagram!

WWW Wednesday – March 17, 2021

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Since it is Wednesday, it means another WWW Wednesday! I’m answering the three questions below. Let me know your answers in the comments, or share to your own blog!

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am currently rereading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I told you all it was going to happen. The entire time I read A Court of Silver Flames, I just kept thinking man I want to reread the ACOTAR series. I couldn’t get it off my brain, and I hit a reading slump. So here we are! Honestly, it’s really nice to reread. This series is very much a comfort series for me and I kind of need that right now.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished Well Played by Jen DeLuca. Honestly, this book is fine. I had added it to my TBR after reading Well Met at the beginning of last year which I really enjoyed. This book doesn’t really change the game, but that’s ok. It is an enjoyable rom-com and if that is what you are looking for then its perfect. I’ll have a full review posted to my blog soon.

What do you think you’ll read next?

This is really tough because I’ve been in a real reading slump. I think I might read Storm & Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This one has been sitting on my Kindle for awhile, so it might be nice to clear that off the shelf. This is genuinely a tough question to answer right now. So this could change, it is whatever strikes my fancy right now.

Review: The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux—only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is—and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.”

REVIEW:

Wow!

The last like 200 pages of this book are just crazy. We get a ton more information on what is happening (Daedalus is up to no good still). We see Luc and Evie’s relationship grow even more. And a ton of people die, this book was crazy and not what I expected at all. The deadly virus hit a bit close to home, so fair warning if you are picking up this book.

Luc and Evie have an insane amount of chemistry that just jumps off the page. It is absolutely the strongest part of this book, and what makes most of their actions believable. This book was a little slow going in the beginning, but once it picked up it really didn’t stop. A lot of things were revealed. Some I expected and some that definitely took me by surprise.

I think that this series has a much better structure than the Lux series. This series has been building in a very organic manner. With the Lux series, there was a new big bad that was somehow way worse than the previous big bad and sometimes grew tedious. With this series, we are really building to something huge, which I really enjoy.

We also finally saw Kat again, so that made me very happy. It was interesting to see where they were and how things had changed since the end of the Lux series.

I’m excited to read The Brightest Night and see what happens especially with that huge reveal in the last couple of pages.

RATING: 3.5/5

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Review: The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen…but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head…”

REVIEW:

I was excited to dive back into the Luxen world. I always get completely sucked into Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books even if sometimes they are somewhat predictable. The Darkest Star hit a lot of the same beats as Obsidian (The first book in the Lux series), but I still enjoyed it.

The Darkest Star is set 4 years after the events of the Lux series. It was interesting to see how the world has changed since the big Lux invasion and the trauma the world as a whole is dealing with since everything changed. I figured out the big twist involving Evie pretty early on, but still enjoyed how it was handled. I also felt like the ending was kinda blah. We had this big and suspenseful build-up and then just nothing. Obviously, the book is setting up for the series to come but I wish the ending had built to a better climax. I also grew frustrated with the running pattern of someone sitting down with Evie, telling her a bunch of things, then something big happens, so they sit Evie down again and tell her okay we didn’t tell you everything before so here is more of an info dump. After it happened like 3 times, I was just annoyed because it felt lazy.

I also enjoyed the little peeks at what Katy, Daemon, and Archer were doing sprinkled throughout the novel. There is a part of me that hopes they will have a bigger role to play further in the series.

Overall, I enjoyed The Darkest Star. It is a great edition to the Lux series and I’m excited to see what happens to this new cast of characters.

RATING: 3/5

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WWW Wednesday – January 13th, 2021

It’s Wednesday which means another WWW Wednesday. I’m answering the three questions below. Let me know your answers in the comments or share on your own blog!

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Fire Falling by Elise Kova (Book #2 in the Air Awakens series). Super excited to see what happens next in this series. It has similar vibes to the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. So if you are looking for something to fill that hole, I recommend this series.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished The Dating Plan by Sara Desai. It was my January choice for Book of the Month and an early release. It goes on sale to the general public in March. I absolutely loved this book. It was exactly what I needed to start off the year, and a distraction from the chaos of the first week of January. I definitely recommend this book!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I think my next read will probably be The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It is a spinoff of The Lux series, which I finished last year. I’m excited to see where this spinoff series goes. Honestly, though my mood has been all over the place so far this January and I haven’t really been able to stick to the books I’ve been picking.

Have you read any of these books? What are you currently reading?

Let me know in the comments!

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January TBR

Happy 2021! I hope everyone is having a safe and healthy start to the new year. Obviously a lot of 2021 is going to look like 2020, but don’t worry we still have books to keep us company!

I am a mood reader by nature, but I also have a ton of unread books sitting on my shelves. So I need to plan out at least some of my reads for the month.

#1 – Fable by Adrienne Young

This book has been all over bookstagram and I’m very excited to start reading this.

Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men. Fable takes you on a spectacular journey filled with romance, intrigue, and adventure.

#2 – The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

As I’ve said before I’m a sucker for a good romance novel, and look at that gorgeous cover. This was my Book of the Month choice for January and I think it will be a nice little interlude between the amount of Fantasy novels I read every month.

“Even with a step-by-step plan, these fake fiances might accidentally fall for each other in this hilarious, heartfelt romantic comedy from the author of The Marriage Game.”

