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27 December 2012 @ 12:12 am
Vampire Academy & Bloodlines?  
Has anyone else read these series' by Richelle Mead? The first (Vampire Academy) is a 6-book series, and the 2nd (Bloodlines) is going to be another 6-part series that is an offshoot of VA. VA is complete, and I finished it a week or so ago. They are YA, but they are soooooooooo good, and definitely more towards the older young adult spectrum rather than younger.

I enjoyed it, but found myself only kinda liking the main love story (Rose/Dimitri), but not INTO it or anything. However, I loved the characters, the writing, the style, the set-up and mythology created. Definitely unlike the Twilight Series or even The Vampire Diaries book series (based on the little of it I've read). Comparing style, skill and awesomeness, the closest comparison I can see is actually TVD, the TV series, but Rose is like insanely pro-active, and strong and kick-ass. The books are all told 1st person from her point of view and are lots of fun.

They are making a movie based on the books, and the guy who wrote the script for Heathers is doing the screenplay, so I'm cautiously optimistic. They just better do good casting. I'm really hoping that whoever they cast as Rose and Dimitri have really, really good chemistry to overtake my lack of uber-love in the books. Just because I love the characters so much, I want them to do stellar casting all around. Especially for Sydney and Adrian... which brings me to:

The reason I'm writing this post. While I took my time reading the VA series, I finished up the books (only two so far! ugh!) in the Bloodlines series because I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! I really liked the VA ones, but the lead character, Sydney, is different from Rose, but awesome in her own way, and I like her better. Rose's impetuousness and stupid decisions sometimes made me want to smack her, but Sydney is the opposite of impetuous and she's super-smart. Then there is Adrian -- introduced in the VA series (as was Sydney) -- and he is basically a younger, (way) less effective Damon Salvatore. Snarky, funny, full of self-loathing, vulnerable, hot as hell. Man, I love him so much.

And Adrian and Sydney are SO guh! Whereas Rose and Dimitri were good and I knew I was supposed to root for them, I ache for Adrian and Sydney and they leave me breathless and giddy. Love them, love them, love them. Fortunately the next book in the series comes out in February, but the wait for the final three is gonna wreck me! It's been a looooooooong time since I shipped a book couple, but I SOOOO ship them.

So, erm, yeah, anyone else read these? (I've got her other series' and I'm tackling those next. Richelle is a great writer.)
 
 
 
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Arabian: Damon & Elena22arabian on December 27th, 2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
I love Bloodlines a little more. Rose is one of my favorite book characters, and I like how proactive she is, and I like Sydney at the same time. It took a minute to get adjusted to her, but once I did, I'm glad I stuck with it. I love super smart characters.

I think because I knew it was there to read right after the VA series and I knew it was Sydney, it was easier for me to get into, and once I did, yeah, I just love it to bits.

I did like Rose/Adrian more but I refused to let myself ship it because it was obviously Rose/Dimitri, and I liked them (I compare them to how I felt about Stefan/Elena the first half or so of season 01 before I was die-hard Damon/Elena -- since I watched the first half in about 2 days, LOL! -- they were sweet, supposedly soulmates, etc. And I could enjoy them. And they stayed that way for me, whereas, of course things didn't stay that way with S/E. And in the end, I was OK with how things happened with Rose and Adrian because Rose and Dimitri KNEW that how Rose treated Adrian was bad, and the writing made it clear that when it came to Adrian, Rose did him wrong, intentional or not. And Bloodlines is TOTALLY making up for it. It's just.... oh, I love it so.

I went looking after I finished the 1st book. It's slated for late 2013 or early 2014 more likely at this point. No one is even cast yet. I hope they do a really good job. I'm hopeful since they are getting a screenwriter who can do the snark and dark humor that this series definitely has. And, of course, if it does well, they'll probably continue and do the Bloodlines series as well.

I'll probably continue posting about Bloodlines, yeah, with the new book coming out in February (and Richelle Mead said on her lj (blue_succubus) that in the 4th book there will be alternating points of view chapter, Sydney and.... ADRIAN! Plus, of course, the movie stuff too.

Erm, other series? Well, I love The Hunger Games triology. And I adore the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series'. I like PJ bettter than Hoo because I love PJ best, but Hoo is good too. I read Divergent and it was good, but I've had difficulty getting into the sequel Insurgent. I'll be trying again. I can't think of any other books in a similar vein, though. I am checking out Mead's other series though (the Dark Swan and Georgina Kincaid series'). I'll let you know how those are. :)

ETA: Dark Swan isn't grabbing me right now (and it's adult, not YA), I'm on chapter 4 and just not all that interested in reading more. So I'm checking out the Rae Carson trilogy, The Fire and Thorns (two books, a short story out, with the third coming in the fall of 2013). We'll see.

Edited at 2012-12-30 05:31 am (UTC)