Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

9781921518324Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Series: Strange Angels #1 (1/5)
Published by Razorbill on May 14, 2009
Genres: [Young Adult] Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Horror
Pages: 293
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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2 Stars, Completed April 19, 2015

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I’m the reader that revisits books that I couldn’t get into initially or didn’t enjoy the first time around. Sometimes the time and mood affects the overall enjoyment, and I don’t want to miss a great book. This was one of those books. I tried reading Strange Angels when it was first released but couldn’t get through it. So, yes, it’s been collecting dust on my shelf for roughly 5 years. When I recently picked it up again, I was reminded why this was so difficult to get into and couldn’t help but hate myself for doing this yet again.

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The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

The-Indigo-Spell-coverThe Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #3 (3/6)
Published by Razorbill on February 12, 2013
Genres: [Young Adult] Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 401
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed

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4.5 Stars, Completed March 26, 2015

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I was greatly disappointed in Bloodlines and liked The Golden Lily but still thought it could have been better. I am so glad I continued with the Bloodlines series and got to The Indigo Spell. This was the book I was waiting for. I actually felt the same way about Vampire Academy. I loved the VA series, but I thought the first book was underdeveloped. I gradually started to like the series after the first book though, especially Shadow Kiss, which was actually my favorite book of the series. So I guess third time seems to be the charm with Richelle Mead for me.

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The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

9781921518478The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #2 (2/6)
Published by Razorbill on June 20, 2012
Genres: [Young Adult] Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 418
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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3.5 Stars, Completed March 25, 2015

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Do you usually write reviews on books right after you’ve finished reading them or do you take a couple of days to process your thoughts? Well, it’s obviously the latter for me. It took me 2 weeks to make this review because I needed to gather and finalize my thoughts (and honestly, I’ve been swamped with school work and final midterms).

I was much more satisfied with this installment in comparison to Bloodlines. The Golden Lily begins with Sydney in Virginia, where she is called by higher ranking Alchemists to see Keith Darnell in confinement and judge his mental state. From Bloodlines, readers would know that Keith illegally worked with vampires to run a celestial tattoo business. It was bad of him to use these supernatural tattoos, but, in the Alchemists’ eyes, even worse to be in cohorts with vampires, since they view all types of vampires as evil creatures of the night. During this visit Sydney was also able to meet a delirious human man obsessed with becoming strigoi, the most evil vampire race. Once she sees him she’s reminded as to why Alchemists have to keep the divide between humans and vampires.

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Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

9781921518881Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #1 (1/6)
Published by Razorbill on August 23, 2011
Genres: [Young Adult] Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 421
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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2.5 Stars, Completed on March 22, 2015

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Ugh, another vampire book, Summer? I started reading Jane Austen’s Emma weeks ago, but for some reason I’m having a hard time finishing it. Despite being an Austen fan, Emma is so unlikeable, and I’m a reader that must like the protagonist (even if they’re bad, mean, evil, etc). And I really need to read and review Gates of Thread and Stone, but for some reason I can’t even start that one as well. That too has been on hold. So every time reader’s block appears, it cues a vampire novel, my literary guilty pleasure. Thus why I started and finished Bloodlines in a few days.

I had high expectations of Bloodlines because it’s a spin off to the Vampire Academy series, which I thoroughly enjoyed. In VA there was romance, humor, action, and unpredictable plot twists (well unpredictable for the majority of the time). If you haven’t read those, you should. It’s remained as my favorite young adult vampire series ever since I started reading them. Unfortunately, Bloodlines started off real slow for me. I’m not sure whether it was because I was already in a reading slump or it was due to Mead trying to fill in the gaps for readers that weren’t familiar with the VA world and the long refresher annoyed me.

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Eternal by C.C. Hunter

EternalEternal by C.C. Hunter
Series: Shadow Falls: After Dark Book #2 (2/4)
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on October 28, 2014
Genres: [Young Adult] Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 386
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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4 Stars, Reread March 12, 2015

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I kind of feel bad because it’s been so long since I’ve written a book review. I’m already a slow reader and an even slower one in the midst of school. But I haven’t really had an excuse because I’ve been on my spring break for the past week. Lately, I’ve been reading what other bloggers have shared more than I have done actual reading, so I thought it’d be appropriate to write a review of my latest reread before I lose all rights as a book blogger.

In this installment of the Shadow Falls: After Dark series, Della begins to learn more about her new powers as a reborn vampire. She’s much stronger, swifter, and even more badass than the last book. Della continues to unravel the mysteries in her family history, including learning about her murdered aunt and estranged vampire uncle. In the process, a ghost continues to bother her (yes, apparently, these reborn vampires are limited necromancers as well) with visions and clues to an underground vampire unit, where young fresh-turns are used as slaves. And even worse, she’s assigned to work this case with Chase, a vampire she’s bonded with that shares these ghost visions. Della’s attracted to him but the perpetual lies and secrets makes her dislike him. Like in Reborn, there’s more issues with family, mysteries, and love interests (yup, plural, but don’t worry, the love triangle doesn’t dominate the plot).

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