Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Vampire Academy (Book #1) by Richelle Mead

Hey Everyone!

So I want to be honest here and say there haven't been all that many vampire books that I've read.  Back in 2008 and 2009 when Twilight was all the craze, and everyone was devouring every single vampire they could get their hands on; I was actually just reading, reading, and reading whatever the heck I wanted! It varied from anything from about vampires, to someone getting magic powers, to The Princess Diaries!

In fact, besides The Twilight Saga, there hasn't really been another vampire series, besides Cassandra's Clare's novels, but they don't really 100% focus around vampires; that I've enjoyed.  But now there is another one that I can add to the list!

My review of Vampire Academy, Book 1 in the series by Richelle Mead!

From Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

So I have another favorite series to add to the list! At least a book 1 favorite to add!  What can I say?  Well, first of all I loved every freaking moment of this book!  I was hooked from beginning until end!  While a complete fantasy/paranormal novel, it dealt with some rough things that some teens may find themselves relating to.  For instance, depression, cutting, and bullying.

The characters were great!  Rose was such a strong young woman, and while sometimes I didn't agree with her decisions (like when she got between Lissa and Christian), she still was really awesome!  I love these strong independent women, that can still show their vulnerability at extremely tough times!

Lissa was a very interesting character.  I'm not sure yet what I think of her to be honest.  I think I like some of her.  For instance the part that likes Christian, but she sometimes doesn't seem to be able to make rational decisions.  While I don't want to judge, I must say I'm on Rose's side, when I say that I don't understand why some extremely depressed people do what they do to hurt themselves.

Dimitri...OH Dimitri!  What a sexy beast!  I also love the person they chose to play him for the movie!  To be honest out of the three main characters (Rose, Lissa, and him) he is the only one I agree with!

Now to my overall rating...if you haven't already guessed it...

This is the first time in a long time that I have found myself running to the book store to get the next book in the series so that I can continue reading! The last time I did that was with The Twilight Saga! The only difference now is that I actually have my drivers license and can go out by myself and get it! :)

I highly recommend this one! Especially if you like paranormal!  I mean, I like paranormal, and am normally not a huge fan of all vampire books (for instance, I honestly don't like The Vampire Diaries), and I loved this one!

I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under the age of 14, just because it does have some talk about teen sex, nothing graphic, but probably not something under 14 year olds should be reading about quite just yet.

Anyway, definitely check it out if you get a chance!

I'm off to start my day!  Hope everyone has an awesome one!

The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Hey Everyone!!
So it's been a while! In fact this is sadly my first post for 2014!

I really hope everyone had a great New Years, I know I did!  The reason I've been incognito since the start of 2014 is because I actually went on vacation with my boyfriend, we went to Florida for two weeks, and just got back on Saturday, so things have been pretty busy...but in a good way :).

So yes I went to DisneyWorld, and....THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER!!!!

It was AWESOME!  We had each a Butterbeer, a pumpkin juice, and a Cauldron Cake! Then we had lunch at The Three Broomsticks! Let's just say I was totally fan-girling it all day! :) It was amazing!

Both Disney World and Harry Potter were an amazing experience that I get to check off my bucket list! :)

So now...to my first review of 2014!!

I read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

From Goodreads:

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

My Thoughts:

So normally when it takes me over a month to read a book it's because I got bored with the story, hated the characters, or just really wasn't getting into the book.  However, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell was one of those exceptions!

I had honestly only heard positive things about this book from people.  NOTHING Negative! Nothing! So of course, when I saw it was on sale on Amazon I jumped on the chance to read it!

Eleanor, I thought was one of those characters where you might not find yourself relating to her situation, but you still want to be her best friend and help her out as much as possible.  Fortunately, I can say I couldn't really relate to Eleanor, in that I am blessed to have a supportive family; however, the way Rowell wrote this novel you find yourself in Eleanor's shoes none the less, and you go on that journey with Eleanor to self-discovery.  

Park was kind of a confusing character for me at times.  He obviously was also going through his stage of finding himself; and he kept changing his ways along the way...but throughout it all his feelings for Eleanor kept growing and growing.

I thought they were an awesome couple!

My overall rating:

My one and only complaint about this book would have to be the ending.  While it was good, I do wish Rowell hadn't ended it so abruptly.  I wanted more, and I wanted an explanation to go with it.  But overall, I loved Eleanor & Park!  Great story and great characters! I highly recommend this one!

The Romance Bookie :)