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Lady Midnight Review

Lady Midnight - Cassandra Clare

Whoops it's been a long time and I haven't posted. Life has taken over. Oops. Well I really need to vent about Lady Midnight and get my feelings out before I see other reviews and they influence my ideas so here we go! SPOILERS AHEAD. 

 

Rating: ✮ ✮ ✮ ✮ ✮

 

Primary Feelings: This novel. It was so amazing and I cried reading the last 200+ pages straight through last night (of course nothing can beat when I read the last 400 pages of COHF until the wee hours of the morning). Last night I sat down and decided to finish this book and that I did. Cassandra Clare did it again, she wrote another novel that I love so, so much and cannot wait for the next installment (April 2017)! 

Characters: I love the characters so much in this story. Emma and Julian are so great and I've loved them ever since Cassie first announced them years ago. I loved seeing the two of them grow so much in the years since COHF and how much they have grown in this story. Emma is my spirit animal, I love her. Julian is another bae to add to my collection. And the others! Mark! Oh Mark, I'm so glad he had such a big part in this novel. I loved Ty as well the rest of the Blackthorns were meh. Christina was also just kinda there for me. And Kit (*cough*ChristopherHerondale*cough*)! I love him already. And I really love how she integrated all the other characters into it...Oh Jem! And Church! And everybody else oh my gawd. 

Ships: Ugh my heart was killed so many times in this novel. Emma and Julian were killing me the entire time and then they kissed and slept together and omg I thought they were going to be together, but not and ugh, can't they stop being so stupid! And at the end oh my god Emma stop, just tell him! He's going to find out anyway, ugh I need my Blackstairs, or Jemma, or whatever you call it. To throw it out there I still ship Kierran and Mark and refuse to ship Mark and Christina. I do feel bad for him though. And KITTY omg I love that ship and I can't wait for the next book to see where it goes! And Sizzy and the Malec and the Clace, someone help me. 

Plot Discussion: I don't even know what I'm writing here, I'm just going to talk about points that jumped out to me. In the beginning I caught it! That was Jem and Tessa walking in the Shadow Market! Emma's strained relationship with Julian hurt me so much in the beginning. They just needed to be together. I didn't really like Diana, I thought something was fishy with her...and it was. I loved Mark coming back and helping them investigate the murders, like yay! Maybe now they can get Helen back too. Thanks Cassie for trolling us with no Alec in the book until the very end (like seriously she mentioned him so much but he was never around). I really enjoyed the overall plotline, I love a good mystery and I still always thought that the Guardian was going to be some unknown not Malcolm! I never suspected him, I suspected Diana more than him! I was so astonished! And then, when he stole Tavvy no like please no. I don't care how bad of person you are you don't kidnap and murder children (I know Sebby did but he didn't mean to kill Max, it was an accident, he was just trying to knock him out). I'm actually really surprised no one died or anything in the end cause I totally thought someone would or something bad would happen. Except for the whole Emma trying to break Julian's heart thing everything was okay. I love how Jem and Tessa were led to Kit in the very end, he was a herondale! I never, never, suspected that! I just thought he had the sight, nonetheless be a Herondale! Another one! I remember that line from Shadowhunter Academy about all the Herondales. And Mark is staying! Yay! I'm so glad that he did. 

Predictions and Unanswered Questions: My main prediction is...does Julian have cancer? We all know his mother died of bone cancer and what I'm wondering is does Julian have that too? Because in the beginning Malcolm asks how Julian's feeling and if he has told Emma yet. Of course he hadn't and yeah, some people might thing that was about his feelings for her or about him running the institute (which wasn't really a surprise to me tbh) but something still seems off and I can totally see this turning into a Jem thing all over again. 

Second prediction: Will Jules turn evil? Obviously, he wants Emma and Emma wants him. Their bond is so strong their runes are like magic. I don't think he's ever going to stop loving Emma and Emma isn't going to stop loving him. I feel like he's going to go mad with power and become evil...could be completely wrong but hey, its a prediction. 

A Long Conversation: I could honestly probably write an entire review on this short story but I'll add it in here because it was inside Lady Midnight. This story! I've been so excited to read it since I found out it was in the back of the book! And when I finished LM at 2am in the morning I read this. Oh my feels this entire story...everyone got their happy ending! Malec is happy with two kids, Sizzy is getting married and Clace is happy living together and running the Institute....the only thing...Clace isn't engaged, you'd think they would be the first ones (after Malec of course) wouldn't you? What I'm thinking....Clary doesn't want to get married. Every time marriage was discussed to her in that story or something about her and Jace getting engaged she seemed odd about it. Wouldn't you want to marry the person you love most in your life? She says "She dreads" telling Jace her answer about if she'll marry him...probably a no then. She even mentioned earlier when Izzy asked her about when they were gonna get married Clary couldn't hide her feelings and Izzy was puzzled about the look on her face, obviously not the look that someone who wants to marry the love of their life should have. Why doesn't Clary want to get married? I can't believe that she doesn't want to because she doesn't love Jace because I know she does with everything she has. I don't even understand why she wouldn't want to. But I'm afraid she'll tell Jace no and he'll take it the wrong way and something bad will happen. I'm so scared that Cassie is going to murder Clace in the series they are only it in ten pages a book. 

 

Thanks for reading my review! What are your thoughts? Comment blow! 

 

TMI vs TID Tag

The Mortal Instruments Boxed Set (The Mortal Instruments, #1-3) - Cassandra Clare The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel; Clockwork Prince; Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare

Even though I should be reading and working on book reviews, I'm gonna do this tag. In the spirit of Lady Midnight's release on Tuesday (and also the release party I'm going to!) I wanted to do something Shadowhunters related...and this is it! The original video can be found here.

 

1. Favourite main character: Clary or Tessa?

In all honesty, I think it would have to be Clary. Since I started with TMI first I fell in love with Clary first and she'll always be my favourite. There was actually a time in TDI that I didn't like Tessa but I love her now.
2. Favourite Herondale: Jace or Will?

Do I even need to think about this? Jace. Jace is my bae. I love him so much. He was one of the first fictional characters that I fell completely in love with. I love him so much. Don't get me wrong, I love Will as well but Jace <3
3. Favourite love triangle: Simon/Clary/Jace or Will/Tessa/Jem?

Will/Tessa/Jem. Cause I really hated the Simon/Clary/Jace one because Clace was otp and Climon was, and always will be, notp so I really felt nothing during Climon scenes except frustration. The Wessa/Jessa (JESSA FTW) triangle gave me so many feels. I couldn't even choose who I wanted her to be with for like the first book. And then I chose Jem and just so many feels! 
4. Better Villain: Sebastian or the Magister?

Sebastian, obviously. I love Sebby's build up and the Magister...I barely even remember him. 
5. Better army: The Dark Army or The Clockwork Army?

The Dark Army, basically for the same reason as the question above. I barely even remember the Clockwork Army.  And Sebby is leading the Dark Army. That too. I just think that TID didn't stick with my as much as TMI did. 
6. Better First Book: City of Bones or Clockwork Angel?

City of Bones, obviously. TMI is one of my favorite series of all time. I loved the first book so much I think I read it it only a couple of days. It was a rollercoaster of feels the entire time. Clockwork Angel, yeah I enjoyed it immensely, but I enjoyed CoB a lot more. 
7. Better Female Sidekick: Isabelle Lightwood or Cecily Herondale?

Isabelle Lightwood because no one can beat Izzy. She's kickass and amazing and I love her so much. And Cecily...she's in it for like two seconds compared to everyone else and I don't know. I don't dislike her, I like Cecily but I can't even compare her to Izzy. 
8. Better Setting: The New York Institute or The London Institute?

I think I actually have to say the London Institute just because I love London and England so much and NY seems so boring in comparison. 
9. Better Last Book: City of Heavenly Fire or Clockwork Princess?

City of Heavenly Fire. Just...it was one of the most amazing books I have ever read in the world. I loved CP2, so, so much but it doesn't even compare to COHF. 
10. Better Final Epilogue: City of Heavenly Fire or Clockwork Princess?

Before COHF came out, CP2's epilogue was my favorite thing in the world because JESSA. I just...it was so perfect and I was screaming. Then COHF happened (and 500 pages in one night. Oops.) And the wedding. And Jem was there. Jace is a Herondale. He plays the piano. Tessa and Clary talk. Jem steals Church. It was the greatest ending to anything I could ever imagine. It will always be my favorite. 

 

That's the end of this tag! Thanks for reading! But I'm not done talking! The Lady Midnight release party is happening at the Grove in LA. And I'm going! I didn't realize how big of thing it was going to be! Cassie is going to be there, signing books. And like everybody from the tv show except Alberto and Matt (sadly). It's going to be amazing and I'm so excited. And I'll definitely blog about it here! 

Characters: Love to Hate

This is a new series of blog posts I'm going to do called Characters. Each week (hopefully) I'll upload something having to do with characters so let's begin!
We all have those characters that we fall helplessly in love with. Then, something happens and you just want to murder them, you hate them. I have too many characters like this. And it really makes me sad because of how much I used to love them; but I can never forgive them for the things that they have done.


WARNING. This blog post will contain spoilers for the following series: Maximum Ride, Divergent, and the Maze Runner. You have been warned.

 

Angel from Maximum Ride by James Patterson
Let's begin with the character who always come to mind when I think of those I want to throw in a hole to die: Angel. Oh this little seven year old used to be my favorite in the flock except for Max and Fang, of course. When me and my friends picked characters for myself I was even Angel. I loved her so much. And then FANG happened and everything changed.
This was the novel when that devious little seven year old took control of the flock. She basically ran Max and Fang out of the flock and took control. And then she was basically the reason Fang left in the end by telling him Max couldn't focus on protecting the flock with him around. In the end, I didn't hate Angel yet but my love for her was gone. I hated what she had done to Max and Fang and the flock.
I don't even remember what she did in ANGEL but my dislike of her continued. However, I was a bit sad when she "died." And then Nevermore happened and I hated her. Once again I can't remember what happened except one fact (it's been too long okay? A reread of the series is in order). She's the freaking Voice. Or wait...she's who's James Patterson wants you to believe is the Voice. I honestly do not believe it at all. How would Angel know half the stuff the Voice did? And when the a Voice came to be Angel didn't even have the full extent of her powers yet. Honestly I feel like Patterson set up the Voice to be someone else but the plan fell through and he just said Angel was it. Anyway after it was revealed she was the Voice she became a know it all for me. She always thought what she said was best for the flock. C'mon Angel, Max was the one who's been protecting you your entire life.
Then..Forever happened. I didn't even want to mention this book but I will. Once again Angel opened her big mouth and breaks and flock up and drives Fang away too. Stop Angel, just stop it. And at the end...she's leading the flock when they're flying? Like what the hell? Max is the leader, Max has always been the leader. The series is called Maximum Ride for pete's sake not Angel. She had basically became the leader and I hate it so much.

 

Theresa from The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Now, before I begin, my knowledge of Theresa only comes from the first novel and second movie. I stopped reading after the first book because honestly the series just didn't interest me anymore.
Theresa, oh Theresa. Oh course I loved her in the beginning. She was the only girl character and being a girl I was glad to see my gender represented. She was cool and I sort of shipped Theresa and Thomas a bit (now I hate that ship). I don't really know when my hate for her begin. Maybe it was when I began to ship Newtmas or Thominewt and she was in the way. Maybe it was when I realized how flat of a character she was. I don't know. But I sure as heck know I hated her when she betrayed everyone at the end of the Scorch Trials. And the worse part was: I knew she had done something. I knew something was off with her; for almost the entire movie I knew. Oh Theresa, you could have been so much better. Why did you have to do those things.

 

Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth
It's not even that I hate Tris, because I don't...I just don't like her at all anymore. (The same goes for Katniss but I'm going to talk about Tris). When I first read the trilogy I loved her. Six and Four was my otp. I cried when she died. It was really bad and I was so depressed. I couldn't believe Veronica Roth would do something like that to us.
But...now whenever I think of Tris I have nothing but dislike. I wonder where did all this go wrong? And then I figured it out: the movies. Don't get me wrong Shailene Woodley is an amazing actress...but she's just not right for Tris for me. She wasn't what I imagined. And the movie Tris started to cloud my view of book Tris. And now she's completely clouded it. I can't see Tris in any other way then the movie and I hate that. I hate it that I hate Tris because I used to love her so much. Maybe I need to reread the trilogy. And maybe one day I will and fall in love with Tris all over again, but for now she's included in this list.

 

And in interest of not making you read this all night...I'm done! Those are the characters I loved but now hate. Do you have any characters like this? Let me know below! Thanks for reading!

 

Books That Define Us

So this is just something I'd thought I'd blog about because I've been thinking about it a lot lately. 

Everyone has that one book, or that one series, or maybe dozens of books that stand out to them. Maybe it's because that's what got you into reading, maybe you connect with it on some level. Whatever it is, we all have them. And I just thought I'd talk about a few of mine today. 

 

Warriors by Erin Hunter

Yes, this is the series about the cats that live in the wild. Honestly, it seems a bit childish now and if I hadn't started reading the series eight years ago I wouldn't have just bought one of the books on Thriftbooks two days ago. I want to say that Warriors sparked my reading. Sure, I read a book here and there before that. I enjoyed reading but I didn't do it avidly. Then, my friend was reading these books and she showed me the website but I wasn't really that into it. That was until I went to the school library and checked out the fourth book of the first series one day (it was all they had okay?). Anyway, I started reading them after that. I read them so fast. I was ready for the final book of the third series when it came out in 2009. 

After reading all the Warriors I could I started with the authors' second series: Seekers. I loved that as well. I think after that I flew through any book I could get my hands on. 

 

Maximum Ride by James Patterson

Yeah, I talk about this series all the time and I'm sorry. It's just a really big part of my life. I started reading this series 7 years ago in 8th grade. I read it because my teacher had a few of the books in his library. And also because my friends all got into reading them. I actually started with the fourth book The Final Warning. Because that was all that was available when I wanted to read it. My friend had the actual first book. Max Ride became such a big part of my life, so much more then Warriors. This was mainly because a group of four friends and I all read the series. We all picked characters that were ourselves (I was Angel, a choice I regret so much now). We talked about the series nonstop. We let each other borrow the manga editions. I drew wolverine on steroids in art class (it was actually Ari but it was so bad). 

Even after I moved away from my friends Max Ride remained to be a central series that I read. I eagerly awaited a new book or a new manga. I reread. I supported the movie campaign (which failed...horribly). I wrote fanfiction. I had so many feels when the series finally ended with Nevermore (And then Forever happened but I'm trying to erase that from my mind). Max Ride is a series that I loved, and a series that I will always love (even though Forever is an abomination). 

 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

For me this series was another stepping stone towards the hoard of books that I call a library. I started reading the series after the saw the first movie (I know, I know it suckedm but I enjoyed it at the time). I read the entire series over the summer before my 2nd year in high school. When the school year started I was actually jealous of someone in my English class reading the Lost Hero because I wanted to read it but I didn't have any money to buy it. That person later on became my best friend. Not because I was jealous, because we were in other classes together and our other friend pulled us together. 

