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Friday, October 31, 2014

[Review] Shadows (Lux #0.5) - Jennifer L. Armentrout

SHADOWS is a prequel novella accompanying the Lux Series. It tells the story of how Dawson Black and Bethany Williams fell in love.

What intrigued me: Judging by the fact that I hopelessley fell in love with Dawson as a character (even more than with Daemon!), I was looking forward to reading this, already after I read ONYX. 

Solid back to the roots story

While the other novels where heavily stuffed with information dumps, new characters and alien trivia, we finally get a break from that in SHADOWS. It's relaxing to not have to look over your shoulder expecting another plot twist and simply just following your favorite fictional lovelies do what they do. 

After having seen them mainly in distressed situations and suffering, it makes me so, so happy to get back to the typical High School Setting from OBSIDIAN, which will always be my favorite Lux novel.

SHADOWS is really only about Bethany and Dawson and I'm very thankful for that. Sadly, because it is a novella, the romance feels very rushed. The whole novel is only 150-ish pages, so there isn't much time for the reader to understand how and why they love each other.


Still Want Dee, Still Didn't Get Dee, Very Upset

Also, there is so much room for showing more of the Black Family life in this novel, why didn't she do that? I want to read about them being a family, being siblings! Why didn't she include this? 

There's more of the Williams family life in SHADOWS, which I couldn't care less about, judging by her uncle's morally questionable choices and her parents and brother being cardboard cutout characters. 
Bethany in general stays very flat as a characters, which saddens me a lot. She's really interesting, especially earlier in the series when she appears to be completely driven insane through torture. Wow, what a character was what I thought - well, turns out she is basically a less badass, less relatable Katy, minus the books, plus painting.


Overall: Do I Recommend?

If you've read the entire series, might as well get this one, too. Like I said, it helped me understand Daemon better, Dawson not so much. It's a nice quick read, really NOTHING out of the ordinary. I'm going to go with it's a must for Lux Fans, because it makes me want to start the entire series all over again.


Rating: 

★★☆☆



Synopsis:
"The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams.

As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.

Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him.

Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in. Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence...and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself."
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Monday, October 27, 2014

[Review] Opposition (Lux #5) - Jennifer L. Armentrout

In OPPOSITION the intergalactic battle to the death finally takes place when Luxen from all over the universe decide to take down humanity the only way they know - bloody, that is.


OOCing Your Own Characters?!

Armentrout's writing is just so off in this one that I didn't even recognize her characters. The Lux Series is rooted in the relationship between Kat and Daemon and to me, that's the only reason I even continued after book three, which was just an overall catastrophe. I don't know why she started switching the POVs mid-series and I still don't like it. With YA that relies heavily on the love interest/protagonist relationship, you CAN'T JUST DO THIS. 

Daemon constantly calling Kat "baby" made me cringe. Their general lovey-dovey gooey gross conversations are even worse. What is - or rather what WAS so special about them was their whole "ugh, I hate you so much now kiss me" -thing they had going on. I fell in love with Kat because she was having none of his cocky attitude and I fell in love with Daemon because he was unreasonably inappropriate.

Still Want Dee, Will Never Stop Preferring Dee

With Archer and Dee we have a serious case of insta-love that just disappoints me. Both of them rose to be favorites of mine and were painfully neglected throughout the entire series. They were ignored so there could be very important, very relevant make out scenes between Daemon and Kat. Very important. Archer and Dee fell in love with each other ('s looks) on the spot and their ending is as obvious as it is cliché. 

In OPPOSITION, just like in every sequel to OBSIDIAN before, a character or two that were presumably dead make a return only to reveal that they're insane/ evil now. I actually made a list in my mind of all characters that weren't dead yet and you can basically guess who's going to come back. JLA makes a mistake by trying to throw in too many plot twists and too many characters with authority problems and misanthropic tendencies. At this point, after Blake, who probably turned badside twice or three times within one novel, I'm not even surprised anymore.


Overall: Do I recommend?

The Lux Series has an interesting concept, but it is by no means developed enough to be stretched onto five (if you count the prequel novella, six) novels. I don't recommend going for the series. Just read OBSIDIAN, swoon over the great characters and pretend there are no sequels because all you're going to get from them is a headache.



Rating: ★★☆☆☆



Synopsis:


"In this stunning series climax, Daemon and Katy join forces with an unlikely enemy to ensure the survival of not only their love for each other, but the future of all mankind. Opposition will bring forth a new dawn to the Lux universe, where man must stand with alien to survive, and the future, no matter the outcome, will never be the same."
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

[Review] Origin (Lux #4) - Jennifer L. Armentrout

If you're going to read ORIGIN, you're going to have to prepare to be in pain. A lot of it. The novel revolves around the Department of Defense capturing our beloved protagonists Katy and Daemon, and doing all kinds of messed up tests on them. 









!WARNING!
This review MAY CONTAIN Spoilers for the Lux Series, starting from "Obsidian".

I usually try to keep my reviews spoiler-free but you can't write a comprehensive review about "Origin" without tackling the resolutions of the plot lines. I'm not going to mention any names but you really shouldn't read this if you plan on reading "Origin".
!WARNING!

New POVs

ORIGIN is the first novel in the series that is told from different perspectives. This is a big pet peeve of mine and just makes me want to throw the book against the next wall. I understand that as a writer, it is difficult to describe all events that you want to put in the book when one of your characters is in a temporary exile. But just switching to another character's perspective is plain cheating to me. Besides, having read the entire series told from Katy's point of view, it's just weird to suddenly have Daemon narrate the story. First, because the character's own perception of himself is completely different from Katy's (the reader's) and also because I simply can not identify with that.

As a reader we've got to know Daemon pretty well after three books but that doesn't justify just switching the point of view. I feel like I'm reading a bad fan fiction. If POV-Shifts are essential to the story, I might endure them at times, but don't just randomly switch mid-chapter after three pages? For no reason at all? It drove me nuts to have to listen to Katy being captured and then randomly switching to Daemon running around and trying to beat up everyone.


Sorry I Killed Your Friend... Here's Another.

While the plot isn't very complex, there are a lot of revelations about the character's ulterior motives in the novel. We have some people going badside, other people dying out of the blue and new characters being pushed into future relationships. While I do like the odd sleazy villain that creeps up on our protagonists, JLA is just over the top with the plot twists in this one. 

There is no actual reasoning that would make sense for that certain character to go badside. Is it just me, am I stone-cold, or were all the character deaths really, really rushed? They all died like flies and after the third or fourth one out I was just laughing because it is so ridiculous to keep killing literally everyone that won't have an interesting storyline in the future. 

But when good characters have to die for the sake of a dramatic climax, we always have the introduction of new characters coming with it. I fell in love instantly with Archer, a soldier from Area 51, who is just ... heart eyes. While I do love, love, love Archer, I feel like JLA is trying way too hard to make us ship him and Dee.  



Overall: Do I Recommend?

ORIGIN is not as great as OBSIDIAN but it definitely was an easier read than the previous novels. 

The conclusion is a little over the top and the character deaths really weren't necessary and weren't really dealt with. Nobody is grieving for the dead to the extent that they grieved about Adam (who had like, three scenes?), and that's just ... ugh. I do recommend ORIGIN, but in order to get to it, you're going to have to go through the mess that is OPAL, and good luck with that.


Rating: 

★★★☆☆




Synopsis:

"Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her.

Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done.
Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly.
Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive. Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing.

Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen? Together, they can face anything. But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?"
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