Book Slump

Hey everyone,

I am currently in a book slump, I cannot find anything to read! I would love some recommendations! In case you don’t keep up with my blog, I like ya books with magic, vampires, mythology, and anything of that sort. I also love books like the selection series that aren’t about magic but are about royalty and such.

If you have any recommendations or a favorite series, please tell me about it so I have something new to read! I’m going crazy without a book! Thanks!

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Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

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Goodreads Summary of Book 1:

I wasn’t free of my past, not yet.

Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s 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. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

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 unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

My Review: I remember seeing this series come out a while ago and I usually don’t like to read series with more than 3-4 books and I wasn’t sure if I wanted a spin-off of vampire academy but I liked them so much I eventually decided to give it a try. Let me start out by saying I am so glad I did!

This series was amazing and had me completely captivated. I barely did anything else and I flew through the whole 6 book series in only a few days…

There were so many different elements to these books: the alchemists, the warriors of light, the Moroi and Strigoi, the witches, and the ex-alchemists, and I loved every one of them. There were some really stressful parts of the book that I tried to read as fast as I could because they were so good and I had to know what happened next. I honestly thought the story got better and better the more I read and it never slowed down for a nice relaxing moment.

I think the magic in this story was really unexpected for me and it was honestly my favorite part of the series. For some reason, I love books about magic because it makes me feel like I can do spells and do everything they can do. The romance in this book was also one of my all-time favorites. The sexual tension kills me because the amount of time she waited to make something happen was so long and so painful. I wasn’t even sure if she was going to do something about it because of how long nothing happened but it was brilliant.

Richelle did an amazing job with playing with my emotions because I seriously got so angry at her father throughout the whole series and I was so in love with Sydney’s love interest, I was just all over the place and she is amazing. I also love all of the minor characters like Eddie and Jill, Rose and Dimitri also play a big role in this book so if you haven’t read the vampire academy read those for sure and then I definitely recommend this series! You have got some serious reading ahead of you!

You can get the first bloodlines novel at your library or the kindle edition here.

Spellbound Duology by Cara Lynn Shultz

Goodreads Summary:

What’s a girl to do when meeting The One means she’s cursed to die a horrible death?

Life hasn’t been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Connor, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she’s irresistibly drawn to— Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can’t stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma’s been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives— visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

 

My Review: This book sounded really cool when I read about it on my goodreads recommendations page so I decided to give it a try. The first book was definitely a let-down. The first half of the book was great, she is discovering she isn’t normal and there is an old curse that she may be a part of and of course there is Brendan…maybe not the most swoon-worthy male lead I have ever read about but I definitely got a small crush on him. His dark hair and light eyes make him seem like a really attractive book boyfriend and his protectiveness is the sexiest thing of all. The main character didn’t annoy me at all throughout the series and I love that this took place on the upper east side because it made it even that much more entertaining.

However, the book mostly focused on normal problems like a girl bullying her and a guy who was mean and violent and a new relationship, but the magic I was expecting never came. Breaking the curse was anticlimactic, after the last series I read I was kind of expecting some kind of magical battle that never came.

There wasn’t any cliffhanger with the first book so I decided to read the second book just because I was curious to see where the author would take it. The book started out pretty slow and I really had to push myself to read it but overall it was way better than the first. There was magic and there were spells and fights and some sort of magical battle at the end which was way more fun than just some bully attacking Emma and Brendan. Brendan was as sexy as ever in this book too but his overprotectiveness was too much and it almost got on my nerves how bad it was.

Overall these books weren’t bad! I don’t think I would reread them but they were a good and fun read. You can buy the first book on amazon here.

Goddess Test Trilogy by Aimee Carter

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Goodreads Summary:

Every girl who had taken the test has died.

Now it’s Kate’s turn.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom – and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld – and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy – until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

If she fails…

My Review: I know it has been forever since I have written a blog post and I have been going through some serious withdrawals but you all would be shocked at how long it has been since I’ve had time to read a new book, let alone blog about it! But it is so good to be back!

This trilogy started out amazing! The first book was so much fun and even though there were some really sad and emotional parts, it was worth trying not to cry to get to the good parts! I love any good book with some greek mythology and this book did not disappoint.

The main character, I loved her except for her martyr complex which every female main character nowadays seems to have. Besides that though, she is super fun and I love her, at some points I wish I was her! Henry was a major heart-throb, totally swoon-worthy and I definitely fell in love with him and went through some emotional rollercoasters with Kate. The author definitely did a great job at influencing my emotions of love and jealousy. Powerful men, especially Gods, are the ultimate book boyfriends and I of course pictured him as some big attractive, well, God-like man.

Ava was a really fun character and everyone needs a friend like her. Even though sometimes Kate didn’t believe in her, I always did. The rest of the council of Gods were kind of background characters but it was still fun reading about all of them and trying to figure out which Gods they were.

Book one was definitely my favorite of the three, but the rest were still great. I think a lot of the time I like the first book the best because you’re excited to figure out if the girl is going to pass the tests and fall in love and after the first book things get a lot more dramatic and somehow the loved ones always get separated which is always so frustrating!

The second book had a much more dramatic plot line which kept me hooked and the end had a ridiculous cliffhanger that made me so glad I didn’t have to wait for book three. I always love a big dramatic battle that could save or destroy the whole world, but there were some parts about book three that made it less good than the rest. The fact that the Gods could now speak telepathically would not have been weird if that was something that was introduced in the first book, but it was brought up in the last book which just made it off-putting. Other than that though, the series was fantastic and I would definitely recommend it to people who like Greek mythology and great God book boyfriends.

You can get the first book here.

Indebted, Incendiary, and Iniquity (The Premonition #3-5) by Amy Bartol

Indebted, Incendiary, and Iniquity (The Premonition #3-5) by Amy Bartol

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My Review: So what happened with these was that I was too addicted to this series and I forgot to do a post until I finished the series so I decided to do one big post about the rest of the series.

So I loved this series, I still think about it constantly and even dream about it sometimes even though I am reading another book. Reed is one of my favorite book boyfriends/aspires of all time and I miss him so much. The plot of these books was fantastic and I couldn’t stop thinking about them. Even the minor characters were just so amazing and the books felt so real so I felt like I was really living the story which is my favorite part about books.

The only thing I didn’t like was that Brennus was in every single one and I actually started to like him at the end which annoyed me so much because I loathed him in the beginning. That constant plot of everyone wanting to steal Evie and having so many men that were so in love with her that they didn’t want anyone else was also kind of annoying. I also could have done without the Xavier character because he only lived to annoy me and I was kind of happy with how things ended. The new villain in the last book was a great twist though and I even like what she did with the flashbacks to her previous lives. It doesn’t make sense now but if you read it, it will.

The ending of the book seemed kind of abrupt and it took me a while to digest but I enjoyed it all the same. Of course, there was an epic battle and it was written really well so I thoroughly enjoyed it. The whole portal idea was also really cool and now I want one too…

This was one of those series that gave me a book hangover, one of the worst actually and so if you are prepared for that then I recommend this book. Really, go download the first book now. You can buy the third on Amazon here, and the other two on Amazon as well.

Intuition (Premonition #2) by Amy Bartol

Intuition (Premonition #2) by Amy Bartol

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Goodreads Summary:

I don’t open my eyes so I can’t see him, but I can smell him. He thickens the air I breathe, choking me with his scent…his aroma. I shiver. I have to resist. If I’m not strong, then I will be relegated to the same fate as this predator whose sickness infects me even now. But now, I crave him and he knows that; he has been counting on my need to end the gnawing pain. How he would savor my surrender. I’m alive, but how much longer will it take until I beg him not to be?

My Review:

This book was frustrating but I still couldn’t put it down! I’ll start off by saying that I hate when the main woman character becomes a martyr. In this case that isn’t exactly what happened but Evie really annoyed me in the beginning and I wished I could have just stayed with Reed. I was depressed in real life the entire day because of this book and the emotional roller coaster it put me through.

I actually loved Russell a lot more in this book once I got to read from his point of view. Usually I do not like it when authors make me read another character’s point of view and abandon that of the main character like in Twilight when we have to read through a couple hundred pages of Jacob and even though I love him I always want to skip that part to get back to Edward…I thought that was how this book was going to be but I actually liked it and thought it was just as entertaining as the Evie sections.

I loved Zee, Buns, and Brownie! Especially Zee. The minor characters helped make the story as amazing as it was.

Some of the story line was actually slightly disturbing, but I loved it anyway. The entire book was really stressful and sad but I am still in love with it. Because of Reed. He is one of the most amazing, attractive, sexiest book boyfriends of all time and I am so completely in love with him. I cannot wait to get more of him but at the same time I don’t want the series to end because I will have to leave him. Yes, he is that good.

Definitely read this series if you like fantasy books. Please. You owe it to yourselves. You can buy this book here.

Inescapable (The Premonition #1) by Amy Bartol

Inescapable (The Premonition #1) by Amy Bartol

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Goodreads Summary:

My name is Evie Claremont and this was to be the making of me–my freshman year of college. I’d been hoping that once I’d arrived on Crestwood’s campus, the nightmare that I’ve been having would go away. It hasn’t.
I may be an inexperienced seventeen-year-old, but I’m grounded…sane. I look for rational explanations to even the strangest circumstances. Since meeting sophomore Reed Wellington, however, nothing makes any sense. Whenever he’s near, I feel an attraction to him–a magnetic kind of force pulling me towards him. I know what you’re thinking…that sounds fairly awesome. Yeah, it would be…if he liked me, but Reed acts as if I’m the worst thing that has ever happened to Crestwood…or him. But get this, for some reason every time I turn around he’s there, barging into my life.
What is the secret that he’s keeping from me? I’m hoping that it’s anything but what I suspect: that he’s not exactly normal…and neither am I. So, maybe Crestwood won’t be the making of me, but it could be the breaking of me. I’ve been left to wonder if the dark future my dream is foretelling is…inescapable.

My Review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book because I didn’t read the summary of it before I started reading it but I have to say that I really liked it. The story in the beginning before any plot twists happened was relatable because she is just starting college and then everything that happens after that is anything but normal. I love books like this one and I won’t say what any of the plot twists are because that is the basis of book one, but it was such a fun read and it was one of those books that made me forget I was reading and I felt like I was in Evie’s world.

Obviously the main male figure who seems sketchy and doesn’t like her at first is the main love interest, that is never a surprise. However, that is always my favorite part of the relationship in any series because I love feeling the transition from not liking each other to loving each other. This book made me feel like I was falling in love with Reed which made it even better. The only part I didn’t like about this book was how they fell in love so fast. I know it’s a fantasy book and they always end up falling in love but I felt like in this book they went from not liking each other to being in love in only a few pages. It was super abrupt and it actually annoyed me more than I thought it would. Even with that said, I am still in love with Reed and I cannot wait to get more of him.

Russell was an okay guy and the story with him made the book even more interesting but I didn’t like him. I think I was supposed to be torn between him and Reed but there was honestly no competition because I kind of just wanted him to go away… Freddie was an amazing character and I loved him and I wanted him to be my friend but I was really mad at the author at the end because of what she did with him. Buns and Brownie were amazing friends and I wanted to be their friends too because they seem to have so much fun. I like the story line and what the author did with their characters at the end. The ending of this book was ridiculous and I actually had to take time off from reading for a couple of days to let it sink in because I was so upset and blown away with everything the author did.

All of the story elements of this story made me addicted and I just wanted to forget about this world and go into that one and pretend like Reed was my perfect boyfriend and I cannot wait to read the next book!

I would definitely recommend this series for Reed alone…you can buy the book here.