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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Review: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Pages: 179
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Romance
#0.5 in Series
The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.

Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in.

Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence...and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.
Quick Thoughts

That is all.


I. Can't. Even. Deal. I can't. I have lost all ability to can that I ever possessed. It's fucking gone because this book is so.... GAAAAHH.

Let me just start with the best part of Shadows. And what is it? Why, none other than Dee and Daemon's other twin, DAWSON.
Ladies, did you think the sexiness stopped with Daemon? Well, I am here to set you straight. While Daemon is the physical embodiment of pure sex and the collective wet dream of every woman on earth, Dawson is the exact opposite. But, I mean that in the best, most attractive and utterly hot way possible. You see, Daemon may be the one that will make your hoo-haa go YEEHAW! with just a smoldering look, but Dawson is the one that can melt you down into a puddle of swooning, girlish delight with nothing more than a charming, genuine smile directed your way. The two of them embody the two types of guys that women love most. Daemon is the bad boy, right down to his ultra-fine core, and Dawson is the nice guy--the Prince Charming that every girl wishes she could marry at some point in her life. Polar opposites, but oh so fucking sexy in their own ways.
In Obsidian, we never got to know much about Dawson. We only knew that Dee and Daemon had another brother that died. Shadows goes back in time, showing us this brother. It's told in the perspectives of Dawson, and a human girl named Bethany (and there is one chapter in Daemon's perspective, too). In fact, Dawson and Bethany's story is quite similar to Katy and Daemon's story, in that Bethany is the new girl in town. She moved there so her mom could take care of her sick uncle. When Bethany walks into class on the first day, she sees two of the most gorgeous men she's ever come across (and who on earth could I be talking about, I wonder?). It's one of those moments of instant attraction between both Bethany and Dawson. It affected her so much that she could even tell the difference between Dawson and Daemon, even though they're completely identical!

I loved Dawson. Plain and fucking simple, I loved him. Which is why it really wasn't difficult to believe when Bethany fell for him pretty quickly, because I know for a fact that if I had been in her situation (PLEASE, IF THERE IS A HIGHER BEING OUT THERE, PLEASE PUT ME IN BETHANY'S--OR EVEN KATY'S--SITUATION! *hyperventilates* *crawls in corner and sobs over my completely normal existence*) I would've done the same thing. Dawson was sweet, and so protective of Bethany. And he's quite the charmer! But I loved reading the scenes in his perspective, because it let's us get behind that cool and suave--and sexy!--exterior and we see that Dawson is just as nervous as Bethany is! He wants her to like him so much, it makes him do some really crazy, and even dangerous things.

I liked Bethany too, but I'm going to be honest with you. I really didn't notice her much, since I was too busy inserting myself into her shoes. HA! I just imagined that it was my name Dawson was saying, and pictured myself in his arms instead of her. Kinda mean, but, let's be honest. Who wouldn't? This in no way reflects on her as a character, because when I stepped out of my personal fantasies, she was pretty awesome.

I also really loved that we got to see more of Daemon and Dee, and the other Luxen too, from an internal standpoint. We got to see them as they function 'normally', meaning totally at ease around family and not holding anything back. You get to see just how fiercely Daemon loves both Dee and Dawson, and how he'd to anything to protect them. I really loved that side of him, which is something that we don't get to see much when he's trying to charm the pants of Katy all the time.

And now... for the hardest part of this review. The ending of the book.
Wow, that ending was like a sucker punch right in the dingleberries (you know, if I were a dude, of course.) I actually started crying a bit, it was so freaking emotional. And the worst part is that you know what's going to happen, it's totally inevitable, because they're obviously not alive in Obsidian. But I just kept hoping beyond hope that they would somehow overcome it, and they would make it out alive. WHY, JENNIFER, WHY? DO YOU ENJOY MY PAIN? DO YOU?

Who Should Read This Book?


