Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Want To Read More From!

Hey guys! This is gonna be a little quick post, just because I didn’t want to wait until Thursday for this and it is currently 10:30. #struggle. But, I loved this week’s topic and couldn’t wait to do it. So, let’s get into it!

  1. Jennifer L. Armentrout:
    I swear, there will be a day that I read EVERY SINGLE JLA BOOK. But, I haven’t read them all yet so I guess I can still include her in this. Haha. Okay, it’s a bit of a cheat since I have read 10 of her books, but she is my favorite author. And I would definitely love to read all of her books in the future!
  2. Marissa Meyer:
    Sadly, I really haven’t read many books by this Sci-Fi retelling queen. I started The Lunar Chronicles last year and am currently only two books into the series. *sigh*. I’ve also heard amazing things about Heartless which makes me super excited to dive into more of her books!
  3. Sabaa Tahir:
    I was recently introduced to the beautiful novels by Sabaa Tahir and I am obsessed!! I have only read AEITA by her but, I plan to read the sequel as soon as possible! I’m planning on waiting until the paperback comes out in August (I think) just so my series matches! If anyone knows of any future Sabaa Tahir novels, please let me know!
  4. Morgan Matson:
    If anyone is the queen of Summer contemporaries, it is Morgan Matson! I read Since You’ve Been Gone last summer and fell in love! It was so cute and heart warming. And, I recently got The Unexpected Everything in hardback, for $6, SIGNED! I’m planning to read it this summer!
  5. Leigh Bardugo:
    I really wish I owned every Leigh Bardugo book right now so that I could dive into every single world of hers! I recently read Six of Crows and it was everything I could’ve wanted in a book. Like OMG! But hopefully in the future I will be able to buy Crooked Kingdom and the Grisha trilogy!

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you enjoyed this week’s Top 5 Wednesday! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow for more posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Teaser Tuesday #18

Hey Book Lovers! Did any of you forget what day it is? It’s time for another Teaser Tuesday! For any of you that haven’t caught on to what these are, they are little weekly segments that showcase a “teaser” from my current read. I usually like to choose an excerpt from my current page or one really close to my current one! If you would like to do these posts, please be sure to send me the link once it goes up! So now, without further ado, let’s get straight into this week’s teaser!

‘My words were interrupted when two guys farther down the pew suddenly exploded into snickers. Glancing up, I saw them looking right at me, not even bothering to hide their smirks.

Looking away, I triedto ignore them, suddenly hoping the priest would start up soon. But Lissa returned their looks, and a sudden fierceness flashed across her face. She didn’t say a word, but their smiles grew smaller under her heavy gaze.’

Page 190, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

SO YUP, I am finally reading Vampire Academy! Although I read it back in 2016, I didn’t actually like it. I was in the worst part of a book slump then and didn’t enjoy it at all. But, I bought myself a cheap, “different cover” edition of Frostbite and thought I would give VA another go. And I have to say, I AM LOVING IT SO FREAKING MUCH!!!

If you haven’t heard of Vampire Academy, here’s the synopsis:

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)ONLY A TRUE BEST FRIEND CAN PROTECT YOU FROM YOUR IMMORTAL ENEMIES…

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires—the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger…and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you enjoyed reading this week’s Teaser Tuesday! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow for more of my posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

REVIEW: An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)INFORMATION:

Title/Author: An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Series: An Ember In The Ashes (#1)

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: April 28, 2015

Genre: YA, Fantasy

ISBN: 9781595148049

SYNOPSIS:

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

MY THOUGHTS:

I will be totally honest, I bought this book almost a year ago and completely lost interest in it. I thought it would be a great read when I bought it, but it slowly started falling farther and farther down on my TBR. But you know, we all end up reading books at some point, right? And I’m so glad that I finally gave this book a chance because I absolutely loved it!

The main thing I was weary about beore reading this book was the fact that this was Sabaa Tahir’s first work. I have a tendency to dislike author’s first books. But this book was definitely an exception! Unlike Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass and Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, I fell so deeply in love with Sabaa’s first work. It was so intricately and beautifully plotted that I couldn’t help but devour this book.

