Review Rendezvous: 1/27/18

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
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Genre(s): Romance, fantasy, young adult
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 400
Publish date: April 5th, 2016
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GlitteringBig and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide‚Äôs deception. Complications soon arise‚ÄĒfirst as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

All I need to say is that if you haven’t read Richelle Mead’s books, what are you doing with your life?!

I should really just end the review there. Just kidding. But no, really, I adore her writing style, and this series is so unique!

So, with this book we have a bit of a trickster on our hands. Adelaide’s family used to be one of the more revered, but it has since fallen out of favor and they are on their last legs. One of the solutions is for the young countess to obtain an advantageous marriage, which she is entirely opposed to. In order to escape that fate, she disguises herself as a lady’s maid and ships herself off to a finishing school.

She has every intention of floating through in the middle of the group so as not to draw attention to herself, but she is too much of a spitfire to do so. Throw in a handsome young man that she can help by getting herself to the top scorers of the group, and there is a recipe for disaster brewing. Of course, I definitely didn’t expect things to pan out exactly as they did, so be prepared for some twists!

One of the most interesting things about this trilogy is that all three books are set from a different girl’s perspective. There is some overlap in the timeline, but I love being able to read from the difference positions and see all the struggles that each girl faces. Currently, I’m thinking this book is my favorite, but the third book,¬†The Emerald Sea, is yet to be released, so I’l have to wait until then!


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Review Rendezvous: 12/2/17

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
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Genre(s): Paranormal, romance, young adult
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 608
Publish date: December 7th, 2010
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

LSThey come first.

My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear:¬†The world of the dead won’t give you up a second time.¬†Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri’s face join Lissa’s. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.

The dead could finally have me.

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules.¬†She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose – for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back…and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?

Before we begin, if you haven’t read my review of the first book in this series, hop on over there and then come back ūüôā

For those of you who have been following this entire series, we’ve been through a lot haven’t we? Death threats against Lissa, Dmitri being taken and turned Strigoi, not to mention Rose’s new love interest in Adrian Ivashkov. I will admit that Mead has kept me entertained and interested very well throughout the entire series.

In the conclusion to this series, Rose has just been accused of murdering the queen of the entire vampiric race. That definitely cannot bode well for someone, especially a person as outspoken about her dislike of the queen as Rose has been. But, with no other viable alternatives, it seems that this is the end for Rose. Except it’s not, because we have an entire book to fill.

Small spoiler, but it’s in the beginning of the book so not really, but Rose gets broken out of jail by several people who clearly believe in her innocence. She’s brought to a remote location where the dhampirs sent to hunt her cannot get to her, and told to stay put. But this is Rose, since when does she do as she’s told? She decides to go off on yet another adventure, but this time it changes the fate of the vampire world as they know it.

Honestly, I thought this was a perfect wrap up to a series. Normally once something ends, I’m immediately on fanfiction looking for more to read about the lives after canon, but in this one I though that it ended so well, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I didn’t even touch the spinoff series Bloodlines¬†for several months afterwords because I didn’t believe it could get any better (spoiler, it does, read Bloodlines!).

There are fifteen million plotlines and strings to tie up, but it all finishes off in a way that is fulfilling and makes sense for everything. One of my pet peeves is when authors tease something or write a subplot in earlier in a series and it never comes to fruition. Sure, there are a few questions left at the end, but only one major question goes unresolved, which ends up being the main premise of the next book series.

I loved seeing the character growth in Rose. To be honest, I think Lissa remains mostly unchanged for the series besides her developing magic more and maybe growing up a bit, but it’s in Rose where we really find the true growth. She’s not the rash, “run in with no plan” dhampir we met in the first book. And then there’s her relationship with Dmitri. I could seriously read all the best moments of the relationship all day long. I may or may not have just recently rented out all the books from the library again just to read my favorite parts.

All in all, there are so many reasons why this series sits in the top section of my favorite books of all time. I love it so much, and hopefully you will enjoy it just as much as I have.


If you liked this book, check these ones out:


A girl discovers she’s a witch and is sent to a boarding school for all types of magical creatures

Dead Beautiful

A different take on the undead side of life and what it means to be soulmates


The spinoff series to VA featuring the one and only alchemist, Sydney Sage










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Review Rendezvous: 7/22/17

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
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Genre(s): Young adult, fantasy, paranormal, romance
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 332
Publish date: January 2nd, 2007
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository


VALissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the¬†earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires‚ÄĒthe ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger‚Ķand the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…

I picked up this particular book while I was in Orlando as a WDW intern. Originally, I had picked it up because I wanted something to read on the bus rides to work and it seemed interesting enough. Boy was I underselling it. Normally, I’m not the type to go for vampire novels, and while I wasn’t particularly hooked after the first one, I continued on with the series and by the end, it had become one of my favorites.

The thing that I love reading the most in this series is the growth of the main protagonist, Rose. When you meet her in the beginning, she’s rash, stupid, selfish, and rebellious, mostly without justification. She does care very much for her best friend and does things with good intentions, but they usually blow up in her face.

Without spoiling information about the series, I can’t explain much about how Rose grows up in the later novels. There’s a big theme of duty and sacrifice as well, which is an interesting sub-plot. I accidentally spoiled myself to the ending of one of the side issues, although I’m not too worried about spoilers so it’s fine.

There is a movie adaptation of this first book, and while it is interesting and well-produced, it’s not entirely true to the source material. Of course, that goes for most book to movie adaptations nowadays, so I suppose slight inaccuracy can be overlooked in some instances.

All in all, yet another amazing series that I have stumbled across. Makes me lad that I picked up the first book to begin with. There is also a second series, the Bloodlines series, that I just recently finished. I’ll post a separate review of it on a different day, but that one was almost as good as this series, so it’s well worth the read!



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