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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

“Sometimes you don’t have to search out danger, sometimes danger finds you.” – Isabelle Lightwood

With this second installment of The Mortal Instruments, I noticed that there was less dialogue than the first book. I like that there was a balance between the two books. Sometimes too much of one or the other makes the book harder to get through, or it makes me want to skip over it which means I could potentially miss something, and we wouldn’t want that. Every word in the story is important. So I’m definitely curious to see if the third book has more of one or an equal balance.

Now I did have one small pet peeve with City of Ashes… While I love the Shadowhunter world, there was one thing that keeps popping up that I can’t help but wonder; (more…)

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

“…it wasn’t the monsters she was hiding from.” – Magnus Bane

I recently graduated and as a gift I received a gift card to one of my favorite places in the entire world, Barnes & Noble. It was all in good timing, too, as the newest edition of City of Bones had been released and I was dying to get my hands on it. It’s absolutely stunning and a perfect fit for the story it holds. If only the rest of the series could have special editions as well…

The world Cassandra Clare creates is unique in a way that she was able to write more than one series in it. The world of Shadowhunters is so vast, full of magic and runes and demons and more. You never know what’s around the next corner, which keeps you on your toes. There’s so much tied into it, yet it isn’t overwhelming, which is amazing as it can be hard to do.

City of Bones is the first installment in The Mortal Instruments series; (more…)

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

“If you plan to kill me, you’d better be quick.” – Freya

Let’s get something out of the way before we begin this review: I have a thing for anything royal, paranormal, mythical, or magical. So my choice of books shouldn’t surprise anyone. Like this one, which you can tell from the title must have something to do with royalty…

I wasn’t sure how I felt about this book at first, there weren’t really any bad or good feelings towards it. It was pretty neutral, however, once I started reading I was once again sucked into a world I didn’t want t leave! I LOVED this story so much! For one, Rhiannon Thomas sure knows how to write a compelling story with interesting characters and plot twists! She was able to tie science, mystery, royalty, and just a touch of romance all together!

My absolute favorite aspect of Long May She Reign was (more…)

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

“She killed Grace, and now she’s after you.” – Sofia

Mean Girls meets The Craft in this read! That’s really the only way to describe The Merciless; there’s no way to expect the unexpected. I’ll be honest, it was a slow read at first and it was a bit of a struggle to stay interested in it (however, that could also be because I was in a bit of a reading stump). But boy oh BOY! Once you hit that certain chapter, you are in for one hell of a ride (no pun intended). (more…)

You’re Not A Regular Mom, You’re A Cool Mom

“Mom life is the best life.”

To my mom,

It can’t be easy to raise an introvert (or two, or three, or four) but congrats because you did it! I am proud of who I am and where I come from because of you. Though life is a struggle, one of the best things is that you have always accepted who I am and I honestly can’t thank you enough. Being an introvert is hard because people always ask why you aren’t this way or that, or why don’t you do this or that, and not once did you ever question me or my personality and honestly that makes you the best mom there can be.

You definitely worked hard to be where you are today and to raise your babies into the strong independent people they are today. You went through many obstacles and conquered them all, some with help which is always okay. We got into some massive arguments but they helped forge the awesome relationship that we have now. I’m so glad that you are my mom, and I love you so very much. I have a million more reasons why I love you and why you’re the best but I gotta keep this short!

For my best friend,

You are on your way to motherhood and I just know that you are going to be such an amazing mother! Not just because you are an amazing person but also because your mom is just as crazy amazing! And I can’t thank her enough for bringing you into this world because you are my parabatai (wink, wink, haha but seriously this should be our next tattoo) and I don’t know where I would be without you!

Motherhood is a journey that isn’t easy, that’s for sure. It also doesn’t end after eighteen years. Once you become a mother (in any way, shape, or form, because you don’t have to give birth to someone to be a mother), you are a mother forever. So for all the mothers, stepmothers, and mother-to-bes (like my best friend) thank you for everything that you do because you are all so amazing!

