Covenant Read-Along: Week 5

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Welcome to Week FIVE of The Covenant Series Read-Along. If you want to know more about the Read-Along, sign up for it, and get all the details, check out this page here. You'll find links to all the weekly posts on that page, too.

Missed last week's discussion? You can find it here.

REMEMBER: In order to be eligible for the prizes, you must SIGN UP and then answer the questions via the Google Form below.

Now, let's discuss what you read during the week, Pure, Chapters 1-13.

Here's what I thought about the chapters I read so far:

So much happens in the first half of Pure, I don't even know where to begin! My favorite moment would have to be when Aiden and Alex go to the zoo. It was such a "normal" thing for them to do, and it really meant a lot to Alex. It was also one of the turning points in their relationship. The most heartbreaking and gut-wrenching moment of all would have to involve Caleb, easily one of my favorite secondary characters ever. I love his friendship with Alex and him and Olivia were so cute together. You know what I realized this time around?! Seth isn't as charming and appealing as I originally believed. He had his arrogance and playboy ways, but I think before it felt like it cared for Alex early on and I really liked their relationship. Reading it again, I see that he was very cold to her at times, disrespected her, and didn't care for her opinion or say in things. After the Caleb incident is when I finally saw a glimpse of the Seth I thought I liked. I guess I really did forget a lot of what happened in these books.

Here's what some readers had to say about Half-Blood, Chapters 12-21:

Courtney says "Even though Alex got into a bad situation she's still a badass warrior. My favorite part is the last scene, with the candles. It's nice to see Alex finally let go."

Richa says "Chapter 16. Enough said."

Borghild says "I'm also very happy Alex got a closure with her mom. She needed and deserved that. But we can't forget Caleb. I really don't know what Alex would do without him. He's simply awesome.So that's some of my thoughts about it."

One of Heather's favorite moments " “You don’t have anything to worry about, Alex. I’m not going to let anything happen to you.” The moments those words left my mouth, I knew I’d crossed some invisible line that I could never, ever go back from. They weren’t just words. They were an oath that I’d keep true to the end of my days."


Be sure to come back here next Friday to discuss the chapters we read and answer some questions for your chance at winning some pretty cool prizes!

Next up, we'll be reading Chapters 14-27 of Pure.

So what did you think of the book so far?

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Cover Reveal: White Hot Kiss (Dark Elements #1)

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Hollywood Crush exclusively released the cover for Jen's upcoming novel, White Hot Kiss, a series revolving around gargoyles!


Add it on Goodreads

What do you think?

I'm definitely loving the snake tattoo and how it's angled, lol. The cover itself is a bit bright and I'm wondering how it'll look in print. If anything though, I can't wait to read it!

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Sentinel Full Cover & Synopsis

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Jen showed fans the full front & back cover to Sentinel today, as well as the synopsis for it.


As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, 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 swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, 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, 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.

What do you think folks?

I am SO not ready for this EPIC series to end, but I SO wanna know how it does!

November 2nd! Get. Here. NOW!

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Lux Series Book 5 Title & a Giveaway

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Happy Release Day to Origin! As a thanks for Origin having over 40 reviews on Amazon/B&N, Jen announced the title for Book 5, the last one (!!!!!), in the Lux series.

Opposition

What do you think?!

Personally, I love it. I think it fits perfectly with what will happen in the book, the things the characters will have to face and come to terms with. It won't be coming out until Summer 2014 and the whole world will read it on the same day, or after, because there will be NO ARCs! Sigh...Ugh, the wait is going to be excruciating!

Thank goodness we still have TONS of JLA books to keep us entertained in the mean time, am I right?!

Also, Jen is hosting a pretty sweet giveaway, I love how generous she is!


Go enter HERE!

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My Review of Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Daemon will do anything to get Katy back. After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure. All Katy can do is survive. Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen? Together, they can face anything. But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?

Wow! Just wow! Just when I thought Jen couldn’t be more of an outstanding author, she goes and writes something like Origin and simply blows me away with the sheer awesomeness of it. Is it possible to love every line, no every sentence, no every WORD, that is in this book?! Because I did! SO much happens in this book, it just blows your mind. I’ll say it, it’s definitely *bookishly* life-changing! Origin is a heart-stopping, breathtaking, action-packed bundle of EPIC all rolled into about 400 pages, with a captivating cover, to boot! An unputdownable book at its finest!

