Friday, 18 August 2017

Why I Love Booktube

Since I run a blog this is a bit ironic, but one of my favorite things is in fact Booktube. If you don't know what Booktube it's basically book bloggers on Youtube. Mostly the same stuff except you can actually see them while they tell you things. I would have loved to do Booktube, but honestly I don't think I'm that entertaining to watch and I'm way to self conscious to put myself out there like that, therefore I stick with my blog. Don't take that to mean that I don't love my blog, because I really do, this blog has pretty much taken over my life.



What I love so much about Booktube is that you get a face to go with the words. It feels a lot more genuine when you can actually see the person saying it and if you're good at reading people, you can tell whether or not they're being genuine. It's also nice to have someone tell you. I love blogs as much as the next person, but I also like to listen to things. I like seeing people getting excited about things they love, it gives me personally some really good feelings.



It's like making a new friend. You see this person so much that it's like you know them on a personal level. You want to talk to them all the time and wonder what they would think about a certain book because their input also matters to you. They aren't some faceless person adding in their two cents, they are someone you have gotten to know from their videos.



There is a bit more freedom with videos. You can watch several Booktubers get together and play games, talk about things in general. Even when they interview authors, I generally enjoy watching interviews more than I like to read them. There are just so many things you can do with a video that is so much harder to do if you're just writing it and using pictures. 



Sentimental value, it's what got me into the whole book blogging scene. I don't know how I came across Booktube, I think some videos just sort of showed up on my Youtube recommended videos list, but the moment I watched my first Booktube video was the beginning of the end. I didn't know that people could do that and it blew my mind that there were all these amazing books out there that I had never even heard of before. The more of it I watched the more I wanted to be a part of this whole bookish community, thus inspiring me to start my own book blog.


There is also the tiny fact that I find Booktube videos to be completely entertaining. I've gotten so many good book recommendations from Booktube and have just been completely immersed in people talking about my passion.

Do you guys watch Booktube? Who are some of your favorite Booktubers?

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Rules of Persuasion Spoiler Free Review

The Rules of Persuasion
The Rules of Persuasion
by Amity Hope

Release Date: August 14th, 2017

Synopsis:


1) Take things slow (her rule)
2) Make it believable (his rule)

After tragedy hit her family, Meg Matthews officially crossed the line from “good girl” to “bad girl.” Motorcycle? Check. Graffiti? Check. The only thing Meg hadn’t planned on was blackmail. Too bad now a certain infuriating boy holds Meg’s future in his hands…

When Luke Prescott—star pitcher and town golden boy—catches Meg vandalizing the school, she’s given two choices: face the consequences or enter into a fake relationship with him to get his parents and his ex off his back.

But as Meg and Luke grow closer, they both realize they’ve been keeping secrets from each other. Their fake relationship might be doomed from the start—if they can’t learn to open up to the one person they never thought they’d trust.


Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains late-night graffiti sessions, flirty baseball lessons, and a never-ending list of relationship rules just made to be broken. 

My Thoughts:

***I received an ARC from Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review***

I gave this book 4 stars. I flew through this book so quickly, mostly because it wasn't very long to begin with, but also because it was a very character driven book. What I love about contemporary novels is that the books are always about the people, so if you don't like the people, you won't like the book. I'm happy to say that I loved the main characters in this book, meaning I really enjoyed this book.

I’m stupid and I missed the publication date so I didn’t even start reading this book until the release date. I suppose better late than never, but I do like to have read my ARCs before they are released. I guess a couple days late isn’t too bad. 

I could have definitely used this book a few months ago when I was on a contemporary kick. This is exactly the sort of book I felt like reading. No worries though, because I still read it pretty quickly this time.

This book covered some serious topics while still managing not to be too heavy. These teens with their awful backstories managed to have fun together and find the freedom in being a teenager. 

What I thought was so cool was that Meg rode a motorcycle. I love motorcycles and I think one day I might want to get my motorcycle license, so I loved seeing a female protagonist with a motorcycle. I don't think I've seen a book where the female protagonist has had a motorcycle which is sad considering they are so cool. That little fact was what won me over onto Meg's side from the very beginning, she wasn't afraid to be a bit different, she wanted to do something she enjoyed despite all the terrible things going on in her life.

You know what trope I'm getting tired of? The mean girl ex girlfriend of the love interest who wants the guy back for her own sinister reasons. I have a hard time believing that there are this many people who know they're being shady but do it anyway. I'm tired of waiting for catfights to break out every time there is a character like this in the book. I guess I can live with it, and it hardly ruined the book for me, but I'm just growing a bit tired of the same static antagonistic character.

Overall, if you love contemporary novels this is definitely something you should read. I wouldn't really recommend this book to someone who doesn't really like contemporary, you probably wouldn't like it. 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Fallen Heir Spoiler Free Review

Fallen Heir (The Royals, #4)
Fallen Heir
by Erin Watt

Release Date: August 28th 2017

Synopsis:


These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.


Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall. 

My Thoughts:

***I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review***

I gave this book 4 stars. Still not quite as good as Paper Princess, which in my opinion is the best in the series, but it’s still a really good book. This book is full of so much new drama and shenanigans. It’s a perfect read if you loved the former Royals books. This book will leave you utterly dumbfounded.

This is the fourth book in the Royals Series by Erin Watt, and this is different from the first three because it’s about Reed’s brother Easton. Now, while I don’t think you actually have to read the other books in this series, I would highly recommend it, I think it adds a lot more depth to this book in particular because you do have more background information. A lot of the events in this book are caused by the first three books.

I love Easton Royal, but he can be such a spoiled brat sometimes. He’s so outrageous and irresponsible that it actually makes me laugh. He does not think things through. Something that I found very evident in this book was, I wish Easton was better at revenge. He really sucks at it, he has these opportunities but never uses them. Easton is just a very lovable yet frustrating character. He’s a bit cruel at times, mostly in his mind, but he does need to grow up a bit and I hope to see that in the next book.

As always I love the writing style and the characters. Their rich and ridiculous and get away with so much crap it’s unbelievable. I’ll keep reading books by Erin Watt forever. Even if I have to habitually reread them. What I would have liked from this book was to also get Hartley’s point of view. I would have loved to get to know her better from her thoughts and what she’s doing and going through. It would have added something else to this book.

Hartley’s family is absolutely terrible. I thought I had seen shitty families in books, but this takes it to a whole new level. I mean Parker, Hartley’s sister, puts her daughters pony over her own sister. How messed up is that? That’s only scratching the non spoiler surface. We don’t even find out much about the bad things her family has done but they are so terrible that I didn’t even need to hear all the things they had done before deciding I hated them.

What I didn’t like was that Ella felt a bit like the wet blanket friend. That may just be because it’s from Easton’s point of view and he’s a bit out of control, but I love Ella and this made me see her from a different light. Also I miss her and Reed, I hope we get more of those two in the next book. 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sublime Karma Spoiler Free Review

Sublime Karma
by Peyton Garver

Release Date: November 30th, 2016

Synopsis:



When Brie’s stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new beginning, it’s not the new beginning the beautiful, yet guarded, senior would have hoped for. Brie is instantly targeted by jealous girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is next to the school’s star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason, finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she’d overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie learn to trust her heart, or will she miss out on the best thing that ever happened to her?


Jake has his own secrets and has built his own walls, but eventually his curiosity about the new girl gets the best of him. Unfortunately, now there is competition: the captain of her cross-country team. Jake’s romantic histories with the girl next door and the school’s queen bee, adds tension to a simmering tempest when all he wants is Brie. Is he strong enough to help the one he loves weave sense into her crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past?

My Thoughts:

*** I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

I gave this book 4 stars. I really enjoyed reading this book, it was a bit slower in the beginning, but once I hit about 20 percent I was hooked and had to read until I finished. I even gave this one priority over a book I’ve been waiting forever for just because I was so captivated by the story. 

The characters are down to earth and relatable. They clicked together so well that you didn’t even have to question their chemistry. The story worked.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the third person perspective, usually I like to be right inside the persons head when I’m reading anything that isn’t fantasy. It helps me a lot with connecting to the plot and the characters. This is probably why I didn’t warm up to the story that quickly. Nonetheless, I got through it and I really enjoyed it.

What I loved was that I wasn’t completely annoyed by the protagonists. I’ms someone who gets annoyed by people very easily, so finding a book where I like all the characters doesn’t happen a ton. They also grew a lot as people in this book, they became better versions of themselves and strive towards improving.

