Audiobook Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Vampire Academy

Author: Richelle Mead

Release Date: August 16th, 2007

Page Count: 354

Start Date: November 29th, 2016 and October 3rd, 2022

Finish Date: December 13th, 2016 and October 6th, 2022

Review:

Story: Per Goodreads, I’ve read this book twice. Once in 2016 and once now. The truth is, I know I’ve read it at least three times now. Once sometime before 2013 and then the two times listed. This story never gets old for me. It’s one of my favorite series of all times. It has one of my favorite characters of all time. Rose Hathaway. This is actually my first time listening to the story in audiobook. It was a different experience, but in a good way. I also kind of want to go grab my copy of the 10th anniversary edition and read the short stories!

Characters: Rose is one of my favorite characters. Hands down. She’s constantly being misunderstood. She takes the high road and doesn’t really correct people. She lets them draw their own conclusions. Then there’s Dimitri. He’s tough, but he’s fair. You have Christian who’s just such a snarky being. I know we’re supposed to like Lissa. Sometimes I do, but there are times she just kind of shows behaviors that I don’t care for.

Critiques: As if!

Narration: It was really great. It put me right into the world and made me not want to leave it.

Final Thoughts: I picked this book up for a challenge for a readathon I’m participating in. I’m really glad I did it. It was so great to step into the world again. It makes me want to disappear from the world and devour the rest of the series now. Maybe soon. Maybe I’ll have to work on getting the rest of the series in audiobook when I get more credits in. I have all of the Bloodlines series in audiobook. I need to read those as well. This is one of my favorite series of all time.

Hocus Pocus Readathon TBR! Team Trick or Treaters!

I’m participating in the Hocus Pocus Readathon for the second year in a row. Last year, I was Team Sanderson Sisters. This year, I’m Team Trick or Treaters. Next year, I may go Undead. We shall see! Either way, I want to share my TBR for this year! Especially since I can start tomorrow!

Info for readathon can be found here and here.

Team Trick or Treaters

  1. Halloween night is full of spooky and eerie vibes! Read a book with an atmospheric setting! (15 points) Hocus Pocus
  2. Max started this whole mess when he lit the black flame candle! Read the first book in a series! (15 points) Vampire Academy
  3. Trick-or-treating is all about the candy! Read a short and sweet book, less than 300 pages! (15 points) Marked
  4. Halloween is such a fun and colorful holiday! Read a book with Halloween colors on the cover (orange, black, purple, or green)! (15 points) Betrayed
  5. Max, Allison, and Dani have to stay up all night to defeat the witches! Read a book that is so scary that it would keep you up at night! (horror, mystery, thriller, etc.) (15 points) Scary Stories
  6. Team trick-or-treaters need to come together to survive the night! Read a book with multiple POVs! (15 points) Nature’s Strike
  7. Watch the movie! Watch Hocus Pocus or Hocus Pocus 2! (25 points)

Team Trick-or-Treaters

Strength: There are only so many hours of Halloween night! You can have a head start, and begin reading your Hocus Pocus Readathon TBR 4 days early (starting September 27th!)

Weakness: Team Trick-or-Treaters are young, so they must deal with parents and rules! You have to abide by the rules and read each book on your TBR in the order of the prompts. You can’t move on to the following prompt until you finish the last!

If you’re participating, I’d love to see your TBR! And what team you’re in!!!

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Results

My favorite readathon was this weekend! Sadly, I missed out on about half of it. I’m still in training at work and couldn’t ask for it off. Next time I’ll be able to request off! Either way, I did a pretty great job! I read over 400 pages in about 9 hours. I also wound up finishing three books. They were books I had made great progress on before the readathon, but I’m still very happy.

Did anybody else attend? I’d love to see your results!

April TBR Jar Readathon Reading Plans

I host a readathon in my group (The Introverted Readathoner) every month. Normally, I let a tbr pick my reading. This weekend, I’m a bit behind on some deadlines. So I’m just treating it like a normal readathon instead. I’m a bit intense with 24 hour and weekend readathons. Here’s my game plan:

I know it seems intense, but I constantly alter the schedule through the weekend to work for me. It works for me honestly. Especially when my goal is 20 pages an hour.

And now for my TBR for the weekend. I don’t plan to finish all of them, but I do plan on making progress in them at least!

If you’d like to join the group, just click here. You can also click the schedule graphic to get to the group as well.

AYearathon Go Green Readathon Results

Last week was AYearathon. It took place from April 11th to April 17th. The theme was Go Green. Read ebooks and audiobooks. I actually did well with that. I didn’t pick up a single physical copy for the entire week. I had ebook and audiobook options for every book I read.

My Progress:

Books Finished:

Books Read:

  1. The Ash Moon by Michelle Dare (Audiobook)- 156 Pages
  2. The Somber Call by Michelle Dare (Audiobook)- 266 Pages
  3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Audiobook)- 220 Pages
  4. The Frequency by Terry Kitto (E-Book)- 145 Pages
  5. Gathering of the Four by A.E. Bennett (E-Book)- 99 Pages
  6. Royal Decoy by Heather Frost (E-Book)- 25 Pages
  7. The Crucial Shift by Michelle Dare (Audiobook)- 260 Pages
  8. Wake’s Claim by Michelle Dare (Audiobook)- 288 Pages
  9. Zelia by Zora Marie (Audiobook)- 14 Chapters (Pages Unknown)

Total Pages: 1,459 +

I look forward to participating in their readathon next month!

Readathon Updates!

So this weekend was great! I participated in a Shadow Lounge Readathon! I read a total of 1,039 pages in the span of 32 hours! I call it a major sucess. I also finished four books!

This week I will be participating in the AYearathon readathon. I love week-long ones. Gives you more time to get your goals in. This month’s theam is “Go Green”. It’s basically meant to read ebooks and audiobooks. I’m very excited to do this! I’ve even made plans that will help me with the process.

I’ll have recaps for both readathons when I have more time (for the one already passed) and when the event is over! Anybody else done or doing these???

April Readathons

It’s the last day of March. How is this even possible? What happened to February? January?

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t bring up readathons I’m attending in April. It’s definitely going to be action packed. I’m very excited!

April Readathons:

Seasons of Reading Readathon- April 1st-30th (Spring into Horror)
Shadow Lounge Readathon- April 8th-10th
AYearathon- April 11th-17th (Go Green- Ebooks/Audiobooks)
TBR Jar Readathon- April 22-24
Dewey’s Readathon- April 30th

Let me know if you’re attending any of these!

My TBR Jar Readathon Results

Last weekend, I hosted my monthly TBR jar readathon. It went better than I expected! It also left me drained and needing a few days to recover. I should be back to normal tomorrow! I also got my equipment today for my new job that I start next Tuesday. I’m excited! Anyways, my point of this blog was to share my progress with you all! I will share my Tiktok videos and a photo of my notes through the event!

@starsbooksandtea

#Inverted My TBR Jar Readathon first picks! Sorry for the blunders! I get nervous!

♬ original sound – Star’s Books & Tea

Weekly Reading Plans: March 28th

One of the biggest goals I have this year is to finally tackle the huge list of books I’ve accumulated over the past year. Especially the books were given to me in exchange for review. I haven’t intended to go so long without reading them. I am just really bad with time management. Hopefully, this year will help me get better with that.

Note: I realize I plan to read a lot of books every week. I’m a mood reader and I account for that by adding extras so if I’m stuck I can move on to another book. I do not think that I will get all of these during the week. There are some that will be prioritized over others for obvious reasons.

Readathons I’m participating in this week:

Seasons of Reading Readathon- April 1st-30th (Spring into Horror)

Books I plan to read this week:

  1. A Royal Christmas Fairy Tale by Karen Schaler
  2. Gathering of the Four by A.E. Bennett
  3. Ascenders by C.L. Gaber
  4. Pretty Killer by Truant & King
  5. Royal Decoy by Heather Frost
  6. The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
  7. The Frequency by Terry Kitto
  8. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  9. The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker
  10. Hunt by Sadie Moss
  11. Clash by Sadie Moss

What are some of the books you plan to read this week?

March TBR Jar Readathon

I’m so excited! I’ll be hosting our monthly readathon. I haven’t fully participated in this one in a while and I’m so excited to get back. I’d really like to see the group grow and more people join this. We don’t just do these readathons. We also post our reading progress and post about other readathons going on as well. If this is something that interests you, please consider joining by clicking here. If I get more members, I may consider making a discord server for those who don’t really care to get on Facebook. It has to be something wanted first though. Come give us a try! We start at midnight tonight your time and it’s over midnight Sunday (technically Monday) your time! If you join, please enjoy!!!!

About the TBR Jar readathon:

You put books in the jar (or hat or whatever you want). You pick from the jar. Whatever it is you pick is what you read. That’s your book until you either put it down or finish it. Then you pick again and repeat the process until the readathon is over. If you run out, you can add others! It’s a fun way to relax and read on a whim.

All are welcome! Please please please join!!!!