Adrian Ivashkov. He was the reason I have loved vampire academy. I was part of the minority who was team Adrian all the way. How can you just not love...moreAdrian Ivashkov. He was the reason I have loved vampire academy. I was part of the minority who was team Adrian all the way. How can you just not love him? He always had something witty to say. He camouflages himself by being arrogant and an ass, but we know he's all sweet deep inside. This lost chapter is a tiny peak back into Adrian's life again. I am reminded how much I used to go gaga over him when I was reading the Vampire Academy series.
Note: I have not read the Bloodlines series, and will only begin reading when all six books are out. I have experienced first hand that Richelle Mead's cliffhangers can be pretty brutal, and waiting til 2015 might just give me a heart attack.(less)
Vampires and zombies. One might think it's sloppy to put zombies and vampires together. Who would win in the battle?
Julie Kagawa is an engaging writer...moreVampires and zombies. One might think it's sloppy to put zombies and vampires together. Who would win in the battle?
Julie Kagawa is an engaging writer. The book wasn't too much of a pageturner, however, it still left me anxious to finish the book, though not in a hurry.
The world built is set in the future, where vampires are living amongst humans. Vampires are the stronger species, so it makes sense that they rule. humans are registered. They have tattoos saying they are property of whoever vampire. And they have to show up for a blood draw on a schedule. If you don't, they raid your house and force you to give the blood, even if it will kill you. There are some brave ones who are unregistered though. The downside of this is, you will not get rations of food or clothes, which the registered gets. You basically fend for yourself. which is hard, because there are no plants to harvest from or cattle to slaughter. Only rats if you're lucky or maggoty bread.
So where do the zombies kick in? The city of New Covington is a vampire city. Outside the walls, there are "rabids" who will be eager to eat anyone with a pulse. If you get bitten by one, you might turn into one when you die.
Allie is an Asian unregistered (though this is in no way depicted in the cover). Being so hungry and desperate, she ventures outside the walls and discovers a basement with layers and layers of cans of food and water. She eats up and brings her friends there to bring whatever they can back into the city before the lockdown. But on their way out, her friends are picked out one by one by rabids. And before she knows it, she's also attacked and in pieces. But there is a vampire nearby, who comes to her aid and gives her a choice: "to truly die, or die a vampire". Allie being a survivor choses life in any form she could get.
Her master is "Kanin". He teaches her the ropes of being vampire. But he is wanted. They were almost caught, but Kanin makes a sacrifice, and tells Allie to go without him. She does, and stumbles into a group of humans and pretends to be one of them. Member of the humans is Zeke, and she feels an attraction to him.
The Immortal Rules seems like a mash of a lot of things. It felt a little like Twilight when Zeke came along. It also felt like a vampire movie I watched where vampires walked the earth and humans were just harvested for blood. It also felt like "I am Legend" where Will Smith was looking for more humans and a cure or city or something. But most of all, it reminded me of Walking Dead. There were so many similarities like how Allie was like Michonne, the katana wielding girl. Or how the Governor was making fights of humans versus the zombies. How you turn once you get bitten and die?
But regardless, The Immortal Rules was still an enjoyable read. I still wouldn't mind a little Allie and Kanin romance. He genuinely cares for her and he won't be as breakable as the human Zeke.(less)
**spoiler alert** I have a love and hate relationship with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
I hate to give this book two stars, since I thought I w...more**spoiler alert** I have a love and hate relationship with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
I hate to give this book two stars, since I thought I was reformed and a die hard BDB fan, but this book just made me cringe too many times. This book reminded me why I didn't like Dark Lover (BDB, #1).
Why did this not work for me?
