Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Distance Between Us & On The Fence by Kasie West

Hi guys. Today I'm going to be doing a kind of "joint review", because there really isn't too much for me to split into two reviews. I saw a friend reading The Distance Between us a while ago, and I just thought the cover was fabulously cute. I love how they're actual people, but no faces. Faces screw up book covers. But then I saw that the author had another contemporary book, with an equally cute cover, so I hit myself up with both of them them and read them. Babbling aside, the two books I'm going to review are- you may already know this- The Distance Between Us and On The Fence by Kasie West. They're contemporary books, they're relatively short, and they're adorbs.com for when you just need something happy to read. I really enjoyed them, and they're quick little fun reads.
On The Fence is about Charlie, and how despite the way sees her neighbor Brayden as a brother, she finds that she has feelings for him. She's worried that if he doesn't reciprocate those feelings, they won't be friends anymore. It's so cute, and it will get you out of any reading slump. I have to say though, the cover is so ill-fitting. Charlie is the tomboy who's into sports, and doesn't even own a dress. Yet, on the cover we have this girl wearing a floral dress.
The Distance Between Us is about Cayman, a 17 year old girl who was taught that the rich are a terrible people. That they should be avoided at all costs. She works at the doll store with her mom, and she's falling for the rich grandson of a customer-Xander. The Distance Between Us is a metaphor, for the vast difference in their lifestyles. This book made me laugh. A lot. And usually contemporary doesn't make me laugh. Like ever. But Cayman's sarcasm is hilarious, and I really enjoyed it.
Like I said, these are really short books, and there isn't too much to really discuss. They're cute, the characters aren't frustrating or annoying, and they're just a nice change for someone like me, who lives in the world of fantasy and dystopian and not contemporary books.
The verdict? I say pick these up, they're quick reads, and while you won't be head-over-heels in love with them, you will like them, because there really isn't anything not to like about them.
That's all for this post. Do you like contemporary cuteness? Did you read these and enjoy them? Tell me in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Opposition


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly even hosted by Breaking the Spine that is dedicated to the upcoming releases that we can't wait for. This week, I'm waiting on Opposition, the 5th and final book in the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I am so excited for this to come out. I marathon read the first four books earlier this year, and I started rereading the series, so I could be prepared to read Opposition when it comes out on August 5th. 
Blurb From Amazon                                                           Opposition                                                                             Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came. She can’t believe Daemon stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred.
Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.
I am so stoked for this to come out. The teasers that JLA has put out are so AHGHUGHGUH. There are no words to explain. It sounds like Daemon and Katy are put on hold, and the evil aliens are being asses. I'm scared for Daemon and Katy. I really am. But my fears will be gone soon enough, because there's less than a week until Opposition. #OppositionIsComing. 
Well, that's my Waiting on Wednesday, What's yours? I'll talk to you next time.                             -Swathi

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Authors Who Adorn My Bookshelf

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the top 10 authors I own the most from. As a book blogger, it pains me to admit that I don't own that many books. I am ashamed of this, but it's the truth. I borrow books and use the library, so my book shelf is scantily filled. But, these are the Top 10 Authors I Own the Most From.
1. Agatha Christie- My parents own like 50 Agatha Christie books. I'm serious. E-books, real books, plays, novels- we have a lot. And I've actually read some Agatha Christie. I read And Then There Were None- the play and the short story; and I read 10 Little Indians. I've actually watched a handful of Agatha Christie movies/plays, so I'm kind of familiar with some of it.
2. Franklin W. Dixon- Franklin W. Dixon is the pen name of all the ghost writers who wrote the Hardy Boys series. I own 26 of those books. I haven't read any of them, but I own them. They were my brother's when he was younger.
3. J.K. Rowling- I own TWO sets of the Harry Potter series + a copy of the UK version first book, and I own the Hogwarts library books (The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Quidditch Through the Ages, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) Technically that's 10; with the second set of Harry Potter books, it's 18.
4. Sara Shepard- I own 11 of the Pretty Little Liars books and 1 of the Lying Game books. I'm not into either of those series anymore, because there are just too many books, but I own a lot of them.
5. Lemony Snicket- I own The 3,5,6,7,8, and 13th of the Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket: An Unauthorized Biography, and I own the 1st book in the All the Wrong Questions series. So 7 books.
6. Rick Riordan- I own the Percy Jackson books- so 5 books.
7. Cassandra Clare- I own the Infernal Devices books and the Shadowhunter Codex- so 4 books.
8. Veronica Roth- I own the Divergent books- 3 books.
9. Suzanne Collins- I own the Hunger Games books- 3 books.
10. Katie Alender- I own the Bad Girls Don't Die trilogy- 3 books.

So those are the 10 authors that I own the most of. I know that #1&#2 are kind of cheatery, but IMMA ROLL WITH IT.  I guess that's all for this post, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Monday, July 28, 2014

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle is about a girl -Harper Price- who attains the magical powers of a Paladin when her school's janitor is dying because he was stabbed to death. And then she kills her history teacher with her high heel. That's where everything starts. I think it might be first in a series, but I'm not 100% sure. I mean, there is room for a sequel, but I don't know if it's certain that there will be a sequel.
I enjoyed this book, but I wouldn't say it was one of my favorites, for a lot of reasons. I went into this book with high expectations, because I'd seen so many good reviews, and my expectations weren't met.
One thing that annoyed me, random as it sounds, was how much the main character said "ugh". "Ugh" isn't really a word you use on paper. Let's keep it that way, and the word "ugh" was so prevalent, and I was really annoyed by that. Same with words like "eff". You say things like WTF or "what the eff" in text, you don't stay them aloud- and Harper does. I understand that Harper didn't like to swear, but she doesn't need to use the fake swear words in place of actual bad words. She can use different words all together.
Secondly, I found Harper- the main character- to be very frustrating. She's supposedly an A student, advanced classes, every extracurricular activity, student council president- but the way she sounds doesn't clue you in on any of that. She doesn't sound intuitive or anything, we're told that she is, but we don't see that- at least in my opinion. She sounds pretty stupid a lot of the time. And she's really vain, which is part of the whole southern belle theme.
Thirdly, the relationship that actually is- the relationship that's "developing"  in this book literally happens in the last 3 chapters. Harper and her love interest, who's name I shan't divulge to you, so I won't spoil.  They kiss, and realize what could be, and then the climactic sequence occurs, and they decide that they like each other. There's no real flirting, or alluding to why they feel that way. Early on, we see who the real love interest is, but it's only in the last 3 chapters that it actually becomes a thing.
And this love interest, is better than Harper, but we didn't see much of him, and he wasn't swoon worthy. Let's put it like that.
Overall, I feel like this was a contemporary book with some fantastical elements tossed in. The whole southern background wasn't doing it for me- I just didn't like it. I feel like so much more could have been done with this story. It's a cool concept, but the characters ruined it for me. I'll read the next book, if there is one, but overall I was disappointed with this book. I had really high expectations, and they just weren't met. I'd give it 3 stars.
Tell me. Do you agree or disagree with my opinions? Tell me your thoughts in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Friday, July 25, 2014

