Read + Reviewed is a series of blog posts featuring 2 or 3 books I’ve read alongwith a mini-book review from yours truly! 🙂 (Find more book reviews at Book Reviews A-Z!)
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
The plot is very interesting but I felt like Rose keeps going off on tangents in order to explain “basic knowledge” on Dhampirs and Moroi. This information is important of-course but all the same, I would have prefered if this knowledge was better integrated into the story. Rose’s dedication to Lissa appeared really impressive to me. I was especially curious about the dynamics of their “bond” and the relationships between the Moroi and Dhampirs. I just really loved the main characters, Vasilisa Dragomir and Rose Hathaway and their personality complements each other.
Rating: 4 Stars
Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer
Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.
But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.
The book is suspenseful and exciting. The reader is often left to connect the dots using the hints provided. The story is pretty fast-paced and even during moments where the character is re-capping events to others, the story is still moving forward. Julep Dupree is a multi-faceted character and its a rewarding experience to get to understand/know her better.
Rating: 5 stars