Oh, those first few chapters, really got me going. I swear, I usually don’t get all choked up and feeling all “the feels”, but Jen had me feeling the whole rainbow of emotions, back and forth, as I read this book. Jen really makes you feel everything that Katy goes through while stuck in Daedalus. A lot of the questions you’ve had about this organization and the Luxen are answered in this book and you get to see all the sides to this inevitable showdown that will beg the question – What side are you on? Sure, there were parts that I saw coming a mile away, but they were parts that I knew just HAD TO happen to make the story great and I was so happy to see Jen lay it all out there in this installment. There were some minor surprises throughout the book and I have to say, Jen seriously didn’t hold anything back here. Be forewarned, there are a LOT of deaths and dark stuff that happens in this book, but Jen adds her touch of humor and lightness when needed to keep you feeling all the emotions like I did. Although there are some new characters, and a few from the past, that make appearances, for the most part, you get a TON of Daemon and Katy in this book, which I definitely won’t complain about.

Without a doubt, my favorite part of this book was Daemon and Katy’s relationship. Or, more importantly, all of Daemon’s POVs. It’s pretty much why we’re all here, am I right?! Getting to be in his head for more than a moment here and there was absolute bliss! I loved seeing his anguish and pain while he was separated from Katy. I reveled in his joy when they were reunited. I laughed my ass off at his insane jokes and thoughts regarding his surroundings and situations. But more than that, I really loved how their relationship grew and developed in this book. They go through a crapload of crazy in Origin, which truly tests the depths of their love and, with the good and bad parts, I’m so insanely ecstatic with how Jen handled it all. There were just so many touching and heartfelt moments between these two crazy characters, and one scene that really tore at my heart a little, I just loved every minute of them together. Hands down, one of my favorite YA couples ever!

Origin is truly a knock-out, keep you at the edge of your seat, leaves you holding you breath in excitement, and has you cemented to the each and every page kind of book! It is all that, and more! Without a doubt, the best book I’ve read from Jen so far, and easily my favorite in the series to date. I literally ate, slept, and breathed Origin for the short amount of time I read it, because let’s face it, you know damn well I couldn’t put this book down. I did my best to savor every last word in this book, but really, it was just too good not to devour whole. If there’s only ONE book you even consider reading this year, it HAS TO be Origin!

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Covenant Read-Along: Week 4

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Welcome to Week FOUR of The Covenant Series Read-Along. If you want to know more about the Read-Along, sign up for it, and get all the details, check out this page here. You'll find links to all the weekly posts on that page, too.

Missed last week's discussion? You can find it here.

REMEMBER: In order to be eligible for the prizes, you must SIGN UP and then answer the questions via the Google Form below.

Now, let's discuss what you read during the week, Half-Blood, Chapters 12-21.

Here's what I thought about the chapters I read so far:

I forgot how amazing this book really is. The latter half has a decent amount of action and I was glued to the pages. I'd forgotten a lot about her confrontation with her mom, so it was great re-reading those scenes, seeing the heartache and pain that Alex has to go through and seeing her come out on top. Poor Caleb! I adore him so much! You know my favorite scene has to include AIDEN, lol. That would have to be CHAPTER 16!!!!! Man, when I first read that back in 2011, I thought "Wow, is Jen allowed to write that kind of scene in a YA book?!", seriously! Lol. But I loved EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF IT! SWOON! Add that to Chapter 16 in Aiden's POV?!?! Double SWOON! Oh, Leon, ever the c---blocker!

Here's what some readers had to say about Half-Blood, Chapters 1-11:

Michelle says "I love the sarcasm and the humor in these chapters as even though Alex's been through so much, she can still cheer everyone up with a snarky line."

Courtney says "I just love Alex and Aiden's banter. It's just so hilarious. But I have to say, my favorite scene is when he's taking care of her back. That scene is just so...ugh. :)"

April Etheridge says "To watch Alex and Aiden's relationship grow and morph into something so precious and beautiful is just spectacular. I also loved how hard Alex works to regain entry into the Covenant. I found myself cheering her on, impressed by her astounding determination and boldness."

Cristina Riquelme says "I really enjoy the humor sense of Alex, fav moment when Alex and Lea fight, and alex grab a handful of Lea copper hair and yanked her out of the chair."


Be sure to come back here next Friday to discuss the chapters we read and answer some questions for your chance at winning some pretty cool prizes!

Next up, we'll be reading Chapters 1-13 of Pure.

So what did you think of the book so far?

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Jen Hosts ANOTHER Awesome Giveaway! #TheyAreComing

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Yet again, Jen shows just how generous she is with another awesome giveaway!

She's got a ton of SIGNED books as well as a cute creature known as "DB" (you'll find out in Origin). I want!


