Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Vampire Academy, #1

Pages: 332

Genre: YA Fantasy, Vampire,

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

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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.

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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: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Twilight, #1

Pages: 498

Genre: YA Fantasy,

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Bella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her Father, Charlie.  She attends the local high school, where she meets Edward Cullen.

Edward is unlike any teenage boys his age, he has ice cold hands, his eyes change colour, he talks like he’s from a different time, and he is super fast. Bella is intrigued by him, but he gives the impression he hates her, and she doesn’t understand why.

Until she finds out that he is a Vampire. As are his family.

“I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.”

I read Twilight quite a few years ago, probably about 11 years ago, and it spurned what I call my second wave of book obsession… Previously when I was at school I read Night world, and Vampire Diaries, but they hadn’t fueled my obsession yet.

I was hooked, I consumed every book as soon as they came out, equally I loved the films so much.

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What I connected mostly was Bella’s awkwardness. She was socially inept. So was I. she preferred to read. So did I. I was 19 at the reading the first, and I was just happy that I could identify with a character who was a similar (at the time)  age as me.

Edward- well, I loved him too. not so much in New Moon, but that’s for a different review!! Everyone pretty much knows the story now, of how the lion fell in love with the lamb, but as I get older I find myself wanting to re-read Twilight again.

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An amazing phenomenon of books and movies that have had mixed reviews since its inception. I personally love them, both as a teenager and now, and I feel very grateful, that because of this Genre of books, I have found further books, I feel so lucky to have read.

 

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?

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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: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: The Folk of the Air, #1

Pages: 384

Genre: YA Fantasy

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I received this as part of January 2018 Fairy Loot subscription Box. It was a book I was already super excited for because there was this HUGE hype about it.

Accompanying the book, Fairy Loot also included a candle called Prince Cardan, and very talented artwork of said Prince.

So, here I was Fangirling already because I thought YES– A book to fill the space between Sarah J Maas Novels– more Fae Warriors.. whoop whoop!.

Nope…

I had never read Holly Black before, I thought her novels were usually a bit young for my taste, but I had heard great things about her writing.

The Cruel Prince is about three sisters, taken by Fae’s and forced to live with the one who murdered their parents. The story mostly focuses on Jude, the middle sister. Brought up by the Fae, she is often bullied especially by Price Carden – The Cruel Prince.

Basically, the King is due to step down, a new prince to take his place, but with rivalries between his sons, the court is deadly. Jude is caught in between when she agrees to become a spy, in order to save her sisters.

“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

I’ve given the book five stars because I loved it; I really did. It wasn’t Sarah J Maas, and I was right that Holly Black appeals to a much younger audience than YA.

The only issues I had was that the book was called The Cruel Prince because he was barely in it. I really hope his character improves in the next novel – The Wicked King which is due out 8th January 2019.

Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.