(1)Every wrong spelling and grammar I encountered (examples are leadyre, mine father, mhis, etc.), though I know it was intentional, it just made me wince. (2)Marissa's constant use of "Dear Virgin in the Fade!" Instead of saying "Jesus" or "Christ" which some people commonly use as an expression, use "Dear Virgin in the Fade". It's such a mouthful, that it breaks the momentum. (3)Constant exchanging of "I love you". They say it so often that the magic of the words were lost on me. (4)Butch almost not giving a care on his human family, though it was explained how he never fit in, I still don't get how he could just turn away from all of it. (5)Butch's turning was just too good to be true. For me, it was something forced on the plot. (6)Appearance of Lesser's conversation just made me want to skip pages, plus some part of the book makes you want to sympathize with the lessers, but the why of it, I obviously don't know. (6)I admit the brothers are hot men, being good looking, muscled gods AND romantic dudes, but at some parts, I felt that they wanted each other. It was too odd for me, probably because I wanted them for myself.
It hurts me to give this book two stars, but to give it three means I liked it, and I honestly didn't, so I'll settle with two stars, meaning "it was okay".(less)
Though Sookie had a taste of more than one man in this book (Bill, Eric, Sam, Quinn, Calvin), I only want a taste of ERIC NORTHMAN.
This was another gr...moreThough Sookie had a taste of more than one man in this book (Bill, Eric, Sam, Quinn, Calvin), I only want a taste of ERIC NORTHMAN.
This was another great installment in the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries. Charlaine Harris also gives us a deeper plunge in the paranormal world she created, which I must say, is highly imaginative and addictive.
But still, despite Sookie having a gap between her two front teeth, she still manages to attract tons of men. Kudos Sookie!(less)
Imagine a smaller version of me, roaming some busy streets, not quite lost, but I was looking for something. I really didn’t know what I was looking f...moreImagine a smaller version of me, roaming some busy streets, not quite lost, but I was looking for something. I really didn’t know what I was looking for, until, Charlaine Harris came along. We walked hand in hand, and stopped at a candy store. Then Charlaine buys me this really delectable lollipop that has this delicious filling inside, that I wanted to eat it on the spot. However, my buddy stops me, and takes me further for a walk. We see designer shoes and so on and so forth, but what I want is the candy she bought me. I say, ”Can I have the candy now, please?”. She gives it to me. I open it up, and put it eagerly in my mouth. I enjoy and savor it. However, just as I get the taste of really divine chocolate, Charlaine grabs the lollipop from my mouth and says “You had enough sweets for today.”
That is what I felt when I read Dead to the World. I felt that Charlaine Harris gave me this really sweet candy, only to take it away, when I was about to reach the best part of it.
If you haven’t read this book yet, you would probably wonder what I am talking about. However, if you already did, I bet you already see the picture.
In this instance, the candy I am talking about is, ERIC Northman, whom I picture as this:
See what I am saying? If he was the lollipop, would you be able to stop, despite the increased risk of Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity? Cause, I definitely won’t.
But unfortunately, Charlaine Harris had to take all the fun, and as the caption on the picture says: “It hurts so good."
So here’s where my real review kicks in.
Dead to the World is my favorite among the Sookie Stackhouse series. And if you haven’t guessed why, I have to tell you it’s all because of ERIC NORTHMAN.
Sookie is finally single! With Bill sort of out of the way, namely Peru, I'm celebrating. Yey! One night, as she comes driving from work, she finds arrogant Eric half naked. Not only that, he lost his memory and is tamer! He no longer acts as the proud sheriff of Area 5, but more of a scared man needing protection. Sookie contacts Pam, Eric’s second in command, and discovers that Eric is wanted by some evil wiccans/Weres, also intoxicated with Vamp blood, who want to take over Shreveport. Of course, Sookie, being good natured as she is, takes Eric under her care. But it’s not just Eric, who’s being taken care of. He also takes care of Sookie, and we see Eric as a compassionate person vampire. Sookie, as expected, has tons of problems. Aside from a giant supernatural battle that has to be fought, Sookie's only family, namely Jason, is missing.