Champion: Legend #3 by Marie Lu

Where do I begin? This book was great. Overall, I think I liked Prodigy the most. At this point, I think I'm going to just jump into the spoilers. If you haven't seen my review for Legend, check it out. I really recommend this series to anyone and everyone. Boy, girl, man, woman, teen, preteen, adult EVERYONE. But if you haven't read the book, I recommend you leave at this point. Or you'll be spoiled. Don't tell me I didn't warn you. 
So, 8 months after Prodigy ends, Day and Eden are living in San Francisco. I think this is pretty damn awesome, because I live in San Francisco. Well, I live very close to San Francisco. I identify as from San Francisco when I'm not in CA. Because I live in this shoebox-cornville town about an hour away from SF that no one knows about. So it's cool how they move to San Francisco. 
But Day is sick. I think he has a tumor in his brain. Something like that, that gives him chronic headaches. And Eden is getting better. But Day is getting worse. 
When it comes to characters, we mainly see Day and June. Secondary characters' roles are pretty secondary. 
I feel like Tess, and Anden, and Eden could have gotten more development as characters. Tess especially. We see some Anden and Eden, but Tess just gets sick, and stays in the shadows for a while, until she takes down that Colonies soldier. There after, she's pretty prevalent, but there were about 5 chapters after that. And Eden decided he would help find the plague cure, but he was also in the shadows for the main part of this book. And Anden, we see him, but we don't really understand who he really is. I just thought there was so much more room for him to become so much more than what he was. 
June and Day weren't together for most of this book either, and that made me kind of sad, because it was supposed to be his last few months, and they were apart for a lot of this book. 
Let's jump to the end. 
I really didn't like the end. It felt really anticlimactic. One second it's in this huge fight, where guns and weapons are all pulled out, and the air is full of airships, and bullets and hurt people, and the next second, we move to the hospital where Day's in a coma. The fighting obviously didn't just stop there, but we move so quickly, and we don't get to see the end of the fight, or the announcement of finding a cure or anything. 
I also didn't like how Day forgets who June is. I really didn't like that. And the re-acquaintance 10 years later- wasn't a fan. Day and June have had like no cutesy moments. Why couldn't they have t least gotten a cutesy ending? I don't know, the end just didn't do it for me. 
I think my favorites in order from most fave-least fave are: Prodigy, Legend, and Champion. This wasn't a bad book. The end just wasn't my thing. 
We also never really found out why they kept  Day's perfect trial score a secret. We got that they did tests on him, but we don't know what they discovered, or what the tests accomplished. I really wanted to know why they tested on him but let June live, but we didn't find out. 
What are your thoughts on this book? Did you like the end? Tell me in the comments and I'll talk to you next time. 
-Swathi

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Prodigy: Legend #2 by Marie Lu

SWITCHING UP THE PICTURE
Prodigy is book #2 in the Legend series, and right off the bat, I'm going to say that it was amazing. Nothing arguable about that fact. The characters develop so much more, and the plot is so fast paced, and the unexpected revelations and twists and everything was ah-maze-ing.
Oh where do I begin. This book made me laugh, it made me as close to crying as I can get (I'm not a crier)  and it was perfection.
Let's start with the laughs. Some of this dialogue was so funny, I was laughing out loud and repeating the dialogue out loud- to no one in particular; I was sitting in my room alone- but it was awesome dialogue.
 Here are some of my favorite quotes of dialogue:

June: Help me out. Tell me a story.
Day: What kind of story?
June: I don't know. Tell me about your first kiss. How was it?
Day: I was twelve. The girl was 16.
June: You must've been quite the smooth talker.
Day: Maybe. I was clumsier back then- almost got myself killed a few times. Anyway, she was working a pier in Lake with her dad, and caught me trying to smuggle food out of their crates. I talked her out of turning me in, and as a part of our deal, she led me off to a back alley near the water.
June: And she kissed you there?
Day: You could say that.

Day: All right, soldier to soldier. We, ah... we were hunting for a good place to... you know. We figured the engine rooms should work. *cue apologetic wink* I've been trying to get a kiss out of this girl for weeks. Knee surgery got in the way.
Guard: Ah, I see. She's a cute one.
Kaede: Like you said, I'm lat for inspections. We'll be fast- we're heading up to the top deck in a few minutes.
Guard: Good luck, you poor bastards.

Kaede: I had a really good story ready to tell him. Nice cover from you though. You think of that one all by yourself? Too bad I got stuck with such an ugly sidekick.
Day: Too bad I got stuck with such a liar.

That's what I mean, the dialogue is great.
WARNING: SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT
Characters:
Kaede has a lot more of a role in this book, and I really like her. She's so badass, and when she was flying that plane- that was freaking amazing. She didn't deserve to go the way she did.
Tess, on the other hand, was really annoying with her jealousy complex. It wasn't about betraying the Patriots. It was about her being jealous of June. June could have not betrayed anyone at all, and Tess'd still be mad. I mean, she has reason to be mad, but the way she goes about it is so annoying. That, and she's too young too be in love with anyone. She's 13. Simple as that.
Anden, the new Elector seems like a nice guy, and I want to like him. I'm not sure about him and June though, because it's not going to happen. He's setting himself up for heartbreak. He's the underdog. It's not going to happen. But I want him to be happy.
Day is still my favorite. I feel like in truth,put simply, June has caused a lot of his recent suffering. As bad as this sounds, I agree that she all but pulled the trigger on his mom. Nevertheless, June is smart. She makes these crazy unexpected revelations in her dreams, before anyone else realizes it. She's a genius. She's just so perceptive, and realizes when anything seems a tad bit off.
Metias was in love with Thomas. Go figure. I don't know how I feel about that. I feel like it was just thrown in there, it doesn't really have any significance per se. Thomas is  such a selfish jerk. God knows that if the tables were turned, Metias wouldn't have done it; but Thomas did. But, I do feel some pity for him. Because he honestly thought he had no other choice. Self preservation came first, which is usual. As much as all these brave characters will lay down their lives for the greater good, it's human nature to want to live. There isn't room for forgiveness, but there's pity.
Razor- this bastard deserves to die. If he could have died and Kaede lived- that would have been perfect. I always had this inkling that he wasn't really on their side. It just seemed too impossible that they'd have someone so high in the Republic military on their side. And it was. He's no better than Thomas. Scratch that; he's worse than Thomas. Thomas did what he thought he had to do. He didn't think he had any other choice, that would ensure his safety. He was putting himself first, but he wouldn't have if he could. Razor took advantage of everyone that had faith in him. Everyone who trusted him. It's his fcuking problem that he's gotten caught too many times, and he turns in everyone who he had working for him.

The Colonies:
 The Colonies seems like a more metropolitan country, and money equals power. From what I understood, and correct me if I'm wrong, was that it costs money to file police complaints. And that there is theft and stuff, but you need to pay to get police to investigate???? That's what I took from it. But it's a corporate place, and huge companies, and enormous prices and  things like that. I'd probably  prefer to live in the Colonies, because if I live in the Republic, I have worse odds of surviving. I mean, I wouldn't get any plagues, I wouldn't be experimented on, BUT my money would be in the hands of huge companies, and losing it would be very easy. It's a toughie.

The End:
I loved Day's speech from the top of a building. It was so eloquent, in an easy to understand way. They finally freed Eden and all the other kid's who were being used as bio weapon things against the Colonies. Everything was finally looking up, but now Day is terminally sick. When the doctor wanted to talk to him about something from his x-ray, I didn't even have time to dwell over it, because when I turned the page, I read what I dreaded to read. I can't believe it. Day was fine, okay, grand, and actually happy. And this had to come in and knock him down. And now June is going to take the job being the Elector's assistant-whatever it's called. But Day can't die. Right? HE CAN'T! I WON'T ALLOW IT!!!!!

Well, that's all for this review. I loved this book a lot, it's definitely one of my new favorites. What are your thoughts? Tell me in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

I'm in Slytherin!

