The Glittering Court – book review

The Glittering Court

The Glittering Court is a thought-provoking and intriguing novel, written by Richelle Mead.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. When Adelaide, an Osfridian countess poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in the New World, she must keep her true identity hidden from everyone at the Glittering Court at all costs. She manages to keep her secret from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor. But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalise the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, uncharted lands.Read More »

The Ruby Circle – book review

The Ruby Circle

The Ruby Circle is the final and unforgettable book in the Bloodlines series, written by Richelle Mead.

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist – a human who’s purpose is to protect vampire secrets and human lives. With their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing terrible forces from both the Alchemists and the Moroi.

With the life of someone they love on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. She and Adrian find themselves tangled in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic; a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world and alter their lives forever…

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I still can’t believe this series is over. After six amazing books, and before that, another six fantastic books from the Vampire Academy series, I can’t help but feel a twinge of sadness when I think about how I’ve finally finished reading about these people I’ve grown to love. But that doesn’t mean I feel any less happy about how this series turned out and I will always have great memories from reading these books. Well, most of those memories will be me either crying my eyes out or screaming at the pages, but all the same. Great memories. And I definitely won’t be forgetting this book any time soon.

While I loved the plot and found this book incredibly grabbing, I wished I had more time with Sydney and Adrian together. My favourite parts of this series was the times where Sydney and Adrian were having their conversations or some of their sweet moments, and I felt like I didn’t have as much of that in this book that I would have liked. Nevertheless, I adored every minute I spent reading this book and I literally couldn’t put this book down. I’m not even kidding about that. I finished this book in less than a day because I refused to put it down, whether that was during classes, walking to places or even eating. Yes, it was one of those books.

I found it very easy to pick up this book, even though it had been about a year since I read the previous book in the series, Silver Shadows. Richelle Mead does a really great job of making these book flow really smoothly. I felt like I could easily remember what went on in all the other books in the series without any effort, which is something that is hard to do with some series.

There was only one thing that I felt could have been improved with this book. I felt like the ending was a tiny bit rushed. I don’t really know what I was expecting with the ending and don’t get me wrong, I’m really happy with the way things worked out, I just would have liked the ending drawn out a little more so I could just spend those last few moments with the characters I hold so dearly.

One of my favourite characters of all time is Adrian. He’s definitely one of my book boyfriends. As much as I loved Dimitri in Vampire Academy, I just loved Adrian so much more. He was flawed and complicated and sweet and completely devoted to Sydney. We’re all so lucky to have had so much time with Adrian, but I still wish I could have more time with him. Sydney was another character I’ve loved going on a journey with thought this series. I feel like both of these characters have grown so much from the beginning of Bloodlines up until now. Both Sydney and Adrian have become so fearless in so many ways and I’ve loved watching their personalities develop throughout this series.

I’m hesitant to say much more, because there’s not much you can really say with books like these – the sixth book in the series of a spin off of another series. Just know that I loved this book so much and I’m really looking forward to reading the things Richelle writes next. I’d give The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead a score of 9.5 out of 10. If any of you have read this book or are contemplating reading it, I’d love to know! I definitely recommend this series!

Silver Shadows – book review

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

Silver Shadows is the fifth mind-blowing instalment in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead.

In the aftermath of the event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But they have to survive first.

Trapped and isolated from everyone she knows, Sydney’s life becomes a daily struggle to hold onto who she is and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian desperately clings to the hope that Sydney can be found again, but the battle becomes daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize control of him. As their worst fears suddenly a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian must face their darkest hour yet…