Something else I found relatable about this book was that when the teens would skip school they would get a phone call home. This was also the case for me in school and for some reason I never actually see that happen in books. The teens usually skip school and their parents are none the wiser about it all. 

The downside is that I wish we got more from the ending. I feel like there was a lot of things that were a bit unresolved, especially conflict between certain characters. We never got actual closer where some of those conflicts are concerned. From what I can tell there is no plan for the  author to write a sequel, but maybe there will be a surprise book. One of my bookish pet peeves is when not all the loose ends are tied up. This could just be because I have OCD. 


Overall, if you’re into edgier Teen romances than thesis defiantly a book you would enjoy. Despite having a boat load of angst, it was still a very cute story. 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Rowan Wood Legends Spoiler Free Review

Rowan Wood Legends (The Lost Clan #2)
Rowan Wood Legends
by Olivia Wildenstein

Release Date: August 14th, 2017

Synopsis:

I wasn’t the sort of girl who believed in fairytales, let alone tales about faeries. But that changed the day Faeries came to my small town and Hunters rose from their graves. 

On that fateful day, I received a book, a peculiar collection of myths and legends. Turns out it was so much more than stories. And just as I was on the verge of unlocking its secrets, it was stolen from me by someone I called a friend. 


Now, I don’t know whom I can turn to, whom I can trust. All I know is that there are two sides, and I am straddling the great divide because I am both Faerie and Hunter. And although I swore I would never choose, I am slowly falling for one of those sides…

My Thoughts:

***I recieved and ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***


I gave this book 5 stars. This book was 10 times better than the first book. I was so completely enthralled by the story that I honestly didn’t want to stop. I know I probably say that a lot about books, but I’m not even exaggerating this time. 

I was reading and it was getting so good, I turned the page and it was at the Epilogue and I didn’t know what to do with myself.

I’m a bit over the love triangle in the first book. I also think the main character is over it too. Neither men in the love triangle are really that great and it seems like Cat has lost all interest in both of them.

What I did like was her crowning friendship with Ace. In the first book Ace was not my favorite character, i honestly didn’t like him all that much, but he has completely grown on me, as he has on Cat. I kind of want something to happen there, they do seem to care a lot for one another and he does appear at times of struggle to help her even though I’m pretty sure he has nothing to gain from it. I love Ace and I would love him with Catori.

We learn a lot more about Cat in this book, a lot of them good, but still some bad. Like the fact that she likes to eat her spaghetti with butter and ketchup. Who does that? Okay maybe a lot of people but it still seems gross to me. I felt a bit closer to her in this book despite her interesting choice in food. 

I really don’t like Kajika. I know he’s all broody and some stuff went down with his wife and Borgo, but he acted like a complete prick to Cat even when none of it was her fault. He’s trying to fill this void that his wife caused, but he’s doing it at Catori’s expense. He’s my least favorite character in this series right now.


Overall, if you are at all interested in any book that’s paranormal or fantastical, this is definitely a book/series that you need to read. I highly recommend this.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Why Romeo and Juliet Made Me Angry

I had to read Romeo and Juliet for school in the tenth grade. Let’s just say I was a little unhappy by the whole play. By unhappy I mean I hated everything about it, it was just such a stupid play, so I decided to rant about why I think it was a stupid play.

Also, if you haven't read or heard the story yet then SPOILER ALERT!

1. Juliet did not have to die



Friar Lawrence went to her and said something along the lines of 'yo, I can bring you to a convent, you can be a nun. You don't have to marry Paris.' And she was like “nah, I'm gonna stay with Romeo” and then she kills herself. It was so f*cking ridiculous I could not handle the levels of stupidity that this girl had. I was so pissed at her, and then the nail in the final nail in the coffin was the Friar just left her there. He knew what was going on and he just left!

2. Marriage



They literally got married after knowing each other for a day. A fricken day. This is absolutely ridiculous, I mean she didn't even know she was supposed to marry Paris yet. She saw him and was like 'He is so hot! I need to marry him' and fucking did exactly that. I can't deal with this, it makes me want to rip my hair out.. They are just so stupid. Plus, if they had lived through the play they probably would have ended up resenting each other so much. I mean what future did they have? He was an exile and she was 'dead'. I don't understand.

