Opposition Book Review

Opposition: A Lux Novel BOOK 5

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opposition Cover

Overview

The world changed the night the Luxen came, and now Daemon will do anything to save Katy…even if that means betrayal. For Katy, the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy them all. As it becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world crumbles around them, they may lose everything–even what they cherish most–to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind. War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

My Review

I started to read the series, because a reviewer claimed my book The Zeuorian Awakening was a ripoff of Obsidian and I was curious to see if in fact the author plagiarized my book, which they didn’t. Then I decided to read book 2 and 3. I was going to give up on the series, but I’m a sucker for serials with cliffhangers. So I bought book 4 and 5 to see what happened to Katy.

I really had a hard time getting into this book. The whole alien invasion I had a difficult time with. As well as Daemon and Dawson are the only ones not controlled by the Luxen leader like Dee. Not once did they try to get word to Katy or Bethany of the situation.

Of course Katy does something stupid and gets caught. Her typical. Daemon must risk being considered a traitor and killed to save her, again. Then while surrounded by aliens who want her dead, they have sex. Ah, please. Talk about a filler.

Dawson, Daemon and Katy escape with DOD and Luc’s help. Dee stayed behind. She doesn’t want to feel anymore and likes being a drone. Okay.

Now they are staying with the DOD and helping to fight the aliens. All the while having sex. That was the point I skipped to the end. I had enough.

***spoiler alert***

Just as I suspected everyone survived and the bad aliens were taken care of by the Arum. Daemon and Katy now live together and go to college in Colorado. They are getting married soon. Dee has a beau and Dawson has a kid with Bethany. All is great in the world and they are also free of the DOD.

Only bad that came out of everything is that Katy’s mom died, which was no big deal to Katy or to me. Her character sort of disappeared after book 2 and any feelings for her disappeared as well.

Review Rating: 1 Stars out of 5


Origin Book Review

Origin: A Lux Novel Book 4

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Origin Cover

Overview

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. But the most dangerous foe has been truths are exposed and lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?

My Review

I started to read the series, because a reviewer claimed my book The Zeuorian Awakening was a ripoff of Obsidian and I was curious to see if in fact the author plagiarized my book, which they didn’t. Then I decided to read book 2 and 3. I was going to give up on the series, but I’m a sucker for serials with cliffhangers. So I bought this book to see what happened to Katy.

The book was interesting, but I still had a hard time believing the DOD or Dadelus, would kidnap and torture previously human now alien-hybrids. Like I said in my review of Opal, I have my conspiracy theories like many people do, but I also don’t think a secret government group would be stupid and kidnap a person and then ask them to join their cause. They would ask them first so the person doesn’t immediately think they are bad and refuse to help.

I also had an issue with Katy fighting the secret group. It was a little stupid. She knows there is no escaping. They are going to spray her with stuff that makes her suffer if she refuses to cooperate. But she does it when a doctor tries to exam her and take blood.

I was surprised Dee pretty much wrote Katy off. She no longer cared about her. And Dawson after Daemon and Katy risked everything to help him get Bethany free, tried to stop him from saving Katy.

***spoiler alert***

After Luc sprung Daemon and Katy out of area 51, Dee, Dawson, Mathew, Ash and the gang show. They finally decided to try and save them. Of course this is after they graduated high school 4 months later, which they rub into Katy’s and Daemon’s faces. Daemon gets a warm welcome and Katy a so so one. Still the outcast, but Dee finally forgives her for Adams death. Please. It never was her fault in the first place.

Like the other books just when they thought everything was safe another friend turns on them–Mathew. He was the one who sold out Dawson and Bethany. They run for their lives and make a public speculation on TV to keep from getting capture. It still amazes me why that hadn’t happened earlier with so many hybrids escaping the DOD.

The book ends with an alien invasion and Daemon, Dee and Dawson joining them while leaving Katy, Bethany and origins behind.

Yet again I skipped reading half the book to bypass the boring parts and find out what happened at the end.

Review Rating: 2 Stars out of 5


Fifty Shades Movie Review

Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Review

by E.L. James

Fifty Shades Grey Poster

Overview

The worldwide phenomenon comes to life in the Fifty Shades of Grey unrated version, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as the iconic Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.

My Review

I read the book series out of curiosity, but I ended up liking the main characters, especially when they bantered back and forth. Personally the sex and bondage thing could’ve been completely removed from the book for all I cared. I skimmed over it. It’s just not my things.

