Review: Never Never (Never Never #1) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Never NeverTitle: Never Never
Author: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Series: Never Never #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Fantasy Romance
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Blurb:
Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.

Complete strangers since this morning.

He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

My Review:
I’ve been bingeing on Colleen Hoover books over the Christmas and I spotted this one and it instantly captured my attention. I’m always fascinated when authors collaborate, and I wonder if each author wrote a perspective each?

I love books that are told from male and female perspectives so I knew instantly that I’d love this. The writing is superb and clearly Tarryn is as talented as the wonderful Colleen.

This was completely mysterious, and I couldn’t figure out what was going on, which is exactly what I loved about it. Little pieces of Silas and Charlie’s lives are slowly revealed, enticing and ensnaring the reader. There was plenty of intrigue to keep me hooked. If you enjoy well-written fast-paced stories that revolve around friendship, love, betrayal with a healthy dose of the supernatural, then you’ll adore this series. Highly recommended.

Review Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

OppositionTitle: Opposition
Author: Jennifer Armentrout
Series: Lux #5
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

My Review:
An epic ending for an epic series.
This book had so many awesome twists and turns and it was action-packed and fast paced from the get-go.
Katy and Daemon have been separated at the start of the novel, but the love he feels for Katy is so strong that it overcomes the natural pull of his own race and they find a way back to each other.
A united team, they are stronger as a couple than as individuals and in Opposition we really see how far they have grown and matured. The compelling, witty banter still exists, but they are both secure in their relationship and each other. It’s a joy to read.
Forced to form a tentative bond with their sworn enemies, they don’t only fight for their own future, but for the future of mankind.
The ending is perfect, though bittersweet. I’m not ready to say goodbye to Katy and Daemon yet, and just like when I finished the Covenent Series, I’m almost heartbroken.
Another incredible series from Jennifer L. Armetrout, and I loved it.
Highly Recommended.

Review Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

OriginTitle: Origin
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #4
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

My Review:
Holy alien babies, this book is explosive!
The lengths the DOD will go to are finally revealed in Origin, and it all starts to make sense. We learn more about Luc, and Blake’s true nature is out in the open. JLA, you’re right – Karma is a tool.
Daemon will burn the world down to get Katy back and don’t we just know it. Always thinking of others, always the protector, he goes charging into the thick of it to save Katy. Daring, brave, stupid, it’s complete Daemon as we’ve come to know and love him.
Archer reminds me a little of Leon/Apollo from the Covenent Series, but I adored him and look forward to seeing how his character develops.
Vegas, oh wow, Vegas tears the whole world apart in so many different ways. I’m not going to spoil it, but those scenes are insane.
I was heart-broken at the ending, and praying all wasn’t as it seemed.
I tore through this book in hours, unable to put it down. I know I’ve been fan-girling all over the place about Jennifer L. Armentrout, but I seriously love her writing style and I’m in awe of her creative genius. I hope some movie production company is optioning her work, as both the Covenent and Lux series would make epic movies and I’d die to see them on the big screen.
Superb. Highly Recommended.

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

OpalTitle: Opal
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
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.

My Review:
The ante has really been upped in Opal, and the action is fast paced and super-intense. It’s great to finally see Daemon and Katy together, but all those interruptions when they try to hook up?!! Aahh, finger-nail biting stuff. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – JLA writes romantic suspense like no other, incredible,agonizing,edge-of-the-seat stuff.
We get to meet Dawson in Opal and he’s a changed man; broken and a shadow of his former self. He’s devastated that Bethany is still in the evil clutches of the DOD, and he wants to lead an immediate charge, but Daemon and Katy persuade him to stay his hand. Tad bit unbelievable, because you just know if the tables were reversed, and it was Katy who was lost to Daemon that hell on earth wouldn’t stop him from going after her. I would’ve liked to have understood Dawson a little more, but we really only catch glimpses of him.
Dee and Katy’s friendship is challenged beyond all limits in Opal and it’s heartbreaking, though completely believable.
Daemon is still a snarky,jerk at times but he’s so romantic and so protective of Katy, that you just can’t help loving him. I want me some Daemon Black please.
That cliff-hangar ending. OMG. I was just grateful that I’d waited till now to read this series so I could delve straight in. Otherwise I would literally have been tearing my hair out.
In summary, another gripping read from the writing powerhouse that is Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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

ObsidianTitle: Obsidian
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
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.

My Review:
I only recently discovered Jennifer L. Armentrout as an author, and I purchased the Lux series after I devoured the entire Covenent Series in less than a week (I seriously did nothing else all week but read, couldn’t drag myself back to normality at all).
While I definitely enjoyed reading Obsidian, and I’m dying to continue this series, I was a teeny bit disappointed. I didn’t connect as well with the characters as I had with Alex, Seth and Aiden from the Covenent Series.
However, it still contains all those amazing qualities that I have come to expect, and love, from JLA: compelling dialogue, addictive prose and swoon-worthy romance. It has all that in bucket-loads. And I’m totally down with the whole hot-alien thing.
I had a few issues though. Katy starts off being described as timid, but quickly turns quite sassy without really any explanation. Daemon was totally rocking an Edward Cullen type funk, you know – nasty and mean on the surface, but secretly yearning for Katy underneath it all, and just trying to protect her. Not a big deal for me as I love Edward Cullen, it’s more an observation. The biggest issue for me was that a lot of the stuff that came out of Daemon’s mouth was pure Seth, so much so, that I actually kept thinking of him as Seth which was jarring at times. Also, in the Covenent series a ‘demon’ is spelt ‘daimon’ and in the Lux series the character ‘Damon’ is spelt ‘Daemon’. For that reason, I kept reading demon in place of Damon and it bugged me. I know it’s minor (and it wasn’t an issue in the later books) but I wish she had just spelt it Damon.
Overall, my issues were quite minor, and this is still a very good book and I would suggest it as a recommended read.

Review Shadows (Lux #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

ShadowsTitle: Shadows
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #0.5
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in.

Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence…and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

My Review:
At first I wasn’t that interested in reading about Dawson and Beth, mainly because I felt we really didn’t get to know them that well during the course of the series. However, Shadows was included in the print copy of Opposition that I bought so I wasn’t going to not read it.
I’m so glad I did because I loved it, and it really helped me to connect with Dawson and Beth and I adored hearing their back story. It was also interesting to witness Daemon’s response to their relationship, and it helped put his initial reaction to Katy into perspective.
A thoroughly enjoyable read in JLA’s usual addictive prose. I really dig all the bonus material Jennifer includes with her books, it brings the overall reading experience to a much higher level and has given me ideas for doing similar ‘add-ons’ with my own series.
Definitely worth a read.