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When I created the main protagonist, Jay, in ‘Elliot… for keeps’ I wanted someone who took in the world with empathy and innocence. I also think this is what is his downfall. Makes for an interesting lead character.

Book Review – ‘Six Days Earlier’ by David Levithan

A short little snapshot!

 Six Day Earlier Book Review Pic 01 by Casey CarlisleGenre: Y/A, Contemporary, GLBT

No. of pages: 47

From Goodreads:

Every morning, A wakes up in a different body and leads a different life. A must never get too attached, must never be noticed, must never interfere.  

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I read ‘Six Days Earlier’ as it was purported to be a prelude to ‘Every Day’ and was interested in how this set the scene. Plus it was ultra short and could give me quick insight into what to expect in this series.

This felt a little hit and miss for me – I loved the snippets of lives and the attitude for wearing their skin, leaving everything at a point where the owner could step back in without too many changes.

A’s attitude about life, people, and how to treat others is steaks beyond much of YA out there. The open and non-judgemental mind developed over so many years of walking in just about everyone else’s shoes.

Love the concept, enjoyed a voyeuristic snapshot of so many lives, but ultimately was left feeling a little disorientated and wondered what the purpose of this novelette was… maybe I’ll get some more perspective when I read more of the franchise. I think I’ll have to revisit this short after reading ‘Every Day’ and put it into context; but as a whole I’m not sure what it was supposed to add to the series – but a great snapshot of what to expect, though, too short to give you any answers.

Overall feeling: Fantastic premise but lost me out of context

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Book Review – ‘Spirit Bound’ (Vampire Academy Book 5) by Richelle Mead

I didn’t expect this kind of aftertaste from another bite out of the Vampire Academy series.

Spirit Bound Book Review Pic 01 by Casey CarlisleGenre: Y/A, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery

No. of pages: 489

From Goodreads:

Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s and to her best friend, Lissa. It is at long last graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him . . . forever.

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I’ve really been enjoying my journey through the Vampire Academy series and was eager to complete the collection early this year, so I went into book five, ‘Spirit Bound’ with some high expectations.

For some reason I did not enjoy this as much as the others – maybe it was the lack of action? But there was still a lot going on in this novel… I was forced to put it down a number of times because of life commitments, but it is still has an easy flow and allowed me to pick up from where I left off with ease.

I think the biggest thing that stood out to me in this instalment was Roses indecisiveness, that and her continual flighty nature – it was getting old. We’ve seen so much development of her character throughout the series, ‘Spirit Bound’ felt like a big step backward.

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I enjoyed the typical Rose/Lissa goodness in the first half, but it started to take a back seat by the end and had me asking what was going on – was everyone taking crazy pills? Richelle Mead what are you doing to me?

Besides that, I loved the intrigue and politics with the royals – you really have to keep an eye over your shoulder.

Spirit Bound Book Review Pic 02 by Casey CarlisleMy affection for Adrian, Rose’s new boyfriend, really grew in Spirit Bound – previously I felt he was more of an annoyance, but by the end of this novel my heart went out to him. He is really a lost puppy in a barfly’s clothing.

In true Mead form, there was another plot twist at the end which floored me – I was not expecting that at all. As was the tension between Rose and Dimitri – I’ve invested a lot in the Vampire Academy books and wanted more of a win at the conclusion of this novel – but given it’s the second to last, I’m sure we needed to up the stakes for a fantastic end to the saga.

The romance with the world of dhampir, strigoi and moroi is still resounding strong in my blood, but this story was a little weaker, but I am expecting ‘Last Sacrifice’ to slay me. Looking forward to completing the series and then maybe start to tackle the Bloodlines series.

Overall reaction: Why you gotta do me like that?

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