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This Song Will Save Your Life

This Song Will Save Your Life - My Rating: 4.5 I'm sure most of you guys know by now - I'm not a contemporary fan at all. I'm only into contemporary if it also has some paranormal or horror elements in it, with a very few select exceptions to this rule like Anna and the French Kiss, Pushing the Limits, and My Life Next Door. Because of this, I was so surprised to really love and enjoy reading This Song Will Save Your Life. From the very first page, This Song Will Save Your Life immediately caught my attention - and my heart. This Song Will Save Your Life will keep you reading, feel a wide range of emotions, and keep you personally invested in the book. This Song Will Save Your Life is about finding your voice - and yourself. Elise has been struggling with her personal identity ever since she was a kid. She just didn't fit in - her clothes were all wrong, the words she uses were all wrong, everything about her just didn't fit in with the other, cool "ordinary" people. It was painful and sad for me to read about how Elise had tried to go through a transformation that made her not herself, thinking people will suddenly really like her and want be her friend because she was now ordinary. That completely broke my heart because that was like me when I was a preteen. Like Elise, I struggled to fit in, to have a close group of friends, and most of all, to be happy. I mean, who doesn't want to fit in? Have a close group of friends? Have someone to share jokes with? No one. But can you put a price on happiness? Really, if that's what it costs to make you glad to be yourself, then isn't it worth it? (ARC 8) I really liked the main character Elise - with the exception of some cases. Elise wants to be accepted for who she is and not what she isn't, struggling with that throughout the book. Elise doesn't want to be judged; she just wants a friend. However, Elise is quite judgmental herself, so judgmental that I cringe when I read her personal thoughts sometimes. Elise portrays people with certain character traits from their classical appearance without really knowing them - something she doesn't want people to do to her. To make matters worse, Elise has two "friends" that she constantly puts down in her mind, giving me a very strong impression that she thinks that she's too good for them. My friends are named Sally and Chava. They are both less popular than me, and I don't know why, but I hope it's because they are unbelievably boring. They have only one interest, and that is: what the popular kids are doing. (ARC 50) If that isn't judgmental, I don't know what is. Luckily, Elise changes a bit in the end. This Song Will Save Your Life also opened my eyes to DJing. Before I read the book, I thought that DJs had such an easy job, all they had to do was change songs before it ended. With technology the way it is today, anyone could easily do that job. It turns out I was dead wrong; DJing is so much more than that. Yes, you do have to change songs before the song has ended, but you also have to match beats. I especially know how hard that job is, especially since I'm tone deaf. Not to mention, to be an excellent DJ like Elise, you also have to learn how to read a crowd. This Song Will Save Your Life has tons and tons and tons of beautiful, note-worthy, heartwarming quotes. In fact, my notebook is filled with lines and lines of them. Leila Sales somehow managed to describe some indescribable feelings in just two or three sentences, which absolutely just amazes me. But I also felt like an eggshell that had gotten a tiny crack. You can't repair something like that. All you can do is hope that it sticks together, hope that the crack doesn't grow until all your insides come spilling right out. (ARC 169) In the end, everyone has to read this book. I don't care if you're not a contemporary fan like me or if you don't want to read a book with a suicide attempt in it. This Song Will Save Your Life is so much more than that. This Song Will Save Your Life is about Elise's journey on finding herself and trying to fit in, her personal struggles, and most of all, her story. Bottom line: Everyone has to read this book. I'll end my review with this devastatingly beautiful quote: Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don't know yourself very well, you might even believe that they are right. But the truth is, that isn't you. That isn't you at all. (ARC 241) Effortlessly Reading: This Song Will Save Your Life

