Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1) Richelle Mead

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Book Stats:
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Sci-Fi/dystopian/paranormal
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Release date: June 4, 2013

Series: Age of X #1

Source: Edelweiss

Reviewed by: Tynga

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

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.

Dr. March used to be the best Servitor the RUNA (Republic of United North America) had, until he filled and turned in an highly controversial rapport of his latest investigation. He was thanked (to be polite) and shipped off to exile, wherever he wanted to, as long as it’s far away. After 4 years away from glorious Vancouver, Justin is thrilled to come back to investigate a series of weird murders, RUNA needing his particular field of expertise. Mae got herself in trouble after fighting at a funeral, surprisingly (..not) super soldiers’ fights are frond upon, and this lack of control nearly got her suspended. Instead, she finds herself bodyguard to good looking but annoying Dr. March. Nothing to improve her mood…

I’m a huge Richelle Mead fan, and I was anxiously waiting this new adult series. I loved her Succubus series and its highly likeable characters and truly miss this series. I’m afraid to say though, that even though I liked Age of X #1, I still prefer Georgina.

Let’s get the negative aspect out of the way before I tell you why I liked Gameboard of the Gods, shall we? My biggest issue was the lack of a glossary. I read an eARC from Edelweiss, and I hope.. no pray, that there is a lexicon included in the print version. See, Mead created a very Sci-fi oriented world with very unique terminology and 30% into the book, I was STILL confused with it all. At that point, she posted a glossary on her blog, which made my reading experience much more enjoyable. It was that much more complicated to follow at first because there is a proper and a slang version of the terminology, for example:

Patriarchy, Patrician, Patricians – Those who clung to their ethnic heritage and were exempted from genetic mandates after the Decline because of financial contributions to the early government. Patricians identify with a particular culture (Irish, Egyptian, etc.) and select for features associated with that culture. Many patricians still live off of that early wealth and have established aristocratic mini-societies on special regions allocated to them, called land grants. "Caste" and "castal" are slang terms for patricians used by the rest of the country.

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It’s not that easy to understand with an actual definition, imagine how confused I was without one.

The second aspect I wasn’t crazy about is actually a character. Richelle Mead wrote her story from three different point of views: Mae’s (a supernatural soldier), Justin (an investigator of religious groups) and Tessa (a teen from the Provinces), all in third person narration. I think I would’ve prefer if it was narrated in first person, seeing as she bothered to have multiple POV, but my concern is Tessa. I thought she was simply useless to the story. The novel would’ve been much better without her, and unless Richelle has got big plan’s for her in future books, I don’t even know why she existed. I guess Mead wanted her to give us an outsider’s perceptive of the RUNAs world, but it fell flat. Sure she provided an important clue to the investigation near the end of the book, but that proof could’ve been brought directly to Mae and it would’ve been just fine.

Now that it’s off my chest… the good parts! After I overcame the lexicon, I truly enjoyed the very original world Richelle Mead created. The world survived what they call The Decline. Humanity faced a terrible virus called Mephistopheles and half the population died. After much research they discovered that mixed genetic background provided resistance to the virus, and its hereditary disease, Cain. The RUNA was then created, controlling birthing to increase diversity and crashing any religious beliefs at same time. It’s a very engrossing setup and I liked how Mead highlighted the different living conditions between RUNA, Land Grants (where people who bought the right to stick to their ethnicity) and the Provinces (uncontrolled lands).

The technology also provided a very strong sci-fi aspect to this mix of dystopian/paranormal set-up. Everyone has identity chips, egos (super advanced smart-phones) and they have driverless cars, etc. Some of the technology is also more invasive. Mae, the lead female, is a Praetorian, a super soldier with an implant that increases their body’s response, improving their natural abilities.

Mae and Justin really sealed the deal for me. I truly loved them both for different reasons. Justin is this super good looking guy who had a different woman in bed every night and is very self-centered. Despite it all, he is very likeable and I loved how he cared for Mae while trying to stay away. Mae was also amazing. She has a hard past and is wary of relationships in general. She is strong and fierce and has a fun side underneath her stern facade. A couple of secondary characters also spoke to me, particularly Dag and Val, I hope we see more of them in the next novels.

I was really engrossed in the plot once I understood the world. Multiple aspects interspersed throughout the whole novel and I enjoyed its complexity. There’s the investigation of a series a murder, and both religious and paranormal aspects seems involved, there’s the complicated relationship between Mae and Justin and their respective private issue. All in all, a lot of food for thought and an original lore to tie it all.

The conclusion proved satisfying even though I’m still craving some answers. I find myself particularly curious of Dominic and I hope we get to know more about his past in the next novel!

If you pick up Gameboard of the Gods, and I encourage you to, do yourself a favor and read Richelle’s glossary (if its not in the book) before you read the novel. It’ll save you a lot of trouble and won’t shadow your reading experience. Contrary to the summary’s suggestion, I didn’t get any Vampire Academy vibes from this novel, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Vampire Academy News!

If you’ve been following the blog for a while you know I’m a huge fan of Richelle Mead, and the Vampire Academy series is one of my favourites! So imagine my excitement when I woke up this morning to this awesome movie news!

First, the title. It was revealed yesterday I think, and It’ll be Vampire Academy – Blood Sisters. This is actually the title of the French books (Soeurs de sang), so I wasn’t shocked but I still don’t see the connection. Either way, it’s nice to see some progress!

BUT, the amazing news is… The 3 main characters, Rose, Lissa & Dimitri, were cast!

 

 

Zoey Deutch will play the kick-ass Rose part.  I am pleased enough by this decision. She does look the part, and even though I haven’t seen any of her movies, she’ll be part of the Beautiful Creatures movie so I’ll get to see her in action very soon!

 

 

 

Lissa, the beautiful blond, will be played by Aussie star Lucy Fry. Once again, I don’t know a thing about her acting talents, but at least she looks the part!

 

 

 

And last, but certainly not least, suave and sexy Dimitri will be brought to life by Danila Kozlovskiy!!! Another unknown actor for me but I’m freaking ecstatic by this decision! First, he IS Russian! Second, he is old enough and third he is damn good looking! I was so scared they would pick someone like Ben Barnes because, in my humble opinion, he is NOT Dimitri material!

 

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You can read here what Richelle as to say about the movie so far!

Are you as excited as I am??

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Daring You To Read… Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

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Daring You To Read is a weekly feature here on Tynga’s Reviews where we dare you to read some of our favorite older releases (at least 6 months old). All the books/series we choose to feature are titles we adored and think you should give them a shot! We think it’s a super awesome way to discover that special book who might have slipped off your radar!

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This week I decided to dare you to read an awesome series by one of my favorite author, the Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead. The series starts with Succubus Blues and it’s a 6 books series. Luckily for you, the last book in the series, Succubus Revealed was released last summer, so you won’t have to wait between each installment!

The series is about a succubus who sold her soul to escape her past. As part of the deal, she has to pray on humans, draining their life force through sexual means. Surprisingly, the series isn’t overly sexual, it’s actually almost chaste for an adult series. Georgina is surrounded by 2 vampires, an imp, a demon (her boss) and an angel (who liked to hang out with them for god knows why) and a bunch of humans, unaware of the supernatural world. Georgina has a conscience though and only preys on shady men, to her boss’ dismay. Her life will get complicated though when she falls in love with a human because any sexual encounter she has with him could substantially reduce his life spawn.

Georgina is fabulous, funny, smart, determined and generally made of awesome. She’ll do anything to protect the ones she loves, risking her own life multiple times during the course of this series. Each novel, and the series as a whole, is quite a rollercoaster ride, sometimes leaving you frustrated, sometimes laughing to tears and other times crying your eyes out. I loved every page of those six novels and even though the end was satisfying, I’m really sad the series is over.

I am inviting you to give this amazing series a try, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed! Also, they are re-releasing the book in mass market edition with pretty, new covers!

More about Succubus Blues:

Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, #1)

Succubus (n.) An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men. Pathetic (adj.) A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid.

When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical?

But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid’s life is far less exotic. Her boss is a middle-management demon with a thing for John Cusack movies. Her immortal best friends haven’t stopped teasing her about the time she shape-shifted into the Demon Goddess getup complete with whip and wings. And she can’t have a decent date without sucking away part of the guy’s life. At least there’s her day job at a local bookstore–free books; all the white chocolate mochas she can drink; and easy access to bestselling, sexy writer, Seth Mortensen, aka He Whom She Would Give Anything to Touch but Can’t.

But dreaming about Seth will have to wait. Something wicked is at work in Seattle’s demon underground. And for once, all of her hot charms and drop-dead one-liners won’t help because Georgina’s about to discover there are some creatures out there that both heaven and hell want to deny…

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The following books in the series (click to read my review)

Succubus On Top (Georgina Kincaid, #2)Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid #3)Succubus Heat (Georgina Kincaid #4)Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid, #5)Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid, #6)

First two are new MM covers, last three are the original edition because the MM isn’t available yet.

So, will you take the dare?

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The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2)The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Book Stats:
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Genre: Paranormal
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: June 12, 2012

Series: Bloodlines #2

Source: ARC from Penguin Canada

Reviewed by: Tynga

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students–children of the wealthy and powerful–carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead’s breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

After facing death by strogoi, Sydney is now back to her normal life, or whatever pass as normal with her latest mission. She poses as Jill’s sister (a moroi princess in hiding) along side with Adrian & Eddy (her supposedly brothers) and Angeline (their fictional cousin). Along with the merry gang are former strogoi Dimitri & Sonia, trying to discover why strogoi restored by spirit magic can’t be turned again. At first look it seems to be all fun but things gets complicated when a band of human attack Sydney and Sonia, wanting to kill the latter because “she’s an evil creature of the night”. What a mood killer!

If you remember, Bloodlines had been a bit of a let down for me, but I’m happy to report that I think The Golden Lily was better! To my dismay, Jill still won’t be in danger in that book, which honestly bothers me because the whole mission was set to protect her from vindictive moroi who might want to kill her to remove Lissa from the throne, but this latest installment brought a lot of interesting elements to the table.

Let me start by talking romance because surprisingly there’s a lot of it! Jill’s relationship with Eddy’s roommate Micah evolve, to Eddy’s dismay because he’s in love with her, but Eddy isn’t left out as new comer Angeline has it big for him. The whole situation would be hilarious if it wasn’t so pathetic. Poor Jill is completely blind to Eddie’s affections and his broken heart is hard to bare. On the other hand Angeline won’t miss an occasion to rub herself against him, oblivious to his disgust toward the whole thing. I could really picture his discomfited expression, holding back eye rolls because it wouldn’t be professional.  This love square (?) evolve in a rather interesting manner during the course of this installment, and I can’t wait to see where it’ll go from there in the next book.

Beyond all expectations, Sydney will also have some “romance” of her own. I use quotation marks here because let’s be honest, Sydney’s definition of romance is kind of sketchy. She meets a barista that’s just as stuck up and socially inept as she is, which makes for some really awkward moments, for the reader’s enjoyment. Watching them around each other I didn’t know if I wanted to burst out laughing or bang my head on a wall, let’s say it was entertaining in a weird way. Sydney also has a love triangle of her own even though she is completely oblivious to it. Adrian really pays her special attentions, in the sweetest way and I loved every moment. You can see that she is really special to him, even though he doesn’t want to want her and she really has no clue. Their interactions really were the stellar point of this novel for me.

Now let’s talk about some plot shall we? Sydney is no Rose, and the Bloodlines series can’t compare to Vampire Academy action wise, but The Golden Lily took it up a notch this time around and I was pleased. Attacks, kidnapping and rescues are on the menu and it did wonders to Sydney’s otherwise intellectual habits. After being helpless in a situation, Sydney decided to take matters in hands and take self defense classes, and she even considered magic as a potential defensive option, which showed a lot of growth on her part, considering how deadpan her opinions usually are on the matter. The situations she faces will really push her to grow, which makes me really excited because she used to be borderline boring with all her self restrain. Richelle also brought to the game a new interesting faction in the strogoi/moroi/dhampir/alchemist world and I’m curious about the fall out.

The conclusion was surprisingly action-packed and the very end was a shocker. I don’t want to tell you anything about it, because it would suck to spoil it for you, but I was ecstatic, bewildered and stunned all at once. I’m highly anxious to see how everything will play out in the next book with the bomb Richelle Mead dropped right at the end! The third book in the series, which as no title as of yet, is scheduled for release in 2013, and the wait might just kill me!

Overall, The Golden Lily was a great installment in the Bloodlines series, making me hopeful for the upcoming books. Romance, action & witty comebacks are on the menu, everything to please adults and young adults alike.

Here’s my favorite quote (from ARC, subject to change):

He reached out and pulled me to him, one hand on my waist and the other behind my neck. He tipped my head up and lowered his lips to mine. I closed my eyes and melted as my whole body was consumed in that kiss. I was nothing. I was everything. Chills, ran over my skin, and fire burned inside me. is body pressed closer to mine, and I wrapped my arms around his neck. His lips were warmer and softer than anything I could have ever imagined, yet fierce and powerful at the same time. Mine responded hungrily, and I tightened my hold on him. His fingers slid down the back of my neck, tracing its shape, and every place they touched was electric.

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Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead

Shadow HeirShadow Heir by Richelle Mead

Book Stats:
Reading level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Zebra
Release date: December 27, 2011

Series: Dark Swan #4

Source: ARC from Kensington

Reviewed by: Tynga

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

#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…

** This review contains spoilers of Iron Crowned, I suggest you avoid reading until you are catched-up with the series **

After working so hard to avoid the prophecy saying the first male grandchild from the Storm King would invade the human world, Eugenie gets pregnant – with twins (a boy and a girl) – and decides to keep them. Of course, this decision caused a lot of unrest and factions are hunting her, to kill her, before the babies are born. She tries to be very careful about her whereabouts and keeps constant security, but it’s never enough. She’ll find herself going to extreme length to protect her babies and like it wasn’t enough, the Otherworld will have to face an unprecedented tragedy.

First of all, I have to mention that reading Shadow Heir, at the particular moment I did, was somewhat special for me. You see, at the beginning of the book, Eugenie is 5 months pregnant and so was I, which provided me with an extra connection with her I never had before. Of course I’m not pregnant with twins and trying to protect them from Gentry enemies, but the human and emotional aspect of a pregnancy were just the same.

Emotions were strong ones for this final installment, what with the pregnancy, the birth of Eugenie’s twins, her chaotic relationship with Dorian, Kiyo trying to kill her and the better part of the Otherworld suffering from a mysterious blight. Throughout the book, our hero had to take some very hard decision and assume the consequences and it was great to see her approach those matters with such maturity.

I really liked the plot and I was surprise to see the novel split into three fairly distinct parts. Part one – Eugenie’s Pregnancy & Twins Birth, Part two – The Blight, Part Three – The Prophecy. Overall, Richelle Mead managed to keep a good balance between emotions and action for a perfect mix.

I only have one major complain. While the book would’ve been a perfect part of an on-going series, it wasn’t enough –for me- to be the final book in the series. So many questions are still pending that I’m not satisfied with the conclusion. Shadow Heir is in serious need of a following book, an epilogue, an addition short story, something!

I’m really sad to see yet another series of Richelle ending has a really liked the Dark Swan series. I can’t wait to see what her next adult series will be about!

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A Christmas With… Richelle Mead

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Unfortunately, Richelle is way to busy right now to participate in many blog events, but I’m  a huge fan of her work and Kensington wishes to sponsor a giveaway for her =)

Shadow Heir, the last book in the Dark Swan series releases on December 27th, and trust me, you don’t want to miss it!

If it got you curious, here’s a bit more about Shadow Heir

Shadow Heir#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…

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Giveaway Ends January 4th, 2012.

