November Book Wrap Up!

Books Pledged to Read in 2015:

150

Am I On Track: 

16 books behind

Books Read So Far: 

121

Total Books For November:

6

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Winter

How I Found You

Body Check

Pride and Prejudice (Re-Read)

Pure (Re-Read)

Elixir (Re-Read)

Deity (Re-Read)

Magnus Chase: The Sword of Summer 

Apollyon (Re-Read)

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Re-Read)

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Fictional Crush of the Week-Aidan St. Delphi from The Covenant Series

I hope you’re all having an AMAZING weekend! Enjoy this week’s Fictional Crush!

As always, viagra buy remember that these WILL have MILD spoilers for the series that they are from!

Character Name:

Aidan St. Delphi

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Book or Series They Appear In:

The Covenant Series

Half Blood, Pure, Deity, Elixir, Apollyon, Sentinel

Author/Creator:

Jennifer L. Armentrout

Played By: 

No One…Yet. The Covenant Series has been optioned for a TV series so hopefully we get a visual of Aidan soon!

Who They Are:

Aidan St. Delphi is the secondary character to Alex in the Covenant series. He is a pure, but chooses to become a fighter, a Sentinel, who fights to protect pures. He is serious, with a rare sense of humor around those he cares about, and is a fighter, and a handsome one at that. He’s all dark, except for his shining silver eyes. He’s dedicated to his job, and to his brother, who he is determined to keep safe and happy. He is so distance in the beginning, to protect Alex and to convince her that he has no feelings toward her, so we get that dark and mysterious hot guy thing going on.

But when Alex and Aidan finally do end up together, he is so incredible. He is sweet and protective, but he trusts in Alex and he believes in her strength and her capabilities. He says amazing things and does so many things for her, makes sacrifices and works so hard for her. Plus, the hot and steamy scenes? I was fanning myself quite a few times during those. They are HOT, and Aidan has some serious confidence, and some sexy  moves in the bedroom. I’m just saying. Its no wonder Alex fell in love with him.

Why I Am Crushing On Them: 

Aidan St. Delphi is one of those guys who is so sexy, so caring, so amazing and perfect for the MC and yet he puts it off for so long and you want to bonk him over the head. But for some reason, this guy who does this, distances himself from the main character, to protect her…is so incredibly appealing. Aidan is a pure and Alex is a half, which is a completely NO-NO in that world, and it’ll hurt Alex big time and Aidan doesn’t want that happening to her. So he pushes her away again and again and again, and even though it drives you insane, you love the guy anyway. He’s only doing it for HER.

Notable Quotes: 

“By the way,” Aiden said casting me a long look that had me totally forgetting the seriousness of our mission. “You look damn good in a Sentinel uniform.”

“Apollo had said he knew what this kind of love was capable of. And I finally understood why Paris had risked his country and his blood for Helen. Selfish, yes, but I understood. I would burn the world if that meant Alex would be safe.”

“I swore to you that I wouldn’t let that happen, and I know I’ve failed you, but I’m not going to just give up, Alex. I’ll never give up on you.”

“The ‘I have something I want to say but I shouldn’t’ tone” A little bit of humor seeped into his voice. “I’m well familiar with it.”

“That’s okay,” Apollo replied, smiling at him in a wholly creepy’ hide your kids’ kind of way. “When you least expect it, I’m going to turn you into a a pink flower that smells like cat pee.”

“Because I love you, we share each other’s problems. When we fight, we fight together. I’m going to be by your side no matter what, whether you like it or not. That’s what love is, Alex. You never have to face anything alone again. And I get what you’re saying. I don’t agree with it, but I will support you in any way I can.”

“I can’t keep pretending that I don’t want this – that I don’t want you. I can’t. Not after what happened to you. I thought… I thought I’d lost you, Alex, forever. And I would’ve lost everything. You are my everything.” 

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I hope you enjoyed this week’s swoon worthy character! Tune in next week for some more fictional hotties!

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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You Can Find the Book At:

GoodReads

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Author Website

 

GoodReads Summary:

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, treatment Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoon worthy Aiden St. Delphi, information pills they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, thumb action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

My Review:

Please be aware while this review will NOT have spoilers for Sentinel, I cannot in any way guarantee there will not be spoilers for Half-Blood, Pure, Deity, Elixir or Apollyon. Please visit my book reviews page to read those! 

I’m not sure what I expected when I was reading this book but every single thing that happened was completely not in my line of expectations. I could call Sentinel the book of plot twists. There were so many surprises at every turn that there is no way on earth I could have ever predicted how this story would go. But that was a good thing! This novel was an emotional roller coaster taking us from hot and steamy scenes between Alex and Aidan into epic battles and fight scenes to completely emotional moments that made you want to cry. Every page was a surprise, taking us further into the unexpected, and you keep reading, because you just HAVE to know what happens next.

