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Thursday, May 24, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy # 6) by Richelle Mead

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not sure what can be said about this book other than I was pretty happy with how it ended. I mean, really happy. I'm glad to see certain characters where they ended up. It just made me happy. Although I was a bit unhappy for a few characters. I'd like to know what happened to them afterwards. I mean, It's terrible to leave such good characters in the dust like that.

I'm glad I stuck with the entire series to the end. I think the story and the writer evolved so much along the way. And Rose evolved so much herself. I'm glad to see the direction she took. It's such a stark difference to how she was in the first book. She went from a character that I really didn't like much, to a character that realized a lot of things about herself, which turned her into a great, likable character that I wouldn't mind reading more about.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead

Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5)Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is just as full with as many plot twists and turns as the one before it. Things just continue to get a lot worse for Rose, but for a moment, they're great. Things get very interesting with Lissa, Christian and Adrian. Things with Dimitri get really interesting but that's something you'd have to read the book to find out. As usual, Rose finds herself in some very, very deep trouble. This is the type of trouble that really could get her killed, that is unless her father has any say.

I have to say I found this book to be very, very heart breaking in points. I feel like I could really relate to Rose and what she was going through. The scenes where Rose is going through heartbreak are scenes in which you can really feel the emotional pain she's going through. It really tugs on your heart strings. Of course, I'm hoping things turn out a lot better for Rose in the next book, but you know that doesn't always work out that way.

I am very interested in knowing where things with Lissa will go next. I'm also interested in knowing how certain characters really fit into how the story will come to an end. The characters and plots are so well written, I haven't exactly figured out who all the important players are.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4)Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The books in this series just continue to get better and better. Each time I read on, I'm always left with a cliff hanger that makes me want to read on.

Mead has a way of making you truly invested in the lives of her characters. As things happen to the characters in the books, you suddenly want things to work out for them. You want good things to happen and when good things don't exactly come, you feel for each and every one of them.

I knew things were too good to be true with this one though. I did want to see some sort of conclusion for Rose after what happened in the last book. However, when it happened, it was depressing. It's just something that you want to work out. I was glad however to see that things were not going to go in that direction. I want a lot more to the story line of Rose and the Dimitri than we're presented with. Of course, I want good things but I guess I'm just so invested.

I definitely want more, more more!

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Monday, May 14, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

Crossed (Matched, #2)Crossed by Ally Condie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really loved the first title in this series, but this one? Well not so much.

I feel like this book was full of nothing but build ups. Things just keep progressing over and over again until we reach full throttle. Then, slowly, as we reach the point where we're finally going to see the characters reach that one thing we want, we're presented with a let down. Things just slide right down and it's like, "OK, so why did I read this book exactly?"

Also, this book is a lot about lies. Everyone lies about something for one reason or the other. I feel like sorting out all the truth from the lies is hard. Can we trust what this character or that character said? And, exactly how important are a few of the characters we are presented with?

Otherwise, I really enjoyed the book. Things were progressing along quite well up until the very end. Then I just put it down and thought 'huh', do I really want to read the last book? The verdict is still out on that one.

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Friday, May 11, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Insurgent by Veronica Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The first book was amazing and this book was just as good as the first.

We're taken on a ride as Tris and Four are working on how to stop the leader of Erudite after she began the simulation that got a lot of people killed, including Tris' parents.

We get to learn a lot about Tris as well as her parents, especially when new information slowly comes to light about her parents and their old factions, not to mention their lives in their current faction. New information comes to light about Four and his family life. It's shocking but it's really not surprising to see where things go. I'm surprised at his alliances myself but that is what makes for a good story.

Nothing from the first book is forgotten. We get to see Tris work through a lot of what happened in Divergent. It's nice taking that ride right along with her because I think it makes the story more real and believable.

The ending is a pretty big cliff hanger. Also, it's quite a shocker, even though things are alluded to earlier in the story. It's a realization that Tris comes to herself. However, as a reader, we're shocked right along with Tris when one key piece of information is dropped that directly relates to her and her family. I think the next book is going to be just as wild as this one.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore, James Frey, Jobie Hughes

The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies, #2)The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I read the first book, I was a bit skeptical about it. It didn't seem to flow well. It just had something about it that I really didn't care for. I was also a bit skeptical about reading this book, the second in the series because I wasn't sure how this one would turn out. I have to say that this one turned out a lot better than I expected. I'm glad I decided to read on.

We continue to follow Four and Six, with Four's friend Sam. We start with them recuperating after the end of the last book. However, things do not go easily. Things get bad very fast. They're constantly on the run working to find others and find a way to survive. However, we're not only following Four and Six, we're also following another hiding in Spain.

Things get a bit strange for this new character that lives in a orphanage with lots of nuns when they're attacked. We cut back and forth between, Four, Six and Marina. Sam and Four leave Six however to embark on their own journey therefore making things really, really interesting.

The action in this book is fast paced. Everything happens quickly but you can tell that a war is definitely on the horizon. Things will not be peaceful in the next books.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: The Thirteen by Susie Moloney (ARC)

The ThirteenThe Thirteen by Susie Moloney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is so deliciously evil. I just cannot find a better way to explain this book. It's dripping with evil but it's just so good it's really hard to put down.

One warning though, if you dislike books with violence against animals, I would avoid this book. I almost put the book down for a small segment but I continued to read on and thankfully, it didn't really happen again and the ending made it worthwhile.

The book is written rather well. The book progresses along at a great pace, things happen in a logical succession and the characters all have great personalities. It's really easy to pick out your favorites as soon as the book starts. I think it's quite clear to see who the evil ones are. The author doesn't make it a point to hide anything, except for what the characters are really up to. I mean, you know, but it takes awhile for things to build up to a point where everything is finally out in the open.

The ending is just about as creepy as the entire story itself and it makes me wonder if a sequel isn't in the works. I wouldn't be surprised!

I received a copy of this book from Library Thing for review.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Charmed: Season 9, Volume 3

Charmed Season 9 Volume 3Charmed Season 9 Volume 3 by Paul Ruditis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was really happy to get my hands on this volume. I'm not reading the comics as standalone novels, but rather collecting the graphic novel version. It saves me the clutter so I'm a bit behind everyone else.

I think this collection was better than the first two only because we get to see more of the Charmed Ones living their normal lives, rather than fighting an epic battle in the first two books. And, after the bombshell in the last novel from Grams and Penny about Prue, we get to see what happened that caused such a stir in the first place.

We see an old character return, even if for a few panels and we see Phoebe and Cole back in action. Actually, we get to see a different side of Cole and Phoebe, well she's just Phoebe.

For everyone out there interested in the kids, Piper's kids take on a pretty important role in the first chapter which I loved. I wondered how the kids turned out after the show ended, especially since they sort of took a backseat during the final episodes.

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