Summer Giveaway Hop Winner!

[This giveaway hop is hosted by I Am a Reader, Not A Writer and BookHounds.]


Thank you so much to everyone who entered my giveaway! 

Without further ado, the lucky winner is…
Dianne @ Siren In Distress !!!
Random.Org picked you as the winner of my Summer Giveaway Hop!


Giveaway Stats:
> 208 entries
> 136 additional entries (Twitter Follower)
> 344 total entries entered into Random.Org List Randomizer
> Chain Reaction and Crossed both have 46 requests from entrants (Silence has 44, Beautiful Chaos has 21, The Son of Neptune has 19, Archangel’s Blade has 17, The Power of Six has 15)


As the winner, I will pre-order a copy of Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry #3) by Simone Elkeles from The Book Depository for you.

A separate email will be sent to you so please acknowledge receipt.

I was so happy and overwhelmed by the support you guys have given me!
So, i’m thinking… how about i have another (International) giveaway next month, huh? 😉
Just a way of saying a BIG Thank You!
And i’m thinking of not just one winner… but two!


  I joined another giveaway hop this September so better stay on your toes!

Thanks again and I hope you keep visiting my blog, reading my reviews, and raving with me about my book obsessions. 😉



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”








Book Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

RATING: StarStarStarStar

(Vampire Academy #1)

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.

Literary Award: 2008 ALA Teen’s Top Ten


“A ghostly smile flickered across his face. “If you weren’t so psychotic, you’d be fun to hang around.”
“Funny, I feel that way about you too.” He didn’t say anything else, but the smile grew, and he walked away.”


I’ve been a skeptic now about vamp books – mainly because they are just too many but (almost always) with the same old story. Vampire Academy (VA) brought out my love for Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance again. The storyline Mead came up with is unique for my taste and is truly, truly delectable.

Rose is very protective of her best friend, Lissa. But that is not what set her apart. Rose is snarky, vindictive, and bold – all traits I thought is very suitable for a heroine within a vampiric book. Her dry wit and sarcastic sense of humor made me stifle a laugh a bunch of times. Her intention to put Lissa first, even before herself, is really what made a mark on her character. Selflessness is scarce nowadays, wouldn’t you agree?

Rose and Dmitri’s romance felt right. No love at first sight. No swooning and pining for Dmitri after their initial meeting. Rose’ feelings gradually rise and strengthen as they spend time during training. Dmitri’s on/off indifference to Rose is believable (they have a 7-year-gap). It saddened me how things turned out for them in the end. But hey, it’s only book 1, so I guess there’s a lot in store for them, right? I will watch their relationship, you bet on that.

I found Lissa weak – she depends on Rose too much. But when the roles are reversed, it is stunning how Lissa turned into the most dangerous Moroi. I super like Christian (such an emo boy) and Mason (poor guy). Natalie – this one is predictable/unpredictable at the same time (this is one wicked character!).

Vampire Academy is not your typical vampire read. I thought the school drama went on for too long, but other than that, VA is one of the vampire series I will read up until the last book. Witty, charming, and electrifying, Vampire Academy will leave you hanging to your seat every time Richelle Mead throws a sneaky curveball at you.

#7 Off-the-Shelf Reading Challenge 2011



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”