Vampire Academy

by Richelle Mead
Paperback EditionRead July 19, 2015

Original Release Date: August 16, 2007

Length: 332 pages

Official Description: (This is book #1 of the Vampire Academy series)

ONLY A TRUE BEST FRIEND CAN PROTECT YOU FROM YOUR IMMORTAL ENEMIES…

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires—the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger…and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…

My Take:

I love Richelle Mead, I love her sarcastic way of writing, I enjoy her characters. I already knew what was going to happen in the book, though so that was a bummer. I did watch the movie, and it wasn’t horrible, it was not cinematic gold either but it kind of got the gist of the story. I just really enjoy Ms. Mead’s writing style, and from going from the serious Age of X series to this one is nice too. I know this book has been out a long time, but I was reluctant to read this because of all the hype, and the fact that I like the adult books Mead writes so much. I just didn’t want to be disappointed. I wish I hadn’t seen the movie first, I knew all the twists and turns that were coming, there were no real surprises. I liked the additional characters, that the story is more flush and whole. I love the quirky sarcastic Rose, and the relationship with Dimitri seems like it has potential. I wonder where the story will go with Rose and Lissa, the relationship between Vampire and Dhampir does not seem like a fair one. I will have to add the next book to my reading queue ASAP, because I just really enjoy the writing.

 

Quotables:

“The greatest and most powerful revolutions often start very quietly, hidden in the shadows. Remember that.”

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Other Books by Richelle Mead:

Georgina Kincaid Series:
Succubus Dreams (Book 3), Succubus Heat (Book 4), Succubus Shadows (Book 5), Succubus Revealed (Book 6)

Dark Swan Series:

Shadow Heir (Book 4), Dark Swan (Graphic Novel)

Age of X Series:

Gameboard of the Gods (Book 1) The Immortal Crown (Book 2)

The Prisoner

by Laura Lond
Kindle Edition Read July 12, 2015

Original Release Date:  March 1, 2012

Length: 34 pages

Official Description: (This is book #1 of Dark Elf of Syron series)

Captain Torren, the warden of the Dormigan Prison, knows that the mysterious Prisoner 34 is much more dangerous than the authorities think. Torren does his best to guard him, going so far as to break some of his orders, but the new governor’s sudden wish to personally inspect the prison threatens to destroy the shaky balance the warden has achieved. Will the Prisoner comply and help Torren through the inspection? What will he ask in return? And will he keep his word?

The Prisoner is a novella approximately 9,300 words (50 pages).

My Take:

This was a fun little short story, very short story. It is intriguing and I would like to know more about the Prisoner and his motivations. Obviously he doesn’t have to stay in jail, it is made quite clear he can leave whenever he wants to. So why does he stay? If you enjoy very short stories set in a fantasy world, then you might like this one. It’s well done, intriguing and make you want to automatically pick up the next two in the series.

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The Book With No Pictures

by B.J. Novak
Hardcover EditionRead July 11, 2015

Original Release Date:  September 30, 2014

Length: 48 pages

Official Description:

A book with no pictures?

What could be fun about that?

After all, if a book has no pictures, there’s nothing to look at but the words on the page.

Words that might make you say silly sounds… In ridiculous voices…

Hey, what kind of book is this, anyway?

At once disarmingly simple and ingeniously imaginative, The Book With No Pictures inspires laughter every time it is opened, creating a warm and joyous experience to share–and introducing young children to the powerful idea that the written word can be an unending source of mischief and delight.

My Take:

This is a cute kids book. I love that it has no pictures, it’s is just plain old words on a page. Meant to be read aloud to your child by an adult. Not only is the sole purpose to be a silly and fun book that makes your child laugh all at the readers expense. You make funny noises and say silly things and it is fantastic. I like that this shows that you don’t have to have pictures in a book to make it a fun book. This is like a gateway book, leading kids into the folds of non-picture, or less picture books. Plus, reading to your  children is so very important, it helps with speech development, and their love of reading. My son started reading on his own at the age of 3, we read everyday, he is advanced in reading now. I just wish this book was around when he was little, because he would have loved it.

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The October Faction

by Steve Niles (author), Damien Worm (Illustrator)
Digital EditionRead July 8, 2015

Original Release Date: July 21, 2015

Length: 152 pages

Official Description

The October Faction details the adventures of retired monster-hunter Frederick Allan and his family, which include a thrill-killer, a witch, and a warlock. Because sometimes crazy is the glue that binds a family together.

Collects issues #1-6.

My Take:

I really enjoyed this comic. It was dark and unexpected. It had that Adam’s Family vibe, everyone is just a little bit off, they don’t fit in with regular society, but they are pretty awesome. This comic has a wonderful sense of misdirection, you mind goes one way, the story goes another. I really enjoyed the paranormal aspect with a little bit of reality thrown in. I liked the art, it was different, gritty, a little angular, but worked well with the overall story. If you enjoy a darker, supernatural story with murder and mayhem you might enjoy this one, it’s worth picking up.

(I did receive this book free for an honest review)

 

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Eden Volume 1

by Bash
Digital EditionRead July 7, 2015

Original Release Date: June 2, 2015

Length: 208 pages

Official Description

Mysterious beings that do not belong in our world known as ‘angels’ are looking for a village that exists in-between space and time. But, the village is also searching for something – a boy named Touru. When they find him, a war breaks out and the angels are determined to exterminate the villagers. What is the secret the village holds and why must they find Touru? This is a story of fate. This is a story of epic fantasy. GEN presents Eden, an all-new epic series.

My Take:

This was pretty . . . terrible. I hate to say that about a book as someone put in a lot of effort to not only create the world, but made the story and drew the art…but it just doesn’t work for me. It is entirely confusing, I had an idea of what was going on, then…nope that was not what was happening at all. Angels are really demons…there is a town that exist in a bend of space and time. The art is ok…I read an incomplete version, I hope, it is typical in the manga style, but the story makes no sense. I never understood what the point was to the story. I still have no idea what was going on. It didn’t really hold my interest either, which may have been part of the problem. It was just really poorly executed and not thought out at all.

(I did receive this book free for an honest review)

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