I absolutely loved this 4th installment in the Vampire Academy series... It just gets better as it goes on. Lots of tears shed, and lots of mixed emotI absolutely loved this 4th installment in the Vampire Academy series... It just gets better as it goes on. Lots of tears shed, and lots of mixed emotions. Richelle Meade writes such a compelling story, that it is truly impossible to put down. I had to dive right in and start reading book 5... they're one of the best series I have ever read, second only to my favorite author and favorite series. This, is my next favorite, hands down.
Rose Hathaway's life will never be the same.
The recent attack on St. Vladimir's Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose's neck, a mark that says she's killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters . . . Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life's vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She'll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?
Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir's and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?
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Second Read: This book dives right into the heart of everything that matters in life. Love, family, friendship, death, mourning. Rose is in a deep state of grieving, so much so that she's not thinking clearly. Her heart is shattered, and will never be the same again. She feels alone, as she's gone through so much with Dimitri, that now that he is gone.... no one can give her solace, not even Lissa.
She abandons Lissa, a decision that haunts both of the bond mates, and heads off to Siberia to look for Dimitri. What she finds, she never expected. Her father, whom she doesn't know is her father, and Dimitri's family, who she painstakingly bleeds her open heart to, to let them know how fearless and amazing Dimka was. Her love and grief is met with an acceptance that she doesn't understand.
She stakes many strigoi, meets more than one alchemist - whom she didn't know existed beforehand, and meets her goal of finding Dimitri... who wants to turn her Strigoi, but gives her the choice between that or death. After weeks of bites, and vampire endorphins, she fights through the fog and escapes... not something met easily, or without obstacle. She gets a stake back, and stakes one strigoi to help Dimitri, but then, a long chase later has to stake him. She stakes him 3 times total in this book, 2 non-lethal, and one "should be lethal" ... She staked him, in the heart, or was it? And watched him fall to his death, over the bridge, killing her emotionally.
Rose Hathaway killed the man she loved.
She returns to St. Vladamirs, resolved to finish school, appease her mother and Lissa, and fulfill her guardian training, and then she receives a letter, and an unmistakable polished stake in the mail.
"You forgot another lesson: Never turn your back until you know your enemy is dead. Looks like we'll have to go over the lesson again the next time I see you - which will be soon. Love, D."
Synopsis: Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out ofSynopsis: Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever and even worse, he's started spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.
Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadnt been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something.
Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperately searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.
Crescendo is book 2 of Becca Fitzpatrick's "Hush, Hush" series. This was my second time reading the book, and I enjoyed it immensely more than I did the first time - and the first time I really liked it. For some reason everything sank in more this time.
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Nora is 17, has lost her father to a brutal murder, and is given every reason to believe that her love - Patch - is the "black hand" that killed her father. She doesn't want to believe it, and her heart is torn apart at the thought.
Confusion, and anger and jealousy cloud her heart and mind to the point she begins to lose all sense of reason. She finds herself in perilous danger time and time again, and this time, barely makes it out alive.
The surprises just keep coming. Her best friend fell hard for Rixon, Patch's best friend. Nora tells Patch she loves him - then breaks up with him the next day because he couldn't return the sentiment, and finds herself shattered emotionally and wanting nothing more than to cling to Patch for dear life. Circumstance after circumstance fall into play that make her question what was ever real, and what wasn't. She thinks she's lost Patch to Marcie Millar. Vee has Rixon. She has no one. Feeling more alone and on the fringe of life, everything starts falling apart. Throw in Scotty the Potty and the Black Hand as wild cards in this tragic game of life, and Nora is in a tail spin.
Someone is trying to kill her. Persistently. She is more alone than she's ever been, with no one to trust, no one to turn to, and no vehicle. The police thinks she is crazy, and she fired her guardian angel in a fit of anger that she didn't really mean, and now, it's just her, and someone who is trying to kill her. When it comes to a wrap, and the would be murderer is revealed, it further saddens her, and complicates her life, although she survives, he is sent to hell, and Patch is forced to do something that forever compromises their lives, and their love.
