Easy by Tammara Webber

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.

I'm going to be cheesy and use the title to describe this book: it was Easy. It was so effortless to love the story and I was sucked in from the very first chapter. Easy is the story of Jacqueline and Lucas. I enjoyed both of their characters, both facing horrors and dealing with them in their current relationships.   Jacqueline is very independent and headstrong and I enjoyed seeing her overcome the breakup from her long time boyfriend. Lucas seems like this tatted up bad boy but he's sensitive and intelligent. He's also cautious and sensitive. 

I was so interested in their lives and this book touched me. I was a big ol' baby by the time I was finished. If you're looking for a book that gives you the warm and fuzzies but also makes you cry buckets...then Easy is the clear choice.

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter



It's always been just Kate and her mom--and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she suceeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.


PROS: I liked this book a lot, but I LOVED it towards the end.
Ya'll don't understand. I HEART Greek Mythology and I really enjoyed the twist on the myth of Hades and Persephone. That was one Greek myth that always boggled by mind and it was really nice to see Henry/Hades in an endearing light. Well, sort of endearing...he's still the King of the Underworld.
I also appreciated the lack of insta-love on both sides. Kate has to work for Henry's affections and vice versa...but that doesn't mean I don't want more juicy scenes, Aimee Carter!
I liked the characters for the most part but allow me to elaborate in the cons...

CONS: A little bit slow for me to get into...but worth it in the end. I get it Carter, you want to unfold the plot nice and slow but I was dying for a hint of love or comedy somewhere in the mix.
Speaking of comedy and maybe I've been spoiled by JLA, someone who's authored a greek mythology series, I wanted a bit more of the snarky comments and quips I've grown used to.
The love story while very sweet and endearing, I wanted a little more juice. I'm not talking full on explicit scenes that make you blush...but just a little more. Hopefully in the next books.

I really did enjoy this book a lot though. A nice solid read that I would recommend :)

Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

Friday, January 4, 2013

Gods this book. THIS BOOK!
I can't even begin to explain just how much I enjoyed this! The pacing, the plot, even the cliffhanger was just beyond words! I promise my review is going to be all over the place!

I loved every second of it, and it was strange because even though this was such an engrossing read...I found myself putting it down just to think about it. That rarely happens for me with YA books but I loved the mystery of it all. I found myself guessing which characters were behind certain events. It reminded me of the feeling I got while reading Harry Potter, at least in the pacing of the story and the mystery of the plot.

Another thing I noticed about the series is the build up of the characters and how much JLA makes you love them even for their faults. Half-blood was created to let the readers love Aiden and Alex. Pure was all Seth. Deity served the purpose of making us squirm over who Alex would really choose but to also help understand her choices.

I'm rabid for the next book, Apollyon which comes out in April 2013 and I don't say this enough but there is a magic to Armentrout's writing and after reading this series...I'm solidified as a fan.

Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

Ever since I’ve met you, I’ve wanted to break every rule.” Aiden turned away, the muscles in his neck tensing. He sighed. “You’ll become the center of someone’s world one day. And he’ll be the luckiest son of a bitch on this earth" -Aiden St.Delphi
Pure is a wonderful mix of action, comedy, and romance.
If Half-Blood left you yearning for more, Pure, the second novel in the Covenant series sure fills the void. We get to dive deeper into the Hematoi world and see Alex interact with Seth, the Apollyon.  The chemistry between the two and it made for a lot of comedic moments.

Alexandria Andros is one of those characters that you wish you could be because of her strength, tenacity, and spirit. She is a delight to rad and her interactions with Aiden are so heated and passionate. The forbidden love story in this love is tastefully done in a way where it's not annoying at all. I'm totally Team Aiden by the way but in this book I found myself liking Seth too. That's why I love JLA because she has a knack for writing characters that are jerks but have that redeeming quality that makes you want to love them. Pure did not disappoint at all.

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout is the story of Alexandria Andros a.k.a. Alex who is a half-blood who has escaped from the Covenant three years ago with her mother. She returns to find that she must catch up or she will be kicked out of the Covenant and enter into servitude.

Half-Blood was one of those books I avoided for some reason. I had heard that it was very similar to Vampire Academy but being as I haven't read that yet, I figured why not give this a shot. I love Greek Mythology and my prior knowledge helped me guess certain story elements which I found enjoyable.

I also enjoyed this book because who doesn't like kick-ass females like Alex? Who doesn't love super yummy badass guys like Aiden?
You will fall head over heels for the romance in this book. I'm talking about all the deliciousness of forbidden love in all it's glory. Aiden is a Pure and Alex is a Half and it's against the Gods for them to be together.

As much as I did enjoy the characters, the book is not without its flaws. I felt it a little draggy towards the middle but what it lacked in pacing sometimes, it made up in characters. What I appreciate most about JLA's writing is her character development and these guys fly right off the pages.

Honestly, even if Greek Mythology isn't your thing...you should read this just because Aiden St. Delphi is delicious! He's totally making himself comfy on my list of book boyfriends. All in all, this was an enjoyable read.
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