I'm afraid of never being allowed to feel what I do.
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant, #3
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Mythology, Romance
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Date Published: November 6, 2012
History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time.
Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden.
If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.
But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed.
Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate…
To me, Alex is one of those characters that you just want to hide and shield from the world because they have already been through so much. Unfortunately, that isn’t how it works.
I love how the books in the Covenant series build off of one another. The plot in this series progresses in such a way that you are never bored. The plot is not repetitive. In fact, it is quite the opposite. This series will grab you in and won’t let go… even after you finish it (Trust me, I know).
Can we just talk about Aiden? He is willing to sacrifice everything for Alex. If that doesn’t make you love Aiden then I don’t know what will. He is so admirable and amazing but he has this aspect to him that makes him relatable and respectable.
I was tagged to do The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag by Alaina over at An Infinite Book World! I tag anyone reading this to do this tag!
1. Best book you've read in 2017
The best book that I have read so far this year is Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. This was a tough decision to make because I have read many great books this year!
2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2017
The best sequel that I have read so far this year is A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. ACOMAF is such an amazing follow-up to A Court of Thorns and Roses! I really loved reading it and I think it was one of the best sequels I have ever read.
3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to
A new release that I haven't read yet is Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall. This isn't a super new release as it came out in January of this year. I have heard wonderful things about this book from Emmmabooks' Youtube channel and I am very excited to read it!
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
This was a very hard question to answer. There are many books that I am eagerly anticipating. I have decided to use If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout for this question. I am a huge fan of Jennifer's and her books have become an auto-buy for me. So, I am obviously excited for a new release from her.
5. Biggest disappointment
All of the books I have read so far in 2017 have been good or great! Since none of the books I read disappointed me, I am going to use a book that I didn't like nearly as much as I thought I would. That book would be Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Throne of Glass was really hard to get into for me and I didn't love it like I expected I would.
6. Biggest surprise
The biggest suprise of 2017 so far was how much I loved Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I had been waiting to read Lady Midnight for a while and it was so hyped up that I was worried I wouldn't like it. However, it ended up being one of my favorite books of the year so far!
7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)
My favorite new author is Sarah J. Maas. I first read her books a few months ago and I love her writing style! I have read the A Court of Thorns and Roses series and I have read most of the Throne of Glass series. I am looking forward to finishing Empire of Storms and reading more books by her as they are published!
8. Newest fictional crush
Wow, this is really hard to answer!! I couldn't just pick one, so I am going to give three answers. The first would be Aiden from the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The second would be Julian from the Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassanda Clare. And, last but not least, Rhysand from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Cassandra Clare.
9. Newest favorite character
I am going to give this one to the lovely Emma Carstairs. Since I read Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows, I have developed a strong liking toward Emma. I feel like she is such a great character and she is so well-developed and complex.
10. Book that made you cry
I keep using this as my answer but I can't help it because it is the first one that I think of for some of these questions. A book that made me cry was Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. The ending of the book is what really made me cry. I won't spoil the ending, but I will say that if you read this book, make sure to have tissues nearby.
11. Book that made you happy
A book that made me happy was The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. This book made me very happy and satisfied with the ending and the entire book. It made me very hapy to read and I really enjoyed it.
12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year
Honestly, I wasn't a huge fan of any of the book to movie adaptations that I watched this year. The one that I disliked the least was probably The Mortal Instruments. I didn't love this movie but I also didn't hate it so this is what I will be using for this question.
13. Favorite review you've written this year
I think my favorite review that I have written this year was my review for A Court of Mist and Fury. I haven't posted it yet, but I am really proud of how it turned out and I think people will enjoy reading it!
14. Most beautiful book you've bought this year (or recieved)
The most beautiful book that I have gotten this year would be Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall. It has such a gorgeous cover and I can't wait to see if it corresponds with the story.
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year
I have a ton of books that I want to read by the end of the year and naming all of them will require an entire seperate blog post. So, I am going to name a few books from my TBR: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Lousie Gournall, and Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau.
