Yet another different take on how Angels co-exist with humans and how Vampires are made.
Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh was the book that I should’ve co...moreYet another different take on how Angels co-exist with humans and how Vampires are made.
Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh was the book that I should’ve come across earlier. Why just know about this now? Such great perspective should never be missed out. And I thank my Boss for recommending the series.
I found the book quite promising in establishing the state of the living: 1) Ten Archangels ruling over delineated parts of the world; 2) Vampires serving the Angels; 3) Guild Hunters getting hired to police the Vampires. It’s very interesting, at least for me.
And I have more reasons to love the book:
1. Elena Deveraux, the heroine in the story, is a one hot BAMF guild hunter. Fearless, unforgiving and fierce. Her extreme olfactory sense is one of a kind, even among immortals; and that makes her battle-ready and so sexy for our winged and fanged friends.
2. I’m not so sure which shocked me the most — an agnostic Raphael (from Angelfall) or an erotic Raphael (Angels’ Blood). Either way, I salute his power and valor. And yes, I admit, I loved the parts when Raphael was being an overconfident sensual stud. It’s like Magic Mike in the Angel World.
3. Dmitri’s loyalty to Raphael is massive. But he really gets exponentially annoying every time he releases that sensual scent to allure Elena.
4. Illium. Pretty angel boy. Love him. I’m already starting with the 2nd book and I look forward to unraveling more of his character.
5. Uram was such a waste, but I guess when there’s this dark opportunity to drink intense power, some would drown of greediness.
6. Michaela is a hot damn bitch. But since I’m already rooting for Elena, I would very much like it if she keeps her lustful angel dust away from Raphael. She can scoot now.
7. Lijuan, the most ancient Archangel in the Cadre, talked in riddles (as Michaela would put it). She was even harder to understand than Shakespeare. How lucky can we get that Raphael can interpret her out-of-this-world language game easily? That old hag. Tsk.
8. What I expect to get elucidation from the the 2nd book: a. "Come little hunter. Taste." — somebody should explain to me why the hell does Elena keep on having these nightmares. What exactly happened in her past? b. I need to understand why does Raphael have unusual (or let’s say, mortal-like) responses to certain stimuli.
Looking at the bigger picture, it’s still power that everyone’s craving for. It’s power that can create a civilization and yet it can also destroy one. Say, if Elena hadn’t tracked Uram & Raphael hadn’t killed him, key cities would have instant red sea. Also, I think one of the good dimensions of the book is that even if the story was set in New York, it spoke concern of the whole world. Fantastic. :-)
Above of it all, is it just me or it’s really not a good idea reading Angelfall before Angels’ Blood? Haha!(less)
This is surreal. I don’t even know how to start writing about Incendiary.
It’s really unusual for me NOT to have over-pouring post-worthy fangirl comme...moreThis is surreal. I don’t even know how to start writing about Incendiary.
It’s really unusual for me NOT to have over-pouring post-worthy fangirl comments for Amy Bartol’s masterpiece, but the fourth installment just got me tired. And I’m surprised at how calm I was after reading the book. Of course, I had these notorious tweets (that is out of the question), but I ended up really really sad (borderline depressed) starting from Reed’s POV up to the 1st chapter of Iniquity.
Will try to capture my incoherent thoughts in this post: both the awesome parts and tear-someone’s-heart-out parts.
1. For heaven’s sake, Russell. Stop fighting Reed for Evie. You don’t have a chance with my bby boy! YOUR EFFORTS ARE FUTILE.
2. Why do you never learn, Russell? WHY. DID. YOU. SWITCH. REED’S. PORTAL. WITH. YOURS??? I’m just so relieved that Reed was not trying to kill you. Because he was more than killing you in that chapter when he found you and Evie in Torun.
3. OH, ANYA. You’re a jem in this book, but you know that already. You’d make a better heroine than Evie, seriously. Your heartbreak is genuine and not annoying like Evie’s. I cannot imagine such torment in one’s heart when their aspire tells them to go away, let alone couldn’t remember them. Albeit you’re a new character, I can feel your pure love for Russell (I didn’t see this coming but am so happy that you came!!!!). So fine, I shall let Russell live in this novel just for you. Also, WHY, ON GREAT HEAVENS, ARE YOU SO DANGEROUSLY HOT? Haha!
4. What’s next? THE ARRIVAL OF THE THREE HOTTEST SERAPHIM ON EARTH. Oh yes, that is. What happened in that scene again? Did Evie say something? What? Oh, sorry, I was too pre-occuppied by how badass these Seraphim are. I shall throw a private party with just Tau, Cole and Xavier as guests. Feel free to crash it, just make sure that you’re not Evie. Reed and Zee are so so welcome. Hahaha!
5. For all the “I’m-so-raging-with-angel-hormones right now” scenes of Reed and Evie… *seductive smile*
6. Xavier is a one hot mess for Evie. She doesn’t deserve that kind of love. I don’t know yet, and I don’t even have a hunch of what will happen between Evie and Xavier seeing as our bitch remembers something already, but my heart cries with Xavier’s agony. I think it just got shredded with Xavier’s pleas for Evie to remember him and to get to know him, especially with everything that they went through in Paradise. It’s just too much. How can such a half-breed do this great destruction over the hottest angels in heaven?
7. I shall say this once, and I will stand by this statement. I think Tau, Cole and Xavier’s powerful influence and, well, literal Seraphim powers were not entirely maximized in this book. What? They were just introduced? When we introduce a character in a book, should it be that he/she has a peculiar role in the plot? Otherwise, they’re just accessories. And I don’t think that’s a better treatment for the three Seraphim, especially for Tau and Xavier. You know what pisses me off? THEY DIDN’T EVEN GET TO SLICE BRENNUS’ HEAD OFF, LET ALONE FACE HIM.
8. Let’s discuss Brennus. WHY IS THIS PEST STILL ALIVE? All those shit for nothing, really. Seriously. Where is the progress of the plot if we don’t move forward from one place to another? Is the book’s objective a mere transition from one book to another? Because it does not do any justice to the first three books of the series. Seriously, I’m so tired with Brennus. I know there was an attempt for a twist — like when Brennus let out his little gay side and took Reed as his temporary slave. But fck, when Evie killed a legion of Gancanagh (which almost got Reed torn into pieces as well), her blood unexpectedly saved Brennus and made him even stronger. WHAT KIND OF COCKROACH ARE YOU, BRENNUS? TELL ME!!!!!!!!
9. Now, let’s bash Evie. I can just think of hundreds of ways to kill and torture Evie, but that would just hurt my beloved, Reed. So, in respect to my feelings (I’m selfish like that), I just called Evie the Taylor Swift of her era. She’s a slutty whore-iffic bitch. Everyone’s been trying to protect her and what does she do? Ugh, I don’t even wanna enumerate her stubborn decisions. Is this the time for me to accept that why Brennus lives is because Evie actually loves him? Because she can just kill Brennus if she wants to? Why does she flirt with him? Why does she flirt with everyone while her aspire, Reed, always throws himself at a war just for her? Why is she so compassionate about hurting her family, but preserving Brennus? Does she know that every time she decides to barter herself with Brennus, it does not make any difference to save Reed? To save her family? This book hasn’t done any redemption for that ho. It just made her more annoying than ever. I hate a “damsel in distress” type of heroine ever since I’ve read the Hunger Games and Graceling and Vampire Academy. You should fight, girl. Not surrender. I think your evolution becomes more human than an Angel. Know where you want to be so we can start saving time and saving unrequited efforts to protect you. If you so wanna be with Brennus, then, as a reader, I shall be willing to give you to him. Be a Gancanagh, please. I’m so tired with your shit. You killed his army, but not him? I know I’m being irrational already, but come on! You know in yourself that you don’t want to kill him. To end this tirade, I’ll just rip you apart with my bare hands. YOU DON’T DESERVE ANY OF THEIR LOVE. REED’S, XAVIER’S, (and fine) EVEN RUSSELL’S.
10. Reed, baby, when the time comes that she will leave you, please try to live. Because I can feel that she will leave you regardless of your exponential movement to save her. I don’t know what’s up with that bitch but she definitely has feelings for every man / creature / whatever. It’s unfortunate that you bound your immortal life to a whore. You deserve genuine love from a genuine Angel who will never choose to leave you or cause you sorrow because you’re not entitled to feel any of those. Your fidelity, loyalty and affection are impeccable, always remember that. Please, live. You’re the reason why I hold on to this book. I shall stand by you.
And for once, I shall say that I’m so devoted to a series where I loathe the heroine, but I endure the experience because I am in love with her lover.
This series needs saving. Redemption must be done in the fifth installment.
Sorry for the lash out, but I haven’t had a book discussion with my friends at this point so my post became a repository of fangirl feels. I love the series so much that I am willing to give it a second chance. If this were any novel, I might have just tossed it over and never looked back. But no, this is the Premonition Series. I must have faith.
2013 Reading Challenge: 1 out of 35 *starting early for the next batch*(less)
Perhaps we haven’t had enough reminder that F Buddies do not work out as just F Buddies. There can only be two endings in this kind of setup (based on...morePerhaps we haven’t had enough reminder that F Buddies do not work out as just F Buddies. There can only be two endings in this kind of setup (based on what I’ve seen in the movies and TV series):
1. Almost always, they end up falling in love with each other. Basic examples are “No Strings Attached” and “Friends With Benefits” — typical love story.
2. If the first option is not an option, they end up tearing down the intangible contract of just being F Buddies. Why? Because somebody’s hurting already–not necessarily one of them, could be someone outside their little intimate bubble. Refer to How I Met Your Mother’s Ted, Robin & Barney.
Whew. That was an unusually long introduction for Samantha Young’s new book, On Dublin Street.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the book. It has its own edge to keep you feeling giddy at every page, especially with all the dapper male characters led by Braden Carmichael!
Let’s get some items in place:
a. Will you hate me if I say that I like Joss Butler’s gut? Yes, she has a craptastic awful lot of internal conflict going on (ugh the panic attacks are so not cool for someone as hot as her), but I love the fierceness! She doesn’t care, she doesn’t give a damn. She’s like that and people just have to deal with it.
b. Braden-fckn-Carmichael. This dude just rocked my world. Okay, maybe someone like him exists–with Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling around the Hollywood corner–but you just know it that he’s unattainable. The suit got me, of course, and there’s this thing where he’s capable of loving someone loyally–too sticky that it gets unbelievable. Now where can I get a Braden Carmichael of my own?
c. The sexy scenes are freakin’ steamy, dude. Steamy. Smokin’ and everything else.
d. Ellie and Adam… oh these two. Really glad that they’ve worked out everything but it’s such a waste that Ellie had to have a condition before Adam manned up!
e. Joss’ character transformation is good. She has learned to accept and face the havoc that happened in her past. Guess that’s what she really needed after years of hiding and masking the pain of loss. So thankful of Ellie, Braden and her shrink. Heh.
The book has its own dose of cheesiness, but I don’t care. The characters are too cool. If this was a High School cafeteria, they are the Campus Royalty!(less)
Appropriately titled, Scorched Skies by Samantha Young was a lot more intense than the preceding book.
I seriously wanna start off with the most endear...moreAppropriately titled, Scorched Skies by Samantha Young was a lot more intense than the preceding book.
I seriously wanna start off with the most endearing thing that I’ve felt for the book, but nah, I would try to be more objective first on the plot.
1. What’s good about Samantha Young’s writing is that there’s a cohesive flow in the books. Her books are not treated as standalone, but a one long thread of destinies sewn together. There’s always a precedent and consequence to every deed or action. Nothing’s left mismanaged.
2. The internal struggle for Ari is becoming more powerful. The pipeline of events happening in a short time has been feeding the darkness of the Seal. No matter how people around her see it, I think she’s doing great. Spoiler alert, but heck, I think David (Jai’s half brother) deserved what he got.
3. The conflicts are more massive. The word is out–Ari’s nature sparked a certain dark sorcerer’s interest. Further to that, Ari lost her most precious human father, Jai (for the first time in years) felt exposed of how he was cruelly mistreated by the Ginnaye tribe, and Charlie (still seeking vengeance) continuously obliques from the right path. It’s like a downward spiral for these three. Well, almost. If you know what I mean.
4. What’s really intriguing in the Jinn Royalty is the labeling of allies and enemies. More often than not, Ari & Jai choose to believe The Red King because they have no choice but to trust him. But for the readers, who are privileged to be on the 3rd person omniscient perspective, there’s a suspicion if The Red King really is an ally. While The White King has truly expressed his diabolic plans to use Ari against Azazil (Sultan of all Jinn), something tells me that there’s more to that plan unbeknownst to us (yet). That it’s not merely commanding Azazil. The only threat here is, The White King does not feel any love for Ari, hence, he would not mind treating her as a collateral damage in the War of Flames.
5. Before I move forward to the heartbreaking stuff, I would just like declare my love for Trey! Damn this hot stuff! I would seriously think that if Ari wasn’t in love with Jai, she’d go for this bisexual pretty boy and would regret nothing. HAHAHA!
6. Fallon Roe, a new character, has a smart dirty mouth and I couldn’t be happier! I love the bitch! Her choice of words never cease to amaze me. Case in point, when Ari & Jai were bickering again for the nth time, she told them this:
"You and Jai. It’s like verbal foreplay. It’s been going on since you got here." – Fallon
7. Charlie Creagh. Always breaks my heart. Throughout the years of reading, it’s the first time that I don’t feel any disgust towards the underdog (in a love triangle) because I know how much Ari had loved him before.
"With her newfound clarity, Ari believed that for the first time, she could see Charlie; could see what he had done and what he had become. He wasn’t the boy she loved."
Oh, and it gets more painful…
"I kept hoping one day, I would be okay, that I’d be okay for you. I didn’t want to wake up on that day and discover you were gone." – Charlie
"Those were the words Ari had wanted to hear for two years. And they were two years too late."
"I’ll wait forever to make it right with you." – Charlie
8. Several books have been read before I’ve come across an intense tension between two characters again. I know it’s freakishly difficult for Ari & Jai (because you know, safety and honor and duty first before their exploding love for each other) but damn, this feels so fckn good to read. I’m twisted like that!
"Perhaps this time I’ll play the game with the guardian Jinn who had his body pressed so tight to yours, it was a wonder you could breathe on that dance floor." – The White King
More stormy UST-filled make-out sessions…
"Her words were cut off as he crashed her against him, his mouth crushing hers in the deepest, hardest kiss Ari had ever received. She felt her legs tremble beneath her and grabbed onto him for support, gasping as he pulled her closer, the sound swallowed by his hot mouth. Urgency took over, sanity fled, and all that existed was Jai’s mouth and body holding everything that she was together."
9. Still, I fell in love with Ari’s character. I’m pretty amazed by how she handles things. As in everything. What pulverized my heart was when she was hoping that for once, somebody would love her enough the way she deserves to be loved. And it really didn’t help that Jai was so much in denial of their massive feelings for each other. So when Jai opened the topic about their seemingly tabooed love, all Ari could think was…
"Please let him love me enough." – Ari
10. I understand that Dali’s attack to Ari was a huge complication but it served as an eye-opener to Jai that he could not lose Ari because she’s the first person who’s willing to die for him when everyone else would not even look him equally in the eye.
"Jai cradled Ari into his body, his eyes glued to her face, waiting for any sign of her waking up. “Ari, come on,” he whispered in her ear as the elevator climbed. “Wake up, baby, wake up.”
Now that’s what I’m talking about!!!
"From now on, the only choice I’ll ever make is you." – Jai
Then my ovaries and Fallopian tubes just diffused. KTHXBYE.(less)
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore is like a book of riddles. Admittedly, along with Queen Bitterblue, I was just so keen — borderline irritated — in findi...moreBitterblue by Kristin Cashore is like a book of riddles. Admittedly, along with Queen Bitterblue, I was just so keen — borderline irritated — in finding out what the hell was going on in Monsea.
Damn you, Immiker (a.k.a. the late King Leck) and your stupid Grace! How awesome it was that Katsa killed you (in book 1) just to shut your gob!
There were just so many times when I would be so interested and hooked to the plot, but then the book would introduce new characters and play mind games with the reader, and then I would soon realize that it’s 40-plus chapters… it’s a goddamn long book, I must say. Or maybe there’s a difference if you’re reading hardbound. Anyway, my point is, I almost parked the book and entirely read another one. Say, for example, I was rereading Beautiful Disaster again while I was halfway through Bitterblue. That’s how tired my brain was — having to be drugged by Travis Maddox just to continue on my real reading track.
Perhaps, it’s safe to say that the remaining 1/3 of the book was massively riveting, with all the revelations that fell into place. With the all the mysteries unraveled and riddles answered. It was ultimately a good sequel to Graceling. I never could’ve asked for a different sequel, but if Ms. Cashore will write another book about Katsa and Po, I will most certainly welcome it with an exhilarated heart.
Apart from the puzzle pieces and the lies that needed to be fixed, I think what broke my heart in finishing this book is the fact that I fell in love with the characters so much, that I wish to be with them more than what was allowed in a trilogy.
I miss Katsa. I miss Po. I miss Katsa and Po together. I hated how Bitterblue pulled off her “HBIC” attitude and sent Katsa away to the tunnels to get Fire. I hated how Bitterblue asked Po to return to Monsea and help her with her goddamn royal duties. But fine, a queen’s gotta do what a queen’s gotta do just to save her queendom. Going back to my point, I miss Katsa and Po (couldn’t stress it enough). I utterly miss my favorite couple.
Uhm, I think I fell in love with Sapphire Birch. And I’m not sure how I feel about how the book ended with his situation like that. Fine, he could be absolved from the treason he just committed, but damn it, Ms. Cashore, how can you make me fall in love with a character and then take him away from me? Why are you doing this to me? How? Why? Just like that? *insert meltdown here*
There were so many characters which I truly liked (okay, loved) in this book. Like, Helda — everyone’s wish to be their Mum. Hava — damn girl, you werkin it! Lord Giddon — hell no, I’m calling you Lord, regardless of Randa. Raffin and Bann — they’re a package and I love them and all their medical discoveries. Teddy, Tilda and Bren — coolest geeks ever. Lastly, Death (rhymes with “teeth”) — you are the most brilliant and sarcastic librarian ever. We should be friends.
I cannot express enough how sad I am that the book already ended. I would have given anything just to read more books about these characters — provided that they’re in Katsa’s or Po’s POV. Hehe. Oh well, forward-thinking, says the queen. But thank you for the experience, Ms. Cashore.(less)
It’s amazing how I can still get myself to post something about Indebted by Amy Bartol after it squeezed all of the emotions that my hypothalamus can...moreIt’s amazing how I can still get myself to post something about Indebted by Amy Bartol after it squeezed all of the emotions that my hypothalamus can ever secrete.
How do I even begin to talk about a book that has rendered me lightheaded, speechless and intoxicated for days? But for the sake of letting everything out and letting the world know how invaluable this extravagant piece is, I shall try my very best to encapsulate my feelings in this post. *gulp*
1. It’s in the nature of a Seraph to feel very territorial of what they believe belongs to them.
I must admit that aside from the incredulous speed, wit and apathetic mask that the Seraphim possess, this is one of my favorites–them stalking their property every minute, every hour of the day. Them being so utterly protective of what they think belongs to them. As if they’re incapable of sharing, which I guess could be true since they are naturally jealous creatures!
Evie stalking Reed, not letting him out of her sight (well at least in the beginning of the book), made me a happy giddy fangirl! Especially in the part where the Dominion stepped foot in their camp then Evie, sensing an unconfirmed danger, came running in front of Reed while carrying a weapon. The girl’s ready to pounce right then and there! Hush, darling! But of course, Reed couldn’t be sensually happier and prouder of Evie’s instant reaction! Haha.
2. Russell is like a male counterpart of a damsel in distress.
To continue reading the book, I must understand how important Russell is to Evie. Yes, to the point that she left Reed just to save Russell. What the hell. I cannot even. Don’t even start with me, Genevieve.
Okay, so, Russell is Evie’s soul mate. Blah blah blah. She feels obligated to save him because when she was a Gancanagh captive, Russell pulled off a suicide mission just to save her. Fine. She was committed to save him. But why does she need to shut out Reed? Fine. Because she feels it’s her mission. I think Evie’s nature to protect everyone she loves coincides with Reed’s vows to her. They both want to be on the front line and nobody wants to back down and give way. Hence, Evie’s alone trip to the stinky Ifrit. Because she knows that Reed will never let her face the monster.
3. Evie’s contract with Brennus just killed me.
DO I EVEN HAVE TO FCKN EXPLAIN THIS SHT? At this point, I kept on bugging my friend, asking her if there’s still hope after this fckery. Really, Evie, really?!!!!!!!!! (Sorry guys, if I’m too intense. If you’ve noticed, I’m a “Reed Advocate”)
4. Reed’s agony was excruciatingly unbearable for my heart.
This is where I cried like a newborn baby who just got out of her Mom’s womb. Yes. That’s how affected I am of the tormenting pain that ripped Reed’s heart while Evie was in the hands of Brennus, bound by that muhfckn contract.
The song “Give Me Love” by Ed Sheeran helped me get by while Reed’s suffering registers in my brain.
"Give me love like never before, ’cause lately I’ve been craving more And it’s been a while but I still feel the same, Maybe I should let you go You know I’ll fight my corner, and that tonight I’ll call you After my blood is drowning in alcohol, No I just wanna hold you
Give a little time to me, or burn this out We’ll play hide and seek to turn this around, All I want is the taste that your lips allow, My, my, my, my, oh give me love"
My masochist self had been craving for Reed to appear out of nowhere albeit I was becoming hopeless with Evie. I should not have had any doubts. My sweet sweet dark divine Angel will always come avenging.
"As I try desperately to cling to the dream, I feel fluttering butterflies in my stomach, like he is here with me and it’s the sweetest torture." – Evie
Follow the butterflies, they say.
"Hold on to the string, love, until the current shifts and we can be together again." – Reed
"This is for you, for when it becomes hard to breathe." – Reed
“Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love… I love thee best, O most best, believe it.”
