This was my first time reading a fairy tale retelling, and I really enjoyed it. I loved the love story between Tiger Lily and Peter; even if it didn't...moreThis was my first time reading a fairy tale retelling, and I really enjoyed it. I loved the love story between Tiger Lily and Peter; even if it didn't end well. I thought the ending was good, but sad.....(less)
OMG.....I cannot believe that ending! This book, with its alternating points of view, its romance, its action, has raised the series to a whole new le...moreOMG.....I cannot believe that ending! This book, with its alternating points of view, its romance, its action, has raised the series to a whole new level for me. And now the hard part.....waiting for the next book! Ugh(less)
Oh my goodness! I have loved the character of Adrian since he first appeared in the Vampire Academy series, and he has become such an important part o...moreOh my goodness! I have loved the character of Adrian since he first appeared in the Vampire Academy series, and he has become such an important part of this series. I loved this book. I loved seeing how Adrian's & Sydney's relationship developed. I can't wait for the next book!(less)
I liked this book. While the author would benefit from some better editing, I tried to ignore this and focus on the story itself.
The premise of the st...moreI liked this book. While the author would benefit from some better editing, I tried to ignore this and focus on the story itself.
The premise of the story was unique and original. I liked the future (or was it the present?) world that the author created. The story was a little rushed in places and I felt the Mr. Array could have easily taken his idea and developed it into a full-length novel versus a novella. Sometimes the characters seemed a little shallow, but I thought they were okay for the most part. I really liked the message that this novella sends to its readers; it was very good.
Overall this was a good first effort by this young author.
This was a poignant story written by the author at the young age of fifteen. I'm over forty and I couldn't write a book to save my life! Very impressi...moreThis was a poignant story written by the author at the young age of fifteen. I'm over forty and I couldn't write a book to save my life! Very impressive indeed.
The character of Kahlen was very believable. She seemed like a typical teen and I liked that. It was nice to read of a teen character that wasn't super intelligent, super strong, with super powers, etc. She was a girl that didn't like school, whose parents drove her nuts, who snuck out of the house, who ditched class once in a while--you get the picture. Although she acted like a typical teen, the character was dealing with some very intense personal issues. Ms. Agnew was able to capture Kahlen's emotions very well. Actually, I was impressed at how well she was able to do this.
While I did enjoy this story, I was disappointed in the editing of this book. It seemed like there was an error or two on almost every page. In my opinion, it is hard for a reader to not be distracted by all of the errors. Even with this though, I feel like Ms. Agnew did a great job on writing her first novel at the age of fifteen. She can look forward to a wonderful career as an author if that is the path she chooses in life....(less)
**spoiler alert** If you had told me a year ago that I would be reading YA books, Paranormal ones at that, I would have looked at you like you were cr...more**spoiler alert** If you had told me a year ago that I would be reading YA books, Paranormal ones at that, I would have looked at you like you were crazy! But I have to admit I loved this series. It was great. I really got involved with the characters and their lives. So much so, that I was a little sad when I finished this book. I'm sorry I won't read more about Rose, Dimitri, Lissa, Christian, and all the other characters.
Overall this book was a great ending to the series. I loved that Dimitri and Rose ended up together (although I felt a little bad for Adrian). I was so relieved that Rose was cleared of Queen Tatiana's murder. I was happy that Lissa was elected Queen. Everything seemed to work out for the best for them. I was really surprised that Lissa & Rose's bond was gone at the end of the story! And Tasha was the real murderer? I never saw that coming....
But on to what I didn't like. While the author did a good job wrapping up the story for the main characters, I felt she didn't do right by some of the secondary characters.
Adrian--Rose broke his heart, they had a confrontation, and he left. I would have liked to see him succeed in life and become the man Rose knew he could be.
Sydney--What happened to her after they were all captured? What was her punishment from the Alchemists for helping "the evil ones"? And what was the huge secret deal that she had with Abe?
Jill--She just found out she was royalty after growing up as a "normal" Moroi. How did she cope with that? I would have liked to see how her relationship with Lissa developed.
Christian--His aunt was arrested for the murder of Queen Tatiana. He was very close to her, so how did that affect him? Did his relationship with Lissa continue even after her election? I wanted to see how they did in the long run.
So there you have it--a great story, but with so many open endings! Could Ms. Mead be planning a spinoff series? Hmmmm......I guess only time will tell.(less)
Oh my goodness! The surprises keep coming! This was my favorite book in the series yet.
I am really enjoying all of the characters and their diverse pe...moreOh my goodness! The surprises keep coming! This was my favorite book in the series yet.
I am really enjoying all of the characters and their diverse personalities. I am starting to fall in love with Adrian. Beneath his bad boy facade there is an honorable guy. Lissa is finally starting to get a backbone and stand up for what she believes in. And Rose is as sarcastic and cynical as ever.
As far as the story itself, it had a little bit of everything. The daring prison break of Victor Dashkov. The love connection between Rose and Adrian. The finding of Dimitri. The controversial new graduation age. And finally, last but not least, the murder and subsequent arrest of Rose.
What about that cliffhanger of an ending? Mead will have a hard time topping that in the last installment..... (less)
I am not even sure how to review this book. It started off as such a whimsical read, but also included a bit of mystery. It almost reminded me of a fa...moreI am not even sure how to review this book. It started off as such a whimsical read, but also included a bit of mystery. It almost reminded me of a fairy tale of sorts.
I really loved the main character, Tamara, and thought that for having such a spoiled upbringing, she had a pretty sensible head on her shoulders. She was sad about her dad, but realized she still needed to press on with her life. When things seemed a little odd, she didn't hesitate and she took matters into her own hands to try and solve the mystery of her aunt and uncle's house. Sister Ignatius was also a lovable character. She wouldn't allow Tamara's attitude or bad language fluster her and she treated her well regardless.
The magic that was part of the story was very entertaining. If there was a way I could get my hands on a book like that, I definitely would!(less)
I was a little worried when I first started this book. I was so used to the setting of St. Vladimir's Academy that I wasn't sure if I would like the s...moreI was a little worried when I first started this book. I was so used to the setting of St. Vladimir's Academy that I wasn't sure if I would like the story carrying me outside of my comfort zone. I soon discovered that my worries were unfounded. I really appreciated the fact that the reader was still able to stay connected with everyone left behind at school thanks to the bond between Rose and Lissa. This was a great installment in what I would consider my favorite YA series!
As far as the characters go: I loved learning about Dimitri and his family on a more personal level, even if he was a Strigoi. I thought the love that Rose felt for him was well-written and not too full of teenage angst. The mixed emotions she felt towards Dimitri when she was reunited with him were understandable; even I wanted to believe the true Dimitri was still in there somewhere! I was sad to read about the turn of events that split Christian and Lissa up, but I have a feeling we have not seen the last of them as a couple. I really hope that we get to see more of Abe in some of the next books. He was a unique character and even I was surprised when his true relation to Rose was revealed. I was very pleased that Rose and Lissa were able to patch things up at the end. I would have hated to see their friendship affected permanently by Rose's departure.
All in all, this was a great book in the series. And what a shocker at the end! I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.....(less)
This is the best book in the series yet! It is amazing how engrossed I have become in this series, especially considering I would never have thought a...moreThis is the best book in the series yet! It is amazing how engrossed I have become in this series, especially considering I would never have thought about reading a YA book before I started book blogging.
The action in this installment was awesome. The characters were all great, as usual, and I really like how their lives and separate stories are really starting to develop. I was so hopeful for Dimitri and Rose, and so incredibly disappointed how things turned out for them. I am curious to see how the story will continue now that Rose has left the Academy. I can't wait to read the fourth book in this series and I am happy to report I picked it up from the library a while back and it is sitting on the table just waiting to be read!(less)
This was a great second book in the Vampire Academy series. Now that the tedious explanations and setting details have been attended to, this book was...moreThis was a great second book in the Vampire Academy series. Now that the tedious explanations and setting details have been attended to, this book was able to delve more into the characters and their development. I loved learning more about Rose's mom and seeing their relationship start to possibly mend. And I liked the fact that Rose had to step outside of her comfort zone and work with Christian, someone she doesn't necessarily care for. The fact that Rose was able to get her first Strigoi kill was the icing on the cupcake for this story! (less)
This is my first time reading Cassandra Clare, even though she is wildly popular. It is also my first time reading Steampunk. I actually hadn't even h...moreThis is my first time reading Cassandra Clare, even though she is wildly popular. It is also my first time reading Steampunk. I actually hadn't even heard of this genre until I stumbled across it on another book blog.
YA is not one of my favorite genres, but this book was an excellent read. I liked all of the characters, and the mix between the good guys and the bad guys. The setting was nice as well. The historical aspect was a nice departure from my usual reads. I also appreciated that although this was a YA book, it wasn't focused entirely on love. It was a solid plot full of action and adventure that kept me on the edge of my seat. This story was definitely more plot-driven than character-driven.
The cliffhanger at the end was almost painful! There were so many questions left unanswered that it will be frustrating to wait until the next installment is released.(less)