WorldWalker Trilogy

worldwalker

Goodreads Summary of Book 1:

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted… which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily’s life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem – one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian… Lily’s identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn’t understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

My Review:

Often when I can’t find a new series to read I check up on some of my favorite authors to see if they have any new books I haven’t heard of which is how I came across this series! Josephine Angelini wrote the Starcrossed trilogy which I read and LOVED years ago and so I knew I had to read this series immediately, and it has magic so no brainer, right?

I can say that this series moved up into my top five almost immediately. The series was seriously THAT good. Like forgetting to eat, wanting to skip work, staying up all night good.

Lily was an amazing character and sometimes female characters really get on my nerves but not her…I want to be her. She starts out as someone who is in love with a man-whore, and who can’t even go out and do normal things because of her horrible allergies and ends up as a bad-ass who uses magic to fuel an entire army. I just cannot believe how much she changes and how much I love her.

Not only does this series have a kickass main character, magic, and wars, but it has a swoon-worthy-I-wish-he-was-real male lead. The sexual tension in this book was torture, even painful at times, and I loved EVERY second of it! It is books like these that ruin all real men for me because seriously no one even compares to him. I won’t say any more except that I am totally in love with a fictional character and have no shame.

The whole idea for this book that there are an infinite number of universes out there that are created by every decision we all make is just amazing and I have no idea how she came up with it but I am obsessed. Having magic in some universes and not others and how Angelini turned the Salem witch trials into this is just so cool and I can’t get over it. I want so much more. I cannot stop thinking about this series and I think I have one of the worst book hangovers I have ever had.

If you have not read this series you have to, like drop what you are doing and get this book immediately. It will not disappoint! Seriously do it now! You can buy book one on Amazon here or get it at your library like I did!

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Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

bloodlines

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.

Among Others by Jo Walton

Among Others by Jo Walton

Among Others

Goodreads Summary: Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment
Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled–and her twin sister dead.
Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England–a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off…

My review: This book got pretty good reviews on goodreads so I was really surprised at how much I disliked it. A SF/fantasy standalone novel sounds like the greatest thing ever to me because I have been trying to find a great standalone and these genres are right up my alley and I was upset to find that I didn’t like this book.

I read it for a book club so I felt like I had to read the whole thing so that I could discuss the ending and if it got any better but it never did. There was no plot line, therefore no plot movement, we are kind of thrown right in to her life without knowing what happened the year prior and it was kind of annoying because we were supposed to feel bad for her. Her being Mori, the main character. What was also upsetting was that I did not like Mori. She was stuck-up, it seemed like she felt better than everyone else most of the time especially when it came to books, she went to a new school and didn’t want anyone to make fun of her so she was mean to them immediately so they would fear her and not mock her which made her a jerk in my opinion. The romance had potential but it was mainly a 15 year old girl wanting to have sex and not actually being sure if she liked anyone which was also annoying.

The only part I did like about this book was the book club scenes because I have felt what Mori was feeling. She loved talking about books with fellow book lovers and I definitely relate to that. It was sad though because I had no idea what most of the books were that she talked about and I have read a lot of books. I would have liked it more (probably) if I knew what the books were that she constantly summarized and analyzed. Also, the only scifi in this book was when she talked about the scifi that she was reading and the only fantasy in this book was like one spell she did and the fact that fairies existed. It was depressing.

Would not recommend this book to anyone. If you have read it, what did you think? Am I the only one who didn’t like it? You can buy Among Others here.

Ironskin (#1) by Tina Connolly

Ironskin (#1) by Tina Connolly

Ironskin (Ironskin, #1)

Goodreads Summary: Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.
It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin.
When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a “delicate situation”—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.
Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio…and come out as beautiful as the fey.
Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life—and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.

My review: I read this book for class, yes I know, we read a lot of books. Anyway, I wasn’t sure what to think about it and I still honestly don’t know if I liked it or not. It was definitely an interesting twist on Jane Eyre, one of my favorite books of all time, and I was kind of nervous to read about Jane Eyre in a magical world. It was ehh. It was a quick read, quicker than the original Jane Eyre that’s for sure, but the only thing new about it was that there are fey in this world and magic which is awesome, but I don’t think it needed to be a Jane Eyre transformation.

The characters were basically the same, some had different names. Jane Elliot in this book is Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre goes by Jane Elliot when she runs away so that was fun to pick up on), Edward Rochart is Edward Rochester, and the similarities keep coming. The only odd thing was that Connolly decided to keep Helen alive as Jane’s sister which was an interesting choice. The little girl Jane is a governess for was also really important in this book, like the entire book revolved around her for the most part which was kind of entertaining even though the plot wasn’t very developed.

The plot was somehow extremely similar to Jane Eyre (even though it is a fantasy), meaning there wasn’t much to it. Jane is a governess, she watches a little girl, she might be falling in love with Edward so she leaves for awhile, she comes back and something bad happens and then Jane and Edward are in love and there is a happy ending (even though this book is the first in a trilogy I feel like it could have ended with this book). There is never romantic development, it’s like “I’ve talked to him three times but BAM I love him” and I know that’s how the original Jane Eyre was but I feel like this book could have explored that more. There was also so much room for a plot line, the author could have done so much with this but she stuck to the Jane Eyre plot which was kind of disappointing.

This book was okay, but definitely did not live up to Jane Eyre in my mind. Maybe I’m biased, you can give this book a try. It was fun and adorable and a quick read but I don’t think I’ll be picking up the next books in the trilogy anytime soon.

You can buy Ironskin here.

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5)

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

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4)

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.