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Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy)| Book Review (Contains Spoilers if you haven’t read the previous books)

shadow kissPages: 443

Published: January 2, 2008

Publisher: Razorbill

Synopsis: WHAT IF FOLLOWING HER HEART MEANS ROSE COULD LOSE HER BEST FRIEND FOREVER?

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.

Rose knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa – the last Dragomir princess – must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken…

Then a strange darkness begins to grow in Rose’s mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy’s iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most… but will her choice mean that only one can survive? (Goodreads)

My Bookish Thoughts:

I have read so many books in this series lately that I have just gotten myself immersed in the story. The anticipation of the storyline gets more and more intense with each book. There is just so much going on.

Throughout Shadowkiss, the main character Rose struggles with being a good guardian. In an assignment that is assigned to all the Dhampirs in their third year which is to protect a Moroi while the staff stage sneak attacks on them as if they were out in the real world battling Strigoi. However, Rose finds herself not only dealing with the staged attacks but also with spirits (ghosts) that begin to haunt her. As Rose figures out what is happening to her and why these spirits are contacting her, the Strigoi become an active threat to the academy. Mix in a forbidden love and you have one enticing tale.

I loved this book, I love this series. I have not read a series back to back in such a long time. I have been borrowing this series from the library.( YAY support your local libraries!!!) I used to own this series but the books sat on my shelf for so long that I ended up giving them away last year when I moved out because I was trying to be a minimalist but honestly who did I think I was kidding…

I really enjoyed that this books always has a flashback to the previous book. So, if it has been a while since you read the previous book the author makes sure that there are a few paragraphs at the beginning of the novel that recap what happened in the previous book.

I found this book to be addicting. I could not stop reading it. I was rooting for Rose and Dimitri’s relationship. Their relationship is forbidden and the character fight with their inner self in order to stay away from one another. But, their draw to one another is just too intense and they can’t help but want to be together. I was fangirling hard. There is also, another character introduced that happens to create a love triangle in this particular book and that is Adrian, a royal morori that the vampire queen has special plans for.

Lissa was one of those central characters that has an influence on everything that happens to the other characters yet she is slightly on the sidelines because the storyline is not mainly about her. I really enjoyed watching how her interaction with the other characters has a cause and effect.

The series just gets better and better as the books go on. This book is full action, twists and turns, and a romance which makes this series so difficult to put down. I think that the fact that the series keeps getting better and better with each book speaks for itself. You must check this series out, one of the best Vampire young adult series there is out there.

Have you read the Vampire Academy? Did you find them addicting?

Any fast paced books that you think I would enjoy? Leave a comment down below.

With Warm Cups of Tea and just a Few More Chapters,

Rina

 

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Read-a-thon Extravaganza

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 The_Fault_in_Our_StarsIsis and Scatty had a read- a-thon going on from May 1st to May 7th. I found out about it on April 30th, and I was excited to read my life away. However, my life said “No, Marina you can not just spend your days reading books.” I was completely unprepared for the busy week that I have found myself in. I didn’t make any goals for the read-a- thon because I knew that I would not have a lot of time to read. Through out the week, I actually forgot that I challenged myself to participate in a read-a-thon. So, without any goals and without any page counts, my progress stands at that I finished “Lola and the Boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins, which left off on a book hang over. I wanted and needed the next book in the series, as I mentioned in a previous posted I hit up my friendly kindle store searching for the last book in the trilogy and was completely disappointed to find out that it doesn’t come out until August 2014. But, do not fear, as most book lovers and bloggers I found myself staring at an enormous to be read pile sitting on my shelf and an equal pile that has accumulated on my kindle. I ended up picking up “The Fault in Our Stars”, by John Green, which I have heard a lot about and wanted to read for quiet some time. Currently, I am bout 48 pages into “The Fault in Our Stars,” and I am absolutely in love with the characters and the world building that John Green provides for the reader. I can not wait for the movie to come out and be able to relive the story again.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Isla and the Happily Ever After

For those who don’t know what “Waiting on Wednesday,” is, it is a weekly event where book bloggers display there most awaited reads. It is hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine

So, for those who follow my Goodreads, you may be aware that I have been sucked into the whole world of “Stephanie Perkins,” she is the writer of “Anna and the French Kiss,” and “Lola and the Boy Next Door,” the second installment in the addicting series. I found myself reading “Lola and the Boy Next Door,” and was positive that the third and last book in the series was out. So, the plan was finish “Lola and the Boy Next Door,” download “Isla and the Happily Ever After,” and continue to fall in love with the plot and the characters of these books. But, here is were we get to the moment of disappointment. Last night I go on amazon, and I’m looking through the e-books and there were the download button of “Isla and The Happily Ever After” should be there is a large yellow button that says PRE-ORDER!!! I felt like my heart dropped into my stomach and my entire reality had just shattered into a million pieces. Ok, well now I’m being a little dramatic, but it was quite a sad moment.

So, without further or due todays “Waiting on Wednesday,” is “lsla and The Happily Ever After,” by Stephanie Perkins.

ImageFrom te glittering streets of Manhattan to he moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new

Mark your Calendars : August 14, 2014