Book Review: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3)

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

Series: Bloodlines (#3)

Published: 12th February 2013

Publisher: Razorbill

Summary: “Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets–and human lives.” 
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.

Review:

For those of you who haven’t read the Vampire Academy series (the movie is just around the corner! *fangirling*) and who haven’t read any of the Bloodlines series’s books, then I strongly advise you to not read this review!

Richelle Mead keeps on surprising me, although the first two books of this series weren’t as good as the Vampire Academy series, this one is totally at the level of the VA series. Richelle has the power to catch your attention from the very first page… actually…the first paragraph which was:

This wasn’t the first time I’d been pulled out of bed for a crucial mission.  It was, however, the first time I’d been subjected to such a personal line of questioning. “Are you a virgin?” ” Yes guys, you read well, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you! I won’t tell you who asked the V question, why or what happened next ahaha – if you are already convinced you must read this book, this is your cue  😉

In this book Sydney is busier than ever, first she must find where Marcus Finch is (later she will have to do something that goes completely against her Alchemist principles!), find Mrs. Terwilliger’s sister and defeat her, train magic, keep on helping to protect and hide Jill, prevent Angeline from screwing up, and let’s not forget her duties as an Alchemist, she must pretend Moroi and dhampir disgust her (I’m sure she has to do more!), anyway, Sydney has so many duties that I question myself how she even has time to keep up with school work and a 4.0 GPA. It’s Sydney guys, that’s all I can say … for her multitasking has a very figurative meaning.

My favorite moments are always when Sydney is with Adrian, the two of them together are just perfect! Something I would have never predicted when Sydney first appeared on the 4th book of the VA series. When you get to the part where Adrian teaches Sydney the power of seduction, oh god, it’s priceless! Later Sydney get’s to apply her techniques ahaha Can you imagine, Sydney, the Seductress?

If you’re wondering if Lissa, Rose, Christian and Dimitir appear in this book my answer is yes, yes they do. Only for a moment because all of them go to a wedding, (loved it!), as usual it is weird seeing Rose from Sydney’s perspective, I’m so used to Rose, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to see Rose as a figurative character.

And am I the only one who was amazed by Sydney’s evolution? She used to be so scared and spooked out about vampires and magic! Now she can talk to vampires normally, even kiss one certain Moroi in more than one situation *sighs*. Even though she now acts as if casting a spell is a normal thing she still regrets it and fears it at the same time, which just proves how truly brave she is. At first I was annoyed by Sydney, on Bloodlines, the first book of the series, I was just wanted to reprimand her “Pull yourself together girly!”, but in Indigo Spell I was astounded by how different she was. Being an Alchemist, it is understandable to be afraid of all things supernatural, so Sydney’s reactions, although annoying, were understandable. Also Adrian surprised me, this guy just keeps on getting better, he is still funny, sexy, sassy and flirty but you can also see some definite changes in him. You realize that Adrian has some real guts! I’m forever grateful to the author for creating such a unique character (how I would describe Adrian in one word, in two words would be: unique, SEXY). Obviously this book has all of those hilarious moments you can only summarize in “Adrian being Adrian.” – I’m in love with him, just, asdfghjkl, I wanna mother his children, I mean, his vampire children!

Also, I couldn’t help feeling sad and frustrated towards Eddie and Jill. Especially Eddie, the guy has been through enough, if you remember what happened to him on Frostbite, then you remember the horrors Eddie lived when he was kidnapped by Strigoi. I hate Angeline so much! I want to yell at her and smack her a couple of times, perhaps that will make her lose her ignorance and stupidity, girl get your head out of your arse!

Just as things got uncomplicated (after an attack from a powerful, yet unexpected witch) BAMMM! Richelle Mead ends The Indigo Spell with something I did not want! I so wanted things to end well (for now), I won’t spoil you cause I would hate for someone to spoil me about this. One of the best things about Richelle’s books is that things are not predictable, which is one of the biggest problems about most books. This book ended with a scene that made me both shocked and overwhelmed…

Oh God, Fiery Heart, thank God you are already available on book stores cause I’m coming for you as soon as possible. Oh, I so need to say this… Mr.Adrian Ivashkov being a smarty pants as usual, had his car named with a rather interesting name: the Ivashkinator… Have I mentioned I want to have his babies? I’m sure I have 😉

Playlist: Fiona Apple – Criminal; Nine Inch Nails – Suck; Katy Perry –  Roar; HIM – The Path; Fever Ray – If I had a Heart

5 Chibis

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Book Review: In Flight by R.K.Lilley

In Flight by R.K.Lilley

Series: Up in the Air (#1)

Published: October 20th 2012

Publisher: Self-published

Summary: “When reserved flight attendant Bianca gets one look at billionaire hotel owner James Cavendish, she loses all of her hard-won composure. For a girl who can easily juggle a tray of champagne flutes at 35,000 feet in three inch heels, she finds herself shockingly weak-kneed from their first encounter. The normally unruffled Bianca can’t seem to look away from his electrifying turquoise gaze. They hold a challenge, and a promise, that she finds impossible to resist, and she is a girl who is used to saying no and meaning it.

Bianca is accustomed to dealing with supermodels and movie stars in her job as a first class flight attendant, but James Cavendish puts them all to shame in the looks department. If only it were just his looks that she found so irresistible about the intimidating man, Bianca could have ignored his attentions. But what tempts her like never before is the dominant pull he seems to have over her from the moment they meet, and the promise of pleasure, and pain, that she reads in his eyes.”

Review:

– Attention kinky readers –

I have read some BDSM books, being 50 Shades of Grey my first one, obviously. In Flight has more story but still looooot’s of sex.

I really liked the main character, Bianca, she has a very sad and dark past, her drunkard father killed her mother when she was young, she ran away and started living on the streets where she met her bestie Stephan. Stephan had also a very sad life… he was abused by his uncle for years and then he had to leave his house when he came out of the closet as homosexual. His parents didn’t like it…

Anyway, after years of fighting poverty, Bianca and Stephan found a job as flight attendants (my dream job when I was a kid). Bianca meets Mr.BDSM on a plane. I hate his character, James is infuriating, controlling, an asshole, a stalker, idk, if all men who are Dominant are like this, ughhh

As usual, in a BDSM book, the guy stalks the girl until she finally gives in, which doesn’t take too long… oh, did I mention Bianca is a virgin? right, well, she is… sounds familiar? The sex is well… violent? ahahaha No vanilla sex guys, so if you are somewhat sensitive towards spanking, cursing, dirty talking (very dirty talking, not just the usual “fuck me”) and STALKING, then just don’t read this.

I liked Bianca because she likes anime (yay!), I even think she watches Vampire Knight with James, although the name is not mentioned I would recognize Kaname and Zero anywhere xD I also liked Bianca because she doesn’t allow James to completely overrule her life (just in bed *smirks*)

Stephan, Bianca’s bff is probably my fav character, he’s sweet, awesome, handsome (too bad he doesn’t play on my team t.t) …

I won’t spoil you the story, but for those who want to know if this book is worth reading even if this has BDSM content, I would say… yes? Idk, I can tell you, personaly, that BDSM romances are not my favorite, I’ve read some, most of them sucked, but this one was good. I wouldn’t recommend this book to faints of heart or innocent souls xD but if you like hot romances with some angst then read this!

P.S.: The 2nd gif… hilarious *cracks up*

3.5 Chibis

Cover Reveal: When I Break by Kendall Ryan

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Blurb

Knox Bauer’s life has unraveled to the point of no return. Fighting to fill the emptiness inside himself, he seeks solace in unfamiliar beds with unfamiliar women. As guardian to his three younger brothers, he can’t seem to do a thing right. But this can’t go on…they look up to him in every way and all he’s done lately is prove how messed up he really is. Needing a change, he attends a local Sex Addicts Anonymous meeting, where he finds himself tempted by the alluring instructor, McKenna.

Twenty-one year old McKenna is trying to make amends. After losing her parents in a horrific accident, she knows if she can just be good enough, maybe she can forgive herself for what happened. With her newly acquired degree in counseling, she begins leading a sex addicts group where she meets the troubled Knox and her life takes on complications she never bargained for. She doesn’t have time for a bad boy who only wants to take her to bed, even if her body disagrees. The fixer in her wants to help, but trusting Knox’s true motivations might take more courage than she has.

