Author Addiction: Jennifer L. Armentrout

author addictionWelcome to our new feature, Author Addiction. It’s a montly thing I do with Becky from A Fool’s Ingenuity and is intended for the general appreciation of some of the authors we like.

If you want to join us, just write your own post sometime in January, put your link in the comments and we’ll make sure it’s visible in our posts. Don’t forget to use #authoraddiction so we can find your tweets! :)

This month we chose Jennifer L. Armentrout (also known as J. Lynn) as the author we’re addicted to. She has a new book, The Return, the first in a series, coming out on February 17, which made her an easy choice.

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I wrote a post about binge-reading Armentrout’s novels last month and I stand by what I said: I am caught in her web. As I told Becky when we were discussing our choice of authors, Armentrout may not be the next Tolstoy, but that’s not the point of her books. She writes books to entertain and she does a damn good job.

I’ve recently been on a new adult binge (I should probably get some help soon) and I was disappointed by the lack of playfulness in these books about young people. Not that every book should be playful, mind you, I know life is shit sometimes, but these are romances I was reading and dammit, I want my romances to be fluffy. Don’t take yourselves so seriously, people!

It’s only after I read some of these books that were… well, they were bad, that I realized how difficult it is to find this balance Armentrout has figured out – the right amount of romance, action, witty, funny banter, and teenage angst. Her sense of humor is awesome, and while her heroines could use a Schnellkurs (err quick lesson) in rethinking their sexuality, I find most of the books I’ve read by her a real delight.

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The first Armentrout’s book I read was Obsidian, which I didn’t particularly like (mini review). I mean, Daemon Black has to be one of the silliest names I’ve encountered in young adult literature. He’s also kind of a jerk to Katy, so he wasn’t my favourite.

armentrout-wickedBut then Becky (she of the wonderful romance recommendations and my partner in crime) said that White Hot Kiss was really good, I gave it a try and I was hooked. I’m not going to review her novels again because I don’t want to repeat myself, but for anyone who hasn’t read Armentrout’s novels yet, The Dark Elements trilogy is a great place to start. While Zayne didn’t inspire any strong feelings in me, Roth the demon is definitely a candidate for the list of favourite fantasy heroes.

My favourite book so far is Wickedhowever, because it’s geared at a slightly older public, Ivy is delightful and her chemistry with Ren is hothothot. Ivy’s sidekick, Tink (think male Tinkerbell on crack), is the best – he’s obsessed with Harry Potter and bakes the best cakes. Here’s Danya’s review if you want another opinion.

I also read Frigid, which she wrote under her other name, J. Lynn (this is used, as far as I can tell, for contemporary new adult romances). It’s not as much fun as her paranormal fantasy series, but it’s good for getting over the gap between the publication dates.

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return-armentroutscorched-armentrout-lynnI don’t exactly know how she does it, but she’s got (at least) four books coming out in 2015:

  1. The Return (Titan #1), which is out in two weeks! Eep! :)
  2. Scorched (Frigid #2) is coming in June.
  3. Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3) is coming in July.
  4. Torn (A Wicked Saga #2) is also supposed to be published in 2015.

I obviously still have a number of her books to read, namely the contemporary romances she writes as J. Lynn. I might also give her Covenant novels another try, we’ll see.

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You can find Jennifer L. Armentrout here:

her site, Twitter, Instagram (where she posts cute pics of her dog, Loki), Goodreads.

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Join us next month when we will fangirl (and fanboy, if the occasion arises) over Sarah J. Maas and her amazing fantasy writing. Our posts will go live on Monday, March 2.

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Have you read any books by Jennifer L. Armentrout? What did you think of them?

Do you like your romances fun & fluffy or somber & serious?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  • I’m a big JLA fan, too. I didn’t love Obsidian at first, but then I continued with the series, and I’m so glad that i did. Although I still haven’t finished the book. I get what you mean about Daemon Black being sort of a silly name. But I read a book once where a rock star was named Jax Stone. I think that’s worse!

    I still haven’t read Wicked. I’m sort of nervous, too. But JLA sure knows how to write sexual tension.

    • Kaja

      Does Obsidian get better, then? Hmmm… :) Jax Stone IS pretty bad :D I know the names are supposed to sound cool and all, but all they really achieve is me rolling my eyes.

      Do read Wicked! It’s awesome – it’s the main reason we decided to make JLA the author of the month! :)

  • I grabbed White Hot Kiss as a kindle deal lady year so I’ll give it a try. Normally I don’t read na but I’m willing to since I great such good things about it. And yes romance is ok fluffy of that is what you’re expecting and in the mood for. Now I’ll know where to get it :-)

    • Kaja

      Yes, yes, read White Hot Kiss and then come back and we’ll fangirl together :) Don’t expect to be blown away or anything, but you’ll probably have great fun!

  • I love it, I wanted to comment yesterday but I’ve barely been home until now. I completely agree with you on Obsidian, I tried reading it and it put me right off, I couldn’t believe it was the same author. I haven’t read Frigid, though I know she has another in that sort of series coming out, I may have to investigate as a fun easy read. I also totally didn’t know she has so many books coming out this year, I’m sorted for new books throughout the year then.

    Here’s hoping March is going to be as fun :)

    • Kaja

      Well, every author that writes that many books is bound to make a mistake sometimes, right? I forgive her for Obsidian because she wrote The Dark Elements ;) And Daemon Black pales in comparison to Roth.
      I’m sure March will be great, can’t wait! I’ll do a reminder at the end of the month (probably in my February recap post + Twitter) if anyone will want to join us.

  • YAY author addiction round one! I’ve had White Hot Kiss on my ereader for a while, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. It sounds SO FUN! I’ve heard that there’s a snake named Bambi that’s involved…? That alone makes me think it’ll be a winner. I’ve heard that her straight-up NA romances are pretty good, too. It’s kind of unbelievable how many books she’s got on the go!

    Congrats on your first feature, Kaja! :D

    • Kaja

      Heey, thanks :) I’m glad we did this, it’s been fun writing this post and I’m really excited for March!

      Yeah, Bambi is a demon tattoo snake :) And it resides on the body of one Roth, who is *very* nice. As for her NA contemporaries – I’ve read Frigid and it’s not as much fun as her paranormal fantasy series, but it’s still ok if you need something light! Go read WHK and we’ll talk about it!

  • I like the idea. There are a number of authors that I am very addicted to. But this week I wrote about Walter Moers, a German author who most of my English-speaking friends have never heard of and I am SO single-handedly going to change that. :)

    http://www.bookpunks.com/hail-walter-moers-castle-dreaming-books-coming/

    • Kaja

      Hi, Nikki! I’m glad you think so. We’re doing a couple of “freebie” months with this feature, too, so if you want to join with your favourite choices, that’s a great opportunity. I think that perhaps April will be such a month – or May.

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