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More of Richelle Mead‘s books:

Vampire Academy Frostbite Shadow Kiss Blood Promise Spirit Bound Last SacrificeBloodlinesThe Golden LilyVampire AcademyFrostbite : The Graphic Novel

Succubus Blues Succubus on Top Succubus Dreams Succubus Heat Succubus Shadows Succubus RevealedStorm BornThorn QueenIron Crowned

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Daring you to read… Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Today my dears, I am daring you to read my favorite YA series: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. It’s one of the first series I started reading and it remains on the top of my list ^^

This story evolves along 6 books, which are all released now and started with Vampire Academy in 2007 and ended with Last Sacrifice in 2010. The story is about a Dhampir (half-human half vampire) girl named Rose who trains on a boarding school to protect her best friend Lissa, a moroi (good vampire). She is very talented but she’s a pig-head and have a big mouth, both of which will get her in worlds of troubles. She also falls for a certain hot Russian dhampir, her trainer, called Dimitri. The relationship between those three is the main plot line amongst the entire series and let me tell you, you are in for quite a ride, so buckle up! My favorite book of the series was the third one, Shadow Kiss and I think it has it all. The danger, the passion, the pain: It got me weeping. Shadow Kiss was the first book to manage that!

I got my mom and my grandmother to read this series in French and they are both hooked and impatiently awaiting the release of the French edition of Last Sacrifice.

So I am Daring you to read this series dear to my heart, with fans among three generations in my family! Will you rise up to the challenge?

On a side note, Vampire Academy was recently made into a Graphic Novel, if you’re more into that sort of thing, and my Husband liked it =)

Here’s more about the series:

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest and most dangerous vampires–the 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 her one of them.

After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. Rose will continue her Dhampir education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene. And both girls will resume breaking hearts.
Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir’s – inside the Academy’s iron gates, their world is even more fraught with danger. Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals and their secretive nature and love of the night creates an enigmatic world full of social complexities. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever…

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Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead

Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead

Book Stats:
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington
Release date: August 30, 2011

Series: Georgina Kinkaid #6

Reviewed by: Tynga

Source: ARC sent by Kensington

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

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…

Georgina’s been through a lot since Succubus Blues, the first book in the series, and after overcoming a lot of obstacles, she’s finally able to live her relationship with Seth, while keeping an healthy balance in her life… or so she thinks. Hell have different plans and Georgina will be transferred to Las Vegas by the end of the month unless she can identify the reason behind this hasty decision.

Succubus Revealed is the final book in the series and even though I’m really sad to say goodbye to those amazing characters, I feel really satisfied with how everything wrapped-up. A lot of the questions nagging us for a long time will be answered: Why Georgie & Seth have such a hard time making their relationship work? Why Carter acts the way he does? What’s wrong with Georgie’s contract? It was quite an emotional rollercoaster and I shed tears, both from joy and sadness. One of the moments I found particularly touching was when Carter pretended to be Santa Claus and visited the Mortensen girls. It was beyond amazing.

Facts that will shed a new light on many past events will be revealed and when I finished reading I felt this urge to read the whole series from the start, to relive the story from a new perspective.

Richelle Mead usually offers action-packed books and you might be surprised to not find a single battle in Succubus Revealed. All the fights are on the intellectual and emotional plan, but will leave you breathless nonetheless.

Carter and his laidback attitude and cryptic advices has always been my favorite character and after this novel I have to say I love him even more, if such a thing is even possible. I find myself praying that Richelle will write a short story about him, or maybe a spin-off series, wouldn’t it be awesome to see Heaven’s side of this world? Succubus Revealed gives answers about the Angel’s motives, but I still want more! Can’t get enough of the guy! I also have to mention Roman who was really awesome once again. Bowling coach and devil’s advocate, he will get a unique chance to shine in this final encounter.

If you haven’t read this series yet, I strongly recommend you do so because it’s the amazing story of a succubus with a conscience, looking for Love and challenging Hell on a daily basis with her generosity and her desire to do the right thing all the time. I will really miss her and her merry gang of friends.

Here are two funny, spoilers-free quotes:

*drawing for secret Santa gifts*

He hurried to the kitchen and returned with a ceramic cookie jar shaped like a snowman. He trust it toward me. “Draw. Whatever name you get is who you’re buying for, so don’t try to get out of it.”

I drew a piece of paper and opened it up. Georgina.

“I can’t-”

Peter held up a hand to silence me. “You drew the name. That’s who you’ve got. No arguments.”

His stern look stopped me from any more protests. “Well,” I pointed out pragmatically, “at least I have a few ideas.”

I gave Carter a once-over. “Have you ever wanted to put on a Santa suit?”

“I have always wanted to do that,” said Carter gravely.

Roman groaned.

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Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead

Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead

Book Stats:
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington
Release date: August 30, 2011

Series: Georgina Kinkaid #6

Reviewed by: Tynga

Source: ARC sent by Kensington

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

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…

Georgina’s been through a lot since Succubus Blues, the first book in the series, and after overcoming a lot of obstacles, she’s finally able to live her relationship with Seth, while keeping an healthy balance in her life… or so she thinks. Hell have different plans and Georgina will be transferred to Las Vegas by the end of the month unless she can identify the reason behind this hasty decision.

Succubus Revealed is the final book in the series and even though I’m really sad to say goodbye to those amazing characters, I feel really satisfied with how everything wrapped-up. A lot of the questions nagging us for a long time will be answered: Why Georgie & Seth have such a hard time making their relationship work? Why Carter acts the way he does? What’s wrong with Georgie’s contract? It was quite an emotional rollercoaster and I shed tears, both from joy and sadness. One of the moments I found particularly touching was when Carter pretended to be Santa Claus and visited the Mortensen girls. It was beyond amazing.

Facts that will shed a new light on many past events will be revealed and when I finished reading I felt this urge to read the whole series from the start, to relive the story from a new perspective.

Richelle Mead usually offers action-packed books and you might be surprised to not find a single battle in Succubus Revealed. All the fights are on the intellectual and emotional plan, but will leave you breathless nonetheless.

Carter and his laidback attitude and cryptic advices has always been my favorite character and after this novel I have to say I love him even more, if such a thing is even possible. I find myself praying that Richelle will write a short story about him, or maybe a spin-off series, wouldn’t it be awesome to see Heaven’s side of this world? Succubus Revealed gives answers about the Angel’s motives, but I still want more! Can’t get enough of the guy! I also have to mention Roman who was really awesome once again. Bowling coach and devil’s advocate, he will get a unique chance to shine in this final encounter.

If you haven’t read this series yet, I strongly recommend you do so because it’s the amazing story of a succubus with a conscience, looking for Love and challenging Hell on a daily basis with her generosity and her desire to do the right thing all the time. I will really miss her and her merry gang of friends.

Here are two funny, spoilers-free quotes:

*drawing for secret Santa gifts*

He hurried to the kitchen and returned with a ceramic cookie jar shaped like a snowman. He trust it toward me. “Draw. Whatever name you get is who you’re buying for, so don’t try to get out of it.”

I drew a piece of paper and opened it up. Georgina.

“I can’t-”

Peter held up a hand to silence me. “You drew the name. That’s who you’ve got. No arguments.”

His stern look stopped me from any more protests. “Well,” I pointed out pragmatically, “at least I have a few ideas.”

I gave Carter a once-over. “Have you ever wanted to put on a Santa suit?”

“I have always wanted to do that,” said Carter gravely.

Roman groaned.

Read an excerpt

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Bloodlines by Richelle Mead: The Canadian Tour!

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You guys know I’m a huge fan of Richelle’s by now, so I was really excited when Penguin Canada approached me to be part of the Canada Blog Tour! With Richelle awaiting her first baby, it wasn’t possible for her to do interviews, but you’ll still be able to find some nifty content here!

First, a bit more about the book:

Bloodlines if the first book in the new Vampire Academy spin-off series and features Sydney, a human alchemist, as the main character! Vampire Academy fans will be happy to know that Adrian, Jill & Eddy are also very important in the first novel and Rose, Abe & Dimitri will also make an appearance!

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 human 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 allegiances 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 RoseHathaway. 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.

Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Book Depository

 

You can also read the entire first chapter of the book HERE.

And because fans pre-ordered 10 000 copies of Bloodlines in just one week, Richelle decided to treat us with the original first chapter of Bloodlines, which was written from Adrian’s POV. *swoons*
In all honestly, I prefer the original beginning, so make sure you READ IT.

Here’s a little teaser filmed by the Bloodlines team, I don’t really like the cast, but they’re still good ^^

You can view ‘em all here.

And last but not least, don’t forget to read my Review!

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