5. As a Reed advocate, it is inevitable to distrust Evie and lose all what’s left of my strength to grip that string; that tiny spark of hope that she will come into her real senses and just smash Brennus like a UFC fighter.
You ask why? I could give three major scenarios. Actually, I could go on and on and point all the flaws of Evie’s supposedly rational mind, but no. I shall limit it to the most heart-wrenching scenes.
First. One of the Gancanagh died during an ambush attack in Brennus’ lair. They held a funeral and Evie made a speech about the dead Gancanagh’s honor and how he was like no other. While her pent up emotions came pouring down, I was like, is a fck supposed to be given here or...?
And then she dropped the bomb to my heart by uttering this to Brennus.
"Bring me Casimir and I will be anything you want me to be." – Evie
Anything? Anything he wants her to be? REALLY NOW, EVIE. REALLY.
Second. Reed stealthily visited Evie’s room in the Gancanagh territory. He gave in a glimpse of what he’s planning to do to Brennus once the magical contract has been broken.
"I will bury him so deep, the cries of Sheol will reign above him." – Reed
AND WHAT DID EVIE THINK OF THAT, YOU ASK?! (just an inner monologue)
"I should want that–I should want Brennus to suffer, but I don’t. He’s in my blood, too, whether I want him there or not and now–now the thought of his suffering makes me suffer, too." – Evie
Could somebody just please slap Evie in the face.
Third. This got me to the edge of my seat. As a contingency plan, Evie had been collecting her blood into an empty perfume bottle just in case she gets bitten. On her 19th birthday, Brennus gave her one of her heart’s deepest desires as a gift. In return, Evie gave her stock of blood to Brennus. SHE GAVE HER BLOOD TO BRENNUS ON A SILVER FCKN PLATTER.
"Dis is… ye are giving me yer blood." – Brennus
"I’m giving you my trust… You can do whatever you want with it–my blood. I just ask that you protect the trust I have given you." – Evie
But then again, I would have to understand Evie in the most logical way that I can. I’ve made a list of why she went out of her mind while being held custody of the Gancanagh. Haha.
* Her righteousness is immeasurable. Her compassion is beyond comprehension. My human mind could not fathom how she expresses kindness to creatures, regardless if they are divine or fallen. The girl’s a natural.
* Brennus got her. As in got her, got her. Remember when he told her that he knows her deepest desires? Desires that even Reed does not know? Because he drank her blood. It’s a supernatural reason, but I do accept it just to keep up with Evie’s irrational, unexpected responses to Brennus. Brennus trains her with strategy, does not shut her out in planning, shares their most prized possessions and provided her with the most elusive information of all–who her real father is.
* For once, I will say this. Russell is right. The Gancanagh brainwashed her, making her see perspective through their perspective. Not hers. Hence, she began to develop concern towards the fairy monsters.
* Top of mind and most reasonable explanation of all–Evie suffered from a major condition of STOCKHOLM SYNDROME. It’s uncanny and scary at the same time.
6. Just when I thought that my heart has stopped beating inside the fortress of Reed’s sorrowful emotions, we are all subjected to this brutal kind of unconditional love.
"I had to come here and tell you that I need you to come back to me.
I’m just getting by without you. I ache from not being able to hear your voice, to see your smile, to feel your caress." – Reed
The late night discreet visits of Reed were my refuge. It did not even end with the misery, but instead, with this…
"If they turn you, then find me–I will make a good first kill. Dying in your arms sounds like bliss to me." – Reed
DEAD. DOUBLE DEAD. TRIPLE DEAD. QUADRUPLE DEAD.
Shameless confession. I fckn cried when Reed brought mac ‘n cheese and twinkies for Evie because she’s so hungry. WHO FCKN CRIES OVER MAC ‘N CHEESE AND A BOX OF TWINKIES? MEEEEEE.
7. The confrontation between Reed and Evie in the latter part of the book was an affirmation of Evie’s undying, pure love for Reed.
"Reed: I thought I was losing you when you wanted to stay… How could you shut me out like that? You promised me that you would never leave again, but you did. Evie: Technically, I didn’t leave you–I just didn’t come straight back when I escaped. Reed: No, you’re right. Technically, you just pretended that I didn’t exist. Evie: I’m sorry. I love you and I will show no mercy to anyone who tries to keep us apart again. No mercy… I swear it."
I do believe that she loves Reed THAT MUCH. I’d like to believe that she will really show no mercy to whoever will try to break them apart again. But I just could not shake off this feeling that she’s too compassionate to everyone to hold on to this promise. But I will give her the benefit of the doubt just because she’s getting back to her Angel senses (refer to Incendiary chapter one).
8. If I can’t have Reed, I’d rather have Zee in my bedroom. KTHXBYE.
After turning on the last page of the book, I felt like a Reaper helping a soul to get to Paradise. The ethereal sanctuary opens its doors in front of you, then closes and leaves you behind. You feel desperate and unworthy for not making it to the other side. The longing I feel for the continuation of the story is such a hyperbole.
Now, I’m suffering from a severe, wicked case of REED WELLINGTON WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME.
BRB while I bury my broken self and wallow in a tidal wave of emotions.
Amy Bartol, what you do to me is major! *cue in fangirl tears*(less)
This song by Ed Sheeran kept on playing in my head while I read this book. No, it’s not a cheesebal...moreMy fangirl heart~
"Kiss me like you wanna be loved."
This song by Ed Sheeran kept on playing in my head while I read this book. No, it’s not a cheeseballs, Nicholas Sparks type of book. Good heavens, no. It’s actually jampacked with action!
Intuition by Amy Bartol is too much for me to bear. All my feelings, all my hormones–they all went on a rage. (Brace yourselves for a downpour of incoherent fangirl feelings and spoilers…)
Evie and Russell left. They left my sweet, darkly romantic avenging warrior, Reed. WHYYYYYYY. Why, Bartol, must you do this to me? My misery for my Reed was uncontrollable.
"Evie… Where are you? I need… I need you… I can’t exist without you–you have to come back to me." – Reed
This voicemail from Reed to Evie crushed me. And what it did to me is conspicuously unfathomable when Reed spoke in Angel to express his sorrow and anguish.
"It is Reed again, but this time he is speaking in Angel and it is different than I’ve ever heard it before. The sound of his voice is so sad that I burst out in sobs when I hear the melancholy lilt to the beautiful language." – Evie
Because I’m a masochist, here’s a more heart-shattering quote.
"Do you remember when I told you that I sometimes believe that you’re not real? That I imagined you just to hurt myself? I know now that you have to be real. This kind of pain cannot exist if you were imaginary." – Reed
Dead. Oh, my Reed. And I can never imagine how extremely difficult it was for Evie not to come running back to him after hearing all those messages. Respect.
I loathe the fact that more than two-thirds of the book were Reed-less and Russell-full. Even the Gancanagh (evil faeries) had a huge exposure. Everytime I pass by from chapter to chapter, and it welcomes me with a Gancanagh story, it made me feel like it’ll never end. But I kept on searching for Reed. I kept on searching for those butterflies in Evie’s stomach.
Again, respect for Evie. I know it’s very selfish of me to hate the Reed-less chapters (what can I do? I’m a shipper), but shit, this woman is too strong, too capable of unconditional love. Her motives & intentions were pure. How lucky could she get that she survived the Gancanagh? Well, of course, thanks to Russell for that. I honestly thought that she’ll be turned into a Gancanagh and then it’ll be like the Dhampir-Strigoi love story in Blood Promise.
And then Reed & Zephyr were captured by the Dominion (order of Power Angels). Fckn hell. Im so glad that Alfred (evil Reaper) was torn into pieces and eaten by the Gancanagh because I’d love to do it myself. Such a big mouth for a small dragonfly! Also, I reached the point where I became too impatient in looking for Reed in the book AND thought that maybe Russell really is Evie’s fckn soul mate. When Russell and Evie were making out (as a form of goodbye before Evie goes off to her suicide mission), I honestly want to be the one to present myself to the Dominion. It was a relief when Evie declared this to Russell:
"I’ll never make it if I don’t do this. I’ll die by degrees… in pieces and you won’t be able to pick up all of those pieces, no matter how good you are at loving me."
Burrrrrrrrn! Take that, Russell!
Okay, fast forward to the Dominion. Trial trial blah blah blah… then Evie felt the butterflies in her stomach. And then this:
"You are not going anywhere without me." – Reed
I think I just disintegrated right at this point. All the misery, all my longing, they are all gone. This is all I had to hear and everything’s alright.
So much had happened after that. The fall of Pagan, the Binding of Reed and Evie (which I very much love <3), the appearance of Phaedrus (the Virtue Angel) and Brennus’ Gancanagh army trespassing the Dominion just to retrieve Evie. Duh, of course they couldn’t get past Reed. *smug face*
And then the book ends with this:
"Reed: Never disappear from me again. Evie: I will never willingly leave you again… but if I do disappear, know that I will fight to come back to you. Reed: Then, know that I will never stop looking for you because we are one."
And left me hanging onto this:
"He presses me back into the sand and makes love to me again with a stormy strength that leaves no doubt in my mind that I am his and he is mine. Earth and Sky."
DID YOU FCKN SEE THAT COMING? BECAUSE I MOST CERTAINLY DID NOT. GOODBYE, OVARIES!!!(less)
It pays to look at those recommended books at the side when you are marking “to-read” items on goodreads. So much so, how lucky could you get when you...moreIt pays to look at those recommended books at the side when you are marking “to-read” items on goodreads. So much so, how lucky could you get when your good friend has already read that book and even rated it with 5 stars? Automatic priority on my “currently-reading” list! Ehem, Leah, ehem.
To say that “Inescapable by Amy Bartol is hypnotic” would probably be an understatement in my case because for one, I am very much aware of what’s happening, and two, I cannot fckn put the book down. Well, needless to say, it has a gravity of its own.
The usual cycle for me is that after I read a book, I blog about it. But this series is a special case. I immediately jumped to book two. Haha. It’s highly addictive, if you know what I mean.
Time for my random thoughts on the book –
1. First and foremost, the mystery of what kind of creature Genevieve “Evie” Claremont (heroine) really is definitely stomped me. It kept me searching from cover to cover. Weird thing is, I liked that feeling. 2. I love the fact that Evie’s not a wimp. She’s sporty and she’s smart. Well, these are just among many other physical and attitudinal praises that you could give her. 3. Butterflies in Evie’s stomach. Hmmm. These are usually felt when one’s nervous but the book gave a whole different meaning to it that I very much love–which brings us to… 4. Reed Wellington! Gawd, I love this guy/*insert his true identity here*. He’s on my “Future Boyfriends” list, if I could find him. Or better yet, if he could find me (AYYYY GUSTO KO YAN!!!). Honestly though, I keep on wracking my brain as to what was his secret. Is he a vampire? (Right, all creepy stalkers are vampires.) Is he an…? Well, gladly for Evie, it took her one dialogue with her Professor to figure Reed out. And no, I did not look at the cover of the book to guess what kind of supernatural being he is. Hahaha. 5. Why the hell does Evie have a different soul mate? I absolutely don’t ship them. Russell Marx can go home now. 6. Because of my previous point, it’s easy to see that I ship Evie and Reed so much, it hurts!!! However, it threw me off as to how Evie’s love for Reed started, how did it evolve (one day they were like mortal enemies then the next, they are making out in Reed’s Audi R-fckn-8). Even for Reed. The intensity is not that apparent. The break-up was bland. But damn, the succeeding scenes when they got back together were very pleasurable on my end. Hehe. 7. There are low moments though. Scenes that are kinda similar to the book-that-must-not-be-named. It just sucks because my brain associates superficial lovey dovey scenes with that book instantaneously. 8. Don’t trust your geeky, feeling-close friends. They might turn out to be truly evil. Scary! 9. Hello, Zephyr!!!!!!! You are also on my “Future Boyfriends” list. Such a sexy angelic wiiiiiild one! 10. Lastly, who would ever think that a huge chunk of diabolic plot will happen in 7-eleven? Damn, in my eyes, this convenience store will never look the same again. Chos!
I should control my feelings, I know. My gahd. I love it. Okay fine, I should stop now and move forward.(less)
This is the problem with high school. It is when stereotyping is rampant and the student body falls into a caste system. Undeniably, those who are on...moreThis is the problem with high school. It is when stereotyping is rampant and the student body falls into a caste system. Undeniably, those who are on top of the social class (naturally, the rich and “career” kids) are expected to have straight A’s, be blessed with good genes, act flawlessly perfect in front of authorities and get involved with those who are within their league.
A common denominator of those attributes is Brittany Ellis, our heroine in Perfect Chemistry, written by Simone Elkeles.
She’s rich. She’s the cheerleading captain. She’s the girl of the football captain. She’s royalty Barbie. She’s book smart. She’s hot. She’s beautiful. She’s the envy of many.
Nevertheless, underneath those designer clothes and thick gunk on her face, Brittany is hurting of family issues. I assume that this is the author’s way of saying that life is fair. No one could really have it all. No one could ever have the best of both worlds. And this kind of drama has been present across primetime TV shows, even movies.
Enter the hot and dangerous gangster, Alejandro “Alex” Fuentes. He’s a Mexican who’s a member of the Latino Blood—kind of a racial don’t-you-dare-quit / you-have-to-do-drug-and-gun-deals fraternity in the south side of the town. He keeps up to his bad boy image, but eventually loosens up when Brittany invaded his… dreams (mostly during the day) and the rest is history.
My objective in reading the book was to find something that had the same or greater level of UST than Thoughtless. Sadly, this wasn’t it. I never even felt that Brittany was starting to fall in love with Alex and vice-versa. But I guess you would really never know when you’re losin’ it, huh?
Anyway, of all the Brit-Alex scenes, my favorite was the “Ask A Question” game. It was the only the time I felt great tension and love between the two. I know the Chemistry meetings made them queasy, but the impact on me (as a reader) was much more like a crush rather than potential bed mates.
Overall, (and I apologize for saying this, but…) I think the book is a whole cliché: we’re-not-a-perfect family drama, I-can’t-quit-my-frat alibi and I-will-give-up-everything-for-you resolution. It’s like something I’ve watched or read already. Perhaps, the montage of various chick flicks and chick lits available does that to a person every once in a while when they encounter a book that’s pretty much playing safe to narrate the status quo. However, I still liked it. Just because it slightly pulled me to know how Brittany and Alex would resolve their issues and get back together.
Having known that Perfect Chemistry had two more books in the series, I thought that Elkeles could have ended this first book with a cliffhanger instead of a finale-worthy scene with matching history-repeats-itself epilogue. Apparently, the second book won’t be about Brittany and Alex anymore; it will tell the tale of Carlos Fuentes—Alex’s brother. *moment of understanding* Maybe we can catch a glimpse of their future in the next books? Well, I’m just hoping.(less)
Effortless by S.C. Stephens is the second installment of Kiera & Kellan’s obstacle-filled love story. Still told in Kiera’s perspective, the book...moreEffortless by S.C. Stephens is the second installment of Kiera & Kellan’s obstacle-filled love story. Still told in Kiera’s perspective, the book was actually a lighter read as compared to Thoughtless. Perhaps, I am all for the thrill of the “drum roll” and the exhilarating, breathtaking, mind-blowing ST of Thoughtless. Don’t get me wrong, the adult scenes in Effortless were so da-uhmn awesomemazing, but of course, there’s less tension since our love birds are now officially… love birds. Haha!
The synopsis of the book doesn’t say much about the story, but honestly, it’s all about history repeating itself–Kellan went off on a tour with the D-Bags and Kiera was left in Seattle. Again. Of course, being the hottest rock star out there (well, at least in that bunch of bands), it’s difficult not to be groped and ogled by desperate wannabes and groupies. That was one complication. Another was Denny’s back in town. Now we have an arena. Haha!
I must admit that aside from my constant addiction to read chapters after chapters, I was engulfed by the whole context of the book. For a while there (okay fine, the whole duration of reading it), I felt like I was Kiera. I felt like I was having a relationship with a hot dayum rock star who could just be taken to bed by any groupie. And as expected, I absolutely thought that at least one of them would cheat. My eyes were on Kellan, actually. Sorry, Bro. With that hotness level of yours, you were transforming ovaries into time bombs. I should know.
While our protagonists were trying to cope with a long distance relationship, only one song comes into mind: It Will Rain by Bruno Mars.
"To realize what we used to have, we don’t have it anymore."
I think the beauty of the book is its bravery to expose realistic situations. For one, no matter how much two people are unconditionally in love, there will always come a time that they will somehow drift apart… gradually. Having doubts are inevitable. Cheating is compared to nothing nowadays (seeing as both characters have history in that department). It will happen regardless of their strong feelings for each other. And it’s up to them to revive or fix or rekindle what was lost, if anything was even lost.
“I can’t imagine what the time apart has done to us. I’m hoping we’re closer. I’m hoping we’re more in love than ever. I’m hoping that when I come back, you’ll move in with me. In all honesty, I’m hoping that when I come back you’ll agree to marry me someday. Because that’s what I want, what I dream about. You, mine, for the rest of my life. I hope you feel the same…because I don’t know what I would do without you. I love you so much. But, if for some reason we’re not closer, if something has gotten between us, please, I’m begging you…don’t give up on me. Stay. Stay with me. Work it out with me. Just don’t leave me…please.
I love you, always,
Kellan” - page 365-366, Chapter 19
It shattered my heart after reading this note. I hadn’t expected Kellan to be the one professing this. He anticipated that something will happen, but he was convincingly sure of his feelings for her. If it were any guy, he could’ve just let go of Kiera. But no. Apparently, Kellan’s not “any guy.” He’s… unreal. I’m not even sure if such person exists. I can’t even imagine a love like this. It was astoundingly surreal. To beg someone to work it out and not give up while both of you are feeling that it’s almost over? That’s just too much. But if this happens in real life, then maybe hope still exists (in the eyes of us potential old maidens).
My only turn off was the ending. Yet again, like a child’s bedtime story, deus ex machina was applied in the last chapter. There’s just something wrong with “everything’s alright.” You just know it. Something has to be wrong. Because such is life. And we’re not in full control of it.
Nevertheless, silly or not, I think Kellan’s big gesture in the end was undeniably cute and romantic. It it were me, I would’ve preferred that kind of “ceremony” instead of the full prep.
Needless to say, I am in love with the books. I am in love with the characters–-except Griffin, okay. And I owe this to Ana for sharing these good finds with me. Love you, Anya!
#KellanKyleWithdrawalSyndrome starts now. Read, and you shall understand.(less)
This left me breathless almost constantly while I was reading it.
Just to give you a gist, Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens is a story about true love dyin...moreThis left me breathless almost constantly while I was reading it.
Just to give you a gist, Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens is a story about true love dying and true love sparking. Kiera moved in with her boyfriend, Denny, to Seattle as Denny got a huge internship offer from a world-class Ad Agency. She left her family and school at Ohio just so she can be with him. They could never stand being apart from each other, until Kellan came into her life.
Kellan is Denny’s friend, who apparently owns the house they’ll be renting in while at Seattle. Kiera and Kellan grew their friendship when Denny was indefinitely away for a business trip (estimated two months). She was so miserable that Denny left her shortly after they transferred to another state, and Kellan was there to be her refuge.
And the rest was history…
The matured content was, honestly, breaking innocence for every reader. And the best part was… THERE’S – JUST – TOO – MUCH – ST! It was tremendously sensational. If you know what I mean.
I couldn’t believe that there’s an author who could write more graphic intimate scenes than Richelle Mead and Jamie McGuire before I’ve met S.C. Stephens’ actual words. My brain just automatically tuned out everything and everyone, and with just one line, I was already devoured by the book.
Although, admittedly, the first few chapters were kinda boring. If you practically have the skill to skim, just skim! But don’t ever miss the part where Kiera Allen, our naive heroine, first locked gazes with Kellan Kyle, the rockstar sex god.
Words do not even suffice how much… how much…
Sorry, guys. I think I just melted there. Excuse me while I continue ogling over Kellan Kyle’s godlike image in my mind.
Here’s an excerpt from the book where Kiera first saw Kellan. And believe me, this is nothing compared to what he’s capable of in the next chapters.
"He had intense eyes that were busy scanning the crowd of adoring women clustered around the front of the stage. His light, sandy-brown hair was a thick, wild mess. It was longer on the top with shorter, shaggy layers all the way around and he was running his hand through it in a rather adorable way. As Anna would say, he had “bedroom hair.” Well, okay, she would use a cruder adjective, my sister could be a little crass, but it was the kind of style that looked like he had just been ravished in the back room. I blushed as it occurred to me that maybe he had been… Anyway, it was alarmingly attractive on him. Not everyone could pull off that kind of look.
His clothes were surprisingly basic, like he knew he didn’t have to accessorize his looks. His shirt was just a basic gray tee, with the long sleeves pushed back to the elbow. It was just tight enough to hint at what was most definitely a fabulous body underneath. He wore perfectly lived-in black jeans with black, heavy boots. Simple, yet stunning. He looked like a rock god.
Even with all that, the most amazing part of him, besides his alluring voice, was his unbelievably sexy smile. He only showed glimpses of it through the words he was singing, but it was enough. A smooth halfsmile here and there – flirting with the crowd. Utterly charming.
He was downright sexy. Unfortunately, he knew it."
- Chapter 1, Page 7
And did I mention that there’s too much ST, it hurts?! If you must’ve guessed, the world of the story is pretty much myopic but Kiera’s great internal conflict and Kellan’s piercing emotions vehemently pull you–made my thoughts borderline unmanageable. Kiera and Kellan’s relationship went through a vicious cycle but you’ll never get tired of it. You would keep on wanting more. It’s kind of addicting, actually.
Anyway, I’ve got some songs playing in my head while reading this book. Just my incoherent mind putting up a playlist.
1. Kiera-Kellan affair – Sensual Seduction by Snoop Dogg and Lips of an Angel by Hinder 2. Kellan confessing his childhood to Kiera – Use Somebody cover by Hannah Trigwell 3. Kiera realizing she loves Kellan – Can’t Help Falling In Love version by Ingrid Michaelson 4. Kiera moping for months after the accident – Emotions version by Destiny’s Child 5. Kellan’s song for Kiera that got them back together – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved by The Script
If there’s one thing that I’ll carry on from this book, it’s knowing that going out of your safety net, of your comfort zone, may actually lead you to THE ONE. <3
What kept me up the whole of Saturday, until before dawn of Sunday, was this addicting book, Beautiful Disaster. And I’m holding Jamie McGuire, the au...moreWhat kept me up the whole of Saturday, until before dawn of Sunday, was this addicting book, Beautiful Disaster. And I’m holding Jamie McGuire, the author, responsible for this instant obsession.
It was hauntingly amazing… and enchanting at the fact that I was hooked to the book just like Travis was hooked to Abby.
The story was in a College setting and told in the perspective of Abby Abernathy. She transferred to Eastern University with her best friend, America, as she tries to escape from her terrible and infamous past. America’s dating Shepley, who’s cousins with Travis–the University’s resident manwhore & the best fighter in The Circle (EU’s version of Fight Club). Abby & Travis first met in one of his fights, and since then, he had never taken his eyes off of her. And that’s just the start of a one helluva bumpy ride.
Having said that Travis is a manwhore, trashy intercourse was inevitable in this book. Booze, fights, laughs, cries, yells… plus all the emotions you could think of–they’re all in here. But one thing’s for sure, this is not for the fainthearted or for the conservative folks; this is for the liberated minds who seek a reality-shutdown badly.
I’ve seen a lot of great reviews about the book, but there were some who transparently announced their disdain & disgust. As for me, what’s disturbing is the fact that I wasn’t disturbed. At all. I must be really psychologically ill. Or maybe I’m an extreme escapist to be able to embrace this fiction immediately when it’s right in front of me.
Travis Maddox. How do I even begin to describe Travis Maddox?
He’s the guy who I know I should extremely avoid & wish not to encounter ever in my entire life, but he’s also the guy who’s all I ever wanted… and more.
He’s a BAMF (Bad Ass Muthr Fckr) fictional character–with his unbeatable Fight Club record & tats all over his porn-worthy body. Believe me, I was actually asking if I could get pregnant just by reading his confessions of undying love and overprotection to Abby. Haha!
About Abby, well… can I just say that all their, uhm, adult scenes were activated by her suppressed desire? Haha! This girl has low tolerance for control, really. But I totally understand. I have no complaints about Abby’s character development because I clearly felt her pain–both from the past and the present. Besides, Travis is irresistible. I’m surprised she was able to hold back for a month, if you know what I mean.
What touched me the most was Jim’s (Travis’ Dad) words to Abby. It was another revelation of Travis’ trait. That he has never loved a woman, besides his Mom, until Abby came into his life. That, actually, he forgot how it was like to love until Abby scooped him from a lonely place. It was outright wonderful.
Can we all just take a moment of silence and wallow in grief on that bedroom scene during their Thanksgiving Break? Losing Abby was Travis losing his world. And I still can’t fathom that such sad words could ever come out his sweet soft lips.
Anyway, I’ve talked about my turn-ons; let’s hop onto some minimal turn-offs: 1. Travis tattooing Abby’s name on his wrist, only because I believe that obsession and love are never permanent between two people. But of course, he’s Travis. He wouldn’t be if he had never done it. 2. The marriage in Vegas was absolutely idiotic for me to comprehend, just because I don’t believe that marriage at an early age will get you to places. Then again, they’re recklessly in love–which invalidates my disapproval & drives the point why they got married in the first place. And it’s Vegas. It has earned its reputation of insincerity.
Generally, I LOVE THIS BOOK. Isn’t it obvious? Haha! I’m so glad I was on Twitter when Ana & Ericka were talking about this. I was so lucky to chance upon it.
Also, one thing this book affirmed for me: love is the trigger where hell breaks loose.
What did you feel when you turned the last page of the Last Sacrifice?
Honestly, I felt a serious pang of sadness as I read the last line of Rose Hatha...moreWhat did you feel when you turned the last page of the Last Sacrifice?
Honestly, I felt a serious pang of sadness as I read the last line of Rose Hathaway. I should’ve been emotionally and mentally ready for this; only I wasn’t. What should’ve been just a sole enormous rejoice was clouded by an early misery, at the same time. I will miss it. I miss it already.
The book did not purposely end. Open-ended issues welcome us at the latter parts of the novel. I believe that’s one of the most beautiful dimensions of Vampire Academy–its knack for leaving us with question-marked faces and motivation to construct theories of our own. The night when I finished the book was a hell lot of awesome; I didn’t mind reading while we were on the road, and I was just using my mobile phone’s flash light. It was not the perfect place to go through while reading a fantastic book, but the story was the perfect company with all my life’s drama. Surely, Rose Hathaway, your quips and goddamn mishaps-turned-adventures will be missed.
Putting the drama on the shelf, I think Last Sacrifice was A-mazing. No, that’s even an understatement. Maybe, let’s just put it into comparison. There are only three novel endings that made me ecstatically high: 1) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling; 2) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins; and 3) Vampire Academy: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead. Of course, nothing will beat my craziness over Harry Potter, but I can attest that Last Sacrifice places second. I could not wrack my brain to produce the appropriate compliments for it, but perhaps, I can give you some descriptors that conclude my behavior after reading the Last Sacrifice:
Head is floating; Disjunctive thoughts; Distracted big time; Thinks of Dimitri all the time; and Heart is jumping. So if you thought that I wasn’t myself during the second week of December, blame Richelle Mead, author of the Vampire Academy series, for writing one of the most hypnotic and spellbinding vampire novels in this lifetime. LOL.
Whilst perusing through the chapters, here are my identified issues in the last installment:
Seemingly incarnation of a former dark (and hottt) vampire Spirit bound has been a dreadful and hard time for the Team Belikov (gosh, you can never imagine how it was with the Little Dhampirs) since Dimitri was in the middle of an internal catastrophe. To avoid misinterpretations, I’d just like to formalize that I have nothing against Dimitri reverting back to his original state. Nonetheless, if the way he acted during Spirit Bound lasted forever (dude, I understand how horrible it was, but it was just OA to fill half of the book with his resistance to welcome Rose), then he could have just stayed as Strigoi (as he was even sexier and hotter back then). Fortunately, in the Last Sacrifice, he had an epiphany while spending his days and nights doing nothing (gawd, what a waste of a Dhampir god), locked away from the world. His permitting to jailbreak Rose was a big step; the alley scene was another one. Thank you, Richelle Mead, for bringing back Dimitri! And oh, bonus, he’s now a poet! LOL! Pun intended! :>
The redemption of Rose-Dimitri tandem Finally?! It’s about time for a reunion! We’ve all been waiting for this duo to hit the arena anytime soon and our wish just got granted. The synchronicity of Rose and Dimitri in a fight is something extraordinaire even in their world. Both of them are recognized as top-of-the-line fighters, considering their repertoire of Strigoi kills in the past. Albeit there were a fair few Strigoi encounters in the book, this tandem still proved that they are the most resonating and explosive team who ever walked the world of Moroi.
Dimitri taking advantage of the spirit-induced Rose Not that I’m complaining. Oh please, if only Richelle Mead can hear me, her ears might be deaf right now coz I was chanting/shouting “MORE!” while reading the part that mostly riveted our attention. Anyway, our desires aside, did it ever occur to you that Dimitri had taken advantage of Rose while she was being devoured by the darkness of Spirit? Their first all-the-way sexual deed happened in Shadow Kiss, when Rose could not contain herself from extracting the madness of Spirit from Lissa. Dimitri took her to the cabin, pacified her, then suddenly, all I can remember (amidst the swooning talk of course) was they were getting it hot and naked on the bed. Their second time was in Last Sacrifice, after Rose was, yet again, ravened by Spirit and accidentally killed Victor Dashkov. Dimitri told Sonya that he can handle Rose after the terrifying-but-appropriate incident, so they occupied one room all by themselves. And, folks, you know what happens when two raging flames are contained in one cornered place, right? They entangle each other. Hence, the re-ignition of Dimitri-and-Rose love story. In one way or another, we should always look for factors that lead to an action. If Rose wasn’t Spirit-induced in those scenarios, would there have been an intimate activity between the two? A lot of things would have changed had it not occurred. It’s safe to assume that Dimitri, who claimed that he has 10 times stronger self-control than Rose, took advantage of the vulnerable yet fired up Rose. Perhaps, we owe the Spirit a warm gratitude for causing Rose to flare up; if it wasn’t for Spirit, we won’t be able to read Dimitri doing this sexy thing. :>
The double-lead strategy This got us all twisted, though some of us already guessed who the real murderer was. I believe that Richelle Mead monopolized on the idea that her readers’ perception will be like this: “The murderer would be someone who’s extremely unexpected.” We, the readers, were trying to channel Mead’s unpredictability in plots; hence, we overlooked the obvious. She made us believe for a while there that Daniella Ivashkov was the murderer. Of course, Lady Ivashkov could be classified as someone unexpected to murder the Queen. Nonetheless, someone’s still in his refined logical mind. A big thanks to our Dhampir in shining silver stake, Dimitri, when he realized that the evidence purported to have double leads in their search. This plot reminds us that however far we’ve gotten in our journey, we should always look back and assess what we were really looking for. Case in point, Rose’s hunt: first was to find the murderer, second was to find the other Dragomir; thus, the double-lead. Bravo, Richelle Mead! Very well-played! ;p
Jealousy as the motive To some extent, Lissa was right. Jealousy played a big role in Tatiana’s mysterious murder. Only, it wasn’t the reason why Tatiana got staked. It was the drive for the murderer to maneuver the blame to Rose. Fine, who am I kidding. Tasha Ozera framed Rose because she still has the hots for Dimitri. Dimitri’s refusal to take Tasha’s offer (to elope and have kids? really Tasha?) was a huge blow to her heart and ego. And who else would Tasha blame for this concluded lonesome life of hers? Rose, because she’s the one Dimitri loves and wants and needs! Now we know that jealousy goes a long terrible way…
The collateral damage Amidst all the swooning and melting scenes of Rose and Dimitri, Adrian’s outbreak was still my most beloved part of the book. This is something that sets Vampire Academy from the other books: Richelle Mead did not use deus ex machina, a plot device wherein every intricate problem in the story will be surprisingly solved in the end. Adrian’s enlightening but dreadful talk with Rose was the instrument for us to see the dualism of the novel: not everything went well. It may have ended good with Rose because she cleared her name, found Lissa’s other sister, claimed back her guardian status, became one of the Royal Guards, and reunited with Dimitri. It may have ended good with Lissa because she’s now the Queen. It may have ended good with Dimitri because his guardian status was bestowed upon him and he’s together with Rose. But Adrian’s right, and I could not agree more to what he said. It hurts me that he’s the logical one, again, but the scene was too perfect. Adrian was a big slap which personified in front of Rose. Truly, the collateral damage was inevitable in every feat: What awaits Jill in the pack of Royal wolves? What happened to Eddie? Did Rose even think about rescuing Sydney from the wrath of the Moroi and the Alchemists? Lastly, how will Adrian go by the days when Rose just shredded his heart into pieces? Don’t get me wrong, guys. I’m a true-blooded Team Belikov, but hell yeah, I had to give Adrian Ivashkov points for this one. He grounded Rose to her reality, and no scene could ever be better than that. On the other hand, Dimitri, being all zen-like, reminded Rose that she cannot help everyone, meaning, she cannot be the hero for everybody. That’s another good justification to the ending of Last Sacrifice. Gosh, Mead you’re a genius!
Lissa on a pedestal (discussion c/o the Little Dhampirs) Yet again, Last Sacrifice was in favor to Lissa. She was crowned as the goddamn Queen, for crying out loud. She’s not fully equipped to be the incumbent monarch. The girl can only handle a handful of depression since the darkness of Spirit regularly invades her. If not for Rose, Lissa could have lost it. Now touching on that base, I think that Lissa being the Moroi Queen was a potentially problematic move. The bond was lost, so who will be Lissa’s foundation from then on? Perhaps, we should just trust Richelle Mead on this part. I believe that this debatable competence of Lissa Dragomir will be covered in the spinoff series. The Alchemists might know something that was obscured from us in the six books.
From the comments we’ve gathered in deviantArt, a lot of VA readers found it outrageous that Lissa was bitching Jill. In Lissa’s defense, the revelation that you have an illegitimate sister was seriously a lot to take, let alone shattering an 18-year-old belief that your saint-like father was some whore who dry humped in Vegas. To some degree, I can understand Lissa’s unwelcoming action if and only if Jill was just some piece of evidence that her father was a cheater. However, that was not the case. Jill, bearing her purest royal blood, became the only hope for Lissa to bag a vote in the council. If not for Jill’s mere existence, Lissa would never get recognition and be the Queen of the Moroi. Why can’t Lissa digest that? To quote General Anya‘s analysis, “Lissa’s true colors were unraveled when the bond was delinked.” More so, in the last five and a half books, we saw Lissa in the eyes of Rose, who’s partial to her best friend. Now, sans the bond, we can see her boldly. So yeah, you can pretty much tell that I don’t like Queen Dragomir.
Dimka’s faint loyalty to Lissa (discussion c/o the Little Dhampirs) A tremendously annoying aspect of Spirit Bound was Dimitri’s shift of loyalty: from Rose to Lissa. When Lissa brought Dimitri back from Strigoi to Dhampir, Dimitri pledged his whole life to serve Lissa. And what did that leave us for Rose? A big fat nothing. Dimitri kept pushing her away. Okay, fine, I should repress my angst towards that plot. What I’m trying to say is, in Spirit Bound, Dimitri worshiped Lissa like she’s a freakin’ goddess (oh please, spare me!), while in Last Sacrifice, it was not too much visible; hence, the inconsistency. Possible change agents were (1) Dimitri’s epiphany that he must not lock himself up from the world and (2) his recognition of love and beauty, that is Rose. However, if my calculations were correct, there were only two instances when Dimitri exhibited his utmost loyalty to Lissa: first, was when he accepted Lissa and Abe’s plan to jailbreak Rose, and second, when he tried to block Lissa from Tasha’s gunshot–though this one was not confirmed by Dimitri himself as he was even confused if he wanted to save Lissa or Rose in that particular misfortune.
The intoxicating presence of Dimitri Belikov Timeless. Dimitri Belikov is timeless. To borrow General Anya‘s term, he’s a one big piece of “illegal hotness.” Escaping the tormenting twisted state of being Strigoi just got better if you can acquire those bad-ass god-like Dhampir skills, which are only possessed by Guardian Belikov himself.
Some things are better left unspoken Why did Sydney help Rose? Where is Sydney? Where is Eddie? What happened to Adrian? How did Robert Doru cope up? Fret not, my fellow VA fans, for Richelle Mead formally announced on her Twitter that the questions bugging us right now will all be answered in Bloodlines! Of course, why would she put everything in Last Sacrifice when she’s going to write a spinoff, right?(less)