Crossing the Barrier Blog Tour!!

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About the Book

Crossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis

Genre: Upper YA Coming of Age Contemporary Romance with a touch of Paranormal

Published on March 22nd, 2016

Published by BMJ Chanapi Press

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High school student Malakai Thomas, star wide receiver of the varsity team, collides with band member Lily Morgan on his way to football practice. As days go by, Malakai cannot get the petite clarinetist out of his head.

Lily Morgan can feel everyone’s emotions. She loses her ability to shield herself against them the day Malakai runs into her. Now she must try to maintain her sanity in the emotional jungle that is high school, as well as deal with her growing feelings for Malakai.

Can Malakai get over the social stigma and his own internal struggle to be with Lily? Is Lily’s secret too big to accept, even for him?

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About the Author

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Martine Lewis is a forty something who was born and raised in the French speaking province of Quebec, Canada. She spent her childhood looking forward to her summer vacations at the farm, which were a nice escape from the suburbs where she lived.

Her first written endeavor was a 200-page handwritten Duran Duran bandfiction which she wrote when she was eleven years old. Of all her written work, this is the only one she no longer has.

All throughout high school, Martine wrote more bandfictions and some original work, then she went to write fanfictions in the Star Wars, Buffy and Harry Potter universes. Her fanficiton in the Potterverse are mostly centered on characters of her own creation and can be found on fanfiction.net.

Following her viewing of Roswell on Netflix in 2012, Martine wrote book two and three of the Gray Eyes Series, then went on to create the Gray Eyes Series universe in which she has been playing ever since. She writes contemporary coming-of-age romance fiction (young adult/new adult) with a twist.

Martine is an avid reader and rollerskater. She loves sushi, hot chocolate on a cold day, and the beach. But what she loves above all else is to curl on her chair with her computer and write more stories for her readers.

Martine currently lives in Houston TX with her two cats. (Yay for supporting Houston Authors! Have to represent my town! Side note of this side note I did not know that Martine was a Houston based author before this.)

Author links: website: www.martinelewisauthor.com

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Twitter: www.twitter.com/authorMartine

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Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/author/martinelewis

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Spirit Bound Book Talk

Synopsis:

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.

 

Review:

I gave Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead 3/5 stars.

Out of all of he Vampire Academy books, Spirit Bound was my least favorite. I truly think the best parts of the books were Rose and Lissa’s plan to get Victor Dashkov, and the end of the book that sets up The Last Sacrifice. Besides these events, I truly think the rest of the book was just “eh” to me. I mean you have Dimitri becoming a Dhampir again after Lissa saves him from being Strigoi, and I was completely underwhelmed by this scene. There is so much that could of been done, but it just went by quickly and didn’t quite engaged me.

I don’t know what it was with Spirit Bound, but it was just underwhelming for me. Maybe that is because there have been 4 action packed book prior to this one and a less action pack story was needed to help setup the end of the series, but I just expected a bit more due to the other books. That being said, I honestly don’t have too much to say about this book for that reason.

Did anyone else feel underwhelmed by Spirit Bound? Comment below and let me know.

 

About the Author:

Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of over twenty-five books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan series take a witty but edgy look at the paranormal while her sci-fi Age of X series shows us a future with no religion. Over on the young adult side, Richelle has written the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans. Her latest project, The Glittering Court, takes place in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America, following the adventures of three impoverished girls trained up to be “ladies” who can make advantageous marriages in a dangerous new world across the sea.

Richelle’s books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as adapted into graphic novels. In 2014, Vampire Academy was made into a feature film. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV.

Blood Promise Book Talk

Synopsis:

The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them . . . including Dimitri.

He’d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa—the one she has sworn to protect no matter what—and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?

 

Review:

I gave Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) 4/5 stars.

Now, Blood Promise wasn’t my favorite Vampire Academy book, but it wasn’t my least favorite as well. I guess I was pretty indifferent about it. Honestly what made me feel indifferent about this book was Lissa and how she behaved in this book. She was without the care of Rose for the first time in a long time, she had a new royal friend, and was just plain old jealous of Jill and Mia hanging out with Christian. She was acting like like a teenage girl, but it just rubbed me the wrong way and I wanted to skip every scene that she was involved in. I’m going to stop there, because I don’t want to talk about Lissa anymore in terms of this book.

Rose, Rose Rose. Oh the situations you get yourself into. I have to say, Blood Promise gives readers Rose at her prime. Out on her own, surviving, making new alliances, learning more about what it means to be shadow kissed, learning about spirit, how to save strigoi, and hunting down the man she loves. When it comes t the alliances Rose makes on her adventure, Sydney and Abe (I mean it is not really an alliance but I call it one) are my favorite. I think it was interesting watching Rose learning about a new subculture of her world the alchemists from Sydney. I think overall Sydney was my favorite character in Blood Promise. I think Sydney balanced out Rose quite well and I liked them as a team more than Rose and Lissa. That is probably an unpopular opinion, but I don’t care. I think they are great together.

When it comes to Abe…I honestly wished it wasn’t so easy to guess why he was so important and cared about Rose so much. After his second appearance in the novel or so, I said to myself, “Okay Jesse Abe is ….” if you read the series you know who Abe is, and if you haven’t go and read the series, because I am not going to spoil it for you!

Now, did anyone else like Strigoi Dimitri more than his regular self? Well, I did. Again, probably an unpopular opinion, but I loved Dimitri as villain. I mean he wasn’t quite a villain, as he was honestly just wanting to have the life Rose and him had talked about, granted just as strigoi. I found it very interesting seeing how accepting of his new life and his willingness to change Rose. I half expected Dimitri to be in hiding, ashamed of what he became, but I was shocked to see how Richelle took this story line. I was shocked but very pleased with how it played out.

Honestly, I can’t say anything bad about this novel, expect for how I felt about Lissa and her story lines in Blood Promise. Let me know what you thought about Blood Promise below in the comments!

 

About the Author: 

Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of over twenty-five books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan series take a witty but edgy look at the paranormal while her sci-fi Age of X series shows us a future with no religion. Over on the young adult side, Richelle has written the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans. Her latest project, The Glittering Court, takes place in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America, following the adventures of three impoverished girls trained up to be “ladies” who can make advantageous marriages in a dangerous new world across the sea.

Richelle’s books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as adapted into graphic novels. In 2014, Vampire Academy was made into a feature film. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV.

Shadow Kiss Book Talk

Synopsis:

It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy and Rose is close to graduation, but since making her first Strigoi kills, things haven’t felt quite right. She’s having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all …might be seeing ghosts. Consumed by her forbidden love with her tutor Dimitri and protecting her best friend, the Moroi princess Lissa, Rose is in no state to see the deadly threat that will change her entire world – and make her choose between the two people she loves most.

 

Review:

I gave Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead 4/5 stars.

YAY! More Adrian! I was beyond happy to see that Adrian was in Shadow Kiss more and at St. Vladimir’s working on his spirit and helping Lissa with hers. Of course his sexiness doesn’t hurt either hahaha.

I honestly felt like Shadow Kiss was a really fast read, but it wasn’t because of the action. I mean yes there is some great action in this book especially near the end, but I found it interesting to read about Rose and the rest of the Dhampirs go through their field experiences, Rose learning more about what it means to be shadow kissed and how Rose and her friends are dealing with life after what happen in Spokane. Personally I really like the idea of bringing in ghosts to the story. I mean usually I’m not huge on book about one supernatural entity bringing in others, but it worked really well in this case, as the vampires don’t really believe or think the subject of ghosts are taboo, but her you have Rose who is seeing ghosts and doesn’t understand and struggling to get the information she wants. I mean my heart sort of broke for Rose in this book, because as you read you can see her struggle with being shadow kissed and there is no one there that can truly help her.

Of course come the end of the book my heart broke for Rose for a different reason. Honestly, once this series is over, Richelle better leave Rose alone and let her be happy. I mean at least for a little bit. I mean with everything Rose has gone through in a matter of a year, not even mentioning the car accident and running away from St. Vladimir’s for two years prior to the series starting, she truly deserves a break. Well I guess she did get a little break with Dimitri in the cabin in this book 😉

But honestly, between the ghosts, field experience, and the strigoi attacks there wasn’t much else to this book. I mean it was a great book, but something I’m not sure what was just missing from it for me.

What did you think of Shadow Kiss? Did you have a favorite part?

