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Fallen Crest High (Fallen Crest #1), by Tijan

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Mason and Logan Kade are two brothers who did their own thing. They were rich and expected to attend her school, Fallen Crest Academy. They chose public school and now Samantha has to live with them. The problem is that she doesn’t care at all: about them, about her friends, about her cheating boyfriend, or even about her parent’s divorce. But maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe change is a good thing.
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I know a lot of people are raving about how great this book (and the series) is and I really thought I would like this book. But it turns out it wasn’t that great for me after all.

Sam was really annoying. I get that her character doesn’t care about anything, but really, she was a little dull.

She’s barely nice to anyone, glares at everybody, and runs all the freaking time. Her life can be summed up by this: not eating, going to class, going home, glare at someone there, fight with her mother, go run until she can’t stand on her feet anymore. And there you have it.

“I run to run.”

And even though she barely talks to anyone, she still, for some reason, attracts the attention of her two new step brothers, Mason and Logan.

Logan but mainly Mason were the only reasons I kept on reading. The author teases you with very small and very far between moments where Sam and Mason start making eyes at each other, and I’ll give it to her, it worked with me because that’s why I kept reading when I was getting bored.

“In that moment, I realized that he always had that affect on me. The ice façade I reined over myself was plucked away whenever his attention was on me. He reached over and took it away like I was a baby with candy.”

And then something really happens between them, and I ended up kind of disappointed. The sex wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. So yeah of course it’s good for both of them, but when I read it, it really didn’t do anything for me. At all.

So, to make a long story short, this was a bust for me even though the plot was promising. I know a lot of people liked this book, but to me it missed something to make it good. Maybe I’ll give this book another chance in some time, but I don’t really feel like it right now.

It’s really too bad because I really wanted to know and read more about Mason but I don’t think I can stand Sam’s voice anymore right now. I just couldn’t connect with this book even though I wanted and tried to.

Opal (Lux #3), by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opal

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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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 OH. MY.GOSH!!!!!! Is she serious with this ending?!?! How can you write an ending like this one and not want to make your readers go crazy? I was told Opal ended on a cliffhanger but boy, this was the mother of all cliffhangers! I’m serious people, when you read this book, prepare yourself for some serious mind fuck! I might have screamed at the end. I could not believe this was really happening. And my emotions were all over the freaking place! Man, this book was intense!

A lot of things happen in this book. It might seem like something obvious but it’s hard to tell about this book as the story goes because with each chapter, we get deeper and deeper into the story and there is always new stuff happening and new secrets and at some point, unless I start giving spoilers about the story, well I’ll have to cut it on the details.

“I have the feeling we just made a deal with the devil, and he’s going to come back and want our first-born child or something.”
Daemon waggled his brows. “You want kids? Because you know, practice makes–”
“Shut up.” I shook my head and started walking.”

But this serie is awesome and the plot is getting better an better as you read it. Opal felt a little bit like Onyx when it comes to the atmosphere of the story. It as the same darker vide. Daemon and Katy have to do things they really don’t want to do in order to help someone, they have to put their trust in people who betrayed them before and a whole lot of other stuff that kept me one the edge of my seat for a good part of the book. I would have gone crazy had I been in their shoes!

“You really shouldn’t trust a soul in this game. Not when everyone has something to gain or lose.”

You know that nasty nasty feeling that you have when you read a book, and you know what’s about to happen is super important and you root for the characters, wishing they didn’t have to go through what they are about to do, that everything is going to be alright, and all the while, your heart won’t stop beating like crazy and you have this nagging voice in your head screaming at you that you are just fooling yourself and that shit is about to hit the fan real hard? Well, that what will happen when you’ll get at to the end of Opal. I was biting my nails off I was so stressed!

“He…he kisses like he’s dying of thirst, and I’m water.” I smacked my hands over my hot face. “I can’t believe I just said that out loud.”
Lesa giggled. “Sounds like one of those romance books you read.”
“It does.” I started giggling. “But, oh Lordie Lord, it’s true. I’m like a puddle of mush when he kisses me. It’s embarrassing. I’m so, like, ‘Thank you, can I have another?’ Sad.”

But thank God, we had time to enjoy Daemon and Katy too. It was so good to see them together. I love their relationship and Daemon is getting better and better with every book. For all the shit he gave Katy in Obsidian, he certainly makes up for it now. Their relationship, even though very intense with all the plotting and fighting for their lives and everything, is very sweet and often hilarious, mainly because of Daemon and his oversized ego we can’t help but love. The two made me laugh a lot once again and it was a good thing with all the serious stuff that happen in this book.

“Infuriated, I scrambled over him, even more furious when I saw the humored glint in his eyes. “God you tick me off.”
“Well at least I got you–“
“Don’t even finish that statement!”

One thing that broke my heart though was what happens to Dee and Katy’s friendship after what happened in Onyx. It became even hard to read some of the scenes in the book because I loved Dee and Katy’s relationship and in Opal, their friendship is really strained. And even though we get why things have become that way, it was still hard to read those moments.

And one thing is for sure, if you didn’t like Blake before, Opal will make you hate him. I was so on team Daemon and I very much enjoyed Daemon’s antics about Blake. Oh how I wanted to hit his face. I don’t really get why no one actually did, every chance they got but that’s just details. But seriously, some of the things he did in this book, they creeped me out on an epic level. I was actually scrunching my face in disgust as I read. I almost took a shower and I don’t get how Katy didn’t when she found out! But I’m sure Blake has something coming his way. He cannot go on living without something major happening to him after all the shit he has done.

“Dawson shifted, dropping his head into his hand. “Do you ever stop talking?”
“When I’m sleeping,” Blake replied.
“And when you’re dead,” Daemon threw back. “You’ll stop talking when you’re dead.”
Blake’s lips thinned. “Point taken.”

I’ll keep it short for this one because my mind is a little all over the place right now and I need to start Origin ASAP if I don’t want to go crazy after an ending like the one I just read! And you’ll get why with this quote:

“I love you, Katy. Always have. Always will,” he said, voice thick and hoarse with panic. “I will come back for you. I will-” The emergency doors sealed shut with a soft thud. “I love you,” I said, but Daemon…Daemon was gone.”

Onyx (Lux #2), by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx

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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 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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“Resistance is futile, Kitten.” 
“So is your charm.” 
“We’ll see.”

I think I’m officially in love with this serie. I think I said it before, but I’ll say it again, Jennifer L. Armentrout is a very talented writer and she did an amazing job with the Lux serie. I had a blast reading Obsidian and have been “binge reading” on this serie since I started it.

In Onyx, we are once again sucked into the lives of Katy and her hot albeit slightly infuriating alien neighbors, Daemon, and things get tricky for them as the story goes. Onyx is a little darker than Obsidian was but just as good. We find again all the things that made Obsidian so good and top it of with a lot of suspense and revelations that suck you even deeper into the universe of Lux.

“Kat tipped her head back, meeting my stare. Her throat worked on her next words. “I think I might love you.”
Air punched out of my lungs. I held her tight, and I knew right then I would burn down the whole universe for her if I had to. I would do anything to keep her safe. Kill. Heal. Die. Anything. Because she was my everything.”

With this book, as we go deeper into Daemon and Katy’s relationship, we also go deeper into the mysteries surrounding the Luxen and their enemies. In Obsidian, we got to know about the Arum, which subsequently led to Daemon healing Katy and unknowingly linking them together. Well in this book we get more acquainted with the DOD (Department of Defense) and in a way, they are worse than the Arum when it comes to Daemon, his family and Katy’s future. And if the DOD wasn’t enough of a problem, add to that the knew guy at school who might not be as innocent as he seems to be. This book was sort of a wake up call for Katy. She goes through a lot of changes and little by little realizes that the life she knew, and the Katy she is, will have to change in order for her to survive.

“That’s the funny thing about trying to escape. You never really can. Maybe temporarily, but not completely.”

I though Katy was very brave in this book considering everything that has and is happening to her. But as she tries to keep up with everything that changes, she makes mistakes and things get a little nasty. I thought, once again, that everything that happens in this book was very believable. As things happen and revelations are made, I felt like the ground was vanishing under my feet and I was way in over my head. You really feel like you can’t really trust anyone anymore (except Daemon and the character’s already present in book #1) and as Katy makes mistakes and learns the truth about some people, your heart breaks for her, and you have this feeling that you have to second guess everything and everyone that comes near you.

I also loved that we get to know a little bit more about Daemon’s brother and what happened to him and his girlfriend. In Onyx, thanks to what Daemon did to Katy and other things, we get to know more about what really happened to Dawson and Beth and as a consequence, we get even deeper into the story.

“I always liked you. From the moment you first flipped me off.”

“Oh, I still want to strangle you. But I’m insane. You’re crazy. Maybe that’s why. We just make crazy together.”

