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review 2017-10-22 14:55
Review: Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead, Leigh Dragoon, and Emma Vieceli
Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy Graphic Novels (Quality Paper)) by Mead, Richelle (2013) Paperback - Richelle Mead

 

I really liked the artwork in this graphic novel. The storyline was engaging and interesting, giving a few twists to the vampire lore. I don't think I could handle some of the teen angst in a book form, but the graphic novel construction keeps the emotion to a reasonable level and gets the focus back on the action. I do like the fact that the school is designed for job training and not just a place where rich kids hang out at - it gives purpose to the characters.

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text 2017-10-20 16:39
#Dewey Readathon, Fall 2017: The Prep
Saga, Volume 2 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
Saga, Volume 3 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
Saga Volume 4 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
March: Book Three - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Lewis Gaddis
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances - Courtney Milan,Alyssa Cole,Rose Lerner
Frostbite: The Graphic Novel - Richelle Mead,Leigh Dragoon,Emma Vieceli
Shadow Kiss: A Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy) - Richelle Mead
Final Crisis - Grant Morrison,J.G. Jones,Carlos Pacheco,Jesús Merino,Marco Rudy,Doug Mahnke,Christian Alamy
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 1 - Marguerite Bennett
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 2: Allies - Marguerite Bennett,Marguerite Sauvage

So Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-thon is tomorrow! My start time is 1pm, so I have time to run errands and do some household chores prior to reading.

 

Goals:

1. Participate in the social aspect here and on my IG account.

2. Read for 12-15 hours (tracked via the stop watch app on my phone).

 

TBR:

1. Sleight of Paw (A Magical Cats Mystery #2) (Amateur Sleuth square)

2. Saga Volumes 2-4

3. March, Volume 3

4. Hamilton's Battalion

5. Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel (Chilling children square)

6. Shadow Kiss: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel (Vampires square)

7. Final Crisis (Supernatural square)

8. DC Bombshells, Volume 1 and 2

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-11 14:57
Blutschwestern // Vampire Academy!!!
Vampire Academy - Blutsschwestern: Jubiläumsausgabe mit 4 brandneuen Bonus-Storys (Vampire-Academy-Reihe) - Richelle Mead,Michaela Link

German and english review

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

Das ist jetzt das zweite Mal, dass ich das Buch gelesen habe. Vor Jahren, als ich zum ersten Mal angefangen habe, mich mehr mit Booktube zu beschäftigen, ist das Buch auf meinem Radar aufgetaucht. Es ist aber schon eine Ewigkeit her und ich habe die Serie noch nicht fertig gelesen. Als ich jetzt das Buch auf Netgalley gesehen habe, habe ich es mal als Zeichen gesehen, endlich die Serie noch einmal zu lesen und vor allem auch zu Ende zu bringen. Außerdem habe ich nur Sterne verteilt und nie eine Review für die Bücher hinterlassen. Also hab ich einiges nachzuholen.

 

Inhalt: Die Vampire Academy ist eine Schule für junge Vampire und ihre Beschützer. Auch die siebzehnjährige Rose - halb Mensch, halb Vampir - wird hier zur Wächterin ausgebildet. Sie hofft, eines Tages ihrer besten Freundin Lissa zur Seite stehen zu können, der letzten Überlebenden der Vampirfamilie Dragomir. Seit Lissas Eltern bei einem Autounfall den Tod fanden, besteht zwischen Rose und Lissa eine besondere Verbindung. Irgendjemand scheint es auch auf Lissas Leben abgesehen zu haben. Der Einzige, dem sich Rose anvertrauen kann, ist der gut aussehende Wächter Dimitri, der ihr Nachhilfestunden geben soll ...

 

Der LYX-Verlag feiert sein 10-jähriges Bestehen mit dieser eBook-Sonderausgabe des 1. Bands der Vampire-Academy-Reihe - inklusive vier brandneuer Kurzgeschichten!

 

Da durch, dass es nun das zweite Mal war, dass ich in die Welt der Academy eingetaucht bin, ging alles relativ schnell. Ich wusste noch alle Begriffe und was sie zu bedeuten hatten. Wer war was und was ist der Unterschied. (Für alle, die das Buch zum ersten Mal lesen, fand ich es gut, dass man die Erklärungen Schritt für Schritt bekommen hat und nicht gleich am Anfang damit total überfordert wurde, weil einem alles auf einmal erklärt wurde).

 

Ich bin froh, dass ich jetzt endlich mal schreiben kann, wie sehr ich die Charaktere in den Büchern liebe.
Ich mag Rose einfach so sehr, sie ist mein absoluter Fave. Sie ist frustrierend, sie handelt oft ohne nachzudenken. Aber ich finde sie einfach großartig.
Ich mag Lissa total. Und die Freundschaft zwischen den Beiden. Das Band zwischen den Beiden. Einfach alles.
Ich liebe Dimitri. DIMITRI!!!! Und ja, ich weiß, Altersunterschied und all das, aber ich liebe Dimitri und Rose zusammen. Mein Herz!!!
Außerdem mag ich Christian so so sehr und wünschte, er würde eine noch größere Rolle spielen. Ich brauch einfach mehr von ihm. Seine Beziehung zu Lissa. Ich will mich ja nicht wiederholen aber MEIN HERZ!!!!!
Und dann natürlich Mason. Mason hat auch einen ganz besonderen Platz in meinem Herzen.

Ich mag die Story an sich einfach total. Ich sollte es wahrscheinlich nicht zu geben aber ich bin leicht zu überzeugen mit Highschool Drama, besonders wenn dann auch noch übernatürliche Elemente dazu kommen.

 

Und dann die Bonus Geschichten!!!

Ich mochte sie alle. Weil sie alle wirklich interessant waren.
In der ersten Geschichte ging es um Christian, seine Tante und seine Eltern. Erzählt aus der Sicht von seiner Tante. Was genau das richtige für mich war, weil ich wie schon oben gesagt, einfach nicht genug von Christian bekommen kann und deswegen gerade der wichtige Moment in seinem Leben, richtig interessant war.

In der zweiten hatten wir Tagebucheinträge von Lissa, vor und während der Flucht aus der Academy. Was ich auch richtig gut fand, den ein oder anderen Moment aus Lissa's Sicht zu lesen.

Die dritte Geschichte war dann aus Dimitri's Sicht, die erste Begegnung mit Rose. Es war wirklich gut aber hatte mich jetzt nicht so überzeugt wie die anderen Geschichten davor.

Die letzte und vierte Geschichte ging es um die jährliche Schnitzeljagd an der Academy. Von der jeder weiß, die aber für mächtig ärger sorgen kann, wenn sie erwischt werden. Am Anfang hat mich die Geschichte ein bisschen gelangweilt, ich fand es zwar interessant, war aber nicht so wirklich daran interessiert. Macht das überhaupt Sinn??? Egal. Doch dann sind einige Dinge passiert, Rose bekam Hilfe von unerwarteter Seite und auf einmal war mein Interesse geweckt und die Story wurde zu meinem absoluten Favoriten. Ich musste so oft laut lachen. Es war wunderbar.

 

Ich glaube ich habe dem Buch beim ersten Mal 4 Sterne gegeben. Diesmal hat es von mir 5 Sterne bekommen, weil ich einfach nichts zu meckern hatte.

 

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This is now the second time that I have read the book. Many years ago, when I first found out about the booktube community, this book showed up on my radar. That was ages ago and I never actually finished the series. So when I saw the book on Netgalley, I took it as a sign to start and finally finish the series. Also the first time around, I just gave the book stars and never actually reviews it. I have to catch up on that.

 

Summary: Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires--the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be prepare for a life fraught with danger. Rose and Lissa must navigate their treacherous world and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever. But soon Rose finds herself gripped by temptation of forbidden love, leaving Lissa exposed to Strigoi attack. Now she must choose between the best friend she lives for, and the man she can't live without….

 

Richelle Mead celebrates 10 years of Vampire Academy with an exclusive, never-before-seen collection of stories that sheds new light on the world and its players.

 

Because this was the second time reading it, I had no trouble at all, getting back into the world of the academy. I still knew all the terms and what they ment. I knew who was what and what the difference was. (For everyone that is reading the book for the first time, I love, that you get things explained step for step, instead of getting all the information dumped on you in the beginning of the story and feel totally overwhelmed.)

 

 

I'm so glad, I'm doing reviews now and can actually write down how much I love the characters in the book.

I love Rose so much, she is my absolute favorite. She is frustrating, she does things before actually thinking about it. But she is amazing.
I love Lissa a lot. The friendship between the two of them. The bond between them. Just everything.
I love Dimitri. DIMITRI!!!!! And yes, I know, there is the age difference and all that, but I just love Dimitri and Rose together. MY HEART!!!
I also love Christian a lot and kinda wish he would play a much bigger role in the first book. I just need more of him. His relationship with Lissa. I just, I don't wanna repeat myself but, MY HEART!!!!!
And then of course Mason. Mason has a really special place in my heart.

 

I just love the whole story overall. I shouldn't admit it, but I'm a sucker for highschool drama, especially when it's paired with supernatural elements.

 

And then the bonus stories!!!

 

I enjoyed them all, they were all really interesting.
The first one was about Christian, his aunt and his parents. Told from the point of view from his aunt, who I really loved. The story was exactly my things, like I mentioned before, I can't get enough of Christian, and especially that most important moment in his life. Super interesting.
In the second story we had Lissa's diary entries from before and during their escape from the academy. I loved that we got to read some of these moments through Lissa's eyes.
The third story was Dimitri's point of view when he first met Rose. It was okay but didn't interest me as much as the other stories, to be completely honest.
And the last and fourth story was the annual scavanger hunt at the academy. Everybody knows about it but if you get caught, you get into a lot of trouble. In the beginning, the story didn't do anything for me, I thought it was interesting but I wasn't interested at all. Does that make sense??? Anyways. Then things happened, Rose got some help from a very unlike source and all of the suddden I was totally into it and the story turned into my favorite. I had to laugh out loud so many times. It was wonderful.

 

I think I gave the book 4 stars the first time around. This time it got a 5 star raiting, cause I have no complains at all.

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text 2017-08-09 13:33
Reading progress update: I've read 74%.
Vampire Academy - Blutsschwestern: Jubiläumsausgabe mit 4 brandneuen Bonus-Storys (Vampire-Academy-Reihe) - Richelle Mead,Michaela Link

Done with the main story, now reading the bonus stories. I expected them to be much shorter, no complaints, tho.

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review 2017-03-07 15:59
The hard choice: Dmitri, Mason, or Adrian?
Frostbite - Richelle Mead

Not too very long ago, I read and reviewed Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. As mentioned in that post, Vampire Academy is the first novel in a young adult series about the Moroi (vampires) and dhampirs (guardians of Moroi) who attend St. Vladimir's Academy. Specifically, it's about Lissa and Rose who are shadow kissed and trying to figure out just what that means as there's nothing officially documented about the use of spirit. (I realize this will make no sense unless you read the first book in the series so you'd better go and do that first.) In the second book, Frostbite, Lissa and Rose are continuing their studies so that they can learn how to survive while the Strigoi begin to organize their attacks on Moroi royals. However, the biggest problem that Rose is facing is not against the Strigoi but against her own traitorous heart. (I hope that came across as dramatic as I imagined.) There is not one, not two, but three men in her life and she is very conflicted about her feelings. Ah, that teenage angst! If you were fans of the first novel in the series then undoubtedly you will enjoy this continuation because more of the mythology is unraveled and the characters continue to be fleshed out. It's still bordering on a bit too racy for me but it's the vampire lore which I'm here for primarily (although I am definitely team Dmitri). I'm most likely going to continue reading this series but I'd love to hear your opinion on the books, the reviews, and what you'd like to see me read next. Basically, I just want you guys to talk to me. :-P

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