Posted in Aliens, Book Review, Books, Jennifer L Armentrout, Obsidian, Romance

Review: Obsidian

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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All right – so I got to the reading train a little late for this book… but I’m not regretting the fact that I finally picked it up and gave it a read.

“Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is..”

The book is everything that it promises to be in the little snippit that you get from the goodreads page. I wasn’t sure how I felt about things going in – I’ve not enjoyed an Alien Romance since the Freedom series by Anne McCaffrey. However, I can say that this was pleasantly surprising.

Though there were parts of it that had a slow pace, and though I was sitting and pulling my hair, screaming at the main characters to just go ahead and admit how they really felt to one another… I loved it. Sometimes, what you really want from a book is to be so frustrated that you can’t help but to flip to the next page. My husband was shocked – I finished this book on a 10 hour flight to the Faroe Islands, and every time he looked over, I was on the next chapter.

I couldn’t put it down.

Honestly, I don’t really have complaints about the novel. The story was interesting, and there was more than just a ‘sordid love’ plot to keep it going. I feel like some of the things that were introduced are going to play a big part in the book later on, and I really enjoy that.

I can’t wait to read the next installation in this series, because I know that it’s going to be just as interesting as this one.

The three main characters that the story focuses on are very fun, very engaging… and I can’t wait to see where their story goes next!

I give it 5/5 stars – I’m going to keep on with the series!

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Splintered by A.G. Howard Ponderings

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So… Splintered by A.G. Howard. Oh, my Goodness. I really wasn’t expecting it going in, but I can honestly and truly say that out of the vast majority of books that I’ve read over my life, out of the thousands of stories that I’ve drank down… this is honestly on my top 3 list of favorite books. I was so completely delighted and shocked by it, amazed and enthralled with the story! It’s one of the best things that I’ve ever read, and I’m only just managing to tear myself away from reading the second novel Unhinged to write this so that I can sing the litany to the book gods in praise of this book.

I’m going to try to be as unspoilerish as possible with this review, but I really and truly think that each and everyone of you, dear readers, should pick this book up asap and drink it down like a mad cup of tea. 

So, first of all… the writing style is actually really captivating. The language and descriptions are beautiful, and it’s fast paced and easy to keep up with. The entire book is that way, the plot is fast paced, the characters wits and developments are fast paced. It’s wonderful. It’s beautifully written… it’s astounding.

So… to give you a nice little synopsis of the book, our main character Alyssa has been hearing the bugs and the flowers talk since puberty – she’s related to the Alice from Alice in Wonderland, and it’s a thing that all of the females in her family are a bit crazy. Her mother is on that list. However, which she finds out that there is more to the Alice story than meets the eye, she gets sucked into the REAL Wonderland, along with her best friend and longtime crush Jeb… lured by the wings of a moth. There, she finds out that the stories that Alice told were childsplay… and she’s thrown into a torrent in an attempt to break a curse and save her family.

>_> <_< Yeah. Amazing.

Okay. Now, allow me to say something a few times.

morpheus. Morpheus. MORPHEUS! Oh my freaking GOD Morpheus. My. Favorite. Freaking. Character.

Oh my God. I love him. He’s amazing. He’s astounding. He’s wonderful, he’s charming. He’s… mmm mmm mmmm! I won’t give anything away about who he is… but hoshit. I love him.

Alyssa and Jeb are great characters as well, along with the others that we meet throughout the book. The character development, and us seeing Alyssa embrace the madness of Wonderland throughout the pages? Astounding. Honestly. I can’t speak the praises of this book enough without giving anything else away. Just get it. Read it. Pick it up. Buy it. You won’t regret it!

10/10 stars. 100/10 stars. I love it! GO GET IT! What are you waiting for?

(Check out my review for the second novel, Unhinged HERE!)

 

Until next time, Keep reading (Splintered ^___^) and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

Posted in Nano, NaNoWriMo, Writing

New Blogs Coming Monday!

Starting Monday, I’m going to be getting back to my daily blogging! I’l have my Creative Writing Challenge, updates on NaNo, and book reviews (I have a few to get up). I’m also going to start my vlog with book hauls, discussions, writing advice, etc! We’re finally getting everything unpacked and organized, and my desk area is starting to look like a desk again, lol.

Until Monday!

Keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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The Pure Joy of Books

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So… I live with quite a few people who don’t understand the complete and utter joy of getting books. I’ve recently taken up with an Amazon Wish List as a way for some of my clients to pay me for my writing commissions, as well as a link to instantly throw people who purchase me gifts. 

Anyway, I’ve been getting quite a few orders off of there in the last two months, and I can’t even begin to describe the joy that I feel when the mailman knocks on the door and I am presented with an amazon box. I think that only people who really like to read could possibly understand – there’s such a thrill! What did I get? What am I going to get to read? Which world am I going to disappear into? Reading gives me an amazing rush, gives me insight into the business that I want to go into, and takes me away from any stress that I might be feeling at the time. There’s nothing better than doing it, to me. I love gaming… but there’s just a deep satisfaction from curling up in a chair with a bottle of water and escaping into a book for a few hours. 

My husband says to me, “Amanda, you  have too many books. Why do you need more?”

And the answer is, “There are never enough. I will always want something new to read, a new world to escape into. Shhhhh.” And then I quickly run away to read more books.

I’m just wondering, my dear readers, do you suffer the same problem? Do you have people who don’t understand the magic of books telling you that you have too many? 

What is funny is that when I moved from Kentucky to California, I was forced to leave my books behind. I had soooooooo many – it was painful and awful, but worth it in the end. Still, I am just not starting to get some books back. If he could have seen my old collection…

So, yes, posing that question to you! Do you suffer the same problem? And what do books mean to you? As writers, we have to read every day, we have to keep ourselves fresh, current and inspired!

 

Until next time! Keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Cinder Ponderings

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I want to just say… this book is so soft @_@ So soft again. Why are all of my book covers soft? Trust me, I’m not complaining… I’m just rubbing them against my face a lot O_O Which I guess isn’t a good thing, because then I have face all of my books. But… who cares.

CAUTION! SPOILERS AHOY!

Anyway, I really enjoyed this book – let me just give you that up front. I am really into fairy tales, and I love that this is a retelling of… gasp, can you believe it, Cinderella. Of course, it’s a futuristic take on Cinderella set in dystopian future… with some magical twists. As book one of the Lunar Chronicles, I think that Marissa Meyer did an amazing job of getting us pulled in, hooked, and ready to read more. (Side note, there are three of these books out so far, the fourth and final will be released soon!)

So, to dig into it. Our main character is Linh Cinder, a cyborg mechanic who was adopted by Garan and Adri after her parents ‘died in a crash’. She works at a shop to bring home money for her abusive/noncaring  stepmother and her two step-sisters. She’s there along with Iko – her cyborg companion… when Prince Kai (cue love interest, anyone?) comes and asks for his robot to be repaired. We ooh, we ahh, we think that they’ll be such a cute couple…

And then suddenly there is a warning through the air and the concept of letumosis is introduced – a deadly virus that is plaguing the world… people get quarantined, their shops get scorched. It’s all bad. Now, because I don’t want to spoil everything, we’re going to skip a little – basically Cinder’s little step sister Peony (the one we actually like) contracts letumosis, and in her grief and anger Cinder’s step-mother sends Cinder off to be part of the cyborg experimentation that is running along; basically the thought is, if they’re cyborg, we saved their lives anyway… their number was already up – let’s inject them with this virus and try to find a cure!!!

Barbaric, I know. But our hero of the story finds out that she’s immune.

Meanwhile, there’s a lot of politics going on. The Emperor (Prince Kai’s father) is ill with letumosis as well, and as soon as he dies, the Lunar Queen decides to come for a visit.

Now, the Lunar Queen lives on the moon – she is part of a race called Lunars, and there is a threat of war with them. These people are able to use magic to manipulate peoples feelings, emotions, etc. They’re deadly, they’re dangerous… and Prince Kai needs to accept a marriage proposal from the Lunar Queen Levana in order to bring about peace. Kai, however, is looking for the lost Lunar Princess Selene to usurp the throne and bring peace between the Lunars and the people of Earth.

Of course, there’s this great big ball that everyone is going to.

So… again, to try to not give you all of the details, Cinder finds out that she is actually a Lunar, which is why she is immune to the virus. Prince Kai wants her to come to the ball with him… the doctor who fixed Cinder up is actually a Lunar as well… her little sister dies, and just as she is about to run away, she fixes the robot for the prince, who has information on the lost Princess. Now, she was told not to come back to the palace, because the Lunar Queen hates Lunars who have run away… will kill them, in fact. However, she comes, Kai and her share a touching moment… but then she is discovered to be both a Lunar and a cyborg… and Kai, hoping still for peace, gives her to the Queen.

Of course… before she can be taken back to the moon, Dr. Erland saves her, tells her her true identity… and we’re left wondering what happens next.

 

Huffhuffpuffpuff. That was a bit more than I meant to write. Still, it’s a wonderful book – it has such character development. You even feel sorry for the wicked step mother at some points… and that’s saying something. You really connect with the characters, the society, the press that they have to find a cure for this awful disease… and the heartbreak as they lose the people that they love to it. The author has an amazing way of describing things that makes the entire adventure a real page turner – I read most of this in one sitting… I just couldn’t put it down. I also adore the fact that the romance that we were so sure was going to happen…

Well, it flopped. He gave her to the bad guys, after all. I know that there will be more development of it later on in the series, and I can’t wait to read it!

The world that has been created is quite wonderful as well – it’s a great dystopian setting, with things that we still recognize, but all of this new technology (and people on the moon) to make up excited to see what will show up next. The characters… oh, the Characters! I love Cinder, I honestly and truly do. I think that Marissa did such an amazing job of presenting us with a believable character who was not too Mary Sue to enjoy. With a lot of fairy-tell retelling… that’s an issue, I’ve realized.

I really like the introduction of the disease in this story – allowing there to be something that is wreaking havoc across the land, we have a secondary villain to fight against. Letumosis as well as the Queen. I think it’s a brilliant plot development, and something that we’ll be looking for a cure for in later novels!

Overall, the world is amazing, the language of the book is beautiful, the characters are enthralling, easy to empathize with, and surprising. I’d give the book a 9.5/10, and I can’t wait to read the second one and let you guys know (maybe in a more conducive manner… can you tell I was excited about this book by how much I wrote?) what I thought of it!  Until then, keep reading and writing, folks!

 

-Author Amanda McCormick