Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Goodreads Summary:

Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies . . .

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.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . .

My Review

I have been hearing about Vampire Academy for years now and have never gotten around to reading it until I found the first book at Goodwill at the beginning of Summer. I had high expectations for this book and was not disappointed!

Vampire Academy focuses on the life of Rose Hathaway, the guardian in training for her best friend Lissa whom she has a special connection with. When they are caught after running away from the academy and returned against their will; Lissa and Rose must then struggle to readjust to school life. Unfortunately, strange and foreboding events make that all the more difficult. As Rose trains to become a better guardian with the gorgeous Dimitri, she becomes a key role in saving the life of her best friend.

Rose was a badass female lead, one with snark and a confidence that kills! Her narration made the story all the more exciting and upbeat. The world that Mead created was a unique one. Though I’ve read plenty of vampire books, she found a way to make this one entirely different, using words/terms that I had never heard of before. The plot kept me glued the entire time and the ending was definitely unexpected.

Rose’s relationship with Dimitri is most certainly an unstable one, but I have faith for them yet! There is a beautifully steamy scene toward the end of the book that will make any girl’s toe curl. Unfortunately, by the very end I was left feeling super frustrated by the romance, but there is for sure hope! Though Vampire Academy didn’t end on a cliffhanger, I am so so eager to see what happens next! I would definitely suggest you read this series if you are into paranormal romance!

Buy book one on Amazon here!

Release Day Launch & Excerpt: Torn (Wicked #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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The highly anticipated second book in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wicked Trilogy is available today! Be sure to grab your copy of TORN!

 

 

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Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

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“You need this book. You need this series. It’s paranormal at its best. It’s New Adult at its best…Can I give this book more than 5 stars? I would if I could.” ~Valerie, Stuck in Books

 

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EXCERPT:

I lifted my right hand, reaching for my iron stake out of instinct, even though I knew it would do no good against the prince.

“You shouldn’t do that.” His voice was deep with what reminded me of an English accent. “I know you want to, but it would be very, very unwise of you, Ivy.”

My hand twitched.

Creepy Prince smiled slightly. “Your friend has been very helpful.”

That got my hackles up. I slid my sunglasses onto my forehead and forced my tone to stay calm and level. “I’m sure she has. Speaking of Val, happen to know where I can find her?”

His lips curled in a semblance of a smile as he stepped closer. The prince was tall, taller than Ren, who was pushing six foot two. My entire back stiffened as I forced myself to hold my ground, even though every instinct demanded that I run and run super fast, because he had almost killed me once before. Correction. He would have definitely killed me if he hadn’t realized what I was and had, I guessed, healed me.

“I’ve been waiting for you,” he said, instead of answering my question, his pale blue eyes fixed on mine.

My hand curled into a useless fist. “That is extremely creepy to hear.”

That cold smile returned. “Why don’t we talk? There are seats across the way.”

“Yeah, that’s not going to happen.”

The slow smile increased but never reached his eyes. “Oh, I know it is.”

Fine hairs rose on my arms.

“What exactly can you do right now?” he said in the same coldly polite voice. “Refuse me?” Creepy Prince laughed, and it wasn’t a bad sound. Again, it was something that was just cold, as if he were mimicking what a human would do. “You can’t.”

“I can.” My palm itched to grab the thorn stake secured under my pant leg, but I held still. I might be reckless, but I wasn’t stupid.

“Really? I will have to beg to differ on that. You see, humans surround us. So many of them, and I have an extraordinary appetite.” His eyes appeared to glimmer as his gaze slithered from the top of my curly head down to my toes. “A rather impressive appetite for many, many things.”

“Okay. First off, ew.” My lip curled. “Secondly, I don’t want to hear about any of your appetites.”

One dark eyebrow rose. “Oh, but you should know that I could kill twenty of these humans in less than five seconds and feed on the rest, leaving them to believe that it was this little red-headed girl who murdered these innocent people.” His voice dropped even lower as he leaned in and icy air brushed my cheek. “You deny me this, those lives will be on your hands, little bird.”

Anger flushed hotly as my eyes met his. There wasn’t a single part of me that doubted anything he said. He had me. God, I hated to admit it, but he had me.

 

“Drama! Action! Romance! Twists! Torn had it all…Torn was a perfect continuation of the Wicked Saga.” ~Kim, Kimberlyfaye Reads

 

 

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Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans…

Don’t miss the first title in the series, WICKED!

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Author Photo--JLA_J. LynnAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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Review: Pretties (Uglies #2) by Scott Westerfield

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Goodreads:

Gorgeous. Popular. Perfect.

Perfectly wrong.

Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she’s completely popular. It’s everything she’s ever wanted.

But beneath all the fun — the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom — is a nagging sense that something’s wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally’s ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what’s wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.

Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life — because the authorities don’t intend to let anyone with this information survive.

My Review

Pretties was an unexpected addition to the Uglies series. I can’t say that I disliked it, but I wasn’t entirely pleased with it either.Pretties starts off not too long after book one ends, with Tally now fully made into a Pretty and living the supposed “high life.” She has very limited memory of everything she went through to get where she is, and all that she sacrificed for her friends. That is until someone from her “ugly” past shows up and tells her about something that was left behind for her to find. Driven by curiosity and her fuzzy memories of the past, she sets out to find the answers she’s been looking for and to become “cured” once and for all.

