Monthly Archives: December 2013

Book Review: Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

Series Blurb:

Two races of vampires walk our world. One, the Moroi, are alive and wield elemental magical. The other, the Strigoi, are undead and evil-feeding on the innocent to survive. Rose Hathaway-a half-vampire with poor impulse control-is training to be a bodyguard for a Moroi princess. Learning to decapitate and stake is hard enough, but Rose’s real danger may lie in an illicit romance with one of her instructors…
Vampire Academy

My Rating:

Vampire Academy – 4/5 Stars
Frostbite – 4/5 Stars
Shadow Kiss – 5/5 Stars
Blood Promise – 5/5 Stars
Spirit Bound – 5/5 Stars
Last Sacrifice – 5/5 Stars

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The Hobbit, The Voice, The End

Finally! I’ve been putting off watching The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug but I was able to find time yesterday and watched it with my cousin. The first movie I really enjoyed, except for some scenes which dragged a bit, so I was definitely looking forward to this one. I wasn’t disappointed, thank God.

The Hobbit

I have to say that I miss the baby-faced Legolas of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Apparently, Orlando Bloom is only human.

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Book Review: Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2) by Pepper Winters

Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark, #2)Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters

Blurb: 

“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… fucked up to want something so deliciously dark—wrong on so many levels. But then slave fifty-eight entered my world. Hissing, fighting, with a core of iron, she showed me an existence where two wrongs make a right.”

Tess is Q’s completely. Q is Tess’s irrevocably. But now, they must learn the boundaries of their unconventional relationship, while Tess seeks vengeance on the men who sold her. Q made a blood-oath to deliver their corpses at Tess’s feet, and that’s just what he’ll do.

He may be a monster, but he’s Tess’s monster.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For me, reading is an escape. So I don’t particularly get the appeal of reading “dark” books, those of abuse and especially of women treated as sex slaves and being owned. Yet, it seems that something about Pepper Winters’ writing keeps drawing me in.

It honestly took me forever to finally read Tears of Tess but it only took me a few hours to conclude that Winters is a very talented writer. She further cemented herself as such with this follow-up. She was able to make something supposedly so horrible very tasteful for someone like me who wouldn’t normally pick this to de-stress.

Quintessentially Q didn’t give me a mindfuck, thank God – or too bad, depending on how you look at it – instead, it reminded me of a really cool Emo song. 😉

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The Week That Was

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year and I also can’t believe season 5 of The Voice is coming to an end next week. How time flies, indeed.

I was so very happy to see Will Champlin advance to the finals and although I love him, I think Tessanne Chin‘s going to win – she is certainly deserving. But who knows, right?

Now that The Voice‘s ending, I really need to catch up on Arrow. I think I’ve missed two or three episodes now.

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Book Review: Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Blurb:

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger…

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I can see why people keep saying that Jennifer Armentrout‘s Covenant series is similar to VA. True, they do have a lot of similarities and parallel circumstances.

However, maybe because I read that one first and I was greatly spoiled by it, Half-Blood – the first book of the Covenant series – was written better, in my humble opinion. I thought the overall storytelling flowed much more fluidly than this did.

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Can You Consider Yourself Passionate if You Remain Passive?

I apologize for the wordy title but it’s precisely the question that has been on my mind for the past couple of hours or so. Can you really be called passionate if you’re acting all passive about what you supposedly love and want to do in your life?

Because, to be honest, in my heart and mind I’m passionate about writing and it’s something that I feel like I’m pretty good at but… what then? I’m not exactly doing anything much about it.

All I know for sure is, for as long as I can remember, writing has always been something that I enjoy doing. Yet, I feel like I’m stuck on something awfully like mediocrity. Is it because of my personal hangups? Is it my fear of failure, the reason I’m ultimately not trying harder to step out of my comfort zone?

I used to dream of writing for magazines – fashion, travel, lifestyle, reviews, anything – and I had even come up with columns and articles as a pastime activity for my own satisfaction, As a high school student, I had been obsessed with FictionPress, where I regularly submitted my original stories (sadly, I lost all my files because our computer then died a natural death). In college, I was the Editor-in-Chief of our highly acclaimed school publication.

But so what, right? More importantly, what I am doing about it?

Well,  I’m a freelance writer. I blog, albeit sporadically. I try to write book reviews. But I keep asking myself, what else? 

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