Okay, let me start by saying I really love this series and the Vampire Academy series. I did enjoy this book but I don't think it was as good as the previous ones in the series. I know the whole point of this books is to set the stage for the final book so I'm cutting it some slack. The story was really slow for the first three quarters of the book and then it felt like a million things were shoved into the last bit of the book. There were some big surprises that I was pretty excited about so that helped my opinion of it a lot. Of course, there was a very crazy cliffhanger so now I have to read the last book! Silver Shadows is definitely the weakest of the series but still a must-read for fans. 3 stars.
You'd Be So Pretty If...Teaching Our Daughters to Love Their Bodies-Even When We Don't Love Our Own by Dara Chadwick
I have had a lot of body issues over the years and I'm terrified of passing them on to Julia so when I read about this book, I really wanted to read it. It was an interesting look at how a parent can affect their child's self-esteem and body image and I realized that I definitely need to change the way I go about things. There were a lot of anecdotes and the author used interactions with her daughter as examples quite often. While I did find some useful information in the book, I thought that there wasn't a lot of new information in it and a lot of the tips were kind of obvious. Overall, a pretty good read but I was expecting a little bit more from it. 3 stars.
I really debated writing anything about this book at all because I don't want to be drawn and quartered. That being said, I will keep this brief. I am a HUGE Anne Rice fan; this is the 20th book of hers I have read and I devoured her books in high school and college. I have re-read several of them on more than one occasion because I can't get enough. However, I did not like this book at all. It was very long-winded and I just felt like there was a lot going on but nothing was ever explained. There were a few characters that I felt needed to be explained and developed more; I had a hard time understanding why they were even there. The book was broken into chapters, each chapter focusing on a different character. Every chapter felt like it restated what was happening from that character's point of view and it was tiring and repetitive. I did like seeing where some of my favorite characters are now but I really struggled to get through this one. I wanted to love it so much but overall, it was kind of disappointing. 2 stars.