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Book Review – Autumn Bones

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Title: Autumn Bones [Agent of Hel 2]

Author: Jacqueline Carey

Genre: Supernatural, Urban Fantasy, Romance

Length: 368

Rating: 4 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

Fathered by an incubus, raised by a mortal mother, and liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, Daisy Johanssen pulled the community together after a summer tragedy befell the resort town she calls home. Things are back to normal—as normal as it gets for a town famous for its supernatural tourism, and presided over by the reclusive Norse goddess Hel.

Not only has Daisy now gained respect as Hel’s enforcer, she’s dating Sinclair Palmer, a nice, seemingly normal human guy. Not too shabby for the daughter of a demon. Unfortunately, Sinclair has a secret. And it’s a big one.

He’s descended from Obeah sorcerers and they want him back. If he doesn’t return to Jamaica to take up his rightful role in the family, they’ll unleash spirit magic that could have dire consequences for the town. It’s Daisy’s job to stop it, and she’s going to need a lot of help. But time is running out, the dead are growing restless, and one mistake could cost Daisy everything……

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I read this in 2013. My hopes were answered. Things improved in this book which like the first one I read as part of my Romance reading group Vaginal Fantasy.

Yes the book still has many of the things that I did not like in the first one. The beginning is still messy, there is a lot of repetition, and it does stray sometimes when it comes to narration. However this time there is so much more! For one there is romance in this book. Daisy has way too many people in love with her for my liking, however I stay in the hope that she will end up with Stefan. Sinclair is ever so very very boring. Hot but boring. Daisy needs someone deeper, even if Sinclair comes from a crazy witch family which pop up in this book.

There is more action in this book than in the last one and I think this is one of the things that made this book better than the first. For starters the book begins with an orgy, then there is preparation and introduction of all the witches in the community for the big mystical show down that is going to take place because of Sinclair’s family. Though sex slave mermaid was very interesting murderous spirit for a foe works better. This also means that we get some lovely moments with Stefan and Daisy as he trains her for the battle. We also get Jen’s sister going all vampire kick arse and becoming a strong character which you like rather than one that is just pathetic. So plot wise, yes very exciting thank you for making me very keen for the third book which I think is supposed to come out sometime in October of this year.

We get some other new characters in this book as well of course. One of them being Lee who gets added to the “I Love Daisy” fan club. I hate him. He gets cut too many chances. At one point hes like “lets do this!” and everyone is like “no thats not smart at all or safe. Dont do it, dont come.” Yet is comes and does it and very nearly stuffs everything up yet everyone praises him for it after. I would have been so angry. But then on the other hand we also get introduced to a hell spawn male lawyer that has something to do with people selling off their land. We don’t to know much about this character at all but his presence opens up many exciting things for the next book both plot wise and Daisy character development wise.

So yes. I liked this one better than the last, and don’t want to wait till October to read the next one! Give it to me now please. I have big hopes of it going better and better now since it got better from the last one. Give this book a read.

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Book Review – Tell No One

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Title: Tell No One

Author: Harlan Coben

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Length: 370

Rating: 4 Star

Description/Synopsis:

For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive.

Everyone tells him it’s time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible — that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive.

Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn’t. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope.

But already Beck is being hunted down. He’s headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret — and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

At first I completely forgot that I was reading this book. I was sorting my book case and updating my read list on this blog and it totally just went under the radar. I only remembered because I found it under my bed with a bookmark in it then it came back to me. Oh yeah, right, this one. This is the book I chose to read when I was travelling on the bus or train if I didn’t want to damage another hard copy book or felt that my kindle my get stolen/didn’t have enough battery to last the whole trip. So really, it was a low one on my list of things to read. But then I started to notice that I was choosing to read this book over other ones even when I was just sitting at home. Im glad I remembered I started it because I was really hooked when I was about a third of the way through.

