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Book Review – Head Over Wheels

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Title: Head Over Wheels

Author: January Valentine

Genre: New Adult, Romance

Length: 391

Rating: 2.5 (Rounded up to 3)

Description/Synopsis:

Life is smooth sailing for Jewelia Delarosa, NYPD’s next super cop, or so she hopes. The twenty-one year old headstrong Latina from middle class Poughkeepsie has a lot to learn, and like it or not, James Ballou aka Indigo, is her designated teacher. The problem is, the wealthy and elusive med student has some baggage that’s preventing him from giving his heart to the woman who already has his mind. It’s one step forward, two steps back for the struggling Manhattan couple in this steamy New Adult romance.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Well I suppose I should start off this review by saying that I got this book after receiving an email from the author requesting a review and they sent it to me fresh off the press! It was all very exciting for me.

Ok, I think my first miscommunication with this book was when I looked at the cover combined with the title. I feel it mislead me a little. By the title and the hot people kissing and the way it all just came together made me think that they were smoking hot people who rode motorbikes and were more on that side of things. Don’t get me wrong, motorbikes are mentioned and they do kinda ride them, but they aren’t in the story nearly as much just normal bikes are. Bikes just aren’t as steamy or hot as motorbikes. I did really really enjoy the little touch of putting simple character drawings at the beginning of the book though to kind of show were he characters tattoos are. As something that isn’t done that often it was nice to see.

Ok now onto the characters! I think they both suffer from just serious cases of PMS, and really I don’t know how they just didn’t kill each other or themselves. I would hate to be in that much emotional turmoil all the time over basically nothing.

Jewel I looked and was presented to be a strong character, but she just didn’t stand up for herself enough for my liking. After two weeks no contact she actually had every right to be all PMSy for a change but the second she looks at him she doesn’t even feel the need to discuss it anymore. I thought that was a bit of a draw back with her character.

Indigo just had too many names. I swear nearly everyone in the book had a different name for him. Though I can get people having nicknames, it just kind of felt like a solid name/nickname wasn’t chosen for him and thusly he just got every single name/nickname that could be thought of. That being said, I liked him. I mean really, who doesn’t like a bloody fine doctor? When it comes to romance novels things like that are generally going to draw people in because they want to place themselves with the smexy doctor who is all troubled and brooding. I can help him! Oh please oh please let me be the one to sooth his broken soul! Though the reason for his depression, though understandable, lasted way too long. The even happened years before he started seeing Jewel yet its the thing that creates all his PMS. The on the other end of the scale I feel that Jewel made him get over it way too quickly, Im sure her soothing powers are magical, but for something he has held onto so tightly for years, I find myself doubting she is that magical.

The Bitches as I dubbed them aka Indigo’s mother and his childhood friend Veronica, I liked. They served their purpose. They were trying to disrupt or break up our couple in a way that I thought was totally realistic and actually would probably happen in real life if someone was presented with the situations we are given in the book. I pleasantly hated them. Well done! Though, I didn’t like just how quickly our couple fell head over heels for each other. They had 5 dates, fought at least once each time, and then they were proclaiming love. I personally wouldn’t want to be in a situation like that.

The dialogue felt unrealistic to me however. Or at least in terms of how people talk where I live. Too many Babes and Babys being said.

In terms of theme not much happened until the end. SPOILER I didn’t like how Veronica turned out to be crazy and was framing Jewel for the robberies. Her character was realistic up until that point, and it was kind of random and didn’t really fit with the rest of the style and a strange way to bring the main characters closer together again.

I don’t know if it is because of the copy I got but there were some grammatical errors in there that bugged me.

I know sometimes it must seem like I just bitch about things are you must wonder why things get rated so high since I mainly say what bothered me. There are reasons! Despite anything I point out I still enjoyed it enough to rate it that high. I liked pretty much all the characters excluding moments of PMS and random character design changes, and I was more than happy to sit their and read about their lives.

 

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Book Review – Blood Promise

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Title: Blood Promise (Vampire Academy 4)

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (Vampires)

Length: 503

Rating: 4 Star

Book Series Reviews: 123, 4, 56

Related Series: Bloodlines

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Description/Synopsis:

Rose Hathaway’s life will never be the same.

The recent attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose’s neck, a mark that says she’s killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters . . . Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life’s vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She’ll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir’s and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

As you may have noticed already that this book fell one star short than the ones before hand.

