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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 Immortal Crown

by Richelle Mead
Kindle EditionRead July 27 2014

Original Release Date: May 29, 2014

Length: 432 pages

Official Description: (This is book #2 of the Age of X series)

Gameboard of the Gods introduced religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supersoldier assigned to protect him. Together they have been charged with investigating reports of the supernatural and the return of the gods, both inside the Republic of United North America and out. With this highly classified knowledge comes a shocking revelation: Not only are the gods vying for human control, but the elect—special humans marked by the divine—are turning against one another in bloody fashion.

Their mission takes a new twist when they are assigned to a diplomatic delegation headed by Lucian Darling, Justin’s old friend and rival, going into Arcadia, the RUNA’s dangerous neighboring country. Here, in a society where women are commodities and religion is intertwined with government, Justin discovers powerful forces at work, even as he struggles to come to terms with his own reluctantly acquired deity.

Meanwhile, Mae—grudgingly posing as Justin’s concubine—has a secret mission of her own: finding the illegitimate niece her family smuggled away years ago. But with Justin and Mae resisting the resurgence of the gods in Arcadia, a reporter’s connection with someone close to Justin back home threatens to expose their mission—and with it the divine forces the government is determined to keep secret.

My Take:

I have been anxiously awaiting this book since the end of Gameboard of the Gods I thought that book 1 was interesting, taking us out of the worlds we’re used to in other fantasy/paranormal type books that are popular. We get to see varying mythologies, one of my childhood passions, in an interesting way. So why did it take me forever to read this one?

I have actually had this book for a month or two prior to the release date. I would start reading then fall asleep, for a good chunk of the beginning of the book, we’ll say a good quarter of the book did not keep me hooked, did not capture me. Maybe it was just me having a hard time getting back into this highly complex world. When I say highly complex, I mean there are so many rules and layers involved in this story that in order for me to really get into it I had to fully immerse myself in this world. Which I eventually did once everything picked back up. We added new players in this story, Mae continues god bouncing, the gods continue to screw around with everyone’s lives. Mae and Justin are still skirting around their, obvious to everyone, feelings towards one another. This book isn’t about just Justin and Mae’s journey, we also have a story on the side that will kind of connect what’s going on in Arcadia with what we learn with Tessa. She’s an awesome little protegé that Justin has found. At first her story was kind of meh, but as she gained confidence in her investigation of a certain political party, we learn so much about Lucian, the potential future of RUNA and what is possibly in store for the next book.

The book is just so vast, so incredibly vast that it’s hard to describe it well, without going in to spoilers. This book does travel to Arcadia, the southern part of the former USA, they even give you the former name of the town and state that they are going to so the reader can actually imagine where these characters are going. I forgot where exactly it was, but it was a southern state. This is definitely an extremist country, the story shines a light on the poor treatment of women, they are lower than low. If they show their ankle they are beaten, cloistered and punished in some way. Men have multiple wives, there is kidnapping of Gemman girls, human trafficking, out of control Elite’s. Arcadia is nuts, then Mae and Justin enter the country and crazy it up further, all while giving Lucian the credit. I don’t like Lucian, I don’t trust him, he’s going to end up being a super-villain in the end I bet. You don’t have that name without expecting to be evil in disguise.

Ok, overall, one you get back into the book, it’s well done. Beautifully written. Epic. That ending. Love that ending! I knew who the mystery god was as soon as that god showed up. Knew it. The next book will be even more epic than this one. Warning guys, this isn’t like Meads other books, it’s deep, it’s serious, it’s very political, and can be difficult to read. I love that Mead wrote this, it shows how diverse of an author she is, and just displays her talent extraordinarily.

*I did receive this book for free for an honest review.

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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)

Gameboard of the Gods

by Richelle Mead
Kindle Edition – Read May 9, 2013

Expected Release Date: June 4, 2013

Length: 462 pages

Official Description: (This is book #1 of the Age of X series)

In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.

My Take:

First off, I am so grateful to have been able to read this book in advance of the release date, in fact I was giddy.