I watched the movie hoping it would be just as good as the book, but sadly it wasn’t. Talk about a waste of six dollars.

The movie skimmed over most of the book, highlighting only certain parts, in some cases skipping important parts. For instance the banter between the two characters. The part that drew me in. They did show a few emails between them, but it wasn’t the same. You didn’t get the whole palm twitching mad joke.

One of the biggest disappointment I felt toward the movie was the character development. In the book you’re able to hear Anastasia’s thoughts so you understand her inner conflict regarding Christian. I.e. He is the first man she ever found interesting, but to be with him she must accept his terms—being whipped and bound. You also are able to see Christian as a person. In the movie all you could see was his cold, distant and perverted side. If I hadn’t read the book, I would’ve wondered if Ana was completely insane to want to be with this extremely cold-hearted guy.

The only good thing the movie did right, they reduced the sex scenes so they were classy and bearable for people like myself, who aren’t into porn. For those of you who are into porn or bondage, sorry. The movie just gives you a glimpse of the red room of pain and Ana getting hit. It sort of reminded me of the old 40’s movies. Where you see a hand clench or the girl gasp, but you don’t see the actual act taking place. You only know it’s happening.

Review Rating: 2 Stars out of 5


Opal Book Review

Opal: A Lux Novel BOOK 3

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opal Covet

Overview

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing alien hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

My Review

I started to read the series, because a reviewer claimed my book The Zeuorian Awakening was a ripoff of Obsidian and I was curious to see if in fact the author plagiarized my book, which they didn’t. Then I decided to read the next book and continued to read the third book despite not liking the second book as much as the first one.

Yeah, I know, I’m a sucker for serials with cliffhangers.

Anyway Opal was a little better than book 2. The story is focused on getting Bethany, Dawson’s girlfriend out of DOD hands with Blake’s help. He is no longer with the DOD and wants to free his alien friend too. He is blackmailing Katy and Daemon into working with him. They agree only if he helps to get Bethany out too. Of course the plan doesn’t go smooth and Blake turns on Katy again.

Katy wasn’t as stupid in this book and she actually thought of something smart to handle Dawson. However I thought it was a little ridiculous Katy took complete responsibility for Adam, Dee’s boyfriend, death when she tried to stop Blake, but she couldn’t.

Even though the book was better than Onyx, I found myself getting bored halfway through the book. I ended up skipping to the end so I could find out what happened instead of reading the second half of the book.

I also had a hard time believing the DOD would kidnap and torture previously human now alien-hybrids. I have my conspiracy theories about them like many people do, but I also don’t think they’re stupid and force people to join their cause. Something like that will leak out. And they would talk to the new hybrid’s first. Win their trust. It’s easier to work together when they cooperate than force them. It’s also easier to keep the whole alien thing under wraps too. No fear of a previous captive spilling to the news.

Review Rating: 2 Stars out of 5


BookBuzz.net Book Promotion Review

BookBuzz Promotional Service Review

BookBuzz Site

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In April I decided to try out BookBuzz $99 promotion that included NetGalley to promote the rerelease of my book The Zeuorian Awakening a YA Fantasy / Science Fiction Thriller.

Package Features:

Online Book Marketing Exposure
  • Post Books Online to BookBuzz.net, BookHitch, Shelfari, NewBookJournal, BookJetty, Library Thing, and/or Published.com and more.
  • Post your book available for review to several lists and online groups.
  • If your book is $2.99 or less, we will also post it to a few newsletters to try and get more sales for a couple of days during our promotion.
Online Media Exposure
  • Distribute press release to at least 3 online PR sites (Free-Press-Release.com, PRLog.org, CNN iReport, MyPRGenie.com, and/or PR.com
  • Send Press Releases electronically to 50 Book Reviewers
  • Send Press Releases electronically to 100 Book Stores that might be interested in your book.
  • Search Engine Registration for your website
Social Media Exposure
  • Marketing to 30,000+ book enthusiasts on Twitter
  • Depending on your genre marketing to 5,000 to 20,000 people on Facebook
  • NetGalley
    • Post your book on the site for all readers to review for a month.

    *NetGalley generally costs to Indie Authors $399 for six months or $599 if you add advertising with the their newsletter. For more Information click here.