The reason why this is because for most of the first part of the book it is soooo boring. I’m not saying that there wasn’t a single thing I liked about the first half. There was. Rose travels to Siberia and stays with Dimitri’s family. It was interesting getting to know more about him and where he came from, and to see how Rose interacts with a different set of people, a really normal tight knit family. Despite how her and Lissa are very close she really hasn’t had any interactions like that. It was kind of heart warming.

You also get to meet some new people, like Sydney, and Abe. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love Abe. He is shown as a complete stalkerish and threatening mob boss type person, but I can see the jerkish charm underneath that can still be caring and is just funny. He and Adrian both share a likeness, and I spose tha’ts why that they are my favourites.

But despite that the first half of the book Rose was not herself. She was mopey and weak willed and should pretty much could have been more thrilling if she was dead. I get that she was in mourning and all but she really went into the whole thing just way to much. Dimitri’s name came up WAY too much for someone that didn’t pop up until halfway through. I just never picturing her being so weak that she pretty much died when her guy kinda did. Serious character drop.

I also think that things happen just too easily to her considering she really had no idea what on earth she was doing in a part of the world where she doesnt even speak the language…. I just don’t think they should have gone that way. This messes with the time frame as well which I did not enjoy. Rose is only gone wondering the world and being kidnapped and tortured thing only happens just over a month. It should have been longer. There was a time where she was in Lissa’s head and stuff was going on with her then she goes back to her world and stuff happens to Rose and she was like “I don’t know how much time passed,” but then when she next goes back to Lissa’s head it was only if that the next day after the stuff that happened to her. This didn’t make sense because in Roses world even though she said that she didn’t know how much time had passed it was written like it was at least a few days longer than that. It was a serious flaw in the writing and really bothered me.

On page 386 is when Rose finally gets back to her old self, and where I started liking the story more. Lots of high packed theme moving stuff gets revealed and happens after this point and is what kept the story at a 4 star. The ending is a cliff hanger, but not as serious as the last one. This one you can see coming because its talked about, but the one at the end of the last book you just didn’t really expect Dimitri to die.

Page 386. That was the turning point. Just hang in there for page 386.

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Book Review – A Fatal Likeness

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Title: A Fatal Likeness (Charles Maddox 2)

Author: Lynn Sheperd

Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction

Length: 384

Rating: 2.5 Star (Rounded up to 3)

Description/Synopsis:

A mystery that explores the dark lives and unexplained secrets of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his wife Mary, author of Frankenstein.

In the dying days of 1850 the young detective Charles Maddox takes on a new case. His client? The only surviving son of the long-dead poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his wife Mary, author of Frankenstein.

Charles soon finds himself being drawn into the bitter battle being waged over the poet’s literary legacy, but then he makes a chance discovery that raises new doubts about the death of Shelley’s first wife, Harriet, and he starts to question whether she did indeed kill herself, or whether what really happened was far more sinister than suicide.

As he’s drawn deeper into the tangled web of the past, Charles discovers darker and more disturbing secrets, until he comes face to face with the terrible possibility that his own great-uncle is implicated in a conspiracy to conceal the truth that stretches back more than thirty years.

The story of the Shelleys is one of love and death, of loss and betrayal. In this follow-up to the acclaimed Tom-All-Alone’s, Lynn Shepherd offers her own fictional version of that story, which suggests new and shocking answers to mysteries that still persist to this day, and have never yet been fully explained.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I got this book from the author or someone associated with publishing the book on NetGalley. I am a bit ashamed to say that though I recieved this book before the publication date which was 20-08-13 for an honest review, that date has come and gone. I appologize for the lateness of this review, but I spose I will let myself off the hook by saying better late than never. So, finally, here is my review.

This story is fictioned based on real people and events, which isn’t normally something I would go for when lookig for something to read. I have to say that the cover and the title are the main things that peaked my interest about the book, specially as by the time I started reading it I had no idea what kind of book it was. I know, and still really don’t know, anything about the topic or the people, so Im going to be doing most of the review in the context that it is all pure fiction because thats what it mostly was to me. I also didn’t realise that this is was a second book in a series until I looked it up on Goodreads. Though I can see how story came before this one, I didn’t feel like I was really missing out on things that may have come before, and I don’t think it will effect anyone to read it just by itself like I did.

Ok first I guess I shall talk about the structure of the book. I don’t know if it was because of how it was written (the style is like pride and prejudice) or because I had to keep putting it down, but I found myself being seriously lost at some points, totally confused as to what on earth I was reading. At first I had serious issues with names. a lot of people are introduced and I had difficulties keeping up with who was who and who wanted what and who was responsible for things and blaaahhhh. I actually got really furious at section because I just had zero idea what was going on, ande It wasn’t supposed ot be that confusing. I almost just totally gave up on the book and never picked it up again, only the fact that I said I would reviewit and that I missed the date kept me going. I have to say that I amn kind of glad that I did, I enjoyed it far more towards the end when I had more time to read larger sections and things began to make more sense. I feel like I have to go back an reread the book again to fully what was going on all the time, but If I hadn’t been so confused at sections it very well could have gotten a better rating.

In terms of characters I felt myself get caught up in their concerns and theories to what on earth happened and why people care (something I didn’t really do al that much, it took me ages to  really be concerned as to why we were even being told this story). However, on the indivudual character basis I didn’t really care about any of them. I felt storry for the ones that died, and I thought the main character was a bloody idiot to not notice that someone working for him was pregnant and thusly ended up dying when things went bad. For someone who is supposed to notice and connect things for a living, it just blew my mind that he could be that stupid and blind to things going on in his own house.

For the overal theme and plot, if you look passed that for a good part I didn’t get why the story was being told, and that I was greatly confused for sections, I actually got pretty hooke don what was happening towards the end. When people started dying or when deaths started getting looked into I was much more interested.

Then at the end of the book there was authors notes on where the facts came from and what was altered and so on. I found this was helpful in clearing up some sections which I became lost in. It was a good summary I thought, but I only took it with a grain of salt. I wouldnt consider all the things said good facts unless I wanted to read up on them myself.

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Book Review – Shadow Kiss

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Title: Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy 3)

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (Vampires)

Length: 443

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 12, 3, 456

Related Series: Bloodlines

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Description/Synopsis:

It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn’t been feeling quite right. She’s having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all… might be seeing ghosts.

As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose’s forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line – and choose between the two people she loves most.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This is by far my favourite so far in the series, and they seem to just be getting better and better.

SO much happens in this book. Really, I don’t even know how I’m going to talk about any of it without totally ruining the book for everyone….

The theme really starts to happen in this one. Aspects from the first two books come in and start to really show where the story is headed. Huge fight scenes and much drama happens and then you are left on a huge cliff hanger. I would talk about them more, but they really are a large part of the story and if I do I think I would ruin it for everyone. Also, some of the question are answered a little as well, but there are still many things left hanging. But you really get the feeling that everything is about to unravel and snap into place.

We deal with a lot of grief throughout this book. After the events of the last one plus things that come to pass in this book everyone is pretty down throughout the whole thing. Lissa is probably the happiest besides Christian and Adrian though they aren’t all totally happy either. They deal with a whole love square thing with Rose that is pretty much just made up in Christian’s mind because he is jealous of how much time Adrian spends with Lissa because of their magic, but Adrian loves Rose who is just all about Dimitri and does even realise just how much he likes her until the end when she uses it against him. I mean, i totally feel sorry for Rose, she goes through some serious mind stuffing up stuff, from seeing ghosts and being consumed with black balls of hate and crazy which are not her own, plus more death. I can totally see why she is such a total bitch sometimes, why she is really stupid sometimes, but poor Adrian. Leave him alone, you toyed with poor Mason though you didn’t totally mean to and it sent him off into crazy hurtness that did contribute to him dying, so don’t do it to my poor Adrian. He knows its kinda a loss cause, don’t play with his adorable, sometimes annoying heart.

The only time really that Rose isn’t a complete ball of unstableness is when she makes with her relationship with Dimitri which hadn’t really progressed at all since the first book until now. They finally just accept that they love each other and that they are going to have to find a way to make it work because they didn’t want to keep fighting it anymore by the end of the book. Very cute stuff really. You kind of felt that Rose needed just a touch of joy. She didn’t get many of those moments in this book. At the end even her and Lissa have a falling out, and though I can understand where Lissa was coming from I felt it was a huge step back in the personal development of her character. She had become so strong in personality and what not then at the end she is complaining and crying about how Rose isn’t thinking she is the centre of the world and not putting her first for the first time ever. Rose hasn’t been the centre of Lissa’s world for a really long time and really doesn’t offer herself up to be there for her (not an easy feet I know since Rose doesn’t scream help me, but still) and its not fair to Rose to think that she (Lissa) has to be her whole world. There was even a moment when Rose is accused of letting someone attack Christian because she doesn’t like him, and Lissa totally believes it. To me that wasn’t something a bestfriend would have thought. I really wanted to slap her then.

There is only one real thing that completely took me out of the story, and it was a writing fail. There was a point where three people were interacting but the writer got the names muddle up and called someone the wrong name even though it made NO sense that it would be referring to that person. I wont say who or where those because maybe if you hadn’t read the book before like I have you wont notice. They have probably (hopefully) fixed it in later releases.

Anyway, in conclusion there was a whole mess of plot development and action, there was relationship development both good and bad, and I was more caught up in the story way more than the others. I know im supposed to be reading other books because their authors are actually waiting for a review but I doubt it is going to happen. All I can think about what might happen next, and I would never be able to focus on another story anyway.

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Book Review – Deadly Lode

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Title: Deadly Lode

Author: Randall Reneau

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Length: 304

Rating: 3 Star

Description/Synopsis:

Geologist Trace Brandon’s serendipitous discovery of the long forgotten Sullivan Mine comes with more than high grade uranium and gold ore. When ex-con and penny mining stock promoter, Cyrus”The Virus” McSweeny, finds out about Brandon’s new mining claims, he formulates an underhanded plan to gain an interest in the mine. To further complicate matters, one of Brandon’s shareholders, Richard Rosenburg, is into a New Orleans crime family for a cool million. And they want Rosy’s shares in Brandon’s new company; Montana Creek Mining. As Brandon begins to drill out the rich orebody, his shareholders start dying. And not from natural causes. The exotic nature of the murders catches the attention of FBI Special Agent Beau Monroe. But it’s the world class uranium grades that catch Hong Kong based Lei Chang’s eye. Chang wants the uranium reserves for his Chinese backed mining company. And he doesn’t care how he gets them. Brandon is forced to forge some rather unorthodox alliances to maintain control of the Sullivan Mine, and to stay alive.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received this book by winning it in goodreads, and to be honest it is not they type of book I would normally pick up at all and I don’t know what was going through my mind when I entered the contest. I was however, more impressed with it than I expected.

For a lot of the book I had no idea what on earth anyone was talking about. It goes into details and talks about shares, stock exchange, and procedures that one must go through to start a dig for gold or whatever they may be hoping for. I know nothing about any of this, and when these topics come up, and they come up alot, they kinda just went over my head. However, I feel that these types of discussions or topics were probably presented as simply as they could be and if I had been more interested in either of the topics I might have been able to understand what was going on. I did think the author did a good job at trying to make it so that anyone that picks up the book will have a fighting chance of understanding.

As for the murder mystery side of the story, I wouldn’t go far as to say I was surprised or in suspense for any part of it. The flow of the story, the theme, and even the characters I found myself pleasantly just going along with it all. To me it was all very simple, but not so boring that is wasn’t unenjoyable. The characters are very one dimensional and simple, and though I liked them well enough I wasn’t attached or in love with any of them or cared all that much if they were killed off. Same goes for the story line in general, when something that I assume was supposed to be a big deal happens I was in my head going Ok then. I think this happened because it was all put out and discussed a tad too much and I could see most of the things coming. Most things aren’t hidden or just happen, you know they are coming. The end was all wrapped up into a nice little bundle, and I felt the same about the story from start to finish. No spikes of suspense, but no mind numbing boredom either.

In terms of how the thing was put together and written, there were a few things that bugged me. There were a number of grammatical errors and mistakes in the copy I was given, and they really stood out to me. Things like that pull me from the story and that will effect the way I feel about it by the end of the story. Also, things tended to get repeated just way to much for my liking, Anyone who reads my reviews will see that this is an issue that I point out quite a bit. The most serious one was Cyrus the Virus. Just about every character in the story said that at least once. I get it, that’s everyone’s nickname for that character. Move on, I don’t need to hear it again.

So I enjoyed it despite I didn’t understand what was going on on the more technical terms and knew too much in plot terms.

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Book Review – Frostbite

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Title: Frostbite [Vampire Academy 2]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (Vampires)

Length: 327

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3456

Related Series: Bloodlines

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Description/Synopsis:

Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose… It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory. But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I loved this. But I’m going to warn you again, there is going to be huge spoilers in this because I just have to talk it. Serious, ruin the end of the book for you spoilers.

