Reading Roundup…

booksI am trying to make it a point to write a couple of lines about the books that I read, partly to either vent or gush without committing to a full review, but mostly so I can jog my memory later on about what I thought of previous books in a series.  Right now, I am trying to target Mount TBR shelf by shelf, so that means I have been on a young adult kick – with varying degrees of success.  Slight spoilers might be included…

Beautiful Darkness – This is the second book from Kami Garcia‘s Caster Chronicles series, and I am determined to get the books finished before the movie is released on Valentine’s Day.  I enjoyed the first book, but really struggled with this one.  Most of my problems came with my intense annoyance with Lena.  Although she had been through a rough time, her angst was over the top and started to grate on my nerves.  She completely did not deserve Ethan’s devotion, and I was so hoping he would give her the kick to the curb her self-pity deserved.  My second problem – you know this super-secret world that exists along-side our own?  Well, it was pretty much a secret to absolutely no one.  I swear that there weren’t too many characters left in the story that didn’t end up wandering around those “secret” tunnels.  I enjoyed the storyline development, and most of the supporting characters, but for the most part it felt like a let-down from the first book.  I have higher hopes for Beautiful Chaos.

Indigo Awakening – As the first book of a new series from author Jordan Dane, Indigo Awakening seemed right up my alley.  I love a good super-powered human story, and this one seem to fit the bill.  And it should have.  But for some reason I just couldn’t get involved in this one at all.  It seemed to make all the right moves, but there wasn’t any depth to the characters, I couldn’t get into the storyline, and I never felt any connection to the characters.  Was it bad?  Not really.  I did manage to skim though to the end, but I have absolutely no interest in finding out what happens in the rest of the series.  In fact, I forgot the storyline as I was reading, and that is not a good thing.

Elixir – One of my favorite things about Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s work is that even her e-novellas are released in print format, and Elixir was no exception.  Taking place immediately after Pure, it is told from Aiden’s point of view.  This one is a short read, but it is pivotal for the series.  But it also made me enjoy the entire Covenant series in a whole new way, surprisingly.  See, I was a total Seth girl, and I while I liked Aiden I didn’t quite feel the same connection for him that I did for the other characters.  He seemed a bit too removed, and while he seemed like a truly good guy he just didn’t grab me the way Seth did.  Well, this little story turned that around.  I liked Aiden, liked the depths this story brought to his character, and now I can see what the attraction is.

Opal – Another great one from Jennifer L. Armentrout, this time from her Lux series.  This one is one of my favorite young adult series, and this story continued that.  There are a lot of developments in terms of overall storyline, character development, and a cliff-hanger ending that I didn’t expect.  Now, I just need to get my hands on Dawson’s story, Shadows, to fill in some of the gaps.  Can’t wait for the next one.

New Series Alerts…

I think this is actually a first.  There are only two new series starting up this week…but one of them has already been featured in  a new series alert post.  Gravity, from author Melissa West, was supposed to be released a few weeks ago but was pushed back to December 18th.

gravitySynopsis…

In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed—arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know—especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

The Taking reading list HERE

This next one caught my attention a while back when I first read the synopsis, and I have been looking forward to getting my hands on Jordan Dane‘s Indigo Awakening ever since.  It is the first book of the Hunted series.

indigo awakeningSynopsis…

Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.

Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy–to touch him–to protect him even though he scares her.

A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids–gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind–for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power–a force darker than either of them imagine–that could doom them all.

They are our future–if they survive…

The Hunted reading list HERE

Are either of these on your TBR list?

Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

After last week having more new books being released than I can remember seeing in a long time, this week there are no new series starting up at all.  I do wish that things could be spread out a bit better, but I guess I don’t get a vote.  So, instead of a New Series Alert post, I will be doing a Cover Lover post featuring three new titles.

This first one caught my eye a while back when I first read the blurb.  I love books about humans gifted with special powers, and this young adult book from Jordan Dane fits the bill.  Indigo Awakening is part of The Hunted series, and it will be available on December 18th.

I enjoyed the first book from Heather Killough-Walden‘s Lost Angels series, and this is the cover for book three, called Death’s Angel.  It is due out on December 31st.

And this final one is from The Fallen series by Kristina DouglasRebel is due out on March 26th.