Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Vampire Academy, #1

Pages: 332

Genre: YA Fantasy, Vampire,

Maker:S,Date:2017-9-27,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Y

“Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies.”

Review

I couldn’t review Twilight & Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, without adding a review for Vampire Academy.

I love the Red/Black cover, it’s very striking and the whole series stands out on my bookshelf really well.

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . .

The novel starts halfway through the story. Lissa’s parents & brother have been killed, and they’ve been on the run for the two years. quickly, the story evolves, into a face paced adventure into their world.

High school Bully, cliques, Murder, Body Changes, and secrets are all adding up to a very sinister, funny, Young Adult fiction.

Review: Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Princess Diaries meets Twilight

Rating: ★★★★☆

Series: Jessica, #1

Pages: 351

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Jessica gets a visit from a Romanian enigmatic vampire Prince – he’s also her fiance. He is there to win her heart, and take her home to prevent a war, and rule the Vampires.

16.jpg

The cover and the title, makes it sound like yet another YA vampire book, and although its both of those things, it is also quite an emotionally charged book.

I’ve read more Adult Vampire Books- eg, Black Dagger Brotherhood, but I felt that Lucius was far more intense.

“…If anything else, all I ever did was love you….”

The Book was really funny.

“Why?”

“Because…because he’s so tall,” Mindy explained, like height was proof of good character. “And did I mention European?”

“Yes. It’s so much better to be stalked by a tall European that an American of average height.”

Lucius was funny, considering he was so serious, he was also quite funny.

“I like pink.”
Lucius sniffed. “It’s just red’s sorry, weak cousin.”

“Jessica. For god’s sake,” he said. “Allow me to do at least one common courtesy for you. In spite ow what ‘women’s lib’ teaches you, chivalry does not imply that women are powerless. On the contrary, chivalry is an admission of women’s superiority. An acknowledgment of your power over us. This is the only form of servitude a Vladescu ever practices, and I perform it gladly for you. You, in turn, are obligated to accept graciously.”

I really loved this book, it was funny, a clever premise, the only problem is that the novels stopped at two. It needed more into the world. furthermore, there was no real ‘Guide’ feel to it, and there was no real dating either, but with a different title, I could have given it 5 stars.

Now whether the title was the publisher/editor change, I’m not sure but it doesn’t seem that the author had this title when writing the book.

I think the author could develop the series a bit more, but is very delightful read. 5 stars

Review: A Fault in our Stars by John Green

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: No

Pages: 313

Genre: Contemporary, YA

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

19-1.jpg

John Green has captured something so rare in a book. Although this book is predominantly about dying, it’s kind of had the opposite effect on me. It made me feel so much and some things weren’t always positive, BUT I have never felt so much in one book before. To me, that is a sign of a good book.

“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”

I sobbed my heart out for this book. A book had NEVER EVER done this to me. It wasn’t shocking, but it was incredible. I have never read anything by John Green previously, an I haven’t yet, I am a little bit worried, he’s going to make me cry again… Damn man.

“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”

When I was reviewing the book on Goodreads, one of the reviewers has a very negative reaction to this book. That doesn’t bother me, everyone is entitled to their own opinion BUT the comments were bordering on cyberbullying. That is not cool. It is the first time in my Social Media Experience have I witnessed that, and from Book Fans, I am horrified… sorry rant over…

Stupid heart-breaking book!!

 

 

Review: Not if I Save you First by Ally Carter

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: No

Pages: 304

Genre: YA, Contemporary

After Maddie’s Secret Service dad takes a bullet for the president, he takes Maddie somewhere he thinks they’ll be safe – far away from the White House and the president’s son, Logan.

But when Logan comes to Alaska, so does the danger.

If there’s one thing Alaska has taught Maddie, it’s how to survive. And now her best friend’s life depends on it ..

Maker:S,Date:2017-9-27,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Y

A little bit childish for me, but not unenjoyable. She is the daughter of a secret service agent, and he is the son of the President of the United States.

The bad guy is a Russian, quite apt I think in this political climate, whether true or not ( I have no head for politics)

The novel was a little clique in places, but it did have some clever twists. Ally Carter, clearly has her genre sussed. The language she uses is perfect for her audience and leads both protagonists on a journey, that is relatable (as much as you can for a presidents son)

Overall, A lighthearted fun read, with an enjoyable plot, and really funny dialogue.

Dear Logan,
Someday I’m going to write a book: How Not to Die in Alaska – A Girl’s Guide to Fashionable Survival.

I bet you don’t know that a hair pin can make an excellent fishing hook. You may think you can use just any kind of mud for mud masks, but trust me, you CAN’T! In a pinch, nothing starts a fire like nail polish remover. Alaska is tough. You might know this, if you ever replied to my letters

Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Rating: ★★★★☆

Series: No

Pages: 384

Genre: YA Fantasy, Fairy Tale re-tellings

Synopsis

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronesses…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

20170518_095445059_iOS 1

Once again, this was a book that was hyped up on Bookstagram. The cover is beautiful and the chapter headings have this wonderful snow and forest theme. Throughout the book, when the beast’s monologue/letters are written with splashes of blood.

“She wept because she did not know what she wanted, and because she wanted everything.”

The beginning of the book was slow. REALLLY slow. I thought for sure at some point I would abandon the book. The ending did feel kind of rushed to get the story to a conclusion, but overall I really did enjoy the book.

It wasn’t a book I would have stayed awake all night reading, because it didn’t hold my interest enough. That being said, between the dedication and the below Quote, I did fall in love with the author a little. Her descriptions of the forest and of the beauty were incredible, and I loved the imagery her words brought up.

It did have a Historical Fiction sort of feel, as the magic in the story was very nondescript which I did enjoy immensely, but I wish there were a bit more actions in the story.

The ending was OK. I know there are a lot of negatives about the ending, and it’s not your typical HEA, but it was interesting and for me probably the best part.

“She moves like beauty, she whispers to us of wind and forest—and she tells us stories, such stories that we wake in the night, dreaming dreams of a life long past. she reminds us of what we used to be.

She reminds us of what we could be.”

Recommend for those who love Fairytale Retellings, and brutal heroines…

“if you’re reading this book, then you’re also that child reading by flashlight and dreaming of other worlds. Don’t be scared of her, that inner Beauty, or her dreams. Let her out. She’s you, and she’s me, and she’s magic.

Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

This is Probably the hardest book review I have ever written.

I contemplated writing this because of 1) the subject matter 2) My reaction to this book. I’ve put on my Big Girl pants, so here goes…

Forbidden

First off, this book is about an incestuous relationship between a brother and a sister. There I said it… Obviously, this book is controversial and taboo, BUT it’s one of the most moving, shocking books I have ever had the pleasure to read.

“You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.”

Let’s start with the title & cover. Many books I’ve read have the same title. Mostly Paranormal books, where ones an angel the other a demon.. etc.. But really I don’t think the author could have picked a better one. The cover is genius. The barbed wire indicates prison and of course in a heart shape, which only reinforces the Forbidden part.

“At the end of the day it’s about how much you can bear, how much you can endure. Being together, we harm nobody; being apart, we extinguish ourselves.”

Prior to reading this book, I had not read anything by this author, and I haven’t read anything since, although when I look back, I can’t say why.

You know when people say they have a Book Hangover… I couldn’t stop thinking about this book WEEKS later, that’s how heart-wrenching this story is. The Story is slow, to begin with, but I liked the Britishness of it all.

“Out of the millions and millions of people that inhabit this planet, he is one of the tiny few I can never have.”

I come from a working Class background so I could relate to some of it, but (and I don’t know if this is harmful to the book or not) it was based on what I call ‘benefits Britain’- I don’t mean to be derogative but think Jeremy Kyle.

Their situation, I’m sure nowadays, isn’t unusual, but it is tragic, made only better/worse for their love for each other.

“There are no laws, no boundaries on feelings.We can love each other as much and as deeply as we want.No one, Maya, no one can ever take that away from us.”

I recommend this book to everyone. Ignore your initial misconceptions. Give it a go, you will not be disappointed.

WARNING: This book will make you Laugh, ugly Cry, Gasp, and possible throw it across the Room.

 “As the light begins to intensify, so does my misery, and I wonder how it is possible to hurt so much when nothing is wrong.”

 

Review: Poison’s Kiss by Breanna Sheilds

This YA fantasy book is about Merinda. She is a Visha Kanya. A girl who survived several snake bites, and can now kill by kissing. until the Raja wants her to kill the boy she loves.

Poisons kiss 2

The concept of this book excited me because it was unlike anything I read before. I had never read anything by Breena Shields before, but the gorgeous cover and forbidden romance intrigued me.

Deadly Poison Always comes from the inside 

The coiled snake and the gold paisley on the cover give it a sort of Aladdin feel, which I felt really subtly showed off the story. It was like a mix of old and new. The setting was Sudari, and in many ways had an Indian feel, to it. I felt very connected to it, and I felt the writer described the place beautifully.

However, I felt the pace of the story was very slow. It seemed that two-thirds of the book was explaining the world, and creating flashbacks, which did work, but there was very little action.

Marinda, was likeable enough, although, a little Naive. Which if I am honest begs the question.. Does her naivety make her innocent? mmm.. probably not. She never asks questions, she never rebels enough.. she’s not your typical heroine.

Now, onto Deven, to be honest, I didn’t really think enough was talked about him, and I couldn’t understand why she loved him. She didn’t exactly see much of him and he didn’t have that much of a personality to stand out. He was… meh.

The mythology of the Snake, tiger, crocodile, and bird was a great touch, but I feel that the author could have entered more of this mythology into the storyline.

Now, I don’t know whether it was me, but this book took me a long time to read, and I don’t whether it was me or the book.. I just wasn’t gripped enough to call it a page-turner, but it was an interesting read filled with so much more potential.

I understand from a Q&A from the author that it is part of a duo, and the next book is out January 2018. At the moment I am on the fence about whether I would purchase the book. Maybe after the book has sunk in a bit more.

Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Hunger Games #3

Pages:392

Genre: YA, distopia

“My name is Katniss Everdeen. I am seventeen years old. My home is District 12. I was in the Hunger Games. I escaped. The Capitol hates me……..”

MVIMG_20180405_110350.jpg

Oh My!

After the cliffhanger from Catching Fire, Katniss is in District 13 the Nuclear District.

The previous two books were amazing, but it was like Katniss and Suzanne Collins have matured. It’s no longer a game and the state of the Capitol & Districts are in question.

I always give a spoiler free review. So I can’t really say much but I have included some of my favourites quotes from the books.

The Hunger Games trilogy is a thought-provoking tragic story of sacrifice, family, rebellion, and love.

 “I want to tell the rebels that I am alive. That I’m right here in District Eight, where the Capitol has just bombed a hospital full of unarmed men, women, and children. There will be no survivors.” The shock I’ve been feeling begins to give way to fury. “I want to tell people that if you think for one second the Capitol will treat us fairly if there’s a cease-fire, you’re deluding yourself. Because you know who they are and what they do.” My hands go out automatically, as if to indicate the whole horror around me. “This is what they do! And we must fight back!”

“President Snow says he’s sending us a message? Well, I have one for him. You can torture us and bomb us and burn our districts to the ground, but do you see that?” One of the cameras follows as I point to the planes burning on the roof of the warehouse across from us. The Capitol seal on a wing glows clearly through the flames. “Fire is catching!” I am shouting now, determined that he will not miss a word. “And if we burn, you burn with us!”

Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Hunger Games #2

Pages: 391

Genre: YA, Distopia

Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Katniss survived her first Hunger Games. Now she must play victor for the capitol, a distraction to the rebels, to cease a rebellion.

When that fails, Katniss is thrown back into the Hunger Games to prove that even the strongest will bow to the capitol.

You can see my gushing review of Hunger Games here

“We star-crossed lovers of District 12, who suffered so much and enjoyed so little the rewards of our victory, do not seek our fans’ favor, grace them with our smiles, or catch their kisses. We are unforgiving.
And I love it. Getting to be myself at last.”

If you are an oldie like me you may remember watching The Running Man, starring the superb Arnold Schwarzenegger. In many ways, The Hunger Games is a YA complex version of that book/movie.

A sick game is created to control revolution. It works, for a while until the yearning for resistance and freedom becomes too much…

Every Revolution begins with a spark

Suzanne Collins has a wicked ability to write meaningful, relatable characters. Part of that is because she writes in the first person. The entire book is from Katniss’ point of view, and it is heartbreaking.

Her’s is the voice of the revolution and it’s strong, but also vulnerable. A lot happens to Katniss, more friends die than ever before, but that ignites that spark.

I cannot express enough how lucky I feel to have read this author’s work. This is an important book not just for Teens, but for adults as well.

“It must be very fragile, if a handful of berries can bring it down.”

Review: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

Rating:★★★★★

Series: Harry Potter #8??

Pages: 309

Genre: Play, YA Fantasy,

Harry Potter is back!!

The Cursed Child starts 19 years later with Harry saying goodbye to his youngest son, as he makes his way to Hogwarts for his first year. – Okay, I have to say ‘ I open at the close’

After all his adventures, Harry is now a ministry employee, and as such steals a Time-Turner from Theodore Nott. He keeps it, instead of handing it into the Ministry- Still breaking the rules- I love it.

Harry then gets a request from Amos Diggory- Cedric’s Dad- to use the Time Turner to bring back Cedric from the dead. Harry, refuses, but his son, Albus Severus, overhears, and along with his best friend Scorpios Malfoy, decide to make sure Cedric survives the Tri-wizard Tournament. What they don’t realise is that changing such a seemingly small thing, can alter the fate of the entire wizarding world.

20170319_141244632_iOS
Review:

Where to start… it’s a play.. At first I didn’t like it. The format, to me was not what I wanted from the long awaited sequel. I’ve read plays before, and I feel that emotions are never really explored, and that connection you feel to characters cannot possibly be there. I was right. – Don’t get me wrong, I loved the story and the overall feeling of the book. It felt as magical as it should, but I couldn’t connect with Albus or Harry.
To me it felt like really really good Fanfiction.

The character were really OOC, in some cases this was a bad thing. Except for one of my favourite characters- Draco Malfoy. The Malfoys, Scorpios and Draco made this play better for me. Draco was the most OOC person in it, but he seemed to be the character at the end of Deathly Hallows that had changed the most, so he was perfect.

Hermione was flat, Ron was a joke, and Harry was really a tosser. Ginny barely had a personality, Snape was nice, and why the HECK wasn’t Neville in it.. and there wasn’t enough Hagrid..

Ugh.. all these things sound like I hated it- I didn’t, I loved it!! I smiled all throughout the story. It was a great story- just not a great Harry Potter Story.. Maybe I’ll think differently after I read the whole lot again..