Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.54 of 5 Stars
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Page Count: 688

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.

I honestly don't know where to start with this...It's been a little while since I finished the book so some details are hazy. I will try to keep out spoilers, but be cautious while reading

I really enjoyed this first installment of The Dark Artifices. It was usual Cassie Clare, but with a little more mystery to things. I mean The Mortal Instruments was definitely full of mysteries, but Lady Midnight was different in the way it was brought to attention. With Clary, she was thrown into everything and information was given to the reader very quickly. But with Emma, she stumbled across answers more slowly and it seems like more of a mystery to solve than Clary finding out who and what she is.

The identity of the bad guy, however, was kind of predictable but I like how Clare was able to still add some curve balls I wasn't expecting.

The relationship between Julian and Emma is really hard for me to grasp. Like, I really like them together and I think that they deserve to be happy with each other, but sometimes things seemed so awkward.

I loved Mark's character though...It was so interesting to learn more about his time with the Wild Hunt. I always looked forward to when he was the focus of the chapter. Plus his relationship with Christina was so heartwarming and I was totally shipping them when unexpected interruptions caused them to be no more >.>

And the ending. I really don't think I'm going to like Emma in the next one because even though her relationship with Julian is kind of awkward at times, what she does at the end was a little annoying.

But since I care enough to wonder what happens to the characters in later books, it's a sign that it was a pretty gool book :) If you liked TMI then you will definitely like this spin off!

Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon

Hey guys! I know everyone is probably pretty tired of seeing all of the Pokemon themed stuff around, but I really need a kickstart to my reading and thought that this would be the perfect thing! What better way to get into the reading spirit than a little friendly competition?

For the entire rules and scoring list, visit this post on Read At Midnight

My Chosen Pokemon for this challenge:
The Female Nidoran
CP 10
3 stage evolution

8 Gyms to be completed:
For this Gym I am going to choose Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini because I just recently bought a physical copy and it looks like the perfect book to kickstart this challenge
I don't generally cry unless I'm extremely invested in the characters and the storyline so this is a little hard for me to pick a book...But I'm going to try reading The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
I've been hearing a lot about My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, so I'm going to give that one a try
I'm going to choose I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
I am going to choose In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken which is the third book in the Darkest Minds Trilogy and I think that Ruby and Lee's love is pretty epic
For this Gym I am going to read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling which just recently came to the shelves. I am so excited to start this beauty!
I'm going to go with The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh for this Gym
I am going to read the final book in the Under the Never Sky series by Veronica Rossi, which is Into the Still Blue

Two Year Blogoversary

So, I know that I have been pretty inactive lately and I apologise so much for that. I've just been in this horrible slump and haven't had any motivation to write reviews for the books I've been reading (yes, I have been reading a lot :D)

But! Since I totally forgot about my blogoversary last year, I felt that I needed to make a post about this year and make up for last year with a double giveaway!! I love you guys so much and you all deserve a chance to receive a gift for your awesome support.

I would also like to know what it is you guys would like to see more of this year (besides more frequent posts ;)) I want to spice my blog up a bit and I would also like to find something that will get me out of this horrible slump I've been in. So send me your suggestions!! I'd love to hear them all :)

2 Winners win 1 book of their choice worth $20 or less
INT okay as long as Book Depository ships to you

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Pokemon Go Tag

So I saw this tag on Rachel's blog A Perfection Called Books and thought it was super cool!! Aentee from Read At Midnight came up with this tag and also designed the awesome graphics :) I've been playing Pokemon Go since it came out so I'm super excited to do this tag!

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling definitely started my love for reading. I remember loving reading as a kid and asking my grandparents and mom to read to me all the time, but HP was the one that had me reading 24/7 when I got older

I honestly don't know what to put for this answer...I haven't been keeping up with the new books being released lately :/

The Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout definitely reminds me of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy (both two of my all time favourite authors), but I still love both series equally because even though they seem super similar, they both have their own flare to them

I think the only answer I can use for this one is the Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore because even though I HAVE started this series, I am planning on going back to reread the entire series since I have yet to read the final books and I forget pretty much everything that happens

My favourite classic would probably be 1984 by George Orwell...or Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas...This book was just...Wow. There is no way to express with words how amazing this book was. It definitely kept me up wanting more

Sydrian <3 Forever and Always Sydney and Adrian, from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, will be my OTP

 Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas...This entire series burns red hot and before you even know it, you've finished the novel and have to anxiously await the release of the next one

The Percy Jackson series. I mainly use this series because I've already talked about Throne of Glass, but also because Rick Riordan has started a second spin off from the original. So now we have Percy growing up into a young adult, then we have the introduction of the Roman gods and Percy growing up even more, but now we get to see everything from a God's perspective which is so freaking cool. I won't ever get tired of having books written in this world.

I think I am going to go back to some of the very first series I read and say that the Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix was surprisingly awesome. Now, when I first read it, it was the most amazing series ever because I hadn't been exposed to the books I have been exposed to now, but I can honestly say that even now, I think the series is still pretty great

Collector's edition of all the Harry Potter books would be really cool!

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. This series is definitely overhyped, but I still enjoyed the first novel very much and look forward to finishing the series

Star Touched Queen...I know this has already released, but since it is a 2016 Debut I'm gonna use it since I haven't read it yet haha

Since I don't know any Auto-Buy authors...I'm gonna skip this question

It may not actually be forever, but it feels like it. So I am going to say Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas