Showing posts with label vampire academy series. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vampire academy series. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

10 Fictional Characters I'd Like to Check in With | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originating from The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they choose topics that we are supposed to create a list about, considering our personal reading preferences.  

This Week: 

  Top Ten Characters You'd Like To Check In With 


Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood

10. Luna Lovegood 
from Harry Potter Series by Joanna K. Rowling
I absolutely adored Luna and wouldn't have minded a spin-off series just about her. Actually I wouldn't even have minded if the entire thing was just about Luna in the first place. She's such a wonderful inspiring character and so wonderfully unique. A role model.

9. Ashley Black
from Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Ok, that's a weird one. Ashley Black is the child of Dawson Black and Bethany Williams if anyone remembers. She's only a baby when the series ends but I'm really curious as to how this whole thing ends?? Can I have a spin-off????

8. Wanda
from the Host by Stephenie Meyer
What happened to the sequels?? Wasn't it supposed to be a trilogy? Instead all we got is a bad movie starring Sashuiaghsia Ronan, or whatever her name is. I refuse to include a picture of Emily Browning portraying my dearest Wanda, because it's so not what she looks like in the book and I am very upset. I want the sequel, the story can't just end there, I'm genuinely upset about this!

7. Hazel Grace Lancaster 
from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I'm going to ask the question that we've all been thinking: DID SHE DIE?! Didn't John Green say something like she died a year later? If so, I'm upset and I'm going to have a serious conversaion with Mr. Green. Let me know in the comments!

Paul Bettany as Dustfinger

6. Dustfinger
from Inkworld Series by Cornelia Funke
Oh Lord, do not talk to me about Dustfinger. I read the series when I was very young and I'm pretty sure he was my first official book boyfriend. I miss that lying bastard and I will never ever forget Cornelia Funke for killing him off. 
(But yeah, I bet she loved that idiot as much as I did, if you've read Inkdeath y'all know what I'm talking about. I'm still upset though.) It's time for a reread I guess.

5. Andy 
from Breathers: A Zombie's Lament by S.G. Browne
Ok, before you interrupt me: The ending is totally open to interpretation, alright!! Don't!! Even!! I want to know what happens, I want to have another hilarious novel told from his perspective and most of all I want my precious little angel child to be happy again. Yeah, he's a brain-eating zombie, but it's not like he wanted it, okay

4. Magnus 
from Blood Coven Series by Mari Mancusi
Introducing my second book boyfriend. I read the first book when I was twelve I think and he took me by storm. Magnus is the most awkward vampire you'll ever meet and he's just adorable. I hear there's a lot of sequels to the original novel, but I've only read one so far. It's always weird to pick up old childhood favorites as a wannabe-adult. Maybe I'm going to continue the series and check in on my man.

3. Teddy Lupin
from Harry Potter Series by Joanne K. Rowling
I have no idea why I am obsessed with characters that had -28% screen time in the books. Teddy Lupin was basically non-existent + a baby, but he still managed to snog my heart. Need a spin-off about him, alright?

2. Rose Hathaway
from Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead 
Shush, I know that we had a six-book-series AND a short story starring her but I can't get enough of her and her Russian lover. I want to know everything about their life, if they adopted baby vampire kids, what they have for breakfast - EVERYTHING
Kristen Stewart as Isabella Swan
You do not want to know the true extent of my obsession with her and this book series, you really don't.

1. Bella Swan 
from the Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
Yeah, I'm going there, I really don't care. I freely admit to being a TwiHard in my teens and there's nothing wrong with that. Seriously this franchise hit me so hard when I was about fourteen, it's scary. That's actually how I got into fan fiction in the first place, because I didn't want Twilight to end. 

Yes, Bella Swan is super boring, yada yada yada. 
I still want to know every single detail of what happened to Edward, Renesmee, Carlisle, Esme and what their names all are.

What do you think of those characters?

Would you like to check in on any of these?

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

[Short Story Review] Homecoming (VA #6.5) - Richelle Mead (from: Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction)

What?! There's a seventh book in the series?! Yes, exactly my thought. Sadly, it isn't a full book, just a short story to be found in "Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction", which is basically an anthology including works of pretty much all popular YA Paranormal Romance writers there are right now.

In HOMECOMING, Rose and Dimitri travel back to Russia to go see his family and deliver the news that Dimitri is alive after all.

I loved meeting Olena, Victoria, Sonya and Karolina again, because I feared that they were only a plot device in BLOOD PROMISE. While I do understand how this couldn't make it into the official series, I'm kind of sad that Mead didn't decide to release a stand-alone novel. 

Back to Russia!

The Belikov family's reaction to Dimitri coming home wasn't as dramatic as I had expected. Even though Mead made them all tear up and hug him, there was just the certain spark missing. No emotion in her words. It all seemed just like she hastily wrote it down to get it over with. Mead is an excellent writer, but she's not so great with big emotions, which are essential to this plot line. Making Dimitri's grandmother Yeva an all-knowing super-witch was really unnecessary and frankly, it annoyed me a bit. It's very easy for authors to insert omniscient characters, but making them believable is a completely different thing. It doesn't make any sense why she would withhold the knowledge that's needed for her to get her grandson back as fast as possible. Yes, you might argue that she knew Rose could do it on her own, but still...?! No. I'm disappointed at how little "on-screen" time the Belikov family got in the first place.

