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The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Childrens, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Magic, Middle School, Mythology, Review, Roman Mythology, Romance, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Lost Hero by Rick RiordanThe Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Disney-Hyperion Books on October 12th 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 557
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Jason has a problem.He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?
Piper has a secret.Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.
Leo has a way with tools.When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who's gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason's amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

My take on the book: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK!!

Rick Riordan left us off with a new prophecy and a feeling that we were getting a new book series. We found out from Rachel Elizabeth Dare that seven demigods need to save the world at the end of Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and to start the new series called the Heroes of Olympus.

With this first new book we are meeting four new characters named Jason, Piper, Leo and Coach Hedge. We also see how much Camp Half-Blood has changed from what it was before. We got a lot more cabins and a lot more campers as well.

We also find out when Annabeth comes to help get Jason, Piper, and Leo to Camp Half-Blood that Percy has been missing for three months. Almost immediately once they land Leo got claimed by his father, Hephaestus, and we find out the Roman form of his is called Vulcan all only because Jason said it. Hmm I wonder with why and how he knows the Roman forms of the gods and goddess’s instead of their Greek form?

Later that night Piper got claimed by her mother who is Aphrodite. All throughout the book we learn about a whole lot of stuff on each character including how Jason is Thalia Grace’s brother. Toward the end of the book we find out that Jason is a Roman camper but is happy with being at Camp Half-Blood as he has made a lot of new friends and him and Piper are together.

We also find out that Piper’s dad is a Cherokee Native American celebrity actor. We also find out that the Earth Mother goddess is trying to wake up and get all of her titan and giant children up again and trying to destroy the world. We also find out about Leo sort of being the one who killed his mom and that he is working on building a flying warship to go to Camp Jupiter to get the other three campers.

This book is a very good one and I love it very much. I love that Mr. Riordan wrote this series in third person but also that every three chapters is of either Jason, Piper, and Leo which is pretty cool as we get to see some things that has been happening with them. I can tell this series is going to be a good one. I am also quite happy to say that I was oh so wrong about this one not being any good at all. Which was my first thought of this series but I am happy to say that I am very wrong and that I can’t wait to read and share my thoughts of the other books.

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About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over forty million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.


Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Boarding School, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Rural, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Urban, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Last Sacrifice by Richelle MeadLast Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #6
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Penguin Razorbill on December 7th 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 608
Format: Kindle
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This book has Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN [ACE]
ACE #1

They come first.
My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won't give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri's face join Lissa's. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.
The dead could finally have me.
Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir's Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.
Now the law has finally caught up with Rose - for a crime she didn't even commit. She's in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She'll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.
But the clock on Rose's life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back...and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?
Join Rose, Dimitri, Adrian, and Lissa in Last Sacrifice, the epic, unforgettable finale to Richelle Mead's international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series.

My take on the book: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK!!!

We start off Last Sacrifice with Rose in her jail cell completely bored as she is trying to figure out what Queen Tatiana meant in her letter about Lissa having a half sibling that she had no clue about. The book at first was a little slow. Well the whole entire time she is in her jail cell it was. Even when she goes into Lissa’s head to see what was going on around the Royal Court.

Though, surprisingly though, Lissa is able to block Rose from her head at certain points while Lissa is around their friends and Rose’s parents. I actually found that to be a good thing since that, to me at least, was a pretty good character development on Lissa. I love to see this type of development evolve even with the sort of main characters of these books.

After Rose escapes with the help of some people, that shall be nameless except for Dimitri, because they all believe that Rose is innocent and should not be killed for being framed on killing the ex-queen. Rose is so not happy thought about not being in the loop about the jail escape or on the plan about keeping Rose hidden in a very small town where the guardians won’t find her until after her name is cleared.

Rose didn’t like that plan as it didn’t go with her plan from Queen Tatiana. The other character I think that had character development would be Sydney, the Alchemist, because even though her own kind doesn’t like vampires or dhampirs, as they think of them as evil people-well evil “undead” people, but she is liking both Rose and Dimitri as she spends more time with them on the road.

In this book we met a new group of people and how they think of the people that want to be in the modern world instead of sticking to the old way of living. They were there for a short amount of time until they figured out where to go next.

Which happened to be a place where Miss Karp lives as a Strigoi. Victor’s half-brother turned her back human and it didn’t go well with those two. Though Miss Karp did show them where Lissa’s half-sibling was. Well more of went with them and brought them there. For me it was a shock to see who Lissa’s half-sister was. Though I knew I should have seen that coming from when Rose gave a description of her in Shadow Kiss.

This book was a very good one though I am quite sad that this book series ended. Or at least with Rose and Lissa. Or at least I think it is. I love this series and I am happy with how it ended and with what happened to Rose and Dimitri despite Adrian’s heart being broken when he found out that Rose is still very much in love with Dimitri.

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Richelle Mead has written over twenty-five novels for teens and adults. She is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. Her recent standalone novel, Soundless, draws upon Chinese mythology and history, and her forthcoming series, The Glittering Court, follows the adventures of girls destined for arranged marriages in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel.


Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Boarding School, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Rural, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Urban, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Spirit Bound by Richelle MeadSpirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #5
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Penguin Razorbill on May 18th 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 489
Format: Kindle
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Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong...

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri's birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladamir's-and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girl's can't wait for their lives beyond the Academy's iron gates to begin. But Rose's heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he's out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the change. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood and now he is hunting her. And this time he won't rest until Rose joins him...forever.

My take on this book: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!! BE CAUTIOUS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK YET!!!  

The second to last Vampire Academy book took me the longest to read. I started to read it on the twenty-first of May and ended it on the eleventh of June.

The reason it took me so long to read this one was because I was busy and I was trying to get this book review blog going as well. But I finally got it done and oh my god I was so happy about Dimitri being alive again but sad for Rose. I also really did like the end of the book.

Rose has had a tough life for only being eighteen years old and being told that she did something that she couldn’t have done and didn’t do at all.

But also getting the letter telling her how Lissa could represent her family was by finding someone that is either her half-brother or half-sister. But know the question is how can she doe that if she is stuck in jail waiting for her trail among other things. Also could she trust the dead Queen’s letter about Lissa having a half-sibling out there.

But this book was sooo good and kept my on the edge of my seat the whole time that I was able to read it.

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Richelle Mead has written over twenty-five novels for teens and adults. She is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. Her recent standalone novel, Soundless, draws upon Chinese mythology and history, and her forthcoming series, The Glittering Court, follows the adventures of girls destined for arranged marriages in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel.


Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Posted June 6, 2015 by karenbaron in Boarding School, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Rural, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Urban, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Blood Promise by Richelle MeadBlood Promise by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #4
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Penguin Razorbill on August 25, 2009
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 503
Format: Kindle
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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?

My take on the book: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!! BE CAUTIOUS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK YET!!!

I read this book in one day. Okay two days. I started this book on the twentieth of May and finished it on the twenty-first of May. I soooo didn’t want to put my kindle down because this book was soooo good. I ended up dreaming of the book on the twentieth. I felt bad for Rose when she found Dimitri’s family. I was a little bit confused about the Alchemist part but it kind of started to make sense to me.

I was pretty shocked when the principal or headmistress, or whatever you want to call her, stepped down and let a new person step in, thanks to the Queen’s recommendation with his daughter, son and daughter’s guardian in tow. I kind of knew a little bit that the daughter was bad news just didn’t know how bad until toward the end of the book. All I gotta say is poor Lissa and Christian who’s relationship ended because of the new headmaster’s daughter torn them apart.

But at the end of the book I’m happy that she goes back to the school. It’s there that we find out about who this mysterious “Abe” person really is. Another BIG SPOILER ALERT!! I would have never ever thought that Abe would be Rose’s father at all!! I mean that was just a huge shocker to me.

But yes another great book from the Vampire Academy series. I can’t believe that I only have two books left until the end. I so don’t want this series to end.

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About Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead has written over twenty-five novels for teens and adults. She is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. Her recent standalone novel, Soundless, draws upon Chinese mythology and history, and her forthcoming series, The Glittering Court, follows the adventures of girls destined for arranged marriages in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel.


Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Posted June 6, 2015 by karenbaron in Boarding School, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Rural, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Urban, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Shadow Kiss by Richelle MeadShadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Penguin Razorbill on November 18, 2008
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 443
Format: Kindle
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WHAT IF FOLLOWING HER HEART MEANS ROSE COULD LOSE HER BEST FRIEND FOREVER?
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires - the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
Rose knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa - the last Dragomir princess - must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken...
Then a strange darkness begins to grow in Rose's mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy's iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most... but will her choice mean that only one can survive?

My take on the book: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK!!!

When I read the plot I sort of guessed that maybe Rose is putting too much on her shoulders to deal with all at once but after I started to read the book I couldn’t help but think of it as another good book for character development.

Though I do feel bad for Rose who is seeing Mason’s ghost around the campus and is the only one that I can see him thanks to her being Shadow Kissed. Toward the end of the book we find with why Rose is seeing ghosts and with why Mason is able to be seen as a ghost on the school’s campus.

The end of this book was a shocker to me about what happened to Dimitri and with what Rose ended up doing on her eighteenth birthday. I also feel bad for Lissa who is trying to be there for Rose even though she doesn’t know with what is wrong or going on in Rose’s head. Except for her wanting to do something to Dimitri that both he and Rose said, in the first book, that they would rather die than being a Strigoi. We also don’t see much of Mia in here. Actually we don’t see Mia in this book at all. I was wondering with what happened to our little porcelain doll friend.

But yes this is another good book from Richelle Mead in this Vampire Academy series.

This Review was previously posted on my blogspot site which I will be closing soon.

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About Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead has written over twenty-five novels for teens and adults. She is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. Her recent standalone novel, Soundless, draws upon Chinese mythology and history, and her forthcoming series, The Glittering Court, follows the adventures of girls destined for arranged marriages in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel.