Nook Book, 412 pages
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
The Infernal Devices, #3
For fans of: Various Paranormal Creatures, Shadowhunters, Steampunk, Victorian age, Hot Literary Guys, Emotional
Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy Tessa Gray should be happy - aren't all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her. (From GoodReads) *MY THOUGHTS* The final installment in the Infernal Devices took me on such an emotional ride that I will not forget. Throughout the novel I laughed, cried, and gasped with surprise. Everything about it was beautiful, My favorite thing about this book was the characters. All of them grew so much in this book. It was nice to see them grow together and end their story together. It was sad, as all endings are, but it was inevitable. Tessa was my favorite with her finding out more and more about Jem and Will and letting neither of them be unhappy. Then there is Jem. My heart went out to him with every cough that wracked his body. And MY Will... Omg my heart was breaking into pieces throughout the entire story for him. And then when he lost his "central truth," my heart and all those little pieces shattered. My other favorite part was the emotion. On every page Clare pulled at my heartstrings. On some pages I would laugh, and then a few pages later I would cry. And I remember even reading some pages with eyes like this O.O Especially the Courtyard scene. I was also very glad to have a little more action in this book. I on pins and needles so many times that I found myself having to read it at work on my Nook app because I could not put it down. Lastly, although I say in other reviews how tired I am of love triangles, this is one that I can actually live with. There was a specific reason she was able to love both of them so strongly and it makes 100% sense. Also, in the end she did indeed choose so it was hardly a triangle anymore. As for the ending, I was very glad to see everyone's "happy ending." Although the epilogue made me cry buckets with the music scene, I still loved it. It was nice to know how the family carried on. I also liked seeing some of the things that appear in the first two books of the Mortal Instruments series. It was interesting to see how they all came together. Cassandra Clare really outdid herself with this one. She will make you laugh, cry, and gasp in indignation all in this one novel. She may have told the Shadowhunters goodbye to that era, but they are far from gone. I can't wait to see whatever else they have in store for us.
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A: I'll give two answers since I'm sure this one will show up a lot today... The first one belongs to- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: That scene when the quote about infinities comes into play. (So as not to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't read it.) I definitely ugly cried, but it was still so amazing. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare: Anything with Will. (The biggest one when he "lost his central truth." I was in the middle of Quiznos with tears streaming down my face) My heart has continuously broken for him the entire story. I'm dreading the ending because people have all said they were bawling and ugly crying :\
Above all else, though I try not to think about it, I know which life I prefer. And every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next a very small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing about my situation has ever changed. There is no loophole.
Until now, that is...
For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her 'other' life - a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she's a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she's considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other. With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she's always wanted...But just what - and who - is she really risking? Ages: 13+ (Synopsis from Goodreads)
Release Date: May 2013
Published by: HarperCollins
Why I'm waiting: Although I only read one other book by her, I absolutely loved it! I want to see what else she can do with her writing.
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2. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller: There's not much to say about this one besides the love and patriotism I felt is EPIC. Everything about this novel is amazing. Doller got everything just right. Come on, you know you wanna find out for yourself!
3. The Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout: All the mythology and kick ass in these books are spot on! And there is the most hottest, strongest book boyfriend EVER in this series! (But too late, he's already mine!!! #TeamAiden)
4. ANYTHING by Miranda Kenneally: All of her books have life lessons along with an amazing love story. I have loved every last one of her books and they make great reads. If you're looking for something soft and sweet and non cheesy, this is the one for you!
5. Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan: Yes I know its middle grade, but still its an amazing series that will teach you so much about mythology. Its quirky and funny, but adventrous. It really serves ass a great read.
6. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: Although this series is fairly new, I still find myself recommending this series to a large amount of people. I mean come on, its a series of retellings with cyborgs, hovercrafts, Iko, and so many other cool things. If not for anything else, at least read it so you can meet Prince Kai and Wolf.... lol
7. Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone: This was my first time travel book and I loved it. The romance is real and the way the time travel is done is so cool! There's no way you could NOT love this book.
8. The Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles: These books introduced me to the YA contemporary series. I will forever hold this series and the Fuentes brothers dear to my heart. This is a must read for those that like Bad boys with "goodie 2 shoes" girls!