But even though Onyx is darker than Obsidian was, the book still has this “light” and funny/sweet quality to it because of Katy and Daemon’s relationship. Oh and how I loved how things go between them! The sexual tension that was present in Obsidian is just as present in Onyx. And so is the witty banter between Daemon and Katy. I loved that this aspect of their relationship stayed in this book too because God know I love it! And I love Katy’s voice in the book. She is still this book obsessed girl and I loved all the things she said about book lover that only book lovers can relate to, such as “Dogeared pages were Antichrist of book lovers everywhere.” or “Your mail could’ve waited.” Daemon followed me into the kitchen. “What is it? Just books?” Grabbing the OJ from the fridge, I sighed. People who didn’t heart books didn’t understand.“. And I mean, how can you not love her when her vocab includes words such as “craptastic” and “dickdom” and the likes. Even if I bit my nails through half the book, I was laughing and swooning throughout the other half because of Katy and Daemon!

Daemon appeared in front of me, eyes narrowed. He thumped his hand off his chest, directly above his heart. “Because I know what I feel in here. And I’m not the type of person to run from anything, no matter how hard it is. I’d rather face-plant against a brick wall than live for the rest of my life wondering what could’ve been. And you know what? I don’t think you were the type to run either. Maybe I was wrong”

In Obsidian, Daemon was a very prickly characters even though we know that under all those thorns he’s a softie at heart. Well, in Onyx, we get to see more of his soft side and I, for one, wished to be in Katy’s shoes to have the pleasure to have him “put the move” on me. I loved seeing the two of them banter and argue during this book. Daemon is still arrogant and sure of himself, he’s also a big flirt but he’s also very sweet with Katy even though they still get on each other’s nerves. Daemon was relentless in his pursuit of Katy and  I loved him for it. Between the treats he gets her (the cookie scene still makes me giggle like crazy), the encounters in the school library and all the times he was just being himself with her and let her see who he really is, I think I swooned for half the book. I’m not sure Daemon could do any wrong in my book at this point.

“Cookie?” he offered, holding a cookie full of chocolate chips.
Upset tummy or not, there was no way I could refuse that. “Sure.”
His lips tipped up one side and he leaned toward me, his mouth inches from mine. “Come and get it.”
Come and get…? Daemon placed half the cookie between those full, totally kissable lips.
Oh, holy alien babies everywhere…”

Katy I loved just as much as in Obsidian, even though I wanted her to cave and admit to herself and Daemon that she has feelings for him. Now, I get why she made it difficult for him. One second he seems to not be able to stand her and the next, the two of them are “physically” linked to each other and he’s all “let’s be together now”. So I get that even though she obviously wants it, she’s not really thrilled to have him offer her to be in a relationship the moment they are connected to each other. So the fact that Daemon is a relentless bugger was a good thing here and I loved that he made good on his promise to not give up on her, even when Katy had her head up her bum.

“If there is anything, there is us. You and me. No one else.”

When you read this book, you know that what Daemon and Katy have is something strong and sincere and you know that things are going to be intense between them but also that their relationship will be their compass in the mess that in coming their way.

“Say it.”
“Say what?”
“Tell me what you told me earlier.”
“I love you.”
“That’s all I ever need to hear.”
“Those three words?”
“Always those three words.”

I really enjoyed Onyx. It was a great sequel to Obsidian, full of mysteries, lies, revelations, suspense, grief too, but also full of funny, sweet and heart warming moments. I can’t wait to start Opal now and et even deeper into Daemon and Katy’s world.

“What are we going to do kitten?”
My toes curled at the deep octave of his voice. “I don’t know.”
“I have a few ideas.”
I cracked a grin. “I’m sure you do.”
“Wanna hear about them? Although, I’m much better at the show part rather than the tell.”
“Somehow, I believe you.”
“If you didn’t, I could always give you a teaser.” He paused, and I could hear the smile in his voice. “You bookish people love teasers, don’t you?”

Obsidian (Lux #1), by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian

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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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Thanks to a new friend on Goodreads, this week I found out about a new to me YA serie and I am loving it so far.

I had seen the cover of Obsidian around on the website but had never really paid attention before. I was very briefly into vampire stories due to Twilight and then dove into fallen angel stories that I much preferred, to finally leave behind the paranormal YA for contemporary romance. This year, I “relapsed” with Red Hill by Jamie McGuire and the Experiment In Terror serie by Karina Halle that I loved.

So when I was first told about the Lux serie, I wasn’t really in a hurry to start it because my paranormal phase was gone for a while now. And then, on a night when I was asking myself this existential question that all book lovers ask themselves at one point or another: “What can I read next?”

Long story short, I started Obsidian…..and a night later I finished it. Yeah, it was that good. I’ve read NA books by Jennifer L. Armentrout and loved them too and I was glad to find in Obsidian this little something that I loved so much in her writing while reading the Wait For You serie.

