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Book Review – The Glittering Court

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Title: The Glittering Court [Glittering Court 1]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Romance

Length: 400

Rating: 3 Star

Series: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I would like to thank Penguin Random House Australia for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review.

I was so excited when I heard this book was coming out. I loved the other books that I have read by Richelle Mead and when I saw that she was writing a new series I jumped at the opportunity to get my hands on this book.

Plot wise I had heard a lot of talk that it was like the Selection (which I have yet to read), and with that came a lot of negativity because of how people felt about those books. Because I have yet to read those and I had all faith in Mead’s writing I was not deterred despite the fact that the plot only had mild interest to me. I don’t watch tv shows of this nature and have not read any books that follow the same sort of idea, but I had such faith.

I am sad to say that my faith was holding this book up a bit too high. I am not saying that I didn’t like this book, it did have parts which I enjoyed and it was a very easy read to get through. However, the plot was not amazing. I enjoyed myself right at the beginning,  Adelaide’s transition from woman of high standing to trying to pretend to be a maid was amusing. However I grew tired of it because nothing was ever taken to the next step. Nothing really got my interest or got my heart pounding. Everything was very mellow, even the romance. More intense romance or twists and turns could very well have saved this book for me.

The writing was all very disorientating. Both the plot and the writing style in this book brought back all the bad memories I have of Ruby Circle. The writing was very messy. While I was reading this book I had no idea that each book in the series would be telling the story another girl’s point of view to the same events. I didn’t find this out until later, and it made reading the book very disorienting. One of the ‘main’ girls in this book, which I now know will get her own book, was barely in the story. We kept getting told that these two other girls were very important but then we wouldn’t get any actual story of them and they just pop in and out at random times. Before I knew the structure of the series, I had no idea why these important people had such little appearance in the story.

I would like to go more into characters, but I honestly cannot remember anything about them. It has been awhile since I read the book, but even then normally I remember things. Scandals, people I like, my ideas on whats to come regarding people… But I have nothing.

So with that I think I need to stop this review here. I had many issues with this book, but they mostly came into play after the girls are taken to the new land. Before then when the girls where in ‘training’ for their new life I rather enjoyed it. If you are looking for the quality or that Richelle Mead that you got from Vampire Academy, I would not pick up this book. If you liked the selection though and haven’t read Mead before then I think this would be a good book for you to pick up.

 

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Book Review – Soundless

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Title: Soundless

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Length: 266

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

In a village without sound…

For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.

One girl hears a call to action…

Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.

She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…

And unlocks a power that will save her people.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

First I would like to thank Penguin Australia for sending me a copy of this book for review and I am sorry it has taken me this long to post it despite the fact I read it ages ago.

This book… I so wanted to enjoy this book despite all the bad things I had hear about it. I was still hoping that people just didn’t like a story outside of Vampire Academy. But I was really rather disappointed. It had so much potential. I mean just think about a small isolated town that can’t hear a thing and take great pride in their visual works because its their only medium and suddenly someone wakes up and they can hear things! Sounds pretty damn good doesn’t it? So much potential. . .

I will say this positive for the book though. Its still Mead’s writing. She has a way of writing things in a very simple yet still interesting way and lets you fly through her books. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the sounds.

One of the main things that I agree with everyone else about is the world building. There could have been more world building and this probably would have made the story more interesting. However, if I had to pick between what we did get and fixing something else that deeply annoyed me in this book I would leave the world building as it was.

The art aspect of the story was also a bit ruined for me. In this town everyone is divided into three classes, Artists, Suppliers, and Miners. Artists are the highest ranking and Miners are the lowest and thusly in this land with limited food the Miners are given the least amount of food. I can see why they Artists rank the highest since they create and document their history in a visually appealing way, but I don’t get why the food isn’t given out evenly or you know based on each individual. Miners have the hardest job, and supply the Suppliers with the things they need to get them all food so wouldn’t you want to keep them in the best health possible? By like… giving them more food?

Then we have our characters, which I am not even going to go into individually because I don’t remember much about them by themselves. There were not really flushed out, even the main characters. I wasn’t too invested in them and I didn’t care too much about the love that was happening either. It was a bit forced.

Now for the bit that annoyed me the most. The ending, and really the only fantasy part in this whole book. Oh my gods I hated it. I won’t go into it encase there are still some who want to get into this book who hasn’t yet, but it was so random. We had basically no fantasy up until then and it was so disorientating to suddenly have have some. The book could probably have been better had it just accepted the fact that it wasn’t a fantasy rather than panicking about the lack of it at the end and throwing some in.

I think this is where I will leave this review for now. Guys, it sounds bad, and in the grand scheme of things it was, but I really did enjoy at least the first half of the book and it was after than point that it started to go downhill for me. There are others who have really enjoyed it, so if it sounds like you would like it pick it up for cheap and give it a go. Its short, its not like you will be wasting loads of your time. If it sounds a bit iffy for you though just stay away. You wont get anything from it.

 

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Book Review – The Ruby Circle

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Title: The Ruby Circle [Bloodlines 6]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural

Length: 348

Rating: 4 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Related Book Series: Vampire Academy

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Description/Synopsis:

THEY WILL BE TESTED

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

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

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

Don’t miss their unforgettable final chapter…

LOVE WILL CONQUER ALL

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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

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

It was just too damn short.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Book Review – Silver Shadows

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Title: Silver Shadows [Bloodlines 5]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural

Length: 380

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Related Book Series: Vampire Academy

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

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

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

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

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Book Review – The Fiery Heart

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Title: The Fiery Heart [Bloodlines 4]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural

Length: 420

Rating: 4.5 Star rounded down to 4

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Related Book Series: Vampire Academy

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

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

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am also doing a giveaway for Silver Shadows and Ruby Circle so if you would like to enter click on the links to take you to the rafflecopter giveaways!