9. If I Stay by Gayle Forman: This book marks the first one I ever cried at as well as the first book I ever read in one sitting. Everything about this books is amazing. It will make you laugh, swoon, and cry, but I promise you, its ALL worth every minute of it.
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This week I got some epic stuff!!!!!
(Sorry its sideways, my computer wouldn't turn it the right way for anything smh)
I answered a call on Twitter from one of the associates over at MacMillian publishing and was lucky enough to recieve these middle grades. They were spring cleaning and trying to make room for some of their new Fall 13 galleys! I got:
So I'm very excited for my post today! I love that Miranda Kenneally's books always have some type of message. They always teach the reader something without the reader even realizing it. And I LOVE those types of books, books that are fiction but you still finish it with some type of lesson. This particular one was semi deep considering it was about religion. Even with me being Catholic and very involved in my religion, I was worried about reading a book revolving around it. I was worried it would overpower the entire story. But Kenneally made it work. Here's the reason why Kenneally decided to write “Why Different Beliefs and Values Fascinate Me” the guest post about why she wrote THINGS I CAN'T FORGET.:
When I was sixteen, one of my closest friends got pregnant. At the time, I certainly hadn’t agreed with her decision to have sex, especially with a guy who wasn’t her boyfriend, but she was still my friend, so I wanted to stick by her. A lot of kids at my school ridiculed her and made fun of her, especially guys. I remember being shocked that one boy was particularly hurtful to her, and I couldn’t understand it because I knew he was trying to convince another friend of mine to have sex. The whole situation was crazy, especially when other kids started teasing me for being friends with a girl who was pregnant.
Still, I knew I had to stand by her, so I spoke to a woman at my church and we found a special home my friend could go away to so she could have the baby, put it up for adoption, and stay in school. My friend ended up never coming back to my high school.
I was proud of the decision I had made, to help my friend and stay by her. A couple years later, when I was 18 and still in high school, the same friend got pregnant again. This time by a different guy. And this time, she wanted to have an abortion. Her parents refused to help her, so my friend turned to me again. She didn’t need money, but she needed someone to drive her to the abortion clinic and bring her home after.
I was so pissed at her. I knew her parents wouldn’t let her go on birth control (!!!), but I’d told her to buy condoms. Still, this was a friend who had stuck by me through high school and had been my friend even when she was much more popular and prettier than me, but ultimately I decided I couldn’t help her. It wasn’t that I was against abortion – honestly, I’d never much thought about it, but I worried what other people would say if they found out I helped her get an abortion. My parents would be pissed. Kids at school would tease me again, just like when my friend got pregnant the first time. My church would be totally upset.
I had no thoughts of my own.
My friend found someone else to help her. She paid some random man to drive her there and back, which was totally unsafe. Our friendship kind of dissolved after that, but I often still think about what happened.
What if I had helped my friend? To this day, I don’t know if I made the right decision or not. At the time, it was a decision made based mostly on other people’s beliefs, not my own. Today, I probably would do whatever a friend asked of me, regardless of what I believe. It’s not my decision to make.
THINGS I CAN’T FORGET, my third book, is about a girl named Kate, a devout Christian, who makes a decision to help her friend get an abortion, and afterwards she has to deal with the guilt and the resulting fall-out of their friendship. This book isn’t autobiographical at all – I was never as devout as Kate, but I feel this book gave me the opportunity to explore the guilt and to show that “your truth isn’t necessarily everyone else’s truth.”
I know that a lot of readers were shocked when I decided to include religion in my books STEALING PARKER and THINGS I CAN’T FORGET (this will be my final book that explores religion), but religion is a big part of people’s lives here in America. The last census said that 78% of Americans claim they are Protestant. I wouldn’t call myself a Christian – I haven’t been to church in 12 years, but I still often think about what I believe, and I want teenagers and readers of all ages to know they can believe whatever they want to believe, regardless of what their parents and friends say. You need to make your own decisions.