“Will you show me what you really look like? You don’t sparkle, do you?”

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure this book was going to be my thing. Like I said, I’m a little picky when it comes to my paranormal reading and besides weird creatures, fallen angels and zombies, there isn’t many other creatures I enjoy reading about. And I thought aliens weren’t going to be my thing. Boy I was wrong! I LOVE ALIENS!!! Well, I loved Daemon really. I honestly wasn’t expecting a YA book to have so much sexual tension in it, but I was soo glad to find it here between Daemon **swoon** and Katy.

“My palms itched to have a close encounter of the bitch-slap kind with his face.”

Speaking of, I loved her. She was a great character. She’s funny and she has some serious backbone, which is needed when you have a neighbor like Daemon. I liked that she never took shit from him and I loved the banter between them. Also, I could relate to Katy so easily! Not about the whole my-neighbors-are-aliens thing obviously, but the girl is a complete bookaholic and she writes reviews for her blog. I kid you not. I think it’s the first time I have such a crush on a heroine.

“Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.”

Katy and Daemon’s first conversation/encounter had me hooked and I was so eager to keep reading about them because I love this kind of dynamic between characters. So basically, I fell in love with the book and its characters from chapter one. The story in fast-paced, the dialogues are catchy and funny and the dynamic between the characters was just great. I laughed a lot and was giddy for no reason just reading the exchanges between Katy and Daemon but also because of the other characters.

“Oh, yeah.” Carissa nodded. “They were googley-eyed in class on Friday. It was pretty steamy, the whole ‘I’m screwing you with my eyes’ thing they had going on.” I choked on my drink.“That was not what we were doing. We were talking!”

There is nothing huge that happens in this book in terms of action, even though there is plenty of it for my taste, but the humor, the banter, the characters, the engaging storyline and just the fact that our supernatural creatures are aliens made this book stand out and totally sucked me in and made me want for more the moment I finished the book. Oh and let’s not forget the unresolved sexual tension! This part was sooo gooooooood! **fan-self**. Also, I liked that the book kept this light quality to it even though it hinted at more mystery to come.

“Aliens—if they exist—are little green men with big eyes and spindly arms or…or giant insects or something like a lumpy little creature.” Daemon let out a loud laugh. “ET?”
“Yes! Like ET, asshole. I’m so glad you find this funny.”

I also liked that the story felt like it was really anchored into reality. There was never a moment when I rolled my eyes at the paranormal stuff happening. Nothing over the top or anything, which is usually what I fear when I read this genre. And I loved that the end had a twist that most paranormal storyline like this one don’t have. It was refreshing, kept things original and made me want to jump on the next book in the serie to know what was coming next.

“Holy Hawt Chemistry, Batman!”

Now, Daemon. Man I love that bad boy! I know he’s arrogant and infuriating and a jerk on more than one occasion but you just know that he’s really a sweet guy…well, maybe not sweet but he has his soft spots even though we only get to see little glimpses of this part of him here and there. And he was such a badass too! And how I LOVED reading his POV scenes at the end! Gosh that made me feel all fuzzy inside! You just know he’s a good guy with a big heart even though he’s infuriating very often throughout the book. 

“Daemon stilled above me. ‘I won’t hurt you, Kat.’ His tone was softer, but still laced with fury as he tried to control me without doing any real damage. ‘I could never hurt you.”

And I’ll say it again, I loved that Katy didn’t put up with his BS even with the crazy chemistry between them. And I just loved how he got under her skin and she just couldn’t help but get in his face every time. And she was a badass too in her reactions to him and what he did and she stood up to him every time too. She really never annoyed me in this book by her reactions or anything else. She was just great and I loved her just as much as Daemon.

“Why are you such an ass?” The words came out before I could think twice.
“Everyone has to excel at something, right?”
“Well, you’re doing a great job.”

And one thing I really liked about this book and how it ended was the fact that by the end, Katy and Daemon weren’t a “real” couple. They aren’t together romantically in this book even by the end and I loved that about the book. Daemon and Katy don’t have an easy relationship at all on many levels. Daemon’s kind isn’t supposed to mingle with humans and Daemon especially isn’t really a fan of the idea. Katy is a liability to him and his family…..well to his kind too. And then there is the way he is around Katy for all those reasons, which, even with the crazy chemistry they have would put a damper on any possible relationship. But things just happen in such a way that they keep having to deal with a number of things together and by the end, even though they are not together together, you still feel a connection between them. I’m actually really glad that the first book finished on that note because I’m not sure it would have felt right otherwise and I don’t think I would have liked it. I loved that the book ended this way.

