A Court of Frost and Starlight – A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1 – Sarah J. Maas

So…this was different. I guess it is one of those in between books that takes a closer look at the characters and prepares you for whatever comes next.

When Nesta threw herself over Cassian to save him from the Hybern King, I thought I finally liked her but she’s back to being the nasty person she was before.

I actually feel sorry for Tamlin and think Rhysand and Feyre are too cruel to him. He seems remorseful for whatever he’s done in the past.

I was totally unfulfilled by this book. It was a nice look at the characters but just did not do anything for me. Bleh.

City of Bones – The Immortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare

Right up front, I’m going to confess that I only read this book because I was curious about the lawsuit that Sherrilyn Kenyon filed against Cassandra Clare. Kenyon is one of my favorite authors but I saw no similarities between this series and the Dark-Hunter series.

Clary and her best friend Simon went to a club and Clary was checking out a cute boy when she saw him go into a storage room with another girl. She saw two other boys following him and saw one pull out a knife. She alerted Simon who went to find security.

Clary went to investigate and entered the storage room. She witnessed some unbelievable events. The cute boy turned out to be a demon and the other two boys and the girl were demon hunters or Shadowhunters. They killed the demon who folded in on himself and disappeared.

When Simon and the security guard entered the room, they could only see Clary. She realized they couldn’t see the others so she said she must have been mistaken about seeing a boy with a knife.

Clary gets thrown into the world of the Shadowhunters when she is attacked by a monster demon and her mother goes missing. She discovers that her mom has been hiding a lot of secrets from her.

There was a lot of action in this book, almost too much. I just felt overwhelmed at times and felt these kids acted before they thought things out. Maybe it is that I’m too old to connect with the characters.

I’m not sure if I’ll continue with the series. Sometimes, the second book gets more familiar with the characters so it helps the reader connect. We’ll see what I decide after I go through my “to read” list.

Opposition – Lux #4 – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hundreds or maybe thousands of Luxen just arrived on Earth and Daemon, Dawson and Dee just left with them without even looking back.

These new Luxen, aliens originally from the Planet Lux, are cold and unfeeling. They all think as one like a hive. Their goal is to take over the world and Katy isn’t sure whose side Daemon is on now.

Cities are being destroyed and Luxens are killing humans like they are ants. Luxen are stealing certain human bodies and taking on their appearances, mainly people in powerful positions and people who are of childbearing years. Humans are panicked and the government is considering drastic measures.

Katy might have to turn to the very people who tortured her to save the planet, the good Luxen and herself.

My anxiety was at peak levels while reading this final book of the series. This author must be related to George R.R. Martin because throughout the series, she has had no qualms about killing off beloved characters. I was afraid to see who else might die.

I was sad that this was the last book of the series. I’ll have to look at what else is out there by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Origin – Lux #4 – Jennifer l Armentrout

Katy has been captured by Daedalus, an arm of the Department of Defense, and taken to Area 51 where they will be sure to perform all kinds of inhumane experiments on her.

Daemon turns himself in just so he can be near Katy so he can try to protect her. But how does he expect to go up against the government?

I was a little blown away by the events in this book. It messed with my emotions with every turn of the page but I couldn’t stop reading it. I love when an author writes so well that she sweeps me into the story so deep that I don’t even want to get out. I just want to see what happens next.

I forced myself to write this summary before I went on to the next book. I didn’t want to get too ahead of things. But now I am off to read the next book.

The Thief – Black Dagger Brotherhood # 16 – J.R. Ward

You know that feeling after you step off of a giant roller coaster? That’s how I feel right now. It was a hell of a ride!

This was my favorite book that has come out lately. I have been waiting for Assail and Sola’s story for a long time. I have always adored his character and have been tortured by the glimpses we’ve been getting of him in the previous books. He was screaming in the background. We knew if he didn’t come out of his psychosis, he would have to die.

There was also the story of Vishous and Jane in this book. I wanted to strangle him as my heart was breaking for Jane and his relationship.

There is a new threat to the species from Throe and his shadow creatures. I once liked Throw but he’s turned into a total psycho. He’s become the quintessential comic book villain who wants to take over the world. Cue the maniacal laughing.

I think there are a lot more stories to be told. I’m interested in where the Jo Early story will go. I’ve always wanted to see Murhder again and what about Xcor’s Band of Bastards? Will they be getting a story?

Now, we just have to wait and see.

Onyx – Lux #2 – Jennifer L Armentrout

What I like most about this series is that Katy has a book review boig like I do. It makes me have something in common with her. That’s not all I like though. I like the entire plot. It’s different and it keeps me interested.

In the last book, Daemon was a big jerk to Katy but I could understand why since his family and some of the town are aliens, closely monitored by the DOD. His brother had gotten close to a human and they ended up dead. He just didn’t want any more trouble.

In this book, Daemon is trying to make up for the way he treated her but Katy isn’t going to make it easy on him.

There’s a new boy in town and he’s made it clear that he’s interested in her. Daemon doesn’t trust him but that may be just jealousy.
When Katy sees the girl who was supposed to have been killed in a DOD vehicle, she gets hopeful that maybe Daemon’s brother is alive too. She and Daemon start looking for answers.

This author makes the Department of Defense seem cold and brutal in this series. There are some terrifying agents working for them.

I liked this book better than the first book. I’m going to continue with the series.

Obsidian – Lux #1 – Jennifer Armentrout

I didn’t expect to like this book so much because I tend to set my expectations pretty low when I start a new author and series. Plus, it’s geared toward young adults which sometimes can get all high schooly and mean girlish. But this book mostly stayed away from that sort of immature drama. It surprised me.

Katy moves from Florida to a small town in West Virginia with her mom. She meets the neighbors and loves the sister but the brother is a total jerk.

She starts noticing weird things and thinks it’s all in her head but soon her life gets some unwelcome excitement.

The plot was interesting but I think the tension between Damaen and Katy went on way too long. There comes a point when I just tire of things being dragged out. Also, if a guy continues to be a jerk, it becomes a dysfunctional relationship…maybe even abusive.

I went ahead and downloaded the next book in the series.