Friday Reads | Getting Back Into Reading

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I am working on picking myself up and putting the pieces back together. It is a process, and ending up being a really long one. I have been really trying to focus on myself and keeping my head up. I still have like 100 pages to finish of Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyla Melton. I have been kind of putting off finishing this because we started it together and it has already made me cry a lot. But it is really good and I am going to complete it within the next week. I am also half way through The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead.  I figured it was a good pick to get back into the my old reading groove, by reading a book by an author I really enjoy and a world I have grown to love. I am kind of sad to finish this book because I do not own the next one in the series and I know I will want to continue. I also have borrowed Brave Enough:Getting Over Our Fears, Flaws, and Failures to Live Bold and Free by Nicole Unice to listen to on my walks. I have been putting off walking everyday because I hate having all that time alone with my thoughts and thought it would be good to have something to help me through. I have been working on a fitness journal and I need to get myself back into workout everyday like I use to before everything happened. I need to stop letting the ex control my life and mood.

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Halloween Recommendations | Vampires !

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I figured since it is nearing Halloween I would do another book recommendation. If you haven’t seen my spooky books rec from earlier in the month you can check it out here! I decided to do this one on vampires since that is the category in which I have read the most books. Some of these might be familiar from my other post, but I figured I would explain and talk about the different types of vampires. I am also including some books I wasn’t the hugest fan for, but has a cool concept of vampires.

The evolution of vampires in literature has come a long way since the classic vampire novels such as Dracula and Carmilla. There are so many different explanations and myths created in the vampire trope. Some vampire drink blood or humans, but don’t kill them while others do. Some can be in daylight and even sparkle while others can only come out at night or burn up. In some cases you have to be bitten to be turned while in others you are born into being a vampire. I think because of Twilight (the movies) the sub-genre has gotten a bad rep , but I still really enjoy vampire books and have found that they are all very different.

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What are some good vampire books you would recommend? 

 

Mini Vacay Book Haul

My blog is like my baby and I hate leaving it for so long, but I am back and have some exciting things to show/share from my mini vacay in Northern Michigan with Autumn from Kitty Cat Reads (and my real life bff and soul mate!) Of course the two of us went to a local bookstore and coffee shop to work on our blogs for a day!

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I am all about supporting local and independent bookstores so I had to make a purchase (of course). I bought Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead, which is the first book in a four book series. (I am planning on someday owning/reading everything by Richelle Mead!) We spent the rest of our time enjoying the sunshine and reading our books! We even attempted to do some vlogging (not sure if I will actually post it, we will see what the final product looks like)

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How could you not enjoy this view! As well we were also able to find an awesome deal for a bind up of a trilogy from Walmart. Autumn and I both bought a copy of  SummerTrilogy ( The Summer I Turned Pretty, Its Not Summer Without You and We’ll Always Have Summer) by Jenny Han! I have had this trilogy in my cart on Amazon for awhile since it has been talked about a lot recently in the book community and could not believe the deal for the bind up.

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When I stopped at my parent’s house on the way home I picked up my package that was delivered there, which was a surprise and I have no idea where they are from, but inside the box was The Sweet Trilogy (Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril and Sweet Reckoning) by Wendy Higgins! I really wish I knew where the box came from, but still how could you not love a box of surprise free books!

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When I got home from my trip I found some presents in my mailbox! I received some swag from Michelle Krys the author of Hexed! I got a two bookmarks and a signed book plate! I also received an Arc copy of  How We Fall by Kate Brauning! The book comes out in November and you can check out the synopsis and such here! The author was nice enough to send me a copy for review as well as some book swag! She wrote me a cute little note along with some info bookmarkish things (one of them is even signed!) She was also nice enough to sign the book for me! Thank you so much Kate Brauning! (This is my first official physical Arc!)

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As well as all the books, another exciting thing was posted this weekend on YA Reads , my guest post about the top books I have read so far this year! So you should definitely go check that out! A few months ago I would have never believed I would be getting so many opportunities and making an impact (whether it is just a small one) in the book community! Thank you to everyone who has friended/ supported me 🙂

May 4th: Favorite Series

MAY BOOK PHOTO CHALLENGE 

Sadly I have not completed many series in my life. I start a lot and haven’t finished them. One of my super all time favorites in the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder! I sadly do not have them with me so couldn’t post a picture. But my favorite series that I just read and completed (If you have read my blog before you should already know this because I have raved about it multiple times recently.) …

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The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead !!!

Series Wrap-Up

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In the aftermath of my series hangover, I have so many thoughts going through my head about this series. As my first marathon of a series it took me a total of 21 days to complete it.( Not including the first book that I read earlier in the year) I think that is a great accomplishment for me and I am so happy it was this series. I absolutely fell in love with everything about this series. The characters are so well thought out and have amazing development. The growth of Rose and Lissa throughout the series was amazing to witness. I thought the world that was created by Richelle Mead was brilliantly laid out and created such a different vampire world compared to anything else I have read. This series has everything from romance to awesome action packed fighting scenes. I also enjoyed the deep friendship that existed between Lissa and Rose and how protective they were of each other. I am totally team Dimitri and thought his storyline was so interesting and that his character went through so much playing such an important role in the overall story. There is so much I could keep going on about with this series, but I think I have said enough.

Series Rating: 4.5/5

Reviews:

Vampire Academy

Frostbite (#2 Vampire Academy)

Shadow Kiss (#3 Vampire Academy)

Blood Promise (#4 Vampire Academy)

Spirit Bound (#5 Vampire Academy)

Last Sacrifice (#6 Vampire Academy)

I would love to hear everyones thought/ opinions on the series. If anyone would like to have a discussion or my thoughts on any part of the series just let me know!

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead | Book Review

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LAST SACRIFICE BY RICHELLE MEAD

Genre: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy

“Life, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to care what we want.”
– Richelle Mead, Last Sacrifice 

Series: Vampire Academy
Vampire Academy (#1 in Vampire Academy)
Frostbite (#2 in Vampire Academy)
Shadow Kiss (#3 in Vampire Academy)
Blood Promise (#4 in Vampire Academy)
Spirit Bound (#5 in Vampire Academy)

Synopsis: 
The astonishing conclusion to the #1 international bestselling series, now in paperback!
Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice.
The Queen is dead and the Moroi world will never be the same. Now, with Rose awaiting wrongful execution and Lissa in a deadly struggle for the royal throne, the girls find themselves forced to rely upon enemies and to question those they thought they could trust. . . .
But what if true freedom means sacrificing the most important thing of all?
Each other. [Goodreads]review

I don’t even know where to begin with this post. I could not have asked for a better conclusion to what has now become one of my all time favorite series. It was action packed, had so many twists that I did not expect and I thought it tied up the series nicely. The whole time I was reading this I was caught off guard by so many things that I thought I figured out, but I was so WRONG. Rose had so much development and I really liked where she ended up and the girl she had become.

*Spoiler Warning* (I was going to try and not to have any, but I just can’t manage that I too many things to say)

The ending was nice, but I am also a cynical person and thought it was too soft. I was hoping for so much more after the build up the whole book of trying to solve who murdered the Queen and the search for the other Dragomir. I felt like the ending just happened too quickly and as much as I am happy that Rose survived, I kind of like the idea of her dying. There was this whole lead up with Rose forgiving herself and talking about all this super wise stuff to Dimitri. There was so much growth seen in Rose and she seemed to finally understand her place and role and her dying would have been the true last sacrifice. But I guess if she would have died I would have been super upset and feel so bad for Dimitri who finally got her back. (I can never be happy). I have grown attached to Adrian, but I do believe him and Rose aren’t meant to be together, my heart still breaks for him after everything he did for Rose. I will stop my ranting now.

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Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead | Book Review

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Genre: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy

“I’ll find you. There is no place in this world you can hide from me. I’m watching.
Love, Dimitri”
– Richelle Mead, Spirit Bound 

Series: Vampire Academy
Vampire Academy (#1 in Vampire Academy)
Frostbite (#2 in Vampire Academy)
Shadow Kiss (#3 in Vampire Academy)

Blood Promise (#4 in Vampire Academy)

Synopsis:
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s and to her best friend, Lissa. It is at long last graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.
She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him . . . forever. [Goodreads]review

Warning: This is not really a review its more just my thought on the book (sorry that just what its going to be )

I am moving on with this marathon read of the Vampire Academy Series even though this book did take considerable more time than the others. This is part due to I have been extremely busy and part in I believe this is my least favorite book in the series. Overall I am still very much in love with the series and can’t believe I have only one book to go. I just had some issues with this book and was a little disappointed because I highly enjoyed all of the other ones so far and feel like Richelle Mead could have done a couple things to have made this not an issue. For the most part I thought the book dragged on and jumped all over the place. There were some awesome things and events that took place that I was so happy that actually happened! (I am so team Dimitri!!! But I am starting to fall in love with Adrian even more) I love the reappearance of characters that I wasn’t sure would come back. Another big problem for me was some unanswered questions. Besides Rose there is not much talk about the newly graduated dhampirs, what were they doing? When are they suppose to get their assignments. But OMG the last 40 pages saved this book for me. Literally there is so much action, fights and surprises that it kept me on my toes the whole time and I wasn’t sure where it was going and what was going to happen.

(Sorry this post is shambly and all over the place (much like the book) It was more of just my thoughts than a full review. But with that being said, I have one last book until I finish the Vampire Academy Series. 16 days and counting!!!)

RATING

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead | Book Review

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 Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal

“Maybe all of this really has been a dream. But I don’t think so.”
– Richelle Mead, Blood Promise

Series: Vampire Academy
Vampire Academy (#1 in Vampire Academy)
Frostbite (#2 in Vampire Academy)
Shadow Kiss (#3 in Vampire Academy)

Synopsis: 
The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them . . . including Dimitri. He’d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa–the one she has sworn to protect no matter what–and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?[Goodreads]review

From the very beginning you are reminded that all along it has really been Rose’s story. With her being the narrator you usually assume this, but the way that Richelle Mead writes is so brilliant that you get lost in the world and the characters and seem to forget that this is a story about Rose.

I was reading a lot of reviews about this book after I finished it and realized that there were a few things that bothered me with others reviews. I know I am not perfect and I am not always right , but some of the things people were saying were a little annoying. People made statements about holes in the story and confusing information. I actually believe that Mead does a wonderful job with clearing up questions and holes in the plot. It is explained and brought up multiple times in the novel about the humans working with the strigoi and their reasons. Another thing that people seemed to have issues with was the length of the book and how the first 300 pages were pointless. I could not disagree more! OK I can say that it was a little lengthy and could have been cut down some, but I felt it was necessary. Those pages allow for Rose to evolve and grow even more while dealing and struggling with her life and decisions and learning new things that will ultimately either save her life or help her in her decisions in the long run.

The introduction of the alchemist, Sydney was a great addition to the story and I know she will appear again and play a role in this world. (If anyone has looked at the series Bloodlines). Yes, I do believe it got to be a little annoying how much Rose went to visions and memories of her and Dimitri, but this also sets up for what is to come with their relationship. Everything is done for a reason people. I did feel that the secondary plot was a little boring and not very relevant besides playing a role in the character of Rose, her relationship with Lissa and the eventually cause of her return to the academy. Yet again Rose has proved to be one badass character! Also I have to admit Adrian is beginning to grow on me!

The Vampire Academy Marathon continues! (9 days and counting)

“I’d said it before and meant it: Alive or undead, the love of my life was a badass.”

RATING-4