I am already halfway through Onyx, the second book in the Lux serie and I think I’ll keep reading ’til I reach the end of it.

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Earlier I was telling you about some extra scenes written from Daemon’s POV. The whole book is written from Katy’s POV so we really have no clue what Daemon really thinks in certain scenes (even though we have our own suspicions), so I’m sure you’ll be as curious as I am and won’t be able to resist getting a glimpse of what’s going on inside Daemon’s head! So here’s for you my Lovelies:

Daemon’s POV – Homecoming Dance

Daemon’s POV – Laptop Scene

Falling Into Us (Falling #2), by Jasinda Wilder

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THE STORY YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW…

When Kyle Calloway died, he took a part of Nell with him. She wasn’t the only one left to pick up the pieces, however; Kyle’s death left a gaping hole in the hearts and lives of his parents and his older brother Colton, and ultimately broke the will of the girl he loved.

THE STORY YOU NEVER IMAGINED…

Becca de Rosa is Nell’s best friend. When Kyle died, Nell was so devastated that no one could reach her, not even her best friend Becca. As she tries to help Nell through her grief, Becca’s own life is thrust into turmoil, and everything she knows is changed.

Jason Dorsey asked Nell out the week after her sixteenth birthday, but that date never happened. Instead, he ended up going out with Nell’s best friend, Becca. He had no way of knowing, then, how that one date would send him on a life-long journey with Becca. He had no way of knowing the tragedies and triumphs he would experience, or that in Becca, he might find the love of a lifetime.

THE HEARTACHE YOU’LL NEVER FORGET…

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Wow! She did it again. Jasinda blew my mind again with her story.

I’m actually a little mad at myself for not reading this book when I first got it. It’s been sitting on my bookshelf since this summer, and I have no clue as to why I didn’t read it sooner.

After reading Falling Into You, I was sooo stoked to know there was a second book! But then, I loved Nell, Kyle and Colton’s story so much, I think I might have been scared in a way to read more about them and not be as satisfied as I was with them by the end of book #1. Also, my heart had been put through the wringer with that first book and I was kind of worried book #2 would do the same. So I guess I have an answer as to why I didn’t start it right away. Also when I started Falling Into Us, I was a bit confused to read from Jason’s point of view back when Kyle and Nell were in high school (you see, I hadn’t read the blurb before buying the book). It’s only when I was halfway through chapter one that I read the blurb and found out that this book was about Becca (Nell’s best friend) and Jason (Kyle’s best friend). I know, I’m a dumb-ass sometimes.

This story is so beautiful and yet so tragic. I mean, Jasinda did a number on me with this book. Again. My heart was put through the wringer. Again. It swelled, and then it broke, then it shattered and it was eventually put back together. The least I can say about this book is that it’ll make you feel a lot. I think I went through the whole scale of emotions.

“If you feel yourself falling, let it happen. I swear to you I’ll catch you.” 

I loved loved loved this book. In a way, this book isn’t your usual romance novel. What you usually get are characters dealing with problems inside their relationship. Some readers might be a bit disappointed with that but I wasn’t. This book doesn’t deal with the problems inside a relationship but with the problems outside of it, and the relationship is the safe harbor full of love, security and tenderness that two people find in each other. So instead of growing apart, their love for each other grow stronger. I loved that about this book.

“Promise me you’ll love me forever. No matter what”
“I can’t promise you forever, Back. I can’t promise you forever, because that’s not long enough”

So like I said, this book is about Jason, who we were introduced to in Falling Into You when he asked Nell out on a date. By doing that, he makes Nell and Kyle finally get together. So Jason finds himself without a date. That’s when Nell suggests he asks her best friend Becca, who’s had a crush on Jason since 4th grade, on a date. And even though Becca is not thrilled to be the second best for the date, she goes out with him anyway. And from there, their relationship blossoms and keeps on growing.

“I’m funny all the time. You just never knew until now.”

And so, in Falling Into Us, we follow Jason and Becca’s story throughout their life together. The book deals with Kyle’s death, it’s effects on Becca and Jason. It also deals with Becca witnessing Nell lose herself to grief and pain, and not being able to help her because Nell doesn’t want to be helped. This part really moved me. I felt so much for Nell because I knew where she came from with Falling Into You but also for Becca for feeling helpless and unable to do anything to help someone she loves. We are also introduced to some new characters that have a huge impact on Becca and Jason’s lives such as Ben, Becca’s brother, her parents as well and Jason’s abusive father.

“The only way past the pain is through it. Pain, grief, anger, misery…they don’t go away–they just increase and compound and get worse. You have to live through them, acknowledge them. You have to give your pain its due.” 