Remember when Pottermore first came out? I think it was in 2011. At the time, I was totally on top of it, and when they said that they were giving early access to some people, I jumped into the challenge. And I was granted the access, and the first thing that I did was get sorted into a house. Now, I was a very naive 10 year old when this happened. I was in 6th grade, and I was 10. Oh, and I kind of wasn't allowed to have an account by the website's rules, because I wasn't 13. ANYWAY, I answered the answers that I thought would get me into Gryffindor, because that was the house that most people wanted to be in- for obvious reasons. But basically, I cheated the system to get into Gryffindor. But time passed, and I got very behind on the updates, and the details regarding my account slipped away. Meaning I don't use the email account I used to make my Pottermore account, and I didn't remember my password. So, today, I found the courage to go back, and answer honestly, and I put thought into my answers. I got placed in Slytherin, and I can kind of see why. I'm not all that brave or bold. I don't hold myself as a confident Gryffindor should. I want to succeed, and Slytherins are ambitious. So that's right. And the introduction to Slytherin letter said that Slytherin is like your clique that's always there for you, and you get respect and I can really get on board with that. And Merlin was a Slytherin. Yes, Merlin. So is it a bad thing? I think not. But now Pottermore's a lot more than it was back in 2011, and they have audios of chapters, and Daily Prophets, and there's a lot more to it. When it first started it wasn't much, but now it's so much cooler. And I love Harry Potter. So it has brought me some peace to know which house I truly belong in. Besides, Gryffindors are just wannabe Slytherins. 
What house are you in? Tell me in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time. 
-Swathi

Waiting on Wednesday: Silver Shadows

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. It's basically an upcoming release that you're waiting for. 
Right now, I'm waiting for Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead to come out. Its scheduled release is July 29th, so it's almost here. The anticipation of what's going to happen is killing me. I finished The Fiery Heart last week, and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!! The cover though, like all the Bloodlines covers, isn't pretty. I just don't imaging Sydney as this platinum blonde- bleached kind of girl. She's naturally blonde I believe, but that's not how it looks on the covers of these books.

Amazon Blurb:
Sydney Sage is 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.
In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.
Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. 
For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .
Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

I'm so excited for this book to come out. All of Richelle Mead's books that are affiliated with Vampire Academy are really quick, fun, and exciting reads. I can't speak for her other books, because I haven't read them. I personally like the Bloodlines series more, because we already know the characters, and we're already attached to them. It comes out in less than a week now, and I can't wait.
What's your Waiting on Wednesday? Tell me in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Legend: Legend #1 by Marie Lu

I think I'm the last person on the planet to read this book. I mean, people have been recommending it to me for ages, but I never got myself to actually pick it up and start reading. And I am so glad that I did.
 Legend takes place in  a dystopian America, where children must take a test or "Trial" at age 10. The Trial is meant to be some kind of aptitude test, to show whether or not the child will be an asset to their society. Those who pass with flying marks go to college, and are given food, and vaccinations, and work in the military. The children who pass with mediocre marks get factory jobs that bring in hardly enough income. Those who barely pass succumb to having to live in the slums. The children who fail the exam are experimented on and killed.
I think that's all I can give you as an overview of the world that this book takes place in.
Our leading lady&man come from opposite worlds. As cheesy as that sounds, it's 100% true.
Day is the one on all the flashing WANTED signs throughout the entire Republic. He's supposed to be the most heinous criminal there is. And he's supposed to be affiliated with the Republic's enemy- the Patriots. The thing is, he isn't who he's supposed to be. He's actually a very intelligent 15 year old who wants to keep his family safe. Which is also something he shouldn't be, because he supposedly failed his Trial. Hell, he's not supposed to be any of this; he's supposed to have  died 5 years ago with the rest of the failing students.
June got a full score- a 1500/1500 on her Trial, and went to the best University in the Republic at age 12. She's the one everyone's intrigued by. They're envious. They're interested. They're confused, because no one ever gets a 1500. Never. Except she did.
The story is told from both Day and June's point of view, in alternating chapters. It's really well done dual pov, because though Day and June are both intelligent, and perceptive, and both of them have similar personalities, they don't sound the same.
Both our characters are so smart, and perceptive, but personally, I like Day more. Just personal preference. I feel like Day has already come to an understanding that the Republic is an unfair place, and June knows it now, but she's having a hard time coming to terms with it.
This book is so fast paced, it literally get's your heart racing (okay, maybe not so literally) but there is so much action, and it's written so visually, so you can actually mentally watch what's happening.
Overall, I give this book a 5/5 stars, and I'm looking forward to reading the next book. I know this review was kind of different, but I wanted to talk more about the elements of this book, because they're all so good, and the main characters are so well developed, and I wanted to talk about that more than the plot. The plot is amazing, but it's not the only amazing thing, and I didn't want to overshadow all those other great parts of this book with my thoughts of the plot- which by the way are all positive- but that's why this review is kind of different. Tell me your thoughts on this book, and I'll talk to you next time. 

Top 10 Tuesday: Characters I'd Want With Me on a Deserted Island

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature by The Broke and the Bookish. I just thought this topic would be fun to do, and so I'm doing it.
These are my Top 10 Characters I'd Want With Me on a Deserted Island. In this order:


1. Harry Potter- Harry Potter- JK Rowling- He's Harry freaking Potter, off course I want him on the deserted island.
2. Hermione Granger- Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling- Let's start with the fact that
she's a genius. There isn't anything she can't do, and she's awesome. And, she and Harry can apparate me off the island, so I want her there.
I couldn't choose between Harry and Hermione. I felt like I'd be betraying one of them if I doubted them over the other. I'm guilt-stricken enough already that Ron isn't on this list, and I feel bad. But how many people can I bring with me from Harry Potter? Two's already pushing the limit, and 3 would be too much. Right? I don't know.
3. Magnus Bane- The Mortal Instruments/ The Infernal Devices- Cassandra Clare- He's a warlock, so he could probably get me off the island anyway by making a portal.

4. Isabelle Lightwood- The Mortal Instruments- Cassandra Clare- she's one of the most badass females in all of books, and even though she's not really a main "main character" she's so beautiful, and awesome, and second only to Jace. She'd be able to kill any demons on the island, so we'd all be safe with her on the island.
5. Katniss Everdeen- Hunger Games-Suzanne Collins- She was in the Hunger Games TWICE. She knows survival
like the back of her hand, and though this island may not have danger dropped into it, as in the Hunger Games, Katniss has the skills to keep herself as well as me and my entourage of fictional characters safe for the duration of our time on the island.
6. Ruby-Darkest Minds- Alexandra Bracken- She's had her share of having to survive with few resources. She's also had her share of doing what she has to do to stay alive, and make decisions that she really doesn't want to make, and those skills will come in handy on the deserted island.
7. Lena-Delirium- Lauren Oliver- Lena lived in the Wilds, wher
e they had to ration food, and couldn't settle in one place for too long. They were on the run, and this made Lena resourceful in survival.
8. Alexandria Andros-Covenant Series- Jennifer L. Armentrout- Alex has always been one of my favorite characters, because of her reckless need to keep others safe. She's really likable, and brave, and independent. And she's the Apollyon, so she could use the elements if there was ever any danger.
9. Luna Lovegood- Harry Potter- JK Rowling- Damn, now I'm really feeling like I've betrayed Ron, because Luna's the third person from Harry Potter that I'm choosing, and "3's too many" was the reason I didn't choose to have Ron on the island. But I like how Luna's so quirky, and smart. She's a great friend, and a great wizard, and she'd be great company on the island.
10.Adrian Ivashkov- Vampire Academy/Bloodlines- Richelle Mead- He'd make great company, and if I'm stranded on an island indefinitely, Adrian would be amusing and companiony and I like him. And he's hot, so that's an added bonus.


Well, that's my Top 10 Characters I'd Want With Me on a Deserted Island. I tried to get pictures where I could, but some of the characters are pictureless. I had a lot of fun doing this, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Saturday, July 19, 2014

BookTubeAThon Day #6

Today, I was kind of busy to make a video, but I still wanted to share how I was doing with reading and stuff, and in truth- I haven't read at all today. Nothing. I'm so disappointed and ashamed of myself. Hopefully I can redeem myself tomorrow, and read a book before midnight, so I'll have a total of 7 books read during BookTubeAThon. Talk to you next time.
-Swathi

The Fiery Heart: Bloodlines #4 by Richelle Mead

The Fiery Heart is the forth book in the Bloodlines series. Bloodlines is a spinoff from the Vampire Academy series. I've told you time and time again to read them, so I suggest that you read them. Read them all. But if you haven't read it, goodbye for now.
Sadrian-Sydrian whatever you want to call it- I love it. They're perfect together. It's so cute how they're just going around hiding and awwwwwwwww.
Adrian is having a really hard time in this book, and it's the spirit that's doing it to him. He's seeing his dead aunt (ex queen), and talking to her. When he went on the mood pills, that was so sweet. I didn't really think that he could be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I just thought the chemicals in antidepressants would take away the darkness. Anyway, he did it for Sydney. It would have been so easy for him to drink away the pain, but he didn't; and none of the other spirit users can blame him for that. I mean, Lissa went crazy without Rose taking away the pain. And she cut. And Sonya became Strigoi. And Adrian already did his part in finding the solution that stops Moroi and Dhampirs from forcefully being turned Strigoi.
I love how Lissa's apologizing for having to bring Adrian and Sydney to court together, and Adrian and Sydney are happy about it. I was really hoping Rose would find out about them. Maybe Rose will be involved in Sydney's prison break-hmmmm?
That thing about dabbling- it's kind of sick and wrong that they actually have a name for it. And stupid Sydney had to ask stupid Rose what it was, and then they fought. The trip to the court was so cute though. How they were able to be together and alone.
Let's talk about Zoe. Zoe is pretty shitty backup, and that's what Sydney asked for. And Zoe's a biotch. She thinks she knows everything, and is a stupid little jealous brat. And I'm really lenient about judging younger sibling characters, because I am a younger sibling. And I still think she's a biotch. She sold Sydney out because she was jealous.
The way that alchemists regard vampires is wrong. They are ultimately their associates and colleagues, so they should have some friendship.
I hate how Sydney and Zoe's dad says irrelevant things like Sydney gaining a couple pounds. It's really not a big deal, and it really isn't any of his business. And he puts the thought into Zoe, his little minion.
When Neil wants to go test the tattoo, and Angeline and Trey show up and start kicking ass, and Jill kisses Eddie and it all works out. All of it.
The stupid goddamn love phone. Why did Sydney get so careless about that? Damn, if Zoe hadn't seen that, they wouldn't have gotten caught. The only barrier would have been that the law about needing another family member for the queen to still be queen is being revoked.
I was hoping that they'd all go to Mexico or wherever Marcus was going, and they'd destroy Zoe's tattoo, and all go together on an expedition to better mankind. And stop the Alchemists.
I've been thinking about the end, and how Sydney got locked up in the reeducation facility, and I'm thinking someone's going to die in the process of getting her out. It's just a gut feeling, and I think it might be Zoe. And Sydney will feel bad, but she'll get out. But alas, I'm probably wrong about that gut feeling. Zoe can be fixed; they just have to go about fixing her the right way. I'm thinking that the jailbreak is going to involve spirit users and compulsion.
We haven't really talked about if humans can be shadow kissed, because they can be healed. I'm thinking that maybe, just maybe Zoe might be shadow-kissed, and she'll change her views on vampires. Maybe she'll die in the process of getting Sydney out, and Sonya will bring her back, because Sonya's the only spirit user that we know of that hasn't shadow kissed someone.
Contrary to what Sydney believes, I think that Sydney's dad is working with the Warriors of the Light, solely because he claimed that he wasn't. See, the Alchemists were raised to lie, and since Sydney's dad is a really good Alchemist, he's a really good liar. I think he's passing the information so the Warriors can kidnap a bunch of barely legal adults and minors, and drug them, and kill them while they are helpless and unable to defend themselves. It seems like the kind of thing that her dad would do, just to assess his dominance.
You know who I want to die? Sydney's dad. Obviously. But I really don't know. Richelle Mead's style doesn't really seem to kill off too many characters. In the Vampire Academy books, we only saw 3 named characters dying.
Sydney's become this awesome kickass heroine. However, the Alchemists don't seem to settle things with combat, so that's not really a possibility. Sydney's strong, and I know that she won't
But Sydrian- I can't stop talking about them, I'm sorry, but they're so perfect.
I know for a fact that they will get through this, cheesy as that sounds. I'm mentally staging jailbreaks, and seeing how it would all work out. I'm counting down the days until Silver Shadows comes out on July 29th.
Tell me your thoughts in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time
-Swathi

The Indigo Spell: Bloodlines #3 by Richelle Mead

The Indigo Spell is the third book in the Bloodlines Series, which is the spinoff from the Vampire Academy series. They're both amazing series, with amazing characters. I ran through both of these series really fast, and I definitely recommend them. Now, if you haven't read them, I suggest you do so, and then come back. Or risk being spoiled.
So, we start after Adrian's revelation that he loves Sydney, and they're going to go to Sonya's wedding. Sydney and Adrian's conversations are always so funny and witty. And Rose and Adrian never had what Sydney and Adrian have. 
Anyway, it was hilarious how Stanton was pitying Sydney for having to dance with the guy she had feelings for. 
In this book, Sydney and Adrian are going on these missions to keep these other girls who have the magical power safe from Ms. Terwilliger's sister Veronica. It's insane that There are two "magical" worlds that live mostly independent from each other- the witches and the vampires. But Adrian and Sydney are trying to keep other girls  in danger safe. 
Sydney finds Marcus and he seems like all talk-no action. He's taken all steps to make it so he can't be retattooed, but he has no way of changing the ways of the Alchemists. No concept of spying or getting information, or anything like that. He's just made himself a club of reclusive Alchemists who are hiding now, because it's obvious that they've screwed with the tattoo. I'm not saying they shouldn't do that, but they should be tactful. They can take that method to the Alchemist headquarters, and use compulsions of vampires who they have on their side, and make it so all of them can't be reinked. But no, it's beaches and bars and just talking about how the Alchemists and Warriors are bad. They're not doing anything about it. 
Anyhow, Sydney is trying to hide the way she feels about Adrian, however Adrian makes no such attempts. 
Sydney seduces Ian into helping her get security footage, and then is visited by Adrian in a dream and starts making out with him on a table. That was beautiful. I was like WOOHOO SYDRIAN when that happened. 
And Alicia. I was suspicious of her when she put on the smiley facade of knowing who Veronica was and telling them if she returned. 
That final scene where Ms. T's house burned down, and they found Ms. T, and all the magic and fire and awesomeness and Sydney was badass, and just threw around spells like they were nothing. Comparing that to the Sydney who never thought she'd be okay with magic at the beginning of the series. 
Sydney's grown so much through this series, and it's been like a month in real time. Maybe 2-3 months, but she's grown so much, from this helpless girl to this strong woman, and I admire her. 
Finally, when she turns down Marcus, and went to the coordinates Adrian gave her, I was so happy for the two of them. I'd like to pretend that I'm writing in the past, but in truth, I've already finished the next book and reviewed it, so I can't say that I'm excited for the next one. However, the 5th book comes out in 10 days, and I'm excited for that. 
Tell me your thoughts in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Friday, July 18, 2014

BookTubeAThon Day #5

Hey guys. There's 12 minutes of day #5 of BookTubeAThon left in California, and I'm just on time. In this update video, I reenact one of the most iconic chapters of New Moon. Chapter #3. Reading's going pretty well for me. Like, comment, subscribe, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Golden Lily: Bloodlines #2 by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily is the second book in the Bloodlines Series, which is a spinoff from the Vampire Academy series. If you don't know the premise of the Vampire Academy world, I have a synopsis on my review for Vampire Academy, which you can see here. You really need to read the Vampire Academy series before reading the Bloodlines Series, to fully appreciate it, so I recommend you read those before you read these. They're all really quick reads, and they're fun, and have good characters, so READ IT.
NOW, FOR THE DISCUSSION
I like how the first third of this book was kind of lax, and not really too eventful. I mean, a fast paced plot is great, but I read this right after finishing the first book, and I kind of wanted some time to process what happened, and just cutsiness, and funnyness.
But the book opens with Sydney talking to some alchemists about whether Keith should go to re-education. Sydney say's he's a bad person in general, and that's why he should be removed. However, he isn't in league with the vampires for sure. I guess I agree with Sydney, because Keith seems like the type of guy who does anything to benefit himself. Kind of like Sydney's dad.
When she get's back, Trey sets her up with Brayden, this bore who's her "soul mate" according to Trey. Brayden was just a bore to me. There's nothing unique about his personality. Everything's just black and white, there's no middle ground.It's hilarious how their dates always end because of "family issues".
Adrian is just so aghhhhhhhhh in this book. And I know that aghhhhhhhhhh is an unintelligible, nonsensical word, but I just can't explain. He cares so much for Sydney, and he's always so witty, and funny. I love how he bought a car and pretended that he couldn't drive to spend time with Sydney. That was so cute. And Sydney can understand and relate  about Adrian's dad. If I were to compare Adrian's dad and Sydney's dad, I'm not sure who's worse. They're both asses, but I personally think that Sydney's dad is worse. There's no one that can talk to her dad to change it. At least Adrian's dad can be influenced by the Queen. So I think Sydney's dad is worse.
The Guardians of Light or whatever bullshit name that group is called- they're such idiots. Do they honestly think that they can take Strigoi? Who put that in their head? Because a Strigoi could break the cage and drain all their blood. The Strigoi aren't even human, they're stronger,and much harder to kill. And they took Sonya, thinking that she's a Strigoi even though she obviously isn't. Are they stupid? Hell yes they are.
Sydney backed off from her bet with Adrian that she'd drink an entire soda if he went a whole day without smoking. And backing off from bets ,when the bets are over a can of soda is just silly.
At the end, when Adrian kissed her, she pushed him away, and it was so sad. She kind of overreacted, and well, I feel bad for Adrian. He already experienced that rejection with Rose and now he has to experience it with Sydney. But well, we're pretty sure that they'll be together soon.
Well, that's it for this review. I really enjoyed this book, and I definitely recommend this series. Tell my your thoughts in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

BookTubeAThon Day #4

Today I reenact a scene from City of Bones. I also tell a terrible impromptu story, and fail miserably at it. And I also update you on how BookTubeAThon is going for me so far. How's it going for you? Subscribe, like, and tell me in the comments and I'll talk to you next time.

-Swathi

Bloodlines: Bloodlines #1 by Richelle Mead

Today I'm going to be reviewing the first book in the Vampire Academy spinoff series- Bloodlines. If you don't know about the world of Vampire Academy, I have a premise of what it is on my review for Vampire Academy, which you can find here. You really do need to read the Vampire Academy series to appreciate this series, so if you haven't read those, you definitely should. I really recommend it.
There's something different about knowing all the characters before starting a series. You're already attached to these characters, so when you start, it's easier to really get into it. This series is centered around Sydney Sage, the Alchemist from the Vampire Academy books.
For those of you who have read the Vampire Academy books, but are yet to read the Bloodlines series, I'll give you a premise about what this series is about.
Sydney Sage is treading on troubled waters with the Alchemists for her missions with Rose Hathaway, a Dhampir who had been accused of murdering the former Moroi queen. In the attempts to prove her innocence, Sydney got tangled up in all the mess, and now is considered a "vamp lover" by some of her peers and superiors. By a close call, she avoids sending her sister into the world of being an Alchemist, and takes on the assignment to keep the Queen's sister safe from assassins, and make sure that Lissa can stay queen.
Well, I think that's all I'm giving you to go by. And I think that's plenty. This book was very enjoyable and fast paced, and any Vampire Academy fans will enjoy it. Now, it's time for spoilers, so if you haven't read it, I suggest you leave now, and come back.
I had a lot of fun with this book. I actually wrote down my suspicions and predictions as I was reading, and well, a lot of them were right, but some twists were crazy and unexpected.
At the beginning, there are all these hints to something bad that Keith did. I never thought that it would be rape. Because as immoral, and evil, and bad that is, I couldn't see Sydney's dad all that mad for that, because he adores Keith. I think Sydney's dad has shitty priorities, and his honor and pride goes above all. At first I thought that he was a blood whore, and he was letting some Moroi bite him because he wanted the high. Then I thought that he had some kind of tie to Tamara- Clarence's niece. For a while I thought he was the "vampire hunter" killing Moroi and trying to make them appear as if they were killed by Strigoi. I thought that was how he was getting vampire blood for the tattoos. I knew from the beginning that he was behind the tattoos. I just didn't know that someone was giving the blood to him willingly.
One more thing, before I move on. Keith's an ass. That's literally one of my notes. And you know who's also an ass? Sydney's dad. He's so degrading, and it's not okay.
At first I thought that Keith was just hijacking some Alchemist technology to tattoo rich kids and make money. I didn't even think that it was a possibility that he could have been using vampire blood. So when we found the blood, I thought he was the one killing the vampires.
At first, I was really skeptical about Micah, because Eddie just trusted him because he acted and looked like Mason, but now I feel like Micah's just Micah.
On Jill's very first day, she gets kicked out of her first class for a hangover. I fell over laughing at this, because it seems so stupid, accusing a 15 year old girl who's rooming with her older sister, and a boarding school would have gotten drunk. But, that's when I realized that Adrian and Jill were bonded. It explained the waking up in the middle of the night, and hangovers, and all that stuff. And when Jill admitted it, I was just like SCORE! I'M RIGHT! But poor Jill. And Sydney thought there was a possibility that Jill was pregnant. Once more, 15 YEAR OLD HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMEN.
Let's talk about Lee for a minute. You know there's something wrong when a college student "loves" a 15 year old high school freshmen. You know something is really wrong when said high school freshmen sneaks off with said college student, and said college student doesn't say anything to said high school freshmen's caretakers. Yup, there's something really unsettling about that kind of behavior. When he disappeared when Adrian was in LA, I considered for a second that he was killing the Moroi, but then I didn't think that he'd have a motive. When he cornered Sydney in Keith's apartment- that was....I was terrified. Is immortality really worth it? Especially if it's that kind of immortality. I mean, I'd prefer unicorn blood as means to keep me alive rather than become Strigoi. If you don't understand that reference, I'm very appalled. It's from Harry Potter. And it's very bad. It results in you living a half life, a cursed life. But living forever as a Strigoi has a more cursed lifestyle.  But Lee was crazy.
Ms. T... I can't spell her last name is a witch. That was something different. In the Vampire Academy books they never say anything about them. But that fire spell came in handy for sure.
Sydney and Adrian get Keith caught for doing his illicit trafficking of illegal vampire blood.
Adrian is well- Adrian. And I love him. He's funny, and sweet, and awesome.
Let's talk about Keith's eye. Sydney got Abe to do that.
It's so sweet how Sydney gets Adrian the apartment. In this book, there's no mention of Sydney and Adrian being together, but we all know that it's going to happen. And I kind of like that this book isn't centered around the fact that they can't be together. I mean, that's going to be the main theme/topic of one or more of the other books, that's for sure, but I'm glad that it wasn't introduced here, in the kickoff book, so it isn't the main theme of the whole series. I really loved this book. It made me laugh. It made me laugh. It made me laugh even more. I definitely recommend this series to Vampire Academy fans. And even if you weren't too fond of the Vampire Academy series, I recommend this, because this gets into action and excitement from the very beginning, unlike how the Vampire Academy books start kind of slow.
 Do you like it? What were your favorite parts? Who's your fave character? Tell me all that jazz in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BookTubeAThon Day #2

Hey guys! Today was BookTubeAThon day #2. Here's my update video. Like, share, comment, subscribe. I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Last Sacrifice: Vampire Academy #6 by Richelle Mead

So I finally finished Last Sacrifice this morning, at 12:01 am. It was great. Definitely recommend this series. If you don't know what this series is about, you can go check out my review for the first book here where I have a synopsis of what the series is about.  If you haven't read it, I suggest you leave now, and come back once you've read it.
The jailbreak was awesome. I can't believe they blew up statues during a funeral. And surprise, surprise, Dimitri goes with Rose. We all knew from the beginning, that Dimitri and Rose would end up together. And that really sucks, but I'll talk about it later.
So, Sydney,Dimitri, and Rose are going to West Virginia to hide out, and off course, Rose is totally against hiding. So after escaping the motel, and attracting attention, and losing their hideout, they decide to search for Lissa's illegitimate sibling.
Let's talk about the cavemen vampires. As much as I like that they're defending themselves, and they aren't killing humans, they're so uncivilized. It's really weird.
But past that, Sonya Karp is the only one who can tell them about Lissa's sibling, so they go to her house, where they meet Robert and Victor. Robert turns Sonya back to a Moroi, and she hints them toward the house where the mother of the illegitimate child lives.
Meanwhile, in Court, Lissa is running for  Queen. Because of technicalities, and badly written laws, she can do that. She's passing the tests, but it's all for show. She's buying time to find out who really killed Queen Tatiana. At this point though, it's kind of obvious that she will be queen.
It turns out that Jill is Lissa's half sister. Did you expect that? I really had no clue. I expected it to be someone they knew, but I never thought it was Jill. I mean, there was no foreshadowing that Jill was her sister. No appearance, no similarity in the way they hold themselves, personality- none were mentioned. So that was one thing that wasn't obvious.
Damn Sonya Karp had to talk about the bloody auras. If Rose hadn't known that, she wouldn't have broken Adrian's heart. I cannot express how much I wish Sonya had kept her mouth shut.
Now, when Adrian showed up and Dimitri and Rose kissed- :(.
So, the Alchemists help them get the last piece to the riddle, and at this point, I'm pretty sure that it's Daniella. But then, Rose says it's not, and I'm too panicked to make other guesses, so I'm just turning pages and I see that it's TASHA! I trusted her, I liked her. And then she does this? And she actually tries to deny it. And she f*cking shoots Lissa, and Rose gets in front of her, and almost dies!
I thought that Lissa would heal her. Or that Adrian would. I didn't think she could have done it herself. I mean, we'd never heard of such a thing occurring, so I didn't expect it. I also didn't want them to lose the bond, but they did.
Now, that we've covered all that, let's talk about Adrian and Rose's breakup. I practically had a hissy fit through their breakup, because it's so shitty and annoying. Adrian was there for her when she needed someone. She helped clear her name. And he's funnier and awesomer than Dimitri. And yet, she chooses Dimitri. It's bloody stupid.
This series was really great.  I'm really excited to read the Bloodlines Series. I definitely recommend this series, and I guess I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi


Monday, July 14, 2014

City of Glass: Mortal Instruments #3 by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass is the third book in the Mortal Instruments series. If you've been enjoying the series so far, you will enjoy it a lot more from this book. City of Glass was originally supposed to be the last book in the series, but then 3 more were added. Before I delve into the discussion, I'm going to send all you nonspoiler people off to read the book. And if you're confused on what this series is about, you can see my review for book #1, City of Bones here, and I have a description of what the series is about. So, if you haven't read it, bye! But come back soon.
LET'S DISCUSS NOW
At the beginning Jace was just so mean. He shouldn't have ditched Clary when she was so excited to go to Alicante and he didn't tell her that the time was changed. And when he was making out with Aline and screamed at her. I understand why, and I like him, but he was really mean. 
Did y'all see something fishy about Sebastian from the beginning, because I did. I knew he was doing something bad, I just didn't know what. 
Simon got thrown into prison, for no reason whatsoever. It's no wonder why the Downworlders hate the Shadowhunters. I mean why are there Accords if you're still going to treat Downworlders, who've done nothing wrong, like shit. 
I hate hate hate how Jace just wants to hate himself. Clary feels the same way about him as he does about her, so how is he any worse than her? 
In the Wayland mansion this angel that Valentine had held hostage shows them some of Valentine's experiments, and how her wasn't only f*cking up his own blood, but also his kids' blood. When the Wayland mansion came down and they were rolling around the dirt and making out was so hot. But then Jace blames himself again and then they fight. 
Finally when Jocelyn wakes up and tells Clary that she and Jace aren't siblings, Jace leaves to go die. Jace is so content with dying because he thinks he's bad, and that just pisses me off. 
But Sebastian is the one who makes that revelation to Jace. They fight, and Jace kills Sebastian, and goes to the lake. As Hodge said, the lake is the third and final Mortal Instrument and Valentine is there. 
When Valentine stabbed Jace, I panicked. But, the Angel Raziel kills Valentine, and gives Clary the wish, and she brings Jace back.
Alec comes out to his parents and he and Magnus are officially a couple #Malec. And Luke and Jocelyn get engaged, and Clary and Jace are together. Simon has the Mark of Cain now, so he's not in danger. As for his love life, Maia and Isabelle both have a thing for him. Who would have thought Simon would be in that situation? But you can read the next books to see how that plays out.
And we actually got a non cliffhanger end to this book. The series was supposed to end here, but Cassandra Clare wrote 3 more books, and they are all so great. This series is a roller coaster that only goes up. You could stop reading here, but I really encourage you to keep going, because the books just get better and better. That's all for this post. Tell me your thoughts in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi


BookTubeAThon Day #1

Today was day #1 of BookTubeAThon. This is my update video. Watch, subscribe, comment, and all that jazz. How's your BookTubeAThon going so far? Tell me in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Spirit Bound: Vampire Academy #5 by Richelle Mead

