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Movie Mondays: I am Number Four

Movie Mondays: On Mondays, I will review a book series or novel that has been made into a movie. I will then answer the question that everyone asks: which is better, the movie or the book? Here is this week’s offering:

Book: I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore | Movie: I am Number Four (2011)

Which did I read/see first? the BOOK

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The Book:

Series: Lorien Legacies or I am Number Four Series
Author: Pittacus Lore (Fun Fact: This is actually the name of a character in the book!)
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Action, Aliens, Romance
Point of View: First Person (this book is just one character’s POV, the rest of the series has multiple)

Thoughts:

When I am Number Four was about to hit theatres, I decided to read the book before I went to see it (I don’t like having my books spoiled). But I wasn’t able to finish the book before my library loan was due and thus, I never got to see it in theatres. However, I did eventually finish the book.

My feelings on I am Number Four are mixed. Since reading the other books in the series, this one is a definite oddball in terms of its delivery and plot line. As I said in my review of the series, I am Number Four follows the typical Young Adult Science Fiction plot line formula: main hero is in hiding, discovers his special powers, falls in love with a human girl and has to save the world. It wasn’t anything overly new to me and that made it a tad boring to read. John/Four isn’t my favourite character in the series and because this first book focuses solely on him, it gets a little tiring putting up with his teenaged angst all the time.

So I could understand why people would drop the whole series based on their experience reading this book. It’s really a shame the rest of the series truly blows this book out of the water in terms of everything. It has better characters, more plots, great twists and reveals as well as a lot more action and suspense.

But the fact of the matter is, you have to read this book to get on with the rest of the series so if you want to read this series, you have to just tough it out a bit.

Conclusion:

Don’t judge the series by I am Number Four. I like to think of I am Number Four as one big prequel novella for the rest of the series. Those who love science fiction and stories with lots of kickass action, you will enjoy the rest of the faster paced books in the series! So while it is important to read I am Number Four, don’t let it dissuade you from reading The Power of Six. But if you don’t enjoy The Power of Six, then you won’t like the rest of the series because that is what the rest of the series is like.

Rating: 3/5 for I am Number Four, but 4.5/5 for the series as a whole
Series Review: Full series review here!

Similar Reads: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux Series #1)

The Movie:

I finally managed to watch this movie a little more than 3 years after its theatrical release when I was traveling home from school this fall.

While it has been 3 years since I read the book, I knew that they had made dramatic changes to the plot despite not remembering every little detail of the book. I’m not one of those book fans who can’t fathom why book-to-movie adaptions make plot changes–because I completely understand why–so it didn’t necessarily bother me that they changed the main events of the book a bit. With the exception of one MAJOR plot aspect, what they did in the movie got across what the book was trying to achieve.

However, what I don’t appreciate is the little details they forgot to mention. Like the importance of the “kill order” and all the fine print associated with it. Or what John’s powers actually do. I just felt like the key aspects of the book, which make the series so much fun to read and add so much depth to it, weren’t utilized as much as they should be. It just felt like the writers went “meh” that shit isn’t important–WHEN IT IS!

Though I think it is important to note that the second novel in the series, The Power of Six, hadn’t been published when the movie was released. Maybe not completely know what happens in the sequel attributed to some of the dismal plot changes but at the same time, I’m sure they must have consulted with the author so really, I don’t see any legitimate excuse for why things were done as they were.

In terms of casting, I think it was very well done. I have a little bit of a crush on Alex Pettyfer so I have a little bit of a biased when it comes to him. However, he played John very well–I disliked watching that character as much as I disliked reading about him so I consider that a win 😛 All joking aside, he does angsty well (which is why he was my ideal pick for Jace Wayland in the City of Bones movie adaption even though he turned the role down) but he can also pull off the action scenes well so I think he was cast very well. I loved Teresa Palmer as Six and I loved Callan McAuliffe as Sam (both Six and Sam are two of my favourite characters in the series) as well as Timothy Olyphant as Henry, though I wish that role was expanded upon more.

