Monthly Archives: March 2013

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, answer the following three questions and share a link to your post in the comments on her page. Enjoy!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading Looking for Alaska by John Green. It’s my favorite book, and I need to write a review on it to put in on my favorites list. Along with the fact that it was time for me to read it again.

Antonia- I’m currently reading Crown of Vengeance by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. I’ve been waiting to read this forever because I didn’t want to be disappointed. So far, with only a hundred pages left, I’m glad I finally read it. Expect a review soon.

What did you recently finish reading?

Amanda- The last book I read was 1st to Die by James Patterson. I’ve decided to start reading the Women’s Murder Club Series again and this is the first in that series. I remember really liking this series, so I’m hoping this opinion doesn’t change once I’m finished with the series.

Antonia- I just finished reading Eona by Alison Goodman. I really enjoyed reading this two book series. You can find reviews for both Eon and Eona on our master review list.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Amanda- I haven’t decided which book I’m going to read next. I’m torn between continuing the Women’s Murder Club series right away or if I should pause that and read a Nora Roberts trilogy that’s been sitting on my shelf forever. I guess you’ll find out when I write my reviews.

Antonia- Next I’m going to read To Light a Candle by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. This is part of my favorite trilogy. I’ve been in the middle of To Light a Candle for a while. So I’m finally going to finish it.


Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Recommend Most


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post where we talk about our top ten. This weeks topic is our Top Ten books that we would recommend most. This is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green – I recommend this book not only because it’s my favorite book, but because it’s thought provoking, interesting, slightly mysterious, and will have you laughing as well as crying and maybe even on the same page.

2. The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout – These are on my list because they’re the no sleep, no eating, skip work and school, forget to pick your kids up kind of good. They have a great female lead character and a relatively unique story line.

3. The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich – This series has nineteen books out with twenty coming out sometime this year, but they don’t have to be read in order. These should be read because you’ll laugh to the point of tears at the situations the main character gets herself into. They’re great books to read if you’re in the mood for a funny book.

4. Burned by Ellen Hopkins – Hopkins writes about things that most people won’t talk about. She writes about serious issues in fictional story lines. These books make you thing about so many things but you can’t help but keep reading.

5. Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman – I recommend these to anyone that enjoys books with a strong female lead. These two books were amazing. I couldn’t put them down until I was finished reading.

6. The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks – This is another one of my favorites and I’m recommending it because of that. I enjoyed this book very much, to the point where I’ve read it several times. And all I’m saying is that you should do the same.

7. Any of the books written by Susan Elizabeth Phillips – Her romance novels are so easy to get lost in. They’re usually all around fun and enjoyable books. Lots of laughs and some great story lines.

8. The Fault in our Stars by John Green – I’m slightly obsessed with John Green. The Fault in our Stars is my second favorite book. And I suggest it because even my third time reading it I laughed and I cried and I thought about things I never considered thinking about before reading this.

9. Women’s Murder Club Series by James Patterson – I have read most of this series and have decided to re-read them. The four main characters are very strong women. I love these because throughout the books I feel like I gain such a strong bond with these ladies, even though they’re not actually real people.

10. The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn – I recommend this series because the first book just sucks you in then each book after you get to learn about the other siblings. With each next book you get to hear the stories of one more sibling until there aren’t any left and they’re all happily married. I just love these books, and that means you should too.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Recommendations

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is your top ten books that you recommend the most. Here are mine (in no particular order):

1. Beastly by Alex Flinn- I can’t even explain how much I love this book. It’s a wonderful story and I think it really captures what the fairytale is meant to teach.hobbit
2. The Shack by William P. Young- I don’t usually read religious books. My beliefs are my own and I think everyone’s entitled to their own beliefs. Though this book is very religious, it’s a very intense, makes you think kind of book. I loved it.
3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien- I recommend the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, too, but The Hobbit is lighter and funnier than its sequel. I truly believe Tolkien is one of the best writers that ever published a book.
4. Anything by Julia Quinn- Yeah, I know I’m kind of cheating by listing a bunch of books, but everything by her is great. You will literally find yourself laughing out loud reading her books.
5. The Host by Stephenie Meyer- I’ve already gushed about how much I love this book. Wanda is one of the most amazing characters I’ve ever read about.
the outstretched shadow6. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead- As much as I loved the Vampire Academy series, it doesn’t hold a candle to how much I love the Bloodlines books.
7. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher- This isn’t the usual type of book I read. It’s really intense and sad, but I think it deals with important issues that people tend not to talk about.
8. The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory- This is hands down, my all-time favorite series. Lackey and Mallory are amazing when they work together. These books have everything in them; action, humor, love, loss, right vs. wrong. There’s nothing I can say that could do these books justice.An Abundance of Katherines
9. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks- This is my favorite book by Sparks. The movie was good but, like usual, not as good as the book. If you like Nicholas Sparks, you should definitely read this one.
10. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green- This is the only book I’ve read by Green. I absolutely loved it. The characters are quirky and absolutely hilarious.

This is my list. Most of them fall under my favorite books category, but a few are just books that had a memorable impact on me that I’d like to share with everyone else. What are yours?
-Antonia


Eona by Alison Goodman

Goodreads Summary: Eon has been revealed as Eona, the first female Dragoneye in hundreds of years. Along with fellow rebels Ryko and Lady Dela, she is on the run from High Lord Sethon’s army. The renegades are on a quest for the black folio, stolen by the drug-riddled Dillon; they must also find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona’s power and the black folio if he is to wrest back his throne from the selfstyled “Emperor” Sethon. Through it all, Eona must come to terms with her new Dragoneye identity and power – and learn to bear the anguish of the ten dragons whose Dragoneyes were murdered. As they focus their power through her, she becomes a dangerous conduit for their plans. . . .
Eona, with its pulse-pounding drama and romance, its unforgettable fight scenes, and its surprises, is the conclusion to an epic only Alison Goodman could create.

I just finished reading Eona by Alison Goodman and, just like Eon, I couldn’t put it down. Eona continuously surprised me. I honestly couldn’t guess what would happen next and every time I thought the characters were safe, the next page I was scared for their lives again.
I really liked these books. I thought the characters were built up well. Eona pissed me off a lot in the first book. She was trying so hard to do what was expected of her but she was constantly doing the wrong thing. It was wicked aggravating. During the second book, she FINALLY steps up and doesn’t mess up every five seconds. She starts listening to her instincts more instead of always doing what everyone tells her to do. She’s also finally learning how to be a girl and I loved seeing her grow into herself.
I adore Kygo. Mostly. He can be irritating at times but usually just when he’s doing something he HAS to do as emperor. Eona might not like it, but he is the emperor. He doesn’t always have a choice. As (understandably) annoying as he can be, I still love him. He genuinely wants what’s best for his people and he makes the right choice in the end.
I still love Dela and Ryko. Dela is just fantastic no matter what she’s doing. Ryko drove me a little nuts every time he and Eona were around each other. He was so mean to her, but, like with Kygo, I understood why so I can’t really be mad at him.
What I couldn’t stand about this book was Eona and Ido’s relationship. I hate him. He’s an asshole. He will never stop being an asshole. I understand he was necessary for teaching Eona how to use her dragon, but he made me so angry, especially at the end. Every time he opened his mouth I just wanted to punch him.
The end of the book was crazy. So much was happening all at one time and I really just wanted to cry. In a mostly good way.
I really like these books. They’re fast-paced and suspenseful. They have action, betrayal and love. I would recommend them to anyone who liked fantasy books and maybe even if you don’t. Amanda’s not usually a big fan of fantasy but she really liked them so, in this case, don’t judge a book by its genre.
-Antonia


1st to Die – James Patterson

Summary:
Enjoy the riveting debut of The Women’s Murder Club-James Patterson’s most exciting series ever. In San Francisco newlyweds are being stalked-and slaughtered. Enter four unforgettable women, all friends..Lindsay, a homicide inspector in the city’s police department…Claire, a medical examiner…Jill, an assistant D.A….and Cindy, a reporter who has just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle. Joining forces, pooling their talents, courage, and brains, they have one goal: to find, trap and outwit the most diabolical and terrifying killer ever imagined.

Review:
1st to Die by James Patterson cause me to have a slight mental breakdown today. Patterson writes wonderfully and had me hooked from the very first page. The way this book was written was probably my favorite part about this book. He wrote it from two different perspectives, the main character, Lindsay Boxer, and the killer, who I’m not going to name. Throughout the whole book you know what is going on with both sides. You see how the killer is doing what he’s doing, and you also see the process that Lindsay goes through to catch the killer. The thing I liked most about this book was the fact that while I was reading I found myself yelling at the book because I didn’t expect things to happen the way they did. You can even ask Antonia, when I got to the end of the book I yelled very loudly and a lot with how it ends. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading, and I finished the book in a couple of hours. Every time I tried to predict what was going to happen next I was completely and totally wrong. The story twists and turns with every page and will leave you in shock once it’s over. I would read this book again and again, and probably will.
Onto the characters, their always my favorite part to talk about because I get so attached to them. The one’s I’m going to mention are the four best friends, Lindsay, Claire, Cindy, and Jill, then there’s the last on my list, Lindsay’s new partner Chris Raleigh.
I love Lindsay the most. She’s strong and determined and doesn’t let anything or anyone get to her. She goes through more than just the stress of finding the murderer and she comes out stronger than ever. She never loses her sense of what’s right and what’s wrong and always does what she thinks is best. Lindsay, unlike many other characters I’ve come to love, doesn’t lie to her friends about anything going on in her life. She finds things out and may wait a day or two to think about it, but always confides in those she cares about and trusts them to help her through. I really don’t think there was anything I didn’t like about Lindsay.
Now we get to talk about Chris! He comes into the book as Lindsay’s new partner. Neither can deny the attraction that’s between them. Chris always supports Lindsay in any way that he can. He helps her every step of the way, and doesn’t hesitate to let her know when she’s wrong. He has two sons that he very obviously cares about more than anything. Chris just is the perfect man throughout the entire book and I think I love him more than Lindsay does.
Next comes the girls, Cindy, Clair, and Jill. Claire is the first we meet in the story. She’s strong and dependable. She knows when she needs to be there for Lindsay and when to back off. She never criticizes Lindsay even when she thinks she’s wrong. She trusts Lindsay and because of that trust Claire helps solve a key piece into who the murderer is. We meet Cindy next. Cindy starts off as an annoying reporter that Lindsay doesn’t want to deal with and ends up becoming part of their circle and also helps instrumentally in the police case. I think I would be the Cindy of the group. She seems focused and caring but also doesn’t want anything to get in the way of her career. She’s fun loving and very clever, seeming to find a different way to almost every situation that arises. Jill comes last and kind of way later in the book. We didn’t get to see much of Jill, but from what we did see I think she’s a lot like Antonia. She’s very stubborn, but cares for her friends and is willing to give in for them and what they want and need. I love all of these girls, and that they remind me of my group of friends.
Overall this book was fantastic. Exactly what I expected from James Patterson, funny, suspenseful, heart wrenching, and well written. I’m very excited to continue reading this series and suggest that you go and pick up this one.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


The Face of Deception – Iris Johansen

Summary:
An unidentified skull…
A trail of terrifying secrets…
And a woman whose talented hands could reveal the shocking truth…
As a forensic sculptor, Eve Duncan helps identify the dead from their skulls. With her own daughter murdered and her body never found, the job is Eve’s way of coming to terms with her personal nightmare. But more terror lies ahead when she accepts work from billionaire John Logan. Beneath her gifted hands a face emerges from the skull he has given her to reconstruct-a face no one was ever meant to see. Now Eve is trapped in a frightening web of murder and deceit. Powerful enemies are determined to cover up the truth, and they will make certain that truth goes to the grave…even if Eve gets buried with it.

