Friday, February 28, 2014

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead: Book Review!



Hello, everyone! I'm back with another fun book review. This one is the third book of the Vampire Academy series, Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead. Like I said in my last post, I am trying to catch up posting reviews before I read any more books. With that said, I read this book about a week or two ago, but I went back to take a second look before posting the review. Now on with my review!

Shadow Kiss continues the story of Rose, Lissa, Dimitri and Christian, but now Adrian has joined everyone at St. Vladimir. The team has found out the Victor hasn't been convicted yet. Rose is started to see dead people. Christian is getting jealous over Lissa spending time with Adrian. More importantly, Rose is dealing with seeing dead people, in particular Mason. She's finding out that being shadow kissed isn't such a good thing, and this book deals with the repercussions of that.

Something that I really love about these novels is that there is such character development. Rose has experienced a personal loss, and it changes her. She starts to act less recklessly. She realizes there are consequences for her actions. Also in this book, Rose begins to have an inner struggle about what she is losing from being a guardian and how much being a guardian means to her. She still believes everything that she has been taught about guarding Moroi, but it hurts her to not have the relationship that she wants.

Also, it has to be said that this book has one of the biggest "turns" in the series. Everything we think we know about the characters and what we think will happen completely changes within the last part of the novel. I won't give anything away about the ending to this story, but I can say that it completely blew my mind. Also, after making my roommate read the series, she was also very surprised with the outcome.

With all of this said, I am going to give this story four and a half chotkis out of five. The only reason that this book doesn't get a five out of five is because of Alice. Not that I don't love Alice, in fact I find her pretty interesting, but I think that the way that she knew some things wasn't actually explained leaving a bit of a hole in the plot.


That's it for this review! Only two more from the Vampire Academy Series, and then we will be on to The Maze Runner series, just to take a break from vampires for a little while. You can follow the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe Box down below. You can add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. You can follow me on twitter and get up to date information about the blog and my life @KK_Donna_Blog. Lastly, you can follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, and you can find it at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Frostbite by Richelle Mead: Book Review!



Hello, everyone! I'm back with another fun book review! It's the second book of the Vampire Academy series, Frostbite by Richelle Mead. I would just like to preface this review with a little confession. I read this book a couple of weeks ago, and I loved it so much that I could not stop to review it before finishing the series. So, I may be a little rusty, but these books have been on my mind for two weeks now. I think I can do this review justice. With all of that said, let's get to the review!

This book continues the story of Rose and Lissa, with a few more complications. Strigoi attacks are becoming more common. Lissa is having problems choosing her magic over her sanity. Rose's absentee mother has come to the academy. Both Rose and Lissa are dealing with their love lives, and everyone decides to go to the Court for the holiday season. There Rose meets Adrian, nephew to the Queen and quite the ladies' man. But everything comes to the climax when some of the novices decide to take the battle to the Strigoi. Rose has to make a choice to save her friends, but at what cost?

So, this book gave me a lot of feels. Rose is dealing with her own relationship problems and the fact that she is still somewhat behind the rest of the novices. Then her mother comes along. I didn't like her mother in the first book, mostly because the only thing when saw of her was an email. In this book, we see their relationship, which is rocky at best and hostile at worst. It's interesting to see how much their relationship changes from the beginning to the end of the novel.

Speaking of character development, Rose grows a lot during this novel. The ending (which I shall not be spoiling) really forces Rose to see what the real world and being a guardian is like. She becomes more responsible, and she acts like someone who has really experienced war. In the beginning, she was gung-ho about going out and fighting Strigoi. After facing them, she understands that this isn't about glory, it's about keeping people safe. It's really amazing to see this kind of character development.

I also have to mention the cool new spirit powers. We know of compulsion and healing, but now there is dream walking. It's an interesting take on using spirit. It's also a bit crucial to the novel. It's always fun to see the lore of a particular book to expand and grow as people read on.