This sequel was more aggravating than it was enlightening over all. I was really quite surprised by the direction the author chose to take the story in.Particularly the direction in which he took the romance. First of all, not nearly as much plot development occurred as there should have been. I blew through this book don’t get me wrong, but when I noticed I was on page 200 and not much had really happened to further the growth of the characters, I started to get concerned. I mean yes, the book naturally moves quickly because it’s a fast read in general. However, I didn’t think Westerfeld would take up so much time describing Tally’s journey to get where she needed to be. Which now that I think about it, is exactly the way the first book was structured as well.

Pretties was good enough to read and continue the series with, but not good enough to say that I really enjoyed it. Naturally, the story ended with a cliffhanger once again, therefore prompting me into being forced to continue, even though I’m not sure as to how pleased I will be with it. I love the characters and the entire concept of this series, I guess I just expected more from it. I will definitely be reading book three: Specials.

I would recommend reading Pretties if you are already invested into the series, if only to see how everything works out. Buy it on Amazon here! Or buy it at your local Goodwill (that’s where I found mine).

 

 

Musical Mondays (Christian Themed) 7/11/16

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How to Participate In Musical Mondays:

  1. Link your Musical Mondays post back to Escape Inside the Pages

  2. Include the instructions in your post

  3. Share anywhere from 1-3 songs that either:

    • remind you of a book you’ve read or are currently reading
    • you’ve been listening to or have discovered in the past week
    • you feel you must absolutely share with the world
  4. Link your shared songs to their Youtube video (even if it’s a lyrics video)

  5.  Paste the link to your Musical Mondays post in the Comments of my Musical Mondays post each week

  6. Have the greatest time discovering new music and artists!

AND IF YOU DON’T HAVE A BLOG, FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR MUSIC IN THE COMMENTS SECTION ANYWAY!

One Child by Torey Hayden vs. What Love Really Means by JJ Heller: this book is heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time which describes this song perfectly as well.

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Until My Voice is Gone by Travis Ryan: we sang this song at my nondenominational Christian church on Sunday! OH MAN IT’S AWESOME!!! The song speaks so loud to the song in my heart. Honestly, I think my church performs it better than the actual artist😉.

WRITING ANNOUCEMENT

This past week I was surprised and oh so excited to be contacted by My Trending Stories to become one of their bloggers/writers! They had seen Escape Inside the Pages and wanted to bring me on board with their website. My Trending Stories is a website in which multiple writers come together and post articles on everything and anything. They are fairly new to the neighborhood so they aren’t very well known yet. Seeing no harm in collaborating with them, I agreed and am now a writer for their site!! I already shared my Top Ten Reasons I love Summer post on their website, but I tweaked it just a little to fit a college audience.  I will also be sharing my book reviews/book related posts on My Trending Stories along with any other topics I have inspiration toward!

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I am super excited about this opportunity! I do often have a lot of writing ideas that are none book related. I can’t wait to get the chance to share them all. I am an Exercise Science major so I am also very passionate about health and fitness. I wrote a review this week on the exercise program Daily Burn as well.

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Review: Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

 

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Goodreads Summary:

Once, a hero arose to save the world. A young man with a mysterious heritage courageously challenged the darkness that strangled the land.

He failed.

For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and even the Lord Ruler himself. A new kind of uprising is being planned, one built around the ultimate caper, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine, a street urchin who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a Mistborn.

My Review

Wow, there is so much that needs saying about this book! What a crazy, unique story?! Unfortunately, I took a much longer time to read Mistborn then I  had intended. I’ve now heard from multiple people that that isn’t the way to read it. In  order to fully appreciate how great this story is, I should have read it in a few good sittings. It took me over a week to read the book (it’s 643 pages). So naturally, I initially felt like the beginning was too slow and consisted of too much set up. It’s true, the first 200 pages or so essentially frame the story of whats to come. I understand that a lot of information was necessary in order to fully comprehend the rest of the events, but when you take too many days to read the beginning it ruins the enjoyment of it. Once I did get over that initial hump of dislike and started moving quickly through the content, I was hooked!!

The story is told from multiple third person limited perspectives, however the main focus is on Vin: a 16 year old girl who just happens to be a thief and a Mistborn. She has always known of her unique abilities but never truly understood the depth of her gifts until she meets Kelsier: a man with great power and a dark past that has him on a revenge warpath. Before she knows it, Vin becomes a key role in a rebellion that has the capacity to change the entire world.

Mistborn is a one of kind fantasy story filled with all the makings of what is sure to be a wonderful series. The characters are individually structured to suck you in and make you sympathize with each and every one. Vin and Kelsier are the main protagonists, but there are also so many others that play a key role in the succession of the story. You definitely have to pay real close attention while reading in order to keep up with it all.

Sanderson created a world that has never been seen before, with rules and creatures that are beyond imagination. The struggles that the characters undergo are vast and the emotion that is thrown at you is great. By the time the ending hit, I was dumbfounded by all that I had learned. Though the final events were great, there are still foreboding details that indicate that there is much more to come.

If you are looking for a new fantasy filled with suspense and a killer plot, then I would definitely recommend Mistborn. Buy it on Amazon here!