The title suggests that this is about the Belikovs. I was looking forward to cure childhood flashbacks, lots of dialogue and maybe even a chastising for Victoria from her big brother for her Moroi shenanigans. I didn't get either of it, it's all just way to fast-paced. The characters don't have time to breathe, and what's even worse is that Mead tried to cram as many people into the story, only to have them mentioned at least once, even if their appearance didn't mean anything.

Halfheartedly Written Plot

The plot around the Blood King is flat out ridiculous. Starting with the cryptic prophecies that Dimitri's grandmother Yeva makes and ending with an Alchemist looking for help to kill a single Strigoi. Because Mead wrapped up the supposed-to-be tearful and emotional reunion in about five pages, there's nothing more to tell and she had to make up a new plot line.

Because this is a short story, I definitely have to make a note about whether you're able to understand this without having read the Vampire Academy Series. If you've read my reviews to any of the books in the series, you know that I got quite annoyed at Mead always taking up at least a chapter for summarizing what happened so far. When you're reading the entire series in a month, it may be annoying, but if some time has actually passed, this is a great idea. Mead does this again in "Homecoming" and paraphrases everything from Moroi magic to the three vampire types and their dangers.
Still, I don't think this story would appeal to anyone who has no idea what Vampire Academy is. The story is about Rose and Dimitri and filled with little nods to their relationship throughout the course of the novels. For passionate fans, it's just... d'aww. For people who have no idea who these two idiots are and why they're so grossly in love- why would you care? It's understandable in terms of plot lines, but the Romitri relationship is probably not portrayed in a way that could make someone fall in love with them who has no idea who they are. As a short story, it definitely failed.




Overall: Do I Recommend?

I don't really understand what "Homecoming" has to do with the topic of the anthology. Absolutely nothing, I guess. It just seems like a way to get her established audience to buy the anthology. If you look at reviews of it on Goodreads for example, every second review says I just bought this for Homecoming. And for that, it  isn't that much of a great story.

If you're a super fan like me, you obviously won't care, but looking at it realistically, this is just a remnant from the first draft of LAST SACRIFICE. To me, it is not a must-read.

Have you read HOMECOMING?

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

[Review] Shadow Kiss (VA #3) - Richelle Mead

In "Shadow Kiss", the third novel in the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead, everything is pain and everything hurts. This novel will lure you into thinking that everything's going to be alright, when it isn't and never will be. Everyone's issues are revealed and you're not going to want to finish this novel, fearing that it will get worse in terms of emotions. 

With Mason dying in "Frostbite", the tragedy only just started- seriously. Starting with his death Rose's connection to Lissa as a shadow-kissed is finally proving to be useful, and I actually think that Mead did a great job at incorporating it smoothely into the storyline. "Shadow Kiss" is basically centered around the guardians and fighting off Strigoi. Rose and the other novices are doing the so-called field experience now, which simulates the life they're going to have when they graduate and are assigned to their moroi. The older guardians are pretendending to be attackers and they have to fight them off. Well, unlucky for the novices the real life experience comes right after that.
Initially I got pretty annoyed with the storyline being centered around strigoi again. I vividly remember that time Dimitri put his hair up for the first time and Rose got SO impressed by him having five molnija marks for having killed five strigoi. Funny, how he's considered such a respectable character in the guardian world, yet has only killed five. It's hard to believe that little novice Rose Hathaway killed two Strigoi in "Frostbite" and a bunch of others in "Shadow Kiss" then. While I do love her as a character, I think she really is a Mary Sue. She can do everything, she can fight everyone and when she can't, it's due to her shadow-kiss situation, but not because Rose Hathaway can't manage to do something once. I don't know, it's not like she's becoming a more unlikeable character throughout the series, but I think that the credit she gets and the fights she is involved in, are solved way to easily on her side. She never has sacrifices to make and is almost never really hurt in battle, while experienced guardians die like flies.

I would have wished the novel to dive a little bit deeper into exploring spirit magic and have less action scenes. Mead crammed all the interesting stuff (the big battle) into the end, causing the novel to drag extremely. I found myself putting it aside for days at a time, because I was so bored with everything. The characters didn't really get to me either, because I felt like Mead rushed their relationships. Starting with Dimitri and Rose, I was actually shocked when he said I love you for the first time to her and it wasn't even addressed in the novel. Casual saturday, the dude you've been loving for ages tells you he loves you and you're like "ha, lol, same." Dimitri and Rose are probably the only couple in literature that manage to seem instant-love-y after three books, still. Not that I don't love them together, but, seriously? They went from 0.5 to 100 within fifty pages of "Shadow Kiss" and I didn't even know whether to shake my head or just start lauging.
Mead is truly the master of dragging storylines around and feeding youw ith unimportant, boring stuff as filler material for the middle and then hitting you like a train with a massive cliffhanger ending that leaves you HAVING to continue. I have to give her credit for that.

Overall: Do I Recommend?

As a standalone, it would be a very weak novel. The middle drags extremely, but the resolutions of previous storylines are both smart and logical. It made me want to smack my head on something for not thinking about them myself. I hope that it will remain the only weak novel of the series. So yes, I recommend.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Official Synopsis:
" It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all... might be seeing ghosts.

As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose's forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line - and choose between the two people she loves most."

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