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Silence (Hush Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick


Title: Silence

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Series: Hush, Hush –>  Book Three of Four

My Rating: 3 to 4 Stars

Description:

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They’ve overcome the secrets riddled in Patch’s dark past…bridged two irreconcilable worlds…faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust…and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they’ve worked for—and their love—forever.

My Review:

I am going to admit that I have had a hard time deciding on a rating for this book. I keep wavering between and 3 and a 4.
Why you ask?
I did really like this book, bad boy Patch is as great as ever, in fact he might have even been better in this book, we finally get to see a softer side of him and there are some pretty swoon worthy quotes in this book,

“Angel… I don’t think you understand the lengths I would go to if it means keeping you here with me.” Patch to Nora

“I missed you, Angel. Not one day went by that I didn’t feel you missing from my life.” Patch to Nora

“You’re mine, Angel. And I’m yours. Nothing can change that.” Patch to Nora

“If I lose you, I lose everything” Patch to Nora

*sigh* Pretty fabulous right? Right? I mean this is Patch at his best. Those quotes are the reason I love him so much, yet, I just couldn’t help but feel a little let down by this book.

I can’t even name exactly what it was. Maybe it was the crazy amnesia thing going on at the beginning or maybe it was how Vee, (who I adore by the way, best friend ever) wasn’t honest with Nora, or maybe it was her mom that just, I don’t know, just seemed off in this book.

I don’t know, like I said, something just didn’t feel complete with this book. Of course, the crazy ending didn’t help. Thank goodness there is another book coming out or I would have been seriously disappointed in the ending of this series. I felt like there was so much left unsaid and unexplained.

I am glad that we will get another book with Patch and Vee and Nora, they are great characters and I do love them, I just really hope it is a great book. Something that will blow me away because to be honest, this one just didn’t do it for me.

I wanted a swoon worthy ending that would have me thinking about it long after I was done reading it and this just wasn’t it.

Come on Fitzpatrick, I know you can do better and I am looking forward to reading it in the next and final book in the series.

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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Books We've Read

 

Crescendo (Hush Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick


Title: Crescendo
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: Book Two of Four
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: Book Two of Four
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: 5 Stars
 
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Description:
Nora Grey’s life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn’t pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He’s more elusive than ever and even worse, he’s started spending time with Nora’s arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn’t been acting so distant. Even with Scott’s totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him – despite her lingering feeling that he’s hiding something.

Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperately searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything – and everyone – she trusts.


My Review:
I admit I read Hush Hush quite a while ago but I really enjoyed it and of course I really liked Patch in all his bad boy glory so I knew I would have to read the rest of the series. I really wanted to wait until all the books were released (or at least close to being released) before I started the next one in the series and although I just found out there will now be a fourth book, I still decided to go ahead and read it.I think I loved Patch and his sarcastic self even more in this book. Yes, he is the ultimate bad boy and yes he is a huge jerk and we learn even more about him in this book but I have to say, I still love him. There is just something about him that I like. Just something about him that I know can be redeemed and even after all his shenanigans in this book, I now he truly cares about Nora, maybe even more than he ever has cared about anyone before and I like that is what draws me to him, because maybe, just maybe, that is what will save him in the end.


 
In fact this is one of my favorite quotes from the book: “Being with you never felt wrong. It’s the one thing I did right. You’re the one thing I did right.” 

Sigh and okay, I swooned a little there too. Come on, this is Patch we are talking about, all dark and brooding and angry and even a little bit mean, but always truthful and always caring about Nora even when he doesn’t want to be.

This book has a lot of twist and turns in it that I just didn’t see coming. Mysteries surrounding Nora herself, her father, Patch, The Black Hand, Rixon and even Nora’s mom and of course Nora’s nemesis Marcie has a bright and shinny spot in this book too and even though Marcie might be part evil, I kind of like her too. I know, I know! What is wrong with me, right? But I can’t help it, I see some good in there and we learn a lot more about her too so I just couldn’t help feeling a little bit sorry for her in this book and thinking that maybe she has a right to be just a little bit nasty after all.
And we even get some new characters to ponder over as well as some old ones. Scott, Rixon..okay, well I won’t say anymore because I really don’t want to give anything away but I will say that this was a pretty good sequel to Hush Hush and I really enjoyed it.

Be warned though, make sure you have Silence sitting right next to you after you finish because the ending will blow you away and leave you hanging and begging for more. I couldn’t help but pick up Silence and start reading it as soon as I finished this one.
 
 

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick


 Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: Book One of Four
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: 5/5Stars

 


For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her…until Patch comes along. 
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. 
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

 


 

Plot:
I didn’t really think I’d like this book. I thought it would just be about a girl falling in love with this bad-ass fallen angel, but Hush, Hush turned out to be sooo much more. It was creepy, suspenseful, steamy, and extremely addicting.

 

I stayed up late on a Friday night to finish it, and spent a good couple of hours in the morning reading it. I was so sad when I was forty pages away and had to leave my book for a softball game. I rarely feel like the world will end when I stop reading a book, so that says something.

 

Hush, Hush had me hooked from the absolute beginning. There were a lot of great unexpected turns in the plot, and I really like the angle Fitzpatrick took to angels, and the way she put a twist on it.

 

Characters:
Nora was awesome. I loved reading from her perspective.

 

I have to admit, at first I hated patch. He was cocky, arrogant, and thought he knew everything. I also didn’t like the fact that Nora was so attracted to him, because if anyone acted the way he did, the LAST thing I would do would be attracted to him.

 

But, I admit, as the book wore on, I fell in love with Patch. I don’t know if he changed, or he just grew on me, but by the end of the book, I was swooning.

 

Writing:
Becca Fitzpatrick completely sucked me into her book. Her writing was addicting, and it flowed really smoothly. She built suspense seamlessly, and even though the book was nearly four hundred pages, it was really fast paced.

 

Ending:
The ending was perfect! It stayed exciting right up until the very end, and now I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the next book in the series, Crescendo.

 

Now that I know what was going on, I really want to re-read the story and match up what I know now to what I didn’t know back then.

 

Cover:
The cover is just soo pretty. 🙂 It has a metallicy shine, and I love the cover art. The angel losing its’ wing feathers signifies a lot for the story, and I love that near the top of the book, the feathers turn to red.

 

Lovely Line:
He stayed put, eyeing me, considering.

“Why are you looking at me like that?” I challenged.

He tipped forward, preparing to stand. “Because you’re nothing like what I expected.”

“Neither are you,” I countered. “You’re worse.”
(Page 80)

 

The Final Verdict:
I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf since around Christmas time, and I wish I had started it sooner. It was a fantastic opening to the series, and I can’t wait to read everything else Becca Fitzpatrick writes.
 
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Posted by on February 15, 2012 in Books We've Read

 

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead )


Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6)
by Richelle Mead )
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
 
Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)
 
Description:
The astonishing final novel in Richelle Mead’s epic series!Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice. Now, with Rose on trial for her life and Lissa first in line for the Royal Throne, nothing will ever be the same between them.
 
 
 
My Review:
Well my fictional journey with Rose Hathaway has concluded, and I have to say that I feel sort of sad, yet definitely resolved. Yup, that’s the word I’m looking for…resolved. In this series, Rose journeyed, struggled, fought and ultimately decided, and that’s that. I couldn’t have asked for anything more in a final installment for one of my favorite series. 
Richelle Mead wrapped up this storyline in the best way I could have anticipated and regardless of what team you’re on… if you’re Team Rose, I think you’ll be satisfied. 
I’ve rooted for Rose’s character from book one; and as much as Blood Promise andSpirit Bound had me doubting the development of this series, I never wavered in my allegiance to this main character. Up until Shadow Kiss, I was captain of Team Dimitri, by the end of Spirit Bound, I was organizing rallies for Team Adrian. Now, at the conclusion of The Last Sacrifice, I call myself a Team Rose fan and that’s how it should be. I’m happy with her choice as she worked hard for her version of a HEA. 
There was a part in this story where it suddenly hits me why I loved Rose’s character so much. It’s when she’s telling one of the main characters that “…In spite of everything that’s happened, I’ve never thought of myself … as a victim. Being a victim means you’re powerless. That you won’t take action, Always…. Always I’ve done something to fight for myself… for others. No matter what.” Reading that, proved to me why Rose’s character resonated so well with me, she’s strong, loyal, slightly arrogant and entirely decisive… all characters traits that delivered in the right dose had me rooting for her and respecting her choices and her fight. I loved it! 
This final installment kicks off with Rose dealing with the aftermath of Queen Tatiana’s murder. She finds herself on the run trying to uncover the evidence that will prove her innocence and create the catalyst needed to infuse a drastic change in ruling faction of the Morois and Dhampirs. This book is filled with a ton of political strife, mysterious intrigue and most of all self revelation for the main character. She’s committed to Adrian, but as her quest with Dimitri takes her on a road trip of discovery. Much is uncovered that proves to rattle her hopes of finding some semblance of peace and love in her life. 
There are a few aspects that I’d love to get a more conclusive ending for and this character happens to be one of my favorite in the series, but I’m the first to stand by the fact that not every element of a story comes with a pretty red bow. I hear Mead has plans for a spin off, so let’s see where she takes this one. 
I have to admit that I was worried after the last two books that this final installment would just fall completely flat. Well, it didn’t not.one.bit. I was happy with the conclusion and I’ll read this entire series over again to experience Rose’s journey from day one. Great series! You done good Richelle Mead! You really have! 
 
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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Books We've Read

 

Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead


 

Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5)
by Richelle Mead 
Rating: 5/5 
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5)
 
Description:
Salvation has its price. 
The words stunned Adrian for a moment, but he kept going. “You’re lying. What you’re describing is impossible. There’s no way to save a Strigoi. When they’re gone, they’re gone. They’re dead. Undead. Forever.” 

Robert’s next words weren’t directed at Adrian. They were spoken to me. “That which is dead doesn’t always stay dead….” 

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 Dragomir. It’s graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives outside of the Academy’s cold iron gates to finally begin. But even with the intrigue and excitement of court life looming, Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri. 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 she knows in her heart that he is hunting her. And if Rose won’t join him, he won’t rest until he’s silenced her…forever. 

But Rose can’t forget what she learned on her journey—whispers of a magic too impossible and terrifying to comprehend. A magic inextricably tied to Lissa that could hold the answer to all of Rose’s prayers, but not without devastating consequences. Now Rose will have to decide what—and who—matters most to her. In the end, is true love really worth the price? 

Fall in love with Rose and Dimitri all over again in Spirit Bound, the eagerly awaited fifth novel in Richelle Mead’s enthralling Vampire Academy series

 
My Review::
I find it very challenging to review this book because it was good in so many ways that can’t be explained without spoilers. But worry not, this review is Spirit Bound Spoilers Free. I will do my best to express you the passion I felt reading this book, but I’m afraid it’s beyond what words can explain. 

Spirit Bound starts back at the Academy, it’s finally graduation time and Rose has only one more challenge in front of her: The Trials. A final exam planned by guardians to test their ability to protect Moroi “in the real world”. But what worries Rose the most is the after-graduation. She always thought it rimed with freedom but reality hit her in the face. She will spend her life protecting Moroi and her own desires won’t matter anymore. There’s not only the weight of responsibilities though, she knows Dimitri is out there, lurking in shadows, waiting for an opportunity to kill her. 

In this installment, Rose is more determined than ever and will use extremely illegal ways to reach her objectives. Desperation to save Dimitri, while she still can, drives her actions and consequences won’t be light. She is not risking only her future and her life but also the ones of people she loves. 

When we love a book, we all say “I couldn’t put it down”, well in this case, I loved the book so much I HAD to put it down and take deep breaths because it was just too much. Love, Passion, Treason, Fear, Sadness, Grief, all these emotions laid on paper in a so intense way it almost became unbearable. At times I couldn’t believe my own eyes, events happening in that book triggered reactions in me that are beyond words! 

I really love both Rose and Lissa for their very distinct qualities, and even though they are very different, they have one thing in common: they would do anything for each other. 
Adrian is as snarky as ever but we get to discover a new side to him. I really like the guy and it’s clear he cares about Rose and I loved to watch them together. 
Dimitri, oh Dimitri! He broke my heart in Blood Promise and Spirit Bound wasn’t any easier. At times I really felt like hitting him in the head to knock some sense into him and even though I would have a lot to say, I won’t spill the beans and ruin surprises. I will mention though that chapters 20 and 24 nearly killed me. 
I was glad that Abe was in SB, he didn’t play a major role but it was nice to have him around and I think he will have a bigger role in The Last Sacrifice. 

The end is as usual a cliff hanger, if suspense could kill Richelle Mead would be in danger of trial for massive murder, because I really don’t know how I will be able to wait until December to know how this epic story ends. 

Vampire Academy is my favorite series and Richelle delivered. Spirit Bound was action-packed, full of surprises, emotions and magic. I was in awe so many times during this book, it really was fabulous. 
I think Shadow Kiss is still my favorite of the series because I’m such a romantic but Spirit Bound is very close second. 

I really hope Rose will have her happy ending in The Last Sacrifice (even though the title doesn’t point that way), she’s been through so much, she really deserves her happily ever after. 

 
 

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead


Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4)
by Richelle Mead 
Rating: 5/5
Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4)
DESCRIPTION:
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?

 
REVIEW:
Each book of this series gets better and better. Blood Promise was an excellent read and I absolutely loved it. I’m happy to note, I wasn’t disappointed with anything that unfolded. I can’t believe we have to wait until next May for book 5. It feels like an eternity away…sigh. I guess I’ll have to manage until then. HA! ***Caution- below may contain some spoilers, so don’t read further if you haven’t read the book. This review is more on my feelings on how the plot in Blood Promise unfolded:*** 

To start off, I was happy with the way Richelle Mead was able to involve all our favorite characters: Rose, Lissa, Adrian, Christian and Dimitri without compromising the story. I thought the two story-lines flowed well together. I was a little concerned at first, that we wouldn’t get much of the other characters, because Rose was off in Russia. 

I was also happy we were finally introduced to Rose’s dad and we got to meet Dimitri’s family. I wasn’t sure if Rose’s dad would ever make it into the picture, because of everything else going on in all the books. I hope this was only the beginning and we get more of all of them. : ) They were great additions to Rose’s world. 

This is only my opinion, but I’m not disappointed with how it was played out in the book, but I also have my reasons. I’m glad Rose didn’t have to kill Dimitri and there still may be hope for him to be restored. I’m very interested in the next book and to find out if Victor’s brother can bring the human Dimitri back. However, now this is where things get complicated for me. I can’t help but feel that this is a cop out on Richelle Mead’s part. 

She took us on the road to Dimitri turning Strigoi. I guess I think she should stay committed to that. I’m a sucker for epic love stories. Seriously. I guess it’s because of Adrian. I love and adore him. I’m so torn. I want Rose and Dimitri to be together, but I also like the idea of Rose and Adrian. I couldn’t help feeling my heart break for Adrian at the end, when Dimitri didn’t die (which I knew he wouldn’t), because that meant things with Adrian wouldn’t happen as long as Dimitri was still around. I just hope Adrian isn’t killed off, in order to make things uncomplicated for Rose and Dimitri. 

I guess this is why love triangles are madding and exciting. I’m glad I’m not Richelle and have to make a decision. I thinks it’s too late to introduce a wonderful girl for Adrian, one we would love as much as Rose. Sigh…. 

Okay. I have to throw this out there. Despite my earlier comments, I would be happy if Dimitri was restored to his human self. However, I can’t help but think what would that do to him? I mean, we know him from the previous books and how he swore to protect. He may have been turned Strigoi by force, but he took on their vicious killer nature. Once he was restored, would he be able to handle his’ action while a Strigoi? What would that do to him? And, is it selfish of Rose to bring him back, knowing what it might do to him? I don’t know. Just some thoughts. 

That’s why this series is so great. We, readers, care about the characters and what happens to them. That’s the magic of Richelle Mead’s writing. She makes us care, love, become frustrated at times, and crazy. We want more. 

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2012 in Books We've Read

 

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead


Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3)
by Richelle Mead 
 
Rating: 5/5
Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)
Description:
Is Rose’s fate to kill the person she loves most? It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason’s death, Rose hasn’t been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can’t concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret …. She’s in love with Dimitri. And this time, it’s way more than a crush. Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever…
 
 
REVIEW:
I’m going to try to do this review without spoilers, but it’s going to be hard because the ending — wow! The first time I read this I finished it at about 1 am, but then I had to keep reading book four because I was freaking out about the ending to this one. “Nooooooooooooooooo,” I think I screamed, luckily not waking my sleeping household. Thank goodness I started this series when five books had already been published, and it was only a short month until the final book was going to be released. I can’t imagine having to deal with the ending of this novel and then having to wait forever until book four came out. Having said that, now that this is somewhere around my tenth time reading through the series, I was prepared for what was going to happen, but it still tears my heart out. In this book Rose is struggling throughout, thinking that she might be going crazy, but desperate to keep any of her friends from knowing her struggles. It is obvious that Dimitri has moved past his struggles to keep from loving Rose too much, but Rose really doesn’t see that. They are both still keeping to their assigned roles in this book, but it seems like Dimitri has lost the battle to keep the relationship purely professional, but still, Rose doesn’t see. The scenes between Dimitri and Rose are wonderful. He wants into her mind to help her through her struggles, and she won’t allow that, so the back and forth between them really touches me as I read. The scene where Dimitri is helping Rose to clean the chapel and Rose is trying to figure out why he is there — I just wanted to scream, “Can’t you see that he is doing this because he cares about you and wants to spend his time with you?????” Without spoiling too much, let me say how happy I was that finally Dimitri and Rose were able to figure out how to manage their relationship. But then, holy cow, to have the stars seem to align and then have all of that destroyed. So amazingly devastating. I won’t say more to keep from spoiling too much, but I’ll say that Richelle Mead did an excellent job telling this story. What could have turned into something totally sappy or over the top full of depression, instead got to the point effectively. The event at the end of this book is the second of two big events in Rose’s life that will change her forever. Once she goes through this struggle, the novice dhampir Rose is gone and in her place is a stronger, fiercer, more mature Rose. This book was the turning point in the series where I went from loving these books to LOVING these books. Just to move away from Rose and Dimitri for a bit — Richelle Mead is a master at creating secondary characters who are not just place fillers, but instead gives them a richness that really adds to the rest of the story. Although this is primarily a story about Rose and Dimitri, the secondary characters hold a special place in my heart. I always loved Christian for the full dimension of his character, but in this book I really start to love him. He may have an outward appearance to the people around him of a bad boy who doesn’t care about anyone else in the world, but he has a fierce love and loyalty to Lissa for sure, but also for those around him. His interactions with Rose in this novel were fascinating because they appear to not care for each other at all, but when it comes down to it they do trust each other and their motivations. And, the end of this novel is the beginning of the rise of Adrian as a character. Up to then he seems to play the role of the self-centered, fun loving, drink-and-smoke-his-cares-away character. Rose believes that he is truly superficial. But, by the end it is clear that there is more to him, and there is a vulnerability to him, especially regarding Rose. Adrian is one of my favorite characters in this series, and his actions at the end of this book show the beginning of why he is super awesome in my opinion. Lissa is probably my least favorite character, but she is lifted up by those around her, so her character is strengthened by a wonderful supporting group.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Books We've Read

 
 
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