Friday, 28 June 2013

Feature and Follow (3)

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Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Go to either blog to see the rules for participation. 

Q: What is your preferred reading format? Hardcover, eBooks, paperback etc?

A: I'll take the books in any format I can get. If a book is only out in eBook format I'l get that. But I have to say that I prefer paperbacks, because I like to hold a physical book, and they are not as heavy as hardcovers. And then I really like to be able to put it on my shelf, even though there isn't much room left.. 

This Girl by Colleen Hoover

This Girl (Slammed, #3)
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Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from hispoint of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.

My thoughts

If you think this book is just a retelling of Slammed from Will's POV you're wrong. It is soo much more. First of all, it begins right after Point of Retreat ended on Will and Lake's honeymoon, where Lake asks Will to tell her his version of the events during Slammed. The story then shifts between Will's retelling of Slammed and the honeymoon, which means we get a good few glimpses of what happens to them after Point of Retreat. I really liked Will's POV in the last book and I very much did so too in This Girl. Okay, that's a lie. I absolutely loooved Will's POV, and I liked how different he reacted to all those heartbreaking events in Slammed. And there can be no doubt about how much he loves Lake. 
Granted, there are many repetitons in This Girl, because it is after all a retelling of Slammed. I didn't really mind, though, for seeing things from Will's POV made it a different reading experience altogether.

Reading Slammed I often wondered what Will was thinking and why he did what he did. What was he thinking in the hallway, or when Lake agreed to go on a date with another guy, or when Lake recited her poem in class and the one in Club N9ne? All these questions were answered and then some more. There were also extra scenes that weren't mentioned in either Slammed or Point of Retreat which I loved! My favorite part, though, were definitely the ending where... Yeah, I'm so not going to tell you that, cuz that would be too much of a spoiler, that you really wouldn't want. 

As usual Colleen Hoover's writing was just amazing. Even though I knew exactly what was going to happen, I went through all the emotions again. The utter joy of their meeting and their first date, the heartwrenching frustration, the sadness, some more frustration, and finally the happiness when everything is solved. Even though I'm a bit sad that there won't be anymore Will or Lake, I'm so very happy and satisfied with the ending of the series. This Girl was simply the perfect ending to an amazing series that I won't soon forget.

If you've read the previous books you must not miss This Girl!

“I lie back on my pillow and think back to that day. The day that I fell for my wife.”

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I've already read so many great books in 2013 that it was actually hard to choose. Also, I've gone all into contemporary this year so my list mostly contain those.

If I Stay (If I Stay #1)    Slammed (Slammed, #1)    This Girl (Slammed, #3)

1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman: This book was just.. WOW!

2. Slammed by Colleen Hoover: I loved the story, the characters and Colleen Hoover's writing.

3. This Girl by Colleen Hoover: I loooved reading Slammed from Will's POV, but also getting snippets from Will and Lake's life after Point of Retreat.

Apollyon (Covenant, #4)The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3)The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #3)

4. Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I was dying to read this book after Deity, and it did in no way disappoint me! Can't wait to read Sentinel now. 

5. The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead: I actually love all the books in the series, but this is my favorite so far. I just wish November will hurry up so I can read the next book, The Fiery Heart!

6. The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa: This was the first book I read this year, and I think it set the bar pretty high. I loved the world Kagawa has created, and Meghan was awesome in this book.

The Truth About ForeverSuddenly Royal (Suddenly, #1)The Fault in Our StarsEasy

7. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen: I've been wanting to read this for a long time, and I was so glad when I finally did. It was simply amazing.

8. Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase: I just finished this recently and it was such a funny and cute book. Loved it!

9. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I cried so hard while reading this, but it's still one of the best books I've read.

10. Easy by Tammara Webber: This is one of my favorite NA books, I loved the story and the characters, and when I turned the last page I wished there had been much more.

What's the top ten books you've read so far this year? Leave a link to you TTT!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever
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A long hot summer... That's what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy's father.