I really liked most of the twists in this book, even if I thought it would turn out the way it did. This is because I wouldn’t consider them obvious, it just that my mind put the pieces together. Working out the twists in this book made me feel just a little bit clever. I have read that some people thought that there was just way too many twists, but while I was reading I didn’t notice this so much. I didn’t really think about the amount of twists in the book until I read other peoples opinions. I would agree now, there are many many twists in this book, however, clearly they didn’t bother me.

The main character David Beck I didn’t mind, he is not my favourite person but I didn’t mind being inside his head. I liked some other perspectives more, but still he was alright. I totally believed his character description and development. If someone I loved died like that and then those things happened around me I don’t think I would act much differently. I like to think that I might have been able to move on, but really, I think that might just be me thinking the best of myself and might not be true. The thing you find out about Beck at the end of the book really shocked me at first. What the fuck?! ran through my mind for about 5 seconds. It didn’t seem in character. Then I thought about it and I came to the conclusion thinking back on things that actually yeah that was in character. I thought that was a good bit of writing, I like to be made to second guess stuff. Then I just thought well aren’t you the idiot that could have done things better.

I thought all the other characters, even the ones that didn’t stick around for long were also pretty well developed. The only other character I really feel that I need to talk about, and I’m going to call this person Tom (there is no one in the book by this name, I just don’t want to spoil everything) and boy, emotions. I was a bit stand-off-ish with this person because of their relationship with Beck, but those feelings didn’t stay. I had multiple feelings about Tom. Stand-off-ish, suspicion, anger, then just a tiny bit of love. The things Tom was willing to do just for those that mean the world to them made me have respect for them despite other things that happened.

So in conclusion, I ended up really quite enjoying this book and I am mentally adding other books by this author to my ‘must be read’ list.

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Book Review – Endless Knight

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Title: Endless Knight [The Arcana Chronicles 2]

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Young Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 320

Rating: 3 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Description/Synopsis:

Shocking Secrets

Evie has fully come into her powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. She now knows that the teens who’ve been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It’s kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

Unexpected Allies

With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals.

Gut-Wrenching Treachery

When Evie meets Death, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she’s drawn to the dangerous Endless Knight as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a history, one that Evie can’t remember—but Death can’t forget.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Oh dear. I had such high hopes for this book and most of them all fell short. I LOVED Poison Princess and I cant express the same feelings for this second book.

A very large section of this book was slow paced. You get sections of action packedness here and there, but it is mostly restricted to the first section of the book. This I think happened because Evie ends up spending alot of time at Deaths place and nothing really happens while she is there. You just get her building relationships with people who live there and thats about it. The bits of action we did get though was great, I loved when they were with the Cannibals and I was really freaking out at certain parts.

And lets just touch on how annoyed I am about the introduction of a love triangle. WHY COLE WHY? I like Death, I think he is a really interesting character and would really like to view quite a lot of things from his perspective, but the fact that the triangle was introduce frustrated me. Now onto a SPOILER I also HATED the fact that Death has such mixed emotions about Evie is because surprise surprise they were married in a previous life and she killed him. I get the life and death are supposed to be together kinda thing but that just blew my mind that that was put in, and not in a good way END SPOILER. Both are left up in the air in a serious way. The ending of the book was not any good at all. Nothing resolved, its just all prolonged.

You get pretty much no Jackson in this book. Once Death comes in he goes. But before all that Jackson’s with Evie is pretty shit house because of things that happened in the book before, things get sorted out, but they take just too long to sort through their rubbish for my liking. Jackson when he is actually caring and being nice to Evie is pretty damn adorable. I also have a theory that I think a lot of people have come to as well. I think Jackson is the last Arcana, the one that is only revealed when they kill another Arcana. It has been set up perfectly. The past between him and the Lovers has been set up perfectly for him to off them and come into his powers, completely get over the differences between him and Evie because there wont be any really anymore (if Death is left out of the picture) and things will end fine and dandy. However there has been thought by others that he is meant to kill my Matthew, to which I think NOOOO! Im glad this seems less likely in my mind because then Evie wouldn’t like him anymore, and she would probably end up with Death instead.

I love the fact that Evie has come into her powers, I think it makes her a stronger person, but I also felt that some of her previous character was left out because of it and that wasn’t a good thing. The whole thing about this Evie is that she keeps her previous personality and thusly pretty much refuses to participate in the games, but then I found that it was lost which annoyed me. I didn’t laugh as much in this book, Evie lost some of her sass and quick wit/bright spirit. I don’t think this was intentional, other things just seemed to take over rather than keeping her character the way it was described to be. I do like though how Cole works through how when Evie uses her powers, she has a hard time remembering she doesn’t want to play the game and just wants to win. I like the struggle.

Though this book fell flat I still am eager for the next one. I hope that Cole has gotten over her malfunctions in this book and the level gets popped back up to its 5 star rating.

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Book Review – Dark Currents

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Title: Dark Currents [Agent of Hel 1]

Author: Jacqueline Carey

Genre: Supernatural, Urban Fantasy

Length: 356

Rating: 3 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

The Midwestern resort town of Pemkowet boasts a diverse population: eccentric locals, wealthy summer people, and tourists by the busload; not to mention fairies, sprites, vampires, naiads, ogres and a whole host of eldritch folk, presided over by Hel, a reclusive Norse goddess.

To Daisy Johanssen, fathered by an incubus and raised by a single mother, it’s home. And as Hel’s enforcer and the designated liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, it’s up to her to ensure relations between the mundane and eldritch communities run smoothly.

But when a young man from a nearby college drowns—and signs point to eldritch involvement—the town’s booming paranormal tourism trade is at stake. Teamed up with her childhood crush, Officer Cody Fairfax, a sexy werewolf on the down-low, Daisy must solve the crime—and keep a tight rein on the darker side of her nature. For if she’s ever tempted to invoke her demonic birthright, it could accidentally unleash nothing less than Armageddon.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book I started reading as part of my romance book club Vaginal Fantasy, and I feel it was a good book that I enjoyed but it did have a number of things in it that annoyed me. Though, for a romance group I don’t think there was really any romance in this book.

It took me longer to get into this book than it normally would to get into a book I rank 3 star. This I chalk up to how the beginning of the book was written. To me it was really messy, and that’s not including the spelling and grammatical mistakes that I notice throughout the book. I’m hoping and pray that they were just in the digital copy I had and that they didn’t make it into the hard copy, for some reason I can forgive it almost in a digital but never in a hard copy. The main character narration seemed to go off randomly to different places and details in the story telling were left out but I could not tell if this was done intentionally or not because it was written just to messily. Things were also repeated too much. Repetition can get on my nerves quickly.

The plot of the story was nice though I worked out some details a bit too early/easily for my liking. The second they kept going on about how the cards were being very literal and a card with a mermaid popped up you just had to know that everything was going to revolve around a mermaid. I did like though the twist they did with the mermaid. I would not have thought of them as using the pore thing as sex slave, and in a really sad and disturbing way I liked it because it wasn’t something I would have thought of right away. I just felt so damn sorry for that mermaid. She didn’t even really understand anything that was being said around her!

Then there were plot points that I didn’t really understand or think were very thought through. Like the theory the cops were working with when it came to thinking that parents had something to do with their son’s death. That one didn’t work in my head.

There was also times when things were said that I wondered why it was said or thought no one would ever say. Like:

“Kind of like my father slipped into my mother.”

and

“In the days that followed, things happened.”

That last one almost blew my mind. I just though well no shit, I even made a note of it in my kindle. The character Al was a hard point for me also. At one point things he started saying were just way too frustrating for me. At no point in time no matter the influence would anyone speak that way unless they were under some strange mind control thing and people were making them say it. That being said though there were good writing ideas that kind of made up for stuff like that. At one point Daisey refers to a kid as ‘the booger-eating kid.’ I don’t know why exactly but I thought small things like that were a nice touch.

But I really liked the amount of lore that was in this book, it didn’t just stick to the normal vampires or werewolves. The fact that she seemed to have actually researched the creatures she was writing about was like icing on the cake for me.

Now onto the charcters. For the most part I really enjoyed most of them, I thought they were solid enough even though some of them lacked much depth, but you do meet quite a few so I let that go and decided that I had gotten enough.

Daisy I liked well enough, I actually felt a little sorry for her. The amount of things that she has to be careful about doing or watch out for are huge, its no wonder that her life would be so boring if you took out her duties to Hel. Its those duties that kept her interesting to me. As for her and her tail tucking, ew much. At one point she hints at being able to pleasure herself with it, too much information much! Also, for someone who says she is as good at tucking as a drag queen that bloody tail moved around pretty much all the time. I have no idea how she kept it hidden despite mostly wearing skirts or dresses.

Cody was a bit too boring for me, he would be big brother stern but loveable in his own dull kinda way, not a love interest. Also, his hotness was mentioned way too much. I didn’t mind this so much though when it came to Stafan I was more than happy to listen. Sexy sexy ghoul. I wish she would hurry up and end up with him, though I think he deserves better.

I loved Lurine, I think she is if not my favourite character she is in the top 3. Though, the fact that Daisey says she wants to have sex with her in her true form when she basically helped raise her as a child and that Lurine plays with this fact really disturbs me. Other than that I liked their relationship.

“Belphego, lesser demon and occasional incubus” was brought up every time she thought/talked about her dad. Drove me nuts. I likes Jen, and though I was sad when her sister Bethony went back to her vampire drug ways I liked it because that was a more believable ending. Not all things end happy. Casimir I felt was was a bit of a  Lafayette from True Blood rip off.

Well I spose I should stop yacking now hadn’t I? So in conclusion it was enjoyable despite things that annoyed me and I look forward to the next. I hope it improves.

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Book Review – The Last Winter of Dani Lancing

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Title: The Last Winter of Dani Lancing

Author: P.D. Viner

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Length: 400

Rating: 4 Star

Description/Synopsis:

Twenty years ago, college student Dani Lancing was kidnapped and brutally murdered. The killer was never found, and the case has long gone cold. Her parents, Patty and Jim, were utterly devastated, their marriage destroyed. While Jim fell apart, Patty was consumed by the unsolved case. She abandoned her journalism career and her marriage to spend every waking hour searching and plotting. She keeps contact with Tom, Dani’s childhood sweetheart, who has become a detective intent on solving murders like Dani’s. When he finds a lead that seems ironclad, he brings Patty in on it. After years of dead ends, her obsession is rekindled, and she will do anything for revenge, even become a killer herself-dragging her whole family into the nightmare once again, as lies and secrets are uncovered.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Well I spose I should start off by saying I got this off of NetGalley ahead of the publication date. That date has been and gone by now so I am sorry! I should really keep my NetGalley books to one at a time so this issue never comes up again.

For the structure of of the book I really enjoyed it. It gives you snippets of past and present mixed in together and slowly the story unfolds. I really like these kind of stories. They keep the suspense going for a story you already know the ending of. If this kind of story was told in a more straight forward order I don’t know how well it would work, but luckily for me that is not an issue.

When it comes to the theme/plot of the book the ending was left a little up in the air. The dude waking up from the coma could destroy the life they are living but they don’t go into that just just left there. Part of my likes when things are left up to the readers imagination but I think this may have been taking that too far. On the other hand, I really liked the very beginning of the book. You start off from the perspective of Dani, and though I could sense it coming/being revealed, I really loved it when it was told that she was already dead. Ghost perspective is generally always awesome for me because its not something I come across all the time.

Dani I liked as a character and I did feel sorry. She wasn’t perfect but you could feel her struggle with what happened with her life and I personally thought she was more real for this struggle and imperfectness. I’m glad they put the perspective of her ghost in there, I don’t know if I would have liked her so much if it was just the memories/revelations made up by the other people in the book. I started off like Tom and felt sorry for him too, I felt sorry for pretty much everyone in the book, however I gradually become disgusted with some of his choices throughout and was left wondering what the hell I was think feeling sorry for someone like that. But this disgust was slowly developed and I’m glad it was done that way because it made me feels things about him rather than cause me to ride him off right away. Good move on the writer. I thought the dad was a wimp and I didn’t like him all that much, but I thought the mum though crazy was more likeable. I seem to have a soft spot for the crazy.

As a side note I have read that many people have not liked the cover used for this book that I put at the top of this review, however I disagree. I feel the cover displays the more ghostly side of the writing and I think it displays Dani’s sadness and concealment.

Anyways I really liked this book, and I would more than gladly pick it up again.

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Book Review – Go The Fuck To Sleep

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Title: Go The Fuck To Sleep

Author: Adam Mansbach

Genre: Childrens, Parental Humor

Length: 32

Rating: 5 Star

Description/Synopsis:

Go the Fuck to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. Profane, affectionate, and radically honest, California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach’s verses perfectly capture the familiar — and unspoken — tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night. In the process, he opens up a conversation about parenting, granting us permission to admit our frustrations and laugh at their absurdities.

With illustrations by Ricardo Cortes, Go the Fuck to Sleep is beautiful, subversive and pants-wettingly funny, a book for parents new, old and expectant. You probably should not read it to your children.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

My alternate title to this review is The Best $20 I Have Ever Spent!

Though I have yet to have children, I have baby sat and I remember what I was like as a child, and I think this book can relate to a lot of parents.

It really takes you on a journey from at first hopefulness, and then gradually frustration then into despair. This is really funny to me but I suppose that makes me a bit mean and crazy but I think its funny cause I find it true.

My favourite line hast to be:

“The flowers doze low in the meadows

And high on the mountains so steep.

My life is a failure, I’m a shitty-ass parent.

Stop fucking with me, please, and sleep.”

I love the combination of how children stories normally read with the simple but nice rhymes and with cute and pretty topics, combined with foul mouthed feelings of the parent as you go through the book is what makes the book.

The artwork is nice, but the people and the kids are a little scary looking.

Now if it didnt sound awesome so far why don’t you go listen to it being read by Samuel L. Jackson. He does a pretty damn good job I must say, and you get to look at what the book looks like.

Since I want to hold my children off from swearing as long as possible I probably wont be reading them this as a child, but if anyone has this kind of humour I seriously suggest buying it. When I’m not feeling so great it always makes me laugh. It is very recommended!

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Book Review – Mockingjay

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Title: Mockingjay [The Hunger Games 3]

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Science Fiction

Length: 455

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 12, 3

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Description/Synopsis:

“If we burn you burn with us.”

Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But she’s still not safe. A revolution is unfolding, and everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans – everyone except Katniss.

And yet she must play the most vital part in the final battle. Katniss must become their Mockingjay – the symbol of rebellion – no matter what the personal cost.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Where do I even begin with this book? Well I spose I should start off by saying that I will be talking about spoilers in this review. There is no may about it. Its a bit hard to talk about it without spoilers.

The pace of this book seems to move slowly despite all the stuff that is going on but then it all seems to just collapse at the end when it turns out it wasn’t really all that slow. Sorry I know that doesn’t make much sense, but this book rocked me and I find it hard to think all that clearly. Also, some of the actions that happen in this book are just a tad ridiculous. Though things they have to face and things that happen are believable in the sense that the world they are in is ridiculous so that kind of stuff can happen, but it still seems really over the top and just mad. I kind of don’t think they are going to be able to pull this book off as a movie very well. Sure they can make it all digital and what not but it still might not work. I spose I will see in over a year when the last movie comes out.

Some other plot things that annoyed me were:

  1. I thought the districts were won over a tad too easily before they started taking on the capital.
  2. No one by the end of the book really gives a toss about them winning the war. Its mentioned but there is no emotion in it really.

This book is desperately throughout the entire thing. Its so sad even that I actually hated any happy parts. They were a tease and just made things harder to deal with. Everyone dies in this book. If they didn’t die in a physical way they all die emotionally.

Katniss starts off kind of weak and pathetic and by the end she is basically a shell. This kills me and yet I find believable so is very well done because she was just a strong person and it was heart breaking to see her die that way. I totally hated Peeta for how he was after they saved him. I know it wasn’t all his fault with the torture and how they made it all connect to Katniss so he hated her, but I still hated him. Its not realistic of me to think he could withstand things like that but I did. It took him far too long to come back around and even then he wasn’t the same. I think part of me needed him to stay the way he was before because Katniss just couldn’t. I wanted to like Haymitch. I did. But I couldn’t forgive him for stuff that happened in the other book. I hated Gale too by the end. Parts of his personality that now that I think back through the other books that have always been there but were not dominant are horrible. He was filled with too much hatred. I also hate him for his part in the final events no matter how small.

On a plus side the love triangle is resolved. But this too is depressing. Gale and Katniss don’t end up together because he played a part and designed the trap that killed Prim. Thats right, the whole reason Katniss joined the games to begin with, to keep her sister alive, was totally for nothing because she was killed as a result of her oldest friend’s actions. I was in shock over this for a really long time, and it didn’t really hit me that she was dead until Katniss started screaming at Prim’s cat telling it that she was never coming back. I cried my eyes out at that part.

The author tried to give the book a kind of happy ending, but it felt hollow. I had to go get in the shower once I finished the book. I was so emotionally stuffed up and broken that I felt dirty all over and I had to try and wash it off. So yeah, great book in a really depressing way. I would recommend it.

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Book Review – Last Sacrifice

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Title: Last Sacrifice [Vampire Academy 6]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (Vampires)

Length: 592

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1234, 5, 6

Related Series: Bloodlines

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Description/Synopsis:

They come first.

My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won’t give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri’s face join Lissa’s. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.

The dead could finally have me.

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose – for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back…and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?

Join Rose, Dimitri, Adrian, and Lissa in Last Sacrifice, the epic, unforgettable finale to Richelle Mead’s international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

At last we reach the end of this strand of the story. I for one cannot wait to go out and get my hand on the Bloodlines series which continues on the story in the perspective of Sydney and Jill/ The only reason I have yet to start reading this new strand is because I cannot the book in the size I want yet. My OCD does not allow me to buy a book that is in/relates to a series unless all the books can be put side by side on a bookshelf and all be the same size. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Considering that this is the last book of the series, I was a bit annoyed with the overall feel of the plot and what not. I did not feel as though I was holding my breath throughout this book, and since its the last one I expected to be put on the edge of my seat. I did get caught up in moment,s but previous books made me feel that way more. Lots of things happen in this book however, from being on the run, people getting brought back from basically death, election of a new ruler, and of course many many many love issues. I enjoyed it all, I just expected more.

We get quite a lot of Sydney in this book but her ending was left up in the air and you don’t really know what happens to her. Though I thought this was a good way to make people want to continue on with the other series to find out what on earth happens, I thought it was a bit lazy for this series if we overlook the new series. This happens with other people as well. Eddie was someone I really wanted to know what happened to, but other than Rose going I think I ruined his life you don’t get anymore information. This annoyed me greatly for two reasons. One because I liked Eddie and want to know what actually happened to him, and two because everything turned out great for Rose and I think its really bitchy that you get to know anything that happens to the lives she wrecked, even though she didn’t mean to. So many characters endings where just left loose and I thought that this was poor writing. I get that SO MUCH happened in this book, and you can only solve so many of the questions that are raised throughout the series, but it was still very annoying. The only person besides Sydney that I can understand why the ending might not have been mentioned is my poor Adrian. He was so crushed since Rose and Dimitri ended up together and he found out she cheated on him, but what more could you say for his ending? You would need much longer than a few words to round off his story. I have heard exciting news about him being a main character in the new series!!! Even Mia, who really doesn’t make much of an appearance once she moves to court, should have had more of an ending because for all this books at least Lissa is living at court and they are supposed to be good friends. Many character loose ends.

Another thing that annoyed me is that in this book, Rose and even more so Dimitri tended to give long boring speeches over and over again. I get that huge things have been happening in their lives, but I did not feel these speeches were needed in the slightest. They probably could have been said better in fewer words or at least happened less often.

But the biggest issue I had was with Rose and Lissa loosing their bond. I don’t get why it happened, and the reason given in the book though kind of makes sense, just wasn’t thought of enough or really satisfactory in the slightest. I feel as though the author got it in her mind that this needed to go away for everything to end perfectly (thought I don’t see why that was needed either, they were pretty used to it and could handle it pretty well by this point in the series) and then just did a rush job at removing it. It was a bit of an easy way out. Not everything needed to end perfectly for Rose and Lissa.

Despite all this, I did enjoy the book greatly. I have always liked the characters even though they sometimes annoyed me, and I was happy with what I got from each of them, It was better than nothing. Also, if you include the second series it could be a lot of the things that annoyed me in this book are fixed or explained there, though thats a bit of an annoying way to sell the rest of the books.

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Book Review – Catching Fire

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Title: Catching Fire [The Hunger Games 2]

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Science Fiction

Length: 472

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Description/Synopsis:

Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Loved loved loved this book far more than the first one.

Lets talk about the characters first. I feel that Katniss had lots of development compared to the first one. She isn’t as much as an ice queen in this book as she was in the first. She tends to act how you would expect a teenager who has been through many awful things would act. She actually cries, which for a good part I was like why haven’t you cried yet? so I was glad that actually happened. You get to also to know about her feelings about the whole Gale and Peeta situation, which had me feeling heart broken at times. I Personally feel she should end up with Gale, its just meant to be, but she will always have a really deep connection to Peeta. I like her better as a strong girl who can kick arse but doesn’t always have her act together. Its more believable.

In this book you also get to see perspective from the Capital people, which in the first book we didn’t get to see and that annoyed me. You get to know how everyone from just the simple people of the Capital to the officials feel about Katniss and all the things that revolve around her. I liked the perspective. I didn’t like how in the first one they were just these people you get no idea of, just know they are there somewhere doing stuff.

You also get to meet more than just the Gale, Katniss, Peeta, and the people who dress them at the capital. You also meet random people, and those who are going to be in the arena. This made it more sad because people you like die.

In terms of plot of theme or storyline or whatever you want to call it alot more happens there as well. In the first book you just see Katniss and Peeta fighting in the games and a few chapters of them at home before they get sent off. This time around we get their time at home, their tour around the districts, what happens AFTER the tour, and another round of games. Though alot more stuff happens in the same nearly the same amount of pages as the last book, some things that happen get skipped over because of the pure amount of stuff that happens. Like when Katniss finds out she can’t say goodbye her family before she goes off to the capital, I feel she would have had more of reaction at the time. She does react later, but at the that it happens is just kind of gets skipped over at the time it actually happens. Some other things probably could have been dropped or shortened, not all sections were thought out all that well.

But from start to finish I was hooked and I stayed up all night to read it and then I straight away read at least a couple of chapters of the third book because I was so wrapped up in it. It did things like make me totally despise Haymitch, which I didn’t think could happen, because he held a spot in my heart from the first book. It also ends of a totally devastating, though great, cliff hanger. I advise those who are reading the second book have the third one handy. If you get into it like me, having to wait to get the last book is going to be painful.

On kinda side note, I can’t wait until the movie comes out. They did a pretty good job on the last one and I’m desperate to see what they do with this one.

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Book Review – Spirit Bound

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Title: Spirit Bound [Vampire Academy 5]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (Vampires)

Length: 489

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1234, 5, 6

Related Series: Bloodlines

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Description/Synopsis:

Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s-and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him… forever.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

As far as theme and plot go, the start of this book seemed to go really slowly. Granted, serious stuff takes place but it happens steadily so I myself was not swept away with it. I would like to point out though that perhaps my feelings for how the pacing and stuff like that may be altered because I have read the series before and when it comes to major things in books (this means like who killed who what lead to what blah blah blah, I will forget things like their favourite colour and stuff along those lines) I generally remember everything that happens in the book regardless of how long it has been since I read it. Though it can happen, it can also be difficult to be as overwhelmed by plot and theme points when you know what is coming all the time. However, for at least the first half of the book I feel my lack of emotion was more to do with how it was written, because I became much more caught up in the second half of the book.

Even though I have that warning there before the warning even starts, I’m going to say it again now. I’m going to be talking about things that will totally be serious spoilers and could therefore destroy the book for you.

The moment I became more interested in what was happening didn’t happen until the fight that lead to Dimitri becoming his old self again, well physically anyway. This sparks a whole new level of character development between pretty much every single character in the book. The only one that really wasn’t effected by this was Eddie, who pretty much drops off the face of the planet after this point. So before I start talking about everyone else I should talk about him first. During a point in this book, Rose totally betrays Eddies trust and they pretty much have a huge falling out. If they ever get back to the same level of friendship again I will be surprised. I just add this as a notch on the ‘Rose will plow over anyone who gets in her way and barely look back’ belt. I like her, but God, she only ever has three people on her mind, and one of them is herself.

Moving on now to people who still happen in the books. Lissa and Dimitri develop a relationship now, where they didn’t really have one at all to begin with. She takes on this motherly protection of Dimitri and he looks upon her now as a goddess who freed him from hell. This new relationship, though understandable, seriously ticks me off and gets under my skin. These new outlooks they have for each other seriously affect the way they treat and deal with Rose. Lissa though still interested in her puts Dimitri at the top of her list of things to care about, regardless of how she may be torturing Rose in the process. Dimitri on the other hand has sworn her off completely. Though I get why they may act this way, someone has to look out for Dimitri and he is all filled with guilt and what not, and Rose is kind of a bitch, I think they both need to be punched in the face just a little bit. They are the only two other people that fill Rose’s mind, and they have thrown her off like a soggy towel to care for each other when they never even really used to speak. Specially Dimitri. Regardless of any guilt he may be feeling and the fact that Lissa did the final act of restoring him, Rose did huge, losing every other friend along the way kind of stuff, to get to the point where Lissa could help him. I personally think the guilt should make him want to be with her more, he has a lot of stuff to make up for.

All this also effects poor poor Adrian. Rose keeps tossing him back and forth because she has no idea what the hell is going on with Dimitri and she wants to be with him if Dimitri is out of the picture. I get this, but I like Adrian more than Rose, though I do like her, and I am going to take his side. Everyone treats him like dirt most the time, and he doesn’t deserve the way Rose is treating him. Rose and Dimitri belong together, its just a fact, and poor Adrian is getting hurt cause he is looking for love in a place that is just a lost cause.

The story ends on pretty much the biggest cliff hanger. Dimitri turning evil really has nothing on this ending because you get an idea of whats coming in the next book. With this ending however you don’t get that. I seriously suggest having the next book on hand because I don’t think you will want to stop reading until you get an idea of where things are going next.