Friday, July 29, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: VAMPIRE ACADEMY


St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school—it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's—the very place where they're most in danger…

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy's ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world's fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
- From Goodreads
Title: Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Pages: 332
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Razorbill

Vampire Academy is another book I’ve wanted to read for quite some time now, and now that I have I truly regret it. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed it! But since I only have the first book I now have to wait a long time before I can get my hands on the rest of the series… I hope somewhere in the near future I can just push a button and the book I ordered will appear in my mailbox in just a few seconds. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

The first 150 pages took me a while to read and I struggled at times to keep up with all the details and information. I’m not sure if it was the book itself or because I was so distracted by all the awful stuff that’s been happening in my country lately, but I’m guessing it was the latter. However, when I reached the middle I could not put the book down… literally. I usually just read in my room, but this time I had it with me everywhere I went in the house. Even while I was cooking, which is a big no-no. What a tragedy it would be if I got food on some of the pages! Thick, warm, orange taco sauce eating up the words and paper faster than your eyes can blink! Okay, I’ll stop with these hideous thoughts before we all go into a shock.

I loved Rose and Dimitri, and cannot wait to read more about them. The same goes for Lissa and Christian. I also loved that the vampires can specialize in one specific element. I never get tired of books and movies about people with special abilities. Go Christian with his awesome fire skills! Please let me see more of that, Richelle!

Vampire Academy is a very good first book in the series and I highly recommend it to everyone! If there’s anyone left out there who haven’t read this book yet, then… go eat a carrot dipped in hot, thick taco sauce because it’s about time you read VA!


RATING: 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WWW WEDNESDAY #5

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.


          WHAT ARE YOU            WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY       WHAT DO YOU THINK
      CURRENTLY READING?              FINISH READING?              YOU'LL READ NEXT?
Graceful Reads
         Vampire Academy                      Graceling                              Shiver
           Richelle Mead                     Kristin Cashore                   Maggie Stiefvater

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: GRACELING


Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
- From Goodreads
Title: Graceling (The Seven Kingdoms #1)
Author: Kristin Cashore
Pages: 471
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy
Publisher: Graphia

“What was the name of the movie where ‘they did that’ and then ‘that’ happened? No, wait. It must have been a TV show! Yeah, that’s right! But what was it called? *Thinks back at all the awesome stuff that happened*” This is what went through my head over and over when I wasn’t busy reading Graceling. Then I remembered it wasn’t a TV show, but a book! And the worst part was that I fell for it all the time! *Facepalm* So yeah, that’s how good Kristin Cashore is as an author. Her writing is so beautifully detailed and filled with images that you start to believe Graceling was something you watched on the television. 

Graceling caught my attention already at the first page which has a very thrilling start. The first chapter has a nice balance between action and information, and gives the reader an understanding about how powerful Katsa is with her killing grace. Cashore continues to do this by giving us several epic fighting scenes throughout the book. I especially loved the one where Katsa is all dressed up in a pretty medieval dress, but doesn’t seem to care when it gets muddy and thorn up. And for your information; Katsa is one badass heroine. I’d love to see her fight in one of the Games set in Suzanne Collins Hunger Games trilogy.

I loved all the characters, especially Katsa, Po, Raffin and Bitterblue. All of them added something different to the story which made it more interesting to follow. Katsa had such a wonderful character development! Even though everyone looked at her as something invincible, she still found some physical and emotional challenges she had to overcome. I’m really glad she met Po. He had a very positive effect on Katsa. Oh, how I loved those two together. Also, the development of Po’s grace was really fascinating to read about and it’s obvious that Cashore has put a lot of work into it. I’m glad most of the graces didn’t end up being like the typical powers you see in science fiction movies.   

What dragged the book down a little was that there were times where things went a bit too slow, especially when Katsa & co travelled. I understand that a trip through the woods or up in the mountains that lasts for several weeks will fill up a huge amount of pages in the book, but I felt Cashore could have wrapped it all up a bit better by getting to the point faster in some of the conversations. I also felt it was unnecessary to read about what they ate for breakfast and dinner almost every day. You don’t need to be told how to cook a fish more than once to understand it. I was also a little disappointed with the lack of appearance from the villain. The two times we got to see him was so brief I barely noticed he was there before he was gone again, especially at the end. I felt it all resolved a bit too fast and easy.

If you’re into heavy fantasy stories set in the medieval time with a little bit of romance, then Graceling will be perfect for you. I can assure you, Kristin Cashore will not disappoint you.


RATING: 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

WWW WEDNESDAY #4

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.


          WHAT ARE YOU            WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY       WHAT DO YOU THINK
      CURRENTLY READING?              FINISH READING?              YOU'LL READ NEXT?
Graceful ReadsGraceful Reads
               Graceling                           Mockingjay                      Vampire Academy
           Kristin Cashore                    Suzanne Collins                      Richelle Mead

Saturday, July 9, 2011

IN MY MAILBOX #2

In my mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

This has been such an exciting week! I'm currently reading Graceling and so far I'm loving it!

WON:
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Summer Giveaway Hop.
Thanks Karen @ For What It's Worth!

Gone by Michael Grant
Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop.
Thanks Lisa @ A Casual Reader's Blog!

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop.
Thanks Steph @ The Caffeinated Reader!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

WWW WEDNESDAY #3

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.


          WHAT ARE YOU            WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY       WHAT DO YOU THINK
      CURRENTLY READING?              FINISH READING?              YOU'LL READ NEXT?
Graceful ReadsGraceful ReadsGraceful Reads
               Graceling                           Mockingjay                              Gone
           Kristin Cashore                    Suzanne Collins                     Michael Grant