Jason and Becca’s relationship and love was sooo strong. I loved that they always found peace, strength and love in each other instead of growing apart because of what life puts them through. It doesn’t mean that everything in their relationship is easy. They have their ups and downs like any other couple. But they are just so strong and secure in their relationship. They’re probably the strongest book couple I’ve read about ever. And I loved that they stuck together no matter what, even when one of them got lost. They go through everything together and are each other’s first everything as well. First kiss, first love, first time and the whole thing was just so sweet.

I loved Becca. She was amazing. She suffers from a stutter that she finds very embarrassing but that I personally, and everybody else it seems, found very cute. She is super smart, but shy and insecure about herself because of her stutter but also her body. I loved seeing her grow from a shy, insecure girl into a confident, strong, giving, beautiful woman because and with Jason.

“That’s me
The silent girl
The stutterer
The prisoner
The smart girl
The valedictorian scribbling maledictions to no one” 

And talking about Jason, I love this man!!!!! He was perfection made man….fictional man. Well you get my point. Seriously, he never did anything wrong once in this book. He has his demons and everything, but he always did good by Becca, always put her first in everything, financially, emotionally, physically, sexually. His love for her was so fierce and beautiful and true. He protects her, looks after her, cares for her. He was perfect for her and he loved Becca with all his being. I wish their were more men like Jason Dorsey out there.

“My motivation in life was to be a good enough man for her, worthy of her awesomeness.” 

Even though this book is incredibly sweet it is also an emotional roller-coaster. There is a lot of deaths, grief and trauma. The characters aren’t spared anything. And throughout all the heartache, Becca and Jason are there for each other, supporting each other.

“It was the only time Dad was anything like helpful. He told me you have to forget what they look like. Otherwise, you can’t learn to live without them. Forgetting is your brain’s way of telling you it’s time to try and move on. Not forget who they were, just…keep living.” 

And in between all the heartache, tragedy and sweetness, there’s the sex. If you’ve read Falling Into You or any other book by Jasinda, then you know that she is also amazing when it comes to writing toe-curling, fan-yourself sex scenes. And let’s just say that when Becca and Jason get together, things get hot very quickly. I might even have blushed a little. Which is not something I do often. And the non-sex scenes were just as good. Keep an eye out for the scene in Jason’s truck after the winter formal. It was naive and sweet yet unbelievably hot. And as they grow up and grow in their relationship, they become more familiar with each other and start to explore, the sex gets better and better. More adventurous, exciting and daring.

“I just… I always want more of you. I feel greedy, in a way. I just want to kiss you more, and touch you more. Like you said, it’s dangerous. I feel like you’re a drug, and I’m getting addicted to you.” 

And there was a nice change in this book. For once, our heroine is the one in charge in the bedroom. That is not something that is usually my thing. I like my hero to be in charge. I love all the controlling, dominant sex-hungry alpha-male book boyfriends I read about. But it was nice to read about a girl who liked to take charge and a hero that would let her do just that and still be very very sexy. It was a nice change to read about Jason and Becca that way. I loved that his love for her was so strong, that he let her take the lead, take what she wants from him and not idly wait for him to give it to her and that he liked it. And it never made him less of a man or less attractive, quite the opposite actually. Jason is just so strong, physically and emotionally and he is so secure in his sexuality, himself and his relationship that it never felt off, or not sexy. It simply worked. He gave her so much and she gave just as much. Jason was just so manly and yet tender. I can’t find the right way to say what I want to describe this part of their relationship (which is very frustrating) but I think you get the picture. It was simply very, very hot.

“I’m thoroughly addicted to you, Becca. If I don’t get a regular fix of your body, I might go into withdrawal.”

Jasinda is wonderful when it comes to writing stories that are emotional and heart warming and yet so very hot and emotionally deep. She is such a wonderful and so talented writer. I force feed her books to everyone around me and have already offered her books to three different persons because I was so stoked about them. She just makes you feel SO. MUCH. Like I said, I went through the whole emotional scale: sad, happy, distraught, heartbroken, desperate, excited, turned on…

If you’re worried about Nell and Colt’s lack of presence in the book, don’t be. Yes the book is about Becca and Jason, but their story follows the same timeline as Falling Into You and it deals with a lot of the same things. But it doesn’t stop where book #1 did and so we can see more of Nell and Colt’s story and some of the scenes will melt your heart even more. The last two chapters of the book were wonderful and so satisfying. I loved reading more about Nell and Colt from Becca and Jason’s POV but even though I loved Nell and Colt’s story, I was very content with the story as it was and didn’t need them as much as I though I would.

