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Thursday Tags – Creatures of the Night

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This tag was created by the wonderful BookTuber Kat from Katytastic. Since it is so close to Halloween I thought it would be a good thing to do. It pretty much highlights books with all kinds of spooky and supernatural creatures! Check out Kat’s original video here. Lets get started shall we?

 

1. Vampires

I am going to go with a double one for this because I have read a lot of vampire books. For the YA answer I am choosing Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. I think we all know how I feel about Adrian. Then for an adult romance books I am picking A Whisper of Eternity by Amanda Ashley. Oh Dominic, I want you.

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2. Werewolves

Do I read werewolf books? I feel like I have but I cannot really think of any at all. Cause of that, I will be going with New Moon by Stephenie Meyer.

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3. Zombie

I hate zombies. I bloody hate them. I think they are the most boring thing ever, so there are really no books were zombies are a huge feature other than what people are kind of running away from. So, for this section I will be going with  The Passage by Justin Cronin. They are not really zombies, more of a failed human testing thing taking over the world, but thats the closest thing I got.

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4. Ghost

A topic I haven’t read much from because I feel like it has huge potential to be horrible, but I guess I should let that go and pick up more paranormal. I pick Ever Near by Melissa MacVicar.

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5. Witch/Warlock/Spellcaster

.For this I am going to highlight Magnus from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. He is an awesome Warlock.

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6. Fae/Fairy

I need to read more in this topic. I want to. I am reading a book at the moment where the main character is fae but I don’t like it so much so I am not going to pick it. Instead I am going to pick a book where the fae are kind of a secondary character, and go with Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. Fae are supposed to be scary and evil in my opinion. Their world is on another level to ours so of course they wouldn’t treat things the same.

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7. Demon

I am going to do something a little different from what I have seen before and pick Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey. I suggest reading past this book because the second one was better, but this world is filled with all kinds lore. Our main character is a hell spawn and then we also have the sexy sexy ghoul Stafan.

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8. Angel

This is another topic that I haven’t really read much of so I only have one choice to go with and that is Fallen by Lauren Kate. Daniel is boring but Arriane was awesome.

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9. Alien

I haven’t read more than one book with this topic but it doesn’t matter cause this book would win no matter anyway. I pick The Host by Stephenie Meyer. This is one of my all time favourites. I think I need to read it again soon actually.

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10. Super-powered Human

So many choices I had for this, fantasy is my thing. After much umming and ahhhing I have chosen to go with The Sentinel Mage by Emily Gee. I chose this one because it gives you different perspectives and different powers. It was also awesome :)

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And that ends the tag. I am not going to tag anyone but if you choose to do it please link me so I can see everyones answer to the questions.

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Till Next Time…

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Book Review – Vampire Academy

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Title: Vampire Academy

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (Vampires)

Length: 332

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 56

Related Series: Bloodlines

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Description/Synopsis:

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

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

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Book Review – Predatory

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Title: Predatory

Author: Alexandra Ivy, Nina Bangs, Dianne Duvall, Hanna Jayne.

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Suspense

Length: 254

Rating: 2-3 star average

Release Date: May 7th 2013

Description/Synopsis:

Four of today’s most exciting paranormal authors take readers into the thrilling realm of vampires, immortals, and other supernatural beings with a thirst for illicit desire…

Out Of Control by Alexandra Ivy
Ph.D student Angela Locke has a crush on her sexy professor, Dr. Nikolo Bartrev. When she learns he’s actually a Sentinel with extraordinary powers, she joins forces with him to catch a psychopath. But soon, their hottest pursuit is of each other…

Ties That Bind by Nina Bangs
Cassie Tyler agrees to sub for her friend at the funeral home where she works. But she gets more than she bargained for when a group of men attack her and a vampire comes to her rescue. . .

In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Richart d’Alençon can’t forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he saved her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist. . .

