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Showing posts with label richelle mead. Show all posts

Review: The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Why I chose this book:
So far I haven’t been overly impressed with this series, but I will continue to read it because that’s just what I do with a series. Take note that if you haven’t read the Vampire Academy series this review might be spoilerish.


The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publish Date: February 12, 2013
Format: Kindle ebook
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Synopsis:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets--and human lives." 

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next. (Goodreads)

Review: The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
As much as I didn’t enjoy the first book of this series, I have faith in Richelle Mead. I enjoyed Vampire Academy, so I figured I would at least give her another shot with this series. Take note that if you haven’t read the Vampire Academy series this review might be spoilerish.


The Golden Lily 
by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publish Date: July 12, 2012
Format: Kindle ebook
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
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Synopsis:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart? (Goodreads)

Review: Last Sacrifice (VA #6) by Richelle Mead

Monday, April 14, 2014
Why I chose this book:
This is the final book in the Vampire Academy series. It is the last I will read of Rose’s sassy perspective. This is more me mourning the loss of this wonderful series. Have I told you guys how much I hate when book series end? It’s like getting your heart ripped out and trampled by a herd of elephants.

by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: December 7th, 2010
Format: Kindle E-book
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
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Synopsis:
My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won't give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri's face join Lissa's. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.

The dead could finally have me.

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir's Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose - for a crime she didn't even commit. She's in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She'll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.


But the clock on Rose's life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back...and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you? (Goodreads)

Review: Spirit Bound (VA #5) by Richelle Mead

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
This series is so addicting. Everything is culminating, and you can just feel the build up. Everything is going to hit the fan, and I want to be there when it does. *If you have not read the previous books, this will be slightly spoiler-ish. Actually, this review contains slight spoilers, so yeah.


Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: February 22nd, 2011
Format: E-Book
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Buy: B&N | Indiebound | Amazon
Synopsis:
Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong...

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri's birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir's-and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can't wait for their real lives beyond the Academy's iron gates to begin. But Rose's heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he's out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won't rest until Rose joins him... forever. (Goodreads)

Review: Blood Promise (VA #4) by Richelle Mead

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
After the epic and heart wrenching ending of the third novel, Shadow Kiss, there was absolutely no way I was ever going to stay away from the fourth book. Thank God all of these books were out by the time I actually started reading this series. *Take note that if you have not read the last 3 books, this review will be slightly spoiler-ish.


Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Format: E-Book
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
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Synopsis:
Rose Hathaway's life will never be the same. 

The recent attack on St. Vladimir's Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose's neck, a mark that says she's killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters ... Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life's vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She'll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved? 

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir's and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love? (Goodreads)

Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Monday, March 24, 2014
Why I chose this book:
As I have recently binge read the Vampire Academy and became fairly fond of the series, I decided this series would be a no brainer despite its horrid covers. As soon as I got money for my birthday, I immediately put some toward getting the ebooks. Note that if you have not read Vampire Academy, this review may or may not be spoilerish.


Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publish Date: August 23, 2011
Format: Kindle ebook
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Synopsis:
Blood doesn't lie...

Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty - a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning... (Goodreads)

Review: Shadow Kiss (VA #3) by Richelle Mead

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Why I chose this book:
Is it possible for anyone not to fall in love with this series? Have you met anyone who has dropped this series after the second book? No, me either. I am not one of those. I must know what happens. *Take note that if you have not read the previous two books, it will be spoiled for the reader.


Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publish Date: November 13, 2008
Format: E-Book
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Buy: B&N || Amazon || Indiebound 
Synopsis:
It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all... might be seeing ghosts.


As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose's forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line - and choose between the two people she loves most. (Goodreads)

Review: Frostbite (VA #2) by Richelle Mead

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
Well, I can’t say that a single book was enough Dimitri for me. I needed more of this wonderful series and stat, and Frostbite did not leave me wanting. *Take note that if you have not read the first book, this review will be slightly spoiler-ish.


Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: March 10, 2008
Format: E-Book
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Buy: B&N | Indiebound | Amazon
Synopsis:
Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose... 

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks... This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory. 

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price... (Goodreads)

Review: Vampire Academy (VA #1) by Richelle Mead

Monday, February 24, 2014
Why I chose this book:
A few weeks ago, I went to go see Vampire Academy in theaters with my co-author, Addison. (You can read our thoughts about the movie here). But long story short, I knew that I at least needed to read the first book of the series after seeing it on the big screen.


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: August 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Buy: B&N | Indiebound | Amazon

Synopsis:
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. (Goodreads)
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