Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Book Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

 Title: Bloodlines
Author: Richelle Mead
Pages: 421
Publisher: Penguin Group
Year Published: 2011

Title: Bloodlines
Author: Richelle Mead
Pages: 421
Publisher: Penguin Group
Year Published: 2011
"Sydney's blood is special. That's because she's 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. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiance in questions, her future is on the line."

"When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir- the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir- is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protecter, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.
The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions and forbidden romance lurk both outside- and withing- the school grounds. Now that they're hiding, the drama is only beginning."
My Rating: 7/10
I didn't mind this book. It doesn't transport readers to another world, but rather shows secrets that may be hidden in their own.  I love the aspect of that, and the ideas that Richelle Mead uses are amazing, but her writing doesn't does the ideas justice, in my opinion. Perhaps it would help if I had read Vampire Academy series by her as well, but I don't think it's fair to start a new series that is based on the old series, there could be a relation but I don't want to read a six book series just so I can start the book I bought and understand it. I had trouble following the story line and couldn't seem to relate to the characters. Why did this book still rate a seven you might ask? Because of some of the humorous lines and the suprises near the end. To end this review off witha  good note, I'd like to praise the use of shock in this book, that's what really caught my attention.
All of the above are the opinions of Sidny, no one has to agree with them, tell me what you think below.
Sidny ♥♪♫

Spoiler: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

I didn't honestly enjoy this book. I can't say that I loved it because that would be a lie; I didn't hate it but I didn't love it. I think that this new series is based on Richelle Mead's last vampire series, Vampire Academy (haven't read it) and I don't enjoy that. Start a new series, but don't make me guess about the first series. Wow a pet peeve has been spotted. I did enjoy on the other hand certain characters, such as Adrian. I also liked the shocking ending. I never would have guessed that Keith was so horrible, I guess I knew that he did something wrong to a young girl, but selling drugs man that's harsh. Also the fact that Lee was evil, WOAH! Anyways, let's talk about the characters.

Characters:Sydney: Although she has the same name as me, I could not relate to this main character. In a way she reminded me of a Sheldon Cooper, spewing randrom information and being completely unaware of normal social habits. Sydney is a follower and does orders without questioning. She doesn't question her father, the Alchemists or even Abe. Grow a back bone!

Keith: I honestly thought that Sydney and him would become a couple, misguided but it's what I believed. To find out at the end that he was not only a rapist but also a drug dealer, wow mind blowing! He doesn't deserve to a place in any group, much less the Alchemists.

Jill: I can't really describe her except useless. She doesn't fight her own battles and she just runs off. A waste of time, but she gives the book a purpose.

Eddie: I don't blame him for loving Jill but maybe Jill should stick her head out from the sun and realize that her dream man is right there guarding her!

Adrian: By far my favorite character! Funny, sarcastic, screwed up and sweet underneath makes him a dream guy for this girl :) In the end I think he realizes that he should go after Sydney. May I just add that my name is Sidny???

Lee: Who would have thought Lee was evil? Not me I'm just naive I guess.

Micah: I really think that he is that Mason guy awakened into evilness.. or is it evilhood. Anyways i thought he was the guy slitting the throats. The real question is, am I wrong?

Favorite Lines/Moments:♥Pg. 20
"Unlike me, I suspected Stanton had smacked a few people in her day, and I think she wanted to do that to keith now."

♥Pg. 47
"'They're waiting for you. Go on in.' Adrian leaned close to Keith's ear and spoke in an ominous voice. 'If. You. Dare.' He poked Keith's shoulder and gave a 'Muhahaha' kind of monster laugh.
Keith nearly leapt ten feet in the air."

♥Pg. 73
"Eddie eyed the dorm matron, a tout, gray-haired woman who supervised the lobby from her desk. 'Do you think she has any kind of combat training? Do you think she could subdue an intruder?'
'I bet she could wrestle down a guy sneaking into a girl's room,' joked Jill."