High Stakes by Hannah Jayne
When vampire fashionista Nina LaShay’s design contest rival is found dead, she’s the prime suspect. Sexy photographer Pike is number two. He’s the kind of man who makes Nina salivate. But will she have to reveal herself to have him–and to save them both? Or does Pike have a secret of his own?​

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Out Of Control by Alexandra Ivy 2 Star

This section of the book didnt impress me very much and it was very difficult to get into reading the book at all when it had such a poor opening story. To me this was basically just a shorty story version of a porno, just a quick bang that happens for the most random reasons which everyone is supposed to believe it plausible but really never would happen in a million years.The characters come into the story, instantly love or rather lust after one another. I didn’t feel any connect between the two main characters at all and found the overall insistence of the author that they actually love each other annoying because I didn’t believe it. The characters were hollow and I could barely tell the difference between them as I read, and the character Nikolo’s constant reminder that he was this great and powerful Sentinel was horrible. I understood that fact the first or at the very latest the third time you told me. Angela was also supposed to be smart, but some of the dialogue she spewed forth was just so idiotic I actually stopped reading for a bit to get over what had just been said.

Each of the stories in this book are very short but this one suffered greatly for the 60ish page limit each one had. The story really is just meant to a ‘trailer’ for a series of books that will be coming out at a later date, but it really wasnt suited for it. A story that could fit comfortably into a series let alone a full sized novel should not have been forced into such a small space. The idea of turning this book into a preview of ones to come kind of made me angry. The series name shall be Sentinel

All that being said though I have given the story a 2 star rating because if it wasn’t so short and wasn’t mainly focused on the sex, the actual story idea would have been very good. It has very X-Men qualities to it that could be very interesting. I would consider reading at least one book from the actual series to see if it has been presented better.

Ties That Bind by Nina Bangs – 3 Star

I didn’t mind this story so much.Granted it did move a tad quickly, but the stories within this book don’t really have much of a choice in the matter. The story line was enough to keep me interested until the end, but not so great as to leave a very big impression on me once I had finished reading it. The only thing that greatly stood out in this story was that the main character Cassie didn’t seem to have a very set personality like the author couldn’t quite make up her mind about which one persona she wanted her character to take. Other than that however, it was alright and it would probably be worth a read.

In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall – 4 Star

We just keep going up with the star rating don’t we? But I actually loved this story. Though we had very little time with the characters I actually felt like I got to know them and could tell each of the apart and their names weren’t mentioned directly after a section of dialogue.This one is also a sort of preview for a series for books already published called Immortal Guardians, but this one didn’t leave me disappointed or anything at the end.It seemed to span over a greater period of time so the storyline didnt seem so rushed but was left open to more if it wanted. For this one I dare say I was supposed to know the characters before I started reading to know some of the background that was happening/mentioned, but I never once felt like I was missing something. It was very well put together or a short preview.

Also a romance, it didn’t focus on the sex either and the relationship seemed to grow more than something that was slapped together for the sake of it. The only thing really that I have to complain about with this book as that it kept switching character perspective when it wasn’t supposed to, but I don’t know if everyone would pick up on it, and it sure didn’t ruin the story for me. It was mainly something I picked up on because I try to focus on details like that when I send my response to the author that was kind enough to let me read the story before it was published.

Anyway, I now eagerly await the day I can read the actual series and get far more of these characters I fell in love with and the ones I wish I knew more about.

High Stakes by Hannah Jayne 2 Star

I fell asleep 3 times while reading this story. Thats a lot for about 60 pages of writing and having not been one bit tired. I was expecting more from this final story since the other ones seemed to improve the more I read into the book, but this one made the overall rating fall right back. The author tried to make it very hip and now to how people on the internet or some people on the street tend to speak, but what I think the author failed to pick up on that some of those things are really only said by 14 year olds and older people tend to stay away from the ridiculous sayings. It didn’t really work with the age group the book was trying to reach.

Again a preview for an already published series called Underworld Detection Agency, the story itself wasn’t so bad from a how it was written kind of way, and I felt like I was missing things in this story. Our main character is supposed to be a vampire but the only thing that really comes about from this fact in the story is she catches on fire at one point and heals quickly, other than that nothing. It probably would have been better to leave this out all together and have it as a normal human murder fashion mystery rather than a seemingly pathetic vampire that doesn’t really seem to do anything that makes her a kick ass of the night. I feel the series might reveal more, but for this it just wasnt needed to add the paranormal aspect to the story.

Combine all this with a predictable ending, you have a pretty boring story. I guess the second I met a characters sister with the thoughts “The sister did it” before I even knew what it was, that she would be the master behind all the evil. Then sure enough I was right. When I jump to conclusions I would like to be made to feel at least doubtful if not proven wrong by such a judgement.

The Overall Book

I received this book from the publishing company (I think) on NetGalley for my honest review, but If was to go and buy this book, it would only really be for In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall. It was the only section that made it a worthy read really. Or if you feel the other might actually appeal to you, I would suggest that I buy the actual books from the series rather than this book of previews. Its just not worth it for the whole thing.

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Book Review – Vampire Kisses

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Title: Vampire Kisses

Author: Ellen Schreiber

Genre: Vampire Romance, YA

Length: 253

Rating: 2 Star

Description/Synopsis:

The mansion on top of Benson Hill has been empty and boarded up for years. But a new family has moved in. A family that never ventures out during the day. Who are these creepy people — especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town gossip actually be true? Are they vampires?

Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander’s loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book is very simple and in your face to the point where it numbs your brain. Things are laid out in the most cliche and obvious way possible, and you know how the book is going to end right from the start, even though the author spends most the book going ‘no way he’s not a vampire, its just a bunch of rumour’ in an attempt to make it a big ‘ta da he’s a vampire!’ at the end. It doesn’t work however and I mostly just got annoyed at the failed attempt and wished she would have gotten to the obvious point.

Throughout the book we are bombarded with cliches from every angle. The first one which are are reminded of every two pages or so is in the form of the main character. We are presented a teenaged gothic girl named Raven who wears all black and is a goth and has black are and makeup because she is a goth and no one understand because she dresses differently because she is a goth and she is just aching to be a vampire because she is a goth. How much I mentioned the gothic thing in that sentenced is an example of how often we get told shes gothic. Her name was really annoying for me. Out of all the names on the planet, Raven, one used to often (a lot of times as joke) to describe someone who believes in ‘dark magic’ or supernatural creatures you had to choose that one? Though this trend of bad naming is throughout the book and I don’t know if this blunder was intentional or not. They give each other horrible nick names. Raven has a younger brother who she called ‘Nerd Boy.’ As someone who is an older sister to a younger brother with very much up and down moments (though not in such simplistic form and seemingly pointless way that it is presented in a book), a name as simple and just stupid like ‘Nerd Boy’ would never happen, we get more creative than that. There are also a lot of freaks, and monsters thrown around throughout the book as well, but even they seem more creative than some of the others. The biggest cliche of all besides the embodiment that is our main character is the vampires themselves. Would you believe that they all dress in black as well and wear capes?

The romance between Raven and Alexander also happens really quickly. There is a house not far from where Raven lives and she loves it because it abandoned and creep and very goth like, then within 5 pages a family of rumoured vampires move in! After a few quick sightings Raven is invited to enter the house and spend the night with her ‘Gothic Dream Guy’ and they instantly fall in love and understand how the other feels deep within their souls. To me this destroyed any chance of liking the main character, because it seemed as so though she was in love with him before they met purely because she herd he might be a vampire and she wanted to be one too. She might as well be a gold digger to me then, a vampire gold digger. Most the book moves this quickly.

Even though I have said all that, the book did make me laugh at certain points, so on some level I must have related to the characters enough to get a hint of joy or something from things that they are doing/where happening in their lives. I have my fingers crossed that the next two books that I have in this series lesson the cliche and give me some depth to the plot and the characters.