Book Reviews

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

“Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay wow. I honestly don’t know how to talk about this. I thought maybe giving myself some time to think would help me form words on this book, but it didn’t. I finished this book yesterday and I’m still speechless.

The ending, the everything.  It was 699 pages of pure magic. I loved the book. There were so many feels because Cassie is the queen of forbidden love. And just I love it. I don’t think Cassie could write anything that I wouldn’t love. But I do have to say if you are interested in reading this, you should not start with this book.

You will be greatly confused and spoiled. The reading order for the Shadowhunter Chronicles is as follows:

City Of Bones

City of Ashes

City of Glass

Clockwork Angel

City of Fallen Angels

Clockwork Prince

City of Lost Souls

Clockwork Princess

City of Heavenly Fire

The Bane Chronicles

Tales of The Sahdowhunter Academy

Lady Midnight

Lord of Shadows

That might seem really intimidating because they are big books. They are worth it! They follow an ongoing story and a lot of different characters.

I don’t want to give too much away about Lord of Shadows because it could be a very big spoiler. Just know it is amazing and wonderful and I recommend all the books in the above list.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars! It was incredible. I’m so sad I have to wait until 2019 for the next book!

 

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Updates

Why I Haven’t Posted As Much!

So guys I wanted to just give a little update!

I realized I haven’t been posting as much, not because I don’t love blogging anymore, but because I am in a reading slump. So book reviews are not happening because I am not finishing books. My goal is to finish Lord of Shadows this weekend or like next Monday and have a book review up on Tuesday.

It’s just my reading has been so great this year! And I’ve been reading so many books, but I’m just in a little mini reading slump. So hoping that I’ll finish LoS and it’ll kick me out of   this reading slump so I can bring you guys more book reviews and content!

I would like you guys to comment some stuff that you might like to see so I can bring you the best!

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Book Reviews

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

“Adrift after her sister Bailey’s sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey’s boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs… though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode.

Join Lennie on this heartbreaking and hilarious journey of profound sorrow and mad love, as she makes colossal mistakes and colossal discoveries, as she traipses through band rooms and forest bedrooms and ultimately right into your heart.

As much a celebration of love as a poignant portrait of loss, Lennie’s struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often uproarious, and absolutely unforgettable.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I enjoyed this book, but I had some problems with it. I had a hard time getting into it. And I think it really is for younger teenagers, so that’s probably part of it. But I honestly thought that Lennie was a very selfish and annoying character. I hate to judge because grief is so different for everyone.

The decisions that Lennie made throughout the course of this book were very self destructive and that bothered me. She didn’t talk to anyone about her feelings and part of the thing about grief is that you’re so overwhelmed with that loss that it can destroy you from the inside. She hurts so many relationships throught the course of this book because she refuses to think about her actions.

I did enjoy this book thought because I understood her grief and how self destructive it can be. I can’t imagine losing my sister.  I think it is a good book for younger teenagers though.

I gave this a 3 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I thought I would. It is a very well written book and I think it is very unique. I would recommend it to probaly 14-16 personally. I enjoyed it and I think reading about the grieving process is so important.

Until Next Time,

Alex

P.S. I read this book with this cover and I hated it. So glad they changed it.

P.P.S I have another blog (onegirloneworld2017.wordpress.com) I would love if you would check it out!

Book Reviews

Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkins

*Includes The Unbecoming, The Evolution, and The Retribution*

“Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Unbecoming: I loved this book! I said I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars on my wrap up, but I changed it to 4 out of 5 stars. This is a great book and it moves so fast. It’s a psychological thriller. I think it’s so interesting and such a great concept.

Evolution: I also loved this book! I originally gave it  5 out of 5 stars, but I changed it to 4 out of 5 stars. I loved how fast it moved. And it made me fall in love with Noah more. I love the storyline and all the things we find out.

Retribution: I gave this a 2 out of 5 stars. I was nervous about reading this because I had heard it was bad. And it was. I read 150 pages and just couldn’t get into it. So instead of actually finishing it, I skimmed it. I don’t recommend this. Almost as bad as Allegiant.

Sorry for a series review, but I needed to catch up on reviews and honestly reading in general.

Until Next Time,

Alex

TBRs and Wrap Ups

May Wrap Up and June TBR

Hey guys! So my reading wasn’t the best, but anyways let’s get to it.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover: I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars. I loved it! Review Below!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it. Review down below!

ACOWAR by Sarah J. Maas: I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars! I loved it! Review below.

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes- I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars! I enjoyed it. Review below.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K.  Rowling: I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars! I loved it. Should I review this?

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins: I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars! I loved it. Review should be up sometime this weekend.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins: I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars! I loved it! Review should be up this weekend.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins: I gave this 2 stars out of 5.. Review will be up this weekend!

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge: Current Read.

Okay now on to my TBR. I can’t believe tomorrow is the first day of June! Alright my reading schedule is gonna be way more to catch up before college. I’m planning on finishing Cruel Beauty. Then move on to The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, The Darkest Minds, Never Fade, In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken, The Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal, The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson, Fire and Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Off The Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han.

These are a lot of books but I’m trying to spend at least an hour reading each day and write more as well as clean and organize and get ready for college. Check in next month to see if I actually accomplish this.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

“My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay wow Maddy is so much fun and she reads.  SHE READS. I love it when characters read.  But the entire book I can understand why the ending is a little controversial.  I think it’s a good little romantic contemporary. Totally perfect for summer and I’m excited for the movie.

I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars since it wasn’t super enthralling. I still recommend it and I think that a lot of people will like how light it is.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Tags

Disney Book Tag

This was originally started by Kat over at Katytastic   – Check out her channel it’s great and I love her.

 

1. The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”

For this one I’m going to go with America from the Selection series. She is put in to this princess role and it’s just not her. She doesn’t understand it cause she’s used to being poor
2. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation

I’m going to say Feyre from ACOTAR. She goes from being  a human to a high fae. That’s pretty big.
3. Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters

The Sword of Summer from Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. All the characters are so different and fun.
4. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep

The Glittering Court. I ended up DNFing it.
5. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

Lily from It Ends with Us. She dealt with abuse as a kid.
6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

Winter by Marissa Meyer. That book is over 800 pages long. I loved the story though and it was amazing.
7. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse

Maddy from Everything, Everything. No spoilers.
8. Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not

Again gonna go with Feyre at the beginning of ACOWAR. If y’all have read it you understand
9. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life

Lux Series. Mostly just Daemon and Kat because Katy is a book blogger and Daemon is a hot alien.
10. Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

SEBASTIAN. That is all.

Book Reviews

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

“Only queens with hearts can bleed.

This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. There is no all-knowing cat with a taunting smile. This is a Wonderland where beneath each smile lies a secret, each tart comes with a demand, and only prisoners tell the truth.

Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her cunning enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown but her head.

Evil is brewing in Wonderland and maybe, most frighteningly, in Dinah herself.

This is not a story of happily ever after.

This is the story of the Queen of Hearts.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I think this book was such an interesting back story of a well known villian. I think it makes way more sense on why the Queen of Hearts became who she was. It was an interesting story that made us want to know more about her. For whatever reason she reminds me of Queen Levana from Lunar Chronicles.

I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars because it wasn’t super fast. Even though it was super short. I still recommend it obviously.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

“Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I’m honestly terrified to write this cause I feel like I won’t do the book justice. I won’t do any spoilers. I promise.

I loved this book. I think SJM is such an incredible author. She has such great world building and the romance is just beautiful. I loved the diversity in this book and I think the way that everything came together was beautiful. Also, the plot twists just who could see them coming omg.

Anyways, I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I loved it and I’m so excited for the spin off because I need more of these feels and Prythian.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

“SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.”

~Synopsis From Goodreads

Okay first of all trigger warning for this book. It deals with physical abuse, grief, depression, and sexual abuse. I don’t want people to go into this book completely blind because this book is so heavy and deals with very graphic things.

Okay now onto the book review. I loved this book. I think CoHo did such a great job depicting all these issues. Ryle seems like the perfect guy and he loves Lily the way most of us want to be loved. He just has some underlying issues…  that you don’t get to see until Lily is in love with him. She has to make such a hard decision and I respect her and I respect CoHo for making such strong women.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I loved it and I think it brings so much awareness to such an important issue. I think everyone should read this to just understand.  It’s so amazing and just totally genius. I love it.  Coho is one of my favorite authors. It’s official.

Until Next Time,

Alex