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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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Description/Synopsis:

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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Description/Synopsis:

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!

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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.

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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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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.