Today I arrived in Florida. I will be here until next Friday. I have premade posts, so don’t worry, there will still be posts every day!
At the moment, I'd have to say my favorite author is Jennifer L Armentrout. I absolutely love the Lux series. It is my favorite book series. I recently ordered another series of hers and I am super excited to read it. I love paranormal books and this one is in that category. I am assuming I will be a huge fan of this series as well.
Thanks to Wendy for doing this interview with me. It was well appreciated! :)
1. What kind of research did you have to do for the Sweet series?
I read about angels and demons in the Bible (since I was going with a Biblical approach to the world building), and I researched the cross country trips to see what path they would take and what cities/landscapes they would encounter.
2. Which Duke is your favorite? Least favorite? Why?
My favorite is Anna's dad, Belial/John, because he's tough and scary, but he's really a teddy bear when it comes to Anna. My least favorite is Kaidan's dad, Pharzuph, because he's truly a nasty bastard.
3. When you aren't writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
Spend times with my family. My children are seven and ten, so they are at really fun ages, and they keep me busy with their hobbies and activities! We are also blessed to have a pool, so we spend lots of time swimming and going to the local bay beach.
4. Who is your favorite character out of all of your books? Why?
Kaidan Rowe because of his complexities. He forced me to push my limits as a writer.
5. What was your best subject at school?
Actually, biology was always my favorite and best subject! Writing and reading was something fun I did on the side, but I never enjoyed the kind of writing and reading they had us do in school.
6. Where did the idea for Sweet Evil come from?
My overly-active imagination, lol. Literally, it seemed to come out of nowhere, bit by bit. Random scenes came at me, and I had to sort of piece them together.
7. Will there be any novellas for any of your books?
Not at this time, but I'm open to ideas if the publisher is interested.
8. Which writers inspire you?
J. K. Rowling and Jennifer L. Armentrout
9. What's the hardest thing about writing?
Coming up with interesting plots. If something doesn't magically "hit me," I have a really hard time trying to brainstorm.
10. What are your favorite books?
I love paranormal and fantasy romances, like the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Poison Princess by Kresley Cole.
11. Was it harder for you to write Sweet Evil or The Great Hunt?
The Great Hunt. High fantasy requires extreme world building from the ground up, and it was hard for me to convey all of the details. As a reader, I like to have some things left to my imagination, but not all readers enjoy that. They want everything described.
12. What advice would you give for aspiring authors?
Write the story that's on your heart. Don't worry about trends or what anyone will think.
13. What's your favorite color?
14. Which of the characters in your books do you think you relate most to? Why?
Anna because of her tender heart and compassion.
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?
I LOVED this book! At the beginning of the book, right after Katy gets captured, it hurts to see Daemon. "Thirty-one hours, forty-two minutes, and twenty seconds had passed since the doors had closed, separating Kat from me. Thirty-one hours, forty-two minutes, and ten seconds since I last saw her. For thirty-one hours and forty-one minutes Kat had been in the hands of Daedalus." This KILLED me. :(
I enjoyed how the book was in both Daemon and Katy's point of view. The one thing I didn't like about this book is sometimes the chapters are split between Daemon and Katy's POVs and it can be confusing if you miss the marking where it distinguishes who is talking. I personally read really quickly (sometimes annoyingly) and sometimes skip over where is changes and I get really confused and have to go back to see who's point of view I'm actually reading in. But we finally get the awesome privilege to see the world in Daemon's eyes, so it was worth it!
Throughout the whole book, there was nail-biting, action-packed scenes. People that we thought couldn't be trusted really can't. The plot twists in the book has us guessing until the very last page.
Wow... Jennifer L Armentrout never fails to impress.
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A series that I am a huge fan of is the Sweet series. It is written by Wendy Higgins. It consists of Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, Sweet Reckoning, and Sweet Temptation. When I found this series I only bought the first book because I wasn't sure that I would like it. I wish I bought all of them at once because it was awful waiting for the next books to arrive after I finished (and loved) Sweet Evil. I heard about this book through Wattpad. I think this is a book series that is easy to love. Plus, Kaidan is definitely on my list of book boyfriends. I totally recommend it! :)
"I think someone was expecting more of a reunion," the Luxen male behind the desk said, his voice ringing with amusement. "What do you think, Daemon?" One shoulder rose in a negligent shrug. "I don't think anything."
-Page 5, chapter 4 (Katy)
"Opposition" by Jennifer L Armentrout
What book should I read next?
"Oblivion" by Jennifer L Armentrout
Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…
I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.
And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.
But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can't stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.
Falling for Katy—a human—won't just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen...
"Lux: Beginnings" by Jennifer L Armentrout
There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot… until he opens his mouth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he marks me. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.
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. 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?
"The Great Hunt" by Wendy Higgins
When a strange beast terrorizes the kingdom of Lochlanach, fear stirs revolt. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.
Princess Aerity knows her duty to the kingdom but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger…until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. There’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.
Paxton is not the marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast—but the princess continues to surprise him, and the perilous secrets he’s buried begin to surface.
Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdom.
WHICH SHOULD I READ NEXT?
by L.J. Smith
Goodreads 2018: 1/100