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Top 5 Wednesday: Series that got better

Getting back on track and trying to write my reviews for the three books I’ve read in the next few days! There’s a lot going on in my life at the moment so I do not expect a lot, but I should be able to have at least one review up by the weekend. Note: as I’m typing this, it’s Wednesday night (and it’s 3am oops), and just a day ago on Tuesday I have broken up with my (now ex) boyfriend so I’m not really completely back from that yet.

The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

— We’ve talked about series that went downhill with each book, but talk about series that are worth pushing through the first (or first few…) books to get to the good stuff!

This will be quite a hard one because usually when I read series, I like all the books! However, I did manage to find some 🙂

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1. Legend series by Marie Lu

Gods, I loved this series with the first book, but the second and third were even better! Although there was a little bit of a love triangle, not much happened at that point, which was amazing!

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2. Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead

Ahhh of course, Richelle Mead in the list. I absolutely adored the first book, but when this series went on it just got better and better and better. So many new things were happening and it was so good! I still have to finish it someday but I since I recently bought both Vampire Acacademy and Bloodlines, I might as well start them all over again :p

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3. Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa

While this series also started off great, much more things happened when this series continued. I’m still sad that this series ended after three books though

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4. Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

I must admit, when I first started reading Shatter Me, I honestly didn’t know what to think of it. A girl who can’t touch anyone…. but one person? Who she also seems to hate??? Or not???? However, as the books went on the plot got better and better

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5. Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee

Although I haven’t read this series yet (still missing the third book), this is another great series with a great start and a great middle and as far as I know, a great ending. There is actually no love triangle so far so that’s an amazing thing

 

Honorary mention: Percy Jackson series (and everything else) by Rick Riordan

This is honorary because I already had 5, but also because I didn’t like any other book more than the first one, it’s just that they all are so great! Seriously I can’t tell you enough how much I adore the entire Percy Jackson world ❤

-Luci


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top 5 Wednesday: hate to love

I’m back with another T5W! The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

— Ask and you may receive. By request, a topic all about your favorite hate to love romances! 

Ahhhh I love hate-to-love romances so much sometimes. When they’re well written, it can easily fit into my favorite kind of ship!
1. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

One of my favorite series as a small reader! Back then it was my basic introduction of a hate-to-love and I just really liked all the tension and how much they attracted they were to one another. I should reread them again soon tbh

 

2. Angelfall by Susan Ee

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I read the first two books in this series last year and I still haven’t gotten my hands on book 3 yet :((( Penryn and Raffe are really complex characters and I want to know how it ends so badly (don’t tell me though!!). Reviews are here and here

 

3. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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I finished this book a few weeks ago (thanks for the ARC!) and it was so good! Without saying too much, let’s just say the hate-to-love is a real thing here! If you’ve read the book you’d understand it 🙂 I reviewed it here

 

4. Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa

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One of my all time favorite series. It’s been a while since I’ve read them (time for a reread, right?) but if I’m right, Meghan and Ash didn’t always like each other so much…

 

5. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

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Ah yes, how could I possibly not include this series in a post…? 😛 However, Sydney and Adrian are one of my ultimate fav ships because they are just so different in the beginning. And, of course, from book 3 (right?) on, we have chapters in Adrian’s POV which only makes it better! reviewed here, here, here and here

Have you read any of these books? Do you like hate-to-love relationships? Why (not)?? Tell me! 

-Luci


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Top 5 Wednesday: Side Ships

Hello, here I am again with the T5W! The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

— Tell us your favorite relationships that don’t involve the protagonist! 

I’m really excited for this theme, because most side ships don’t get their own story, yet sometimes I love the side ship more than the main ship haha 😛

 

1. Lissa and Christian – Vampire Academy

Of course one of my side ships would be from this series (spoiler alert: next one will be too), I love it too much. Now, to be fair, this isn’t exactly a side ship, but Rose is the main character so I think this counts as side ship :’)

 

2. Jill and Eddie – Bloodlines

I did warn you, didn’t I? Sorry, I’m way too much in love with anything Richelle Mead writes. Jill and Eddie are the cutest side ship, but also the most frustrating one because they can’T SEEM TO GET TOGETHER. Struggles of a book addict…

 

3. Alec and Magnus – The Mortal Instruments

In the series, this ship is portrayed as one of the main (I think, I haven’t watched it yet), but in the books, this is more of a side ship. They’re really cute together though!

 

4. Simon and Izzy – The Mortal Instruments 

Gosh, another one from the same series.. However, Simon and Izzy are amazing, and I’d love to read a book from Simon’s POV. Not only with Izzy, but also how he became a vampire and all that. *Pokes Cassandra Clare*

 

5. Cress and Thorne, Scarlet and Wolf – The Lunar Chronicles

While Cinder is seen as the main character throughout the entire series, I really love Scarlet and Cress ❤

 

And that’s all for this week! What are your favorite side ships? Do you like them more than main ships?

-Luci


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April TBR

Heya all! It’s a new month again, which means it’s time to have a more specific TBR. Let’s hope I stick to it this time 🙂

ARC’s TBR – I requested a lot of ARC’s in February, and then suddenly I got my own apartment, which means I had a lot less time to read in March. Hurray, daily chores 😦 However, this means I’m behind on my ARC’s, but I heard about an ARC challenge in April (gotta search it up!) to catch up on them, so I’ll probably be joining that one!

Rose Petal Graves

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A Life Without You

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Geekarella

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Definitions of Indefinable Things

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The Upside of Unrequited

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Other books – I ordered a lot of books online, but I forgot which ones. They’ve started delivering to my house, so every time I get a book it’s like opening a present! 🙂

  • The Lunar Chronicles. I’ve started this series, but since my library only has book 1 and 2, I ordered the complete series online. Really excited to finally read the 3rd book
  • Bloodlines. I have them on my phone, but I’d rather read actual books than ebooks, so I think once they deliver, I’ll finish the series, which is amazing and saddening at the same time… I don’t want this series to end!
  • The Sun Is Also A Star. This book came in last month, and I peeked inside and accidentally read the first three chapters and now I want to read it so badly! But I told myself I need to read the books from my currently reading-pile first before I can start another

And that’s it so far! There are probably more books for my April TBR but as I mentioned, I literally do not remember what books I ordered, so it’ll be a surprise!

I am also back to working 6 days a week in April, so let’s see how well my reading will go 🙂

What does your TBR look like at the moment? 

-Luci


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Book review: The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines 4)

Heya all!

Just a fair warning: I am going to move out within a week, and right now, half of my stuff is packed into boxes, the other half is still in my mom’s house, also in boxes, and a lot of things I usually need (my books) are not with me. (Fun fact: I have 2 and a half boxes full of books) This means that I don’t have a lot of time to read, or to update. I hope you will stay with me, and I think that this all will be over in two weeks. I’m sorry!

Anyhow, on to the review!

I’m still (slowly) continuing the Bloodlines series, and god, I want to scream..

Read my review of the Vampire Academy series here

Read my review of Bloodlines here

Read my review of The Golden Lily here

Read my review of The Indigo Spell here

 

Title: The Fiery Heart

Author: Richelle Mead

Goodreads link: The Fiery Heart

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Summary: Sydney Sage has a regular busy life, as is expected of her. She is still making sure the Moroi and Dhampirs stay out of trouble, and all the other regular chores her Alchemist job has given her. And besides that, she’s maintaining a (secret) relationship with the Moroi Adrian Ivashkov, which is highly forbidden, and on top of that, she practices magic. She views the Alchemists in a completely different way than before, and that shouldn’t be a problem, except that her sister Zoe looks highly up to her and the Alchemists. Zoe doesn’t realize what life she could have instead of this one, and how great that would be. Everything seems to go well, and she finally discovers what she’s been wanting ever since Marcus showed up, but at the same time she is getting less careful with hiding her secrets…

Okay, this time it was not the last sentence that got me, but still… THAT ENDING. I feel like this book was a lot “calmer” than the others. Nothing really big happened (except for Sydney discovering that ink if course), and it seemed that she had her life back in order. And then, the ending. Oh boi.

I loved Sydney and Adrian’s relationship, I loved how he treated her and I loved how she let go of her old beliefs and gave into what her heart told her. Adrian was a complete different person, still charming as always, but so careful now. He even gave up his alcohol for her (something he didn’t do for Rose).

Zoe was one person I was excited to read about, since I haven’t read a lot about her in the first three books. I sometimes wanted to murder her, but I did understand her. She was exactly like Sydney was in the beginning, obeying her fathers will, and nothing but that. But she started to see that maybe, maybe those vampires weren’t so bad after all, and it made my heart happy.

This book didn’t feature Jill, Eddie and the others as much as the first books, but I didn’t really mind. When they were involved, it felt good.