Overall, the movie was ok. Nothing really wowed me about it but I enjoyed watching these characters come to life on the big (well, my tablet) screen. While plans for the sequel were shelved after the disappointing box office reception of this movie, there may be hope yet for a sequel. Apparently, the director of the movie still gets asked if a sequel will be arriving and I think the fact that the books continue to sell well gives the impression that a sequel might not be a complete waste of money. I personally think this would be an option worth exploring because the rest of the series is on a whole other level than the inaugural book and would be much more appealing to audiences.

So, which is better: the book or the movie?

In this case, the winner is the BOOK. While it isn’t my favourite book in the series, I did enjoy the more complex plot we get in the novel. The movie took out too much of what makes this whole series so interesting to read and it missed the mark with me.

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for I am Number Four (from Goodreads):
In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now. The Nine had to separate and go into hiding.

The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.

I AM NUMBER FOUR is the thrilling launch of a series about an exceptional group of teens as they struggle to outrun their past, discover their future—and live a normal life on Earth.

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Series Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

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Synopsis for On Dublin Street (from Goodreads):

Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare…

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.

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Series: On Dublin Street
Author: Samantha Young
# of Books: 6 (Full Reading Order Here)

There are a number of novellas (See Here)

Book Order: Connected
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Drama, Family, Tragedy, Abuse
Heat Rating: really warm
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Dates: August 2012 – June 2015
Source & Format: Public Library–eBook

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My Expectations:

This series has been on my to-read list for a really long time so I pounced when they were available at my library. After a blah start with Samantha Young’s Into the Deep series, I was really excited to see where these books would go because I have heard very good things.

Book 1: On Dublin Street

First up is On Dublin Street. I didn’t know what to expect with this book but I was hoping for a cute read with a dash of excitement and sexual tension. Unfortunately I feel like this book didn’t live up to my expectations. I enjoyed reading it but I just didn’t LOVE it.

I’m not sure where things went wrong because I did enjoy the first few chapters. The initial chemistry between Braden and Jocelyn was great but I found it wasn’t enough to carry the book for me. Part of the reason is their character personalities. I had a hard time liking Jocelyn despite her having characteristics I usually love in a heroine like wit and independence. I think she was just too extreme in her independence and that drove me a little nuts. Also, given her past her outlook on life is a little bleak and seeing as that the POV given is only hers, it makes it a sad place to be. As for Braden, I did like him but he was just on that cusp of being too alpha male for my personal tastes. (Read my full review of the novel here)

The plot was also a little lackluster in my opinion. It didn’t really get exciting until the last 50 or so pages. It just seemed to go through the motions and even the little petty drama things weren’t that exciting. It also didn’t help that I liked the relationship between Ellie and Adam a lot more than these two (which is thankfully the focus of the novella Until Fountain Bridge). (Bit of a side note: I have to hand it to Samantha Young for leaving the little tidbits about the next couple in each of the books. It always makes me super eager to get my hands on the next book.)

But I decided not to give up on the series because I really wanted to read Until Fountain Bridge and Down London Road because I liked those characters from On Dublin Street a lot more than I liked Jocelyn. And in the end I’m really glad I stuck with the series.

Books #1.5 to #4:

Until Fountain Bridge is listed as a novella and it’s about half the page length as On Dublin Street. Before reading it I was upset that Ellie and Adam’s story wasn’t going to be longer but once I read it, I realized it was the perfect length. I really liked its delivery which is a series of flashbacks as Ellie reads her diary–you basically get all the great romantic highlights but without all the angsty whining about the partner. It was super cute and super quick so I really liked that.

Down London Road started slow like On Dublin Street. But unlike its predecessor, I felt like the plot got a lot more exciting a lot quicker and didn’t really stop. It was a good blend of romance, drama and we get just enough of a taste of the next two leads that I was really excited to read the next two books. I also liked the tension between the two leads a lot more as well and loved their interaction and connection to each other. Overall, I enjoyed it a lot more though I wish the first 100 pages or so were cut down to make things move a little faster.