THINGS I CAN’T FORGET also aims to show that you can be friends with people who don’t necessarily believe what you believe, whether it’s about your idea of heaven, or Coke vs. Pepsi, or Mets vs. Yankees. This book is all about a willingness to be open.
If I could go back in time to my 18-year-old self, I wouldn’t tell myself whether or not I should help my friend get an abortion. I’d tell myself to do what I know in my heart to be right.
Ebook, 187 pages
Release Date: March 1, 2013
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Hundred Oaks, #3
Source: e-ARC provided from NetGalley
For fans of: Hot Literary Guys, LOL, Realistic Fiction, Unexpected Lessons
Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker. Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different… This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt--with her. Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy… Note: Mature themes, sexual situations, religious discussions.
Although I saw it was about religion and I was a little iffy, I never doubted it because it was a Miranda Kenneally book. I knew it could be nothing but good. And she definitely did not disappoint. In the beginning, (no pun intended) I was not really feeling Kate. Only because she was being a judgemental brat. The one thing that got to me most was the way she acted as if no one should sin at any time. It's inevitable. Even the most Holy of people have sinned at least once (Romans 3:23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard). And I was taught that sin is sin, that no matter what, no sin is greater than the other. But that's just me. Anyways, I was mostly mad at the fact that although she was so intent on doing her best to be Godly and Holy, it took her forever to realize that she needed to FORGIVE Emily for the fight they had in the first place. She kept repeating what she had said and what she didn't do over and over in her head, but she never once decided to forgive her. As the story went on, I was very happy with Kate's growth. She was scared of doing wrong, that she was missing out on things that teenagers should be happy about, such as friends. But as she warmed up more and more I liked the transition she had of being alone to opening up and having friends. It really made me happy to see that she was happy. Which of course brings me to Matt. Matt was amazing. He stole my heart from the moment he said he liked to read John Green and Judy Blume. <3 I loved that he was his own person and didn't let everyone else's actions guide his own. And he was so sweet omg. Like the second time everyone had the sleepover and he did the whole porch thing? Cutest thing ever. I love that he accepted her for who she was. The best part was the romance. It seemed so real and I loved that they were 18 and older. My favorite part of the book was seeing all the other characters from Kenneally's other books. Jordan, Sam Henry, Parker, Will, and even Reynolds! Its the best thing about companion novels. I don't have to give up on everyone else but the story still doesn't have to be just all about them. Miranda Kenneally does it again with this engaging read. It brought up alot of things and made me think alot and I loved every minute of it. Another lesson learned from Kenneally and she delivered the message very well.
This is a meme hosted every Friday by Parajunkee, where book bloggers answer a question each week and check out how others answered it. It's a cool way for bloggers and viewers to connect and learn more about each other!
Q: What is your guilty pleasure as far as reading? Is it a genre, or is it a certain type of book?
A: Bad Boys. I don't care if its a romance or not, but I LOVE me a bad boy. I guess because they're not afraid to do anything, even if they are only in the fiction world. Some of my favorite bad boys include: Jacob Black, Alex, Carlos, and Luis Fuentes!
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Hardcover, 502 pages
Release Date: December 6, 2011
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
The Infernal Devices, #2
Source: Borrowed from Library
For fans of: Steampunk, Victorian age, Various creatures, YA, Hot Literary Guys
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them. Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do? As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart. *MY THOUGHTS* I took my time on getting around to this one because there were so many rumors as to when the final installment would come out. Now that its available, I'm trying to hurry and play catch up. This book brought up so many questions. Such as "What is Tessa?" and "What is the Magister REALLY up to?" It was the perfect setup for the last book. Had I not waited to read it, I would have been very upset at having to wait so long to finally get the answers to these questions. The best part of this book has to be the emotion surrounding it. With Clare's writing, the grief that Tessa, Will, and Jem face, is not only read, but FELT by the reader. I honestly felt my heart breaking many times for Will throughout the entire novel. Gah, Will is such a misunderstood character! I saw that many people were also afraid of the love triangle in this series. Although it is a big part in the story, it is not overwhemling. I enjoyed it, (#TeamWill) besides the times when she was with the "wrong person." lol The triangle is well written and as I said before, sets up for the last installment to the series where Tessa will hopefully pick. Lastly, something that I enjoyed from the first book to this series, is the characters. They are explained more in depth in this novel. We learned so much more about Will, Jem, Tessa, her brother, Mortmain, and even Jessamine. Although we learned about them in the first one, I feel that they were explained more and the reasoning for their actions is explained. Hence the reason I said Will is misunderstood. This book will give you some answers and will give you even more questions. It was the perfect sequel novel, and I don't say that often. I am definitely looking forward to reading the last installment to the Infernal Devices series to answer all my questions, such as who will Tessa pick, what is she, and how does the actual Mortal Instruments come in to play at the very end of the story.
