OBSIDIAN (Lux Series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
What can I say about this series, except that I freaking loved it! It was different to my usual darker read, but the constant recommendations from friends about this series had me deciding to bite the bullet. And I wasn't disappointed. I'll simplify it a little by saying it reminded me of a cross between Twilight and Roswell (for those that remember that Alien tv show with the gorgeous cast). Set in highschool, the new girl meets her bubbly and beautiful neighbour Dee and she's excited about the prospect of making a new friend in a strange town; until she meets her brother Daemon. Now Daemon is an arsehole. Just putting it out there. But as the story evolves you discover their secrets, and the friendship between the three of them transforms into an entirely different world that you can't help but be sucked into. Now its obvious for those who know what I like that I LOVED Daemon. As far as book boys go, he was utterly awesome. But what I loved about this was the draw I felt for our heroine Katy. She had some back bone, which is hard to come by in books of late and I loved that she stayed true to that throughout the series.
TEN by Ker Dukey
So after reading Ker's empathy series, which from my earlier post as you know left me a little disturbed, I stumbled onto 'Ten' and was interested to give it a go. The blurb hooked me straight away and I went into this with no preconceived ideas about what I thought about her other series I had read. I wanted to like this. I really, really did. It started off well and I was extremely hopeful, but unfortunately, it took a turn for the worse and I was left disappointed. Now for those Dukey fans, please don't get me wrong. It isn't even the dark and twisted content that I struggled with as it was nowhere near as twisted as her previous novels; however what I need in a book as a reader is connection. Plain and simple. Had I felt more of a connection to either of the main characters, their relationship, their history... damn, ANYTHING! I would have enjoyed this far more. Now being a writer myself, I have the upmost respect for authors as I understand the amount of passion and effort it takes to write a novel and I truly respect that. So for me, I guess Ker's style just isn't for me and thats completely okay.
CARTER (and LEAH) by R.J. Lewis
This book was a total win for me that left me on a book high. Now we all know that experiencing a book high can occur due to many reasons. Perhaps the book you read before it wasn't so great, or you had been in a massive book rut, or perhaps this book was just too-damn-good. Whatever the reason, I LOVED this! This was a friends to lovers to kind-of-enemies story and I enjoyed every angsty minute. There was drama, without there being way too much, and the scenes between both Carter and Leah were full of intense moments. Leah had her moments of being a little too weak, however I enjoyed seeing her evolve from that scared and accepting little girl to someone who fought for the man she loved against all odds. It would be so difficult to imagine a warm future when you grew up in anything but, and I understood some of Leahs choices even though I may not have agreed with them. Getting to the best part - Carter. That guy was in my eyes a grittier version of Kellan Kyle. I loved everything about him. He held Leah in his heart no matter where he was in his life and proved how much they were meant to be together. #allthefeels