Posts Categorized: vampires

Vampires of Manhattan: book party + giveaway

Vampires of Manhattan: book party + giveaway

It was sweltering in Los Angeles today, but that didn’t stop Melissa de la Cruz’s book party for Vampires of Manhattan from being fun! I think the swanky vampires themselves would have approved of the gathering, which was attended by local LA authors, librarians, entertainment veterans, and a whole bunch kids who were very excited to be there. The garden party was hosted by Beautiful Creatures author Margaret Stohl, whose lovely home provided the perfect setting for this relaxed event. At The Ring and the Crown Tea I attended a few months ago, I was struck by how supportive all these LA authors are of each other, and it was really nice to see Allen Zadoff, Pseudonymous Bosch, Alyson Noel, Robyn Schneider, Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer Bosworth, Gretchen McNeil, Morgan Matson, and many others turn out in celebration of Melissa’s book. Sharp-eyed fans will notice that Vampires of Manhattan is actually… Read more »

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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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Review: The Forever Song

Review: The Forever Song

This review is spoiler free. All spoilers have been hidden behind a spoiler tag. Vampires are my favorite. They have been my favorite since I watched the very first episode of Buffy  premiere  at the tender age of 10. It’s been a lifelong love affair ever since. I don’t care about trends or vampires being played out or whathaveyou. I will always love them and will always want to read books about them. I just loved that the Blood of Eden series was about a kickass vampire girl who was not afraid to feel. I loved that she was so strong yet allowed herself to be so vulnerable. I was a super fan of the romantic element from the beginning and I rooted for Allie and Zeke the entire way. Of course, The Eternity Cure ended in such heartbreak. I knew there were only so many realistic ways the plot… Read more »

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown: Review And Giveaway

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown: Review And Giveaway

While I enjoyed this book overall, I couldn’t escape the gnawing feeling that there was something missing here for me. Were my expectations too high? Maybe. Perhaps it was unfair to read this so soon after I finished the very excellent Eternity Cure. The premise here is exciting and original. I was positively shaking in terror throughout the first chapter. Unfortunately, that was the only real sense of danger I felt throughout the rest of the reading experience. There were some tense moments, sure, but I never felt as completely drawn into the world as I did in that first chapter. The pacing is easily the weakest part of Coldtown. It felt like nothing of real consequence or importance happened throughout the entire middle portion. If this were a shorter book, or more tightly plotted, it would have been more effective and enjoyable. Still, there are enough moments of atmospheric… 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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House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires #7): review

House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires #7): review

Title: House Rules(Chicagoland Vampires #7)Author: Chloe NeillRating: 4 out of 5 starsRelease Date:February 5th, 2013Publisher: PenguinAge Group: AdultSource: ARC provided by the publisher With most Book Sevens, I am usually checking release schedules and making all kinds of martyred noises about how series should quit while they’re ahead. By that point, authors are usually stuck on rules they’ve set for how the relationships play out, or they’re having trouble coming up with new problems without changing the nature of certain characters. That’s not the case with Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires, however.  This series shows no signs of slowing down or relying on tired, recycled story lines or forced conflict to move the action forward. In this particular installment, the vampires’ Cadogan House is in a state of flux as its status among the other Houses is called into question. On top of that, vampires are disappearing–and a face from the… Read more »

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