Before Jamaica Lane was the perfect length and had a great execution. It wasn’t as “dark” (and by dark I mean depressing) as the previous two novels. It definitely had a serious side to it but I found it a lot more fun to read. I LOVED the male lead in this one and it was everything I expected it to be and a little bit more. I devoured it and it only made me more excited to read Fall from India Place and Echoes of Scotland Street.

In fact, I was so excited to read Fall from India Place that I immediately read it after Before Jamaica Lane despite having other books to read. It was sweet and not what I was totally expecting but I enjoyed reading it. I didn’t love it as much as I wanted or hoped but, I would take it over On Dublin Street any day.

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–November 9, 2017– Book #5: Echoes of Scotland Street

I was super excited to read Echoes of Scotland Street. I think I’ve been anticipating this book since On Dublin Street, even more so since Before Jamaica Lane since we first met Cole. It was great! The story was interesting, the leads were great and it was the perfect length. Those who have been waiting for this book won’t be disappointed. 

Turns out, it isn’t the last in the series! I’m actually really excited that we will be getting at least one more book in this series. Although the next lead is someone we were just introduced to in Echoes of Scotland, I’m intrigued to read about his story and will be looking forward to its release this coming summer.

–February 5, 2018– Book #6: Moonlight on Nightingale Way

I was very excited to read this book but clearly time got away from me!

I had very high expectations for this book and it did not disappoint!  I had high anticipation for Logan’s story and I loved it. The slow burning tension kept me hooked. I loved the plot too! It was so sweet! But I really loved the character development. Both our leads are so complex and they have a lot of growth to do independently.

Not only was this a great book (I literally couldn’t put it down!), it was a fantastic way to wrap up the series. Seeing everyone again was just awesome.

Series Rating: 4/5

On Dublin Street  3/5| [Until Fountain Bridge 4/5] | Down London Road 4/5 | Before Jamaica Lane 5/5 | [On Castle Hill 4/5] | Fall from India Place 4/5 | Echoes of Scotland Street 5/5 | Moonlight on Nightingale Way 5/5

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These books definitely got better as the series progressed. If you don’t like On Dublin Street, I encourage you not to give up on the series until you read another novel in the series. They get shorter but also better because you get more involved in all the characters lives. Each character is different and I find all their respective stories are different as well. A great contemporary romance series that I finally understand what all the fuss is about.

Read if You Like: adult contemporary, complicated characters, Scotland
Avoid if You: dislike longer romance novels

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Series Review: The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey

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SERIESous’ Top Book Series: Favourite Canadian Author, Favourite Series #14
Series: The Drake Chronicles
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
# of Books: 6 (Hearts at Stake, Blood Feud, Out for Blood, Bleeding Hearts, Blood Moon, Blood Prophecy )

There are a lot of novella side stories and prequels: Full List Here

Book Order: Connected Chronologically
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Action, Vampires, Humour
Heat Rating: lukewarm
Point of View: First Person, Alternating

Thoughts:

I’ve read a lot of vampire novels so I was excited to see that this series appeared to be a fresh take on vampires and by a Canadian author to boot!

And this series is a fresh take! It reminds me of a more up-beat Vampire Academy because we have different types of vampire species at play here with a lot of kick-ass action but it is done in a much more fun way. Lucy is witty and her parents are a little crazy and the Drake family is highly entertaining.

The first 4 books in the series focus on a different Drake sibling and their respective love interest. I like this setup because we get to learn more about the different Drakes, get to watch a new couple fall in love and get a fresh take on the overarching plot. You see, although the first 4 books focus on different characters, they each contribute to the plot that starts in the first novel and concludes in the last. This has its pros and cons in my opinion but it is a setup we don’t commonly see in other young adult series and it makes this series unique.