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Top Ten Tuesday – If You Like Fantasy

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

Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Fantasy

Gah, I loathe these lists. I don’t like comparing things this way, specially if its comparing books to other books. It is done so often now. I also feel like I do these lists all the time… Be sure to go to the bottom on the list or the side bar and join my book giveaways for Silver Shadows and Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead.

1. Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier. Purely an amazingly woven bit of fantasy. The first book is one of my favourites and I just spent nearly $50 on a mass market paperback copy of the second because my series wouldn’t have been perfect without that copy (fingers crossed it is what it says it is.)

2. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Just a magical slow paced story. Might be everyone’s thing, but its amazing to me.

3. The Cursed Kingdoms by Emily Gee. This series seems to have a few negative reviews with it but I don’t really see why. It has huge potential to get really good towards the end. People don’t give stories the chance to build themselves up these days.

4. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. While I didn’t like the end to this book so much I really liked the perspective and angle that this story took on one of my all time favourite stories.

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5. The Forgotten War by Howard Sargent. If you can get through epic stories I think that you will really enjoy this one.

6. The Queen of the Tearling series by Erika Johansen. I have started the second and I am so excited to see where it all goes.

7. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. Don’t take its reading grade label to heart, it is a wonderful series and I need to pick up the next one already.

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8. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. Very interesting take and distortion of disney stories we all know and love.

9. The Returned by Jason Mott. Now again I don’t think everyone will like this because its slow but if you like the slow ones you should give it a go.

10. Dreamfire by Kit Alloway. While not the best thing I have read, the idea is really interesting and I shall be reading the next one to see where this story will be going.

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Two Years Old + Giveaway

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Well guys, its that time of the year again. On this day two years ago I took the plunge and signed up for wordpress to start reviewing the many books I read.

I have loved every minute of it.

I know I said this last year but my feelings havent changed. I am so grateful to this community. You take in people without a thought, all because we all share this deep love and passion for books. I can honestly say that no one in my face to face life feels this way about them, but you guys do and that make you my book family. It means so much to me to have somewhere to go that everyone feels the same way I do and is completely understanding of me.

Since last year I have gained 138 new follows with a total of 197. That’s more than double the amount of follows I gained in my first year of this blog. I know I am still not a very big blog but each and everyone one of you mean so much to me. Everytime I gain someone new its an addition to my family. It lets me know that other people feel the same way as me and I am not just talking to myself out there. If it were not for you guys I would not be getting the books Penguin are always sending me now (which is just so exciting), and I would not have a place where I feel this at home.

From the bottom of my heart I wish to thank the entire blogging community, from my follows to those I haven’t even met yet. Thank you.

As a thank you to you all I would also like to host two giveaways! One for Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead and one for Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. Originally these were going to be Australia only giveaways since it will cost me at least $20 to post things over seas, but since it looks like I will be getting a job at the end of next week and since you guys mean so much to me I have decided to make them world wide contests. They will run for one month, mostly because I need to make sure I have enough money to send them out even if I don’t end up getting a job.

Silver Shadows giveaway
Ruby Circle giveaway

 

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Book Review – The Indigo Spell

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Title: The Indigo Spell [Bloodlines 3]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural

Length: 401

Rating: 3 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Related Book Series: Vampire Academy

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Description/Synopsis:

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

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

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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

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

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

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

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

End spoiler rant.

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

 

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Possible Book To Movie – Frostbite Funding

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Hmmm.

Well today my friends I come to with the need to share some news and have that news shared by as many of you as humanly possible.

The producers who turned the beloved Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, into a not so beloved movie are seeking fan support and funding to turn the next book into a movie as well. They are aiming to raise $1,500,000 in fan funding by september 5th to prove that people want them to make the movie.

While support for the movie was well on target for the first two or three days, support has drastically dropped and it doesn’t really take that great big of a guess as to why. I think we all know that most people who enjoyed the books so much, were not such fans of the movie. I myself really really really tried to like it but they just tried too hard to make it funny or did things that were not needed at all that it really did put me off.

So if I didn’t like the first one why am I trying to spread the word of the fundraiser and gain support for the next book?

Because I want to believe the next one will be better.

I cannot promise the next movie will be any better than the first. Just from the brief clip at the end of the first movie you can see that things have already been changed from what we know as readers. However, just from the clip they have on the fundraising sight, and all the attention that they seem to be giving fans and the communication they are doing, I so badly wish to believe that they have learnt what they did wrong the first time round and now understand what way they should take the series.

While I am worried, so worried, that they may mar another book by producing a movie that was not up to par, I am willing to take that chance to see if my faith in the producers is worth it. I am willing to pay for that chance. I have already donated $150 and plan on doing more when I get paid next. I want to see what they do. I want to see Adrian! Don’t you guys?

I know many of you lost faith after the last one and have left the movie series and moved onto other things, giving it up for a lost cause. But we fans need you to come back and have that faith with me and the other supporters. They wont even try to do better if we can’t show them we want them to.

Donating doesn’t have to be ‘a waste of money either.’ You can pick a pack and get goodies for your money. If the money isn’t raised you shall get a refund and it will be like the whole thing never happened.

But we want it to, so give it ago. If enough people just donate $5 each we can reach our goal. So give it a chance to be better.

To contribute or check out the project just click here. Share this post or create your own so that others may do the same.

 

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Book Review – The Golden Lily

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Title: The Golden Lily [Bloodlines 2]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Related Book Series: Vampire Academy

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Description/Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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

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

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

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

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

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