When she discovers who her father's murderer truly is, and that her father wasn't her father at all, but instead is also the father of her life long enemy Marcie Millar - her world begins to crumble around the edges. Her dad, the man she thought was her father, died to try to protect her and the man that held this secret. Now, this man, who her dad died for, her biological father, comes calling on Nora to seemingly seek vengeance for the death of Chauncey. Is it possible he meant more to her than his own daughter? She who shares his own mark.... Only book 3 will tell us.
It's well written and fast paced, easy to follow, and a great read. There are several parts childish, and several parts churlish, and it takes a broad spectrum view of the storyline to look past them....more
"In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, a deadly turf war rages between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers"In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, a deadly turf war rages between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Possessed bu a deadly beast Rhage is the most dangerous of the Black Dagger Brotherhood."
Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He's the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the time when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.
Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant to Rhage's protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. She lost her faith in miracles years ago. But when Rhage's intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves...
Yes. This is all on the back of the book. But I can't state it better myself, truly. This book will touch your heart, make your pulse race, make you hot, and make you cry. You will feel the fear of Mary Luce, the desire to fix what is unfixable from Rhage, and the fear that his inner beast (not at all metaphorical) will come out and rear it's head, and kill those whom he holds dearest. What you won't expect, is what happens when the beast comes out, or what he does to try to save her, or the Scribe Virgin, who is nothing if not balanced in her assistance to the brotherhood, and what she does - and implements on a trade. It will break your heart, make you believe in love all over again, and you'll be sad when it is over....more
**spoiler alert** This is not a formal review, it is thoughts to bookmark in my mind what happened in which part of the book. When I finish all 448 p**spoiler alert**
This is not a formal review, it is thoughts to bookmark in my mind what happened in which part of the book. When I finish all 448 page I will post a review at the bottom of THIS review. These are just thoughts, but they have the potential to be spoilers, because I speak in detail about characters, and events, because it helps me keep track. I read so much, I don't want to confuse the 6 books in the same storyline.
Morganville Vampires Volume 2: Midnight Alley
Midnight Alley. Just finished book 1 of 2 within 1 book: Midnight Alley. However, Midnight Alley, matured as did the characters. Development flows, makes total sense. Story evolves deliciously. These vamps are brutal, malicious, and the humans are almost just as bad. I like that it is a mix of ALL things. Dig? Claire had already made the "I sign my life away to protect myself and my friends" decision and signed the paper, Amelie is her Patron. Jason, Eve's psycho brother is out of jail, and now human's are dropping dead. Shane's dad has left town, but with a determination to return with an army to wipe out all vampires. Monica Morell is sucking up to Claire for status issues, and Claire accidently kills her by giving her the "red crystals" that clear up the world for her, and Myrninn. Apparently it is something that kills most humans... why not Claire? Also, Detective Hess has been kidnapped. But Detective Lowe is on it. The Fentons, the cop Fenton is the one who stabbed Sam, and was aiming for Michael, (Who is oh yes... a real unbreathing fanger now) had a group together with captain obvious, they kidnapped claire, and Michael came, had called Oliver (of all vamps) for backup - saved claire & killed the Fentons. Problem is Jason seems to be Oliver's new pet. Scary. Amelie has had Claire working with Myrninn to work to solve the disease that is killing the vamps, slowly and maliciously, from the inside out, until they die of madness and starvation. Myrninn finally lost his poor vamp mind & Claire is determined to solve the disease that is killing the Vamps. Oliver & Jason, stumbled into Myrnin's lab just as Amelie was teleporting Claire out, but they saw her, which means they may know about the lab's purpose. Claire has found a flaw in the formula and thinks she can fix it. Amelie sees no hope, but she is "feeling" the tragedy of the loss of her kindred Myrninn, she feels all is lost. I personally thing Claire will figure it out. She has the basic alchemy that opens portals, and caught the formulary error in the crystal making. She is working it out also to save Monica - who demanded some of Claire'es Crystals - she took a few and she convulsed and almost died. Claire is working overtime to save Monica's life, as Monica thinks it is intentional. Obviously, a breakthrough there would also be a breakthrough for the vampires. Good because it would help Michael, because even though he is one if them, he isn't really.... is he? =\
Also, Claire's parent's have moved to town, and so has Amelie's dad - Bishop - and in 1 paragraph, he seems to be the roiling type of evil that one wants to avoid like the plague.
