Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Posted 18 April, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 4 Comments
Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Check out my review of Divergent (Divergent #1) Favorite Quote(s): “’We’re all right, you know,’ he says quietly. ‘You and me. Okay?’ My chest aches, and I nod. ‘Nothing else is all right.’ His whisper tickles my cheek. ‘But we are.’” “Like a wild animal, the truth is too powerful to remain caged.” Favorite Character: Tobias. He’s cute and brave and he loves Tris. First Line: “I wake with his name in my mouth.” My Musings: Insurgent was one of my top reads this year so far. Roth blew me away with Divergent. However, this novel blasted me off of the planet. Roth’s writing is brilliant. It’s unique, descriptive, and captivate. The plot over the course of this novel was astounding. There were so many twists and turns, I’m surprised that I had the ability to keep up with them. There were absolutely no dull spots within this novel. There was always something happening, and that is something that is somewhat rare in YA writing. I loved the dystopian world that Roth continued to evolve. The world where people are split into factions–but that system has begun to go downhill. This made for a world full of adventure, and oh how much adventure there was! The characters, like the previous book, were very well developed. We got more insight into the world of Tris and Four. Tris continues to become […]


Review: Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted 25 February, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment
Review: Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Check out my review of Half-Blood (Covenant #1) Check out my review of Pure (Covenant #2) Check out my review of Deity (Covenant #3) Favorite Quote(s): “Love is such a wild and reckless creature. It cannot be planned or threaded. It cannot be controlled. Love can coexist with Fate, or it can undo it. Love is the only thing more powerful than Fate.” Favorite Character: Aiden. He’s so sweet! First Line: “Alex clenched the titanium bars honed by Hephaestus and Apollo, amber-colored eyes burning with hate.” My Musings: I loved seeing what’s happening to Alex from Aiden’s POV. Aiden sincerely loves Alex and wants what’s best for her. He’s willing to make sacrifices he knows she will never forgive him for. He’s willing to see her in a cage. He’s willing to have she talk crap to him about how he’s not important to her. He’s willing to do anything for her. It’s amazing determination that he possesses. It’s true love that he feels for her. That much is evident through every part of this novella. Everything he does, everything he says, all goes back to Alex. “Alex, you have to be in there. I know you. My heart would not be beating if you were truly gone.” “I swore to you that I wouldn’t let that happen, and I know I’ve failed you, but I’m not going to just […]


Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted 20 December, 2012 by Gabbie in Review / 2 Comments
Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Check out my review of Shadows (Lux #0.5) Check out my review of Obsidian (Lux #1) Check out my review of Onyx (Lux #2) Favorite Quote(s): “‘I love you, Katy. Always have. Always will.’” “’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.’” “’You haven’t been smiling much. I missed it, so I decided to reward you for doing it.’  ‘Reward me?’ I laughed. ‘God, only you would think kissing someone is a reward.’  ‘You know it is. My lips change lives, baby.’” Favorite Character: Daemon. You will see why in the following rant-like musings! First Line: “I wasn’t sure what woke me.” My Musings: Oh..oh my god. Ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod. My hands are shaking so badly right now I can barely type this up. This book…it changed my life. No lies. I just…there aren’t words to explain it. That ending…ohmygod. I can’t…I can’t believe that…what happened…that cliffhanger…I need Origin right now. Or I will spontaneously combust. Jennifer has done it again…except this one tops them all. I’m […]


Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted 11 October, 2012 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment
Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Check out my review of Shadows (Lux #0.5) Check out my review of Obsidian (Lux #1) Favorite Quote(s): There are just too many! “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?” “‘Oh, I still want to strangle you. But i’m insane. You’re crazy. Maybe that’s why. We just make crazy together.’” “‘You didn’t come straight home after school.’ Annoyance colored his tone. Like he was my own screwed-up, super-hot version of the Secret Service and I’d managed to evade him.” Favorite Character: Daemon. Need I explain? First Line: “Ten seconds passed between when Daemon Black took his seat and when he poked me under the shoulder blade with his trusty pen.” My Musings: I’ve been trying to write this review for a few hours now, thinking about all that i’d say, and how to put my thoughts into words; I finally figured out that it is impossible–no words can describe how amazing this book was. I had high expectations […]


Mini-Review: First Frost by Jennifer Estep

Posted 3 October, 2012 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment
Mini-Review: First Frost by Jennifer Estep

Favorite Character: It’s really hard to say, because the characters aren’t very well developed in this prequel. See my review of Kiss of Frost for more information. First Line: “‘Can I borrow your hairbrush?’” My Musings: This prequel really didn’t do it for me. The only thing that it did was tell me things that I had already pieced together over the course of the actual series. Some things that I read, I had sworn were the exact same that I read in the actual novels. Henceforth, I didn’t gain much from it. The, typical to Estep, was great, but there really wasn’t much of a plot. It was more of an extra explanation. Overall, it is not a necessary read in order to understand the series in more depth, and if you’ve already read the series, you don’t need to worry about reading this prequel.  


