Wow! This one is about Rose(MC) as her along with the rest of the VA cast recover form her going M.I.A to go find D(Dimitri) after he had turned strigoi and like I said wow! First off the whole idea about Rose trying to save D by first killing him while he's still strigoi and then bringing him back to life using the magic of spirit was interesting. After the way the last one had ended I was just going to assume the R and D was just going to spend the rest of their lives hunting each other down and trying to kill one another(like I've seen in a lot of other books with the same idea) but I guess Mead thought that D was too interesting of a character too lose that way and at the last moment decided to work up a way to save his soul so that he could be back in the world of the living well sort of. Call me crazy but I kind of liked D as a strigoi because he as moody and as confusing as he is when he is a dhampir. L(Lissa) is still as dependant of R(Rose) as every. Well no in this one I did see a little bit of independence on her part. There were parts where she managed to think and act on her own and I was glad for that. I was also glad that her and C(Christian) got back together because frankly their feeling toward each other was getting on my nerves. They would start arguing in the most odd times and places and like I said it was annoying. I was glad to see that M(Mia) had got an even amount of say so in this book. In the last book she was pretty nonexistent! OK I HAVE TO GET THIS OUT THERE !!!!! D still loves R , why? this man was willing to go through an entire army of guardians just to protect her, her the same girl that he constantly keep telling to go away! I mean come on! Ok and now on to my favorite parts: when D was restored to his former self, when they were in court and R called the Queen a sanctimonious b*thc(I was literally clapping and jumping up and down on my bed when I read that part). Oh when C was trying to protect L during the strigoi attack. So now on to the ratings! As for the characters I give them a 10 stars out of 10 stars(everyone was wonderful in this one!) The setting a 4 stars out of 10( only because they spent so much time at court and it began to get boring). The plot 5 stars out of 10! And overall experience a 10! Yes I will be moving on to the next and huh the last of this series!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
As I have said before and will say again I love this series and am quickly becoming a Richelle Mead fan(though I haven't read anything else that she has written but if her other series are as interesting as this one then yes call me a fan!) With my love of this series out of the way I am going to go on saying that this one was a slow read but still interesting but still very slow. This book follows the after math of the attack on the school and Rose(MC=main character) losing the love of her life (Dimitri) to the world of the strigoi(the bad vampires) and I have to say that this is a slow ,slow read. It starts off with her in Russia and the slowness just continues from there! This story took long to get to the point(which is her finding Dimitri and killing him because he has now become a strigoi and she promised to do so in the third installment of this book) but the story kind of went on and on and on before getting to the really juicy parts( her finding and killing D, the whole if she can do it part, what(besides a strigoi) would he look like to her in her eyes now that he has changed....you know the the great build up! And then when this great build up comes it to me was quick and rushed. Mead waisted a lot of time with scenery and different cultures and a whole lot of other stuff that could have been cut down so that the big meeting between Rose and Dimitri could have been more magical, more suspenseful! I mean the scene plays out like this: she stops to help this old lady, the old lady's face gives away that there is something scary behind her(Rose), Rose turns around and then bam! There's Dimitri, the guy that she has been all over the place looking for and then bam there he was right on the side walk, standing right before her eyes and of course she can't even think clear enough to get off her a** and start fighting him because she was in too much shock that there he was all casual and cool , standing there on a busy city side walk. When that happened I was like wow Mead I love you but you could have done better with that! I was thinking that given D's nature that he would had been held up in some cabin somewhere away from people because of the monster that he had now become and wouldn't had turned into some kind strigoi gangster complete with a gang boss(Galina). Seriously where did that even come from! It was like bam, hi Rose I used to be good and kind and the type of person that wouldn't work for any one else but now I'm some kind of strigoi gangster oh and by the way your about to join me! But on to other things, Lissa is a b*tch for not going with her best friend(the scene that I am talking about is in the third book but still....) the entire time she just tried to pretend that Rose didn't exist and that she was the selfish one when the whole time I was thinking that Lissa was selfish for not understanding why Rose needed to run off and go kill D. I was like for God's sake the girl ust lost the only man that hse has loved and sleeped with she needs closure stop thinking about yourself and who's going to protect you and be there to help you with your b*llshit! I was mad that Mia only got one(sorry two) part(s) in this book and some nody that was only in book three for like 15 minutes(Jill) had more say in this book.Rose herself has grown in this book and I like a character that continues to grow as the series goes on. Christian has grown too and I like that, he is not so ....b*tchy anymore now that he is teaching other good vamps to fight with there powers so I guess he just needed an outlet to express his rage sort of, kind of ? So to wrap it up for overall book experience I would give this one a 5. Characters a 5 and a half. Scenery/setting a 10(the way she discribed Russia was beautiful) and would I read this again, I give that a hell yeah. Would I read the what's next in the series , I give that a double hell yeah, in fact I just bought prt 5 & 6 and can't wait to get started!
Posted by BoOkWoRm89 at 8:13 PM
Sunday, April 10, 2011
I just finished this book and went blazing right into the third one because Mead books( as for this series) are that good! First of all I loved how Rose(main character) has improved from the first one, I almost found myself hating Rose in the first one because even though she keeps going on and on about how she is suppose to be this big important, wise guardian some day she found herself getting caught up in a lot of immature / she shouldn't be worrying about these types of things .....um situations but she is showing that she is growing up and I like that in a main character(especially a young one like her). Lissa( other main character) to seemed stronger in this one which is a good thing because I hated how weak she was in the first one. She always seemed like she couldn't do anything without Rose which was annoying to me. I love the chemistry between Rose and Dimitri( her 7 yrs older than her teacher). I usually don't get to see a relationship like there's , usually if there's a love interest for the main female character than that love interest would be either a yr older or a yr younger but I have never seen a whole 7 yr difference between two characters and yet they just seem perfect for each other, it was a refreshing change of pace in a book like this! I love Christian's attitude(really, no sarcasm intended!) he so truthful and in your face but at the same time completely a loner and with his parents reputation and his attitude it just makes him so wrong for Lissa that he's right! Finally I felt really sorry for Mia and Mason, at some point I had thought that Mia was going to go strigoi because the lost of her mom and Mason.... well I never saw that coming... wow...the way he died ..terrible. I thought Mead was going to keep him around like the rest of the characters but wow. His death was so sad but I guess she might had killed him off because it was always going to be the same sorry with him and Rose( he wanting her but she's too caught up in Dimitri, so he would still go out of his way to defend and love her and she would probably never feel the same for him). Hmm... all in all the characters I would give a thumbs up, the setting did improve some so yeah a thumbs up, the plot a somewhat thumbs up and the over all experience a two thumbs up! I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!
Posted by BoOkWoRm89 at 11:21 PM