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From Manga To Anime – Vampire Knight

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Title: Vampire Knight [Vampire Knight Season 1]

Genre: Supernatural, Romance, Anime

Rating: 5 Star

Anime Series Reviews: 1, 2

Manga Series Reviews: 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-19

Description/Synopsis:

Vampire Knight tells the story of Yuki Cross. The earliest thing she remembers is being attacked on a snowy night by a vampire, and being rescued by Kaname Kuran, who is also a vampire. The story takes place 10 years after that event, Yuki is now the adopted daughter of the Headmaster of Cross Academy. She and her longtime friend Zero Kiryu keep peace at the academy, making sure no problems arise between the Day Class (humans) and the Night Class (vampires). However, the peace they try to keep is fragile, and personal feelings begin to interrupt their duty. It’s based on the manga by Matsuri Hino, which is excellent. If VK is half as good as the manga, it’ll be a great anime. There is some action, but expect more romance from VK.

Anime Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Oh how I love it.

For the most part the anime follows really closely to how the manga was written and I love it even more for that. However, it does go off script and change a few things now and again. The third episode for example is pretty much their own creation. It shows things that never happened in the manga and moves around and hints at things that dont get mentioned till the end of volume five like Ichiru Zero’s brother. He gets mentioned a couple of times but he was not brought up in the manga for quite awhile. Yagari also gets introduced differently. He just shows up in the manga and he gets introduced in the anime.

Im a little sad to say that the anime is not as well drawn as the manga. I find the faces a bit… odd at times. That being said though it is still very pretty and they went to great lengths to make certain scenes stand out. Like when Yuki remembers things or is having inner turmoil they really play upon the ideas of how that would look visually from the manga. I think some of those sections are my favourite art wise.

The soundtrack for the anime (thus far) is very simple but very well chosen I feel. The music is very dark and it suits the overal mood of the anime very well. The opening and closing songs are also well done. The opening song for this season is Futatsu No Kodou To Akai Tsumi by ON/OFF, and though it kind of has an upbeat sound, I interpret it as more of a song that demonstrates all the struggles they are going through, its up and down and kind of has a just keep going feel to it. The beautifully drawn and Matsuri Hino inspired opening art also feels that way to me. The ending song is Still Doll by Kanon Wakeshima has a very different feel to it. The music is both creepy and dark. It has moments with it perks up with the creepy and then kind of goes down into despair. This combined again with the inspired darker Matsuri Hino VK drawings of Yuki sitting with a creepy bunny with red tear running down her face. This I think is great cause it kind of speaks to how Yuki always feels like no matter what she does someone she loves gets hurt. Still Doll and just Kanon Wakeshima in generally are some of my favourite music to date.

If I were to suggest which language you should watch it in, I would suggest Japanese with English subtitle. Now, I may be a bit bias here suggesting that. The first time I watched Vampire Knight it was with English subtitles and whichever way I see/do something first is generally the way I would prefer it from there on. However, if I try to ignore that fact I think I would suggest it anyway. I don’t think the English voice actors were very well chosen, they just don’t really suit their personalities. I could probably accept most peoples but Kaname’s is just awful. The English voices try to make everyone seem happier than they are and Kaname just doesn’t have that naturally happy upbeat. He should always sound mysterious! Not chipper…

But what really matters in anything you want to invest your time in be it book or series? Is it good. Oh god yes it is. Do you still love the characters in the anime? Yes when they were in Jap with Subs. The anime portrayed them very well and because they stuck pretty closely to manga it conveys the characters correctly. Is there still action and romance? Oh god yes, if there wasn’t then it wouldnt be the same story in the slightest. A romance story that has people struggling back and forth not knowing what do to with each other in amongst a world that is naturally bloody and violent.

I think I would recommend that people start with the anime if they want to do this series. The anime is a bit easier to follow because of how they introduce things and kind of simplify everything, however, if you even remotely like the anime I suggest you start reading the manga. It continues on way after the anime ends and it is just in general is much better.

On a side note, Vampire Knight is where I got my ending line for my blogs. At the end of each episode it says

I’ll also show you a sweet dream

————————————- next night

it stuck with me until I got what I use now. Now go watch the anime!

Till next time…

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Book Review – A Blaze of Sun

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Title: A Blaze of Sun [A Shade of Vampire 5]

Author: Bella Forrest

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Vampire

Length: 225

Rating: 2 Star

Series Review: 12, 34, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

Welcome back to The Shade…

“Of course you know who I am. I’m a daughter of the darkness just as surely as you are his son…”

Ever since his brief encounter with Emilia at The Shade, Derek’s thoughts and dreams have been haunted with images of the mysterious, beautiful brunette. Plagued with guilt, he struggles to understand why he is so drawn to this dark stranger from his past.