♥Pg. 106
" 'If it makes you feel any better, you're not as bad as keith. he was here earlier today and was so nervous, he literally kept looking over his shoulder.' Lee paused thoughtfully. 'I think it might have been because Adrain kept laughing like a mad scientist at those old black-and-white movies he was watching.' "

♥Pg. 138
"I had a feeling that there was really no good way for Lee to answer at this point. If he expressed interest in her, Adrian's bizarre chivalric instincts were going to kick in. If lee wasn't interested, Adrian would no doubt demand to know why Lee didn't want to marry her then and there. It was one of those fascinating- but weird- quirks of Adrian's personality."

♥Pg. 145
"As I drove away, I decide the Alchemists needed an entire department devoted to handling Adrian Ivashkov."

♥Pg. 208
" 'Put those on. We're leavng.
'You aren't my mom.'
'No, yours is serving a sentence for perjury and theft, if memory serves.' "

♥Pg. 234
" 'Can't you... I don't know. Find a hobby or something?'
'Being charming is my hobby,' said Adrian obstinately. 'I'm the life of a party- even without drinking. I wasn't meant to be alone.' "

♥Pg. 239
" 'I have to get back there,' I said to Adrian. 'Into that door.'
He arched his eyebrow. 'What, like sneaking in? How very black ops of you. And oh, you know- dangerous and foolish.' "

♥Pg. 333
" 'Of course they didn't give us this much, Sage. But I had to make sure I nailed my first assignment. Takes a lot of tries before you hit perfection.' He paused to reconsider that. 'Well, except for my parents. They got it on the first try.' "

♥Pg. 409
" Adrian shrugged. 'My earlier point remains. You're a solid person, Sage. You're easy on the eyes, if a little skinny and your ability to memorize useless information is going to totally hook in some guy. Put Keith and Lee out of your head because they have nothing to do with your future." 

Hope you enjoyed this Spoiler.
The next book I plan on reading is Summer Boys by Hailey Abbott

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Kate's Choice: Little House In the Highlands by Melissa Wiley

Title: Little House In The Highlands
Author: Melissa Wiley
Pages: 271
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc.
Year Published: 1999

"The little Hous books have captivated millions of readers with their story of  Laura Ingalls, a pioneer girl growing up on the American frontier. Now travel back three generations before Laura's  and read the story of Martha Morse, a little girl who would grow up to leave Scotland and start a new life in America, and who would become Laura Ingals Wilder's great-grandmother.
It's 1788, and six-year-old Martha lives in a little stone house in Clencaraid, Scotland. Martha's father is Laird Glencaraid, and the life of a laird's daughter is not always easy for a lively girl like Martha. She would rather be running barefoot through field of heather and listening to magical tales of fairies and other Wee Folk than learning to sew like a proper young lady. But between her dreaded sewing lessons, Martha still finds time to play on the rolling Scottish hills."

Kate's Rating: 9/10

1. Did you enjoy this book?
♥ Yeah, I enjoyed this book because it was interesting seeing what it was like so long ago.

2. What was your favorite part of this book?♥ I can't choose! All of it!

3. What is your favorite character and why?♥ Martha is my favorite character because she was energetic.

4. Would you continue reading this series?♥ Yes I would and hopefully will.

5. What was your favorite part?♥My favorite parts were when they were talking about fairies, brownies and mystical creatures.

6. Was this different from other books you've read?♥ Yes, it was very different from other books I've read. They live in Scotland so this book is written with accents. This makes some pages harder to understand.

7. Least favorite part?♥Don't have one :)

8. Why did you pick this book out?♥Someone suggested it to me, two people actually.

9.Who would you recommend it to?♥Anybody who likes fun books, with history, also including a little magic.

10. If you could speak to the author, what would you say?♥ I would say that I really enjoyed this book and I would love to read more from her!