I can’t even begin to express how much I loved reading this book. Everything about it was perfect. I love this series so much. I’m proud to say that I love it even more than the Vampire Academy series, which was also stunning. But one of my favourite couples in all of book-history are the main characters in this series – Sydney and Adrian. Another thing I really love about this series is the plot. It just really draws you in and I’ve never been bored in one of these books. Lots of things are always going on, but at the same time, the books never seem overcrowded. The pacing is always perfect, as with this book. After finishing The Fiery Heart when it was released last year, I’ve had to wait almost 365 days until I found out what happens in the next instalment. The Fiery Heart left us on such a massive cliff-hanger that I’m surprised I managed to not die of impatience! But I must admit, Silver Shadows was well worth the wait. I was again drawn in from the very beginning and my attention was held for the entirety of the book. It was absolutely spectacular. I adored every second of reading it.
To say this book was emotional would be a complete understatement. This definitely isn’t a light and easy read. It’s really emotional. We have Adrian’s self-destructive phase and Sydney being tortured and this was really hard to read about because I love both these characters so much. I constantly feared for these characters. They meant so much to me in this series and I knew I would be absolutely devastated if anything colossal happened to them. But these characters went through so much in this book. I’m so proud of how Sydney and Adrian handled everything. Especially Sydney. Her determination and courage really got her through the toughest of situations. She was so brave and willing to help anyone in any way she could. I loved reading the chapters alternating between Sydney and Adrian’s point of views. In the beginning, I always wanted to be reading from Sydney’s point of view because there seemed to be such bigger things at risk for her. However, I loved reading from both of their point of views once I got properly into the different lives they were living.
I’m so unbelievably happy with how this book turned out. I loved everything about it. Again, the characters were brilliant and shining. The writing was absolutely amazing. I could feel everything that was going on so clearly and I really felt like I was there. I cannot believe the ending though, and I’m already counting down the days until the next book is released! I’d give Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead a score of 10 out of 10. If you haven’t read this book or this series, I highly recommend it!

The Fiery Heart – book review

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The Fiery Heart is the forth unbelievably mind-blowing book in Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series.

Sydney has been torn between the Alchemist ways of life and doing what she feels is right for a while now. But the struggle is far from over for Sydney. Zoe, Sydney’s sister, has arrived and although Sydney wants to be closer to her sister, there are just so many things she has to keep secret.

Working with Marcus has changed the way Sydney views the Alchemists. Sydney is slowly becoming more certain that the life she is choosing to live now is the right one. But Sydney is still in danger of being exposed, and the threat of re-education hangs over her every decision.

Can Sydney and Adrian survive this chapter of their lives together? Will Sydney be able to escape the watchful eyes of the other Alchemists? Will the centre hold?

I absolutely loved this book! Like all the other books in this series, The Fiery Heart took me on a spellbinding journey that kept me reading non-stop from start to finish. I was so excited at the end of The Indigo Spell because it seemed like Sydney and Adrian were going to finally be able to be together without many problems. But then Sydney’s sister came along. Straight away, I knew Zoe was going to mess things up for everyone. Could anyone else see that? For sure, the thing I love most about this series are the scenes where Sydney and Adrian are interacting. Their relationship is really well written and I love them because they’re so perfect together. Sydney has really changed Adrian for the better. Now, Adrian is more in control and more mature. He’s still really funny and sexy and makes me swoon, but now he’s more in control of his life and is a more responsible person. Although I love the wild side of Adrian as well, this side of him is a more mature and the type of person Sydney is perfect with. I really liked the plot in this book. Heaps of my questions were answered, but I felt like not a lot more happened besides what needed to happen. We knew that Sydney would have to work on the tattoos that make people immune to turning Strigoi and that she’d learn to control her magic-wielding even more. But aside for that, and the incredibly heart-breaking ending, not much else happens. I thought forces would still be trying to pull Sydney and Adrian apart, but I felt like their relationship was too easy in this book. I kept expecting a Strigoi to jump out at them and ruin everything, or for something else to go wrong. Perhaps Neil could be someone different to who we thought her was. Right until the very end, Sydney and Adrian had it too easy. But then, the end changed everything. I still can’t fully comprehend that fact that that happened. It was all my worst fears coming true! How could that happen? Why do I have to wait another eight months to know how they’re going to get out of this mess? How could Richelle Mead do this? From the very start of this series, this was my biggest fear. I can’t believe it actually happened. This was one of the most heart-breaking endings I’ve ever read. I absolutely loved The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

The Indigo Spell – book review

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The Indigo Spell is the third book in the alluring Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead.

Sydney Sage is struggling to choose between following the Alchemist beliefs or her own. A battle is raging inside Sydney’s heart… one only she can control. But will she let her feelings take control of her, or try to bury them because she’s an Alchemist?

Then Sydney meets the alluring Marcus Finch. Marcus tries to persuade Sydney to leave the Alchemists, therefore abandon her family and everything she’s ever believed in. But Marcus believes the Alchemists are hiding things from Sydney. He wants to reveal those shocking secrets to her so Sydney can make an informed decision about her future. But if Sydney chooses to leave the Alchemists, it means she’ll have to also say goodbye to her friends and her one true love in exchange for a lifetime of running…

As an Alchemist, Sydney has magic in her blood. When Sydney learns that she has magical talents, she refuses to believe it or wield more magic. After all, to the Alchemists, magic is unnatural and should never be created. But Sydney’s life is in terrible danger. An evil witch is hunting young girls with magical talents to make herself younger and more powerful. Sydney realises that the only way to protect herself is to embrace her magical blood – or she could be next.

