I think my bookshelf tags speak for themselves in identifying this series. There could be more added, but, I'm sure there has already been tons said aI think my bookshelf tags speak for themselves in identifying this series. There could be more added, but, I'm sure there has already been tons said about Vampire Academy.
First off, I was never going to read this.
For one thing, book series' are the bane of my existence. I started reading the first one on Saturday. I completed the sixth one on Wednesday. A long series usually takes up all my time because I can't put it down. It consumes me. This is a problem I have. Who needs sleep. Am I right?
But that brings me to this: I could NOT put it down.
I have to admit that I only started the first book because I watched the completely stupid film adaptation when it was on satellite TV. Only...I guiltily admit...Dimitri Belikov was what made me do it.
This kind of hero is one of my absolute favorites. I don't think I have the right words to go on about him.
Now, that doesn't mean that this series didn't have its problems. As I dove into this world Mead created, I felt/saw/whatever the impending doom of it all. As dhampir(s) there would be no perfect happy ending for Rose and Dimitri. Then there's Rose's cringe-worthy, completely horrible, teenage sass. There were several times I couldn't believe she didn't get backhanded across the mouth - or equivalent punishment from her superiors. Yes, it's a book, but had it been me, I wouldn't have any teeth left in my head.
There was much character development over the course of these books. There were also many characters that Rose rammed through as a means to an end. The love triangles were really heavy at times. And the whole time she tried to move on with Adrian, it just none of it ever felt right. Kind of gave me a sinking, sick feeling every time Rose pushed herself into these situations.
But there was so much I liked about the series. Action-packed for sure. There weren't many dull moments at all. Well, the last book turned more to politics and intrigue as Rose saw it through Lissa's eyes. The craziness of the whole concept was refreshing for me to read at this time. And I was rooting for these characters. All of them. Mead wrote each one in a way that endeared them to me. When Rose triumphed, I cheered. When her heart broke, mine broke too. I enjoyed her friends and the rest of the people she interacted with.
I don't think I would want my kids to read this. If I had kids. There's language that's inappropriate - and it almost always comes from the heroine Rose. There is promotion of underage drinking, promiscuous sex, drug use of various sorts - that bring about a high.
I would recommend this to a slightly older audience, even though it's centered around 17-18 year olds.
The first Kimberly Rae Jordan book I read, Home Is Where The Heart Is, did not even come close to being as good as this book. What that book lacked, tThe first Kimberly Rae Jordan book I read, Home Is Where The Heart Is, did not even come close to being as good as this book. What that book lacked, this book had.
This story had my attention from the beginning. The characters were alive and loveable.
I stayed up all night to read it, which is a very stupid thing to do.
This little novel lacked any real spark. There was no life in these characters. I suppose the best emotion came from the hero when he thought the heroThis little novel lacked any real spark. There was no life in these characters. I suppose the best emotion came from the hero when he thought the heroine didn't want to have a relationship with him.
I liked that this book gave a recipe for Raspberry Vinegar. I have since made it several times, and I've also done the same thing with strawberries -I liked that this book gave a recipe for Raspberry Vinegar. I have since made it several times, and I've also done the same thing with strawberries - which is delicious. DE. LISH. OUS.
The story was okay. I like looking into other people's perspectives. This tale was not my favorite to read. The hero's convictions bounced around like they were being dribbled in a March Madness tournament. The heroine definitely had an agenda she was persistent about pushing on to those in her sphere of influence. There's nothing wrong with wanting to "Go Green," but being environmentally conscious is NOT the gospel. ...more
This book has the Gospel in it. And well-done at that!
At first, I did not like these characters. You could tell they were Christians and had all the aThis book has the Gospel in it. And well-done at that!
At first, I did not like these characters. You could tell they were Christians and had all the appropriate churchy speak-talk. But the hero is like a billionaire, is always immaculately dressed, good looking, wears a pinky ring, is Italian...speaks in Italian on occasion, which I found particularly off-putting. We all readin' English, here. Don't try to impress us with your bilinguisity.
So...(at first) I did not like the hero. I think even the heroine was overwhelmed by him at times. But they obviously were in love, etc.
The book begins with a prologue, and then jumps into the story with chapter 1 a few months later. Not a lot of background info, and unfamiliar people kept dropping in.
And we're seeing the couple plan their wedding. He's throwing money at this and that. Private plane rides from Boston to New York for Valentine's Day. Wintering in Florida. I read through many chapters rolling my eyes and scoffing at this dude's opulence.
The heroine comes from some tragic beginnings. And she doesn't feel like she is going to be a worthy wife for the hero. We find out why, and she gives him his ring back.
At this point, yeah, I cried. Because then I really got to see what these characters are made of. I got to hear both their testimonies. And I saw the hero witness to a young man whom he'd taken in off the streets. It was pretty fantastic.
I am almost finished with this story, so I'll conclude the review then. But I had to write all this down, because I do not think I've ever read a Christian romance quite like this before. Packed with truth and honesty, and most importantly, the Gospel. That's not to say here are no problems with the story, but this book has really struck a chord with me. It's given me a bit of hope that there are Christian writers out there who know what they are doing, or are being led by the Spirit. Please note that this is high praise from me, an imperfect person.
I realize now that I've finished reading that this is a second book from a series, continuing the story for two characters. So that's why I didn't get who everyone was as they were coming at me. But I was still able to keep with the story, even though I missed the first parts.
I very well may go and buy the other books in this series....more
This is categorized as a Christian romance. Maybe it should be categorized as Catholic romance. It hasn't been outright said, there's no pray3.5 stars
This is categorized as a Christian romance. Maybe it should be categorized as Catholic romance. It hasn't been outright said, there's no praying to Mary, etc., but the way they're treating their faith points to more of a Catholic category. Relics, priest, etc.
Big problem I have: This hero and his brothers are supposed to be men of faith, yet they have no qualms about fornicating with prostitutes. How come we have bought into the lie that men do not have to pursue purity?
No, people are not perfect. But they have no guilt over that sin? *shakes head*
We will all be held accountable.
There was a lack of the Gospel in this book. So let me show you it:
The true gospel is the good news that God saves sinners. Man is by nature sinful and separated from God with no hope of remedying that situation. But God, by His power, provided the means of man’s redemption in the death, burial and resurrection of the Savior, Jesus Christ.
The word “gospel” literally means “good news.” But to truly comprehend how good this news is, we must first understand the bad news. As a result of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:6), every part of man—his mind, will, emotions and flesh—have been corrupted by sin. Because of man’s sinful nature, he does not and cannot seek God. He has no desire to come to God and, in fact, his mind is hostile toward God (Romans 8:7). God has declared that man’s sin dooms him to an eternity in hell, separated from God. It is in hell that man pays the penalty of sin against a holy and righteous God. This would be bad news indeed if there were no remedy.
But in the gospel, God, in His mercy, has provided that remedy, a substitute for us—Jesus Christ—who came to pay the penalty for our sin by His sacrifice on the cross. This is the essence of the gospel which Paul preached to the Corinthians. In 1 Corinthians 15:2-4, he explains the three elements of the gospel—the death, burial and resurrection of Christ on our behalf. Our old nature died with Christ on the cross and was buried with Him. Then we were resurrected with Him to a new life (Romans 6:4-8). Paul tells us to “hold firmly” to this true gospel, the only one which saves. Believing in any other gospel is to believe in vain. In Romans 1:16-17, Paul also declares that the true gospel is the “power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” by which he means that salvation is not achieved by man’s efforts, but by the grace of God through the gift of faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Because of the gospel, through the power of God, those who believe in Christ (Romans 10:9) are not just saved from hell. We are, in fact, given a completely new nature (2 Corinthians 5:17) with a changed heart and a new desire, will, and attitude that are manifested in good works. This is the fruit the Holy Spirit produces in us by His power. Works are never the means of salvation, but they are the proof of it (Ephesians 2:10). Those who are saved by the power of God will always show the evidence of salvation by a changed life.
I finally finished Pride and Prejudice. This is actually the first Austen novel I've ever read.
I never thought this classic would keep my interest, buI finally finished Pride and Prejudice. This is actually the first Austen novel I've ever read.
I never thought this classic would keep my interest, but having seen the screen adaptations of it, many times, decided I should give it a try. I found that it was easy to read since I matched up the actors and voices to the book characters. It was very interesting to see where the movies took liberties from the actual text.
Had I tried to read this book without the visual of the film in my head, it would have been very difficult for me to finish. But I understood the flow of the writing. I even had some of the lines memorized. I heard the actor's inflection in my head while I read.
Many times, a film adaptation never does a book the justice it deserves. And the 2005 adaptation, my favorite version, certainly had its differences, but it painted the sets in my mind as I read the book.
Now I can say that I've read an Austen classic....more