“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…)
“…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.
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!
“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…)
“…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…)
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…)
That one beatiful holiday that celebrates the joyous feeling of love and romance is right around the corner. Yes, I’m talking about Valentine’s Day, but you knew that already. I’m going to guess that many of you have some big plans that day.
Valentine’s Day was one of the best holidays growing up. As kid everyone was your valentine and you always had some little classroom party to look forward to at the end of the day. But now? No more Valentine parties, that’s for sure.
My plans this Valentine’s Day are to, unfortunately, study for all my upcoming tests and maybe binge watch a couple of movies with my roommate. We recently watched Pride & Prejudice and oh my god let me tell you how awesome and romantic that movie is. It’s perfection in a nut shell and Mr. Darcy, well Mr. Darcy is another story for another time…
With that said, here’s a sneak peak on ways to my heart:
Books, plain and simple. I live and breath books, they are the best way to my heart.
Coffee or tea, either or is fine by me. Sipping this hot beverage any time of day is relaxing and something I’ll always love.
Clichés. I know that’s so lame, but being a hopeless romantic makes me love most of those cheesy clichés we all dislike so much.
Staying in and having a movie day! It’s fun and romantic, plus I’ve recently learned that cuddle helps keep you healthy.
Shooting, take me out to the shooting range. It’s almost as great as taking me to a bookstore!
Those are just a few ways to my heart. Now tell me how to get to yours!
“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the imagination, flight to the imagination, and life to everything” – Plato
Who here hates moving? The packing and the driving and the unpacking and the reorganizing? Just the first two drive me bonkers, the last two aren’t so bad.
So recently, very recently actually, I signed a lease with a friend and moved to a small townhouse much closer to school. I’m very excited! I no longer have to wake up before the sun. An hour more of sleep makes a big difference.
So I was able to move all in one day and all in one trip. My darling cousin was kind enough to to offer his truck for all my big stuff; bed, desk, drawers, two bookshelves, you know the important stuff. (Though we were not able to get the box spring upstairs when it came time to unload everything.)
My Mom’s little Xterra held all my clothes and blankets because well they just wouldn’t fit in my car because my car was packed tight with all my books. Seriously, look: (more…)
“Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.” – Osho
Creativity is many things: making mistakes, expression, having fun, inventing, experimenting, and so much more. It can be anything you want it to be. It can be created in so many ways; through art, music, books, clothes, and more. It brings beauty into this catastrophic world. It sends a message. It can be interpreted in a various amount of ways. It. Can. Be.
How do you express your creativity? I express my creativity the same way I express who I am.
I love sketching, though it has been quite a while since I picked up a pencil. I relish in the way my pencils flow across the pages of my sketch book. I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment I get when I get the picture that’s stuck in my head onto a piece of paper, it’s a feeling that I can’t really describe. Whether I am happy with the outcome or not, I like to surround myself with my creations. I pin as much as I can onto my walls in my bedroom (even the ones that are incomplete), the others are kept in the safety of my sketch books on my small bookshelf. My best work comes when I’m listening to music, feeling strongly about something (or my emotions are just out whack), after reading a marvelous book, or even sometimes when I’m terribly bored. Now I don’t like showing people my artwork, but that’s okay because being creative doesn’t mean everyone has to see it and those that do, well those people are pretty special.