Spirit Bound is book #5 in the Vampire Academy series. Personally, at this point, I'm hooked on these books. I'm on the 6th book now, and I think I started the series on Wednesday night before my review of the first book went up. And it's killing me, not knowing what happens. It's taking so much self control and willpower for me to not just look up spoilers. But, I haven't succumbed to that urge, so kudos to me for that. These books aren't too big, and it's really hard to put them down. At first, I wasn't so sure about it, but now, I definitely recommend it. That said, it's time for you nonspoiler people to leave and read the book. As per usual, if you're not sure about what this series is about, you can go see my review for the first book here. Like I said, I definitely recommend this series, and it's a great series to marathon read. 
Let's discuss. 
Dimitri's letters look like they're
I'm so done with Dimitri. I've already expressed how I was never that into him, but now, I'm just so annoyed with him. Mark was an idiot for telling Rose that there's a way to bring him back. I like Adrian. Like really like him. And I like how Abe threatens him. It's funny, because Abe just stepped into her life, and that's one of the first things he does. 
But, Rose comes back to school, passes her final exam with flying colors, and gets her tattoo that makes her an official guardian. 
But what does Rose do, now that she actually has a chance at being Lissa's guardian? She does something stupid and reckless. Yup, that's the Rose we know and love. Well, she, Eddie, and Lissa go to break Victor out of prison in Alaska because his brother knows how to turn a Strigoi back. But they did it pretty smartly. And they did it so quickly. They got Victor out, and they go to Sin City (Vegas) to meet Robert (Victor's brother). Rose uses Adrian's credit card to get a hotel, and then Adrian finds them. 
Adrian took it so well, and was helpful even, to help Rose try to turn Dimitri back. 
Off course, when they're in Vegas, Dimitri the Strigoi shows up, and Rose doesn't kill him. And she stops Eddie from doing so too. Ugh! I don't want Dimitri back. I just don't. Team Adrian all the way. 
Well, they find out how to change a Strigoi right? But Victor escapes. And they go back, and get in trouble. Rose and Eddie are stuck with chores and filing as their punishment. Eddie is pissed at Rose for getting between him and Dimitri. 
The way you change a Strigoi back, is you stab them in the heart with a stake that is charmed with all the magic elements and Spirit. And a Spirit user has to do the stabbing. The first part is pretty easy. The second is the one that we have trouble with. Lissa and Adrian couldn't take on a Strigoi if their life depended on it. 
Let's skip forward a bit, to when Dimitri kidnaps Christian and Lissa, and rescue mission, and you have to read it to understand, but goddamn Dimitri is back. And he's an ass. He's all guilty and shit for what he did as a Strigoi, and he won't talk to Rose. Won't even apologize properly. He's a big jerk, and he says he can't love her anymore, and he doesn't feel anything for her. Which is good for me, because I'm Team Adrian. And by the looks of it, Dimitri's Team Adrian as well. 
Finally, Rose tells Adrian that there's a chance for them, and they're about to do it, but then they don't have protection. So instead, she has Adrian bite her. And that, is her alibi when her stake is found inside Queen Tatiana. 
Queen Tatiana was murdered, and someone framed Rose. Rose is taken into custody, and there is a hearing. The hearing doesn't go so well, and she's taken back into custody before her actual trial. 
And that my friends, is where this book comes to an end.
It was a killer cliffhanger, but luckily, I had the next book, so I started it the second I finished this one. This book was awesome, and I loved it. I definitely recommend it, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Blood Promise: Vampire Academy #4 by Richelle Mead

Today, I'm going to be talking about Blood Promise, which is the 4th book in the Vampire Academy series. If you aren't sure what this series is about, you can check out my review for the first book here. I have a synopsis of the series there, so you can see if it's something you'd be interested in. If you haven't read the book, BYE! 
So, Rose is in Russia, blowing Adrian's trust fund on hotels and gowns so she can find the town where Dimitri was from. She meets Sydney, an alchemist who's supposed to keep humans from knowing about vampires. I thought Sydney was cool. I believe that she is a main character in the Bloodlines series which is a spinoff series, so I am going to read that. 
Sydney takes her to the town where she wants to go- the town where a lot of blood whores live- and meets Dimitri's family. Rose tells them about how Dimitri was turned Strigoi, and they kind of have a funeral for him, and talk about him, and stories.
Lissa meets Avery, a spirit user who pretended to specialize in wind. At first, I thought she was just some royal misfit who liked drinking and partying, but the second she started hitting on Adrian, I knew dat bitch be cray. She had shadow kissed 2 people, and was looking for more people to shadow kiss. I think she did that to take out all the darkness from her, and pile it all onto others. Once more, Lissa was annoying. She may have been compelled by Avery, but she was a terrible friend. Rose left her in the safety of the school, while she'd left and knew that she might die. Lissa could hardly throw a punch, she would die if she went with Rose. And is Rose supposed to give up everything for Lissa? Lissa stoops so low as to think that a 14 year old, who thinks Rose and Christian are heroes, is trying to be with Christian. But I have no doubt that Christian and Lissa will get back together, because no matter how much more badass and awesome Christian is, he and Lissa are perfect together 
I wish Rose didn't hesitate. She knows that there's no saving Dimitri, but she hesitated not once, but twice. And in the end she didn't actually kill him. Dimitri was creepy as a Strigoi. I mean, he    was biting Rose. I thought he had a shred of morality left in him, because he didn't straight up kill her or turn her, but he was hurting her, and I never thought he would do that. I've never been that fond of Dimitri. He was never that hot or anything, and he wasn't that likable. Put simpley, I thought he was stony and too serious
Adrian on the other hand, is much better than Dimitri. I like Adrian and his personality. I like how Rose is actually giving him a chance at the end of the book. Adrian and Rose's banter is so cute, and I don't want Dimitri to come back- even if there is a way for them to turn him back into a dhampir- because I want Adrian to have a chance 
I hate how Mark brought up the fairy tale of bringing back Strigoi. It's time for Rose to move on, because she knows she can. I'm done with Dimitri
 Abe is Rose's father. That was an interesting turn of events. I like him though. He has this intimidating persona, but he's helping Rose, and he seems like a good guy 
Rose is allowed to join back into school, so she can graduate and become a guardian, so that is good. And she and Adrian are going to try a relationship, and that's also good. But she's trying to find a way to bring Dimitri back, and that's bad
This book went by so quickly. I literally wasn't able to put it down. This series is getting better and better as it goes on, and I really recommend it
  By the way, I appologize for the absence of punctuation marks. There is something terribly wrong with Blogger right now, and it's screwing up the format. So that's why there are a lot of missing periods
Well, that's all for this review. Tell me your thoughts of the book in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time
Swathi-

Shadow Kiss: Vampire Academy #3 by Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss is book #3 in the Vampire Academy Series. If you don't know what this series is about, you can go see my review of book #1 here, and I have a short synopsis of the series there, so you can see if it's something you'd be interested in. If you haven't read the book, go read it and come back to discuss. SO, bye for now. Be sure to come back after reading it so we can discuss our feels. BYE
The opening scene in this book is hilarious. Rose is in Lissa's head, and Lissa and Christian are about to do things that Rose surely doesn't want to witness. And Rose is telling herself to get out of Lissa's head.
The plot revolves mainly around the Novice's biggest test before graduation, where they will actually be guarding a Moroi student against fake Strigoi attacks from their Dhampir teachers. Rose, off course expects to get Lissa, because of their bond, and how they will be paired when Rose actually is a guardian. But off course, Rose doesn't get Lissa. She gets Christian, and Eddie- Mason's best friend- gets Lissa. Rose throws this huge hissy fit and acts so immature about it, and that was just plain stupid. Being with Christian obviously means she'll be with Lissa because they're dating-duh.
Rose also starts seeing ghosts, and at first, she off course thinks she's crazy. She first sees Mason during her first mock "attack" test where she's supposed to guard Christian, and she freezes up. She doesn't do anything, and gets in trouble, and gets rumors thrown around about it and whatnot. 
But Christian believes her, and that's a switch from usual. 
Let's skip forward to the trial- Victor's trial. Adrian got them there because his great aunt is the queen. As bad as this sounds, I was hoping that the others would take into account what Victor said about Dimitri and Rose. I don't know, it would have been really funny how that played out, and how they got out of the situation. But that doesn't happen, and Victor is found guilty. 
The Mana gang-group-whatever is such bullshit. They're practicing to compel people, and just talk about how royals -in all their wussy glory- are better than non royals. And Jesse and his cronies are hazing people. That's basically what he's doing. When Rose was kicking his ass (very literally) after he hazed Lissa, and he was screaming and crying for help- I think that put him in his place.
And that brings me to the topic of how the way Lissa is projecting her negative feelings is just so unfair to Rose. Rose takes away Lissa's violence, depression, and she has to suffer. And what makes her even more afraid is that Anna killed herself- If it's not Lissa, then it will by Rose that goes insane, and that's not fair. But, Rose says nothing to Lissa, because Rose is the good friend and Lissa is the bad one- plain and simple. 
Let's talk about the Strigoi attacks. First of all, I think I have to address & commend Christian and Rose's badass Strigoi execution. I feel the need to applaud that. If the other Moroi had brains like Christian, there would be no Strigoi.
Dimitri becomes Strigoi during the attacks, and now Rose is going to set out to kill him. By herself. And Adrian's funding her travels and accommodations. I feel so bad for Adrian, because he never stood a fair chance with Rose. 
Lissa is such a biotch in the end of this book. She sees that her friend is hurting, yet it never comes to her that she should offer to help. She thinks she's the center of Rose's life, but Rose has realized to put herself first. Lissa is not only a biotch about Rose leaving, but also straight up says no when Rose asked if she could try to heal Dimitri before they learned that he was Strigoi. I don't know, Lissa is a pathetic excuse for a best friend, and Rose deserves better. 
So, that's about all for this review. I also want to say that in my review for Frostbite (book #2), I said that it was a huge step up from book #1. This book was a huge step up from book #2. It a was really enjoyable, and funny, and exciting read, and I definitely recommend it. Tell me your thoughts in the comments, and I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

Friday, July 11, 2014

Frostbite: Vampire Academy #2 by Richelle Mead

Frostbite is the second book in the Vampire Academy series. If you haven't seen my review for that, you can read it here. You'll also see a synopsis of what the series is about, so you can see if you'd be interested in that. If you haven't read it, this is goodbye, because I'm going to delve into a lot of spoilers. See you later- after you've read the book. Bye!
Before I talk about anything of actual importance regarding the book, I want to talk about how ugly the cover is. I'm sorry, but I have to address this. The original Vampire Academy covers- the whole lot of them- are ugly. And the alternate covers that just say VA in some neon bright color are also bad. Anyway, the covers that have faces on them are so awkward, that I'd feel embarrassed to read them in public. 
Now that we've covered that,let's start from when Rose and Dimitri go to Arthur Schoenberg's house for Rose's test and they're all dead. That was quite a beginning. 
Sometimes I feel like Rose's mouth needs a filter. I mean, she doesn't swear that much, but sometimes she says the stupidest things. And then she winds up having to take it back, because she said the wrong thing. 
The Tasha-Dimitri relationship was obviously not going to work, I mean, I don't even know why they tried. Same with the Mason-Rose relationship. It's not fair to any of them. 
The idea of the whole ski trip was so badly thought out. The Strigoi were obviously working together. If all the Moroi are in one place, the Strigoi can take them all out at once. 
Rose was such an immature biotch to Tasha. Tasha's really sweet, and badass compared to the rest of the Moroi, and Rose is so mean to her. 
Rose's mom is only 37. That surprised me a lot. The ways that Rose projects her mommy issues are so annoying. I understand that her mom was pretty crappy at being a mom, but Rose is preparing to do the same. They come first- the Moroi- not children. She was really asking for her mom to hit her, and I highly doubt that her mom wanted to do that to her.
Adrian was such a funny character. I mean with the perfume, and flowers, and flirting, he was awesome. 
Is Mason brainless? He goes to fight Strigoi with a Moroi and another Dhampir novice. And he expects to succeed? That was hands down the stupidest thing he could possibly do. And then Christian and Rose sneak out to find them. Couldn't they have asked for a couple actual guardians to come with them? I mean, that seems like the smart thing to do, don't you agree? When Christian was pretending to feed on Rose to melt the cuffs, I was just like FINALLY, YOU USE MAGIC! Christian and Rose are so badass together. They're awesome. 
When they're fighting and Mason died, I saw it coming. Because he would obviously come back, and there would have to be some casualties. I can't say I'm too sad over Mason's death, because he was just so stupid. And honestly, he wasn't my favorite character. 
Rose get's her first 2 marks for killing the 2 Strigoi, but they're not marks of pride for her. They're reminders of how she lost one of her best friends. 
Well, that's about where this book ends. This was a huge, immense, colossal, monumental step up from the first book, and I really got invested in Rose as a heroine. Christian too, he got so much more character development in this book and I loved him. We didn't hear too much of Adrian other than he specializes in spirit like Lissa. But he was great too. This book gets 4/5 stars from me, and I definitely recommend it. I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi


Thursday, July 10, 2014

BookTubeAThon 2014

Hey guys, you may or may not know what BookTubeAThon is, so I'll tell you. There's actually this big community of  "booktubers" on YouTube. One of them, Ariel Bissett, created this week-long reading marathon where you read as much as you can. This year, I wanted to try to participate in it. I know I don't make videos, but I thought this would be fun. If you're intrigued, go check out the BookTubeAThon YouTube channel here.
There are a series of challenges about what you read, and video challenges. You can find the video for that on the BookTubeAThon channel here & I'll also list them below.
The Reading Challenges:
A book with pictures.
Start and finish a series.
A book with red on the cover.
A book someone else picks out for you.
A book from the genre you've read the least this year.
A book to movie adaptation
Read seven books.
The Video Challenges:
Day One: Show your top 3 book you read because of booktube.
Day Two: Find the items on three covers.
Day Three: Draw a better cover for any book.
Day Four: Write a story using all the words from three titles.
Day Five: Make a rainbow of you favorite books.
Day Six: Find 5 things from one of the books you've read this week.
Day Seven: Show us where you've read during the booktubeathon!
These are copy-pasted from the video description, so they are the exact same as in the video. 
I was actually thinking about making the video updates and doing the video challenges, because I think it'd be fun. So I'll probably post those here or on YouTube and link them" to here. I'm really excited for this, and before I end this post, I wanted to tell you my TBR list for BookTubeAThon.
1. Rebel Belle By Rachel Hawkins- it should be coming in the mail tomorrow. 
2.  "Who Could That Be at This Hour" by Lemony Snicket- I loved Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, so I wanted to read this book. This book completes the book with pictures challenge, because it has some picture illustrations. It also completes the genre you've read the least challenge, because this year, I haven't read any "middle grade"/children's books. I know that's cheating because it's a really vague genre, but I'm going with it.
3. The Secret to Lying by Todd Mitchell- This was recommended to me, so it completes the book someone else picks for you challenge.
4.The Legend Trilogy : Legend, Prodigy, Champion by Marie Lu- I've wanted to read these for a while, and they complete the start and finish a series challenge. Champion, book #3 has red on the cover, so that completes the book with red on the cover challenge.
5. The Host by Stephanie Meyer- This book is freaking gigantic, but it was the only book-movie adaptation that I could think of that I haven't read already. I'll need like 3 days to finish this itself, but I'll go with it.
And that completes the 7th challenge which is to read 7 books. I hope I can get to all these books in a week, so *fingers crossed*.
BookTubeAthon starts midnight on Monday, July 14 and ends at Midnight on Monday, July 21. I urge you to participate, because reading is cool. So, I'll post updates throughout the next week, and I'll talk to you in the next post.
-Swathi