Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Let me start this review by first saying that I am a big fan of the Bloodline series. I love love love it and I think Sydney and Adrian are the best people ever and totally belong together. Now, if you haven't read this series then I suggest not reading this review. I don't feel like there are many spoilrs in this that would actually ruin anything, but if you don't want to read even the slightest spoiler then I suggest not reading this.

Overall, I was disappointed with this book. The series went from pretty good, to fantastic, to good, and then to just okay. I went into reading this book with high hopes because the second and third books were so good, but unfortunately, this book did not live up to my expectations. I thought it would be fun to read the book from both Sydney's and Adrian's sides, but it was actually not fun at all. The series is better off only written in Sydney's point of view. When I first heard that we would be getting inside Adrian's head and feeling his insanity I was so, so excited. I thought it was going to be great! It ended up being not so great. I guess it was nice to get a glimpse of how he thinks, but I think a lot of Adrian's appeal comes from how Sydney sees him and tries to figure out what he's thinking. I was also disappointed that Adrian isn't as insane as everyone claims he is. I felt like all the characters perceive his crazy at 100% when it's actually like 30% or 40%.

Adrian and Sydney's relationship wasn't as fun to read once they were together. I personally always like it better when couples aren't together yet than to when they are actually together. Its much more interesting to me. For the most part the book was just average. Towards the last 80 pages or so the story picks up and gets really interesting and really good. The way it ends makes me feel like the next book is going to be really great.

As a side note, I am so confused by the cover. Apparently the two on the cover is Sydney (duh) and Adrian. That makes sense. But I read this whole book thinking that the guy on the cover was Marcus because of the hair. And I was confused as to why Marcus was on the cover when he has no part in it and the book is all about Adrian. It wasn't until I read someone's review that I realized that the guy on the cover is Adrian. That really annoys me, not because it's Adrian. I'm glad it's Adrian, but because of his hair. On the first and third book his hair is longer and looks a bit more like Adrian type hair, but then you get to the fourth one and it's just like what? What's happened to his hair? This doesn't affect my opinion of the book and it's writing, but it does annoy me because I really hate it when book covers aren't consecutive.

If you haven't read this book yet then I'm going to go ahead and tell you not to expect much. It's a bit of a let down after how great books 2 and 3 were, but I would still encourage you to read it. I sincerely hope that book five will be a great one that's worth waiting for. If not, then I'm going to be totally beyond bummed.

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

*Depending on how much you know or have read of the Bloodlines series, this may have some spoilers

I love love love love love this book! It has been a long time since I have been completely in love with a book. The first book in the series, Bloodlines, was good, but The Golden Lily was beyond amazing. It starts out with Sydney dealing with Keith and returning to Amberwood. We get to see more of Dimitri and Sonya in this book, and still no Rose (which kind of bums me out because I'd like to see her a little bit in this series). The romance between Sydney and Adrian is what totally made the book. It's funny in a way that we knew he was in love with her before Sydney did, and we see the little signs that even he's starting to realize his feelings for her. And what's even funnier is what comes through Jill and Adrian's bond.

I really don't have any complaints about the book other than I have no clue where Angeline came from. I'm assuming she's from Vampire Academy, but I haven't finished that series yet so her random appearance in The Golden Lily really threw me. I also don't understand the cover. I know the girl on the right is Sydney, but I have no clue who the girl on the left is. You can see how the story progresses and how much Sydney has changed. She starts to second guess things about her people, but it's not in an overwhelming or annoying way. You can also see how much improvement Richelle Mead has done in writing the series. This was a really great story that I recommend to anyone to read. And if you're not really into paranormal/supernatural type series, then read it for Adrian. He'll change your mind.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan

This was a really good story!
I've been a fan of Rick Riordan for a while and like all other fans, I want a crossover story with Percy and the Kane's, and this was a good introduction for that. There was great humor and it was fun to see Carter's and Percy's personalities clash. I really hope there will be a full book with these two in it, and I definitely recommend this to anyone that's ever read any of the PJO or KC books.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

2014 February Relesaes and 17 Great, Swoonful Reads!

Ah, the month of love!

I love love love Valentine's Day and in the spirit of the holiday I compiled a list of books that are all about love with hot guys and totally swoon-worthy moments!

There are going to be two lists on this post. The first list are books that I am looking forward to that are coming out in February and the second list is the fun one with the hot guys and swoon worthy moments. For the first list I am going to add the links to the books' goodreads so you will be able to read the synopsis without having to open a new tab and searching for them yourself.

Now, lets get started!

1. Something Real by: Heather Demetrios

2. The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe

3. The Sweet Dead Life by Joy Preble

4. Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

5. The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C Carlesson

6. Stung by Bethany Wiggins

7. Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

8. How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kristen Miller

9. Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

10. Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Swoon-worthy Books (in no order):

1. Crush by Lacey Weatherford
Dylan is one hot guy, let me tell you! He has just the right amount of bad boy and sweet guy, and it's perfect. Just perfect.

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Oh, √Čtienne. I can't even put into words how much I love you.

3. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
One Word: Ash

4. Abandon by Meg Cabot
John Hayden is a guy I'm going to love forever. He's sweet and misunderstood which just makes you love him even more!

5. When Lightning Strikes by Meg Cabot
Rob Wilkins has got to be the hottest grit I've ever met.

6. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
Zachary Goode is one hot spy.

7. Die for Me by Amy Plum
I love to read this book over and over and not just because it's a great book. But because of Vincent too.

8. Juliet Immortal (book one) and Romeo Redeemed (book two) by Stacy Jay
The romance in these books are so great, it puts the original book to shame.

9. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
This book is so great. It's probably the best futuristic book I've ever read and the romance is beyond perfect.

10. Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson
A great travel book with a mystery. And the Italian boys... what can I say? I love them.

11. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Really, any book by Maureen Johnson has a good romance. 13 Little Blue Envelopes is a great travel/romance read, but I think The Name of the Star (although more mystery with really no romance) is a great one. Stephan is someone I want in my life.

12. Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian
Now, let me emphasize the word boys. Boys. As in plural. Megan moves in with her childhood friends she hasn't seen in years, and the house is full of boys. Seven boys. Seven boys!

13. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Alex is seriously the best guy to ever have a crush on. And I think the first book is the best, plus or minus the romance.

14. How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles
Another travel book, but I think this one is probably the best travel book I've read. Avi is a great bonus. ;)

15. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
There are two, count them, two guys in this book that are totally loveable. It's hard to choose which team, but do we really have to pick?

16. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Patch is hot. So hot. So so so hot.

17. Shadowland by Meg Cabot
The first book crush I ever got was from this series. Jesse is one hot Latin ghost.

And there you go. My list of Totally Hot Fictional Guys That I Wish Existed in Real Life. I hope you enjoyed it!