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Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead


Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)
by Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)
Rating: 5/5 
Descrition:
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 Review::
this book, actually almost dropped my jaw. 
this book was more amazing than I expected. you know, because they said this book was like another series of Wicked Lovely or Evermore (which I didn’t like them) but turned out to be like this. well, now I’m a fan of Richelle Mead
my sister found this book title ridiculous which is, I thought so. but who cares about the book title anyway? 

first, I didn’t like the mythology in this book, too confusing and Mead didn’t describe them completely, there’s a lot flaws about them. like the ‘sinner’ (I don’t know what the english version name is, I read Indonesian) would become a strigoi. sure, if Moroimurdered someone they would become Strigoi but she didn’t explain why. was it about the magic or what? if they sucked someone until they were death, what’s wrong with that? it was just someone died because they were bleeding so bad. that didn’t mean the Moroi was the killer if you asked me. it’s about perspective. not that I agree about murdering

but after all, this book like sucked me without I realized. 
the characters, were all so lively I wouldn’t doubt they come alive. except Dimitri, who was I thought is better he didn’t put in this story. he was too perfect, unreal, ruined the characters. even I didn’t against him too much. 
I loved Vasilisa and Rosemary
Rose, was your kind of rebellion girl. she was responsible and yet, like other teenagers, unstable. 
on the other hand, Vasilisa was the stable one. she depressed sometimes but she was stronger than she looked. when she wanted to do something, she would do it right away and succesfull. adore her much. 
the girls were so suit each other. Rose maybe looked the violent, cruel one. but she was the kind of I’m-gonna-smack-your-face. she was good for a guardian. but the cruel one was Lissa. she could stab your back and did it without mercy. she was the girl who could walked on a thin thread and survived. 
the leader and the guardian. so suit each other. 

well, the thing why Rose fell in love with Dimitri? I could understand that. she was like I said, unstable. she need someone older, experienced, and wise to lead her way and she found that in Dimitri. 
but I didn’t think they were good at each other. I didn’t mean about the forbidden love, I’m sure girls love them. but it was just they were not as cute as Christian-Lissa
duh, they were such a very cute couple! they were like known each other for one thousand years! if there’s a poll about the greatest couple here, I would totally vote forChristian-Lissa
plus, Christian was so my type. the kind of rebellious guy with deep past. who didn’t think he wasn’t sexy? 

the school life? well, that was the real school life. the popular, the unpopular, the I’m-going-stab-your-back, but the I’m-drunk? I don’t know. 
and I loved the Villain she made. Victor, Natalie, Mia. wow, they were so cool I respect them. 

don’t mind if you think this review was confusing. I was like blurting everything in my head!
 

The Host (The Host #1) by Stephanie Meyer


 

Title: The Host
Author: Stephanie Meyer 
My Rating: 4/5 Stars 

The Host (The Host, #1)
Description:
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.
When Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
Wanderer probes Melanie’s thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer’s mind with visions of the man Melanie loves – Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.

 

My thoughts:
Before I get into details, let me just say this: Stephenie Meyer is an excellent author and i would gladly recommend ANY of her novels. She posses the ability to pull the reader into the story and allow them to feel like they are actually there with the characters, experiencing what they experience and feeling what they feel. She paints a vivid picture of the characters and their lives in the mind of every reader who is fortunate enough to be touched by the worlds that she creates. Reading one of her works is like being in 3-d theater but better, its actually more like being in a 6-D theater, touching all of the human senses and emotion at once. It is hard to find a flaw in the novel by itself, when not being compared to her other works. Now having said that, there are a few criticisms that i have for this novel in comparison to her other works.
The quality of the novel does stand up to the standards set by her preceding works. But, despite the creative story line and captivating emotions shown in The Host, there are some flaws to be found in the depth of the characters. I am a fan of the Twilight series, also by Stephenie Meyer, and could not stop myself from finding many links between this novel and the Twilight series in regards to the characters, their emotions and their interconnected relationships. For example, the character Jared (from The Host) is very similar to Jacob (From Twilight). Both have a tendency to let their emotions get the best of them, both are somewhat selfish creatures in regards to the one that they love, and both are extremely stubborn. The characters Ian (The host) and Edward (Twilight) are the same way, comparatively. Both are overly protective and somewhat irrational when it comes to the people that they love, both have the ability to love unconditionally despite the fact that both men love someone of a different species, and both men’s brothers try to kill their partners. The greatest character similarity, however, exists between Wanderer/Melanie (The Host) and Bella (Twilight).
The complexity of the characters is amazing in both novels. In both there are two different personalities existing in one body, each personality belonging to a different man that the characters love. There are two parts to Bella (Twilight) one in love Jacob (Twilight) and one in love with Edward (Twilight), but one love is stronger than the other. She describes the strain between the two as “tearing her apart.” The same its to be said for Wanderer/Melanie (The Host), but to a more extreme extent. In this case there are actually two separate entities existing in one body “tearing them apart”. One personality , Wanda [Wanderer] (The Host), belonging to Ian (The Host); and the other personality, Melanie (The Host), belonging to Jared (The Host). Wanda (The Host) and Bella (Twilight) are both very self-sacrificing people who would go to the ends of the earth to prevent the ones that they love from hurting and would do anything in their power to make them happy. Both are very non-violent and even show compassion for enemies. Melanie (The Host) and Bella (Twilight) are both tough individuals possessing the ability to reason through stressful situations.
All of the characters do possess unique qualities as well, and display different depths of emotions. I may be just more attuned to the personalities presented in Twilight (due to my love of the series), and couldn’t help but find similarities between it and The Host. But then again, If I am this attuned to the character’s personalities after simply reading the series, imagine how predisposed to the personality traits Stephenie Meyer is. So I suppose that after spending so much time creating and writing about the characters, letting them become apart of you, that it would be impossible to completely separate them from your other works. For is each work not expression of the soul as well, and it is impossible, as an author, to exclude part of yourself from your writings.
Read The Host, I think that you will enjoy it. I know that I did
 
 
 

Soulstice by Simon Holt


Title: Soulstice
Author: Simon Holt
Rating: 5
 
 Soulstice (The Devouring, #2)
 
Description:
 
“It’s been six months since Reggie first discovered and fought against the Vours, malicious and demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on the eve of the Winter Solstice. The Vours still haunt Reggie, but only in her dreams-until one night, when an unexpected visitor turns her nightmares into reality.”
 
 
Review:
This is the second book in The Devouring series by Simon Holt, and it is even better than the former!
People complain that this book has lost its creepiness compared to the previous book, but I disagree. I think it manages to keep the same level of horror as before, if not a bit more.

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The fearscapes in this one were just as creative as Henry’s, and kept me excited for the whole time Reggie was in them. Let’s just hope Holt can keep it up.
Now, the main problem I had with The Devouring is that the character development was a bit lacking. Let’s just say I am completely satisfied with it now. Going through this book, I felt a lot closer to the characters, and even wanted to smack some around (given the circumstance, that is a good thing).
It is really hard reviewing short books. I feel like I am not saying enough, but at the same time, if I say much else (or really, any of the plot at all), I feel I’ll be giving away the whole story. Not. Fun. At. All.
I am hopefully going to get Fearscape this weekend, given they have it in the bookstore. I know it’s been out for a little under a year now, but whenever I go there, they only seem to have Soulstice (it took me over a year just to find The Devouring, and it wasn’t in my local bookstore -_-)
 
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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in individual reads

 

The Devouring (The Devouring #1) by Simon Holt


Title: The Devouring 
Author: Simon Holt 
My Rating: 5/5 Stars 
 
 
When dark creeps in and eats the light,
Bury your fears on Sorry Night.
For in the winter’s blackest hours,
Comes the feasting of the Vours, 
No one can see it, the life they stole,
Your body’s here but not your soul . . .

THE VOURS: Evil, demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the winter solstice.

When Reggie reads about the Vours in a mysterious old journal, she assumes they are just the musings of an anonymous lunatic. But when her little brother, Henry, begins to act strangely, it’s clear that these creatures exist beyond a madwoman’s imagination, and Reggie finds out what happens when fears come to life.

To save the people she loves, Reggie must learn to survive in a world of nightmares. Can she devour her own fears before they devour her?

The Devouring is an engrossing tale of terror that will have you wondering: what if your worst fears became your living nightmare?

 
 
Plot:
Reggie loves all things Horror. She came across an old journal, where she reads about these demonic being called “vours.” On Sorry Night, Reggie reads a couple of entries to her younger (and very gullible) brother, thinking that the Vours aren’t real. But after that night, Henry isn’t acting like he usually does.

 

As Reggie tries to figure out what’s wrong with her brother, she discovers that there’s a Vour taking over him. Reggie and her friend Aaron, try to team up to get the sinister Vour out of Henry, and bring Henry back.

 

But it’s not as easy as it seems . . . because the Vours can get inside their heads, and figure out what scares them the most. 

 

And use their worst fears against them.

 

This book was one of my favorite books of 2010 (I’ve read it twice this year). It was creepy, dark, and an even better read the second time around.

 

This book was perfect for when it was pouring rain outside — I’d just curl up, turn on off all the lights (except for a flashlight for reading) and immerse myself in the scary world of the Vours.

 

The Devouring was creepy, suspenseful, and everything that I could ever want in a horror book. It was fast-paced and exciting the entire way through, literally starting on page one.

 

There were a lot of twists and turns that had be gasping in shock.

 

Not to mention, the whole concept behind the story was original and unique. 

 

Characters:
I really liked (loved) the characters in The Devouring. In some horror books, authors skip right over the description of the character and go straight into the action; and in others, the author completely takes you out of their story with their description of the characters. But in The Devouring, Simon Holt is able to incorporate what the characters look like quite smoothly into the story, which I really liked.

 

The characters were easy to relate to, even if I’m not going through what they went through. 

 

Writing:
Simon Holt writes wonderfully! He really knows how to capture an audience. His book could very well be a movie, because there is so much imagery (I felt like I was standing next to the characters, watching black smoke seep out of someone’s eyes, or had furry spiders crawling over me and biting me), and also because The Devouring would make a great horror movie. I’d love to see what the Vours look like on screen and out of my imagination!

 

Ending:
The ending was great! The climax was in the last part of the book, so it stayed exciting up until the very end.

 

Not to mention, there was a little cliffhanger to make you want to read the next book, but not so much of a cliffhanger that you feel let down and you’re yelling at the book. (Yes. I do that.)

 

Cover:
I LOVE THIS COVER!
It totally captures the essence book perfectly!

 

Reasons why I love the cover:
  • The girl looks like how Reggie was described (I hate it when the model on the cover doesn’t match the description of the character)
  • There is purple smoke. PURPLE!!!!
  • The “V” in Devouring
  • The smeared makeup under her eyes
  • On the back cover all it has is the Vour poem
This is kind of irrelevant, but I loved how the demonic things are called “Vours” and the title of this book is called “The Devouring.”

 

I also love how all of the covers in the series tie in together with the smoke.

 

Lovely Line:
The vour grinned.

“We can always count of people to hate and to fear. To harm one another and to be harmed. To kill and be killed. It is what opens the gate.”
(Page 132)

The Final Verdict:
Honestly, go read this book right now.
If it’s in your TBR stack, move it to the top. If it’s at your library, check it out. If your friend has it, borrow it.
If you have money, buy it. (In hardcover!)

 

Whatever you can do to get your hands on this book, do it!

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You won’t regret it
 
 

Misguided Angel (Blue Bloods #5) by Melissa de la Cruz


Misguided Angel (Blue Bloods, #5)

Misguided Angel (Blue Bloods #5)

Rating:3/5
Description:
After inheriting the dark Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler fled to Florence with her forbidden love, Jack. Now the two of them must embark on the mission Schuyler was destined to complete: to find and protect the five remaining gates that guard the earth from Lucifer, lord of the Silver Bloods. Back in New York, Mimi has been elected Regent of a crumbling coven. Struggling with her heartache over the loss of Kingsley and with her overwhelming desire to destroy Jack, she must focus all of her energy on a perilous new threat. Vampires are being abducted and their captors are planning to burn them alive online…for all the world to see. Help arrives in the form of Deming Chen, a Venator from Shanghai, who must untangle the web of deceptions before the killers strike again. 

As the young vampires struggle for the survival of the coven, they uncover a deadly secret, a truth first discovered by Schuyler’s mother during the Renaissance but kept buried for centuries. And as the Blue Blood enclave weakens yet further, fate leads Schuyler to a terrible choice that will ultimately map the destiny of her heart.

 
 
Review:
 
Melissa de la Cruz is my literary god. Her books are among my favorites—The Au Pairs; Girl Stays In The Picture; Blue Bloods—I’m never, ever disappointed with her writing. I fell in love with her books four years ago, when I was a sixth-grader! It was Christmas break when I came across BLUE BLOODS, and I was amazed by how I could get so caught up in a book. So, Mel is definitely the one that instilled my passion for YA lit. :] The year-long wait for the latest in the BLUE BLOODS series is one that always kills me. I mean, for real dawg, that’s a whole twelve months. That’s longer than pregnancy! You’re damn right that when October comes, I am ready to devote 12 hours of my night to reading the latest in the series. (Though, for the record, I read MISGUIDED ANGEL in 2.5 hours.) 

MISGUIDED ANGEL opens right where THE VAN ALEN LEGACY leaves off. Schuyler, who inherited the Van Alen Legacy, trying to locate and protect the five gates that guard the world from Lucifer with her totally-forbidden uber-hot lover, Jack. And then there’s Mimi, in New York, trying to rule over a crumbling coven. And then there’s Super-Cool-Super-Mysterious-New-Character, trying to solve one damn intriguing mystery. 

MISGUIDED ANGEL was more of action-y book. Yeah, all of the BLUE BLOODS book are action-filled, but MISGUIDED ANGEL especially. In THE VAN ALEN LEGACY, a lot of questions about Schuyler’s—and the Blue Bloods’—past was revealed, and it was quite a lot of info. to take in. The fact that we get a break from all that with MISGUIDED ANGEL was very nice. We can only handle so much plot-reveal, right? 
One of my favorite things about this one—we’re introduced to a new character! In THE VAN ALEN LEGACY, we said goodbye to Bliss. Bliss was one of my characters, and I’m glad she’s getting her own series (April 2012, by the way). But the BLUE BLOODS series has always told the story of three characters, and it wouldn’t have seem right to only get Mimi’s and Schuyler’s side this go-around. 
Anyway, about this new character. Don’t wanna give too much away, but her name’s Deming Chen, and she’s a venator from Shanghai (I totally killt that spelling). I really, really liked her, and can’t wait to read more about her in the future books. 

Overall, I loved MISGUIDED ANGEL. I mean, duh, right? I’ve never been disappointed with a BLUE BLOODS novel.

 

The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods #4) by Melissa de la Cruz


The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods, #4)

The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods #4)

Rating:4/5
Description:
With the stunning revelation surrounding Bliss’s true identity comes the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods. Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods now find themselves in an epic battle for survival. Not to worry, love is still in the air for the young vampires of the Upper East Side. Or is it? Jack and Schuyler are over. Oliver’s brokenhearted. And only the cunning Mimi seems to be happily engaged. Young, fanged, and fabulous, Melissa de la Cruz’s vampires unite in this highly anticipated fourth installment of the Blue Bloods series

 
Review:
 
With the cascade of vampire and paranormal romance novels flooding the teen market, it becomes difficult for any novel to stand out. I started to give up on these teen novels because they started to run together for me – everything was about a forbidden romance between a vampire (or other supernatural creature, usually male) and a human. I quickly became bored of them, began lumping teen vampire novels into this category, and made sure to give them a miss when I went to the bookstore.A friend suggested that I try Melissa De La Cruz’s Blue Bloods series – she described it as a kind of Gossip Girl-style society with vampires, and even though there is romance, it’s different from the flood of vampire romance novels out there since the romance is not the central element of the novel. I finally had the opportunity to pick up The Van Alen Legacy, and was pleasantly surprised.

But reader beware: if you have not read all three previous novels in the Blue Bloods series, then you will be completely lost. Even if you’ve read the other novels and don’t quite remember all of the details, you may be a little lost – the plot of The Van Alen Legacy is fairly dense, tightly knit and assumes that readers are up to speed on all happenings in the Blue Bloods universe. The Van Alen Legacy reads like it’s a continuation of the series rather than much of a stand-alone book, which adds substantially to the overall plot arc and gives the series a strong sense of cohesion.

In The Van Alen Legacy, the reader is immediately thrown into the plot with very little backtracking. Schuyler Van Alen and her conduit Oliver Hazard-Perry are on the run from the New York Coven, after being blamed for the death of Schuyler’s grandfather, Lawrence Van Alen. They end up hiding in Paris to seek protection from the European Coven while trying to discover more about the Van Alen Legacy. Meanwhile, Mimi is back in Rio, trying to find Bliss’ younger sister Jordan while Bliss deals with becoming a Silver Blood and fighting the powerful evil inside herself.

Told through multiple character perspectives, it feels like the Blue Bloods world is beginning to unravel around the characters. Secrets, revelations, unexpected happenings and amazing character development fall into place throughout the novel, leading to a quick-paced read that gets readers involved in the lives of the characters. As the reader continues, it becomes evident that what’s happening in the story is even bigger than he or she could possibly imagine. It’s not just about vampires and romance anymore – it’s about the constant, cut-throat battle between good and evil.

De La Cruz has a magnificent and breezy style that moves quickly and draws readers in. Of all the young adult/teen novels that I have read recently, De La Cruz had the easiest style to get into, so much that it felt like slipping into a comfy bathtub – warm, relaxing, calming yet exciting enough to the keep the reader interested and of course, enjoyable.

This series is perfect for fans of teen paranormal fiction, vampire novels such as Twilight and even fans of Gossip Girl-type novels (following the adventures of beautiful, wealthy teens that live extravagant lives) who wouldn’t mind a supernatural twist.

 

Revelations (Blue Bloods #3) by Melissa de la Cruz


Revelations (Blue Bloods, #3)
Revelations (Blue Bloods #3)
by Melissa de la Cruz
Rating: 5/5
 
Description:
 
Have you ever wondered what secrets lurk behind the closed doors of New York City’s wealthiest families? They’re powerful, they’re famous… they’re undead.
Schuyler Van Alen’s blood legacy has just been called into question–is the young vampire in fact a Blue Blood, or is it the sinister Silver Blood that runs through her veins? As controversy swirls, Schuyler is left stranded in the Force household, trapped under the same roof as her cunning nemesis, Mimi Force, and her forbidden crush, Jack Force.
When one of the Gates of Hell is breached by Silver Bloods in Rio de Janeiro, however, the Blue Bloods will need Schuyler on their side. The stakes are high; the battle is bloody; and through it all, Carnavale rages on. And in the end, one vampire’s secret identity will be exposed in a revelation that shocks everyone.
Review:
*Warning: possible spoilers ahead.* After finishing up Masquerade, the second book in the Blue Bloods series, I was anxious to get my hands on the next book, Revelations. Fortunately I didn’t have to wait long to sink my teeth into it. 

In my opinion, the books have been very progressive, with each one there’s more suspense, more intrigue and even more romance. Who? What? When? Where? Why? Well, you’re just going to have to read the series yourself, because I’m trying to keep this review as spoiler free as possible. 

The intrigue comes along with mythos of the Blue Bloods. I know it’s been said in the previous book reviews, but the background of the Blue Bloods is one of the most inspired and fascinating I have read about when it comes to vampires. With the third book in the series, we get more of the rich history that has transpired between the characters during their past cycles. You see, the Blue Bloods die so that they can live again. Their blood is saved so that they can be brought back to life when they are needed in order to fulfill their destinies and hopefully return to heaven. They come into their memories around the age of sixteen and when they do, they have the ability to recall with crystal clarity what they have lived through and sometimes the experience is absolutely terrifying. By the end of this book we discover more about Bliss, Schuyler’s close friend, the Force twins and who’s who in the conclave, the ruling body of the Blue Bloods. 

This book probably has the most romantic entanglements of the three I’ve read to date. Bliss is still pining after Dylan, who’s been through a trauma that has left him with apparently no memory of their past together. There’s a bonding ceremony in the works, to the delight of one and the disappointment of everyone else. If you’ve read the first two books, you can probably guess who I’m talking about. If you haven’t read the first two books, get on it! Finally, two of the characters I’ve grown to love are engaging in a discreet affair, but it’s not as secret as they may have hoped. Their shared moments have left me swooning (one date in particular left me salivating for the pair). Again, if you haven’t read the series this is just one of the many reasons you shouldn’t hesitate. 

Without revealing too much more about Revelations I can tell you that the end is intense in every meaning of the word. There’s action, there’s passion, there’s loss and there’s gasp-worthy revelations about several of our main players. When I reached the last page, I was in a frantic search for more. 

 
 
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