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Review: Hummingbird (Shadow Weavers #1) – Kay Causer


Hummingbird (Shadow Weavers #1) – Kay Causer

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Title: Hummingbird (Shadow Weavers #1)

Author: Kay Causer

Release Date: April 7, 2014

Publisher: Createspace

Format: eBook

Page Number: 257

Source: Author

The shadows are moving…

For fifty years the gateways to the dark places have been closed. No dark spirits have escaped and no shadow weavers have been called upon to fight them. But things are changing.

Naomi keeps seeing a hummingbird in her dreams but she has no idea what it means. She also doesn’t know who the mysterious boy is that seems to be able to turn invisible, or why the Korean exchange student, Minhyun, is suddenly showing her so much interest. Worst of all, she doesn’t know what is lurking in the darkness, waiting for her.

But she is about to find out.

She is the first shadow weaver in fifty years…

2 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Naomi lives with her dad and her cat in California. She goes to a party with her friends one night and meets the new foreign exchange student from Korea, Minhyun. She goes shopping before the party with her friends at a small jewelry shop on the coast, and finds a necklace with a hummingbird charm on it. She decides to buy it, then at the party Minhyun asks about it saying he likes it. She walks home from the party in the dark, and suddenly feels the hummingbird charm vibrate. She has no idea why until a Shadow comes up behind her and attacks her. A boy named Jesse comes and fights the Shadow and kills it. He introduces himself and agrees to answer her questions the next day. He finds her the next day and she asks her questions and he explains to her that she is the newest Shadow Weaver in five decades. She asks even more questions and he tells her that his grandfather has been training him to hunt these Shadows. Why was she chosen as the next Shadow Weaver? Why has Jesse been training? I was contacted by Kay Causer to read this book. I didn’t hate this book, but some things definitely bothered me. There wasn’t much development with characters. I thought it was laughable and somewhat awkward when Naomi and Jesse first kissed. It was really random timing, and she had been training for literally weeks before she killed her first Shadow. But overall this book wasn’t bad, just not really my thing. I’m glad I got the opportunity to read this though. I’m excited to see what happens in the next book.

Characters:

Naomi was our main character and her love interest/other main character was Jesse. Jesse was my favorite character, but it was ridiculous that Naomi’s dad said it would be okay for him to go on vacation with Naomi. Like what? That would totally not happen. Her dad JUST met him. Even if Jesse was the nicest guy on the entire planet, no dad in their right mind would let his daughter go on a trip with a boy both she and he had just met.

Who Would I Be?:

I would definitely choose to be Jesse because he was my favorite character. I didn’t really like Naomi, but Jesse was pretty cool. He trained to be a Shadow Guide his whole life. He’s been hunting Shadows for almost forever, and he lives with his super cool grandma and grandpa. His grandpa owns the jewelry store, and both his grandparents are super nice. Again, I wouldn’t want to be Naomi because it would first of all be a lot to take in that you can now see the Shadow World, but that you’re a huge part of it. That would be so scary. And I would be a total wimp when it came to fighting. I mean come on, really if someone had just cut me with a sword I would start balling my eyes out. I get a little teary when I get a paper cut. Okay, maybe not teary, but I do feel the pain. I mean honestly I would probably die the first time I went out hunting.

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


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

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Title: City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 725

Source: Bookstore

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

The Los Angeles Institute is attacked by Sebastian and the Endarkened Shadowhunters. Julian Blackthorn, his siblings, and Emma Carstairs escape unharmed to Idris. The father of the Blackthorns gets Turned by Sebastian, and the eldest Blackthorn, Helen, ends up taking care of her younger siblings until an uncle from London can come take care of them. Clary sees Emma Carstairs crying and upset and tries to comfort her in a big sisterly way and Clary doesn’t know what to do with herself because Jace has heavenly fire living in his veins; therefore there is little touching and a miniscule amount of kissing. Big battles happen between the Shadowhunters and the Endarkened warriors, and the crew find themselves brought to an alternate dimension that resembles Hell. Demons live in this hellish pit, but the real reason Clary, Jace, Alec, Isabelle, and Simon are there? The Downworlders they love have been taken from them and held hostage. Magnus from Alec, Raphael from Simon, and Luke and Jocelyn from Clary. Simon doesn’t love Raphael, but he has a big connection to him. How will they get out of this demon realm? Do they ever find Magnus, Jocelyn, Luke, and Raphael? What happens to Sebastian? Oh. My. Gosh. This series was so so good. This book was so beautifully written. How Cassandra Clare has woven all these little twists and tidbits of information into the story legitimately baffles me. I don’t get how so many things can be put together to create such an amazing series. I am so grateful to have found these books and to have read them. I cannot wait to read all of Cassandra Clare’s other books alone with whatever she will write in the future.

