Review: Blood Promise By Richelle Mead

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 0 Comments A+ a-

The blurb:

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  DIMITRI'S HEART HAS GONE DARK
  Now Rose must journey to the ends of the earth to find--and kill--her one true love...
Or has the time come to join him?
BOUND BY LOVE, BUT SWORN TO KILL...
The rest of the world had considered Dimitri dead. And to a certain extent, he was. But I hadn't been able to forget a conversation he and I had once had. We'd both agreed that we'd rather be dead—truly dead—than walk the world as Strigoi. It was time to honor our words.
  Guardian 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 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?

From Goodreads.

My review:

The cover:

This is one of my favorite covers. It holds mystery in it :). And it certainly says a lot about the book!!

The story:

As a huge fan of the series, I was somehow disappointed in this sequel.

The first half was going so slow, that I was that close to stop reading it. I hated how Rose got away from St. Vladimir and how she acted somehow selfish. I know she was trying to be strong and all but that wasn’t cool at all.

The second half was better but I can split it into two parts as well; the first part was the worst part of the whole book, I completely hated Dimitri as Strigoi!!! Somehow, the chapters describing how had Rose gone as a Blood Whore for Dimitri were the longest and the bad part. I felt like he was using her. And unlike the other sequels, this one got me unease :s. The second part however was super awesome and cool, especially the fact that Lissa actually punched someone!! :D.

I loved the ending, it’s one of my favorites. I loved how strong is the friendship between Lissa and Rose and how much they really appreciate each other. And the big surprise at the end, which I kind of expected, you know ;).

The characters:

This is where it gets better! I had the honor to meet the Belikovs whom I loved, especially Olena (Dimitri’s mother). She was calm, nice and caring. His sisters were good too :).

Sydney was nice to meet, especially sine she’s the narrator of Bloodlines, I had fun trying to figure her out. She’s a nice person and a trustworthy friend :).

Adrian is my favorite one in this book. He was patient, funny, calm and caring. I like him very much now!

Ah, and Abe of course, I won’t spoil this one (I already think I spoiled this review :s). He’s a mystery uncovered at the end of the book and it was super fun to figure him out ;).

For the rest of the characters, and I mean the Lazar family, hmmmm…. I don’t need to say a thing except that I’m happy we won’t see them anymore.

Conclusion:

I’m really confused. I love the series but I have to be fair. I didn’t enjoy this book at all until I was at the last 3 chapters, and I counted them. At least, I figured why it wasn’t that much fun for me, it was because of Rose’s friends. I didn’t realize how much I liked Lissa, Christian, Adrian, Alberta and the St. Vladimir environment until they were almost missing in this sequel.

3/5

 

Randa

I accept the 2012 YA Contemporary Challenge!

Monday, November 28, 2011 1 Comments A+ a-

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  Contemporary YA has always been my favorite genre. Sarah Dessen is really the author that got me into reading. My blog would not exist without her books so I figure this is the perfect way to honor those books! So with the help of Angela from Reading Angel, I introduce to you the 2012 YA Contemporary Challenge!
  Levels:
Level 1: 5+ books
Level 2: 10+ books
Level 3: 15+ books
  Rules:
You can read any contemporary YA novel that is published between January 1, 2012 and December 30, 2012 but you must read them in 2012! (All formats accepted: paperback, ARC, e-book)

More info on Katie’s book blog.

So this is the very first challenge I enter Open-mouthed smile.

I’ve already read two contemporary books, Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door and I really enjoyed them.

For the year of 2012, I found that I had already marked some contemporary books as To Read on my goodreads, and to make it easy on everyone, I’ve created a public list on my Springpad (a review of it coming soon on my tech blog ;)) which contains all the books I’m planning to read, and as time comes by I’ll add moreSmile. Also, you can add this list on to your own Springpad and edit it!!! Isn’t it cool?? ^_^ (Sorry, the geek inside me is super strong Nerd smile) lol.

I’m also going to be reviewing these books on Goodreads, Shelfari, Amazon and Barnes & Noble in addition to my blog :).

I’ll try to read as many as I can, but I’ve got to find a balance between Senior year and reading. So, I think the most of this reading will be done in the breaks we get, especially in summer! Open-mouthed smile

If you have any recommendations let me know Winking smile, I’m newbie to this reading Blogosphere and I need as much help as I can get Smile.

Happy reading!

Randa

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Saturday, November 19, 2011 0 Comments A+ a-

The blurb:

Lola and Boy Next Door

  In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think
  For budding costume designer Lola Nolan, the more outrageous, the outfit - more sparkly, more fun, more wild - the better. But even though Lola's style is outrageous, she's a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins move back into the house next door.
  When the family returns and Cricket - a gifted inventor and engineer - steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

From Goodreads.

