Sunday, February 13, 2011

Spirit Bound- Richelle Mead

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 496
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Penguin Group USA


After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s–and to her best friend, Lissa. It is at long last graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.
She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him . . . forever.

Wow. It has been a long time since I've posted a review, and I sincerely apologize for that. School has been pretty ridiculous, and work was crazy these past two weeks. Not to mention I was out of town for a few days.. so I've got a lot of catching up to do.

Anyway. This series just gets better and better with each book. Really. I'm so happy that I finally gave in to reading this because it's just so good.

I'm not really a fan of the Rose-Adrian thing. Clearly Rose belongs with Dimitri and using someone else as a placeholder is just dumb. Also, Lissa made me really mad at the end. I won't go into specifics but if she was my best friend and she pulled that shit with me... ooh man. There would be a brawl. I was so mad at her for Rose that I was sincerely hoping Rose would punch her in the face. (I've never really been a huge fan of Lissa in the first place.. I could do without her :p)

I love how Rose is maturing. She's always been a strong, independent woman, but she's really coming into her own and growing up in a great way. I loved watching her character evolve throughout the story so far.

Like I said.. Great story, great series. I love Dimitri. There were the few annoying things that happened that kept this book at a 4 star status.. but 4 stars is still wonderful!

I think that if you haven't read this series yet... you should.

Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Book Blogger Hop (3), Follow My Blog Friday (3)

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Jennifer at Crazy For Books.

This week's Hop question is an easy one..

What are you reading now, and why are you reading it?

Currently Reading:

And I'm reading it because I can't NOT read it. I never expected this series to suck me in like it has, but oh man, it did. I have neglected homework, sleep, my boyfriend, etc just to read these books. If I didn't need the money I would contemplate calling in sick to work (okay, that's getting a little extreme, but.. I must emphasize how much I'm loving this series!). 

Have you guys read this series? Did you love it as much as I do? (I'm only about 100 pages into this one, so please don't say anything about the ending!) 

Follow My Blog Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View, and this week's question is somewhat similar:

What book are you currently "pushing"? (Pushing meaning trying to get someone to read it)

I've been pushing a lot of books lately. I'm trying to get my roommate to read Vampire Academy so that she can share in my new obsession. I'm also trying to get people to read the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, but that one's a little out of my friends' comfort zones. I ALWAYS try to push the Fingerprints series by Melinda Metz (now being republished as Echoes).  One that I've been trying to push on everyone lately is The Lover's Dictionary: A Novel by David Levithan. Amazing. 

What about you guys? Any amazing books you're trying to get out there?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Blood Promise- Richelle Mead

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 512
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Group

Synopsis (Spoilers if you haven't read the rest of the series):
How far will Rose go to keep her promise? The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir's Academy was the deadliest ever in the school's history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them. . . including Dimitri. He'd rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa—the one she has sworn to protect no matter what—and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?

Wow. I can't even believe the ending of this book. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

This book was loooong. And honestly, the first 250 pages or so were kind of dull. Don't get me wrong, I liked learning about Dimitri's family and everything, but let's be honest here. The person everyone wants to see is Dimitri! Hahah.. yes.. I'm such a girl. Anyway.

It took a while to get the story rolling in this one, but once it did I couldn't stop. As I said in my last post, I stayed up until 3:45 am reading this one. I kept saying, "Just one more chapter, and then I'll go to bed." ...Didn't happen. Though it helps that I knew today was going to be a snowday (two feet?! Are you kidding me?!). This series is so infuriating. I say that only because I'm at the point of no return. I have to devour this entire thing. That leaves no time for homework, food, my boyfriend--nothing. I just sit on the damn couch and read and read because I am incapable of stopping.

This installment broke my heart. Everyone was so sad, and everything was so heavy. It was depressing, really.  I felt so strongly for Rose in this book that I found myself tearing up on several occasions. This is another one where all the action lies at the end, but you savor the parts that lead up to it.

However, I do have to say that Lissa really annoys the crap out of me. She's so damn weak and I want her to learn to stand up for herself! It's always "poor, fragile, demure Lissa. Can't do anything on her own, blah blah" It's starting to grate on my last nerve.

It's always hard to review books in a series that aren't the first, because I don't want to say something that will ruin anything for someone who hasn't read the series. So let me just say this: I am so glad that I finally picked up this series. I know everyone's getting sick of vampires (so am I) but this one is just really good. In fact, as I'm writing this, all I really want to go do is resume reading Spirit Bound... so that is indeed what I am going to do. I won't bore you with any more babbling.

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

Here: Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, Book 4)

Shadow Kiss- Richelle Mead

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 448
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Group


Is Rose's fate to kill the person she loves most? It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason's death, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can't concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret . . . .She's in love with Dimitri. And this time, it's way more than a crush.
Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever…

I'm going to start this review off with a question. What's with all the different girls on the covers? Shouldn't they all be Rose? Or Lissa? Why does each cover have a different girl? Or am I just dumb and they are the same? I don't like to spoil things for myself so I haven't looked into it... but it just confuses me a lot. In my opinion, this series would market a lot better with covers that weren't so ugly :x ...But I digress.

This is the book that really got the series going for me. The first two were okay, but this was the one that made me go, "Whoa. I don't want to put this book down." And then made me run out and buy the fourth one right away.  Rose and Lissa's relationship is finally noncreepy, there's plenty of action, but also some definite romance. Oh I love me some Dimitri. The writing in this series has improved immensely compared to the first one (thank God), and I feel like everything is finally starting to fall into place.

