Oldies but Goodies📚

🍂🍁Hey lovelies! Happy October and happy Friday. Is it feeling like fall where you are? I know that it is where I live. And I am loving every second of it. What is your favorite thing about the fall? Is it the fashion, cooler weather, hot pumpkin flavored drinks? Personally, I just love all of it.🍂🍁

  • Hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (series)

I remember the day I pulled Hush hush from the bookshelf and my local Barnes and Noble… I remember getting home and sitting down at my dining room table and reading the first page. That was 8 years ago! Isn’t it crazy how I can remember that?! I would say it is good memory, but it really is because I quiet enjoyed these books and that is why I remember sitting down and reading the book first the first time!

Storyline

Guys. I love these books. If you like fallen angels, these are the books for you. Hush, hush follows Nora Grey and her dark, mysterious biology partner, Patch, with whom she finds herself irresistibly attracted to. However, Patch has a dark past and Nora’s connection to him is bringing danger right to her doorstep.

Image from: https://mgbookreviews.wordpress.com

Covers

Let’s just take a second to appreciate these covers. Because oh. my. gosh. Aren’t they beautiful?

Besides their aesthetic, I think the covers do justice to the novel by accurately depicting what the story is about. Wings? Falling? Definitely getting fallen angel vibes over here!

I know we shall not judge a book by its over, but I think it is fair to infer a little bit as to what to story is via the cover. After all, the cover art is not just a means of catching our eye, but it is also a tool to give us clues as to what the story is about. In this way, the covers are not a “waste” of potential.

Characters
I am not going to spoil too much here in case anyone has not yet read the books. Overall, the characters are well developed, have interesting personal stories that evolve throughout the course of the books, and I felt invested in them as the reader.

  • The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith
credit: wikipedia

Let me start of by saying that I have read this trilogy eight times. Yes, you read that right… 8. Times. It is just that good!

Storyline

This book (trilogy) follows Jenny, a girl who purchases a mysterious game for her boyfriend’s birthday party. Little do Jenny and her friends know that this game is real and that the prize is Jenny herself. Win, and Jenny and her friends will be free. Lose, and Jenny will be stuck with the prince of the shadows himself–forever.

Characters

There are quite a few main characters, but they are in no way hard to keep track of. They all have different backgrounds, perspectives, and personalities, which keeps the story interesting.

Cover

I own the book with the cover that above so the book I own contains all three books: The Hunt, The Chase, and The Kill. I quite enjoy 3-in-1 books because you don’t have to go back to the bookstore/wait for the next book to come out! Sometimes I find that I prefer the cover of the 3-in-1 than the individual novels. How do you guys feel about 3-in-1 books? Let me know in the comments below!

I quite appreciated the resemblance of the cover model to the character of Jenny; blonde hair, green eyes–and even a cashmere sweater that Jenny is in for most of the first book (The Hunt). I like that attention to detail!

Overall, this might strike you as a Jumanji-esque like storyline. And rightly so–just minus the jungle. The idea is very similar; however, the twists and turns of the story involve darker games–games that are more of what nightmares are made of.

image thanks to: quickmeme.com
  • Lux by Jennifer Armentrout
Image thanks to : https://fangfreakintasticreviews.com/lux-series-collectors-edition/

I originally read this during the summertime–which matched up perfectly with where this story begins: summer! I am not sure about you guys, but I quite enjoy when the things like that overlap. It makes the books more relatable. What do you think? Is this something you ever think about?

Storyline

This series follows a book blogger named Katy who moves into a small West Virginia town, right next to a set of twins, Daemon and Dee. Dee? Nice girl–strange at times, but nice. Daemon? Let’s just say he isn’t much like his sister in the nice department. He’s mostly just nice to look at. But these twins are different; in fact, they are aliens. And when Daemon saves Katy using his alien powers, much to Katy’s dismay, she has to spend all her time with Daemon to avoid his alien enemies.

I have read through these books quite a few times so I have lost track. Obsidian (the first book) is my favorite. Honestly, there really is nothing like the first book in the series. Does anyone else have a high affinity for the first book in a series? Maybe I am just the sentimental type…

The storyline is easy to follow; Katy is the main narrator, but in the later books there are also chapters from Daemon’s POV.

Characters

I LOVE Katy. She is very relatable with her sassy nature. I quite enjoyed her not taking any BS from Daemon–or anyone else, really. I laughed out loud throughout reading these books quite a few times because of Katy’s remarks to Daemon–or thoughts about Daemon.

I also love Daemon’s character. At first, he seems shallow and not nice, but throughout the novels you become more accustomed to Daemon’s personality and his character evolves. Without Daemon, this story would NOT be the same.

Covers

I am not overly hyped about these covers like I am for Hush, hush, but I do think that they are pleasant to the eye. I like that they are blue as this goes with the color of the Luxen when using their alien powers. The covers that I put above are the ones where there are 2 books in one copy. For example, Lux: Beginnings contains both Obsidian (#1) and Opal (#2).

What did you guys think of my “oldies but goodies” selection? Have you read any of these before? What are some of your oldies but goodies? Let me know in the comments below!

Overall, I definitely recommend the Lux series for anyone that loves all things alien and romance. These books are a perfect blend of both!

Thanks for reading today’s post! I hope you guys have a good weekend.

Until next time,

Maya 🌹

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