A pro about this series setup is that there is never really a lull in the plot progression (or at least there isn’t one that is as noticeable as in other series). It also gets you more familiar with the characters and helps your understanding with the world the Drakes are apart of. And at the same time, you don’t get annoyed or bored reading the same characters’ perspectives for an entire 6 book series.

A con about this series is that the last 2 books focus on Solange, Nicholas and Lucy who are the stars of the first book. Now the con isn’t that it follows these characters–because Nicholas and Lucy are my two favourite in this series–rather I was under the impression that when I started this series that each book was going to focus on a different Drake sibling and their love interest. I was expecting to see the oldest Drake brothers fall in love and unfortunately, I don’t get to (though a novella follows one of their love stories).

It would be easy to get past this I think if I enjoyed where the plot ended up going; but unfortunately, I didn’t love the path we take for the final climax. Solange was never my favourite character but I really didn’t like her storyline in Blood Moon and Blood Prophecy and because she is a main focus, I felt like it really dragged.

It took me a really long time to finish Blood Prophecy–I just couldn’t get into it. Although I loved the fact that the characters we were previously introduced to get adequate screen time I just felt like the book was way too long. The plot dragged and I got bored with the plot. I warmed up by the end but it was too little too late.

Part of the problem is that it had been 1.5 years since I finished book 5, Blood Moon–which I didn’t totally love either so that also changed my expectations for the final book. Regardless, I just found it hard to keep everything straight because there are multiple vampire species that have different abilities and the like; and they all have odd names so I found it hard to keep them straight. If I had read all books in a row within a month, I probably wouldn’t have been as lost and enjoyed the final two books a lot more.

A note on the novellas: I’ve only read some of the novellas. They aren’t necessary for the story but they do give some context and are entertaining, purely fan-service reads.

Conclusion:

If you want a vampire series that focuses equally on romance and action–this is a series for you. It’s a lot of fun, has strong heroines and lots of kickass action! But be sure to read them close together to keep everything straight and keep within the Drake-mindset!

Rating: 4.5/5

Similar Reads: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy #1)

Synopsis for Hearts at Stake (or My Love Lies Bleeding) (from Goodreads):
On Solange’s sixteenth birthday, she is going to wake up dead. As if that’s not bad enough, she also has to outwit her seven overprotective older brothers, avoid the politics involved with being the only daughter born to an ancient vampire dynasty, and elude Kieran Black—agent of an anti-vampire league who is searching for his father’s killer and is intent on staking Solange and her entire family.

Luckily she has her own secret weapon—her human best friend Lucy—who is willing to defend Solange’s right to a normal life, whether she’s being smothered by her well-intentioned brothers or abducted by a power-hungry queen. Two unlikely alliances are formed in a race to save Solange’s eternal life—Lucy and Solange’s brother Nicholas, and Solange and Kieran Black—in a dual romance that is guaranteed to jump start any romance-lover’s heart.

Series Review: Mythos Academy by Jennifer Estep

SERIESous’ Top Book Series: #9
Series: Mythos Academy
Author: Jennifer Estep
# of Books: 6 (Touch of Frost, Kiss of Frost, Dark Frost, Crimson Frost, Midnight Frost, Killer Frost)

There are three novellas: #0.5 First Frost, #1.5 Halloween Frost and #4.5 Spartan Frost

Book Order: Chronological
Complete?: No, Killer Frost will be published in February 2014 Yes
Genre: Young Adult, Mythology, Action, Romance, Magic
Heat Rating: cool
Point of View: First Person

Thoughts:

When I first saw Touch of Frost at my library, I didn’t know that it was about mythology: I just liked the cover. I love mythology so whenever I come across a book that features some elements of myths, I’m there–especially if it is a young adult novel.

Coincidently, I got both First Frost and Touch of Frost from my library at the same time. Knowing that First Frost is the “prequel” novella, I read it first. I would say that this isn’t necessary before you read Touch of Frost but it does help explain why Gwen is a touch rebellious and depressed at times. First Frost isn’t the best novella ever, but it does help create the scene for the rest of the series so if you can get a copy of it, it is worth a read.

