Review: Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead

 

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Goodreads Summary:

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?

 

My Review

Wow, just wow! I can’t believe I finished The Vampire Academy series at last! My heart is so happy and so sad at the same time to say goodbye to these beloved characters! I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to finish reading it (over 2 weeks) but being a college student really sucks sometimes!

Spirit Bound ended with Rose being the sole suspect for the murder of the Moroi Queen Tatiana!! Rose was forced to flee with Dimitri (yay!) leaving her friends back at court to discover who the real culprit is!  This crazy of an ending had me pining for the next book! I was dying to know who actually had killed the queen and how in the hell Rose was going to get out of this situation! Most importantly, I NEEDED to see things finally work out between her and Dimitri!

Last Sacrifice brought about the next great adventure for Rose and her friends! Mead has such an extraordinary way of creating a brand new story, distinctly separate from the last. There are never any redundancies with these books! So many new discoveries happen that had me in shock! I hated that it took me so long to read this book because I know I would have enjoyed it even more. However, it didn’t make the story drag whatsoever, which is a true test as to how great the plot was. There were developments after developments, and the opposite of what you expected to happen happened.

I have to admit that the ending was surprising and yet a little less exciting than the past endings have been. I guess I thought there would be a little bit more of a bang for the final conclusion. Don’t get me wrong I was completely satisfied with the way everything played out, I just thought there would have been just a little bit more action, although you could say the rest of the book made up for that since so much happened throughout!! And of course my love for Dimitri grew ever stronger! So much swooning folks, so much swooning! You will most definitely be pleased by the romantic conclusion, do not fret!

If you’re looking for a new vampire read, then The Vampire Academy series are the books for you! These books have fantastic characters, fast paced plots, and a killer romance!!

Buy Last Sacrifice on Amazon here!

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Feature Blog Tour: The Collectors’ Society by Heather Lyons- The Hidden Library Excerpt

THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY SERIES BY HEATHER LYONS

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✿ THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY (The Collectors’ Society, #1)

From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

* This is the first book in the adult romance/fairy tale Collectors’ Society series.

 

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✿ THE HIDDEN LIBRARY (The Collectors’ Society, #2)

Sometimes, the rabbit hole is deeper than expected . . .

Alice Reeve and Finn Van Brunt have tumbled into a life of secrets. Some secrets they share, such as their employment by the clandestine organization known as The Collectors’ Society. Other secrets they carry within them, fighting to keep buried the things that could change everything they think they know.

On the hunt for an elusive villain who is hell-bent on destroying legacies, Alice, Finn, and the rest of the Society are desperate to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. But the farther they spiral down this rabbit hole, the deeper they fall into secrets that will test their loyalties and pit them against enemies both new and old.

Secrets, they come to find, can reveal the deadliest of truths.

* This is the second book in the adult romance/fairy tale Collectors’ Society series.

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Later, when the sweat on our skin turns cool and the floor turns hard, she murmurs, “Someone should write a book about how Alice Liddell from Wonderland falls in love with Huckleberry Finn. I might rather want to read that book.”

I bury my face in the curve of her neck. She smells so goddamn good right now. “What would it be called?”

She’s quiet for a long moment. I run my hands along her body, memorizing the planes the best I can. A sigh of contentment floats be- tween us, and I have no idea if it came from her or me.

I can’t remember being so happy.
“It would be a love story,” she finally says.
“That’s the title? A Love Story?”

 

“No, no. It would be called An Ode to Polaris.” And then, “Polaris is the name of the North Star.”
I kiss the hollow of her neck. “I know what Polaris is. We’re binaries, remember. Can’t it be An Ode to Binaries?”

“The point is, it would be a love story. And it would be my favorite.”

The breath in my chest stills. Is she—is she saying what I think she’s saying? I have to swallow before I can talk. I’m reminded of how my father looked at his wife when she was telling all the revelers at their anniversary ball of how he proposed to her. He looked at her like she was the most important thing in his world. Like she was the most precious. Like the sun rose and set on her.

As much as I loved them both, it was alien to me then. But I get it now. I absolutely get it.

When I answer her, my words will only come out as whispers, there’s so much emotion in me. “It would be my favorite, too.”

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✿  THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN (The Collectors’ Society, #3)

After years spent in Wonderland, Alice Reeve learned the impossible was quite possible after all. She thought she left such fantastical realities behind when she finally returned to England.

Now Alice has become a member of the clandestine Collectors’ Society, and the impossible has found her again in the form of an elusive villain set on erasing entire worlds. As she and the rest of the Society race to bring this mysterious murderer to justice, the fight becomes painfully personal.

