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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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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The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold, A Review

Meet Fetch Phillips: Man for Hire. This alcoholic, who also has a penchant for pain killers, has been living bottle to bottle and job to job while trying to come to terms with his past and the guilt he feels. Fetch is a detective in Sunder City, a place populated by not only all kinds of people, but all kinds of magical being, even if there is no more magic.

Magic disappeared 6 years ago, when the Coda happened. The Coda is when humans tried to capture and control magic at its essence by using machinery. This caused the natural magic of the world to stop, which changed the lives of magical beings, like werewolves and wizards, forever. This also made the post-Coda magical community view humans as pariahs, which a lot of humans honestly deserve.

I loved how the author spent plenty of time building the history of the main character, Fetch. He doesn’t start out as the most loveable person, but turns into a character I cant help but adore and completely understand.

This story is a blast to read, fast to get through and hard to put down. I highly recommend it for fantasy fans, for humans and non-human alike!

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The Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski,  A Review

This story begins with Ciri relating her version of what has come to pass to another legendary character, although not a character from this particular legend. This book highlights the depths of storytelling with legends within legends and myths within myths.

Geralt is currently “wintering” in Toussaint, a land of fairytale beauty. Yennefer, however, is a prisoner in Vilgeforte’s citadel. But although her captor and associates are trying to break her down, she keeps her spirit and stays the strong-willed sorceress I love.

This second to last book has everything. Daring rescues and all out battle, particularly the Battle of Brenna which is the last in the war that has been raging between the Northlands and Nilfgaard.

Although I loved this book, the ending makes me wonder exactly how this story is going to continue when it feels like it practically already has finished.