Sunday, May 3, 2015

Preparing a Revamp Comeback


I'm sure anyone who has come across my blog has written it off as one that is no longer active and will no longer be updated, and I have at one point decided on dropping the blog (hence the long inactivity), but I'm still a avid book reader when college work doesn't consume me so I was thinking about writing book reviews again.

I have a few saved up on my computer that I will be posting and I have left the YA book scene for a while and it will take me to time to re-adjusted. I've found the resolve I needed to try to come back to the book blogging scene and I hope that people will read my reviews and find me a suitable candidate to review a book (if you are an author reading this).

Let's see if we can continue to Read up a Storm :]

Friday, February 22, 2013

Book Review: Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

Title: The Indigo Spell

Author: Richelle Mead

Series: Bloodlines #3

Publisher: Razorbill

How obtained: Bought

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.
I am trying to organize my thoughts, I literally could not put the book down until I finished it. I only stopped once in a while because real life was calling urgently.

I have been waiting for The Indigo Spell since The Golden Lily came out and it was absolutely breathtaking. Ladies and gentleman, Richelle Mead does it again. I have honestly grown to love Sydney and Adrian. Forever shipping them together now. Now on with the review, even though I can gush forever on how much I just love the book itself.

So we head right back into the action with the problem between Sydney and Adrian still being there and Sydney is just overwhelmed with responsibilities and everyone looks to her for aid because she is the sensible and calm one. In this book we see more of the side of Sydney that I can think is the real her. She can be afraid of things, she feels just like anyone and she's strong, smart and ready to face anything that is thrown at her, whatever the consequences. I'm really loving Sydney, and her thought processes.

Who can resist Adrian? He charmed me a long time ago, and what makes their relationship so special is that they don't have to work for anything, they understand each other, they infuriate each other and corny as it sounds, they are definitely meant to be together. Oh the taboo of humans being with Moroi is never lacking mention in the book even more so because Sydney is an Alchemist but Sydney is breaking free of many of her reservations and truly getting to show her full potential.

Like the previous book hinted, Sydney tracks down Marcus Finch and he is a rebel alchemist that helps shed some light of the darkness that the Alchemists as a whole keep their members hidden in. This spurs Sydney to make some choices which I believe are right.

Magic. The furthest thing Sydney wanted to be associated with but in the book she finds herself neck deep in it and in actuality it isn't a bad thing. It comes with accepting who she is a whole, good, bad and all.

Sydney/Adrian moments were so wonderfully written in the book and I completely smiled like an idiot when I read them. Not all the moments were happy but you really get a sense of the progression of their already deeply intertwined relationship. They really just can't stay away from each other ;].

All in all I loved this book more so than previous one. Not because The Golden Lily was bad, not at all but because this one told the story a bit better. I give The Indigo Spell a 10/10. Because its no less than what it deserves. I might be biased as a VA and now Bloodline loving fan, but I'm sure people will find this book an enjoyable read regardless.

Read up a storm :].

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New Year, New Books!

Hi everyone!,

This is obviously a late New Years post. But I really want to wish everyone a happy New Years and everyone enjoyed the holidays.

I couldn't wait for this year because there are going to be so many books I want to read coming out this year and I'm just jittery with excitement. Although sometimes I wish time would move faster, we're still in the fresh new beginning of the year.

I hope everyone is reading diligently, I have to finish reading a few more books and then put up the reviews so stay tuned! ;D

Read up a storm! :]

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Book/Galley Review: Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Lost Prince

Author: Julie Kagawa

Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1

Publisher: Mira Ink UK

How obtained: Netgalley

Will be published on Jan 6 2013 in the UK.

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten
When I found out Julie Kagawa was going to be writing about Ethan I spazzed. I was so excited! But after the original publication in the U.S. in October, I couldn't get my hands on it. Thank you Netgalley!

The book was everything that I hoped for. More of Julie Kagawa's writing. I swear that its addicting.

Ethan is afraid to hurt other people because of his sight, but we all know the more you try to stay away from something, the more ways it comes back to find you.

I love Ethan's character because he not only is badass, Julie Kagawa also lets us have peeks at his inner self, where he is afraid and where he still loves Meghan despite his outer facade. I respect him all the more. Sometimes to protect others and ourselves there will be a lot of wall building between the outside and the heart. I admire Kenzie and her bravery. That girl is seriously stubborn but she wouldn't of been able to get past Ethan's shields if she wasn't. She has my respect for being able to face the world of the fey even though she couldn't fight. But she made up for it in brains. She was just as kickass in the story as Ethan and Kierran.

Oh Kierran, if you read the Iron Knight, you know where this lovely far/human comes from. I was a little disappointed in Kierran. He was definitely a good fighter and he definitely had a big heart but he didn't shine the same way as Ethan and Kenzie did. Maybe it was because he did some stupid things

Don't forget!!!! Meghan, Ash and Puck and Grimalkin are in it too! OH MY GOD I love the old characters. They didn't really have as big as a part but when they were introduced(and I guessed right) or whenever they appeared I fangirled.
Meghan makes a good queen. And Ash will forever be her love and knight.
Puck needs a love interest! But he's still our favorite prank-puller. <3 p="p">And must I say more about our lovely and sarcastic cat?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be equally siked for the next one. I give The Lost Prince a 9/10. I will forever love anything Julie Kagawa writes!

If YOU haven't read the Iron Fey series yet, get to it! You'll never regret it. :]

Read up a storm!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Book Review: Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine

Title: Bitter Blood

Author: Rachel Caine

Series: Morganville vampires #13

Publisher: NAL

How obtained: Library

For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…

Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires.

To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse.
I completely and utterly devoured this book. I've followed along with The Morganville Vampires series since the beginning and damn, I'm glad I did. Thirteen books in and Rachel Caine still manages to surprise us and literally keep us on the edge of our seats. There is definitely a lot to process from this book and I sat there for like five minutes after I finished, just digesting. So here's my review.

You would think that after the draug are taken care of, that our heroes could have some peace but that is not the case. A character from the past makes her reappearance and goddamn does she cause problems. I really love how Claire has grown. She went from a timid girl to one who isn't afraid to fight for all she wants and isn't afraid to get hurt to protect the ones that she loves. And we all know she loves Shane, Michael and Eve with all her soul.

This book broke my heart in some places, especially when Michael under influences(that will not be spoiled here) causes a rift between all the members of the house. Unfortunate as this was, we see that Claire is truly strong and truly ready to face the challenges thrown at her. Oh, Myrnin, my favorite wacky vampire. He didn't play as important of a role but he was crucial to the storyline. I'm glad he cares for Claire but seriously he's a little too old for her. He will always be her black knight but her black knight is not exactly what she needs.

It was very interesting to see the ghosts and humans of Morganville really have a role in the town. It was nice to see their strength but honestly, even given the circumstances, it doesn't give most of them the right to be asses.

Michael and Eve are married and it should of been a happy thing but they don't exactly have everyones blessing and this paints the whole glass house as targets. Their love is strong enough to survive but it really is them against the world.

Oh, I still respect Amelie but she pissed me off in the beginning of the book. It was like one of those people that you want to shake them until some sense dawns on them.

I give Bitter Blood a 10/10. I loved it. It wasn't flawless because there are some falters of pace but I loved the multiple point of views, the wittiness that Rachel Caine manages to stick in there and the tying of the characters together even more strongly.

Read up a storm! <3