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The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

The Fiery Heart by Richelle MeadThe Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #4
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: November 19, 2013
Publisher: Penguin
Source: Bought
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Rating: three-stars

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 Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m not enjoying this series as much as I did Vampire Academy. Of course, I shouldn’t compare the two since they are separate series, but it’s difficult not to. With Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead created a world and characters that I was engrossed in, and that I fell completely in love with. I just don’t think the Bloodlines series has the same charm, whether it be because Rose is not in it, or I’m not completely invested in the world of witches and Alchemists.

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DNF: Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

DNF: Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle MeadGameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead
Series: Age of X #1
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Source: Bought
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Rating: DNF

In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

My heart is broken, guys. I can’t believe I just put down a Richelle Mead book. What has my life become? Anyway, I do have a few reasons for not being able to finish this one, and you’ll find those below. To put it briefly, I didn’t like it. To elaborate a bit more, I wasn’t a fan of the characters. Which is awful because normally I am in love with at least a couple of Mead’s characters in her books. I had two favourites in the Dark Swan series, and Vampire Academy was packed full of awesome characters. Agh, what happened with this one? Continue reading

Frostbite: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead, Emma Vieceli and Leigh Dragoon

Frostbite: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead, Emma Vieceli and Leigh DragoonFrostbite: The Graphic Novel by Emma Vieceli, Leigh Dragoon, Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy Graphic Novels #2
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: May 24, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

WHEN LOVE AND JEALOUSY COLLIDE ON THE SLOPES. WINTER BREAK TURNS DEADLY.

A Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir's on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory Holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back at the Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose - and her heart - are in more danger than she could have imagined.

I have put off buying this graphic novel for the longest time because when I read the first one I had to wait a year to get my hands on this. So of course it was only natural to wait an extra year in the hopes that the wait for Shadow Kiss wouldn’t be too painful. I don’t even know when the Shadow Kiss graphic novel is coming out, but I got this while Bout of Books was on and just thought I could do with a quick, fun read. Continue reading