Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Hi, friends! Maybe you saw my last post that my friend Krystle and I combined blogs recently for our Booknatic blogging finally. I will continue to post the reviews here as well because I really love chatting with you guys and still hoping to slowly bring awareness for you guys to join us there. That blog will host Giveaways/Author Promoting, Reviews and fun chat/threads. http://thebooknatics.blogspot.com/

Recently, I finished the first two  books of The Vampire Academy, and here’s my ecstatic review for it!

I am so incredibly late starting this series, and believe me when I say I regret it!
 It was just that I am such a huge fan of vampire novels, and it seemed like everyone started jumping on the YA Vampire Bandwagon after Twilight, and the mythical race was slowly being ruined for me after every book I gave a chance to. Well, I am catching up fast now! There is a lot of high school-ish drama in this book but it does not over-shadow the fantastic power of this story!
 
This is probably one of my most favorite vampire worlds to this day. So totally different, so creative and original. This is a Y-A book that reads like an adult book at times, told in the first perspective of Rose Hathaway, a strong-willed, unruly, sarcastic yet very intelligent and badass heroine! (can you tell I love this character?)
Richelle’s vampires are divided upon the Royal Vampires, Moroi-Mortal vampires who are amongst families who are in line for the crown by rankings.   Then we have, Dhampir’s. Half human, half Moroi vampires who are raised to be guardians of the Moroi, assigned to their subject in their younger years at the Academy. They are to learn to protect their assigned Moroi from the Strigoi’s…The bad, immortal  vampires who were once Moroi, but betrayed their bloodlines for power and immortality and seek to destroy  the Moroi’s.
Rose is best friend and assigned to Lisa, a royal Moroi who has powers not many other vampires contain. A few years before the story takes place, Rose and Lisa were in a car wreck that killed Lisa’s family and Rose severely injured… Lisa’s mysterious power when she cried for her friend, resurrected Rose and a bond was formed. Rose can now feel and enter Lisa’s mind/emotions. When Rose suspects someone is after Lisa shortly after, she made the rash decision of taking Lisa and running away.  They lived amongst humans at a college campus for two years before being caught by the enigmatic, powerful and quiet, (and hot) Russian Guardian trainer, Dimitri.
When they are brought back to the Vampire Academy, life changes drastically for both Lisa and Rose. Something is not right in the air, and it seems everyone is after them, especially Lisa. But why? Rose is assigned to afterschool training sessions with Dimitri to catch up on her missed years of guardian training, leaving Lisa alone after hours, trouble finding her every time they turn their heads. 
The tension between Rose and Dimitri is electric!
The series of events and conclusion left my jaw hanging wide open. Unexpected turns and reveals left and right before we are taken to the next book in the series.
I found this first book entirely captivating hanging on to every word to guess what’s going on, who is after Lisa and Rose, and keeping my fingers crossed for Rose to get to Dimitri’s heart wholly when she becomes legal, that is!! X_X
I also love how there is romance that keeps you on your toes, but unlike most YA series of the likes, this story does NOT revolve around it!
 
Richelle Mead has me spellbound, I now must own every book of hers in my collection, and read them over and over! Thank you, THANK YOU for making such a strong and willed successful heroine!  Rose is amazing through and through!

 

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The Pharaoh and the Curator by Sophia Jones -Naughty Book!-

Can't get any hotter than this... WOW.

Can’t get any hotter than this… WOW.

Some of you by now know that I am completely obsessed with Ancient Egypt mythology. I was ecstatic when a copy of this story was offered to me. Of all the day dreams I’ve ever fantasized of the Ancient Egyptian times with all its art, artifacts, Gods, and architecture, I never once imagined such an exotic and risqué passion of the Gods of those times. Which made this read all the more pleasurable for me.

This is a short story set in Modern day Egypt, Michelle Beaumont works as a curator and has an undying love for Ancient Egypt, and it’s no coincidence. After a thrilling chain of events, she learns that she is not exactly who she thought to be. She is one part of a God’s soul (ka). The one and only, leopard skin bearing, Ra.
The Egyptian Son God is resurrected as Michelle and her team finishes repairs on an ancient and damaged Obelisk. Michelle feels the undeniable and magnetic pull instantly. This is the man of her dreams…literally. More importantly, Michelle learns this encounter with Ra isn’t the first time they’ve been united.

*Cue’s suspenseful music* Read to find out!
(Oh, now come on guys. You know I don’t like spoiling! And this is definitely worth every page to find out for yourself!)

But just as quick as Ra appears below the newly repaired Obelisk, danger is in their sights and to Michelle’s disbelief, the person who is destined to jeopardize Ra’s and Michelle’s relationship, was under her nose all for the last two decades. Will they ever escape the vicious cycle of their perpetual curse?

There is one naughty scene, where the awakening of Michelle’s long lost powers return to her, and man, it was sun-sizzling hot and naughty!
Sophia Jones is absolutely brilliant! The story was riveting, witty and surprisingly hilarious but most notably, a profound sentimental value of undying love. The awesome thing about this book, it has all the key elements to keep the reader on the edge of their seat; mystery, thrill, romance, comical dialogue, and exotic location! My geeky heart is a happy one today.

Get yourself a copy here!
http://www.amazon.com/The-Pharaoh-Curator-Paranormal-ebook/dp/B00CJGB0ZM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367029283&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Pharaoh+and+the+Curator

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Fifty Shades of Grey: E.L. James

13609263Very late adding this review here, but felt this was definitely a must for this blog. I have very mixed emotions about this book and had to do a lot of re-thinking before I re-wrote this interview to really sort out what I feel about this book.

 I am a part of a group on Goodreads that E.L. James was actually a part of herself before her novel went viral, and from my understanding, this book began as a blog, a parody of some sort about the hit saga Twilight. I caught the comparisons and humor between the characters right away. This was a brilliant concoction of the ingredients that make life and fiction work together.  BDSM, is a very real thing that we don’t particularly hear of on a daily basis, unless you are one of which ties people up for punishment and love to kiss and tell… My impression of this book was that of a girl who falls foolishly in love with a very rich and controlling man whom she has no earthly idea what she’s getting herself into before these feelings evolve. 

Bella (Twilight’s foolish girl): Falls in love with a  devastatingly, beautiful, rich guy at school but has no earthly idea that he’s indeed a  controlling, dangerous, vaaaaampire. (OOooo)

Ana(50 Shades foolish girl): Falls in love with a  devastatingly, beautiful, rich guy but has no earthly idea that he’s indeed a controlling, dangerous…Sex Maniac. (OOooo)
Then you have the plot where they break up because he’s just too dangerous to be around (Edward/Christian) and the girl can’t make up her mind how she feels being a part of that life(style). And the love triangles such as Jacob/Jose and the  flight back home to see her parents to prove to the girl that the man does care,  etc. etc. the list goes on.

 I know there were mandatory changes made to the story in order for it to be published by the company that picked Ms. James up because of the too similar story plot and characters, but there are a lot of people who want to sit there behind their screens and trash talk this book, sticking their literary noses up in the air as if they were too good to read this. Considering the pre-circumenstances, this book really was not written horribly. I think the problem is they just can’t humor the pretenses of this book. Took me a while to figure out my feelings for it, but I’ve decided that this book had me so curious after so many friends talked me into it, and once I began, I just couldn’t put it down for the life of me. There were times I snuck a read at work and my jaw would hit the floor and I’d be like “She did NOT just do that…” “Omg he did that?” “OW”  “EW” “OMG NO! Get that thing out of there!” “Don’t stick that up ther…oh crap… he did it…”

Let me tell ya, it has been so many years since a book had ever gotten that much of a reaction out of me.  Before this novel, I was a BSDM-Romance-Novel-Virgin… so that could be part of the reasoning behind my stunned mind. But all in all, what makes an author so brilliant, is being able to produce a story that rises a reaction from its reader. Whether the reactions are physical, positive, or causes arguments. I am starting to believe that the people who gave this book such a bad rep for its grammar usage, or what ever else they dug deep to find, were just looking for an excuse NOT to like this book because it became so mainstream and a big hit. I am often one of those people who refuse to join in on any type of fad, but I am also one of which has a curious mind, that if left unattended,  eventually goes stir-crazy. Me reading this book was the type of curiosity that could be compared to your sisters well hidden diary. I shouldn’t read it, but the gossip just sounds waaaay too appealing. I read it. I was disgusted, I laughed. My eye brows went so far up as my eyes widened, they just about flung right off my forehead at times. I was distubed many, many times… But what good is a book that doesnt stirr up some sort of feeling as you read? I have finally decided my answer. Yes. I did enjoy this book. And I think people should loosen up a little. Reading is a hobby, have fun with it. (No offense)



My Christian and Ana

What are your thoughts on the series?

3-9-2013
Update! I finally bought/found the 2nd book in this series. About to dive into it. =)

Darkfever #1 Fever Series -Karen Marie Moning Fever Series

First book in the series. There are 5 in total.

First book in the series. There are 5 in total.

((The review is clean…ish. But pay close attention to the review if you are interested in PR without the erotica))

How do I put this… o.m.g… Wanna talk about fever? I now feel Feverfever when I am under withdrawals of Monings fabulous and sexy world of…Fever… 0_0

An awesome friend of mine advised I read this series. I am so glad I did! I have found this series to be overwhelmingly addictive. It contains a little bit of every genre, which makes it for an exciting read. It’s naughty, mysterious, magical and edge of your seat thrilling.

Karen Marie Moning’s style of writing warps you into her magical world and wraps you up so tightly, that you may forget your surroundings till the very last page. When even then you’re left to wanting to quickly get on with the next book. This is a novel written in first person by a girl named Mackayla Lane. Mac, for short, goes to seek revenge and get the straight facts about the murder of her sister, Alina, in Dublin Ireland. Only, when she gets there, questions aren’t being answered, instead, Mac is overwhelmed stumbling upon confusing clues and people. Afraid, she almost gives up, until, she met the oh so enigmatic, tall dark and handsome man who will leave you asking yourself, “Edward Cullen who?” “Twilight what?” “Oh, this is definitely not Young Adult…Is it hot in here?”

This mysterious man “rescues” Mac from the soon to be named Dark Zones -as dubbed by Mac- (Forgotten areas of Dublin of which the shadow creatures who dwell in the darkness, have taken over, and will devour anything that comes across those streets, humans, rolling leaves, worms, anything) and as soon as he realizes and explains to her, her abilities as a Sidhe-Seer, ( a person who can see the Fae, but also a Null, who can touch Faes to freeze them and able to kill them) he offers-forces really- her to live in his books and bauble shop, in exchange of Mac becoming his divining rod so to speak, to find a mysterious evil book and relics.

This is another one of my favorite, favorite books for the amazing thrill it takes us on. Thank you, so much Moning for such an amazing series!!!
I do not want to add too much more to this review. There are so many funny and witty lines, and over the top sexy moments, that it is just best left unsaid to discover on your own. Have fun!
***I do not advise anyone under the age of 18 to read this series… For it does get a little heated, in some really abnormal like ways… ***