So, let's talk about Dimitri. I love our Russian guardian. He's cool under pressure and sophisticated, and we see a little more of his history in this novel. I like how things get a little more complicated with him and Rose. As much as I really like them together, there's a big concern with their age difference and him being Rose's mentor. I like how his history with Tasha effects the story. It shows how different Rose and Dimitri are in terms of maturity.

The one minor critique I have with this novel is the prologue. It seems to be a bit of a throwaway in the way of explaining what happened in the first book. It tells of all of the lore and why each of the characters are important. I didn't feel like it was all that needed (granted, I read all of the books back to back). With all of that in mind, I will give this book four and a half rusty swords out of five.


That's it for this review! I'll be back soon with another Vampire Academy related book review. If you want to follow the blog, add your email to the Subscribe Box down below. You can add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. If you want to be up to date on the blog or ridiculousness about my life, you can follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog. You can follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, and you can find it at this link. That's it for now! Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: Book Review!



Hello, everyone! I'm back with another book review. It's time for a "fun" book, and today I'm reviewing Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Of course, I wanted to read this book before I went to see the movie (which I did manage to accomplish). Now that I've read it, let's get on with the review!

Vampire Academy is the first of the Vampire Academy Series. As with any beginning of a series, this book gives us a lot of information about the world we're about to encounter. Specifically, this world contains vampires, but they don't call them "vampires." The good vampires are the Moroi. They drink blood like any other vampire, but they don't kill people. Each individual Moroi can also do magic with a specific element. They can either control earth, water, fire, or air.

Now there are also bad vampires called Strigoi. Strigoi are vampires who have killed when drinking blood making them part of the undead category. They become obsessed with getting blood, especially from the Moroi. They also cannot use their magic anymore.

Lastly there are the Dhampirs. They are, for a lack for a better term, the offspring of humans and Moroi. They are strong and fast, and they cannot reproduce among each other. Because of that, they feel the need to keep the Moroi safe in order to keep the Dhampir race alive.

Lissa is a Moroi that hasn't specialized with any element, which makes her a little weird. She's also able to do things that other vampires can't do. She is also the last living member of the Dragomir family, which makes her sort of like a princess. Her best friend is Rose. She's a Dhampir and has sworn herself to keeping Lissa safe. Lissa and Rose have a bond that let's Rose know if Lissa is in trouble, which makes them a good team. However, we first encounter Rose and Lissa on the run. They took off from the Moroi and Dhampir school, St. Vladimir's Academy, because they weren't safe there. They are brought back to the school to face friends and foes, and figure out what is actually going on with Lissa.

Yes, that was a super long summary, but it's needed. I could have added three more paragraphs, but I decided to keep it "short." The entire story is told from Rose's point of view, and she nothing like I've ever read before. She's sassy, sarcastic, and knows just how awesome she is. She's confident, but she's also really concerned about her best friend, which makes for a really dynamic character.

Lissa is also pretty cool. She's dealing with a lot considering her family is dead, and she can do some weird magic. But she's also really charismatic and almost motherly to Rose. They are like each other's family. They are like each other's sister. That's something that I haven't seen in young adult novels. The friendship aspect usually gets thrown to the wayside in order to play up the romance. While there is some romance, you never the lose the importance of Lissa and Rose's friendship.

I really love the world that Mead has created. It's also something that I've never seen before. While I've read some books about vampires, this is the first that I've read about vampires as something other than a curse. It makes the book all the more interesting and compelling.

Another thing I love about this book is that while this book has romance, the main plot is about the relationship of two best girlfriends. They look out for each other and are really strong female characters, something that many young adult readers complain about the genre.

As much as I want to continue on about how much I really loved this book, which I totally could, I need to be a little critical about it. The only major concern I had with the book was that there was a lot of information thrown to the reader all at once. It's a lot to take in, but it is kind of necessary. With all of that in mind, I will give this book four charmed necklaces out of five.


That's it for this review! I would just like to say that I actually read this book a couple of weeks ago, and I promised myself that I would finish the book and write the review immediately. However, I didn't expect to love this series so much that I would just zoom through the rest of the series. So, as of this moment, I have read all of the Vampire Academy series, and I will be review them very soon. Hopefully tonight. 

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells: Book Review (School Edition)!



Hello, everyone! I'm back with another book review. Today's book review is one of my school books from my Popular Genre (that genre being science fiction) class. The book is The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells. Now, on to the review!

This book is about a guy named Edward Prendick who after being shipwrecked, finds himself on a mysterious island which is inhabited by the scientist Dr. Moreau, his assistant Montgomery, and strange men. After investigating, Prendick finds out that Dr. Moreau has been experimenting on the people on the island, and then everything gets really messed up.

I have to say that I was pretty surprised by this novel. I actually enjoyed it! One of the things that I loved about this story is that it did not turned out the way I expected it to. See, before reading this novel, I didn't do any background research. So, when Prendick was worried about what he thought was happening on the island, I did as well. I did see everything through his eyes very well, and I believed him.

I also enjoyed how this one explained the science. In Journey to the Center of the Earth, I felt like I was bombarded with science stats that didn't actually help the plot along. In The Island of Dr. Moreau, the novel gave enough science behind the transformation to be believable without weighing down the narration.

I really appreciated the horror behind it. It has the classic elements of the mad scientist gone array. It scared me, and I think that's really good for this science fiction novel. However, there is one thing that irked me about this story. I don't think that there's much rereading value. Once you know the story, you know the story. It isn't long enough to be too invested in the characters, and once you realize what's happening on the island, you don't feel the need to go back and reread the story.

All together, I give this novel three and a half bunnies out of five!


That's it for this review! Up next, I will be reviewing a few fun books that may or may not have had a movie come out recently. If you want updates for the blog sent directly to your email, add your email to the Subscribe Box down below. You can add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. You can also follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog to get updates for the blog and about my life. Lastly, there is now a tumblr for the blog, and you can get there by clicking this link. That's it for now. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Official Movie Companion by Kate Egan: Book Review!



Hello, everyone! I'm back with another book review. As per my New Year's Resolution, I have been reading some fun books along with my school book load. Last week I read The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Official Movie Companion by Kate Egan. So, let's get on with the review!

Now, as a cosplayer (or at least, a cosplayer wannabe), an official movie companion is a gold mine. There are a ton of large high resolution photographs, which include some from behind the scenes. Sometimes when you're watching a movie, you cannot get the entire outfit or all of the details that pictures like these can provide. This companion does a good job of showing exactly what we're missing when we see the movie.

Let's look at this book as a connoisseur of books rather than a cosplayer. It has a lot of details about how the movie was made, actor involvement, what when on behind the scenes, and what  a movie like this really means to all of the fans. They had some really interesting stories about the actors and some great quotes from the director and producers.

One of the problems I had with the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Official Movie Companion is that all of the boxes with writing in them had the exact same text as that outside of the box. It was annoying to read the same thing over and over. This one, thankfully, did not do that. There were some quotes that were larger and placed in the middle of the text it was quoting. The Catching Fire companion felt more like a newspaper than whatever annoying tactic the City of Bones companion was trying to pull. It also had separate boxes with completely different information, which was good to see.

Now, I love the content of this book and the format was pretty good; however, since I've read all of the Twilight movie companions, I have a certain standard for movie companions. I expect a lot considering how much information the Twilight movie companions give their readers. With that said, I feel like there could have been more back story of the filming process. So, all together I have to give this movie companion four imax cameras out of five.


That's it for this review! I'm happy to be back and enjoying a new month of reading. Up next, we have books such as Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells. But for now I have to go and do actual homework. I will be posting very soon though. If you want to subscribe to the blog, add your email to the Subscribe Box down below. You can add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. You can follow me and the blog on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog. Lastly, I have a tumblr blog now. You can find it at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see you next post!

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