All Our Yesterdays

All Our Yesterdays - Cristin Terrill My Rating: 4.5 Guys, this book. This book! You must read this said book! I love everything about it: the title, the cover, the story, the execution, the characters, the everything, and I don't say this lightly. All Our Yesterdays is honestly better than I had expected and I'm so happy that it is. While reading All Our Yesterdays, I experienced a variety of emotions, ranging from shock to anger, happiness to misery, and conflicted to stunned. There wasn't a single moment where I was emotionless and bored, counting down the pages until I finished the book. No, while I was reading All Our Yesterdays, I was completely and totally invested in it. Instead, I tiptoe to the second window and peer inside.What I see stops my heart. (ARC 146) I like how Cristin Terrill didn't explain everything in the first half of the book and left us, the reader, to figure things out ourselves: What had happened, what's the situation now, who we should trust, and who plays what part in the story. The way Cristin Terill executed her book made the story more exciting and it continuingly kept me guessing, trying to figure out what was what and what had happened when. However, I can see every single plot twist Cristin Terrill had thrown at me coming. Surprisingly, even though I easily predicted a variety of plot twists in All Our Yesterdays, it did not effect my enjoyment of the book in any way whatsoever. Sure, I already knew everything that was going to happen, but the way Cristin Terrill executed it managed to catch my attention and keep it in a way without boring me or slowing the book down. "I've been thinking about that," I say. "We need to be there for January fourth. Four years ago."Silence."Really?" (ARC 17) I also love Cristin Terill's version of time traveling. Her idea was unique and have never been done before. In addition, All Our Yesterday's version of time travel is different than all the other time traveling books I've read before - in All Our Yesterdays, time traveling is not actually linear as people think. That, however, will cause tons of paradoxes in time. To prevent paradoxes in time, time freezes certain events to prevent them from being changed. I know this all sounds confusing, but when you read the actual book, it all makes sense. "How do you get back to your time?" Connor asks.Finn glances at me before answering. "We don't." (ARC 64) So guys, listen to me: When All Our Yesterdays is released in September, get your hands on it asap. It is that good. I will definitely be stalking Barnes & Noble for it until it's up on the shelves. I also don't have to say that I will definitely recommend it to everyone, right? Before I end my review, I have to say this: I love Finn. Where can I find someone like him? Effortlessly Reading: All Our Yesterdays
The Inn at Rose Harbor (with bonus short story "When They First Met"): A Novel - Debbie Macomber Won The Inn at Rose Harbor from Goodreads First Reads. Did not get the book yet, but when I do, I will get to reading it soon. (:

The Line between Here and Gone (Forensic Instincts Series #2)

The Line Between Here and Gone (Forensic Instincts) - Andrea Kane Won The Line Between Here and Gone from Goodreads First Reads. Did not get the book yet, but when I do, I will get to reading it soon. (:

Truly, Madly, Deadly

Truly, Madly, Deadly - Hannah Jayne My Rating: 3.0 When I first saw the summary of Truly, Madly, Deadly, I knew that the book was made/written especially for me. A book about an accident, which really turns out to be murder caused by a mysterious admirer? Sign me up! Unfortunately, even though Truly, Madly, Deadly had a beyond awesome premise that I was extremely interested and excited to read about, it sadly failed to deliver for several reasons. First of all, there was the insta-love. You guys should know by now how I feel about insta-love right? I honestly wasn't expecting any romance in Truly, Madly, Deadly because Sawyer's ex-boyfriend Kevin had just died, but surprise surprise, there was romance in the book. The relationship between Sawyer and Cooper didn't feel real and I wasn't sold with their romance at all. They got together so quickly and got serious so quickly. Yes, no "I love yous" were exchanged from both Sawyer and Cooper, but their relationship gave off that "very serious" vibe where you can feel a "I love you" coming, even though it wasn't put in actual words. "Does this make me look stupid?" he said with a slight smile.Sawyer nodded, grinning. "Stupid." She fell into him, feeling him hesitate for a beat before wrapping his arms tightly around her. "And sexy." (ARC 261) And Sawyer. I didn't really like her. That girl lacks guts. Yes, I know, she was emotionally hurt and traumatized from all the abuse her ex-boyfriend Kevin caused her (I don't think this is really a spoiler because the goodreads summary reveals this fact), but Sawyer still has to stand up for herself and speak up for herself! She just let others bully her, takes it, and doesn't do anything about it. Sawyer just kept it to herself. I don't know how many times I mentally screamed at her in my mind to grow some guts and fight back. Sadly, she doesn't change in the end, aka there was no character development. "You - you did."She tried to force what happened to the forefront of her mind, but already it was slipping behind the haze of self-doubt. (ARC 44) I had two major, major problems with Truly, Madly, Deadly, the first one being why did the killer reveal himself/herself as the one who did everything? He/she was in absolutely no danger in being found out. The whole situation revolving the killer was flabbergasting. It's like bam, the killer reveals himself/herself as the killer for no reason, then a mini-fight, the very short aftermath, and then the end. The ending felt so abrupt and left me feeling empty and unsatisfied. The other thing I have a major problem with is that so many things were left out because of the abrupt ending. [HUGE] SPOILER: Where was the realization/acceptance that the killer is in fact a serial killer? (This is important to me for some reason.) When will Sawyer finally realize that she didn't deserve her dead boyfriend's abuse? Will people ask why the killer killed Ryan (aka will Ryan's abuse of Sawyer be revealed?) When will everyone know that Mr. Hanson is indeed a pedophile? Where is the scene where everyone apologizes to Sawyer for misunderstanding/accusing her for things she hasn't done? Honestly, now that I think about it, there's nothing I really like about Truly, Madly, Deeply except for the promising premise that didn't live up to my (hopefully not that high) standards. The execution of the book could have been so much better and that just makes me sad. Overall, I'm sad to say that Truly, Madly, Deadly was a disappointing read. It could have been so much better, especially with that unique and awesome premise, but it just sadly failed to deliver. Effortlessly Reading: Truly, Madly, Deadly

