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Top Ten Tuesday – Character Opinions I Differed On

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Characters I Had Different Opinions On

So, I chose to alter the name of this weeks TTT because I think its a good idea to show some I liked that others didn’t and vice versa. So here goes.

Characters I Didn’t Like But Everyone Else Did:

1. Every single character inside Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. I don’t get it. I have seen so many positive views on this book because of the different way is plays with characters but I hated them so much I just couldn’t handle the book in the slightest.

2. Hannah Baker in Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. There isn’t really a way for me to say this without being a total cow so go forth and read my review.

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3. Alaska Young in Looking for Alaska by John Green. I really don’t see the attraction. She is just another teenager.

4. Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

5. Chaol Westfall in the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Mass. This is a little bit of trick one. I do like Chaol, but everyone wants him with Celaena and I don’t. I so so so so don’t.

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Characters I Liked But Others Didn’t:

This section was WAY harder than I thought it was going to be. I don’t pay attention to if people don’t like the characters I do.

1. Sydney Sage in the Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead. I have heard so many bag on Sydney. Yes, she is not as good as Rose but I still really like her.

2. Cam Briel from Fallen by Lauren Kate. Those who actually like this series seem to disregard him because he is not a real contestant, but he had substance.

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3. Catherine and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. They are horrible people, but I like them.

4. Matthew from Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. He is bonkers and I love him.

5. Bella Swan from the Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer. Yes, she is a flop of a character. But, while I am reading the book the only time she actually annoys me is through the love triangle parts. I only ever think about her flaws after I am done enjoying the books.

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Book Review – The Ruby Circle

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Title: The Ruby Circle [Bloodlines 6]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural

Length: 348

Rating: 4 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Related Book Series: Vampire Academy

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Description/Synopsis:

THEY WILL BE TESTED

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.

Their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s bestselling Bloodlines series.

When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, she and Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world and alter their lives forever.

Don’t miss their unforgettable final chapter…

LOVE WILL CONQUER ALL

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Lets not beat around the bush. This book has been out for ages so if you are reading this I think its because you have read it and want to know my opinion. If this is not so though there will be spoilers in this review. Its the last one so I have to talk about everything that happens in the book because I wont get a chance to talk about it in the next one because there isn’t a next one. If you want a non spoilery review here you go: I really loved this book and feel like it was a good enough ending, though not perfect because the book was very rushed. The Vampire Academy series was much better but if you are fans of that I would give this series a go even if it doesn’t have the perfect last book.

I am a bit sad that I felt like I could not end this series off on a 5 star. I really liked this book and I feel satisfied enough with it to let this spin off series finish here, but this book had just one serious flaw that I just could not move past and it prevent the top rating.

It was just too damn short.

With the Vampire Academy series each of the books progressively got bigger and bigger and the final book was just huge. The Bloodlines books didn’t grow in size and I feel this let the story down in this last book because it simply didn’t have enough time/pages to get all the story out without in feeling rushed like this book did. I kind of feel like Mead got to this last book, looked at her notes and the storylines/plots that have come up throughout the series and have not yet concluded and gone “Oh shit” and then just tried to jam them all into the one short book. This made the book feel rushed, have some things end just a little too easily, and leave some bigger questions just left hanging. Neil, Declan, The Alchemists, the cure, how things ended up for Lissa and Jill with Court and the laws they were facing. Could this possibly be because there are more spin offs to come? I suppose will see. I feel as though Mead might want to take a bit of a break first before she dives back in.

Besides that though I really liked the book. I did predict who had taken Jill at the end of the last book, and while I am glad something kind of happened with the whole Jill plotline in the story, I felt the overall series was more about Adrian and Sydney than hiding Jill because she was in danger.

Adrian was a bit of an idiot again in this book, but he gets over it eventually. I can understand why he was so dumb (kind of) and when he was stupidly dumb he suffered for it. I felt bad for him but at least he learnt from it this time. He and Sydney were having some issues in this book but they still had some really cute moments. Sydney took a step back from the badass she gained in the last book, but she is allowed to mellow after all she went through.

I loved all the parts with Declan and I wish that his part in the series hadn’t of been so small. There is so much that can be explored here and I hope that we get more spin offs so that we get some answers. I actually kind of hope that we get more from Rose and Lissa if we get more books because they are both in such different places compared to the first series. Jill and Eddie are pretty good candidates for more perspectives though. We got a fair bit of Rose and Dimitri in this book and I just love it when they make an appearance. Their parts are always good. I am more than a little sad that the world is ending. We don’t know if there will be more I really hope there will be.

I think I will leave this review here because really there was just so much to talk about because the book was so fast paced and action packed. I have already talked about a bit of it, and I don;t want to potentially ruin anyone’s experience with this final book. I recommend this book to anyone who has been reading the series or has read VA. Just know going in that this book really should have been much longer, or some issues should have jut ended in earlier books.  There were many mushy moments and just generally happy parts that made me swell with joy. Anyone who has read it should come and discuss it with me.

 

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Book Review – Silver Shadows

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Title: Silver Shadows [Bloodlines 5]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural

Length: 380

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Related Book Series: Vampire Academy

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Description/Synopsis:

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth instalment in the New York Times best selling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I feel if you are reading these reviews of this series, you must have either read the books already and want to know how I felt about them, not come into a review about the fifth book to see if you might want to pick up the series. But just encase I am wrong, I will be discussing spoilers throughout this whole review, both relating to things that happened in the book and ones that came before. All I can say id that you should read this series. While I loved VA more than Bloodlines, this book has been my favourite I think so far out of the Bloodlines series and my body feels like its dying because I am sitting here writing this review rather than reading the next book. Move on now for no spoilers.

The plot of this book was so full on. It pretty much was action packed from the moment we enter. Poor Sydney was stuck in a hole with no lights and gas going into it to make her pass out and making it impossible for Adrian to get to her. Then when she gets out three months later she is all happy because she wont be getting gassed and could get in contact with Adrian, but then she finds out that the gas is still happening. After doing some pretty dodgy things that could get her busted she gets rid of the gas in her room and then of course bloody Adrian chooses that time to have a complete and total bloody meltdown and go on weeks long drinking spree where he doesn’t even bother looking for her! I was so mad, just so so mad. Damn it Adrian, you were so bloody weak then. She bloody needed you and you went off to indulge in your own self pitty. Poor Sydney doesn’t end up getting sprung until over half way through the book, and by that time she has been tortured a great deal.

That first spirit dream they have together nearly made me cry it was so touching. I also loved the entire prison break scene. I had been waiting for it for so bloody long and it was everything I wanted. I really loved that comment from Eddie about how he was getting deja vu of when he and Rose broke that guy out of prison, because this book it pretty damn similar to that one.

I was so annoyed with the whole beginning Court scene when Adrian was talking to Lissa and Rose about saving Sydney. I can kind of understand why Lissa wasn’t on board but Rose should have been. But then Adrian should have just bloody told people he loved her and Rose wouldn’t have listened to Lissa and just gone and got shit done. Book wouldn’t have been half as long.

Oh my gosh, Sydney. Since she seems to have passed on the hat of stupidity to Adrian for the first half of the book, she has become the biggest bad ass ever. I didn’t really like Sydney so much when we first started off with the series and as we went on I liked her more and more. She went through so so so in that bloody place yet she has mostly kept it together. She has also turned into just a crazy magic person. I mean, she has to be one of the strongest witches out there in this universe I think. Ms T. would be so proud! I was a little bit worried about her state of mind at the end of the book though when she was threatening to burn a bunch of Alchemists to death so that bitch Sheridan would stop pointing a gun at Adrian’s head. I did love it when she was screaming “Test Me!” though.

I am also a bit worried about Adrian. He also went super bad ass in the second half of the book using some super cool spirit powers to get shit done. He also didn’t really have mood swings with it either which was great, but the downfall is his bloody dead Aunts voice in his head. I have always thought there was something going on there since she popped up in the story, but at some point she actually makes kind of threats to Adrian himself and it pretty much confirmed my suspicions that there is more to her than meets the eye. Something funky with spirit or something is happening here and I look forward to seeing what exactly is going on with this voice in Adrian’s head.

The Alchemists pretty much have to die. I don’t have any other option. They are just so wrong and the declared war at the end of the book and I don’t really see a way fixing this unless they redo their whole system on how they live in the world. I don’t know if I want Zoe to die though. Part of me really wants all the Sage sisters to come together because Carly was awesome and Sydney has hope for Zoe despite the fact that she is the reason Sydney got tortured.

I was iffy about Nina the entire time. Just so stupid Adrian. At first I was annoyed about Adrian’s mother being there too but then at the end when she stands up to her husband and chooses Adrian over him despite the fact Adrian is married to Sydney warmed my heart. Still don’t like her though. That wedding was probably one of the sweetest scenes in the book however. When Adrian sold and pulled apart his Aunt’s cufflinks to create and pay for Sydney’s engagement ring and their wedding bands I was so happy. I was also pretty much bursting with happiness when they are back at Court and Rose and Dimitri are walking them to their room and Rose is pretty much dying because she wants to ask so many questions about them being together and married but she can’t because its not the time and she has to settle with making a comment about Sydney’s not very wedding looking shoes she has on under her dress. So good.

Then Rose has to come back later with news that Jill was missing. I know Jill is the whole reason this story is happening but I paid no attention to her the entire book because I was so focussed on Adrian and Sydney. Not at any point did I worry about her safety. Not even when that random blonde girl showed up to Adrian’s house looking for him and Sydney. I guessed straight away that this was probably Alicia from Indigo Spell, but I thought she was a threat to them not Jill. Of course we don’t know for sure yet that this blonde girl was Alicia and that she took Jill, but the fact that Angeline described her disappearance as magic makes me think it is. It could have also been the Alchemists starting their war with the Moroi though.

This was such a good ending to the book because it opens up a whole story where Lissa and Rose and everybody else have to be involved. If people knew Jill was missing there is no way to prove that she is alive or dead and Lissa could loose her Throne! Surely we are going to get tones of Rose action at least as she helps people track down Jill before anyone finds and the vote to make it so that Lissa can be queen without Jill passes. I am so excited for this I have issues breathing when I think about it. If it doesn’t happen I may cry.

I think with that I have to end it because this is a really long review. There is still so much to talk about though so if you have read them book I would love to know your thoughts and your favourite and least favourite parts so we can discuss all things that are this book and what to expect in Ruby Circle! You can win a copy of this book and Ruby Circle if you follow the two links to the rafflecopter giveaways.

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Book Review – The Fiery Heart

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Title: The Fiery Heart [Bloodlines 4]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural

Length: 420

Rating: 4.5 Star rounded down to 4

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Related Book Series: Vampire Academy

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Description/Synopsis:

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Im sorry to those of my readers who were interested in a non spoiler filled review, but I cannot give you that this day. I need to talk about these events in detail. All you need to know if you don’t want to be spoilt is that it was better than the last book to me, and that I suggest you have the next book handy when you finish because you are not going to want to wait to read it. Now either go forth and read the book and come back or read on for spoilers.

I really don’t even know where to start with this book, it just have so many things that need to be spoken about and I know I am not going to be able to put them all into this review without it going on for ages.

First off, YAY ADRIAN POINT OF VIEW! I don’t think I need to remind you guys that I just love Adrian and it was really great to be able to see from his point of view. He goes through so much character growth in the series in general but in this one he goes in leaps and bounds. He stops drinking, smoking, and even starts taking mood suppressors all because of his love for Sydney and that’s what she wanted. She gives up coffee for him too (pretty much), which is a really big deal because coffee is basically her blood, but Adrian just went so far because of his love. While I loved how sweet he was and I loved the change of getting a view into the inner workings of his mind, it seemed to me that everytime that anything romantic was happening it was from his point of view, and I would have liked to get some of that from Sydney’s as well.

I really liked the idea that Adrian had about perhaps the magic Moroi have chooses the Moroi rather than something they just come into when they mature.

Now Sydney. Sydney was very un-Sydney in this book I wanted to reach in and pretty much slap some sense into her. Yes you are in love and you get to be happy but you don’t get to be so stupid when so many bad things can happen to you. I knew from the start that Zoe was going to be no good, and I new that damn phone and the second Angeline started on about those bloody cupcakes in the cafeteria that they would be their bloody undoing. And for someone who was so focussed on not letting Zoe catch on, she was really bad at making her think things were normal. She blew her off pretty much every second of everyday and thought it was fine because she was supposedly doing school work, but it was made clear that none of the other Alchemists thought it was something to worry about. So so so dumb. Why does everyone have to take a turn in the hat of stupidity?

I am so surprised that pretty much no one worked out they were together, I mean Eddie at least should have worked it out quicker. I am also so surprised that they didn’t tell people they could tell. I was pretty much yelling at the book going “JUST BLOODY TELL THEM!” It would have solved so many issues. I mean, what the hell was Rose going to do if they told her? Nothing that’s what. Eddie found out in the end and he took it in his stride just like I knew he would,as would a lot of people. The only person really that shouldn’t know was Zoe and Sydney just completely blew that. I hated her so much, specially the scene when they go out with their father and she tries dobbing on Sydney.

Did anyone else pretty much feel like they were waiting for something horrible to happen the entire book? Because I sure did. When they crashed their car I was sure Strigoi where going to come get them, and then they were in the hotel (which was just an awesome bit of the book, finally a chance for them to relax and be together). Also, the second I got Adrian’s point of view I knew something was going to happen to Sydney. Thats what happened in Allegiant, Four’s POV got thrown in because stuff goes down with Tris and point of view other than hers needed to be happening for the book to still work. So the entire time I was like the Alchemists are going to get her, the Alchemists are going to get her. Then they did. Poor poor Sydney. I wonder how this whole captured thing will effect the court deal.

I think one of my favourite parts in the book was when they took a trip to Court. It had great effects after some bad stuff for them to develop their relationship. I loved the night when they slept in the same bed and hugged all night long. I also really like where the tattoos are going in the book. Using tattoos with restored Strigoi blood fused with spirit to use as a vaccine when they work out how to mass produce it, and using other tattoos to stop the Alchemist from being able to put brain wash people with their tattoos. I am very interested in seeing where that goes.

I think I should probably stop here because this review could just keep going on and on. In summery, this book was great, go forth and read it. I have actually started the next one already, but after 120 pages I was getting really frustrated (in the book is really suspenseful kind of way) and had to put it down. Stay tuned for the next book!

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Book Review – The Indigo Spell

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Title: The Indigo Spell [Bloodlines 3]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural

Length: 401

Rating: 3 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.

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but compared to all the other books I didn’t like this one. Out of all VA and the first two Bloodlines books this is by far the worst book of the series.

In this story we really have two plot lines happening. The main one which we have been following through the first two books, the one where they are in hiding and having to deal with the drama that goes with that, But then we are also introduced to this very random other plot happening where an evil witch comes in and Sydney has to deal with. I personally don’t understand why this plot was in the book. Yes, things need to happen with Sydney’s magic and what not but did we really need to bring in this random story that thus far has nothing to do with it. I really hope this whole story arc ends up relating somewhere down the line to the main plot point, or half this book was pretty much filler. Besides the filler, the main plot didn’t really have much development, it was just set up for things that are to come. Not at any point in this story did I ever fear for anyone’s lives.

All the characters in this story went through some development or other and I suppose that is a moving forward point. Jill didn’t really appear much in this story, and when she did she didn’t annoy me every second she was there so there has been serious development there. Jill really reminds me of Dawn from Buffy the Vampire slayer, when she popped up I hated her with a passion for ages, the thankfully she goes through some growth and the hatred goes away. I still don’t really like her, but she can join the gang I guess. Angeline seemed to take on all of the stupid that Jill lost though. Just, so so stupid. Her whole plot thing was so obvious, Sydney really needs to take some social lessons because she is just so blind to things. I am very interested in seeing how Trey’s part of the story turns out.

This next paragraph might be a bit spoilery so skip it if you have not read this book already.

Some love finally happened in this book, but it didn’t happen till the very end I didn’t find any of it satisfying. I wanted to smack Sydney so hard. The entire book is just her being in denial and just being stupid in regards to every situation she was in, love and everything else. Adrian was just a god in this story. He was stable and put up with all of Sydney’s nonsense with grace. Also the fact that Jill is the one that made Sydney stop being stupid was just the icing to the annoyed cake. I mean seriously Sydney, Jill needs to make you smarter? Did you take a stupid pill for this book?

End spoiler rant.

There we go everyone. I know it sounds like I didn’t like this book but it did have points that I liked, not to mention the characters feel like family at this point. My review is just very ranty because as stated above, this book just fell short for me compared to the rest of them. Luckily for you if you have gotten this far in the series the characters are family to you too and you will enjoy the book enough because of that even if all the things I mentioned annoy you too.

 

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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 – Bloodlines

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Title: Bloodlines [Bloodlines 1]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Rating: 4 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Related Book Series: Vampire Academy

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Description/Synopsis:

Blood doesn’t lie…

Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty – a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I have been really excited about this series for ages. The only reason I hadn’t picked any of them up earlier is because I couldn’t get the in the same sizeof my Vampire Academy books. Seeings as it looks like that they are never going to come out in that size, I settled for getting them in a size half a cm smaller. Though I enjoyed it it fell a star short of what I was expecting.

Now I have read alot of reviews that people haven’t liked our main character Sydney because she wasn’t a kick arse and kill then ask questions character like our Rose was. But I think this is stupid. We met Sydney in the other series and she wasn’t that way then, so she wasn’t going to be (nor should she be) that way in the series. Sure she wont win any hand to hand battles, probably ever, but she is strong in her own way. She keeps her head when other people would probably break down, and when she knows that she can do something she goes out and does it. She is more uptight than Rose which makes her a bit less interesting, but I still like her and see serious development in her future. There were hints that she was going to become some kind of witch type person, so I wait to see how that unfolds.

Adrian. One of the main reasons I picked up this book. He is just as lovely as I remembered. The bits where I smiled or laughed out loud and had serious emotions all revolved around Adrian. So fellow fans, you will not be disappointed. There are hints that he and our vampire hating Sydney are going to become a love item. I root for this, she would be good for him from what I have seen thus far. It is also happening gradually, there are barely any moments of what could be love happening between these two in this book. Thank god! A quick love would not happen between these two.

When it came to the other characters we have met before I feel like their personalities were not upheld and have been altered. Rose seemed way too nice and mushy to be herself. Eddie though has always been a watch dog, the way he speaks is different and I don’t feel the same way about it. Perhaps its because he is on the job… I hope he gets better. Jill is just as boring and really kind of pathetic as I remember except I have to put up with her alot more. I hope she gets better… I also have to point out just how many guys fall in love with her. Where the story was great with Adrian and Sydney, it dropped the ball when it comes to the boring and whiney Jill. Three different guys are in love with her in this book. Sigh.

I liked the storyline for the most part. It was nice to get a a different environment and perspective on things that are happening in this world. Alot of things that Sydney picks up on I doubt Rose would have noticed or thought about. I was not a fan about Adrian and Jill being Bonded though. I could see it coming from the beginning and it wasn’t a good lack of surprise. Other than that though I am pretty excited for the rest of the series. Yay for new and exciting adventures!

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Book Haul – December/Xmas Presents

So I thought I would share with you the books I received for Christmas this year since its a very nice haul if I do say so myself ;)

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9780140360462For as long as Josephine Alibrandi can remember, it’s just been her, her mom, and her grandmother. Now it’s her final year at a wealthy Catholic high school. The nuns couldn’t be any stricter—but that doesn’t seem to stop all kinds of men from coming into her life.

Caught between the old-world values of her Italian grandmother, the nononsense wisdom of her mom, and the boys who continue to mystify her, Josephine is on the ride of her life. This will be the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family’s past—and the year she sets herself free.


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An inmate, Frank Beachum, denies any involvement in the murder of a young pregnant woman. His only chance for survival lies in the hands of a reporter, Steven Everett. From the very first page, however, veteran suspense writer Andrew Klavan does everything possible to make this journalist unlikable–he drinks too much, he’s committed adultery. In fact, the incarcerated Beachum, who stands accused of a hideous crime, comes across as a much more decent person than Everett.

Foes of capital punishment will find in True Crime another buttress to the oft-expressed argument that state-sanctioned murder is not always just, that some police investigations are sloppy even when they’re not politically tinged or racially motivated, and that exonerating evidence is often overlooked. Here such evidence is so glaringly overlooked that it’s possible for a somewhat drunken reporter with plenty of other things on his mind (a wife who’s about to leave him and a boss who’s just discovered that Everett is cuckolding him) to spot the inconsistencies. He follows a hunch, discovers the identity of the real killer, and tries to clear Beachum’s name as the minutes tick away. 

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Last Thing I RememberCharlie West just woke up in someone else’s nightmare.

He’s strapped to a chair. He’s covered in blood and bruises. He hurts all over. And a strange voice outside the door just ordered his death.

The last thing he can remember, he was a normal high-school kid doing normal things–working on his homework, practicing karate, daydreaming of becoming an air force pilot, writing a pretty girl’s number on his hand. How long ago was that? Where is he now? Who is he really?

And more to the point . . . how is he going to get out of this room alive?

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Long Way HomeSometimes you have to go home to find out who you really are.

Charlie West went to bed one night an ordinary high-school student. He woke up a hunted man. Terrorists are trying to kill him. The police want to arrest him for the stabbing death of his best friend. He doesn’t know whose side he’s on or who he can trust. With his pursuers closing in on every side, Charlie makes his way back to his hometown to find some answers. There, holed up in an abandoned mansion, he’s joined by hisfriends in a desperate attempt to discoverthe truth about a murder he can’t remember’and the love he can never forget.

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Truth of the Matter“Never give in.”

Ever since he woke up ina terrorist torture chamber–with a year of his life erased from his mind–Charlie West has been on the run. He has one desperate hope of getting his life back: track down the mysterious agent named Waterman. But in fact, reaching Waterman–and recovering the secrets lost in his own memory–will only increase his danger. Because a team of ruthless killers is rapidly closing in on him, determined to stop him from finding the answers. And the truth of the matter is more incredible…and more deadly…than he could ever imagine.

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tumblr_m0vtspmyLd1qkrs3eRichelle Mead, Lisa McMann, Michael Grant, Meg Cabot, Laini Taylor, and nine more of the hottest YA authors to hit the shelves explore the concepts of prophecy and prediction in this story collection edited byNYT bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan. 

Have you ever been tempted to look into the future? To challenge predictions? To question fate? It’s human nature to wonder about life’s twists and turns. But is the future already written—or do you have the power to alter it?

From fantastical prophecies to predictions of how the future will transpire, Foretold is a collection of stories about our universal fascination with life’s unknowns and of what is yet to come as interpreted by 14 of young adult fiction’s brightest stars.

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Bloodlines-BIG1Blood doesn’t lie…

Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty – a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning…

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The-Uncanny-300Richard Storm is passionate, hot-blooded, and running out of time.  Sophia Endering is cool, beautiful, and haunted by a centuries-old mystery.  Now the Hollywood filmmaker and the troubled young woman have come together in a race against the unbelievable, the unthinkable, and. . . The Uncanny.

Richard Storm reached the top of his profession producing horror films based on classic English ghost stories.  Now, with his life beginning to unravel, Richard is searching for something to believe in.  Fleeing Hollywood for London, he embarks on a desperate quest: to find evidence that the great old stories bear some truth, that the human spirit lives on after death.  

What he finds is Sophia, a woman caught in a nightmare more chilling than any of his film horrors.  Propelled by a furious love, haunted by a terror he can barely confess to himself, Storm pursues Sophia through the labyrinth of her family’s madness and their involvement in Nazi art thefts, down a trail formed by the classic ghost stories themselves–into the very heart of the uncanny.

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9781848875371John Shannon is a petty thief on the run. A three-time loser framed for a murder he didn’t commit, he knows the cops are closing in on him and that he’s facing life in prison—or death by lethal injection. Then, as if out of nowhere, a bizarre text message draws him to a meeting in the dark of night. A foreigner who calls himself the Identity Man offers Shannon an incredible chance to start again: a new face, a new home, a new beginning.

Soon, to his amazement, Shannon finds himself living a life he never dreamed possible. In a ruined city that is trying to rebuild, he finds work as a carpenter and a wood carver. He meets the beautiful Teresa Grey and for the first time falls in love with the sort of woman who could make him a better man.

It seems too good to be true—and it is. Just as Shannon feels within sight of redemption, all hell breaks loose. It turns out this ruined city is crawling with corruption. There are crooked politicians, gangsters, dirty cops everywhere—and, for some reason he doesn’t understand, all of them seem to want Shannon dead.

John Shannon has run out of second chances, and now he’s running out of time. Moving through the darkness in the burnt-out shambles of a dirty town, he’s got to ferret out the secret of his new life—and fast—if he wants to be left with any life at all.

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RAPTURE-Cover-fallen-by-lauren-kate-26640741-1664-2544The sky is dark with wings . . . .

Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.

Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.

For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?

The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.

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OCD & Books Don’t Mix – Book Height

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I would like to point out that I don’t actually have OCD (I think), if I do it’s probably really mild stuff. This series of posts will be about observations that drive me completely insane in regards to books and writing.

I went to get books the other day and I noticed that I’m starting to develop a serious issue. All my books must be of the same height. Now this might not seem like a big issue, and at first it wasn’t for me either, but I’m starting to feel this compulsion restrain me from enjoying my reading time.

At first it started off as a simple kind of thing. All books in the same series must be of the same height. Easy enough and really understandable on the grand scheme of things. They must be pretty, matching and neat. Unfortunately for me this level of the OCD trait is aggravated by one series on my shelf, Twilight, because I was given the first two books in the series at the same time and they were both of different heights.

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The first book in the series just gives me a headache everytime I look at it, but I just can’t justify finding the larger size copy to match the rest of my Stephanie Meyer books because I feel like the Twilight series is one I probably won’t love till the end of time. So that this issue never happens again I have put off buying books for ages. One of my series that is not complete is the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. It has been over a year since the final book Rapture was release and there is still an empty spot on my shelf for it. But, I spose I will continue to wait until I finally see the correct size so something like this doesn’t happen:

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This poor person has THREE different book sizes for this series. Gah I think I would just die.

Then my obsession started growing more. I own the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, and this series kind of branches off and continues in a different characters perspective in the new series Bloodlines. To me, it might as well be the same series, so the height rules was applied. I didn’t want something like this to happen:

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BUT, now a new issue arises for me. The first book in the new series Bloodlines was release in mid 2011 and its now the end of 2013 and I still have not seen it released in a smaller size. A general rule I have noticed with releasing books in a different size is that it normally takes about a year. Its been more than a year. Does this mean its just not going to come out in this smaller size? If so what on earth am I going to do? Do I forever deny myself of something I really want to read possibly forever because I can’t handle the different book sizes, or do I try and get over it (so not easy to do) and then possibly have to risk the fact that I might cry and have to buy them all over again if they finally release them in a different size once I bought the books?

Then the other day while looking at my shelf I noticed that It had turned into something more. Books by the same author but are in no way related to each other being a different size to one another started to freak me out. For example, there two books of mine by Kresley Cole:

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They are nothing alike, Poison Princess is a young adult book and A Hunger Like No Other is one of her adult smutty slightly too rape like adult books, but the fact that I can’t put them neatly next to each other on my shelf has been giving me more and more concern. My chest kind of tightens when I think about it.

Now the fact that I feel like this makes me worry, because I can totally see myself getting more OCD and then insisting that all my books be of the same height. That would make my reading life way more complicated.

Do any of you guys out there in reader land have this issue? How bad is it for you? Or do you not care a bit? If so, how can I stop carring so much!

Till next time…