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From Book to Movie – Vampire Academy

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Title: Vampire Academy

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal (Vampires), Comedy

Rating: 3.5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 123456

Description/Synopsis:

Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Hmmm. I have waited a long time to see this movie, I’m pretty sure I went to the last screening at my cinemas. I am not quite sure it was worth the wait.

I would normally round a review up or down if I rate them point something but I can’t do that here. I’m really torn up about this review actually. I would let it sit with me more so that I feel better about the whole thing but I really don’t think that would help here so I am just going to go ahead with it.

The reason I am torn up about this review is because my mind has the section in my brain where I base my review on the movie based on the book(s), and then in the other part of my brain tries (very hard) to like the movie just for the movie. I tell you guys, reviewing things has made me much more judgemental of things haha. When I go to the movies now or even just watch an old one I can’t really just sit back and watch it. In my mind I am ticking things off and noting things to comment on later. My book related brain is telling me that it was far below where I wanted it to be. The other part of my brain thought it was enjoyable enough, wouldn’t pay to see it again but if I got it on DVD or something I would pick it up and stick it in the player.

Really its just difficult because it was so different to the books in a lot of ways and they did that on purpose.

I think its very clear that the movies were trying to go for a more funny Mean Girls kind of vibe compared to the books which are rather serious. I think this was a good way to market it to the public since people tend to just want to avoid vampire movies these days. It also gave a chance to let Rose loose with her funny and witty personality. However, I think the movie fell a bit flat because they were trying just too hard to make it funny. That scene in the beginning where Rose (Zoey Deutch) and Lissa (Lucy Fry) are talking about plastic surgery and Rose makes that face… So pointless. Why oh why would they put that in there. Also, one of the lines in the movie and the trailer is “We all think we will live forever” which there was no point in having in there because Rose says that Moroi and Dhampir don’t live forever, so why would they say something like that? Pointless. So pointless.

Because the first book is one of the weaker ones due to the fact it is setting up the story here, the movie had a lot of info to cram in. They didn’t do it well. A lot of the conversations felt forced and rushed, and just generally the whole plot of it did too. We don’t get any explanation as to why Rose is training by herself with Dimitri, we don’t really get any before or after when Rose breaks into Kirova’s office, and we cram in everyone finding out they Lissa and Rose have a bond (something they didn’t find out till the end if not the second book) and have big scenes about it yet for some reason still don’t know that Rose is shadow kissed. That whole scene and series of events just seemed really poorly thought out. I assume they did it this way because its very unlikely they would have gotten to make each book into a movie so smooshed a couple bit from each into it. Though it did kind of slow down and get better paced at the end, things like that just didn’t work and you could have cut them out. Just like the plastic surgery scene, and just like the Queen Tatiana scenes. The first one was fine I spose but not needed, but the second one was just stupid and I didn’t connect with anything Lissa said. Not to mention that she would never have treated the Queen that way. We also skipped over just how hurt Rose was about the blood whore stuff. I do understand why they put in that extra scene at the start with the Strigoi though, they didn’t come into the story until much later and you couldn’t leave out a whole race of vampires from the movie.

I think Zoey Deutch did an amazing job. She wasn’t quite the Rose I had pictured in my head but she was great. She has some awesome lines which Rose would totally have said. Though I felt at times she was a bit lapsed in her duty which was all she was about. I also thought Dimitri was great, even if I thought he was a bit fat to be a ‘god.’ I loved the scenes with him and Rose the most I think. I love the fact they kept the scene with Rose trying to sneak attack him in, and I love the fact it became a running gag. My heart fluttered and went wild when he said Rosa, my Rosa when he saved her from Natalie and she was hurt. That’s it Dimitri, scoop her up in your arms and never let go! I do wish that when he walked in on Rose and Jesse that he had thrown him around more. When Rose and Dimitri wake up from the lust charm and Rose freaks out and doesn’t know where or how to cover herself up, just so funny.

Lissa though, she was a big sack of sad. I thought she looked ok if not a bit odd, but the actress just didnt do it for me. Not to mention that her entire character was pretty much destroyed. I didn’t like Lissa at all in the movie if I compare her and everything I know from the book. How dare she ever call Rose a blood whore and ask if Rose killed her cat. (On a side note I thought it was super wrong for them to introduce a cat into the story just to kill it and make Natalie look worse). That scene at the end also was a huge character flaw for Lissa. Lissa would never compel someone to jump out a window and kill themselves. She would compel them to leave the room if anything! I did like her relationship with Christian though, I thought his character was well done. I even liked the fact that he didn’t get torn apart by the hounds but got shot and got to burn them. That whole not being able to perform thing was funny and actually worked.

Natalie was done really well. I don’t remember much about her form the books but I loved her in the movie. She was so cute and despite the fact she turned out a bit messed up and evil I still felt bad for her. That scene where she was talking about not being able to undress in front of anyone and had to turn a pot plant around once so she could change was funny and awesome despite it being pointless. I also loved when she was licking the wall, though that whole scene was stupid. Why would they bring something like that into it, it wasn’t needed they and could have spent that time working on things that were in the book. The character was great though. I loved the way Sonya Karp was done, you really needed more of her in the movie than you did the book. I felt so bad for her, it was great. I for the life of me cannot understand why they put her at the end with all the other Strigoi. In the book she goes off and builds herself a place all by herself and doesn’t give a damn about the rest of them. All the rest of the characters I thought were pretty good.

By the looks of the end they are either going to skip book two and just go onto book three, because the cave stuff doesn’t happen till then and that is where the movie ends, or they will moosh them both together. If they get to make another movie that is. It didn’t do that well. I know a lot of VA fans praised it because they want a second movie, and I do too, I think it would either make it or break it in terms of how good the movie series would be, but if its going to suck I don’t want another one. This movie was different enough from the books that it has left them unblemished to me, and more movies gives them more of chances to make me start being sad that everyone bashes the books cause of the movies. I spose we will see wont we?

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – Foretold

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Title: Foretold

Author: Carrie Ryan and more.

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Short Story, Young Adult

Length: 351

Rating: 3.7 Star average (rounded up to 4)

Related Books: Vampire Academy

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Description/Synopsis:

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

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

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

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Gentlemen Send Phantoms by Laini Taylor – 4 Star

Girls summoning the phantoms of their true love. This was a very very cute and simple love story. I would Read this story again easily.

Burned Bright by Diana Peterfreund – 1 Star

Cult and religion story playing with the end of the world. I am not into reading overly religious stories so this very cult like story didn’t appeal to me whats so ever. Done of these people has minds of their own and it was very frustrating.

The Angriest Man by Lisa McMann – 4 Star

About a boy born dead but stung alive by a bee that was connected to the angriest man. He becomes an angry boy who growls. It was a very interesting story and I was a bit sad it ended.

Out Of The Blue by Meg Cabot – 3.5 Star

About Aliens and Twins. The idea behind this story was interesting and I lied the characters a lot considering it was a short story. I don’t normally liked stories about aliens so it was a nice surprise.

One True Love by Malinda Lo – 4 Star

Royal Lesbian Romance. Liked it all and got caught up in the characters story. It was a very classic kind of fairy tale.

This Is A Mortal Wound by Michael Grant – 5 Star

Old school vs new school. Literally, it was about how schools are run. I loved this story because it was totally believable cause I could see things like that happening. Things are already kind of heading that way. I hated the idea of chips though.

Misery by Heather Brewer – 5 Star

A town that is like watching a black and while movie. Everything is in grey. Totally loved the idea of this town that is in an inbetween kind of life and death and the only thing that is in colour is their eyes. I link this to them being the window to the soul, and deep inside their souls are more alive than the life they live.

The Mind Is A Powerful Thing by Matt De La Pena – 4.5 Star

About a crazy girl. It was depressingly good. She was messed up so she did messed up things.

The Chosen One by Saundra Mitchell – 5 Star

Princess goes on a quest for her sister. Was a lovely little stor of adventure and love. The characters were great and had well developed personalities.

Improbable Futures by Kami Garcia – 3 Star

Girl who is a gypsy at a carnival. The ending was not satisfying enough for me. It had an interesting concept but I think something like this would have had a better chance to really capture the audience if it was longer.

Death For The Deathless by Margaret Stohl – 2 Star

Love and fortune telling story. I feel like I need to read this story again. It could have been interesting but I feel like I missed it. Nothing happened.

Fate by Simone Elkeles – 4 Star

Cute standard love story. This story made me smile. The girl was an adorable character, the boy was standard but it was still very enjoyable.

The Killing Garden by Carrie Ryan – 5 Star

Professional death racer. Loved this story. The idea of an executioner racing people to decide their fate is really cool. The idea of the of a new executioner coming from the same family and having to challenge the current one and the lord deciding if they can spare the looser or not is also very interesting. I want more of these people and this land.

Homecoming by Richelle Mead – 3 Star

Rose and Dimitri from Vampire Academy return to Dimitri’s home to see his family. This whole story was a bit pointless really. It goes off on a random Strigori hunt and doesn’t focus much on the actually homecoming which is what I wanted from the story so I was very disappointed. I also felt that maybe the character’s personality was a bit off at times, but I was still very happy to get a taste of one of my favourite series again.

Overall Book

Though there were sections in this book that I really hated, I did enjoy the overall of the book. I almost wished I didn’t like certain ones in the book cause it saddens me that there isn’t more of them! If I read this again I will definitely will be skipping sections if I do.

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Book Review – Bloodlines

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Title: Bloodlines [Bloodlines 1]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Rating: 4 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Related Book Series: Vampire Academy

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Description/Synopsis:

Blood doesn’t lie…

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

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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

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

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

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

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

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Book Review – Last Sacrifice

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Title: Last Sacrifice [Vampire Academy 6]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (Vampires)

Length: 592

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1234, 5, 6

Related Series: Bloodlines

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Description/Synopsis:

They come first.

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

The dead could finally have me.

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

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

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

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

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Book Review – Spirit Bound

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Title: Spirit Bound [Vampire Academy 5]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (Vampires)

Length: 489

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1234, 5, 6

Related Series: Bloodlines

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Description/Synopsis:

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

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

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

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OCD & Books Don’t Mix – Book Height

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Till next time…

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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 – 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 – 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.