All posts for the month October, 2012


Published October 29, 2012 by katheryn13

Okay so I’m not one for notes, so I’ll make this quick. Thanks to those that are following this blog. Also, if you haven’t noticed, I’ve had to change the name of the blog slightly because there was already one of the same name, previously. And the header changed, too. You like?

Once this blog had a bit of strength to it I will be doing more to it, but for now it’s just reviews. I never expect much to happen, since I’m really only doing this site for myself and for fun. I’m happy to have Elena along for the ride, as she’s an avid reader and friend, also. So she’ll be updating where I can’t.

Well..that’s it. Thanks for reading.


5/5 Stars for FINALE by Becca Fitzpatrick

Published October 27, 2012 by elenafx

Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made, and a friend’s ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn—but which sides are they on? And in the end, are there some obstacles even love can’t conquer?

This review was very difficult for me to write because I just finished Finale and I’m too emotional to express a professional opinion about the book. Meaning, I’m crying and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop. I CAN’T. *screams* *rolls on the floor, sobbing*

Okay, okay I’ll calm down. I can do it.

Finale is amazing! I couldn’t ask for a better conclusion to this perfect series that is called Hush Hush. More action, romance and heartbreak than ever before, Finale will make readers stay up all night, reading it. And then curl up in a corner, hug the books and just plainly cry.

It’s a little difficult to review this book without spoiling it but I’m willing to try. Finale started quickly with action that made my blood boil, in a good way. I was on edge the whole time waiting to see what happens. There is a lot of mystery as there was in the previous books but rules are changed now. Both Nephilim and fallen angels want to win this war and they’re willing to play dirty. Really dirty.

The romance; well, like in the 3 other books, the romance between Nora and Patch is plainly hot but there are so many times that I wanted to cry in this one because it was just so sweet and romantic. Patch and Nora’s words to each other, especially toward the end of the book – I really did cry. They were that romantic. In addition, I love that their relationship is down to earth. I mean, they have their ups and downs. They fight and lie to each other. Which is more of a proof how real their love is. They forgive each other because they cannot live without the other by their side. They’re not the perfect couple, never arguing or having a disagreement. They just love each other so much. Which is very rare in real life but it still exists.

Once again, Becca’s writing left me wanting more. It’s addictive and beautiful. The way she uses words makes you keep reading. It’s plainly wonderful.

The characters. Well, I’ve always loved all of them, especially Patch. He’s sexy and gorgeous, protective and sweet, badass and possessive. I just love the way he feels about Nora. He’d go to hell and back for her. He’d do anything for her. That’s also what Nora feels about him. Which is why I love their relationship so much. Nora in Finale is not exactly different than she used to be. She’s just a lot stronger. She’s been through so much, after all. Plus, she’s more badass and she kick some serious ass in this book. Which I enjoyed so much! The secondary characters, Vee and Scott are once again amazing. I love those two so much. They’re funny and strong and loyal and cute.

I don’t want to spoil anything but I cried so much when this particular thing happened. I DID NOT want it to happen. But Becca just wanted to rip my heart out a little more.

Hush Hush is the second YA series I’ve ever read and it helped in convincing me to read more of those. I’m so very grateful for that. I’m also so sad that Hush Hush has finished but I know that I’ll never forget this amazing series. Patch and Nora’s story will never be forgotten.

Thank you Becca Fitzpatrick for writing this amazing saga!


5 stars for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Published October 25, 2012 by katheryn13

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

5/5 Stars.

The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer is one of those books that can keep you up all night because you won’t be able to fall asleep if you don’t finish it. It’s amazing! Captivating and unique, it will make you love it. To be honest, it’s one of those books that you don’t really know what the heck is going on and you’re loving it.

Naturally, the first thing I loved about this book is Noah. Noah Shaw. What can I possibly say about this boy? That he’s one of the sweetest, sexiest and most protective characters ever? He’s these and much more. And then, there are the Noah-is-sexually-teasing-Mara. Let’s just say, that the romance is really hot. Sexual tension, touching but not quite touching, epic, hot quotes. You get the gist. Plus, Noah’s got an English accent. An English accent, people.

The storyline is very unique and confusing, in a good way. There’s a lot of mystery which is basically moving the story. Some people don’t like not knowing what is really happening in a book but Michelle Hodkin has a way of unraveling the story that just has you hooked. I absolutely love her writing. It’s beautiful.

Mara is a complicated character which I liked from the beginning of the book. She’s strong. She wakes up in a hospital without any recollection of how she got there and she’s told that her best friend died along with her boyfriend and his sister. Plus, she was in the building where they died but she miraculously survived. You have to be strong to get through this.  Also, she’s very protective of those she loves. She’s a great heroine who I understood and loved from the beginning of the book.

To sum up, I’d recommend The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer to anyone but especially anyone who wants a well written, unique YA novel with a lot of mystery, hot romance and amazing characters. This book is definitely a must-read!