This book is also the first one with Adrian’s POV, and that’s one of the things that made this book so amazing. It was great to see things like Adrian sees them. I’ve wondered how Adrian ‘worked’ sometimes and this book explains a lot of those things, so that was pretty cool. Besides that, the spirit from the user’s POV is never really explained since the Vampire Academy books were about Rose while Lissa was the spirit user.

Overall I loved this book (as I expected) and yet again, with an ending like this, I immediately wanted to dive into the next book!

Have you read this book? What did you think? Let me know!

Buy this book here!

-Luci


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T5W: Book trends you’re tired of

Instead of the internet, now my computer is having troubles with me 😦 But I managed to write this post just in time so, long live the scheduling option!

The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

What are some things you are tired of seeing that are trends in publishing? Maybe something that pops up on a lot of covers these days, or the popularity of certain tropes in a particular genre? Let it out!

(I’m not exactly sure I understood this topic 100% so please tell me if I interpreted this wrong!)

1. Love triangles

I have said it before, I’ll say it now and I’ll say it a 1000 more times in the future. Love triangles is one of the very few things that just keep annoying me while reading. And I don’t actually know if this is particularly in the young-adult genre or not, I’m getting really tired of it… I mean, sometimes it’s written really well (the one from the Legend series wasn’t awesome, but still better than most… probably because it was over soon enough. Reviews of Legend, Prodigy and Champion here, here and here), but still, the love triangle is coming back so many times in so many books!

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2. Boys that think girls are helpless

And yes, most of the time, they realize girls are awesome and strong soon enough, but I can’t not hate that first impression. I mean, we’re living in the 2010’s for God’s sake! Let us be awesome and strong on our own!

 

3. Books where people who read are getting bullied and/or laughed at

I feel like this really represents the real life. When I tell people I like to read, I get strange looks and asks if I wouldn’t rather spend hours playing Candy Crush on my phone or something (no I don’t). Why is reading such a “bad” thing? So what if we enjoy our time with books, on our own (or together with someone), what’s wrong with that? I’ll never understand it to be honest.

 

4. Stock images/Real life people on covers

Another thing I’ve mentioned before, but if there’s one thing that makes me want to not-buy a book, it’s when it has real-life people on the cover. Sometimes the people match the view of them in my head, but most of the time, they’re not at all what I imagined they would look like. And that’s the kind of thing that’ll get stuck with me for a long long time, even after finishing the book. The Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series, for one, could have so much better covers!

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5. Love in almost every story

I have nothing against a good love story, but I just don’t think it’s necessary for every book to have a love story.Sure, it makes a good more-than-one-plotline, but sometimes the book is rather difficult as it already is, no need to add a love story. Coincedentally, I read the book Angelfall (review here), and except for the ending, there isn’t really any love there. And it was honestly amazing

Did you have the same or just really different things you’re tired of? Tell me!

-Luci


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Book Traveling Thursdays: With a new year come new books (#71)

Book Traveling Thursdays is created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. This weekly meme consists in picking a book related to the weekly theme that is announced in the group Goodreads page (if you want to join click here) at the beginning of each month. After that you can write a blog post where you explain why you choose that book and choose different covers from different countries. To make it a little bit easy you are going to choose different editions of the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover.

With a new year come new books… Choose your first read of 2017.

Yay! More reasons to talk about my current-favorite-author! My first read in 2017 was The Indigo Spell from Richelle Mead. It’s the third book in the Bloodlines series, you’ll find a review of it here.

Original cover:

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I don’t exactly like this cover since it has faces on it, and I just kind of can’t stand covers with faces on it. Usually when I read, I have an idea of how the person looks in my head, and most of the time, the person on the cover doesn’t look like my image at all.

Cover from my country (the Netherlands):

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This one still has a real life person on it, but the books before were better (let me just show you quickly)

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These covers are (in my opinion) prettier than the original covers, because they are different, but still in the same style.

Favorite cover:

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I’ll admit it, it’s still not that pretty, but it’s literally the only one without real-life-people on it 😦

Least favorite cover (are you ready for it?):

Out of these, the German one is the least worse of them all. But still, yuck. Also, can we talk about how there are like 6 different covers and that’s it? Literally every other country that’s not mentioned here has the same cover as the original one…

I saved the best for the last…. The absolute worst cover:

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I mean…. Honestly?!? What were they even thinking??? This is literally 99% more Rose than it is Sydney to be honest, oh my God.

Anyways, enough ranting, I hope next week I’ll have some better covers for you!

