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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Wither (The Chemical Garden #1)

Title: Wither

Author: Lauren Destefano

Genre: Sci-fi, Young Adult, Romance, Dystopia

Favorite Quote: "Tell freedom I said hello."

By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

                         My Review

So I start reading this book at 10:00 only God knows what complied me to do so because once I start a book I can't put it down until I finish. When I finished it was 3:00 in the morning I had this face on: 

I was swearing up and down that I had found the holy grail of books, I was ready to get the computer out and give this book 5 halos. Luckily I was too tired to give the review at 3 in the morning. When I woke up I was like this: 
I  vowed I would never ever give reviews in themiddle of the night. With that said lets start the review!

Rhine never really had a spark for me. Instead of showing she was a strong brave heroine, she appeared very desperate and very scared....ALL THE TIME. Also she was not very smart her escape plans aren't very well thought out and are hurried she doesn't think: she goes. The romance between her and Gabriel sucked too. The "romance” with her fake husband was better than her and Gabriel. Maybe it was because Gabriel is flatter than a piece of cardboard, he had no depth I almost feel asleep just reading about him.

 My favorite character in this book was Jenna. I wish I could tell you why she attracted me so much: maybe it was her pure undying hatred for her new "husband," Lindon, maybe her observant nature and how she never missed a thing, or maybe it’s her view on the world and what she had to go through to survive in it. You may not feel like I do about this character she’s honesty not that great but there is something about her......  

Out of the many things I dislike about this book there is one thing I like about it: I like the idea of dying at a such a young age. Now adays all you hear is immortality {vampires!} and it refresing to see something new and it makes you ask your self: is escape worth it if you only have so many years left?

Rating: 2 Roses 

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)

Title: Vampire Academy 

Author: Richelle Mead 

Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Paranormal 

Favorite quote: " Do you think I'm pretty?
I think your beautiful
You are so beautiful it hurts sometimes."                    

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. 

                                       My Review:
I have already read this whole series, but in light of The Golden Lily the second book Bloodlines series I decided to reread the whole series: I felt in love all over again!

While I was reading this book I remembered how much I loved Rose! Now in real life Rose would be the beautiful fearless girl that won the hearts of all the boys, while I sat in the back reading my books secretly envying her. Good thing shes not real right? But for real, I would love to have a friend like Rose. she is fiercely loyal and would do anything for her friends no matter the cost.

One thing that some books do is make the main  character seem badass but instead is a whiny weak brat, Luckily Rose did not disappoint, she was badass from beginning to end. Always ready to kick some heads around, very refreshing!Also there is a lot of character development happening in just one book. You see a dramatic change in Rose from older girl to young woman though I kind of wish the book went into more detail about the way Rose acted in the past. It would have made the change more effective.     

Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir is Rose's best friend and the last princess of her line. Lissa does not kick butt like Rose but she is strong in her own way. When I was reading this book I expected myself to only like Rose but Lissa is a like-able developed character with worries and fears. I really like how well Rose and Lissa balance each other out. When Rose is recklees, Lissa is responsible, when Lissa is angry, Rose is calm etc.  
I know this review is draging on and on but let me just say one last thing: I really disliked the term blood whores, Every one in the book uses it but to me it was a very degrading term and rubbed me the wrong way.

I hope you love the book as much I do! 
P.S This is my first book review, so please feel free to leave comments and advice!

Rating: 5 Roses

New Site

Hi everyone! Kat, Nyght, and I have decided to each make our own blogs. My blog my is still going be about book reviews and I will be moving all my posts from the HHEIB site to here. But until I get this site up and running all my reviews will still be here: