Stacking the Shelves #2

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Yay for new books! I have two different kinda hauls today – one lot are some library books today, and the other was me going to the shops and fleshing out my Sarah J. Mass collection in preperation of her visiting Australia in November. Once I get Queen of Shadows, I’ll be all set!

Library Loans

The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder
Talon by Julia Kagawa
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

I’ve always wanted to try a Wendy Wunder book, so here is my chance! And that cover? Gorgeous! As far as Talon goes, I always enjoy anything by Julie Kagawa and dragons? So set. I’m always on the fence when it comes to Claudia Gray’s novels, but I couldn’t help but pick this one up because of the cover and interesting premise. Who knows?

Purchases

A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

I already have Throne of Glass tucked away in my bookshelves… NEVER READ. Can you believe that? I’m definitley going to be reading and reviewing these before November!

Series Wrap: ‘The Dark Elements,’ Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series Wrap is a mini-feature where I sum up what I loved and loathed about a particular series upon completion. The rules are simple: I must have read and reviewed ALL books in said series and the series must be completed by the author. These posts are seperate from reviews.

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Number of Books: 3
Years: 2014-2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genres/Themes: Urban Fantasy, Demons, Romance, Gargoyles
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Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul. But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world


Series Scoresheet

Quick Picks:

Favourite Character/s: Zayne, Roth.
Favourite Pairing/s: Zayne/Layla. Roth/Layla. (I liked both sort of?)
Favourite Cover: Every Last Breath.
Favourite Book: White Hot Kiss.

Summing Up:

Why I liked this series
GARGOYLES! I had been waiting forever to read about some gargoyles and I was so happy Jennifer L. Armentrout had delivered on that front.

Apart from that, I did enjoy the main three characters and the relationship they shared. My favourite parts in the books were probably when all three of them were together, teaming up despite their differences.

Each book was a fast and fun, lighthearted read! That’s always a good thing to point out.

Why I disliked this series
The plot kind of fell wayside to the romance on many occasions, which became annoying. I had really high hopes for this series after the first book brought up some interesting elements, but book two and three didn’t really keep that momentum or raise the bar.

As for the characters other than the main three? Didn’t like any of them all too much and they felt very two-dimensional and served no real purpose – in particular Layla’s ‘best friends’ Stacey and Sam.

In Conclusion:

Would I read this series again? Probably not a second time, but good the first time around.
Would I recommend this series? To the right person, I would say ‘give it a go’!
This series in one word: Fun.

Individual Reviews:

White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1)
Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2)
Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3)

Review: “Every Last Breath,” Jennifer L Armentrout

Review: “Every Last Breath,” Jennifer L ArmentroutEvery Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3)
Written by Jennifer L Armentrout
Published July, 2015 by Harlequin Teen
378 pages
Genres: Demons, Fantasy, Gargoyles, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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three-stars

Every choice has consequences — but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin — the deadliest of demons — has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city — and her race — from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side — and then fight like hell…

Truth be told, I was a little disappointed with Every Last Breath as a trilogy finale. While everything was kind of wrapped up, I felt it all came together way too conveniently and without much urgency. The ‘big bad’ wasn’t so bad after all when I look back on it. Still, I enjoyed watching everything play out and how the characters reacted. After a three-book journey, you can’t help but be attached to them in some way. Warning: spoilers in the full review.

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Feature & Follow Friday #19

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! This week’s featured blog is One Book Two

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Review: “Stone Cold Touch,” Jennifer L. Armentrout

Review: “Stone Cold Touch,” Jennifer L. ArmentroutStone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2)
Written by Jennifer L Armentrout
Published October, 2014 by Harlequin Teen
464 pages
Genres: Demons, Fantasy, Gargoyles, Romance, Supernatural, Urban Fantasy
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three-stars

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

Although I did enjoy Stone Cold Touch and devoured it just as quickly as its predecessor, I do feel that it fell into the trap that is ‘second book syndrome’. Quirks I enjoyed about the characters initially started to grate on my nerves as I realised they weren’t growing up or learning along the way. The love triangle, which I was quite happy to watch unfold initially, became a bit tedious, too.

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