Friday, August 31, 2012

Feature & Follow (#2)



Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

Q: Best Cover? What is the best cover of a book that you’ve read and didn’t like?


A:  The best cover I have come across is Burned (House of Night #6). I absolutely loved the book previous to this one, but I just feel that the story was dragging on and I was getting bored as it went a long. The cover is intricate and it complements the other the series of books that I had to see what will become of Zoey and the House of Night... unfortunately I was deeply mistaken for ever setting eyes on it.


Haha, this is ironic to think that last weeks question was in favour of my blog and this one contradicts it... And I fell for it didn't I.

Leave your blog below and I will 'hop'on over....



Thursday, August 30, 2012

"Waiting on" Wednesday (#2)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



Title - Stolen Night (Vampire Queen #2)
Author - Rebecca Maizel
Release Date - 29 January 2013 (Paperback)

Lenah Beaudonte should be dead. But having sacrificed herself to save another, she finds herself awakening with strange powers that are neither vampire nor human—and a new enemy on her trail. In her vampire life, Lenah had thought that being human was all she ever wanted; but the human heart suffers pain, heartbreak and loss.

With her new powers growing and the dark force of the Nex after her soul, Lenah faces a choice: between the mortal love of gorgeous Justin, whose passion fed her human soul, and taking a different path to become the mistress of her own destiny, wherever that may lead...


I know eBook and Kindle edition are available, however this is one book I can;t wait to buy. I think its been 2 years since Infinite Days was released and I read it straight away. I thoroughly enjoyed that book, and I hopefully this one will not disappoint. As it has been so long since I have read I will once again read and review it... So keep a look out for it!

Want to join in? Then head over to Jill@Breaking the Spine...
Are you taking part, then leave a me link and I pop over and see what your "Waiting On". 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Review - Divergent by Veronica Roth

Title - Divergent (Divergent #1)
Author - Veronica Roth
Genre - YA Dystopia
Pages - 487

This was one of the books that my friend Aa’ishah over at Reading Under the Stars recommended to me which is found on my Recommendations page. I have seen this book for ages in Waterstones niggerling at me to get it…then I see the great reviews posted on all of your blogs and I had to get them… (I may be exaggerating here) You told me it was great…but not mind-blowingly awesome. =)
I knew this was an awesome book, because I couldn’t stop laughing, smiling like an idiot and in complete awe and was completely engaged, compelled and entranced into the whole story, it begins like this…

Beatrice lives in a dystopian world made up of four factions – Amity, Erudite, Candor, Abnegation and Dauntless where everyone must conform. Currently she lives in Abnegation with her family; Mum, Dad and Caleb her brother. Beatrice has reached the age of sixteen, and where the rest of her life is based on a simulation and a choice… Beatrice is unlike any girl in the faction, she is a Divergent. Divergency is a way of saying, you don’t fit in… Beatrice is of multiple factions and she has a choice to make. Beatrice becomes Tris, a girl that struggles to conform and yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. There are more secrets that this divided society wishes to share with the world.

Beatrice and Tris portray the two personalities that her Divergent status holds… Beatrice is supposedly an ordinary sixteen-year old who wants to be what Abnegation taught her to conform too, but she will never conform to any life she is given or chosen. It’s not her fault that she is a unique girl, but she finds out as much as it is uncommon, it is not unheard of in the closest people around her. Tris is an extraordinary young girl in this book, she becomes someone on her own right not theirs, and she becomes a complex character and suffers greatly after choosing to become someone she is not ready to accept her fate. Like all teenage girls, she felt an instant connection with a boy, Four, her instructor, he draws protection and danger to herself, but it grows deeper than that.

Four (Tobias) is one of the instructors of the initiates. Eighteen years old, tall, dark haired, blue eyed and handsome, he is enough to turn most girls heads, especially one such as Tris (and me). Four has sense of strategy and control, his code of conduct, and a strong persona and sense of self. But his background uncovers her truest fears and secrets. His soul becomes him when he strides closer to Tris. But like all dived societies, he has to stand to his code; he has to protect himself and Tris… That will make any girl swoon.

"I might be in love with you." He smiled a little. "I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you, though."