Review:
Hello dear readers, I’m very sorry that I haven’t reviewed any books lately and that I missed Top Ten Tuesday yesterday. I’ve been on spring break and was out and about all week. I did get to read two books, both of which I talked about in the WWW Wednesday post.
I’m reviewing The Face of Deception by Iris Johansen. I haven’t reviewed anything by her yet and I’m a little excited. But also a bit nervous to see what everyone thinks. So please be kind. 🙂
Onto the review! Iris Johansen is one of my all time favorite authors. Some of her books helped me fall in love with reading. This book was no different. I loved almost everything about this book The characters were fantastic, which I’ll go into more detail about later. The way that this book is written was something I really enjoyed. While reading The Face of Deception you get to read a little bit of each characters perspective. The book jumps around between characters as things are happening and you see what is happening at that moment for each person. At first I thought this was going to irritate me, but I ended up really liking that I got to know all the characters, rather than just two or three. Another thing about how Johansen wrote this book is that she beats around the bush for so long with what’s actually going on to keep up suspense. Let me tell you, it worked. By the time we actually found out what was going on, I thought I was going to explode. The last thing I liked about how the book was written was the descriptions. They helped me picture everything happening vividly in my head and that’s basically my favorite thing about reading. So just for her descriptiveness Johansen gets my love.
Now, the characters I’ve just fallen in love with. Eve Duncan makes her first, but not last, appearance in this book. As soon as you hear Eve’s story, you can’t help but fall in love with her, to want to become part of her life, and help her with her struggles. It’s obvious right away that Eve has pushed herself very hard to get to where she is all because of what she’s been through. You can tell that she’s a strong and independent woman who can handle herself in most situations. This is something she proves again and again throughout the book.
Then comes Joe Quinn, Eve’s best friend. Joe is the one who’s been there for her every step of the way. He’s a cop, which becomes very obvious the more you read. He has the mentality that Eve needs to be taken care of all the time which slightly irritated me. Because he thinks like this he thinks it’s okay to baby her. Joe is completely loyal to Eve in every way. She says jump, he asks how high. Their relationship frequently gets in the way of relationship with his wife, Diane. I wasn’t terribly fond of Diane. She makes herself seem fake by hanging out with Eve and Eve’s mother even though she resents the friendship between Joe and Eve. Eventually she’s out of the picture though, so it’s fine. Overall, I liked Joe well enough but I sometimes got super mad at him for treating Eve like a child.
My favorite character in this book, after Eve of course, is John Logan. Logan’s a billionaire that basically manipulates Eve into doing what he wants her to. He’s the typical billionaire asshole that everyone loves to hate. When in reality Logan’s trying to do the right thing, even if that means bringing Eve into something kind of dangerous. The reason I love Logan so much is that even though he’s pretending to be an asshole he starts to really care about Eve. When we first meet him, he seems like someone that everyone hates, but the more you read the more his character develops and the more I fell in love with him. He shows Eve that he’s an actual person and that he knows what pain is just like she does. By the end of this book, I’d decided that if I could trade places with Eve, I would, regardless of all that she went through. I’d trade places with her for the sole reason of being with John Logan forever.
There are quite a few other characters in this book, but some of them I’m not mentioning because it will give too much away. And others I really just have too many feelings about them or not enough. The three I mentioned are the three most important and my three favorites.
There was however one thing I didn’t very much like in this book. Although I can see it was necessary for the story. There was quite a bit of violence starting about a third of the way through the book. It wasn’t the violence that bothered me, it’s a book about a woman who reconstructs skulls there’s obviously going to be violence, it was more the characters it was directed at. It’s like, she makes me fall into this story and starts hurting the people I care about. The fact that this is the only thing that I didn’t like about the book is a good thing in my opinion. I’m basically just complaining that my friends are getting hurt. And that’s all I can complain about? I’d say Johansen did pretty well.
The Face of Deception was nothing less than the perfection I expected it to be. It was suspenseful. It kept me on the edge of my seat, dying to know what was going to happen next. I fell more and more in love with the characters and story itself with each page I turned. I suggest this book if you’re into more mystery type books.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


WWW Wednesday


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, answer the following three questions and share a link to your post in the comments on her page. Enjoy!

What are you currently reading?
Amanda – I’m currently reading 1st to Die by James Patterson. I’ve been trying to get back to reading more of my mystery type books rather than only reading young adult books like I’ve been doing. Patterson’s never let me down before and I don’t think he’ll start now.

Antonia – I am currently reading Eona by Alison Goodman. I’m literally only two or three chapters from the end. I had to stop reading to go to class, which I’m so angry about, but I’ll finish it tonight.

What did you recently finish reading?
Amanda – The last book I finished was The Face of Deception by Iris Johansen. It’s the first book that Eve Duncan appears in and I’m trying to read all of them before the three new ones come out. Along with catching up on all Johansen’s books that have come out that I’ve missed.

Antonia – I recently finished Eon by Alison Goodman. I really like this series. You can find my review for Eon here.

