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.

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Eternal Eden by Nicole Williams

Eternal Eden by Nicole Williams

Eternal Eden (Eden Trilogy, #1)

Goodreads Summary: College sophomore Bryn Dawson is a self-proclaimed poster child for normal. However, the day William Hayward enters her life, normalcy is the last thing Bryn will be able to count on if she wants to be with him. Too mysterious and appealing to be good for a girl, Bryn feels drawn to him in a way that seems out of her control—as if fate is orchestrating it.
Despite every red flag and warning siren going off in her head telling her not to, Bryn falls hard for William, knowing he’s categorically different from anyone she’s ever met. She never imagined how right she was. When William takes her deeper into the rabbit hole of his world, Bryn must decide just how much she is willing to sacrifice to be with him, knowing no matter what, fate always finds a way to have the last laugh.
Spinning a new twist on star-crossed lovers, Eternal Eden will put Bryn through a gauntlet of turmoil, challenging her to find the power within herself to become the heroine in her own story.

My Review: This book was one of the best paranormal romance books I have ever read. Of course it was super cheesy and stupid and boy meets girl and it starts out with them not liking each other at all and then BAM! Yeah, super cliché and I knew what was going to happen as soon as I started reading it (with the romance) but I loved it anyways! The romance was super adorable and I lived through it and I am in love with William and he is definitely swoon-worthy!

The plot didn’t really happen until like half way through and I thought I would get bored with the slow pace, but in this book I didn’t and I just enjoyed all of the happiness and tried to absorb it before the plot came in and twisted and ruined everything. The real plot though was super interesting, I thought these “Immortals” were going to be vampires or something but they aren’t and I don’t really know what they are, they share some vampire-like attributes but were pretty original. It was really interesting to read about them, and then the plot twist with the betrothal thing and with another character named Patrick, I won’t include any spoilers but the twists were interesting and I actually didn’t see them coming.

This book was amazing! I cannot wait to read the next two and see what happens with William and Bryn! This book was definitely worth every minute, it absorbed me and made me forget about real life! I was upset when I stopped reading and realized that William is not my boyfriend. Anyway, you can get Eternal Eden on amazon for free here! Read it if you like dumb books like twilight that you don’t want to like but you do anyways. If that applies to you, trust me.

Transfixion by J. Giambrone

Transfixion by J Giambrone

Transfixion

This was my first ARC novel and I am so excited that I had this experience. I am sorry it took me so long to read this, I’m in college now and have very little time to read!

Goodreads Summary: It’s nothing short of the end of the world.
Someone has weaponized the broadcast spectrum – gazing upon the transmission is enough to steal your mind.
Kaylee Colton faces a technological Armageddon when suburbia shatters into civil war. All alone, and unable to speak, Kaylee will need to fight to survive and transcend her own fears if she is to stand against these enigmatic forces of destruction.

My Review: This book was AMAZING! I honestly wasn’t expecting too much from it because I’ve read iffy things about ARC books, but I loved this story! It was action-packed, constantly moving, and definitely worth the read!

It started out kind of confusing because I was thrown right in the middle of the plot, so of course I had no idea what was going on in their world and so everything that happened moved so fast and I didn’t understand it, but it was super entertaining and pulled me in from page one! Kaylee, the main character was awesome to read about, she gets chased by people trying to kill her and she is worried about not getting blood on her book. Kind of ridiculous but I can relate so I loved her from the start! Typically I don’t like it when characters have big mental breakdowns but this one was actually entertaining to read about and I liked what Giambrone did with it. The boy characters were also awesome! Lucas and Dustin were cool to read about because I like guy characters…the only upsetting thing to me was that there was no romance, I love books with romance as a minor plot, but that’s not what type of story this was I guess.

The plot was awesome even though it took a while for me to figure out what the heck was going on! The situation with the zombie-like dupes or whatever they were supposed to be was super confusing at first because it started out with “oh crap there were dupes chasing me” and I didn’t know if this was like a zombie story or a post-apocalyptic story or both! Eventually, I figured it out and it’s a pretty cool idea, this whole mind control element of the book and of course the survival aspect. The part that set this apart from other books of this genre was that the main goal wasn’t just survival, it was trying to reverse what was going on and I really liked that because it gave a purpose to the story.

The last few chapters were okay. It was confusing because again, I had to infer what happened based on the last chapter. Close to the end, the plot of the book Kaylee was reading at the beginning was also randomly thrown in and I didn’t see the purpose until a bit later on. I appreciate it now and I think it’s interesting, but it was awkwardly placed. The very last few lines though…some of my favorite lines and I was smiling like an idiot!

This book was really good and was definitely worth the read. I would recommend it for anyone who likes zombie stories, post-apocalyptic, or dystopian books! You can buy transfixion here. Thanks J. Giambrone for sending me an ARC copy! I loved it!

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver #1)

Goodreads Summary: Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

My Review: This book has been on my TBR list for a while. I got it after I finished the summer reading program a year ago and sadly, it sat on my shelf until the movie commercial came out.

The book was definitely interesting, the concept of no feelings was original, I enjoyed the weird apologies for everything, the sharing of dreams in the morning, and the whole getting your future chosen for you at age 12. As interesting as the ideas were though, there was no plot line until the last 40 pages! The entire first 120 pages was just explaining the world that they lived in and introducing characters. Nothing actually happened until too far into the book! There was so much buildup in the very beginning that I was waiting for some crazy plot but it continued to build and build and then the plot was come and gone. The book  was not as entertaining as I expected, and it was overall super slow for me.

The whole releasing old people and babies was interesting and it took a twist that I eventually saw coming. I liked the memories and how the giver and the receiver shared them, it was really unique and I had no idea that was how the book was going to go because it took so long to get there. As soon as the plot began, I couldn’t put the book down but I almost gave up on the book because of how slow it was.

I know I blog about books but I have to rant about the movie compared to the book as well. The movie was similar to the book but it created a plot line and romance which made the movie go way faster than the story in the book went. I honestly think the book would have been better if it was more like the movie, which is saying a lot for me because I typically like the books way better. The movie angered me at first because it was different, but I thought about how slow the book was and figured people who hadn’t read the book wouldn’t have liked the movie if they didn’t add some plot movement and quicker development and romance, of course.

The book was not as good as I had anticipated, but it was short so I got through it quickly even though it was slow moving. I liked the ideas of the book, it was creative, and overall a good story if you don’t think about how long it took to get to the plot. You can buy the Giver here.

Throwback Thursday 8/14/2014

Throwback Thursday 8/14/2014

Princess Academy (Princess Academy, #1)

Goodreads Summary: Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king’s priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year’s time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king’s ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.
Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.

Throwback Thursday is a new thing I am going to be starting out where I basically pick a book that I read before I joined the blogging world and rant about it, good or bad.

Princess Academy is one of my all time favorite books. I read it when it first came out and have read it several times since then. It’s interesting because it isn’t something I would normally pick up to read because there is no magic, action, or forbidden love, but honestly I can never get tired of this story. The boarding school to train mountain girls to be princesses whether or not they want to do so and having a super mean teacher and just being in that kind of situation is such a great story line! I love the main character and even though she isn’t in a super traumatic situation, the story is so addicting! It’s a quick read, a wonderful story, super adorable characters and some weird almost magic? I am not really sure what to call it but it’s unique!

This was my favorite standalone novel until Shannon Hale wrote a sequel! The sequel was pretty good but Princess Academy was one of those books that would have been just perfect without one. I also recently found out that there is a potential third book being released in 2015 and I am not sure how I feel about that yet.

So that was basically all of my random thoughts on one of my favorite books. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good quick read. Whether or not you read the sequel is up to you, it was good but not as good as the original. You can buy Princess Academy here.