 

The review:

The cover:
Isn't it just cute and sweet?? Well, so is the story behind it :)
The storyline:
After reading Anna and the French Kiss, I couldn't wait much longer and started reading this one the next day.
I don't know if I expected too much, but it didn't level up to my expectations. I loved Anna and the French Kiss and I was expecting the same kind of writing and humor. I didn't find it :(. It was mostly a long story with boring moments. The only times I laughed were when St. Clair showed up, and I was so HAPPY!!, and at the end, the few last chapters.
I'm a fan of Stephanie's writing and how she describes every character and their personalities.
I like Cricket, I think he's super nice and cute and funny. He has a strong personality and loves his sister, Caliope.
Lola is whom I dislike, I know she's been through a lot, but seriously, loosing her virginity with someone who was older and at a young age?? It was stupid.
The conclusion:
When you start reading a book and you find yourself unable to put it down no matter how late it is at night, that's when you know the book means something to you, and that it's getting 4 stars or more!
It has been a delighted read and I'm really into it ^____^.

 

4/5

 

Randa

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 0 Comments A+ a-

The blurb:

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  Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.
  But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.

From Goodreads.

 

The review:

Oh mon Dieu!! Where was this book all this time?? I chose this book to be my first contemporary read and my break from Vampire novels, and thank God I chose it! It’s simply so great :).

Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down at all!! I had to finish it and I feel sad that there’s no sequel :’). This book is forty-seven chapters of goodness. The main reason for me loving Anna and the French Kiss is the way Stephanie wrote it, it was fun to read with 80% of funny moments between friends and normal situations.

I don’t have a favorite character, I love them all!!! Except for Toph…. Anna was a typical girl and it was nice to read about a girl who acted like any other average girl her age :). As for Etienne St. Claire, no need to comment on him!!!

Conclusion:

This book is a recommended read for any YA/Contemporary novel fans who like a lot of laughter and normal situations with a great writing style.

 

5/5

 

Randa

Review: Torment By Lauren Kate, Fallen #2.

Saturday, November 12, 2011 0 Comments A+ a-

The blurb:

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  Hell on earth.
  That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.
It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts—immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.
  At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something—something dangerous.
  What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?
The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series . . . where love never dies.

From Goodreads.

The cover:

Don’t you love this cover?? The only great thing about these books (the first and this one) are the covers!! I just love it!!

The content:

This an Angel story in the Fallen series, I thought it was a trilogy but obviously it’s not.

You can say that I disliked the first one, Fallen, from my past review of it. This one is slightly better in the story line. I hate the heroine, Luce, especially in this sequel. She’s just too stupid and too self absorbed. The other characters are cool, funny, serious, deadly, lovely and also interesting.

I would’ve rated it 2 stars if the story didn’t get better before the middle. With all that said, I am going to read the the rest of series, hopefully, because I am simply hooked by the story. I am definitely not going to read any other Angel novels, not any time soon, but I’ll gladly finish this one :).

The writing is good, but sometimes it feels like the author explains things too well and exaggerates in describing the surroundings that she leaves nothing to your imaginary :s.

I do like all the chapters, they all have something good in them, except for the first few ones, they kind of were slow and long.

The conclusion:

I do recommend this book to fans of the Hush, Hush series, which I haven’t read yet and I’m not planning to do so anytime soon, and for those who love YA Angel/Fantasy books, I know a lot of book readers and reviewers who love it, it’s just a matter of personal taste and opinion :).

 

4/5

Randa

Another Random Contest - Snag The Demon Trapper's Daughter Books 1 & 2! By IceyBooks

Friday, November 11, 2011 0 Comments A+ a-

So I'm feeling really bad about my lack of reviews lately.
Know what that means? Its random giveaway time!
The Demon Trapper's Daughter (The Demon Trappers #1) Soul Thief (The Demon Trappers #2)

Jana Oliver's THE DEMON TRAPPERS series packs a punch you just can't miss.

I especially loved THE DEMON TRAPPER'S DAUGHTER and I've hosted a giveaway for it before.

But here's another one, in case you haven't experienced the glory that is Oliver's unpredictable YA.

Read more about THE DEMON TRAPPER'S DAUGHTER:

My Review - Goodreads

Read more about SOUL THIEF:

My ReviewGoodreads

From IceyBooks! Smile

Check out the contest here!

Randa

Review: My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent, Soul Screamers #1

Thursday, November 10, 2011 0 Comments A+ a-

The Blurb:

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   She doesn't see dead people, but She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

   Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next.

                                                From Goodreads.

 

 

My Review:

1st: The cover: I adore it! This is the U.K edition which is way prettier than the U.S one. It completely suits the story and the heroine, Kaylee. There’s one thing I’m not sure I understand, which is the review written on the cover by Kirkus Reviews, what does Twilight have in common with the Soul Screamers series?? If you know, then please share it with me!

