Friday, July 3, 2015

#2015HW, #ShelfLove Review ~ Opal ~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opal (Lux, #3)Opal
Lux Series #3
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchased Paperback
Rating: 4 Bookworms


After everything, I'm no longer the same Katy. I'm different... And I'm not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is not end to what I'm capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won't turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we're stronger...and they know it.

Dang it! That was quite the nail-biter. It's been awhile since I read Onyx but JLA pulled me right back into Katy and Daemon's world...a world fraught with danger, not knowing who is friend and who is foe. A world where they having to live every moment and hold tight to the precious good.

Things have changed dramatically for Katy, Daemon, and Dee. With the return of some characters and some events causing Dee to pull away from Katy, there's quite a bit of tension on all sides. One character's reappearance makes things look like they'll go from bad to worse. However, he has a deal to make with Katy and the Luxen. He can help them. But are they making a deal with the devil?

Opal was an exciting read, even if it felt maybe a little slow moving. JLA is a master at creating witty banter laced with sexual tension - and it's one of the things I adore most about Katy and Daemon. The suspense was also intense - woundering if and how things are going to work out. And that ending! Holy wow! I can tell you one thing - it won't be long before I'm reading #4!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

That's What HE Said #30 ~ Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #9

That's What He Said is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies @Chapter Break. Here's the deal: every Thursday, post a line from your book boyfriend to his heroine. Keep in mind, these are direct quotes from dialog in the books. The quote doesn't have to be romantic - just something our hunky hero said to his lucky lady. Be sure to link up over at Chapter Break as well.

My pick this week for That's What He Said is from:

Spin by CD Reiss
(I'm maintaining lazy and taking photos again)

To say the chemistry between Theresa and Antonio is intense would be an understatement. :)



If I hadn't already fallen for Antonio, I certainly would have here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Challenges Update ~ June ~ #2015HW, #ShelfLove, Mythology Reading Challenge, LGBT Reading Challenge, 2015 New Release Reading Challenge

Okay, we're SIX months down for 2015. SIX.MONTHS! I did well with reading and reading for challenges in June. Here's my update:


This challenge is hosted by Berls @Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @Because Reading.

I did have to use a *pass* for Raphael in May, but I finished it. And I really liked it! My Reading Assignment choices for June were Shadow's Edge and Ever After. I'm pleased to say that I finished both - and I even *listened* to Ever After. :) 

Bully (Fall Away, #1)Endure (Need, #4)Breathe (Sea Breeze, #1)Fight with Me (With Me in Seattle, #2) Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)Off the Record (Record, #1)Out of Breath (Breathing, #3)Opal (Lux, #3)Raphael (Vampires in America, #1)Shadow's Edge (Night Prowler, #1)Ever After (The Hollows, #11)

Show Your Shelves Some Love: No Book Buying Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Chapter Break and Second Run Reviews.

I've shown my shelves some love. I've hit my physical, digital, and audio shelves! I've read 35 books so far! You can click here to check out the books and their reviews on Goodreads or click on the book images below. 

Bully (Fall Away, #1)Endure (Need, #4)Breathe (Sea Breeze, #1)Fight with Me (With Me in Seattle, #2)Tempted by a Rogue Prince (Eternal Mates, #3)Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)Obliterate (Havoc, #2)Three, Two, One (321)Spend the Night I (The Hotel Collection, #1)Dance For Me (Fenbrook Academy, #1)Strange Magic: Part One (Magic, #1)The Governess Affair (Brothers Sinister, #0.5)Seven Sons (Gypsy Brothers, #1)Daimon (Covenant, #0.5)Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath, #1)Claimed by a Demon King (Eternal Mates, #2)Lord Wastrel (The Curse of True Love #2)A Gentleman's Promise (Scandalous Series, #1)Strange Magic: Part Two (Magic, #2)Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)The Gamble (Colorado Mountain, #1)Blue Shoes, Vol. 1 (Blue Shoes, #1)Blue Shoes, Vol. 2 (Blue Shoes, #2)Blue Shoes, Vol. 3 (Blue Shoes, #3)Secrets (Secrets, #1)Bite Me (Bitten, #1)RushAlpha and Omega (Alpha & Omega, #0.5)Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs, #1)Boy Toy Chronicles (Boy Toy Chronicles, #1)Unbelonging (Unbelonging, #1)The Watson Brothers (Watson Brothers #1-3)Off the Record (Record, #1)Out of Breath (Breathing, #3)Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5)The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)Opal (Lux, #3)Raphael (Vampires in America, #1)Tattoo Thief (Tattoo Thief, #1)Primani by Laurie OlerichCollide (Blackcreek, #1)Enemies on Tap (Sweet Salvation Brewery, #1)Selling Scarlett (Love Inc., #1)Hollywood on Tap (Sweet Salvation Brewery, #2)Shadow's Edge (Night Prowler, #1)Ever After (The Hollows, #11)Try (Temptation, #1)Stepbrother Dearest

Not bad, right? I read 9 books towards this challenge in June. And the thing I'm happiest about is that I'm pretty sure only Primani was purchased (freebie) this year. Woohoo!

