Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead {Review}

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead {Review}Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #1
Publisher: Razorbill on August 16, 2007
Format: Paperback, 332 pages
Source: Gift
4 Stars
The sum up

Snarky, sexy and fun. A promising start to the series.
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The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda {Teen Review}

Title: The Hunt
Author: Andrew Fukuda
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press on May 8th 2012
Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Source: Purchased
Series: The Hunt | The Prey | The Trap
3 Stars

Summary

Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

My (son’s) thoughts

My 15 year old gave me his (slightly rambly) thoughts on The Hunt. I’ve cleaned it up a bit, but the opinions and thoughts below are all his:

Gene is a human living in a world taken over by vampire. Gene and his father learned a lot of vampire behaviors so they could blend in; if they were discovered to be human, they would be eaten immediately.

When Gene was younger, he was sick and when his father went out to find medicine, he was killed. Though Gene feels guilty, he knows his father would want him to continue on and live.

I like the characters, they were well thought out. My favorite character was Gene; he had to go through so much every day just to survive. He had to remember so many small details, and he would die if he did any of them wrong. He had to remain vigilant and always aware.

The dialogue was pretty good, though slightly confusing with all the new lingo. There was a good amount of cussing and just the right amount of romance. I liked that he had a crush on a girl, but wasn’t able to show her any affection at all. The vampire sex was kind of weird. [ed: I could have asked him to elaborate on this point, but I felt it unwise to open that can of worms.] There was a bit of humor, but it was mostly a dark and serious book. Any more humor would have been out of place in this survival story.

The Hunt was exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat. There was a lot of action, secrets and betrayal. I would recommend it to fans of mystery, paranormal and sci-fi.

The sum up

I liked this new take on vampires and look forward to the next one in the series.

About the author


Born in Manhattan and raised in Hong Kong, Andrew Fukuda is half-Chinese, half-Japanese. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history from Cornell University, Fukuda worked in Manhattan’s Chinatown with the immigrant teen community. That experience led to the writing of Crossing, his debut novel that was selected by ALA Booklist as an Editor’s Choice, Top Ten First Novel, and Top Ten Crime Novel in 2010. His second novel, The Hunt, the first in a new series, was bought at auction by St. Martin’s Press and will be published in May 2012. Before becoming a full time writer, Fukuda was a criminal prosecutor for seven years. He currently resides on Long Island, New York, with his family.

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Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Eternity Cure
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #2
Publisher: Harlequin Teen on April 30, 2013
Format: eARC, 446 pages
Source: Publisher
5 Stars
The sum up

I loved every minute of it and wait not so patiently for the next one.

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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa {Review}

Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen on April 24, 2012
Format: eARC, 485 pages
Source: Publisher
5 Stars
The sum up

Every single vampire fan should read this NOW. The action and amazing writing make it a standout.

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