Tag Archive | Richelle Mead

YA Parade: Stuff That Doesn’t Exist Edition

Like VAMPIRES or DYSTOPIAN SOCIETIES WHERE THEY VACCINATE AGAINST LOVE or RELIVING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER and stuff.

Remember when I liked Vampire Academy? Well I also read Bloodlines, the spinoff book. Because I’m cool.

Title: Bloodlines

Author: Richelle Mead

Okay you guys, this book was not as good as the Vampire Academy books but mostly I think that’s because I wanted dear Sydney the Alchemist to be less awkward so that she got more action. If I am going to read YA paranormal stuff, I want more romance, you know? What is the point otherwise? I am looking for cheesy romance, and there is not as much in this as in the VA books. HOWEVER, it was still pretty good and one of the characters that gets kind of a crappy deal in the VA books (Adrian) gets a lot of page time here and you can tell there WILL be some romance. Anyway, so I can’t really say much more because it will spoil the other books, but I can say that the last line in this one makes me really excited for the next one. (I still feel bad for liking these books so much ugh.)

So in that way where Ali encourages my worst habits, like reading YA books, she advised me to read Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

Title: Delirium

Author: Lauren Oliver

So in this book, Lena is about to turn 18 and then she’s going to get this awesome operation so that she never gets deliria, which is FALLINGINLOVESICKNESS. Her mom committed suicide ’cause she felt too many feelings so Lena is super pumped to be protected against it but THEN SHE MEETS A BOY, DUH. The writing style of this book was impressively not the worst, like is often the case in YA, so it was pretty good. Ended with a cliffhanger, of course, and of course the next book isn’t out for forever (like a few months), but still pretty great! Another bonus: the dystopian world is not the worst, either! Aside from love, the government is pretty anti things like music and having lots of fun with your parents, which makes a lot of sense if they’re against love. You get pretty into the characters, too, so this is actually a pretty superb example of YA. Way better than Matched also.

So then I read more Lauren Oliver! And actually I can’t remember which of the Lauren Oliver books I read first; I read them very close together. This next one was written first, fun fact.

Title: Before I Fall

Author: Lauren Oliver

This book has been described as Groundhog Day meets Mean Girls and that’s totally true. Basically, Samantha dies and keeps reliving that same day with different outcomes. Sometimes that’s a little dull, because you just want it to get to the point already, you know? But then it picks up more as you learn more and more along with Sam about all the mean stuff she and her mean popular friends were up to. Sam becomes more honest with herself and I get really excited about decent messages in YA books, so that’s great. Delirium kept my interest better, but this is also a quick, excellent read. Yay for Lauren Oliver!

Only nine books behind now! Also I’m reading another book for grown ups so go me! ALSO happy Mindy-Kaling’s-book-comes-out Day!

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What I Read: Vampire Academy Series, Books 2-6

Alright, nerds. This is the blog entry where I admit how many Vampire Academy books I’ve read in the last week or so. (The answer is 6, if you count Bloodlines, but 5 because technically that book is a spin-off series.) Am I ashamed? Slightly. But I’m going to be real with you, blog. I really liked those books. (Can’t say the same for their covers, though. Or their titles.)

Titles: Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, Last Sacrifice

Author: Richelle Mead

It would take way too long for me to go into the details of each of these books, so I’m just going to talk generally about the series. All of them got 3-4 stars from me on Goodreads, but each of them at least deserves a 3.5.

So here’s the deal. I am 22 years old and kind of a snob when it comes to literature and what I read. I look disdainfully down at paranormal romance, especially when it’s for teens, and I’m going to go out on a limb and say that probably the Twilight series is the main cause of that one. But anyway, the last thing I expected was to read all six of these books. I read the first one because I got it for free. Then I found myself downloading the rest from libraries onto my phone. (Seriously, Kindles. Get on the library train.)

I read each one in about a day and I was so entertained you wouldn’t even believe it. Rose, the narrator, is a great character. She’s a little too good at beating evil up, sure, but overall she’s believable and she makes mistakes and she isn’t totally insane when it comes to romance. Obsessive about Dimitri, her hot teacher? Sure, a little bit. But the books get better after the first one as Rose becomes more dynamic and has to face new, darker challenges.