As part of this challenge, I budgeted $10/month for books. In June, I spent nothing that counted against this challenge. And I've *still* only spent ~$10 total for the year. I'm getting kinda lost with my earning but I *think* I've now *earned* myself 5 books and $8.50 towards books. I still haven't used my $50 GC from my birthday or the $10 GC I won at RT! Overall, I'm doing well I think.

So for June, I earned:

9 Books = $4.50 Earned

As I've mentioned, I tweaked my *earning* methods to be $0.50 for every book I remove from my Already Owned shelf. My exercising (5 days a week) and writing goals (5000 words a week) remain the same.


This challenge is hosted by Niji Feels.

I added THREE to the list during the month of June. And I know Trust, the 3rd book in Ella Frank's Temptation Series will be read in July. ;)

Come Undone (Rock Hard, #1) RushCollide (Blackcreek, #1)Try (Temptation, #1)Take (Temptation, #2)

This challenge is being hosted by Lili Lost in a Book.

I have finished this challenge since I challenged myself achieve God level or 6-10 books and I've read 6. (I'm actually wondering if Patricia Briggs' books would fit this challenge?) Anyway, I'll continue to add books here as I read them because, hey, sometimes I'm an over-achiever. ;) Here are the books I've read so far:

Shadow's Edge (Night Prowler, #1)Endure (Need, #4)Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)Daimon (Covenant, #0.5)Strange Magic: Part One (Magic, #1)Strange Magic: Part Two (Magic, #2)

New Release Challenge (un)Conventional Bookviews

Lexxie @Unconventional Book Views and Stormi @Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! are co-hosting this year-long challenge to read books being released in 2015. Originally, I challenged myself to reach New Release Newbie status - or 1-15 books. Since I met that goal, I decided to aim higher. ;) I set a new goal of New Release Pro - or 16-30 books. And I've now met that goal as well! Goodness! I really didn't think I'd read that many new releases this year. So, keeping in mind we're ~6 months into the year, I've set a new goal of New Release Enthusiast - or 45+ books. That's right - I'm setting my sights on the highest goal!

In June, I only read ONE New Release...naturally. ;)

Strange Magic: Part One (Magic, #1)Strange Magic: Part Two (Magic, #2)Fading Out (Living Heartwood, #3)Acting Brave (Fenbrook Academy #3)All Fired Up (Black Halo, #2)Spend the Night I (The Hotel Collection, #1)Past HeavenThree, Two, One (321)Hunted by a Jaguar (Eternal Mates #4)Incite (Ignite, #2)Craved by an Alpha (Eternal Mates, #5)Spend the Night II (The Hotel Collection, #2)Spend the Night III (The Hotel Collection, #3)For Authentication PurposesHope Is Lost (Ocean Beach, #2)Bitten by a Hellcat (Eternal Mates, #6)Coda (Songs of Submission, #9)Taken by a Dragon (Eternal Mates, #7)√Čire's Devil King (√Čire's Viking,#3)This Heart of Mine (Whiskey Creek, #8)Boy Toy Chronicles (Boy Toy Chronicles, #1)Mend (Havoc, #3)Say My Name (Stark International Trilogy, #1)Meet Me in the DarkDear Juliet (Forever Family, #3)Everything (Songbird, #3)Getting Lucky Number SevenWith Visions of RedParadise City (Paradise, #1)Yellow CopterThe Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)7 Years Bad SexCrave (Undone, #1)

COYER ScavHuntLogo-SignUp

COYER Summer Edition began on June 20th and I'm so excited to be participating AGAIN. For the summer months, Berls, Michelle, and Stormi have put together a lot of fun events to get everyone really into the spirit of cleaning off their ereaders! You can participate in *regular* COYER, the COYER Scavenger Hunt, and even just helping out others by cheering them on. For full details, click on the banner. 

Here are the books I've read towards this challenge so far:

Try (Temptation, #1)Take (Temptation, #2)Shadow's Edge (Night Prowler, #1)


In June, I once again only read/listened to 12 books. Despite being on vacation, I didn't get any more reading done. Hmm... I guess I'm just not a speedy reader. But that's okay. I'm happy with what I am getting done and how it relates to my challenges. :)

How are y'all doing with your challenges?