Lots of Love,

Felie Fel 

Hoot Hoot Hooray!

“Her soul belongs to words and books. Every time she reads, she is home.” – found on Pinterest

I don’t know about you, but once I found out there was such a thing as boxes filled with bookish goodies I went on hunt and discovered so many of them! Each one is different from the other and located in different places and they are just so many! I had to have one! But I never got around to getting one. So I’m very excited as one great friend gifted me with a box of bookish goodies from OwlCrate. I was ecstatic, thrilled, overfilled with joy, and was not disappointed!  (more…)

Evermore by Alyson Noël

“…the only thing I can clearly remember is dying.” – Ever

Coping with death is hard, and how do you cope with the death of your entire family? Is there a right or wrong way? And how do you deal with the weird psychic powers you get waking up after?

Alyson Noël has created a world much different from the usual, its mysterious and attracting. It’s full of angst and love, death and secrets; it even mixes teenage drama and paranormal excitement. Though the paranormal part is a tad different from the usual stuff like vampires and werewolves. Noël plays with a fascinating idea that I wish I could just give away, but that would give away part of the plot!

The title, Evermore, is appealing in itself. It actually give a little foreshadowing to the story, here’s a hint: always. Always what though? Well that I can’t say. Besides that, one of the simple signs in this first installment to a six-book series that I adore are the red tulips that Ever always seems to receive. Because red tulips are reserved just for her… (more…)

Firewalker by Josephine Angelini

“They did catch me, and then they put me in the barn.” – Lillian

The struggle between magic and science doesn’t end. There’s a new lesson to be learned, one that is constantly reiterated with every story; everything has consequences. There is a reason why you aren’t suppose to steal things from other worlds, learning and stealing are two very different things. (more…)

Dear Sister,

“No one will be as entertained by us as us!”

Dear sister,

Do you remember those times we would fight and argue and be down right horrible to one another? How about those times where we bargained with each other to get out of doing something? Or when we would prank mom or the babies? Oh! How about that one time when you told me that you could handle drinking coffee with me late at night as I did homework? I’ll never forget that time, you little liar. We stayed up ALL night because of your sugar high.

We’ve been through quite a bit, yet we got through it with each other. I appreciate you so very much, much more than you know. You are always there for me when I need you (or don’t) and vice versa. We have a bond that no one can even begin to understand. You, my dear, are a special kind of gal. While being a mini version of mom, you are also both a little sister and big sister. That’s pretty awesome, because we get to relate on another level.

You have started the first chapter of a new book today, though life doesn’t always seem easy it does work out the way it’s supposed to. Don’t stress, don’t over think, just go and live your life the way you feel is right. Don’t worry about others and always be your cute, little, mean, and goofy self. I love you so very much and today you are finally an adult. At least legally, you’ll still my precious little sister to me. So happy birthday my wonderful darling, you have such greatness awaiting you!

Lots of Love,

Felie Fel ♥

P. S. I would appreciate it if I could have my black cardigan back and if we could FINALLY finish Gossip Girl.

A New Year, A New Journey, A New Book

“One Year = 365 Opportunities”

Last year, 2016, was quite the rollercoaster. There were great times and there were bad, the ending wasn’t what I hoped it would be but do things ever happen the way we want them to?

I did, however, learn quite a bit from this recent year. I’ve learned to open myself up to people; it’s hard yes and sometimes disappointing in the end, but so worth it. I’ve learned that you can’t trust everyone who claims to be your friend; and those who are will do everything to keep that bond. I’ve re-learned the importance of family, that in the end the arguments and fights don’t matter. Just love. Family isn’t just blood, it includes the ones you bond so closely with (like your best friend that brings you a WHOLE container of chocolates when you’re sad.)

I’m not big on the idea of “a new year, a new me” because I become a “new” me every time something major happens. I learn something new about myself every day because every day I grow. So for this new year, 2017, (more…)