The first two books in the series vaguely remind me of the first two books in Harry Potter. Wait, wait, wait, don't kill me just yet; let me explain. The first two Harry Potters were good, right? But we all know that they were mostly just world-building and introducing the story. Book three is when everything starts to get darker and more intense and the action is much more serious. That's what happens in book three of Vampire Academy. The stakes (no pun intended) are suddenly much higher, and Rose now has a darkness to her that wasn't present before. She's lived through some excruciating things and she's come out stronger, if not a little bit crazier.

The end of this book tore me apart. That's all that I'll say on that front, but oh man. I needed to know what happened immediately so I stayed up until 3:45 in the morning finishing the next in the series, Blood Promise, last night. Which I will now be writing a review for as well.

I don't want to get too far into specifics, because this is a spoiler-free zone, and also, I kind of suck at separating books in a series when I read them back-to-back, sooooo...

My overall rating: 4/5 stars. I'm really beginning to like this series.

Read it: Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, Book 3)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays! (3)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Last night I finished Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3.. review soon!) and I haven't had a chance to start Blood Promise yet, so this week's teaser will come from Shadow Kiss. 

"Those who saw my face quickly backed off. Those who didn't learned the hard way when I went after them." -pg 337.   Oh Rose.. you badass, you. 

What are you guys reading?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Elixir- Hilary Duff

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 330
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing


Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. The daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent Washington DC politician, she has grown to be a talented photojournalist who takes refuge in a career that allows her to travel to the most exotic parts of the world. But after Clea’s father disappears while on a humanitarian mission, Clea’s photos begin to feature eerie, shadowy images of a strange and beautiful man—a man she has never seen before.
When fate brings Clea and this man together, she is stunned by the immediate and powerful connection she feels with him. As they grow closer, they are drawn deep into the mystery behind her father’s disappearance, and they discover the centuries old truth behind their intense bond. Torn by a dangerous love triangle and haunted by a powerful secret that holds their fates, together they race against time to unravel their pasts in order to save their lives—and their futures.

I wanted to read this book purely because it was written by Hilary Duff... then it turns out she wrote it with someone else! Oh well. Poor Elise Allen gets no recognition.

Anyway.. This cover is gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. (Mine is even better because my boyfriend wrapped it in Christmas paper that had glitter on it.. so now the book is all glittery too. It suits it.)

Switching from Shadowfever to this one was quite the change. First of all, the font size! Oh man, the font in this book is huge. Not to mention the borders/margins of the pages take up a surprising amount of space. Compared to Shadowfever, I read this one in a flash.

There is a lot about this book that wasn't fleshed out enough. I'm not thoroughly convinced about the relationship between Clea and Sage. It just doesn't seem to be all that special. And I don't really get Ben's role in it all that much either.

Also.. I don't really buy the whole.. "let's just let a 17-year-old girl whose mom is a super famous politician go to all these random, dangerous places around the world just to take pictures to submit under a pseudonym" thing. I know she has Ben as her "bodyguard", but I still don't think it would happen. And isn't she supposed to be home schooled? How is she home schooled if her mom is never home? She started off the novel with her winter break ending, so wouldn't that mean she would have to go back to school? There was no mention of it after that.

So besides some obvious plot holes, and the story being pretty predictable, I did enjoy it for what it is. It was a light, fun read, and odds are I'll read the second one. I just hope that it clears up some of the confusion, and also that Sage stops being an idiot.

Overall Rating: 2.75/5 stars. (It's reeeally close to a 3. Just not quite there)

See for yourself: Elixir

Shadowfever- Karen Marie Moning

Genre: Adult Paranormal (Romance)
Page Count: 594
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

“Evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’s good.”

MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.
Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.
What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh—a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds.
In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves. Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?

From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.

At long last.. the final tome of the Fever series has been released.. and let me tell you.. it is a TOME. This thing is huge. I'm so glad Barnes and Noble gives free shipping to members.

So first let's talk about the cover. The picture doesn't really do it justice. The jacket is clear with the red and beige swirls, and then the actual hardcover has a picture of a girl's back with wing tattoos. I kind of like the book better without the jacket. It's made out of a weird plastic material that makes it not want to stay on very well, so I read the book without it. My favorite part is the quote on the back, but I don't remember reading it in the actual book.

On to the story! I was a little disappointed in the beginning. It's been a while since I've read the other four, but from what I remember, all of the beginnings had good hooks to make you never want to put the book down. The beginning of this book starts right where Dreamfever left off (I would've flipped out if it didn't.. there was such a cliffhanger at the end of that one!) but then it's pretty slow going. I was actually kind of bored for the first 120-50 pages or so. And I have to say.. I really hate Dani's parts. She's super annoying.

But, after that slow beginning, it picks up and it doesn't relent. I read all 450 pages or so in one day because I just really wanted to finish the book. Mac and Barrons are probably my favorite couple, ever. No joke.

The amount of twists in this book is just insane. You think you have it figured out.. but you definitely don't. She keeps you guessing until the very end.

I don't want to say much more because I really don't want to spoil anything for anyone. This book was just as great as the other four, and sums things up nicely, but also leaves room for more if Moning so chooses to in the future.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Get it here: Shadowfever
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