Please tell me you share the same disgust for covers with real-life-people too, I feel like I have no right to imagine my own version of the people in the book… 

-Luci


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Book review: The Indigo Spell

Back again with the third book of this series! 😀 This book took me somewhat longer to finish, but that’s mostly because I started it on December 30th, and then came the New Year, and then I immediately had to work again, and I didn’t have a lot of time for reading. But now I’m done!

 

Find my review of Vampire Academy here

Find my review of Bloodlines here

Find my review of The Golden Lily here

 

Title: The Indigo Spell

Author: Richelle Mead

Goodreads link: The Indigo Spell

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Summary: After finding out about the secret group Trey was in, Sydney Sage makes a decision to search up Marcus Finch, who used to be an Alchemist. However, the Alchemists deny his existence, making Sydney even more curious. With Marcus’ help, she finds out the Alchemists are lying to her -making her seriously doubt to let Marcus remove the lily tattoo on her cheek, the tattoo that bonds her with the Alchemists. In the meantime, Sydney is “forced” to use her magical powers (which she never even knew she had) to track down someone evil: someone is targeting young witches like Sydney herself. Using magic goes against everything she ever believed in, but it’s the only way to protect herself.

Okay, I still screamed at the ending but this time it was a good kind of scream. And then not. Just when I thought things were gonna be okay, Zoe showed up and I’m just kind of… I don’t even know. Sydney and Adrian can’t be together, especially not in front of Zoe. And Sydney just removed her tattoo, and that too is not going well. I swear to god this better be ending good. Something I really loved about this book were the small details, like Sydney and Adrian playing games in “their” dream. It made me all fuzzy on the inside!

Sydney using magic is awesome, even though she didn’t want it at first. throughout the book I thought her teacher pushed her too much but at the end I realized why she did it. I never thought she was actually gonna remove the tattoo though, it didn’t seem like a Sydney-thing to do. Or maybe she’s finally realizing things and becoming herself. Just like she did with Adrian. I hope that’ll become a real thing, but I fear for Sydney denying Adrian all over again, because Zoe has arrived though.

Adrian doesn’t change a lot throughout the books. He seems to have stopped smoking, which is a good thing. I love how he stood by her, even when he was clearly pissed off at her. I also love how he supported her with her magic, he knew it was hard for her, and letting her know he was there for her just did something I think.

I didn’t know what to think of Marcus, and I still kind of don’t. I mean, he seems nice, and he’s clear on what he believes. However, he keeps pushing Sydney to remove her tattoo, and then when she finally did, he immediately pushed her to paint it over too. I think removing her tattoo was a big enough step for her, why push her all over again? On the other side, I understand why he did it. I mean, the Alchemists are clearly lying to Sydney about a lot of things, and staying with them doesn’t end up well, especially if she bonds with the vampires more.

Overall this book was really cool, there were a lot of things I didn’t see coming, which made it even better. I really wonder what will happen now that Zoe has arrived. I’m gonna order the English versions now because my library only has the first three books in Dutch. Really stupid, I know haha

Have you read this book? What did you think?

-Luci


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Book review: The Golden Lily

Hello all! How are you enjoying this month so far? I’m pretty well on track with my reading (not so hard, it’s only January yet 😛 ), and even blogging on schedule seems to go well!

I read the second book in December, but I didn’t have enough time to review it here on time, so here it is 🙂

Find my review of Vampire Academy here

Find my review of Bloodlines here

Title: The Golden Lily

Author: Richelle Mead

Goodreads link: The Golden Lily

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Summary: The more Sydney Sage is around Jill, Eddie and Adrian (especially Adrian), the more she questions her old beliefs. Apart from the blood-drinking, they seem harmless. When Sonya and Dimitri find out her blood might be the cure for a lot of Strigoi deaths, she’s asked to give up some blood for research, and it makes her world fall apart. Brayden appears in her life, and it’s everything she’s ever wanted: he’s smart, he’s a good talking partner, he prefers the logical things over everything else… But if he is so perfect, why does Adrian always make like seem more fun? While still struggling with that, they discover a secret that may destroy the entire vampire world, and Sydney’s loyalties are tested like never before.

Okay, so WOW, about how to end a book….. If there is ever one book from Richelle Mead that doesn’t make me scream at the ending, I’ll bake y’all a pie haha. Seriously though, this book was (again) amazing. The story flowed through and there were so much storylines, I usually find it a little hard to keep up with them, but this time I didn’t. The storylines were connected to each other, but nothing like each other, which made it a lot easier. Like Brayden, who doesn’t know anything about the whole vampire world, her teacher, who doesn’t really know anyone from her “family”, and of course the thing with Jill, Eddie and Adrian. I was kind of sad I didn’t read more about Dimitri, but on the other hand: I’ve been reading 6 books about him already and I have Adrian now!