    Marketing Facts

    I know when it comes to marketing, having worked in the field for 20 years, you’ll receive a spike in interest when you start to promote and then it’ll drop down as other advertisements, press releases, etc… bump yours. The key to success is constant “strategic” promotion of your product (i.e. book).

    So if you’re considering BookBuzz keep the above marketing fact in the back of your mind. A month of advertising isn’t going to make your book an instant success. Followers (aka readers) do. The more dedicated followers you have, the more sales. That’s why Stephan King books practically become a top seller within a few months of release, because he has a huge, I mean HUGE, following. As an author, indie or traditionally published, you must increase your number of followers to be successful as well as offer more books for them to read. Good books not crappy ones.

    No one wants to read a bad book, especially if they have to pay for it. I know myself, I stopped buying books from an author after reading something I didn’t like from them. Although, keep in mind, not everyone is going to like your book no matter how well you written it. We all have different tastes. So those readers, you need to let go of and focus on the ones who like your genre and writing style. Yes, I know that is a little confusing. How do you know if bad reviews are due to your book being badly written or the reader is just not into your book? Easy. Before you publish, have it read by other authors who aren’t afraid to tear it apart. Don’t wait until after you publish. Then you’ll never really know, which it is. Because reviewers who aren’t into your book will give it a bad review regardless.

    Anyway here is the results (analytics) for using BookBuzz:

    Online Book Marketing Exposure

    What they advertised they would do:

    Post Books Online to BookBuzz.net, BookHitch, Shelfari, NewBookJournal, BookJetty, Library Thing, and/or Published.com and more.

    What they actually did

    I already had posted the book on Goodreads and Shelfari

    They posted On

    They did not posted on

    What they advertised they would do:

    Post your book available for review to several lists and online groups.

    What they actually did
    What they advertised they would do:

    If your book is $2.99 or less, we will also post it to a few newsletters to try and get more sales for a couple of days during our promotion.

    What they actually did

    They didn’t not advertise my book as promised despite the fact it was offered for $2.99 as an ebook.

    Online Media Exposure

    What they advertised they would do:

    Distribute press release to at least 3 online PR sites (Free-Press-Release.com, PRLog.org, CNN iReport, MyPRGenie.com, and/or PR.com

    What they actually did
    What they advertised they would do:

    Send Press Releases electronically to 50 Book Reviewers. As well as Send Press Releases electronically to 100 Book Stores that might be interested in your book.

    What they actually did

    They requested a copy of my book overview, author bio and links, which they plugged into a PR template. No special copy editing, revisions, or anything to make it stand out.

    Sent Press Releases to:

    What they advertised they would do:

    Search Engine Registration for your website

    What they actually did

    They did not register the site that I’m aware of.

    Social Media Exposure

    What they advertised they would do:

    Marketing to 30,000+ book enthusiasts on Twitter. Depending on your genre marketing to 5,000 to 20,000 people on Facebook

    What they actually did

    NetGalley

    What they advertised they would do:

    Post your book on the site for all readers to review for a month.

    What they actually did

    https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/show/id/63326

    Reviews From NetGalley

    *I did notice the book had been wrongly posted as a romance. Hence why several reviewers were disappointed with the lack of romance in the book. However the ones who realized it was a thriller, really liked it. This goes back to knowing who your readers are and who aren’t (i.e. which reviews to ignore).

    BookBuzz Service

    I wasn’t particularly pleased with the way they handle my business. You can tell they have everything pretty much automated. No personal touch. Limited communications. They don’t answer emails. (Not unless you harass them.) They don’t share what they had done. You have to hunt on the web to check where they posted your book, if at all. The reports they forward from NetGalley, you’re not able to view reviewers profiles, even as a member, only BookBuzz can.

    The only benefit I got from their service was being able to post my book on NetGalley for $99 instead of forking over $399.

    Analytics

    • Book Reviews = 16 ($99/16 = $6.19 I spent per review )
    • # of Reviewers Interested in reading the next book = 9 ($99/9 = $11 I spent for qualified leads for my next book)
    • Book Sales generated from BookBuzz marketing during April to May = 3 books
    • Czpublishing.com unique visitors (229 from April 1 to May 1)
    • Cindyzablockis.com unique visitors (63 from April 1 to May 1)
    • Thezeuorian.com unique visitors (57 from April 1 to May 1)

    Bottom Line

    Would I use BookBuzz again?

