Spirit Bound

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Vampire Academy (#5)

Synopsis.

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him… forever.

Review.

Now did this book throw you all or what? I couldn’t get over how well Mead started and ended this book, so much happened in such a small span of time. SO let’s start at the beginning, Rose’s final test at the academy, it was such a small part of the book but I really enjoyed hearing how Rose kicked ass and left the academy as a legend. Next we finally get to see more of the royal court, yes there were small parts of the court introduced in the third and fourth book but this time we get to see a whole lot more and see how the court works day to day, I also loved meeting Adrian’s parents that was something small that just added another element to the story. But the main part that got all our hearts pumping was the re-introduction of Dimitri, it was something we had been waiting for since the end of blood promise and wow did Mead deliver! spirit_boundMead has again been able to get her novel to a new intensity which literally left me gasping at the final page and counting down the minutes till I could get my hands on book 6.

Blood Promise

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Vampire Academy (#4)

Synopsis.

The recent attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose’s neck, a mark that says she’s killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters … Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life’s vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She’ll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is when the time comes, will he want to be saved?

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir’s and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?

Review.

In book 4 Mead takes her readers on another amazing adventure transporting us all to Russia and the home of our much loved Dimitri. Blood Promise is defiantly one of Meads best novels, the expansion of not only Mead’s skills but her plot too are just fantastic to read. I love how Mead not only takes Rose to Russia to go and hunt the man she loves but she also introduces her readers to Dimitri’s family. Those few chapters of the book were my favorite I loved getting to see another side of Dimitri and the life he lived, meeting his family and understanding the way he was brought up was an amazing element to not only this novel but the rest of the series. As well as learning more about Dimitri the readers are able to learn more about Rose, how she fits into a family and enjoys it, we see her heal from the pain she is suffering from losing Dimitri and in a way healing from being apart from her best friend. Mead also splits the plot into two, we see what Rose is going through but also what Lissa is going through back home due to their bond. the distance between Lissa and Rose also allows Mead to go deeper into the bond and its effects, which I loved as I had wanted to know more about the bond since it was introduced in book 1.

I began reading these books when I was in high school as I read them I loved seeing Rose and Lissa make mistakes but learn and grow from them. As a teenager, the mistakes and lessons learned by these two characters helped me learn too, not only are Mead’s novels fantastic fantasy and action filled books but they can also be a guide for teenagers. Even now that I’m in my 20’s I still love going back and reading the series especially Blood Promise as I feel like this novel is Rose’s stepping stone from a rash teenager into a woman. Mead continues growing a character that is amazingly strong, smart and brave. Rose is not only a wonderful protagonist but she is also an example to readers that despite being stubborn and hiding her feelings she is able to grow in a way that allows her to heal and humble herself. Rose’s transformation in this novel makes not only her character development hugely significant but it also creates a relatable character in a fantastic series.

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Shadow Kissed

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Vampire Academy (#3)

Synopsis.

Rose knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa – the last Dragomir princess – must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken…

Then a strange darkness begins to grow in Rose’s mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy’s iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most… but will her choice mean that only one can survive?

Review.

Book 3 in the epic vampire academy series and things have gotten intense! As Rose struggles with the loss of Mason things start to go bad for Rose as she struggles with messages from the dead and the people she loves the most fear for her sanity. Rose is struggling to fit back into her life and society, as she tries to figure out what is going on in her own head her friends try to protect her from living a normal life.

Shadow kissed not only continues with the amazing story of Rose but it also shows the struggle of loss, of not being with the one you love and putting your best friend before yourself. Rose is her most vulnerable in this novel and it breaks my heart seeing characters I love go through so much hardship. Meads ending broke my heart and grounded it to dust, it was one of the saddest endings of a book I have ever read. Just when you think life is going to be hunky-dory for our fav badass warriors Mead throws it into our faces and reminds us not to get our hopes up for any novel! Again book 3 is just a fantastic carry on in the vampire academy series and Mead keeps the magic coming into book 4.images (1)

Frostbite

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Vampire Academy (#2)

Synopsis.

Rose has serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor, Dimitri, has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian.

Then a nearby Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose – and her heart – are in more danger than she ever could have imagined…

Review.