Here's what you'll win:

A replica of “DB” from Origin
Signed copy of Origin
Signed copy of Opal (signed my me and Pepe)
Signed copy of The Dead Tossed Waves
Signed copy of Where she Went
Signed copy of Forest of Hands and Teeth
Signed copy of Temble
Signed copy of Tempest
Signed copy of Every Other Day
Signed copy of Shadow and Bone
Signed copy of Forgive My Fins

Go enter HERE!

Origin comes out NEXT WEEK! I'm so excited!!!

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Exclusive FIRST Chapter of #Origin on Hypable

1:19 PM Vi Nguyen 1 Comments

Hypable just released the FIRST chapter of Origin today! Squuueeee!!!!


Origin is all kinds of epic and I know you all are super anxious and dying to get your hands on it. ONLY 10 MORE DAYS!!!

For now, enjoy the this little sneak peek! Let me know what you think!!!!

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Covenant Read-Along: Week 3

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Welcome to Week THREE of The Covenant Series Read-Along. If you want to know more about the Read-Along, sign up for it, and get all the details, check out this page here. You'll find links to all the weekly posts on that page, too.

Missed last week's discussion? You can find it here.

REMEMBER: In order to be eligible for the prizes, you must SIGN UP and then answer the questions via the Google Form below.

Now, let's discuss what you read during the week, Half-Blood, Chapters 1-11.

Here's what I thought about the chapters I read so far:

My favorite parts included Alex meeting up with all the other half-bloods again. That scene with Lea was hilarious! Also, Caleb! I love that boy! His friendship with Alex was one of the highlights of this series. Deacon is great, too. It was interesting learning about the Covenant and the laws and ways of the Pures and Half-Bloods. These chapters introduce you to a lot of issues that become significant as the series progresses and I noticed a lot of details that I didn't the first time around. It was cool seeing Alex build her strength and skills up again, after being away from the Covenant for so long. Let's not forget about Aiden!!!! Oh, that man sure knows how to make me swoon! If I'm sore, can you rub some of that salve on me, please, Aiden?!

Thank you all for your feedback on Daimon. I loved all your responses about the book. Here's what some readers had to say:

Borghild says "...when she kicked the minister, that was so funny. And it's really great to see her strong relationship with her mother, and how much she loves her. Alex is also my favorite female character ever, and thats much because of her snark, humor, and strength."

Mary Perez says "It created a sense of mystery and intrigue and makes me wanna continue reading onto Half-Blood."

Dana Cuadrado says "I have already read books 1-4 but never read the novellas. I am never one to read the .5 or 3.5 type of books. I just want to read the main story where all the action is and I realized that I was missing out!! I loved being back in the Covenant world and reading from Alex's perspective. Daimon answered so many questions about what happened before Half-Blood and how Alex's mother died."

Jess @ Jesus Freak Reader says "I love every moment that she thought of Aiden and his eyes."

Livia Nowlin's fave quote - "It's on like Donkey Kong."

Malia's fave quote - "Whatever! Go save a dolphin or something!" Matt: "It's a whale, Alex, a whale!"


Be sure to come back here next Friday to discuss the chapters we read and answer some questions for your chance at winning some pretty cool prizes!

Next up, we'll be reading Chapters 12-21 of Half-Blood.

So what did you think of the book so far?

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Obsidian Movie on IMDB

6:23 PM Vi Nguyen 1 Comments

Things are still in the early stages, but in case you were wondering, Obsidian does have its own little spot on IMDB.



I can't wait until things start progressing more!

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Trust in Me Cover Reveal

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It’s Wait for You as you’ve never seen it. Trust in Me lets you in on Cam’s side of the #1 New York Times Bestselling story.


Cameron Hamilton is used to getting what he wants, especially when it comes to women. But when Avery Morgansten comes crashing into his life – literally – he finally meets the one person who can resist his soulful baby blues. But Cam’s not ready to give up. He can’t get the feisty and intriguing girl out of his head.


Avery has secrets, secrets that keep her from admitting the feelings Cam knows she has for him. Will persistence (and some delicious homemade cookies) help him break down her barriers and gain her trust? Or will he be shut out of Avery's life, losing his first real shot at the kind of love that lasts forever?

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Jen's #PayItForward Blogger Giveaway

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Being the ever-generous author that she is, Jen is hosting yet another giveaway, this time for bloggers. She's giving away FOUR copies of Origin plus TONS of swag.



The only catch is that if you win the contest, you'll host your own contest on your blog for others to win. Pay it forward, baby!

You're so awesome, Jen!

Go enter HERE!

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The SPECIAL Special Editions of Wait for You

5:41 PM Vi Nguyen 1 Comments

GASP!

Jen just announced that during the time where she had to awesomely sign the 10,000 copies of Wait for You for pre-order, she signed THREE of them in "a very special way".