3. Friar Lawrence



If Romeo had just went and talked to the Friar about Juliet's death and all that jazz, he would have realized that it was all just a ploy. And, the Friar should not have given a 13 year old a potion to fake her death. 13 year olds don't make good decisions. He should have made sure that Romeo had gotten the message too. You can’t just help a girl fake her death so she can be with a guy and then not tell the guy about it.

4. Paris (guys Paul Rudd played him in the Baz version of the movie)



Honestly, Juliet should have just married Paris. She didn't even know Romeo more than she knew Paris. For all she knew she could have fallen in love with Paris and lived happily ever after, but no, she had to choose the rebellious teenager route and marry a guy her parents hate. Juliet is such a frustrating character.

5. Rosaline



Romeo was 'heartbroken' over Rosaline literally the day he met Juliet. Juliet was just the rebound. Does anyone else see the flaw? Romeo is such a player, literally anything to get into a girls pants. Romeo was the original fuckboy.


Did you like Romeo and Juliet? Did you hate it like I did? Tell me your thoughts down below!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Lolita Spoiler Free Review

Lolita
Lolita
by Vladimir Nabokov




Synopsis:



Humbert Humbert - scholar, aesthete and romantic - has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady's gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance; but when Lo herself starts looking for attention elsewhere, he will carry her off on a desperate cross-country misadventure, all in the name of Love. Hilarious, flamboyant, heart-breaking and full of ingenious word play, Lolita is an immaculate, unforgettable masterpiece of obsession, delusion and lust. 

My Thoughts:


I gave this book 5 stars. Lolita was the most confounding and generally confusing book I've ever read. The narrator is unreliable and therefore you don't get the "real story" which means you have to figure it all out on your own.


I first read Lolita when I was 14 years old and at the time I was under the impression that Lolita was "romantic". I loved Humbert so much and I wanted him to be with Lolita. As I got older my perception of Humbert changed so completely I'm surprised I didn't see it to begin with. Humbert Humbert was a man who was having a disgusting pedophilic relationship with his stepdaughter. The man was mentally ill. 


We got to see this man's deepest thoughts and feelings. His scarred passed and his "love" for Lolita. We fell for his character and ignored all the signs of something wrong. This all came at the cost of little Dolores Hayes. Humbert ruined her life to the point where she couldn't stand to be around him. I honestly can't tell if he's a sociopath or just delusional, he definitely shows signs of both.


I bought the 50th Anniversary Edition of this book and when I was looking at the back cover there is a small blurb from Vanity Fair saying "The only convincing love story of our century" and at the time I took that to mean that it was a romance. Now I think that either this is in complete irony. It's Vanity Fair's way of saying "love is dead" or "fairy tale romances are so unlikely, this is real life", but I could also take it to mean that whoever wrote the review at Vanity fair might also have been completely fooled by Humbert's charm. Nabokov created Humbert's obsession with Dolores Hayes and made it into this living thing. We all saw it as love, but it was far from it.


The reason I gave this book five stars was because of the authors ability to turn my on mind against me. It was something that should have disturbed me, but ended up as a fantasy. If I had to choose I would put this book in the horror genre, it's scary how we can lose our morals when things are said in a pretty way. 


The style of the writing itself was poetic. It was beautiful writing which was another reason that Humbert was so hard to hate. The man was a romantic who, even on paper sounded like the perfect man. It romanticized what this man was doing, it was a silkscreen over a cesspit. 

In the words of Taylor Swift, this book is "a nightmare dressed as a daydream". Humbert was a man willing to do whatever it took to get what he wanted, despite how terrible that truly was. He ruined so many lives in his quest to have Lolita, including her's. 


Overall, this book is truly a masterpiece. It's something everyone should read, it's something that is very good for discussion. It isn't something you can't have an opinion about. I would highly recommend reading this book.


Quotes:



“And the rest is rust and stardust.” 


“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.”

“I need you, the reader, to imagine us, for we don't really exist if you don't.” 


“You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.” 


“And she was mine, she was mine, the key was in my fist, my fist was in my pocket, she was mine.” 


Monday, 7 August 2017

Books I've Loved So Far Giveaway

Last time I did a giveaway there were lots of entries. Mostly from people who just wanted the Amazon Giftcard not to buy books. Let's be real the last giveaway I tried to do was a hot mess. I decided not to do that again, so this time, actual books.

I wanted to show how much I appreciate you guys for following me and actually reading my content, commenting. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite books that I've read this year, and what better way to back it all up than by hosting a giveaway with said books!


There are eight options, all of which are seen above.

Rules: (Because I must)

  • This Giveaway is international as long as Book Depository ships to you
  • Must be over 18 or have parental permission
  • The giveaway is from August 7th to September 16th
  • You have to actually be following my blog to enter, I will check.
  • There are two prizes. One book per winner.
Now that the unpleasantries are over, you can enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck to everyone!!!!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Colorless Spoiler Free Review

Colorless
Colorless
by Rita Stradling
Release Date: August 8th, 2017

Synopsis:


In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts.

To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matters to worry about.

Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome cousin, sixteen-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more.

Then Annabelle is informed of her parents’ sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colorless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her. 

Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents’ murders and her strange transformation. 

Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians’ monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle’s family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about—a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in a hundred years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old. 


Their only target: Annabelle.

My Thoughts:

***I recieved an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an Honest review***

I gave this book 4 stars. In short this book was everything I had hoped Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Leviathan would be. Similar premise, but completely different payoff.

The first book by this author that I read was Ensnared which came out earlier this year. I loved that book so much that I couldn't help but want more. This book did not disappoint. Rita Stradling is quickly becoming a must read author. This book confirmed that I did in fact enjoy the authors story telling.

There were parts of the world building that I didn't entirely understand. I wish it had been a little more clear, but they were minor and didn't really change my enjoyment level. The story itself didn't exactly have the ending I desired, but I could tell it was heading in a better direction. I really hope there is a next book though.

Anthony was a character I wanted to hate so much. He was cowardly and full of treachery, but at the same time he was human. He wanted things he couldn't have and was completely miserable because of it which made him act out. I found it nearly impossible to actually dislike the man.

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out which century this was in. I know it wasn't this century and I'm almost positive it wasn't in the 20th century. I don't even know if it was in an alternate reality. If it was Urban Fantasy or just plain fantasy that was based off of the western world. 

The plot, characters, and setting all added up to make a weird hybrid of Clockwork Angel, Furthermore, and Invisibility. I don't even know how else to put it. It has a very unique feeling to it that just drags you in. The backstory tied everything about this story together. It had a mix of gods and their offspring, along with a past that reminded me a bit of The Queen of the Tearling. I'm making all these connections between different books but that really doesn't show you the whole picture.

Annabelle really grows as a person in this book. It was nice to see her go from a naive lady of the court to a little less naive woman who could hold her own. She cared so strongly about those important to her and was willing to do so much for them that she really grew on me. After her parents death she was lucky enough to have people around her who took her under their wings. The author did a very good job with her.

What I didn't like was there were some bit of information that, if you missed them for some reason it would make everything very confusing. What I did like was that the author would restate these things so that you could understand it better if you did for some reason miss it the first time. I found that incredibly helpful.

Overall, it was an amazing read. I loved the characters and the I love the authors writing style. There will hopefully be another book after this because I need to know more, but standing on it's own this book was definitely worth the read.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

City of Lost Souls Review

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)
City of Lost Souls
by Cassandra Clare

Spoilers


Synopsis:



The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?



Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

My Thoughts:

I gave this book 5 stars. By far my favourite book in the series. Everything about this series has come so far from the start and it's 

Jordan and Maia were very ignorable the first time I read the series. I really didn't care about what happened to them, they were just unimportant. Now, reading the series again I just want these sweet characters to get back together and be happy together. They are so cute. Maia is the one character in this entire series who has never pissed me off or made me question whether or not I trusted her. She's always been very straight forward and had a good moral compass.


What I didn't even notice the first few times reading this book was that werewolves have gold rings around their irises' even when in human form!!! I completely missed that and it was only mentioned in passing, if I hadn't been reading in depth I probably would have missed it. Now I have to rethink everything, especially how I picture these werewolf characters.

Simon and Izzy are just such an amazing couple. I am constantly amused by the fact that Izzy is completely confused by her attraction to Simon. She's like "WTF??? I've dated incredibly hot guys and not gotten over attached, why am I suddenly so over attached to this nerd?" and I'm really living for it. Seeing more of their relationship in this book was refreshing. The series is usually very centred around Jace and Clary, and it still is a lot about them, but the magic of this second half of the series is that we get more of the other couples i.e. Simon and Izzy.

