House of Night series – book review

House of Night books

House of Night is the series (currently consisting of 10 books, there are more coming!) written by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast.

House of Night is a vampire-themed series. It’s different to all the other vampire books out there (I’ve read the Vampire Academy series and the Twilight series and trust me, it’s completely different to both of those). This series follows Zoey – a sixteen year-old girl who has recently been turned into a ‘fledgling vampyre’ and is required to leave her ordinary life and attend the House of Night boarding school. That’s where all the excitement begins…

We soon learn that Zoey isn’t an ordinary fledgling vampyre. She has been marked by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire, Earth, Water and Spirit. Zoey and her newly made friends must learn to trust one another as they fight evil.

Amidt all the mayhem, Zoey manages to find herself falling for not one, but TWO handsome vampyres, while still having feelings for her human boyfriend. Zoey struggles to discover which one of these three people she wants to be with throughout the series, in amongst all the death, evil and destruction around her.

I really enjoyed reading this series. Yes, admittedly before I began reading House of Night I thought that there were too many books in the series and that I couldn’t be bothered reading all of them because they’ll drag on. But seriously, as soon as I had finished reading the first book or two, I was hooked. I guess this series is kind of like a T.V series, you’ve got to give it a full episode of two before you really like it. The first half of the first book was a bit slow for me, but don’t give up on it, this series is definitely worth your time. As soon as I was into the first book, I got to know each character really well. But then, I found that everything changed. Characters that I trusted turned out to be not who I thought they were. Characters who I didn’t like originally became my allies. And I liked how the authors did this, because it made me more interested in what I was reading. I found every book different and I always wanted to read the next one. During some books, I found parts a little slow, but that didn’t make me want to stop reading the series. If anything, it made me want to keep reading to get to an exciting part and into the action again. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this series, but I liked it. I’d give House of Night by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast a score of 7 out of 10. Not one of my favourites, but it’s worth a read!

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.

Vampire Academy – book review

Vampire Academy

Witty, suspenseful and dramatic…. Vampire Academy is the remarkable first book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

Vampire Academy mainly revolves around the idea of three different kinds of vampires. The Moroi are vampires who feed on blood in order to keep themselves alive and can wield magic from one of the five elements: air, water, fire, earth or spirit. Dhampirs are the offspring of a Moroi vampire and either a human or another Dhampir. Unlike the Moroi, Dhampirs are able to go into sunlight, they don’t feed on blood, and they can’t use magic, but they are stronger and faster than Moroi vampires. The Dhampirs are mostly guardians to the Moroi to protect them from the Strigoi. The Strigoi are undead vampires who are Moroi and have turned Strigoi by choice, or they are human, Moroi or Dhampir who have been bitten and turned against their will. Either way, the Strigoi are bloodthirsty immortals who find Moroi blood irresistible.

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess – a mortal vampire who must be protected at all costs from the Strigoi. Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, is a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to the dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are determined to make her one of them.

After tow years of being free illegally, Rose and Lissa are caught and taken back to St Vladimir’s Academy for them both to continue their educations and keep them out of reach of all Strigoi.

But Rose and Lissa have a secret. When Lissa becomes the target of some horrible pranks that involve dying animals, they begin to question whether someone knows Lissa’s darkest secret. Could someone want to take advantage of Lissa’s ability for evil?

Amongst all the danger, Rose and Lissa are still drawn towards the guys at their school. The only problem is, what if one of them is your teacher? And what if one of them is in danger of turning Strigoi? Will love win out, or will both girls be broken hearted?

I absolutely loved Vampire Academy. I love how this is not the typical vampire book, it’s different in so many ways. The story grabbed me from the very first page and pulled me into the magical world of vampires. I became entangled in the characters lives so easily and I followed them throughout the book. Vampire Academy is written from Rose’s point of view, but she has a bond with Lissa so it’s easy to guess how Lissa is feeling from what Rose is interpreting from their bond. I lived for all the sharp and witty comments made from Rose and I absolutely loved her sense of humour. The story line was suspenseful and engaging. At the end of almost every chapter, something changed in the story line, which made me feel different about the situation or about a character, and it made me want to read onto the next chapter. Both their lives were just so grabbing and I enjoyed seeing how they would react differently from each other. Rose and Lissa had completely different personalities, which I liked because alone they were interesting, but they fit together really well too. I found Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead absolutely amazing and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. If you haven’t read it yet, add it to your list, it’s definitely a good book to read!