Book Review: Glow

review-cover-glowTitle: Glow [Potency 1]

Author: Aubrey Hadley

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars

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The Sleeping Syndrome has returned after a six-month hiatus. This time, it’s popped up in New York, and it’s wiped out an entire homeless shelter. The same night of the outbreak — thousands of miles away — Harper, a seventeen-year-old girl, finds herself face-to-face with a glowing figure in the desert outskirts of her neighborhood.

As the world goes on high-alert from the Syndrome, Harper is kidnapped and taken to the Base of Ki, a massive dome with a sheening white city and fantastic technology … built by beings from another solar system.

There, she must form cross-species alliances to save her friends, family, and the human race before she loses all chance of returning to Earth.

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Glow by Aubrey Hadley was a fantastic foray into YA Science Fiction. Filled with undercurrents of adventure, post-apocalyptic alien wars, plague, superhuman powers, and thrilling deception, the book had a little of everything.

The writing was clear, easy to follow, and pulled me in from the very beginning. I liked most of the characters, and could at least sympathize with the few I didn’t (I’m looking at you, Harper’s mom). The author did a good job of keeping me in Harper’s shoes for most of the story, letting me experience her confusion and uneasiness as she learned the “truth” behind the sleeping syndrome, and then more as she learned new truths, and eventually uncovered more lies. The plot was a bit of a rollercoaster!

If you like YA, science fiction, and apocalyptic stories, I would highly recommend you give this one a read.

Book Review: When They Came

cover-when they cameTitle: When They Came [When They Came 1]

Author: Kody Boye

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic

Rating: 5 Stars

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I was never afraid of monsters—at least, not until They came: the visitors from outer space.

Now They’re in our skies, on our streets, always watching, forever waiting.

At seventeen, I’m just about to graduate from the Juvenile Education System and declare my career of choice. The Midnight Guard—who protect our community from the vicious things that lie outside our walls—calls to me.

It’s hard, dangerous work, with grueling hours that offer little sleep, but it’s the one thing I know will help make a difference in our ever-changing world.

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I absolutely loved When They Came by Kody Boye. It was certainly a different take on the usual alien invasion scenario. The author had no hesitation in killing off characters –  which was both refreshing, surprising, and awful in equal measure.  The writing was clear and easy to follow, perfect for juvenile and young adult readers.

If you enjoy sci-fi, alien invasion stories, or apocalyptic/dystopian tales, I encourage you to give this book and this series a try. I look forward to reading more.

Book Review: Opposition

cover-oppositionTitle: Opposition [Lux 5]

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

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Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

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God, I love this series. I’m five books in, and each book is more of the same in the best possible way, and yet unique. This one was geared heavily towards an apocalyptic scenario, which is quite different from the rest of the series, but it was a long time coming to get here.

The characters and world-building have held up amazingly well throughout the series. They have depth, definitive personalities, and you can’t help but feel for them. I also like that the author doesn’t have any qualms about killing off well-loved characters when the plot calls for it – as much as it devastated my soul at the time. The romances and friendships, even the conflicts between the characters felt real and natural. It is all incredibly well-written and executed.

I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll say this: I loved this book. I love the series as a whole. I am incredibly sad that I have run through the last of the books. If you like Young Adult Science Fiction or Romance, I highly recommend this series and this book.

Book Review: Origin

cover-originTitle: Origin [Lux 4]

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

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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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Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout was tense from start to finish. I think out of the entire series thus far, this book was without a doubt the most action-packed. It was thrilling and gripping from the very first page, and I know more is to come.

Once again, the characters, world-building, and writing were excellent. I have no complaints. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and this series as a whole, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA Romance and Science Fiction.

Book Review: Opal

cover-opalTitle: Opal [Lux 3]

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

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No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

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Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout was an engaging read from start to finish. The book was well-written and grabbed my attention right away. the characters, both new and old to the series, had depth and purpose.

My only complaint, if you can call it that, is that some of the author’s plot hints were rather obvious. it wasn’t a surprise when Simon or Will returned. Did it change how I felt about the book? Not really.

I had fun. The author is good at drawing out tension and using conflict dynamics to drive the story and the character’s relationships. If you enjoy YA science Fiction Romances, this book is going to be right up your alley. I can’t wait to continue on with the series!

Book Review: Onyx

cover-onyxTitle: Onyx [Lux 2]

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

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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 ARUM HAS COME TO TOWN

The Department of Defense is 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.

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Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout, was once again, a fantastic and gripping addition to the Lux series – but man, was this one heart wrenching. The tension throughout the book, both in romantic relationships, friendships, and general plotline did not let up. I was gripped from the first page until the last and didn’t come up for air until it was over.

A lot was going on in this book – a lot – and yes, some of it was obvious to anyone paying attention, but that didn’t keep it from being deliciously dramatic in the best possible way. I enjoyed the characters, even though I learned to hate by the end of the book. The world-building held up to the first book in the series and is getting more complicated as it goes.

If you enjoy Young Adult Science Fiction Romances, I highly recommend you take a look at this series. It is well-written, and fun read.

Book Review: Obsidian

cover-obsidianTitle: Obsidian [Lux 1]

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

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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.

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I loved Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Taking a detour from the usual Young Adult Science Fiction Romance, this book/series delved into a world full of alien superpowers without adhering to the typical alien lore. It was nice to see a different take on life from other planets, as well as the consequences and side-effects of those beings trying to blend into our society.

The writing was fast-paced, easy to sink into, and relatively error-free (though I did catch a few typos, it was nothing book-breaking). The romance was full of tension, and a fun back-and-forth because the characters didn’t instantly like each other… in fact, most of the time, they were bickering. It was fun and sassy, and everything I was looking for in a sort of tongue-in-cheek Young Adult Romance.

Overall, I’m intrigued by the series thus far, and excited to delve further into it. If you’re looking for a Young Adult Science Fiction Romance to sink into, this is one I’d definitely recommend.

Book Review: Claimed

review-cover-claimedTitle: Claimed [Brides of the Kindred 1]

Author: Evangeline Anderson

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Erotica

Rating: 4 Stars

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Olivia Waterhouse has just graduated from nursing school and has her whole life ahead of her—until she gets drafted. Problem is, she isn’t being forced into the Army, she’s been chosen as a Kindred bride.

The Kindred are huge alien warriors—a race of genetic traders whose population is ninety-five percent male. After saving Earth from the threat of invasion they demand a reward—the right to find brides among the population. The chances of being chosen are about the same as those of winning the lottery—guess it’s just Liv’s lucky day.

Baird is a Beast Kindred who recently escaped imprisonment and torture at the hands of the malevolent Scourge. Through the torment and pain only one thing kept him sane—the thought of finding and claiming his bride—Olivia. His need to possess her is a burning intensity that threatens to consume them both.

Angry at having her future and her family taken away from her, Liv vows to fight back the only way she can—by resisting. She has one month on the Kindred Mothership with Baird—their claiming period. If she can keep from having bonding sex with him during that time, she can go home and get on with her life on Earth.

But Baird isn’t going to make it easy for her. Every week he is allowed to touch Liv more and more intimately and according to the contract she signed, she has to let him. She’s determined to resist him but his touch sets her on fire. And just as she thinks she knows what she wants, a twist of fate and an attack by the faceless Scourge AllFather changes everything…

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Okay, I admit it, I enjoyed Claimed by Evangeline Anderson a lot more than I expected to. Firmly in the science fiction romance genre, the book leans quite heavily towards erotica – and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it certainly isn’t something I generally look for in my reading.

As far as the technical aspects of the writing – the book could use some editing. I caught some missing punctuation, awkward phrasing, and a dozen or so typos. There were instances where a lot of ‘telling’ was going on in the narrative, or the author was interjecting her voice into the descriptions, but none of this was book-breaking, just… noticeable.

The characters were fun if a little cringe-worthy at times and the romance was hot if a bit awkward to read. The alien aspect of the story and their part of the world-building was fun for the eroticism, but not grounded in any sort of reality. I had to suspend my disbelief a bit. Okay, a lot. I know, I know, aliens aren’t real (well, not the muscle-bound hot ones anyway. ) but even in fiction, I like there to be some sense of the story being grounded in believability, and this just wasn’t.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a bit silly and a whole lot of sexy, and there were moments where I genuinely laughed out loud. If you are looking for a fun, sexy read, give it a try – just don’t say I didn’t warn you about the heavy alien eroticism

Book Review: Hers, Unbroken

review-cover-hers, unbrokenTitle: Hers, Unbroken [Hers 2]

Author: Anna Adler

Genre: Science Fiction, Erotica

Rating: 4 Stars

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Ever since Chase heard about Silenia, he wanted to go there. A planet where human-alien hybrids such as him are kept as sex pets is the realization of his darkest fantasies. The only downside? He’ll be killed if he tries to escape, but Chase won’t let inconvenient little details get in his way. He lets himself get caught. Now, all he has to do is pass the pet training program and wait for a sexy female to buy him.

Holly is the head trainer in Silenia’s best pet training center. She hates her job. She secretly wants to set free all the enslaved aliens on Silenia, but she’s powerless to realize her dream. Meeting Chase turns her life upside down. All of a sudden she has an ally: a man who matches her deepest fantasies. But then Chase’s misbehavior marks him for death and the clock is ticking. Can the two of them change an entire world in 48 hours?

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Hers, Unbroken by Anna Adler was a fun sci-fi twist on the usual BDSM genre. Though I must warn you, it isn’t going to be for everyone. Some people will be triggered by this book – it has a heavy slavery aspect to the plotline. That being said, the author did a good job of making it very clear that everyone involved was well aware that slavery is not okay, and also, that the characters are very much involved in a consensual relationship.

The book itself was well-written, well-explained, sexy, and fast-paced… and if BDSM is of interest to you, you’ll probably find this book fun and entertaining. If this kind of read seems up your alley, I recommend you give it a try.

Free Fiction Friday #102

Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Free Fiction Friday #102! For those of you who are new to this blog, or who may have missed out on the previous Free Fiction Fridays—every Friday I post an article containing 10 fiction e-books that are 100% FREE on Amazon at the time of posting and an additional 5 that are roughly of the same genre, and on sale for less than $5.

I try my best to make sure they are all 4+ stars, have over 40+ reviews, and are 100 pages minimum—so you can have a hand-picked list of the best-of-the-best to choose from and enjoy over the long weekend (while I do more important things, like laundry). I try to switch up the genres every week, and this week our theme is: Young Adult>Science Fiction>Aliens!

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