Book Review | Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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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.

Available: Goodreads // Amazon

Pages: 701

Genres: Urban Fantasy, Romance, YA

Publisher: May 23rd 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Bought, Hardcover

Rating: 5/5 stars


*Slight Spoilers for LoS*

*Spoilers for Lady Midnight”

HOLY COW!!!

I waited a month before writing this review but oh mY!!!! I don’t think my thoughts will ever be coherent enough to write a review without gushing about how much I adoRE THE CHARACTERS AND THE WRITING I NEED A HUG!!

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Book Review | The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

trailsHow do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

Available: Goodreads // Amazon

Pages: 376

Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Adventure

Publisher: May 3rd 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

Format: Bought, Paperback

Rating: 5/5 stars


*Slight-Spoilers*

I didn’t know how much I have been missing Uncle Rick’s writing style until I opened this book. It’s always so fun and light-hearted to read! I was a little worried I had outgrown these books (I haven’t read one since Blood of Olympus), but ohohO I was mistaken! It was kind of like a reunion with old friends and it was so so so nice 🙂
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Book Review | Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

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Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

Available: Goodreads // Amazon

Pages: 336

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Publisher: May 2nd 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Format: Bought, Kindle

Rating: 5/5 stars

Recommend: People who like fluffy romance and realistic characters. Good for after a heavy book.


*Very slight-spoilers*

WOWOWOWOW!!!

Can I be Lara Jean??? I mean, really. She has the cutest life (and Peter Kavinsky doesn’t hurt either amiright?)

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Top 5 Books to Read When Its Snowing Outside

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Happy December 1st friends!

(Or, as I like to call it, Christmas #1)!

I haven’t been super active lately due to exams and AP Chemistry (ewewewewew), but I’m trying my best to keep it together in school which means this blog has to take a back seat every now and then 😦

BUT! Here I am with a post on the very first day of December! And today it’s all about the holidays and books, so cozy up with a warm blanket and a hot beverage and let us begin!

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Book Review: Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur

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milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.


Available:  Goodreads // Amazon

Pages: 204

Genres: Poetry

Publisher: November 4th 2014 by Createspace

Format: Bought, Paperback

Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮ (5/5)

Wowowowow. How I can put my love for this book into words is almost impossible, but I’m gonna try. I got this yesterday and read it all in one sitting (which wasn’t hard, as some pages just have one sentence, but at least I read something!). I’m having a hard time reading actual books at the moment (a.k.a, why I haven’t been posting as much *sadface*).

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Book Tag: The Literary Dinner Party

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UGHUGHUGH

I’ve had a reading slump at the actual worst time. I’m like fifty pages away from finishing three different books and I just can’t seem to work up the motivation to do it (and they’re really good books too UGH).

Therefore, this post will not be a review like I had previously hoped.

I wasn’t exactly tagged to do The Literary Dinner Party Tag, but it looked so cute and fun that I just couldn’t resist! This tag was created by book tuber NEHOMAS2 (you can watch her video by clicking the link!).

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