You get a lot more in this one that you got in the first one. It still opens up lots a questions that don’t really get answered because it is written in a very series like manor. You are satisfied with how much you get but it wouldn’t be able to stand on its own very well.

You meet the characters better in this one, its not just focused on Rose and Lissa though they are still the main characters. Lissa becomes a more complete and confident person, and Rose starts to struggle with a many guy issue, she has three of them throughout this book. She also starts to crumble a little bit mentally, but there are good reasons for this. One to do with her and Lissa’s bond which isn’t really completely touched on in this book, but the events towards the end also have the right to leave her tad unstable.

You get to see more of her friend Mason, which was both good and devastating at the same time. He is just a totally lovable and though I don’t think he and Rose should be together, he totally deserved someone better than her, she kinda jerked him around a little bit. I was heartbroken when he died. That scene at the end where Rose is standing over his body covered in blood and holding a sword because she just avenged his death and shes so in shock she doesn’t realise that help has come and shes about to go at them for coming near him, was really well written.

We also get to meet Adrian for the first time, and so far I think he is my favourite character. Most of the parts that had me laughing out loud had to do with him. One of my favourite lines which Rose says about Adrian is “I don’t think anyone had expected Adrian to suddenly take an abrupt trip to Crazyville.” You also meet Rose’s mother for the first time. They have a really awkward relationship. I didn’t really think she was developed all that well, but is hard to completely understand guardians personalities and feelings when part of their roles as guardians is to hide all those things and stay calm, level headed and focus only on those they are protecting.

You also get more action from the Strigoi which livened up the plot a lot more because they didn’t really make much of an appearance in the first book and they are such a big deal in this world which has been created. A lot more action happened in this one than in the first, but because it is written for a series lots of things arent answered or shown completely yet. They probably wont be until the end.

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Book Review – Vampire Academy

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Title: Vampire Academy

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (Vampires)

Length: 332

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 56

Related Series: Bloodlines

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Description/Synopsis:

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger…

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I have read this book before, and I have to say I liked it more this second time around. I thought I would start reading the Vampire Academy series again because the first movie will be coming out sometime in the near future, and I generally always think that people should read the books before they see the movies.

There are sooo many vampire books out there these days, and there a are lots that are all the same or just not worth reading. This one however to had a refreshing change. There are three different kinds of vampires in this book. There are the Dhampir’s, the mortal half human half vampires that posses strong will and bodies, can walk out into the sun and eat human food, they have no other powers. Then there is the Moroi, have an intolerance to the sun but still handle handle a little bit of exposure, require both daily blood feeding and human food, and posses powers of the earthly nature making them being able to wield the elements like fire, water, earth and air. They however are very weak of body, and do not posses much strength and are mortal. Last but not least we have the Strigoi, who feed off only blood, cannot handle any sunlight, are stronger and faster than the other kinds of vampire but posses no other powers. I thought this was a good way to put in all aspects of what people see vampires as, blood thirsty and cruel and then there are ones that care about life.

I also thought that the main character Rose was a nice change of pace. It was nice to have a female main character that can actually stand up for herself, thought at times she could be a bit much. If she was a male I would say that she was overcompensating for something, but I spose since she lives in world that is mostly filled with males, she might be. She develops quite a bit throughout the book, putting away some of her more teenage tendencies and wakes up to what she is taking on in being a guardian. Also, I loved the fact that the relationship between her and Dimitri doesn’t just explode and is happening straight off the bat. It slowly starts to build up, which I prefer.

The only other character you totally get to meet is LIssa. Not to say we don’t meet other characters, but not as well as we are introduced to LIssa and Rose. We get basic background and room to grow with the rest. I feel that Lissa’s character fell a bit short in general, but that might be the overuse of nice and friendly characters, the fact that she is quiet, and the fact that we are living inside Rose’s head. They try to let us see Lissa from her own perspective through the bond that they share, but really I don’t think we got enough of LIssa for the second main character. Perhaps she is still trying to workout who she is, so its a bit hard for us to know.

As for the plot and what happens in the book, we are given enough to feel satisfied with what happened in it, but you can tell that it is just warming up to things that are to come. We are introduced to a bunch of stuff that kind of but not really is dealt with, and really only one mystery is solved and thats at the very end of the book. There were a few grammatical errors that really annoyed me because the slightest one completely throws me out of the stories world, but I don’t know if many people would notice them or not.

