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Review: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clare


City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clare

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Title: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: April 14, 2000

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 485

When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder. Much less a murder commited by three teenagers covered with odd markings. This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons–and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It’s also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know….

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

The Mortal Instruments world is one of my favorite fictional worlds. Shadowhunters hunt and kill demons with special weapons. The main character, Clary, is completely new to the Shadowhunter world. She knows nothing about it until three mysterious teenagers are seen by her Mundane eyes. She sees Jace Wayland and Alec and Isabelle Lightwood. The three Shadowhunters Clary sees are in an all age dance club, and then she sees them pull knives and daggers on a normal looking boy. She screams, but no one else can see them because of Glamour. You can only see through Glamour if you’re a Shadowhunter or a Downworlder or you have “the sight.” Hmm. Does Clary possess one of these traits? How can she see them? I love the Shadowhunter world. I’ve read this book three times now. I love the whole idea of it and I love everything about it in general.

Characters:

Jace Wayland. Jace is so perfect. He’s my book crush. He’s beautifully sarcastic and I love it. Clary Fray is the protagonist of this story and I love how curious about everything she is. I think it’s unrealistic that she would “get used to” the idea of Shadowhunters so easily. I know that I would freak out for more than a day. Alec and Isabelle are some of my favorite characters. Alec is so sassy and Isabelle is so fabulous. Cassandra Clare perfectly projected a sibling relationship. Magnus is one of my absolute favorite characters. I think I only love him because I’ve read the other books and I know what’s going to happen with him, but he’s so energetic and he doesn’t care what other people think of him.

Who Would I Be?:

I would be Isabelle because she’s tall, which I am definitely not, and she’s beautiful and graceful. I would love to have Alec as a brother because he’s awesome and a genuinely nice person. Again, I’ve read this whole series so that’s how I already know that I love him. He and his sister are just loveable characters.

Series:

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) – Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) – Cassandra Clare

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Review: The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) – Lemony Snicket


The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) – Lemony Snicket

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Title: The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)

Author: Lemony Snicket

Release Date: September 30, 1999

Publisher: Harper Collins

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 176

In this first book, readers are introduced to the unfortunate Baudelaire children — 14-year-old Violet, 12-year-old Klaus, and their infant sister, Sunny — when they learn they’ve just been orphaned by a terrible house fire.

The executor of the Baudelaire estate — a phlegm-plagued banker named Mr. Poe – sends the children to live with a distant relative: a conniving and dastardly villain named Count Olaf, who has designs on the Baudelaire fortune. Count Olaf uses the children as slave labor, provides horrid accommodations for them, and makes them cook huge meals for him and his acting troupe, a bunch of odd-looking, renegade good-for-nothings. When the children are commandeered to appear in Count Olaf’s new play, they grow suspicious and soon learn that the play is not the innocent performance it seems but rather a scheme cooked up by Olaf to help him gain control of the children’s millions.

All this bad luck does provide for both great fun and great learning opportunities, however. Violet is a budding McGyver whose inventions help the children in their quest, Klaus possesses a great deal of book smarts, and Sunny — whose only real ability is an incredibly strong bite — provides moral support and frequent comedy relief. Then there are the many amusing word definitions, colloquialisms, clichés, hackneyed phrases, and other snippets of language provided by the narrator (a character in his own right) that can’t help but expand readers’ vocabularies. Though the Baudelaire children suffer myriad hardships and setbacks, in the end they do manage to outsmart and expose Olaf’s devious ways. But of course, with luck like theirs, it’s a given that Olaf will escape and return to torment them again some day. If only misery was always this much fun.

3 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Three siblings lose their home and parents to a huge fire. A neighbor brings the kids to their closest living family member, Count Olaf. The kids have never met Count Olaf and have no idea how they are related to him. Olaf doesn’t really care about the kids, he just wants the fortune that has been left to Violet. He treats the children like pests and he doesn’t actually want them as children. The three siblings, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, meet the nice neighbor of Count Olaf, Justice Strauss. She has a big library filled with thousands of books ranging from huge law books to books about animals, which interest Klaus. The three have to participate in a play and Count Olaf has other plans for making the play very special. I liked this book, but it wasn’t my favorite. I definitely wish I would have read this when I was much younger. I still liked it, but it is for a much younger audience.

Characters:

Violet, Klause, and Sunny are the three siblings and they have very unfortune things happen to them. Violet is the oldest and loves anything with engineering and building things. Klaus is the middle child and he likes books of any kind in general, and Sunny is the infant who likes biting everything. These three peculiar children have very bad luck and have to live with Count Olaf. Count Olaf is a rude and odd-looking man. He doesn’t treat any of the three children right, but he takes an odd liking to Violet. I liked these characters but Violet and Klaus were my favorite.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Klaus because he loves books and he likes learning things. I already love reading, so that wouldn’t even be a big change. Klaus is just a loveable character in general and I would love to have two sisters. I’ve always wished I had a sister, ad if I was Klaus I would have two.

Series:

The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2)

The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events #3)

The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4)

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Review: I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) – Pittacus Lore


I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) – Pittacus Lore

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Title: I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1)

Author: Pittacus Lore

Release Date: August 3, 2010

Publisher: Harper Collins

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 440

In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now. The Nine had to separate and go into hiding.

The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.

I AM NUMBER FOUR is the thrilling launch of a series about an exceptional group of teens as they struggle to outrun their past, discover their future—and live a normal life on Earth.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Nine kids are sent to Earth from the planet Lorien. These kids each have a guardian and a number. A curse is placed on all nine of them. The curse says they have to be killed in order according to number. Numbers one through three are dead… Number Four is next. I loved this story. The concept is so strange and the book is so wonderfully written. When I picked this book up I really had no idea what it was about except that there were nine kids and the main character was Number Four. I’m glad I knew nothing more about this story because I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much as I did if I had known what it was about. I wouldn’t have been surprised by the premise of the story if I had know what it was about. I loved everything about this book, really. It was a super fun read, even though it did take me a while to finish. I’m a fast reader and it usually doesn’t take me longer than a couple days for me to finish a book. 400 pages isn’t very long for me. Overall, I’m so glad I picked this book up. Worth all the hype and I fully recommend it to anyone.

Characters:

John is the main character in this book, he is Number Four. He and his guardian, Henri, move to Paradise. The two of them settle down there and John goes to school and meets some really great best friends. He meets a beautiful blonde girl named Sarah, and becomes best friends with the alien-obsessed nerd, Sam. John and Sarah like eachother and then continue to fall head over heels for one another. Their relationship is so adorable. I love the characters separately, but I love them even more together.

Who Would I Be?:

Sarah. Duh. She gets to be dating a super-human, amazingly sweet, basically perfect guy. Of course I pick to be Sarah. John and Sarah are so cute together. John. Mmmm. He’s so sweet. He’s one of the sweetest male characters I’ve ever encountered in a book. I would love to be Sarah because of John. That is definitely enough of an explanation. :)

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Source: Library

March Wrapup + April TBR


Read:

  1. The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) – Rick Riordan *review*
  2. Twilight (Twilight #1) – Stephenie Meyer *review*
  3. Don’t Even Think About It (Don’t Even Think About It #1) – Sarah Mylnowski *review*
  4. Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) – Kristin Cashore *review*
  5. The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1) – Sara Shepard *review*

TBR:

  1. I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) – Pittacus Lore
  2. The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) – Patrick Ness
  3. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix (Harry Potter #5) – J. K. Rowling
  5. Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) – Richelle Mead

#FridayReads (8)


Woo. I’m sick… again. Because I am sick, I’ll be able to read. A lot. This morning I finished Shadowland (The Immortals #3) – Alyson Noël and I am just about to start Seconds Before Sunrise (The Timely Death Trilogy #2) – Shannon A. Thompson. I absolutely loved the first book in the Timely Death Trilogy, Minutes Before Sunset, and have the opportunity to read the second before it even comes out. Shannon contacted me and asked me if I would want to review the second, and of course I said yes! I loved the first one and cannot wait to pick this one up. :)

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*Big thanks to Shannon A. Thompson for sending me an eARC of Seconds Before Sunrise!*

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Top Ten Tuesday (4)


This week on Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Reasons I Love Being a Blogger/Reader! Here are some of my reasons that I love being a blogger and reader :)

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The Broke and Bookish created this meme. Check out their page for future Top Ten Tuesday themes!

1. I love being a reader because… You can live in a different world.

Sometimes you’re life is getting stressful or something is happening to you and you want to escape. Reading is my outlet from life. I can go anywhere or travel anywhere in the world without moving my feet.

2. I love being a reader because… You can read anywhere.

You can be lounging around at home in your pajamas or riding in the car, it doesn’t matter where you are, you can always read. Books don’t need wifi so you can “connect” with the book anywhere. You can take in the story in between classes or right before bed.

3. I love being a reader because… The book boyfriends.

I have so many book boyfriends because of my jouneys within stories. I get to know the characters and come to love some, and hate others. “I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, then all at once.” Just a little John Green quoteage.

4. I love being a reader because… Books smell nice.

This is probably weird, but I really love the smell of books. I buy a new book. Smell it. Put it on my shelf. Decide what to read. Then start reading. #TheCycleOfAFangirl

5. I love being a reader because… I’ve gained a lot of writing skills.

I don’t know if I want to be an author when I get older, but I’ve acquired so many writing skills. The more you read the more you understand sentence structure and good word choice. Reading (even fiction) helps me with writing school papers.

6. I love being a blogger because… I get to talk to random people that love books as much as I do.

I am not what you would call a social butterfly, so when I get to talk to people over the internet that love the same things I do, I’m all over it. Writing things out is so much easier than speaking for me, so when I get to talk about reading and books I’ve read, or plan to read, I don’t get nervous or feel obligated to not sound stupid.

7. I love being a blogger because… I get exposed to so many new books.

I have gotten ARC copies and I’ve found books I probably wouldn’t have read online. I get the chance to have people send me their books to review. I, being a reader, love the new books and gladly accept them. :)

8. I love being a blogger because… I get to talk about books.

I love talking about books because, I obviously love them. I love writing reviews and telling people what I think about a book I’ve read. I get to recommend books to anyone who wants to listen. It’s the best thing when someone comments that they read my post and immediately bought or downloaded the book I’d talked about.

9. I love being a blogger because… Fandoms.

I get to be part of some of the most magical things on the internet. The Fandoms. I get to read fan-fic of my favorite books and get tshirts with quotes and it’s just amazing. :)

10. I love being a blogger because… I get to fangirl with other fangirls.

Fangirling is one of my specialties. I do it all the time, and at least once a day. Why not talk to fellow fangirls while I’m at it? :)

 

One of the people I nominated for the Liebster Blog Award made their blog post! Check it out and follow! I Love to Read and Review Books.

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Review: We Were Liars – E. Lockhart (ARC)


We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

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Title: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Release Date: May 13, 2014

Publisher: Delecorte Press

Format: ARC

Page Number: 225

Source: Random House

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

It takes someone very special to write poetry like that. I just cried when I read that. That is the first book I have ever cried during while reading. I love this book. I love this book so much and it will forever hold a spot in my heart no matter how cheesy that sounds. This book, like John Green said, is utterly unforgettable. I don’t even know what to do with myself. *cue the fangirling* This was a summer love story with three cousins plus an extra. A horrible accident occurs where one liar loses all memory of that summer. You had to think when you read this book. It was not a light read, but it was amazing. I don’t even understand how many metaphors can be packed into one book. This is just as good as The Fault in Our Stars – John Green and that is my all time favorite book…

Characters:

These characters were perfect All of them were so perfectly flawed; I cannot tell you how much I loved all of them. The four liars are Cady, Mirren, Gat, and Johnny. Cady, Mirren, and Johnny are all the perfect Sinclairs, and Gat is the one that turned them all into liars.

Who Would I Be?:

I would be Cady Sinclair. Cady doesn’t know what happened after her accident and she spends the summer trying to figure it out. I love Cady and E. Lockhart had me entranced with the story in every way humanly possible. But always remember, Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. #wewereliars

Huge thanks to Random House for sending me this wonderfully enticing book that had almost too many feels to handle. It will seriously hold a spot in me forever.

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I found these pictures on the We Were Liars official Tumblr page and fangirled a lot…

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