Vampire Review: Spirit Bound Vampire Academy 5

Title: Spirit Bound
Author: Richelle Mead
Finished Reading: February 10
Purchased: Amazon Kindle
★★★★★
Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s-and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him… forever.

As you can probably guess, I loved this book (shocker). I mean, I don’t see how I couldn’t. So much happened in this book compared to the others in the series, not to mention I did not expect anything that happened. 
In order to avoid repetition from the other reviews in this series, I want to talk about what I found different that I liked, because we all know Rose just keeps getting better and better. I was happily surprised at how much I liked Lissa in this book. She was just so whiny and weak in the other books, I knew she was a necessary character but I just couldn’t bring myself to  like her. In this book I felt that her character really stepped it up. She was (not to Rose standards) strong and independent, more so than any other book so far. She actually wanted to help Rose and really just got over her ‘Moroi’ and decided that not just her needs were important.

So I like Adrian, I think he is a great character and fits in perfectly with the book. But, I don’t like him for Rose. I mean come on, no matter what Dimitri is, he will always be the one that stole Rose’s heart. I think Rose does like Adrian, but just not as much. I found that I was getting frustrated because Rose is leading him on and using him when her heart still belongs to Dimitri no matter what kind of person he is, it’s kind of adorable really.

So overall, loved this book, again. I need to start reading the next and last one ASAP but college makes that difficult 😦

xox Cat

Review: The Academy Forgiveness and Permission

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Title: The Academy Forgiveness and Permission
Author: C.L. Stone
Purchased: Amazon Kindle Fire
Date Finished: February 21

Sang Sorenson’s abusive mother is secure in a hospital, and her father has vanished to a new family of his own, leaving Sang and her sister to fend for themselves. Sang is hanging by a thread, and her only hope is a group of boys she feels she barely knows.
She’s never really alone. The Academy team has stepped in, promising to protect and care for Sang. Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North take over, showing Sang they can be depended on for anything. But just because the parents are away, doesn’t mean Sang’s life has become any easier.
The newfound freedom will have a higher price than any of them had imagined.
Principal Hendricks now wants to use Sang to exploit Academy secrets. Mr. McCoy has his own dark plans for her. Enemies are closing in. Sang will need to learn to believe in the boys, and the boys will need to learn to trust her if they want to survive their rivals.
And each other.
The Academy, Relentless Trust

I am just speechless. Honestly, what can I even say about this book? The series, for myself, started off rough and I wasn’t entirely happy with it. But it has been steadily progressing and UGH. I am, as a reader, still in too much darkness to figure anything out and it is so. annoying. I am craving information, I am flying through the books and I haven’t gotten enough yet. 

So as always, the 7:1 ratio still has me dazed. There isn’t too much to discuss about this book that does not include giving away valuable information, and trust me, I had to suffer through it, there will be no spoiler help from me. If you want to know you’ll have to take the same uncomfortable journey I am on.

What I am going to vaguely discuss is the ending, which as is true in all the books in the series, contains the shocking only bit of information you gain. I wish I could say I saw this coming. And I can’t, for my life, decide how I feel about it. It is so… wrong, but at the same time it’s right. I don’t even know how to explain it.


so there ya go.. read this book.. read this series.. hop on this frustrating journey with me..

xox Cat 

Good News!

Hey everyone so I have recently received a great opportunity to write reviews on whatisthatbookabout.com

I am really excited and thankful for this opportunity but I just want to assure any loyal followers I may have that I will still be posting almost regularly on my own blog. It was occur more sparsely until school is over and usually only contain reviews on books that I want to read. There won’t be as many ARC’s or new release books because those will be on what is that book about.

Thanks for being understanding and I hope that when presented with an opportunity you all will take it as well

xox Cat

Late Night Review: The Iron King

Title: The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Purchased: Amazon Kindle Fire
Date Read: March 1

★★★

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.


When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.


But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.


I found this book to be extremely predicable. I was hoping for more of a wow factor.

I hope that wasn’t too disappointing of a statement because as predictable as I found this story I was also intrigued by it. An entire world was crafted alongside the realm that we as humans live in, allowing for a more in depth plot.

I did enjoy the whole evil step mom queen and over bearing father aspect to the book. It was completely unexpected to have her be accepted in to the fairy world as well as be discovered to be powerful. I was not a huge fan of Meg, she was just mehhhh for me. I did like her way of being, if that makes sense, she was a very selfless character, always putting others in front of herself. She was willing to put those she loved above herself and that is a quality that I liked in her character but I just didn’t love her.

I felt that there was too much of summary, too many other species that honestly do not matter. The reader was just bogged down with facts about the realm that were so irrelevant in the first 80% of the book that it was hard to enjoy it.

The story really picked up for me when Ash entered because who doesn’t like a hot ice Fairy?! I think that he is what makes the story interesting (finally). There is another obvious love triangle which I find just redundant.

Anyway, I didn’t dislike this book enough not to try the next one (which I already started reading) I just found this was too realm building based, so I hope the next one is different.

xox Cat

Coming Soon: The Here and Now

Title: The Here and Now

Author: Ann Brashares 
Purchased: ARC Netgalley
Publication Date: April 8, 2014!
★★★

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.
This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. 
Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. 
But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves. 
From Ann Brashares, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking—and a must-read novel of the year.


Let’s start out with the obvious, this is a short book about time travel. I liked it… but I didn’t find it particularly interesting, maybe because I am not a huge fan of time travel books. With that said, I tried to put my differences aside with this genre and  produce unbiased opinion of the book not including the genre.

As I mentioned, the novel was short. I think around 288 pages and that just is seemingly too few words to properly develop characters while writing in the style that Brashares utilizes. I think it was well written and captivating, but not entirely convincing. The relationship between Prenna and Ethan moves too quickly to be believable. Sure, she tells us that they have been friends for a while, but one scene during school isn’t going to prove that to me. And if we as readers couldn’t understand their friendship, what makes a romance any easier?!
Something else that I was not pleased with was the way in which information was presented for the reader, aka it was not. I felt that a lot of things happening in the story just… happened. They were random and could not have been predicted, in a bad way. They weren’t surprises, they were confusing. Like, really. The person who was supposed to be the ‘bad guy’ didn’t even know he was doing anything wrong.
So yeah, that’s my unbiased review, but maybe, if you are into this sort of thing, short time travel novels, you’ll enjoy it more than I did. So get ready because it comes out in five days!
xox Cat

Review: The Academy Friends vs. Family

Title: The Academy Friends vs. Family
Author: C.L. Stone
Purchased: Amazon Kindle Fire
Date Read: February 20
★!!!!


Sang Sorenson is forced to suffer through another of her mother’s extreme punishments. It almost kills her. The Academy boys vow it will be the last. They’re determined to keep Sang safe, especially from her own family. 
Their solution: complete invasion of her life.
Kota, Luke, Silas, Nathan, Victor, Gabriel and North do everything within their power to show Sang what true loyalty means. It takes more than blood to make a family and they want Sang in theirs.
In this third book of The Academy series Sang experiences a taste of freedom and what it’s like to truly be cared for…to be wanted. Sang learns a bit more about the boys’ broken families and the boys discover more than they could ever have bargained for about Sang’s. The Academy was the answer to their problems. Could it be hers?
Sang’s actions will force her mother to reveal a startling truth. A truth that will change Sang’s life and the boys’ lives in unpredictable ways. Forever.
The Academy, Allegiance


I can’t even. I just completed this book in 3 hours. I have not moved in order to finish this book and I am still left on the same edge of the cliff the first book deposited me on. I feel like the more secrets I learn as a reader, the more things I realize that I don’t know. I am not sure if Stone laced the words with a drug, but I am addicted.

With all the boys surrounding Sang, I can’t tell if I am uncomfortable or overwhelmed or in love. I guess my feelings mimic hers in a way. For one thing, I enjoy that all the boys like her, but I can sometimes pinpoint those who don’t have as high of a chance that some of the others have. While I do like that they all have feelings for her, I really craved in this book for Stone to make some uninterested. It did not happen, they are all head over heels for her, but I am getting to be slightly exhausted with seven men dotting on her, and all giving affection. I know if I was her I would be sick of it.

My main four contenders are Victor, Silas, North and Kota, though I have been team Silas since book one and I can also see why she would end up with someone else. Kota’s feelings for her really started to develop in this book, when in the other books I felt he acted more as a brother. 

The only aspect that I do not enjoy is being kept in the dark, I am beyond frustrated because I do not know many things and I cannot guess or assume any of them. This is kind of a hypocritical thing for me to mention since usually I complain that it is too predictable. I am not asking for everything revealed, but really, throw a dog a bone once in a while.

Once again, the big plot twist of the book happens at the end. I do not want to give it away, but, I did not see it coming. It really changes everything and you guessed it, m0re excited to read the next book. I just have  to know what happens it’s actually painful to do anything but read this series. 

xox Cat