Sydney was again, awesome. I am loving how she keeps discovering things when she follows her heart instead of her rules. She’s actually nothing like Rose from the Vampire Academy series, who went head in and thought of everything else later. The funny thing is, as much as I love Rose, I love Sydney too. The way she handles things is amazing and it actually gets her really far. Except from Adrian, but that’s just a thing she still has to discover, I think (I hope).

Off to Adrian and his charming self. In the first book I noticed a little bit that he may like Sydney, but I didn’t know it for sure. This book however, he made it clear enough. The moment where Sydney wears the dress and Brayden only had comments on how it “didn’t fit the style they went in”, Adrian just outright told her she was beautiful. That is the moment my heart went straight to Adrian. He may be bold, but at least he knows how to charm a girl.

Jill and Eddie didn’t play a role as huge as in the first book. Sure they were there, but this book was a lot more about Sydney and her own things to deal with. The annoying thing about Jill is how badly she wanted to model, but she really couldn’t. I mean, I understand it seems really cool when you’re asked to do it, but damn girl, realize it is not possible, please?

Overall this book was awesome, as I kind of expected. I love the things Sydney discovers, and especially how she deals with them. I hope Sydney and Adrian won’t be too much in a problem because I would cry haha 😉

Did you read this book? Tell me what you think! 

-Luci


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Book review: Bloodlines

Since you all know I have read the Vampire Academy series, review can be found here, and I absolutely loved it. So, I had only one wish: to read the Bloodlines series. I knew they weren’t about Rose and Lissa any more (sadly), but on the other side, Sydney’s story is something I was curious to know too!

Title: Bloodlines

Author: Richelle Mead

Goodreads link: Bloodlines

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Summary: Sydney is an alchemist, she and the other alchemists know of the vampire world. The only difference is that they are trying to save humanity from every kind of vampire, even the Moroi. In their eyes, all kinds of vampires are bad. Ever since Sydney came back from helping Rose Hathaway escape prison, her family and the other alchemists think she’s become friends with the vampires -something highly disloyal. When Sydney’s sister Zoë gets called up for something she isn’t ready for, Sydney takes her place. It means living with Lissa’s sister, Jill Manestro on campus of a private school, and making sure she stays hidden from anyone. Together with Keith (another alchemist, someone she really hates), Adrian (a Moroi) and Eddie (a dhampir), she tries to keep Jill off the radar -which is harder than it seems.

Ahhh how I missed this world in the few weeks that I haven’t read about it. I wonder what I’ll do when I read the last book of this series too. Oh well, before that happens I still have 5 more books to go 🙂

This story was off to an interesting start, since I only read about Sydney in the Vampire Academy series, and those were mostly about Rose so Sydney is kind of a whole new person for me. I was really curious about the alchemists and what they do exactly.

First of all, I love Sydney. I already loved her when she was helping Rose through the books, but now I love her even more. She was being all about rules and such, and still bonded with vampires (of which dhampirs and strigoi) to help Rose escape prison, and off with all the rules she had. Now, it’s kind of the same. She is helping Jill, but at the same time befriending her and Adrian, and to be honest, Eddie too. I haven’t read much about the both of them, but I hope I will in the next books

Keith and Lee are assholes. There. I said it. But they are, and I am glad they got what they deserved at the end of the book. I wonder if I’ll see Keith again in the next books, that would surely be interesting to read!

Jill seemed really naïve sometimes, but then I remembered she is technically still a child. She may be princess, but she’s still underage, which explained a lot of her behavior. I think she’ll grow a lot in the books, or at least, I hope so. She is really cool and I think she’ll make good decisions.

Adrian is everything you’d expect from him if you read Vampire Academy. His relationship with Rose is over, so he’s back to smoking, he still drinks a lot (too much, even), and his is charming self. I see something growing between Sydney and Adrian, which is obviously not possible but love overcomes everything in the end, right? 😛 I felt really bad for Adrian at the end of the book (of course, with the last line, Mead strikes again) when Dimitri came in, I wonder how that’ll turn out.

Overall I thought this book was amazing, the story is intriguing, and, of course, it has a lot of plot twists. I wouldn’t expect anything else from Richelle Mead. I’m starting the next book right after I’m done writing this so yay! This will be an interesting series to read 🙂

Did you read this book or the Vampire Academy series? Tell me what you thought!

-Luci


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