“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.
“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!
“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…)
“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…)
“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…)
I found the idea/story line forTrial By Fire interesting and unique; it was something new and it was something I was looking for in a book, I just didn’t realize it until I opened the pages. Once I started this adventure, I couldn’t put it down. Page after page, my mind couldn’t stop thinking ‘what’s going to happen next?!‘ I think that’s when you know it’s going to be a great read, because this book is one of my new favorites!
“It’s pointless. Cards don’t have ears. And I no longer have a head.”
– Alyssa Gardner, Splintered
We all know of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and we’ve seen Disney’s classic animation as well as the movie with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter; but what if Wonderland wasn’t as wonderful as Carroll and Disney portrayed it to be?