Sabaa’s writing is a unique mix of elegancy and warrior-like. You can tell just by reading the first two chapters what her writing is like and it is basically a make-or-break moment. Luckily for me, she successfully dragged me into the world of Masks, Slaves and Soldiers!

One of the coolest parts of this book is that we get to experience both ends of wealthiness. Elias Veturius is a prized soldier who is about to graduate from THE most famous training school. But, he isn’t on the path to become the person he wants to be. He doesn’t want to be a mask like the rest of the graduates, he wants to be free. Sadly for him, he is selected as an aspirant to become Emperor, and is unable to succeed in hs escape for freedom.

I find that a lot of books have a character seeking freedom in a unique way but, I have never seen it in Elias’s way! He truly wanted to escape but was held back before he was able to. I thought Elias lived a very unfair, and cruel life.

On the other hand, we were also introduced to Laia, who I do not think actually had a last name. She was an ordinary girl before a huge incident occured that forced her to start a hunt for her brother, Darin. Although Laia and Elias both lived unfair lives, they both became intertwined. And even though it brought them sadness, it also brought them happiness. Having someone by each other’s side brought them senses of trust and safety. It was for the best!

I thought that this book deserved 5 stars because it was eye-catching, had a super intersting set of characters and plot, and was an amazing first work by Sabaa! This book was definitely a sit-in-the-bookstore-and-read-half-the-book-before-you-buy-it type of read! I can’t help but recommend it to you all!

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I absolutely loved ths book and hope that you enjoyed my review! Don’t forget to like, comment, share and follow for more!

Happy Reading

~Alaina

JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT IS RELEASING A NEW LUX BOOK?!?

SAY WHAATTT?! WHO ELSE IS SUPER STOKED FOR THIS?

It was announced a couple of days ago that TOR TEEN picked up Jennifer’s new series that will be published in 2018. And, IT IS A LUC SERIES! Luc was more of a minor character in the series but, no one could forget about. But if you did, he was the mysterious, mafia-like origin who came into the Lux series in the 3rd book!

Holy Alien Babies, I have been waiting for a new book to take place in the lux world since…2015? I think that was the first time I read the series! And holy, if you read and finished the series, you have probably been NOT patiently waiting for another book, alike myself. But look, look, look, JLA listened to her fans, and ITS COMING!

Below is the announcement from TOR TEEN:

“Melissa Frain at Tor Teen has acquired a YA sci-fi trilogy by bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, as yet untitled, set in the world of her Lux series. Four years after a devastating war between humans and aliens, a teen girl is swept up in the alien resistance and in the process falls in love and discovers the dark secrets of her past. Publication for the first book is set for fall 2018; Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency brokered the six-figure, three-book deal for world English rights.”

Does that not make you super hyped?? Also, Jennifer L. Armentrout personally posted this on her website:

I cannot wait for you guys to meet Evie, Heidi, Emery, Kent, Grayson, and of course, getting reacquainted with Luc…. and some old, familiar faces.

Ummm, so we definitely do not know who Evie, Heidi, Emery, Kent and Grayson are but the familiar faces are hinting some Luxen and Hybrids coming back. I’m starting to think that this trilogy is going to take place after the Opposition epilogue. If that’s so, our lovely Luxens are going to be in Colorado living life with their children!

So who else is excited about this news! I definitely am and I cannot wait to be reunited with Daemon again! SO, now that is it for today! I hope you all enjoyed this little, short post for today! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow for more posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

REVIEW: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)INFORMATION:

Title/Author: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass (0.1 – 0.5)

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Release Date: March 4, 2014

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

ISBN: 9781408852590

SYNOPSIS:

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

MY THOUGHTS:

I was super hyped to dive into this book once I found out that it was a bunch of novellas that took place before Throne of Glass. Like who doesn’t want to read about the mysterious Sam Cortland. Sign me up please! Fortunately, my hyper book-nerd brain indulged in each and every novella in this book and LOVED IT!

I loved that we finally got to learn about Celaena’s past since it wasn’t really ever explained in the novel. We always got to see young Aelin prior and during the Galathynius house fire. (I think it was a fire at least. Whoops.) We also got to see her up until the moment she was collected from a river bank by Arobynn. But throughout the series, we never learned about Sam, or her time in the Assassin’s Guild as a whole.

