Saturday, May 20, 2017

Book Blogger Test Tag

Hey, all! 

How are you? I hope that spring/autumn is going well for you! Almost done with uni for the year, we can do it! 

I want to send a huge thank you to the super lovely Kayleigh from A Book Lovers Playlist for tagging me to do the Book Blogger Test Tag! I love tags and this one seemed cute, quick and fun - exactly what I need during a busy semester! 

Oh, that and a cup of tea. Tea helps with everything, don't you think? Especially caramel tea! 

Anyway, let's get to the tag! 

Also - I usually have my questions purple and my answers in black, but lately, Blogger has been somewhat picky when it comes to my color choices. If anyone knows how to fix that please let me know! Therefore I will have a very black-on-black post today. 

1. What are your top 3 book pet peeves?
Oooh I have quite a few of them, but if I really have to narrow it down to three, it would be...
- when you order a book and it comes with huge dents/scratches/folds
- letting a friend read a book and waiting months (or years) before you get it back
- bad or obvious love triangles. The one in The Hunger Games killed me. Yet I still love the series ^^ 

2. Describe your perfect readings spot
I have so many reading spots! I love reading on my bed, in the bus, on the couch, or even in this one specific corner in the common room at my university, where there is a comfy couch that's a bit lower than the others because all 4 of the feet broke off. I wish I would like reading outside more than I do, but I don't like it when tiny bugs land on the page then find their way to the binding of the book. There's no way to get them out! 

3. Tell us 3 bookish confessions!
Confessions? Alright let's go
- If I don't have my tiny post-its to mark a page, I will dog-ear the bottom corner of the page to find the spot again. *Hears gasps of shame from every direction* 
- I love Percy Jackson to death, it was my introduction to reading as a teen, but I still have not read Blood of Olympus, because I heard what happens to Percy and Annabeth and that was not at all how I pictured it :') 
- I can't read books if they have a main character with mine/a friend's name. It's too weird.

4. When was the last time you cried at a book? 
Um I finished Clockwork Princess four days ago, when do you think I last cried? xD

5. How many books are on your bedside table? 
None, I'm in between books. I do have the DVD of Friends though, season 4!

6. What is your favorite snack to eat whilst reading? 
Nothing. Even tea distracts me from reading. So sometimes I have to force myself to stop reading just to stay hydrated and fed... 

7. Name 3 books you'd recommend to everyone!
3 is the magic number for this tag or something xD 
- The Giver, by Lois Lowry
- Illuminae, by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff
- Stardust, by Niel Gaiman

And about a million more!

8. Write how much books mean to you in 3 words!
Yo just 3 words? Do you know how much I like rambling in my posts, tag? 
*sigh* alright, how about this. 

Books are bae (As in before anything else not whatever it evolved to hahah)

9. What is your biggest reading secret? 
... I don't really have reading secrets? I'm quite a standard, fangirling reader! 

Thats it for this tag! Again a huge thanks to Kayleigh from A Book Lover's Playlist, make sure to check out her blog! 

And now I tag... 

Erika from Books, Stars, and the Page in Between

Laura from Blue Eye Books

Carrie from The Butterfly Reader

Have a wonderful day, lovelies!

Stay bookish, 


Monday, May 15, 2017

The Infernal Devices - Trilogy Review - by Cassandra Clare

Hey all! 

I just finished re-reading The Infernal Devices trilogy, by Cassandra Clare! This is a part of my Shadowhunters Marathon, and I loved every moment of it!

I'm writing this as one review so there will be major spoilers. Don't say I didn't warn you! As this is one review, and I'm guessing you are reading this having read the books, I'm not going to be introducing each of the books this time. 

This is a series that definetly goes cresendo. Clockwork Angel definitely gives us a good start to a series - it has a good idea and an amazing setting, and we start seeing some character dynamics. You get some deciet, tensions and shadowhunter politics. But it's nothing mind-blowing. 

Next you start Clockwork Prince, and you start feeling attachments to some characters. You start to really understand Will and Jem, there is more intrigue with Jessamine, Mortmain and a deeper interaction with the main characters and side characters. You start to really see the love between Jem, Tessa and Will. Overall this book is more impressive than the first one. 

But then you get to Clockwork Princess, and that blows the other books out of the water. It is absolutely incredibly written: you feel what the characters feel, there is a great plotline, and an incredible finale. Now, I'm not usually someone who will cry when I read, but in Clockwork Princess, the emotions and character relations are written so amazingly that I cannot help but cry until the pages are blurry. 

As we could see with the first three books of The Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare's writing style improves with each book, giving incredible finales. Reading these back to back really makes you realize the time and thought put behind each and every one of the characters, weather they are in the main group or a minor side character. 