Ink

Ink - Amanda Sun My Rating: 2.0 When I first heard about Ink, I knew I had to get my hands on the book asap. A book about sketches coming to life? Sign me up! However, once I actually got my hands on Ink and read the actual book, I'm very sad to say that Ink failed to grab - and keep - my attention. I was not invested in the book at all. Why? The main reason why I didn't really enjoy reading Ink is because the book mainly focused on the romance - a romance that was not at all believable for me. The romance between Katie and Tomohiro moved way too fast in Ink for my liking. Katie and Tomohiro only knew each other for a little while and before you knew it, Katie possessively started thinking Tomohiro as "my Tomohiro." It's absolutely ridiculous for Katie to think that way, especially since Tomohiro and her couldn't even be called friends the first place, never mind boyfriend and girlfriend. Not to mention the fact that Tomohiro had recently broken up with his ex-girlfriend - and not for Katie. Then, to make matters even worse, Katie later stated thinking that she couldn't live without Tomohiro in her life. This is astonishing, especially when Katie doesn't even know Tomohiro very well. When Tomohiro confessed his love to Katie about thirty pages later, I seriously leaped up from my seat and gave a loud squeak in disbelief. (It wasn't pretty.) The insta-love between Katie and Tomohiro was so unbelievable and so laughingly cheesy. He was fireworks and radiance, glare and tingling frostbite. (ARC 192) Because Katie and Tomohiro's relationship was mainly based on insta-love, I also didn't feel the chemistry between them. Everything they both said and did for each other was ultra cheesy and totally eye-roll worthy. From their first kiss to their official confession, I didn't feel any of Katie and Tomohiro's chemistry nor their genuine love for each other. I ended up cheering for none of them and when Katie and Tomohiro ran into problems, I could have cared less about them. Katie was so obsessed with Tomohiro while Tomohiro ran so hot and cold that they were both very hard to like. Was he avoiding me because he was embarrassed about his wrist? Or maybe the kissing in his living room? Now that I thought about it, it was kind of awkward. (ARC 233) So was reading about Katie's obsession with Tomohiro that it turned into stalking. Awkward much? On the other hand, I did like the colorful descriptions of Japan. I could tell Amanda Sun did plenty of research on Japan and its culture as I read Ink. From describing Japan's lifestyle to its unique culture and ways, Amanda Sun managed to paint a beautiful and accurate depiction of modern day Japan. However, the only complaint I have with this is that Amanda Sun sometimes introduces some Japanese words without explaining them, leaving us readers to guess what the words she used meant. Once it was time, cherry petals would fall gently into the cloudy water, swirling on its surface and painting the park pink and white for spring. Dancing across the sluggish waterways, dripping slowly down their channels, almost oozing like ink... (ARC 51) However, to my surprise, there was a glossary at the back of the ARC that gave us several definitions of Japanese words used in the book. It would have been a lot better the first place if I knew that there was a glossary provided in the back of the book to help readers with some Japanese terms used in the book. I also liked the way Amanda Sun described the pictures and creations that Tomohiro had drew to life. Amanda Sun included how the creations looked and felt like - the creatures Tomohiro drew looked papery and they crinkled in the breeze. Tomohiro's creations also felt like crinkled paper, but is also warm and alive, disappearing into swirls of oily ink when touched. Overall, Ink could have been a lot better if the book didn't mainly focus on the insta-love romance. Will I be checking out the sequel? Honestly, probably not. Do I recommend Ink to anyone? Sure, if you don't mind reading books that has a massive dose of insta-love. Effortlessly Reading: Ink