I really enjoyed this collection of novellas! They were all pretty epic and caught my attention FULLY! With this review, I thought I’d give a review of every novella and then my thoughts on the whole book in the end. So here we go:

  • The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (5 stars)

This novella wasn’t my favorite, but it was a fantastic opening novella to the series. I remembered reading about the Rolf, the Pirate Lord, back in Empire of Storms, so luckily I was already familiar with him! But I didn’t like him, like at all. He was super weird in my opinion. To be totally honest, I have no reason not to like him except for the fact that he shouldn’t be liked. Haha! But what I really liked about this novel was our introduction to Sam. We never got to meet him before but holy flipping smokes! He was described as an insanely hot guy. I am so waiting for the day that SJM DOESN’T give me a super hot male lead. I also really liked reading about YOUNGER Celaena. I can’t decide if she was more badass than or with her fae powers!

  • The Assassin and the Healer (4 stars)

Woooo yay for this novella too. Although it was my least favorite out of all of them, I still really enjoyed it. I actually ended up audio booking this whole novella since I couldn’t get into it by just reading it. If it weren’t for the audiobook, I probably would’ve gave this 2 stars. But it definitely picked up! I’ll be totally honest, I didn’t like Yrene. I always thought of her as more of a healer than an assassin. But in the end, we never really learned Yrene’s fate.

  • The Assassin and the Desert (5 stars)

This was definitely one of my favorite novellas! I loved getting to finally “get-to-know” Ansel Briarcliff! Alike Rolf, she was featured for a little while in Empire of Storms. But, she was also pretty unknown. I loved finally getting to read about her and figuring out why she was super dependent with Ansel as an individual in EOS. Although I hated Ansel so much by the end of this novella, I loved her throughout! She was one of those characters that you can only love for a short time. Ansel was super nice to Celaena throughout the book and I really thought they would make it until the end! This book really showed how much Celaena struggled as an assassin, which was a totally different side of her!

  • The Assassin and the Underworld (5 stars)

I have to say, if there is any novella that I totally forgot about, it’s this one. I found this novel as more of a “filler” for the series. But, there were some kick-ass things that I read about that made me give it five stars! One of my favorite parts of this novel was Celaena’s return to the Guild. Who didn’t scream when Sam and Celaena reunited?!?! It was just so sweet!  I also loved seeing Celaena’s relationship with music in this novel! I loved reading about Celaena in love with the orchestra and  how much music affects her as a character. Somehow, it makes her stronger.

  • The Assassin and the Empire (5 stars)

Ugh, out of all of the novellas, this one was both the best and the worst. Not that it was bad or anything, it just made me feel so sad inside. I loved getting to get a glimpse of Celaena’s apartment before Sam died. The apartment that had Sam’s recently worn clothes, sticks of used lavender soap, and the love that never died. I along with probably anyone else who has read the Throne of Glass series knew what was coming with this book. We all knew Sam’s death. But it was so darn hard to get through. And then ENDOVIER! Holy, Sarah just loves wrecking our feelings.

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you enjoyed this late review. I was a bit busy with some math and an art project this week so I wasn’t able to blog. Don’t forget to like, comment and follow!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

REVIEW: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)INFORMATION:

Title/Author: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Series: The Infernal Devices (3)

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Release Date: March 19, 2013

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Steampunk

ISBN: 9781416975908

SYNOPSIS:

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.

MY THOUGHTS:

This was a spectacular ending to another fantastic Shadowhunter series! I never expected to enjoy this book as much as I ended up loving it! It was definitely one of Cassie’s best works and I would definitely go back and re-read it!

After reading this novel, I realized that I preferred the Infernal Devices over the Mortal Instruments. I still haven’t figured out why, though. When I picked up my first Cassandra Clare novel, City of Bones, I didn’t really know what to expect. It was an “meh” novel in my opinion. But as I familiarized myself with Cassie’s works, I found myself enjoying her novels more and more and even more!

