Review: Soundless by Richelle Mead

3rd Feb 2016 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2016, Reviews, Reviews by Rubi

Review: Soundless by Richelle MeadSoundless by Richelle Mead
Published by Razorbill
Pub Date: November 10th 2015
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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3.5 Stars

In a village without sound…

For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom. 

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.

One girl hears a call to action…

Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.

She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…

And unlocks a power that will save her people.

Soundless has such a unique concept! It’s set in a Chinese village of 300 residents that sits on the top of a mountain. The conditions of the mountain are less than ideal for farming/gardening and the residents of this village have all tragically lost the ability to hear many decades ago. Being deaf prevents them from descending the mountain because they would never hear avalanches. Luckily, there are mines and the villagers have been able to trade the metals from these mines for food and supplies from the village below via a zip line. As if being deaf was not bad enough, some of the villagers have now begun to lose their sight, which is an obvious must-have for mining. With the amount of metals declining, so has the amount of food, but Fei has miraculously gained her sense of hearing. *cue gasp* Something has to be done before everyone in her village dies of starvation and as the only person able to hear, Fei knows it’s all up to her…. no pressure! hehe

I’ve been wanting to read a Richelle Mead book for ages, but with the Bloodlines and Vampire Academy series both being 6 books I kept putting her off til later. When I saw she finally had a standalone being released I was super excited to check out her writing style and see what all the buzz was about. Although Soundless is not what most would consider a “page turner”, Mead had a way of ending each chapter in such a way that makes you want to read at least the first paragraph in the next chapter just to see what the heck happens next! I quickly realized why she has so many fans.

A fantasy novel that is not only a standalone, but less than 300 pages long? Of course there’s a possibility of pulling that off, but it was done so much better than I thought was possible! Being less than 300 pages did not hinder the world building at all. Richelle did a great job at explaining the history of the village and the reason for why things are the way they are. Although there is no verbal dialog between the characters, they communicate through sign language and Mead made it all flow perfectly. I could vividly imagine the scenes as they were playing out and walked away from Soundless like I had just experienced something magical!

One of my favorite things about this story was the bond between Fei and her older sister, Zhang Jing, because it was something I could totally relate to. I have a sister named Carmen, who I’ve talked about in reviews before, that is my other half, my partner in crime, (for all my fellow Grey’s Anatomy lovers) my person. Although she’s older than me by 2 years, we share a super close bond and I’ve always felt the need to protect her. The way that Fei is willing to do anything for Zhang Jing really gave me all of the feels!

Lately, I’ve been falling for the losing end of love triangles so I was really glad that the “love triangle” (if you can even call it that) in Soundless was super minor and lasts a whole 3.5 seconds!  So if love triangles or insta-love aren’t your thing, you have nothing to worry about here. :)

Halfway through the book I thought there was just no way it could all be wrapped up by the final page, but Richelle Mead pulled it off and really gave Soundless a great conclusion. My reason for this book not scoring higher is because I lacked a greater connection to the characters. Sure, I wanted them to succeed, but when the story was over I wasn’t left wanting more from them. You know those books/characters that will stay on your mind for days/weeks/months long after you’ve put them back on your shelf? Well, this one didn’t do that for me. When I was done, I was simply ready for the next one.

This year I’ve decided to keep track  of the characters I live through and all of the places they take me to. Starting off 2016 as a young talented artist who lives on a mountain top in China and helps save my village is really a great way to kick things off!

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

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Review: Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

24th Jun 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle MeadGameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead
Series: Age of X #1
Published by Dutton Adult
Pub Date: June 4th 2013
Pages: 448
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Dystopian
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5 Stars

In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.

 

Aside from the fact that this book was an insta-buy for me, I mean, it is Richelle Mead after all, I did not have any expectations going in. I knew Gameboard of the Gods would be different than both her adult and young adult books just from the synopsis, and I was totally game for that. One thing I did find similar to her other works were the characters. Richelle Mead has this way of writing them where they are not your typical cookie-cutter personalities. They are flawed and complicated and always find a way to my heart. Even the secondary characters, being so well fleshed out, leave lasting impressions on me.

