I'm so sad to see this series end. Some books were great and some were not so great. It took a long time to get to where we ended up, but a part of meI'm so sad to see this series end. Some books were great and some were not so great. It took a long time to get to where we ended up, but a part of me feels a bit let down as well. There was really no swoonworthy part to this end. So much going on and hard to keep track of what exactly WAS going on. I loved the whole aspect of the vampires being Angels. It was a such a great way to introduce us to them. Schulyer needed to be a bit more kick ass at times. I wanted Jack to be It. I feel a bit let down.
We could have a book on Kingsley and Mimi, I would totally read that if it wasn't for YA:)
Do we get an Oliver and Finn story? His ending seemed more like a beginning.
too many storylines. love Assail and Sola. xCor and Layla are weird. Blay & Qhuinn... sigh. Trez, hmm. some of it dragged, tighter editing and knotoo many storylines. love Assail and Sola. xCor and Layla are weird. Blay & Qhuinn... sigh. Trez, hmm. some of it dragged, tighter editing and knock off a storyline or two....more
I am the first one to say that I love the Vampire Academy novels. In fact, right after reading The Golden Lily, I had to reread the original series (wI am the first one to say that I love the Vampire Academy novels. In fact, right after reading The Golden Lily, I had to reread the original series (which I just finished).
I'm finding myself not happy with this Bloodlines series. I mean I love that we get more Adrian and Jill and Eddie. My problem lies more in the narrator-- Sydney is dull. Rose was so dynamic with her colorful language and snarky witticisms. The relationship between Dimitri and Rose was swoon worthy and probably the most romantic pairing since Buffy and Angel. I know that Adrian deserves his happily ever after, but with Sydney? I just don't see it and to me it feels forced.
So let me just go into what I didn't like. The storyline goes nowhere. It took a lot of pages to get to the finale scene which was just made me scream (in my head) WTF! I adore Richelle's writing and Vampire Academy is so tightly plotted and written so damn well, that this series seems like a completely different writer is writing it. Where are my clues that were sprinkled in VA? Where is the underlying passion and greatness that I have come to adore in Mead's writing?
So what did I like about it: Angeline. We first meet her in Last Sacrifice (the final VA book), where she lives in the mountains with The Keepers. A ragtag bunch of vampires and Dhampirs and human who commune together in harmony. Angeline has spunk and her besottedness with Eddie is fun to watch. Eddie Castile. Ever since Frostbite, I have adored this character. He's strong willed, he's a good friend to Rose and he adores Jill (The Queen's illegitimate sister). Jill can be annoying at time. I know that she's learning all about being royalty as it was thrust upon her. Plus having your life constantly in danger should make you a more exciting character, but she's not. You know who is missing from this series? Mia Rinaldi. I like Angeline, but Mia would work well especially as possibly a rival to Adrian's affection from Sydney. There needs to be some conflict and Syd being an alchemist just doesn't bring the fervor.
Adrian Ivashkov deserves his own paragraph. Adrian is still smarting from Rose's deception and defection of her heart to her one true love, Dimitri Belikov. What makes matters even worse? Dimitri is in this whole book with another strigoi turned back, Sonya Karp. They are trying to find out the secrets of turning back from Strigoi and long-term effects of spirit. So Adrian and Dimitri are in close contact often and the turn of events are funny and sometimes sad. However, snarky Adrian is always fun. Drunk and smoking Adrian is hilarious.
Even Adrian can't help this installment. I'm pretty invested in the series so I'm definitely interested to see where she's going with it (let's hope not 6 books), and I'd like to see everyone happy. I know Rose' story is done, but I'd like to see her back (even if she was briefly in Bloodlines).
I know that there will be people who won't agree with my assessment of The Golden Lily. I tried to love this book, but came away with a half-assed infatuation of it.
Not overly impressed with this series. I absolutely adored Vampire Academy Series and this one just doesn't hold a candle to it. Sydney is just a boring main character. She works better as side character....more
I have lots of things to say about this. I think this book was slow going and it really took me a while to get into it. But I am seriously invested inI have lots of things to say about this. I think this book was slow going and it really took me a while to get into it. But I am seriously invested in this series and have been since I read the first book back in '07/'08.
I have serious thoughts on Brother Zachariah. I think we met him in The Infernal Devices. I'm pretty sure I know who he is. My full review will be going up soon....more
Who would have thought that a writer who created a completely believable Iron Fey world could write a dystopian vampire novel? First off, who ever thoWho would have thought that a writer who created a completely believable Iron Fey world could write a dystopian vampire novel? First off, who ever thought of a dystopian vampire story would sell? As saturated as the YA market is with vampires, werewolves and zombies, Julie Kagawa changes the landscape and descends us into a world where vampires are bad and evil and will kill you. There are no sparkly, love-starved vampires in this book. And you know what? I really enjoyed this one.
My only problem with the book was the first quarter. I found it a bit unnecessary to give us Allison's human life. I think this could've been told in a series of flashbacks. The friends in her human life -- Stick, Rat and Lucas -- are peripheral characters that don't really add to the story. Basically we learn that Allison is compassionate and fiercely independent. The story doesn't really take off until Alison is attacked by zombie-like vampires called Rabids, feral vampires.
Once Allison is turned into a vampire (to save her life), she is disgusted that she has become one of them. Something that she has hated all of her life, humans are treated as cattle, pets and playthings of the superior vampires. Caged in a city where they are food and nothing else. The vampire who turned (Kanin) Allison has his on modus operandi and becomes a mentor to the newly-turned Allison.
Allison does everything she can to try to stave off the blood lust that creeps underneath the surface. She refuses to become one of those vampires and informs Kanin that she will and can live a normal, albeit undead, life with humans. "Sometime in your life, Allison Sekemoto, you kill a human being. The question is not if it happen, but when. Do you understand?" -Kanin, The Immortal Rules. Kanin becomes the mentor to the mentee and teaches Allison everything she needs to know to make it in the world of the undead. Luckily for Allison, she's been turned by a master vampire, so she is considered stronger than most as Kanin explains the hierarchy of the vampire world. Kanin is also a wanted vampire by the king of vampires inside the walled city. And Allison somehow manages to bring them right to their doorstep. With precious few seconds, Kanin tells her how to survive on her own in the wilderness just as he is captured.
The last part of the book has Allison teaming up with a traveling gypsy of humans who are looking for Eden. A place where there are no vampires and they can try to find the cure that has wiped out most of the population. Allison manages to insinuate herself into the group and also manages to find something of a love interest in Zeke. But her secret must be kept or they will turn on her and kill her. This ragtag bunch of people range from little children to demensia-plagued adults. Ruth, a teen about Allison's age, senses something is not right about Allison and vows to find out the truth. Ruth from the beginning has never trusted Allison and is quite jealous when Zeke shows interest in Ally and not Ruth. There really is no love triangle here. Zeke is too naive to see it. However, Ruth does find out about Allison's secret and outs her immediately. Zeke vows to kill Allison and she is ousted from the group.
With Rabids all over the woods and the group being chased by Raiders, Allison secretly follows them until they meet until trouble and she must show herself. Here she manages to save Zeke from abduction, but the others in the group are not so lucky. Throughout all of this Allison's humanity shines through and she is able to put the vampire part of her aside to help a group of humans that need it. This book is jam-packed with excitement and the ending brings the book full circle in regards to Kanin. We only see Kanin in 2/4ths of the book, but his presence is well known to Allison because of a connection a sire has with his protegee.
I wished we had more Kanin because he really was the interesting part of the story. I found Zeke and that crew to be a little bit annoying and too fanatical. Jebbediah Crosse reminded me a bit of Jim Jones leading his followers into their death.
Allison is a great protaganist and I'm excited to see more from Julie in regards to this series....more
This one was okay. Not great. Interesting set-up with the Caldwell PD. I always liked De La Cruz. Let's see if he gets some Butch closure. The whole XThis one was okay. Not great. Interesting set-up with the Caldwell PD. I always liked De La Cruz. Let's see if he gets some Butch closure. The whole Xcor storyline, blah.