Demonosity by Amanda Ashby
Goodreads Summary: An ancient myth + a mean girl + a reluctant warrior = a lively take on good vs. evil
The Black Rose–a powerful ancient force–has been let loose and has taken up residence in Celeste Gibson, popular girl at Cassidy Carter-Lewis’ high school. Thomas Delacroix is the spirit of a fourteenth-century knight who is devoted to protecting the Black Rose, but he needs a contemporary living being to take on the challenge. That’s where Cassidy comes in. She’s a quirky high school junior who just wants to dress in her vintage clothes, hang out with her best friend, and take care of her father, who is recovering from surgery. She’s the last person who would ever volunteer for such a task, but no one actually asked her. Now, like it or not, she finds herself training before dawn and battling demons at parties, the mall, and even at school. But hey, no one ever said high school was going to be easy.
My Review: I got this book free after finishing a summer reading program and I honestly wasn’t expecting much because I have previously gotten some pretty dry books from this program. This book definitely surpassed my expectations! It was not the greatest stand alone book I have ever read, but it was a quick and enjoyable read. I like books about demons and fighting with a touch of romance and this book had all of that, it just wasn’t as strong as with other books I have read.
The demon slaying was pretty epic and the plot line was interesting enough. The characters to me, though, seemed a bit too underdeveloped for me to have a connection to them to where I could feel what they were feeling. It was good most of the time and definitely improved as the book went on. The romance was kind of whatever for me…it was there for a second and then it changed immediately and it was a bit confusing, but I happily went with it. I liked the whole guardian thing and the training because for some reason I always love training scenes in books.
I would recommend this book for a quick read if you like magical books. It was definitely a good read and better than I thought so kudos to the library for picking a good book to award people with. You can buy demonosity here, or if you live in AZ you can pick this book after finishing the summer reading program at your library.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Goodreads Summary: Charlie is a freshman.
And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.
Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
My Review: I have been trying to read books that have been made into movies lately and I have heard good things about this book so I decided to give it a go. Honestly, I didn’t like it very much. It was good enough so that I finished the whole book because I was curious to see what would happen with the psycho main character, but I would not read it again. I liked the teacher character and I have read most of the books he gave to Charlie so that was my favorite part of the book. I didn’t like the drugs and alcohol and sex! It was too much and it kind of annoyed me to read so much about it. I also didn’t like that the main character cried all of the time and could not keep his emotions in check. I get that there was supposed to be something wrong with him and he was a nice kid and I liked all of his philosophical thoughts but his head was too weird for me to enjoy being in.
The diary format was interesting though I didn’t pay too much attention to it. The fact that the main character had friends and was writing to someone anonymous was baffling to me, I just didn’t get it. I didn’t get this story overall actually. It didn’t make sense to me, there was no plot line, and it wasn’t a really good experience for me, though I am glad I read it.
You can buy perks of being a wallflower here.
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Goodreads Summary: 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?
My Review: Finally I got my hands on the last Vampire Academy book and it was even better than I had anticipated! I wasn’t sure how entertaining a story about Rose in a cell would be but I totally underestimated the author. The plot line was addicting and stressful! I felt everything the main character felt, that’s how good this story was. I can’t say too much about the plot or it will ruin every twist there is, but I can say, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen until things started winding down in the last hundred pages or so. Lissa’s plot was also super interesting and I really enjoyed reading which I was excited about because usually I didn’t care much to read about her. Every aspect about this book was amazing.
The romance was so frustrating the whole time! I will just say I never stopped being team Dimitri, I usually still like the first guy I fall in love with in a story. Him not being able to love and forgive was almost irritating but I still loved all of the writing about him and Rose. The love triangle in the book was entertaining as all love triangles are and I am in love with the story and find myself thinking about it even now after I finished it. There wasn’t as much action as politics in this one which was kind of a disappointment to me, being the action lover that I am, but the book still perfectly finished off the series. This is one of the few conclusions that I have no complaints about at all, I would not change a thing about it and I am so happy I read this series.
The vampire academy series made its way onto my top series list and if you have not read it, I advise you to. You can buy Last Sacrifice here.
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Goodreads Summary: 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.
My review: I can hardly express the love I feel for this series. I did not expect to be so in love with this series when I first put it on my TBR list, but after reading the first two I just couldn’t stop. This book was an obsession! I can’t say for sure if it was my favorite so far but it was definitely just as good as the rest, if not better. Her continuation of the previous book’s cliffhanger is fantastic and it dove right in without a long introduction which I love about this book.
The plot in this book was insane because Dimitri is back, kind of, and the whole situation with him just grows worse in a different way than I originally thought. The temporary family for Rose made me think about how my family is nothing like them so it was amusing to read about. I once again fell in love with vampires and the whole magical scenery and the whole badass-demon-hunting vibe that I got from Rose! I love all of the action that these books hold and that it isn’t overwhelming and that it has a deep plot and subplots. Lissa’s subplot did not concern me very much in this book which I was actually okay with because I have always enjoyed the main character’s POV more.
I have got to say, being a sucker for romance in books like these, I did not enjoy it in this book very much. I liked it in the previous books but in this book it was…too much I guess? I was alright with that and it didn’t make me like the book any less but I still would have preferred if the extra romance with Adrian wasn’t there at all. It seemed like an excess subplot to me.
The ending of this book (the last third or so) was intense! I had an idea for what was coming with most things but there was one giant twist-it would be a huge spoiler so I won’t say-that blew my mind. It seems like this author is skilled at doing that and I loved it. However, by doing so, Read created a horrible cliffhanger that is destroying my heart and mind! I have been obsessing about it since I finished. It was so genius and I am dying to get my hands on the next book which I will hopefully be doing soon. You can buy Spirit Bound here.
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
Goodreads Summary: 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?
My Review: This book was fantastic! Seriously this series has an amazing way of mixing vampires, magic, ghosts, and fighting which I said before but this book just gets crazier. I love the plot line even though it is super depressing and frustrating at times. I honestly loved how this book was centered around Rose and not Lissa for a change because for some reason her character still annoys me even though I don’t think it is supposed to be that way. I also got really angry with the whole Dimitri situation and the whole time Rose was oblivious to everything, her character was different and it was annoying but the author didn’t drag it out too long, it was just long enough I think. The subplot with Lissa and the whole twist with having multiple people in the same mind was really epic and the mind fight that happened toward the end was awesome to read about.
The ending was insane and I loved it! Typically, I can figure out what is going to happen in a book and pin it right on, but with this book, the last 100 pages were completely twisted. So many things happened that I didn’t even see coming and I get so excited when that happens because it makes for an excellent read. Also, I enjoy that past plots including Victor (the main antagonist from book 1) were brought back because it makes the plot even crazier. The new romance at the end is ify, I am not sure if I like it, I still love Dimitri, but I’m sure the next book will elaborate more on Adrian.
These books keep getting better and better and although I miss the in school training and Dimitri, I am definitely going to finish the series! You can buy Blood Promise here.
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Goodreads Summary: 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.
My Review: This book was the best in the series so far! I flew through this book, and when I wasn’t reading it, I was going through withdrawals from it which only happens in fantastic reads. The plot was genious, aspects from the first book came up that I had forgotten about including the antagonist Victor himself! I love when authors connect their books together so it feels like a series and not a bunch of individual books. The plot was intense and the action was as great as ever. The magic took a bigger role in this book than in the past two which I enjoyed because magic is one of my favorite things to read about and I didn’t see it connecting to vampires much but Richelle Mead made it work.
Twisting in the shadow kissed thing into the plot was amazing. I knew the book would have something to do with it but the way she did it was something I didn’t think would make much sense. As the plot grew more complex, though, everything pieced together and vampires, magic, and ghosts mixed in one story which seems insane but it is really entertaining. The romance was awesome because I love Dimitri and I grew to love Christian as well. Dimitri is an attractive badass which is pretty much exactly how he was described by the author and those are the kind of fiction guys I always love. The subplot of the secret teenage society thing was weird and I didn’t understand why it was important to include it until the end. I got frustrated with it at times because I was fed up with it but towards the end, everything pieced together and I saw how smart it really was. The ending was awesome because I always love a good fight and some intense action, and I saw a possibility of the very end happening but I didn’t think the author was mean enough to do it. She was. The ending was insane and I am so mad and infuriated and I cannot believe she did what she did! I am going to read the next one immediately because I just HAVE to see what happens but I am so irritated with the situation it is leaking into my everyday life.
I definitely recommend this series because it just keeps getting better and better as I go along. It appeals to people who like vampires, magic, and the paranormal. I love this series and am so glad I had it on my TBR list. You can buy shadow kiss here.
Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Goodreads Summary: 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…
My review: I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The continuing of the Strigoi plot was something I honestly forgot about because in the last book they weren’t the main bad guys! This book focused on them and of course there was some sexual tension which is a very complicated ordeal. The awkwardness of the bond between rose and Lissa increased because things got hot between Christian and Lissa and I really didn’t need to read about that! It was awkwardly funny because of roses mortification! Rose’s indecision between being with mason or being hopelessly in love with her trainer dimitri made me jealous because she has two people crazy for her! I do love dimitri though, the forbidden thing is still sexy and they can’t avoid each other. The ending was tragic and downright irritating! There is a death and I’m still upset about it but I kind of saw it coming. When people are stupid in books, they usually die…anyways, the ending was also awesome. I missed magic being in the books since Lissa is insane and can’t use hers. I liked that magic came back and played a bigger role because I love magic, especially mixed with vampires/moroi! I enjoyed this book much more than the first. This one wasn’t slow at all! I blew through it and am diving straight into the next. If you haven’t tried this series, I recommend it. And don’t let your hatred for sparkling vampires stop you from reading this series. You can buy frostbite here.