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Review: Vampire Academy (Graphic Novel) by Richelle Mead

8643220Vampire Academy
(Vampire Academy, Vol. #1)
By: Richelle Mead, Leigh Dragoon (Adapter), Emma Vieceli (Illustrator)
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: Aug. 23, 2011
Genre: Paranormal/YA/Graphic Novel
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After two years on the run, best friends Rose and Lissa are caught and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a private high school for vampires and half-bloods. It’s filled with intrigue, danger—and even romance.

Enter their dark, fascinating world through a new series of 144-page full-color graphic novels. The entire first Vampire Academy novel has been adapted for book one by Leigh Dragoon and overseen by Richelle Mead, while the beautiful art of acclaimed British illustrator Emma Vieceli brings the story to life.

 

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Review: Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

13505141Grasping at Eternity
(Kindrily, #1)
By: Karen Amanda Hooper
Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing
Published:May 25, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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Leave it to Maryah Woodsen to break the one rule that will screw up eternity: Never erase your memories.

Before entering this life, Maryah did the unthinkable—she erased. Now, at seventeen years old, she’s clueless that her new adoptive family has known her for centuries, that they are perpetually reincarnated souls, and that they have supernatural abilities. Oh, and she’s supposed to love (not despise) Nathan, the green-eyed daredevil who saved her life.

Nathan is convinced his family’s plan to spark Maryah’s memory is hopeless, but his love for her is undying. After spending (and remembering) so many lifetimes together, being around an empty version of his soulmate is heart shattering. He hates acting like a stalker, but has no choice because the evil outcast who murdered Maryah in their last lifetime is still after her.

While Maryah’s hunter inches closer, she and Nathan make assumptions and hide secrets that rip them further apart. Maryah has to believe in the magic within her, Nathan must have faith in the power of their love, and both need to grasp onto the truth before they lose each other forever—and discover just how lonely eternity can be.

 

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One thing you should know about me before I start my review is that, I do not like “soul-mate” books. Just saying “soul-mate” sends off alarms in my head. However, I kept going back to this book because not only did it sound good but the second book sounds amazing. So I sucked it up and gave this book a go. I’m glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed it, soul-mates and all.

The majority of the book is about Maryah stumbling around her new life with her Godmother after Maryah’s family is murdered. She has to not only adjust to a new family but a new school as well. She has no idea that she is a reincarnated soul who not only had a soul-mate but gave up everything to erase her memory when she last past away to start her life fresh of memories instead of remember past lives. This may not seem like a horrible thing but when she erased, she not only lost her memories for Nathaniel and her other kindrily (reincarnated family) but she also lost her power that made her who she was.

Nathaniel was an interesting character. He does a lot of careless things in the book and tries to keep his distance from Maryah as much as he can. He’s hurt by the fact that she would erase him from her memories. He’s lost without her and doesn’t know how to cope with the new reality that his soul-mate is no longer his. It was nice that the book is written in both Maryah’s and Nathaniel’s pov because otherwise the reader would view him as a huge jerk with a split personality disorder but with reading parts in his pov, you get to understand what he’s going through.

Throughout the book, the author hints at monumental things in the story that are later brought up in the book. So if you pay careful attention to everything that happens, you can figure out what’s going to happen early on. I was not paying close enough attention. HaHa. I knew that the pieces I was reading had significance but I didn’t start to piece it together until I was closer to the end of the story. A lot of this story is character and story development. It isn’t until about three quarters of the way through that pieces start to slowly come together.

I’m really glad that there is a sequel because I feel like we’re just starting to scratch the surface of this story. Not to mention the tearjerker ending that I will admit, I did not see coming. I loved that Karen added that in there. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you read it.

I may not be a soul-mate person but Karen did such an amazing job with this story that I didn’t even notice. I cannot wait to continue the Kindrily series and find out what happens next with the group.

 

1favequote“Even a broken clock shows the correct time twice a day.”

 

kRISTIN

Review: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Last Sacrifice
(Vampire Academy, #6)
By: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: Dec. 7, 2010
Genre: YA
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 They come first.
My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won’t give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri’s face join Lissa’s. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.

The dead could finally have me.

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose – for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back…and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?

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Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx
(Lux, #2)
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: Aug. 14, 2012
Genre: YA
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Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…
Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

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Review: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Spirit Bound
(Vampire Academy, #5)
By: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: May 18, 2010
Genre: YA
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After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s-and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him… forever.

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Review: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Nevermore
(Nevermore, #1)
By: Kelly Creagh
Publisher: Atheneum Books
Published: Aug. 31, 2010
Genre: YA
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Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

His life depends on it.

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Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-Blood
(Covenant, #1)
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencerhill Press
Published: Oct. 20, 2011
Genre: YA
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The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

 

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Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily
(Bloodlines, #2)
By: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: June 12, 2012
Genre: Paranormal YA
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Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?

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Review: Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder

Scent of Magic
(Healer, #2)
By: Maria V. Snyder
Publisher: Harlequin
Published: Dec. 25, 2012
Genre: YA
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Hunted, Killed—Survived?

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible … again.

 

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Review: Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck

Tiger’s Voyage
(The Tiger Saga, #3)
By: Colleen Houck
Publisher: Splinter Publishing
Published: Nov. 1, 2011
Genre: YA
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With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the trio continues their quest by challenging five cunning and duplicitous dragons, Ren and Kishan once more vie for her affections–leaving Kelsey more confused than ever.

 

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