Monday, January 28, 2013

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Forbidden

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

5 stars- I think…

Lochan and Maya Whitley are thirteen months apart and have always felt more like friends than siblings. They take care of their younger siblings and have become their parents. Their mom has a new boyfriend and is an alcoholic and their father has been absent for five years after the divorce. Lochan and Maya have to grow up fast and don’t experience things most teenagers do. But they’ve discovered something between each other. They’ve fallen in love. They know that their romance is wrong and could end horribly, but they fight for their love desperately. This is a love story that has no happy ending. I don’t know what to say or do. I’m conflicted. I usually wait a couple of days to write a review after reading a book, but I don’t want to wait because this feeling is fresh inside of me. I don’t know what to rate this book. I loved it, but at the same time I couldn’t read too much of it because of the subject. I just… I don’t know. I think I’ll stick with five stars. This book deserves five stars, if not more. I just… this is a book where it leaves you breathless and conflicted and emotional. I’m so emotional right now. I feel as though I’ve experienced the book in real life and real time. This book is hard for people to except. There’s topics in here that people find disgusting and it’s hard for people to push those feelings aside and look at the psychological aspect of this book. I have a hard time accepting Lochan and Maya’s relationship, but at the same time I feel like Suzuma wrote so beautifully and captured feelings and ideas so perfectly that this was believable and it wasn’t disgusting. It was wrong and disturbing but I never once felt like I was going to hurl from what was happening. I in some sick twisted way wanted what Maya wanted. I wanted that happy ending for them, but I knew it wouldn’t happen.


The main female character is Maya. I don’t really like Maya to be honest. But I sympathized with her. I felt sorry for her and her family’s situation. She wasn’t a bad character at all, but I don’t think I’m either supposed to like or hate these characters. Instead of feeling anything for Maya, throughout the book I felt like Maya. That probably doesn’t make any sense, but that’s how I felt and it’s hard to describe.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8 (?) Like I said it’s hard to give this book any sort of rating.

The main male character is Lochan. I thought Lochan was unstable, crazy, borderline bipolar, and in desperate need of mental help. Even though I thought those things I loved Lochan. I’m so conflicted about Lochan and Maya. I don’t know if I liked them or hated them, but I know that I cared for Lochan’s character and that I was broken by the ending because of him.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 8 (?)

The Villain- I guess the mom is the villain. I absolutely hated her. I didn’t understand why she kept coming back if she didn’t want them or even care about them. She was a terrible person. You can’t be a good mom if you’re a bad person and she’s a perfect example of that.

Villain Scale: 8

I loved the little ones. Those kids touched my heart and I cried for them. I loved Kit, Tiffin, and Willa. They were so sweet and the things they made me laugh and cry. I feel like they need a story. They are all so different and I don’t know how they coped with what happened. I need to know how Tiffin and Willa are. I need to know if Kit is still causing trouble or if he is still trying to be “the man of the house”. I want more of these kids and I don’t want to see them go. I feel like they still have a story to be told that’s each their own.


Character Scale: 10

This book is amazing and it’s hard to read at times, but it’s worth it. I’m so glad I read this book. I have been wanting to read this book for a while and I’m so happy that I finally did. I’m not let down and I feel like this book gave me a new look to what we think we see. This book made me realize that not everything is what it seems and that judgments shouldn’t been made unless you know the whole story. I know this isn’t the last time I’ll read Suzuma’s works because she is definitely a great writer.


Cover Thoughts: I love this cover. It’s simple and the heart design is beautiful and fun to trace when I’m bored in class. The red is striking and perfect.



Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz

The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods, #4)

The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz

Fourth in the Blue Bloods series

4 stars

At the end of Revelations, Bliss Llewllyn discovered she was Lucifer and Allegra’s daughter and was harboring a sinister Silver Blood. A year later, Schuyler van Alen is on the run from the Venators after being suspected of killing her own grandfather in Rio during the epic battle that took place. Mimi Force is a Venatore searching for Jordan Llewllyn, Bliss’s younger sister in this cycle. Mimi struggles with her attraction and growing love for Silver Blood, Kingsley Martin. Bliss is fighting a dangerous battle with Lucifer for her body and mind. The Van Alen Legacy lacked something compared to the previous three books. This book didn’t keep me nearly as entranced and took me a while to read. The first half was slow and dragged on a lot. The last half was amazing and I sped through it hungrily. I loved that ending though. It was so good and heart stopping. I literally caught my breath a few times and my knuckles turned white from clutching the book tight. One of my favorite things about de la Cruz’s series is that she has a lot of really good twists and turns. There is a lot of timeline jumping in her books and some people struggle with keeping up, but I actually really enjoy those time jumps.


The main female characters are yet again Schuyler, Bliss, and Mimi. I’ve always hated Mimi, but she started to grow on me the last book, but in this book she won me over and became my favorite POV of The Van Alen Legacy. She wasn’t her usual Mimi Force self. We got to see another side of her, a real side of her, not the fake, vain, vindictive, and manipulative Mimi from the previous books. I like this Mimi a lot. She had the best storyline, too. I feel like with every book Mimi’s role gets stronger and stronger (I still stand by that because I’ve read all six books and have the seventh). Schuyler and Bliss were interesting, but Schuyler isn’t as interesting as she usually is. She was good but nothing like, “OMG, I need more of her POV! Let me read more chapters so I can get to hers.” Bliss- I still like her and I think I always will. I really want to read her spinoff series before starting the last book.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: Schuyler: 7.5 Mimi: 9 Bliss: 8

The boys didn’t disappoint either. There’s Kingsley, Jack, and Oliver. I absolutely LOVE Kingsley. He is my man in these books. I adore him and swoon over him and he’s absolutely perfect. Just thinking about him makes me jump up and down girlishly inside. KINGSLEY MARTIN IS PERFECTION! He is one Silver Blood I wouldn’t mind running away with. *swoons* Jack grows on me in some books and then in others he is very mehish for me. I can never decide if I like him or hate him. Same with Oliver. I know he won’t end up with Schuyler, but I love Oliver and think he deserves a happy ending. Sadly no girl has been provided in any of the books for Oliver except Schuyler. I personally don’t want to see him wallow over her for the rest of his life.

Swoon Worthy Scale: Jack: 7.5 Kingsley: 9.5 Oliver: 8.5

The Villain- I just love the villains and twists in this series. So go pick up the series and find out how good it is. Already trying to persuade readers and not even done reviewing yet? Yep, that’s what I do.

Villain Scale: 8

Character Scale: 8.5

Long story short these books are amazing and perfect and I love them. Even though this one lacked immensely compared to other books I still liked it. I actually enjoyed it because of the last 50%. I’m sure if I didn’t have that 50% I wouldn’t have liked it nearly as much. De la Cruz always is able to win me over when it comes to her books.


Cover Thoughts: I like this cover. It’s graceful, subtle, and beautiful. Really it’s a very stunning cover. I didn’t get to enjoy looking at because there was something on the girl’s eye on my copy. I hate when that happens to library books. Anyway I like the cover a lot, but it’s not the best of the covers for this series.



P.s. I've been nominated for the Liebaster Blog Award. I'm very flattered, but I don't have the time at this moment to respond to the award.



Sunday, January 20, 2013

Forever Mine by Elizabeth Reyes

Forever Mine (The Moreno Brothers, #1)

Forever Mine by Elizabeth Reyes

First in the Moreno Brothers series

4 stars

Sarah’s life is turned upside down when her mom is sent to jail and she is sent to La Jolla, California to live with her aunt and cousin. She leaves her best friend Sydney behind and it’s the last thing she wants to do. She wasn’t expecting to fall for anyone especially not swoon worthy Angel Moreno. Angel is a lady’s man and he doesn’t do serious relationships until he sees Sarah. Angel believes that boys and girls can’t be just friends. He doesn’t know that Sydney is a girl and Sarah is struggling to find a way to find to tell him. This is considered Mature YA. Not New Adult although I think this would appeal greatly to fans of New Adult. I went into this book thinking it would be like Perfect Chemistry. I absolutely love Perfect Chemistry and it’s one of my favorite YAs ever. The tale was beautiful and since Angel is Mexican I was hoping he would sweep me off my feet like the Fuentes boys did. This book is nothing like Perfect Chemistry at all. There are no gangs, no Mexican talk, and just random teen drama. This book is complete and total fluff. You can’t read too much into this book because it’s not one of those books to be analyzed. The characters though were infuriating.


The main female character is Sarah. Whooohooo!

A female lead with my name and exact spelling which I don’t come by all too often in the genres of books I read. I thought Sarah would be awesome and that she would be fleshed out, but she lacked depth. I couldn’t connect with her at all. She’s just plain flat out stupid. She’s way too trusting of people to the point of sheer stupidity. The whole coach incident that was supposed to be the climax was laughable and I thought Sarah was just so stupid.
 

She honestly needs to reevaluate her life and her perception of people.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 7.5

The main male character is Angel.


No, not that kind of Angel. Hehe I couldn’t resist. Anyway Angel is no Alex. Sadly. I don’t know exactly how I feel about Angel. Angel is a he-man all the way, but he isn’t an attractive he-man. Sometimes alpha males are really hot, but Angel isn’t one of them. Angel is just OK. I do have to agree with him with the guy and girl can never be just friends thing. I’m proof. I wish I had the nerve to tell him how I felt. But you don’t need to know my life story.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 7.5

The Villain- BWAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA! Yes, CAPS is necessary. That was the saddest excuse of a villain. He was just thrown in the give the story some substance. It was completely pointless.


Villain Scale: 4

I loved all the side characters. They were so much more interesting than Angel and Sarah. Sofia and Eric’s relationship was so cute and I can’t wait to read about their story. But let’s face it Alex and Valerie’s drama was the most interesting thing in this whole book. I can’t wait to read about them because I like Alex and I think he’s awesome. Romero was really funny and was good comic relief. Sydney wasn’t half bad and he was a good friend, but I wasn’t all that interested in him.

Character Scale: 8.5

This isn’t a bad book at all. In fact I enjoyed it. It was good fluff and typical YA contemporary with some sexy time thrown in. I liked the ending and it was a lot more believable than some endings, but it was still farfetched. This is self-published so there were a lot of mistakes throughout, but they weren’t that bad and only occurred every now and then. I’m definitely interested in the series and I’ll be checking out Reyes’s other works.


Cover Thoughts: I think the cover is cute and the guy on the cover is actually pretty cute. I like it. It’s cute and fluffy just like the book.
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Forever Mine Prequel

It was a cute prequel. Nothing all that great and nothing terrible. Not the best short story I’ve read, but certainly not the worst. It was a good insight into Sydney and Sarah’s friendship.

You can read the prequel on Elizabeth's blog here

  3 stars

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This is my first ebook ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whoohooo! I got it for free on my iPhone! I'm not going to post status updates thought because it's broken into 972 to fit my phone in proper format.



 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx (Lux, #2)


Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Second in the Lux series

5 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There may be spoilers from Obsidian in here. You have been warned.

Katy and Daemon Black are connected and it sucks. Daemon has decided he wants to be with Katy and she’s determined to make sure it doesn’t happen. After all of the things he did to her she isn’t going to be with him just because of a “connection”. But it’s harder said than done. Bigger problems are arising for both Katy and Daemon. The Department of Defense is lurking about the town and bad things could happen if they found out Katy knew about the Luxen. There’s a new guy in school whose harboring secrets and could be the key to helping Katy find out what’s wrong with her. Secrets are starting to unravel and more mysteries are piling up. No one is safe and everyone is hiding something. I have to say that Onyx was a better than Obsidian. I absolutely loved Obsidian, but I loved Onyx just as much. I finished this book a week ago, but do to a busy schedule I’m finally reviewing it. This book was addicting. I read the whole thing in less than eight hours. That’s a whole school day! Accomplishments! I haven’t read like that in ages. It felt so good to find a book that addictive, heart pounding, captivating, and just awesome. I absolutely loved Onyx and I thought it was just awesome.


The main female character is Katy. I still love Katy. She’s still one of my favorite heroines ever, but she’s lost major points for sheer stupidity. One of the big twists in this book wasn’t at all a twist for me because I saw it coming from a mile away. I’m not stupid although there were some aspects that I found shocking. I don’t think Katy should’ve been all that surprised though. I still love Katy though, but this made me struggle with her character for the longest time in this book. Blake was obviously abusing you not training you, but she was too gung-ho on being able to control her powers, which were already in control by the point that things were going way too far. I think a Katy lost major bonus points (get it?) throughout this book. She redeemed herself towards the end by realizing all the dumb decisions she made, but what happened could’ve been avoided if she listened to Daemon and stopped being stubborn.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 9.5

The main male character is Daemon. I still love Daemon.



In fact I love him even more. That cookie scene. *swoons* Daemon Black could abduct me any day. I loved him a lot more in this book and even when I wanted to hate him I couldn’t. When Daemon isn’t around this book is boring.


Swoon Worthy Scale: My Scale is still in recovery from Obsidian, but it’s even more broken. It’ll be on break for a while!

The Villain- The first villain was obvious and we all knew it was going to be (view spoiler)


Villain Scale: 9

Dee is still awesome, but I hated how Katy put her on the back burner. It pissed me off. I’m still shocked about who (view spoiler) I just, I can’t deal. It’s so hard to accept it, especially since I really liked him too. So much sadness is to come. I have a feeling there will be a lot of blame going on towards Katy in Opal.

Character Scale: 9

This book was shocking, exciting, gripping, and amazing.
A summary of my thoughts in gifs:




and Just because I fucking love Asking Alexandria and they make me laugh.
 

I love the Lux series! Jennifer L. Armentrout is now one of my favorite authors and I loved this book. I hate second books because most books suffer from second book syndrome, but not Onyx. Onyx was amazing and even better. I need Opal! I shall own this book ASAP! But closer to Origins release date so I don’t have to suffer for too long.


Cover Thoughts: I don’t like this cover as much as Obsidian, but Daemon does look incredibly sexy (as always) and the background is purple. I love purple and Daemon so it’s a win situation here.



Andy and Danny. ♥♥


Predictions are right!
 
I'm really obsessed with Bryan Stars interviews. I'm going to go watch some now and stop posting more gifs on this review.

 






Sunday, January 13, 2013

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

First in the Lux series

Can I give it 10 million? 5 stars



My blurb will probably never do this book justice, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try. So Obsidian is about a book blogger named Katy. Katy moves to a little nowhere town in West Virginia to make a fresh start while still coping with her father’s death. Things start looking up for Katy when she sees her hot next door neighbor, Daemon Black. Daemon is hot, but he is also stab-worthy. The minute he opens his mouth Katy and him are at it like cats and dogs. He’s arrogant, egotistical, a know-it-all, and a big jerk. But Katy befriends his twin sister, Dee. Daemon does everything in his power to make sure their friendship doesn’t happen, but he fails and Katy begins to notice things about Daemon and Dee that might be a little off. Daemon and Dee are aliens! A type of alien race called the Lux or Luxen in plural that are able to control light and are in essence made of light. Every time Daemon uses his powers around Katy she lights up like a shining disco ball and the Luxens arch enemies are looking for them and they are coming after Katy. The thing about Obsidian is that I knew I would love this book before I even read it. I’ve been through hell and back in search of this book. I searched high and low and finally, one unsuspecting day I walk into Barnes & Noble in hopes of spending my gift card that my uncle gave me for Christmas. I bought a ton of books from the contemporary section and then I delved into the paranormal section, which is like my home in some ways at bookstores. I saw this book in all its green and Daemon Black beauty along with its sequel, Onyx. I did what any overactive reader did and pulled those books off the shelf faster than the speed of light see what I did there? I’m a genius. You’re probably wondering what the hell this has to do with the book, but for me buying this book was just as much as an experience as reading Obsidian so I decided to tell you guys all about it. On to the actual review now! I’ll start with the characters and then hop into my general thoughts at the end.


The main female character is Katy. Katy is a book blogger! 

 

How awesome is that?! Not only is she a book blogger, but her blog felt real when she talked about it. I related to Katy in so many ways. I just felt like I understood her and it was refreshing to come across a character in a book that felt a lot like me. It’s hard to explain into words how much I connected to her. I haven’t lost any close relatives like Katy, but I’ve lost people. I also loved how real and genuine Katy’s love for books felt. When I read Bloom by Elizabeth Scott, the main character was a supposed book lover who worked in the library, but I hadn’t once felt her love for books. I’ve never felt that when reading book so it never felt genuine, but Katy’s love was and her excitement reminded me of mine and I could relate to her a hundred percent. Is it Katy perfect? No, she actually pissed me off a few times and I was screaming at her. Then I would realize me screaming at Katy reminded me of when I scream at myself in my head after I do something completely idiotic and boneheaded. Katy is one of my favorite heroines.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 10

The main male character is Daemon. Daemon is such an ass, but he’s a good ass. I can’t help but swoon over him. I’ve developed an obsession with Daemon Black and I think he’s outweighed my love for Dimitri Belikov. That’s saying something since I love Dimitri. There’s something about Daemon that is charismatic and charming even when I want to punch him in the face. I regret nothing when it comes to being obsessed with him because while he is an ass I still love him. I also read some chapters from his POV and understood why he was such a jerk to Katy and to be honest it made me love him more.



What obsession would it be without a bunch of pictures?


Swoon Worthy Scale: BROKE MY SCALE

The Villain- I enjoyed the villain aspect in Obsidian. Did the villain scare me to death and give me the creeps? Slightly, but after reading about hardcore villains like Devina from the Fallen Angels series, most villains don’t scare me. It takes a lot now. YA villains don’t scare me hardly ever. These villains were creepy, but not scare me to death scary. They weren’t sadistic, but they were psychopathic in alien terms. I enjoyed them.


Villain Scale: 8.5

I loved Dee. She was such a good friend and she was a ball of energy, literally and figuratively. She was fun to read about and I liked her friendship with Katy. Lesa and Carissa are pretty cool girls, but they aso seem like they were just thrown in to be Katy’s friends. Ash, Andrew, and Adam are all very different, but Adam is my favorite out of these triplets. Ash is OK, but I don’t like her and I was cheering for Katy when she did to Daemon and Ash in the cafeteria.

Character Scale: 9

Armentrout has a way of writing that just draws me in and ensnares me for hours. I can read her books all day. I literally wanted to, but it was my best friend’s party and I wasn’t missing that. Armentrout is a great writer. She’s not lyrical like Laini Taylor or heart wrenching like Lucy Christopher, but she has that flare that just makes you want to read more and not stop. I love writers like that. They make reading so much more enjoyable. A lot of times if you have that style I could probably overlook so many mistakes. I didn’t find any mistakes in Obsidian because I was too in love with this novel to care. This novel is amazing and I love, love it! This novel has been all over the blogosphere and anyone with a computer has seen it and if you know me I’ve probably talked about it around you (I did so even with my crush that’s how serious I am about this book). This book is worth reading. I could go on and talk about everything, but I don’t want to. This book deserves to be read. So read it! Like NOW! Please?


Cover Thoughts: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee that cover! Pepe Toth is so hot! He makes this cover. The lightning in the back is pointless and I only care about Daemon. He's just so YUM!









Friday, January 11, 2013

Absences

So I'll be gone every now and then on my blog, but I'm not shutting it down or thinking about putting blogging on a hiatus. I'm very busy with high school at the moment. Homework, color guard, and our upcoming winterguard performance (YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!) is taking up a lot of my time. I don't read as much as I do in the summer over breaks, but I plan on trying to write at least two reviews on the weekends, but Saturdays are competition days so it may or may not happen every weekend. Here's a video of the very lovely ladies of my guard from last year. They placed second by 0.010 of a point and I think they did amazing. I can't wait to see our shows (we have two sections since we are big team).

Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d69rSNq5Ay8

A bunch of my friends are in this video and they are like family to me. I love the practices and the hard work. I look forward to telling you guys about our championships in April and how we placed. :D

Archangel's Blade by Nalini Singh



Archangel's Blade (Guild Hunter, #4)

Archangel's Blade by Nalini Singh

Fourth in the Guild Hunter series

4.5 stars

I’m not going to blurb this book. If you want to know what it’s about feel free to read the actual summary because I just can’t talk about it. Here's a link to it. This book messed me up. I love it, but it messed me up. It put in a place where I didn’t want anyone near at one point and it sucked. I felt emotionally disconnected from the world. I felt like I had experienced everything Honor went through and it left me scarred. I couldn’t deal with it sometimes but I needed to finish this book. The last 100 pages were incredibly hard for me. I want to do a proper organized review, but I can’t. This book left me scattered brained and it’s been almost a week or more since I finished it. I just I can’t explain this book in a simple way. Nothing about this book is simple. In fact this book is unbelievably heartbreaking and just scary.


The archangels in the previous books are like saints compared to the vampires. It’s scary the shit they do to each other (Excuse the language, but I can’t think of a better word at this moment). I’ve never experienced something like this when reading a book. I’m not sure how I feel about it either.


The characters… I just I don’t know what to say. I really liked Honor and I liked Dmitri too. They grew on me especially Dmitri. I was never a big fan of Dmitri in previous books, but I really liked him in this one. But there were times when he pissed me off and did things that weren’t OK. Like the time (view spoiler). It isn’t OK, but Honor fought back and kicked his ass. The supporting characters were just as fleshed out and had a presence as Honor and Dmitri. They were all very different and we got to see more glimpses of people that we hadn’t seen before in the previous books. The villain is something I would rather not talk about because it was absolutely sick and disgusting. (view spoiler). It’s sick and disgusting and all at the same time brilliant.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 9

Swoon Worthy Scale: 8.5

Villain Scale: 9

Character Scale: 8


This isn’t at all like my usual review format but I’ve been putting off doing this review and I’ve finally decided to do it so I can review the two books that I’m excited to review. I did love this book, but it also did something to me. I don’t recommend this book when you’re depressed because it’s very intense and nothing is held back. This book is very graphic and it deals with a lot of hard topics even for an adult novel.

Cover Thoughts: Is it just me or does this guy look like Ian Somerholder?
 
 
I see an uncanny resemblance. And a very sexy one. That obviously means I love this cover. 




Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

First book in the Vampire Academy series

5 stars

St. Vladmir’s Academy is home to one of the most breathtaking races on earth. They hide vampires, but not just vampires from the old tales told to scare kids. These vampires of Moroi and they gifted in magic and have Dhampirs to protect them. Rose Hathaway is Dhampir and her best friend is Lissa Dragomir. Lissa is the last remaining heir in the Dragomir line and they’ve been on the run, but they are dragged back to St. Vlad’s by the alluring Dimitri Belikov. A new guard and instructor who ignite passions from Rose and make her want more. But they have to be careful because the Strigoi never rest and they want Lissa. Vampire Academy is hands down probably my favorite YA vampire series. I just love these books. Vampire Academy starts off with an interesting scene where we meet the alluring Dimitri and then starts to decline, but picks back up about 75% of the way through is nothing but action and suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

First book in the Vampire Academy series

5 stars

St. Vladmir’s Academy is home to one of the most breathtaking races on earth. They hide vampires, but not just vampires from the old tales told to scare kids. These vampires of Moroi and they gifted in magic and have Dhampirs to protect them. Rose Hathaway is Dhampir and her best friend is Lissa Dragomir. Lissa is the last remaining heir in the Dragomir line and they’ve been on the run, but they are dragged back to St. Vlad’s by the alluring Dimitri Belikov. A new guard and instructor who ignite passions from Rose and make her want more. But they have to be careful because the Strigoi never rest and they want Lissa. Vampire Academy is hands down probably my favorite YA vampire series. I just love these books. Vampire Academy starts off with an interesting scene where we meet the alluring Dimitri and then starts to decline, but picks back up about 75% of the way through is nothing but action and suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat.


The main female character is Rose. Rose is by far one of the best YA characters I’ve ever come across. She’s kick ass, strong, and cunning. She knows what she wants and how to get it. Rose is complex. She seems like a party girl and serious protector to Lissa, but she’s more. She’s also a good friend. I love her bond with Lissa and how she’s able to get inside her mind. It’s complex and I was taken aback at first, but I think it’s an interesting concept and Mead pulls it off flawlessly.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 10

The main male character is Dimitri. I love Dimitri. He’s the most amazing male I’ve come across in YA. I’m sticking by that statement until someone better comes along, which would take a lot to sway me. He’s hot, smart, courageous, and funny at times, did I mention hot? Ahhh Dimitri… He turns me into a pile of mush. I become a clamoring pathetic mess when I talk about him and I can barely function plausible and good ways to describe him to people. Dimitri turns me into a school girl. Although since I am in high school, I’m a school girl, but this is different. It’s middle school fan girl and those are crazy and unstoppable. I’m not a crazy Dimitri fan, but I do have a slight crush on Dimitri. Who am I kidding? Dimitri is my YA husband. I’m going to shut up now before I lose all credibility.

Swoon Worthy Scale: Broke my scale

The Villain- I thought the villain was very well done. I’m not going to spoil anything because I’m sure there are people that haven’t read this series. I encourage you to leave your computer at this moment and go buy the series. It’s worth it. The villain wasn’t all a shock, but when you’re caught up in the moment like I was it was. I didn’t sit and think about who was who and possible plots. I was speeding through this book like it was a life source and without it I would die.


Villain Scale: 8

I love the relationship between Lissa and Rose. They are best friends and pretty much like sisters. I liked how Mead portrayed Rose going into Lissa’s mind and being able to experience what she was seeing or feeling or doing. It was fascinating and I couldn’t stop reading. Christian is such a cutie and I love him. Of course not nearly as much as Dimitri, but Christian holds his own special place in my heart.

Character Scale: 9

This book is amazing. It’s one of my favorite books ever and the start to my favorite YA series. I love this book. I regret waiting so long to read it. I had bought this book when I was in the fifth grade and didn’t read it until seventh grade. What was wrong with me? I can’t believe I waited so long, but it made waiting for Last Sacrifice less torturous because I didn’t have to wait long. I’m coming back to redo my old review because it was terrible, but I don’t think I’m making it better because this is a fan girling mess of me swooning and babbling. If you haven’t read this book READ IT! If you have read this book, but haven’t finished the series please do because it’s worth it. Plus they are making a movie!!!!!!!!!! Dreams come true and now me and my mom are happy, but I don’t think any of the current actors out in Hollywood would do Dimitri justice. Let’s go for unknown and hot!


Cover Thoughts: I like it, but to be honest it doesn’t grab me. I certainly don’t love the cover, but I don’t hate it.





Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

First in the His Fair Assassin trilogy

1.25

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
Ismae has been cast off by her father to a husband. The husband saw her scar on her shoulder. A scar that shows she’s a daughter of death, St. Mortain. He orders death, but the priest sends her to the convent of St. Mortain. The sisters serve an old god, but they serve to better the country of Brittney removing traitors. Death has blessed Ismae with dangerous gifts. She trains to be an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. The perfect place for a young girl cast aside and wronged by men. Ismae’s most important assignment takes her right into the duchess’s court. Deadly games for power are constantly going on and she pretends to be Gavriel Duval’s mistress. What happens she actually starts to want to become something to Gavriel? Is the convent all they say they are? Who’s the real traitor and what will become of Ismae in the end? This book should’ve been awesome. It sounded so good. There is Death. Death!


Of course Death isn’t as cool as him, but still Death. Death in literature has always fascinated me and I love seeing different interpretations of him. This book was not awesome. Not awesome at all. I feel like the black sheep of the bunch. Everyone seems to love this book, but I can’t even bring myself to give it 2 stars. I refuse. This book is boring and pointless. It took me almost a month to read it. A month! It was soooooooooooooooooooooo boring. I mean I have never read a book as boring as this. You’re probably wondering why didn’t you just finish it if you were so bored? Well I didn’t finish it because I was hoping for it to get good. It did eventually around page 410. That is unacceptable. A book should not drag for that much. It shouldn’t! This book has left me feeling numb and full of rage. How dare it leave me bored? Everything was boring. The characters, the plot, the drama, the romance, the sex, the betrayal, the assignations, and the covenant.


The main female character is Ismae. Ismae is probably one of the most boring characters I’ve ever come across. All she can do is kill. That’s it! She’s not good for anything else. She’s not interesting and all she thinks about is slitting people’s throats and even then her methodical killings are boring and uninteresting. Maybe I’m too hard on her, but honestly she’s boring. I’m seriously trying to think about one thing I liked about her and I can’t. I did actually like her at the end though when she was on the battle field and being merciful. That was probably my favorite scene of the whole book. And Death was there so that was a bonus. (My English teachers have told me never to start a sentence with and, but after watching Burlesque I decided I shall be risqué.) I do think I might actually like her in the next book. If I read it. I might read it. If I find it at the library or someone gives it to me. Otherwise I probably won’t read it.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 2

The main male character is Gavriel Duval. To be honest I’m not sure if I should call him Gavriel, Duval, or milord. Milord has become my most hated word. I hate that word because of this book. I’ll call him Duval. Duval is not a very good love interest. I didn’t want to run after him and attack him with kisses or even hug him. In fact I’m pretty sure that if I saw him in real life I wouldn’t pay him any attention besides thinking he’s attractive and then skipping and move on with my life. When I read a book I want a good love interest. One that will make me feel like I’m the heroine and that he loves me and that I’m not all alone. Duval did no such thing. In fact, Duval didn’t bring anything to the table. He is BORING! I mean literally I just I can’t even describe his personality because he’s just not worth describing. Those kisses between Ismae and him were only somewhat exciting and I found those boring too.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 2

The Villain- I saw that coming from a mile away. How Ismae and her dumb self didn’t figure it out sooner I don’t know because the signs were there about 200 pages before she realized it. What about his son? Is his son hot? I want some forbidden romance to bloom between him and the duchess. That would be fun. Not going to happen though because that’s completely beside the point and completely random. I don’t know why I even want this. I need to cut down on Kleypas (which I refuse to do).

Villain Scale: 4

Thank you, Pierce the Veil, Sleeping with Sirens, and Falling in Reverse for keeping me company while writing this review and reading this book when it got boringer. (Yes I made that up and yes I know it’s improper but I don’t care.)




There were so many and I mean many frickin characters. There was the duchess, Beast, de Lornay, Anith, Reverend Mother, and like a thousand other people from the court. Really the only characters I like were Isabeau, the Duchess, and de Lornay, and Nocturne, too. That horse was totally kick-ass.


Character Scale: 4.5

I personally think and knew that covenant was a bunch of baloney. I couldn’t see why Death would only have assassins kill traitors. At the end though, I feel like Ismae is no longer as stupid and ignorant towards Death and his wishes. I am morbidly interested in the sequel. I think the sequel might actually be a thousand times better. At least I hope so since I’m adding it to my TBR list. We shall see.


Cover Thoughts: I actually hate the cover. I think her dress is ugly and I don’t like the angle that we look up at the model. I don’t like the castle. It looks fake as hell and terribly photoshopped. Just like the clouds. Those clouds are fake as hell and they don’t even look good. I like the grass.







Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Forgotten

Forgotten by Cat Patrick

3.5 stars

Every night at exactly 4:33 A.M. London Lane loses her memory of that day while she sleeps. She has no memories of her past only memories of the future. London relies on notes and her best friend Jamie to remember things from school. Luke Henry isn’t easy to forget, but London can’t find him anywhere in her memories of the future. London keeps having a memory of something she can’t figure out what’s going on in. London has to struggle to make amends, remember things, and find out the secrets her mother guards closely. Forgotten started out strong, but it had so many flaws. The concept is fascinating, but it’s a concept that’s hard to be done right. You can either make it amazing or fail at it. To be honest I’m not sure if Patrick fails at it or triumphs in it. There were times when I liked the concept of London losing her memories of past events, but it also had so many flaws. Patrick did do a pretty good job with it considering it’s her debut novel. This book isn’t amazing, but it isn’t bad either. I want to give it a solid 4 stars, but to be honest that doesn’t seem fair. 4 stars would be too much and I think this book is far too good for 3 stars.


The main female character is London Lane. Let me just say this. I don’t like her name it sounds like a fancy boutique in Beverly Hills not a person. London isn’t a very nice character. In fact she’s a bitch. Probably the bitchiest of heroines I came across in 2012. She reminded me of Cady Harren who was a bitch, but didn’t realize it and that made her a really big bitch. London calls her best friend a slut in hopes of getting her to not go through with something that could ruin her whole entire future. Aside from treating her best and only friend like crap, which resulted in a long fight for over three months, she also treats her mom like crap. Her mom keeps secrets from her and London treats her like the plague. Ignoring her and cutting her off, giving her the cold shoulder, and pulling the victim card. It annoyed me even more that she didn’t have a problem with her mom until her notes told her that she was mad at her for keeping secrets. I just didn’t understand why she was so rude to people. London plays the victim card a lot and tries to act like other people lying and keeping secrets is hurting her, but it’s OK for her to do it to other people. She really ticked me off with the whole fight between her and Luke because it was stupid and London was just acting like a child. I honestly didn’t like London. She did have her good moments, but really they weren’t enough for me to like her.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 3.5

The main male character is Luke. Luke is a pretty average guy. I don’t picture him to be as mouthwatering as London describes him to be. Girls don’t fawn over him so it makes it hard to believe. That are London was just completely oblivious to the stares of the girls that did think he was attractive. Luke is on a crew team in a picture that London sees in his house. I had no clue what a crew team was and had to Google it. Here’s my results:

I hadn’t been expecting that at all. Luke also spurned the most ridiculous line I’ve heard in YA. He had a theory that he and London were married in a past life. >_> I laughed so hard at the ludicrously of this and then when they were coming up with their past life and who they thought they were I died.
 

I did start to like Luke a lot more towards the end though. I don’t know he was just more tolerable and less annoying.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 5

The Villain- This book didn’t really have a villain. It’s just hard to explain without giving away the ending.

Villain Scale: 4

I liked Jamie well enough. I didn’t hate her or like her all that much. She was a lot better than London though. London’s mom was actually a good mom and London was just too much of a brat to see it. This wasn't a very character driven novel.

Character Scale: 5

There were a few problems I had aside from the characters. There was a huge time jump right after London started dating Luke. A three month time jump! That’s a big jump. That time could’ve been used looking for her dad and grandmother and trying to figure out the nightmare memory. London also made this huge assumption about who she saw in the casket of said memory. It came completely out of nowhere and made no sense at all. London’s condition was hardly explored. Where did it come from? Is it just her that experiences this? So many questions I had and all I got were possibilities. The possibility of why London loses her memory of the day before at 4:33 A.M. made sense but it was enough evidence or proof to hold up. This book did have a really good twist. I didn’t see that coming at all. I had thought I knew exactly what the twist was going to be and I was wrong. I’m glad I was wrong because it made the book so much more enjoyable for me. If you knew the twist then either you read spoilers and skimmed to the end and saw it while flipping through. There is no way any one could’ve seen that coming. Kudos to you Ms. Patrick for that brilliant idea. This isn’t a bad book. It’s actually a pretty good one. It’s not amazing but I definitely recommend it for a quick read.


Cover Thoughts: I love my cover of the book and the cover pages inside. OMG it’s just so beautiful. I love the butterfly and just the coloring. I love it.