Sexy without smut
Layla doesn’t really fit in anywhere. Half demon, half warden, she’s the only known one of her kind. Raised by the wardens, she believes that the other, darker side of her is evil and must be hidden from all she loves. Especially Zayne, the gorgeous warden she’s been crushing on her whole life. That is, until she meets Roth. The tattooed, sinfully hot demon is nothing like she expected. Soon, Layla is questioning everything she’s been raised to believe, and uncovering secrets the likes of which could bring about the end of the world.
Jennifer Armentrout has done it again. She’s created larger than life, passionate characters that are unique and charming in their own rights. She knows how to sexy it up – without the smut, and this novel is steaming! Roth is incredibly hot with his wit and cocky attitude. This is one author who knows how to create the perfect BBBB (bad boy book boyfriend)! Zayne is sweet and protective. Layla is strong, unconsciously hot and yet a little bit of a damsel in distress.
The fantasy world Armentrout has created is intriguing. She’s put a spin on the good versus evil premise and managed to make me fall in love with both sides, creating the perfect amount of inner reader conflict in this fantastic love triangle. The action was fast-paced and had me on the edge of my seat for most of the story.
I LOVE this series and can’t wait to find out what happens next!
It was Celaena Sardothien who left for Wendolyn but not she who returns. Forged by fire and friendship, a new woman – a queen – returns in her place. Will Aelin Galathynius finally defeat the evil King of Adarlan? Will she free her friends from their torture? Will she finally take her rightful place as Queen of Terrasen?
The first few chapters of this, the fourth installment in the ‘Throne of Glass’ series had me worried. After having journeyed with Celaena through the first three books, the beginning of this novel felt like a step back in terms of her character development. The woman who had shed blood, tears and fire to become a queen, seemed to have shriveled back into the shell that was Celaena Sardothien.
And then Rowan arrived…
The action snowballed into a crescendo, characters bloomed, and the plot reached a magnificent high. One of my favorite things about this particular novel is the way Maas has tied up the strings in the last few chapters. She knows exactly how to round off the story and leave a reader satisfied, while still creating excitement for the novels to come.
Once again, the fantasy aspects were thrilling and I loved the inclusion of magic. The witches added a darker dimension, but this time, with a hint of hope. The love angle was a little disturbing at first because of the expectations created in the first few novels around the characters of Chaol and Rowan, but Maas paced the relationship development well.
I can’t wait to find out what happens next!
Growing up in post 911 USA
Summer Stevenson is used to change. As the daughter of two military parents, she’s moved around more than any other kids she knows. She’s used to never being in one place long enough to make friends – but that doesn’t mean she likes it. When the moving truck arrives to haul the family to Valencia, Summer is understandably apprehensive. The new move has a bittersweet twist to it. While it means leaving behind the short term friendships she has managed to foster, it also promises an opportunity for Summer to join a swimming team and beginning training for her lifelong dream of becoming an Olympian.
This novel is definitely for a younger target market, but it’s something I would love my children to read. It captures so simply the struggles and concerns of a young teen, trying to fit in and navigate post 911 USA. The very serious issues military children face was wonderfully interwoven in the story. Coming from a country where public servicemen and women are often viewed as corrupt and lazy, it was a cultural lesson to see how USA servicemen and women are oppositely revered and respected.
This is an easy, flowing story that dips into some very stark issues facing the youth of today and I would heartily recommend it to parents and their children worldwide.