Friday, June 24, 2011

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Defiantly the perfect ending to a great series! Awesome job!

I have loved this series for a long time - The sparks between Rose and Dimitri were just all there - and the bond between Rose and Lisa gave me the perfect chance to love Christian and still be loyal to Dimitri :)

The book starts off with a lot of back track information from the previous books - which I needed. I got this book in December, but just now read it for the first time (WHY!!??) I didn't want to re-read the last book, this week, so I was grateful for rose being in Jail and reminiscing about her past.

I liked having her check in with Lisa often - it gave us a great idea on everything that was going on when Rose wasn't able to be there. The bond is awesome!

Then they break Rose out of Jail, and she and Dimitri are on their own - I knew that they were going to make it together - but every chance they had a lone - the feelings were there - and yet ..... ggrrrr That was frustrating!

One thing I wish they would have elaborated on was the "Keep" the people that chose to live in the old ways - I would have liked to have seen more with Joshua and his sister - maybe have them get out of the town.

BUT who knows, maybe they'll show up in Bloodlines :)

I was so shocked at the ending turn of events! The ending really did shock me! I was ... shocked! lol my daughter will vouch for how shocked I was actually - I had to re-read that page 3 or 4 times and sit there for a few mins to let it sink in before I would let anyone talk to me again - just .. shocked is all I could think of

BUT alas - everyone got their HEA - except Adrian - oh that was sad - I had read in the news that in Richelle Mead's upcoming Bloodlines series that Adrian is in the book moping around the academy, and nursing his broking heart - so maybe he'll finally meet his match in the next series - defiantly worth it to me to check it out :)

All and all I love this series - I have given all my books to a friend to read, and I'm looking forward to her reaction as well :)

Here's the link for more reviews in this series :)

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)
Review for the first 4 books 
 I Promise I have read Blood Promise - I just don't know where the review is :) I'll find it though :)

Some of my favorite quotes 

"Do you think that's, like, REAL bacon?" I whispered to Sydney and Dimitri. "And not like squirrel or something?"
"Looks real to me," said Dimitri.
"I'd say so too", said Sydney "Though, I guarantee it's from their own pigs and not a grocery store."
Dimitri laughed at whatever expression crossed my face. "I always love seeing what worries you. Strigoi? No. Questionable food? Yes."

"What the hell?" I asked. Is this daring escape being sponsored by Honda?"
"From behind Lissa, I heard Christian say, "Worst. Timing. Ever." Adrian studied Lissa and then looked at Christain sprawling on the bed on the far side of the suite.
"Huh," Adrian said, letting himself in. "So that's how you're going to fix the family problem. Little Dragomirs. Good idea." Christian sat up and strolled toward them.
"Yeah, that's exactly it. You're interrupting official Council business."

"She was right about something else too," Dimitri said after a long pause. My back was to him, but there was a strange quality to his voice that made me turn around.
"What's that?" I asked.
"That I do still love you."
With that one sentence, everything in the universe changed."

"That's a dangerous look," said Dimitri, giving me a brief glance before returning his eyes to the road.
"What look?" I asked innocently.
"The one that says you just got some idea."
"I didn't just get an idea. I got a great idea."

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby

Sleight (AVRA-K #1)Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVE this book! I want to join the circus! WOW! When I first read the Blurb I was like .. "My best friend is an elephant?" Weird! But nope not at all! At least not when you grow up in the circus!!

This book is an awesome PNR for YA (or my age :)

The book starts off as we meet Gemma and her unfortunate bad luck - seems like this poor girl can't get a single break. Her mother just died. She didn't know her that well. She was sick - seriously sick. Like Gem, her mom was able to see Shades (Spirit/Ghosts, whatever) But they've never bothered Gem, didn't try to talk to her, just sort of .. hung out in their own place - but her mom claimed that they attacked her, they told her to do things. Hospitals couldn't help her, so she ended up killing herself.

Gem is kind of loner - she prefers to be alone with her thoughts (and her elephants) She has friends, happy go lucky girly girly Junie, and her twin brother Ash (whom Gem has had a crush on for a long time) But life is how she likes it. She is happy with the way things are...

Until ONE DAY - Ted , her circus "uncle" Guardian decided it's time to settle the circus down. They have a benefactor who wants the circus to settle down in their town. Which is what Ted has always wanted.

Which meant Public high school for the kids??? Gem wasn't too thrilled with that idea at all! But being the good sport she is, she will do what she needs to do to make Ted and his wife Marlene happy.

First day of public school. The school is anxious to have all the circus "freaks" attend their new high school. Well some of them .

Since Gem seems to have all the bad luck, everyone who checked in at the school got a first day of school buddy to help them through their first day , that is, except Gem - The principal seemed to over look her...

Luckily - Henry Demitri was late for school that early Monday morning. And his good looks, sweet talking charm, (and daddy's money being thrown around town) his tardy was overlooked with the promise to be Gem's Buddy for the day.

Henry is the son of Lucian Demitri - he is the one that is financing the cirrus to stay in town. So Gem figures that Henry is a spoiled stuck up guy that throws his daddy's money around to get what he wants.

She couldn't be more wrong ...

This book is awesome - throws a LOT of twists and curves at you.
Henry plays a big role in Gem's life. But no matter how much things get thrown at Gem, she really tries to deals with it. She grows up fast and takes on a lot. I really liked reading the ending - without giving it away, she is forced to take on a LOT of supernatural things with only Henry's help. He seems to have a lot more information than she does about everything, but she has the protection, the ability - she doesn't just say ... "ok I have to do it myself let's get this over with" She is a true 17 year old girl who doesn't know what to do! She has her little break down and Henry does a great job at being there for her. When she breaks down and says she can't deal with it - he's right there telling her she's not alone (awe)

I wish the book was a good 50 - 100 pages longer. it didn't leave off in a good way.. well except it's all set up for AVRA-K book 2 - which I have no idea when it comes out - but I want to be one of the first in line to get it :)

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Blood & Spirits by Dennis Sharpe

Blood & Spirits (The Coming Storm Trilogy Book 1)Blood & Spirits by Dennis Sharpe

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cute story - leaves it open for another book to continue the path of destruction :)

The book is about a Vampire - Veronica who runs a brothel. She loves these girls, and looks after them all. She has taught them that they only do what they want to do, and nothing more. These girls are very high class.

She comes across this little spirit girl, Rachelle, she's about 8 - and Veronica really grows attach to her spirit -

One day Veronica is out and about and everything starts to fall apart. Rachelle is kidnapped, her house burns down, her girls get hurt - she gets attacked by non-quiet spirits (think of pultraguise) everything that could go wrong, does.

If it wasn't for Frank (her trusty human PI) and Garrett (A Vampire who shows up to help her with the spirits) her life would have fallen apart.

Veronica is not as strong as most heroines in the books you read - but she does keep her head in the game. She gets slammed by things going wrong, she doesn't get a chance to step back and see the big picture. She starts going against her instincts because she can't tell who is right and wrong anymore.

The descriptions of the non-quiet spirits and Paco - ewwww - are pretty descriptive. There is a really big gross-out part with Paco in the middle that I probably would have been happier if I hadn't read (Still makes me squirm in my own skin just thinking about it - blach!)

And I would have liked to have seen more  with Garrett and Veronica

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Girl vs Ghost by Kate McMurry

Girl vs Ghost (Misdirected Magic Trilogy, #1)Girl vs Ghost by Kate McMurry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Way Cute! I was hooked once I started reading this book!

I've never been much of witchcraft when I was a teen, but this was so cool! NOTHING like how I thought the book would be like :)

The book starts off with 2 friends, Isabel and Tripp playing around one Friday night. Tripp tries to do a summoning and lo and behold - a strange teenage boy falls from the sky and lands in the circle of salt right in the middle of Isabel's bedroom!

When Isabel stands up to defend herself, she finds out that Tripp has no idea who Isabel is talking about. But Isabel can see and hear this stranger. And no one knows why.

Isabel and Tripp decide to go to Tripp's grandmother whom happens to own a witchcraft shop, and ask her for help.

When Alora (Tripp's Grandmother) begins her own summonsing for an Angel to take this boy towards the light - we learn that it is not his time.. This boy (Marc) has a quest he needs to conquer, and being tied to Isabel (literally with a 5 foot long orange rope) because Isabel was suppose to be there to help him.

This book was way cute in many ways - When Marc learns there is a lot more to Isabel's life then the furry she directs at him constantly.

Marc trying to help her by fighing the "low spirits" (those were spooky) and of course Tripp.. Her personality was just awesome!

Isabel and Tripp try their best to help out Marc with learning about his life and death. To try to help him finish his quest, but it seems like everything is against them.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It had a lot of twists to it to keep you guessing how Marc died, and what's going to happen next.

I also really liked seeing the illistrations on each chapter :)

Defiantly going to be looking out for book 2 - Witches Vs Wizards’ That comes out in November 2011 :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley - Cartwright

Red Riding HoodRed Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm going to say 4 stars - I wanted to stick with 3, but the book did hold my attention pretty well. As badly as it jumped around and confused me - I was really surprised by the ending (which I had to go to the website to read)

The book starts off with 2 little sisters being best friends but very different - we learn about Valerie's love for her best friend peter who had to leave town in a hurry.

Every Full moon a family from the village is selected to set out a sacrifice for the werewolf (ie, goat, chicken )

Well when it was Valerie's family's turn to set out the sacrifice, they could only afford to let go the family pet - a goat. But Valerie didn't want to let it go. So she snuck out of her house to go rescue the goat. But what she saw was pure horror - the Wolf. It looked over at her, and Valerie Shut her eyes and played dead. She heard some awful noise, then silence. When she forced herself to look up, both the wolf, and the goat were gone. The wolf sparing her life.

10 years later .... Valerie and her sister Lucie and a bunch of other girls were getting together to work in the field with the young men their age. The girls flirted and gossiped. It was then that Valerie spied Peter among the group of men. She tried to catch his eyes but he refused to pay any attention to any of the girls. He was very focused on his work...

Finally at lunch time, standing in line, he did catch Valerie's eyes and then he turned and left. She thought maybe he didn't recognize her, or maybe he didn't want to .

Once the evening came to an end, he slipped up behind her asking her to watch for his signal. Then the guys crossed the river to their camp grounds leaving the girls to camp.

After giving the parent in charge some herbal tea to help her sleep, the girls grabbed a hidden boat and rowed over to the boys side of the lake.

Valerie saw Peter's signal (a candle flickering) and followed him.

Going for a little horse ride in silence. Then the owner of the horse yelled at them to bring back their horse :) Valerie told Peter she would wait for him to sneak the horse back.

When all of a sudden she heard the deep throat of a growl, knowing the full moon was the night before, she didn't realize why the werewolf would be out again. looking up she saw the red moon (aka , blood moon)

Then all hell broke out and people scattered and ran.

Lucie taking off with Prudence, and Valerie jumping in the boat with Rose, no one know where everyone was, but they just knew they had to get home..

In the morning, Valerie got a bucket of water and went to the men's work area (cutting trees) and she spotted Peter. He pulled her over to the side where no one could see them together, and that's when he told her that he heard she was to be married to Henery (the rich guy that all the girls wanted to be with ... including her sister)

Valerie was shocked and begged Peter to run away with her. Just as they were about to turn and run towards a horse that was left out , she heard the bells - Bong ... Bong ... Bong ... (3 ment death) BONG ... (four ment wolf attack) Gasp!!! Who died!?!?!?

Ok well that's about as far as the beginning goes. Once the middle kicks up a bit and everyone is running around it gets a little crazy.

The book was a decent read. It really kept my attention. It was hard to decide if she was going to stay with Henry or Peter - I really liked them both. They both seemed decent enough :) The Werewolf attacks kept coming and people started dying. It got really intense towards the end - but instead of finding out who the wolf was, or ending the book with a decent ending - the book just stops.... it says "Is this truly the end of the Valerie's story?" Then it gives you the website to find out.

I had read around and found out that the book stopped there because the author didn’t' want to give away the ending of the movie. So once the movie hit the theaters, the Author posted the "Bonus Chapter" on her website, which is where the final ending happens.

The movie comes out on DVD on Tuesday June 14th - I haven't seen the movie yet, and wanted to wait on the last Chapter until after I saw the movie - but... I'm not big on surprises :) I peeked :) But I'm looking forward to the movie -I heard it did pretty well in the theaters, so I'm really hoping they did a good job with it , and I hope they had a different ending too :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Driven by Rebecca Royce

Driven (The Warrior Book 2)Driven by Rebecca Royce

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I still love this series! Awesome book!

In the last book, we learned Jason was a jerk for leaving Rachel, we also learned that Chad and Deacon had a thing for Rachel, even though her heart was broken, they both decided to keep a close eye on her.

This book takes place 6 months later - Rachel still gets a lump in her chest whenever she thinks of Jason, but she is starting to move on. She is finding herself drawn to Deacon's witty sense of humor, and Chad’s sense of security . She knows her life with a werewolf could never be ...

It starts out as Rachel gets her "feeling" of the underground vampires when they dig themselves right up to the edge of the Underground Geneses - she tells Patrick and Keith.

Because Chad is the only one who knows how the car operates, and the Liberty (back up) is clear across the country, Chad is appointed to go ask for help before the Vampires dig through the wall. And because Rachel can sense the Vampires before they're right on you to attack, she goes with him.

Once they're on the "road" , they get attacked by a group of Vampire Worshiping Humans - Yikes! Like life isn't complicated enough for this group of Warriors!

Chad and Rachel are kidnapped and brought to their laire where they are to be sacrificed. Once they enter the stage to be killed, Rachel spots them... 15 werewolves... not just any werewolves .... She recognized 3 of them right off... Jason, Luna and Autumn.

Emotions came flooding into her and she had no idea what to do -

A lot goes on in this book for Rachel. It seems the poor girl doesn't seem to catch a break at all anymore.

Once she lets her guard down and allows herself to Love someone other than Jason, Jason pops back in the picture with a vaid excuse for leaving her sitting in the snow 6 months ago -and she struggles to forgive him.

Rachel takes the weight of the world on her shoulders, She feels like every time someone gets hurt, or dies, it's her fault, because she's not making the brightest decision. But she has to face the fact that SHE is not the one in charge of the evil Werewolves, and SHE is not in charge of the Vampires - she struggles with learning who she is and trying to make decisions that can be positive for everyone.

The book leaves off with a great set up for her next book. I am thinking that book will be the final of the series (hope I'm wrong though :)

Here's the link for my review on Rebecca's First book -

Initiation: The Warrior Book 1

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