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Book Review – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Series

Title: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Series

Author: Jenny Han

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 355, 337, 325

Rating: 5 Star [series overall rating]

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Description/Synopsis:

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Book Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I just want to make it perfectly clear for everyone encase you didn’t notice the series in the title, but this review is for the whole series. So if you don’t want to be spoilt for anything in any of the books and have not read them all, go forth and read then come back here and join me. All you need to know is that I loved this series, it was everything I didn’t know I needed, and it has firmly put contemporary as a go to genre for me. Goodbye I shall see you back here soon!

This is probably one of the cutest series I have ever read. This series is all about lobe in all shapes and forms. The relationship love in the books is amazing but it was really the family love that I adored.

Lara Jean has such an amazing relationship with her family, and this relationship actually changes and evolves throughout the books which I loved. At the start the family is very close nit with Lara Jean being closest with her oldest sister Margo, but with Margo going off to college Lara Jean then has to take over the older sister role for her younger sister Kitty. She wants to be perfect as she sees Margo being, and while she loved Kitty its not easy for her to make this transition, specially when they had more of a standard sibling relationship beforehand. The second Lara Jean and Kitty fight and her letters get sent out I knew straight away that it was Kitty. Specially since we have moments where we know that Kitty goes through her things. I had the briefest of moments where I thought it might have been Chris who actually sent out the letters, but that faded quickly and I was proved correct with Kitty. By the end of the series though Lara Jean’s and Kitty’s relationship is really heartwarming and loving.

We also had development with Margo and Lara Jean because LJ realises that Margo is in fact not actually perfect and Margo finds out that LJ had kissed her ex-boyfriend Josh while she was away at college. They mend this though and are still really close, knowing each other better than before because of these trials and different opinions on things. Then Lara Jean and Kitty help Margo come to better terms with the idea of their dad finally moving on from their mother with a woman they had known for years and lived across the street. I really liked that this woman come into their lives because she was helping Kitty train their dog and Kitty just wanted her around me. That girl is rather meddlesome haha.

Most importantly the main subject of the books, the boys that Lara Jean has loved before and her relationship with them. Every time we got to know what she said in those letters and know that the boys actually read them I wanted to die a little inside for her. Especially with John Ambrose McClaren. While her letter to Josh ultimately left it so that they were no longer like family, which really upset me that they lost that relationship I hoped they would go back to how things were, John’s was basically presented as the perfect guy in the book and i loved him and his story arc. I would have been okay with them ending up together, but I am glad that she is with Peter.

I loved the whole rollercoaster of their relationship. I love that they pretended to be in a relationship at the start and it slowly starts to morph into something real. I loved that their contract is something that carries on throughout all three of the books too. The part where she ran up and kissed Peter out the the blue to make Josh Jealous was amazing. Their development was very realistic to me even despite the really dramatic events that come up in the course of their relationship. Those things could very well happen. I did think that Lara Jean was probably a little harsh on Peter about some of the things though.

However, Peter has moments where he was not my favourite. When he took back that necklace I wanted to smack him. Yes he gave it to her to begin with and she got it back in the end, but it was a gift! Just because you bought it doesn’t mean you get to ask for it back! I think he was also really stupid with the whole Jen (whom I hated) situation. He should have just been honest with Lara Jean about how he was helping her out and meeting up with her, rather than having Lara Jean walk in on them hugging. He was also a bit stupid when it came to her choice of college. Other than those things though, and especially by the 3rd book, he was bloody adorable and so sweet to Lara Jean it was almost sickening. When he picked Kitty up for her birthday with flowers and took her to school in his convertible all by herself, it melted my heart. I also really loved the scene where he helps her bake cupcakes.

I also really liked her relationship with Chris. Chris is kind of like a cat that comes and goes as she pleases, but she was such a good friend she convinced Lara Jean to go on a spontaneous trip to check out her college. The whole thing was so cute. It broke my heart in the 3rd book when they had to say goodbye to each other. Even though we didn’t get all whole lot of her in the series, their goodbye when Chris goes to travel is a real goodbye since Chris probably wont come back and she was such an important part of Lara Jeans life.

Really I could just keep repeating how cute I think this series is, but I want you to experience it to. So if you have read this review and have yet to do the series, go do it. If you like this that will warm the heart, lots of baking talk, and just contemporary in general I think you will really enjoy this series. I for one, am going to watch the movie right now!

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Book Review – Cress

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Title: Cress [The Lunar Chronicles 3]

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fairytale Retelling

Length: 550

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: Novelas, 1, 2, 3, 4

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Description/Synopsis:

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

And we are back to five stars! Such a great book. I am sorry people who haven’t read this book yet, this review will not be for you. It will be filled with scary spoilers throughout.

As you might have already guessed or read this book is about Cress or Crescent Moon, the girl with the crazy hair we met in the first book urging Cinder to go to the ball and warn Kai about the Lunar queen’s plan. I am a bit ashamed of how long it took me to work out that she was Dr. Erland’s daughter. I didn’t work it out until we had already spent quite a lot of time with Cress and then switched over to Erland and he started talking about his daughter that it clicked. I was panicking so hard that she would run off and never find out about him. Thank god that didn’t happen, but of course she finds out just as he is dying. Bit sad.

Her relationship with Thorne however was just adorable. Cinder and Kair have a more adult and serious relationship, but Thorne’s and Cress’ is more sweet and easy going. Even thought I was freaking out that Thorne went blind because nothing is ever allowed to happen to him, I think it really made their relationship what it was. She had to help him and he had to kind of help her with life despite the fact he cannot see. At one point Cress gets kidnapped and taken to Erland’s lab place before everyone works out they are all friends, and Thorne with the help of the escort-droid that he got for Iko so that she could have a pretty human body (which was just adorable), he charges in their blind to save her.

Cinder comes along just a little bit later and runs into the droid which result in this:

He’s just gone inside to be heroic. I’m sure he’ll be glad to know you’re here.

I love the writing style. It always takes a moment to be funny. Another moment I loved was:

What happened? Why is the ship screaming?

Another new character we met was Jacin. I don’t know how I feel about him. We think he is on our side for awhile but it turns out that he is actually wanting to help the queen’s daughter Winter and NOT Cinder so we don’t know how much we can trust him. I did think it was pretty amusing though when he finally works out who Cinder is though and why she was so confused about who he was loyal too. He just gives a sly smile and lets it go. I look forward to finding out what happens with him.

I thought wolf was the biggest idiot in this book and I kept wanting him to leave. He was pretty much useless the entire time because Scarlet gets captured by Lunar again. Something that was really all his fault. Cinder told him to stay because it was more dangerous for him to come but what does he do? He follows her anyway and of course everything goes wrong just like Cinder knew they would. Then he goes and tries to kill Cinder, twice, because Scarlet is gone. Gah. He just annoyed me so so much. We didn’t get much of Scarlet in this book because of the kidnapping, but part of me was glad. The torture she was going through and having to chop off her own finger. I felt so bad for her. I did like the interactions with the crazy princess Winter though and I am so excited for her book. I love me some crazy characters.

“You shouldn’t call me crazy. They don’t like that.”

“But you are crazy.”

“I know. Do you know how I know? Because the palace walls have been bleeding for years, and no one else sees it.”

I was so excited about the Kai kidnapping. It had to happen and I so desperately was Kai and Cinder action. The kidnapping was really funny, I loved how Cinder just shot Kai with a tranq dart. Then when he is on the ship and Iko screams for Kai not to look at her because Wolf wrecked her new body and she isn’t pretty and is embarrassed. The awkward interaction between Kai and Cinder when she is telling him who she is, after all the yelling of course, then the wonderful Cinder breakdown and their kiss. YAAAAYYYYY! I am so excited to get more of their relationship in the next book.

Just encase you didn’t figure it out already, I really really enjoyed this book. Even though I didn’t think the Rapunzel theme showed through enough and Cress lost her long hair too quickly. This book is an easy solid 5 star winner and I think everyone should read this series.

 

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Book Review – The Hostile Hospital

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Title: The Hostile Hospital [A Series of Unfortunate Events 8]

Author: Lemony Snicket

Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 221

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 56, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

Before you throw this awful book to the ground and run as far away from it as possible, you should probably know why. This book is the only one which describes every last detail of the Baudelaire children’s miserable stay at Heimlich Hospital, which makes it one of the most dreadful books in the world.
There are man pleasant things to read about, but this book contains none of them. Within its pages are such burdensome details as a suspicious shopkeeper, unnecessary surgery, an intercom system, anesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news about a fire. Clearly you do not want to read about such things.
I have sworn to research this story, and to write it down as best I can, so I should know that this book is best left on the ground, where you undoubtedly found it.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Normally we would build into the sadness that is these books but with this one we start off their and it only gets worst and worst as we read on.

Because the children lost their friends and current caretaker and were framed for murder in the ending of the last book, they are on the run and for the very first time truly on their own. They try to get in contact with Mr. Poe to try and explain things to him and hoping, with no great hope at all since he has never really been useful, that he can help them clear their names and get them off the streets and off the run. Before they can get a response from him however they are forced to move on because someone realises who they are.

I cannot really talk about this book too much without giving away a lot of spoilers so I will try and keep this review brief.

The children end up tricking their way into working in a file room that has records on many many many things after following another false lead about V.F.D. After a comment maid by the person who runs the records, they think they can finally find something out about Jacques Snicket, but when they turn up nearly completely empty in their searches, they discover a single photograph and sentence that rocks them to their core so much that their situation goes from bad to near death without them even realising it.

Page thirteen of the Baudelaire file was not a crowded sheet of paper – there was just one photography and a sentence to make an author cry himself to sleep even years after the photograph was taken, or to make three siblings sit and stare at a page for a long time, as if an entire book were printed on one sheet of paper.

The end of this book had me freaking the hell out. This is the first time I was actually thinking that someone was going to die and I was just dying on the inside and screaming at the words on the page (or the ones being read to me anyway). If at all possible the end of this book lands the children in an even worst situation than the end of the one before it, and we are left with still no answers and more questions that just make you want to cry with frustration because all of these questions and hints at things you don’t even want to hope are true because if they aren’t will break your heart must just be destroying these kids on the inside.

The sad truth is the truth is sad.

That is all I am going to give you for now. I didn’t want to have a spoiler filled review because if you don’t care about spoiler and read this I don’t want you knowing when you go in. I want you to read it then come back and discuss things with me. I need someone to talk to about these books!

 

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Book Review – The Vile Village

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Title: The Vile Village [A Series of Unfortunate Events 7]

Author: Lemony Snicket

Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 228

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 56, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

You have undoubtedly picked up this book by mistake, so please put it down. Nobody in their right mind would read this particular book about the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire on purpose, because each dismal moment of their stay in the village of V.F.D. has been faithfully and dreadfully recorded in these pages. I can think of no single reason why anyone would want to open a book containing such unpleasant matters as migrating crows, an angry mob, a newspaper headline, the arrest of innocent people, the Deluxe Cell, and some very strange hats. It is my solemn and sacred occupation to research each detail of the Baudelaire children’s lives and write them all down, but you may prefer to do some other solemn and sacred thing, such as reading another book instead.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

The story is much more interesting to me now that we are getting bigger picture stuff.

The children head off to a town called V.F.D and the children hope by making this town their new caretaker they can finally find out the mystery the Quagmires tried telling them about when they were captured at the end of the fifth book. They arrive and find that this is not the case however.

The general town seems to be just as bad as all the other people that are supposed of take care of them, but luckily for the children they catch a small break by being placed in the care of Hector, someone who listens to them and is actually willing to help as long as they do their townly duties first. I loved Hector, he is one of the few adult characters in this series who actually seems to have a brain, a soul, and bravery at the same time. While he starts off not being able to speak or really even look at people who frighten him he actually develops as the story goes and by the end he is willing to stand up for himself and the children and tries to save their lives.

This book finally seems to just focus on the bigger picture of the story rather than just the same random bad stuff that happens to the kids. No answers are given within the pages of this book however. The only that remotely gets solved, and this is a SPOILER is the Quagmire triplets. The children find them and rescue them in the final moments. The Baudelaires were suppose to escape with them and Hector in a giant air balloon that can never land and live in peace in the sky, but as the Baudelaires are climbing the rope they get attacked and must stop climbing and let their friends and closest thing to family fly off without them. I was so devastated for them. I don’t think living in the air for the rest of your life would be great, but they could have worked out a way to get down later and then started new perfect lives with their new wonderful family. But of course they don’t get that. END SPOILER

We just get more and more questions. Who the hell is Jacques Snicket, what dies our author and Beatrice have to do with all of these things that are happening. What the hell does V.F.D stand for! At one point we think we are going to get some answers, but they just all float away. The book ends in the worst position the children have ever been in before.

I would say read this book for sure. Knowing what I know about the others I might even say skip numbers 3 and 4 cause I hated them and they were pointless. But I would suggest reading the rest like me because how on earth else are we going to get answers?!

 

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Book Review – The Ersatz Elevator

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Title: The Ersatz Elevator [A Series of Unfortunate Events 6]

Author: Lemony Snicket

]Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 198

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

If you have just picked up this book, then it is not too late to put it back down. Like the previous books in A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, there is nothing to be found in these pages but misery, despair, and discomfort, and you still have time to choose something else to read.

Within the chapters of this story, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire encounter a darkened staircase, a red herring, some friends in a dire situation, three mysterious initials, a liar with an evil scheme, a secret passageway, and parsley soda.

I have sworn to write down these tales of the Baudelaire orphans so the general public will know each terrible thing that has happened to them, but if you decide to read something else instead, you will save yourself from a heapful of horror and woe.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

My favourite one so far. This review will contain spoilers so I suggest only reading if you do not care what is said or if you have read the book already.

In this book the children enter a home where is kind of looks like they have finally found a home where things are not so bad, nearly as good as when they were with uncle Monty, with their new caretakers Jerome and Esme. Esme only cares about what is ‘in’ and this makes our orphans worry about when orphans are no longer in, but Jerome listens to what they want and seems to go out of his way to make things comfortable. For example he gave them each a room which would accommodate each of their individual needs. He is even willing to help them or at least let the children look for their kidnapped friends the Quagmire triplets who Count Olaf got at the end of the last book.

And can I take a moment here to just fail to imagine how big this new penthouse the children move into is? Its has 75 bedrooms or something. Thats just the bedrooms, that doesn’t count any extra rooms like kitchens, bathrooms or lounge rooms. Can you picture just how big that is? How big was this damn building?

In their search for Olaf and the Quagmires the children climb down an elevator shaft with homemade rope and guess who they find at the bottom, the Quagmires. I was so happy to have them found, but they were locked up and they had to leave them to go and get something that would open the cage they were held in. By the time they returned however Olaf had moved them and hidden them in an item that he planned to sell at Esme’s auction. Later the children raced up and told Esme what was happening hoping that she would cancel the auction, but it turns out she was actually working for Olaf and is in love with him. She pushes the chidlren down the elevator shaft which has now had a net placed in it to keep the children captured until they returned for them. She screams about doing it because of Beatrice, the women our author keeps mentioning throughout the books. What on earth?! Need answers now!

Here is where I find something to complain about, everything up until now was very exciting. In order to escape Sunny must climb up the shaft with her teeth to fetch their home made rope. Lets picture that for a moment. If at all possible, it would takes years or her teeth would have to be super long and be able to kind of walk themselves up the shaft. Moving on though.

They go down the shaft and out the tunnel and pop up in their old burned down house. Again, what the hell! Esme was clearly involved somehow but we have yet to get any answers at all. The children don’t even get to rescue the Quagmire triplets and to make matters worst, because Jerome doesn’t like to argue and isn’t brave, he gives the children up to Mr. Poe again because hunting down the Quagmires seemed to dangerous. My heart wept for the kids in this book. So close, everything was so close but no dice.

My favourite quote from this book would have to be:

If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.

 

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Book Review – The Austere Academy

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Title: The Austere Academy [A Series of Unfortunate Events 5]

Author: Lemony Snicket

]Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 230

Rating: 4.5 Star rounded down

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school. Don’t. For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives.

Truth be told, within the chapters that make up this dreadful story, the children will face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E., and the metric system.

It is my solemn duty to stay up all night researching and writing the history of these three hapless youngsters, but you may be more comfortable getting a good night’s sleep. In that case, you should probably choose some other book.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I was a little worried after the last one that this one was going to go downhill from there even more but I was pleasantly surprised.

I think what made this book the most for me is the fact we are introduced to other kids, the two remaining Quagmire triplets Duncan and Isadora whose family also died in a fire. Loved these new kids, really liked seeing the orphans interact with people their own age let alone people they can relate to. Introducing these kids though makes me think that the author is trying to put across the message kids are smart, adults are stupid.

The writing style is still just as funny and annoying at the same time as all the books before it. There were a few quotes I really like:

There is no worse sound in the world than someone who cannot play the violin but insists on doing so anyway.

God yes. Its so so so painful. And the other is:

As I’m sure you know, a good night’s sleep helps you perform well in school, and so if you are a student, you should always get a good night’s sleep unless you have come to the good part of your book, and then you should stay up all night and let your schoolwork fall by the wayside, a phrase which means ‘flunk.’

Again. I agree. Though I haven’t flunked because of it a good book has done this to many times and I am sure it has done it to you as well!

Plot wise this book is very much the same as all the other ones so I really don’t know what else I can say in this review. With the children both being in similar situations we are finally getting an idea of a much bigger plot that will hopefully start taking over the story. The ending really got to me and a big mystery is opened up and I read on to find out what the answers were. If it wasn’t for this opening of larger plot I think I would have dropped the series because its not so much fun to read the same story with slightly different details over again and again.

 

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Book Review – The Golden Lily

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Title: The Golden Lily [Bloodlines 2]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Related Book Series: Vampire Academy

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Description/Synopsis:

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist. But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong.

Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

We moved up a star in this book. But a warning, there will be spoilers.

Oh gosh it was soo good. I think we all know that I am not a fan of Jill and in the first book she really got on my nerves. But in this book in the grand scheme of things she didn’t even pop up and when she did she wasn’t acting like a brat and was trying to step up to the plate to the situation she is in. I was sad when her and Micah broke up because I want him to stick around cause of how he looks like Mason. I want a twist to happen there. This whole situation with her and Eddie is also driving me a little rockers. So much teen drama of them missing the chance to try and be together. Normally I would think that Eddie could do better, I don’t like how he pines for her, but in this book I think she deserves a shot at him haha.

In this book we get a lot of Sydney struggling with her affections for her vampire chargers, specially with Adrian. She does get a boyfriend in this book and their relationship was so funny. Specially since no one could ever remember his name. They did end up breaking up (we all know that was coming) and he said he was breaking up with her because she was irresponsible. That cracked me up. Sydney is the most responsible ever. We see the love grow, at least from Adrian’s side (and through Jill he feels his love) and a little bit from Sydney. We even get a love confession and a kiss (I was so waiting for that) but of course Sydney freaks out cause it goes against everything that she was ever told. I know this annoys people but I would be sad with Sydney if she just threw all her beliefs away so soon.

Plot wise I don’t think that much happens, but I was laughing the whole time. We discover that the vampire hunters are infact real and they start to pose a threat to Sydney and her vampires. Someone close to her is in fact one of them. At first I thought that it might be her boyfriend because that would make him so much more interesting, but I soon dropped that theory because it was stupid and someone far better than him clicked a few pages later. And I was right. I am kind of sad that Sydney didn’t figure it out sooner. We also get an incident involving them that causes Sydney to get betrayed by like everyone and I feel so sad for her. Everyone walks all over her all the time yet they think they don’t. It breaks my heart for her. She should just dump everyone, but then she would never get together with Adrian. That need to happen.

I recommend this book to anyone who liked Vampire Academy. God I love Adrian.

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Book Review – Son Of The Shadows

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Title: Son of Shadows [Sevenwaters 2]

Author: Juliet Marillier

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Length: 608

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5.5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

Beautiful Sorcha is the courageous young woman who risked all to save her family from a wicked curse and whose love shattered generations of hate and bridged two cultures. 

It is from her sacrifice that Sorcha’s brothers were brought home to their ancestral fortress Sevenwaters, and her life has known much joy. 

But not all the brothers were able to fully escape the spell that transformed them into swans, and it is left to Sorcha’s daughter Liadan to help fulfill the destiny of the Sevenwaters clan. Beloved child and dutiful daughter, Liadan embarks on a journey that shows her just how hard-won was the peace that she has known all her life.

Liadan will need all of her courage to help save her family, for there are dark forces and ancient powers conspiring to destroy this family’s peace–and their world. And she will need all of her strength to stand up to those she loves best, for in the finding of her own true love, Liadan’s course may doom them all . . . or be their salvation.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I liked this book though not as much as the first one.

Just like I thought the story didn’t continue on in Sorcha’s perspective. Instead we live the world through one of her three children, her daughter Liadan. But we still get some Sorcha time so I was happy with that. However, Sorcha dies in this book and it totally broke my heart. She was my favourite person in the series so far. Red was in the book a little bit too, but not so much because he returns home for awhile after Sorcha died. I was sad that his family didn’t welcome him back with open arms. More sad, lots of the family has died off or left by the time this book happens.

The writing style in this book was very much like the first one which annoyed me a little. I liked the style because it worked because Sorcha couldn’t talk, but no one in this book has that issue. The writing style still works, it just didn’t work as well. I was also annoyed that lots of things that we didn’t get answers to in the last book where just left up in the air in this book to and you can kind of tell that we might not actually get any of those answers.

One thing I liked in the switch over between Liadan and Sorcha though was how differently they treated the fey. Sorcha did their bidding no matter the cost to herself and she respected them and liked them on some level, but Liadan pretty much hated the fey. She respected something older than the fey and really went out of her way to do things to piss them off because she didn’t want to be a pawn in their games. It was really interesting to see how Liadan would do things when I knew Sorcha would have done the opposite.

Liadan’s older sister really got on my nerves, I was glad when she went away. I didn’t feel the same way when her pet Raven went away though, I wish she got to keep him for longer. I loved the love interest between Bran and Liadan also because it was vastly different between how things happened for Red and Sorcha. My favourite parts of the book I think were when she was with him and his crew, specially after she had his baby. The dynamic was so interesting I soaked it all up like a sponge. I wish there was more of it! When you find out who Bran actually is everything is so shattering. The memories we have of his story from the last book do not match up to where we are now and when you find out the truth of it all you just want to cry. Poor shattered memories.

So yes, still an awesome book. I have heard a couple of people actually liked this one more than the last but it didn’t strike so close to my heart as the first. I look forward to the next one!

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – Keeping Her

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Title: Keeping Her [Losing It 1.5]

Author: Cora Carmack

Genre: Romance

Length: 176

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 1, 1.5, 233.5

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Description/Synopsis:

Garrick Taylor and Bliss Edwards managed to find their happily-ever-after despite a rather . . . ahem . . . complicated start. By comparison, meeting the parents should be an absolute breeze, right?

But from the moment the pair lands in London, new snags just keep cropping up: a disapproving mother-in-law-to-be, more than one (mostly) minor mishap, and the realization that perhaps they aren’t quite as ready for their future as they thought.

As it turns out, the only thing harder than finding love is keeping it.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Oh my god I loved this book.

It brought back all the memories of the first one. I think I started smiling from the first line.

One line that really has nothing to do with the story whats so ever but reminded me of the first one heaps and I was so glad that it was mentioned was the cat Hamlet.

He closed his eyes and leaned into my hand the way that Hamlet did when anyone but me was playing with her. Stupid Cat.

So classic.

Sometimes when I read spin offs or short stories about characters I already loved in a different book, I worry that they will not be the same in the one I am about to read. Luckily though Garrick and Bliss where exactly like I remembered them. I need to go back and read the first one again cause I love them so much. They were just as funny and fun and I remember. Oh and poor Bliss, still such a clutz. When she broke that pricey vase I could have died for her. The poor poor creature.

I also thought that the story line picked up in a very realistic place to where the last one ended. They have moved in together and now they are going to go meet Garrick’s parents for the first time. Add in the extra stress of thinking that you might be pregnant with an unplanned baby, just think about how crazy Bliss goes. Its so great.

Some people call these books cliche or cheesy, but I need these things in my life every now and again and I love these books for it. I suggest these two books for anyone who needs these in their lives sometimes too!

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Manga Review – Vampire Knight (6-10)

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Title: Vampire Knight [Vampire knight Volumes 6-10]

Author: Matsuri Hino

Genre: Supernatural, Manga, Romance, Action

Length: 947 (Aprox. total)

Rating: 5 Star

Manga Series Reviews: 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-

Anime Series Reviews: 1, 2

Description/Synopsis:

Yuki sneaks into an exclusive vampire party and sees Aido’s parents introducing their daughter to Kaname. They, like many other Night Class parents, desire an alliance with the pureblood. Kaname is the most eligible bachelor in the vampire society–but will he choose Yuki?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Welcome back to another VK review. I really hope if you have picked up the series since my last review that you are really enjoying. I love to discuss these things with people!

To catch up poor Zero turns into a vampire, and then we go onto a journey with him to destroy the pure blood vampire killed his family. To make things worst though Zero’s twin brother pops up and is on the same side as that pure blood. Kaname ends up killing this woman and Zero misses his chance to drink her blood to stop going crazy and becoming a level E vampire. Zero’s brother Ichiru ends up escaping and damn it Zero, why didn’t you bloody kiss Yuki! Way to tease us all… Up to speed? Don’t worry, the beginning of every volume has a sum up of what happened in the one before!

Now onto the kind of breakdown of each volume:

  1. In volume six we finally start to get a glimpse that Yuki is more important than what she has been in the story up until now. Yuki starts seeing blood everywhere because of the past she can no longer remember and every time she tries to find a way to discover what happened something always happens so that she can’t figure anything out. We also get more of an understanding of Kaname. The end of the volume ends on a huge cliff hanger. Suggest having the next volume on hand.
  2. Cliff hangers!!! In volume seven Zero has officially stopped taking up all the spotlight and the main focus is now upon Yuki and the mystery of her past and just how Kaname is involved in all of that. Yuki is really starting to go mad because of it. Kaname confesses his feelings for Yuki and his personality starts to become really dark.
  3. In volume eight I just generally feel sorry for pretty much everyone in the story. I feel sorry for Kaname because you can just feel the loneliness seeping from his body because all his family was murdered, and you feel sorry for Yuki for loosing Zero and vice versa. You can feel the show down between everyone about to happen.
  4. This volume, volume nine, is pretty much non stop action. Everyone is fighting everyone and when all the fighting is done and this chunks bad guy is done and gone kaname makes comments about how this is only the beginning to the bad things that are to come. The volume ends on a Yuki and Zero cliff hanger.
  5. This is just things winding down (despite the cliff hanger it starts on) and you get a lot of back story from this volume. This lets you know a lot of the characters better than you did up until this point.

Now those of you that don’t want spoilers I suggest you just skip all this part. Its hard to make these review really interesting when I have to skip over so much of it for fear of ruining the entire story for you all. So if you don’t want spoilers bye! I shall see you guys in my next review!

Ok now everyone who stayed here is what happens over all of the volumes. We are introduced to our new bad guy, Lord Rido which is Kaname’s uncle, and he is Shiki’s father and he takes control of Shiki’s body. We find out that Kaname is actually the Kuran pure blood ancestor from which all the Kuran’s descend and Rido was the one to awake him using the ‘real’ Kaname, Kaname’s parents new born baby boy, as a sacrifice, thus making it so Kaname cannot kill him no matter how much he tries. I know its not Kaname’s fault really that this happened, but this made me so sad. I was also kind of touched though that Kaname’s parents chose to raise him as their own anyway.

Yuki’s madness becomes to much to her and she tried to strangle Zero (so so sad) so Kaname takes her and ‘awakens’ her and bites her and turns her into the pure blood vampire that she has actually always been. We find out that she is actually Kanames sister and they are engaged since pure bloods marry each other to keep the lines clean. When their parents died because of Rido her mother sacrificed herself to turn Yuki into a human to hide her. Oh. My. God. I didn’t see the sibling thing coming at all! At first I was totally iffy about the whole thing but I love Kaname too much to think they cannot be together. Zero tried to kill Kaname cause he turned Yuki but she stops him.

Zero then gets arrested by the Hunters Association and while he is in a cell he gets visited by Ichiru who joined the school to be close to Rido, and when Kaname restores Rido’s body so that he will leave Shiki’s, Ichiru tries to kill him for the woman who killed zero’s parents. When he sees Zero he shoots him with a vampire gun, we then find out that Ichiru was hurt fighting Rido and that he wants Zero to drain him of blood so that they can become the single person they were supposed to be. Zero due to his injuries and since Ichiru was dying anyway does this, and becomes the strongest vampire hunter ever. My heart just wept for Zero at that moment.

Kaname goes off to kill the vampire elder council, and Yuki and Zero team up and kill Rido. Once that is done they go to face off with each other but Kaname comes in and tries to kill Zero but Yuki stops them both, frees Zero from his Bloody Rose gun and Kaname leaves. Yuki and Zero embrace, he bites her, and then they kiss. FINALLY!!! Zero tells her he will have to kill her the next time they see each other and Yuki promises to run away from him forever so that by being his enemy she can be his reason for living, but when they part Yuki breaks down about the choice because she doesn’t want to be enemies. God damn it Zero, why do you have to be such a dick. Yes its the love triangle to end all love triangles you are in but really? You know Yuki isn’t evil and going to kill people so you are pretty much saying you are going to kill her for being herself which is the person you love!

The series of events ends with Kaname and Yuki leaving the school together. God. I don’t know how I will live. We basically get told that this is just the tip of the ice burg and look at all the emotion fill drama we had to go through. I really don’t know how much more I can take. God this story is good.  Pick it up! Madman sell it and they often have sales where you can get it for cheap.

Till Next Time…