Alec is driving me crazy, he's completely letting his insecurities get to him and he doesn't even notice the way Magnus looks at him. Magnus is so completely in love with him and Alec doesn't even seem to want to talk to Magnus when Magnus brings up Alec's insecurities. It's driving me crazy.

I have to talk about something that really upset me for a moment here. If you haven't read the Infernal Devices Series yet, then I would highly recommend skipping over this paragraph. I wouldn't say it's exactly a spoiler, but it probably won't make any sense. Why I'm upset is because the book Will gave to Tessa expressing his love for her was blown up in Sebastian's magical floating house. This physically pains me. That's not even what upsets me the most. What upsets me the most is why did Tessa not keep that book? It is a highly sentimental object, so why wouldn't she keep it? It seems like the type of thing one would bring with them everywhere because it is a symbol of your love. I'm very upset by this. Okay onto the rest of the review.

It's constantly mentioned in the book how tall Jace is. He's like a giant, he is just so tall. That made me think he was like 6 foot 6, just towering over everyone. Turns out Jace is actually only 5 foot 11. Not, short, but a lot shorter than I expected.

So much development has happen with the story and with the characters fro the first book. They have changed so much. Cassandra Clare's writing has gotten a lot better throughout the series. She knows how to keep everyone engaged and wanting more. I love seeing how the characters have changed throughout the past few books and the change is immense.

Sebastian is manipulative, cruel, and a complete lunatic. I love him though. He's a psychopath for sure, but being a psychopath usually means you're pretty charismatic. I know it's all a silkscreen and that he's an awful human being, but I can't help but be charmed by him. He does all this awful stuff with a mischievous little grin on his face and you just want to be around him. I hate him but I love him. I think the author did a really good job with him.

I'm terribly unobservant when reading, which is why I discovered loads of new things while reading this book again. For some reason I was under the impression that Amatis become one of the dark shadowhunters of her free will. Apparently I missed the part where she was dragged out of her bed and forced to drink from the cup. I also didn't notice that Maia and Jordan slept together, but that was probably because I didn't really care about those two the other times I read it.

There was this theory I read about on Tumblr, I don't remember who thought of it, but it goes like this; Robert and Maryse both have blue eyes, Izzy has black eyes. Therefore it is genetically impossible for Izzy to be Robert's child. Who from this series has black eyes? Valentine. Therefore the theory goes, Izzy is Valentine's daughter. I think some other things that back up this theory is that in the past books Maryse would always talk about how much she and loved Valentine and we all just assumed it was like a friend or a leader, but that was only implied. There was also the fact that Valentine always called her "my Maryse". Now there are holes in this theory like, why didn't Valentine ever use this to his advantage? We all saw what he did with Jace, who wasn't even his kid. Unless, Valentine never knew that Izzy was his daughter. I could completely see this theory as being factual.

Clary and Isabelle's friendship is coming along quite nicely. Bonding over the people they both love. It's been a long time coming and I know it wasn't always smooth, but it's coming to a good place. I think the two of them need more female friends. Especially Clary who's only friend seems to be Simon.

Quick note: Jace and Clary are absolutely adorable together.

Overall, this was an amazing fifth book, it really leaves you wanting to jump right into the sixth book. I personally feel like it was the best book in the series. I would give it an A+.

Quotes:


“Basia coquum," Simon said. "Or whatever their motto is.""It's 'Descensus Averno facilis est.' 'The descent into hell is easy," said Alec. "You just said "Kiss the cook.""Dammit," said Simon. "I knew Jace was screwing with me.” 

“She turned and looked at him. "Ducks?" she said again.A smile tugged the edge of his mouth. "I hate ducks. Don't know why. I just always have.” 

“I've got the Mark of Cain," said Simon. "That means nothing can kill me, right?""You can kill yourself," Magnus said, somewhat unhelpfully. "As far as I know, inanimate objects can accidentally kill you. So if you were planning on teaching yourself the lambada on a greased platform over a pit full of knives, I wouldn't.""There goes my Saturday.” 