This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're patiently (and sometimes not so patiently!) for. It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.
This week I'm waiting on something that's really out of my comfort zone. But ever since I got into The Walking Dead (yes I'm late to the party lol) I've been like obsessed with zombies. So when I read the synopsis of this, I was hooked!
It happened on Halloween. The world ended. And a dangerous Game brought it back to life.
Seventeen-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, have been battling monsters in The Game for weeks. In the rural mountains of West Virginia, armed with only their rifle and their love for each other, the brothers follow Instructions from the mysterious Game Master. They spend their days searching for survivors, their nights fighting endless hordes of “Bellows”—creatures that roam the dark, roaring for flesh. And at this Game, Michael and Patrick are very good. But The Game is changing. The Bellows are evolving. The Game Master is leading Michael and Patrick to other survivors—survivors who don’t play by the rules. And the brothers will never be the same. T. Michael Martin’s debut novel is a transcendent thriller filled with electrifying action, searing emotional insight, and unexpected romance.
First off I wanna say I apologize for the lack of posts this past week. I was in a place without internet and couldn't get on. I would have warned you, but my parents decided not to tell me. Saying that I needed break from being on the computer so much. I really think my mom wanted to get me out of the house.
But anyways, now I'm back in full effect since I'm back at my own "Mansion" lol So everything will go up as scheduled. Maybe I'll do double time posts since I missed some.....
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.
This week's topic is:
Top Ten Books I HAD to buy... But are still sitting unread on my shelf smh
These are in no particular order.
1. White Cat by Holly Black: I had heard so much about this series and I just had to have it. And yet, its still unread on my shelf smh
4. Clash by Nicole Williams: Crash wasn't all that great to me, but I figured this one might be better because I mean, more Jude. So I bought it.
5. Forever my Girl by Heidi McLaughlin: I bought this because it had a country song feeling to the cover and everyone knows country is emotional. I think at the time I needed a good cry, but I got over the feeling and just never read it.
6. So Close to You by Rachel Carter: I bought this solely on the cover. Its no wonder why its still sitting on my TBR shelf. I don't even know what the synopsis is about off the top of my head smh
7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: I know, I know. I NEED to read this. Especially with the sequel being out already. It's just when I bought it, I was swamped with review books and I just never got around to it. I plan to read it sometime this year tho.
9. The Host by Stephenie Meyer: I bought this only because it was by Mrs. Meyer. Idk why I never actually read it. Maybe I was intimidated by the size??? I'm going to try and read it soon tho. The movie is coming out this month and it looks really good.
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Q: Activity! Hopefully warm weather for most of us is here soon…so tell us about your favorite outdoor reading spot. Or take a picture. A: I don't really read outside. I'm not sure why not either. But if I did, I would want to read on one of these. With a nice fruity cocktail since I'm from an island.
This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for. It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.
This week I'm waiting on a book that's gotten so many great reviews already. From the cover alone it looks like something I would love!
Things you earnestly believe will happen while your parents are away:
1. You will remember to water the azaleas. 2. You will take detailed, accurate messages. 3. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong. 4. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands. 5. Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realize you are the girl of his dreams.
Things that actually happen:
1. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister. 2. He says he has her stuff. 3. What stuff? Her stuff. 4. You tell him your parents won’t be able to— 5. Sukey died five years ago; can’t he— 6. You pick up a pen. 7. You scribble down the address. 8. You get on your bike and go. 9. Things . . . get a little crazy after that.* *also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas.
Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy.
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