PS. Review for The Evolution Of Mara Dyer is coming soon. :)


5 stars for Onyx (Lux Novel #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published October 24, 2012 by katheryn13

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

5/5 Stars

I’ve never been that good with words. Not for reviews anyway. (Stories are another matter entirely.) So it might not come as a shock to you that this book has left me speechless. In a good way.

Katy finds out she’s not quite as normal as she first thought. Doors are slamming, lockers are opening of their own accord, and glasses are breaking. Not to mention windows are shattering. Cool, huh?
But this isn’t supposed to happen. Well, I suppose it depends on your view. Ever since Daemon healed Katy on Halloween night, things have been a little…crazy.
Daemon and Katy are still fighting, but this time the heat is up. Turned all the way up. The oven is on, baby, and this time it’s going sonic style! *giggles*

Still, my favourite scene of them all has to be back in Obsidian when Daemon is trying to get rid of the trace on Katy and they argue and end up kissing, blowing up her laptop in the process.

There are plenty of hot moments like that (ehem…library anyone?) but I don’t think…anything quite as intense. Maybe it was just me that felt that, but that doesn’t detract from the sexy sexy scenes there were.
I laughed so hard in some scenes as well. Especially a certain scene where Katy & Daemon are caught in a rather…compromising position. I won’t spoil. But let’s just say… AWKWAAARD!

Simon is back, for a while, and even weirder and drunker than normal.
I was mildly surprised by the lack of Arum this time around, but then again, it wasn’t the Arum they really had to worry about. The DOD are in town and they’re very interested in Katy. What she finds out about THEM, though, is even more disturbing.
Also, a certain person who shall remain nameless but was supposedly dead, is seen by Katy and she doesn’t know what this means. Everything she and Daemon have known is tipped upside down and they go on a wild hunt trying to put all the pieces together. I really was thrilling to read. So much action, but not in the overly descriptive way. It drew me in quicker and didn’t leave me wanting to fast forward pages just to get to the point.

Onyx was just as good, if not better, as its predecessor. Obsidian had me blown away, and Onyx had me… blown away and strapped to the bottom of a war plane in the middle of the Middle East. It made me feel excited, scared, happy, sad… I didn’t think I could have so many feelings for one book (and I’ve read a lot of books.). There are only a small few of the books I’ve read that have made me feel so….hooked. I mean, I get hooked, but not…not like this. I felt like I was actually IN the story, living the lives along with Katy and Daemon. I didn’t cry…although I sure felt like it at times. But I did feel fear.

There were times when I was one step ahead of Katy, as I’m sure a lot of readers were.

When there were some intensely sexy scenes though, most of the time I was like O.O WHYYYYY? YOU CAME SO CLOSE? JUST DO IT ALREADY!

Yeah I know. I’m a perv.

I felt sorry for Dee this time around because since Katy was spending so much time training with Blake, and dealing with her new powers and the connection with Daemon, since she didn’t want Dee to know…. well, that made it hard for her. And for me. I wanted to shake Dee and tell her that Katy had a reason for all of this. She wasn’t just ditching her for some loser with surfer hair.

So over all, if I had to recommend one book series this year, it would HAVE to be the Lux series. No, not the Luxe series (because that’s a completely different story)…so please don’t get confused.
Yeah there are lots of ways to say it.

Are you ready for the ride of your life?

5 stars for Obsidian (A Lux Novel #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published October 24, 2012 by katheryn13

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.

5/5 Stars.

First off I’d like to say HOLY MOTHER OF GOD THAT WAS SEXY!

Secondly, I’d like to say, WHAT IS IT WITH SEXY BOYS IN BOOKS?

And thirdly…well…I just damn well loved this book!

I’ll admit, the concept of aliens was slightly…off-putting at first. I know lots of my followers on twitter have read this, and my friends were saying over and over that I had to read it. But aliens, really? I just couldn’t see it.

However, I was intrigued. I was hesitant about buying the book, but I did anyway and guess what? I fell in love. The aliens…they’re just not what you imagine. And asides from a couple of times when he talks about where he comes from…. well you mostly can forget it’s aliens.

This sexy sexy, down right hilarious (in parts, but even the sexy parts were kinda funny) book was just what I wanted. Albeit, some of the scenes were a little…shall I say, cheesy. And the sexy scenes sometimes a little….frustrating because you just wanted these two lovely characters, Daemon and Katy to get at it like rabbits but for some unfortunate reason Daemon continued to be an ass and piss off the person he really, actually likes. Who knows why he acts that way. Daemon is a complete mystery to us all, I should think.

He is, ultimately, a sex god. He has that swagger, that “I know I’m hot and there’s nothing you can do about it” vibe going on. And usually that would put me off, because there’s nothing sexier than a humble guy who is sexy but doesn’t know it. Well, now it turns out, you can have both.