If you're one of the LUCKY THREE who will soon possess this book, all you have to do is take a picture of it and send it to Jen, and she'll gift you with the new Amazon Kindle HD! How freaking unbelievable is that?! Although, honestly, I'd just be happy to get an extra-special signed copy of Jen's book, but the kindle is nice, too!



Man, I wish I was one of the LUCKY THREE! Fingers crossed!!

If you didn't pre-order your copy of Wait for You yet, here's your chance.

All details can be found on her recent blog post. Good luck!

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An #IHEARTDAEMONBLACK Giveaway

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Jennifer is back online in full force with an awesome giveaway for some signed books and bookmarks. Excellent!



Go enter here!

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Sentinel Release Party Details

2:34 PM Vi Nguyen 7 Comments

If you live in or around the PA area, you better get your butts to this event!


Sentinel and Frigid Release Party
The Metroplex 
2300 Chemical Road 
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 
November 16, 2013 Signing and Discussion 
Special Guests: Adam (Cover model from Frigid) 
- Special dinner to follow/contests/giveaways/etc

I am SO excited for this and will definitely be there with my crew of JLA fanatics! I can't wait!

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Jen Shares Some Cool Photos

2:14 PM Vi Nguyen 2 Comments

Jen is FINALLY back online after taking a vacation (we've missed you SO much) and she posted some cool photos on her Facebook for fans to see.

Here is her updated bookshelves, per request:



And look what she got in the mail:



Eeeeppp!!! I am loving those Origin and Unchained bookmarks! I must have them!!!

What do you think?

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...And Then This Happened

2:10 PM Vi Nguyen 1 Comments

Remember last time when THIS happened?!

Well, once again Jen astounds me with her gracious nature.

Credit to @apedulla <3


Yes, that is my name there among a few of my favorite bloggers that Jen mentions in her Acknowledgments in Origin. Granted, she used the phonetic spelling of my name, but now NO ONE who reads Origin should get it wrong. Right?! Lol.

I love you SO much Jen! You are awesome. Not only do you write fantastic books, you're an amazing person, too. I'm so blessed to know you!

Btw, Origin is OFF THE CHARTS phenomenal and I can't wait for you all to read it and experience the sheer awesomeness of it all. My review will be up on Origin's release day! So excited!

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Covenant Read-Along: Week 2

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Welcome to Week TWO of The Covenant Series Read-Along. If you want to know more about the Read-Along, sign up for it, and get all the details, check out this page here. You'll find links to all the weekly posts on that page, too.

REMEMBER: In order to be eligible for the prizes, you must SIGN UP and then answer the questions via the Google Form below.

This week we will be discussing Daimon.

Here's what I thought about Daimon:

The most enjoyable aspect of this novella was Alex. I loved being inside her head and just seeing a glimpse of her personality and style come out. Alex is easily my favorite female protagonist ever, and it's mostly due to her snark, strength, humor, and the fact that she doesn't take crap from any one. I also liked getting a glimpse of Alex's relationship with her mother. You could tell how much they love each other and special their relationship was.

Overall, it was a nice introduction to the series.

Be sure to come back here next Friday to discuss the chapters we read and answer some questions for your chance at winning some pretty cool prizes!

Next up, we'll be reading Chapters 1-11 of Half-Blood.

So what did you think of Daimon?

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Covenant Read-Along: Week 1

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Welcome to Week ONE of The Covenant Series Read-Along. If you want to know more about the Read-Along, sign up for it, and get all the details, check out this page here. You'll find links to all the weekly posts on that page, too.

I thought it would be cool to start everyone off nice and easy with Daimon.

For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals—pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she'd been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she's pretty much accepted that she's a freak by mortal standards… and that she'll never be prepared for that duty.

According to her mother, that’s a good thing.

But as every descendant of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return—the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death… because she's being hunted by the very creatures she'd once trained to kill.

The daimons have found her.

Be sure to come back here next Friday to discuss the book and answer some questions for your chance at winning some pretty cool prizes!

Also, join in on the conversation on Twitter - #CovenantReadAlong and in the FB Group!

FYI, did you see that the prize list got updated?

The Prizes:
- SIGNED Copy of Sentinel by JLA (One US & One INT'L)
- SIGNED Copy of Wait for You by JLA & Cover Model (US Only)
- SIGNED Copy of Origin (US Only)
- SIGNED Bookmarks (variety packs - US & INT'L)
- SIGNED Bookmarks from K-Books (UK Only)
- THREE Sentinel T-Shirts from SHP (US & Canada)
- ONE Covenant-themed Jewelry Piece from Hebel Designs (INT'L)

Happy reading!

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