Opal — Jennifer L. Armentrout

3.5/5 stars
Goodreads summary: 
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 of. 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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The Spectacular Now — Tim Tharp

4/5 stars
Goodreads summary: SUTTER KEELY. HE’S the guy you want at your party. He’ll get everyone dancing. He’ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. Okay, so he’s not exactly a shining academic star. He has no plans for college and will probably end up folding men’s shirts for a living. But there are plenty of ladies in town, and with the help of Dean Martin and Seagram’s V.O., life’s pretty fabuloso, actually.

Until the morning he wakes up on a random front lawn, and he meets Aimee. Aimee’s clueless. Aimee is a social disaster. Aimee needs help, and it’s up to the Sutterman to show Aimee a splendiferous time and then let her go forth and prosper. But Aimee’s not like other girls, and before long he’s in way over his head. For the first time in his life, he has the power to make a difference in someone else’s life—or ruin it forever.

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(Re)reading

As of this typing, we are down to 7 days and 58 minutes to the release of Opal, the third book in the Lux trilogy by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

 

 

I’ve been rereading Onyx and Obsidian in preparation, plus taking finals, and thus I am putting Real Reviews of New Books on hold. I did just finish The Spectacular Now, which was pretty amazing and deserves more time for me to come up with a good, spoiler-free review than I currently have to give. Because of finals and work, I guess we’re looking at… Thursday?

So I am not a bad, neglectful blogger and reader, is the point of this post. And also that a really fantastic YA PNR is being released in a week and you should get excited about it. Shawn and Gus are!

Where She Went — Gayle Forman

4.5/5 stars
Goodreads summary: It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future-and each other.

Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I StayWhere She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

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Onyx — Jennifer Armentrout

4.5/5 stars
Goodreads summary: 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 the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are 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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Where You Are — Tammara Webber

2.5/5 stars
Goodreads summary: 
With her first Hollywood film released, Emma is pursuing her real dream – she wants to go to university and try to live a normal life. She’s put her fractured relationship with Reid behind her and she and Graham are relishing every romantic moment they manage to spend together. A long-distance relationship is an effort worth making for the right person.

But Reid is bored and he’s used to getting his own way so when his vengeful ex, Brooke, persuades him to join forces to break up Emma and Graham, he relishes the challenge. Will Graham and Emma’s tender love be strong enough to withstand the assault?

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