Dead to the World, is a fun, quick, entertaining and unpredictable read. Though I honestly didn't like Dead Until Dark, book 1 of the series, and was disappointed by the writing, I believe the books become an "acquired taste". They get better over time, and I am definitely happy that I stuck with it.
Zsadist is the most tohrtured and tohrmented soul I have ever read in my entire life. Zsadist isn’t actually a zsadist (I mean he is, but only to the...moreZsadist is the most tohrtured and tohrmented soul I have ever read in my entire life. Zsadist isn’t actually a zsadist (I mean he is, but only to the baby powdered smelling lessers), but Zsadist is more of a masochist. He’s been keeping all these emotions in him, that he had to vishously tohrture himself physically and the ones he love emotionally.
The last book, Lover Eternal, ended with Bella, a civilian vampire, being abducted. Zsadist, takes care of Bella’s house (which is actually really sweet, if you ask me). He is almost out of hope in locating her, but another civilian vampire escapes from the lessers' lair, and reports that Bella is still alive.
Zsadist, along with the other brothers, save Bella, but finds her in an awful condition. This fills Zsadist with extreme amounts of phury, wrath and rhage. He decides to ahvenge Bella’s honor and seek rehvenge for himself. Zsadist believes the worst of himself. He thinks of himself dirty and unworthy of anybody, especially Bella. Could Bella be the one to actually save Zsadist from his inferior thinking and inner payne?
Lover Awakened, shows us Zsadist in a different light. This book definitely made me understand him more and ultimately, fall in love with his tohrtured soul. Though I am confused on why there is so much lesser talk going on. It's as if J.R. Ward wants me to sympathize with a lesser! And I did. The romance of the book is great, though something if quite off, that I can't put a name on it.
In my review of the previous book, Lover Eternal, I said that me reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series will mess my ability to spell right. But scratch that. I think my spelling is pherfect, though Microsoft Word is disagreeing with me since I see lots of those red zigzagged lines. (less)
I have a confession to make… But please don’t throw rotten tomatoes at me! PLEASE!
*in a tiny tiny voice* I *gulp* seriously gave Dark Lover, the firs...moreI have a confession to make… But please don’t throw rotten tomatoes at me! PLEASE!
*in a tiny tiny voice* I *gulp* seriously gave Dark Lover, the first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, umm, one star. *run and cower for cover*
I think I have a logical explanation on the one star. I seldom skim pages, but whenever there was a lesser talking, I just had to skip pages. Plus, I felt that the H/h were jumping on each other. I barely liked the romance, so the one star. Oh, please let me have friends left, after this review.
But now, after contemplating that I am abnormal since after the 12,552 people who rated Dark Lover, I go straight to the 1% who didn’t like it. So that makes me abnormal.
However, I don’t like being abnormal. I want to be normal. So I gave Lover Eternal a chance, since it means that I am giving a chance to jump on the hype and be “normal”. So, I pre-programmed my head that “I would like this” again and again. I really thought that hard. But flipping through the pages, it became easy, and I didn’t need the chant anymore. I was seriously liking what I was reading. That is what the power of thought can do. Oh heck! I admit, I also have to give praise to J.R. Ward for writing this splendidly. And seriously, my apologies for not liking the first book of the series. I am considering a re-read soon.
This book, I truly enjoyed. Rhage is not just smoking hot, but he’s sweet and dedicated as well.
Hmm, but why did I not give this book five stars? (1) The ending was just too good to be true. I know that this is a paranormal romance, but can’t we have a happy ending without ‘literal’ magic. (2) The spelling of the warriors are messed up for me, and I seriously think it wuold affhect my spehlling skhills frhom now ohn. (3) And the names of the lessers. What happens when there are more than 24 lessers introduced? What would she call them then? A1? B2? (4) My brother. It felt too redundant to me.
But why did I seriously like it? (1)I love the romance aspect of the book. Quick plot details ahead.Well, Rhage has been cursed by the Scribe Virgin. He could turn to a savage beast when he feels pain or any intense emotion. He needs an outlet, which are violence and sex. Well, that was until he met Mary Luce. Her voice could calm the beast inside him. He falls for her, and what I love is, he’s not ashamed to admit it. But the thing is, Mary is sick. But they work that out. (2) The bond between the brothers are cute. (3)Rhage is so *sigh*. (4)Bella and Zsadist are also a thing to look out for.
Well, definitely I’m amending my first opinions, recommending this to all paranormal romance readers and seriously hoping that my friends don’t hate me. (less)
Who would have thought that after giving the first book a miserly two stars, that I would come to enjoy the third installment of the Sookie Stackhouse...moreWho would have thought that after giving the first book a miserly two stars, that I would come to enjoy the third installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series four stars?
Sookie is again in some serious trouble. Bill is abducted by the King of Mississippi, and clearly Sookie needs tons of help. Eric, of course, comes to Sookie’s aid. (Well, maybe I should mention that Eric’s head is on the line since Bill has business with the Queen of Louisiana, but I still think he does it for Sookie) Sookie goes to Mississippi, and enter Club Dead as Alcide Herveaux' girlfriend. (BTW, Alcide is a werewolf with animal magnetism. Literally.)
But dang. Having red nails is never a good idea, because red nails attract trouble.
Hell, not only is Bill missing, but Sookie attracts other werewolves' attention and somehow ends up being staked.
Speaking of Alcide Herveaux, I just got to see how he looks like. For me the shirt is unflattering. But why bother with the shirt when he could look sizzling without it.
Eric Northman plus Alcide Herveaux definitely makes True Blood a MUST watch. (Just to have a sizzling visual presentation.)So I AM going to catch up on the series. The books are enjoyable as well, but True Blood has all the eye candy ♥
And I got accustomed to Charlaine Harris’ writing style, because I honestly enjoyed this book so much more than I have anticipated. Maybe because Bill was finally presented as a jackass, and Eric Northman finally appears to be the IT bad boy I wanted to swoon for. Club Dead is surely fast paced and enjoyable, it's no wonder I'll be gobbling up the next book soon. :D
Twilight was the perfect treat for me. It was lusciously sweet at every corner.
However, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, phe...moreTwilight was the perfect treat for me. It was lusciously sweet at every corner.
However, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, phew, that was a mouthful, wasn't. Oh, how it pains me to give Stephenie Meyer three stars! Stephenie Meyer who made me look with a new pair of eyes at the world. She who made me wish that a certain Edward Cullen would pass me by and glitter as the rays of the sun touch his cold, granite skin; and I would see him at the corner of my eye and we would have undeniable attraction between us. Oh, how it hurts me. But I have to be honest with myself. I did not enjoy this treat as much as I wanted. For me, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner was way past it's Best Before date.
But dear reader, do not be confused with my rating! Whether you're a twilight fan or a Robert Pattinson stalker, you have to try this book out.
I also must warn you. This wasn't as gooey chocolatey sweet as Twilight. There's barely any romance in here. Or rather, 5% romance compared to twilight. But still, it is there.
However, as I said, this book (I dare not type the title again, LOL), is still a treat nonetheless. Enjoyable but not as remarkable. (less)
♪♫♪Bad, bad, bad, bad boy, you make me feel so good Bad, bad, bad, bad boy, you make me feel so good, knew you would The way you hold me tight you get me so excited You tell me oh , so right, my heart goes beat, beat, beat, beat, beat, beat. Bad Boy, Gloria Estefan
♪♫♪I'm a bad, bad, boy And I'm gonna steal your love Said I'm a bad, bad, boy And I'm gonna steal your love Come take me to your house Then I'm gonna rip you off Well I made my first kill With the old town girl She was the apple of her daddy's eye Well that woman looked up at me And I said honey we'll be Together 'till the day I die But I lied I'm a bad, bad, boy Bad Boy, Nazareth
I honestly have no idea how the songs' tune goes, but I feel like singing, or rather make a point that BAD BOYS have so much appeal, despite them being bad boys.
When I read The Turning, Blood Ties #1, I was pro-CYRUS. Cyrus is a bad boy, or rather a bad vampire. He ate and killed humans, just for the fun of it. He hurt others, for the pleasure of it. But me, myself, being good natured was hoping, through the entire book that Cyrus would change and become a hero. In cases of historical romances, the rakes, when reformed are always the best of husbands. But my expectations where not met. Cyrus was a bloody bastard all through the first page up to his untimely death. Though bad boys have their appeal, a bad boy who cannot be tamed should be avoided like the plague. Thus, I've given the first book two stars.
But with Possession, Blood Ties #2, Jennifer Armintrout managed to make my wishes come true. She seemed like a fairy god mother who turned a fairy tale to reality and outdid herself in the process.
Spoilers ahead.Cyrus, is back. He’s been resurrected and he’s human once more. He gained his soul back. But he also gained his conscience back. He’s held captive by the vampire cult, Fang. And there’s also this female human whose life is in his hand. Once he dies, the girl would be useless and end up as the Fang’s dinner. But Cyrus, as human, has lost immortality, but gained so much (his soul and conscience and humanity), but could he add love to this list as well?
Simultaneously, Dr. Carrie Ames, is in search of Nathan, who is possessed by the Soul Eater. She asks for the help of Max, Nathan’s former colleague, but still a friend. They visit the Movement’s headquarters and learns from the Oracle that the Soul Eater is trying to be god. Carrie, after learning this, is off to hunt for Cyrus and tries to save Nathan’s soul as well. End of spoilers.
The Blood Ties series has managed to redeem itself before my very eyes. The book was entertaining, the plot well thought off. And unlike the first book, the characters, especially Cyrus, has become very loveable. And it also made me conclude that even the worst of bad boys, can still be tamed and possessed. (less)
It was extremely hard thinking of Eric Northman, 6'4", blonde with blue eyes, need I mention a super gorgeous hunk, a vampire, and Sheriff of Louisian...moreIt was extremely hard thinking of Eric Northman, 6'4", blonde with blue eyes, need I mention a super gorgeous hunk, a vampire, and Sheriff of Louisiana Area 5, an entrepreneur (owner of bar Fangtasia) in a PINK LYCRA especially when I pictured him as Alexander Skarsgård who looks like this
But imagining the bulge his would form, Eric Northman in a pink lycra doesn't seem like a bad idea. I think I'm pro pink lycras. Especially if someone this hot would wear them. I even think I should advocate the wearing of lycras on men. *drool* Hmm, well maybe not in pink, but in more manly colors :)) ___ Dead in Dallas, the second installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, is an entertaining quick read. I'm not a big fan of Charlaine Harris' writing style, but I have to admit, the lady has a great imagination.
This book, practically covers up the entire second season of True Blood. But don't think that it's basically the same, because it's not. It's different in a way the the TV series has more drama. But still, as I said, the book was very entertaining.
Sookie Stackhouse is attacked by a maenad, a worshiper of the God of wine and all things crazy, as a message to Eric Northman. After Sookie being healed, she is lent to the Dallas vampire sheriff, to read the humans who might have seen the missing vampire Farrell. But the search becomes complicated as they end up searching at the religious group, Fellowship of the Sun with a century old suicidal vampire as an ally. After fixing the Dallas affair, Sookie goes off with Eric Northman (yes, in a pink Lycra) to an orgy, to find LaFayette's murderer. But, not only do they find LaFayette's murderer, they also manage to be in the middle of the maenad's frenzy.
The main reason why I'm reading this, is because it's agonizing to wait for every season of True Blood in HBO to come, since it's painstakingly long. It's pure torture.
I'm not a big fan of the books, but, if Charlaine Harris makes me imagine men in more pink Lycras, I think this will soon be my favorite series :))(less)
When I started reading this book, I swore it was a book that couldn’t pique my fancy. I was overly bored and couldn’t...moreI am totally ashamed of myself.
When I started reading this book, I swore it was a book that couldn’t pique my fancy. I was overly bored and couldn’t flip anymore pages. I thought the writing was for too-young adults. I thought I would be generous and give it two stars.
But dang, I am eating what I said.
Betrayed (House of Night #2) by P.C and Kristin Cast started out slow, but, somewhere in the middle, I began liking the book. I can’t point to the exact page, but somewhere, things were becoming interesting. Despite the mediocre writing, the plot, I admit is good. I actually think of the authors as brave for having straying so much from the vampire norms.
Zoey Redbird, is still likable for me. She always has the best interests of everyone is heart. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t fail trying. Despite being advanced for a fledgling, she’s still struggling to maintain normalcy. She just wants to fit in. And experience the same stuff other normal teenagers do. Probably having a little boylet, here and there. Despite her having three love interests, I don’t take it against her. I even wish I had three boylets hunkering over me. But dah, I’m no Zoey Redbird.
Anyway, this book makes me want to pick up the next one, as in now. I’ve betrayed myself. I swore it couldn’t pick my fancy, but now, karma’s eating at me. (less)
Marked (House of Night, #1) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.
Zoey Redbird is an ordinary girl with an ordinary life. But that was before she's been marke...moreMarked (House of Night, #1) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.
Zoey Redbird is an ordinary girl with an ordinary life. But that was before she's been marked by a tracker. From then on, she became a vampyre fledgeling that has to reach House of Night, a vampire school, as soon as able. If not, she will suffer the consequence of death. Being marked, scared her so called best friend away, including her mother, but lured her hot-but-not-so-bright jock ex-boyfriend even closer.
So being shunned by people she thought would accept her, she runs to the comfort of her grandmother who has deep affinity to the spirit ways of her Cherokee roots.
In search of Zoey's grandmother, Zoey stumbles and hits her head. She then embarks on a spirit journey and meets Nyx, goddess of the night and vampires. Nyx embues her with magical powers and the next thing Zoey knows, she is at the House of Night, with a terrible scar, but alive nonetheless.
Zoey, having more access to vampyre physiology, discovers she's no longer ordinary, because even for a vampyre, she's way beyond an average fledgeling. She already has bloodlust, which is unheard of for new fledgelings; she has a fully covered mark, where all fledgelings has only an outline, and she has control of all five elements, which are air, fire, water, earth and spirit, which is unheard for all vampyres of all ages. Zoey's destined for something more. Of what, Zoey's not entirely certain.
House of Night is an okay book, with a totally different take on vampyres, not to mention vampyres is spelled with a Y against the common vampire with an I. I keep ignoring that red zigzagged line under vampyre, because this was how the book has spelled it. To become a vampyre, one must be chosen. Its more of being a disease, instead of being bit by one. It was interesting enough for me to reach the end of the book, but I certainly don't feel like dying if I don't read the next ones. I'm not sure if I would read them, but I'm open to possibilities :) (less)
I am a true follower of the True Blood series in HBO. And how it brings me great sorrow to wait for the succession of the series which is taking pains...moreI am a true follower of the True Blood series in HBO. And how it brings me great sorrow to wait for the succession of the series which is taking painstakingly long. Thus, I have decided to take things in my own hands, and read the series so I would be way ahead than the tv show. Better to know what I'd be dealing with for the next season, right?
Well, I wouldn't say the book was well crafted as I expected it to be. This is a best seller, so I expected quite a lot from it.
But it wasn't a huge disappointment either. It was still Sookie. It was pretty much True Blood, only simpler, but in the book, we get a glimpse of what's going in Sookie's mind.
If your looking for something to get rid of your aching hunger for True Blood, then this book would be perfect for you ♥(less)