I really loved Touch of Frost for a few reasons. One is the romance between Logan and Gwen. Calling it a romance is generous because it is really just sexual tension for the entire book–so if you are expecting a romance filled with minor action elements, you aren’t going to enjoy this series because it is the reverse (ie. lots of action with a dash of romance). Reason two builds on the action part: this novel has some great suspense with the mystery surrounding the death at the Academy–and this can be said about the other books as well. I easily got sucked into these books’ plots because they were exciting and always building. Obviously the mythology is another reason I liked Touch of Frost and the rest of the series. It’s a cool blend of all mythology out there but done in a way that isn’t overly complicated and easy to follow.

But the main reason I loved this series is because of Gwen. When I started this series, I had been reading books with heroines that weren’t always my favourite. Gwen was a breeze of fresh air with her wit, independence and fighting skills. She is a lot of fun and I always like characters that can make me laugh. I find she doesn’t lose herself in her love interest and gets stronger with every book.

I always knew that this series was going to be 6 books in length and at first I was excited to get so much awesomeness. I loved Kiss of Frost (book 2) and it is definitely my favourite of the series–which I think this caused a problem for me with the rest of the series. I simply call it The Curse of Book Two: whenever I like a book early on in the series–usually it is the second book–I get disappointed in the rest of the series because I go into the next book expecting it to be book 2 all over again. There are only two series where this hasn’t been the case: Vampire Academy and Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead. Those two series are what I compare all 6-book series to and let me tell you, other books have a lot to measure up to!

With this series, I actually did like Dark Frost (book 3) a lot. While not as good as Kiss of Frost, it has a great plot to set up the rest of the series and I wasn’t disappointed in it overall. So I was hoping the Curse of Book 2 was beyond me until I picked up Crimson Frost. I was really disappointed in this book because it seemed to me that it fell into the Book Two Slump of a Trilogy: where we don’t get a huge amount of plot progression but just enough to pump you up for the final installment. It definitely succeeded in making me excited for Midnight Frost (which I have yet to read) but I just felt let down after reading it. Also, Gwen started to irritate me a bit with her Lead-Heroine Sacrifice Syndrome moments but not enough for me to outright dislike her.

I did read Spartan Frost (novella #4.5), but to be truthful I just skimmed it. It wasn’t anything impressive but it does give some insight into the events that happen in Crimson Frost. I have yet to read Midnight Frost but I am excited to see where this series will go and how it will finish.

UPDATED (Mar 8/14):After one failed attempted to read Midnight Frost, I finally was able to read it. This book wasn’t anything overly exciting. It definitely had a few interesting pieces but again, it really felt like the Book Two Slump of a Trilogy where a mild plot was used to build up the final book of the series. It’s really disappointing because I really loved the start of the series and have felt that the last two books have not delivered as much as the first two (possibly the third). I think if I had all these books in my hand and didn’t have to wait 6-8 months for the next book, I wouldn’t feel as “let down” as I have been feeling about this series.

Conclusion:

Overall, the series is a refreshing read in the Young Adult genre with its use of mythology and magic. There are great characters to get absorbed in and dashes of romance along the way. One of my favourite Young Adult series so I highly recommend it!

Rating: 4/5

Similar Reads: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (The Goddess Test Trilogy #1), Starling by Lesley Livingston (Starling Trilogy #1) and Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout (Covenant Series #1)

Synopsis for Touch of Frost (from Goodreads):
My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy; a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I’m determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why; especially since I should have been the one who died…

Series Review: Fixed by Laurelin Paige

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

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Synopsis for Fixed on You (from Goodreads):
Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Wither’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out—move up at the nightclub she works at and stay away from any guy who might trigger her obsessive love disorder. A perfect plan.

But what Alayna didn’t figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He’s smart, rich, and gorgeous—the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson’s fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of it.

Avoiding him isn’t an option after he offers a business proposition she can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she’s fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with. Or maybe their less than ideal pasts give them an opportunity to heal each other and finally find the love their lives have been missing.

