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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Start Date for Filming

The executive producer of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" movie, Martin Moszkowicz (follow him on facebook and twitter) of Constantin Films, tweeted a start date for the film yesterday AND he tweeted a timeframe for the release date today.

August is going to be an excellent month for all of us Mundie Moms!

ONYX by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published by: Entangled Publishing
Released on: 8/14/12 - TODAY
Source: ARC from publisher to review
4.5 stars: I Really Enjoyed It!
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…
Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.
Something worse than the Arum has come to town…
The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.
But then everything changes…
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—from me?
No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

What happens when you take one hot jealous alien, the new kid in town, and mix it up with some hot character chemistry, a little bit of danger and a ton of fabulous snark? ONYX. This book upped the fabulous one liners that only Kat can deliver and dosed the pages with that sizzling chemistry we've all come to love between Daemon and Kat. But it wasn't just the back and forth comments that these two dish out to each other that had me laughing, it was Daemon's jealous side. Oh yes, Daemon and his jealously are a bit comical in this book and the fact that he purposely kept calling Blake (the new kid) a different name each time he mentioned was hilarious. I swear only Daemon could pull this off. 

I am a sucker for some seriously well written character chemistry and we all know how hot Daemon and Kat's was in Obsidian. With Onyx I liked that while Jennifer progressed their relationship and took it to the next level in this book, it wasn't done right away. It was like this slowing burning build up until something happens during one scene and then all the walls come tumbling down. *sigh* I sat there re-reading that scene with this stupid grin on my face, because of everything that was transpiring. I swear fans who love Daemon will fall for him even harder in this book. He definitely has a side to him that we haven't seen before and judging by Kat's reaction, neither had she. IF you've read the book you know the scene I'm talking about, and if you haven't you'll know the scene when you read it. It's so heartbreakingly awesome! That says a lot without saying anything at all. 

The thing that surprised me with this book was how much more I loved Daemon and how frustrated I got with Kat. It was a reversal from Obsidian. All joking aside, I really got and understood Daemon's actions in this book. I got what motivated him to do the things he does, and felt the same frustrations he had. Kat on the other hand really got on my nerves a few times and had me wishing I could tell her to wake up and stop with her lame excuses. Don't get me wrong, she started out having some believable concerns/doubts about Daemon's feelings for her, and I totally got that, at first. I also got her wanting to prove she could take care of herself and that she wasn't going to let others tell her what she could and couldn't do (high fives for being a stubborn, because I totally relate to that). After awhile I started to get frustrated with her, because no matter how many times things were said or done to dissolve those doubts, I felt like she would come up with some other excuse to fight the way she was feeling. Luckily Daemon's a patient guy, and he knows that eventually Kat will be saying something he's waited along time to hear. 

Jennifer does a great job at allowing Kat to make her own choices, no matter how frustrating those choices may be. Her actions and choices do have consequences and lead to some shocking secrets and some devastating things that transpired towards the end of the book. Staying true to this series's storyline, ONYX also has a more series tone to it as well. There's a lot more danger, something that doesn't add up with the new kid, people get hurt and yep, someone dies and let me just say this book definitely toys with all your emotions. What I loved about Jennifer's writing in this book is she knows when to include the humor and those hot little scenes between Daemon and Kat, and when to keep the storyline more serious. She never throws everything at her readers all at once, but instead she steadily progresses her storyline page by page. With the new threat that's now in town, there's a lot Daemon and Kat have to be worried about. I loved the action scenes that came along with that threatening danger. I can only imagine what will happen in Opal. 

Fans of Obsidian with love all they encounter in ONYX. This book is full of swoon worthy moments, sweet moments that will take your breathe away, action, danger, and a few surprises. I highly recommend picking this on up TODAY! Don't miss my interview with Kat & Daemon & enter to WIN a set of the Lux series HERE

Onyx Blog Tour: Interview with Daemon & Kate / Lux Series Giveaway

I'm thrilled to be the next stop in Entangled's Onyx blog tour! To celebrate today's release of Jennifer's sequel to Obsidian, I not only get to share my review with you guys today (see my next post to read my review), but I've got Kat & Daemon on the blog & the first two books in the Lux series to GIVEAWAY!! First, here's Kat & Daemon:

Hi Kat and Daemon, thank you for stopping by Mundie Moms today. This book is full of hot character chemistry between the two of you and some hilarious one liners. Not to mention a few comical moments as well as a few heated moments between the two of you when a certain someone gets a little jealous, not naming names. My question is for the both of you, is there a scene in Onyx you wish you could go back and redo between the two of you?

Kat glances at Daemon. "There's a lot of things I wish I could go back and redo."

"I can think of a few myself." He raises a brow. "But hindsight is 20/20, right? We're like blind mice in the present."

Daemon, we all know you know how to push Kat's buttons, and get under her skin. We also know how much you do care about her. What's something you've come to admire about Kat?

"Her courage," he answers. "I admire her courage. Her courage can also be annoying."

Kat rolls her eyes.

Kat, no matter how hard you try to stay away from Daemon, there's something about him that keeps you going back to him. What is the certain "thing" that makes Daemon so irresistible?

"There's a lot about Daemon that's hard to resist."

Daemon snorted. "That really didn't answer the question, Kitten."

Pink stains her cheeks. "Well, I wouldn't say his personality."

"That's mean."

She grins. "He grows on you."

For the both of you, what's one of your favorite moments you've shared together?

"Thanksgiving," they both answer.

You both have a huge fan base of loyal readers who have loved reading your story. Kat, we know there's got to be more to Daemon than we've read about. Is there one thing you can share with us about Daemon that we have yet to discover?

"I think Daemon is pretty much what you see is what you get, but he can be a bit of a prankster when he wants."

Daemon, there were some surprising things that happen in Onyx. Are you able to give us a little clue about what we're going to find out in the next book, Opal?

"Two minutes." He winks. "Just remember two minutes."

"Dear God," Kat mutters.

For the two of you, what's something the other person does that drives you crazy and what's one thing they do that you love?

"Is there one thing I have to pick?" Kat giggles. "I love how selfless he can be. How determined he can be is annoying as hell."

“I could say the same thing.”

Looking a couple years into the future, where do you both see each other, or where do you hope to be?

Daemon stills. “We try not to look into the future. It doesn’t seem very bright for any of us.”

“Yeah, it really doesn’t.” Kat sighs. “Right now, we just think about today. Maybe tomorrow, but no further.”

Thank you Kate & Daemon for stopping by the blog today. I'm looking forward to reading about the "two minute" scene in Opal. Don't miss the second part in my tour stop, and read my glowing review for Onyx here.

ONYX Synopsis:
Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.

Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…

The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies.

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About the Author:
Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you've heard about her state aren't true. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories....which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.

The Giveaway:

Thank you to Entangled Publishing I have a set of the Lux series to giveaway to one lucky blog follower. This set includes Obsidian & Onyx! To enter, please fill out the form below.

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Twitter Tuesday - Ally Carter

We love any sneak peek/excerpt from Ally Carter and yesterday on twitter, we were treated to this snippet from Perfect Scoundrels:

Oh, for the love of unraveling! Have you pre-ordered your copy yet: IndieBound | Barnes and Noble | amazon? I know, I have and it's honestly the only time that I'm looking forward to the dead of winter. February 5th cannot come soon enough.