Lives are being lost. Loved ones are shattered or irrevocably altered. Each step closer Alice gets to the shadowy man she hunts, the more secrets she unravels, only to reveal chilling truths. If she wants to win this war and save millions of lives, Alice must once more embrace the impossible and make the unimaginable, imaginable.

Sometimes, the rabbit hole leads to terrifying places.

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✿  THE LOST CODEX (The Collectors’ Society, #4 / coming soon!)

Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart.

An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence.

Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated.

Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost.

For what is written can still be erased.

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AUTHOR BIO: 

Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels—one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching, romance. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

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Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Pirate (Space Gypsy Chronicles) by Eve Langlais

 

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About Pirate:

Pirate

A Galactic Adventure – with a sassy ship – and aliens!

 

Earth: a space pirate’s dream when it comes to booty, but not a good place to Earth: a space pirate’s dream when it comes to booty, but not a good place to hide when bounty hunters come looking. Pulling up stakes means Rafe must leave his vintage trailer behind, but in the process, he acquires a passenger, a mouthy female who seems to think she’s calling the shots. She’ll soon learn who’s the captain.

And it isn’t Annabelle, his bossy ship.

Travel the galaxy with this gypsy pirate as he looks for treasure–and finds trouble instead. The universe might be out to get him, but he’s not giving in without a fight.

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Excerpt:

Zing. The mini laser bullets peppered the ground in front of her, short of their target but showing their wicked intent with the puffs of dust they raised.

“They shot at me!” she squeaked.

“It’s what you get for associating with a known criminal. They now consider you my accomplice.” He smiled. “Welcome to my world.”

“This is your fault!” She yelled the accusation as she ducked behind him, moments before more laser bullets hit the ground where she’d stood.

Of course this was his fault. Way to state the obvious. Even more obvious was the fact that they’d end up as particles of ash if they didn’t get to safety.

 

About Eve Langlais:

~ New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Hello, my name is Eve and I am a Canadian author who loves to write hot romance, usually with hot shifters, cyborgs or aliens. I should warn you that I possess a twisted imagination and a sarcastic sense of humor something I like to let loose in my writing. I love to write, and while I don’t always know what my mind is going to come up with next, I can promise it will be fun, probably humorous and most of all romantic, because I love a happily ever after. Thanks so much for coming by and checking me out. If you’d like to know more, read some excerpts or find out what’s coming next, then please visit me at http://www.EveLanglais.com Or sign up for my new release email list at http://www.evelanglais.com/newrelease Happy reading! Eve Langlais

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Review:Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead

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Goodreads Summary:

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 Review

I have been absolutely loving the Vampire Academy Series thus far, so I was more than excited to read Shadow Kiss. Especially after the way things ended in Frost Bite. Recap: Rose and her friends were captured by Strigoi, and Rose witnessed Mason’s murder before killing the Strigoi herself. Oh, AND, Dimitri finally accepted his feelings toward Rose!

Ok so if you wouldn’t believe things could get more insane, well they sure do!! WOW, this book was absolutely insane!! Now that Rose is on the cusp of graduating from the academy, she must complete these test trials by acting as an “official” guardian for 6 weeks to test out if she’s ready for the real world. Unfortunately, things don’t go nearly as planned, and before she knows it, all hell breaks lose. Along the way, she starts noticing new and bizarre things going on around her that have her questioning her sanity. The only person she can turn to is Dimitri, but even he seems skeptical.

Shadow Kiss was by far the most intense installment yet! The drama and action were nonstop! I was so utterly hooked, and my emotions were all over the place!! Oh and if you’re in love with Dimitri as much as I am, you are gonna love what happens in this book! However, I must say, that the ending will throat punch you in the absolute worse way, that will leave you in dire need for more!! I was so taken aback by the way things played out, I couldn’t believe it for a moment. I’m so heartbroken! Naturally, I started chain reading the next book immediately but I haven’t had a lot of time to read the next book: Blood Promise, because of all the insanity that is my life right now! URGHH!

If you are loving the Vampire Academy as much as I am right now, then I would most definitely recommend you read book three!!

Buy it on Amazon here!

Release Day Launch & Giveaway: Pirate (Space Gypsy Chronicles #3) by Eve Langlois

Today we have the blog tour for Pirate by Eve Langlais! Grab your copy of this new scifi today!

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About Pirate:

Pirate

A Galactic Adventure – with a sassy ship – and aliens!

Earth: a space pirate’s dream when it comes to booty, but not a good place to Earth: a space pirate’s dream when it comes to booty, but not a good place to hide when bounty hunters come looking. Pulling up stakes means Rafe must leave his vintage trailer behind, but in the process, he acquires a passenger, a mouthy female who seems to think she’s calling the shots. She’ll soon learn who’s the captain.

And it isn’t Annabelle, his bossy ship.

Travel the galaxy with this gypsy pirate as he looks for treasure–and finds trouble instead. The universe might be out to get him, but he’s not giving in without a fight.

Get Your Copy!

Eve Langlais’s Page | Kobo | iBooks | B&N | Amazon.com

 

About Eve Langlais:

~ New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Hello, my name is Eve and I am a Canadian author who loves to write hot romance, usually with hot shifters, cyborgs or aliens. I should warn you that I possess a twisted imagination and a sarcastic sense of humor something I like to let loose in my writing. I love to write, and while I don’t always know what my mind is going to come up with next, I can promise it will be fun, probably humorous and most of all romantic, because I love a happily ever after. Thanks so much for coming by and checking me out. If you’d like to know more, read some excerpts or find out what’s coming next, then please visit me at http://www.EveLanglais.com Or sign up for my new release email list at http://www.evelanglais.com/newrelease Happy reading! Eve Langlais

Connect with Eve:

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Book Review: Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead

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Goodreads Summary:

WHEN LOVE AND JEALOUSY COLLIDE ON THE SLOPES, WINTER BREAK TURNS DEADLY…

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 has serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor, Dimitri, has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian.

Then a nearby Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose – and her heart – are in more danger than she ever could have imagined…

My Review

I loved the first book in this series so much, so I was more than looking forward to reading the next in the series. I must say that I definitely enjoyed it a lot, but not quite as much as I did Vampire Academy.

Frostbite picks up right where the first book left off, with Rose and Lissa having been put through the wringer after both being attacked by Strigoi. Lissa finally learns the truth about her abilities, and Rose and Dimitri’s relationship is back to square one. So, now that Rose has gone through enough school, she can take the “exam” to continue her training. However, while she’s on her way to do so, her and Dimitri stumble upon a devastating crime scene and soon discover just how much more of a threat the Strigoi are about to become.

Although I liked Frostbite, I felt that not as much happened in this sequel as did the first. That may just be because the first one had to introduce all the characters for the first time. However, there are some new characters that are brought in as well, that I actually really liked! I definitely was not expecting the plot to take place the way it did, but it was great to see the characters in a new setting. The ending of the book was insane and had me completely enthralled! There were just so many emotions thrown at me at once, I could barely keep up! I can’t wait to read more!

I would definitely recommend you read Frostbite if you’ve started the series! Buy it on Amazon here!

Giveaway: Royal Marriage Market by Heather Lyons

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Today I am sharing a giveaway for Heather Lyons based on her standalone novel ROYAL MARRIAGE MARKET. You can enter to win a signed copy of the book, tea, and a mug by using the hashtag #MyRoyalMarriage and filling out the rafflecopter below.

 

 

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Heather Lyons is having a fantastic giveaway! Use the hashtag #MyRoyalMarriage and tell us which Royal you’d marry. You can share a photo, their name, or whatever you’d like for your Royal pick. Be creative! The winner will receive a signed copy of ROYAL MARRIAGE MARKET, some tea, and a mug. Once you have shared your pick, be sure to fill out the rafflecopter below to officially enter.

 

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ROYAL MARRIAGE MARKET is available now for purchase!

Every decade, the world’s monarchs and their heirs secretly convene to discuss global politics and social issues—and arrange marriages between kingdoms.

Elsa may be the Hereditary Princess of Vattenguldia, but she finds the entire situation archaic and unsavory. While she wants what’s best for her country, she isn’t about to jump into an unwanted relationship—let alone a marriage—with a virtual stranger. Of course, her feelings matter little to her parents, whose wheeling and dealings over trade pacts and alliances achieved at her expense begin the moment they set foot in California for the Summit. So when a blindingly handsome royal runs into her, she doesn’t hesitate to tell him there’s no way she’s marrying him.

Christian is all too happy to agree: no marriage. As the Hereditary Grand Duke of Aiboland, his main goal is to get through the summit without a bride being foisted on him. Which is why he suggests they help each other field potential intendeds. As Christian slowly gets to know Elsa, though, he realizes they have a lot more in common than just their feelings about the Royal Marriage Market. Only he can’t fall for her, because royal or not, they’re not meant for each other.

Elsa and Christian will have to evaluate matters of the heart verses those of state and crown, and decide whether or not tradition trumps love.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

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Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels—one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching, romance. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

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