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Blood Promise - Richelle Mead So it's 2:36am and I'm finally done.This one was kind of slow-going with some action-packed awesomeness thrown in between. I really enjoyed it and was immersed enough to continue reading until the end. I expected it to be full of angst and emotional struggle and whatnot and that I'd get annoyed as fuck over it, but it went surprisingly well. Most of the time Rose handled it pretty well. When she wasn't dealing with it, she was a bitch, but that's hardly surprising. I think these books would lose its appeal if there weren't any situations where I want to bang my head against the wall over Rose's stupidity. Or Lissa's. She had her moments in this one. I am really glad they finally worked their shit out though. Only took them 4 books to become proper best friends. Nice. I really liked meeting Dimitri's family and Sydney. I kind of can't wait for Bloodlines. I also enjoyed the memories of Rose and Dimitri together. It pretty much broke my heart. As did her pitiful state during blood-whoring. What took from the experience was the predictability. I knew Abe was her father from the moment she described him.. I was really hoping that Rose would actually kill Dimitri but alas, I was hoping for too much. I guess it wouldn't be a YA novel if everything didn't end happily, against all fucking odds of course. And the whole healing Strigoi with spirit was also pretty predictable. I knew that Dimitri needs to be healed and it seemed pretty obvious it's gonna happen like that and blah blah.YA novels need more tragedy! Another thing going on my nerves is this whole spying thing Rose does. It would've been so much easier is Ms. Mead just made Lissa's POV if she wanted to show us what was happening with her instead of making Rose kinda sleazy for doing what she does. I don't think I will ever understand that choice. Or well, I suppose it serves to prove Lissa is useless and can't really do anything without Rose's help. Also Adrian. He has my undying love!So yea, all in all, it's funny how despite me pretty much hating the MCs and there being a lot of things that go on my last nerve I actually really like these books. I don't think I will ever be able to actually explain why. XD

Exposure

Exposure - Cara McKenna To me this was a most satisfying ending to a beautiful story. Two fucked up people meeting in an unconventional way and falling in love, ultimately learning how to grow-up and turning into their better selves. I was emotionally invested with both of these characters, I loved their interactions and their growth. Who ever thought I'd think a love story including an agoraphobe prostitute is this amazing. And I just adore Ms. McKenna's writing. I noticed it was written in first person present tense 'round story #4 and I really hate books written like that. That is a testament enough to her writing. It's just beautiful. And she obviously has a talent for writing incredibly steamy sex scenes. Let me tell you, they are HOT!And a quote I liked most from the entire series:"We’re all foolish enough to dismiss fairy stories, until we find ourselves face-to-face with a dragon."P.S. Dear Didier, being an agoraphobe would be so much easier if you had a little thing called internet. :D
Origin - Jennifer L. Armentrout Omfg what? WHAT?! It just can't end like this! Like that cliffhanger in last book wasn't enough... Now this?! What is that woman doing to me! It's not fair! It should be made illegal to end 2 consecutive books with a cliffhanger!This one was definitely the best one. I thought it doesn't get better than the 3rd book but I was so wrong. I enjoyed every moment of this. I just adore both Daemon and Kat and I was right in there with them during everything. Felt everything they felt. Pretty much jumped around the room when he proposed to her. Best moment of the whole book! Daemon's POV was probably the best decision Ms. Armentrout ever made. Everything was so much better cause of it. I love his wit and how he comes up with stupid lines even in the most dire of situations. Loved being in his head in general.I don't love many YA female characters, but Katy is among those few. She's definitely someone I can relate to. And badass as well. The cast of side characters (both new and old) is still as awesome. Loved Archer. Hated that bitch Nancy with a passion. Dee and Archer just needs to happen. Dawson and Beth were just so so cute together. Still can't believe so many of them were killed off. As much as YA novels tend to be predictable, I didn't find this to be so. Some of the revelations were pretty shocking. Probably the only thing that bothered me with this are those stupid catchphrases. Do Americans really use stuff like 'holy crapola' or 'holy crap on a cracker' or other stuff like that? o.oIt just sounds stupid to me. XDI am still in shock over the ending and might just die till the next book. It should be interesting. Possibly even better than this. We had to do something. We had to make a stand, change the future, or there’d be no future for any of us.
Untitled (Lux, #5) - Jennifer L. Armentrout 2014?!
Reckless - Skye Jordan So in the beginning I was like this cause the texting between 'em was awesome: Then a little bit of this: Something like this cause Jax and Lexi are the best couple ever: Some more of this: A bit of annoyance cause it probably wouldn't be a romance book if it didn't have at least some stupidity: And in the end this cause I'm a sucker for HEA: I really really enjoyed this story. It was a steamy little read and perfect for a lazying around day when you don't want to do anything productive. More than that though I adored Wes and Rubi and am really looking forward to reading their story. That needs to happen ASAP!
Shadow Kiss - Richelle Mead Oh god... Dimitri... I can't even... That ending! Pretty much took off a star because I was disgusted with how Rose treated Adrian in the end. No matter how hurt you are it doesn't give you the right to use people in such a way. What a fucking bitch she is sometimes. Apart from that thing, this was the best one so far. Can't wait to see what happens next.
Frostbite - Richelle Mead Now this was much better than the first one.I thought I was gonna hate Rose till the end but I actually ended up liking her. Like she had a lobotomy really. She wasn't even annoying in this one. She had like one or two slip-ups but she's actually pretty cool now. The plot is also getting more interesting. I knew about the Mason thing, but it still broke my heart. Screw Dimitri, Adrian is in town! I still very much ship Rose and Dimitri, but Adrian is about a million times more fun than Dimitri. Looking forward to seeing more of him. I just know I'm gonna adore him.Overall, this is getting more and more interesting. I am actually surprised that I enjoy it so considering my hate for vampires. Although I guess these aren't really that, despite the name. In any case,this just has a way to hook you in. Will start the next one immediately.

The Meeting (Vampire Academy, #1.1)

The Meeting (Vampire Academy, #1.1) - Richelle Mead I just knew that his POV would be awesome. It'd make the whole series that much better.
Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead So I finally decided to take this up. Figured it was about time to see if it's as good as people say.Let's get the bad things out of the way first:-Rose. I hated her guts. She's a childish, immature, condescending, stuck-up bitch. Couldn't stand her. Most of the time I was like...At one point, namely when she was an utter bitch to Christian after that banquet, I had to put down the book so I wouldn't throw it across the room. The fact that she considers herself oh so interesting that everything else is boring got on my last nerve. And the fact that she gives herself the fucking right to tell Lissa what to do. And spying on your best friend? What in the fuck Rose?! What I minded most was her attitude towards Christian. He's not popular, so fucking what! And using your friends and snapping at 'em all the time? Not cool in the least. -The whole Mean Girls thing going on. It was a bit overdone if you ask me.-Vampires. These have got to be the lamest vampires since that sparkling fairy. Vamps who get fucking sick and die of old age and eat normal food. What?!The only thing that made them different from regular humans is the fact that they have fangs and drink blood. I am pretty sure Ms. Mead made them vampires cause it was popular back in the day and her books would've been read based on the fact it's about vampires. -Predictability. I would've picked up on the hints of the big mystery even if I hadn't read Half-Blood first.That all being said, I still rather enjoyed this book. Even if I hated Rose and even Lissa was going on my nerves at times, I found myself being pulled into this world of theirs. And even if it isn't really even in the works yet, I do enjoy a good story about a revolution. Cause this system the Moroi have set up is really lame. Who in the fuck has powers but doesn't use 'em to defend oneself? No sense whatesoever.Another thing I liked is Dimitri. Dimitri and Rose as well. I am not usually into brooding guys and I hate Rose, but I was all happy and smiley when they had those few moments. I am shipping them a lot for now. Also Christian. I loved that guy. I was over the moon when he got together with Lissa. Another thing I loved is the friendship between Rose and Lissa. Sometimes I was annoyed with how over-protective Rose is and I wondered at times if it's even two-sided but in the end it was nice to see how they care for each other. Truly care.I liked the writing as well. And the plot is interesting enough for me to continue reading. On to the next book!
The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss Why yes, yes you are! I loved every second of the journey this book has lead me on. I felt for Kvothe during his hardships, laughed with him during the happy times, cheered for him during his adventures and prayed he would grow a pair and confess his love. (Although I really disliked Denna. I thought she was a bitch and couldn't really relate to her and the stuff she has been through. I actually just wanted her to die. Maybe in the next book? :fingers crossed:)It starts off with a glimpse into the present, giving us a few choice details, enough to ask ourselves what is going on and how in the hell did a kingkiller become this shell of a man. Said shell of a man then decides to tell his story, from beginning to end, to The Chronicler. I enjoyed it immensely. I loved how, apart from interludes which are set in the present, everything was written as a story. Story of Kvothe, told by Kvothe."I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs to make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me."I loved his character. Because it is written in the way it is written I could understand him completely. Relate to him even. I was pulled into his story right at the beginning and was there with him the whole time and can't wait to check out the sequel. I imagine it has all the juicy parts. I am really curious to find out how he ended up where he ended up. This book then made a great coming-of-age story, the foundation for the things to come. “It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”Another thing I really liked is the cyclic pattern it took. It started with the silence and with the silence it ended. And needless to say that I enjoyed Mr. Rothfuss' writing. At certain times he tends to repeat adjectives, but I forgave that because the story was interesting and I could ignore lapses in language. So all in all, this is a recommendation for everyone who is a fan of fantasy. And even those who are not. :D
Frigid - J. Lynn,  Jennifer L. Armentrout This was supposed to be this awesome best friends romance. I was supposed to add Kyler to my harem. Sydney was supposed to be funny and adorable and not take shit from anyone. It was supposed to be sweet and cute and I was supposed to love it. Alas, none of it happened. The only reason it even got 2 stars is because I actually finished it. But it was a drag to do so. Such a drag...And cause I liked Andrea and Tanner and I really really hope the next book will be about 'em. :fingers crossed:And I did kind of like when they got together and the guy was all sweet and whatnot. Other than that, I couldn't even understand how these two individuals are even friends, let alone in love with each other. The lack of communication between them was horrendous to read about. They were immature, not acting at all like they were 20-something year old. I thought the girl was spineless. The guy was a jerk during the first half of the book. During their whole lives actually. How she put up with him is beyond me. How she fell in love with him is beyond me. How they didn't work out their feelings before is beyond me. I am aware that this happens in most romance books, but really... It was far more annoying in this one. Maybe cause I pretty much hated the characters.All in all, the only reason why I finished it... Well, I honestly have no idea anymore why I even bothered. Off to something actually worth my time.
Fifth Grave Past the Light - Darynda Jones I am finally sold on the love part. I took the star off the last 3 books because it felt like Charley and Reyes were in lust rather than in love. And also cause I was kind of cheering for Garrett. But this one made me a Reyes and Charley fan through and through. It finally felt like this epic love story between two people that shouldn't be together and I loved every second of it. (Although I do wish they'd be more honest with each other. But can't have it all I guess.)And I pretty much adored everything else as well. The humor is still very much here. I loved Charley's relationship with Cookie. I loved the mystery. There are still some unanswered questions so I'm very much looking forward to the sequel. I loved how Garrett is now all badass. While I wished he'd end up with Charley, I now think they should maintain this relationship and keep up the banter. If I could, I'd add a star for character growth. I pretty much enjoyed every second of this book and if I could I'd move next door to those 3 in a heartbeat.
REC - Kimi ga Naita Hi - REC-君が泣いた日 - Aoi Makino Oh god... I can't even...

Prince of Chaos (Chronicles of Amber)

Prince of Chaos - Roger Zelazny So this is how it ends. I have mixed feelings.On one hand, to me, that ending was rather anticlimactic. And it felt rushed. All that build-up towards a fight that concluded in like 2 pages? No sense really. At one point I was checking to see if I skipped some pages and parts of the story. It really didn't feel like a conclusion of the whole story. More like the middle. As I understood, Mr. Zelazny intended to write more books but died before doing it. So that sucks. I would've liked to have some things better explained and to see the continuation of the story. On the other one though, it was such a wonderful journey. I got so easily immersed into this world and couldn't stop reading until I learned all about it. I loved the mystery and the fucked up family relationships and fighting for the throne. Some epic plans were thought of along the way. It was ridiculous and fun and annoying to see 'em all randomly eating and drinking and telling stories in the middle of the most chaotic times. Travelling through Shadows and basically being able to find everything your heart might ever desire is awesome. I wish I could do it. Makes you wonder if you actually live in a world that's just a Shadow of something else. All in all, this is a must for every fan of fantasy out there. Good-bye and hello, as always.
The Midnight Heir - Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan It was kind of nice to revisit characters from TID but the only thing this thing managed to do is put me off that other Shadowhunter series CC is writing.
Coraline - Neil Gaiman I read this one on the plane the other day and I gotta say I'm enjoying Gaiman's storytelling very much.It was dark and creepy and awesome and I rather enjoyed it. Maybe it would've been better if it was not a children's book and I kind of felt like I am too old for it, but nonetheless it was a real nice short read.