So I feel so ashamed at myself for how long this book sat on my bookshelf until I decided I had the time to read it or could actually be bothered. Bec...moreSo I feel so ashamed at myself for how long this book sat on my bookshelf until I decided I had the time to read it or could actually be bothered. Because now that I know how good it was I feel even more ashamed.
There is only one reason it gets a 4 star rating and that is I am not a fan of epilogues. I never read them, sometimes I only skim through them, so there was going to be no way I was going to read 4 of them. I skimmed through all of them and everything was still understandable with what I was reading. So I guess they are purely there for some light background information. Nice touch, but not my cup of tea.
Anyway, I have to say that for Claudia Gray to write a book about Balthazar was one of the smartest things so could have done. Balthazar for me was always the star through all of the Evernight series. He was always the one you wanted to know more about. Why was he so broody, secretive and otherworldly? Well that all gets put into action in this book and I loved it. I really enjoyed the interaction between Skye and Balthazar, the subtle sexual tension was some of my favourite parts because you were just waiting for them to jump each others bones and it was written in such a nice way where it didn't make you feel uncomfortable to read, it was sweet.
The drama surrounding Skye, Balthazar and Redgrave was an interesting one. It was kind of predictable but in a good way. Most of the time you knew where the story was going to end up but there were a few twists and turns that were surprising to say the least. I also thoroughly enjoyed the small appearances from Bianca and Lucas, they were small reminders of where this all began and where they all met so it was nice to have their assistance in the story.
Just the overall way that Claudia Gray writes is so wonderful and easy to follow along with that makes it all the more enjoyable an adventure to take. Balthazar is a great read and even if you read it before or after you decide to read the Evernight series it is still an amazing standalone novel.(less)
There's not much I can say on this book that hasn't already been said about the first book of this amazing series.
I love this series and the first boo...moreThere's not much I can say on this book that hasn't already been said about the first book of this amazing series.
I love this series and the first book for me actually was a little slow to begin with, but now with the graphic novel of the first it brings to life the images I tried so hard to get in my head when first reading Vampire Academy. I like how each character actually seems to be how I pictured them in my head, although Dimitri's hair is a little off in my mind, but if that's my only flaw then so be it, I can adjust to Richelle Mead's pictures.
The colouring and moments of action in this book are really highlighted too, the look in the characters eyes are also quite well done and you can see the fear and the excitement that we are supposed to be seeing too. I really think that Rose is presented as super sexy, although she always has been in my mind, Lissa is gorgeous and sweetly dressed at all times, she does look regal to me at most times if not all. I think Christian is exactly how I would have pictured him, strikingly handsome with a hint of mischief behind his eyes. Dimitri is the strong, tall guardian that I always pictured him as.
For a graphic novel this is really quite exciting. I think that a lot of authors might start venturing out into this medium in the future, it's exciting for fans to be able to see exactly what the author was seeing all along. I like the idea of that and this book executed it flawlessly.(less)
Only one word can describe this book. Wow. Richelle Mead hasn't disappointed me yet and I don't think she ever will. The Indigo...more**spoiler alert** Wow.
Only one word can describe this book. Wow. Richelle Mead hasn't disappointed me yet and I don't think she ever will. The Indigo Spell was amazing! My expectations were met and exceeded and now I am suffering from the worst post book depression possible. I need the next book in my hands right this minute!
So, first off I will start with the tension. Holy. Moley. The tension! Sydney and Adrian are explosive in their sexual tension and it is so great to read, I almost don't want them to get together just so the scenes of tension can continue. But the best parts are when Sydney lets her guard down and surrenders to what she is feeling when she is with Adrian. With Adrian his intentions are always clear but it is still extremely sweet to read when he uses his words so poetically without them sounding fake, because with Adrian you know that they are sincere every time when it comes to Sydney.
Apart from the amazing Sydrian scenes ( yes, I gave them a lame couple name), the rest of this book is up to par with the last two as well. The story progresses on well and there is so much going on in this book that at times I really feel sorry for Sydney at all that she has to do while trying to keep herself happy. To be honest I was waiting for her to snap at some point and I'm still waiting for that to happen somewhere down the track, even if it isn't a typical Sydney mannerism, it has to catch up to her at some point.
I found myself really enjoying the magic scenes too, it was a nice change to read about apart from vampire happenings and something that helped Sydney grow as a person and as a character, it was something she needed and I am glad she was pushed by Ms Terwilliger.
At some point I am going to have to stop gushing over this book otherwise it will be a never ending review, so I will end it by saying - read this book. Read this series. It will not let you down and the last thing I have to say is I really cannot wait for the next book. No, seriously. I actually cannot wait. Richelle Mead, if you read this, hurry up and give me more Sydney and Adrian!!!(less)
The Golden Lily didn't fail in any sense of the word.
Bloodlines set it up and I was so ecstatic to read that book that once it was over I automaticall...moreThe Golden Lily didn't fail in any sense of the word.
Bloodlines set it up and I was so ecstatic to read that book that once it was over I automatically craved the next and finally that time came and now I am craving the third. For me, that is the sign of a truly talented author.
Richelle Mead has given light to her sencondary characters from The Vampire Academy series and made them standouts in her Bloodlines series and for me it couldn't be a better thing for her to do. The Golden Lily shed light onto things that we were left with at the end of Bloodlines. Obviously the major part was the romance side of it but I still found that as much of a focus point that was for this story, the action and main goal that the book was focused around was still front and centre and that was never forgotten.
Now, I'll get this out of the way...ADRIAN!! SYDNEY!! AHHHHH!!! <3<3<3 My inner fangirl just had to get that out in some way. I had to have been one of the many people who had internal fits of swooning. These two are perfect for each other and the tension between them both is killing me and making me speed read through it at the same time. I love that Adrian is as out there about his feelings for Sydney as he dares to be because of her fears and concerns and that Sydney is blissfully unaware of his advances and of her own. Every part of this story that they are together in just becomes magical because whether they like it or not, there is chemistry and such a spark like that is not going to fade quickly. I hope Sydney breaks some rules. Truly, I do.
Okay, that aside, the rest of the story had secrets and mysteries tangled throughout and that is another part that kept me reading well into the night. All of what we have discovered from the first two books is just going to keep growing and get even better because Richelle Mead could make it as big as she wants it to be and at the rate she is divulging information, it is only going to get even more interesting and hard to put down.
As a brief summary, the other characters, Eddie, Angeline, Brayden, Jill, Adrian, Dimitri, Sonya and Trey ( I hope I didn't forget anyone) all are standouts in their own way. They all have their little paths that branch off into areas we want to know about and it reminds you that there is so much to this story that what we realise. Really, it is so hard to remind yourself when reading this book that it is only fiction because it has such a life to it that feels so, so real.
All in all, another stellar book from Richelle Mead. All I can say is that she better type fast and get the third book out in record time because my poor little fangirl heart just can't wait so long!(less)
**spoiler alert** When I first read the blurb for this book I didn't have super high expectations. I thought that this series would start off as a wat...more**spoiler alert** When I first read the blurb for this book I didn't have super high expectations. I thought that this series would start off as a watered down version of the Vampire Academy series, with all the sub characters and sub plots that weren't as interesting as the Vampire Academy books.
I was soooo wrong.
I don't know what to say about this book other than I loved it! For a follow up series to a set of amazing books, Bloodlines delivered nothing but a fine storyline with new and exciting adventures. I always thought Sydney was an interesting character and loved the idea of hearing things from her perspective, she is set in her ways and completely genuine as they come. I love that her fear of vampires and what they do is a normal thing, she is open to experience a new set of people and that's what made her loveable to me. I kind of wished that she could have had more alchemist tasks to indulge in but for this first book she had a fair bit to deal with when the time came for it.
Probably the best parts of this book for me were anything involving Sydney and Adrian. Adrian is a character that you feel a range of emotions for but at the end of the day can't help but love who he is because thats just him. Although he does have surprises up his sleeves every now and again. Their blossoming friendship was one that I thought was refreshing and a good thing for both of them. Sydney understood what it meant to loosen up and Adrian learnt that the world doesn't revolve around him, not all of him that is. They are a wonderful pairing, so good for each other as friends but to be truthful I hope something else blossoms from it, seeing as the ending of this book was a little promising in that department I will be holding out for what is to eventuate between the two.
Jill was sweet and adorable in this book also. I didn't adore her so much in the Vampire Academy books but in Bloodlines she was just so hard to dislike, she has so much going on in her life and obviously is going to find it hard to fit in and deal with everything new that is going on around her. I felt for her. To be honest, I don't think putting her in a school as large as Amberwoods was the smart thing to do, thats just my one lonely little fault in this awesome storyline.
There was a lot happening in this book and a lot that has been set up for the next books arrival. There is danger, romance, friendships, complications and all the good stuff that people expect to come from Richelle Mead. I loved that she added in small parts for Rose and Abe and now even more I am going to be craving the next book because it will hold the one and only Dimitri Belikov. I love the cameo roles that have been set up, it is a gentle reminder of where it all began and that we don't have to forget about the characters we fell in love with in the first place.
Vampire Academy lovers will dote all over this book and new fans who are just beginning will fawn over this new series too. (less)
**spoiler alert** I really dispise giving a Charlaine Harris book anything but a 5, but this one just didn't completely top it for me. I love this ser...more**spoiler alert** I really dispise giving a Charlaine Harris book anything but a 5, but this one just didn't completely top it for me. I love this series, I'm 100 percent hooked on it, but I have to admit that this series is being dragged out really far now. I read a comment not long ago from someone who I believed summed it up really well, this series is starting to feel like a chore to read. You love it, the storyline and everything, but it just feels like you are reading it just for the sake of reading it now. I feel that way too, I still love the characters and their stories with all my heart, but I kind of think that this series could have ended at 10 books probably.
Anyway, with all that said, I still did like a lot about this book. I love that there is still the strong mystery element that Charlaine Harris knows how to do so well. I felt that the start was kind of slow to begin with and then got into it a little more as it went along. I really wanted to know why Eric and Pam were acting so odd so there is where the strong mystery element comes in.
What I also found quite fascinating was the history that was put into this book. Sookie was discovering things about her Gran that she didn't know and never had a chance to be told which I really thought was a good part to this book. What I do miss about this series though is the strong sexual element. Okay, I think most people have to admit that what they loved the most, besides the awesome storyline, was the sexual tension between Sookie and Eric. Those two were sooooo much more amazing together when they were fighting the urge to bonk each others brains out. So now that they are together and have this close bond, that whole part just disappeared.
Another part that was also a good feature was Sookie breaking the bond between her and Eric by use of her friend Amelia. Sookie did it for the right reasons, to know whether or not she still felt something for Eric even without the bond. Mind you, I thought it was down right stupid of her to basically sever her ties with her own personal security device.
The fairies are still a great factor in these books that I still find highly interesting. Alcide popping up was also a lovely surprise too (a very lovely surprise ;) hahaha). All in all, this book for me was just slightly more interesting than the last one. I will still keep reading this series until Charlaine Harris just can't write them anymore, they are just too good :) I just hope that the next one has some more oomph.(less)
I liked this nice little extra to accompany Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. It was a sweet way to wrap up what everyone wanted to know. It...moreI liked this nice little extra to accompany Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. It was a sweet way to wrap up what everyone wanted to know. It was so immaculate and well written, I could literally see the scenery in my mind. It was very clear detail. I loved the wedding ceremony and I thought it a nice touch to add in the blood bonding, it added that element of vampire that no one really seem's to speak of all that much. It was a lovely little summary of the wedding Antanasia and Lucius shared. Seeing as this book could not have had a sequel, I'm glad it had this to wrap it up. (less)
From the title of this book it doesn't give you much to go on. I seriously thought it would be terribly written and a lame excuse for a book. I think...moreFrom the title of this book it doesn't give you much to go on. I seriously thought it would be terribly written and a lame excuse for a book. I think it needs a new title but to be honest, it was an amazing story.
I have not read a book about a planned marriage before and in that I also thought it would be a bad story. It isn't by far. The characters are well rounded and thought out, they are unique and structured and give you so much to go on and are changing every minute.
Lucius spoke impeccably and I loved the change of tone in a character, instead of reading what we call 'normal dialect', Lucius was in a league of his own. Jessica was a great main character also, she was a little standoffish at first and reluctant to believe in the whole vampire thing, but that is what I liked about her. In this day and age most girls are willing to jump at the chance to date/marry a vampire if they existed. I liked the fact that Jessica thought the idea preposterous and insane. That should be everyones generic reaction I think. I also liked the way the story ended, simple and to the point.
This is a highly recommendable story and with the title aside, every young lover of the paranormal should take a read :)(less)
Well, obviously this book is just like Twilight only in picture form. But it really is beautiful and even with not much dialogue the pictures describe...moreWell, obviously this book is just like Twilight only in picture form. But it really is beautiful and even with not much dialogue the pictures describe what we all imagined in our heads on first reading Twilight. I loved the expressions one their faces and how they flow so easily even in still pictures. Everything is there in detail, minute detail. I lingered momentarily on each page studying the characters and flawlessly they were executed. I didn't know what to think of the whole graphic novel idea at first but I actually think it was a brilliant idea to do it. But to be honest, I don't think Stephenie Meyer should milk anymore out of this series. Move on and create something else that is magical in its own rights.(less)
I really do like anything to do with Charlaine Harris. This book was a great novella and I liked each story for what it brought to the book as a whole...moreI really do like anything to do with Charlaine Harris. This book was a great novella and I liked each story for what it brought to the book as a whole. 'Her Best Enemy' was high on the list for me. I liked the struggle and the sexual tension between Kiley and Jack. It was great to read about and it all flowed well together, I would love to read more about them if possible.
'Someone Else's Shadow' was probably last on the list for me in this novella but it was a good storyline and easy enough to follow. It could have been a little stronger but in the end you just have to take it for how it is. Not bad though.
'Dancer's in the Dark' was my favourite, not just because it was written by Charlaine Harris and the fact that she has a true gift for writing an amazing story. I liked this story for how easy it was to follow and for where it lead you around each corner and dark alley way. The characters fit perfectly together and I really craved more after it was finished. One of the best short stories I have ever read :)(less)