Half-Blood (Covenant Series #1)

Half-Blood - Jennifer L. Armentrout My Rating: 2.0 I'll start my review with this: If you've read Vampire Academy, stay away from Half-Blood if you don't want to read the same thing. Likewise, if you've read Half-Blood, stay away from Vampire Academy. Otherwise, you'll be basically reading the same book. When I heard that Half-Blood was like Vampire Academy, I didn't realize how much it was like Vampire Academy until now, when I actually read it. About 90% of Half-Blood was taken straight from Vampire Academy, making me feel like I was reading Vampire Academy all over again. The worse part was that I read Vampire Academy only a week ago, so I recognized every single thing that Half-Blood took from Vampire Academy. It got so frustrating that I wanted to stop reading Half-Blood in anger because it was like I was reading Vampire Academy all over again. I was going to make it - I had to make it. I'd be super-pissed in the afterlife if I died a virgin in this craphole."Little half-blood, where are you running to?" (ARC 2) I don't even know where to start with the similarities. Half-bloods are basically dhampirs from Vampire Academy, pures are Morois, and daimons are basically Strigoi. Pures can control the four elements like Morois could and only Apollyons can control the fifth element, which is bascially called Spirit in Vampire Academy. Like Morois in Vampire Academy, the pures in Half-Blood also have the power of compulsion. The Covenant is basically St. Vladimir's Academy. Mia from Vampire Academy is Lea in Half-Blood, but unlike Vampire Academy, Lea and Alex doesn't have any good reason to hate one another. They just do. Pures weren't supposed to use compulsions on halfs who weren't in servitude; it was considered highly unethical since compulsions stripped people of free will, choice, and everything. (ARC 10) The scene where Alex's ability to kill two daimons without training resulted her staying in the Covenant? That's like the scene where Rose's bond with Lissa allowed her to stay in St. Vladimir's Academy. The scene where Alex confronted Lea in front of everyone? Yeah, that's like the scene where Rose had confronted Jesse in front of everyone. The scene where Alex has to kill the one she loves? Yep, that's the scene where Rose had to kill the one she loves. The scene where Alex was fighting with Kain? That is like the scene where Rose was fighting with Natalie. There were so many scenes that Half-Blood took from Vampire Academy that it made me feel ill. To make matters worse, Alex looks very similar to Rose: they both have long dark hair and is both curvier than other people. Alex's forbidden love with Aiden? Yeah, that's Rose's forbidden love with Dimitri. Both Rose and Alex share the same loud, reckless personality and gets physical when they get mad. And to make things even funnier, Alex' mother's name is Rachelle. (Reminds you of Richelle Mead anyone?) What can I say? I cleaned up nicely.With all the dirty and overall grossness gone, I looked just like my mom. Long dark hair fell down my back; I had those high cheekbones and full lips most pures did. I was a bit curvier than Mom's willowy frame and I didn't have her amazing eyes. Mine were brown, homely old brown. (ARC 17) Obsidian, Jennifer L. Armentrout's other work, was a lot like Twilight, but not to the very high extent that Half-Blood is like Vampire Academy. This factor definitely ruined my enjoyment of reading Half-Blood. Half-Blood wasn't all bad. I have to give it this: it was a bit entertaining. I enjoyed reading about the whole Apollyon situation, even though I saw that plot twist coming from a mile away. He was the first Apollyon - the only half-blood with the ability to control the elements and use the same kind of compulsion the pures could use on mortals.In other words, the Apollyon was one big, badass of a half-blood. (ARC 86) It's sad that I didn't enjoy reading Half-Blood. If Jennifer L. Armentrout had stuck to her own ideas instead of copying Richelle Mead's work, Half-Blood will definitely get a higher rating. At least the whole Apollyon thing in Half-Blood isn't like Vampire Academy at all. Hopefully Jennifer L. Armentrout will focus on the Apollyon aspect instead of copying more of Vampire Academy. Will I recommend Half-Blood? I don't know; I really don't know. If you want to read a book very similar to Vampire Academy, then Half-Blood is the perfect book for you. However, if you prefer books with originality, then you should definitely skip Half-Blood. Effortlessly Reading: Half-Blood