Four and Tris’s relationship is like no other, when they feel it. I feel it. Tris is beautiful or pretty so she says, but she is something else and Four sees inside of her. He sees wants share the knowledge they both have and hide. They are born to survive each other and what lies ahead. Four and Tris are a dynamic couple, who create a solid team and complement each other throughout the whole book. What I found was that they remind me of Shane and Claire in The Morganville Vampire; their love, truth and beliefs are shared between them and they hold nothing back. They guide and protect each other… If I’m comparing Four and Tris to Shane and Claire, then this is a brilliant partnership and a brilliant book.

I’m not finished yet… =)

At first, I wasn’t sure this was going to be the book I would enjoy as it reminded me of The Hunger Games, but this is by fare something very different. I haven’t read many dystopias and this by far is the best. I thoroughly enjoyed this book… It’s fast paced and an exciting read that compels you to move on. I felt entranced into the nature of the characters. Also what I found was that Beatrice/Tris and Four/Tobias portray the Divergency in their characters and that truly defines them. Even though I’m seventeen years old, yet I feel connected to Tris. The characters are well developed and defined and I thought this dystopian novel is one of the best I have come across. As I have rekindled myself with YA Fiction, so far this is the highlight of my year. Veronica Roth is an intelligent author that writes beautifully. She has a skill creating her character to the definition that they were purposed for in the novel. I’m in awe of Veronica Roth for this ingenious novel.

I can’t wait to start Insurgent…

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Showcase Sunday (#2)


Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits & Tea.
Its an opportunity to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week.

As I continue with catching-up with YA books these are the books that I bought:


Forsaken by Jana Oliver: I bought this when it first came out and I loved it... I need to read it again as I want to continue the rest of The Demon Trapper series... I KNOW I HAVE MISSED SO MUCH!!

I have also borrowed:
                                                                                                                                            


Halo by Alexandra Adornetto: This is a book that I have seen in Waterstones so many times and I need to read this. The cover looks amazing and so beautifully designed. 
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa: This book and the rest of the series I have seen across blogs and I have seen highly recommended reviews about these books.
Everneath by Brodi Ashton: This was a brand new book in the library, I have seen it across some your blogs and the cover design is beautiful which also compelled me to borrow it.  
Finally: Forbidden by Jana Oliver: I thought that I would continue the Demon Trappers. Hopefully they are as good as the first....

I can't wait to start these books... Something different each week, I am catching up slowly but I know I have way more to read... Ahhhhhhhhhhh.

Have you read these? I would like to know what you thought! 
Are you taking part? Leave me link, I would love to know what you received this week.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Feature & Follow (#1)


This is my first FF on this blog and I hope I have done this right! I have only started blogging and I would love some more followers... I hope you enjoy Never Judge a Book by its Cover.

Q: Worst cover? What is the worst cover of a book that you’ve read and loved?


A: The worst cover I have come across so far is Blood Warrior (The Alexa Montogomery Saga 1#) by H.D Gordon  This has to be the worst cover I gave come across, and the ironic thing is that my blog is Never Judge a Book by its Cover, so that is what I did, and from the review, you can see how much I loved it and how it reminded me so much of The Vampire Academy. 


This is a great question from FF as its ties in with my blog! Leave your blog below and I'll be sure to 'hop' on over...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Review - Savannah Grey by Cliff McNish

Title - Savannah Grey
Author - Cliff McNish
Genre - YA Fantasy Romance
Pages - 234

This book didn't do it for me... So here is a synopsis from Goodreads, especially for you my fellow bloggers...

15 year old Savannah Grey has never felt she's belonged. She keeps her distance, so she's surprised by her attraction to the new boy Reece. Then strange things begin to happen: nature, it seems, is exerting an overpowering force on the world. Birds behave strangely; gusts of wind blow leaves so fiercely they seem to lure people away. And Savannah learns she has supernatural powers. Nature has a purpose for Savannah and her friends. For they are on course to meet the vile and evil Orcrassa, who wants to destroy the world by corrupting nature. And it wants Savannah Grey to help realise its savage intent.

Unfortunately I wouldn't rate this at all from what I have read, I only read about a quarter and I couldn't read anymore. However, some elements such as the chemstry between Savannah and Reece was average in the way that she described there relationship. Personally the syle of the way it was written got on my nerves... the switch between Savannah and the Horror/Orcrassa (this particularly confused me). Don't get me wrong, some books the Switch between times/characters/places works for me, but this particular book, it just didn't work.