Hope you enjoyed this month's Kate's Choice :)
Sidny & Kate ♥♪♫

Monday, July 16, 2012

Book Review: Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer

Title: Twelfth Grade Kills
Author: Heather Brewer
Pages: 325
Publisher: Penguin Group Inc.
Year Published: 2010

"Vlad's running out of time. The Elysian Council has given him only weeks to live, and that's if the Slayer Society doesn't kill him- along with the citizens of Bathory- first. Then there's the issure of Vlad's father, who may or may not still be aliveafter all these years. Oh yeah, and that tiny detail in the Pravus prophecy about Vlad enslaving Vampirekind and the human race. So much for college applications."
"In this epic finale to Heather Brewer's heart-stopping Chronicle of Vladimir Tod, dark secrets will be revealed, old friends will become enemies and warm blood will run cold. Just be careful it isn't yours."
My Rating: 9/10
So this is an ending of another lovely series. This book although interesting, was not a good series ender in my opinion. I would have liked to be completely caught up in the world of Heather Brewer's mind but many times I couldn't get "into" the story line or even relate at all with the charcters. Which is hard to do when the main character is a half-vampire but it shouldn't be quite that hard. I felt very distant from Vlad until the end. I still enjoyed the humor that Heather Brewer uses even in dire situations. The ending was humorless but that made sense because of the content. I would suggest this book to those who enjoyed the rest of the series and love to laugh of course.
Sidny ♥♪♫

Spoiler: Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer

This book wasn't what I expected and to be honest i was a little disappointed. I had hoped that this book would be as good as the last and while it was decent it certainly wasn't the best out of the series. The plans of the "group" were just stupid and unguided. I hated the fact that Vlad's dad was part of it but I kinda had that figured by half way through. The characters weren't as developed as they may hgave been. My favorite part was the battles near the end. It gave such another view of Vlad's ever changing world not to mention his power. HOLY MAN (!!!!!) Vlad has become quite the man *wolf whistle*  Let's discuss some characters.

Oh boy! Our little Vlad is all grown up and ready to face the real world. The world filled with Slayers, vampires, blackmailers and lovers. Vlad has turned into the man who knows how to rule, how to tell right from wrong and makes woman love him. I felt a bit distant from Vlad this time around, but he still has a great love for Snow. Sigh love at first bite... literally. He made me proud when he commanded everyone to forget and move on. On an end note thank god he gave up Meredith!

Snow: I didn't believe for a minute she was dead that would be the worst ending ever!

Otis: I felt just horrible when everyone expected Otis to be a murderer. I mean a man who wears a top hat and loves to teach can not be a murderer. No one would take him seriously anyways.

Nelly: I cried quite a bit when she died. At first I was in complete denail. No way someone would kill Nelly, the best cookie maker on earth. And then I just sobbed.

Henry: What a sweet drudge! Him and October are made to be yay!

Joss: At times he stretches everyones patients but he turned out to be a decent guy.

Tomas: What a prick? I can't believe that he used Vlad's mother just in order to become the Pravus. I wanted to constantly yell at Vlad and tell him to stop being stupid for thinking his father was so innocent!

Vikas: I was shocked and depressed by the fact that Vikas turned out to be in cahoots with Vlad's dad. What is this bull? I wished at that moment that I could yell at Heather Brewer, but she did it to shock everyone and boy did that work!

Favorite Lines/Parts:
♥Pg. 17
"Vlad felt oddly hollow. It was almost as if a friend had been stolen from him before he'd had the chance to say goodbye.
A horrible, evil, maniacal friend who wanted nothing more than to see Vlad suffer."

♥Pg. 101
"Vlad wiped her lip gloss from his lips with the back of his hand. Vampries, after all, don't sparkle."

♥Pg. 183
"He and Henry had had a good long laugh about the costumes they were going to wear this year, and not even Principal Snell grove was going to rob them of their good time. Henry was dressed ina cheesy black nylon cape- one he'd borrowed from Vlad- and had his hair slicked back and spray painted black, complete with a widow's peak. He was every bit a stereotypical old-school Hollywood vampire, and Vlad was his companion, his slave, his drudge."

♥Pg. 200
"He was better off not knowing.
Or, more accurately, Joss's face was better off without Henry's fists knowing."

♥Pg. 248
" 'You've been holding out on us, Henry. I had no idea you were so full of great ideas.'
Henry held up his taco- formerly Vlad's- and grinned. 'Little-known fact, gentlemen. Tacos are the food of genius.'"

♥Pg. 252
"It had to work! They had totally faked his own death.
He owed Henry about a zillion tacos."

♥Pg. 317
" 'Absolutely. In fact... I was a priest at that church many moons ago.' Something dark and strangely full of bemusement cross Otis's eyes then, and Vlad thought back to the stories that upperclassmen had passed down to freshman, about the vampire priest in the church who'd  drained his congregation dry years and years ago, before Bathory High was a school. He parted his lips to ask if the rumors were true, but Otis cut him off with a smirk. 'But that's a story for another time.' "

♥Pg. 319
"Whose idea was it that forcing people to wear giant muumuus and cardboard squares on their heads and then parade in front f people was the way to celebrate surviving thirteen years of school anyway?" 

Sidny ♥♫♪

Friday, July 6, 2012

Book Review: Between by Jessica Warman

TItle: Between
Author: Jessica Warman
Pages: 454
Publisher: Walker Publishing Company Inc.
Year Published: 2011

"There were six people on the boat that night... and when they awoke there were five."
"Elizabeth Vlachar -- pretty, popular and perfect-- wakes up the morning after her eighteenth birthday party on her family's yacht, where she'd been celebrating with her five closest friends. A persistent thumping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, what she discovers will change everything she thought she knew about her past, her future, and what lies in between.
As Liz begins to unravel the circumstances surronding her birthday night, she finds that no one least of all Liz herself, was perfect-- or innocent. And that some memories never stop following you, no matterhow hard you run."
My Rating: 10/10
I underestimated this book. Not only is this Young Adult book captivating but it also proves a point. While keeping things juicy Jessica Warman has managed to give purpose to the book. The main purpose in this book is live life like you might die tomorrow. And live without regrets. Not meaning that you should do the whole YOLO thing, get wasted and try to drive home but rather be aware of you action and what you want other people to think about when you're gone. Whether you're dead or just leaving the room for fifteen minutes. You have to listen to your gut and do what is right, even if what is right isn't always easy.
Another shocking fact about this book, IT'S A MYSTERY! Something I would have never guess as it's not sherlock holmes obvious that it's a mystery. The fact that you wonder what will happen next with Elizabeth keeps you turning pages when you really should be say, doing laundry or getting ready for work (whoops!!).

Spoiler: Between by Jessica Warman

Jessica Warman, I applaud you! You had me from the first chapter to the very end. Although I was able to slightly guess what some of the trauma was in Liz's life, I wasn't sure or even dead on! When you can mislead my curiousness, you are GOOD! Screw that you're awesome.  This book shows that you should live each day so that you can look back on it and be proud. I know I've done things that I'm not proud of , but you have to forgive yourself and move on, hopefully becoming better as you go. This book shocked me and made me realize what greed can truely do to a person. Let's talk about the details in a character list :)
I hated Liz for at least the first half of the book. Whenever I thought about how rude what she was saying was I could hardly contain my inner self from screaming you B****! Throughout the novel, we see the softer side of Liz and learn about her and why she does things. Just before I read that she killed Alex, I guessed. Probably only 2 pages before! That takes alot to be able to derail me that much. Liz in the end realizes that she has to let her loved ones go on with their life. Just because she isn' t there doesn't mean they shouldn't be happy. When she dived into the water to a happier place I started to cry. Not because I was sad, but rather because I was over joyed that she realized what she needed to do.

Alex: I understand why he was so rude to Liz when she first died. If I met my murderer I wouldn't be very polite either! Alex helped make this story full and complete. Without him the story would contain huge gaps of awkwardness.

Josie: I hate her guts. There is something wrong when you're greedy enough to kill your own sister. It wouldn't matter if they were half, full or step. Josie was so screwed up. I think an asylum may be neccesary.  To know what Vince was doing to her sister and use it against her as well. The B word is the only thought that comes to mind when I think about Josie and her character.

Richie: The love of Liz's life, I must say I have a lit crush on. I can't believe how remarkable he is. I understand the drug dealing problem. It was his way to cry out for his parents attention, agreed? This man makes a woman believe in true love and soul mates, all that chick-flick junk :)

Nicole: To steal someone's husband away as they're dying...? Desperate!

Caroline: What a sweetheart? Even if she stole that money... in a way she needed it...

Mr. Riley: He was there for Liz, just not quite enough. If I had a teacher in my school like him, I might attempt sports.

Vince: WHAT A FRICKING CREEP! I hate him to the core.
Favorite Lines/Moments:
♥Pg. 2
"Connecticut's like that; the water gets warm for a month or so in July, but near the end of the summer it's already cold again. Sometimes it seems like there are only two seasons around her: winter and almost winter."

♥Pg. 84
" 'So this is where the magic happened,' Alex says, looking around Richie's room. He glances at my body.
I raise an eyebrow. 'What?'
'No, it's not nothing, Alex. What did you mean, 'this is where the magic happened'?'
He blushes. 'You know. All the sex.' "

♥Pg. 136
"I frown at him. 'I thought you hated them.'
He scratches the side of his head in mock contemplation. 'It doesn't mean I don't want to see them half-naked.' "

♥Pg. 159
"In four year, he'll have a mild heart attack, over lunch and drinks with a client. His doctor will advise him to lose twenty pounds and stop eating red meat; he'll promptly gain ten pounds and refuse to abandon his love for steak."

♥Pg. 169
"The hollwo space within is absolutely jam-packed with trouble: bags of weed, several bottles of prescription pills, a knotted plastic bag containing a serious amount of white powder, and a wad of money held together with a rubber band. Look, Ma! Your son sells drugs!"

♥Pg. 225
"Alex and I follow her to the girls' bathroom
I wait for her to finish up in the stall. Aside from the four of us, the bathroom is empty.
'This is nothing special.' Alex sounds disappointed, looking around the bathroom.
'What do you mean?'
'I don't know. I always though there were, like... sofas in here, or something like that.' "

♥Pg. 333
" 'You ought to dump me then,' he says, chewing. 'Go out with a polo player.' He blows a buble. 'You'd have fun with a guy like that. You could go shopping together, get facials, manicures...'
'I already have enough girlfriends. Besides, your good looks make up for your lack of grooming.' "

♥Pg. 413
"Cops, I've learned, are like vampires; they can't come in unless you invite them."

Monday, July 2, 2012

Book Review: Eleventh Grade Burns by Heather Brewer

Title: Eleventh Grade Burns
Author: Heather Brewer
Pages: 309
Publisher: Penguin Group
Year Published: 2010

"Things have taken a darker turn for the half-human teenager with an appetite for blood. Joss, a vampire slayer and Vlad’s former friend, has moved back to Bathory. A mysterious and powerful new vampire, Dorian, appears with a shocking secret and an overwhelming desire to drink Vlad’s blood. And Vlad’s arch enemy, D’Ablo, has a sinister plan to eliminate Vlad once and for all. With death threatening from every angle, Vlad will have to use every ounce of his skill and training to survive, but nothing can prepare him for what awaits him in the end." - amazon.com

My Rating; 10/10

I was starting to doubt Heather Brewer, worrying that her series might end up like most other peoples, but she proved me wrong with this book. This book was heartfelt and full of passion. Readers learn more about Vlad from the way he acts than what we are told. I truly felt a part in this story, as if I were there just on the side lines watching it all play out. I didn't guess what was going to happen at all. And I didn't feel disappointed at the end. The ending was the best one out of this series so far. I was shocked, happy and upset at the same time. It's important to me that an author ends the book at least as well as the started it, if not better.

Next book I intend to read is Between by Jessica WarmanLove,
Sidny ♥♪♫

Spoiler: Eleventh Grade Burns by Heather Brewer

This was an amazing book in the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series. Heather Brewer truly out did herself. I didn't think she would come back to such a great book, after the last two books disappointed me. I loved this book. It made me laugh and cry just like a 10/10 book should. It also had me shocked by the end. I honestly thought that Vlad's father was dead. And when it said he was there, alive (possibly) I gasped loud enough to wake up most of my house hold and then... I swore like I've never sworn before. My grandmother would be so disappointed, but isn't that how you know its  a good book, when you swear at the end because its so frickin' shocking? Maybe that's how I should start rating things... Naw. I have never been so happy while reading a book and I truly enjoyed it, now let's talk about characters.

Vlad has grown so much during this series. When we first met him he was this innocent 8th grade boy and now he's going to be a high school senior, finally a man. He now thinks what is right and doesn't let his mind jump to conclusions. He gave Meredith and realized it was for the best. I was so proud of him for releasing Snow. That took a lot of guts. I hope Vlad doesn't die, but then why would the series end at 12th grade? Shoot.

Otis: Otis has been beside Vlad since the start and is always there for him. I was worried about him dying and so happy when he didn't. He is a lovely man, and with his purple top hat, my dream uncle. In this book we see Otis take on the role of dad. He works to protect Vlad at any costs.

Nelly: I can hardly wait for her and Otis to be married :)

Henry: Henry has stepped back as a drudge, he's there but we don't hear as much about him anymore. I'm happy that Vlad didn't "free" him. I think that would have only hurt Henry's feelings. But what's the deal with ditching Melissa? Men *eye roll*

Joss: I really did think that Joss and Vlad could be friends. I thought Joss might realize that Vlad isn't some prick, but just an overall nice guy.

Vikas: This man always makes me smile, his accent and the way he carries makes him humorous.

Dorian: Suprisingly, I cried when he died. I could hardly believe that the frightening and oddest character I have ever read of dies by a simple stake. He was all in all strange but a friend of Vlad's near the death and I'm sure his death will be avenged.

Favorite Lines/ Moments:
♥Pg. 7
" 'Look man, I din't want to get all chick-flick on you or anything, but you're my best friend and I almost lost you last time. I can't go through that again. I won't.' "

♥Pg. 35
"It was really annoying how Mr. Kiss Every Girl with a Pulse had morphed into Dr. Phil ever since he and Melissa had gotten serious. Clearly, a monthlong relationship was enough to fill Henry with an abundance of romantic wisdom. Riiiiight."

♥Pg. 75
"Vlad glanced over at Meredith, who was chatting friendlily now with his mortal enemy (well, kinda mortal- Vlad was a vampire, after all.. well, half vampire, anyway."

♥Pg. 129
" 'You're father was not the first vampire to love a human. Roughly two centuries ago, in Paris of all places, I met and fell deeply in love with a woman named Nadya. She was a good, Russian woman. Fair hair, hazel eyes. She was lovely, striking for a human, with a figure that --' Vikas's lips spread into a smile and Vikas shook his head, realizing he was getting into the TMI area."

♥Pg. 169
" 'I'm not sitting by Joss. She can't make me forgive him for all he's done. Why would she even want that?'
'I don't think that's what she's trying to accomplish, Vladimir. I believe she's merely looking for a sense of family around the holiday season. And we... not to mention the McMillans... are her family. No matter how dysfunctional that idea might be to you, Joss or me. Blood doesn't make family, Vladimir. Love does.
'So what do we do?'
'We do what all families do. Grin, bear it, and pass the mashed potatoes.' "

♥Pg. 250
"Then she did something that no words could defend against. She gave him that look. That mom look. The one that said if Vlad didn't get his butt out the front door and fast, she was going to bury him in the backyard and plant daisies of his remains."

♥Pg. 266
" 'Think he's working on some sordid plan to do you in?'
'Count on it. I'm that guy's favorite hobby.'
'Maybe he's changed.'
They exchanged looks and burst out laughing."

♥Pg. 269
"Vlad was still blinking at Otis's casual tone when Otis when Otis stepped into the bar. He'd said it like it was an afterthought. Pick up some milk on your way home, don't forget to pay the electric bill, and oh, be a dear and avenge my death for me, would you?"

Tell me what you think. Comment below :)