But sometimes unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister's project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl's world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to wonder, Is it really better to be safe than sorry?

My thoughts

This book was amazing and compelling, and I could not put it down. I felt like I really got this book, that I wasn't so much reading it as I was experiencing it. From the moment I was introduced to Macy, what she had been through and the life she had now sort of chosen for herself, I felt a need to rush through the book until she found happiness again. I don't think I've felt that before, but she was just so lonely and miserable without really understanding that she was. Instead of truly grieving the loss of her father, Macy built up this "perfect" life for herself, where everything were defined and scheduled, so she could hide herself and never confront grief or the past. She wanted everything to be and look perfect, she even had the perfect boyfriend to complete it. But life is far from perfect, and Macy is about to find out that maybe it doesn't have to be.

“It's just that...I just think that some things are meant to be broken. Imperfect. Chaotic. It's the universe's way of providing contrast, you know? There have to be a few holes in the road. It's how life is.” 

That summer it's time for Macy to finally find herself again, to live her life, to face the past and know that it's okay to feel sadness and loss, and to remember the life she had before. And it all begins when she meets the crew at Wish. Wish is by definition chaotic, and nothing ever happens the way it should, but that doesn't matter, you just figure out along the way. This is a stark contrast to Macy, who has to plan everything. She thinks too much and never does anything impulsive. A thing I could more than relate to, and like Macy something I wish I wasn't so afraid to change. But slowly, very slowly Macy starts to let go, to let things happen as they do, not planned and certainly not perfect. Being with everyone at Wish she changes and start living again, even if it scares her to abandon her very scheduled life, she almost obsessively followed as a way of comfort. 

“It was just one of those things," I said, "You know, that just happen. You don't think or plan. You just do it.” 

I loved, loved everyone at Wish. Everyone was different and had their own story that defined them, and I think Dessen did a great job in creating each character, making them real and belivable. Wes and Macy's friendship was one of the best parts. He was the first one she could be honest with, and he in no way judged her for her feelings. He just listened to her, like no one had done before. Being with Wes she could finally leave her idea of a perfect life and realize that you can't really be perfect, but being imperfect and flawed might actually be better. Everyone had an impact on Macy's life, and she learnt something from everyone of them, about herself, about life and about forever.

I really liked Dessen writing, and I liked that she showed instead of told. Macy didn't always clarify her feelings, or had those inner monologues where she tells what she is feeling. It was more based on her actions. You could see the change in her in the things she did and the way she thought differently about certain things. 

So, I think I kind of fell in love with this story. It had me laughing, thinking, cheering, crying and wondering. The book stayed with me even after I finished the last page, and I love a book that makes me reflect upon life. There were so many little things that were important in the book, that I cannot even sum up. It's like all these small details make a whole and together they are significant. 

“It's all in the view. That's what I mean about forever, too. For any one of us our forever could end in an hour, or a hundred years from now. You never know for sure, so you'd better make every second count.”  

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 

Monday, 17 June 2013

Frigid by J. Lynn ~ Chapter Reveal and Pre-Order Promo

Today is an exciting day - we have FOUR HUGE SURPRISES for you! Jennifer L. Armentrout's (writing as J. Lynn) FRIGID is set to release on e-book at the end of July. If you're anything like us, you're probably on pins and needles and just cannot wait to get your hands on a copy of this book.
FRIGID has already been given the honor of being named a Romantic Times Top Pick and we're super excited for you to be able to read it as well!
Well, there's good news! Are you ready for those four awesome surprises? Here we go!
1. Due to all the excitement surrounding FRIGID, we have decided to run a special e-book pre-order promotion. We have worked out a deal with the distributor to release FRIGID a full two weeks early -- on JULY 15th!!! -- if we meet our e-book pre-order goal. EEEEP! That's right, if you are like the rest of us and want to be able to read FRIGID in its entirety before its original release date, all you have to do is PRE-ORDER THE E-BOOK NOW! What are you waiting for? GO! Pre-order it!