One of the things I really loved about this novel were all of the main characters! Tessa, Jem and Will were the trio to be known with this series. they were the stars and they definitely shined brighter than the other characters. We got to see a lot of Tessa and Will in this novel, but lost Jem due to complications. I also really loved both Gideon and Gabriel Lightwood, Cecily Herondale and Sophie! Without them, this novel would probably be very boring. I also really loved how Cassie paired Gabriel with Cecily and Gideon with Sophie. Both relationships were perfect!

This novel was a bit bland in the action area, but nonetheless, an extraordinary novel. I was really expecting a bigger ending for this book, but the ending that Cassie wrote ended up satisfying me enough. AND THEN THAT EPILOGUE. THAT EPILOGUE. I was a sobbing mess while reading that! For anyone who doesn’t know, Will was my favorite character throughout TID and reading about his past memories and death really caught me off guard. But, I’m super excited to see where Cassie goes with The Last Hours. Hopefully we’ll see some Infernal Devices parents!

All in all, I ended up giving this novel 5/5 stars. Although I wanted a little bit more from this novel, I really enjoyed it and found it one of Cassie’s best works! This is one of those “sit your butt on a couch for ten hours” types of reads. If you are interested in reading this novel, don’t forget to read the previous two books in this trilogy. Also, this should be read either before or in between The Mortal Instruments. Reading it after (alike what I did) will contain MAJOR spoilers from TMI.

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you all enjoyed this review! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow my blog for more posts!

Happy Reading

~Alaina

Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Would Make Good Video Games!

Hey Book Nerds! It’s been a while since the last time I did a T5W but, I’ve been on a total roll with posting this week! I’m so exciting to get back into all of the little segments that I post on my blog! As you can tell by the title, this week’s topic is “books that would make good video games!” Although I don’t play any video games, this is such an interesting topic to relate to books. So now, without further ado, let’s dive into my top 5!

  1. Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
    Who wouldn’t think of this series as an epic video game? Corrupt Kingdom? Check! Assassin? Check! Violence? Check! Weapons? Check! Hmmm.. that sounds pretty epic to me! I don’t know if I would want it to be with the exact same characters though. I feel like you could have a choice with which book you wanted to “play.” Like if you picked Heir of Fire, you could visit Wendlyn, or if you picked Empire of Storms, you could pick which character you wanted to fight as. **I suggest Lysandra because who wouldn’t want to be a sea-dragon?**
  2. The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    So this one definitely wouldn’t be as intense as Throne of Glass but there would definitely be some intense fighting. In the series we get to see some Arum and Luxen fights. Okay, actually a lot of fights. But I think it would be super cool to have a video game of the Arum and Luxen fights. I know, I know, there are a lot of player vs. player games but, none of them have a Daemon Black in them. Hehe
  3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    Hmm, this one was kind of a no-brainer for me. Alike the previous ones I think it would be super cool to play as different characters. Nina, Inej, Wylan, Kaz, Matthias, and Jesper are all such unique characters in their own ways! I think it would be super cool t play as one of the characters and break into the Ice Court. If this was a game, I would definitely play as Nina!
  4. The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow
    Unlike the last three books, this one would be more of a roleplay novel. I kind of think it would be a mix of “sims” and “episode.” It would probably be a very interactive game where you could pick ne of the sisters and mess with their storyline. It would be super cool to take a turn on one of the sister’s story and completely turn it around!
  5. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
    I swear, Sci-Fi books always work out best as video games. This book is kind of a video game in a whole. I think it would have to stick with the storyline but sorry boys, I’m going to have to make you follow a pink-haired Kady! I don’t really think the story would work out good if it followed Ezra, so Kady it is. I definitely want it to follow all the way from before the attack to the end of the novel, and then possibly have a level two of Gemina!

THAT’S IT FOR MY INSANE BOOK-TO VIDEO GAME ADAPTATIONS! I had a super fun time writing up this post and I hope you all enjoyed it! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow for more posts like this!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Teaser Tuesday #17

Teaser Tuesday

Hey Book Nerds! Guess what day of the week it is?? TUESDAY! And you know what that means…. A NEW TEASER! Phew, it’s been a while since I did one of these posts. But let me remind all of you, these are my favorite posts to do! And even, these make Tuesdays SO. MUCH. BETTER. Do any of you just hate sitting in math class on a Tuesday when there is still four days left of the week? Well, same. But somehow book bloggers need to lighten up Tuesdays, so we have weekly teasers!

For those who have never heard of Teaser Tuesday, it is a weekly blog segment where bloggers share a short excerpt from their current read. It can be anywhere in the novel, but I usually do my current page! And it is also FREE of spoilers, which is amazing for anyone who hasn’t read the book! Hope you enjoy!

‘Her mind still spinning like a kaleidoscope, she was glad to find the dining car relatively empty. A bored-looking bartender stood inside a circular bar, watching a netscreen talk show that Scarlet had never liked. Two women were drinking mimosas at a small table. A young man was sitting with his legs up in a booth, tapping furiously on his port. Four androids loitered beside the wall, waiting to make deliveries to the private cars.

Scarlet sat down at the bar, setting her port beside a glass of green olives.

“What will you have?” asked the bartender, still focused on the interview between the host and a washed-up action star.

“Espresso, one sugar, please”‘

This little teaser (okay, it’s a bit of a longer teaser) was found on page 171 of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I picked this book up the other day and have fallen in love with this series again. I even audio booked it on my walk to school this morning! And holy dynamite, Iko in the audiobook is so flipping cute!!

Here’s the synopsis for Scarlet, book 2 in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series:

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

AND THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you enjoyed this post! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow my blog for more posts like this!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

 

REVIEW: Paper Towns by John Green

Spoilers ahead**

Paper TownsINFORMATION:

Title/Author: Paper Towns by John Green

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Speak (paperback)

Release Date: September 22, 2009

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

ISBN: 9780142414934

SYNOPSIS:

Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…

MY THOUGHTS:

I will say, I enjoyed this book. But I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped to. It was okay. Alright. Not the best. But it was an easy, fun read! And very comedic.

I had been wanting to read this book for THE LONGEST TIME! But, I never really felt like buying it from Chapters. So I spent over a year searching for it in thrift stores and used book sales. I even found a Spanish edition once! But finally back in February I was able to snatch myself a copy. And then I read it last week. And finished it yesterday.

I really loved how this contemporary mixed in aspects of mystery and adventure. And of course, humor. This entire book was a big mystery following Margo Roth Spiegelman, a popular girl at school who lives a fascinating life of adventures. The book is fully in Q’s perspective, Margo’s neighbour who just so happens to be crushing on her. I loved how we followed Q from the day Margo disappear, all the way to the moment he found her. It was super interesting to read about how determined Quentin was to find her!

There were so many other characters that made this book super funny. Of course a high school based novel wouldn’t be anything without some popular meanies. In Paper Towns we got to meet Becca, Jase and Chuck, all of which were very minor characters but played a HUGE role in Margo’s maddening adventure. And of course, how could I forget about Lacey, Radar, and Ben? They were definitely the biggest minor characters of the book. And really, if it wasn’t for them, Q probably would’ve never made it to Agloe.

Speaking of Agloe, isn’t it super cool that John Green used a fictional town as a main city in this novel? I love when authors use cities that haven’t been self-created, especially in a contemporary. Agloe is a unincorporated town near Roscoe, New York that was fictionally created. It’s basically just an intersection, but you know Margo, always the adventurer.

Margo’s clues throughout the novel were insanely clever. She picked things that she enjoyed, but no one else would ever think of as something to use as a clue. But when you involve some band students, an omnictionarian, and a Quentin, you never know the odds of what will be revealed from a bunch of clues. Margo’s clues were definitely… different. She involves poets, pseudovisions, and even fictional towns. It was definitely a crazy adventure!

In the end, I ended up giving this book 3.5/5 stars. It was a super fun read but didn’t end up catching my attention all too much. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys light contemporaries and adventures!

