Rose Hathaway is a djamphir, a half vampire - half human guardian of the moroi, good vampires. After being brought back to their school after running...moreRose Hathaway is a djamphir, a half vampire - half human guardian of the moroi, good vampires. After being brought back to their school after running away with her best friend, Lissa, a moroi, Rose is taught by Dimitri to catch up on what she missed while away. Rose and Lissa share a bond, and as their school year commences, they have to face many problems. Forbidden love and bitchy school girls are only half the problem when they realise that someone has figured out Lissa's secret, and will do anything they can to get a hold of it.
I was extremely excited about reading this, seeing how much I loved the novels, but although it was cool to see some of my favourite fictional characters brought to official picture, the actual way the comic was written disappointed me. It seemed choppy and unsmooth, exactly like someone had just taken the main points from the book but had forgotten about the bits in between that make them flow. So, yep, I think it could have been done better. For what I thought of the contents, read my review on the novel, there would be literally no difference between what I thought, taking into consideration it IS a comic and that novels have an easier time of explaining, so I'll stick with it. I'm not sure how someone who hasn't read the book would think of the comic, although it seemed to explain enough, but my sub-conscious might have been filling in facts, so I don't know. Also, for some reason, I kept getting the feeling some of the pictures were a bit rough, like - there wasn't enough detail or the people looked a little strange or different.
I'd recommend this to people who have read the Vampire Academy series and are interested in reading a comic, but it's not a must. In any case, it adds nothing to the plot and forces what the characters MUST look like into your head, as any adaptation of a book does.
If a sequel comes out I'll read it, but only if it's really good would I buy it, otherwise, I'm just borrowing it from the library.(less)
A story about a 450 year old immortal girl who has led a life of partying. After a close friend of hers shocks her into realising that her life has lo...moreA story about a 450 year old immortal girl who has led a life of partying. After a close friend of hers shocks her into realising that her life has lost it's meaning and she has reached a stand still, she decides to take up an old offer from many decades ago, leading her on a roller-coaster ride of self discovery, what it means to be truly content and happy with your lot and facing your past.
I enjoyed this book. For some reason it made me feel clean while reading it and the characters had that true depth to them that makes you think and actually take advice from them. I liked Nastasya, the author voiced her in a hilariously unique way, making you love her even though she is in no way 'pure of heart'. I actually laughed out loud at some points, the sarcasm and wit Nasty uses was quite smart. I stayed up till 2:30am one night to finish this, and then the next night I NO JOKE, dreamt about finding the sequel in a book store and buying it. When I woke I was not happy to find that my purchase had remained inside my head. When the sequel DOES come out, I will most certainly buy it, I can't wait to see Nasty face Incy!
I'd recommend this to people who are into the whole paranormal/ supernatural teenage fiction that spawned after Twilight, you know who you are!(less)
Switched is the story of a young girl whose mother tried to kill her, believing she wasn't her child. Several years later, Wendy starts to believe her...moreSwitched is the story of a young girl whose mother tried to kill her, believing she wasn't her child. Several years later, Wendy starts to believe her mother may have been right. Abandoning her family to leave with Finn, after being attacked, Wendy meets her biological mother, the queen of the Trylle, making Wendy a princess. Forbidden love and becoming your birthright is what Wendy faces as she comes to realise that she doesn't feel fit to be a Trylle princess.
I picked up Switched as I passed it on a bookshelf and thought to myself, that's a pretty book I'll look at the back. I read the back and liked what I saw so I read a few pages, and after that I decided that this was going to be one of those books that I knew nothing about, but was going to spontaneously buy because I'm rebel like that. I must admit, Wendy came across to me as whiny and a bit spoilt, I never really liked her as much as I have with other heroines. The only character/s I genuinely rooted for was Finn and maybe Rhys. The storyline was OK, but not something that's going to hands-down win an academy award and a crazy-girl fan club. I've heard that this is a wildly successful eBook and self-published series, but I'd never heard of it until I actually saw it.
Overall, I'd read the sequel, maybe buy it, but no guarantees. It was interesting but didn't make 4 stars.
I'd recommend it, yet again, to those people who read the paranormal/ supernatural stuff that spawned after Twilight.(less)