I first discovered Jennifer’s LUX SERIES around the time I started this blog. Some of my favorite fellow bloggers waxed poetic about the chemistry Jennifer created between Katy and Daemon, the series’ main protagonists. These books got such blogger love that it made me stand up and take notice. At the time, I didn’t read a lot of YA and I filed the books away as something to pick up one day. After reading a lot of review books and needing a break, I downloaded OBSIDIAN to my Kindle on a whim and then promptly got obsessed with it. I read the book in a day and a half and immediately read the next one, OYNX. Once I devoured that one I read SHADOWS, the series prequel. I read the Lux series wishing it had been around when I was a teen. Daemon is the perfect alpha hero you love to hate – the exchanges between him and Katy are priceless. She’s smart and can hold her own when it comes to the back and forth that fuels their relationship. I loved that Armentrout created this young, smart heroine who is willing to wait for love before giving into lust; I love that she created an alpha hero you love to hate and hate to love – Daemon cracks me up at just what an ass he can be. Armentrout has become one of my favorite writers because of this series. Her writing is fun, smart, and, as an adult reading her YA work, she reminds me constantly of what it was like to be a teen…in a good way.
JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT & THE 5 BOOKS THAT INSPIRED HER
1. Ritchie Cusick’s The Lifeguard
(and just about every other book of hers)
Ritchie Cusick is the reason why I wanted to be a writer. I loved reading her books as a teen — The Lifeguard, Trick or Treat, The Locker, Overdue, Silent Stalker — I could go on and on. Her books always had such wonderful plot twists and full of romance. The Lifeguard was the first one that I read and I remembered being so surprised by who the bad guy was.
2. The Secret Circle by LJ Smith
The old school Secret Circle; the original first three books. It was the first series that really engrossed me to the point that I had to read the next. My parents had gotten me the first two books for Christmas and I read it while they all watched Christmas movies. I was so in love that I had to get the third book the next day. It was the first book series that captured me.
3. JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood
It’s really simple. These are the only books that really made me laugh out loud. I think it’s so rare to find books like that.
4. Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler
Her writing–her beautiful, lyrical writing–makes me want to be a better writer. I’ll never have her style or way with words, but reading her work makes me want to be a better writer.
5. Historical Romance
Okay. This really has nothing to do with writing but I grew up reading them along with the YA of my time and they taught me to have really high expectations of sex. And that pirates were sexy. So were knights and Scottish men in kilts. And that petticoats seemed like a fun thing to wear. And unless you were in the noble class, your life sucked.
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