Review: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted 6 August, 2012 by Gabbie in Review / 3 Comments
Review: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Favorite Quote(s): “The stuff was like a nuclear time bomb in a bottle. Toss it and watch it go boom.” “He screamed for the first time in his life, really let lose like a pansy, but damn, the Arum got him.” Favorite Character: Dawson. His sarcasm and wit reminded me severely of Daemon. And he looks identical. Who wouldn’t love him? First Line: “A shadow glided over the frozen hills, moving too quick to likely be cast by something of this Earth.” My Musings: Jennifer has done it again. She managed to completely captivate me and insert me into the tale of Bethany and Dawson. It was a refreshing as well as informative read–It gave us more insight into the working of the Luxen world, showed us the past of the triplets and why Daemon is the way that he is, and gave us a great story all in one! This novel started right in the middle of the action: we;re introduced to the leading man, Dawson, as he struggles against an Arum. This type of beginning immediately captures your interest. It’s page turning from the beginning. Also, I love Jennifer’s writing style. All of her books are written in a way that is relatable. The characters talk , like modern day teens, think like modern day teens, and act like modern day teens. The sarcasm apparent throughout this novel was hilarious. Dawson’s character especially. I […]


Review: Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted 22 July, 2012 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment
Review: Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Check out my review of Half-Blood (Covenant #1) Favorite Quote(s): “Seth threw me a mischievous grin. ‘I can’t have Marcus just walking in on us. What if I want to snuggle on these cold New York nights?’ My frown increased. ‘We don’t snuggle.’ He dropped his arm over my shoulder, and the scent of mint and something wild tickled my nose. ‘How about we cuddle?’ ‘We don’t do that either.’ ‘But you’re my cuddle bunny. My little Apollyon cuddle—’ I punched him in the side.” “’Ever since I’ve met you, I’ve wanted to break every rule.’ Aiden turned away, the muscles in his neck tensing. He sighed. ‘You’ll become the center of someone’s world one day. And he’ll be the luckiest son of a bitch on this earth.’” Favorite Character: Seth. Like in Half-Blood, his cocky and sarcastic persona reeled me in. I found myself wanting more of Seth, and less of everyone else. First Line: “I stared at the ceiling of the gymnasium, little black splotches dancing in front of me.” My Musings: This series just keeps getting better and better. This book was a very exciting read, and I didn’t want to put it down for even a minute. In this novel, we follow Alex at the Council Session, where she learns that there is someone out there who wants to kill her or put her in servitude before she […]


Review: Half-blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted 20 July, 2012 by Gabbie in Review / 4 Comments
Review: Half-blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Favorite Quote(s): “‘Alex, stop staring at me and do some cardio.’ He flipped another page. I blinked. ‘I hoppe that book of yours is on charm and personality skills.’” “Suddenly he bent at the waist and swooped in. He was so damn fast I didn’t even have a chance to jerk back, which by the way, is totally a natural reaction when the Apollyon comes at someone that quickly. He brushed his lips over my forehead, lingering only long enough I could be positive he’d placed a gentle kiss against my skin before straightening.” Favorite character: Seth. His annoying and sarcastic nature is very enduring, and it kept me wanting more Alex/Seth moments. First Line: “My eyes snapped open as the freakish sixth sense kicked my fight or flight response into overdrive.” My Musings: Jennifer L. Armentrout has done it again—this book had me completely hooked! I was so hooked on Obsidian, I just had to start this other series by Armentrout. It was absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to finish writing up this review so I can start the next book, Pure. Alexandria (who insists on being called Alex) is a half blood—a mix of human and god. Half bloods have two choices in life: become a Sentinel or Guard, or live of life of servitude under the compulsion of an Elixir, which basically leaves them an empty shell. Alex’s […]


Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted 15 July, 2012 by Gabbie in Review / 2 Comments
Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Check out my review of Shadows (Lux #0.5) Favorite Quote(s):  “My lips pressed into a hard line. ‘You’re such an ass. Has…anyone ever told you that?’ He flashed a genuinely amused smile. ‘Oh, Kitten, every single day of my blessed life.’” “‘We aren’t weak. And you’re on our planet. How about a little respect, buddy.’” Favorite Character: I’m going to have to go with Daemon as my favorite character. Although he was a total douchebag most of the book, he had this certain vulnerability that pulled you in. Like Katy, I totally fell for him by the second chapter. His sarcasm and teasing is witty and there were a lot of laugh aloud moments for me. There was never a dull moment with Daemon in the picture! First Line:  “I stared at the pile of boxes in my new bedroom, wishing the Internet had been hooked up.” My Musings: Oh gosh…This book absolutely blew me away. I’m pretty certain that it just bumped Sing me to Sleep out of its first place spot on my favorite books list. At first I had a few doubts about the book–who really wants to read about aliens? I have to say though, I am extremely glad that I bought this book. Armentrout’s idea of writing about aliens was brilliant–and the fact that Daemon was not hard on the eyes was a complete bonus! So, Katy has just […]