In My Mailbox Monday

In My Mailbox Monday

June 21-June 27th

Hi all! I recently read the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout and was inspired by her character, Katy, to start doing an “In My Mailbox” post! My goal is to post these on Mondays, with all the books I’ve collected (via online shopping, in person shopping, or Little Free Libraries) the previous week (Monday through Sunday). This is my first post and I am stoked to share what I got this week!

I don’t like to buy books on Amazon because Amazon has enough money, but sometimes I’m impatient and need to take advantage of that two day shipping. Also, the books in these packages aren’t in stock in the Barnes and Nobles around me, nor have I seen them in any used book stores lately. So, these lovely packages contain the five main books in the Lux series (which I’ve mentioned above). I sped through these books like they were going out of style. These covers are much more attractive than the other ones for this series; I love the colors and the theming with O names. I have the 6th book (Oblivion) coming in the mail from Ebay…I couldn’t for the life of me find it in the cover that matches these though (ugh). Oblivion has Daemon’s POV for the first three books of the series (I’m halfway through now and am SO glad it exists) and the 4th and 5th books are split POV between him and Katy.

I’m obsessed with these!

This series follows Katy, a 17 year old, book lover as she navigates life with sexy aliens living right next door. The enemies to lovers is fabulous and the books are packed with sexual tension that’s to die for. I loved Daemon Black from the moment Katee’s eyes hit his abs and his take no shit attitude is fab. This series had me sobbing, laughing, jealous over fictional characters, and feeling every other emotion on the spectrum in each of the books (especially the beginning of book 5…good luck). I vote that JLA rewrites these in adult form or continues with Daemon and Katy college shenanigans…just saying. 😉

The other book I got this week was one I pre-ordered a while ago, and that’s Neon God’s by Katee Robert! This is a signed edition with the beautiful print of Hades and Persephone. I read this book the day it came out and haven’t stopped thinking about it since. The modern day Hades/Persephone story was phenomenal and, as usual, Katee Robert’s smut is *chef’s kiss*. I was 50 shades of blushed while reading this book. I may or may not have recommended it to all of my smut loving friends…it did not disappoint!

Well, that’s it for this past week! It was a mild week if I do say so myself! The JLA shop opens today, so I’m hoping to snag some of the Wicked Series and any other signed books I can get my grubby paws on! See you soon for another In My Mailbox Monday!

Book Reviews

The Fae Chronicles Review

He’s my drug of choice, and I don’t think there’s a rehab for it.”

Amelia Hutchins

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Short Synopsis of Overall Series

This series follows Synthia, an Enforcer of the Guild, as she navigates the human world and Faery. Her path crosses with Ryder, a sexy and powerful Fae male, as they work to solve a mystery. Throughout the seven books they have to constantly solve problems, work together, and save the world. There’s TONS of sexy times and lots of other action too! Through the fight for life, plot twists galore, and lots of magic, Synthis and Ryder do their best to fight for what they believe in, even if it’s two separate things.

My Thoughts

I’m going to format this review like I format my GoodReads reviews. Since I’m doing all seven books at once, and they’ve all jumbled in my brain, I’m just going to list things I loved and things I didn’t love. Easy enough!

Things I loved about this series:

  • If you ever need to read some good smut…this series is it for you. It starts with some serious sexual tension and it just gets more delicious as the books progress.
  • I was introduced to Fae in ACOTAR by Sarah J Maas, and this book just made my Fae expectations even higher. I love Rhysand from ACOTAR so much, but for me, Ryder just stole the limelight in my heart. What a creature he is. Oof.
  • I enjoyed the aspect of mystery in this series. There was plot that kept me interested when there wasn’t smut ensuing. I was invested in the storyline and the relationships and characters.
  • Ristan…I love this Demon so damn much. He is such a great character. He brings a sense of comic relief and definitely balances Ryder and Synthia.
  • The world Faery: I enjoyed how this world panned out. We start in Washington State and find out about this place called Faery which is where all the magical creatures live. The way AH builds this world caught my attention. In the first book, we only get glimpses of this world, usually through other POVs, but as we become more familiar with it in later books, it’s a very fascinating place.
  • I really enjoyed the plot twists that AH threw in throughout the series (even though some made me cry forever). It’s always nice to spice things up, especially when you have a long series like this one.
  • I highly appreciate that AH has in depth content warnings in the front of each book. Her books have some risky and uncomfortable topics that could definitley trigger some people. I wish more authors did this so that we didn’t have to search far and wide to figure out if the book is going to be okay for our mental health. So kudos for that.
  • Eliran…what a saint. I love this character. He’s Ryder’s trusted healer and he really just puts his heart into his work.
  • The Transition…wow. This was a fun twist I didn’t expect. I love how Fae start off as “human” looking and then hit puberty at around 21 and then turn into true Fae. It’s fascinating. The whole feeding thing that they have going on is very erotic also, and I’m here for it!

Things I didn’t like:

  • I didn’t know that there were companion series that went with this one, so when I got to book six I thought I missed a whole book. There’s some things that weren’t resolved at the end of chapter 5, that are magically okay at the beginning of book 6 and I was really confused. Apparently things get fixed in these companion books that I didn’t know existed.
  • Some of the writing isn’t great. There’s a lot of repetitive phrases that are used and could have easily been replaced with other words. There are also some chunks that the character says something and then repeats almost the same thing. I feel like some of these scenes could have been removed.
  • Occasionally, the POV changes to Ryders and the way he’s written in his own head is really cringey to me. He sounded very abrasive and it made me uncomfortable being inside of his head. Maybe that’s how it’s supposed to be, but I wasn’t a fan of some of his chapters (there aren’t many).
  • There’s also one random chapter in one of the books in Adam’s perspective. This threw me off. I remember being pissed because I don’t like when the perspective changes a lot in a book…especially randomly. But then, we never got another chapter in his POV…I didn’t think it was necessary.
  • I noticed A LOT of similarities between this and ACOTAR (the Fae courts, names/characters, etc). I looked it up and this came out first. So I wonder if SJM was inspired by this at all. I don’t dislike that, but when things are really similar (Ryder and Rhysand, Morrigan, Eris, Fyre, Court of nightmares, winter/spring/summer/autumn courts) it’s interesting and I need more information.
  • Some of the names that were choses are SO similar to other names already in the book. Example: Ristan and Dristan….Ryder and Spyder. I think these name similarities irked me the most. Sometimes when I’m reading, I’d read Dristan as Ristan and then have to reread a chunk. Spyder also reminded me of the hyper kid at the end of the movie Holes.

Even with the things I didn’t like, I was so intrigued and engulfed emotionally into this series, I had to give each book 5 stars. They had everything I love: Fae, Smut, Mystery, so I couldn’t resist. I’m currently rereading chunks of each books so I’ll continue to add to this post as I go! Enjoy what I have so far…for now!