Jennifer creates a beautiful story, to wrap up a five book series. Do you know how hard it is to write a five book series and keep an audience captivated until the very last page? Its incredibly hard, and I think there’s a lot of authors that struggle with this. This is why, sometimes, when I read series, I find myself feeling less interested and less captivated as I get further in the series. This is so opposite for the Covenant series and especially of Sentinel. I am addicted until the very last page, where tears were running down my face, in sadness, in happiness, in completely satisfaction.

She takes the story that we’ve come so familiar with in the past four novels and two novellas, and creates an ending that is both very believable and very realistic but that would make any reader of the series feel like she did right by her story and her characters. The journey that the characters take is a rough one. They must face down Ares, a vindictive, determined, extremely powerful god, and his legion of half bloods and pures and compelled mortals, as well as Alex’s Apollyon counterpart, Seth. And the direction the story takes them, all of them, is a surprise to me. I can’t say too much without ruining any of the story but the outcomes of certain characters were definitely unexpected but seemed to fit perfectly with the story, and the events that take place in this finale.

Plus, Jennifer just tells great stories. She writes an action scene, and you’re clutching the pages in excitement while simultaneously Googling how to learn hand to hand combat. She weaves humor into almost every moment in her novel, keeping us still breathing, even when our hearts are breaking. She understands friendships and family, sacrifice, and battle and war, she understands romance and she understands fear and love and bravery and selfishness and so many other emotions and she can put so many of those into the stories, and it all feels so real.

And she can write a steamy scene like no body else. She is able to write a beautiful, romantic, hot and heavy scene that leaves you blushing and wishing very much for a cold shower, but she keeps it tasteful and classy, and in a way that fits so perfectly in her young adult novels. She addresses it responsibly, of course, but she knows that two people in love, whether they’re teenagers or adults, are going to experience that sort of intimacy and she does it so beautifully. Any time that Alex and Aidan share a steamy scene, I felt myself getting more comfortable and diving in, because she is SO good at romance, and because I love Aidan and Alex, and I LOVE them as a couple.

Simply put, any fan of this series is going to be so satisfied by the end of this novel. I thought it was an incredibly fitting ending, for all of the characters, and I felt like, while there was a heartbreak, there was also hope and happiness as well. I think it wraps up the story very well, but also shows that the story can continue as well, in our own minds and hearts and I think that’s beautiful. Definitely a must read for fans, you will most definitely enjoy it!

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

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Sentinel Book Tour-Apollyon

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Tomorrow is a VERY exciting day, mind at least if you’re a Jennifer L. Armentrout fan.

The final book in the Covenant series will be released: Sentinel. I’m SO excited for this. I just recently read all the books of that series, cialis 40mg in September, and I loved each and every one of them. I’ve been eagerly waiting for the release of Sentinel :) I can’t imagine how all of YOU have been waiting even longer!

I am lucky enough to be participating in the Sentinel blog tour. With Sentinel releasing tomorrow (insert happy squeal), I am happy to bring you a post on the book just previous to it, Apollyon!

First, let’s learn a little bit about Jennifer!

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# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. 

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true. 

Well, mostly. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen. 

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
You can find her on her website, Twitter, Facebook and GoodReads.
Now, her Covenant series tells the story of Alex, a demi-god known as a half-blood. In Alex’s world, being a half-blood is not a good thing, and she must train to become a Sentinel, a sort of protection force, or she will be made into a servant, a slave. Alex struggles to keep herself on track, one step outside the line will land her in trouble, and all her freedom will be taken away. Then she discovers she is the next Apollyon, a sort of powerful half-blood, with the possibilities of killing a god. This leads to a whole world of trouble, but Alex is determined to use her powers for good, and to change the world for half-bloods.
Apollyon is the fourth book of the series.
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Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

You can purchase this book on GoodReads, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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You can check out my reviews for the entire Covenant series: Half Blood, Pure, Deity, and of course, Apollyon.

In just a few days, I shall have a review for Sentinel AND an interview with Jennifer, as well. I hope you stayed tuned for that!

But until then, Spencer Hill Press is having an awesome giveaway, where one lucky reader will win a $200 gift card to Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Book Depository or an indie bookstore of their choice! You can’t go wrong with that!

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September Book Wrap Up!

Okay, viagra approved I totally copied this from my fangirl best friend, Sylvia, from FanGirlFeeels, so I want to show her much credit. Check out her own September Book Wrap Up here!

I think I want to start doing this every month because I read a LOT of books in a month and I want to be able to share at the end of the month, all the books I’ve read and reviewed in one spot. Click on each book title to read my review of it!

So here we go!

Books Pledged to Read in 2013: 200 Books

Read so Far: 150

On Track?: For once, yes!

The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

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The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

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The Transfer by Veronica Roth

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Angelfall by Susan Ee

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Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini 

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

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Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian 

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey 

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Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

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Saving Raphael Santiago by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

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3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

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Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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What books did you read in September? What were some of your favorites, and which ones fell flat? As always, share in the comments! 