I loved reading The Indigo Spell! I think that this one was actually my favourite out of all the books in this series. The way that Sydney and Adrian relate for me is the best part of the book. From the very start of Bloodlines up until the end of The Indigo Spell, I’ve loved watching the relationship between Adrian and Sydney blossom. When they’re together, I forget all about the mess they’re in and just watch them talk and laugh together. And Adrian makes me laugh so much! He always has something witty or amusing to say. Half of the time, I’m practically on the floor laughing! But when Adrian constantly reminds Sydney of how he feels for her, I feel like just breaking down and crying. Why does everything have to be so complicated for both of them? Why does Sydney have to be an Alchemist? I think that Adrian has come such a long way from being the heart-broken guy who is still in love with Rose. Now, Adrian is such a loyal, honest and amazing character. I don’t think this series would be as good without him. When I was reading this book, I just felt so many different emotions and got really close to all of the characters, especially Sydney, Adrian, Eddie and Jill. I also liked the fact the Sydney embraced her magical talent in this book and that added another really cool element to the storyline. I’m really looking forward to her magical talents growing even more in the next book. I loved The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. I can’t wait to read The Fiery Heart!

The Golden Lily – book review

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The Golden Lily is the second amazing book in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead.

Sydney Sage has always dreamt of going to collage and having a normal life. But Sydney’s life is far from normal. Being an Alchemist, Sydney’s job is to protect the secrecy of the vampire world from humans. Now, Sydney is in a private human school in Palm Springs posing the sister of the Moroi Princess, Jill Dragomir. Jill’s life is in danger from vampire assassins who want to overthrow the Moroi government and therefore create civil war.

Surprisingly, Sydney finds herself growing closer to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian. But this goes against everything the Alchemists have ever told her: to not trust or befriend evil, unnatural creatures of the night. But the more time Sydney spends with those vampires, the more she begins to question the Alchemists and their beliefs.

To make matters even more difficult, one of Sydney’s teachers is making Sydney wield magic, which is in every way wrong to Sydney. But could it be for Sydney’s own good? Will the time come when her friends can’t defend her and she’ll need to take matters into her own hands? Equally overwhelming is her new romance with Brayden. Brayden is a cute, brainy guy who seems to match Sydney in every way.  Yet, as perfect as Brayden seems, Sydney finds herself falling for someone else. Someone forbidden… So should Sydney trust the Alchemists, or her heart?

I absolutely, positively loved reading The Golden Lily. I after reading the first two books in the series, I feel so much more connected to the characters than I did after just reading the first book. Like with Bloodlines, I loved reading about Sydney Sage. Sydney is just such a likeable character. She’s intelligent, logical, classy, funny at times and just utterly brilliant. I think those things about her make her a really great character. I liked learning more about her and watching her beliefs about the Alchemists and the vampires’ change throughout the book. I especially loved seeing her and Adrian connect with each other. At the beginning of this series, I thought that Adrian and Sydney were complete opposites and couldn’t be together. Now I feel like they would be great together because they both help each other and are always there for one another. And Adrian. Wow. I completely love Adrian. Adrian understands Sydney the way that no one else does. I know that no matter what happens, he’ll always be there for Sydney. Seriously. They are destined to be together. I wish Sydney would just let go of all her worries and stress about what the Alchemists would do to her and just be with Adrian! That would make her and Adrian just so happy! But I guess I can understand why she wouldn’t want to risk it with the Alchemists. I really can’t wait to see what happens in the next book! I loved reading The Golden Lily be Richelle Mead and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. If you haven’t read this series or the Vampire Academy series, reading them is a must!

Bloodlines – book review

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Bloodlines is the first book in its series by Richelle Mead. The Bloodlines series is a spin-off series from Vampire Academy, also written by Richelle Mead.

Sydney Sage is different. She’s not a vampire, but not a human. She’s an Alchemist, which makes her blood different. She works to protect the secrecy of the vampire world from humans. Although most Moroi and Dhampirs vampires are peaceful by nature, she and the other Alchemists believe vampires are evil, unnatural creatures of the night. Sydney has been around vampires before and has been in alliance with Rose Hathaway (which has caused her to get into deep trouble with the Alchemists), but her views on the way they live still repel her. So when she is forced by the Alchemists to pose as Jill Dragomir’s sister to protect her, things become all the more complicated…

Jill Dragomir is the sister of the Moroi Queen, Lissa Dragomir. She is also the only living person in Lissa’s family. But Jill’s life is in terrible danger. The current Moroi law states that in order to remain a Moroi King or Queen, there must still be one person in one’s family. For the vampires who are against Lissa being Queen, the easiest way to get Lissa off the throne is to kill her only living relative: Jill. Now Jill is in hiding.

