Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Vampire Academy - Review

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...

If I had to sum this book up into one word it would have to be amazing! I can't believe how much I enjoyed this book! I couldn't put it down I was so wrapped up into the complex world of Vampire Academy. Richelle Mead did a fantasic job and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the Vampire Academy series, Forstbite.

Rose and Lissa have been on the run for two years. Dodging anything and everything that the St. Vladimir Academy sent there way. But one night that all changed. They were caught and dragged back to the one place Rose never thought they'd see again. As she put under house arrest and is told that she will not be allowed to see Lissa, Rose does everything in her power to come up with a plan to escape so what happen 2 years before didn't happen again. But as Rose and Lissa fall back into swing of thing, they decided that it would be best to stay and ride out the rest of their high school year and graduate. But as nasty and cruel things are done to Rose and the people that she cares most about, she starts to think that running away looks more and more appealing.

Plot - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The plot was very well thought out and done. I haven't seen such a unique plot in a really long time, sad but true. I found myself sucked into Rose's world of mortal vampires who, if killed while feeding, turned into the evil Strigoi, and she would do anything to keep Lissa away from temptation and in the likelihood, her becoming one of them.
Writing - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ In my opinion the writing was very well written and I found myself reading and reading and finding it hard to stop. I want to read and read more and more until sadly the book ended.
Characters - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The characters I loved! I couldn't get enough of Rose, Lissa, Dimitri, Mason, and all the others you get to read about.

Rose Hathaway - Rose is your average girl. She likes partying and drinking, but she gives that all up to protect and keep safe her best friend, Lissa from the Strigoi, vampires that never die. So when she and Lissa are dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy she is ordered not to see or speak to Lissa. But she won't take this sitting down. She set out to show them all that she can become powerful enough to keep Lissa safe so that one day she'll become her  
officialguardian. So she begins training with Dimitri and soon finds herself drawn to him even though he is 7 years her senior.

Vasilisa 'Lissa' Dragomir - Lissa has always been shy and never into standing out and partying like Rose. After losing her parents and older brother, and nearly losing Rose as well, Lissa has become unstable. But after meeting Christian she finds herself becoming whole again and feeling alive for the first time in so many years.

Dimitri Belikov - Dimitri is a very strong and powerful guardian, so much that he has been called a number of names one of them naming him a god. After Lissa and Rose's return to the academy, he is named Lissa new guardian. He then is giving the assignment of training Rose so that when she is strong enough she can become Lissa guardian.

Christian Ozera - Christian is one that is set on the old ways of the Moroi: fighting back against the Strigoi by the use of magic even though it has been banned for hundreds and hundreds of years. He is taken with Lissa and goes out of his way to make sure that she is safe and that no harm with come to her: even if its from herself.

Mason - Mason is one of Rose's old friends from before she and Lissa made a break for it. He helps Rose with a number of things and only because she's his friend and he is hopelessly in love with her.

Overall I give this book ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ - no more and no less!

Linger - Review

The longing.
 Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For am, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain. 

The loss. 
Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of begin human. 

The linger. 
For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life is a constant struggle between two forces- wolf and human- with love baring its two sides as well. It's harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough? 

If I could sum this book up into one word that would be spectacular! I loved this book so much that I found myself saddened that it had to end. This book leaves you wanting more and more and wanting to get your hands on the next book in this amazing trilogy, forever. 

The book continues a few months after shiver ended. Spring is on it's way, but its taking its sweet time on getting there. Sam is still finding it hard to believe that he's turned human for good and Grace is discovering that something is changing within her and she doesn't know what. 

Plot - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ I thought the plot was amazing! It starts off where shiver ended and I was so happy that it did! 
Writing - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The writing was awesome as always! 
Characters - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ I've got to say I missed Grace and Sam a whole lot and I was so excited picking up linger and reading were Shiver left off and to see what was happening with all the characters and wolves of Mercy Falls. 

Grace Brisbane - Grace is back and is ready to start her new life with Sam and look forward to her future with him. I enjoyed her character very much. She hasn't changed much, if at all, from shiver and I loved that. Grace is feeling something dark falling over her and waiting to be released. 

Sam Roth - Sam is extremely happy that he is not turning into a wolf and you can tell that by the way he is now living his life. He's ready to live his life and marry Grace, but when has anything been easy. Now with this strange unknown sickness falling upon Grace and their love is thrown through obstacle through obstacle. He will do anything to make things right so that he and Grace can continue living their lives the way they want. 

Cole St. Clair - Cole is a troubled and damaged soul. He want's nothing more then to leave his human life behind him and become a wolf forever. Cole is someone that wants to leave his life behind him and start a new one as a wolf, but it's not what he expects. Things become complicated and the thing he thought he wanted turns out to be totally the opposite. 

Isabel Culpeper - Isabel is her selfish self who says many true things in a very cruel way, but it's the truth none the less. She meets Cole and finds herself strangely attracted to him. Isabel wants to forget all that's happening around her, but she knows that's not possible so she lives with it all. The death of her brother, her parents fighting, and the wolves that were the cause of her brothers death even though she blames herself for it. She finds herself beginning the voice of reason and trying to bring everyone down to earth and trying to figure out whats going no with Grace and how to fix it.

Overall I give this book ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ - no more and no less!

Thirst No. 1 - Review

I picked this book up because the cover was pretty cool and I read the back and saw that she was a five thousand year old vampire and...enough said! Well after a few pages I was getting a little bored because all Alisa was telling us was how powerful she was, how she could make any guy want her, how beautiful she was and how when she fought she could come out without a scratch... And I've got to say there were a few times I would roll my eyes. After awhile the bragging was getting old and I found myself having a hard time focus on the story and just closing it and not finishing it, but I made myself finish it.

The Last Vampire was slow and boring at times and I was finding myself having a hard time trying to finish it. With all Alisa bragging about how hot she was and how no one could beat her the book, at times, was making me tired (more like bored) and I would close it and not pick it back up for days.

Black Blood was a little better, but not by much. When I got to it I was expecting a lot more from it and really it was pretty much like The Last Vampire. Slow at times and you felt as if the story just dragged on and on and you would give anything for it to end... Well I finally finished it and I was so relieved that I did.

Red Dice was probably my favorite in the whole Thirst No. 1 book! It was more fast paced, well to me anyway, and...I don't know it was just a lot more faster then the first two books. It just seem like there was a plot while the last two books didn't have one. Alisa is still her self-absorbed self, but I think she's gotten a little bit better about caring about other people then herself. When I finished Red Dice I'm here debating if I should get the second book, or not...

Would I recommend this book to anyone...? I'm not sure it really, really depends on the person doing the reading.

City of Ashes - Review

Clary Fray just wishes that her life could go back to the way it was before all of this crazy stuff happened to her. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced sleep, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon. But the Shadowhunters won't let her go- especially her handsome, infuriating newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil- and also her father! When the  second of the Mortal Instruments is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes to help their father?

I really liked this book, as you can tell by how many stars I rated it, and it deserved that rating. Now there was one HUGE draw back of this entire series (mind you I haven't read City Of Glass yet so don't hold me to anything) the books are very long! Some of the times I would be like "Really? Do we need to know about this and that?" Sometimes I would have to put the book down and take a few deep breaths to ready myself for another chapter because the chapter turned out to be very long and very detailed, which as I said in my last review of City Of Bones: these books are very detailed, and some of the stuff I could careless to know about...

Plot - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ I would have given it five stars, but the length of the book held me back from doing so... Okay the plot was great, better then the last book, City Of Bones. I liked everything about the plot so I give it a solid four stars!
Writing - ☆ ☆ ☆ The writing hasn't really changed all that much, but in a way it has from the last book, still a little to much detailed for my blood, but it was good and I understood a great deal of it, no grabbing the dictionary for me! I give the writing three stars!
Characters - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Oh my god the characters were so much betterthis time around! I almost cried when Jace actually started to show that he had a heart, who knew! I give the characters five stars!

Clarissa (Clary) Fray - Okay I totally loved Clary in this book! She showed that she had more spunk and really could kick some ass if she set her mind to it! The way she tells Jace, and others that try and order her around, that she isn't some little kid that can be bossed around just made me like her even more!

Jace Wayland - I really enjoyed Jace in this book, he was sexy and a little arrogant, but not enough to make me hate him. He showed he had a heart more in this book then in the last, which I really liked about this book!

Inquisitor - God how I hated this old hag! I can't tell you how much I wanted to leap into the pages and just ring her neck! She was so freaking hardhead and was dead set against listening to either of Clary, or Jace when it came to them telling her what their father was planning...! I just- oh god how I wanted to ring her old wrinkled neck!

Alec Lightwood - I don't know just something about Alec makes me happy and makes me want to laugh. His whole situation about begin  (view spoiler) and how it was some how a taboo, or whatever for the Clave just made him all sexy, as well as a little awkward, and mysterious...!

Isabelle Lightwood - I liked her in this book, she wasn't such a bitch in the City Of Ashes. I mean she did have her bitchy moments, don't get me wrong, but she showed a sort of good/nice side of her that you rarely, or if ever, saw in City Of Bones.

Magnus Bane - Okay I totally loved Magnus in this book and the City Of Bones! I don't know why but I think he such an interesting character! God I know I'm going to regret saying this but to me he is actually sex, in way- hell I don't know in what he is sexy, just that he is! He has to be one of my favorite characters in the book(s) I hope he is in the next because I would really miss him if he wasn't...!

Max Lightwood - When he came into the picture I caught myself grinning from ear to ear. He was so innocent (and stubborn like his siblings) but at the same time very mature for his age.

Maryse Lightwood - The one thing that really irritated me about her was how easily she turned her back on Jace, who she considers her son! Her  son! I'm sorry but where I came from you don't just throw your son, or daughter whatever the case may be, onto the street. She didn't even try and listen to Jace's side of the story, she just tuned him out and acted like she did nothing wrong.

Robert Lightwood - You really don't see him that much in the book, his wife, Maryse, is in the book more then him...

Luke Garroway - As in my review of City Of Bones I really enjoyed Luke. He seems to be a great father figure to Clary and just your average good guy, who happens to be a werewolf...

Simon Lewis - I totally loved Simon in this one, hell I think Clary is a lucky girl to have a best friend,  (view spoiler) like Simon! I would love to have a friend like Simon!

Maia Roberts - Is a werewolf in Luke's pack, or whatever. You can see that she has a thing for Simon...

Valentine Morgenstern - I freakin hated this guy! He is a nasty piece of scum, who cares for no one but himself, and I hope Clary and Jace kill him either in City Of Glass, or the next book after that, City Of Fallen Angels!

Overall give this book ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ - nothing more and nothing less!

City of Bones - Review

When Clary Fray heads out to a Club, with her best friend Simon, in New York City. She hardly expected to witness a murder. Much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange markings. This is Clary's first metting with the Shadowhunters, warriors that kill off demons-and keep the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It's also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in an ordinary human like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

Okay so basically it's about a girl named Clary who mother is disappears and Clary has no way to know where, or why she's gone. Then she is attacked by a demon and is saved by non other then Jace. She is taken to the Institute to find out just how she has the Sight and why and where her mother disappeared to...
I read City of Bones awhile back and I decided to write a review and tell you guys what I thought about the book.
Plot ☆ ☆ ☆ - I thought the plot was decent and at times I would get excited about what was going to happen next in the book, then I would be a little disappointed that these things happen and these other things didn't happen...I got frustrated.
Writing ☆ ☆ - I thought the writing was a little thrown together at times and sometimes it was just...way to detailed. I mean I don't really want to know that the ceiling was white and covered in bumpy looking popcorn. Mind you that was just an example and no way in the book- at least I don't think it was.
Characters ☆ ☆ ☆ - I thought the characters were good, a little annoying at times, but good. Let's begin my little character review with...

Clary - She was not the heroine I would have pegged her to be. She was whiny and she was just plain...whiny! She could never stick up for herself and save her own butt when it was in trouble. Clary would always have to wait it out and wait for someone to come and save her...

Jace - God could he have been anymore arrogant and obnoxious? I thought that he was way to...well into himself is the easiest way to put it really. He could fight and he saves Clary's butt like, I don't know how many times, but that doesn't mean I have to like him.

Isabelle - Did anyone else think she was a bitch at first? I did and I didn't like her most of the book, I thought she was way to snotty and thought she was such a bad-ass that it made me want to puck...! But then as the book got a long I found myself liking her, only when she didn't think that she was the hottest girl in the world and that Clary was just some stupid human.

Alec - I don't know I didn't like him. He was a jackass, enough said.

Simon - I liked Simon. I thought that he was a pretty cool character. He was nerdy and geeky, but cool at the same time.

Hodge - He gave me the creeps, I didn't like him at all...

Luke - I thought he was a cool character. Great guy to have on your side and at your back when in a fight.

Overall I would have to give this book ☆ ☆ ☆ - no more and no less.

Hush Hush - Review

Romance was not in Nora Grey's plans. She had never been attracted to any boy that went to her school, even with her best friend, Vee, pushing them at her. That is until Patch showed up. With his easy smile and deep dark eyes, that look deep down inside of her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgement. But after some terrifying events, Nora's life is turned upside down and she doesn't know who she can trust. And Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her then any of her closest friends. She doesn't know if she should fall into his arms, or run and hide. When she seeks out some answers she finds out things that she wish she hadn't...for she is in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen- and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice could cost Nora her life.

What did I think of Hush Hush...again. Well I can say that I loved every second of it! I'm so glad that I reread it, and read it in less then two days to boot! Okay now on with my review...

Plot - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ As you can see from the five stars I gave it. I totally loved the plot, and how it leaves you wanting more and more!
Writing - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ I give the writing five stars because I loved and it was original, well to me anyway. I loved also that it wasn't chalked full of cliche, that's what really won me over...!
Characters - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ What can be said about the characters, only that I totally loved them! I loved them all from Nora, Patch (especially Patch XD), Vee- even Marcie, Nora's acrh-enemy! I know Marcie's not in the book that much, but she was the classic arch-enemy and every books got to have one!

Nora Grey - I liked that she was strong, but weak at the same time. I mean if you were face-to-face with a fallen angel who kill you with the snap of his fingers, wouldn't you be a little weak and afraid? Now she had her flaws, I mean who doesn't? The biggest of her flaws is that she doesn't listen to her instincts and puts herself in needless danger when she could have easily avoided it. Now you might be thinking "What is she talking about?" and then other's are probablyl be thinking "What needless danger?"  
(view spoiler)

Patch - What can be said about Patch... Can you say, bad boy to the core? I loved him and that he was so arrogant and full of himself, but he didn't rub it in peoples faces- okay maybe he did that a little to Nora- okay maybe he did that  
a lot to her, but she was an easy target so, yeah. You can tell right away that he's up to no good. He wants something from Nora, but just what does he want from a plain ordinary girl...? (view spoiler)

Vee Sky - She was the typical best friend, always trying to fix Nora up with a guy, but Nora never really asked her to. It was both sweet and considerate, and annoying all at the same time!  
(view spoiler)

Dorothea - She was a your typical strong and fiery older woman. At times I thought that if she got into it with anyone she would come out the victor.

Blythe Grey - You can wrap Blythe Grey into two words...overprotective parent. And that's to be expected when a year before her husband was  
(view spoiler)

Marcie Millar - I know I know she wasn't in the book that much, but she was still a good character so I had to mention her. She's your classic arch-enemy and I say this in all seriousness every books got to have one!

Ms. D. Greene - I can't say much without giving to much away, but I'll just say two words and that will be the end of it...cold and withdrawn.  
(view spoiler)

Elliot Saunders - I both liked him and disliked him. I thought he was sweet and your all bred american boy, but some how I found him sort of creepy...like he had something to hid.  
(view spoiler)

Jules - Can you say uber creepy? I didn't like him at all and I think that what Becca F. was aiming for- mind you that is only my opinion.  
(view spoiler)

Overall I would have to give this book ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ - no more and no less!