“Here’s the deal, though. Real men watch girly shit with their wives, and they don’t bitch about it. Because you know what? When you’re done watching that girly shit, your woman is happy. And what do happy women do? They take you to bed and bang your brains out.”

And once again, this book is full of music and poetry. I love it when authors include music and a soundtrack to their book. It just gives it a little something more and it really intensifies the story. In a way, it makes you be more engaged in the story. I loved Becca’s poetry and Nell and Colt’s music. I listened to each song given in the book and they fit perfectly the story.

“Being in love is scary
So much like falling
A frightening descent into
Beautiful madness
Yes, you and we
We’re 
Falling into Us
And I don’t dare stop the fall
Because I need it far too much”

Jasinda is one of those authors you trust blindly. Whenever they publish a book, you know you’re going to read it, without even looking at the blurb, the cover, the comments, etc….She’s that good. I mean, that’s pretty much what I did with this book, so I guess it’s proof enough. Now I’m off to Falling Under! Hi hi!

Finale (Hush, Hush #4), by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Will love conquer all?

Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank’s absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels – destroying Patch.

Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.

But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.

As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.

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Like I said before, this serie and the story each book tells are a bit of a roller coaster.

I had a huge high while reading Hush, Hush. Then it went a bit downward with Crescendo that I found very dark and where Nora was a bit of a pain. The serie picked up again with Silence where I was able to reconcile with the Nora from book 1. And then there was Finale. And even though it is the continuity of the story started in Hush, Hush, this book was very different from the rest of the serie. Not necessarily in a bad way, but still very different.

Nora was very different in this book from the Nora we’ve come to know since book 1. As a matter of fact, the problems she had before don’t seem so big compared to what she has to deal with in Finale.

“I personally believe Patch scared the pants off normal, and it took off running for the far side of the world. (…) I wouldn’t know normal if it marched up and poked me in the eye.” 

This book we start in the thick of the story. Hank is gone, Nora is in charge of his army, has to lead it to war against the fallen angels and cannot go back on her promise since if she does, she will die as well as her mother and let’s not forget that now that she is a Nephilim, she basically is archenemy with her boyfriend Patch who is a fallen angel. Yeah, it’s a lot to take in. And Nora is out of her depth, which is what everybody think in her army. If you though Hank was a problem, you have seen nothing yet.

“I have no intention of letting you go easily, something to keep in mind. I don’t care if it’s another man, your mother, or the powers of hell trying to pry us apart, I’m not easing up and I’m not saying good-bye.” 

I found her character very brave and mature in this book even though she is not at all the Nora we know. Even though I had no problem with her change of personality while reading (it fit her character somehow), now that I think of it, it was a little too much of an evolution. So okay, she isn’t “human” anymore, has new crazy abilities that make her a new and improved version of herself, etc, the fact remains that in this book, Nora is quite the badass. She handles fights like never before without much help, all of a sudden she takes charge and decides what her and Patch need to do (when usually it’s the other way around), etc. 

One thing that annoyed me is that once again, she started to keep secrets from Patch,  and she made a lot of bad decisions without ever telling him about the mess she got herself into when they are supposed to be a team. I felt like that in book 2 and it was something that irritated me. A lot. And it did again here, even though you know things will get better.

I really liked the unraveling of the story. I usually do in Becca Fitzpatrick’s books. You never really know what is going to happen next and you are always surprised. This is something I appreciate a lot about her writing. Whatever guess you make while reading, you cannot possibly figure out what is going to happen in the end. And once again, the plot gets thicker and thicker as you read. In book three, most of the questions you have about the story get answered and in a way, a new plot starts in Finale.

It is a very emotional read and it will wreck havoc your nerves. I felt drained by the end of the book, like physically exhausted. I was so tense while reading and at some point, I felt like Nora and Patch’s cause was hopeless. It really feels like the ground is falling under their feet sometimes. But it is what keeps you turning the page. Once again, I was grabbed by the story from the start and even though I had to take a nap after reading this book, I loved every minute it. Even the parts where Nora was being stupid.

“If I could make this go away, I would. If I could stand in your place, I wouldn’t hesitate. But I’m left with one choice, and that’s to stand by your side through the end. I won’t waver, Angel, I can promise you that.”

Nora and Patch’s relationship is at it’s strongest in this book. Yes, she keeps some things secret from him and doubts him at times but she is not really herself when she does. Patch is very dedicated to her and will stop at nothing to protect her. I really liked the ending of their story. I would have liked to see more of Patch in this book though. I know it was focused on Nora but Patch has always been my favorite character of the serie. Still, my pulse raced more than once when he was involved and he still made me smile. 