That’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed my review of Paper Towns! Don’t forget to comment, like, and follow for more of my posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Daemon Black Book Tag! (original)

Image result for daemon black gifHey Book Nerds! Can you believe it?? I. Created. A. Book. Tag!!! *squeals*. As most of you know, I am a huge fan of the Lux series by Jennifer L, Armentrout. So, I thought it would be fun to create a tag based on my favorite Lux character, Daemon Black! I haven’t seen anyone do a tag like this before, so I put together some Daemon-y questions. Hope you enjoy!

Isn’t that picture to the right enough to get you excited?? it is for me!

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF DAEMON BLACK?

Cocky. Arrogant. Rude. Handsome. Hot. Sexy. Anything along those lines basically. When I first read about Daemon Black in the first chapter of Obsidian, all of those words just ran through my head. Like hey, you’ve got nice abs, but you don’t have to shove them in a short girl’s face. But really, I don’t think Katy minded at all. But on the other hand, he was super rude then and definitely deserved the “dickhead” comment Katy gave him!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FEATURE OF HIS?

Definitely his eyes and hair. I don’t think you would ever be able to find a hot guy with eyes as vibrant as Daemon’s unless they wear contacts. And that is a big NOPE unless they need them to see. So there goes my dreams of a Daemon Black in my life. I also really loved his hair! A lot of fictional guys these days have tousled dark hair, kind of like bed head. And I am obsessed with it! A Daemon Black in my life would be very helpful for my eyes!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT HIS PERSONALITY?

I really love how much he loves his family. After reading Oblivion, I really got to see that he was only rude to Katy because he wanted to protect his family. But after he mutates Katy, she becomes a part of him; his family. He never wants his family to get hurt or known and protects them with all he has. And really, his love for Katy is infinite.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE DAEMON SCENE?

Omg. I don’t even know why I made this question because I have too many answers of this. Of course, chapter 1 was very memorable for me. I also loved all of the times that he saved Katy from danger because… THE FEELS. But one of my favorite scenes was when Daemon confessed his feelings about his brother in Obsidian. I’m pretty sure they went out to the rocks at the lake then and it was super sad. It was the first time we saw Daemon show real emotion, aside from happiness.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DAEMON QUOTE?

I really loved the quote, “Did you think you could stop me? I’ll burn the world down to save her.” It shows Daemon’s love for Katy on the highest level possible. I don’t remember which book this was from but I think it’s from Origin. It sounds like it’s from the first quarter of the book when Kat was taken away. I just love it so much because it showcases Daemon and Katy’s romance as a whole!

WHAT BOOK WAS DAEMON YOUR FAVORITE IN?

Definitely Opal. Opal was the book where Daemon was the kindest any most sincere, before all of the traumatising events happened. I don’t know, I just found that Daemon was the best in Opal!

WHAT LUX COVER (FEATURING DAEMON) IS YOUR FAVORITE?

Probably either the original cover for Obsidian or the shiny cover for Opposition. Although I thought that the original covers looked like Daemon and Dee embracing (because Kat’s hair colour isn’t super dark in the novels, light brown), I kind of came on to love them anyways. They have a lot of story within them and showcase a lot that happens in the book. And then again, the cover of Opposition is super shiny and has a close-up of Daemon on it!

WHO WOULD YOU CAST AS DAEMON FOR A MOVIE ADAPTATION?

I have to go with Pepe Toth for this question. If you didn’t know, Pepe is a soccer player/model who just so happens to be the model on the Lux series covers. And I find that there couldn’t be anyone better suited to play him! He has the perfect hair and body to play him. And the contacts that he wore for the cover are drop dead PERFECT!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A DAEMON LOVER?

I originally read Obsidian back in June 2015, so since then! I loved Daemon ever since I read the first chapter of Obsidian. And to date, I have read Obsidian 4 times, Onyx 3 times, the whole series 2 times and have flipped through the books every once in a while.

IF DAEMON WAS A REAL PERSON (LUXEN AND ALL), WOULD YOU DATE HIM?

TOTALLY! Holy, someone call the fire department if he was on Earth because there would be a bit of hotness overload if so. But seriously, who wouldn’t want to date this guy? Even if he is an alien.

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you all enjoyed this tag as much as I enjoyed making it! I tag anyone that enjoyed reading about Daemon to do this tag! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow for more content!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina