Sunday, 21 June 2015

The Indigo Spell

Title: The Indigo Spell 
Author: Richelle Mead 
Series: Bloodlines #3
GenresYoung Adult 
             Urban Fantasy 
             Paranormal Romance
Pages: 432 Pages
Publisher: Penguin
Published Date: 12 February 2013
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AN ANCIENT MAGIC. A HEART-WRENCHING DECISION... 

Sydney Sage is an alchemist. She protects vampire secrets - and human lives. 

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she is struggling to decide between following her alchemist teachings - or her heart.  

Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Flinch, a former Alchemist who is now on the run. As Marcus pushes her to rebel. Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought.  


There is an odd and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as Sydney searches for the person attacking powerful young witches, she realises that she must embrace her magical blood - or else she will be next. 
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Review 

The Indigo Spell, the third book in the Bloodlines Series and oh my, it did not disappoint. Things are starting to heat up and I have a feeling someone is going to get burnt. So much has already happened up to this point and I have a feeling, times are going to get very hard before they get better. 

It has been a massive turning point for many reasons but for Miss Sydney Sage in particular. What I love about this book is we finally get to see some bad ass witch skills. I have been waiting for this part to finally get its moment in the spotlight.  Sydney’s journey throughout bloodlines and The Golden Lily have been leading up to this point. She has been learning small pieces of information which have eventually accumulated into rocking Sydney’s world forever.

I absolutely loved what we see of Adrian’s personality in this book. He has finally had his time to shine and oh my how he has shined and for one person in particular. I have always been on Team Dimitri but after the events that have occurred; I am converted am now on Team Adrian. Up until The Golden Lily I didn't really like Adrian but he has just worked so hard and changed in many ways, I just have falling for his character.     

We were introduced to a new character, a little one, very unique, who created a family and just made it complete. Oh and I am not talking about Marcus Flinch, who yes we do get introduced to but we don’t see much of him. I must admit I was kind of wary about meeting him, but all of that is in the past now. He is quite charming, well maybe not in Adrian eyes, and we learn some information about why he is an ex-Alchemist and how. People don’t just walk away from being an Alchemist; you are in it for life. So how is Marcus Flinch one? I have a feeling this is only the beginning of Marcus Flinch’s role in Bloodlines.

I think you could make a book, where Angeline is the main person, she is just brilliant. Miss Angeline Dawes is a funny character, exactly the same as when we first met her in Vampire Academy (Last Sacrifice).  It has taken her a long time to adapt to this new world she has been placed into. Well ok I am not too sure she has fully adapted, she still has a lot to learn, but day by day she is learning slowly how to fit in.  She might have even found her prince charming, or whatever the keepers call it, but who may that be?   

The ending in the words of Sydney 'I never saw it coming' well, she couldn't of spoke truer words cause believe you me I never saw it coming either.  I am in a little bit of shock but not surprised that Richelle Mead dropped a bombshell, she is just brilliant at them.  But I don't know if Sydney has gone crazy or if she is a genius for her decision.  I feel that she is trending on thin ice and it's going to break suddenly. I am scared as to what lays ahead for Sydney and my guess is, she is leaving a trail of bread crumbs.

Overall, The Indigo Spell was another great book from the Fantastic Richelle Mead, she is a brilliant author. She knows when and where to drop a massive bombshell to twist everything up. It was like eating a chocolate pudding and you finally get to the centre and all the chocolate lava pours out, just pure heaven bliss. I would highly, highly recommend this series to anyone who loves paranormal romance books. It was like all the vampire books I have read rolled into one, it was beyond brilliant. 

Selina x

Sunday, 7 June 2015

The Golden Lily

Title: The Golden Lily
Author: Richelle Mead 
Series: Bloodlines #2
Genres: Young Adult 
               Urban Fantasy 
               Paranormal Romance 
Pages: 448 Pages
Publisher: Penguin 
Published Date: 12 June 2012
Edition: Paperbook / Ebook
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WILL LOVE LOSE HER EVERYTHING SHE KNOWS? 

Sydney is an alchemist. She protects vampire secrets - and human lives.  

In hiding at a Californian boarding school, Sydney'a life has become irrevocably intertwined with Jill Dragmoir, the vampire Moroi princess she's been tasked with protecting. She has gorwn close to those in Jill's royal circle - and to someone in particular. Someone that forces her to question everything the alchemists believe in.  Someone forbidden.  
When shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world - her new world - apart, Sydney's loyalties are tested more than ever. Should she trust the alchemist - or her heart?   
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Review 

I read many about this book which complain about “there being so much high school drama.”  But it is set in Amberwood which is a high school.  You also have to think about the fact they are only new there, they are trying to find their place within the school by making new relationships, and some will fail while others will blossom. 

I personally loved the storyline of this book, it was brilliant.  I got just as sucked into it as Bloodlines. However it’s like with most long series’, the second book doesn’t contain any massive events because the story is building up.  Smaller stepping stones needs to be put in place before the dramatic events occur.  However, I am not saying that nothing happens, smaller stepping stones doesn’t mean that it’s not going to shock or surprise you. Let’s face facts there constantly can’t be dramatic Alchemist and Mori events, it’s not realistic people.   

Sydney has a funny sense of humour, she actually makes me laugh. It’s so cute and adorable how she lacks in social skills and constantly refers to reading books on different topics, which for most people just comes naturally. I do prefer Sydney to Rose, don’t get me wrong I loved Rose in the Vampire Academy series, she was so kick ass but it did annoy me how much she kept to herself and tried to do everything herself, it didn’t give you the chance to get to know other characters, whereas Sydney is very open and honest which I prefer more.   

The nutty Ms. Jaclyn Terwilliger, who you can’t help but love for being so out of this world, is playing a bigger role in Sydney’s changing beliefs.  Events are starting to get interesting between these two and I feel there is more to come.  I am curious as to how their relationship is going to grow and in which direction. But, I think we all know which direction after Sydney starts to realise the usefulness of having different sources, even if they go against all she has been brought up to believe in.  

Trey is also another character, like Ms Terwilliger, that is becoming a big part of the story. I love Trey, I think he is like the little brother I never had. He is very bright and clever like Sydney and has a sarcastic sense of humour. You can see why Sydney and Trey are friends, they are both easy to talk to, loveable people and give off a good vibe. Trey and Sydney will venture down a path which will test their friendship to a whole new level. They are very similar in many ways but they don’t even realise it, well not yet anyways.

I know that Sydney keeps referring to her fear and issues with Vampires constantly. But that’s because her beliefs are constantly being tested, she is beginning to wonder, “Who really are the real evil creatures in the world?” She needs to keep reminding herself of her beliefs because she is starting to feel comfortable and maybe even loves the Mori and Dhampir’s.

My favourite scene in this book was between Adrian and Sydney during the Halloween dance.  Yes, I know I gave a little spoiler there that there is a Halloween dance, but not the scene, that I am going to let use find out. It made me see Adrian in a different light where I think I really like him now. He goes about situations in completely different ways than normal people, but that’s just Adrian Ivashkov for you. He is a very cute guy with a massive heart and a beautiful personality, once he allows you to see it. 

The Golden Lily for me is a book full of teasing bits of information. We begin hearing stories which I feel are going to become a massive event very soon, stories which I feel are going to test Sydney to her limits about her beliefs and her future. Her life beliefs are already starting to unravel lies and she begins to question things and people who she thought she could trust.  But, it seems they could be lying and with-holding information from her.  Relationships are also beginning to blossom but could it be the end before it even begins.  Could fear of the Alchemist and other people get the better of them or will love conquer all.

The ending of this book did not shock me at all, however I would off loved for it to of went more smoothly and became ‘a happy ever after.’ But, Sydney is an Alchemist I wouldn’t off expected her to act any differently, I think I would have been disappointed if she hadn’t of acted in that way. I was however expecting Sydney’s sister to come into the story. I was a little bit confused that she hadn’t but believe you me I was not disappointed, with the events and relationships that are building, Sydney’s sister will just get in the way and prevent these from happening. 

I would highly recommend this book for everyone who read and enjoyed Bloodlines, the first book in the series. It was as epic as other Richelle Mead’s books. Even though it wasn’t as dramatic as the first book, you have to read through the stepping stones and building setups for the bigger events. Richelle Mead is a brilliant writer and I know she is building our excitement up and is going to hit us with a massive event we never saw coming, just like the Vampire Academy series.


Selina x

Steel and Lace

Tile: Steel and Lace 
Author: Adriana Leigh 
Series: Steel and Lace The Complete Series
Genres: Erotic Romance
Pages: 254 Pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent  
Published Date: 22 April 2013
Edition: Paperback / Ebook
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From the moment their eyes locked across a crowded room, he recognized something in her that he needed. Something that was impossible to resist... Enigmatic and sexy, Carter Morgan is a wealthy CEO and playboy who keeps a model on his arm and the walls around his heart high. His dangerous good looks and seductive charm gets him whatever he wants— whenever he wants it. That is until he meets Eva. When smart and spirited fashion editor Evangeline Austin encounters Carter Morgan, sparks fly and worlds collide. Her every instinct tells her to run, yet she can't deny the overwhelming effect he has on her. They embark on a passionate affair that threatens to consume them. 

They try to defy the odds by making their own rules and surrendering completely to the exquisite power of their passion but when unforeseen forces threaten to tear them apart, Carter and Eva must decide if the moments of exquisite perfection are worth the intense pain.
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Review

I read Carter and Eva’s story as the complete series rather than the 4 short stories.  It was a lot to take in reading them all at once but, I think reading them separately wouldn't have worked because I did get bored mid-way through.  

When I began reading it I got all excited. It started off so well and then mid-way through it just seemed to be the same repetitive story, the same situations, everything was as if I was reading 50 shades or the Crossfire series. Don’t get me wrong I loved them series’ but I was looking for something new and different. 

Whenever I start a book I have to finish it, well not unless it’s extremely bad. So I persisted through the mid-way point of the book even though I battled with myself to “set the book down and just admit defeat.” But that’s when it started to get interesting. 

Mr Carter Morgan is your hot, sexy controlling billionaire, your typical ripped manly alpha male. Oh, my words to describe him could continue on forever, he is that dreamy. He is like Gideon Cross and as hot as Christian Grey without the chains and whip’s with him.

But to be honest even thought I want a new and exciting storyline of this genre of book, I don’t think I want to lose this type of guy. An erotic book without a hot controlling billionaire just wouldn't work. I am happy that Adriane Leigh decided not to go down the road of Carter having an extremely messed up past. Of course he had a slight messed up childhood but it was nothing as extreme as Christian’s or Gideon’s. 

Eva Austin or Evangeline as Carter calls her because it’s a “Beautiful name for a beautiful girl.” This was one of many Carter’s cheesy lines that made me roll my eyes. My first thought when I started reading this book and found out her name was Eva was “Crossfire Series”, Adriane Leigh could of thought of a different name, made it something new.

Eva is twenty-six, a newly graduate fashion blogger. I must say I am jealous of Eva’s job, minus the fashion and replace it with book blogger that would be my ideal job. She lives with her friend Cate in Boston, I like Cate she is very up front, typical best friend and you just get a good vibe off her. 

Eva is your average girl, smart and friendly, a girl you can’t help but like. It didn’t surprise me that Carter fell for Evangeline the first moment his eye’s set on her. She is far better compared to these rich, stuck up women who go after guys for their money. For Carter and Eva it was true love at first sight.  However she kind of annoyed me at times with how extreme she reacted to the smallest fall out with Carter. She would just always storm off rather than facing up to Carter and finding out the full story, she just always presumes the worse.  

But together Eva and Carter are the cutest couple. At times thought I just wanted to bang their heads together and tell to listen to each other. They just seemed to misunderstand each other A LOT!! It did start to annoy me, they were driving me crazy. I felt myself sighing whenever they starting fighting again over nothing.  But let’s face it we all do it in our own relationship’s. Even though they may fight and fall out A LOT, there is no denying their love for one another.  At the beginning I found it very hard to buy into their relationship because it was just moving too quickly, I was finding it hard to digest but then, once you looked beyond all of that it becomes a beautiful love sex fiend story.   

Steel and Lace is a lot like the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day but somehow it is still really good.  I was hooked on it (once the boring middle part passed) and if you enjoy reading the same story as 50 shades and the Crossfire series with a twist to the second half, you will enjoy it. I did like the book it was well written and majority of the story felt real compared to Christian Grey and his whips and Gideon well as Gideon. 


I would recommend Carter and Eva’s story to anyone who enjoyed 50 Shades and the Crossfire series. You just need to stick with the similarities to get to the second half were it becomes more original. Carter is the perfect billionaire hottie and Eva is undeniable thee woman for him. Even though they will drive you crazy and you will think they are crazy, you will be rooting for them. 

Selina x

Grey

Title: Grey 
Author: E.L. James
Genres: Erotic Romance
Pages: 576 Pages
Publisher: Arrow
Published Date: 18 June 2015
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Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian

In Christan's own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of reader's around the world.

CHRISTIAN GREY exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty - until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion be cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him - past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian's cold, wounded heart.

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him? 
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Review 

I was considering reading 50 shades again, I know a little obsessive, and then I came across Grey. I have always wanted to know Christian's point of view, what actually goes on inside of his mind?

We have heard little bits of information from his past from him, how it has affected him from Ana’s point of view and also Ana’s theory on how he feels about her. But, I don't think we got the full effect of it just from listening to what he told Ana. To me we don't truly understand Mr Christian Grey but this book let us in to the mind of Christian.

There were a lot of similarities between Grey and the original Fifty Shades. The contract was the same, every email exchanged between Ana and Christian were the same, the scenes that took place happened in the same order but this time from Christian’s point of view. But E L James made you think that it was a completely new story, she made you wonder if you actually read it before. Flipping the narrative around to Christian’s point of view, really changes the story.

Fifty Shades was funny, light hearted and about a woman exploring her new found sexual life. Whereas Grey was dark, deep, sometimes hard to read with how he though, it was like reading the mind of a psychopath. It kind of made it a bit more like a thriller. Don’t get me wrong I loved Grey it was a very interesting read, one I am not sure if I would read again thought.

Mr Christian Grey is an interesting character but one that I would stay away from not embrace like Anastasia Steele did. She is one tough cookie to put up with a man like that. But it makes you think is she tough, crazy or stupid for being with him. I suppose everyone deserves to be loved and so does Christian, as long as they are willing to change their dark ways.  

I don’t think this was “lazy writing” which reports are saying. Yes, as I mentioned before there were a lot of similarities, but the flashbacks to his childhood and how twisted his mind really was, takes skill. It brought a whole new aspect and story that the Fifty Shades trilogy told from Ana’s point of view, could off never told you.

Grey was a lot more realistic than the first three books of Fifty Shades, not to mention creepy. But for me it needed to be told. Ever since I started reading Fifty Shades I wanted to know Christian’s point of view and am sure am not alone. I am glad I read it the once and would recommend anyone who read the Fifty Shades trilogy and loved it to give it a go. It was a good read but once was enough for this dark fantasy because yes, this story turned out good, flowers, love, want and need but as everyone knows there is a flipside to this fantasy which can go so very wrong. 

Selina x

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Beautiful Blogger Award





Thanks so much Little Pink Crayon for nominating me for the Beautiful Blogger Award.

Rules
  • Link to the blogger who took the time to nominate you.
  • List seven random things about yourself.
  • Nominate seven creative, beautiful bloggers.
  • Notify the amazing people that you nominated for the award.

Random Facts About Me

1.      I am an animal lover, every time I see one I have to name it. One time my fiancĂ© and I  were in Germany and I saw a baby hedgehog, it was so cute, and all I heard was “Do  not name the hedgehog!” I named him Barry. 
2.      I would eat Chinese food everyday if I could, I LOVE LOVE it.   
3.      Frozen yogurt is my obsession, any flavour and as a treat I have a large one.
4.      I am right handed, yea I know it’s a boring fact to know.
5.      I am a tea-a-holic
6.   I love the colour black, a lot of my clothes are black.  I will stop wearing it when they  create a darker colour.
7.   I love Minnie Mouse and make it my mission to buy one from each country I go to.

My Nominees

1.      Bee Reads Books
2.      Padfoots Library
3.      Read It and Geek
5.      The Bookish Life
7.      Mountain Rhinestones


I am looking forward to reading all your facts.  :)

Selina x