Morganville Vampires Volume 2: Feast of Fools
Book 2 inside is Feast of Fools. I read the preface which is basically a recap of the first 3 books, that's all for tonight.
The ending, totally caught me off guard. This book had so many ups and downs I couldn't put it down, and I wouldn't if I didn't have to. Sita, lovely.The ending, totally caught me off guard. This book had so many ups and downs I couldn't put it down, and I wouldn't if I didn't have to. Sita, lovely... precious Sita... is so evolved. Her love for Krishna inspires me. I found strange comfort in it... because I see him through her eyes.
The insights into C.Pike through his writings are amazing too....more
Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things—Ourea.
Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother’s recent deat
Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things—Ourea.
Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother’s recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With no way out, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book’s untamed power. Discovered by Ourea's royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict—a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn’t trust anyone… but she’s being hunted and can’t survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn’t know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.
For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this human girl, there is something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.
Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.
Disclaimer: I was lucky enough, that I won this book & the following in the series (Treason) in S.M. Boyce's Blog Tour giveaway. S. M. Boyce It had been on my to-read shelf, collecting digital dust, with hundreds of other titles for quite a time. Receiving these books in this manner in no way affects my book-review method, or choices; I don’t believe that does the author, or the readers any good, being anything less than honest. Be aware, you are reading a very, honest review.
Wow, the synopsis says it all - and yet barely scratches the surface.
At first when I cracked the cover, I had a hard time sinking my teeth into it. I was looking for a reason to become attached to Kara, or Braeden, or anyone... for that matter. It took about 55 pages, and I was in - hook, line, and sinker.
There is a bit of a lead in to get to the meat of the story, but it is absolutely worth the dedication. Boyce has a stellar talent, and a writing style - and a voice demanding to be heard that would rival any fantasy writer, bestseller on the market.
Every chapter in Lichgates is filled with new, unique monsters, races, and lands. None that you've ever encountered in any other novel, however. They are all very, very colorful, and vibrant - and even the land is very much alive and filled with it's own persona. The adventure literally never ends. It is so richly detailed, that I dreaded the coming end of the story.
- - - - - Other notes. (Spoiler alert, beyond this point!) -I truly hope, that Kara gets past this "history repeats itself" inner mantra monologue from the first Vagabond, and realizes that had the first Vagabond had it all correct, he'd have survived and achieved his goal, and thusly there would be no need for her, .... allowing herself a chance at happiness with Braeden. -I'd really like to know what Kara's father wanted her to retrieve from the cabinet. -I hope Braeden continues to grow in a positive fashion. With him being heir to the Blood of the Stele - he could go either way; I hope he learns the patience to wield his power for good. -I have a feeling... deep in my gut, that the saga with Blood Gavin, and Twin is far from over; and as much as I want to trust Twin - I can't. I can't help but feel perhaps a deal has been struck, in the arena of magic, promising something of the return of her sister, perhaps, feeding her naive desire to regain that which is lost. -Kara is going to have to face blunt realities; that I am not sure if she can... the way that "her toes tested the water" in Lichgates leads me to believe Kara is going to develop into a force to be reckoned with. -There are "morals to the story" ... written into almost every page in this book it seems. Be on the lookout for excellent quotes, and life lessons to be held near to your heart, and applied here in the real world.
Thank you, S.M. Boyce, for Ourea. For Kara, and Braden, and Losse, and Hillside, and the Blood, and Flick... and all of these incredibly described facets of a world I was able to lose myself in, in the best and worst of times. I will never forget it.
Now, If you'll excuse me, I am off to read book 2 in the Grimoire Trilogy: Treason....more
This installment of the Vampire Diaries is probably the best story wise, as well as the best written. It doesn't jump all over the place, the characteThis installment of the Vampire Diaries is probably the best story wise, as well as the best written. It doesn't jump all over the place, the characters are already really well developed and the plot and storyline just make sense. It keeps you hanging on by your fingernails in some places, makes you laugh, and makes you cry. Your heart really goes out to some of the characters in some places, and you have a fierce desire to be in that moment with them, which I love. The romance typically takes over this series, which, I guess is okay... if you like that sort of thing... but in this book, it balances out with everything else that is going on. It isn't nauseatingly "Oh Stefan" "Oh Elena" "Oh Damon" etc., it is just, what it is. And the "Oh whoever" moments can be counted on one hand.
I really like this book, it was hard when I had to put it down, and I was sad to see it end. I can't wait to read the next installment, and see where the story goes.
Oh, and another thing. The ending, I just, did NOT see coming at all. I was with the storyline bit by bit, and I expected it to just, fall into place. But... then FWAM! It throws you something you just, never saw coming in your life.
I don't have the exact read start and finish dates on many books I have read this year. The dates are approximated, as I have been in & out of theI don't have the exact read start and finish dates on many books I have read this year. The dates are approximated, as I have been in & out of the hospital, and on bed rest, and read 2-5 books a day depending on the book & length and my ability to focus. All dates are approximated, by month....more
I don't have the exact read start and finish dates on many books I have read this year. The dates are approximated, as I have been in & out of theI don't have the exact read start and finish dates on many books I have read this year. The dates are approximated, as I have been in & out of the hospital, and on bed rest, and read 2-5 books a day depending on the book & length and my ability to focus. All dates are approximated, by month. ...more
Synopsis: All the creatures of the night gather in "the Hollows" of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party ... and to feed.
Vampires rule the darknesSynopsis: All the creatures of the night gather in "the Hollows" of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party ... and to feed.
Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining -- and it's Rachel Morgan's job to keep that world civilized.
A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she'll bring 'em back alive, dead ... or undead.
This is the first in the acclaimed "Hollows" series by Kim Harrison. No matter how many times I read this book, every time, I discover a new facet I have previously missed. The story is full of rich & colorful characters, that come to life within the pages and your heart. There is MEAT to the storyline that is gripping. Vampires. Witches. Pixies. Ghouls. Demons. With promises of more to come!!
This book introduces us to Rachel Morgan: Witch; Ivy Tamwood: Living Vampire; Jenks, Matalina, and Jax: Pixie family (plus many more) Nick Sparagmos: Human; Trent Kalamack: Unknown; Denon: Ghoul (aka human, made vampire, absolute bottom of the food chain.) Francis Perry: Glorified warlock who truly believes he is a witch (but is a slimy pain in the ass).... and Keasley: Witch
The groundwork is set for a phenomenal series, written like none before it, and is not laden with overwhelming details, and a lagging storyline. Instead, from page one, it takes you on a trip through Cincy's darker side, known as the Hollows, and those who dare live among it. It shows you the inner workings of a witch, a vampire, and a pixy, and how their lives tango within each other's worlds, and all living among humans who are aware of their preternatural cohabitants.
There is action, gripping fear, hints at romance, suspense, mystery, paranormal, action, crime, and intensity from one chapter to the next. And Rachel Morgan? A whole new definition of HOT....more
This book was even more amazing the second time than the first. Her ability to capture the essence of Ireland, and to wrap you up in the characters soThis book was even more amazing the second time than the first. Her ability to capture the essence of Ireland, and to wrap you up in the characters so you see and feel as they do never ceases to amaze me....more