Memorable Quotes

Dee’s hand fluttered around her as she spoke. “I was outside, and it looked as if a light show was going on in your bedroom. Daemon said you were probably mas—”
And Dee also knew no boundaries.
“Ah, no, please don’t finish that sentence.” He lowered his hands, eyes narrowing at his sister. “Don’t ever finish that sentence.”
* * *
“What?" he demanded.
"Did you just…clean a dish?" Dee backed away slowly, blinking. She glanced at Daemon. "The world is going to end. And I’m still a vir—"

"No!" both the brothers yelled in unison.

Daemon looked like he was actually going to vomit. "Jesus, don’t ever finish that statement. Actually, don’t ever change that. Thank you."

Her mouth dropped open. "You expect me to never have—”

"This isn’t a conversation I want to start my morning with." Dawson grabbed his book bag off the kitchen table. "I’m so leaving for school before this gets more detailed."

"And why aren’t you dressed yet?” Dee demanded, her full attention concentrated on Daemon. "You’re going to be late."

"I’m always late."

"Punctuality makes perfect.”

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About the Author
Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you've heard about her state aren't true. When she's not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories....which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is the author of the COVENANT Series (Spencer Hill Press), the LUX Series (Entangled Publishing), and the upcoming YA contemporary mystery/thrillers DON'T LOOK BACK (Disney/Hyperion Fall 2013) and yet untitled book (Disney/Hyperion tentative Fall 2014).
Other Books by This Author
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review: My Vampire Summer by Elle Casey

My Vampire Summer by Elle Casey 
Pages: 195
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: YA Paranormal
#1 in Series
My Vampire Summer, a novella, the first novella in a series of four ... Reserved bookworm Iona Candella and her best friend, wildchild Cheri Blake, are spending the summer before college in a small medieval town in France. Iona plans to spend the time reading 100 books on her Kindle and Cheri plans to spend it interfering in Iona's book reading/hibernation plan and finding gorgeous French boyfriends to help them pass the time instead. Both of them get more than they bargained for or even imagined. Ancient curses, haunted castle ruins, crypts protected by supernatural serpents. My Vampire Summer is a veritable YA Fantasy banquet, all in a novella-sized package.
Quick Thoughts

Super fun and short novella! Lots of cute romance, and totally interesting vampire mythology.


I really loved My Vampire Summer! Elle Casey is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I have every book that she's published thus far, and I'm in the process of reading them all. Soo good!

This might be a weird reason to have liked My Vampire Summer, but it takes place in France. I'm been learning french for 3 years, and I'm kind of obsessed with the culture, so the fact that it took place in a quaint little french town, filled with really hot french boys, just made it so much funner for me to read! If you're like me, and you have a weird obsession with France, then you'll love MVS just on that alone. It also helps that Elle actually lives in France, so you know what you're reading about is the real deal and not just some Google job.

And Elle's writing style!
No, but really! I can't get enough of it! It's so... teenager. I've never read another author that can so perfectly capture the way teenagers thinks and talk, and even act. It never ceases to amaze me! That's what I think will really capture readers, is the truthfulness of Elle's writing and characters. Iona, while having an interesting name, is still very much a teenage girl, and I love how Elle gets that across. Plus, Cheri was hilarious! HIGH-LARRY-US. I was literally laughing out loud half the time.

There is some romance, although it's mostly concentrated towards the end. However, there will be two more novellas in this series, so I'm really looking forward to seeing where this goes!

Who Should Read This Book?

If you want a great paranormal romance book, read it!

Read it for yourself!

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Kindle: $2.99

About the Author
Elle Casey is an American author living in southern France with her husband and three children. She writes in a variety of genre including Young Adult Action/Adventure, Young Adult Fantasy, Adult Thriller, and Adult Contemporary Romance.
Other Books by This Author
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Friday, May 11, 2012

$0.99 Kindle Books (5)

Books can get pretty pricey, which is why it's always exciting to find great books that are priced relatively low. And how much lower does it get than 99 cents?? I've come across these fantastic novels all for $0.99, so if you've been looking for something new to read, check out the books below!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

YA Boys I Love (3)

Let's just take a moment from life and enjoy a nice, hot, sexy boy from a YA book. Which boy, you may be asking yourself? Why, none other than the incomparable....