The Moroi court believe Sydney and Jill will be safe at Amberwood Prep, a private human school located in Palm Springs. But treats, distractions and forbidden love are all that await them. And that’s only the beginning…

I really loved reading Bloodlines. Bloodlines is a spin-off from Vampire Academy, so it has lots of the characters that I already know, which was nice. Sometimes I feel like it’s hard to connect with new characters, but seeing as I knew Sydney and most of the other characters, I found becoming entangled in the storyline really easy. The story grabbed from the very beginning and I was interested for the whole book. All of the characters were different from each other and I liked seeing them try to get along with and relate to one another. Firstly, I liked Sydney when I first met her in Blood Promise, but now I feel really connected with her after experiencing everything from her point of view. I know so much more about her Alchemist life now and I get to see how she feels about vampires. I think Sydney is a great character and she’s so different to every other character. She’s intelligent, logical and responsible. I loved seeing the world from her eyes. Another character that I loved seeing more of was Adrian. I really liked him in the Vampire Academy series, but I have absolutely fallen in love with him now. It was heart breaking for me seeing him trying to get over loving Rose, but I immediately thought that Sydney would be great with him. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the next two books! Seriously, if those two don’t get together by the end of the series, I’m actually going to write a letter to the author to complain. Like the Vampire Academy series, Bloodlines was filled with twists and turns. I loved uncovering those unexpected twists and those really made me wonder how everything would end up. I would recommend reading the Vampire Academy series before reading Bloodlines. Some key plot points are mentioned in this book and it would be easier to understand what some character are like by knowing their past. Overall, I loved reading Bloodlines by Richelle Mead and I’d give it a score of 8.5 out of 10. Wonderful!

Last Sacrifice – book review

Last Sacrifice

Last Sacrifice is the sixth and last book in Richelle Mead’s amazing series, Vampire Academy.

Last Sacrifice began where Spirit Bound left us, with Rose behind bars for a murder she didn’t commit. She’s bored and feeling claustrophobic, and worse of all, Lissa is blocking Rose from her head. Lissa is hiding something from Rose.

Rose doesn’t know that her friends are planning to break her out of jail, which is really where the fun begins. But Dimitri tells Rose that the only reason he is helping her is because Lissa told him to, and he promised to do anything for Lissa because she brought him back from being Strigoi. Rose is devastated to hear that Dimitri is only doing is for Lissa, and so she tries to move on and settle being with Adrian. Even though Adrian is clearly in love with Rose, she can’t shake off her feelings for Dimitri.

Amongst the unraveling of Rose’s heart, Rose is constantly on the run from the Guardians who believe they need to kill Rose because she murdered the Queen. But Rose and her friends are determined to prove to the world that Rose was framed and someone else killed the Queen. Lissa is also still fighting for her seat on the Royal Council, but in order for her to be granted that wish, she needs another family member. So who killed the Queen and who is this secret family member?

So Rose and Dimitri set out to find Lissa’s sibling and Lissa and her friends back at Court try to gather information on who would have motives to kill the Queen. But they’re running out of time. Something needs to be done to give Lissa and her friends more time to find the Queen’s killer. But just one suggestion of how to gain more time sends Lissa’s world upside down and she begins to realize what her destiny really is.

But will Rose and Lissa find out who killed the Queen and framed Rose? Could it be someone we already know and have grown to trust? Will they ever find out who Lissa’s mysterious family member is? And could it be someone we have already met? Amidst all the pandemonium, will Rose sort out who she really wants to be with once and for all?

I can’t believe this series is over! Although I’m devastated to see the stories of Rose and her friends end, I’m happy to see that everything worked out for Rose and Lissa in the end. Although while I was reading this book, I was always wondering how all of their problems would be sorted out and I was left thinking about possible solutions long after I closed the book. Not surprisingly, I wasn’t even close to guessing who killed the Queen or who Lissa’s sibling was. Richelle Mead kept me interested right until the very last page of the book. But it was a great ending to the series and Vampire Academy is definitely worth reading. If you haven’t read it, you’re really missing out on something special. I absolutely loved the Vampire Academy series.  I can’t wait to read Richelle Mead’s spin-off series called Bloodlines, which follows one of my favourite characters, Sydney the Alchemist. I really enjoyed following Rose on all her adventures throughout the Vampire Academy series and I’d give Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead a score of 9 out of 10.

Spirit Bound – book review

Spirit Bound

Spirit Bound is the fifth attention-grabbing book in the Vampire Academy series written by Richelle Mead.

After Rose’s journey to find Dimitri in Siberia, Rose is now safely back at the St. Vladimir’s academy and planning her and Lissa’s future. Their graduation is so close and everything seems like it’s going to be okay as long as Rose can forget about Dimitri. But Rose’s heart still yearns for Dimitri. She knows he’s out there… somewhere… waiting…

Rose has failed killing Dimitri the first time when she had the opportunity to, and now Dimitri is dead-set on hunting down Rose. Dimitri feels the world isn’t big enough for the two of them, and if Rose won’t turn Strigoi to be with him, then he must kill her.

But Rose has a plan. An insanely crazy plan. What if she could bring back the Strigoi from being undead? And she’s focusing on one Strigoi in particular… Dimitri. Rose and her friends must run away in search of answers to healing the Strigoi. Only, the one with all the answers is an enemy. Will Rose and Lissa risk their lives by seeking help from their nemesis? Or will Rose throw away all hope of getting her beloved Dimitri back?

But it seems that bringing back a Strigoi is harder than Rose could ever have imagined. It means putting her friends’ lives at stake. Rose wants Dimitri back, but will it be worth putting her friends in danger? In the end, who will Rose chose?

This was possibly the most heart breaking book I’ve ever read. With Dimitri a Strigoi, and then Rose trying to save him… wow. And then when Dimitri said those nine words at the end of the book to Rose… I just couldn’t believe it! I really loved the journey Rose and her friends went on during this book and I couldn’t take my eyes off the page! Well, sometimes I needed to put the book down and take a break from reading it because it was just so intense! If I kept reading it I’d probably have an emotional breakdown and start crying or screaming depending on what was happening. Dimitri broke my heart in Blood Promise and in this book it wasn’t any easier. I loved how Rose and Lissa worked so well together. They would both do anything for each other and trusted each other with their lives. I cannot believe how amazing Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead is, and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. I really hope things work out for Rose in the next book, Last Sacrifice!

Blood Promise – book review

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Blood Promise is the fourth book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

Rose has just dropped out of St. Vladimir’s Academy and set off to hunt down and kill her boyfriend, Dimitri, who was turned Strigoi against his will. She remembers vividly how she and Dimitri spoke to each other of how they would wish to be killed if they were turned Strigoi. So Rose heads off to find the man she loves… and kill him. But will Dimitri want to be killed? Would he rather live a life of death and destruction, rather than sacrificing himself for the lives of the people he will kill?

Rose’s search for Dimitri begins in Russia/Serbia because she believes Dimitri would want to return to his home country. On Rose’s quest she meets a girl called Sydney, an Alchemist, (which is a human who knows about the Vampiric world and is sworn to protect the secrecy of it), who is ordered by her officials to keep an eye on Rose. Sydney reluctantly agrees to take Rose to Dimitri’s hometown.

Rose and Sydney end up staying with some of Dimitri’s relatives, which makes the mission even more heart breaking. Once the truth is told to Dimitri’s family about him turning Strigoi, Rose decides to leave the peaceful town and go Strigoi hunting with a bunch of teenagers in the hope of finding Dimitri.

Rose has prepared herself for killing Dimitri, but will that be enough? Will Rose keep her promise to Dimitri, or will she join him? Will all hope be lost?

Blood Promise, along with the other Vampire Academy books, is not a book I would be sad to read again. I just love how this series flows and how it keeps you interested the whole time. Admittedly, I was upset that Rose wasn’t with her friends back from the Academy, but I guess that’s because Rose is in Russia most of the time. I just loved the way Rose and her old friends interact together and how the characters fit so well together. But I found this book introduced a lot of new characters, most of whom I don’t think will be in the last few books, but I liked meeting them all and saw each of their different personalities. My opinion of Dimitri was completely changed in this book, and while I still loved him, I found him intimidating and a bit scary. I still want Dimitri and Rose to be together, but I don’t know whether I was happy or scared about the ending of this book. Either way, I loved Blood Promise and I would give it a score of 8.5 out of 10.