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SERIESous’ Top Book Series: #1 Top Contemporary Read of 2013
Series: Fixed Trilogy

There is a spinoff series called The Found Duet.

Author: Laurelin Paige
# of Books: 6 (Full Reading Order Here)

There is a companion novel to the series called Hudson that must be read AFTER the trilogy. Chandler is a spin-off with another character. Forever Fixed is a continuation after Forever With You.

Book Order: Chronological, Companion (Hudson), Connected (Chandler)
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Drama
Heat Rating: hot (BDSM in Chandler: mild)
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Dates: June 2013 – June 2018
Source & Format: Own–eBook; Candi Kane PR–Fixed Forever (ARC)

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Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I was hesitant when I picked up Fixed on You. It came across as a knock-off of the Fifty Shades Trend so while I like that type of contemporary romance novel, I find they become very repetitive and follow a similar series of events which can be boring.

My Review:

I have to say that I was very impressed with both books and while there were some similarities with other books in the genre, I found this book stood out to me in a few ways:

1) I loved how they handle mental illness. I give mad props to Laurelin Paige for her writing style. While other books in this genre have characters with mental illness and most do handle it in a healthy way, I found these characters weren’t overly dramatic about it. I guess what I mean to say is that their illnesses are a main part of the book and didn’t feel like something that was brought up just to be a convenient way to add some extra drama now and then.

2) I really liked Alayna. Having a great heroine makes a book and I was a little iffy about Alayna going into it and reading the first few chapters. Despite her mental illness, she is still very independent in everything she does and I never felt like she was losing herself in Hudson. She also was great about communicating with Hudson (that did change a bit in the second book) but what really impressed me was if she had an issue, she made sure she told Hudson and wouldn’t let it drop until they resolved it.

3) Hudson is another winner. He is an alpha male without all the kinky sexual preferences and I never got the impression that he had to “own” Alayna. Yes he wanted to sleep with her but he never viewed her as a possession which I appreciate–the “total alpha” thing just disturbs me to no end. He and Alayna are a great match overall and I feel like over time they do connect in more than just a physical way.

As for the books as whole, I devoured them. They were fast paced in both romance and drama and I really loved that. Fixed on You was great and easily my favourite of the two. That isn’t to say Found in You isn’t great–because it is–it was just the typical second book in the series. BUT it did have a great little twist along the way and I’m excited for the final book in the series to get the whole truth of everything going on.

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–January 25, 2014– Book #3: Forever With You

I just finished Forever with You and all I have to say is WOW–what a great way to end the series! It had everything I love and more. I didn’t get annoyed with the characters, loved the romance and was left flabbergasted with the plot. Just an absolute pleasure to read and I am so sorry that this series is over–BUT super stoked to read the spin-off series, Free Me!

–December 26, 2014– Book #4: Hudson

I’ve had Hudson on my Kobo since its publication but only managed to read it on my Christmas break this year. I wish I read it sooner and I wish I was able to read it right after I read the trilogy because it was a fantastic way to wrap everything up. The novel is a companion novel–and that is a really important thing to remember because it needs to be read after all three books have been read or else you will spoil the entire series.

I thought Laurelin Paige did a great job of executing this book. I didn’t feel like I was forced to reread scenes all the time. Things were either summarized or shortened and scenes that I wanted more of were elaborated; so I never got bored. The flashbacks to the past also added a great depth to Hudson’s character. However, it did make the book a little on the  longer side BUT I really enjoyed every moment of it and fans of the trilogy will LOVE this!

–May 3, 2017– Book #5: Chandler

I was really excited to read Chandler’s story. He is such an entertaining character and was one of my favourites in the original series.

I do wish I read this after I read the Found Duet just because that spin-off series fills in some of the time between the original Fixed Trilogy and Chandler. There was one particular aspect that I had no clue had happened regarding Chandler’s character development (though it wasn’t a huge deal really and it didn’t ruin my experience at all).