Frostbite is such an excellent second novel to this series, there is not boring second book nonsense with this book. We are thrown straight back into the crazy life of Rose Hathaway, and I have such a love-hate feeling for Rose and Dimitri’s relationship. But now there is so much more to this epic romance, with new characters thrown into the mix just to make things interesting. Not only do we get this messy relationship to read about but we also get to meet Rose’s mum and man she is 100% badass! As well as meeting plenty of new characters the set of this novel is a mixture of the academy and a flash royal ski resort. The ski resort is not only an amazing setting for this story but we also get to see more of the royal families and the chaos that follows the royals everywhere. As well as awesome new places to read about Mead throws an epic plot twist at us.

This novel and series is fantastic and leaves us with our hearts broken while also becoming fully invested into the vampire academy story and characters. I love this series because with most series the second novel is always a bit of a deflate after the first book but I didn’t experience this at all with this second book. The novel is just as good as the first one and the series continues with more epicness in book three!

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The Black Key

By Amy Ewing.

Genre. Teen fiction.

Series. The Lone City (#3)

Synopsis.

For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived in service to the royalty of the Jewel. But now the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power.
And while Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it—her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return to save not only Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.

Review.

The third and final novel of the Lone City series in a fantastic end to the series, the plot of the series has thickened and expanded into something much bigger than the original plot. Not only has the story expanded but it is also now filled with so much more action and power, the ending of this series is a fantastic end. The build up of this story from book 1 to book 3 is incredible, you start this book off with a girl that is fragile, easily controlled and doesn’t see the big life picture; but the series ends with a strong, fierce woman who not only becomes a warrior but helps other fragile girls become strong warriors too.

This novel seems like a random book to be inspired by but I really loved it because it was women based, it was women suppressing other women. Women from the previous generation controlling and manipulating young girls, but these girls became strong and overpowered the women controlling their fate. This novel is amazing for young girls as it shows them that they don’t have to be suppressed or told what to do by the older women in their lives (mum’s, grandmothers, teachers) but they can control what they become and how they live their lives. The Lone City series is a fantastic fantasy series but it also an inspiring book for young women, something that gives them confidence and inspiration.

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The White Rose

By Amy Ewing.

Genre. Teen fiction.

Series. The Lone City (#2)

Synopsis.

But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.
But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

Review.

The White Rose follows the aftermath of Violet’s darling relationship with Ash, This book immediately follows the end of book 1 which is fantastic and left us on a major cliffhanger. In this novel we see characters that were background characters in book 1 take a lead, we also get to see more of the Lone city which is awesome as in book one it was only the Marsh and the Jewel. In the White Rose, you see more of the Bank and the Farm, we also get to see more of Ash’s background and history.

The complexity of this series has increased from book 1 which has made the book that more pulling. Before we only understood the hardship of a select group of girls but now readers can see the hardship the royals have inflicted on an entire city. The background Ewing has created to explain why things are the way they are in the Lone City is awesome, I love having the history of a city/country as it helps you as the reader better understand the novel and why things are the way they are. The storyline has defiantly improved since book 1 which was still a good storyline, in all the novel is an amazing continuation of the Jewel and again Ewing manages to end the novel on a suspense-filled cliffhanger.

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Assasians Blade

By Sarah J Maas.

Genre. YA Fantasy

Series. Throne of Glass (#0.5)

Synopsis.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

Review.

Assassin’s Blade is the prequel to the amazing Throne of Glass series, we get 5 short stories on Celaena before she is sent to the salt mines. The book is a little dry compared to Maas’s main books as they are all small stories, but they are really interesting in terms of how Celaena was before her world changed forever. I would recommend reading AB before starting TOG but if not at least before Queen of Shadows. Maas has amazingly thought out the plot of her series and she has little things happen in AB that she uses in the main storyline later in the series. As readers, we also get to see Celaena’s relationship with other Assassins and what exactly happened between her and Sam which is so amazingly heart wrenching.

Many people have said that AB is not worth the read, but trust me it is especially by the end of Empire of Storms you see how Maas has made Celaena incredibly smart and resourceful. In all its an enjoyable read but it might be something you have to push yourself to finish in order to better understand the series.

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