When I Break is book 1 in a new series by bestselling author Kendall Ryan. When I Surrender, book 2, will be available May 2014.

Warning: Contains a stubborn alpha male with addiction issues and loads of sexual tension between two damaged characters. Read at your own risk.

Due to mature content, it is recommended for 17+.

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Author Bio:

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Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the contemporary romance novels Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Make Me Yours, and Resisting Her. She’s a sassy, yet polite Midwestern gal with a deep love of books and a slight addiction to lip gloss.

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Exams, Exams and more Exams

Well, it feels as if I haven’t written a thing here in a really long time!And… that’s what happened. Sorry for being MIA this month guys but Sofyy and I have been so so busy with exams and haven’t been reading a thing! Only the required books for college.  This month has been total chaos and it’ll still be until the 31st comes. It’s been awful and since we now know we won’t be posting a single thing until the end of the exam period we now make this late post. We’ll post the scheduled reveals and that but there won’t be probably any new review for now… Please, wait for us and wish us luck! Hope we survive this shit, because, well, let’s call it for what it is! See you all in February!

Book Review: Urfaust by J.W. von Goethe

Urfaust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Published: 1772-1775

Summary: (taken from Wikipedia) – “Faust is a tragic play in two parts: Faust. Der Tragödie erster Teil (translated as: Faust:The First Part of the Tragedy) and Faust. Der Tragödie zweiter Teil (Faust: The Second Part of the Tragedy). Although rarely staged in its entirety, it is the play with the largest audience numbers on German-language stages. Faust is Goethe’s most famous work and considered by many to be one of the greatest works of German Literature.

Goethe completed a preliminary version of Part One in 1806. The 1808 publication was followed by the revised 1828–29 edition, which was the last to be edited by Goethe himself. Prior to these appeared a partial printing in 1790 of Faust, a Fragment.

The earliest forms of the work, known as the Urfaust, were developed between 1772 and 1775; however, the details of that development are no longer entirely clear. Urfaust has twenty-two scenes, one in prose, two largely prose and the remaining 1,441 lines in rhymed verse. The manuscript is lost, but a copy was discovered in 1886.

Goethe finished writing Faust Part Two in 1831. In contrast to Faust Part One, the focus here is no longer on the soul of Faust, which has been sold to the devil, but rather on social phenomena such as psychology, history and politics, in addition to mystical and philosophical topics. The second part formed the principal occupation of Goethe’s last years. It appeared only posthumously in 1832.”

Review:

I did not read this in German, even thought the teacher said it was recommendable since we would be able to improve our German. But, as usual, I was too lazy to do it, so I just read it English. I should have read this book on November, but I only read it on Sunday while I was on the plane, thank heavens (got it? heavens? plane? ha-ha).

Anyway, I must admit I enjoyed reading Erlkönig also by Goethe and Rat Krespel by Hoffmann and other German literature books, but this one, was not one I liked… It was quite boring, simple and a bit silly. Perhaps it’s because it’s the Urfaust, which means, “before Faust”, it’s a manuscript to the actual book, the Faust. I don’t understand why my teacher didn’t make us read the Faust, I’m sure it is a lot more interesting… But anyway, it was this one.

This book is manly about two tragedies, the tragedy of the (I don’t know the name in English so I came up with this one) “wise man”, which is about Faust, who is a very learned man, yet he feels he doesn’t know nearly enough, that he must know everything. He can’t though, so he tries to contact the Earth Spirit to beg for knowledge, which doesn’t really work out. So like every sane man would do (please note sarcasm), he summoned the Devil. The Devil offers him a deal, knowledge in exchange of his soul. The part where he summons the Devil does not appear. Faust just walks into a bar and Mephistopheles (the Devil) is with him.

The second tragedy, is the Gretchen tragedy. Gretchen is a young, beautiful, innocent girl, who becomes greedy. Faust gives her jewelry and seduces her. Their love was quite fast, even faster than on YA books (and that’s pretty fast xD). Soon, poor Gretchen gets pregnant, kills her son (somehow! I have no idea how that happened, but it does), and then, when Faust finally tells Mephistopheles to back off, he tries to save Gretchen from the prison where she’s being held. However, the poor girl doesn’t wish to be saved.

All in all, Gretchen dies, the baby dies, Faust and the Devil are no longer buddies, etc…

I really don’t know how to rate this…

1 Chibi

Book Review: The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington

The Kiss Off (The Kiss Off, #1)The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington

Series: The Kiss Off (#1)

Published: April 1st 2013

Publisher: Billington Media

Summary: “When sixteen year old Poppy Douglas writes a song about her ex-boyfriend Cam and ex-friend Nikki, she has no idea that her heartbreak is about to go global. 
A local band picks up her song from Youtube and soon she’s along for the ride with her own fanbase as they blow up on the local club scene and hit the international charts. Though it turns out leaving Cam behind isn’t as easy as she had hoped. 
Tangled in a web of unfinished homework, ill-considered sexting and a new lead-singer boyfriend, Poppy has a choice to make between the ex that inspired it all and the rock God whose poster lines the inside of half the lockers at school. But as she struggles to keep her emotional dirty laundry private, she learns that the truth can be hard to find when your life is in the headlines.”

Review

I think this is one of the rare times I enjoyed a book WHILE disliking the lead character. Yap, my friends. I did not like Poppy very much. But I’ll get onto that in a bit. The Kiss Off is one of those books perfect to pick up during Summer, when you just want to relax either in the beach or just all cosy on the couch. It’s an easy-read, with some fluffy moments we all appreciate sometimes and a cool male character that makes us either want to slap him or just hug him and kiss him like there’s no tomorrow. Let’s say… For me he was a cuddle character!

While having its funny and undeniable heart-warming scenes, I found myself having trouble finishing The Kiss Off. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad book. Otherwise it would get a 3 Chibi rating. I just got so frustrated or mad at Poppy sometimes that I had to force myself to continue reading. I knew that if I just got over certain scenes I’d love the rest of the book. And wasn’t I right!

Right in the beginning of the book you get a good laugh when Poppy points to a random guy on the bus just to entertain her friend’s inquiry about whether she likes someone after her ex cheated on her. Madds, her friend, obviously excited by the (fake) revelation urges her to go talk to him, and Poppy doesn’t obviously have a choice. AND A COUPLE IS BORN!

I loved Ty. He’s not your usual rock band leader with the tattoos, with a past full of girls and whatever. He’s a normal guy, a fellow schoolmate I might say. He just got immensely lucky meeting Poppy and getting to use her song. As Poppy is always saying, he even brushes his hair. Guys don’t brush their hair, but this does! He’s all preppy and stuff. It’s a nice change for once not to read about a “bad guy” (not that I don’t like those, as you should know!)

But then we have Poppy’s ex-boyfriend, who I hated so much. Him and his girlfriend. I could not see what Poppy saw in him, I swear. For christ’s sake, he got together with Poppy’s friend right after Poppy “broke up” with him. I don’t care if she did or did not break up with him, BUT he should have waited a bit no? Not just move on as he casually puts it the next minute. And sure not with her friend. Quite a friend she had too. If she were my friend I might go a bit Sharkeisha on her and on him. I sincerely don’t know how by the end she feels like she was kind of a bitch to her. I’d just erase her from my mind and life. People like that don’t deserve the attention really.

Anyway. why couldn’t she just forget Cam and live peacefully with Ty, her super amazing rock star boyfriend? And, while getting me angry and ready to smack someone, I know that Poppy’s feelings and hesitations are completely normal. No one gets over her ex-boyfriend just like that so I get it that she might feel a little pull towards Cam even while together with Ty. What I don’t get is why she’d act upon it. Okay, she didn’t kiss him or cheat on Ty. But the hand-holding? Please, just stop that! It was torture to me reading those parts! If only I was there…

Also, there was a thing that passed right through me, obviously. Poppy let’s the band play her famous Youtube song, they get a contract, and BAM, her song is the hit playing on the radio. Only about 4/5 into the book do I read about her getting royalties. Shouldn’t she have gotten more involved in the process of the album making? Or gone to some reunions and stuff? I was a little confused about how they used her song and never said it was hers again or something… Don’t get me wrong, most know she’s the one who has written it but something felt lacking to me. I just wanted her to be more involved in the music industry, I think.

All that said, I don’t really want to spoil much of the book and I already said too much! I have to think about the booktalk stuff because it’s pure torture not telling all about that happens in the book. The Kiss Off is a rather enjoyable book that I feel will stick to my memory. I definitely want to read Over It, the sequel,  but I think I’ll wait a little bit before going into it. I feel I’ll just get angry again and I still have to get over The Kiss Off (got the pun? ahaha!). Maybe it’ll actually be a big surprise, who knows?!

PS: The cover is gorgeous! Just look at the colours.

3 Chibis

Book Review: Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

Shadowfell (Shadowfell, #1)Shadowfell by Juliet Marrilier

Series: Shadowfell (#1)

Published: September 11th 2012

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Summary: ” Sixteen-year-old Neryn is alone in the land of Alban, where the oppressive king has ordered anyone with magical strengths captured and brought before him. Eager to hide her own canny skill–a uniquely powerful ability to communicate with the fairy-like Good Folk–Neryn sets out for the legendary Shadowfell, a home and training ground for a secret rebel group determined to overthrow the evil King Keldec. 
During her dangerous journey, she receives aid from the Good Folk, who tell her she must pass a series of tests in order to recognize her full potential. She also finds help from a handsome young man, Flint, who rescues her from certain death–but whose motives in doing so remain unclear. Neryn struggles to trust her only allies. They both hint that she alone may be the key to Alban’s release from Keldec’s rule. Homeless, unsure of who to trust, and trapped in an empire determined to crush her, Neryn must make it to Shadowfell not only to save herself, but to save Alban.”

Review

I really, really loved this book! It’s so different from what I’m used to read, reading it was like a breath of fresh air or eating a different type of chocolate (very delicious chocolate!).

Juliet Marillier created a world with a strong, female character who has a long journey in front of her.

Neryn, the main character is traveling with her father, walking from place to place, having barely any money. Neryn’s father, like Neryn, lost everyone, they were all killed by a very dangerous military group, the Enforcers, who work for the king, Keldec, king of Alban. Keldec rules Alban with an iron fist, condemning thousands of people to death for having gifts, magical gifts. Those people with special talents are called the Impure, meaning they have to be “cleansed”.

Neryn and her father are running from the Enforcers who are looking for her. However, Neryn’s father decides to play a luck-game (on a boat), he gets drunk, end’s up losing all their money, and bet’s Neryn (asshat). He loses and Neryn is then given off to an enigmatic traveler, Flint. Surprisingly, Flint and Neryn don’t have what would be called a cliche romance. In fact, they split ways.  Neryn travels by herself to find Shadowfell, a place where people like her live. It is also a place where rebellions live.

Neryn faces a lot of hardships, illness, the death of a friend, danger, the Enforcers, and many others. In spite of this, Neryn finds hope in the Good Folk. The Good Folk are a race of (I didn’t want to use this word, but that’s exactly what they are…) magical beings who remain hidden from the outside world. These beings help her on her journey with their knowledge, some even become her friends, others…not so much.

It really touched me to see the evolution on Neryn, some people say she’s weak, but I strongly disagree with them, Neryn is one of the strongest characters I’ve ever had the pleasure to “meet”!

Flint is also not your typical boy-crush, he’s a young man, a young man who had to grow up early. I can’t give you much detail about him, you have to read to find out, but once you do find out about him you don’t know how to feel about him…

If you want to read a sweet, oh-so romantic story, I don’t recommend you this book, this book does have some romance, but not the usual kind. This story is not focused on love, but on strength and fight for a better place.

I really loved this book, I want to read the second one right now!! A friend of mine told me to read the Sevenwaters series, also by Juliet Marillier, I guess that’s exactly what I’m gonna do (after the exams T.T)

Playlist: Celtic Woman – album Believe

4.5 Chibis