Where Have I Been? | Life Update

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Hey everyone! It’s been over two weeks since my last post, and I think it is about time that I update all of you with my whereabouts. I really didn’t expect to be gone for such a long time, but it seemed to be necessary. In today’s posts,I am going to be explaining my extended hiatus, and what I did while I was away. I will also be talking about what I am going to be doing with this blog in the future. Let’s get started!

Why was I gone?
I guess the easiest answer to this question is simply that schoolwork was taking over my life. I’ve had a pretty easy course load this semester, but we recently started some new units in my classes and let me just say that they haven’t been the easiest. We started doing a novel study on “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck in English. It’s not awful, I’m just not the biggest fan of classics. To go with the novel study, we also have to answer questions after every chapter. To say the least, this novel study has been knocking out most of my after school free time. We are also in our hardest math unit of the year, which isn’t helping to free up any of my free time. But, now that I have had a little bit of inspiration to start blogging again, I think that I am going to try to open up as much free time as I possibly can to talk about books with all of you!

What have I read while I was gone?
Let’s just say that it definitely isn’t as many books as I would have hoped to read. But, they were both amazing and super enjoyable. If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout blew my mind. There’s no doubting how good it was. It made me laugh like there truly is no tomorrow, and cry until my eyes couldn’t let out anymore tears. If you are looking for an amazing YA contemporary, this is the one for you! I also read A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas while I was gone. There’s no doubting it, I am a sucker for Maas’s fantasy worlds and amazing characters. The final book in her ACOTAR trilogy definitely didn’t size up to ACOMAF, but I still really enjoyed it.

What do I plan to do with this blog in future months?
Now this is the real question since I plan to avoid as many hiatuses as possible. I don’t plan to really mess with my current schedule, but I do want to state a few things about it. Teaser Tuesday will still be occuring weekly, but Top 5 Wednesday may not be. My Top 5 Wednesday posts are something that I need to draft on weekends and they strictly depend on how much free time I have. I will still try to get a tag/award post up every Friday and reviews wills till be happening every Sunday. I think that 4 posts a week is the perfect amount to keep me satisfied.

Before closing this post, I would like to thank all of you for sticking by while I was gone. We all need to leave for a little while, right? But I cannot believe how many of you are still here! Let’s hope for no more hiatuses in my blogging schedule and hundreds of more posts to come!

Happy Reading,
Alaina

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Review: Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

DNF REVIEW- (12)

Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements, #3)Information:
Title/Author: Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements (#3)
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭

Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

I have waited months to get my hands on this book. According to Goodreads, I’ve been waiting since March to overcome that major cliffhanger and find out who Layla ends up with. When I was thinking about books that I wanted for my birthday, this one automatically popped into my head. Fortunately, my mom bought it for me! So, if you decided to actually scroll down this far, rather than just look at the email title, THANKS MOM ❤

For those who don’t already know, Every Last Breath is the final book In Jennifer L Armentrout’s paranormal romance series, The Dark Elements. It follows the Layla Shaw, a half-warden, half-demons whose kiss could lead to fatalities. As she has the ability to “steal” souls with kisses, she has trouble getting into a romantic relationship. But when she is faced with Zayne, a warden she has known since she was little, and Roth, the crown prince of Hell, she fell into a bit of trouble. I mean, who wouldn’t when you are squeezed between two smoking hot dudes!

What I liked…

I have read so many reviews of this book that said something along the lines of “this wasn’t a good ending to this series.” Whenever I read those I get a little bit shocked since I found that there was absolutely NOTHING wrong with this book! If you are as big of a fan of Paranormal Romance, this series is a MUST! You will love it.

If I do say so myself, Layla is quite the badass female heroine. Jennifer L. Armentrout is pretty much known for writing awesome females, but I think that Layla just one-upped Katy. I mean, she is a mix of everything. After reading this book, you start to wonder what it is like to know AND be friends with numerous hot guys, manage being one of the most dangerous beings on Earth and save the world. I’m trying to figure out if that is better or worse than being under a pile of homework.

Now, I don’t think I can wait any longer to talk about an extremely demon. And no, I don’t mean Cayman! Astaroth, the Crown Prince of Hell has officially stolen my heart and has been added to my book boyfriend list. He is smoking hot (no pun intended), covered in tattoos and definitely not the type of boyfriend my mom would ever say yes to. But, I especially loved him in this book since he let his kind side loose. If you looked back on the Roth we saw in White Hot Kiss, it’s almost like I am talking about a whole different person. But, Roth is definitely a hotness OVERLOAD that everyone needs to meet.

I don’t think we should forget about talking a little bit about Zayne. He was never the one I wanted Layla to end up with, so I was never really a fan of his. But, I was always able to appreciate him throughout the series. He might’ve been a little jealous once Roth came into Layla’s life, but he was always there for her. From the moment she started to live at the Warden “mansion” until to the day he dies, he cares for her, which kinda sorta melts my heart.

Another thing that I really loved about this book were the familiars. These are basically little demon tattoos that can come to life. Like, how cool? How Jennifer L. Armentrout thought of these super badass tattoos? BEATS ME! But they are super cool and I would definitely recommend reading the series just for them.

The romance in this book was what really made me love it. The author made us wait so long for the romance we were all craving in this paranormal series. Honestly, this book had the best romance out of the whole series. Of course, the whole series had little bits and pieces of romance, but this one was the real deal! Okay, okay, if you couldn’t tell already, this was definitely my favorite book in the series.

What I didn’t like…

One word. Bambi.

Favorite quotes…

“I, Astaroth, Crown Prince of Hell, am in love with you, Layla Shaw. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. A hudred decades from now, I will still be in love with you, and it will be as fierce today as it will be a decade later.”

Overall…

I definitely gave this 5/5 stars. It was everything I could’ve wanted for this series’s finale. This book made me laugh and cry like there is no tomorrow. If you have read the first two books, White Hot Kiss and Stone Cold Touch, definitely pick up this book. If you haven’t even started this amazing series yet, I am begging you to run to your nearest bookstore and grab a copy of White Hot Kiss. It will be totally worth it.

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Happy Reading,
Alaina