Katy’s whole persona was, at first glance, JUST LIKE ME! I was shocked. Asides from the fact I’m not that attractive (in my own eyes) and I don’t have the luck of guys falling for me (maybe in my dreams), we were basically the same. As I’m sure a lot of other book nerdy girls around the globe are. We sit in front of our computers, shut out from the world, writing up blogs and stuff. Sadly, not all of us have the pleasure of having a REALLY HOT neighbour.

So their chemistry, Katy and Daemon… Can I say…SMOKING! They made me laugh so hard with their banter, and you knew there was an underlining emotion there that was dying to break free of its chains. A couple of times it did, but then…it got smacked back down to ChinaTown, as they say.

I loved Dee, i thought her bubbly personality was….albeit a little exhausting at times, but she really had a good heart to her. Lesa and…I forget the other girls name, well they added something..not quite sure what yet, but I’m sure it’ll occur to me in time.

I loved Katy’s mum…she was what you would call Embarrassing. With a capitol E. But cool with it, in a way.

Even though, in some other books that are somewhat sexy, there may not be much actual plot, unlike them, this was just…The dialogue was so good, it made you forget that there wasn’t actually that much going on. Not in a bad way, but I found myself so engrossed in the backwards and forwards arguments (albeit, funny) between Katy & Daemon, that nothing major really needed to happen. Some books make that mistake of having not much go on and you’re just reading paragraph after paragraph of what they did next but nothing EXCITING happens. This book…took you to the sky and back again. I swear to you…

The action was just as intense, too. It was written in a way that I didn’t get bored. Some fight scenes in books can leave you feeling like you’ve just swallowed a lot of words but not a lot going on, you know? This time, I was in the moment. I felt the pain and the (sometimes pleasure) and the drama.

So I don’t usually do really long reviews, and I’m doing my best not to spoil too much (Hopefully I’ve succeeded) and so I will leave you with these three wise words:


There’s no other way to put it. I can’t believe I hadn’t read this sooner, but now I’m beyond excited to purchase Onyx on Amazon and read that and find out what other kinky/sassy/fun stuff the duo get up to.

A definite five stars for this bad boy!

4 stars for Dreaming Awake (Falling Under #2) by Gwen Hayes

Published October 24, 2012 by katheryn13

She fell for him in a nighttime world. But the time for dreaming is past—and the here-and-now can be just as fragile their love…

When Theia Alderson first encountered a mysterious, handsome boy in her dreams, she never imagined how finding Haden Black—and falling in love—could change her life. To save Haden, Theia sacrificed everything. And the dangerous bargain she made could have lasting repercussions.

Now Theia has returned to Serendipity Falls, and she finds herself struggling with the same deadly hungers that have tortured Haden. When students at their high school fall prey to a mysterious illness, Theia can’t help but wonder if Haden’s control is slipping—and how much longer she’ll have a grip on her own.

And still the nightmare realm of Under won’t let them go. Someone from Haden’s past is determined to destroy Theia from the inside out, starting with those closest to her, forcing Theia to choose between family and friends and a love that may have been doomed from the start…

4 Stars

Really pretty good. I liked the first book, and was excited to get this, however I had actually forgotten what had happened previously. But I soon got into the story again and as before, fell in love with Haden all over again *sigh*

So this time Mara is ruling the roost, so to speak. She’s taking over Theia’s life and there’s not much she can do about it. Apart from step up and be strong. And boy, she does. Although there were a few times where her inability to trust her friends and most of all, Haden, that bugged me. She just wouldn’t open up and say what was wrong, all the while letting her feelings build up until it’s too late to fix the problems.

Haden was as lush as ever, although he had some matters of his own to attend to. I loved the tie between the Ame, Donny, Gabe and Theia and Haden, as well as Varnie (I’ll get to him later). This time they were more included and I loved the twist third way into the book where they all got their points of views written. It was nice to see a different perspective for once, even if it was just for a short while.

I felt that the story didn’t really get into the full mix of things until at least half way, which is why I’m rating this book 4stars. The writing, however, was brilliant and enticing and really made me imagine the journey in my head rather than get overwhelmed with big words and heavy description. There were times where i was confused, but then soon everything became clear.
I unfortunately looked up reviews for this book while I was reading it (don’t know why) and someone hadn’t hidden a spoiler (view spoiler)

Overall there really isn’t much else that I disliked about this book. It was one that captured my heart and entertained me, but now I want to know what happens next. I’m hoping there is a third book…. because I don’t feel that Haden and Theia’s story has truly ended yet .ALso… dammit! They need to get it on :P All that chemistry!

What happened to her father was tragic. I wasn’t expecting that, and the story behind Mike and Ame was unexpected too. Mike’s sudden turn of events took me by surprise, but he bugged me anyway. I was kind of hoping…well, that he would die or something. Alas…not such luck.

So if you liked Falling Under, you’ll hopefully like this. It’s got all the same elements that you’ll love, and more. I recommend it to anyone that likes romance, forbidden love and demons. :)