**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**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....more
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 peOh 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..... ...more
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 sI 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........more
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 aThis 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!...more
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 wasThis 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! ...more
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 hThis 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....more
This was a good start to a series. Most series books always start off with a lot of details to sort of set the stage for later books. I felt this oneThis was a good start to a series. Most series books always start off with a lot of details to sort of set the stage for later books. I felt this one had just enough--not too much, but not too little either.
I am not a huge fan of YA books, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The lead character, while still holding on to some teenage traits, seemed very mature for her age. She was smart and strong and at times I forgot she was supposed to be a teenage character. And I was so glad that the book wasn't dedicated entirely to her love life!
The story was unique from other paranormal books I have read (keep in mind I haven't read very many though) and that was nice. The ending was somewhat predictable--I was able to guess who was behind the attacks before it was actually revealed.
Even with that though, this book was a good read. It kept me interested and turning the pages. ...more
I thought this book was an improvement over the first installation in the series. The characters are starting to become more "real"--their personalitiI thought this book was an improvement over the first installation in the series. The characters are starting to become more "real"--their personalities are starting to really take off. I liked this storyline a lot more too. Now that Sookie is actively working with the vampires, it makes the story a tad more interesting. Obviously the first books in many series must dedicate a lot of time to explaining the setting and the characters. In the second book the author is allowed to take off more and the result seems to be more entertaining (at least in my opinion). I love the southern style of the writing and all of the characters funny southern quirks. I will definitely continue with this series. It makes me smile and occasionally laugh out loud and that, to me, marks a good series!...more
A funny, ridiculous, far-fetched story. In spite of the silly dialog, and the goofy behavior, I found myself liking the characters and enjoying theirA funny, ridiculous, far-fetched story. In spite of the silly dialog, and the goofy behavior, I found myself liking the characters and enjoying their developing relationship. Not what I'd call a literary masterpiece, but then again, I knew what I was getting into when I started to read it....more
Oh Bree, Bree, Bree. I really didn't know what to expect when I first picked up this book. I already knew Bree's fate and I wondered if that would intOh Bree, Bree, Bree. I really didn't know what to expect when I first picked up this book. I already knew Bree's fate and I wondered if that would interfere with my enjoyment of the story. Well, it didn't.
Although I knew the fate of the newborns, it was nice to read the story from the perspective of one of their own. Bree's character wasn't anything at all like I expected. I anticipated her to be out of control and unable to think clearly. Instead, I found a very likable character with a stong mind and a good personality; someone who wasn't afraid to challenge what they were being told.
It broke my heart when Bree was betrayed by Riley, even though I knew she would be. What I found admirable was that even when she knew her death was imminent, she still tried to do the right thing and send detailed thoughts to Edward outlining Jane & the Volturis secret agenda. She died bravely. And as much as I knew how her story would end, a small part of me never stopped hoping she would somehow survive and go to join Fred....more