Vampire Academy

6432838Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Publisher: Razorbill

Pages: 340

Source & Format: bought for Kindle

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Synopsis from Goodreads: St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger…

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever. 

Screen shot 2014-02-06 at 8.22.29 PMI definitely didn’t love this book, but I didn’t hate it either. I thought it was a decent story, and I probably would’ve been obsessed with it if I had read it while I was in high school. Now that I have been out of high school for about nine years (Wow, I’m old), it didn’t appeal to me quite so much. I had a really hard time NOT getting irritated at the petty drama surrounding the students, and the way so much was invested in their social standing. If it hadn’t been the kindle daily deal the other day, I probably wouldn’t have read it at all.

 

It tells the story of a school for young vampires. On the one side, we have the Moroi, who are the super special kids. On the other side, the dhampirs, who are just meant to give up their entire lives to be guardians for the Moroi. No, seriously. They spend their lives guarding them. This immediately confused me, because they are supposedly so much stronger than the Moroi. Why wouldn’t you just form an uprising and take your lives back? That’s what I would do.

Screen shot 2014-02-06 at 8.21.55 PM“I had a standing arrangement with God: I’d agree to believe in him—barely—so long as he let me sleep in on Sundays.” 

“She felt so much emotionally, she would say, that a physical outlet- physical pain- was the only way to make her internal pain go away. It was the only way she could control it.”

“The greatest and most powerful revolutions often start very quietly, hidden in the shadows. Remember that.”

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Anyway, putting that aside, I did like it. It had a good storyline that kept me intrigued, characters that I cared about, and a little bit of a mystery that kept me wanting more. I do plan to read the rest of the series at some point.

 

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Cress!

ImageCress by Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Pages: 560

Source & Format: preordered from Amazon; hardcover

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Synopsis from Goodreads: Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

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The Lunar Chronicles is one of those series that I tried to avoid reading for the longest time. It just seemed to be too popular and too different from my normal tastes, and I thought I would absolutely hate it. I finally conceded defeat and borrowed Cinder from my library, and I was hooked. I quickly purchased both of the two books that were already available (Cinder & Scarlet), and preordered my copy of Cress, knowing I needed it asap.

Cress picks off immediately where Scarlet left off, with Cinder, Scarlet, Captain Thorne, Wolf, and Iko escaping on the Rampion. While making plans to stop the wedding of Prince Kai and Queen Levana, they also decide to rescue Cress, a hacker who has been imprisoned on a satellite and works for the Lunar queen against her will. In the midst of her escape, the group gets separated.

I think my favorite thing about Cress was the alternating POV storyline. I enjoyed getting to know all of the different characters, especially Scarlet, who quickly became my favorite after I first read the second book. Also, it is impossible not to fall in love with Cress. She is absolutely adorable, and I found myself relating to her immediately. Meyer did a fantastic job of showing the lack of social skills in Cress, and showing the hope she holds in her heart, throughout everything she sees in the world. I enjoyed Cress’s POV so much in this book; the way she played out imaginary scenarios in her head in order to cope with the things she was facing was something incredibly relatable. I myself do it all the time, and I love Meyer for creating this character.

Screen shot 2014-02-06 at 8.21.55 PM“She was a girl. A living girl, smart and sweet and awkward and unusual, and she was worth far more than they could ever realize.”

“Knees suddenly weak, she reached for his forearms to stabilize herself. ‘You came for me.’

He beamed, looking for all the world like a selfless, daring hero.

‘Don’t sound so surprised.'”

“Iko bent toward her. ‘That dress looks amazing on you,’ she said. ‘Cinder, doesn’t she look amazing?’

Cinder sighed as the elevator came to a full stop. ‘Iko, after this we’re going to start working on occasion appropriateness.'”

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Overall, I think this might be my favorite book from the series, at least so far, as Winter is yet to be published 😉 I must applaud Meyer for the way she can take the classic fairytales we all know and give them such an imaginative spin. It’s highly obvious that she has a wonderful imagination and zest for storytelling. I can’t wait for 2015!

 

Thanks for reading!

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