Things I liked: Rose as narrator; Rose/Dimitri love (don’t judge me); crazy terrible things that befall Dimitri, oh no!; Rose in Siberia and especially Yeva; Amish vampires; exciting plot lines!; dynamic characters!; Adrian; MAGIC; snarkiness; healthy relationship views (SERIOUSLY GUYS THIS IS A BIG DEAL. Mead was pretty good with these except for the cheating part, the aftermath of which was handled a bit too quickly but then you see more about that in Bloodlines so it’s a little more okay. BUT ANYWAY it’s not a terrible relationship where they spend every second together and stop existing in the real world, even if the things that they say to each other are of a corn factor of 1 million.); MAKE OUT SCENES (don’t judge me); Abe; finding characters endearing and actually wanting to know what happens to them; corny happy endings.

Things I didn’t like: LOVE TRIANGLES part 1 and 2 since we knew who ended up together in the end, Richelle, ugh, stop with all the boyz being so into Rose just cause she has boobs; boys being into Rose because she has boobs; minor characters’ stories being kind of left hanging in the end, even though they pick back up in Bloodlines; some slowness when you KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN AND WHO ROSE WILL FIND IN RUSSIA SO COME ON ALREADY JUST FIND HIM UGH and then UGH GET OUT OF THE DRUG HOUSE UGH COME ON STOP BEING DRUGGED; a certain someone CHEATING on a certain someone else and then that being kind of glossed over even though it was super shitty; THAT IT ENDED COME ON I WANT MORE.

I’m really embarrassed to admit that I was really into this series. When it was over, I rapidly read three more YA books hoping to find something to fill the void but it didn’t work none were as good. So then, even though I swore I wouldn’t, when I was reading Shelf Awareness yesterday and it had an ad for Bloodlines, I immediately read the excerpt it linked to and then bought it on my Kindle. CAN YOU BELIEVE ME, blog? I can’t. Go read these books, world.

In other vampire news:

In other general news, I secured myself a paid internship with W. W. Norton & Company! Hurrah!

What I Read: PARANORMAL ROMANCE FOR TEENS OMG!!!! (Part One)

Or: Why Is YA Romance Always So Corny?

Okay. Instead of sitting in shame, I guess I might as well admit that I read some YA paranormal romance. I can offer some explanation. First, free books from Penguin. (Thanks, Penguin!) Second, I really don’t get why paranormal romance is so popular, so I’m trying to get it. Third, quick and easy entertainment. They might be 350 pages, but you can knock them out in a few hours because the type is big and widely-spaced. And then you don’t feel like you wasted too too much of your life. Fourth, sometimes they’re kinda good, okay?!

Title: Vampire Academy

Author: Richelle Mead

This is the first in a series that is apparently already very popular. Basically, Rose is a vampire learning how to be a guardian for Lissa, her royal vampire friend. They’re different kinds of vampires, but whatever, you can see where this is going, probably. Rose has a hot teacher/trainer and there’s a lot of general badassery going on. (Also, a lot of swearing.) And some high school drama, too. I like to think of it as Gossip Girl meets vampires. That’s pretty much what it is.

Anyway, this book I’ll admit to kind of liking. For what it is (PARANORMAL ROMANCE OMG) it’s pretty good. Of course, the romance is the corniest thing in the world because the thing about YA novels is that people fall in love in about a second. I think I’ve figured it out, though. In young adults, the hormones are a-flowin’. There’s a lot of concern about CRUSHES/TRUE LOVE and also ANGST UGH LIFE IS SO UNFAIR. Thinking back on my young adulthood (because I am so old and wise now), I pretty much only remember writing angsty poetry while I listened to Evanescence and bemoaned my tragic lack of love life. That, and I was totally a weirdo. ANYWAY, point is that I guess romance is popular because it is such a significant part of teen life.

Best things about it: Higher writing level! It’s not like some vampire books which are written at a fourth-grade reading level. It was funny sometimes! The characters were developed mostly! Kinda like Gossip Girl! (XOXO)

Worst things about it: Corny romance! Obnoxious narrator! (She shoves her badassery into your face all the time.) Sometimes it’s slow!

I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads, and I stick to that. Read it for fun! It’s not the worst. It’s even kind of good!

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