So in conclusion, not really all that much happened on the grand scheme of things and we arent totally given the answers to many of the questions that are raised, but the character are enjoyable as is the story line and the whole idea behind the world we are presented, and by the end you are happy with what you are get, and I for one can’t wait to start the next one and get some more story.

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Book Review – The Hunger Games

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Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Science Fiction

Length: 454

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 23

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Description/Synopsis:

May the odd be ever in your favour.

Winning will make you famous. Loosing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, twelves boys and girls are forced to appear in the live TV show called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I loved this book. Though some bits of it were not the most well done, I could not help but caught up in the story and the world.

Im a sucker for dystopian or post-apocalyptic worlds, and if they are done well, which it is here, its just knocks my socks off. The world of the differently struggling and functioning districts controlled by this all mighty Capitol was really interesting. There were some really good little details added to the story about them as well, like how they each had their own style of bread that represented each of them. I also liked the idea of mutated animals to serve a certain purpose.

You don’t get to really meet many characters throughout the book very well, but I liked what I did get to know about each. Of course because the book is from her perspective, you got to know Katniss pretty well. At first she is pretty much described as someone who has it all together because she had to, because she had to grow up too quickly. But you also see cracks in the shell, which I thought was a nice change. While I believe that a girl in her situation could have it all together and be an adult in a younger body, but then I can also see how a girl in her situation could appear completely with it but have moments where the teenager comes through, specially if she has pretty much been handed a death sentence. For the most part she has it all, but then there are moments where she does teenage tantrums and breaks a punch of stuff. I do however that she was a bit too much of an ice queen the rest of the time though. I didn’t really get the feeling that she cared about anything, however I think this had more to do with the writing style however than the character, she did and said a lot of the right stuff, but I just wasnt getting the feelings behind it all. I also thought that she thought too much sometimes. There were parts where I felt that too much information was given that really wasnt given.

Peeta I thought we got a really good look at the kind of person he was, and at the end when they are going home and Katniss is being really a typical confused teenager, I really got the feeling of how crushed he was that everything he thought was actually happening was just a ploy to get them through the games. And even though we did not get to spend a lot of time with Gale, I also felt I know who he is and what he wants. Really, the love triangle that I see coming is one that I dont know how I want it to end up. On one hand Peeta and Katniss share a moment from when she was little and they have had a life altering experience together. On the other we have Gale who has has grown up with and shared many a moment together, though not nearly as significant as being in the games together.

The other characters I felt I met them well enough, but I would have been happier if I had gotten to know a few of them better. I also would have liked to be given other perspectives at some points. Like for the Capitol, what the hell was going on there, what were they thinking? I kind of felt that I was in a black box and new nothing about the people who put me in there or what was on the other side. Im hoping for more information in the next two books.

So all in all I thought the theme, plot and the character were all well done, however the writing style was a bit flat and lacking depth at times.

(On a side note, it has been too long since I have done a review. I had serious issues writing this so I am sorry if its not really up to standards.)

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Book Review – Poison Princess

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Title: Poison Princess

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic Supernatural Romance

Length: 369

Rating: 5 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Description/Synopsis:

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Just inject this story into my veins.

Oh Kresley Cole, though I love your smut you did have me worried with the last book when you started mentioning things like ‘steaming semen.’ I could tell you wrote the book at certain sections, such as the main character being a confused girl with untapped power (check) and the allure of bad boys with attitude problems (check), but most the book seemed like it was written by a completely different author. Well done! That shows great skill to me. It was amazing to see how much you can focus on creating such a world and the people in it when you dont have to focus on throbbing penises popping up all the time.

Right from the get go I was snagged in the story. I loved the approach of slowly introducing everything and everyone in three different time frames. The 1st, the present after ‘The Flash,’ then through story telling the days before the flash, and finally all the days after the end of pretty much everything that lead our main character Evie to where she is at the beginning of the book. Though I was snagged from the beginning, the second I think I realised that the book was seriously going to hit me was before the Flash even happened. We are introduced to Evie’s best friend Mel at a number of points. After she did something that just made me love her character thinking “My Gods I love Mel,” straight after it was followed by “holly crap and shes totally going to die in the next couple of pages…” That moment right there sealed the book for me. Its one thing to make me laugh (which it did), its another to make me sad. I was seriously depressed and completely heartbroken. There was also another point which nearly had me in tears.