2nd: The content: Before you read this books, go and get the free prequel from here or else you will feel like you were left out when you start this one :).

What I loved most about it is that it’s not that romantic although we do have some romantic atmosphere in the story, which only added to the beauty of the story. If I was asked to categorize it I’d definitely put it in the horror shelf, my favorite :D.

The story is just unique and twisted. You could not guess how it’ll develop or end up, you’ll be interested to know what’s going on while you’re reading you wont be able to put the book down, at all!

Just for your information, the story isn’t so scary and it’s a bit funny, you’ll find yourself laughing from chapter to chapter. The story was well written and I liked that there weren’t too many chapters and that each one wasn’t so long :).

The end is in one word awesome.

3rd: The characters: I’ll definitely say that my favorite characters are Tod, Nash and Kaylee in this exact order. I love them! Once Tod shows up in the story, you’ll start reading funny moments ^_^

Conclusion:

The book is just good. You’ll really enjoy it if you’re into horror/funny/romantic YA novels. If it was up to me, I wouldn’t compare it to Twilight but to The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting which I didn’t like much, not until I got to the second book. This one is way much better :).

I hope you enjoy it!

5/5

Randa

Review: Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Monday, November 07, 2011 0 Comments A+ a-

The blurb --- from Goodreads:

shadow   Rose Hathaway 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...
But since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling right. Something dark has begun to grow in her mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy's iron gates. And now that Lissa and Rose's sworn enemy, Victor Dashkov, is on trial for his freedom, tensions in the Moroi world are higher than ever.
Lying to Lissa about Dimitri is one thing but suddenly there's way more than friendship at stake. The immortal undead are on the prowl, and they want vengeance for the lives that Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmare, 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?

My review:

This sequel is pure awesomeness, even better than the first two! The story just keeps getting better. It was hard for me to recover from Frostbite’s disastrous ending with Mason’s death but this one’s ending was even worse! I’m not going to say any more because I don’t want to spoil this review. Just put it in your mind, that if you read the first two ones, you’ll have to read this one, there’s a lot of “magic” happening in here that you’ll be shocked!

As usual, I’m a fan of Richelle’s writing, you find humor, seriousness, romance in every character in the books, I love that! But at the same time, each character is unique with their own personality and way of figuring things out. It’s just like one big happy family Smile.

The characters are awesome, I love Rose, she’s a badass girl, my type ^_^, who’s loyal to her best friend, Lissa who’s a Spirit user. Her instructor, Dimitri is in one word AWESOME! Eddie is the friend anyone would dream about and poor, poor Adrian, lol, I had to laugh at the mention of his name, he’s so crazy and funny and terribly in love with Rose. I did miss Mia, I expected more presence of her in this sequel.

All in all, I’ll be reading the fourth sequel, Blood Promise in no time. I just have to finish the other books I’m currently reading :).

5/5

Randa

The book I’m most grateful for: The Hollow by Jessica Verday.

Monday, November 07, 2011 0 Comments A+ a-

november giveaway static  So, this is an entry to an amazing giveaway by Beth Revis, who’s giving away 19 signed books!!! Yep, you read it right, 19 signed books plus some swag!!! 0_o (click on the picture to visit the giveaway article Smile)

  If you don’t know her, then you have to go and check out her books including A Million Suns, the sequel to Across The Universe, which is coming out on January, 10th, 2012!

  Anyways, to enter the giveaway, I must write about a book that I’m grateful for, I have too many favorite books, and to be honest, I don’t have a childhood favorite read. So, I picked up the first YA book I ever read, the book that triggered in me the need to read more and develop a new hobby and a new obsession, The Hollow By Jessica Verday.

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 The blurb – From Goodreads:

When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead?and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special.

Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

Why I am so grateful for this book:

I’m a huge fan of Washington Irving’s book, The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, the movie made based on it and the PC game (Of course!!! Nerd smile).

When I first read the blurb, I started wondering if The Hollow, which is based on Irving’s legend, would be cool since it’s set in the modern time. So I got the eBook and the audiobook and decided to read it and listen to it at the same time.

It was the best experience ever!!! I completely loved the book from chapter one, the story of Abbey losing her best friend, falling for Caspian who’s a ghost and the whole thing is just awesome! I love Jessica’s style of writing, how she created this amazing friendship and the hurt its loss caused, it’s amazing. After this book, thanks to Goodreads, I found other similar books that I loved and this is how reading this book changed my life! Now, I have the full trilogy and I’d happily re-read it anytime! Red heart

So, what’s the book that you’re most grateful for? Let me know in the comments! Smile

Randa