When Emilia suddenly appears again on the island, Derek is both terrified and intrigued. But this time, he is determined to involve Sofia and discover who this woman is.

If only Derek and Sofia knew, Emilia is a mystery that should be left undiscovered…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I read on because I just want to know how all this rubbish will be resolved. The books really are all bleeding into each other.

I made a jump for joy when the new stupid love triangle ended. I hated the first one, but I hated this one more. At one point Derek was all like You are being an absolute fool when he was with Emilia and all I could think is yes, yes you are. Forever and always a fool.

I had my suspicions that was actually in fact Cora from before Derek went to sleep ever since she first showed her now apparently Derek approved face. I hated this. Just… gah.. So much hatred. I LIKED Cora. Why oh why Forrest did you have to go and destroy such a good character by turning her into this poisonous bloody member in the love triangle. Two crimes to the series were done in this single act.

I had issues with the whole culling thing. For ages they make the culling sound like it happened years and years ago, but then I encountered a section that made it sound like it was within the last few years and this greatly confused me. If it happened so recently why on earth did they choose to do the first culling? The timeline for the culling has gotten confused and I cannot make sense of it. Important history things like this need to stay fixed and well planned and thought out and I didn’t think this was.

So Ingrid died in this one. I don’t believe it though. Her death seemed really quick and just from stupidity, so I have feelings that they might bring her back somehow. But she may not, I could be wrong. So in the book they think they have the cure idea down and decided to test the theory out on Ingrid because if they are wrong it means she dies! Except, despite all the hints that any cure must be done with immune blood like Sofia’s they decided to test with normal bloody human blood so of course she dies.

They get it right with Derek though of course. I also think this was a really silly thing for them to do, turn Derek human. Yes, at the end of the series it would make the most sense cause then they could be together. Right now though they have impending doom coming at them from all sides and they really could use kingly vampire strength and power but instead its decided that Derek should become human and go on a little trip for three months with Sofia and they just leave everyone high and dry. Sooooo annoying. Derek is supposed to love his sister, this is pretty much leaving her to the wolves and everyone with the risk of getting blown up/confined. The idea is put out there by the first big bad vampire guy that Derek is supposed to be stronger as a human but I don’t see that at all.

I know all this seems really negative. I think its just gone on a little too long for me. I did like bits from memory, but by the time I got to the end of the book I didn’t remember what they were. I know I like Kyle and find Anna and his story really cute though. I hope they end up together.

I think this series ends in like two books. I wish it was the next. I want answers and I don’t know how much more of this I can tolerate.

 

Till Next Time…

 

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Book Review – A Shadow Of Light

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Title: A Shadow of Light [A Shade of Vampire 4]

Author: Bella Forrest

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Vampire

Length: 270

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

Since the implosion at The Oasis and Derek’s stay at Hawk Headquarters, The Shade has fallen into a state of utter chaos. To make matters worse, the citizens of Derek’s kingdom have become suspicious of his loyalties and accuse him of siding with the enemy… At a time when Derek desperately needs full cooperation from his subjects, they wish to put their own King on trial.

Meanwhile, Sofia is being held hostage by the hunters. They are determined to rid her of her infatuation with the vampire. She submits to the strict routine and training they impose on her, but the only fuel that keeps her going is the thought of reuniting with Derek – something Reuben is fighting with every fiber of his being to ensure will never happen.

…Until one day, out of the blue, Reuben appears to have a change of heart and comes to Sofia with a proposal; a solution that she never dreamed possible. A solution that would fulfil her heart’s deepest desires and secure her and Derek’s future together, forever.

But can she really trust this man who is so renowned for his hatred of vampires? Does she even have a choice?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I am finding it harder and harder to think of things to say for these books cause they all feel kind of the same and bleed into one another.

In this book we get to know a bit more about Sofia’s mother Cam. We get some back story into what she was like when she was younger and I have to say I found that whole section to be really cute and adorable. Reading these back stories really made me wonder how everyone got so bitter. In Cam’s case it was simply having a child. Cam has some background that she was raped by her stepfather or something and so she didn’t want kids, then she has Sofia and became major jealous of how much Aiden and her got along. I think this back story of the rape(s) was a bit pointless. Didn’t need to be there and it was just trying to give her character more depth and it failed.