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (Pink Carnation Series #10)

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria - Lauren Willig Won The Passion of the Purple Plumeria from Goodreads First Reads. Did not get the book yet, but when I do, I will get to reading it soon. (:
Rocky Coast Romance - Mia Ross Won Rocky Coast Romance from Goodreads First Reads. Did not get the book yet, but when I do, I will get to reading it soon. (:
The Outlaw's Redemption - Renee Ryan Won The Outlaw's Redemption from Goodreads First Reads. Did not get the book yet, but when I do, I will get to reading it soon. (:
To Seduce a Sinner  - Elizabeth Hoyt Re-read this.

Wasteland

Wasteland - Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan My Rating: 1.5 Wasteland, Wasteland, Wasteland. I had such high hopes for it, partly because of the awesome title and partly because I wanted to find a dystopian novel or series that I would absolutely love. After reading Wasteland, I can safely say that that still hasn't happened yet. Wasteland was such a disappointing read, with so many things I didn't like. Right from the very first chapter, I knew that I wouldn't enjoy reading Wasteland. Esther, one of the main characters in the book, was simply a selfish brat. First of all, instead of doing work to survive like all the other kids her age, plus kids even younger than her, Esther sneaks off from work to play a game. A game. In a place where children starve to death, disease run rapid, and acid rain fall, Esther sneaks off of work to play a freaking hide-and-seek race game, expecting to live and leech off her older sister for free. No girl, just no. She was immediately added to my "Heroines I Hate List." When Esther had drawn the Harvesting as her assignment at the last lottery, she'd cursed her luck. Then she ignored the task and instead headed to the overgrown fields and vacant lots to play with Skar. (ARC 11) Wasteland is told using eight different point of views: Esther, Eli, Skar, Caleb, Sarah, Levi, Micah, and Kai. (I'm not sure if Wasteland is exactly told using eight point of views, there might be more. It was too much to keep track of.) The most annoying thing of all is that the book switches between different characters' point of view without any warning, sometimes even doing so three times in the same chapter. I will be reading a chapter told from Esther's point of view, when suddenly, two paragraphs pop up telling us the story from Eli's point of view, then goes back to telling us the story from Esther's point of view. It was very confusing to read and ruined the flow of the book. The world-building in Wasteland was also done half-way. Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan describes some things, like why variants are the way they are, but never explained many other things, like why anyone over the age of 19 dies, why the weather is the way it is, who made the rules, and how the world in Wasteland came to be. To make matters even worse, the world-building was mainly done using info-dump. (At least it wasn't info-dumped on us all at once.) "But you are Shunned," he said. He spoke not with concern, but with hostility. "If anyone were to for you, this is the first place they would try. Your presence can only bring trouble for my partner." (ARC 165) To make matters even worse, I even saw the plot twists in Wasteland coming from a mile away. They were so easy to predict and guess because there were some really glaringly obvious clues. When the big reveals came, I nearly jumped off my seat and shouted, "Really? It took you that long to figure out something as simple as that?" With any luck, she would soon find it and bring it back to him, as trusting and unquestioning as a dog. And just as easily satisfied, with a little affection and a good meal. (ARC 55, 56) There's really nothing positive I can say about Wasteland. It slightly entertained me, but at the same time, Wasteland also bored me. Nothing about it was unique and brings something new to the dystopian genre. Wasteland is just one of the typical dystopian books that explains almost nothing about its world and could have been a lot better. I think I should really avoid reading books that make only the children at a certain age survive for whatever reason in a dystopian world from now on. First Gone, a book I couldn't even finish, then Taken, a book that greatly annoyed me, and now Wasteland. Yep, this topic is definitely not the one for me. I don't think I have to say that I definitely don't recommend Wasteland to anybody, right? I will also definitely not be checking out the rest of the trilogy, if there is even one. Effortlessly Reading: Wasteland
To Taste Temptation  - Elizabeth Hoyt Re-read this.