Justin March is soooo not your typical hero. If we hadn’t been able to know what was going through his head half the time, I’m pretty positive I would’ve disliked him. He is self-serving, he drinks, he smokes, he loves his drugs…but he’s a genius! And he’s charming and really good looking and so very interesting and complicated, which is why I was all about him. Mae isn’t your perfect heroine either. She’s kick-ass! But she has her own set of issues. She has a real problem with control. Also, she comes off really frigid, but really she has a really big heart.

As for the romance in this book, it’s not the typical guy and gal fall in love scenario. There’s romantic aspects, there’s DEFINITELY steamy moments, lots of sexual tension, and some sex. But sex between Justin and Mae? Not after their first encounter! They have reasons though! Especially Justin. These reasons made for all that sexual tension and also made a great setup for the future books.

The world-building in Gameboard of the Gods felt like a bigger undertaking that Richelle Mead’s other books. Everything in the RUNA sounded really interesting because a lot of things are futuristic, but I loved that not too much was changed. It was really interesting to see a world where religion and worshiping Gods is kept on a leash. That is where the supernatural aspects come in. These Gods NEED people to worship them to exist, so they find just the right people to “appear” to and they start movements for them. Justin’s job is actually to make sure these groups are following the rules and don’t get too big or too crazy. The RUNA doesn’t want a religious uprise of course! There’s definitely a lot to this world Richelle Mead has created, and it’s not really fast-paced. I found it a steady and absorbing read.

Gameboard of the Gods is definitely a great beginning to what I’m sure is to be an epic series. Richelle Mead knows her stuff, y’all!

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About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

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Review: Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead

8th Dec 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Shadow Heir by Richelle MeadShadow Heir by Richelle Mead
Series: Dark Swan #4
Published by Zebra
Pub Date: December 27th 2011
Pages: 390
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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4 Stars

#1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead returns to the Otherworld, a mystic land inextricably linked to our own – and balanced precariously on one woman's desperate courage…

Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham strives to keep the mortal realm safe from trespassing entities. But as the Thorn Land's prophecy-haunted queen, there's no refuge for her and her soon-to-be-born-children when a mysterious blight begins to devastate the Otherworld…

The spell-driven source of the blight isn't the only challenge to Eugenie's instincts. Fairy king Dorian is sacrificing everything to help, but Eugenie can't trust the synergy drawing them back together. The uneasy truce between her and her shape shifter ex-lover Kiyo is endangered by secrets he can't – or won't – reveal. And as a formidable force rises to also threaten the human world, Eugenie must use her own cursed fate as a weapon – and risk the ultimate sacrifice.

Shadow Heir picks up a few months after the ending of Iron Crowned. I was relieved to see that pregnancy hadn’t changed Eugenie’s sarcastic personality.

One of my biggest issues with Eugenie from past books is how she goes back and forth between Kiyo and Dorian. She fights and breaks up with Kiyo and goes to Dorian. She fights and breaks up with Dorian and goes to Kiyo. I wanted her to make up her mind! Or at least not go between the two so easily. Thankfully, after Kiyo’s reaction at the end of Iron Crowned, we no longer have to worry about him being a love interest…but my biggest concern was, would Dorian and Eugenie ever work things out and finally be together for good?

There were so many things that happened in this book. I thought the book would mostly center on Eugenie’s pregnancy and children, and a lot of it did, but there was also a last big quest; one that involves having to work with certain enemies. It always amazes me how many new elements and characters Richelle Mead can put into one book and not make it seem like anything important was left out.

I always love to read about Dorian, because…well, because he’s Dorian! He’s sexy, charming, deadly, and there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for Eugenie. The problem has always been whether Dorian loves Eugenie or his ambition more. I, for one, have always believed in Dorian, and in this book, he proves to be everything I knew he was and more. I also hate Kiyo with the same passion I love Dorian. The more Kiyo tries to be “reasonable” or a team-player (for the greater good, and all that jazz), the more I wanted to kick his ass. Him and Meiwenn both!! Oh, how I hate her too!!