Don't let this review judge the book for you, this is my personal opinion and to be honest, it just didnt work for me... 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"Waiting on" Wednesday (#1)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I created my own weekly event button

Title - Natural Born Angel (Immortal City #2)
Author - Scott Speer
Release Date - 23 April 2013

Life turned upside down for Maddy Montgomery when she found out she was half-Angel and was catapulted into the scene of flashbulbs, paparazzi, and the fervent adulation that comes with being in the celebrity Angel world. She's trying to juggle her ordinary life—high school, family, friends—with the intense demands of being in the public eye as heartthrob Angel Jackson Godspeed's girlfriend.
And now Maddy must face the most difficult choice of her life. She's been offered the chance to become a Guardian. This means entering into dangerous and high stakes training, with no guarantee that she can succeed. But more than that, it would mean leaving her mortal life behind—forever—and allying with the Angels at a time when their relationship with humans is heading for war. . . .

Immortal City was the first book on my Kindle and I loved it, I can't wait to see what becomes of Maddy and Jacks! They are so romantic together and ending with being more angel than she suspected...

Click here for my review...

Want to join in? Then head over to Jill@Breaking the Spine...
Are you taking part, then leave a me link and I pop over and see what your "Waiting On".

Review - Poison Heart by S.B. Hayes

Title - Poison Heart
Author - S.B. Hayes
Genre - YA Contemporary Romance
Pages - 360

This is the second book in my Sunday Showcase (#1) , Poison Hear by S.B. Hayes. This is another type of YA a book that gripped me from the start… Not just the cover, which looks great but the general storyline and plot of the book just seemed fresh and new from what I usually read. It was amazing… I’ll let my synopsis explain for itself…

Luminous green eyes stare at her from the opposite bus; they both state at each other…that’s where it all begins. Wherever Katy turns, Genevieve is there… Genevieve seems to want to ruin Katy’s life by invading her life and everything in it. It’s strange, everything that Katy does or acts, Genevieve has the same reaction to everything, it’s like they are the same. Katy has her suspicions, the way Genevieve is out get her new boyfriend, Merlin and her friends Nat and Hannah, she wants to know what she has done to this Genevieve – “I’m your worst nightmare”

When she has help from her oldest and best friend Luke they team up to find out what’s Genevieve’s deal… they visit a town where she lived previously as well as various other places to get a backstory on her. Katy has a suspicious nature especially with witch-craft and other magic, and everything points to Genevieve. What she doesn’t realise, is there is so much more to it…

This book is so good that it allows you to interact with the character and fell all sorts of emotions. Each character portrays a different emotion making the whole book an emotional ride.

Katy is one of those girls who likes to keep to her circle of friends. She recently started going out with Merlin they have both seen and spoken to each for a while, but has never forward in their relationship. Katy life is on track and she feels like a new person, but that slowly slips when she Genevieve starts interfering in her life. Her character becomes vindictive, jealous, manipulative, the bad self she has never known. Genevieve brings out the worst in Katy. Katy’s character brings out such an emotional side in me, I really feel for her when her emotions are so strong, the hate of Genevieve is strong that unbearable for Katy.

Whilst her social life is in ruins she goes to her oldest friend Luke…

Now Luke was my favourite character out of the whole book… He reflects and portrays a friend that everyone should have, (I envy Katy, lol). Luke is four-years older than Katy and has recently graduated from Uni and is pursuing a career in journalism. He has always been Katy’s best friend since they were kids and he always used to tease her (there was always awe for me). His skills allow him to help Katy… He feels that he has to protect her, and that’s what makes him so special… What I find incredibly funny is his jealousy for Merlin and the way he acts around the situation, you as a reader will know he has feelings for Katy even before he does. I would love to talk more about him… I just love him… but that would be a Spoiler Alert!

Then there is Merlin… There is something about Merlin that didn’t do it for me, I don’t whether it’s his name with his character or his general personality, but I just didn’t trust his character.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so far this the best book of Sunday Showcase (#1) . Though I’m really disappointed as this is the only book by S.B. Hayes and I would love to read some more of her books. I just fell in love with Luke; he is the ideal friend… S.B Hayes creates an intriguing and compelling storyline with brilliant characters. I definitely recommend this book.

