Review: The invasion by K.A. Applegate (Animorphs # 1)

The Invasion (Animorphs, #1)

The story in 50 words or less:

Five kids are witness to a horrible incident concerning aliens and they come out with the ability to morph into animals. Also, they now carry the burden of trying to save the world from an alien invasion.

My take on the book:

 

I read a couple of the books in this series back when I was in middle school, though I missed a lot of them (because my library never had the right ones in when I needed them!). And even though I hadn’t even come close to reading half of the books in the series, I did really enjoy them. So I decided to pick them back up. And this time I would be reading them in order!

I really enjoyed this book a lot. It’s just so entertaining! Jake may not be my favorite character in the book, but he’s not unlikable either, so I didn’t mind that this book was told from his point of view. The story moves quickly and there’s just no boring moment really. Things are just constantly happening during the (short) span of this book.  The writing isn’t anything special, but it’s definitely not bad either.
This book is just the beginning of a very vast series and it just makes me excited to check out the other books. All the books are told from different point of views and I can’t wait to find out how their voice brings something extra to the story. Plus I’m really excited to find out how these books will evolve and where the story will go.

My rating:

3 stars ~ A very entertaining book with average writing.  All in all, some very enjoyable middle grade books!

Have you read this book? Have you read this series? What are your thoughts on it?
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Review: Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Vampire Academy

(Vampire Academy #1)

Richelle Mead

My rating:

4 star

Goodreads summary:

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.

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I actually picked up this book because I saw the trailer for the movie, and I have no regrets about it at all. Overall this was just a very enjoyable read; it just grabbed my attention and didn’t let me go until I was finished. The thing that made me love this book was to fact that it looked at vampire social structures differently. There was royalty and guardians and normal vampires and this made the social scene just feel much more realistic and more interesting in general. All the characters in this book were very pronounced and they all played their separate roles in the story.

The fact that there was such a complex structure to the social scene just really made me love this book a whole lot. It made you see vampire society as more than just one group and I think that it gave the whole book more realistic feel. It also allows for much more interesting interpersonal relationships. The whole vampire Academy concept was also very interesting especially because there were different types of studies to take, depending on what race you are.

The characters in his book were a lot of fun to read about because they were so pronounced. All of them had very specific traits which were consistent throughout the book. Rose was a very feisty character which made it very enjoyable to read her story. And Lissa balanced out Rose’s feistiness very nicely. All the secondary characters in this book also had a very realistic personality and they were all part of the bigger picture. They helped move the story along but it didn’t feel forced all, which was great.

Writing wise this story might not have been super special, but it didn’t bother me either, so that’s a good thing. The storyline itself was perhaps slightly predictable but even that didn’t really make me dislike the book. It just took me along for the ride and it just kept me wanting to read more. This book is definitely setting up for bigger and better things in the sequel and I hope it delivers!

In general the story was slightly predictable, but that didn’t really bother me. This was a fun, nice read and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.