I absolutely love Richelle Mead as an author, granted I haven’t read her über popular Vampire Academy series, but I’ve read her adult series, Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan, and loved them. As soon as I heard about this one, I knew I had to have it. So, as I started reading this I noticed that this world was going farther in-depth than I expected, this is a very intricate world with a very in-depth hierarchy and caste system. It took me a while to get through, though honestly it was because finals got in the way, and there were parts that just really dragged out, but those parts are really important. There really isn’t anything excess in this book and though I wish there were just a touch more romance, I’m sure there will be more to come. I loved the characters, there is just so much going on with each of them, we’re just looking and the surface in this book. There is so much more I want to know, and so much I wish would happen, this whole book is like a massive opener to what looks to be a fantastic whirlwind of a series. At first, or really the majority of the book had a sci-fi feel and in part it is, there is a lot of science going on with the restriction of religion because it just turns out zealots, I don’t know how to really describe it without giving plot keys away, so I won’t. There’s some great mythology built-in and lots of science type stuff and A LOT of background information, but again this is just the first book of the series and this is world is much more massive than her other series, in my opinion, so it’s going to take a lot more information. I think Ms. Mead has done a fantastic job weaving a wonderfully intricate futuristic, and different type, of world for us to get lost in, characters for us to root for, and time for us to figure out what could happen next.

 

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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)

Dark Swan: Graphic Novel

Dark Swan

by Richelle Mead
Kindle Edition – Read  June 2, 2012

Cost: $13.22 (As of This Post)

Length: 120 pages

Official Description: (This is Vol 1 (1-4) of the Storm Born Comic)

Eugenie Markham never asked for any of this. Until now, she”s been content with her job as a freelance shaman, battling and banishing Otherworldly creatures. When a prophecy suddenly makes her the Otherworld”s most popular bachelorette, Eugenie finds herself fighting off unwanted supernatural suitors, as well as the evils that begin emerging from her past…

My Take:

The Dark Swan series written by Richelle Mead, is my favorite series (so far) from Richelle Mead. Granted, I’ve not read the Vampire Academy books, but choosing between the Dark Swan and Georgina Kincaid series, I preferred Dark Swan. I was sad to see the books end (because well I was just unsatisfied) but I liked Eugenie, Kiyo, Dorian, Jasmine and the rest of the crew and when I found out about this graphic novel adaptation I just had to get it. The book I got (and the one that’s sold on Amazon) is the hard cover that includes the first 4 comic books, they are divided into chapters in the compilation. I think the art was great, but it felt slightly inconsistent. In Chapter 1 characters just look a bit different by Chapter 4. Overall I do think it was well done. The story is direct from Storm Born but without a lot of inner dialogue, so it’s pretty much straight forward, and therefore can tell the story much more quickly. I think those who read the books will appreciate these graphic novels, though some may have a hard time with some one else visualizing this world. I don’t know what avid graphic novel readers will think of this though. Sea Lion book are slatted to put out 4 more comics which will finish out Storm Born and then will release those into a compilation like this one. I can’t wait until they finally put them all out.

Quote:

“So, what makes you think your shoe is …uh, possessed?”

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Shadow Heir

Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead (Kindle Edition) – Read January 20, 2012

Cost: $4.99 (As of This Post)

Official Description: (This is book 4 of the Dark Swan Series) Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham strives to keep the mortal realm safe from trespassing entities. But as the Thorn Land’s prophecy-haunted queen, there’s no refuge for her and her soon-to-be-born-children when a mysterious blight begins to devastate the Otherworld. . .The spell-driven source of the blight isn’t the only challenge to Eugenie’s instincts. Fairy king Dorian is sacrificing everything to help, but Eugenie can’t trust the synergy drawing them back together. The uneasy truce between her and her shape shifter ex-lover Kiyo is endangered by secrets he can’t–or won’t–reveal. And as a formidable force rises to also threaten the human world, Eugenie must use her own cursed fate as a weapon–and risk the ultimate sacrifice. . .

Quote: “Mistress, I have never asked anything of you in my servitude. But now, I beg you this: do not make me keep passing these adolescent sentiments back and forth all night.” – Volusion

My Take: I will attempt to make this spoiler free, but WTH is with that freakin ending? This is the second series I’ve finished of Richelle Mead’s the first being the Georgina Kincaid series, this woman does not know how to end her series’. I mean COME ON! Ok, I’m done I think.

Eugenie is knocked up with Kiyo babies and running for her life, with an ever lovely Dorian protecting her, much to Eugenie’s chagrin. And frankly I don’t know how Eug has survived this long, I mean she makes some really dumb decisions, but I’m so drawn to this story I just keep coming back for more. I actually preferred this series to the Succubus series, but now I think I don’t because of the blasted ending. Should you read this, well if you’ve read the other 3 then yeah how can you not, I love this world, I have loved Dorian’s character from the get go, and also I’m a fan of Volusion and all his wickedness. That’s one thing you’ll get in this story, some answers about Volusion, which is cool. I hope that Ms. Mead changes her mind and writes another book to fix the ending she broke, but I will just pretend that certain things didn’t happen. I did buy the comic books so maybe I can go back and enjoy this series again, ‘ya know before this ending. (Sorry for the redundancy, but read it and you’ll get to the last page and say, “REALLY!! REALLY!! WTF!)

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