Blood Promise by Richelle Mead, A Review

This fourth book in the Vampire Academy series does not disappoint: full of non-stop action, heartbreak, and surprises, and yet it still leaves me wanting more!

This review does contain spoilers if you haven’t read the first three books in the Vampire Academy series.

Rose has finally left school but it’s not because she graduated. She has given up her life of guarding her best friend Lissa for a greater purpose, finding Dimitri. Rose loves Dimitri more than anything but he has been turned into a Strigoi and her mission now is to find him and kill him. This would fulfill his wishes. Dimitri always said, and Rose agreed, that if he was ever turned he would rather die than live his life as a Strigoi.

Rose finds herself in Siberia, but even though she is thousands of miles away from Lissa she can still have a one-way connection with her through their bond. However, Rose does not like what she is seeing through Lissa’s eyes. Lissa has made a new friend, Avery, and although she seems caring, Avery certainly puts Lissa in some bad positions which leaves Rose wishing she could be there for her best friend.

This book is so packed with heartwrenching drama that I could barely handle it. I highly recommend continuing the Vampire Academy series with this incredible addition.

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik, A Review

A man known as “The Dragon” rules over and controls the woods and the surrounding communities. Every ten years he chooses a girl to take into his Tower until he let’s her go and instead of returning home, she goes to faraway lands seeking a new life. Things have been this way for a century, the Dragon and the same kind of girls; beautiful, talented, and perfect in every way. That is until he takes Agnieszka and that’s when everything begins to change.

Agnieszka learns of the dangers of the surrounding forest, known as “the Wood”. The Wood is trying to take over all the land around the Dragons tower and honestly, it is succeeding. Although Agnieszka at first tries to stubbornly fight against the magic that the Dragon is teaching her, she slowly learns her own way about it and realizes that she can make a difference in the lives of the villagers in the surrounding communities that are being harrassed by the evil Wood.

This book is full to brimming with magic and it is a delight to read. It’s such an enjoyable story, something that can be picked up and simply delighted in it’s simple and honest form. I have a feeling that this book will become a classic in the fantasy genre.

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Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead, A Review

This is the third book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead and as the series continues, it only gets more and more exciting!

The Dhampir novices that are training to become full-time guardians have a major test to pass, their field experience. This means that for 6 weeks they will each have a moroi charge, a student, that they will need to protect while the official guardians test them on their abilities. Rose just knows she will be protecting Lissa, but, to everyone’s surprise, she is assigned Christian instead. This is only part of the drama, though.

The Bond between Rose and Lissa is growing in strength which is allowing Rose to not feel Lissa’s emotions and see things through her eyes but to even experience pain… and pleasure.. that Lissa is feeling. This is getting interesting bc Lissa is in a very romantic relationship with her boyfriend Christian and honestly… it’s just TMI for poor Rose!

The reason this connection is happening is because of Lissa’s power with Spirit. This power gives her the ability to heal and use extra strong compulsion. When the car accident happened that killed Lissa’s parents and brother, she brought Rose back from the dead, which linked them forever and created this Shadowkissed bond.

I highly recommend the Vampire Academy series, it’s such a fun read and romantic and the excitement is nonstop. Just wait til you reach the end of THIS book, that’s all I’m gonna say, WOW.

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Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders, A Review

Shielded is Kaylynn Flanders debut novel and WOW, it is fabulous!

Everyone needs to get to know princess Jennesara, or just Jenna. She really is a princess who fights like a soldier and she is the kind of female protagonist that inspires. Princess Jennesara has a secret, and no, I am not revealing it! But it is a secret that has the power to help the ones she loves.

I think my favorite part of this novel is how anywhere Jennesara winds up, she finds great people that help her. I just like to imagine that that idea is mainly true in the “real world” too. It is refreshing to read a book with such positive main characters who show such good moral virtues, especially about what it means to be a family.

I highly suggest this fun and fast-paced novel! It has romance and the joy of finding new friends in unexpected places, some amazing and thrilling action sequences… and did I mention romance? Yes!

Look for Shielded in July of 2020! A perfect summer read!

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FrostBite by Richelle Mead, A Review

So I want to go over a few basics about this series. Elements that should be clearly understood. Strigoi are the undead Vampires that Dhampir guardians, like Rose is trying to become, protect their mortal Moroi Vampire charges from. Strigoi are immortal and, like I said, undead because they gave up that part of themselves by murdering the one they drank blood from. In a sense, they live to kill, if “living” is what you want to call it. The Dhampir guardians take them on and manage to kill them for good by one of three ways: beheading, a silver stake to the heart, and burning. Moroi, like Rose’s best friend Lissa, have the ability to use magic based on either air, water, fire, earth or, in rare cases, spirit. The Strigoi give this up , too, when they become monsters, and lose what I believe could possibly be a very powerful weapon, if the Moroi would just use magic to fight.

There is a major event in the very beginning of this book that sets the tone for how things are going to play out. Mainly, the Strigoi are teaming up to murder the royal Moroi families one by one. Because of the new threat against the royals, all the Moroi and Dhampir students at St. Vladimir’s Academy are grouping together with their family’s and their guardians at a ski lodge for the Christmas holidays. Interestingly enough, Rose’s mom makes an appearance as a guardian on duty, and I cant help but think, perhaps she’s worried about her daughter, too.

Lissa is on medication for depression, which I think is great. However, this definitely helps with her moods but leaves Lissa without the ability to use her spirit based magic. Spirit is a tricky kind of magic, very little is known about it. What is known is that it creates mental instability the more it is used. I think this is a really fascinating way to discuss depression and mental illness, because this is coming from a magic called “spirit” which isnt drawn from the outside world but from a person’s inner self.

Ultimately, though, this is just a great follow up to Vampire Academy. It’s fun, there is skiing and snowball fights… AND… lots of drama. Not to mention the wild ending. I may have cried for a second or that might have just been dust in my eyes… I’m sensitive, okay?

Anyways, I highly suggest this series! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, A Review

What a great beginning to this series! I am very pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book!

Lissa and Rose are best friends, as close as humanly possible, and more because they are not exactly human. Lissa is a Moroi, basically a Vampire. But dont confuse her with a Strigoi, its these kinds of Vampires that are dangerous. Rose, however, is a Dhampir, and in this case it means she is Lissa’s Guardian, her protector. Lissa has complete trust in Rose, so much so that they have a special bond few others have: Rose can tune into Lissa and feel her emotions. She can even tune into Lissa to see from her perspective and know exactly what’s happening to her.

After they both survived the car crash responsible for the deaths of Lissa’s parents and brother, Andre, let’s just say, their lives got complicated and they ran away from the Academy hoping to feel safe. A lot more about why they ran away is covered in the book but I dont want to spoil it for anyone by going into details, suffice it to say that two years later they were caught and returned to the Academy.

They are both 17 at this point, and finishing up their time at school. It was a little overwhelming for me how accurately the author describes a high school like atmosphere. The way the rumor mill worked and particularly what the rumors were about, was dead on exactly true to what people talked about in my school, which is who is doing what with who! I’m sure I dont need to elaborate on that.

This author did a great job of discussing mental health, in my opinion. I thought she described cutting in such an easy to understand way, “to let IT out”. “It” in this context being the feelings, the emotions, to survive the pain inside of her head this is what Lissa did. I would like to add, that Rose assisted her in getting help with this. It’s just awesome to even breach this subject, to create awareness that there is help and also to create understanding which leads to weakening the stigma against mental illness, in this case Depression.

I recommend this for curling up in bed, rainy day, not feeling good maybe, reading. Lol. Well, I recommend it for anytime reading as well. Let’s just say, I recommend it, and leave it at that.

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Season of Storms by Andrzej Sapkowski, A Review

This is not what I expected or thought it would be, which was a continuation of the main story after Lady of the Lake. And yet, in a sense it is… it really must be read after that book. It’s kind of confusing. Season of Storms, the main story in this book not including some Interludes and the Epilogue, takes place between the two prequels The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. Okay, I’m just glad to have that point settled for myself, personally.

This story is fairly fun to read if you can get past some of the awkward structuring of how the dialogues are written. I feel like the characters do not always communicate in the most natural and relatable of ways. It feels like a written dialogue and not like I’m reading an actual conversation. The story, however, is really intriguing for The Witcher because it focuses on Geralt losing his two swords, one steel and the other silver(mostly), and how he gets through attacks from monsters, crazy sorcerers, and also protecting people, without having access to a decent sword or any sword at all at times. It shows how it pays to be a decent person to people, especially dwarves because they will really have your back.

The ending of this book, the Epilogue really, is the best part. Nimue from Lady of the Lake makes an appearance, which is about 105 years in the future, and the reader learns that not all endings to fairytales are necessarily final. Very exciting news and I have so many questions. What happened with Ciri next? What, exactly, is going on with Geralt and Yennefer? And, that’s all I can say without spoilers. So, if you wanna know, then read the books!

This is a must read for fans of The Witcher!

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