There was also a major writing slip in this back story of Cam and Aiden before Cam left them. At one point Cam thinks while listening to him on the phone:

Aiden has gone mad. He’s Absolutely Insane. How could anybody on their right mind believe in vampires?

BUT at no point in this back story has the word ‘vampire’ been said before. That was the first time. I would like to know where she got the idea that he believed in vampires, because it sure wasn’t in the story.

Viv came back in this book and I am so happy about that. I think she is my favourite character in this series, and it was killing me to think she was dead. She gets tortured and has her fangs ripped out though. I felt so sorry for her and it made me question if they would grow back, but I don’t think so. Its never mentioned again, but I think something like this should have been answered in the book. Its a good thing Viv never drinks from a living sauce.

I found Derek pretty dumb in this book. While Sofia is away his entire world just falls apart and really it shouldn’t of. He controlled it once, he should be able to control it again without a girl that really hasn’t done all that much yet. He also kept swearing that things would never happen again, then sure enough, it would happen again.

Some of the dialogue in this book was just so cliche I cringed a little, but there were some funny moments in it too. I got relly sick of people mentioning a cure, and things got over described. Some plot development happens but its mostly just people talking about things. Yet another vampire fell in love with Sofia.

So, I read on because why not. I want to see how this all wraps up. I keep my fingers crossed for one thta gets a higher rating than a three star but I am not really holding my breathe on that.

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – A Castle Of Sand

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Title: A Shade of Blood [A Shade of Vampire 3]

Author: Bella Forrest

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Vampire

Length: 296

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

What Sofia has with Derek feels like a sandcastle; temporary and something that the waves of life and time will soon ruin…

Since the return of Gregor Novak, the island has turned several shades darker. His hatred toward Sofia and thirst for fresh blood lead to a brutal war igniting between father and son.

Meanwhile, the hunters are gaining formidable strength and resources by the day; they know that the safety of The Shade hangs entirely on its ability to remain hidden from them.

And a sinister secret lies in wait for Sofia within the bowls of an Egyptian desert… a secret that threatens to crush her sandcastle much sooner than she could have expected.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Like this one more than the last.

Things actually happened in this one plot wise so that was nice. We got a lot of fighting and a few hearts got ripped out. That was cool. And here is a spoiler – Ben died. I was pretty happy about that, I didn’t care about him all that much. It really confused me when he became friends with Claudia though, I don’t think that would have ever happened. Even though he got over revenge I can’t see his character being that mature as to work with someone who tortured him for weeks – end spoiler.

We saw quite a bit of the vampire hunter place which was nice. I thought Derek became really bloody stupid. The lack of Viv in this book was depressing enough but then Derek went and ditched Sofia even after all the sacrifices that she made for them to be back together.

Sofia actually starts to become useful and starts to fix things at the shade for the humans a little which was nice. I can’t stand people who are useless the entire time. She also gets tortured a little which I also liked because I don’t really like Sofia yet. Im also just going to say that her relationship with her mother is just sick. The way her mum feels about her, I mean wow. I know some mother act that way in movies but do they actually do this in real life? I don’t know but I could really feel the hatred.

Throughout the entire book there were references to Sofia’s love and life being like a sand castle, something that wont last. It was a nice touch the first couple of times. It kept on happening though. Something that was nice to start with ended up making physically angry by the end because of how many times it was mentioned. Be prepared for annoyance if you read this book.

I am glad that Ashley has become more of a figure in the books, I think she adds laughter when no one else is funny at all. One such moment:

Sofia frowned as my eyes bore into hers. She knew–like she always did when it came to me–that what I was saying wasn’t to be taken lightly. Her grip enveloped mine.
“It’s like they’re communicating through Bluetooth or something…” Ashley muttered under her breath.

I would recommend this book to someone who has started reading the series already. If you felt the same way about the first book then I think you would enjoy this one well enough. It does seem to be getting better from now on. I shall continue on.

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – A Shade Of Blood

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Title: A Shade of Blood [A Shade of Vampire 2]

Author: Bella Forrest

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Vampire

Length: 322

Rating: 2.5 rounded up to 3 Star

Series Review: 1, 2, 34, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

In A Shade Of Blood, Bella Forrest transports you deeper into a unique, enthralling and beautifully sensitive story. Prepare to be lost in its pages…

When Sofia Claremont was kidnapped to a sunless island, uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet, she believed she’d forever be a captive of its dark ruler, Derek Novak.

Now, after months of surviving an endless night, the morning sun may soon rise again for Sofia. Something has possessed Derek’s heart and he offers her a gift no human slave has ever been given in the history of his cursed island: escape.

High school, prom and a chance to move on with her life now await her.

But will she be able to forget the horrors that steal her sleep away at night? … and the feelings that haunt her for that tormented prince of darkness?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Nothing all that much happened in this book, it just seemed like a bunch of set up for things that were to come in the next few books.

Ben instantly got on my nerves in this book. He found something out about Derek that Sofia wasn’t going to like, and for pages we were dealing with him going on and on about how he couldn’t tell her and then in the first conversation they had he told her. In my kindle I made a note of you gave that up quick didn’t you. His name for Sofia got on my nerves and I HATED the fact that they got together. It was just stupid. Stupid love triangle trying to go one way when we know that our girl has no feelings for the other guy in that way. It was just so forced. Ben kept getting mad about it but even he knows she doesn’t feel that way about him yet he tries and tries anyway… Then he moves on and hits on another girl pretty much straight after Sofia came to her senses. Gah.

Everyone in this book wants everyone. Specially Sofia. I really don’t see what is so great about her. I have a horrible feeling this is a trend that will continue on through the series… And I mean everyone wants her. EVERYONE. She is really quite dumb in this book, and I think Derek needs a good slap. I wouldn’t want them with anyone else however.

Most of the characters are a bit of a bore but in the last few chapters things picked up and I wanted to get more out of the story. We get introduced to the hunters which I found really interesting. It was cool to see how they function. We also got to meet Sofia’s parents for the first time and I really wanted to know more about them but of course we didn’t get them until the very end of the book. Their identities were suppose to be a big shock but I guessed them both before they revealed who they were.

Sorry this seemed to mostly a review to bash Ben, but yeah. This book was a great big set up for things to come. This book really frustrated me, but there was enough in it that I will continue to read the series so I can see where a few things go or get resolved.

Till Next Time…

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Manga Review – Vampire Knight (6-10)

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Title: Vampire Knight [Vampire knight Volumes 6-10]

Author: Matsuri Hino

Genre: Supernatural, Manga, Romance, Action

Length: 947 (Aprox. total)

Rating: 5 Star

Manga Series Reviews: 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-

Anime Series Reviews: 1, 2

Description/Synopsis:

Yuki sneaks into an exclusive vampire party and sees Aido’s parents introducing their daughter to Kaname. They, like many other Night Class parents, desire an alliance with the pureblood. Kaname is the most eligible bachelor in the vampire society–but will he choose Yuki?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Welcome back to another VK review. I really hope if you have picked up the series since my last review that you are really enjoying. I love to discuss these things with people!

To catch up poor Zero turns into a vampire, and then we go onto a journey with him to destroy the pure blood vampire killed his family. To make things worst though Zero’s twin brother pops up and is on the same side as that pure blood. Kaname ends up killing this woman and Zero misses his chance to drink her blood to stop going crazy and becoming a level E vampire. Zero’s brother Ichiru ends up escaping and damn it Zero, why didn’t you bloody kiss Yuki! Way to tease us all… Up to speed? Don’t worry, the beginning of every volume has a sum up of what happened in the one before!

Now onto the kind of breakdown of each volume:

  1. In volume six we finally start to get a glimpse that Yuki is more important than what she has been in the story up until now. Yuki starts seeing blood everywhere because of the past she can no longer remember and every time she tries to find a way to discover what happened something always happens so that she can’t figure anything out. We also get more of an understanding of Kaname. The end of the volume ends on a huge cliff hanger. Suggest having the next volume on hand.
  2. Cliff hangers!!! In volume seven Zero has officially stopped taking up all the spotlight and the main focus is now upon Yuki and the mystery of her past and just how Kaname is involved in all of that. Yuki is really starting to go mad because of it. Kaname confesses his feelings for Yuki and his personality starts to become really dark.
  3. In volume eight I just generally feel sorry for pretty much everyone in the story. I feel sorry for Kaname because you can just feel the loneliness seeping from his body because all his family was murdered, and you feel sorry for Yuki for loosing Zero and vice versa. You can feel the show down between everyone about to happen.
  4. This volume, volume nine, is pretty much non stop action. Everyone is fighting everyone and when all the fighting is done and this chunks bad guy is done and gone kaname makes comments about how this is only the beginning to the bad things that are to come. The volume ends on a Yuki and Zero cliff hanger.
  5. This is just things winding down (despite the cliff hanger it starts on) and you get a lot of back story from this volume. This lets you know a lot of the characters better than you did up until this point.

Now those of you that don’t want spoilers I suggest you just skip all this part. Its hard to make these review really interesting when I have to skip over so much of it for fear of ruining the entire story for you all. So if you don’t want spoilers bye! I shall see you guys in my next review!

