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.

Friday, July 6, 2018

On My Shelf: The Stars Never Rise by: Rachel Vincent

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 love the cover on this one and I have yet to be disappointed by a Rachel Vincent book, so I got this one pretty much when it came out. Of course though it has been sitting on my shelf unread now for a while. Definitely still intrigued by this one, so I need to make time for it.

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

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Book Review: Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy by: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, & Robin Wasserman

Release Date: November 15, 2016
from Margaret K. McElderry Books
Goodreads | Amazon

"Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it.

So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. And that differences—like being a former vampire—are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices."

My Thoughts:

I have finally decided it is time to catch up on the Shadowhunter books because I adore the Shadowhunter world and I am really mad at myself for falling so behind. So on a mission I went to read all of the novellas in the Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy. I enjoyed these novellas a lot more so than The Bane Chronicles and some of them really hit me right in the feels.

Welcome To Shadowhunter Academy: Simon is as awesome as ever. Didn’t realize how much I missed these characters. Also, George Lovelace stole my heart.

The Lost Herondale: This one was SO good. I’m getting ready to smack some arrogant Shadowhunters upside the head though. They need to remember Simon saved ALL their asses and be a smidge nicer. Although the short mention of Will Herondale had me missing him so much.

The Whitechapel Fiend: OH MAN. This one is BY FAR my favorite of all the novellas I’ve read to date. IT HAD WILL AND TESSA AND JEM AND JACE ALL IN ONE STORY. It gave me everything my Shadowhunter loving heart ever desired. I also loved the Jack the Ripper tie in and little James with his spoon. This novella was perfect.

Nothing But Shadows: Those Herondale boys know how to steal your heart. And damn that Will Herondale is forever charming and I love his use of every excuse to see the Silent Brothers. I loved James Herondale and loved Michael Fairchild and I am DYING for their series even more now.

The Evil We Love: This wasn’t my favorite of the novellas but it was very interesting getting an inside look at the Circle and how everyone fell in with Valentine. Also some super interesting revelations about Robert Lightwood. The thing I did really enjoy about this one though was the Simon and Izzy stuff.

Pale Kings And Princes: The ending to this one was a little bit heartbreaking. Loved all the Simon and Izzy feels though.

Bitter Of Tongue: What the Clave did to Mark Blackthorn is horrendous. This was a bit heartbreaking but it also had some really sweet moments. Forever love Izzy.

The Fiery Trial: I loved the developments in this one. And loved seeing Jem! When he mentioned Will my heart shattered. I’m getting to the end of these novellas and I’m super sad.

Born To Endless Night: My heart has grown three sizes reading this book. There was so much to love. So much Magnus and Alec. And so many of my other faves. GAHH I’m so sad it’s almost the end.

Angels Twice Descending: HOW DARE YOU?!?! My heart hurts so so much. But it was so nice to see these novellas come to a close.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Recent Reads: Fae and Secrets and Action


Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookly app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of fae, secrets, and action.



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