Characters:

At the beginning I got overwhelmed with all the new characters, but towards the middle I had sorted most of them out. Julian Blackthorn and Emma Carstairs are best friends, but I shipped them together so much. They would have been the cutest couple. I mean, they’re 12, but whatever. Isabelle and Simon are still my OTP. Magnus and Alec are perfect for each other, and Jace and Clary really are a great couple. Luke and Jocelyn are so happy together and it makes me really happy just reading about them. Oh my gosh. The couples in this series. They love each other so much, but for such different reasons. I really enjoyed being introduced to new characters, though. The Blackthorns are a really interesting family and I hope that they’re in the new series she’s writing.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Emma Carstairs because she just got introduced to the story. I really love that she is best friends with Jules, it reminded me of Clary and Simon. I have always wished I had a bunch of siblings, and it would kind of be like that if I was Emma because she’s always with the Blackthorn family. I think it would be fun to be just starting Shadowhunter training. Although, being Isabelle would be totally amazing. Isabelle is 100% BA and she loves Simon with all her heart, but she doesn’t want to admit it. By the end of the book she knows how she wants everyone to react to her and Simon, so I thinks she is more willing to be public about her relationship. Her vulnerability is really apparent in this book compared to the others. I am so glad to have read these books :)

Series:

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

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

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Review: We Are the Goldens – Dana Reinhardt


We Are the Goldens – Dana Reinhardt

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Title: We Are the Goldens

Author: Dana Reinhardt

Release Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books

Format: ebook

Page Number: 208

Source: NetGalley

Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.

When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They’re a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell’s a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she’s happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it’s wrong, and she must do something about it.

2 out of 5 stars

Plot:

We Are the Goldens follows the Golden sisters, Layla and Nell. Layla is perfect to everyone including Nell. Nell is a freshman and Layla is a junior; the sisters are both on the soccer team, and Nell decides to try out for the school play. Nell only decides to try out because a guy she has a crush on has the lead role. She didn’t try out for the female lead, but she got into the play. Nell’s best friend is named Felix, and she has two dead boys talking to her. Layla gets into a “bad” situation, even though she believes that it’s true love. Nell “falls in love” with her crush and they take things a little too far. Honestly this is all that happens in this book. This was a major let down for me. I got this from a publisher on NetGalley and I was super pumped. I’ve read Harmless – Dana Reinhardt, and sort of liked it, so I was excited to read another one of her books. It wasn’t good. Why was she talking to these dead brothers? I honestly did not understand it. It never said the significance of these boys other than that the girls attended their fancy Christmas party every year. I don’t get why Nell was so in love with a horrible boy. I don’t get why Layla got roped into being in a relationship with a much older man. I strongly disliked how it was Nell talking like she was talking to Layla. Was Layla actually dead? Was she even there? I have no idea. Overall I wish the book was longer to finally sort some of the things out.

Characters:

Nell wasn’t a horrible character to follow, but I didn’t get why Layla was so mean to her. Nell didn’t do anything to her. She didn’t tell her secret, so why was she always so mad? Felix was the best part of the whole book. He was some comic relief, but I don’t understand the point of the love declaration at the end. Layla was supposed to be perfect, but she was just rude to everyone. I don’t get how you could fall in love like that. It was unnaturally fast and I don’t understand why she did it. The whole story felt rushed with the love interests.

Who Would I Be?:

I guess I choose Nell. I didn’t really like her though. She made bad choices and fell in love with a stupid boy. Felix seems like a good friend to have, though. I definitely wouldn’t want to have Layla as my sister. I would totally ditch her and not pay attention to her, because really, who needs someone that mean in your life?

*Huge thanks to Wendy Lamb Books to sending this to me on NetGalley!*

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Review: The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1) – Sara Shepard


The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1) – Sara Shepard

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Title: The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1)

Author: Sara Shepard

Release Date: December 6, 2011

Publisher: Harper Teen

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 307

Source: Library

I had a life anyone would kill for. Then someone did.

I may not remember much, but I know I led a charmed life. Even in death I’m getting something no one else does: an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never got to meet. Now, in order to figure out what happened to me, Emma needs to become me. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Hug my parents good night like she’s their daughter? And can she keep up the charade even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

Let the lying game begin.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

I checked out this book because I loved the TV show, but this was already so different from the show. This is NOT a spoiler. Sutton is dead and Emma comes from foster care to come and meet her, but she ends up finding out Sutton isn’t there. Emma gets threatening notes saying “Sutton is dead. Keep being her… or you’re next.” Emma didn’t want this. Emma wanted to just meet her long-lost twin and have a sisterly relationship with her. Sutton follows Emma around, but nobody can see her. She doesn’t remember anything about her life, so she’s finding everything out along with Emma. All Emma needs to find out is: Who killed her sister? Why did someone want Sutton dead? I really liked this book. I actually think that the TV show is better than the book. Of course I’ve only read the first, but so far I like the show better. I’m very excited to read the others in the series, though.

Characters:

I liked the characters in this book, actually. They are very spoiled and are all rich except for Emma. But because Emma is taking Sutton’s place, she has enough money. Sutton’s friends are very spoiled and big troublemakers. Madeline is a ballet dancer, Charlotte is another one of Sutton’s best friends, and Laurel is Sutton’s little sister. Laurel is one of my favorite characters from this story. She looks up to Sutton/Emma and wants to be exactly like her. I think it’s cute how much she looks up to her.

Who Would I Be?:

I think I would choose to be Laurel from this story because she has so much faith in Sutton/Emma. She wants to be exactly like Sutton in every way possible. Laurel loves her family so much. I want to have a quality like that.

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