Friday, July 13, 2018

On My Shelf: Black Widow: Forever Red by: Margaret Stohl

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.


I bought this book when it first released because I love Black Widow and well I got sucked in by that cover. Of course I never got around to it because I forever have a never ending TBR.. but I do hope to get to this one eventually.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Midyear Book Freak Out Tag!

I saw this tag over on A Great Read and it looked like fun and a great way to recap the first half of the year so I had to do it!

Best Book You've Read So Far In 2018

I can't pick between ACOFAS and Lord of Shadows so I'm not going to try. Both of these books hit me right in the feels. 

Best Sequel You've Read So Far In 2018

Well the two books above are both sequels... but not to repeat them I'm going with Mortal Heart. This book was so ridiculously good. 

New Release You Haven't Read Yet But Want To

So excited for more Warner and Juliette and I can't believe I haven't gotten to this one yet.

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year

I mean.... of course... I've been with this series from the very beginning and I just can't wait to see how it concludes. 

Biggest Disappointment

THERE WERE NO DRAGONS IN THIS BOOK AND THE COVER LIED TO ME.

Biggest Surprise

 I knew I was going to like this book, but I did not expect to love it the way I did.

Favorite New Author (Debut or New To You)

I loved this book so so so so so much.

Newest Fictional Crush

Both Julian and Mark stole my heart. Love those two so much. And Kieran too.

Newest Favorite Character

Going with Kestra and Zera because they are both badass heroines and I love them so much.

Book The Made You Cry (Saddest Book You've Read)

Michelle broke my heart with this book.

Book That Made You Happy

This book was such a pure and sweet fairy tale and I loved it so much.

Favorite Book To Film Adaptation You Saw This Year

I actually don't think I've seen any adaptations this year... shame on me.

Favorite Review You've Written This Year



Most Beautiful Book You've Bought So Far This Year

I love this cover so much! The Starfall dress!

What Books You Need To Read By The End Of The Year 

There are a lot of books I want to read... but these two are the highest priority!

I'm tagging anyone else who wants to play along!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #266: A Deeper Love by: Cassandra Clare & Maureen Johnson

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

"It is only three years since Tessa Gray lost her beloved husband William Herondale, and she is searching for a reason to live, trying to find the path of being a warlock with the guidance of her friend Catarina Loss. World War II rains down destruction on their world, and Tessa and Catarina become nurses who make bargains at the Shadow Market for enchantments to help suffering mundanes. But can Brother Zachariah bear to see the woman he loves risk her life, or might he consider breaking sacred vows to save her from loneliness?

I CAN'T EVEN BEGIN TO EXPLAIN HOW MUCH I NEED THIS BOOK

A Deeper Love will be released on August 14, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

Book Review: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: March 8, 2016
from Margaret K. McElderry Books
Goodreads | Amazon

"In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare."

My Thoughts:

I have been a huge fan of the Shadowhunter world for years now, so I really don’t know why I didn’t pick this one up immediately. I think I fell behind with the novellas and then didn’t want to read anything out of order. But whatever the reason, I am so glad I finally read this one. It was better than I could have ever hoped.

I absolutely loved the cast of characters. They all wormed their way into my heart very quickly. Emma is such a wonderful heroine. She is strong and feisty and sarcastic and a kickass Shadowhunter. Julian absolutely broke me. He gives so much and does so much for others and he deserves the world. He and Emma know one another inside and out and their chemistry is insane. Nobody does angst like Cassandra Clare. Cristina is also fantastic and such a good friend. And oh man how I loved the Blackthorns. Ty stole my heart. And Livvy and Dru are wonderful too. And then Tavvy is just adorable. And I’ve loved Mark for a while now and his story and history breaks me. I love this family and love how strong their bonds are.

Nobody keeps me engaged like Cassandra Clare. It was such a good story and it kept me guessing. There were so many twists along the way and I was caught off guard so many times. I loved the heavier fae aspect. Clare’s fae are so beautiful and so deadly. They may not be able to lie, but they can manipulate and play the game so well. And I am just so intrigued by them. There was one fae who I kinda loved but also hated a bit and GAHHH so many complicated emotions. And that twist at the end. BANANAS.

And I said I’ve been a fan of this world for a while and I absolutely loved going back. I love this world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders and I love learning more and more about it. I also loved checking in with some of my favorite characters again. I pretty much lost it when I got to see Jem and Tessa. And Jace and Clary and Magnus and a bunch of others. I love how Clare is really expanding on the Clave now and showing it has its flaws and can be exceptionally cruel. That is definitely going to be an interesting thread to explore.

Lady Midnight was a fantastic book and it had a killer ending. The book delivered the angst and nobody does angst like Clare. My heart has been ripped to shreds and I can’t wait to read more.

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