“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” ― Ernest Hemingway
For those who haven't yet read the Vampire Academy series, I suggest you go read them and get some background information before you read Bloodlines. If not, this book will only be confusing and make no sense at all. As for VA fans,you will love this book!
This book started right off where Last Sacrifice left off. The background,the characters are basically the same, only it was told from Sydney's perspective instead of Rose's.
Sydney was the kind of obedient girl who has been told what to do all her life. The alchemists were taught that all Vampires and Dhampires alike are evil,soulless dark creatures. So when Sydney helped former criminal Rose and Dimitri escape,she had made the biggest mistake an alchemist could ever make. In order to redeem herself,she can't afford to screw up her latest assignment,that is to take care of Vasilisa's sister, Jill Dragomir. Jill needs to go into hiding because she is the key to overthrowing Vasilisa's thrown. For some unknown reason, Abe insisted Adrian to be on this “vacation” for who knows how long. Palm Springs is supposed to be a safe hideout for all of them, when in fact, the real danger awaits them there.
Unlike Rose who is filled with so much passion and energy, Sydney was more of a docile person. She always took orders without questioning and always swallow the blame for what she hadn't done. Surprisingly, I love her just as much as I love Rose.
For me, the highlights of this book are always the talks with Adrian Ivashkov. He was so humorous and sarcastic that I literally burst out laughing whenever he opened his mouth. I never thought I could like him more than Dimitri before I read Bloodlines.
Also unlike in the first VA novel when Rose and Dimitri simply get it on with, the romance in this series was slow. Real slow in fact. Some people may be bothered by this, but not me. When I reached the end of the book, I saw so much potential and promise in this series. I can't wait to read the second book,The Golden Lily.
I never expected this series to be so entertaining and addictive when I first bought Switched. The characters are interesting and the plot twists aren’t as predictable as most in this genre. However, this book is not for everyone. It’s like The Princess Diaries with trolls in it. If you are looking for something lighthearted and fun, this book would be a great choice, but if you’re looking for something darker and more intense, I would suggest The Vampire Academy Series or The Infernal Devices Trilogy.
This book had totally took me by surprise! It was way better than I had expected. Amy Plum has done a terrific job at capturing the stunning beauty and rich settings of Paris. I didn't actually think I would like it, with the title sounding so cheesy and all. I thought it was probably just another Twilight wannabe, but I was wrong. This book is original and exceptional. I was glad to find that the paranormal creatures in this book aren't the usual werewolves, vampires, faeries, demons.........so it was sort of a pleasant surprise.
All the characters are charming and likable. I was completely sucked in within the first half hour. Honestly, Die For Me is so refreshing and entertaining. Anyone who has a thing for paranormal romance will love it! Just give it a go. Don't hesitate!
I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.
I eagerly purchased this audiobook of T. H. White???s complete The Once and Future King, because for a long time Audible only had the individual books available. And I loved the first four books, which begin with the halcyon fantasy of The Sword in the Stone, in which the boy Arthur (???Wart???) is educated by an anachronistic Merlyn. The scenes describing the daily life of a medieval castle during different seasons are vivid and beautiful, while those recounting Wart???s fantastic adventures and transformations into various animals are imaginative, suspenseful, and humorous. White loved and respected flora and fauna (even snakes), and this first book is encyclopedic and fantastic, dense and rich, absorbing and moving.
From the second book, The Queen of Air and Darkness, which opens in the cold north as Queen Morgause boils a black cat alive while her four sons are telling the story of their grandmother???s rape by Arthur???s father, begins the increasingly dark movement of the novel, centered on the tragedy caused by Arthur???s family history and the romantic triangle between himself, Guenevere, and Lancelot (The Ill-Made Knight). In the 2nd through 4th books White most closely follows Malory, though he also moves the era forward from the 11th to the 15th century and empathically imagines how medieval men and women felt and thought with modern psychological insight. At the same time, he writes plenty of joie de vivre, questing and combating knights, and fascinating details about medieval life (food, fashion, feudalism, etc.).
The novel really concludes with the 4th book (The Candle in the Wind) as the last battle between Arthur and Mordred is about to begin, but this audiobook then adds The Book of Merlyn, which may be good for completists, but which I found disappointing, as on the eve of the last battle Merlyn takes his former pupil off for a night of anachronistic political and philosophical debate with Badger and company about why humans wage war and what might be done to prevent it. Apart from Arthur changing into an ant and a goose to experience two different social systems, there is little ???story??? in this last book: too little Arthurian Matter and too much Whiteian Musing.
Jason Neville does a marvelous job reading the long work, effortlessly giving different characters distinctive voices and personalities without over doing it (so that, for example, his female characters sound like human beings rather than like a man imitating ???women???). And his King Pellinore reminds me of John Gielgud.
I recommend this audiobook for anyone interested in the Matter of Britain or philosophical and well-written fantasy.