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Review: Obsidian

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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Review: Destined for Doon

Destined for Doon
Destined for Doon by Carey Corp

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, it took me a while to get around to this review, but I’m glad that I finally did. Once again, the Doon series didn’t disappoint!

In this sequel to Doon, Mackenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake in choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. To make everything worse, she’s received her Calling—proof she and Duncan are each other’s one true love—and it’s pure torment, especially when visions of the very alluring Scottish prince appear right before she goes on stage. So when Duncan tells her an ancient curse threatens to overtake Doon and the new queen and Kenna’s best friend, Veronica, needs her to return, Kenna doesn’t have to think twice. With darkness closing in on all sides, Kenna and Vee must battle a world of nightmares in order to protect the kingdom. But it will take the ultimate test of courage for Kenna to salvage her happily ever after. – From the Amazon Page.

This story picks up where the last Doon novel left off, with Kenna living out her dream of the stage and spotlight… until Duncan comes and tells her that her best friend needs her back in Doon. Whether it’s because she missed her hunky Scot, or because she missed Vee, we are all left guessing. However, she following him back, only to find that Doon is being attacked by a strange limbus, something that threatens to destroy the beautiful world of Doon and all of the citizens who live there – including Kenna, Vee, Duncan and Jamie!

To keep this a spoiler free review, I won’t go any further into plot details… but I will certainly say that this book follows along the same kind of path as the other. The only complaint that I really have is the fact that, if the characters were to communicate and let their emotions out with each other more, then perhaps some of the issues would have been resolved much sooner? Still, isn’t that the way of life in general? I do have to say that I adore watching the love story between our four main characters continue to evolve and grow.

Something that I did really love about this novel was the simple fact that Vee didn’t magically turn into the perfect queen overnight. I feel like so many fairytales simply skip over the fact that being a Queen isn’t simply wearing a crown. There is responsibility, getting the people of your kingdom to accept you… and the authors of this book did such an amazing job in expressing that – I was really impressed, and it gave the book a realness that most fantasy novels seem to be lacking.

All and all, it had the same charm and wit as the last book; a million references to pop culture that made me smile, realistic situations, frustrating characters who refuse to tell one another how they feel! I love the Doon series, and I can’t wait for the next novel to come out… because… spoiler alert (just like the last novel!), the ending is going to get you, grip you, and leave you begging for the next book!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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30 Day Creative Writing Challenge, Day 6

So, as part of the 30 Day Creative Writing Challenge I am supposed to write a story with the following:

Day 6: Start your story with: “He glanced at his watch impatiently…”

Sorry about the back to back posts guys. I’m trying to get caught up on my writing while I’m at the local game/card shop. I should have my internet back tomorrow, so I can get back to regular posts.  I miss all of you and your witty conversation that we have!

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30 Day Creative Writing Challenge, Day 5

Day 5 of the 30 Day Creative Writing Challenge!


Day 5: A story revolving around an object in your room

I had started writing this when I was packing, and then realized how un-fun it was to write about cardboard boxes. So… I waited until my room was unpacked at the new house (though I had to come to the card shop to get internet to post this x-x)! Anyway, so… gonna try to get out as many of these as I can, since I’ve gotten behind. Lol.

She could close her eyes and imagine everything about him just from the scent of the cologne. Sensory memories invaded her mind each time that the musky scent hit her nostrils, sending shivers through her that had nothing to do with sorrow and everything to do with a longing so deep that she could hardly begin to fathom it. It wasn’t just the scent of the cologne that the bottle elicited – she could remember the way that it mixed with his skin, warm, spicy in her nostrils. She could remember the first time she’d come across him – it was the scent of that cologne that had caused her to turn her head, that glorious scent that had caused her attention to be caught by him. Her body ached, her breath coming quick in her chest… she’d never felt anything so real in her entire life; it was primal, animalistic… and she knew without a doubt in her mind that she wanted him more than she had wanted anything else in her entire life.

The first time that they had made love, the scent of that cologne had clung to his well muscled flesh, to the crook of his neck that she nibbled so lovingly. Her sheets had smelled like him for a week after… and yet…

She was down to the very last spray of that amazing scent. Her sheets had long since lost their essence… and gone were the days when she could spray that cologne on her pillow every night so that she felt like he was still near her. She stared at the bottle, with its few droplets left, and felt it as her lower lip quivered… she couldn’t believe that he was gone.

She couldn’t believe that all that was left of him was a few drops of cologne and a memory that she feared would fade over time without such a constant reminder.

She didn’t even have a picture of him. He’d come into her life like wildfire – burning everything in its wake. Her thoughts, her mind, her libido…

And at last, it seemed like he’d burned away her heart.

Death is never a beautiful thing, regardless as to what the poetic romantics would like for you to think. It was death that took him away from her, and she knew that there was only one way to get him back.

And so she had nothing left but his cologne… only a spray of it now. A whimper escaped her throat and she turned the cologne to her breasts, allowing the final spritz to spray across her skin. Instantly, his scent infiltrated her senses… and she knew that she could do it.