Anyway, she let me read the first two Heores of Olympus books (which was all that was out at the time). I loved them so much. Mark of Athena was one of the first books that I bought on release day I believe. Percy Jackson to me is a huge part of my life. With this series I really got involved in the fandom. I had a facebook page about it and then I followed social media. I loved this series. 

 

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

This series almost goes hand in hand with Percy Jackson for me because I started reading them both around the same time. This series however had a first for me: my first OTP or the first time I really even knew what the heck that even was. It was Clace, Clary and Jace. My OTPs of OTPs (and the show is breaking my heart because I do not like their relationship in it). I believe I really started hardcore shipping with this series. I had in the past but I didn't really know what it was. TMI is an important series to me. Like I said, it's were shipping really began for me. And to a fangirl, shipping is almost everything. 

 

Panic by Lauren Oliver

This is an odd one and one most people probably wouldn't even put on this list, but it's important to me. Panic was the first, or one of the very first, contemporary novels I ever read. People were raving about it so I had to pick it up. And I read it within a couple days. It was great and amazing and I loved every second of it. I don't really know why, but Panic sparked my need to read more contemporary novels. I verged away from just fantasy and science fiction and started to get into the core of YA (my bank account regrets this). 

 

And...that's it. Yeah. There's more books that have had an impact on me as a reader but none as much as these. When people ask "what's your favorite series?" or "What got you into reading?" these always pop into my mind.

As always, thank you for reading and listening to me ramble! Comment below or post your own blog! I would love to hear what you have to say! 

Underrated Books!

Under The Never Sky - Veronica Rossi A Shade of Vampire - Bella Forrest It All Started With An Apple - Ashley Winters Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz Sanctum - Sarah Fine

Hello all! This post will be about amazing books/series that I have read that are so, so amazing but have like no fanbase! We need to change that pronto! 

 

Under the Never Sky Trilogy by Veronica Rossi

This trilogy is one of my favorite trilogies of all time and I'll tell you why. I found this first book after looking at iBooks after I got my first iPhone two years ago. Here was the first book for like $2.99 and the cover was gorgeous. So, I bought it. This book has everything anybody could want. Dystopian world? Check. A kickass heroine? Check. Hot guy with family issues? Check. Amazing writing? Check. Fast-moving plot? Check. THE OTP OF ALL OTPS. Check. Seriously, this book had one of my first big book OTPs. I think that's why it hold such a special place in my heart. Perry (the main guy character) is one of my baes and will forever remain so. 

A Shade of Vampire Series by Bella Forrest

This series is the best. It's a very long series. I think we're up to like book 21 now. That being said, I haven't read all of it only up to like 11 or 12. But that doesn't make it any less amazing! Want a story with a sexy vampire? Yeah its a lot cliche but it's worth it. Yeah it's a love story between the girl and the main vampire like every vampire story ever. But...I don't know, it's hard to explain. It's almost a new take on things. There so, so many characters but you get to fall in love with (or hate) all of them! The POVs tends to switch at time but it gives you a well-rounded view of the story. Too long of a series for you? The first seven books tell the story of the two main characters. The next like 9 tell the story of two other characters, and so on. Love spin offs? Well there's A Shade of Kiev which is a direct spin off of like the sixth or seventh book. And then there's Shade of Dragon which I thought had nothing to do with the series but apprentlty I've heard it's going to tie in. It's a long series to read but a fun one at that. 

It all Started With an Apple by Ashley Winters

What happens when your best friend convinces you to throw an apple across the cafeteria to find out who you'll fall in love with? An amazing book that's what. This book started out as a story on Wattpad and it was one of the first things I ever read on there, I think that's why it has such a special place in my heart. This book is a great story about two kids falling in love (or do they?) and then there's a shocking plot twist that made my throw my phone across the room. The best part is this story is FREE on wattpad! However if you enjoy I would suggest buying it from the author! That's why I have a copy sitting on my shelf! (EDIT: apparently it's not being sold any longer :/) https://www.wattpad.com/story/2598009-it-all-started-with-an-apple

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

I've seen about zero hype about this series and it's kinda sad. I started reading this in 8th grade because my teacher made us read the first book for an assignment (he wasn't a very good teacher by school standards). It was amazing. I loved it and read the second on straight away. And then I went out and bought the rest of the series, or what was out at the moment. I haven't actually finished the series because I lot interest in it (not because it wasn't amazing, just because I started reading teen ya romance and like fantasy stuff). But if you want a story about a teenage spy then this novel is for you! Don't like romance? That's fine! This series has next to none! 

Sanctum by Sarah Fine

If you've been following my blog for forever and have read every post then you'll know I got the second and third book of this trilogy from a giveaway on Goodreads. Sadly I didn't win the first book and had to tract down a copy. This series really surprised me. I thought it wasn't going to be that great but it was really really good! I fell in love with the main guy character! The main chick got on my nerves at time but she was okay. And the side characters were life! Basically this series is about a girl ending up in Hell and working her way through it to find her friend who she doesn't think belongs there. Okay, it's a lot better then it seems and I recommend a try at least. It is (or was when I read it) available on Kindle Unlimited so try that! 

 

 

 

 

 

February TBR

Dreams of Gods & Monsters - Laini Taylor Gathering Darkness - Morgan Rhodes, Michelle Rowen The Siren - Kiera Cass Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 9 by James Patterson (2015-12-15) - James Patterson; NaRae Lee LINK (The Shadow of Light #1) - Summer Wier Winter (The Lunar Chronicles) - Marissa Meyer

So apparently I want to read seven books this month! I had five and then I started two new books so those got added to the list. Not sure if I'm gonna get through all these but I can try! Let's jump right into this! Also, tell me what's on your TBR below!

 

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor 

So I wrote some long paragraph about this book....then it deleted and I don't know how and it's not undoing so...Anyhow I bought this book a long time ago and I haven't read it yet! I've finally finished the first two so I'm game for this one after I finish the three books that I'm currently reading. But seriously, I'll probably start this half-way through Winter or something. Anyway! If you haven't read this series yet and you really enjoy fantasy ya give it a try! Chances are you've had like 50 people telling to read it (that's what happened to me) so pick it up and read it! You won't regret it! I fell in love with Karou, the main character, after like the first page. 

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes 

This was on my TBR for last month but I didn't get a chance to finish it. I had a bit of a reading slump at the end of the month and stuff happened in life so it didn't happen. Anyway I really want to finish this novel and get to the next book. And the spin off series thing (I don't even know what it is I just saw it in Barnes and Noble). Once again, if you enjoy fantasy YA with like kingdoms you need to read this series! It's so good! I've heard its like Game of Thrones for teens (but it's so much more for me).

The Siren by Kiera Cass

I wasn't actually planning on reading this book until I finished her Selection Series. Heck, I didn't even think it was coming out until after the last book of that. But then, there it was at Walmart and it was cheap so I bought it. It's so pretty so I really want to get to it. Cass is an amazing author and I can't wait to read this story of hers. I actually don't know what's it about. I presume like a mermaid or something but I'm sure it'll be amazing this is Kiera Cass we're talking about. She's the amazing author who gave us Maxon. Come on. 

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Oh this series. The first book blew my mind by what the heck even happened. And I completely blame my friend because she was complaining about the last book (without giving me spoilers) so I went and got an ebook of the first one. It was super good! But my mind was blown and my feels. I can't wait to read the second one, and the third because I have that one too! Hopefully I can get to this novel and then read the last one next month. This series is fantasy. Dark fantasy? I don't know. It's teen. It's good. You should read it!

Maximum Ride Manga Vol. 9 by James Patterson

I think I wanted to read this last month but I can't remember if I actually put it in my TBR or not. Chances are if you've been into teen books long enough you've at least heard of Maximum Ride. Now the series is over and done (maybe but I'll seriosuly kill Patterson if he writes another one. Forever was so bad). Anyway! The manga is still ungoing and it's great! I love how the artist depicts the characters! I love the fax, the fax is great. Fang is hot and amazing. Anyway I don't even remember what's going on in this manga anymore because its been like over a year since the last one came out (and the date got pushed back like three times). This'll probably be a quick 30 min read for me, so I should be able to get to this. 

Link by Summer Wier

This one was the latest edition to my TBR. I recently signed up for NetGalley and this is the first book I got approved for so I'm reading it! I'm already 41% through it and it's really good! It's an odd science fiction/fantasy type thing but I don't know. It's really intriguing and I enjoy it. Like I read 41% in one sitting. I'll have more thoughts on it when I finish and post the review. 

Winter by Marissa Meyer

I'm finally getting around to reading this book! I read Cress I think around when it came out so I've been waiting for quite a while. But here I am again and I can't finish a series. But I will! I've already been spoiled for something thanks to instagram and people not spoiler tagging stuff. So I think I'm gonna read it before I get spoiled again. If you don't know about this series it's a retelling of fairy tails but it's so much more! It's amazing and the ships are just the greatest thing in the world and the heroines are so great. Marissa Meyer's word she creates is truly a great place. 

Reading progress update: I've read 41%.

LINK (The Shadow of Light #1) - Summer Wier

This book is different to say the least but a good different. It's really intriguing. I like it so far. Everything makes sense now XD well not everything but it makes a lot more sense then it did ten pages ago XD 

Reading progress update: I've read 1%.

LINK (The Shadow of Light #1) - Summer Wier

I need to stop starting new books and finish my other ones XD but I'm actually reading this one because I got it from NetGalley so I need to finish it to post my review. It seems as if the universe doesn't want me to the read Winter XD stuff keeps getting in the way. Ah well, this book sounds interesting so let's see how it is! 

Reading progress update: I've read 1%.

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles) - Marissa Meyer

Here I go....I'm probably going to end up dying but here I go

Conquering Kingdoms Book Tag

 

I've seen like everyone doing this tag on YouTube so I thought I would! And coincidentally I'm reading a Falling Kingdoms book right now which is what this tag is based off of! Not giving credit to anyone in specific because I think the publisher sponsered a few people's vidoes but notable people who did this tag were Katytastic JessietheReader and abookutopia.


QUESTIONS:


1. In Mytica, there are constant betrayals and you can't trust anyone. Who do you trust to be your constant companion on this adventure?

When I heard this question one character came to mind: Puck. Oh Robin 'Puck' Goodfellow from the Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa. He's such a good character. He's Megan's best friend and has never betrayed her in anyway nor do I ever see him doing it. He'd be a great friend because he's fiercely loyal and super funny so he would always keep me entertained. 
2. You'll come across many who will want you dead in Mytica, so you need to be ready to fight. What kind of warrior are you?

Uhm, well I'm not really a fighter or anything. My flight response is stronger then flight to be honest. So I'd probably be the mary sue that everyone hates who cowers in a corner when bad guys come and let their love interest defend. I can't really think of a specific character for this but you get the picture.
3. Which fantasy world would you like to conquer?

I'm gonna go cliche here and pick Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Cause who doesn't want to be a wizard? I would love to be one and go to Hogwarts. Just no Voldemort please. And I don't want to be the chosen one or anything. Or friends with the chosen one. I don't want to constantly almost die. Please. 
4. Which fictional character would you choose to rule by your side?

Fang from Maximum Ride by James Patterson. Because Fang was one of my first YA loves and I still love him to this day. He's so much bae. 
5. Who would you throw into the dungeon?

You will be reading this all day if I list everybody I want to throw in the dungeon. There's just too many characters. I'll just name three and explain as to why. First; Aroybann from Throne of Glass because anybody who's read that series know how much of a horrible person he is. Two; Octavian from Heores of Olympus because he's just so annoying and I laughed at what happened to him in BoO. And third; Gale from the Hunger Games, I freakin hate Gale so much. I even had Peeta hit him with a rolling pin bloody from a fanfiction of mine years ago. 

(Special mention: Karen Gillian because that's what Tony Lee wants to do. Taken from one of his panels at Gallifrey One 2015) <---- It's an inside joke. 
6. Who gets stabbed in the back?

Magnus from Falling Kingdoms. How you like it now?! How do you like it now Magnus?! I'm still very mad at him from what he did in the first book. But I actually really like Magnus. But I would still stab him in the back. 

7. What elemental magic would you choose to wield and why?

Normally I'd be a water/fire girl. But, me and all my friends picked elements based on our eye colors. Since my eye color is green hazel I'll be choosing Earth. Cause I guess throwing chunks of rock at people is cool. 

 

I'm tagging everyone who reads this....just kidding. You don't actually have to do it! But feel free if you want to ^.^ it was a lot of fun! 

Reading progress update: I've read 74 out of 407 pages.

Gathering Darkness - Morgan Rhodes, Michelle Rowen

I'm really enjoying this! Just like I've enjoyed the past two. But it's been too long since I read Rebel Spring I forgot half the stuff what happened XD 

January Wrap Up

Days of Blood & Starlight - Laini Taylor Carry On - Rainbow Rowell The Earl and The Fairy, Vol. 03 - Mizue Tani, Ayuko The Earl and The Fairy, Vol. 04 - Mizue Tani, Ayuko Bloody Mary, Vol. 1 - Akaza Samamiya

I read five books this month...sort of. Manga aren't really books but they count towards the reading challenge...so...whatever. 

I'm actually pretty proud of how much I read. Carry On and Days of Blood and Starlight took me way longer to read then I thought they would so I'm glad I had a chance to read three manga as well. Here we go with a brief, non spoilery, review of each book:

 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I LOVED this novel so much. Simon and Baz make me so happy and give me so many feels. I read 200 pages of this book in one night waiting for something to happen. I couldn't go to sleep until it did. Did you know that this is not Cath's Carry On from Fangirl? Cause I didn't, I thought it was. But, no. If you look in Fangirl all the 'snippets' from the fanfiction never happen in the novel. I checked. And in the note from Rowell at the end of Carry On she says that this novel is her take on Simon's story, not Cath's. 

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

This novel....it was amazing. I loved the first book of this trilogy so much. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the second one as much...but I did, so much. I won't spoil anything but it did involve kickass Karou who never let me down throughout the entire novel. I love Karou so much, she's probably in my list of top 5 favorite character of all time. 

The Early and the Fairy Vol. 3 & Vol. 4 by Mizue Tani and Ayuko

I decided to combine these two into one paragraph because they're from the same series. This manga series is only 4 books, so I completed it. Sure, the ending didn't really sum things up but that's what manga does. So...whatever. This series was so cute and I loved the fantasy in it. And oh yeah, the hot guys helped too. 

Bloody Mary Vol. 1 by Akaza Samamiya

This manga...its so gay...I love it. I bought it when I went to Barnes and Noble and they were having a buy 2 get 1 free manga sale. It looked so gay and beautiful...it's so much better then I originally thought. Ugh...I love the gay. I can't wait until March when Vol. 2 comes out. I need it so badly. Bloody is a cinnamon roll. 

Totally Should've Book Tag!

I wanted to do a tag blog so I decided to do this one! I've seen it floating around booktube a lot recently so why not? This tag was created by the amazing emmmabooks


1. Totally should've gotten a sequel

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. I LOVED this novel so much. I read it in pretty much 24 hours, basically the span of the book. I would love for this book the get a sequel to see where the ship ends up. Do they stay together? What happens? 

2. Totally should've had a spin off series

Maximum Ride by James Patterson. This series is one of my favorites of all time. But that doesn't mean it has it flaws and one of the big ones: what about the others experimented on at the school? Yeah, sure we see a lot of them again. But what about that one winged girl at the end of book one? She is never mentioned again. I would love a book about her and some of the other mutants too maybe. 
3. An author who totally should write more books

Rainbow Rowell because I love, love her books like Fangirl and Eleanor and Park. I love her writing style so much, she's one of my favorite authors. And wouldn't it be awesome if she wrote a series? I would die.
4. A character who totally should've ended up with someone else

**Contains Spoilers for the Throne of Glass series, under the cut. You have been warned. 

 

 

 

I know, I know, the series isn't over yet...no one's exactly 'ended' up with anybody. But with the way that things are going by Queen of Shadows it seems like Aelin is going to be with Rowan. I'm still holding out hope for Chaol or Dorain because I really, really don't ship Aelin and Rowan. For me it's like more of a parabatai thing between them. They don't need to be together to have a really close relationship. But hey, maybe she will end up with someone else because Aelin was pretty much endgame with Chaol in Crown of Midnight and we all know what happened after that. 

 

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5. Totally should've ended differently

More spoilers...yay! This time for Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan.

 

I think I speak for the majority of the fandom when I say this....that book was crap. Like what the hell was it even? It was not a series ender at all. House of Hades was far better then it. BoO totally should have ended differently. No Leo closure...really?? That needed to be changed. Percy never telling his mom that he was even like alive?? Ugh, there was more but it's been far too long since I've even thought of that book to remember. 

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6. Totally should've had a movie franchise

 

The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa. Omg, I love this series so much! It's one of my favorite of all times. I would LOVE for it to be turned into a movie franchise...that is if they do the movies correctly (Like 5th Wave...which was AMAZING). It would be awesome to see everyone in their roles as Megan and Ash and Puck. I would love it so much.
7. Totally should've had a TV show

Sort of a kidish one but...Warriors by Erin Hunter. Yes, the series about the cats. I think this would make a really great tv show! Animated, obviously. But I would be really cool and it already has a lot of fans that would support the idea (have you seen the fanbase for fanmade things on YouTube?).
8. Totally should've had only one point of view

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy. Let me say one thing: I understand that having the multiple POVs is essential to the plot but let me explain. When I was reading this book and it switched from Cassie's POV to I think Ben's for the first time I was soooo confused until I realized it changed like four pages later. I mean at least put the name at the top of the page or something? I understand why there needs to be POVs but do it in a better manner Yancy, please. 
9. Totally should have a cover change

None??? I don't know. I looked at all the books I own and I couldn't find any that I would change the cover on. Maybe I'm just too nostalgic for original covers, I don't know. 
10. Totally should've kept the original covers

Confessions of a Murder Suspect Series by James Patterson. The Original cover was amazing! I loved it so much...the new covers...not really pretty? Plain?? Like why? It's like the Max Ride covers honestly. 

Original vs New

   
11. Totally should've stopped at book one

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan. This series...ugh. I really hated it. I read the first book and couldn't finish the second one. I don't know what it was about this series that made me hate it so much. I actually really enjoyed the characters and Gods so it wasn't that. Personally (and I totally understand if you don't agree with me!) I believe that the series should have just like stopped  after the first book XD

 

Reading progress update: I've read 256 out of 623 pages.

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) (Paperback) - Common - Laini Taylor

This book is so good ^.^ 

Finish a Series

This is a post about something that I've really needed to talk to other book lovers about. My non bookish friends do not understand, sadly. The first half of this review will be non spoilerly but the second half will refer to The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa and contain spoilers.

Have you ever fallen so in love with a series that when the final book comes out, even after years of anticipation, you cannot finish the final book? Yup, that happened to me...and the weird thing is...this is the first time it has ever happened to me. I don't know what it is maybe the characters, the plot, the author's writing, I just cannot finish this series. 

I love this series with all of my heart and I.Just.Cannot.Finish.It. I've even read the end of the Iron Warrior (oops) so I know what happens but I can't bring myself to finish it. I don't know what the problem is. 

Iron Fey was one of the first series I guess I found myself. My friend had been giving me a lot of suggestions but I found this myself, I found it and fell in love. The covers are beautiful (some of my favs of all time), the fantasy is amazing and the ships don't even get me started. And don't get me started on Ash. Just don't. 

Spoilers for the series under the cut...

I fell in love with Ash at the start. He's one of my top baes of all time. I shipped him and Megan from the get go, sorry Puck. I read the first four novels so fast it was amazing. The Iron Knight is seriosuly my favorite thing in the world it being in Ash's point of view. 

Ash, Megan, Puck. The original three for me. The first trio that I really loved. That's one of the things that kills me about finishing this series. I can't say goodbye to them. I have Ash's face on my wall for pete's sake (I got the poster from the boxset, I'm not a creep okay?) They're great, they're amazing. I can't even describe in words how much I love them. 

The world. I love the world in this novel. I love the nevernever. It's amazing. I love fey, I love all the creatures (Including Grim). I couldn't ask for a more perfect fantasy world. I love the usage of magic, summer versus winter versus iron. 

I love everything about this series, period. 

So...why can't I finish it? I need to know what happens (I know the very end...but how do we get there?) How does Kierran redeem himself? Does Ethan get with Kenzie? Is Grim in the novel? 

