Blood Promise by Richelle Mead – Review

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead – Review

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Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Paranormal Element: Vampires
Series: Vampire Academy
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Audiobook Review copy bought at Audible.com

PJVs QUICKIE POV:
An emotional wreck after reading Shadow Kiss, I put down Vampire Academy #3 and left it down for a long time. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t read Blood Promise, no matter how much I needed to know what happened with Dmitri — I couldn’t find out. It was bitter sweet. It has taken me one year to pick up this book. These books invoke that much of an emotional response. On a petty note, I was also kind of peeved that Richelle Mead had pushed back the release of Iron Crowned to release Spirit Bound. My little temper tantrum to say the least. So, I waited and now I’ve been sucked back into the series. Hello, Rose. Missed you.

REVIEW:
Blood Promise picks up right where Shadow Kiss left off. Rose has left the academy, Lissa and her friends and is on a mission. Her mission is to hunt down Dmitri and stake the strigoi right out of him. She made a promise and she has to keep it, even if it means her own death.

Clues have led her to Russia and deeper, to Siberia, Dmitri’s homeland. It’s an enlightening experience as she soon discovers that she barely knows anything about her world…and her preconceived notions and misconceptions are way off track.

The discoveries Rose makes during Blood Promise had me really taking a second look at this series. She made a huge jump in this book and Mead kept me on my toes the entire time. It really had me thinking that the outcome might be very different than I had originally thought. Then like the dummy I am, I went and read the synopsis on goodreads of Spirit Bound. Well that ruined that. So don’t read the synopsis! I would go into details, but that would mean a lot of spoilers.

My initial trepidations for reading this were not false. I knew my emotional outcome would end up being a dislike for Dmitri…and now with his new strigoi face, not feeling the love any more, but I do feel the emotional turmoil that Rose must feel as she contemplates staking him. Unlike other readers, I haven’t latched on to a replacement for Dmitri. I think Rose might need to be single for a little bit. Find out who she is and not who she is +1. Highly recommended, but nobody ever follows my dating advice, right. Best way to get over someone? Replace them. I’m not buying it. I go for the eat lots of ice cream and get a massage by a hot, yet dumb man way of recouping, who is with me?
Nevermind. The book is good. Worth reading on. I need Spirit Bound, like right now.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
For mature teen audiences, there are sexual references, violence and questionable moral actions.


4/20

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning – Review

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning – Review

DreamFever
Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Paranormal Element: Fae
Series: Fever Series
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Purchased for admittance into Shadowfever release party.

PJVs QUICKIE POV:
As conclusions go, I have never waited more patiently for the end, than I did for Shadowfever. Ever since I laid Dreamfever down (well no, I threw it across the room upon completion) I have been patiently awaiting Shadowfever. I have never looked forward to a book as much as I did this one. Was it worth the wait? The heartache of the last two books? The jarring pain that thrust through my head every time Barrons and Mac blamed each other and bitched and tormented themselves!? HELL YES.

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

Shadowfever, Mr. Eliot, did not end the Fever Series world with a whimper. It definitely was a bang. A big, wet and fulfilling bang. Take that however you feel is necessary.

IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE PERVIOUS BOOKS GO NO FURTHER! I have tried my hardest to not spoil Shadowfever…but it will spoil the earlier books.

REVIEW:
The conclusion of the Fever series picks right up where we left Mac in Dreamfever. She had killed someone dear to her. Someone that meant the world to her and their death would change her life forever. I had my suspicions as to who this was…but I couldn’t believe it. Couldn’t process it at all. I had all these replacements stuck in there, but my mind would always go… ‘Why would Mac care that much?’ KMM couldn’t have done what I think she just did! You’ll find out who it is within the first chapters (if you feel it necessary you can get those first two chapters on KMMs blog).

Mac’s world has become a dark place. She is trapped in the Silvers and she knows the LM is descending on her at any moment. She is now alone there, with no protection. She has to escape the Silvers and then still she must track and conquer the book all the while staying alive and protecting those that she loves. Her transition in Shadowfever is a hard one, Mac is no longer the Rainbow Girl she once was, but still desperately wants to retain some of her older self. With enemies popping up around every corner and secrets that put a death sentence on her head, will Mac be able to accomplish what she hasn’t be able to in the past? Will she finally find out what happened to Alina and destroy the book? And most importantly will her and Barrons finally stop bickering and start kissing???

Everything I ever wanted and more. KMM answered the questions I didn’t even think to ask. Her imagination was so outlandish that I basically read through this book dumbfounded that it was really that good. She just paints pictures with her words. I didn’t skim, I didn’t hurry, I actually would reread paragraphs over and over again to soak it in (which is why it took me three days to read this baby). Her words and conclusions were just excellent and then she wrapped everything up nicely in the end. There was one little end that didn’t have a bow on it…but KMM reassures that it is not necessarily The End in her Q&A sessions.

All in all a great great great read. Fan of the series, run and buy this, what are you waiting for??? But give yourself some time, you are going to be sucked in and not let out for awhile. Which is why I sit here. Writing this review in stunned silence, thinking “is it really over?”

There is nothing like the emotional trauma of a good book. Who needs drugs.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
Fans of the series. Read the other books first, it is not recommended that you read this one if you haven’t read the others. The cliff hangers and suspense aspects of these novels is what makes them so good.

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