North of Need

North of NeedMegan Snow had survived her husbands death but two years after his passing she wasn’t ready to let go. Then she will find a man outside her cabin door in trouble. Megan will help him only to find out that Owen Winters was not a normal man.

Owen Winters was a God of Winter. He thrived in cold conditions. Now during one snow storm he will meet Megan Snow but he will not have a lot of time to be with her. As it gets warmer Owen will have to somehow convince Megan that they can be together, to love each other.

North of Need is the first book to the series Hearts of Anemoi by Laura Kaye. I really liked this book. It was a quick read that was full of sweet and steamy scenes between the two characters. I will have to say that this book did remind me of Frosty the Snowman but only a very little as Owen was made out of a snowman and comes to life but that is were the similarities pretty much stop. Frosty never turned in to a strong and powerful God of Winter.

Megan’s character was a woman who was grieving for her husband. She was a shell of the woman she used to be but that will change. I liked that she did not just jump right into being in love with Owen. He had to work hard to get her to feel again, but she did open up and start to live again. Owen’s character was a man who was experiencing things for the first time. Everything was new to him. I liked that he was so joyful, full of life, which was what helps heal Megan.

There was some definite steamy scenes and I will say the ending was perfect to the point of cheesy but I liked it nevertheless.

Vampire Academy

The Vampire AcademyI started the series Vampire Academy from Richelle Mead several years ago when it first came out. But it was a series I had to wait for and I got tried of waiting specifically as she left the book Blood Promise on a cliff hanger. I took a break from her. It turned out the break was for several years and now that the series is complete I decided to revisit the first four and then finish up on the final two books which have been plaguing me.

The six books to the series Vampire Academy are:

1. Vampire Academy

2. Frostbite

3. Shadow Kiss

4. Blood Promise

5. Spirit Bound

6. Last Sacrifice

So first off this series is about vampires but Mead has created this world with a different take on them. Vampires are not the word but Moroi and then there are dhampirs, half humans, who act like guardians for them. Mainly the story takes place at the school, St. Vladimir’s, where they are trained to do the job. The story circles around Rose, the guardian, and Lissa, a Moroi royal. There are many fights and it gets dicey when Dimitri gets into the mix and feelings form between Rose and Dimitri which is against the rules. What then starts to come is Dimitri will be turned to the worst thing which is a strigoi, but all it not lost as there is talk they can be brought back.

Alright so the first four books went quick as I have already read them, so it was more of a reminder of what had occurred with Rose and Lissa plus Dimitri, who I love in the books. Now came Spirit Bound and Last Scarfice. I will say that reading the series again was needed to remind me of the characters who were part of the series. This is something you need to start at the beginning. Back to the fifth and sixth book they were worth the wait. I was in agony for how the story was going especially with the love triangle between Rose, Dimitri and Adrian. Now I did like Adrian but compared to Dimitri he was weak and Rose needed someone who could be by her side.

Now Mead doesn’t make it easy for a happy ending. There are bumps in the road causing nonstop obstacles and of course feelings get in the way with doing the right or wrong thing. I was very satisfied with the ending as I got my way even though one was hurt because of it, but for me the better man or the right man was picked for Rose’s character.

The enemy that was the one behind the murder of the Queen left a blank for me. I had several suspects and the murderer turned out to be one of them but I was never sure until right before they were revealed. I felt bad for the person but not so much when they purposely harmed Rose almost killing her.

After this long wait on the series I would have been steamed if the ending was different but Richelle Mead wrote the series well with all the action, forbidden love, and new hope. The Vampire Academy series is a very good addition for young adult books.