Review: Last Sacrifice: A Vampire Academy Novel

Last Sacrifice: A Vampire Academy NovelLast Sacrifice: A Vampire Academy Novel by Richelle Mead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a satisfying ending to a great YA series. It’s hard to talk about Last Sacrifice separately from the rest of the books and keep it spoiler free, but I’ll try.

Last Sacrifice starts right where the last book left off, plunging readers right into the action. There’s a lot of “Lets make plans!” and side-plots, but they all tie together neatly in the end. The cynical side of me would like to say that some events happened too well to be believable, but the 12-year-old-girl side of me says, “AWESOME!”

Although I sped through this book in less than two days, the Lissa sections slowed me down a lot. The sections were often put in the middle of a tense scene somewhere else, and I just wanted to skim through them to get back to where the action was.

I was reminded in this book of how much I like Rose in the whole series. She’s confident, badass (which is an adjective that gets used a lot in this book), has a strong sense of self, gets things done, but most importantly, she’s also flawed. She makes poor decisions, but she learns from them and she faces the consequences like a champ. From the first book to this, Rose is still very Rose, she’s also grown in character and maturity.

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Review: Fevre Dream

Fevre DreamFevre Dream by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fevre Dream is a poignant story about two men learning the value of friendship and trust. Oh, and it has vampires and steamboats.

I’ve read a lot of vampire books these past few years, some good, some bad, and Fevre Dream definitely belongs in the good category. No, there aren’t any sparkling, angsty, vampire love interests. Just blood-thirsty vampires, dilapidated plantations, and a lot of adventures on steamboats.

The story starts off with a steamboat captain who inadvertently agrees to a business partnership with a mysterious man with lots of money and an odd night-time schedule. If I were to just talk about the plot, Fevre Dream would be a pretty mundane vampire book. Luckily, the era and location that the story takes place picks up the slack and makes it a rich, enjoyable read.

I started this book because I’m a fan of George R. R. Martin, but I can see people who haven’t read his fantasy works enjoying this as well. I’ve seen this book categorized as horror and there are some fairly bloody scenes, but nothing that made me afraid to turn off the lights at night.

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Review: Southern Vampire Mysteries 5 & 6

Dead as a Doornail (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 5): I actually don’t remember anything outstanding about this one. Maybe it’s because I just speed-read through this one. Maybe it’s because I’m not as interested in the were-animal storyline. The whole sniper who’s out to get all the shape-shifters was yawn-worthy, and the pirate bar-tender was just too far-fetched. This was one of the weaker books of the series.

Definitely Dead (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 6) introduces readers to Quinn, the were-tiger and probably my least favorite character in the Southern Vampire Mysteries universe. Harris’ description of him doesn’t make him sound attractive at all, so what use is he to readers, right? I’m not a bra-burning feminist by any means, but even I couldn’t help cringing and feeling icky every single time he said “babe.” It wasn’t endearing at all.

Definitely Dead also goes into detail about vampire politics, which while intriguing while reading, only sounds ridiculous in hindsight. Yes, there is a Queen of Louisiana in this book. Starting from this book, I began to feel like there are just too many minor characters to keep track of and it’s unrealistic (yes, even for vampire romance novels) for everyone to be tied through Sookie Stackhouse.