I've been waiting for over a year for this novel. I read The Iron Traitor over a year ago now in the summer of 2014. I was left so shocked by the end of that novel. And then, there was NO information about the Iron Warrior. There wasn't even a title! Then, magically it seems, towards the beginning of 2015 information appeared on Goodreads. I think I cried. I was so happy. I was so excited to get the book when it came out, I preorded it. It arrived at my doorstep...but I couldn't read it straight away. I had to finish Magnus Chase and Carry On. I read both of those novels, but I couldn't bring myself to pick up the book for weeks. 

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I read the first two chapters but I just can't do it. I can't finish this book. I think I may need help XD Can I finish this? Watch my blog to find out (I don't have much hope though really)

 

Sorry for my rantish thing? I don't know what this post even really is but I just needed to blog about this! Thanks for reading if you actually got to this point! 

Cheap Books!

Wanna get some cheap books? Of course you do! Everyone loves to buy books but you don't have to break the bank either. Here are some great websites/stores that you can buy books for cheap! Unless it's a new release I buy the majority of my books from these. 

 

1. Book Outlet

This website has became more and more popular in the past couple of years. It's a great website to buy new books! For example on the prices: a brand n  Heir of Fire hardcover is only $4.99. I think I paid $16 for my copy! They also have a great selection of 'scratch and dent' books wish is used books. That's where I get the majority of my books from because they are like 70%+ off. I've ordered a total of 20 books from Book Outlet and only spent $50.42. That's like 5 paperbacks max at Barnes and Noble. And half of those 20 were hardcovers. 

Bookoulet does have a bit of a downfall...you have to pay shipping. Granted, it's not a lot and in two of my orders I have coupons so all I was paying was shipping. But the benefits far outweigh the shipping prices. They usually hold major sales around all major holidays so watch out for those. 

 

2. Thrift Books

In the past I've gotten a lot of books from thriftbooks. It's a great discount website. And it offers FREE SHIPPING in the US on orders $10+. Lot of books are around $3-$4 so pretty reasonable prices. And, they usually do sales a lot as well. However, the selection isn't always the greatest but they have an awesome subscribe option which let's you subscribe to a book and they'll email you whenever they get that book in stock. 

It's been at least a year since I've ordered something from thriftbooks because they used to be cheaper and used to have no shipping restrictions, but I felt like I should mention it in this list because it is still an amazing website that is far cheaper then going to Barnes and Noble or any bookstore like that. 

 

3. GoodWill Bookstore

The rest of these will be tangible places that you have to go to. Good Will Bookstore is a great place to shop! It's a Goodwill with loads of books! I'm lucky enough to have one right next to my house. Books in there are usually around $3 depending on what genre and what type (hardcover, soft, etc.) And, I've found if you're kind enough to donate stuff (anything that goodwill accepts) they usually give you a discount (don't quote me on this, maybe the workers were just kind to me)! 

Just go to the website and search to see if there's one near you! Even a normal Goodwill will do! Yes, they'll have a smaller selection but the same prices. I know that I've gotten a few books from my local Goodwill as well. 

 

4. Hastings & Half Price Books

Now, I understand that these are not the same stores and are very different but I've found similar prices and quality at both stores so I'm lumping them together. 

Both of these stores offer used and new books. Both of them you can sell your books and get store credit. Both have more then just books (music, movies, etc.). I don't have either of these locally so when I travel I always go into these stores if they're in town. I even went to Half Price twice in one visit a couple years ago. 

As for the prices: pretty much what you would expect for used books. Cheap for unpopular ones, little bit more expensive for popular. They also both have bargain sections however the variety depends on the store. 

 

5. Local Bookstores

Sometimes Local bookstores have great deals and prices! And it's always great to shop a them because the owners are usually really nice. I have two local bookstores that I go to often. One is a used bookstore that has great prices the other is Cellar Door Books (picture above). The latter has list prices but I included it in this list because they have a promotion if you buy ten books you get one for free. And, I'm sure some local bookstores around you have great prices as well! You can usually find them by just searching 'bookstore' on google and seeing what pops up around you. 

 

6. The Library!

You're probably thinking 'Thalia...that's where you check out books, not buy them.' But isn't that the point? You can check out a book for however long your library lets you and read it! You never even have to spend a penny! 

But, lots of libraries also have book sales going on. I've been going to my local library since forever and I only found out they have sales going on everyday like a year ago. At mine hardcovers are $1. That's pretty cheap. And they're usually really good editions because they have the library dust jacket on...take it off and it's a perfect copy of the book. 

 

7. Other Places

Loads of other places have great deals, even high end bookstore like Barnes and Noble! You just have to learn how to hunt around for a good price! For example, at all the B&N I've been to there is a cart somewhere in the store with bargain books on it! I've gotten books from there for $3.99 before! 

If you check stores and websites frequently there are usually sales going on at some point making it easier to buy cheaper books.

 

I hope this little blog post gave you some ideas on how to save money while buying books! Book buying doesn't have to break the bank! Bonus tip? Double up on savings by buying from these already discounted websites and stores while sales are going on! 

 

Thanks and have a great day!! 

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