Book Review: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

Rose Hathaway’s life will never be the same.

The recent attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose’s neck, a mark that says she’s killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters . . . Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life’s vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She’ll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir’s and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Razorbill (April 6, 2010)

RATING ~ 3 STARS

I didn’t like this book as much as the others, which is a disappointment, but it was still pretty cool.

Rose has left St. Vladimir’s Vampire Academy to hunt her true love, Dimitri, and kill him. She’ll be traveling across Russia, meeting new allies, and getting into trouble. Then again, Rose is always getting into some kind of trouble. 😉

The enjoyed reading her experiences with Sydney. It was interesting to see Rose with her and I enjoyed that Sydney was mentioned and there with Rose, almost, throughout the entire book.

The whole book, except for the ending, was slow. Too slow. I did not like that there wasn’t as much action as in the previous book. Rose was mostly complaining, and upset, and un-happy the entire book, which I can understand why she was, but I didn’t enjoy how much she actually was and how often I had to read about it. Around half to three-fourths of the book was over, I just plain didn’t like it. It was just…Ugh!

I enjoyed the ending the absolute most! It was awesome. Lots of action, the regular Rose(The sarcastic, kick @$$ one) came back and kicked MAJOR booty. There were some other parts I enjoyed, but they weren’t with Rose. They were with Lissa, back at the Vampire Academy. Whenever Rose went into Lissa’s head, I enjoyed reading about what was happening back at the Academy. Jill and Christian were, wait, no, are awesome!

That’s pretty much all I have to say about the book. Between everything, it was ‘Eh’. This book is my least favorite out of the series so far. 3 stars.

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I recommend to adults and teenagers. People who enjoy romance and Richelle Mead’s work should take a look, BUT ONLY IF YOU’RE OKAY WITH CURSING AND HAVE READ THE PREVIOUS VAMPIRE ACADEMY BOOKS. Ages 15-Adults will probably enjoy this. Any younger than 15..Well, wait a bit.

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Book Review: Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure by James Patterson

 

Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure (Maximum Ride #8) by James Patterson

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

One last chance…
for Max, Fang, and Dylan…
before it all ends.

Are you ready for the final chapter? Are you ready for the ultimate flight? Because THIS IS IT. One last incredible, explosive adventure with an astonishing ending that no one could have seen coming.”

Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (August 6, 2012)

RATING 3 STARS

Max is back baby, and stubborn as ever. 😉

Maximum Ride and the gang are just settling in for normal lives, keeping a low profile. Just when things are starting act up again and they’re needed.

A group of people have made a plan and call it 99%. Seemingly harmless, they’re more dangerous than the Doomsday group. The book has different parts, like the others. A prologue, four sections, and two epilogues. For me, there were two main conflicts: Find out more about 99% and get the whole flock back together.

The beginning for me was okay. I enjoyed it. There were awesome laughs that I enjoyed. Gazzy was hilarious, along with Iggy. Max was awesome. I love her stubbornness, but her Dylan/Fang problems made it hard to understand her.

The middle of the book was amazing! A memorable part will be: ‘Step. Away. From. The. Pie.’ Hahaha! 😀 Gazzy, don’t eat half a pie and ask for more, okay buddy? There were a lot of actions scenes the further in the book I got. I liked reading from Fang’s point of view (It may be written in third person, but still!) and his adventure. Angel……I dreaded reading from her point of view. 🙁 Because I really hate what they did to her.

There are spoilers in the section below. To read this part, highlight it and you’ll be able to see what I wrote. I didn’t want to spoil it for anyone, but I wanted to post something about the ending of this series.

I want to strangle James Patterson. The ending of this book stunk. And by stunk, I mean I got emotional, practically cried, and wanted to march up to his house and slap him. Why? Yes, yes, this sounds like ranting. But here’s my reason. Max and Fang die. During the freaking apocalypse. >:( Not cool. But here’s the other thing. The reason there were two epilogues is this: In the first one, it’s Max’s last words and saying she sees the light at the end of the tunnel. >:( The second epilogue has chapters. It takes ’till the second chapter in the second epilogue for them to actually say, “Hey! I lived! Gotcha’!” I can’t even…… Type how I feel about that. 

I’m giving this book three stars because of the ending. The ending messed the whole thing up. If the ending had been different, five stars would be coming its way! But the ending stunk. 🙁 I still enjoyed this book (Aka, the beginning and middle) and I think you should finish the series. But when you get to the epilogues, skip the first one and go to the second.

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I recommend to 13-Teen. If this goes on sale, buy it! Go ahead! But if it’s price goes up beyond its original $10, but it at a garage sale. If you enjoyed Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #8), you might enjoy this. 

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Book Review: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

 I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls #1) by Ally Carter

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies.

Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”—but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission—falling in love.”

Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (March 20, 2007)

RATING 3 STARS

Eh.

That’s what it was. Eh. This book takes place in Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. The main conflict is romance. Romance between Cameron Morgan and Josh Abrams.

I liked the beginning. It was cool and off to a good start. I love, love, LOVE that she used parentheses for adding extra stuff the character wanted to say. It made it better for me, plus, some of the stuff in the parentheses was awesome slash funny.

Then it went downhill. As soon as Cammie saw Josh, she loved him. I’m sorry, but is that believable? Love at first sight in a book about spies? The crush/love that Cammie started feeling for Josh went way too fast.

The ending was cool and exciting, but slightly unrealistic. I liked her assignment, but the part after that…

Liz got annoying and it seemed like Bex didn’t need to be there. Mr. Solomon was annoying and I wanted to punch him a lot. Cammie, during the middle part of the book, was annoying and to me seemed slightly crazy.

I would buy the next book if it went on sale basically. I did finish this book in case you’re wondering. Amazon says this book is for 18 & up, but I read it and I’m in middle school. It was perfectly fine for me, so maybe it’s fine for your girl.

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I recommend to romance/action lovers (Mostly romance lovers) and people 8/9-young teen. This book is mostly for girls so don’t have your boy read it. That might cause some awkward moments.. If you’ve read perhaps Twilight, there’s a chance you might like this.

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Book Review: Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie

Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie

A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (September 20, 2011)

RATING – 3 STARS – I ENJOYED THIS BOOK

This book was a good one. It’s dystopian and I still liked it. I don’t usually like dystopian books….at all.  (If you are looking for dystopian reads, check out Marie’s reviews.  She <3s that kinda thing).

Matched takes place in a province that part of something bigger. The Society. Cassia, Ky, and Xander are all main characters in this book, but the main main one is Cassia, a 16-year-old girl.

The main conflict in this book is something like this: Should Cassia trust the Society? Was it really a glitch was happened when she saw Ky’s face flash across the screen for a moment?(Yes, I know that’s two questions, but they’re to give you an idea of what the book is driven by.)

This book is relationship driven and it’s not fully dystopian. It’s like a dystopian/romance. Never read one of those before. The book was good enough for me to keep reading it. The ending was something of a cliffhanger. Not a real one, but it made you want more.

The book itself was good. Good job Ally! I liked Ky, I think he’s my favorite character in this book. I thought that at some parts is slow, but Ally made up for that. At the end there was some action brewing and I love action (I mostly read plot/action driven books.). However, I’m not sure it’s good enough for me to buy the next book. I bought this book because of the cover, which is AMAZING btw, but it’s still not exactly my type of book.

The last book I read was also a romance, but not fully dystopian. It’s called The Selection. I think the two books are very similar, but The Selection is more exciting and fun because of it’s main character, America (Not the country. The main character is actually called America.). In Matched there wasn’t a lot of laughs….Barely any. That made me sad. 🙁 It had some action, which was okay with me! The Selection had similar action-not exactly the same, but similar-but more of it.

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Recommended for dystopian fans of books like HUNGER GAMES, MAZE RUNNER, and DIVERGENT.  MATCHED is the first book in the trilogy, followed by CROSSED, and then REACHED.

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Book Review: The Dig by Michael Siemsen

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Mike’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “A mysterious woven metal artifact is found at a paleontological dig in Africa. Mystified experts, confounded by the impossible timeline they get from traditional dating methods, call upon a stubborn young man with a unique talent. Matthew Turner’s gift is also his curse: Whenever he touches an object, his awareness is flooded with the thoughts and feelings of those who touched it before him. It is a talent that many covet, some fear, and almost no one understands. Despite being exploited as a child and tormented by the unpleasant experiences imprinted on him from the various items he has “read,” Matthew agrees to travel from New York to the forests of Kenya. There, threatened by unknown enemies and helped by a beautiful but prickly ally who begins to understand his strange ability, he journeys back in geological time to make a discovery so shocking that it forces us to rewrite all human history.”

Print Length: 324 pages
Publisher: Fantome (January 17, 2011)
Recommended Age: Young Adult

REVIEW: 3 STARS-IT WAS OKAY

In The Dig, Siemsen manages to keep the reader engaged in two completely distinct stories. There’s a modern, paranormal, story that he uses to weave in a second, more science fiction, story that’s easily as compelling. It’s a great feat. And I found myself happily transitioning between the two worlds.

Likewise, he’s developed some great characters. A few reviewers have complained that they didn’t find anyone truly “likable.” But, I think the “problem” is actually a more three-dimensional protagonist. Unfortunately, the villain is a bit caricature-ish, which may undermine the more well developed characters. Nevertheless, I was looking forward to turning each page.

The disappointment didn’t hit until the end… Siemsen wrote two great stories and wove them together almost seamlessly. So, over the course of each chapter the anticipation of a great pay-off builds. You want to know where it’s all going! But, the great climax never arrives… In fact, it felt incredibly anti-climactic when it was all said and done. The best that can be said is that all the loose ends were neatly tied up.

Hopefully Siemsen brings his great style to another book, and the storytelling is paired with a more dramatic purpose.

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You may enjoy this book if you liked: Neanderthal

Recommended for guys, Sci-fi readers and YA book fans.

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Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

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Marie’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.”

Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage (April 3, 2012)
Recommended Age: Adult

REVIEW: 3 STARS-IT WAS OKAY

I admit that I read this because I was curious. Everyone was talking about it and said it crossed into Mommy-porn land. I was wondering if that was next to Disneyland or what? Anyway, I found out it was pretty close to Kinky World, and up the street a ways from Bondage-O-Rama.

People kept telling me that you have to read through the end, that it’s like walking away from Pulp Fiction in the last 5 minutes (which I did). So, I plowed through this thing even though it wasn’t my normal read. This is what I have to tell you people: YOU SUCK! 😛 This book ended with a cliffhanger! And it ends on a downer with an unfulfilled ending!

Normally I LOVE cliffhangers, but this one totally pissed me off. Through this whole story, I thought Ana would realize what she does at the end of the book, but she doesn’t. She seems to have the mental aptitude of a brick. I understand she’s new (a virgin), but she did graduate from college and was smart enough to get employed–can she really be this dumb?

Fifty Shades is more a myriad of kinky sex scenes than anything else. I would have liked the book to be about 50% shorter. And please know that it appears that this series is not a series, but three books broken apart in part A, B, and C.  It has three stars because there were things that I did like about it.  Christian appearing perfect but really being rather messed up was interesting.  I liked the dark edge the book had, and that was portrayed mostly through Christian.  I would have liked to learn more about the character in 500+ pages, besides his sexual preferences.  It felt like the footing for a good story, which is why I read the whole thing.

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This book is the first in the Fifty Shades Trilogy.  It is followed by Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.

Recommended for adult readers who want spicy sex scenes that are a little different, romance readers, and erotica fans.  If you enjoyed Twilight, this is supposed to be the grown up version where the sexual tension is met.

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Book Review: Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

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Marie’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1ST edition (December 6, 2011)

RATING 3–STARS A GOOD READ

Clockwork Prince is the second book in the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare.  The story takes place in London, England in the mid 1800’s.  There were many elements that drew me to this series.  I enjoy historical fiction and it’s not a dominant theme in YA.  Tying the two together gives the reader a faster HF read, since YA typically moves at a faster pace than adult novels.  I’ll get more to the pacing later.  I enjoy paranormal, and really like books that cross the paranormal worlds and smash them together.  This was that kind of book.

The characters grew in Clockwork Prince.  Tessa, Jem, and Will are all growing and changing.  Tessa is becoming more sure of herself, even though she isn’t sure what she is. I wish there wasn’t a love triangle, but there is.  The triangle doesn’t seem forced, but I think it portrays Tessa as a weaker character.  I like reading about Jem and Will.  They are both opposites, but that plays off of them nicely.  It makes them seem real, which is awesome.  And Will is such a hot mess, who couldn’t love him?

Tessa is the main character, and she doesn’t know what type of creature she is.  As the novel progresses, she gets more clues as to her heritage, while becoming more bold as the plot unfolds.  The Institute is under attack, and another Shadowhunter is trying to take it from Charlotte.  The world itself it beautifully woven together.  There are demons, ghosts, vampires, nephilim, and more mythical creatures that live together under the noses of the human population.

The steampunk thread that runs through these books is also interesting and well done.  It doesn’t feel out of place or shoved in there.  The mechanisms are an integral part of the story-line.  In short, this makes the series a prime candidate as a paranormal smorgasbord of all-time favorite creatures with mass appeal.  I should have loved it.  I really, really wanted to…

But, there was a major flaw with the pacing of this book (and the previous book). I felt bipolar while I was reading it.  Some days I loved it, and others I hated it.  I finally figured out why. The pacing throughout this novel was erratic.  It felt like the story was stuck in second gear.  The book progressed that way through both novels, without a serious climax.  Don’t get me wrong – the book did climax a little bit, but for the size of this 500+ page book, and the depth of the story, well the climax fell short.  Then the story for the third book started.  I don’t have issues with that.  It creates cliffhangers and I love cliffhanger endings.  It’s just that the characters and the world were so awesome, but the story itself seemed lackluster in comparison, which was disappointing.

The other issue that pulled this down to three stars was the fact-checking.  There were three oopsie facts, back to back toward the end of the  book.  One sentence was a string of words that should have described a gown, but meant nothing.  They strung together words that were meant to sound technical, but they were the wrong words.  The sentences immediately following were about cameras with incorrect period info. It may not bother other people, but having several issues in a row jerked me out of the story.

Clockwork Prince is proceeded by Clockwork Angel.

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This book is recommended for YA Paranormal readers, historical fiction fans, and Cassandra Clare fans.  Younger readers should be aware that this novel has a graphic scene about war spoils that some may find upsetting.

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Book Review: Shadowland (The Immortals, #3) by Alyson Noel

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A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: “Ever and Damen have gone through countless lives and fought off the world’s darkest enemies so they could be together.  But just when an everlasting future is finally within their reach, Damen is struck down by a curse—a dark spell separating him and Ever for eternity.  Now sharing so much as a single touch could bring about Damen’s death…and send him plummeting into the Shadowland, an eternal abyss for lost souls.   Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses her herself in magick.  And in her quest, she gets help from an unexpected source…a surfer named Jude.

Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar.  Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past.  She’s always believed Damen to be her soulmate and one true love—and she still believes it to be true.  But as Damen pulls away to save them from the darkness inhabiting his soul, Ever’s connection with Jude grows stronger—and tests her love for Damen like never before…”

Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin; Reprint edition (September 14, 2010)

REVIEW: 3 STARS

Shadowland was good, but not as strong as the previous books in this paranormal series. The villain is once again Roman (who was introduced in the 2nd book), but for some reason it wasn’t as good.  I gave this book three stars because, it just wasn’t…..strong. The plot line is good, but the drama and action I saw in the first two books is gone. There is still some action, but….eh.

Ever is Ever. She has a strong sense of being stubborn in this book (Eh) which also led her to some bad choices.

Damen wasn’t the best character in the book. He was very distant and not his dangerous self. I found this change another reason to give the book three stars.

The ending was okay, but Ever screwed up, HUGE. It wasn’t a favorite ending, but it ended strong.

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Shadowland took place in California, in a nice town. It has a beach and houses, and some weird shops. This book is part of the Immortals series by Alyson Noel.  It is preceded by Evermore and Blue Moon.

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