Showing posts with label Forbidden Love. Show all posts
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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 :)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Requiem (#3 in the Delirium Trilogy) by Lauren Oliver (ARC Review)


Thanks to Epic Reads I won an ARC of Requiem for watching the Lauren Oliver chat a few weeks ago! 

From Goodreads:
Requiem (Delirium, #3)

They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.

But we are still here.

And there are more of us every day.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancĂ©e of the young mayor.

Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.

Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.

But we have chosen a different road.

And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.

We are even free to choose the wrong thing.

Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

My Thoughts:

Wow, finally a conclusion to a series!!!  I feel like I never finish any series, and not because I don't want to, it's just that authors either always drag on a series (cough! Sara Shepard! Cough!), or I have so many other books that I have to be read that I just never get the chance to!

Requiem is the third and final book (as of right now, however, Lauren Oliver announced last week that due to production of the TV show getting a go, there is a possibility of more books!)

So anyway, what did I think?

Well, I will say after reading a bunch of reviews on Goodreads of people saying they were disappointed with the ending, that I was worried!

In the end, my final conclusion is that the I actually truly enjoyed the ending, it was the in between parts that were a bit slow for me.  While I will say, Delirium, has been my favorite Dystopian series I've read so far, I am still not a big fan of this genre.  It just is so depressing!

Anyway, in the end my rating is:
  I am giving it four bookies because the ending was great!  It was made in a way, I thought that could definitely be thought of as a conclusion, but at the same time could be added on to.  The ending as Lena ending up with the guy I wanted her to!!! :) YAY!!! I love those endings!!! :)

Overall truly enjoyed it, there were times I thought it was a little slow, but then something would happen that would just up the hype again.

Definitely recommend this series to all Dystopian fans, and even those who aren't such huge fans.  I believe I've mentioned this in my Delirium and my Pandemonium reviews, but Lauren Oliver created such a unique world; a world where love isn't allowed!  In fact, it's surgically taken out of you! Creepy right?!

Well, anyway definitely recommend reading this series if you haven't already had the chance to! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

So I know everyone is scrambling to get Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl read before the movie hits theaters on the 13th of February! And I am no exception haha :)

I love reading the books before I see the movie! 

From Goodreads:

"There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.

At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

My Thoughts:

This book was full of surprises, captivating moments, and a love that can only be found in great books!

I found this book to be unique, with some strong supporting characters, and enthralling main characters, that I found myself enjoying it from beginning until end.

I've read a few reviews where people have mentioned they found the beginning to be slow, but personally I believe some series need that slower beginning.  All the greats have! Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone focused on Harry's stay still at the Dursley's for about 4 LONG chapters!  Twilight introduced Bella, and Edward and her didn't even meet until about 3, and they didn't talk until about Chapter 4 or 5!  Those were pretty long chapters too!

I personally think Beautiful Creatures ran at a smooth pace that allowed the readers to get a true feeling of the characters, the beginning of the story, and slowing introduced them to what was ahead.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out the entire book in the point of view of the male main character, Ethan.  I assumed it would be in Lena point of view.  But I like hearing Ethan's perspective.  However, I do believe Lena's perspective on Beautiful Creatures would make an entire book in itself!

There was one thing that sort of bothered me, but I couldn't understand why.  I couldn't cry during this one.  Usually I am a HUGE baby when reading a book!  In some of the reviews I read, people mentioned how they were bawling their eyes out at the end, so I thought that same thing was going to happen to me!

So my overall rating:
I truly enjoyed this one!  Thought it was a great introduction, and I am 100% looking forward to reading book 2-4!  I've got Beautiful Darkness (#2), sitting on my shelf, so luckily I don't have to wait too long! :)

Highly recommend this one!

The reason why I didn't give it 5 Bookies, is because 5 goes to those that I could easily reread at the same moment I finish them, and with Beautiful Creatures I'm not so sure if I'll be rereading it anytime soon (and by "Soon" I mean in the few years!).  Also my lack of emotion threw me off a bit.

However, I seriously still highly recommend it, especially to supernatural lovers.  It mentioned the Civil War quite a bit, because it is such a huge part of Gatlin's history.  I loved Lena and Ethan, they were such dynamic characters, especially Lena!

So definitely read it before seeing the movie!!

My review of the movie will go up as soon as I see it! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

This past February I got the amazing opportunity to go to a super awesome event in Long Beach, CA.  It was called Passion and Prose.

At the event I was not only able to meet my all time favorite author, Meg Cabot, but also DOZENS of other fabulous authors!  It was truly a day to remember for me!

Among those amazing people I had the opportunity to meet Andrea Cremer, the author of the Nightshade Series.  She was super sweet, and signed my copy of Nightshade!

Andrea Cremer at the Breathless Panel speaking table
My signed copy of Nightshade

Well, I have FINALLY found the time to read Nightshade, after these past seven or eight months!

Before I give away too much about what happens, I'll give you the Goodreads description, so hopefully I can avoid giving away too much!
Nightshade (Nightshade, #1)

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

My thoughts:
This book had so much awesomeness to it!! Like, seriously! There was action, romance, forbidden love, a love triangle, werewolves, drama, humor!  Jeez, what didn't it have?!  It kept me on my toes from beginning until end!  Along the way, I had a hard time putting it down numerous times!  The writing I thoughts was really great, excellent wording, sentences, etc.  There is just so much positivity about this book!

In a way, it reminded me of SO many of my favorites combined!  I felt a bit of Twilight and Mortal Instruments included!  There were no vampires though!!! Promise!! I know how a lot of people are getting sick of them (I'm not, when it comes to Twilight, but I definitely get it! For me it's sort of like that, but with the Dystopian genre).

I highly recommend this book to fans of paranormal, werewolf loving, love triangle, suspense seeking thrill seekers! Even if you're not a fan of paranormal usually, you may be surprised when you pick up Nightshade!
Overall Rating:

Hope every one had a great weekend!!

The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr Review

Wow, I feel so bad everyone! My heart hasn't been in my books in the last couple of weeks...unfortunately.

Here's my problem...The List!! Yes the DAMN LIST!!!! I HATE IT!!!!!!!!!

Over the past couple of months, I've been getting an insane amount of emails from authors, requesting me to read their latest novel...which you know is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Authors want ME to read their novels???!!!

But here's the problem...I ended up promising too many authors that I would read their books by a specific time, and have the review up by a such and such date.  It's gotten too much!

Over the past couple of months the fun of reading has almost been taken away from me...something that I have a serious problem with!

Here's the thing though...and I don't want anyone thinking I don't love getting author requests...I DO!!!, it's just reading is supposed to fun! Not scheduled! I now realize it is my own mistake, I should have gone a different way with each of the requests...and luckily, between May 15th and July 21st, when Meg-A Readers Blog Hop! takes place, I will be having a reading break...not to stop reading or anything...but a reading vacation of reading some books I've been wanting to reread for quite some time!

Well anyway, to make a long story short...I need a break...from reading books off of the list...I need some contemporary in my life that's what will probably be showing up here soon :).

So now to my latest review...

So I've been reading Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr, over the past few days.  Before I explain my thoughts on it, I'm going to give you the Amazon summary (because Goodreads doesn't give you an idea of what the story is about at all!!), because to be honest...I don't even know I understood this book...

From Amazon :

Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.
Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.
The tattoo does bring changes—not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . .

 So my thoughts...
Lets see...where to begin...
First off, I am just going to come straight out and say it...I was disappointed.  I think partially it's my mistake though...because I guess Ink Exchange isn't a real sequel to Wicked Lovely, it's more a continuation of Melissa's Faery world, with some of the same characters, but more behind the new ones.  Something I didn't know, because Goodreads said it was the sequel.
I went into reading this book, excited to read more about Seth and Aislinn.  BUT NO!!

This was pretty much a completely different story!!

I didn't like the main character, Leslie...I think partially because she allowed people to manipulate her...which I KNOW isn't her fault, but it just bothered me for some reason!  And then I felt this story was very metaphorical to someone in an abusive, both physically and mentally, relationship.  Leslie, in my opinion was abused mentally by Irial.  Which is something I absolutely hate reading about.  I've had friends in abusive relationships, friends I've lost, because they couldn't see what was wrong with their relationship, they kept hoping their partner would change...I hated not being able to help them, but their was nothing I could do.

Leslie's had a tough life, and I felt so extremely terrible for her, but overall, I couldn't get into this book.  I don't even know if I completely understood this novel, to be honest.  The only character I did like was Niall, who is Leslie's love interest at first...but she ended up changing her mind, and then ended up not being able to make up her mind!! UGH!! It bothered me so much!

However, this book has gotten some great reviews through Goodreads, so many people obviously liked it...I didn't personally, but that absolutely does not mean you wouldn't.

If you've read this book, I would love to get your opinion on it, because who knows, maybe I missed something as I was making my way through it??

Leave a comment below! :)

Thanks everyone!

And tomorrow I've got something pretty awesome coming up!! Hint: It's a cover reveal!!! :)

The Romance Bookie :)