 

About the Author:

Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of over twenty-five books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan series take a witty but edgy look at the paranormal while her sci-fi Age of X series shows us a future with no religion. Over on the young adult side, Richelle has written the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans. Her latest project, The Glittering Court, takes place in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America, following the adventures of three impoverished girls trained up to be “ladies” who can make advantageous marriages in a dangerous new world across the sea.

Richelle’s books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as adapted into graphic novels. In 2014, Vampire Academy was made into a feature film. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV.

Summer TBR Plan

AHH! Summer is here! I got my grades for the semester and passed all my classes and I’m ready to relax and read for a few months. That being said, what to read? Well, I have quite a few books that I’ve been meaning to read and have yet to do so. Well Jesse, no more waiting! The time is now! So I have a long list of books set, but I don’t know if I will get through all of these as there are some books coming out this summer I want to get and read right away, and I receive books to review and I know as of right now I have 4 on the way, so those need to get read. This is just a plan of books I want to get done, but I won’t be ashamed if I don’t finish all of them.

  1. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  3. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
  4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  5. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (I started this book in the fall but DNF it, but I want to finish it now)
  6. Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
  7. Stillwell by Michael Phillip Cash
  8. Witches Protection Program by Michael Phillip Cash
  9. Winger by Andrew Smith
  10. The Diviners by Libba Bray
  11. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  12. The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness
  13. Starflight by Melissa Landers
  14. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  15. The Devil Wear Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  16. Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  17. Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
  18. A Court of Thorns and Rose by Sarah J Maas
  19. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  20. The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  21. The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
  22. The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
  23. The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
  24. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  25. The Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (Currently Reading

Alright! So there are the books I plan to read this summer! I plan on posting once a month an up date of the list so you can keep track of which books I’ve read and which ones I have not. Maybe this will me be more accountable of what I read.

Do you have a certain set of books you want to read this summer? Comment below and let me know which ones they are!

Frostbite Book Talk

Synopsis:

Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if handto- hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks…. This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price…

 

Review:

I gave Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead 4.5/5 stars.

By the time this is posted, I will be well into The Last Sacrifice aka the final book in the Vampire Academy series and I have to say, Frostbite has been my favorite book in the whole series. Yes I will say it, book number 2 of all books was my favorite. I had a feeling while reading that it would be my favorite and it has yet to be proven wrong. Granted The Last Sacrifice could change that, but we shall see when that book talk goes up!

I have to say, I think my favorite part about Frostbite is that we get to see how the gang gets along outside of St. Vladimir’s and out in the real world. I mean yes, we got a vague idea of how Rose and Lissa handle themselves outside of the academy in the first book, but it still isn’t the clearest idea. Granted the situation in Frostbite is quite different on many levels. The first being, they spend a portion of the book at a resort of Moroi that is being heavily guarded by Dhampirs, and when Rose, Mia, Christian, Mason, and Eddie are off in Spokane on their “adventures”, it’s not like how it was when Rose and Lissa were away from the academy. For the most part, we see Rose really step up as a leader and less of a child in Frostbite. I honestly feel that Rose in the first book would of ran off to Spokane with Mia, Mason, and Eddie, but she actually thought out how she should act in the situation instead of going on impulse like the others. Granted her little rescue mission could of used a bit more thought…but over all I loved how Rose developed in Frostbite. As a reader you can definitely see her growing into the guardian she is meant to be.

I would like to discuss some of the new characters that come into play in Frostbite. The two big ones I want to talk about are Tasha Ozera and Adrian Ivashkov. I’m going to start with Tasha. I’m sort of in love with this woman. She is strong, she is brave, she is a woman with a mission and she will not back down for what she think is right. Granted, yes this does put a lot of trouble her way, but it is nothing she can’t handle; especially with a little help from her friends. Also, I love seeing how she interacts with Christian her nephew that she helped protect and raise after his parents chose to become Strigoi. I mean she put herself literally in the line of fire to protect him from them.

