Currently Reading: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

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The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

Hey guys! I’m back with another book.

I’d like to introduce to you the last book of the sequel Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. It’s entitled, “The Ruby Circle.”

I bought this book over Google Play for almost P700. I bought it alongside the short story of Alex by Lauren Oliver. I bought Alex for almost 200 pesos or if I’m not mistaken, it was around P170.

I think it costs around P700 at that time because it was just released in the market. If I remember it correctly, I bought this book on or before the third week of February and according to Wikipedia, The Ruby Circle was scheduled to be released in February 2015 in the U.S.

I find the telecoms’ idea of purchasing items using your postpaid line benefitial because the customer gets to purchase stuff right away. Like in my case, books like these are usually not available in the bookstores right away. Sometimes it takes several months before the books become available in the bookstores here in the Philippines.

I also noticed that bookstores usually sell hardbound copies before the paperback and I guess, it’s one of the reasons why it’s that expensive. Aside from the material and the size, I think it’s also costly in Google Play Store because of these reasons:

1. Either it’s the first edition

Or

2. It is readily available on the same month that it was scheduled to be released.

Or

3. It’s the last installment of the book

Or

4. Something else.

Anyway, it was my first time to buy a book in Google Play using my Smart Postpaid line. It’s like I’m using a credit card where I get to pay for the items on the Play Store through my Smart account instead of paying cash.

And being a self-proclaimed bookworm that I am, I find the perk convenient, worth it and exciting.

I’ve used my Smart account and Google Play account for buying tickets in Candy Crush Saga before. Yep, I don’t ask my friends for tickets. And yep, I still play Candy Crush.

I really felt like I was on cloud nine when I successfully purchased the said books most especially when I realized that it’s not just the additional lives, moves, tickets or paid games that I can purchase.

So, as you noticed this entry is quite far from a book review but I guess this entry can be categorized as a free advertising for the Google Play services and Smart Telecommunciations team-up. Also, I mentioned that this is far from a book review because I’m still unsure whether I’m on Chapter 4 or 5 of The Ruby Circle; but I vaguely remember that I’m on page 83. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been slacking on my reading these days and I confess that I’m not as obsessed with this book as the previous books, or even as excited as when I was reading Delirium. I dunno, probably it’s the momentum or the shifting of storylines or whatnot.

You see, Bloodlines is a sequel of The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead!

It’s a story of a Moroi and a Dhamphir. A Moroi is a royal family of vampires while a Dhampir is an offspring of a human and a Moroi.

Morois have different capabilities that can be classified to some elements. Some of them are Fire users, Air users, Earth users, and Water users. Adrian and Lisa, both characters in The Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series, are both Spirit users.

Spirit users have the ability to compel people. Compulsion is like hypnotizing someone or to control the person’s mind. Aside from their strong compulsion, some spirit users can walk on someone’s dream and change the setting of the dream. Some can heal animals or people and some can even bring the dead to life, hence the word “ShadowKissed”. However, every use of the Spirit has a negative effect on the Spirit user’s mind. They can become crazy in the long run. Alcohol or medicines can numb the Spirit but because of several plot related reasons, the spirit users can’t stop using it.

Morois are not accustomed to using their gifts to defend themselves that’s why they need the Dhampirs to protect them everyday.

Dhampirs are strong and human-like, however, they are more unique than humans. They usually protect the Morois from the Strigois.

Humans are referred to as feeders, where they offer their bloods voluntarily in exchange for the high that they get from the endorphins that come from the vampire’s saliva. Also, their main villains are called Strigois. Strigois drain their victim’s blood and convert some of their victims to be like them. It’s a little similar with Victoria’s army in Twilight.

The Alchemists was also introduced in The Vampire Academy series. The Alchemists are humans who are dedicated to protecting the human world. They conceal the existence of vampires and they actually think that vampires in general are evil. Giving emphasis to religion and moral standards, Sydney Sage takes control in the Bloodlines sequel and Richelle Mead really gave Sydney a different voice or perspective in narrating the Alchemist’s point of view.

Sorry for the spoilers. I really suck at giving summaries so forgive me if you got confused or had a hemorrhage because of my poor narration.

I’m hoping that you could read these books so that you can also share your opinions. ๐Ÿ™‚ You can also check the synopsis of these books on Wikipedia. ๐Ÿ™‚

The other thing that I liked most about The Vampire Academy is that it’s action-packed. It doesn’t highlight the romance that much. Although Rose, Dimitri and Adrian had a love triangle in the books, still it had a different impact on the story. Well, that’s my opinion.

I guess, it’s not as pocketbook-ish like Twilight and I can say that I spent some of my monthly salaries for the paperback and hardbound copies of the book a few years ago. It has also influenced me to try reading other young adult books and I loved it!

This is the main reason why I feel angsty or I tend to retaliate when people question the trend of Dystopian and Vampire themed series / books. I love reading Young Adult books that much that’s why I find reading other genres out of my comfort zone.

I’m not the type who always reads John Grisham, Paulo Coelho, John Green, Nicholas Sparks, etc. I tried to read it but I was not as intrigued as the YA books that I’ve read.

I guess, this defines my personality and I’m happy to tell you that I’m trying to get back on track. Although, not through paper but e-books, still I was able to enjoy the books without any hassle. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Re: Delirium TV Movie

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The curiosity killed the cat. And I’m the cat.

I just finished watching the pilot episode of Delirium. Yep, thanks to Hulu and the torrent gods, I was able to watch it. Even if it was released for a limited time only.

Watch out for spoilers!

I rate this pilot โ™กโ™กโ™กโ™ก hearts and not stars because I don’t have stars in my Android keyboard. :]

I totally agree with Marissa M’s comments. I actually wished that I never discovered this pilot episode. Delirium’s story was mesmerizing. It caught me. I’m hooked. I wish there’s a second episode. I wish Hulu got more episodes. :[

In my defense, the pilot was just right for me. I was able to read Delirium (book 1) and Pandemonium (book 2) and it helped me to understand the pacing of the story. I haven’t finished reading Pandemonium but watching this show made me want to continue reading the book more. In fact, I have only read a few chapters but I understand the story. I can say that I don’t get the other characters because I honestly don’t know them or I haven’t read about them yet. And a part of me missed Grace, Aunt Carol and Jenny because they were not shown in the Pilot.

They actually chose a different plot. I understand that it’s because they can’t copy the whole book. And they also have to change some things because they need to attract the readers and supporters of the show. It’s not a problem for me.

It actually helped me understand and visualize the fences and the Crypts. There are other scenes that are clearer now and that I can visualize thanks to the show though they changed some of it.

At first, I was hesitant to watch it because it must be scary or gore or something… (because of the raid and other raid related scenes) but I was wrong.

What sets me off is that, in the show the characters can touch each other but in the books they can’t.

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As for the artists, Emma Roberts gave Lena Haloway justice. Although, in my opinion Hana should be blonde. Alex didn’t seem like Alex for me. Julian was okay. But… I haven’t finished the books yet so I can’t really say.

I just wish that there’s a follow up because I liked it. They combined Pandemonium and Delirium in the Pilot and it makes sense. It’s beautiful. It’s a little rushed but it was the kind of rush that I enjoyed.

I love how they narrated Delirium. Delirium’s show was fun. The narration was okay with me. I guess, you need to read the book somehow to understand the story. And perhaps they can still expand it and narrate it if they were given a chance.

I just… I just wish that another producer will pick it up or make it a movie. :[