Fandom Friday-The Covenant Series

The Fandom Friday is a weekly feature, generic with each blog post written by a new contributor.

This is the weekly post where either myself, this or a guest blogger, talks about a new fandom. See, I’ve had the experience in my life where I’ve been made fun or put down about my particular fandoms. And that has made me feel pretty crappy. But I’ve also put down other fandoms as well.

So I’ve decided to change that. I’m opening my world up to new fandoms, and the best way to do that is to bring people in to write about various fandoms. I’m very excited about this segment.

If you guys are interested in becoming a guest blogger for the Fandom Friday, feel free to email me at whatanerdgirlsays at gmail.com or contact me HERE

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This week’s post comes Eilidh, from Scotland, who is a good TMI friend of mine. She is the brains behind the Twitter account, @TMIScotland and co-runs The British Nephilim. Read more about her!

Hey guys, my name is Eilidh (excuse the name, it’s Scottish. For those interested it’s pronounced Ay-lee – stupid, I know!) But I also go by the name Mrs Bower (yes, I am completely obsessed with Jamie Campbell Bower!). I’m 18, and I run TMIScotland on Twitter (because I am also obsessed with The Mortal Instruments) and co-run britishnephilim.com – a site dedicated to TMI. I study Business Management at university, however am currently working on my first novel while on summer break. 

Now, Eilidh is here to talk to you about another series of Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s, the Covenant series. A few weeks ago, Megan from Luxen Army, talked about Jennifer’s Lux series, which you can read here :)

Check it out!

The Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

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I’m here to speak to you about the Covenant Series, written by the amazing JL Armentrout. JLA has also written another series called Lux, if you haven’t read that, you should!!! and also you can read about it here.

A friend recommended that I should read Lux, as soon as I finished it, she demanded that I read Covenant. I am so glad she did because this series is amazing, and I prefer it to Lux (I’m sorry, don’t shoot me – Lux is still amazing!!).

There are 7 books in the series, Daimon is the prequel to the series (I didn’t know about this until I did my research into it!), Half-Blood is the first book, then Pure, next Deity, Elixir, Apollyon, and lastly Sentinel (which will be released November 2nd 2013). (please note – Elixir is a novella, and it is extremely important you read this if you want to thoroughly understand the next book.)

The story is in Alexandria (Alex) Andros’ point of view. She is a Hematoi, the race that this story revolves around. Hematoi are the descendants of gods who have had unions with mortals. However, Alex had been taken away from the Covenant by her mother for reasons unknown.

There are multiple Covenants around the world that house the Hematoi. In the Covenants, youngsters attend classes learn to train as a Sentinel (daimon hunters). Covenants also deal with any wrongdoings that the Hematoi may commit, and punish them accordingly. Within the Hematoi community, there is segregation. They are divided due to blood status, Half-Blood and Pure Blood. Halfs are not treated as equals to the Pures, and the biggest rule between Pures and Halfs? No relationships between the two blood types.

The story begins with 17-year old Alex, who is a half, waking up to some daimons roaming around her, searching for any Hematoi. Soon enough, she is battling a few of them, but she is assisted by the wonderful Aiden St Delphi, a pure Sentinel, in ridding the place of those horrid daimons.

During the series, it is evident that Alex has a tough time complying to rules, however she’s always doing it for the greater good. She is snarky and stubborn, but she is fierce and dedicated to everything she does. Without a doubt, Alex is my favourite female character of any book series I have read!

Aiden is also an amazing character, and as the story goes on I have my moments where I want to snap his neck and others where I wish part of the book just to meet him.

There are SO many other characters in this series that I want to fan-girl about, but I want you to discover them for yourselves. You will fall in love with them, so much so that your heart will break at multiple parts of the book just because of how they act or what they do.

Personally, this series is third to The Mortal Instruments and Harry Potter, beating The Lux Series, The Infernal Devices and Divergent. I would thoroughly recommend this book series to everyone who loves Young Adult literature, it is a perfect summer read! If you want a series that will keep you up all night, and in my case, throw your kindle at the wall – then this is the series for you.

This whole new world kept surprising me, especially when I least expected it (like I said, kindle off the wall kinda thing). There’s a lot more to the series than rule-breaking and hot Sentinels. JLA’s writing kept me wanting more, and allows you to understand every character around Alex without actually being inside their heads. You can feel as if you’re in the same room as Aiden, and experience Alex’s emotions as if you’re taking this journey yourself. For me, I relate a lot to Alex, so the connection I had with her character heightened my love for this series further. Alex is someone that I think, if she was a living being, that everyone could relate to and love easily, no matter how much she breaks the rules.

(Can I just say how hard it was to write this without speaking about Apollyons and sexy gods?!)

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Hope you guys enjoyed this week’s edition of Fandom Friday!

Check out previous Fandom Fridays here, and come back for more soon!