Richelle Mead also throws some huge curveballs that I certainly did not see coming! HUGE! You may think you know how this will all play out, but let me tell you…I was not prepared. And let me also tell you that right after finishing the last paragraph, I threw the book across the room. I was SO upset! It took me a few minutes of fuming over it, some venting on Twitter, and a reread of the last two chapters after I’d calmed down, to finally appreciate the ending. I wish this one thing would have been different, but I understand why Eugenie does it.

The ending is the definition of bittersweet. I am really sad that it has come to an end. Though, Richelle Mead leaves it open-ended enough for us to imagine the future of these characters, however ideal we wish to make that future, and I know in my mind everyone lives happily ever after together.

Also! I wouldn’t be opposed to a spin-off YA series featuring the twins…just saying. :)

 

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

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Review: Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead

29th Aug 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Succubus Revealed by Richelle MeadSuccubus Revealed by Richelle Mead
Series: Georgina Kincaid #6
Published by Kensington
Pub Date: August 30th 2011
Pages: 277
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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5 Stars

In Georgina Kincaid, succubus and she-demon, #1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead has created one of her most enticing characters. But with a shot at love, and maybe even redemption, is the ultimate seductress finally going soft? Like hell she is...

Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina's boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can't just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she's being forced to transfer operations...to Las Vegas.

The City of Sin is a dream gig for a succubus, but Georgina's allies are suspicious. Why are the powers-that-be so eager to get her away from Seattle and from Seth? Georgina is one of Hell's most valuable assets, but if there's any way out of the succubus business she plans to take it, no matter how much roadkill she leaves behind. She just hopes the casualties won't include the one man she's risking everything for...

It’s here. Succubus Revealed, the last book in one of my all-time favorite series has come…and gone. My love affair with it began last year, when I read the first four books in a span of a ten days. I couldn’t believe how these books affected me SO much! I was devastated after book three and the fourth one was just as heartbreaking. Waiting for the fifth book was agony, but once it arrived and I read it, hope for that happy ending was rekindled.

If you’ve read them, that whole paragraph has made sense to you. If you haven’t, I’m sorry…and you should really move them up your TBR pile. I guarantee that they will shatter your expectations. This isn’t your typical Urban-Fantasy story. It’s deep! It’s about love and hope, and the way Richelle Mead tells it is bound to leave an impression on you. It did for me. I love this series more than Vampire Academy and the Dark Swan series! But anyway, lets get to it.

Finally discovering the truth behind the mystery surrounding Georgina and Seth’s connection was the number one thing I was looking forward to in this book. The events in the other books in the series have all led up to it. And, oh, I loved seeing even the smallest ones come into play. View Spoiler »

 

SO! Let the spoiler-fest begin!

 

Ever since I started reading about Georgina’s past personas and the men she loved in that particular time, I began to suspect they were Seth. I suspected it was her Kyriakos, the husband she cheated on and sold her soul for all those centuries ago, reborn over and over, always finding each other, never meant to be together. Well, my suspicions were certainly validated when they turned out to be right. I actually bounced off the bed and did a little dance while yelling, “Yes! Yes! I knew it! I freaking knew it!!” However, my giddiness was short lived. My heart broke for both Seth and Georgina when they discovered the truth about Seth. He had to relive all the hurt she caused him in all of his past lives, especially the first one, and she had to watch him suffer through it again. After the fourth or fifth book, I had also began to suspect it had been a deal he had made with Hell. The details of it, I could not have even began to guess. They made my heart ache for Seth.

One thing I did not see coming was that Roman would turn out to be the hero in this story. I mean…what a sacrifice he made for Georgina! To be able to giver her happiness and freedom was so selfless, but I guess being able to stick it to Hell was for just for him. If Richelle Mead ever wanted to write a spin-off of this series, it should be about Roman. Although, we don’t really know how it ended for him. He may not be available for a spin-off, which leaves me very sad, but since there was no definitive answer to his fate, I’m keeping my hopes up that he’s alive and well somewhere.

Another thing I will miss about this series besides Georgina and Seth? The gang. Hugh (who was also a hero in this book), Peter, Cody, Jerome (I loved his bitchy, no-nonsense attitude), and last but certainly not least, Carter. Where will I find another group of immortals that will make me laugh as you did, guys?! There’s no other like you. [SAD face] The Unholy Rollers will forever live in my heart.