'My mother seems to have accepted it,' Alec said. 'But my father — no, not really. Once he asked me what I thought had turned me gay.'Simon felt Isabelle tense next to him. 'Turned you gay?' She sounded incredulous. 'Alec, you didn’t tell me that.''I hope you told him you were bitten by a gay spider,' said Simon.

“Missing, one stunningly attractive teenage boy. Answers to 'Jace' or 'Hot Stuff” 


“What have you done to my cat?" Magnus demanded... "You drank his blood, didn't you? You said you weren't hungry!"Simon was indignant. "I did not drink his blood. He's fine!" He poked the Chairman in the stomach. The cat yawned. "Second, you asked me if I was hungry when you were ordering pizza, so I said no, because I can't eat pizza. I was being polite.""That doesn't get you the right to eat my cat.""Your cat is fine!" Simon reached to pick up the tabby, who jumped indignantly to his feet and stalked off the table. "See?""Whatever.” 


Friday, 4 August 2017

Class Reading List

So recently Booktube-athon happened and with that there were video challenges everyday. Now obviously I don't have a booktube channel so I didn't do the Booktube-athon, but there was this one video challenge that I thought would be really cool: Creating a class and choosing a reading list for that class. This appealed to me so much that I decided to make a post on it.

My class would be on real world problems. I mean as opposed to fantastical problems like dragons and assassins. I thought about it and I think displaying actual problems in today's society in fiction is really important. This is a bit of a sensitive topic so beware.


The Hate You Give



This book covers racism and hate crimes. Now I haven't even read this one yet, but from the uproar it has caused I can tell it's an important book. I'm going to be reading as soon as I possibly can.

The Bell Jar



This novel covers depression and a persons slow decent into madness. It's so relatable because this happens to millions of people. There's something about it that still makes it iconic after several decades.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower



This book covers PTSD. And if I'm not mistaken it was banned from several schools because of the topic. The downward spiral is so subtle that you barely even notice that it's happening. This book is on this list because it's something that, like the Bell Jar, happens to millions of people all the time and needs to be talked about more.

The Outsiders



It's a book about segregation between classes. It's a story about how these people were basically treated horribly because they weren't rich, they were just the same as everyone else and even though it's set in the 60's it's still pretty accurate today.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time



This book is about autism and the treatment and understanding of those who are autistic. People treat autism like it's a disease that needs to be wiped out and I think this book does a great job of displaying the good as well as the bad.

Boy Toy



This story covers pedophilia and the general assumption that "men can't be raped". Spoiler alert: they can be. I read this book years ago and didn't realize how important it really was. I'm glad I read it when I was younger because I really think it shaped a lot of how I see things today.


I kind of want to actually do a sort of read along thing with this possibly. Let me know in the comments if you might actually want to do that. 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

July Wrap Up and August TBR


I had one hell of a reading month. I read all the books. Five of them were actually rereads, while I usually don't include rereads in my wrap up, I'm too proud of myself for these to not include them. I have reviews up for most of these, you can find my reviews here.

1. City of Bones



 I gave this book 4.5 stars. City of Bones is the first book in the Mortal Instruments Series, one of the original series's that I love. We go way back, I hadn't read this series since before the movie came out. It's been a while since I read the series, so I decided to do a reread this summer which is going pretty well. 

2. City of Vikings 



I gave this book 4 stars. I got an ARC of this through the author. I liked the story a lot, the premise was really intriguing. What pushed it down a star was my own inability to connect with the characters. I've seen other people reviews and they don't seem to have the same problem so I think it really is just a personal thing. Otherwise it was a good book.

3. City of Ashes 



I gave this book 4.5 stars. This book was way better than I remember it being. I did not like this book the first time I read it, well not that much anyway. Funny, i still gave it 5 stars back then despite not liking it that much. This second read made me truly appreciate the story, I loved it.

4. The Game Plan 



I gave this book 4 stars. The author somehow crafts the most hilarious characters and then puts them in the most ridiculous circumstances. i always really enjoy her novels. Amazing.

5. Double Dare 



I gave this book 3 stars. Not as good as some of the authors previous works, but still pretty enjoyable.

6. Jewel of Atlantis



I gave this book 4 stars. I will pretty much read anything Gena Showalter writes. I don't think there is anything else to say other than I enjoyed reading this book.