PEREGRINE from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi!

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - known as The Death Shop - are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild - a savage - and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile - everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
Oh, Perry, wonderful Perry. I don't know what I could possibly say about him because he's so amazing.

I think what interested me most about him was that he wasn't one of those guys that automatically goes goo-goo over the heroine. Hell, he even kind of hated Aria in the beginning. And he is very loyal, he'll do absolutely anything to keep those he loves safe. But once you lose his loyalty and trust, that's it.

Perry is a no-nonsense type of guy. But, he does have a fun side that peeks through, especially when he's with his nephew. I loved seeing those little vulnerable moments.

If you haven't read Under the Never Sky yet, you are SO missing out. Perry wants you to read it! :D

If you have read it, what do you think of Perry? Do you love him as much as I do? Do you? DO YOU?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (15)

My Super Sweet 16th Century by Rachel Harris
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: YA Historical Romance

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?
This looks like such a cute book! I really can't wait until it comes out!!!! September needs to get here faster.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Branching out: Adult book reviews

So, I've made a decision.

Let me start by saying this:

What's Your Story is a YA book blog. It is now, and always will be

That is not changing.

I've simply decided to branch out, and start reviewing adult books occasionally. I've been reading a lot more of adult romances, paranormal and otherwise, and I'd really like to incorporate them into my blog.

These adult book reviews won't be often. Maybe twice or three times a month, tops. They will all include the above image, indicating that it's not a YA book review. The reviews will also have a "read more" button instead of just being fully displayed on my front page, just to keep everything as YA as possible. I don't want to be an adult blog, at all. I also will not be accepting adult novels for review. Any adult books reviewed on here will be purely because I wanted to read them, and I loved them.

Okeedokee, that's what I wanted to say! :D

TBR Showcase (2)

I've seen a few bloggers do something like this, and it looks kind of fun, so I decided to do my own spin on it!

TBR showcase is a feature in which I take 4 or 5 books off of my to be read pile and, well, showcase them here on the blog. Then you guys can comment on if you've read these books and what you thought of them, and maybe you'll help me bump these books up to the top of my TBR!

This week's books are...

Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
Wildefire by Karsten Knight
Shade by Jerri Smith Ready
The Liar Society by Lisa & Laura Roecker

So have you read any of these books? What do you think? Which should I read next?

Saturday, May 5, 2012

What's My Story? (1)

Books Received:

Cuttlefish by Dave Freer: Got this for review. When I read the blurb, it didn't seem like something I would normally read, but it's from PYR, which is a publisher that has consistently put out books that instantly become top favorites, so I accepted it.

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand: I actually got this one last week, I think, but I didn't do a What's My Story, so I didn't get to show it. I'm SO excited to read this, I want to know what happens with Tuck and Christian!

The Vampire Shrink by Linda Hilburn: Don't really know much about this one, but it was sent to me in a huge bag of swag, and it sounds pretty good. I'll get to it eventually, and I think I'll like it.

The Conqueror's Shadow by Ari Marmell: Ari sent me this book, along with the sequel which will be listed next. I said in my review of False Covenent, which is one of his books, how I wanted to read everything he'd ever written, and he sent me these two! :D THANK YOU ARI!

The Warlord's Legacy by Ari Marmell: See above.

Reviews this Week:

Guardian by Rachel Morgan
Labyrinth by Rachel Morgan
The Goddess Hunt by Aimee Carter
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi


*Signed* Under the Never Sky bookmark
Ebook of A Bite's Tale by Veronica Blade
Ebook of Single-handed by Veronica Blade

Blog Tours:

Review: From Fame to Shame by Veronica Blade

Books Read This Week:

Unfortunately, none. :(

To Be Read Pile:

Cuttlefish by Dave Freer
Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand


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