What do you think you’ll read next?
Amanda – The next book I’m going to read is Eona by Alison Goodman. I read Eon over spring break and really enjoyed it. So I’m very much looking forward to reading the sequal and finding out all that happens next.

Antonia – I’m going to read Crown of Vengeance by Mercedes Lackey. I’ve been meaning to read this since it first came out. I think I’ve been putting it off because it’s a prequel to my favorite series and I’m worried it won’t be as good as I’m expecting it to be. However, I’ve decided to get it over with and just read it already.

-Amanda and Antonia


Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Spring 2013 TBR List

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the top ten books on your to be read list for spring of 2013. Here are mine, only very generally in order of how I’ll end up reading them.
1. Eona by Alison Goodman– I just finished reading Eon and really liked it. I’m really curious to see where all these characters are going and how this series ends.
2. When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory– This is the third book in the Obsidian Trilogy. It’s my favorite series; I love the characters and the world they live in. These are books I can read over and over again and I generally read them about once a year. Since I’ve already read them, I tend to gradually mix them in with other new books I’m reading. I’d like to finish the trilogy before I start Crown of Vengeance.
3. Crown of Vengeance by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory– This is the first in their new trilogy set in the world of the Obsidian Trilogy. Lackey and Mallory’s second collaboration was a trilogy set a thousand years after the events of the Obsidian Trilogy. This new trilogy takes place a thousand years before. I’m really excited to read more in depth into things that were referenced in the first and second series.
4. Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout– I love the Lux series and this one looks really interesting. I’m planning on getting it from the library soon.
5. The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima– I read the Seven Realms series and really liked it. This series is slightly more contemporary and I’m really curious to see how she handles that.
6. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa– I really liked the Iron Fey series. I bought this book when it first came out and never actually read it. Amanda read it a few months ago and she really liked it so I’m going to try to read it soon.
7. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien– I don’t think I have words to possibly explain this one. I have, however, been meaning to reread it in honor of the movies.
8. Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts– This book hasn’t come out yet, but this is a spring list so I think it still counts. I love Nora Roberts. End of Story.
9. Towering by Alex Flinn– Also hasn’t come out yet. I have such a thing for fairy tales. Especially modern adaptations of them and Flinn is the best for that.
10. Once Upon A Tower by Eloisa James– Speaking of fairy tale adaptations, James does a FANTASTIC trashy romance version of them. I can’t wait for her newest one.

What are yours?
-Antonia


Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – To Be Read Spring 2013


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com/ in which we answer a weekly topic with our top ten. This weeks topic is Top Ten books at the TOP of my spring 2013 to be read list. Here’s mine in no special order.

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green – I’ve read this book countless times. It’s my all time favorite book and I like to reread it frequently. And I’d like to do that again soon because this book is fantastic. If you haven’t read it, you need to as soon as humanly possible.

2. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare- This book hasn’t come out yet. But I’ve read the first two in the series and I just all around love Cassandra Clare’s books.

3. Light by Michael Grant – Another book that isn’t out yet. With five already out in the series, I’ve been dying for the final book in the Gone series. Amazing books and I’m excited to see how everything turns out finally.

4. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa – I absolutely loved reading The Immortal Rules, the book written before this. It sucked me in, and I’m hoping the squeal has a similar affect like all her books.

5. Chosen at Nightfall by C.C. Hunter – I read the first three or four in this series in less than a week. I’m pretty sure there’s going to be another book in the series coming out after this one. But I’m still super excited to know what happens next, even if I have to deal with waiting for the next again.

6. Spellcaster by Claudia Gray – I’m not overly excited about this book. It’s the first in a new series by Gray. I read her last series and enjoyed them. So, I’m giving her new one a chance too.

7. The Host by Stephenie Meyer – I’d like to read this again before I go see the movie. But every time I try I just lose interest really quickly. I’m definitely going to try again and maybe get through it.

8. The Face of Deception by Iris Johansen – I’ve kind of slowly fell away from reading Johansen’s books. So, in honor of the three new Eve Duncan books coming out this year, I’m going to start reading them again. This is the first in the Eve Duncan series.

9. Born in Fire by Nora Roberts – I have a goal to read all of Nora Robert’s trilogies. This is a book that’s been sitting on my shelves for what seems like forever. So I think I’ll finally give it some loving.

10. Jack and Jill or 1st to Die by James Patterson – I haven’t decided if I’m going to start the Women’s Murder Club series, or the Alex Cross series first. They’re both series that I own some but not all of the books. I think I’ll end up starting 1st to Die first because I own more books in this series.

Well, now that I just want to read all these books right now. These are my top ten to be read on my spring 2013 list.
What are yours?

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


The Indigo Spell – Richelle Mead

Summary:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets-and human lives.
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she struggles to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do.
Then she finally tracks down the elusive, enigmatic Marcus Finch-a former Alchemist who the organization denies exists, and who lives in shadows, on the run. With Marcus’s help, Sydney realizes that the group she’s been loyal to her whole life has been hiding the truth from her. Is it possible that her golden lily tattoo might have more power over her than she thinks?
As she struggles to come to terms with what that might mean, Sydney is compelled to use her growing magical powers to track down an evil magic user who is targeting powerful young witches. Using magic goes against everything she always thought she believed, but she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her special blood-or else she might be next.
Forging her own way is harder than Sydney ever dreamed. Maybe by turning off her brain-and following her heart-she’ll be able to finally figure out where she belongs.

Review:
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead is the third in the Bloodlines series. This series so far has been so good. I started The Indigo Spell at about 12:30am when I got home last night and finished it before I went to bed. It was that good. So much happens in this book and I loved every page.
Like my last two reviews, we’ll start with Sydney. She’s grown so much throughout this series. In this book specifically she’s started to give up resisting that she’s special and can do things that most humans can’t. But she definitely has a hard time giving up the beliefs that have been drilled into her for her whole life which is understandable. And I’m so proud of her for making the huge effort that she has to come to terms with everything she’s dealing with. She’s started doubting herself less, except toward the end of the book when everything that’s been going on finally comes to light. She feels like she should have known all along and that she made a bunch of mistakes which kind of irritated me because when I was reading that part I was basically in shock and never saw it coming. Sydney also starts finding out some things about the Alchemists that she doesn’t like. She realizes that she’s being lied to by her superiors and she doesn’t like that. Sydney changes so much in this book, for the better. She starts making her own decisions rather than just blindly following orders like she used to. I can’t wait to see what she does next in The Fiery Heart.
Onto my favorite part. Adrian. In the first two books it’s totally obvious that Sydney and Adrian are going to end up together. And at the end of The Golden Lily, Adrian professes his love for Sydney then the book just ends. Throughout The Indigo Spell Sydney tries her hardest to deny her feelings for Adrian because she still agrees with some of the Alchemist’s beliefs. As the book progresses she has an increasingly more difficult time trying to ignore her feelings. And towards the end she makes a really tough decision to let Adrian go. It was the right thing to do at the time even thought I want them to forever love each other. The book ends happy for this new couple which I loved.
Eddie and Angeline end up dating. I didn’t really care for these parts of the book because I don’t want them to be together. Their relationship isn’t a huge part of the story line, but it definitely has significance. And I get what I want in the end. Then comes Jill. In my last review I complained about how I wanted to see more from Jill. I got what I wished for. Except the part the Jill plays is more something that’s supposed to get in the way of Sydney and Adrian’s relationship and to add onto the piles of stress Sydney already has. We do get to watch Jill grow up a bit in this book. She really shows that she’s growing up. She tries to handle things by herself and gives Sydney an inspiring talk that may have had more affect than one of Sydney’s lectures would have. I liked seeing Jill growing up in this book and I’m glad she has a more significant part, even if it wasn’t all good. Then there’s Ms. Terwilliger. Sydney’s mentor when it comes to magic. I love this old lady. Even when she infuriates me. She doesn’t tell Sydney what’s going on, just that something life or death bad is about to happen. She does finally come out with the problem and tries to help Sydney as much as she can. I’ve like Ms. Terwilliger through all the books, and the more I read about her the more I like her.
Now comes the ending of the book. Let me just tell you, HOLY FUCKING CLIFFHANGER. I could kill Richelle Mead for putting me in these situations. I can’t stop thinking about this book, all I want is to know what happens next. She gives all this crazy information then just stops. She plays with my heart and I don’t appreciate it. Regardless of this, I’m going to keep reading her books because she’s a fantastic author. I don’t care who you are or what you like to read. Go get these books, and the Vampire Academy books too, sit down and read them all.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.