Pre-Order Links: Barnes & Noble / Amazon

2. Need something to hold you over until FRIGID releases? Well, starting right now, you can read the first three chapters of FRIGID for free! Just read below!

3. Can’t get enough of the hot FRIGID cover? Want to see some behind the scenes photos that are sure to make you swoon? You’re in luck! Below you can watch a slideshow of all the behind the scenes photos from the photo shoot! Go on and watch it. We’ll wait, because there is still one more great surprise!

4. And last but not least, if you live near Philadelphia, PA, you're in for a very special treat -- Jennifer will be in Philly in November signing not only FRIGID but also the last book in her immensely popular COVENANT series, SENTINEL! But that's not all, Adam, the super hot cover model from FRIGID will be there as well! So, yes, you'll get to meet Jennifer and Adam! Plus, there will be other great prizes that you seriously won't want to miss out on (dinner with the author and model, perhaps?)! Stay tuned for more details to come!

We hope you're as excited as we are! So now....Go pre-order FRIGID! Go read those chapters! Go watch that slideshow! And Enjoy!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Slammed (Slammed, #1)
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Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope.
Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

My thoughts

I was a bit hesistant about this book, because there have been a huge hype about Colleen Hoover's books, and I've been rather disappointed with popular books lately. But it turned out there was absolutely nothing to fear, because Slammed was absolutely fantastic. It was much more, actually, but I can't seem to find proper words for how much I love this book, and it has taken me very long to even write this review. The story was so touching, so deep and so thought-provoking, and I honestly loved every word of it.
Hoover has such a way with words, enchanting you, so you get sucked right into the story, never wanting to leave. You just want to keep reading about these amazing characters till you've turned the very last page, and then you'll crave more. And I was consumed by all the feelings I had while reading, from happiness to despair, from love to fear, and from giddiness to sadness. I might even have cried a little bit. 

Lake was an amazing character. Right from the beginning I knew I was going to like her. Even though she has had a hard time following the death of her father, she keeps moving on. And then finally she finds happiness, just to lose it all before she even really got it. She goes through a lot, and sometimes she breaks down, sometimes she just want to pause it all and don't deal with it, but in the end she faces it all with courage and responsibility. And I admired her for all the difficult choices she made. 

Will is one of my new favorite male main characters. He is simply perfect, though he makes a lot of mistakes and is flawed, he is also just the best guy. He is so sweet and caring, always put others before himself and he is always, always there to help Lake. I absolutely loved his poems, and how he poured his heart out. Honestly, he made me totally swoon throughout the book, and I couldn't get enough of him. 

Actually, I loved all the characters in this book, which is kind of rare for me. But they were all so believable and loveable, and they all had such a great impact on the story. Julia was an incredible mother and she definitely taught me some life lessons. Caulder and Kel took some of the tension out of the book while living a bit backwards. I loved how Eddie was always cheerful and happy despite all the things she had been through, and how she understood and helped Lake. All the characters kind of spoke to me and somehow in different ways inspired me.

As you can probably tell I loved this book very much, and it got right into my very limited all-time favorites list. I'm not sure my review even did the book justice, I feel like I mostly just ramble, trying to string my thoughts together. So I guess I'll just recommend that you read and experience Slammed yourself.

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (19)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week I'm waiting on:
Frigid by J. Lynn
Release date (e-book): July 30.
Release date (paperback): November 5.

For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn't anything new. They'd been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the 'man' in man-whore. He's never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn't want to risk their friendship by declaring her love. 

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she's perfect and she's everything. But the feelings he has for her, he's always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have. 

But when they're stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor'easter, there's nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.


Here's another book from J.Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout that I can't wait to read. I'm really liking the New Adult genre and combined with JLA's wonderful writing, it can't be anything other than amazing! Besides, I love bestfriends romance. 

What are you waiting on this week? Leave a link and let me know!

Monday, 10 June 2013

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Meant to BeMeant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question. 

It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").

But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

My thoughts

I was very excited to start this one, because it sounded very good and funny, and I'd read some great reviews of it. And I'm happy to say that I was not disappointed, though the book turned out to be a bit different than I expected. Meant to Be was a lot of fun and I had a hard time putting it down, and when I finally put it down I couldn't wait to get back to it. At the same time I started dragging it out when there wasn't much left of it, because I wasn't ready for it to end and leave the characters. 

One of the things I loved about this book was the setting. London!! I think Morrill did a great job of portraying the city, and it felt like you were there along with the characters. I could easily picture the streets, the Thames, the parks, everything. I liked how London became a part of the story and not just a setting.

Another thing I loved about this book was that it was unpredictable. Yes, you might guess who she ends up with, but the road was not clear. I never knew what was going to happen next, and I certainly never knew what Julia was going to do next; was she going to be obsessive Book Licker (that's her nickname) or rule-breaking, daring über-Julia. Just as I thought I had figured her out she does something completely different, and it was actually really nice to read a book where you couldn't predict everything. 
There was also a bit of a mystery as to who is texting her, and I absolutely loved her and Jason's hunt through London trying to find out who it is. Julia and Jason were so fun together, their banter was hilarious and believable, and they simply drove each other nuts most of the time.   

I really liked Julia, she was a totally obssesive control-freak that would much rather keep back and live in her books and guides, than look up and experience the world as it is - unplanned. So imagine her distress when all her perfect plans fall apart and everything gets kind of messy and not orderly! I didn't always understand her actions and I think she was a bit irrational at times. On the other hand this was such a huge step for her, changing like that, and I think she was brave for doing so. She learnt a lot about herself, life, love, relationships, and that sometimes your impression of people is not who they really are - at all. 

Jason was a great character, and he was definitely not your average romantic hero. Throughout the book I felt about him like Julia did; constantly changing my feelings about him. Somethimes he was immensely annoying, at other times quite charming. In the beginning I had to agree with Julia a bit about him behaving like a immature seven year old, but as you put the pieces together he turned out to be a much deeper person and there was a lot more to him than I initally thought. I liked all the things he did for Julia along the way, and I've gotta say that Julia was really oblivious, but that actually made the story even better. 

Also, one of the best things about this book was that there was no insta-love. Whaaat? Is that even possible in books these day? Yeah, I was starting to wonder the same thing. But it's true. The attraction slowly builts, starting from non-existent and then growing into something more as the story progress. It doesn't suddenly overwhelm you; you're are there with Julia, experiencing her falling in love, and not just being in love.

Overall, Meant to Be was a sweet, funny and light read. I loved every minute of it and it had me laughing out loud several times. It's a book I'll absolutely recommend. 

☆ ☆ ☆ 

Monday, 3 June 2013

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (Jessica, #1)
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The undead can really screw up your senior year ... 
Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.

My thoughts

This book was very different than I had expected. From the blurb I thought this was going to be a light, fluffy read. Well, it wasn't. It turned out to actually be somewhat of a deep story, about identity, obligations, choice, courage, loss and love. Jessica is Romanian by birth, but has been adopted by an American couple when she was just an infant. Before her adoption though, her birth parents sealed a pact with another royal vampire clan, ensuring peace between the clans by marriage of their heirs. However, Jessica knows nothing about this until Lucius - her fiancé - suddenly appears, telling her she is a vampire and about to become his wife. Obviously, Jessica isn't very happy, and she definitely doesn't believe in vampires. She rather thinks Lucius is a bit of a lunatic, especially for him claiming to be a vampire. But Lucius, as the proper prince he is, begins to court her, so she'll decide to fulfill the pact - or else risk a vampire war. 

I loved the first half part of this book. Jessica and Lucius has some very funny banter, and there was a lot of laugh out loud moments. Jessica is very much just an average American teenager, trying to blend in, while enjoying her senior year. She is a math geek that stongly believe in the 'rational' and that everything can be explained by logic and reason. She is not very impressed by Lucius and his royal behaviour, and she doesn't find his courtship that charming. 