Ok now everyone who stayed here is what happens over all of the volumes. We are introduced to our new bad guy, Lord Rido which is Kaname’s uncle, and he is Shiki’s father and he takes control of Shiki’s body. We find out that Kaname is actually the Kuran pure blood ancestor from which all the Kuran’s descend and Rido was the one to awake him using the ‘real’ Kaname, Kaname’s parents new born baby boy, as a sacrifice, thus making it so Kaname cannot kill him no matter how much he tries. I know its not Kaname’s fault really that this happened, but this made me so sad. I was also kind of touched though that Kaname’s parents chose to raise him as their own anyway.

Yuki’s madness becomes to much to her and she tried to strangle Zero (so so sad) so Kaname takes her and ‘awakens’ her and bites her and turns her into the pure blood vampire that she has actually always been. We find out that she is actually Kanames sister and they are engaged since pure bloods marry each other to keep the lines clean. When their parents died because of Rido her mother sacrificed herself to turn Yuki into a human to hide her. Oh. My. God. I didn’t see the sibling thing coming at all! At first I was totally iffy about the whole thing but I love Kaname too much to think they cannot be together. Zero tried to kill Kaname cause he turned Yuki but she stops him.

Zero then gets arrested by the Hunters Association and while he is in a cell he gets visited by Ichiru who joined the school to be close to Rido, and when Kaname restores Rido’s body so that he will leave Shiki’s, Ichiru tries to kill him for the woman who killed zero’s parents. When he sees Zero he shoots him with a vampire gun, we then find out that Ichiru was hurt fighting Rido and that he wants Zero to drain him of blood so that they can become the single person they were supposed to be. Zero due to his injuries and since Ichiru was dying anyway does this, and becomes the strongest vampire hunter ever. My heart just wept for Zero at that moment.

Kaname goes off to kill the vampire elder council, and Yuki and Zero team up and kill Rido. Once that is done they go to face off with each other but Kaname comes in and tries to kill Zero but Yuki stops them both, frees Zero from his Bloody Rose gun and Kaname leaves. Yuki and Zero embrace, he bites her, and then they kiss. FINALLY!!! Zero tells her he will have to kill her the next time they see each other and Yuki promises to run away from him forever so that by being his enemy she can be his reason for living, but when they part Yuki breaks down about the choice because she doesn’t want to be enemies. God damn it Zero, why do you have to be such a dick. Yes its the love triangle to end all love triangles you are in but really? You know Yuki isn’t evil and going to kill people so you are pretty much saying you are going to kill her for being herself which is the person you love!

The series of events ends with Kaname and Yuki leaving the school together. God. I don’t know how I will live. We basically get told that this is just the tip of the ice burg and look at all the emotion fill drama we had to go through. I really don’t know how much more I can take. God this story is good.  Pick it up! Madman sell it and they often have sales where you can get it for cheap.

Till Next Time…

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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 – A Shade Of Vampire

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Title: A Shade of Vampire [A Shade of Vampire 1]

Author: Bella Forrest

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Vampire

Length: 151

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.
A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.
She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.
Sofia’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.
Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.
Will she succeed? …or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received this book in exchanged for my honest review.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Vampire books have been done and done and done to death because of Twilight, and so really there isn’t much left to the genre. However I thought this book had a good new kind of twist to it.

The idea of them having a secret island of vampires and their slaves was pretty damn interesting, but when the idea that the highest ranking of them live in huge mansions in the trees that are all connected with glass walkways. Awesome.

There were a few things that annoyed me however. At one point our main character Sofia calls a vampire Pitchy in her head because of the sound of his voice and the lack of a name. But then later on in the story someone else calls him Pitchy also without Sofia having told them her nickname. His name would not have been Pitchy in real life, everyone else has normal names.

I liked the characters, I found them nice enough and I enjoyed it when they got close to each other and shared moments, but when bad things happened it didn’t really bother me that they were going through it. For the most part their dialogue was pretty good but there were moments when it bothered me. The love between them happened fast, but not so fast I wanted to rip my eyes out. Sofia was a bit too why me but thats her character. I thought Derek was a hunk but also why me but he was asleep most of his vamp life to he can kind of get away with it because he is not used to it fully yet. I look forward to more of him and his family so I can work out what on earth is going on between them all.

I feel if there had been more to the story it could have really been done well and had more room for development, but because it was short I felt like it didn’t have the room it needed to come to its own.

Anyway, I liked this book good enough and have added the next one to my reading list so give it a read and see what you think.