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review 2017-05-14 01:25
Infected: Bloodlines (Infected #2)
Infected: Bloodlines - Andrea Speed

If you read the first book, none of this should be a spoiler, but if you haven't, then proceed with caution.

 

Let me get my one gripe out of the way first. Paris is pretty. Like, really super duper fantabuloso everyone-with-eyes-wants-to-bang-him sexy hot. I know this because the author reminds the reader of this repeatedly. If I cut and paste all those passages together, it would probably take up five pages minimum. I vaguely remember being annoyed by this in the first book, but in this book, we're told that Paris's tiger virus has reached critical, that he's lost 50 pounds and is only 150-something, pale, always cold - he's sick, chronically so. So I don't need to hear about how super duper mega hot sex-on-legs he is every other page. One, I actually remember that from the previous book. Two, he's SICK! And at over six feet and only 150 pounds, he's not broad-chested. He's a toothpick. I just found the constant fascination with his sex appeal to be really shallow and misplaced in this book, and I could've done without it. Especially since the author could've gotten the same point across by showing and not telling...and telling...and telling...and telling...

 

Moving on to the actual story:

 

On the mystery front, I give this one three stars. The mystery wasn't really that involved here, and the revelation of the whodunit comes almost by accident. Almost. And since Roan's in an emotionally unstable place, that outcome isn't what you'd expect it to be - and that's all I'm saying about that. 

 

On the personal story front, I give this five stars. Read this with a box of tissues close at hand, because you're going to need it! In only two books, or two and a half if you read the novella "Infected: Paris" before this one, Ms. Speed created a beautiful couple in Roan and Paris. They're flawed, they're sometimes stupid, they're occasionally too sweet to bare, and they're real. And in this book, they're raw. They both know what's coming, and while Paris is preparing for the inevitable, Roan's living as close to denial as he can get for as long as he can, because to face reality would be the end for him as well. The supporting cast is all back. Dee is a saint of an ex-boyfriend, and Kevin's still a mess. Matt's much more prominent here. We don't see as much of the coppers, but when we do we get to see their concern and support. 

 

There are a couple of things that are brought up and then dropped, and some things are mentioned that happened between books that I would've liked to see on page. The editing is better than the first book but could still use work on making the "he's" and "his" more clear on who is being talked about. Still, the editing here is better than many. 

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review 2016-12-07 20:55
Wow, I can’t believe this is the end…the last book in this crazy paranormal world.
The Ruby Circle - Richelle Mead

Book Title:  The Ruby Circle
Author:  Richelle Mead
Narration:  Emily Shaffer & Alden Ford
Series:  Bloodlines #6
Genre:  Fantasy, Paranormal
Source:  Audible Audiobook

 

 

Goodreads Synopsis 

 

 

 

MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG

Unconditionally by Katy Perry  --See video post...♫

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜


Plot:  5/5
Characters:  5/5
The Feels:  4.5/5
Addictiveness:  4.5/5
Theme:  5/5
Flow:  5/5
Backdrop (World Building):  5/5
Originality:  5/5
Book Cover:  3/5
Narration:  5/5
Ending:  5/5 Cliffhanger:  Duh…it’s the last one.


Will I read more from this Author? The Bloodlines series as a whole was very tedious, I found it hard to stay interested for the majority of the books.  My favorites of this Series are The Indigo Spell and The Ruby Circle.  That being said; I don’t know if I’ll read more from Mead…or I will at least be cautious in what I decide to read by her in the future.

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

 

psst…I think Claire Holt would be perfect as Sydney…

Ultimately, I feel this was a felicitous and reassuring ending to this series and I suggest reading it, but only after reading and liking the Vampire Academy series first, of course.

 If you’re put off by how tedious these books can be, like me, then I totally recommend the Audio versions of these books.  Alden Ford and Emily Schaffer are perfect as Adrian and Sydney.  If only I could say the same about the cover models for this series…the girl for Sydney is all wrong.

 
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review 2016-05-05 00:00
Infected: Bloodlines
Infected: Bloodlines - Andrea Speed
“This was how the world ended. Not with a bang, but with a whimper.”

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“I'm always going to be with you, you know. As long as you remember me, I will exist. Memory is a form of existence, life after death.”

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If you read this and want to destroy yourself afterward then listen to M83 - Before The Dawn Heals Us. For reasons.

I'm crying again.
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review 2016-04-04 22:10
Review of Bloodlines (Bloodlnes #1) by Richelle Mead
Bloodlines - Richelle Mead

This reader's personal opinion, ©2016, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by Google Play, Penumbra Publishing, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 

 

Read this back in 2015 for Bookshelf BINGO but just now copying over:  This series spins-off a character from her Vampire Academy books—Sydney who I found interesting because is

an alchemist and not a damsel in distress or whine-y teenager.

(spoiler show)

 

I went into series "blind" without reading reviews or synopses just because with the Vampire Academy books I got way too many spoilers just in book descriptions nevermind friend reviews and posts. (Spoiler tags in these comments are only spoilers for readers who haven't read VA books.)

 

That going in blind had mixed results because I would otherwise have known they were assigning Sydney as an undercover student at the high school they were hiding Jill 

(half-sister to now Queen Lisa whose reign requires she has at least one other family member)

(spoiler show)

who is now the target of assassins. Adrian is nearby because he

spirit bonded to Jill the first time assassins did kill her prior Lisa's coronation (I have trouble buying into an anointed monarch being deposed if remaining family member dies because in their society the crown doesn't stay with one family even if believable the ruling monarch couldn't just change the law.)

(spoiler show)

 

I like the writing and aspects of story and characters are interesting. So, I'll still read on in the series via library borrow, but in no hurry.

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review 2016-02-09 23:07
“Insane is such an ugly word, a voice in my head said. Think of it as obtaining a new look at reality.”
Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) - Richelle Mead

 

Book Title:  Silver Shadows

Author:  Richelle Mead

Narration:  Emily Shafer & Alden Ford

Series:  Bloodlines #5

Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

Publisher:  Razorbill

Source: Audible Owned

 

 

 

 

 

Well, it's all Adrian.  He is so lovable and quirky and of course, just a little freaking crazy.

 

 

 

  • Plot: 3.8/5 --This was a slow one, but honestly, most of the books in this series have been.  The last half picks up the pace and amps up the action.  Everything is building up to, what’s hopefully an outstanding ending...{{{fingers crossed}}}
  • Characters: 4.5/5 --Love these characters.
  • The Feels: 4/5  
  • Theme: 5/5 
  • Flow: 3.7/5 
  • Originality: 4/5
  • Book Cover: 2/5 --This one is no better or worse than any of the others, they all pretty much suck.  This girl has one hell of a resting bitch face.
  • Sex Factor: Non-Explicit
  • Narration: 5/5 --While overall the contents of this book moved at a snail’s pace, I'm fairly certain listening on Audio saved this from being rated lower.  These narrators were spot on for both Sydney and Adrian's voices. 
  • Ending: 4.5/5 --Everything is all amok now…but wow!!!♥   Cliffhanger:  Totally

 

Will I continue the series?  Duh…of course.

 

 

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 Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. 

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him…

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

 

 

Re-education sounds like a serious bummer…count me out for that.  The Alchemists are some f-ed up people.

 

I think, for me, I feel as if these books are just a little too long, and if they were all just a little shorter, they would be 5 star reads.  Ultimately, the world of VA/Bloodlines Series has been a captivating thrill ride.

 

 

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