Lucius on the other hand is very much not an average guy, and he certainly doesn't try to blend in. In the beginning he's arrogant and has an air of general superiority. He is bit annoying, though at the same time quite charming. He also has some of the funniest lines. Seriously, he made me laugh so hard. And his observation of Americans and their talk, behaviour and customs were so hilarious. But he gradually adapts and starts to see his own life in a new light, in which he definitely didn't have an easy time. He really was a tortured hero, though without acting much of one, because he is also a very strong character. 

I didn't like the last part of the book nearly as much as the first part. Everything grew much darker and Lucius changed a great deal, and I didn't like that change very much. Actually, I kind of got annoyed with him, and at times I just wanted to slap him or shake him. But at the same time, I almost understood his reason for what he did. Some of it, anyway. And Jessica too changed a lot. I liked the change in her, though, she got more confident in herself and started to live up to her being a princess, and therefore a future ruler, but she also got very focused on Lucius, as she started to fall in love with him. I'm surprised to say that the latter part irked me a bit at times, but Jessica made me almost roll my eyes several times.

All in all, this was a fun book with an interesting take on vampires.

☆ ☆ 

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsession (Arum, #1)
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He’s arrogant, domineering, and... To. Die. For.
Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.
Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something... unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret.
Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable—breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life… or is it Hunter?

My thoughts

There was no doubt in my mind that I had to read this book. First of all, it's by Jennifer L. Armentrout! Second of all, it's set in the same 'world' as the Lux series. And, well, that's the only thing I needed to know before diving right into it - after a very long wait, that is. You don't have to have read the Lux series to understand this book, but if you've read it (which I strongly suggest) you'll get to know a lot more about the 'world' and definitely get a new perspective on things. There's also little hints dropped several places that links back to the Lux series, and there's some character crossover, which I got all kinds of excited about. But as I said, you don't have to have read either this book or the Lux series to understand them seperately. 

So Obsession is told from an Arum perspective, which was very interesting as these was labeled the bad guys, the enemies, in the Lux series. But reading this you come to understand that everything is not always what it seems, and there are certainly two sides to a story. I was surprised by some of the things that was revealed. And I have to say that I cannot wait to read Origin now. I think I've got an idea where things might be going there. 

Obsession was a great book, and I liked every single part of it, especially Serena and Hunter. There were a lot of funny parts in it, and I was laughing out loud several times. The banter between Serena and Hunter were hilarious, but also hot, and you could just wait around for everything to explode.
The book is told in alternating POVs, and I think that gave a good understanding of both characters. I was amazed by how different the POVs were, you were never in doubt about who was narrating, because Serena and Hunter's voices were so very different. I think this - once again - shows what an amazing writer Jennifer L. Armentrout is. 

I really liked Serena. She was very feisty, determined and strong character. She didn't let Hunter order her around, but she also wasn't stupid; she listened when it was needed, and didn't just want to cross him for the sake of it. She went through a lot, and it was impressive how she just kept going, even when things didn't look very good for her. Which they didn't most of the time. I also liked how she reacted when she discovered about the Luxen and Arum, that she was genuinely scared, and that it took some time before she even trusted Hunter. I think that made her all the more believable and real.  

Hunter was an amazing character. When you're introduced to him he's arrogant, cold and indifferent to most things. And, as Serena would say, he is very bossy, always wanting it his way and never listening to anybody else. That is until he meets Serena. Being with Serena and taking care of her, Hunter slowly changes bit by bit. He begins to care for Serena, which is very new to him and something he's not that comfortable with. He starts questioning his actions and motives, and what excatly he is feeling and why he is feeling at all. I liked that he only slowly changed and each step was very cautious and profound.

Overall, I really liked Obsession and I can't wait to find out what's coming next in this world. I already thought the wait for Origin was excruciating, but this didn't make it any easier! 
I'll definitely recommend this book whether or not you've read the Lux series, because JLA knows how to write and how to make a story absolutely consume you so you'll never want to stop. 

☆ ☆ ☆