Category: Book Review

Book Review: Lux Book Series

Lux Book Series

For the past few months I have been in love with a new book series, The Lux Series.  It’s a romance/sci-fi, young adult series, written by Jennifer Armentrout.

It all started with Obsidian.  I downloaded the audio book on a whim and loved it!  The story revolves around a young girl named Katy.  She and her mother just moved all the way from Florida to a new house in West Virginia.  Her mother pressures her to go out and make new friends.  So she walks next door to slyly ask for directions and introduce herself. Well guess who opens the door? Her shirtless, totally hot, new next door neighbor, Daemon.  Unfortunately, their first meeting did not go so well.  Daemon, was rude and cocky as can be.  Of course that is just the beginning. Katy, heads to town with Daemon’s directions and runs into his sister Dee.  Dee will eventually become Katy’s best friend.  But Katy is not completely oblivious that something is a bit off with the town and her new neighbors.  The truth is eventually revealed about their alien origins, and the plot thickens.  Their race has their own enemies. And what about the government? Are they friends or foe?

One of the things I like about the book series is that Katy is a bit more independent and brave than other female protagonist in other series.  However, her need to do what she wants, and to act in contrary to any of Daemon’s advice always gets her in trouble.  But of course the constant bickering and sexual tension between her and Daemon is what also makes it a great romance novel.  You are constantly wondering, are they going to get together? Are they not going to get together?  Are they going to have sex already?  Get it over with already! But that is the fun part of reading these types of books. It’s all about the build up.

Daemon is a great character, he is cocky, arrogant, great body (just look at the book covers!), but of course a kind heart…swoon.  Once you get to Origin, you are treated with his point of view every other chapter.  In fact, I liked reading the book so much I ended up buying Oblivion which is Daemon’s point of view of Book 1, Obsidian.

Since it’s a series, all the books pretty much end in cliff hangers leaving you wanting to read more. But luckily they are YA books, so the dialogue is in modern English and slang, so you breeze right through the books.  For you Twilight fans out there, it will be a funner, more erotic read.  Jennifer Armentrout even pokes fun at the books at one point:

“Will you show me what you really look like? You don’t sparkle do you?” – Oblivian

I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys, so go read them!  You can also look up more information and other books written by Jennifer Armentrout’s  on her website.  I’m definitely looking forward to reading her other books.

I’m currently, in the middle of reading Opposition, maybe I will update this post once I’m done.  If you have any comments, or have any other book recommendations, leave a comment!

Thanks for reading – Gio

  • Obsidian – Book 1
  • Onyx – Book 2
  • Opal – Book 3
  • Origin – Book 4
  • Opposition – Book 5
  • Shadows – Prequel – This is Dawson’s story
  • Oblivion – Obsidian, but from Daemon’s point of view (The ebook comes with Obsidian, Onyx, and Opal)

 

 

Book Review: Modern Romance

I cheated.  I signed up for Audible.com and downloaded Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari.  I never listened to an audio book before, but it was a pretty neat experience.  The audio book is read by Aziz himself.  He throws in some funny commentary, has a small intro and does the closing credits.  I felt the commentary was definitely a bonus for getting the audio book.  And it is a pretty good alternative to listening to music while working or sitting in traffic.

Besides the convenience, the book itself is pretty interesting.  Aziz along with Sociologist Eric Klinenberg take a deep look into our current and past dating cultures.  They conducted panels with older folks, young folks and people from all around the globe.  They discuss topics such as online dating, texting, the evolution of dating and differences in the dating culture in other modern countries.  Although the book is full of facts and data, it is narrated easily enough and with just a perfect touch of humor to let the information soak in and keep you stimulated.

Since this is a work of non-fiction I wanted to just mention a few things that really interested me.

On-line Dating:  This form of dating is becoming more and more popular.  The topic of online dating made me realize I am not the only one that has the same issues with meeting people. Apparently, people tend to have too much back and forth sending messages that they never even make it to the point of the first date.  What was recommended was limiting messaging online and putting more of an emphasis in meeting in person.  Another very valid point was made that going on a first date may not be enough.  Before giving up on a person you just met, give them at least a few dates before making a decision whether you like them or not.  I thought this made a lot of sense.  Maybe I will try it in my own life.

Japan:  Further along the book, Aziz takes a trip to Tokyo Japan.  It was an very interesting chapter.  Apparently the modern youth culture in Japan is not as interested in dating.  Young men and women are not interested in having romantic or sexual relationships.  This is to the point, where even the government has stepped in and has it’s own programs to promote dating.  However, there is a whole sub culture in Japan that provides many sexual/suedo sexual services for people such as host clubs where men or women pay for a host to sit,chat and drink with them.  For some, these type of services are more convenient and less likely to lead to rejection, which seems to be a big fear factor for Japanese men and woman. There was also a discussion of men living with their parents longer then they used to.  I thought this was a funny and similar issue we are now seeing in the states.

Aziz also visits Paris and Buenos Aires.  These are fascinating chapters and they give you incite into how other cultures may view dating as more of a casual thing.

Overall I really enjoyed the book.  This book is a good read for anyone whether they are in a relationship or not.  Of course I was taking mental notes and comparing my love life to those of the people he interviewed, but it is not necessarily a book of advice.  It is more of a study and insightful look of how people date, marry, cheat and go about their romantic and sexual lives in this modern era.  I highly recommend it.  So go read it! Or download the audio book like I did 😉  Of course if you have any comments on dating, the book or just want to say hello…leave a comment!

-Gio

ABVD / Japan 2008-20012 by Ajani Oloye

So I got some new reading material from an old friend of mine, Ajani Oloye.  I didn’t even know he had published work until he recently posted on Facebook (I’m terrible!).  I think getting published is great and I commend anyone who puts effort into getting their work out there. I’m sure it’s not easy.  I also love to share the works of people I actually know, especially if I think it’s good.

I was really touched by ABVD.  It is a short comic book about his experience with being diagnosed with cancer. Although it is a quick read, it’s pretty moving.

I also ordered his book of sketches, which were full of great drawings of people out and about in public places while he was in Japan/NY.  I really liked some of the water color pieces he had included.

If you are curious and would like to see his work and/or order his books I would highly recommend you do!  You can find his order information on his website:  www.ajanioloye.com

Book Review: I Am Legend

Warning:  This review contains spoilers!!!!
 
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson:  I try not to spoil books or movies when I review them, but this book is an exception.  I thought this book was excellent.  A different take on the classic vampire story.  I can see how future artists/writers were inspired by this tale.  Written in 1954, the story is actually set in the ‘future’ 1976, and a plague has turned everyone into a blood hungry vampire.  Does this story sound familiar 😉 ?
The protagonist of the book was Robert Neville.  Left alone and isolated he believes he is the last man unaffected by the virus.  The book takes an eerie look at his daily life.  He has worked out a routine of fixing his house, hunting the vampires, and drinking alcohol by day and barricading himself in his house by night.   On a nightly basis the vampires gather outside of his house and try to lure him out.
There is one especially creepy vampire that calls out for him, Ben Cortman.  This figure is haunting.  Were the vampires just gathered as predatory animals after the last human around with fresh blood, or were they thinking, feeling, beings out for vengeance?  This is where I wish the character was developed more thoroughly.  Ben seemed like such an interesting antagonist.
One of the main things I kept wondering was, why does he stay in his house? Why doesn’t he go far far away if he knew the group of vampires gathered at his house on a daily basis?  He only drove as far as his gas tank would take him.  Maybe I have been watching too much Walking Dead.
Matheson also took his time to try to explain to the readers how a vampire plague could possibly happen.  Robert went to great lengths to investigate bacteria and viruses.  Although he seemed to be a normal Joe, he reasonably found some answers.  I believe this part was pretty unique to the story at the time it was written.  Vampires usually start with a supernatural background.  However, Matheson tried to make the conversion into a vampire a believable possibility.
Another aspect of the story I liked, was that there were people infected with the virus that were still alive and others that had come back from the dead.  This was an interesting moral dilemma since Robert killed regardless if they were still dead or alive.
One of the best written parts of this book is the loss of his wife and child.  You can literally feel his agony as he remembers the death of his wife.  There are many moments in the book when you can easily get teary eyed.  Another emotional period was when Robert found an seemingly unaffected dog.  You can read the connection and slight obsession with finding another creature that is unaffected.
This brings me to the conclusion of the tale.  The conclusion is probably the most important part of the book.  However, it went by so quickly.  The climax was too short in my opinion.  Also, his decision to stay in house drove me crazy!  He was warned to run away and he didn’t.  Why wouldn’t he run away??!
“I was too used to the …the house.  It was a habit, just…just like the habit of living.  I got …used to it” 
OMG that is everyone’s ultimate excuse!!! That line is great!Anyways, I highly recommend everyone read this book.  It’s a classic horror book that inspired many.  I also, wanted to comment and include some of the great art work the covers have.  Creepy!!!

One last note, the movie interpretation with Will Smith was completely different from the book.  Talk about creative freedom.  Read the book, don’t watch the movie 😉

 

 

 

Book Review: The Lost Boy

I finally read The Lost Boy by David Peltzer.  This was the second book of the autobiographical series by Peltzer.  The book revolves around David during the years after he was removed from the custody of his abusive mother and taken into foster care.  Having never really known anyone in foster care it was pretty fascinating.  David’s many foster parents all had caring ways, but their own family troubles.  I was surprised at how many times he changed households for whatever reason.  The book also brought to light that there is a prejudice against foster children and their families.  Apparently, foster parents were/are looked at as people milking the system and getting paid by the government to house kids.  In reality the kids all come from troubled pasts and came with a whole lot of baggage for a small payout from the government.  A payout that is quickly spent on food and clothes for the children that are usually much needed. It takes a lot of patience and caring to raise several kids from different backgrounds and issues, and in many cases the foster parents have a family of their own in addition to the children they are taking in.  The book overall explains David’s struggle and perseverance to overcome his past issues and unstable life as a foster child.  David’s mother remains an enigma at this point.  Her punishments and actions are left to be pondered on and it is easy to see why a young boy would have so much trouble moving on from such a traumatizing experience.

The book is for young adults and easy to read.  I would recommend anyone to read it, as it takes you into the little known world of foster care.

You can find my review of the first book A Child Called “It” at the below link:
http://lady-gt.blogspot.com/2011/07/book-review-child-called-it.html

 

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