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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 – 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.