7. The Nymph King 



I gave this book 4 stars. I liked this book the best from this series. I don't know what it was about this book, but it was a solid A.

8. The Vampire’s Bride 



I gave this book 3 stars. Didn't like this book as much as the others in the series. It dragged a little bit, but it wasn't terrible. I liked the writing style enough that I didn't want to gauge my eyes out while reading it.

9. Mask of Shadows 



I gave this book 4.5 stars. I didn't really know what to expect from this story. It was action packed and Sal was such a relatable main character. I can't tell if it's more character driven or more plot driven.

10. The Amazon’s Curse 



I gave this book 3 stars. Just a little short story after the events of The Vampire's Bride. I feel like me not really liking either is because I don't really care for the Amazons. They're kind of annoying instead of having substance.

11. City of Glass 



I gave this book 5 stars. I can't say much considering this is the third book. It's great let's just leave it at that.

12. The Struggle 



I gave this book 4.5 stars. Felt more like a filler book between book 2 and book 4, but it was an enjoyable filler book. I don't mind, i just wish more had happened.

13. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts 



I gave this book 3.5 stars. Finally time travel shown in a way that isn't completely flawed. If you don't know what I'm talking about I mean that the one main issue with time travel is bacteria. If someone from our day were to travel back in time, they would unleash their modern day bacteria on the people of the passed and probably start a plague of some sort. While this series has a long way to go, it was still pretty good and I liked the characters. 

14. Daughter of Deep Silence 



I gave this book 5 stars. This book just came out of left field. I bought this book because it was like 6 dollars hardcover and it sounded okay. I read this book in maybe two sittings (I can't sit still for long) and I loved every moment of it. Must read.

15. Because of Lila 



I gave this book 2 stars. I was very enraged by this one. I had a very short rant like review that I didn't even bother posting on my blog because it wasn't that long, but if you want to read it I'll post it here and you can read it if you like, if not just skip to number 16.

This isn’t even a review, this is a rant. In the synopsis we are led to believe that two characters are going to be together and that just doesn’t happen. Well it does, but only for the first 3 or 4 chapters and then the story just goes in a completely different direction. Honestly, is the beginning and the rest of the novel even the same book? I loved the Rosemary Beach series and the Sea Breeze Series, but this spin off series just isn’t doing it for me. I feel like the author is basing our understanding of the characters’s dilemma’s off of our love of their parents. It isn’t working, I can’t be understanding of what these characters are doing no matter how much I love their parents. Also, you know how much I detest love triangles and this had a love triangle in it’s most atrocious form.

With all that said I didn’t completely hate it, I still love Abbi Glines’s writing style so no matter how angry I got at the characters I couldn’t stop reading, so it got two stars instead of one.

16. The Knocked Up Plan



 I gave this book 4 stars. I gave it four stars but as of right now I don't actually remember anything that happened. It was a good book from what I can recall though. There was no major flaw that made me hate it, so that's good.

17. Scandal Never Sleeps 



I gave this book 4.5 stars. Another latest obsession of mine. I just figured I would read a smutty romance just for fun, but then it got too real too quickly. There was this huge mystery element that three books in, still hasn't been solved and I'm hooked. it is so good.

18. City of Fallen Angels



I gave this book 4.5 stars. A bit slower than City of Glass, but this is the first book of the new story arc, so that is expected. 

19. Seduction in Session 



I gave this book 4 stars. Not as good as the first book as I found Lana to be a bit annoying at first, but it did grow on me after a bit of dragging.

20. City of Lost Souls 



I gave this book 5 stars. So technically I did finish this book in August, but I read most of it in July and I finished it before this wrap up was posted. So I'm counting it. This book is still my favorite of the series. It's weird how the pages go from 509 to 511.

Onto my August TBR!!! I feel like everyone is doing ARC August, and I guess I could do that, but I don't actually want to. I'm gonna stick with my regular routine of reading one smutty romance on my computer that I may or may not mention in my blog, one physical book, and one ARC at a time. I am a creature of habit.

1. City of Heavenly Fire and the Infernal Devices Trilogy



I just didn't feel like writing all the book titles out.

2. Rowan Wood Legends



I got the ARC for this from Netgalley and I am really excited.

3. Fallen Heir



I'm obsessed. This series is amazing.

That's it! What books do you guys plan to read in August?