Watcha Reading Wednesday

Watcha Reading Wednesday

This is just a week of new organization and blog posts for me! Today’s is “Watcha Reading Wednesday!”

I currently have three reads going on (not usually my style but here we are).

Book 1

The first is a reread of JLA’s fourth Lux book, Origin. I may or may not have just finished it last week, but I finished Oblivion yesterday, the first three books in Daemon’s perspective, and just had to keep going. I’m also majorly in love with Daemon, so I’m happy to keep reading!

In case you don’t know, the Lux series is a YA fantasy that deals with an alien species called the Luxen. Katy, the MC, moves to WV and meets a peppy and loving Dee and her hot, and not so friendly brother Daemon. The longer Katy is in WV, the more weird things she notices and the closer she becomes to Dee (and Daemon despite his many protests). Katy learns some life changing information and then shit hits the fan over and over again. But, Daemon is doing his best to protect his family and Katy, even though the rest of his family doesn’t want him to help Katy. These books made me cry, laugh, rage, and I may or may not have gotten jealous a few times…I like to dive right in as if I’m the MC…what can I say? Anyway, highly recommend this series!

Book 2

The second book I’m reading is an adult standalone and spinoff of the Lux series and it’s called Obsession (which perfectly describes how I feel about these books).

This book follows Hunter, whom we meet in Origin briefly and again in Oblivion. He’s an Arum (another alien) and works for the DOD. He doesn’t follow what the other Arum want and is extremely alluring and may be my new favorite. This book is VERY adult in the best ways possible and I am going to be sad when I finish it (probably today). The Lux series talks so much shit about the Arum, they are enemies after all, but it’s been interesting to see it from a different perspective. JLA’s writing is something that sucks me in and I can’t stop reading her books. I don’t know what’s going to happen when I finally read all of her current books and have to wait for more!

Book 3

My third current read is the Prison Healer by Lynette Noni.

I have the beautiful Fairyloot edition of this book, but I’ve been listening to the audiobook while I work on my Etsy shop. I can’t say that I’ve grasped every detail because I am multi-tasking, but I am enjoying the premise so far. I’m only about 100 pages in and I love the plot and characters. I enjoy the magic aspect that was slowly woven into the storyline. I also am obsessed with the cover and purple sprayed edges…just saying! Since I am only doing audiobook with this one, it is taking me longer, but I plan on listening to more of it today!

That’s all for now! I’m hoping to finish at least one of these tonight, to finish June with 18 books read! That may be my biggest month yet!

What books are you currently reading? I’d love to chat!

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

Serpent & Dove Book Review

“Maybe men can learn a thing or two from women.”

Shelby Mahurin

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Synopsis (from back of book)

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all. 

My Thoughts

I had high hopes from this book because I read so many good things about it…however, I was disappointed. I feel like this book had SO much potential but it fell a little flat for me.

I loved the concept of church vs. magic but felt it wasn’t executed well. There really wasn’t that much magic in the book, but there was a lot of churchy-ness. The religious aspect of the book was fine, but I felt like it was there to counter the magic aspects, but it just ended up being a lot of religious jargon and not enough witch stuff to make it make sense. I loved Lou’s character so much. Lou, CoCo, and Ansel were the positive points for me throughout the story. Lou is a fierce fighter and has lived quite the life. Then, SM makes her fall for Reid who is the definition of BORING. I don’t know that I’ve read a book with a more boring lead male character (that probably isn’t true, but at the moment it is). I think part of the reason I didn’t enjoy read was because of how his chapters were executed in the audiobook. I only read a handful of chapters, but listened to the rest, and found his chapters to just be blah. I didn’t like the voice of the person on the audiobook and found Reid’s chapters to be dull. I wanted to see more from Lou, or even would have liked to see a chapter in Ansel’s POV.

It wasn’t until the last quarter of the book that I was truly invested in the story. There was more action in the last chunk of the story than the entire book put together. I wish the action was more spread out through the story. That being said, I feel like the book was way too long for what was going on. Some parts could have been scrapped completely, and nothing would have really changed.

I guess if I learned anything from reading this, it’s not to believe the hype of books. This is the third book that I’ve read into they hype and been disappointed. The first was the Shadow and Bone series (I made it halfway through book 2), second was Cruel Prince (I made it to chapter 4) and now this one. Sign. Will I buy book 2 of this series…yes…yes I will. Only because I was intrigued by the end of book 1 AND because cover is stunning. I’m willing to give Blood and Honey a try…yes..open mind and all that jazz.

Overall, I wasn’t impressed by this book, but I didn’t hate it. It did have some redeeming qualities (Lou and witches) that made me interested in reading. I hope that book 2 has more action and magic than this book. I’d love to see less church/religious politics and more witchy-goodness!