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!

 

Upcoming Book to Movie Adaptations!

So, book to movie adaptations as we all know, can be either a hit or miss. I’ve learned to walk in with low expectations so I don’t feel like crying and throwing a tantrum on my way out of the theater by the end of the movie. But I don’t know about you, I still feel like this obligation takes over me, the curiosity of seeing my favorite characters coming to life in some shape or form is something magical to experience. Though, I disagree with a lot of the casting over past films of my favorite novels, it’s still fun to follow and compare. So, here is a list of movies coming out within this year and the next. Hope you  find something you’ve read or interested in. =) Happy reading and viewing, all! Please keep an eye on this post for added adaptations, being in the awesome world of book blogging, I stumble upon news quite often, and will be sure to keep you all informed! If you feel I have missed any, please by all means, let me know. =)

“The Host” by Stephanie Meyer: Most of us should know this by now. It’s a good chance we may see a second installment as well if this is a success. (((I have a review for this movie coming up soon, a VERY HAPPY REVIEW!!!!!)))

Catching Fire (The Hunger G... “Catching Fire” Second installment of The Hunger Games. This will be released in November 2013.

“Adept(The Wiccan Diaries, #3)” – by T.D. McMichael

“The Great Gatsby” : by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The Hunter (Parker, #1) “:by Richard Stark

“Shiver” (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) :by Maggie Stiefvater

“The Two Faces of January” :by Patricia Highsmith

“Prodigy “(Legend, #2) :by Marie Lu

“Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus “:by John Gray

“Shadow and Bone”: by Leigh Bardugo- This is the first installment of the Grisha series.

“Vampire Academy- Blood Sisters” by Richelle Mead- First installment to a long vampire series. Released in 2014

“World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War” by Max Brooks- Supposedly this year, it will be filming.

“Wicked Lovely” by Melissa Marr- Awesome series of the Fae world. Supposedly filming this year.

“Odd Thomas (#1)”- by Dean Koontz- Supposedly filming this year!!!

“Uglies (Uglies, #1) “by Scott Westerfeld- (YA-Sci Fi)

“Carrie”(remake) by Stephen King: Horror/Thriller/Fantasy/Adult

“The Giver”- Let me tell you how excited I am about this one… *DANCES AROUND LIKE A LOON* This is to this day, STILL my favorite book. The first Dystopian I ever read. They are not sure when it’s going to begin casting/filming, but I will keep you updated on this one!

Maximum Ride: James Patterson- (YA/Sci-Fi) I am also very excited about this. This has GREAT potential of being an amazing movie.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children- (Thriller/Paranormal) YAY!!! They are not sure when they will begin casting, though.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (YA/Urban Fantasy)Released in August

The Night Circus ( a Fantasy) by Erin Morgenstern: Another favorite book of mine. Still in the talks.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (YA/Horror/Fantasy)- Casting not yet taken place

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (YA-Fantasy) ANGELS YAYYAYAYAY!! They don’t have a set date yet for though. It is still in the talks.

“Divergent” by Veronica Roth (YA/Dystopian) Next year (2014)

“Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card (Sci Fi/YA) This year sometime. (Starring Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford) Click here for IMDB information

 “Fallen” by Lauren Kate (YA/Fantasy/Romance) More Angels!! (still waiting for news on this one, actually.)

“The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan” (YA/Dystopia/Post Apocalyptic)- Zombies.. OH my. This will be filmed this year

“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest” – Part two of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo …Still in the talks

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)“If I stay” by Gale Forman-  (YA, Realistic Fiction, Romance)  Date is not yet released for production.

The Looking Glass Wars (The...“The Looking Glass Wars” by Frank Beddor- (YA Fantasy)- Production information not yet released.

The Lightning Thief (Percy ...“The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)” by ick Riordan- (YA Fantasy) Everyone know’s about this one by now, though. Excited! This will be released this year.

The Raven Boys (The Raven C... “The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater- (YA Paranormal)- Still in the talks for production