I was tagged to do the Disney Princess Book Tag by Alaina at aninfinitebookworld! I tag everyone in the book community to participate in this tag!
1. Snow White: this book (like the movie) started it all!
What is your favorite debut book from an author?
I think that I am going to have to give this one to Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch. I read this book not too long ago and I fell in love with it. I absolutely adored the writing and I hope to read more by Jenna Evans Welch soon.
2. Cinderella: a diamond in the rough
Just like Cinderella, you didn't expect much out of this character in the beginning but they turned out to be a total gem!
Without a doubt, this goes to Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. At the beginning of the series, I didn't expect Feyre to turn out to be a great character. However, I was very wrong. By the second book, Feyre had completely changed and became one of my favorite characters!
3. Aurora: sleeping beauty
A book that makes you sleepy or just could not hold your attention
A book that couldn't hold my attention is Fallen by Lauren Kate. I read this a while ago and it took forever to read. I couldn't get into it at all. I haven't decided yet if I want to continue with the series or not.
4. Ariel: under the sea
A book with a water/ocean setting
The first book that came to mind for this question was Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. This book doesn't take place in an ocean but it does take place by an ocean so it will have to count for this question! :)
5. Belle: beauty and the books
Name a book with the best bookwork/book lover
I have to give this one to Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The main character, Katy, is a total booknerd. She has her own blog and reading this book is actually what inspired me to start my own blog!
6. Jasmine: the thief and the princess
Name a book with an unlikely love story (either in terms of romance or a book you didn't expect to love so much)
I can't think of any unlikely love stories, so I will be naming a book that I didn't expect to love. This book would be Clockwork Angel. I didn't think it could compare with my love for the Mortal Insturments series. But, I turned out to love this book just as much- maybe even a little bit more.
7. Pocohontas: the real life princess
Name a book that is based on a real life person you want to read/have read
This one goes to The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This book was inspired by a girl with cancer that John Green had met. This novel obviously doesn't exactly follow her life. But, it was inspired by an actual person.
8. Mulan: the princess that saved her country
Name the fiercest heroine you know
One of the fiercest heroines that I can think of is Emma Carstairs from the Dark Artificies trilogy. After the events of the Dark War, Emma is back and fiercer than ever. She is one of the best Shadowhunters and after all of the things she has gone through, she is still fighting.
9. Tiana: the princess with the coolest and most diverse crew
Name a diverse book whether it is a diverse set of characters (likes Tiana's group of Naveen, Louis, Ray, and more) or just diverse in general
I am sure there are many books that are more diverse than the one I am choosing but this is the first book that popped into my mind for this question. A book with a lot of diverse characters in it is Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. In this book, there are people of different ethnicities, races, and sexual orientations.
10. Rapunzel: let down your long hair
Name the longest book you've ever read
The longest book I have ever read is City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. This book comes out to be 725 pages. I actually had to go look at how many pages some of my books had because there were several that had lots of pages.
11. Merida: I determine my own fate
A book where there is no love story/interest or isn't needed
I don't end up reading many books without romance as lots of YA books have romance in them. After thinking about this, I decided to use The Shadowhunter's Codex because there isn't really romance in it and it was the only one I could think of.
12. Anna/Elsa: frozen hearts
A book in a winter/cold setting
For this, I am choosing What Light by Jay Asher. This book takes place during Christmas time so, there usually will be snow (depending on the place).
13. Moana: how far I'll go
A character that goes on a journey
The person that comes to mind for this question is Clary Fairchild. She goes on a huge journey from mundane life to the life of a Shaowhunter. The journey is filled with crazy transitions and I think it fits well for this question!
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Title: No Ordinary Star
Author: M.C. Frank
Series: No Ordinary Star, #1
Genre: SciFi, Fantasy, Dystopia
Date Published: November 25, 2015
A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do.
A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive.
A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack.
The world hasn't known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty.
The year is 2525.
Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.
Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.
Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.
No Ordinary Star is an intense and phenomenal book. I started this book on the author's website. I read the first few chapters and I was immediately enthralled. I need more. Even though this book is only 150 pages, it packs a punch and leaves a mark on the reader.
This book takes place in 2525. The world is completely changed. The world experiences no hunger or sickness. However, the downfall of this is the world doesn't experience love and beauty. The world in this book is a dystopia for sure. I felt immersed in the world that M.C. Frank created.
Even though No Ordinary Star is only 150 pages, the character development is clear. Felix and Astra have a very unique relationship. When they were introduced, I assumed they would be enemies. I was very incorrect. As the book progresses, Felix and Astra develop a friendship. Personally, I really enjoyed Astra and Felix's relationship. It was very unexpected but enjoyable at the same time. Overall, No Ordinary Star is a really interesting dystopia and I think it is definitely worth the read!
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
You're a disaster. You fascinate me.
Title: Why I Loathe Sterling Lane
Author: Ingrid Paulson
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Date Published: June 6, 2017
Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy—academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking back, framing her for his own infractions. Worst of all, he’s charmed the administration into thinking he’s harmless, and only Harper sees him for the troublemaker he absolutely is.
As she breaks rule after precious rule in her battle of wits against Sterling and tension between them hits a boiling point, she’s horrified to discover that perhaps the two of them aren’t so different. And maybe she doesn't entirely hate him after all. Teaming up with Sterling to save her brother might be the only way to keep from breaking the most important rule—protecting Cole.
Why I Loathe Sterling Lane changed my outlook on YA contemporaries. I loved the plot of this book. It had the classic bad boy and good girl in it but it wasn’t cliche. My favorite thing was how each character had a backstory that was woven in throughout the book.
I will be honest, I didn’t like Harper at the beginning. As the book progressed, I grew to like her more and more. The character development of Harper and Sterling was truly phenomenal. Even the side characters like Kendall, Parker, and Cole had character development. It was completely unexpected as Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is a standalone novel. For example, in the beginning, I could not see Harper and Sterling as a couple. At all. My opinion completely changed as the characters changed.
I found Harper’s loyalty to Cole to be very admirable. I think it was the backbone of the story and it really made the story great. Overall, I think this is a really fun, quick, and worthwhile read!
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1. What is your favorite scene in Why I Loathe Sterling Lane?
I love this question! When I sat down to write this book, I knew it was going to be a radical relationship evolution, turning love to hate. But I’d never written something like this so I spent forever agonizing over the turning point in their dynamic. And then it just happened. During the scene in the headmaster’s office, when Sterling and Harper have their first big collision, even in the first draft of that scene, I felt the sudden sizzle between them. That’s when they both realize they’ve grossly underestimated (and misunderstood) their nemesis. Even eight million drafts later, there’s one line (I DO NOT want to date you) that still makes me giggle.
2. What is your favorite book(s)?
At the risk of sounding cliché, my favorite will always be Pride and Prejudice. That book was really the first romance novel I read, but it also had all the key components I love: banter, tension, and dramatic character development. Judy Blume was the author who made me truly fall in love with books.
3. What is your favorite candy?
Anything chocolate. I've never understood the point of fruit-based desert!
4. What is your favorite thing about writing?
Surprising myself. Sometimes the characters do the craziest things and I just don’t see it coming. When I’ve completed a draft of something, I always let it sit for a couple of weeks before re-reading, and often when I pick it up again, there are lines or scenes that surprise or delight me.
5. What is the hardest part about writing?
The hardest part about writing is revising. I always say I use the math part of my brain when digging into a draft, particularly when working with an editor, they point out inconsistencies, errors, or just flat-out cheesy scenes that make you cringe with embarrassment. It’s also hard to cut certain lines or scenes that no longer fit after a revision. I have a word document of just junk—scenes or lines I loved and had to cut but then always hope they’ll fit in a different book (which never happens).
6. What book would you recommend to fans of Why I Loathe Sterling Lane?
SL has been compared to THE HATING GAME enough times that I picked up a copy and completely loved it. So that's an easy recommendation.
by L.J. Smith
Goodreads 2017: 81/100