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 | Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

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The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

Available: Goodreads // Amazon

Pages: 393

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure

Publisher: Published May 16th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Format: Bought, Hardcover

Rating: 4/5 stars


*No Spoilers* 

Alright!! This book was actually quite nice! I was a bit worried going into it as some reviewers said it took them a while to finish, but I found it to be a relatively quick read!

And so, in true Mulan-inspired fashion, Let’s get down to business! 

(That song has been stuck in my head ever since finishing the book, send help)

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

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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 | Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

Available: Goodreads // Amazon

Pages: 382

Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult, Romance

Publisher: December 11th 2012 by EntangledTeen

Format: Bought, Paperback

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Recommend: People who like books about aliens and romance. Good for book-slumps and those who want a light read!


This book surprised me!

The last two books were light, fun reads, but a lot of the plot consisted of unnecessary angst and making out. Don’t get me wrong, this edition did have quite a bit of angst and making-out, but it was (mostly) relevant!

And who doesn’t love relevant angst and making-outamiright?!

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Book Review | Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

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KINGDOMS WILL COLLIDE.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Timesbestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

Available: Goodreads // Amazon

Pages: 693

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Adventure, Romance

Publisher: September 6th 2016 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Format: Bought, Kindle

Rating: 2.75/5 stars


*Spoilers*

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Book Review | Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

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DOON…

Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for…or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

Available: Goodreads // Amazon

Pages: 368

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Publisher: August 20th 2013 by Zondervan

Format: Gifted, Paperback

Rating: 3/5 stars


 

*Slight-Spoilers*

Okie dokie, so I’m just gonna casually buy a one-way plane ticket to Scotland, who’s with me??

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New Goodreads Group: Wordish Whales!

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I’ve  created a new group on goodreads! Don’t ask why I called it Wordish Whales because I have no answer except for that whales are pretty chill? And it’s gonna be a pretty chill group?

Anyway, it’d be awesome if you’d like to join and feel free to send a request here!

I’m planning on doing a monthly book reading thing and having a discussion at the end of the month on my blog! I dunno how we will do the discussion (maybe Google Hangouts like they do on book tube?), but that’s only if everyone’s comfortable with it or there are a few volunteers to discuss the book so the rest can watch live or later!

It’s going to be super fun, but only if people join so swim your way over to the request sender (i’m gonna have a great time with these whale puns omg)!

(Please excuse the many grammatical errors in this post as I wrote it in under 5 minutes! It will probably be deleted later, so don’t worry!)

Book Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.

For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.

Available: Goodreads // Amazon

Pages:  439

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction

Publisher: April 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press

Format: Bought, Hardcover

Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮ (5/5)


*minor-spoilers*

Is it just me, or does this entire series just have that frolic-through-the-woods vibe? Well, I went hiking because of this book and it was all because I am so so sad that this series is over!

I’m going to miss everything, but mostly, I’m going to miss all of the wonderful wonderful characters. What will I do without the raven gang in the back of mind?

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Hellos & Goodbyes: August

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Aight, so remember how like three months ago I was all like, “Yeah, in August imma be in Saudi Arabia finally!”? Well that obviously didn’t happen as I am still in the USA.

BUT

I am confident that this time next month, we will be in Saudi Arabia (lol I probably just jinxed myself, but come on!!!). Anyway, I just wanted to give a lil’ preface before you think that every time I say I’m leaving i’m just lying (which, I guess technically I am. Oops.).

I hope you enjoy this (late) post!

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Bookish Fun: A Visit to Harry Potter World

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GuYs!!!! I finally visited Hogwarts and it made me so happy!!!!!!!

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I was legit so emotional the entire trip because everywhere you looked there was something from the HP series! It was just so so fun (even though it rained a whole lot due to a tropical storm, BUT on the bright side the storm was called Hermione so i’m cool with it).

Anyway, in this post I’m going to share some pictures, stories, and lil’ tid-bits I learned from my trip! Hope you enjoy!

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