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review 2017-08-16 17:37
Medieval Mundane
Beast: Great Bloodlines Converge - Kathryn Le Veque

Mostly a story about how a medieval knight who was tasked with watching over Joan of Arc befriending her, taking her heart from the pyre, and trying to secretly bury it in Winchester, per her request.

A forced marriage along the way, a boat load of characters, and some clandestine wheeling and dealing between French knights and English knights.

The romance is a small portion of this with a very real feeling 1400s feel, the author knows her time and place.

There's a story here, just not one I found too entertaining; medieval mundane. 

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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 2016-04-22 00:00
Bloodlines (Demons of Oblivion #1)
Bloodlines (Demons of Oblivion #1) - Skyla Dawn Cameron I won a free paperback copy from a giveaway curtesy of JC’s Book Haven. (Over 3 years ago. Christ, I’m so behind.)

I laughed for almost 5 mins after reading the last page. Totally psyched me out. Go Zara!
Yeah, Zara is not a nice person. She’s selfish, self-centered, vain, greedy, and a ruthless killer. Yet I loved rolling with her every moment. She reminds me (a bit) of Gin from the Elemental Assassin series. But Zara is way more towards black than white on the grey scale.

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Bloodlines is all about the action, snark, drama, and sex. It doesn’t let up. Or quit. Several main people beside our couple bit the dust and I was honestly surprised. I didn’t guess who was behind it all or what they were doing with vampires.

It’s a bit hard when the magic system is so different. It revolves around witches, warlocks and demons. I wonder how werewolves work in this realm. There’s one conversation involving one so we know they exist here but that’s it. Is it a variation of these vamps?

It’s the standard urban paranormal done so well with different world building. I will absolutely continue the series.

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