#3 – The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I am super excited to return to the Lux universe, and start this series. I really enjoyed the Lux series, and the world was so different than the things I normally read.

“#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old.”

What are you reading in January? Let me know in the comments!

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My 2020 in Books

This year I started a new job in a new apartment. I had a decent commute on public transportation, so I saw myself reading a bit more than I had in recent years. Then the pandemic happened, I saw myself working from home and having even more time on my hands. I started thinking about making a bookstagram and blog to talk about the even more books I had been consuming. Then I got laid off, and my decision was made.

It has been really exciting to share what I’ve been reading and starting this blog. 2020 has been a weird year, but this blog has brought a little slice of happiness.

So here is my year in review…

In 2020 I joined the cult of Sarah J. Maas

Also wish they had kept this cover art

In March, I began the Throne of Glass series and while I had a few problems with it overall, it was an incredibly immersive fantasy series that I needed at that time in my life. After finishing that series everyone kept tell my I needed to read A Court of Thorns and Roses. So I splurged and bought the entire series. Wow! I absolutely loved this series! Feyre is an incredible heroine. I loved this series so much more than the Throne of Glass Series. One unpopular opinion I do have though is I wish she wasn’t continuing the series. While I will still read A Court of Silver Flames, I’m not dying to read it since I feel like the story is finished.

I fully embraced my love of Romance novels…
I feel like a lot of people get shamed for loving romance novels, but this year I fully embraced it. I read some amazing romance novels this year, that were way better than some other more touted books. The Roommate by Rosie Danan was one of my favorite books I read this year. I also discovered the world of Evie Dunmore and her League of Extraordinary Women and Beach Read by Emily Henry. There are truly some extraordinary things happening in Romance.

I got sucked into Bookstagram suggestions…
Once I set up a bookstagram, I feel like my TBR grew tenfold. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I love seeing people’s flatlays and their book recommendations. Sometimes though, the hype can be overblown. This happed to me with Serpent & Dove and Blood & Honey. I saw these two books all over Instagram, and quickly added them to my TBR. I read Serpent & Dove which I enjoyed but didn’t love. Then I picked up Blood & Honey. Boy, did I not like this book. It felt like a mess and when I discovered that this originally was meant to be a duology it made a lot of sense. A majority of the book was filler and I’m hesitant to continue this series when the last book comes out. So 9 times out of 10, bookstagram suggestions are great but sometimes you get burned.

I discovered the world of Jennifer L. Armentrout…

I stumbled upon the world of Jennifer L. Armentrout this summer. I had finished ACOTAR and was looking for something similar. From Blood and Ash kept popping up in my suggestions on Amazon. An obsession was born. Since this summer I’ve read the Lux Series and the Dark Elements Series with plans to read more. While the Blood and Ash series is still my favorite so far, I’m excited to see where her other books take me.

I’m so excited to see where 2021 takes my little book blog! I hope you enjoy my reviews, and I’m hoping to expand a bit more with what I do with this blog. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram and most importantly…

Happy New Year!

Review: Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“Katy can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.”

REVIEW:

I did it, I finished the Lux series!

I don’t quite know how to feel about this book.

Spoilers below for the whole series…

Things I really enjoyed about this book, I liked the continuation of dueling perspectives between Katy and Daemon. I also enjoyed the coming together of the Luxen and the Arum to battle the bigger evil. I also enjoyed the incorporation of the past classes of Origins into the alien invasion. Archer is great and I loved his dynamic with Katy and Daemon.

I have a big gripe with the last couple of books. Katy is assaulted multiple times, by different characters and her trauma is never really dealt with or truly discussed. Blake is introduced in Onyx and revealed to be a double agent by the end of the book. He is brought back again in Opal, and convinces the group that even though he was a double agent he’s there only hope of getting Beth back. By the end of the book, we find out that he has betrayed them again, but even more disturbing is that he has been disguising himself as Daemon and sneaking into Katy’s room at night and spooning with her. Genuinely and completely horrifying! Then Blake is back again in Origin, taunting and being his predatory self until he is killed in a fit of rage by Katy during one of her training sessions. Katy also has an unwanted full medical evaluation done to her while in the hands of the government. Then in Opposition, Katy is once again the target this time by Lotho, the head of the Arum. He says he will only help them if he gets to feed from Katy, ultimately revealing that he just wanted to see how much they were willing to sacrifice. However, after Lotho complements her, he kisses her. I just grew so frustrated because these actions are so completely horrendous, yet they are kind of brushed aside because “bigger” things are happening. I feel like these could have been handled so much better, even if it was just her talking to Daemon about it. I think it just hit a breaking point, for me personally, when the kiss with Lotho was played for laughs.

I felt like Daedalus kind of got the air taken out of their threat level. They were in the background of every book in this series, then the Luxen invade and just nothing. There was no build up for these Luxen invaders besides some throw away sentences, and its frustrating that this was what ended up being the big bad.

Overall, I am happy with the series conclusion. It does have a satisfying ending. I had to stick through it to finish out Katy and Daemon’s story. I’m going to take a bit of break before I start the Origin series. I just need a break from aliens.

RATING: 2.5/5

Have you read the Lux series? What are your thoughts on how it concludes? Did you have the same problems or am I just crazy?

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