And speaking of Carter…that scene where he goes sees the Mortensens as Santa was one of the best moments in this series. I laughed while crying because I was so touched by him. It’s easy to forget he’s an angel, what with his grungy appearance and love for alcohol and cigarettes, but that moment really made him shine. I just loved it.

 

END OF SPOILERS! Promise. :)

 

The end of the book is perfect. I can assure you I’ll reread it many, many times with a huge smile on my face. I just couldn’t be happier with how it all ended. If you’re worried it will let you down, don’t be. I just don’t know any other way to put it, I loved it.

 

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel

10th Aug 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel

Waiting on Wednesday: Vampire Academy: The Graphic NovelVampire Academy: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel #1
Published by Razorbill
Pub Date: August 23rd 2011
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After two years on the run, best friends Rose and Lissa are caught and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a private high school for vampires and half-bloods. It’s filled with intrigue, danger—and even romance.

Enter their dark, fascinating world through a new series of 144-page full-color graphic novels. The entire first Vampire Academy novel has been adapted for book one by Leigh Dragoon and overseen by Richelle Mead, while the beautiful art of acclaimed British illustrator Emma Vieceli brings the story to life.

 

From the teasers I’ve seen on twitter, this is coming along beautifully!! I can’t wait to see it in my hands!

 

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

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Giveaway! ARC of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

8th Aug 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Giveaways

Giveaway! ARC of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Giveaway! ARC of Bloodlines by Richelle MeadBloodlines by Richelle Mead
Published by Razorbill
Pub Date: August 23rd 2011
Pages: 421
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
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I wasn't free of my past, not yet.

Sydney's blood is special. That's because she's an alchemist - one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside - and within - the school grounds. Now that they're in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

 

Since I’ve read and reviewed (click HERE to read my review!) this book, I thought I’d give it away to one of my followers!

 

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About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

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Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

7th Jul 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Bloodlines by Richelle MeadBloodlines by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #1
Published by Razorbill
Pub Date: August 23rd 2011
Pages: 421
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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4 Stars

The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy.

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.

First thing’s first: Adrian Ivashkov…will you marry me? Once you get your life together, of course. Yes? Great! :D

I’ve always loved Adrian and his humor. Admittedly, I was always Team Dimitri when it came to Rose, but that didn’t mean I didn’t love Adrian and all of his charms. Experiencing him through someone else’s eyes was actually really nice. You get to consider him in a different light. He is still dealing with what happened with Rose, but being in Palm Springs with the rest of this group is helping him get over it faster.

I really enjoyed Sydney as a narrator. She isn’t as brash as Rose is sometimes, which could become annoying, especially after six books. I mean, I love Rose…but sometimes I wanted to smack her! LOL Well, Sydney is more…tame. Her courage is quiet. She is totally book smart, genius even, but could definitely use some more practice in socializing with her peers. Overall, she was really likable and even endearing at times. She is also just as funny as Adrian. I laughed out loud SO many times during this book, mostly because of Adrian, but Sydney definitely held her own when it came to him. Sidenote: her dad is jerk. Just had to say it.

I also really liked seeing Eddie and Jill; Eddie especially because I’ve always felt bad that he got into so much trouble in VA. He’s really an awesome guy and a great Guardian. What I like about Jill is that she’s always been a fighter, ever since we met her in VA and was being taught by Christian on how to use her magic to fight. So she doesn’t really act defenseless or scared, even though she’s the one everyone’s protecting.

I found it so amusing that this group has to act like they’re brothers and sisters because of the school they’re enrolled in: Adrian, Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Keith (another Alchemist, one you won’t like from the start). I’m really interested to see how complicated it will get once the romances really start happening.

If I’ve learned anything from reading Richelle Mead’s books is to not trust anyone! I seriously doubt every new character that’s introduced. Guilty until proven innocent. If you haven’t adapted to this school of thought when it comes to her books, you’re braver than I am. In Bloodlines, there are a few potential “bad guys.” I really loved the mini-mystery in Bloodlines that will no doubt play a role in the big picture of the series as a whole.

And yes, ok…fine, I’ll tell you: We do have a guest appearance by Rose and a glimpse of Dimitri. But that’s it…this one’s not about them, we knew that.

If you are a fan of Vampire Academy and are not expecting this to be a “Rose & Dimitri: Part Deux,” but rather you look forward to it because you enjoy Richelle Mead’s skills at creating awesome characters and stories, then you’ll enjoy Bloodlines. I should also mention that if you haven’t read VA, I don’t believe you’d be lost reading this book. It does talk about different events that happened during the series though, so it will spoil it for you. I wouldn’t suggest reading this one first if you’re planning on reading VA at some point, but if you’re ok with spoilers then go for it! Did I mention Bloodlines ends with one of the best sentences ever? Because it does! And now I’m dying to have The Golden Lily in my hands!

 

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

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Teaser Tuesday: Bloodlines

5th Jul 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: Bloodlines

Teaser Tuesday: BloodlinesBloodlines by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #1
Published by Razorbill
Pub Date: August 23rd 2011
Pages: 421
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
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Blood doesn't lie...

Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty - a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning..

 

“Takes a lot of tries before you hit perfection.” He paused to reconsider that. “Well, except for my parents. They got it on the first try.”

I couldn’t help a smile. After watching Adrian’s moods oscillate so wildly in the last couple weeks, it was nice to see them on the upswing.

 

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide

30th Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide

Waiting on Wednesday: Vampire Academy: The Ultimate GuideVampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide by Michelle Rowen, Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #0
Published by Razorbill
Pub Date: December 22nd 2011
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The official guide to the #1 international bestselling Vampire Academy series

Sink your teeth into the perfect holiday gift and must-have collector's item for every fan of Richelle Mead's totally addicting Vampire Academy series.

Discover the history of St. Vladimir's Academy, explore the dark psychology behind Rose and Lissa's spirit bond, and find out even more illicit secrets about Moroi society. This ultimate guide will feature everything readers want and need to go even deeper into the world of Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, and Last Sacrifice . . . every heartache, every betrayal, every sacrifice, and so much more!

What do you get an ultimate Vampire Academy fan, like myself? The Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide, of course!! :D That’s really all I need to say about this, LOL. So if you’re a fan, go out and get this! I actually like these guides. I have one for the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (that one is MASSIVE!) and for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. What are you waiting on?? Do tell! :)

 

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

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Richelle Mead’s DARK SWAN Graphic Novel Series Debuts!

22nd Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Press Releases

Dark Swan Storm Born Vol 1I received the most exciting announcement today! The Storm Born Graphic Novel will be released May 18th!! Below is the official press release, given by Sea Lion Books. Also, go to the Sea Lion Books Forum where they will be uploading free things for fans like mini posters and desktop wallpapers!

ATLANTA, GA – March 22, 2011– In the novel Storm Born, first in the popular Dark Swan urban fantasy series, Richelle Mead—New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Vampire Academy and the Georgia Kincaid Series—introduced fans of paranormal romance to Eugenie Markham, a freelance shaman who battles the ghosts and fey that sneak into our world from the Otherworld.

Today, Sea Lion Books is proud to announce scripter Grant Alter and artist Dave Hamann as the multitalented creative team behind the graphic novel adaptation of Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan: Storm Born. When an alarming prophecy suddenly makes her every Otherwordly creature’s object of desire, Eugenie must dodge their advances while also fighting a dark power rising within her.

Grant Alter was the co-writer (with Derek Ruiz) on Dean Koontz’ Fear Nothing, a graphic novel adaptation by the New York Times bestselling author. His other scripting projects include an adaptation of the Jim Butcher short story “Restoration of Faith,” which appeared in the graphic novel Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Storm Front.

“Richelle has written a book with a really nice mix of action, romance, the otherworldly, and even a good amount of humor,” Alters said. “It’s just a fun book to read. The quality of her work pushes me to write what I think are some of the best scripts I have ever written.”

Graphic artist Dave Hamann’s projects include Amory Wars for Evil Ink Comics, Gauze for Arcana Comics, and Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales. As a fan of the Dark Swan series, he wants to remain faithful to Mead’s story, and to her lead character, Eugenie. “I’m hard-pressed to think of too many urban comics starring a strong, butt-kicking, female shamanic mercenary.”

“Grant and Dave have done a really amazing job in capturing Eugenie’s story. It’s been wonderful working with them, and I can’t wait to see what fans think of the final product. I hope they love it as much as I do,” said Richelle Mead.

Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 1 will be released May 18th in comic book stores nationwide. Comic book stores can be found by going to the Comic Book Shop Locator: http://www.comicshoplocator.com/or by calling 1-888-COMIC-BOOK.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Her adult series are published by Kensington Books. The Georgina Kincaid Series (Succubus Blues, Succubus on Top, Succubus Dreams, and Succubus Heat), Dark Swan Series (Storm Born and Thorn Queen) and YA series, Vampire Academy, (Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, and Spirit Bound). You can visit Richelle Mead on the Internet at http://www.richellemead.com/

ABOUT SEA LION BOOKS: Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Sea Lion Books LLC is a newly established publishing house which specializes in all formats—hardcover, trade paperback, and mass market and in urban fantasy and young adult genres. Sea Lion Books LLC recent roster of authors include: International Bestselling author, Paulo Coelho, New York Times Bestselling authors, Richelle Mead and Richard A. Knaak plus more to be announced in the upcoming months. Contact David Dabel at 770-696-3452 or [email protected] . You can visit Sea Lion Books on the Internet at http://www.sealionbooks.com/

Check out this DELICIOUS image of *MY* Dorian and Eugenie. I have this print, and let me tell you..it’s gorgeous on paper!

Dark Swan Eugenie and Dorian

 

 

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Succubus Revealed

2nd Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Succubus Revealed

Waiting on Wednesday: Succubus RevealedSuccubus Revealed by Richelle Mead
Series: Georgina Kincaid #6
Published by Kensington
Pub Date: August 30th 2011
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In Georgina Kincaid, succubus and she-demon, #1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead has created one of her most enticing characters. But with a shot at love, and maybe even redemption, is the ultimate seductress finally going soft? Like hell she is...

Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina's boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can't just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she's being forced to transfer operations...to Las Vegas.

The City of Sin is a dream gig for a succubus, but Georgina's allies are suspicious. Why are the powers-that-be so eager to get her away from Seattle—and from Seth? Georgina is one of Hell's most valuable assets, but if there's any way out of the succubus business she plans to take it—no matter how much roadkill she leaves behind. She just hopes the casualties won't include the one man she's risking everything for...

Oh, Georgina, I cannot wait to see what ridiculousness ensues in this final Succubus novel. I mean that in a good way!! This series has some of the most hilarious group of side characters!

And Seth…Seth, oh Seth. I love you. Please marry me!!!

This series is one of my most favorites…..EVER!!! If you have not read these books PLEASE pick them up!! This is the sixth and final book in the series.

 

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

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Review: Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead

27th Feb 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Iron Crowned by Richelle MeadIron Crowned by Richelle Mead
Series: Dark Swan #3
Published by Zebra
Pub Date: March 1st 2011
Pages: 375
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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4 Stars

New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead takes readers back to the Otherworld, an embattled realm mystically entwined with our world--and ruled by one woman's dangerous choice...

Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham is the best at banishing entities trespassing in the mortal realm. But as the Thorn Land's queen, she's fast running out of ways to end the brutal war devastating her kingdom. Her only hope: the Iron Crown, a legendary object even the most powerful gentry fear...

Who Eugenie can trust is the hardest part. Fairy king Dorian has his own agenda for aiding her search. And Kiyo, her shape-shifter ex-boyfriend, has every reason to betray her along the way. To control the Crown's ever-consuming powers, Eugenie will have to confront an unimaginable temptation--one that will put her soul and the fate of two worlds in mortal peril...

First thing first — I loooove Richelle Mead!!! Ok, on to my thoughts on Iron Crowned.

I make no secret of my preference to Dorian over Eugenie’s former man, Kiyo, but it’s really hard to pick between them, for similar reasons. See, the problem with both of Eugenie’s love interests is that they both have their own agendas, and even though they both really love her, it’s never enough to keep them from hurting her. Dorian craves power, he’s made no secret of it. He believes in “the means will justify the end” and it’s going to bite him in the butt. Then we have Kiyo, who in the last book was not able to properly stand by Eugenie’s side and avenge what was done to her, all for “the greater good”. At this point, neither of them deserve her and they both need to treat her better.

I was glad to see Jasmine, Eugenie’s half-sister, finally start to come around. I was also pleasantly surprised at 2 relationship developments between some of the side characters! Particularly the one couple in the human world, that one had me laughing because they are so adorable together.

I’m beginning to think that nobody writes more painful break-ups than Richelle Mead. Her break-ups are SO brutal!!! And not just in this series, in Georgina’s and Vampire Academy as well! This book has its share of heartbreak, but none was as shocking as the one toward the end. I never expected that reaction out of Kiyo!! I was also surprised at Dorian’s reaction in the middle of the book. I knew he’d be angry, but I didn’t think he’d act like Eugenie had meant nothing to him. Again, both hurting her. But regardless of that, I really do hope, after Dorian’s declaration in the end of the book, that Eugenie and Dorian end up happily together in the next (final?) book.

As for things not having to do with my precious Dorian, the impending war and such, I was glad the Rowan Queen got what she deserved. Now, with the new developments at the end of the book, I’m really wondering how it will play out, and also how we’ll know of an outcome that is years into the future.

This is probably my favorite book in this series so far. I will anxiously await a whole year :( for the next one!!

 

 

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

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Music Monday: Succubus Heat + Running Up That Hill

21st Feb 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Music Monday, Tunes for Books

Music Monday: Succubus Heat + Running Up That Hill

Music Monday: Succubus Heat + Running Up That HillSuccubus Heat by Richelle Mead
Series: Georgina Kincaid #4
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Georgina Kincaid has been a bad, bad succubus...

...which should be a good thing. But lately, thanks to her foul mood over breaking up with bestselling writer Seth Mortensen, she's been so wicked that Seattle's über-demon Jerome, decides to "outsource" Georgina to a rival-and have her spy for him in the process.

Being exiled to the frozen north-okay, Vancouver-and leaving Seth in the cozy clutches of his new girlfriend is unpleasant enough. Then Jerome is kidnapped, and all immortals under his control mysteriously lose their powers. One bright spot: with her life-sucking ability gone, there's nothing to keep Georgina from getting down and dirty with Seth-nothing apart from his girlfriend that is. Now, as the supernatural population starts turning on itself, a newly mortal Georgina must rescue her boss and figure out who's been playing them-or all hell will break loose...

Music Monday is a feature where I post a video of a song that reminds me of something or someone I’ve read…anything that relates to it in my mind.

What songs remind you of certain books or character?? Create a post and leave the link or just tell me about them in the comments. I’d love to know!!

I read this series last year, all four books that were out at the time, in one week. Suffice it to say I loved these characters so much, I loved Georgina and Seth so much, I was devastated when I finished Succubus Heat. Succubus Dreams and Succubus Heat left me so sad for this couple that I couldn’t read anything else for about a week! I just couldn’t stop thinking about them!! Richelle Mead knows how to break your heart…

In Succubus Heat, Seth, who is a novelist, has given Georgina, who is probably his biggest fan, an ARC of All Fools Night, the latest in Seth’s popular Cady & O’Neill book series. He opens all his books with a quote or a poem but this time he opened with lyrics from a song. The lyrics are “And if I only could, I’d make a deal with God, And I’d get him to swap our places.” from Running Up That Hill(p. 100). Those lyrics express exactly what Seth would do for Georgina if he could! Seth and Georgina go into detail about the meaning behind them on page 267, but I don’t want to give away too much. You need to read this series NOW!

To me, this cover by Placebo of Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill is SO much better than the original. It’s so haunting! I completely fell in love with it from the first listen. I’m posting both, the original and the cover. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. :)

 

 

 

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

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