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Book Review: Vampire Academy

Title: Vampire Academy (#1 in the Vampire Academy series)

Author: Richelle Mead

Publisher: Razorbill

Length: 332 pages

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

                My Rating Scale:

                1 Star= I flat out hated it/terrible/I wanted to scratch my eyes out.

                2 Stars= I didn’t like it

                3 Stars= It was okay/I liked it

                4 Stars= I really liked it, but it wasn’t totally perfect

                5 Stars= Holy literary gods! I LOVED this book!

Favorite Quote from Book:

“Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies.”

Plot Summary:

St. Vladimir Academy is a boarding school that trains vampire royals and their guardians for their future roles in the vampire society.  Lissa Dragomir, a Moroi princess, and Rose Hathaway, a Dhampir (a half human half vampire) are destined to someday fulfill these roles.  After two years of freedom, Lissa and Rose are dragged back to the Academy.  Grudgingly, the girls decide to give it a chance, but as danger begins to pose as a threat against Lissa, Rose’s guardian instincts question the safety of St. Vladimir Academy.  With a new race of immortal dangerous vampires, the Strigoi, on the loose, Lissa and Rose must unearth hidden mysteries, deal with prohibited love, and constantly be on the watch.   With their efforts, will Rose be able to protect Lissa from the evil forces?

Thumbs Up:

Rose and Lissa’s relationship may be the most beautiful and genuine friendship I have ever read in a young adult book.  Their actions and dialogue never felt forced…to me, they just seemed to be truly the best of friends concerned with each other’s wellbeing.  They both looked out for each other and protected one another and wanted the best for the other.  It was really beautiful and sweet!

I absolutely LOVED this vampire world that Richelle Mead created.  I love vampire books, but lately vampire books have started to follow and copy the vampire world created by Stephanie Meyer (not that I have anything against Twilight, I just prefer ingenuity!)  I absolutely adored how these vampires were mortal and didn’t kill human beings for their blood (well, not including the evil immortal Strigoi, but that’s a different story…)  These vampires were more approachable, less dangerous, and almost human.  I enjoyed that!

This book had many twists and mysteries.  There was never a dull moment in the book.  I wanted to read until I got until the very end.  And, now I can’t wait to read the next book!

It went above and beyond the typical “young adult vampire” book.  First off, the vampires were different (as already stated.)  Second off, the romance wasn’t a center focus; if anything, the main focus was friendship which I adored.  Ok, there’s so much more that made the book original, but I don’t want to tell you and give it away!  So, just read it!

Thumbs Down:

*gasp!* I have nothing negative to say about this book! 

Final Thoughts:

This book was perfect.  It had everything I could have wanted in a book.  I have a hard time genuinely loving most young adult books because I feel like a lot of them are so…clichéd, but this book was amazing.  I applaud Richelle Mead for exploring a new world.  I love the research she employed in this book (I watched a video and a lot of her inspirations came from ancient legends; could vampires be living among us?!)  This book was just so amazing!  I can’t wait to go out and get the next book.  I loved it!  I encourage you to read this book, too!

Recommendations:

I’d recommend this book to those who enjoy vampire novels, paranormal novels, fantasy novels, friendship novels, and minute romance novels.  And, if you don’t like any of these categories, YOU should still read it anyway! 

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  • 2 years ago
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Book Review: Succubus Blues

Title: Succubus Blues (#1 in the Georgina Kincaid series)

Author: Richelle Mead

Publisher: Kensington Books

Length: 358 pages

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

                My Rating Scale:

                1 Star= I flat out hated it/terrible/I wanted to scratch my eyes out.

                2 Stars= I didn’t like it

                3 Stars= It was okay/I liked it

                4 Stars= I really liked it, but it wasn’t totally perfect

                5 Stars= Holy literary gods! I LOVED this book!

*WARNING: Succubus Blues and the other books in the series are considered adult fiction.  Adult scenes and language are in this book.  I’d recommend this for a 17+ audience.*

Plot Summary:

She’s a bookstore manager by day and a succubus by night.  She is the glorious Georgina Kincaid.  For centuries, she has lived the life of stealing mortal men’s souls, and so far, nothing has gone wrong until recently.  Georgina and her other immortal friends (ranging from vampires to angels) witness the deaths of other immortals.  Suddenly, they fear that they might be the next kill.  However, Georgina begins to get distracted with hotties, Roman and, her favorite author, Seth Mortensen.  No matter how tempting these men prove to be, Georgina is forced to discover that terrible creatures rejected by both heaven and hell want her and other immortals dead.      

Thumbs Up:

WOW!  Talk about a book that has it all!  There’s romance, paranormal (vampires, succubus, demons, imps, angels, nephillim; basically, it’s a paranormal book lovers DREAM book!), action, suspense, plot twisting, and much more!  I think this book honestly would satisfy any reader.

I really enjoyed the characters in the book.  They were all so different and unique, but they all complimented each other wonderfully! –For those of you who read the book, I absolutely loved both Carter and Seth’s character.  They were my FAVES!  Who was/were yours?

This book was so original.  I mean, normally when someone picks up a paranormal fiction book, they are limited to a certain aspect in the paranormal world…but Richelle Mead really went above and beyond and included so much.  This relates to my first “thumbs up,” but I was just so happy and presently surprised because I love paranormal!  I think authors shouldn’t be afraid to experiment like Richelle Mead.  Mix it up a bit! 

I never ever expected any part of this book.  Everything was twisted and turned and purely awesome.  I hate books that are too predictable.  However, throughout this entire book, I never suspected ANYTHING.  Everything was a big surprise!  Of course, after finishing the book I realized Richelle Mead left subtle hints and clues throughout the novel that would assist you in “solving the mystery,” but they were so minute, I didn’t even realize it.  She truly is talented.

Thumbs Down:

In order for a book to be a 5/5 stars in my eyes, it needs to be perfect, and a book that I could reread again and again and never get bored.  Very few books have that standard in my eyes.  With that being said, this book is just not one that I see myself rereading in the future.  To me, it was one of those nice “read it once and I’m done” books.  And, it was great!  Do not get me wrong!  It’s just not a book that goes next to The Hunger Games or Harry Potter series (the best 5/5 star books EVER).

Also, this is minor and dumb, but I advise that Richelle Mead gets a better editor!  There were a few minor mistakes that kinda drove me batty!

Final Thoughts:

This book had so much to offer and really delivered.  It excelled in every expectation that I had.  This book just doesn’t hold the same standards as other 5/5 star books.

I was asked if I plan on continuing the series.  As much as I enjoyed this book, I do not plan on reading any more of this series.  The book ended on a note for me that did not make me want to read more and find out more information.  There are other book series that are much higher on my list currently.  Maybe in the future if I have nothing to read, I will pick up the rest of the series, however that is extremely unlikely because I ALWAYS have something I want to read!!

This was the first Richelle Mead book I have ever read, and it certainly made me excited to read more Richelle Mead books!

Recommendations:

I’d recommend this book to those who enjoy ADULT romance, paranormal, action, suspense, and mystery.

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