    Yes and No. I would use them for posting my book on NetGalley, but nothing else. I can do a lot better than they did with PR and online Promotions. However, I may just go straight to NetGalley when I have more books to post, because I can split the time each book is posted during the 6 months. (i.e. 3 books for 2 months = $133 advertising cost per book). Or I might split the cost with other authors. Anyone interested?


    Onyx Book Review

    Onyx: A Lux Novel Book 2 Review

    by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Onyx Covet

    Overview

    Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizzaro alien connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them–me.

    My Review

    I started to read this series, because a reviewer claimed my book The Zeuorian Awakening was a ripoff of Obsidian and I was curious to see if in fact the author plagiarized my book, which they didn’t. Then I decided to read the next book since I liked the first one and I’m a sucker for serials with cliffhangers. I also wanted to research how other YA authors wrote scenes where a character is learning to control their powers for my novelette, Control.

    Even though the second book was more original and didn’t follow Twilight like Obsidian, it wasn’t as good. I found myself skimming and wanting to slap Katy for being stupid.

    And the first half of the book Katy kept refusing to accept Daemon really liked her and that it was a product of their alien connection. It didn’t matter how many times he tried to prove otherwise and apologize for being mean to her, she refused to believe he liked her–being bullheaded and stubborn as usual. At first I had no issue with Katy pushing him away, but it got old really quickly.

    ***spoiler alert***

    Next enter Blake a new possible love interest. He immediately goes after Katy, making Daemon jealous and suspicious. Katy jumps to date him since he’s normal unlike Daemon.

    The DOD appear questioning about the fight in the woods when Katy killed the Arum. Daemon is claiming he did it. They are hiding their connection from the other aliens.

    Katy gets sick and develops powers from her connection to Daemon and causes a few incidents. She discovers Blake has powers too and is like her–an alien hybrid. Daemon made her one when he healed her. Blake warns she must hide what she is since the DOD want her kind. They want to use them. Daemon doesn’t want her to tell Dee and Katy agrees. The beginning of end of their relationship.

    Blake offers to train Katy. Daemon warns her not to train with Blake since something is off with him. But as always she ignores his warnings even when Blake threw a knife at her and set her up to fight an Arum by making a phone call to someone. She also blows off Dee, her blog and other friends in the process.

    Then Katy spot Bethany, Daemon’s missing twin brother’s girlfriend who was supposed to be dead. She tells Daemon. He doesn’t want her to tell Dee about it. Another lie. They follow the DOD trying to find her and his brother, Dawson.
    Low and behold Daemon was right about Blake. He is working with the DOD under duress and throws Katy under the bus. He kills Dee’s boyfriend in the process. Everything goes downhill from there.

    Review Rating: 1 Star out of 5


    Interstellar Movie Review

    Interstellar Movie Poster

    Interstellar Movie Review

    Okay so I’m a little behind the game. I don’t go to movies, because of my son who is about to turn three. I’ll have to wait until he’s a little older and can handle sitting for longer than twenty minutes.

    Anyway for other non-movie goers. If you’re trying to decide whether to opt to pay the $5.00 to watch Interstellar or wait until it’s on HBO or STARZ, I recommend paying to see it now. It’s well worth the money and the three hours, which felt more like an hour to me.

    I’m a big fan of science fiction. I should be, my father was addicted to them. When I was born, my father sat in the lobby watching a rerun of Forbidden Planet with Robby the Robot and he wanted to call me the lead female characters name. Thank God my mom talked him out of it. But from that point forward I watched every 50’s, 60’s and on sci-fi movie or show while I lived at home or when they come to visit.

    For a sci-fi buff like me, Interstellar was definitely a great story. The effects were great. No tiny model ships floating on a wire. The story line kept you captivated while it stayed close to current theories of singularities (black holes), relativity, time travel and gravity. The only truly questionable part, of course, what happens if you enter a black hole (not going to elaborate and ruin the movie for anyone–sorry). I even found myself at one point in the movie sitting forward, gripping the edge of the couch and worrying if the hero will survive.

    Movie Rating: 5 stars out of 5


    About The Author

    Cindy Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published The Zeuorian Awakening a YA Dark Fantasy Thriller, Monster Awakening Prequel and Haunting in Huntington Park. You can follow her on: cindyzablocks.com, wordpress, facebook, twitter, wattpad, scribd or goodreads.


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