Quick Question: Merlin vs. Luke, who do you think will win??? I would love to know, comment below! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Review - Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title - Every Other Day 
Author - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Genre - YA Paranormal Romance
Pages - 336

The first book of my Sunday Showcase (#1) is Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. This is the first book I have read by this author and she gave me a very good impression of her style of writing and her use of YA and Paranormal genre into her book. She is best known for Raised by Wolves, have you ever read this book, let me know?!

As part of re-kindling myself with YA fiction, I went through the shelf of my loibrary and came acroos this book first, I love the cover and the title of the book wihich compelled into borrowing the book.

Kali D’Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl, most of the time. Every Other Day she becomes a hunter, a killer of the demon realm. She hunts hellhounds, beasts and feeds from the adrenaline and thrill of becoming this…this… she doesn’t know what she I or who she is.

When her knowledge of the other world is triggered by a girl who has a very interesting and deadly tattoo, she has to save her life. What she has is an ouroboros, (you probably recognise this from the Immortals Series, brilliant series if you haven’t read it!) it’s a symbol that signifies something different from YA books; it’s usually means ultimate death. Kali uses her knowledge to pass it over to herself and sacrificing her life. She only has twenty-fours to kill the creature that crawling inside of her and the secrets that come with it…

Kali’s character is very simple, yet she portrays a complex nature, let me explain… Kali is an ordinary girl some days of the week, she has no friends, she likes keeping to herself, her dad doesn’t really care about her, there is no real connection between them and she has an affinity for weapons. Kali complex nature is in her abilities she isn’t super-girl every day of the week, she carries the burden of this knowledge, she’s unique and she all alone. When she gets herself sucked into the into this ouroboros time-scale, she realises that she has help from Skylar, a physic that she met that day, Bethany the possessor of the tattoo, wants to her and her family who are neatly roped into these secrets, Elliot, Vaughn and Reid Skylar’s brothers and finally Zev, the Nibbler inside of her.

Then there is Zev, it’s all a little confusing, you may think, but Zev is someone that is trapped inside of Kali. Zev is found living into an experimental unit, where they mix demons and entities into one creating unnatural and horrific creatures. Zev builds a bond with Kali. Kali feels a need to save him…

What’s fascinating and interesting about this book, is that I have never read a plot like this one and I was hooked at how you can turn a power to the times and days of the week. Even though there isn’t a lot of romance in the novel, the simple hint of need and desire compliment the book nicely. This was a page turner and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really hope that she continues with the books and create a sequel to it. I would recommend this book, who likes this type of YA, Paranormal genre.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Showcase Sunday (#1)


Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits & Tea.
Its an opportunity to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week.

I created my own button for this meme. 

As a way of catching up with YA books here is what I borrowed from my library:


   

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Poison Heart by S.B. Hayes
Girl about Time by Kerstin Gier
Savannah Grey by Cliff McNish

I am going through all the Teenage and YA section in my libraries and these books look really good, and the covers compelled me to borrow them, I hope that they are as good as they look. :)

Also as way of celebrating my results my mum got me:

 

Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I have heard great reviews about these books, I know some of my friends have read them and they are part of my recommendations list, these were the books I started with. I can't wait to read them.

Have you read these? I would like to know what you thought! 
Are you taking part? Leave me link, I would love to know what you received this week. 


Review - After Eden by Katherine Pike

Title - After Eden (Fallen Angels Book 1#)
Author - Katherine Pike
Genre - YA Paranormal Romance
Pages - 319

This is another recommendation from the Kindle Store and it is something different to the usual YA novel I enjoy. You can see a common trait in the books I have purchased on the Kindle Store, they simple, easy and have a great storyline. Don’t let the cheap books on the Kindle store fool you, they are brilliant! :D The cover is very interesting yet it doesn’t show the storyline for the novel. I think this excerpt shows you what made me read the book:

Excerpt:

"You will do anything I ask," I whispered. The words hung in the air, a mantra spoken to the dark. His eyes lost focus and glowed softly as they narrowed in on my lips.

"Maybe this kind of devotion is sinful," I continued. "Perhaps it was even the origin of sin. But you and I are already damned."

He blinked, and the corners of his eyes began to glisten. Tears, I realized. They took on an emerald sheen from the heated look he gave me. I wiped his cheeks with my hands, drying those tears--erasing them. "Why are you the one crying now?"

"I just, I never thought..." He ran a finger up the side of my neck and brushed a strand of hair behind my ear. My body tightened. "Will you let me?"

Before I could tell him how stupid he was being, he crashed his mouth into mine.”


This just melted my heart, I was in awe!

Devi struggles to be the person she wants to be because her brother taken from her 10 years ago. She will always remember the distinctly brightest light she had ever seen with the most beautiful angel she had ever seen, blonde-haired, blue eyes, and four-winged angel that destroyed her life from that day on.

Devi begins by standing outside her favourite bookstore, Morrison’s, when she is overcome with a headache and blackouts into the shop. When she wakes the guy standing over her will change her life… Oz also known as Azazel, a person of non-human entity is the key to finding Devi’s brother. What she finds out is beyond her knowledge… She and her brother are damned of God’s grace. Devi is born without a soul and Kai was born without a spirit. God doesn’t want her, she feels unwanted until she finds undeniable love which could be the curse for his life and for hers…

Devi has struggles throughout her childhood; she lost her brother to a beautiful angel, then shortly after, her dad kills himself. Her mum has lost the sense to live and to love; she will not cherish the one thing she has left, Devi. She has always thought that she wasn’t quite right, she didn’t want to be proved right, but she was. Once Devi fell into Morrison’s she knew that it was going to change her life. Devi has an angel how is sworn to protect her from her brother and that is the only way she can get some answers. Oz became her knowledge of the other world; he became the path to her brother. Devi fell right into the hands and soul of a guy she never dreamed of.

Oz also known as Azazel, was one of the higher authorities to God, but Azazel didn’t agree with the life choice and the orders he was given, so he dis-obeyed him. What he wanted was to live life and more importantly to love. When he meets Devi, he is very distant in his emotions but physically he is so close to her. All he wants to do is to protect her. (If you read this, you will not believe what will happen when they try to bring Devi’s angel out, *shock*) Oz didn’t think he could love again when he knows it is his curse to his life…

I thoroughly enjoyed this book; it has made me consider a different aspect to YA books. I would definitely recommend this. The characters and the love the both shared, I was in awe again. However, I would like to point out that I was disappointed with the ending; it was clearly left at a cliff-hanger and big one at that, the beginning of a journey for Devi, Oz and Cameal (Devi’s Angel).




Review - The Mayfair Moon by J.A. Redmerski

Title - The Mayfair Moon (The Darkwoods Trilogy 1#)
Author - J.A. Redmerski
Genre - Paranormal Romance
Pages - 352

Sorry guys, I have had so much college work and results that I have slowed on my reviews but these are the books that I was meaning to review last week…

This is another book I got off the Kindle recommendations and it didn’t disappoint. I have to stay I’m a not a fan of werewolf novel of the Paranormal, I’m more of a vamp girl to be honest. The synopsis compelled me to read the book…

Adria Dawson is just an ordinary teenager who just wants to graduate from school and move away from her social life. She lives with her mum and Jeff, a beater, she can’t tolerate it anymore, nor can her sister. Like most evenings, they sneak out of the house to get away from the arguments, when they encounter something dark, bloody, and frightening…a werewolf. Alex, her sister never recovered from that night, the following day, they were taken to Hallowell, Maine to live with their Uncle. Maine isn’t so bad… Adria goes to school and tries to start a new circle of friends, but they have their own secrets. When some her friends and residents of the Maine start coming down with unexplainable illnesses or start going missing, she becomes curious and more and more curious about a certain household , The Mayfair’s, more specifically Issac Mayfair. Adria learns the beginning of an unspeakable world, that night with her sister. Adria’s life is destined to change; her place in this world will change forever.

Adria has had a troubled childhood, living with a beater and not having much of a social life. Her sister Alex takes care of her the most and both of them want to get of this house and move. But when her sister never recovers from that night in the alley, Adria has trouble finding the connecting with her sister, she feels that she is no longer present. Adria can’t help but wanting to find out what has happened to her sister and that when some curious characters coming snooping into her life. First, William and Ashe, both brothers who are very large and intimidating residents who feel they can hurt or rule this city, but they have their rivals. Adria know that they have taken her sister and she wants her back. Second, the Mayfair’s a populated family who has more secrets to hide than share, Adria feels more a connection with Issac, a very dark, handsome (as always) guy that shows know emotion when he is around her. Adria didn’t realise that she would fall in love with him. However in their relationship, Love is the curse.

Issac Mayfair is one of the older brothers in the family; his is the dark, handsome guy who falls for the out-of-town girl. (Awww I wish that was me, doesn’t everyone?!) When one of his pack become friends with Adria, he feels different yet connected to someone he never dreamed of getting to know. He feels that he needs to protect her from everything that lurks in the night. At first, Issac is one of those guys you could just scream at for being so distant with Adrai, when we as a reader clearly knows what he really feels. When they do get together, wow, they are just so perfect, and to be honest all I can say is ‘AWW’.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. At times it could be a bit slow, but that was rewarded the love and action of Issac and Adria of the novel. I would recommend it if you enjoyed my review or if you have read the book to Blood Warrior.


Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Review - Blood Warrior by H.D. Gordon

Title - Blood Warrior (The Alexa Montogomery Saga 1#)
Author - H.D. Gordon
Genre - Paranormal Romance
Pages - 263

I have to admit this is another book from the Kindle Store recommended to me from purchasing The Vampire Manifesto. Just from the look of the cover, I would imagine, like yourselves that you may disregard the book, and give it a chance to read it, that’s what I did until I read the synopsis.

Alexa Montgomery is not an ordinary teenager as much as she wants to be – she has more strength, agility and stamina than anyone else. She has a little sister Nelly who she protects with her life. Her ordinary life starts and ends at school where she has her best friend Jack. When she is at home, her mum trains her to become this warrior which descends throughout her family history. Alexa only realises this when her home is attacked by Lamias, which are a mixture of breeds but prey on blood and more specifically Nelly’s. Alexa fights yet when she protects Nelly she loses her mother (?). Jack is more than just a human, he’s a werewolf, and Nelly is a Searcher, she is able to search people and their souls, though she is also part Lamia which tries to keep invisible to the public. Her mother prepared them; they had to travel to seek answers… Alexa is a Sun Warrior the last of her species, she learns this from a friend of their mothers, who directs them to Two Rivers, in New Jersey where they teach and train the various species, Brocken (Blood drinkers/ kind of vampire), Wolf-born, and Searcher. What she finds is not what she expected… she is treated with so much respect from other s and belonging to somewhere, that she can create something of a future. What she doesn’t expect to find is a dark warrior named Kayden, that she is very much attracted to yet she doesn’t know whether to trust him. But it doesn’t always run that smoothly surely… not when Alexa stumbles upon some dark secrets…

I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it resembles a similar plot and storyline to the Vampire Academy novel by Richelle Mead; they are an incredible series that I read a coulple of years back when I started embracing the Dark Romance genre after Twilight. This particular novel highlights the particular characters Rose and Dimitri of the Vampire Academy, and I loved those characters and their personalities throughout the whole series.

Alexa is typical paranormal romance character, she is alone and she feels different from everyone else. She protects her sister because that is her duty and becomes very attached to a dark yet very attractive guy that helps and saves her throughout the novel. It’s the classic cliché of ‘head over heels in love’. In comparison to Rose, she is a warrior who has train to become the Princess’s guardian by training with Dimitri, a guardian himself, who has trouble holding keeping his feeling to himself. What I loved about her character was that she is the heroine of the novel, yet like any teenager you become attached to the character that you want to be, which for me is, Alexa. She alone, yet she knows when she belongs somewhere and she encounters new emotions of which she never she could ever feel; love, happiness and friendship.

I pick Kayden as my next character because of his persona, and because he is the guy that Alexa is attracted too. Kayden is known as Libra, again the last of his species and he feels tied to Alexa in some way. It said in history books that the Sun Warrior and the Libra belong together because they create balance. He longs for her, but other disruptions come between them. Kayden also has a way of pushing people away and protecting the persona he shows in public. Kayden very much compare Dimitri with his character profile and his feelings for Alexa. Dimitri was the guardian that trained and protected Rose; he showed the odd touch and kind words to show what he is really feeling on the inside, leaving the female character feeling weakened and strange butterflies in her stomach.

This book I loved and I would very much recommend to any Vampire Academy fans and readers, I thoroughly enjoyed the emotions that I felt, the ups and downs, the awes and the ‘oh knows’, that showed with every turn of the page and a book that I couldn’t put out for long. Applause for H.D. Gordon, an author I give high recommendations to whom I have never come across on the genre of Paranormal Romance/YA novels.


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