As people will probably work out quickly is that I am never a fan of zombies, which seem to be completely unavoidable when it comes to post-apocalyptic stories, so that was a downfall for me. Though they didn’t call them zombies and they didnt eat brains, they were pretty much the same. They were called bagmen and they were gross slimy creatures that just want to suck up the remaining water from the earth and thusly attack people for the water in their bodies. However I really liked  the idea of people embodying Cole’s interpretation of the Major Arcana Tarot Cards, and gaining power from them and engaging in epic battles that seem to repeat throughout the ages.

Jackson – The only character that we are properly introduced to that doesnt get a card. He probably doesnt need one though because his tough attitude and willingness to beat a man to death kind of helps him live. Im not really all that keen on Jack personally, he had just way too much teen drama going on for my liking, and everytime he said things like “A man has needs and if you dont give them too much ill get them somewhere else” I wanted to slap him. Of course, I wanted to slap Evie more for still pining after him when he said stuff like that to her.

The Empress Card is Evie – Evie is the main character, and I have bits of mixed feelings about her character. I loved the fact that she was a preppy popular cheerleader rather than a quiet girl who doesnt like the spotlight. Through most the book she was fighting and denying her awesome power which lets her control and grow plants, because she doesnt want to become the evil lady from her dreams. But then at the end of the book she has a dramatic change and totally embraces it and the idea of being the evil lady. How quickly this happened didnt work for me, and I found it annoying that she thought that if she practised her powers she had to be an evil person… She could have totally just embraced her powers and used them to put plants back on the earth, rather than using them to rip a guy in half.

Death – He is the big bad that is trying to kill Evie. Though we didnt get as much as I would have liked of him, he is probably one of my more favourite characters. Apparently for the next book he is going to be in the book more because a love triangle forms between him, Evie, and Jacks because past cards have had a love connection between the Empress and Death. I really cant wait to see how that turns out.

The Fool is Matthew – Completely bonkers and completely loveable. I dont know why, but I have a soft spot for characters of the crazy sort. You would be crazy and annoying too if you saw everything, past present and future. He is in my top favourite characters, even though I can completely understand why some of the other characters wanted to hit him. He requires much patience.

The Hermit – His character was slightly annoying to me. His character of being a super bad guy who tortures girls felt just way too forceful. Someone of such a sick personality could easily have been conveyed far better if it was said in less obvious ways without to repetition.

The Moon and The Magician – I didnt really get to know these characters to have much of an opinion of them, though at this time I like the Magician more than the Moon.

Be warned, the book ends on a major cliff hanger and many things go unanswered, and I don’t know if this is an attempt by Cole to make people buy the next book or not, but its going to be really painful for me to wait until October 1st to read the next instalment!

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Book Review – Among the Nameless Stars

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Title: Among the Nameless Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars #.05)

Author: Diana Peterfreund

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Length: 54

Rating: 2 Star

Description/Synopsis:

Before Kai joined the Cloud Fleet, he wandered… AMONG THE NAMELESS STARS

Four years before the events of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS, the servant Kai left the North Estate, the only home he’d ever known, and Elliot North, the only girl he ever loved, in search of a better life. But the journey was not an easy one.

Featuring narrow escapes, thrilling boat races and at least one deadly volcanic wasteland.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I don’t really know what I was expecting from this book but it didn’t really meet it.

I was confused the entire way through. From what I gather their are three levels of people, the high class, the middle class (each have their own names but they arent important), and the lower class called The Reduced. Why they are called this is not explained, though I think they may be on the stupid side. Nothing really is explained, not how the world ended up the way it is, why the ever so strange rules exist, not even half the the words that are used are explained.

I also found it a bit on the repetitive side. This girl Elliot is mentioned many many times throughout at first I thought this was good way to get to know the main character Kai better, know his thoughts and emotions and why he may do things that he does. But its done just way too much. If I knew who Elliot was, had actually met her, maybe this wouldn’t have bothered me so much, but for someone who didn’t even make an appearance in the story it became really frustrating.  The characters are developed well enough despite the confusion though and I would be interested in reading the actual story. I want to read the actual story more to get some answers though.

As for it being a prequel, I don’t really know if you can call it that. I haven’t read the proper story but this one doesn’t really feel like it would have much relevance to anything at all. The whole story could really be told in a couple of paragraphs if he didn’t go into some of the lesser details or some of the people. I would suggest this book to fans of the actual series if they are need for just another little taste of the story.