She had to do it.

Her gaze traveled over the edge of the building, and giving one final inhalation to his scent, she jumped.

The wind whipped and whistled in her hair and her eyes closed tight – she was going to see him again. Soon, so very soon.

The ground came rushing up, faster and faster now… until at last she felt herself collide – collide against warm, strong arms and a well muscled chest… collide against that sweet scent that had held her over while he’d been gone.

He looked down at her, silvery eyes full of worried concern, backed by anger at her silly actions.

“You came…” her voice was so soft, and she wrapped her arms tight around him – her sweet lover. The Angel of Death who had turned her head when she had been standing on the edge of this very building. Half mortal, half seraph… and fond of human cologne…


>_> Random. Very random. But I don’t care. Whoooo story!



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I Crave the Story

It’s a need that burns bright through me – I’ll watch countless movies and see two lips press to one another. On that rare occasion, a film or television show will get that spark, that essence of emotion that I desire… but even then, I want to press pause and crawl into the minds of the people on the screen. It’s not enough to simply watch – I want to know what they are feeling, what they taste, what they think. I want the story behind the emotion, the thoughts behind the passion.

I crave the story.

Even reading a novel, I feel the same. I see things from the perspective of one person, and I wonder so deeply, “What is the other thinking?” I am granted satisfaction, at least, of knowing what one party in a novel thinks. Sometimes authors even grant us the privilege of seeing a scene from the mind of both characters. That is probably the only moment when I get intense fulfillment of a scene. I crave, so very much, the story; the thoughts, the emotions… I want those. I want that spark that happens when people kiss, when they see one another for the first time, when they brush hands, brush with death. I want those emotions – I want to lock them up in my mind and keep them forever.

I think it’s a huge reason that I write. I can’t always attain the story that I want; books don’t always give it to me, shows so often tease at it, movies brush over it. But when I write? When I write, that story is mine, it’s coming from my fingers, from my thoughts, I can close my eyes and let myself think, feel, touch, taste… imagine it all as my characters are seeing it. It’s the story that I crave, and in the moments when I am writing, it’s mine.

Just a little stint here, one of the thousands of reasons that I write. Late night musings 🙂 Question? Do you, as a writer, have that same, intense need?


Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Dark Visions, by L.J. Smith Ponderings!

(Lol, do you guys like how I’m just randomly doing a bunch of book thought blogs? I’m being a book omnmonmoner right now.)

So, as opposed to doing these books one at a time, I thought that I would just wait until I finished the trilogy and write up my thoughts on them as a whole. Let me start off by saying that L.J. Smith is one of my favorite authors. Honestly, as a teenager I read The Forbidden Game Trilogy over and over again until I wore my book out. It was fun, after not having read her for a few years to take a step back and read some of her books again.

Let me start out by saying that I really do love the plotline of these books. Without ruining anything for anyone (because I know quite a few people probably haven’t read these books, so I won’t be so spoiler-y here). It’s got a great pace, especially if you purchase the 3-in-1 collection so you can sit down and take it all as one bigger book as opposed to 3 much shorter ones. The pacing is done really well. To give you a nice, brief overview of the story…. let’s see.

In book one, The Strange Power, we meet our central characters. Kaitlyn Fairchild is a teenager who sees the future via her drawings. She is, of course, beautiful but an outcast amongst her community. She is approached by a woman named Joyce Piper who wants to take her to the Zetes Institution, a place where she can learn to use and control her powers. Of course, she goes (because how fun would the book have been if she’d just said no and stayed home?), and meets the other characters in our little storyline. Rob, the ‘good guy’ character of the book who is a healer. Anna, her dark haired friend who can communicate with animals, and Lewis, who has PK.

And then, of course, there is Gabriel Wolfe.

He’s your typical bad boy, but he has such a good story behind his actions. Again, trying not to give away too much here.

The Institute is run by a man names Mr. Zetes, whose motives are figured out later to be something not so pure as simply helping them to discover their powers. The events after they find this out and decide to do something about it span over the next two books (The Possessed, The Passion). To sum it up… we have an amazing fight, wonderful romance, betrayal, sabotage and a very spicy love triangle!

>_> There, heh. I think that was a good little summary going on here. Honestly, this book is full of enough twists to make it interesting, even if it is a little bit of a generic teenage SP book.

The only thing that I wish is that, perhaps, the books had been a little longer so that L.J. Smith could have explored and developed her characters to a fuller extent. I think that’s the trouble with some of the shorter teen books – authors are forced to rush themselves to get to the end of their story without the novel becoming so lengthy that it isn’t appealing to the targeted group anymore. However, there’s enough spice and life in the characters that the book is still wonderful.

Maybe it’s just me, a fan of the series, wanting more?

Still, I’d really say they’re excellent books to read – give it a 9/10 easily. :3 Go pick them up (or buy them on ebay for 5 bucks like I did.)