Monday, April 28, 2014

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy Book #4)

Author: Richelle Mead
Stars: 4.5 out of 5

Back of the Book

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 the 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 in 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, will everything at stake - and worlds away from St. Vladamirs and her unguarded, vulnerable and newly rebellious best friend - can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?


Rose's quest to track down Dimitri means leaving everything behind at St. Vladimar's academy including Lissa and travelling around the world to Russia. Hunting down Dimitri didn't start off easy it lead her to finding Dimitri's family telling them the horrible truth about him and finding another bonded shadow-kissed spirit user as well during this time Rose also meets a man named Abe who is like the Russian mob there and has the power to do anything at the snap of his fingers we later learn that this man is Rose's father. During this time Rose still checks on Lissa but finds there's something wrong with her that she can't put a finger on it.
 Heading back into the city her finally tracks down Dimitri only to be knocked out by him. When Rose wakes up she finds she's in a house not just any house a Strigoi's layer. But with Dimitri their Rose tries to find the man she first fell in love with and sooon becomes trapped there by lust and ecstasy from the strigoi's bite. As days fall into weeks Rose no longer has any desire for anything other than Dimitri and a bite to fill her needs. One day Rose hears a whisper in her mind and soon tries to fight her craving and eventually her reason and sense start to return. Rose knows that if she doesn't escape soon she will either die or be turned strigoi by Dimitri.
Rose eventually escapes and has a deadly showdown with Dimitri. Rose finally gets the upper hand on him on a bridge adn before she stakes him she asks "why do you want me to stay with you?" Dimitri answers "because I want you." and with that answer Rose finally realizes that he is not the same man she falls in love with, he doesn't love her, he just wants to own her like a possession and with that she stakes him watching him fall into the river.
Rose returns to St. Vladmir she learns that their are many people who love her and want her in their lives, she has the possibility of returning back to classes and graduating. the twist happened in the last 10 pages when Rose was heading up to the dorms for that night she receives a package inside was the stake she used on Dimitri on the bridge and a note that read "i see you haven't remembered the lesson i have though you, remember never turn your back on your enemy until you know their dead." and with that he will be reuniting with her very soon. This realization makes Rose think back to that night that maybe she didn't kill him like she though she did.
And so this awesome series continues.

Loved this book not my fav but definitely awesome. I couldn't stand to see Rose so weak and powerless and Dimitri I loved him the way he was all cold and evil its a different side from his usual warm, sexy demur that we've all grown to love. stayed up for 3 hours reading the ending last night, even though i was tired i couldn't put it down.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy Book #3)

Author: Richelle Mead
Stars: 5 out of 5

Back of the Book

It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all... might be seeing ghosts.

As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose's forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line - and choose between the two people she loves most.

My Review

Never have I read a book that had me crying and felt like a part of my soul was ripped out just as Rose'S was. the best line of this whole book was the very last sentence  that sums up everything "i set off, off the kill the man i love".

This has to be the BEST book of the series so far. I wish I had more words to describe what this book did to me. I hope everyone can feel this type of love at least once in their life. Just wow Mrs. Mead truly out did her self just . . . Wow.

Hands down my fav parts of the series is the interaction between Dimitri and Rose (or Roza in Dimitri's sexy Russian accent)
This is how I pictured Dimitri sexy, brooding and mysterious. Damnn Rose you lucky girl!

Absolutely recommend this series to anyone who loves a good love story, action, mystery and adventure. For more of my book reviews click this link right here  ->  Chrissy Dev


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2)

Author: Richelle Mead
Stars: 5 out of 5

Back of the Book
Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose . . .

It's Winter break at St, Vladimir's, but Rose is feeling anything but feastive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy's crawling with Guardians - including Rose's hard hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand to hand combat with her mom wasn't bad enough, Rose's tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason's got a huge crush on her and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The strigoi are closing in and the Academy's not taking any risks . . . This year, St. Vlad's annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But with the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety, When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price . . . 

I've actually been really liking this series and the best part is I don't have to wait for each book to come out. My pet peeve is when I've started a series and have to wait for the book by then I would have either moved on or forgot what happened in the last 2 books. Sigh
In book two the 2 main events are Rose has competition over Dimitri's attention and affection and the possibility of him leaving to protect another moroi. We finally meet Rose's mom and there is a rogue band of strigoi (immortal dead vampires with insane strength) that are killing off royal families one by one with the help of humans.
We get to see Rose's first killing of strigoi, we see the lost of her friend Mason and a new character is brought in named Adrian ( who is royal and is a spirit user like Lissa)

I really liked this one because we see rose's battle between herself and she learns more about being a guardian and her mother. This one is very emotional and I got caught up in the intense situations.  Overall I gave this a 5 and I can't wait to read the next book.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy Book 1)

Author: Richelle Mead
Stars: 5 out of 5

Happy Easter everyone!! Now on to the review!

Back of the Book

St. Vladmir's Academy isn't jsut any boarding school-it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but not they're being dragged back to St. Vladmir's -- the very place where they're most in danger . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy's ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi-- the world's fiercest and most dangerous vampires - make Lissa one of them forever.

Surprisingly I really liked it. Usually books that everyone goes crazy for, I don't seem to find the same allure but this was a pretty decent book. Especially that it's a vampire book and for once had and was nothing like a twilight wanna be. Love the connection between these two girl as they unravel the mystery of their bond and the forbidden loves that tehy aquire (i mean who doesn't love forbidden things). The story takes a interesting turn of event with the two types of vampires and a society that is in need of change.
One last thing - I wish i had Dimitri as a teacher, damn lucky Rose. 
Overall i really enjoyed it and it's not what I expected for your typical ya novel where I can predict everything.
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart

Stars: 4.5 out of 5
Back of the book
A laugh-out-loud funny, surprisingly romantic, zombie road trip novel filled with heart—and brains. Eat, Brains, Love is perfect for fans of Isaac Marion's Warm Bodies.
The good news: Jake's dream girl, Amanda Blake, finally knows his name.
The bad news: it's because they both contracted a mysterious zombie virus and devoured the brains of half their senior class. Now Jake and Amanda are on the run from Cass, a teen psychic sent by the government's top-secret Necrotic Control Division to track them down. As Jake and Amanda deal with the existential guilt of eating their best friends and set off in search of a cure for the zombie virus, Cass struggles with a growing psychic dilemma of her own—one that will lead all three of them on an epic journey across the country and make them question what it means to truly be alive. Or undead.

My Review
Jake was a regular high school boy. He loved video games and getting high with his friends until one day when he ate half of his friends in the school cafeteria. Now he is on the run, he is a zombie fugative and his getaway partner is the hottest girl in school Amanda Blake who ate the other half of his class. Some how they have contacted a zombie virus with a hope of a cure they head to Iowa, but their way there is be a difficult one.

Meet Cass the youngest member of the NCD squad, She is a telepath and is on a mission to track and kill zombies. Those zombies in particular Jake and Amanda. There is humourous banter between Jake and Amanda and even funnier thoughts from Jake.
The story is told from the points of view from both Cass and Jake. So we get both the outlaw and the tracker views and the choices and thoughts they make. The cliff hanger at the end of the book has me amped for the next and to figure out what really is in Iowa and how Cass teaming up with the zombies will change the dynamics.

Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Stars: 5 out of 5

My Review
I didn't know what to expect when I first picked up the book and started to read, but by the second chapter I couldn't put the book down. It was soo intriguing and it made you wonder what was going to happen next.

The plot of the book is: High atop Hathorne Hill, near Boston, sits Danvers State Hospital. Built in 1878 and closed in 1992, this abandoned mental institution is rumored to be the birthplace of the lobotomy. Locals have long believed the place to be haunted. They tell stories about the unmarked graves in the back, of the cold spots felt throughout the underground tunnels, and of the treasures found inside: patients' personal items like journals, hair combs, and bars of soap, or even their old medical records, left behind by the state for trespassers to view.
On the eve of the hospital's demolition, six teens break in to spend the night and film a movie about their adventures. For Derik, it's an opportunity to win a film making contest and save himself from a future of flipping burgers at his parents' diner. For the others, it's a chance to be on TV, or a night with no parents. But what starts as a playful dare quickly escalates into a frenzy of nightmarish action. Behind the crumbling walls, down every dark passageway, and in each deserted room, they will unravel the mysteries of those who once lived there and the spirits who still might.

It's the best to read late at night during a thunder storm where every sense is heighten and every nerve is on edge. There were a lot of unexpected happenings in the book and the way she wrote the book makes you feel like your in the scenario with the other teens in the abandoned hospital wondering what every dark shadow has lurking behind it. Each teen has there own reason for going to the hospital that night each with a different motive overall the end of the books tells you how each person turns out whether they make it out ALIVE!

Overall a very good book that i would recommend for a quick summer read. =)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Author: Sarah Ockler
Stars: 4.5 out of 5

Back of the Book
"Don't worry, Anna. I'll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Promise me? Promise you won't say anything?"
"Don't worry." I laughed. "It's our secret, right?"

According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in ZanzibarBay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy ever day, there's a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there's something she hasn't told Frankie---she's already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

Beautifully written and emotionally honest, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer.

My Review
Anna, Frankie and Matt (Frankie and Matt are brother and sister) have always been inseparable -bffs till the end they share everything. . . except Anna's feelings for Matt. On her 15th birthday they finally confess how they feel about each other, sharing a marzipan covered kiss. For one whole summer they share things with each other and start to fall in love. Everything changed when Matt crashes due to a heart defection and is pronounced dead. 

1 year later Frankie's family decides to take there annual family vaca to Zanzibar SF. Here the girls make a pact for the A.B.S.E (absolutely best summer ever) and try to get with twenty guys in twenty days. Anna tries to discover what Matt meant all those postcards ago and reconnect with him some how and try to be a different person. 

Over the summer Anna learns how to let go, love and change.  She falls for someone who opens up her perspective on love and life. 
I love the cover which is the symbol of the book sea glass. 

Like the ocean, falling and whispering against the shore. Nothing ever really goes away - it just changes into something else. Something beauty

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Title: Shut Out
Author: Kody Keplinger
# of pages: 273
Stars: 5 out of 5

After all the sleepers I've been reading this was fun and refreshing. I loved this book its a modern take on Lysistrata.
There's a school rivalry between their own football and soccer team, that has be on going for 10 years.
All of the girlfriends with the boys on these teams always felt like they were being put second to the rivalries and they've had enough. Especially Lissa Daniels. She fed up and has come up with a plan, all of the girls are going on a sex strike (and any sexual activities count too)there going to make the guys feel it and hit them were it hurts the most IN BED!!

But this book goes much more than teenagers and sex, it takes a look on how females and males are looked upon when it comes to the topic of sex and why there is always a double standard to women. As a result soccer and football sides are demolished and they all bond in a quest to see who can outlast who in the battle of boys versus girls.

To anyone who loves a good chick lit and wants to know who outlast who read this book, I'm sure as hell happy to have picked it up at the library. Kody is an amazing author, I can't wait to read more from her.


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