Now Adrian Ivashkov…ugh! Why do I love him so much!!! He is literally everything that I dislike in guys, but I can’t help but love him. I mean now that I am further into the series I know why I love him like I do, but it was one of those things, when he showed up in Frostbite for the first time, I was hooked on Adrian and I didn’t want to let go even though I couldn’t stand him. Now that I am further along though, I want Adrian in my life as my lover. Besides how I love Adrian, I really enjoy the connection that Adrian shares with Rose and Lissa. The connection he shares with each of them is different, but similar in a way, and in Frostbite we only just begin to explore these connections, and it left me wondering is Adrian going to be someone we can trust in the long run, or is Richelle Mead just messing with my heart by making me fall in love with Adrian and then bam! turns him evil in the next book. I mean honestly, with the cliffhangers that Richelle has done with this series, I wouldn’t of been surprised if she did.

Have you read Frostbite? If so what did you think? Did you like the new characters introduced? Comment below you thoughts on Frostbite by Richelle Mead. I would love to hear your thoughts!

 

About the Author:

Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of over twenty-five books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan series take a witty but edgy look at the paranormal while her sci-fi Age of X series shows us a future with no religion. Over on the young adult side, Richelle has written the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans. Her latest project, The Glittering Court, takes place in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America, following the adventures of three impoverished girls trained up to be “ladies” who can make advantageous marriages in a dangerous new world across the sea.

Richelle’s books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as adapted into graphic novels. In 2014, Vampire Academy was made into a feature film. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV. And can we just talk about how cute she is!!

Vampire Academy Book Talk

Synopsis:

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

 

Review:

I gave Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead 3/5 stars.

As I write this book talk I just finished Spirit Bound the second to last book in the Vampire Academy series and will be starting The Last Sacrifice as soon as I finish the book I’m currently reading. Needless to say, I am hooked into this series and I feel after a rereading that I would give Vampire Academy more than 3 stars.

Lets just start off with the big reason why I gave Vampire Academy 3/5 stars. I first started reading Vampire Academy in February or March of this year after I watched the movie for the first time. As a person who never read the book and didn’t really know much about it, the movie got me completely hooked into reading it. I’ve had it sitting on the floor of my room (lack of space for bookshelves) for about a year at this point and I was in the middle of a reading slump and I thought it would get me out of it. Well…I was completely wrong. Vampire Academy in the first part of the book can be a bit slow, as they are introducing all the characters, the differences between all the species like the Strigoi, Miroi, and Dhampir, and I was just ready for action. So needless to say, I wasn’t feeling it and being in a reading slump I put the book down for about 2-3 months.

A few weeks back, I decided I wanted to finish some of the books that I’d set down during my slump or just didn’t want to finish in the past year and decided to start with Vampire Academy, because it was the most clear one in my head. After I started reading it again, I was hooked like I was wanting to be and finished it that day. It’s funny when I think about it now, because I set it down right before the action in the book started to pick up and I should of known that from the movie, so had I not been lazy and gave up on the book during my slump, I could of finished this book a lot earlier and gotten out of my slump. So I gave Vampire Academy 3 stars as it couldn’t hold my attention for the first part of the book, but I think after a reread it could get a 4-4.5 star rating.

Now enough about my reading habit when it came to the Vampire Academy and lets get to the book itself! I have to say I think Richelle Mead did a great job introducing the characters and the world that the Vampire Academy series takes place in. I mean you have this supernatural story, but I felt that it was thrust into this contemporary world, that flowed very nicely together. I’m a huge fan of when authors are able to accomplish writing a supernatural or fantasy story, but are able to tie it into the real world. Besides being able to accomplish this, Richelle brought to  life this amazing well rounded personality filled characters that I find it hard to not fall in love with one if not all of them.I mean Rose, Lissa, Dimitri, Christian, heck even Mia! When it comes to this book or series, there is a character for everyone.

Now, I hope you all enjoyed my book talk for Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Stay tuned the next few days as I will be posting a book talk for each book of the Vampire Academy series. Also in case you’re wondering I would totally want to be a Dhampir if I was brought into this world…or Christian lol!

 

About the Author:

Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of over twenty-five books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan series take a witty but edgy look at the paranormal while her sci-fi Age of X series shows us a future with no religion. Over on the young adult side, Richelle has written the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans. Her latest project, The Glittering Court, takes place in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America, following the adventures of three impoverished girls trained up to be “ladies” who can make advantageous marriages in a dangerous new world across the sea.

Richelle’s books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as adapted into graphic novels. In 2014, Vampire Academy was made into a feature film. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV.