Mini Reviews #1

obsidianObsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout, published by Entangled Teen in 2011.

Author. Goodreads. Amazon. Barnes & Noble.

Source: Kindle freebie.

Genre: YA paranormal romance (actually, I’m never sure about these tags… There’s some cussing in this one and some sex in the sequels…).

My rating: 3/5.

My mini thoughts: Umh. Where do I start? I quite liked Obsidian, though it didn’t wow me. It’s a fun read, fast-paced and intriguing, and the heroine, Katy, is a book blogger. :) But I don’t like the fact that the hero, Daemon Black (SERIOUSLY, what kind of a name is that??!), the resident alien (I know this is a spoiler but it’s on Goodreads, too, so I think I’m allowed), is a serious douchebag to Katy at first. I get some antagonism and secrecy, but I feel like a line has been crossed. But fortunately, Katy’s no pushover, so the whole wasn’t too bad. It just wan’t great, either.

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taming-of-a-scottish-princessThe Taming of a Scottish Princess (Hurst Amulet #4) by Karen Hawkins, published by Pocket Books in 2012.

Author. Goodreads. Amazon. Book Depository. Barnes & Noble.

Source: purchased.

Genre: historical romance.

My rating: 4.5/5.

My mini thoughts: This one is actually a re-read, one of the first post-baby books. I craved some lighthearted comfort and Karen Hawkins delivers every single time. The Taming of a Scottish Princess is one of my favourite historical romances, because it’s smart and sassy and doesn’t feature one of those insta-love/lust relationships but is more of a see-what-is-right-in-front-of-you kind of a story. I also like the *very* subtle supernatural twist that is common to most of Hawkins’ romances.

She’s one of the authors on my auto-buy list and I really liked The Prince who Loved Me which came out on September 23! I’ll probably be reviewing it sometime in October.

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darkness-strange-and-lovelyA Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2) by Susan Dennard, published in 2013 by HarperTeen.

Author. Goodreads. Amazon. Book Depository. Barnes & Noble.

Source: purchased.

Genre: paranormal YA fantasy.

My rating: 3/5.

My mini thoughts: I really liked the first instalment of this series (you can read my review of Something Strange and Deadly here), but I felt like this second part fell a tad short of my expectations. Eleanor was less certain of herself, I found, and while the setting (Paris) and the general plot were perfectly fine, the pacing was somewhat off. I wasn’t as emotionally invested in the characters’ story, is all. I really hope that this is just the classic second-instalment lull in the action and that the final part, Strange and Ever After, which came out earlier this year, packs enough punch to finish the series properly.

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Have you read any interesting books lately?

I’d love a lighthearted recommendation (my slightly sleep-deprived brain can’t handle anything too serious at the moment)! :)

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  • I’ve read the first book in Susan’s series but still need to read 2 and 3. I’m hoping I’ll enjoy 2 enough but I’m always pretty low with my expectations bc there’s always that weird second book thing. SIGH. Will you be reading the conclusion soon??

    • Kaja

      I intend to get the book at some point but I’m really bad at finishing series, especially if the secondbook didn’t wow me – I still haven’t read Allegiant, for example. But I hope to get to it soon, I’ve read good reviews for the conclusion.

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