Opposition – Jennifer L. Armentrout

OppositionTitle: Opposition
Series: Lux, #5
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: Entangled Teen, August 2014
Source: bought a copy
Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][The Book Depository]

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.

This was one of my most highly anticipated read of 2014 and I felt so relieved to share that this book not only met but exceeded my expectations!

Katy and Daemon continued to amaze me with their wits, charms and oh-so-sarcastic remarks.  It was really fun to see them in action and I liked the way they bantered.  There were a few romantic scenes that were steamy and sweet and I liked that this pair never ceased to love one another despite the awful circumstances that they were in.

I also liked how things were unfolded in this installment.  The pacing was fast and there were a few wacky, unexpected surprises.  I liked that the theme of true loyalty was explored.  I knew the Luxen, human and Origin had their own agenda, but it still shocked me to see how cruelty, selfishness and vengeance could be played out in such monstrosity in the story.  It was sad to see all the hardship that Katy had to deal with, and I was just happy that in the epilogue she had plenty of the bookish stuff that she loved, including a brand new shiny red MacBook!

If you adored Daemon, you wouldn’t want to miss what he came up with to stop his race from destroying Earth.  And you surely wouldn’t want to miss what he did to make sure that Katy could stay safe and sound in the end.  Read Opposition,  and you’ll see why this series has reached #4 on the New York Times YA series list in August 2014.  And don’t forget to go here to read the special post that Armentrout had for all her Lux fans.

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Some Enchanted Éclair – Bailey Cates

Some Enchanted EclairTitle: Some Enchanted Éclair
Series: A Magical Bakery Mystery, #4
Author: Bailey Cates
Published: Signet, July 2014
Source: bought a copy
Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][the book depository]

FLOUR POWER

When Hollywood invades Savannah’s historic district to film a Revolutionary War movie, magical baker Katie Lightfoot, and her witches’ coven, the Spellbook Club, take a break from casting spells for casting calls. One of the witches snags a part as an extra, while Katie’s firefighter boyfriend, Declan, acts as on-set security. Katie and her aunt Lucy decide to stay out of the action, but after the movie’s “fixer” fires the caterer, the Honeybee Bakery comes to the rescue, working their magic to keep the hungry crew happy.

But when someone fixes the fixer—permanently—and a spooky psychic predicts Katie will find the killer, the charming baker and her fellow conjurers step in to sift through the suspects…before someone else winds up on the cutting room floor…

I was in the mood for some cozy mysteries, and when I saw the cute book covers of this series, I couldn’t resist but purchased all four books at once.

The stories are fun to read.  Here, we have Katie Lightfoot, a baker who discovers the truth about her heritage in book one, Brownies and Broomsticks, and gradually learns to embrace her special abilities as the series unfolds.  In Some Enchanted Éclair,  Katie learns that helping a fixer to fix things up can be a precursor of ominous consequences.  Can she help to find the killer without getting herself into more trouble?

I like Katie.  She is hardworking, intelligent and intuitive.  While she still has some resistance towards her witch-y destiny, she doesn’t let that ruin her everyday life.  It’s fun to see her bake, serve customers at the register, and go running with her dog, Mungo, while pondering on what she can come up with to solve the crime.  And when she employs her abilities to make things right, I love that she offers everything she has wholeheartedly and with zero hesitation.

This installment is slightly different from the previous books.  There aren’t as much witch-y action but there’s a big surprise revealed that both shocked and amazed me when I learned about the details.  I don’t want to spoil the fun here but I think the effect of this big surprise will linger and we’ll learn more about it in the upcoming installments.

If you love Cairn terriers, you’ll love Mungo the Magnificent.  He’s Katie’s familiar and he’s such a cute little dog.  He likes human food and would actually throw looks of dismay when dry kibbles were served!  As you can imagine, he adds a lot of joy to the series.

Although each book has a mystery of its own, I think you’ll enjoy the story a lot more if you read the books from the very beginning.  I especially enjoyed the character development in book two, Bewitched, Bothered and Biscotti and book three, Charms and Chocolate Chips but if you’re looking for a plot that’s entertaining and pleasurable to read, don’t miss Some Enchanted Éclair.

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Eternal Dawn – Rebecca Maizel

Eternal Dawn

Title: Eternal Dawn Series: Vampire Queen, #3 Author: Rebecca Maizel Published: Macmillan Children's Book, July 2014 Source: bought a copy Links: [goodreads][amazon.co.uk][the book depository] Lenah has sacrificed everything -- including the … [Continue reading]

Silver Shadows – Richelle Mead

Silver Shadows

Title: Silver Shadows Series: Bloodlines, #5 Author: Richelle Mead Published: Razorbill, July 2014 Source: borrowed a copy Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][the book depository] Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in … [Continue reading]

The Fortune Hunter – Daisy Goodwin

The Fortune Hunter

Today, I'm going to share a book excerpt as well as a video about the book, The Fortune Hunter,  by author Daisy Goodwin. The Fortune Hunter  was just released in North America on July 29th, 2014. Title: The Fortune Hunter Author: Daisy … [Continue reading]

The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story – R J Palacio

The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story

Title: The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story Series: Wonder, #1.5 Author: R J Palacio Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, May 2014 Source: bought a copy Links: [goodreads][amazon.com] Over 1 million people have read Wonder and have fallen in … [Continue reading]