“I want to wake up with you every morning and fall asleep beside you each night,” Patch told me gravely. “I want to take care of you, cherish you, and love you in a way no other man ever could. I want to spoil you — every kiss, every touch, every thought, they all belong to you. I’ll make you happy. Every day, I’ll make you happy.” 

“Every time you strip my sword, I owe you a kiss. How’s that sound?” I bit my lip to keep from giggling. “That sounds really dirty.” Patch waggled his brows. “Look whose mind just rolled into the gutter.”

There are a lot of unexpected revelations in this book about many characters (Vee, Detective Basso, etc) and at some point I just couldn’t believe the stuff that happened to some of them. I wish we had more of Vee in this last book since she has been there all along and really steps up in this book. I felt heartbroken because of some of the stuff she goes through. But the epilogue treats her well. 

We meet new characters as well (Dante, fallen angels and archangels) and we get to see some old ones such as Scott, who I felt deeply for in this book. He really stood out and I came to really love his character, in this book especially. Dabria makes some annoying appearances again as well as Marcie who well stays true to herself.

I would have liked a little more romance in this book but then it didn’t bother me that much either because the rest of the plot was pretty full in itself and had a healthy dose of twists. And even though the romance was lighter in this book, it was still a deeply emotional story that made me go though the all the level of the emotion scale. I felt sad, happy, betrayed, scared, devastated, relived, shocked, etc…

 “Kiss me in a way I’ll never forget. Kiss me in a way that will stay with me until see you again” 

All in all, even though Hush, Hush stays my favorite book of the serie, I think Finale was a great book and was a nice conclusion to the story. Becca Fitzpatrick is a remarkable author who is able to pull you into her world with the snap of a finger. I really enjoyed reading her story even though my reading style has changed throughout the serie. I would recommend her books to any YA paranormal romance lovers out there. 

This is the end of a good story in which I met nice characters that I enjoyed following and reading about. I’m a little sad that the serie is over because it is part of my past but I think this book was a good end to the serie and I don’t feel like another book was needed.

“You broke my suffering. You’ve given me a new eternity. Be my girl, Nora. Be my everything.” 

“I loved him in a way I’d never be able to express in words. He was part of me. And I was part of him. Tethered together for the rest of eternity.” 

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Silence (Hush, Hush #3), by Becca Fitzpatrick

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WHEN SILENCE IS ALL THAT’S LEFT, CAN THE TRUTH FINALLY BE HEARD?

Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

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I had a much better overall feeling after reading Silence.

At the end of Crescendo, I felt a little frustrated with the book even though I liked it and really liked the final twist. Silence made me fall in love again with the serie. I was able to find the Nora from book 1 and what happens in this book was completely unexpected.

“I need to brush my teeth. And I need a shower.”
He grinned, hopping off the bike. “Now that is an invitation.”

What I liked with this book was that the story picks up speed from the start. It grabs you and never let’s go until the end. I really wasn’t expecting a start like the one at the beginning of Silence, and needless to say, I was hooked. 

“Since we’re keeping it primal, you smell good,” he observed.

“It’s called a shower…,” I began automatically, then trailed off. My memory snagged, taken aback by a compelling and forceful sense of undue familiarity. “Soap, shampoo, hot water,” I added, almost as an afterthought.

“Naked. I know the drill,” Jev said, something unreadable passing over his eyes.” 

Nora in this book is a lot more likable than she was in Crescendo. Then was very insecure about a lot of stuff, very jealous, made tones of bad choices and almost never learned from her mistakes. In this book, she is more mature, courageous and I really was able to see the Nora from Hush, Hush again and was happy to follow her story. 

What I was also very happy about with this book was Patch. He was a lot more present in book 3 compared to Crescendo and I was able to fall in love with him all over again in Silence. The fact that Nora doesn’t remember the past five months of her life gives her relationship with Patch sort of a “new start” and so, we have once more some of Patch and Nora’s antics and banter from book 1, which I very much liked. Patch character is once again quite perfect. He’s really one of the few characters that never disappoint me in this serie.

“Fine! I’ll throw on some clothes. Turn around. I’m in my pj’s”
“I’m a guy. That’s like asking a kid not to glance at the candy counter.” 

This book really had everything I liked about this serie and I happily dived in it. The book is never slow and you go from one surprise to the other, to one revelation to the next and the ending doesn’t disappoint either. I know it left me begging to know what was coming next. 

“Hate to disappoint, but no feathers. I came to Earth stripped naked.” 

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