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Silver Shadows: review

Silver Shadows: review

!!!! was the only reaction I had when I finished Silver Shadows a few days ago. I’m still smiling about it, because Richelle Mead is in fine form in the fifth installment of her Bloodlines series, which features an engrossing story, well-written action scenes, swoony romance, and exciting–OH SO EXCITING–plot developments. As the book begins, we find Sydney in captivity. The Alchemists don’t approve of her involvement with vampires, so they’ve taken her to a “re-education” center, where the methods of controlling the residents are so extreme that Adrian is unable to use spirit to contact her. Sydney’s state of mind, physical trauma, and the day-to-day workings of this awful environment are detailed in a convincing way, as are the quietly clever, methodical ways she works to stay mentally strong, and to help others. One of the things I like best about this book is that it takes place away… Read more »

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What Went Wrong with the Vampire Academy movie?

What Went Wrong with the Vampire Academy movie?

Have you seen the Vampire Academy movie yet? Wendy and Kate saw it on Friday, and we thought it’d be interesting to discuss our feelings about it. We should preface this by saying that we are both huge, huge fans of Richelle Mead’s books. We went into the film with very few expectations: basically, we just hoped it would be fun, and that the characters wouldn’t be ruined. Sadly, we still left feeling pretty let down by what we saw, and incredibly disappointed that this lackluster effort into adapting the book means that it’s doubtful we’ll see any sequels onscreen.     Wendy: Well, this is one of the worst book to film adaptations I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t have imagined this level of fail, we were both literally cringing at some of the scenes. I looked over at you a few times and saw you crouched down trying to… Read more »

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The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4): review

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4): review

Ready for Adrian to set your heart on fire? Although The Fiery Heart is narrated in POVs alternating between Sydney’s and Adrian’s perspectives, this is really Adrian’s story. While Sydney continues to forge a path for herself as a gifted Alchemist, Adrian’s struggle to live up to his potential while dealing with the side effects of his spirit magic are the driving force of this book. (Or at least, that’s the part I was flipping through pages and excited by.) It’s apparent that the Bloodlines series has become something of a vehicle for the author to explore some serious subjects, including eating disorders, body image, prejudice, drinking, addiction, and even bipolar mania and depression; some of those are addressed with more complexity than others, but it’s interesting to see them dealt with within the framework of a paranormal series. Sydney, filtered through Adrian’s eyes, is very appealing. There’s a softness… Read more »

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The Indigo Spell: review

The Indigo Spell: review

Title: The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3)Author: Richelle MeadRating: 4 out of 5 starsRelease Date:February 12th, 2013Publisher: RazorbillAge Group: YASource: HC from publisher Hooray–my status with Richelle Mead goes from “it’s complicated” back to “in a relationship” again! *throws confetti* This review is spoiler-free even if you haven’t read any of the other books Bloodlines or VA books. Vampire Academy is one of my favorite YA series and I’m usually a big fan of this author’s, but I’ve had middling reactions to her books across all genres since Spirit Bound and Iron-Crowned. I am happy to report that the magic is back again for this latest installment of the Bloodlines series, which follows the problems that Alchemist Sydney Sage encounters as she tries to protect Jill, the spare to the vampire throne. The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead picks up a few weeks after the events of The Golden Lily, and… Read more »

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Bloodlines: review

Bloodlines: review

Bloodlinesby Richelle Mead Here’s why I normally love Richelle Mead. Her books always contain: Strong, kick-ass heroines Fun action sequences Completely immersive urban fantasy Snarky humor Strong emotional story arcs Cute, cute boys. Always, that is, except in the case of her most recent book, Bloodlines, a new spin-off series from her Vampire Academy books. I’ve read all thirteen of the author’s previous novels, including her adult urban fantasy series Dark Swan and Georgina Kincaid, and I’m sorry to say that I’ve never before had such a hard time getting into one of Richelle Mead’s books. Sydney, the main character in Bloodlines, was never all that interesting to me in VA–but if anything, she’s even harder to connect with here.  Sydney has been maneuvered into a protector/big sister situation with Jill, who has to go in hiding while her sister Queen Vasilissa tries to affect certain changes in court law…. Read more »

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The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2): cover love

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2): cover love

Look at the pretty cover for The Golden Lily, the second book in Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series! This one features Jill in the center, with Sydney off to the side. I like this design much better than the Bloodlines one, which I always thought was a little stark since the models’ coloring is undersaturated. Doesn’t mean I’m not dying to read both, of course. ;) I am a big fan of Vampire Academy and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with Adrian. Bloodlines will be released on August 23, 2011;The Golden Lily comes out May 2012.

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