Welcome 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.
But 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 Wicked, however, 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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- The Return (Titan #1), which is out in two weeks! Eep! :)
- Scorched (Frigid #2) is coming in June.
- Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3) is coming in July.
- 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:
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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!