Bookish Related Stuff {2}

Apparently every time I decide on making a random bookish related post, it’s when I’m bored. Ahem. I should be writing my reviews for the books I’ve recently read, but it’s Sunday so I’m just taking a chill pill right now. Woot. But I have realized I haven’t been posting much this past week and I apologize! I’ve been reading a lot of books that are part of a series and I decided on writing reviews for the series as a whole instead of each individual book. Don’t hate me! It’s just that 12 reviews in a row are a bit much for me, and I wouldn’t know what to say for every single one. But anyways, I hope everyone’s been reading awesome books, because I have! I have so much to share with everyone, like the books I’ve read, the giveaways on the blog, what books that are releasing soon, and more!

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So speaking of the books I’ve read recently, the latest book I read was Lost and Found by Nicole Williams and OH MY GOD it was incredible! It just became one of the best books I’ve read this year, and I’ll be writing my review for that soon. Its sequel, Near and Far, has JUST been released and let me tell you, I am unbelievably excited to read it! Nicole Williams is a fave, and I’m willing to read anything by her. I definitely recommend her other series Crash for contemporary romance lovers!

Lost and Found by Nicole WilliamsNear and Far by Nicole Williams

I’ve also finished 2 ongoing adult paranormal series, and they are just the best. The Psy-Changeling series is the one with 12 books (and counting) and holy cow, each book just keeps getting better and better. I’ll be posting my review of that series soon, along with my review of the Charley Davidson series, which is one of the most hilarious, fun and badass series I’ve ever read. Charley is one of my favorite heroines/narrators, with her wit and sarcasm making me laugh so many times I lost count. Heart of Obsidian is the latest book from the Psy-Changeling series (and I loved it so SO MUCH) and Fifth Grave Past the Light is the latest from the Charley Davidson series, and both were just fabulous and I’m so glad that neither series is ending soon! I also finished reading Abbi Glines’s Twisted Perfection and Forever Too Far, and while Twisted Perfection was a bit of a disappointment for me, I did enjoy Forever Too Far. If you’re looking for light-hearted romances, then you really should check out Abbi Glines.

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini SinghFifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda JonesTwisted Perfection by Abbi GlinesForever Too Far by Abbi Glines

I have a giveaway that’s going on right now, the Summer of Love Blog Giveaway Hop, and a bunch of some of my favorite books are up for grabs, like The Sea of Tranquility, Dare You To, Slammed, and Walking Disaster. So make sure to enter because it ends tomorrow! I’ll also be participating in another giveaway, the Summer Giveaway Hop, which starts August 1st, and end August 7th, so be on the lookout for that!

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Holy heckaroo, Richelle Mead, author of the incredible Vampire Academy series and its spinoff the Bloodlines series gave us a scene from Vampire Academy from Dimitri’s POV!!! I love Dimitri. Like LOVE him. He’s one of my all time favorite book boyfriends ever, and he recently won the YA Crush Tourney over at The YA Sisterhood. Since he won, Richelle gave us the scene when he first meets Rose (the main character) and OMG it’s awesome. Read it here!

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Tammara Webber, author of one of my all time favorite books ever, Easy, wrote this on her Facebook (click to enlarge) and OH GOSH YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW EXCITED AND HAPPY I AM. When I found out that she was going to write Easy from Lucas’s POV, I freaked. And immediately told Shirley (since she also read it) so we could freak out together. If you haven’t read Easy, then you should! It’s absolutely fantastic, a total 5 star read for me, and I highly recommend it!

Easy by Tammara WebberWhen Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex’s frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night – but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

There are quite a few new books that will be released on the July 30th, but besides Near and Far, which has been released early, I’m just dying to read Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews (the Kate Daniels series is one of my favorites, so of course I’d be excited for the next book!) and The Redemption of Callie & Kayden (whose previous book, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden, ended on the craziest cliffhanger ever).

Magic Rises by Ilona AndrewsThe Redemption of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorenson

And, of course, I can’t end this post without sharing the books I’d give my firstborn child to be released like, tomorrow!

Crash Into You by Katie McGarryAllegiant by Veronica Rothchampion.inddFangirl by Rainbow RowellUntold by Sarah Rees BrennanThe Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

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Review: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

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The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #3 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: February 12th 2013
Purchase: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback

Sydney Sage is 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.

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.

Hey guys! Shirley here.

I was first introduced to Richelle Mead by her series Vampire Academy (which I gladly take the credit of introducing Lacey to). I absolutely fell in love with her writing, so when I heard that she was creating a spin-off series, I was literally ecstatic. The first book is called Bloodlines, and the Indigo Spell is the 3rd book of the series.

Without spoiling anything, I just want to put it out there that I freaking loved Adrian in this book SO SO MUCH OMG HE IS SO PERFECT WHY CAN’T I BE SYDNEY I DON’T UNDERSTAND.

But I’d recommend you guys reading the Vampire Academy series first, because not only is it amazing, but you’ll have slightly better insight and background information on what’s going on in this series. But honestly this is one of the vampire series that I actually love. It’s far better than Twilight if I do say so myself, and it’s so much more interesting too. I love that Sydney became more accepting to magic and actually began to go against what she has always been taught. And obviously I was literally speechless and swooning so much whenever Adrian came to the scene because HE’S JUST SO PERFECT. OF COURSE THE ENDING JUST KILLED ME. Without spoiling too much, I JUST HATE THE ENDING WHY DID THAT HAVE TO HAPPEN EVERYTHING WAS TURNING OUT SO SO WELL.

I’m sorry I suck at reviewing but I swear to ya’ll I will get better! Basically if you like guys and vampires, I recommend this book. You might possibly fall in love with Adrian Ivashkov too. Sydrian is my OTP.

And of course, 5 hearts!

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Reading Order: Bloodlines series

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

#1 ~ Bloodlines: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ The Golden Lily: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ The Indigo Spell: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Goodreads
#4 ~ The Fiery Heart: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Goodreads
#5 ~ Silver Shadows: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Goodreads
#6 ~ The Ruby Circle: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Goodreads