Because this is a standalone novel, it moves quick in all aspects. However that didn’t bother me because I could see the chemistry these two had right from the start. That being said, this one lacked the secrecy aspect. Yes, it was there but the big twist isn’t anything like the original series (though I will say I didn’t see it coming).

In short: it’s cute and the perfect way to wrap up this entire universe.

–July 10, 2018– Book #6: Fixed Forever

I didn’t know I needed this book until I read it–and I’m so glad it exists!

It’s hard to return to a world that has been seemingly wrapped up without things feelings forced. I wasn’t sure where this story would go when I heard about its conception but I shouldn’t have doubted Laurelin Paige. Once again, she has recreated that sparkle I love so much about this series.

Series Rating: 4.5/5

Fixed in You 5/5  |  Found in You  4/5  |  Forever with You 5/5  |  [Hudson] 4/5  |  [Chandler] 4/5 | Fixed Forever 5/5

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A quick contemporary read for those who don’t like the kinkiness of Fifty Shades of Gray but like the drama. One of my favourite reads of 2013! Overall a FANTASTIC contemporary romance and one that I recommend to everyone!

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Series Review: Wait for You by J. Lynn

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

Wait for You by J. Lynn | Wait for You Series

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Synopsis for Wait for You (from Goodreads):

Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…

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SERIESous’ Top Book Series: Must Read Author
Series: Wait for You
Author: J. Lynn (aka Jennifer L. Armentrout)
# of Books: 6 (Full List Here)

There are also novellas. Find the full reading order here.

Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Mature Subject Matter
Heat Rating: hot
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Dates: Februrary 2013 – November 2016
Source & Format: Own–eBook

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**This post was originally posted as a Fresh Friday review of the first book of the series. It has now been updated to include the newest publications in the series.**

Why I Picked It Up / My Expectations:

Jennifer L. Armentrout is a must read author for me. I’ve loved her paranormal Young Adult reads so I was stoked when I learned she was writing a New Adult book.

My Thoughts on Wait for You:

I read Wait For You when I was in a New Adult genre obsession phase (ie, I was basically reading only New Adult books for a solid two weeks) and it came out as one of my favourite reads.

The relationship between Cameron and Avery was great. I really liked both of them as characters and I could see their connection. I liked that both had issues to work through but they did so in a healthy way. I can’t stress how important the “healthy” bit is to me because sometimes I feel like books give people the idea it is completely normal to have crazy-passion filled and often obsessive relationships–especially in a genre that is attempting to be “realistic”–I just think it is important to remember it is fiction and most relationships in real life are not like that. Luckily, that isn’t the case here so I digress 😉

But I do have to say this book does a great job handling the subject matter that it brings up. This part was handled in an extremely mature way and isn’t something that is discussed often in New Adult reads. I also felt like it was realistic in how the characters deal with it and feel so I really respect that about this book–so kudos!

My Expectations for the Rest of the Series:

I’m really excited to read the next book and even though it isn’t a direct sequel of Avery’s story, I have enough clues from this book to get me excited for the sequel!

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–July 15, 2018– Book #1.5: Trust In Me

Clearly it has been 5 years since I read the first book in the series and my thoughts on Armentrout’s work greatly differ now. I find her writing to be formulaic now but I did remember enjoying this book and how refreshing it was to her other works so I was optimistic going into this.

Considering this is an Alternate POV retelling of Wait for You, this was the perfect way to reorient myself with this series. Somewhere in my head I labelled this as a novella–it’s not, it’s a full blown novel. Which is fine, but it wasn’t the quicker read I was expecting.

Since it has been 5 years since I read the first book, I don’t know how much is repeat and rehashing vs how much is fresh material. But when I was halfway through, I found myself getting bored because I did know how it all ended. Perhaps, I would have gotten more out of this if I read it closer to Wait For You or even alternated chapters? Or maybe I just got bored of Cam? I think I liked him as a bit more of a mystery personally and spending that much time in his head didn’t do it for me.