Wallbanger

Wallbanger - Alice Clayton My Rating: 4.0 I was originally planning to steer clear away from Wallbanger. I rarely read adult books that I did not request from NetGalley and Wallbanger looked like nothing special that would catch my attention. Also, with a title and cover like that, the book screamed SEX. (Did you know that I once thought that the guy on the cover had the girl's legs as his hands? It took about three minutes of me staring hard at the cover to realize that no, his hands weren't actually legs; there was just a girl behind him.) To be more specific, I thought Wallbanger would be full of sex and have practically no plot, unless you count sex as plot. However, I was dead wrong. To my surprise, I read and enjoyed Wallbanger so much that I not only re-read it two times that same week, but four times. "That's Wallbanger?" Sophia screeched."Wait a minute, that's Pink Nightie Girl?" Neil laughed, and Mimi and Ryan snorted. (51) Wallbanger starts off with a big thump. Caroline had just moved to her new apartment and is trying to sleep when she hears a huge disturbance next door - specifically moans, grunts, and tons of wall banging. After enduring this for three nights, Caroline had finally gotten enough and confronted the guy next door - Simon. From there on, the book was amazing, not that it wasn't amazing already. I've never read such a strong engaging beginning in an adult novel like the one Wallbanger has. The chemistry between Caroline and Simon is so electrifying. As I was reading, I can feel the sexual tension jumping out at me right from the pages. The puns and conversations both Caroline and Simon had was so sexually charged and so hilarious at the same time that it could entertain me for hours, hence me re-reading Wallbanger four times without getting bored once. In fact, I can re-read Wallbanger ten more times and never be bored of it. "What brought this on, friend?" he whispered into my hair, and I shivered."Delayed reaction to Linda Blair. I need some nook time. Friends can nook, can't they?" (123) I wish I can have someone like Simon in my life. Caroline can talk to Simon about anything - he gets her quirky sense of humor, is there for her the minute she screams, and treats her with actual respect. [MILD] SPOILER: Simon refused to sleep with Caroline when she was willing and drunk, even though he really wanted her, because he wanted her to be sober when they finally get together. Most of all, he knows it's wrong and doesn't want to take advantage of her weak state. I mean, what kind of guy would do that? And let's not forget Clive. Who is Clive you ask? Well, Clive is Caroline's brilliant cat. I feel that Clive plays the role of being the comic relief in Wallbanger. Everything Clive does is hilarious - he will pee in Simon's sweatshirt, attack Simon because he's overprotective of Caroline, and even tries to seduce someone. Don't hate me, but I don't like cats at all. However, Clive managed to grab my attention and win my heart. He is definitely a cat with a huge personality. Then Clive jumped up on the back of the couch, put his bum right in Simon's face, and killed that real quick. We both laughed, and Simon moved away from me as I explained to Clive that it was not polite to do that to company. Clive seemed oddly pleased with himself, though, so I knew he was up to something. (103) A downside to Wallbanger is that Caroline talks about something we don't normally see in other books - her O - "O" being orgasm. Caroline treats her orgasm like a real person, sort of how Ana from Fifty Shades of Grey treats her inner goddess as a real person. Caroline doesn't mention her O much and when she does bring it up, it's not as annoying as other people say it is. In the end, I'm giving Wallbanger four thump thump thump stars and I would recommend this book to everyone. Don't be fooled by the cover like me, Wallbanger is an amazing read and I don't say this lightly. Effortlessly Reading: Wallbanger
Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead My Rating: 4.0 I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading Vampire Academy. Almost everyone in the book blogging community that I talked to knows and loves Vampire Academy with a passion. With the Vampire Academy movie coming out soon and people urging me to read Vampire Academy, I finally gave in and decided to give Vampire Academy a try, a bit wary but hopeful. I was surprisingly not disappointed. This was one of the few times that the hype didn't let me down, Vampire Academy is as good as people say it is. One word to describe Vampire Academy is fun. Most of Vampire Academy takes place inside a boarding school (as if they can't tell from the title Kelly). Instead of being the typical, cliche, drama filled book that other boarding school books are, we get a book full of fun and sass, mainly due to the main character, Rose. "And if you mess with either of us again, I'll break you in half. If you don't believe me, go ask Dawn Yarrow about what I did to her arm in ninth grade. You were probably at nap time when it happened." (42, 43) I absolutely adore Rose. I didn't know what to think of her at first - she was reckless and too confident, but also brave. As I read on, I grew to love Rose. She gave up a lot to protect Lissa, her best friend. Rose even puts Lissa before herself. Rose may be loud and reckless, but at the same time, she's so selfless when it comes to Lissa. That was what made me love her as a character. Finally, he said, "Were you really going to attack all of us?"I didn't answer."Doing that...protecting her like that - it was very brave." He paused. "Stupid, but still brave. Why did you even try it?"I glanced over at him, brushing my hair out of my face so I could look him levelly in the eye. "Because I'm her guardian." (14) And the guys in Vampire Academy! They are all swoon-worthy, especially Christian. I was rooting for Lissa and Christian to get together while I was reading the entire book. They were a perfect fit and the things Christian did to protect Lissa, even though he would get in trouble, was really sweet. The way Dimitri also acts around Rose is adorable. I didn't really get his appeal - until I reached the end. "No. If I let myself love you, I won't throw myself in front of her. I'll throw myself in front of you." (324) As expected, every boarding school book has to have a mean girl. The mean girl in Vampire Academy is Mia. I'm glad Mia is not your typical mean girl; she's one complex character. Mia has her own personal reasons for doing the things she does, especially when it comes to hating Lissa and Rose. Mia isn't there just to be mean, she has her reasons for doing the things she does, making her a very conflicting character to actually like. While reading Vampire Academy, I couldn't decide whether to like or hate Mia. One minute I will like her, only to discover in the next minute that she took things way too far. I understood Mia, but at the same time, Mia was just too much. "You sure have an attitude for someone who doesn't exist right now.""As opposed to you?" I asked. Remembering what Christian had said, I did feel a little sorry for her. That guilt disappeared after I took one look at her face. She might have been a victim, but now she was a monster. (266) I figured out most things before they were officially revealed in Vampire Academy. Things such as what "shadow-kissed" means and what kind of power Lissa has wasn't that hard to figure out. Still, it didn't lessen my enjoyment of Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead managed to keep me invested in the book. I will definitely be reading Frostbite sometime soon, maybe as soon as possible. I want more Rose and more Christian. (Yes, I actually liked him.) I'll have to be sure to buy the rest of the Vampire Academy series before I start Frostbite though because I heard that there will be a huge cliffhanger. Why torture myself with a cliffhanger when the entire series is already released? Effortlessly Reading: Vampire Academy
Lord of Wicked Intentions - Lorraine Heath Actual Rating: 3.5 Obtained this book from Goodreads First Reads. Thank you! Lord of Wicked Intentions is the perfect historical romance book to slap me out of that mini-book slump I was in. Definitely checking out more of Lorraine Heath's other books.