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 Booknatics GoodReads.com Group May Books of the Month

Hello everyone! I am very excited about this months group read, mainly because this is our first group activity since starting the Booknatic blogging! We had our members vote on a poll filled with different books from a variety of genres, and the two that won May’s featured books are:

May 2013 book of the Month

May 2013 book of the Month


Cinder by Marissa Meyer:
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

May Book of the Month

May Book of the Month


Fallen by Lauren Kate:
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story

I have already read the Fallen series, which was captivating in it’s YA genre, but have not yet read Cinder. If you have read either of these, or plan to, why don’t ya join us on goodreads and join in the bookly fun? =D
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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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The Host- by Stephanie Meyer–Review for the book AND movie

So, this is going to be my attempt at hiding the overwhelming details of my excitement of what I thought about the book movie adaptation, The Host. I am also going to do a slight book review to add to this, even though I read it years ago. I went to see this movie shortly after release but am just now having the time to actually sit down and really write my thoughts on it, calmly too might I add!…

AHH!!!!!! –#%(*)UTJHyy- Okay. Done with the last of my happy-bursts. ((Sorry this review is long))

I took my mom out to see this movie, and I have to say, it was beyond outstanding! As I’ve said before, generally upon book-to-movie adaptations being released, I try my best to not set myself up for disappointment and walk into the show with low expectations, because I am just nerdy enough to get heartbroken over a lousy attempt at my favorite books being brought to life. The awesome thing about going in with low hopes is that feeling when that guard you spent so much time putting up prepping yourself for disappointment is shattered by the mind-blowing actuality of a splendid well put together outcome.

I was so crazy about this book I read it more than once, and pretty much remembered line for line, and my favorite quotes, it was exhilarating to experience a successful adaptation such as this, my favorite scenes and quotes saved from the producing-butcher!

9780316068048_custom-s6-c10For those of you who haven’t read the book, it’s set in a Dystopian age where an alien race has taken over Planet Earth and invades the human species. They are generally a kind, gentle species and create a new world without money, government, and wars. Though the actual act of invasion seems barbaric, the alien race really only acted with great intentions, not realizing what they are doing is actually wrong and forceful. Their sole purpose was to bond with a foreign species to bring harmony to a world of need. Humans in their eyes needed help, for we are the lesser, barbaric, and hateful race. Stephanie Meyer really hits it on the spot how messed up our society is with this novel.

The souls are inserted into the human brain, and are then used to sift through the human’s memories to gather any information on the last of the non-assimilated humans. Though, in some cases such as one of our Heroine’s, Melanie, are stronger than our extraterrestrial invader expects and the human mind revolts and battles its trespasser to regain control over their body once again, though such incidents are rare.
In this case, here we meet Wanderer. Gentle soul who later earns the nick name, Wanda, and has lived for millennia and has bonded with many hosts from many planets. Wanda is assigned to our strong protagonists, Melanie and when she feels the power and strength of Melanie’s love as she sifts through her memories, she slowly begins to conform to the human emotion, overwhelmed with the power of love and understands enough to feel driven to help Melanie be reunited with her little brother and the man she loves. Wanda stops cooperating with the lead Seeker, and Melanie and Wanda embark on the electrifying journey, but a dangerous one at that, as The Seeker begins the hunt to destroy both Wanda and Melanie both.

Again, you won’t be getting any spoilers from me, but if you can enjoy a good Sci-Fi, though this could be classified as Young Adult, I feel this could be enjoyed by all ages. A little bit of romance, thriller, mystery, and a whole lot of Sci-Fi will be experienced!

This movie, I can’t stress enough, for those who have read the book but not yet watched the movie, please do yourself a favor, and see this one! It’s rare I enthusiastically propose readers to experience a book adaptation for themselves, it was that perfect! The scenes from the book which made me cry, laugh and leave me on the edge of my seat, effectively had me doing so as the movie went on, right on que.

Divided by Jennifer Sights

Sometimes when I have the time to sit back and relax, I love to explore Amazon for Kindle freebies, and most often cases run into little gems like this. I was amazed to see there were not many reviews for this fascinating bewitched tale. I think what caught my attention at first was the cover. My first though when looking at it, I thought, “Man, she looks a lot like Elena from Vampire Diaries.”  Also how lovely yet simple the cover is, perfectly depicts the title.

So getting into the first chapter of the book, you learn that our Heroine is indeed named Elena. She’s a well put together, young and intelligent private investigator and works with missing person cases. She’s approached by a mother and is set on an investigation to find her missing teenage daughter. Little did Elena know, just what she was getting herself into. Solving many cases of ordinary missing person cases, Elena finds herself in a world of magic, darkness and danger when she’s undercover investigating a Goth club downtown where the missing girl was known to visit. Here she meets the enigmatic Vittorio, club owner and drop-dead handsome man.
Indescribable passion strikes them when they are near each other, and never able to control how they feel for one another.  The two characters finally discover what great things they can bring to the world by being together, magic awakens in Elena. Then, things suddenly take a turn in the investigation, leaving me on the edge of my seat.  These two characters together make for some steamy, fervent scenes. And per usual, I hope this vague opinion of mine will spike a bit of interest for you to get on Amazon and get this book, I hate to spoil anything drastic, and like so many other books I love, I try to be careful, because the magic this book contains is best when experiencing it on your own!
All in all, the mystery, the paranormal, and the romance, all together make for an enthralling story. I believe if you like books such as Night Huntress, Vampires in America, and Sentinel Wars, this book will blow you away. I cannot wait to see what happens next. Thank goodness for Kindle apps, I would have never found this piece of treasure.

Nude by Stéphanie Desnoyer

I was offered a free copy of this book for an honest review, and I have got to say, this book touches a lot of controversy and sensitive topics which proves the author to be brave and bold with her writing. English is not Mrs. Desnoyer’s first language, but she does an exceptional job at giving us a wondrous story and outstanding job of self-editing, I have a lot of respect for her as an author for her ability to learn a difficult language and create such a risqué tale for us all to enjoy.

The title of this book pretty much says it all, and holds nothing back as it bares all while taking risks. Our protagonist in this story is an orphan in the UK who is a dancer at a local nude bar, but quits in hopes to better herself. There is a lot of drug usage and inappropriate scenes so readers under 18, beware. Then there are the controversial relationships, which I think will be much more shocking to the reader if I leave that tidbit out in the review. Tee finds herself a job as a cleaner for a wealthy gay couple, and tables are turned when love strikes between two unsuspected characters. The story is a great life reminder, about consequences for poor choices, and most importantly to love with all you have because you never know what the future will bring and when, so don’t take anyone for granted.

The ending was one of those shocking moments as a reader when right when you think the story is over, an unexpected event takes place, exciting the reader for more. It hints at a sequel that gets my wheels spinning, trying to predict what could happen next. I am very interested to see where the story takes us next!

Lover Awakened- #3 Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward

Yup. It’s official. This is my favorite BDB installment, and most definitely my favorite Brother, no doubt about it. I am on book 6 at the moment, fifth is great too! But, we will get to that some other time!

This book focuses on Zsadist, known as the most feared Warrior of the Brotherhood. We have been introduced to him fleetingly among the previous books, but here we learn more about his excruciating, heartbreaking, dark past. He’s illiterate, addicted to pain, vicious in the manner he treats people, even his own Brothers, he refuses to have sex, but only if the girl has her hands on the wall and doesn’t touch him, but one thing that captured me the most, he’s also an artist.(Even if it was just a subtle scene! I am a sucker for a tall, handsome talented fictional man, what can I say! Oh, and whom also sings like an angel)

I have always been intrigued by this character. His frightening personality is highly contrasted by the emotion that shocked everyone at the wedding ceremony in the first book, by just how much soul he put into the old traditional song of their long lost language. That’s when I knew, this man was going to break my heart.

With the previous affection attempts by a curious female vampire, Bella-friend of the Brotherhood and sister to a symphath, who runs the club the Brotherhood hangs out at- made towards Z, he began to crack a little and helplessly begins to wonder what it would be like to be with a female that strangely enough cares about him. The fear of his past refused to let him experiment, so he kept pushing her away, but she’d keep pushing right back.

But, the third book- and if you haven’t begun this series yet, then I will be careful as not to make any major spoilers- But Bella was put into danger when the ever creepy Mr. O, the lesser with some major personal issues that not even the Omega can cure *rolls eyes* , gets his nasty paste-white hands on her and kidnaps her and keeps her as pet. This dude cages her up, feeds her, calls her wife, but reminds him of his sister who was killed.O_0 Mr. O has made his way up to the top of my most-disliked villains of all time, by the way.  But anyhow, Z realized too late just how much he cares for her, and spends all his time locating her for a rescue mission.

Zsadist unleashes the hero buried deep within him, frantically searching for Bella, not believing she could be as dead the Brothers and civilian vampires claim her to be. He truly feels in his heart it isn’t so. For a female to be so interested in him, is brave all in itself, she most likely is just as brave when it comes enough to protecting her will to live.  

Events transpire to the finding of Bella, and the romance and heart break begins. He wants to unfold and be the man Bella knows is inside of him, but every time his body reacts to her subtle seductions, he punishes himself; locks himself up and Bella could even swear she heard the sounds of sobbing. This poor, damaged man..pire… It’s obvious he covers his weakness with rebelling and rage because as a Warrior, he can’t afford to let his dark and abusive past get in the way of his duties, but when it comes to affection and adoration, he recoils, afraid to do the wrong thing, and afraid of consequences. But, under all that animalistic rage tendency, he’s soft, protective, and to me, is just a big ol’ teddy bear.

We are presented with a sequence of flashbacks between Phury Z’s twin,and Z himself, of the rescue mission he set out to find his long lost brother. (Z was taken from home as an infant to use as a slave for a rich glymera female vampire, and used for his large warrior… uh… *cough* “dagger” and blood.) Another problems arise Phury battles the vow of celibacy he has taken his whole life when his feelings for Bella ensues. After all the years of protecting Z and standing by his side when no one else would, he struggles to overcome his feelings for her, battling the happiness he feels for his brothers own.

 The story as a whole though, I’ll admit how frustrating the story lines *can* be in this series. While I understand that some of the side stories tied into each book, gives a perspective of another brother and leads up to the next book, and gives us a full insight the daily lives of the Brothers interactions with each other, and at times that’s just fine, but it gets super frustrating when it gets dragged on endlessly, distracting the reader from the stuff that’s really going on. Some of the extra insights were very vital for the next book, we have John who showed up to the brotherhood, a young vampire nearing his transition, but no one can solve his background though they believe he is the son of Darius, the vampire who died in the first book, the Queens father, and then Tohr and Wellsies drama. I always had my suspicions of what were to come of Wellsie and her “situation”, but this kinda took me for a loop. (no spoilers) And the endless creepiness that is the Omega and lesser alike.

All I cared about was Z and Bella, and their creepy lesser Stalker, Mr.O.  I also may also be the first one to admit, while most J.R. Ward BDB sex scenes are super cheesy, this one, however, did not fail to impress me. But, in total of this series, we undergo a series of guessing what’s going to happen next, mystery, thrills, romance, heart break, laughter, I honestly shed a few tears for this poor vampire. His story was written so well, I was totally consumed by it and wanted nothing more than to reach out and hug him! Oh, and back off, because he is my Bookboyfriend! *nods*

If you find yourself beginning this series soon, just be prepared for a lot of information. These are long novels and though each book is based on one Warrior from the Brotherhood, you will be introduced to many characters, and forced to focus on many other point of views, including moments in the head of the lesser that overtakes the Forelesser position (lead lesser)who are on the hunt  for warriors, for their own motives.

***Terms you need to know of the BDB series mentioned in this review***
– Glymera-Social core of the aristocracy
– Lesser– De-souled human who hunts vampires and works for the Omega
– Omega– Malevolent, mystical figure  who seeks to extinct the vampire race out of hatred for The Scribe Virgin
– Scribe Virgin– Mystical force who is counselor to the king and keeper of vampire archives

Interesting Facts:
** Vampires are in fact, the good race in this series, and the Brotherhood protects their race and the humans. In fact, some of them even pray.
** There is a lot…a lot of hardcore sex in these books. Some more disturbing and or cheesy than others.