–September 4, 2018– Book #2: Be With Me

**DNF’d at 30% (start of Chapter 10)**

This is just so boring! Nothing really new here. And I don’t feel the chemistry between these two at all–which is a shame because I felt it in the other book. Maybe if we had Jase’s POV I wouldn’t feel that way? Also, the lack of maturity (from both leads) is irking me. I do like the about violence against women aspect but I wish it was elaborated on more.

This is where I part ways with this series…

Series Rating: DNF

Wait for You 4/5 | [Trust in Me 3/5] | Be With Me DNF

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When I read the first novel 5 years ago, it was one of the first in the NA genre and I was a pretty loyal JLA fan. But I’ve grown tired of her formulaic writing over the years and I’ve frankly read a lot more impressive novels in this genre since so I’m not going out of my way to recommend this series to anyone except diehard JLA fans.

Read if You Like: mature subject matter, new adult romance
Avoid if You: a lighter read, dislike JLA’s writing style

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Series Review: Immortals by Alyson Noël

Series: The Immortals

Author: Alyson Noël

# of Books: 6 (Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, Night Star, Everlasting)

There is also a prequel ebook, Eternal Flame and a spin-off series, Riley Bloom (details here)

Complete?: Yes
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Soul Mates, Paranormal
Heat Rating: cool, lukewarm in later books

Thoughts:

My friend recommended that I read Evermore shortly after it came out. She told me it was better than Twilight (not a hard feat mind you, but at the time Twilight was the BIG thing) and after reading the plot synopsis I was intrigued.

Evermore was a great book. It had a little bit of everything I like in my books: romance, suspense, mystery and a heroine I actually liked. This was also the first book I read (and I would go on to read a few others) about “reincarnated soul-mates” so it was something new and exciting for me.

But I think it is important to note that I was in HIGH SCHOOL when I read this, therefore I was in the target audience range and I was expected to like it. If I read it now as someone in their 20s I’m not sure if I would enjoy it as much as I did, but I think I would still enjoy it.

The second book, Blue Moon was disappointing. I read it soon after Evermore and it followed the typical “lovers split” storyline that plagues series sequels with the same romantic leads. I guess it was just that I wanted more romance between the two and I didn’t really get it. It was interesting to read, but this was the book where I started to want to slap Ever instead of sympathize with her.

I think Shadowlands was the book where I started to lose faith in the series as a whole. Ever becomes increasingly annoying as does Damen and the best part *rolls eyes* is the introduction of a love triangle. I HATE love triangles and I think this book is part of the reason why I don’t like them. They are irritating and in this one I felt it was a little unnecessary to the story. In fact, Shadowlands turned me off the series so much that I didn’t pick up the last three books until two years later.

And even then, I finished the series more for the fact that I had bought them all and I felt compelled to read them so I could finish the series one summer. I can’t remember much from Dark Flame or Night Star other than the plot didn’t float my boat too much and the characters drove me up the wall. I pretty much sped through them.

Everlasting, the final book in the series, somewhat redeemed the series in my opinion. You finally learn why everything has been happening and the history of Ever and Damen’s story. Also, the rest of the storylines get their closure. The ending satisfied me but I think I was just happy to see the series come to a close 😛

Conclusion:

After such a promising start, the series just fell apart. Perhaps I grew up too fast to enjoy the books at the age they are meant to be read at, but this series just didn’t end up doing it for me. I wish that it was a trilogy instead or focused on one or two main plots instead of the endless number that seem to go on throughout the series (which is a hard thing for me to say because I normally like a lot happening in my books). In the end, not my favourite series but the book covers look very pretty on my book shelf 😉

Rating: 3/5

Similar Reads: The Eternal Ones by Kristen Miller (Eternal Ones, #1) and Fallen by Lauren Kate

Synopsis for Evermore (from Goodreads): After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people’s auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone’s entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact to suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school — but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste. Damen is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He’s the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head – wielding a magic so intense, it’s as though he can peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she’s left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is – or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she’s falling deeply and helplessly in love with him