I absolutely love the setting of this trilogy - I generally enjoy books taking place in Victorian England, but here, the combination of the 1800's, steampunk and shadowhunters was done perfectly! 

Now, I want to talk about emotions. This trilogy made me giggle and smile with its adorable times (such as in Clockwork Prince, when Jem is super shy around Tessa), but it also made me ugly-cry over and over again in the second half of Clockwork Princess! This was especially when Jem 'dies', and Will feels their Parabatai connection snap, and he leaves Jem's knife by a tree with his own blood on it. Oh goodness just writing this is getting me emotional agian! Of course, the feels are also strong when Jem is back in the institute as a Silent Brother, to talk to both Tessa and Will, and when Tessa is thinking of her life with Will, until his death, when she is waiting for Jem on Blackfriars Bridge (Which I went to visit a few weeks ago and was amazing!)

Cassie Clare, you kill me with this book. 

Tessa, Will and Jem are an amazing trio. I love how the love triangle isn't annoying - Tessa doesn't try to choose between the two, Will and Jem love each other enough to never have their love for Tessa come between them, and they each trust, respect and love each other to bits. It is amazing to read about! 

I also adore the side characters - Magnus goes through quite a bit of character development in this series, and you get to see the histories of some of the shadowhunter families we know and love from The Mortal Instruments. I actually love the ships with the Lightwood brothers and Cecily and Sophie! I feel like they really fit well and bring some sweet relief to the story during some hard times. 

Henry is awesome - he is such a dorky inventor, and I honestly think he at least deserves his own chapter, or short story! 

What I did realize is that Cassandra Clare seems to really like the whole brother-sister issues. In this book, Will has a strange relation with his sister - he wants to keep Cecily away from him just as much as he wants to protect her. Tessa believes that Nate is her brother, even though he is not. I haven't read The Artificial Devices yet, but I'm sort of expecting more sibbling issues now, haha! 

So, here is where I stand on the whole "team" thing:
- Jem is my book bae
- I love Jessa and Wessa equally
- TID is way better than TMI
- Parabatai relations struck me more than love relations

Overall, this trilogy gets better and better, is written gorgeously and can easily surprise you with how attached you get to each of the characters, and each of their stories. 

I'm giving the whole trilogy a 5/5 feathers! The first two books would get 4-4.5 feathers, but the third book brings the entire series back up to a 5! 

It took a lot of self-control to not gush all of my emotions into this review! But I'd love to fangirl with you in the comments! 

Have a great day

Stay bookish, 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Bookish Talks ~12~ 2nd Blogiversary

Hey all! 

I hope everyone is doing well! 

*Blogging message in the last few paragraphs*

I figured it was time for another bookish talk, as MY BLOG TURNED TWO ON THE 23RD OF APRIL! :D 

I can't believe I've been blogging for two whole years, it's incredible! 

I met all the most amazing people through Just Another Bookish Blog - other bloggers, reviewers, Instagrammers, authors... I become involved a little bit more in the community every day and I absolutely love it. You guys are what makes this special, I'm just a tiny part of it. Thank You Thank You Thank You! 

Also, I know I haven't been exactly 'active' lately - Real life and university have been drowning me in responsibilities, making it hard to work on my blog. I mean, April 23rd was two weeks ago, and I've only found a bit of time to talk about it now. Usually, people have a whole post dedicated for just their blog birthdays, but I hope you guys don't mind too much if I kind of cram several posts into one long one... it just makes it a lot more manageable for me. 

Which is why I'm putting it in a bookish talk instead! :D 

1. YALFest.NL 2017
On my blog birthday, I went to! This is basically the same as Yallwest back in the US of A, but dutch-style. Sure, I didn't understand everything that was being said during the event, but it was so much fun! :D 

The Young Adult Dome group and I had the amazing opportunity to meet and greet with Veronica Rossi, Megan Shepherd, David Arnold, Donna Freitas, Victor Dixen, Gena Showalter, Lesley Livingston, and Amy Ewing! They were all incredibly sweet, open to questions and taking photos and videos, and funny! They had the best anecdotes about writing, reading and everyday life. 

They were all super nice and signed my books in original ways! In fact, I made a youtube video for the Young Adult Dome about the event! (It's not quite done yet - I'll post a link to it later today ;))

While I was there, I met a friend I had made on Instagram - Bookiosaurus! It was 100% unplanned and so much fun! She also has a youtube channel you can get to right here

There was also a ton of bookish merch going around! (And ARCs, but those were all in Dutch, oops!) I even got a free Dutch copy of Throne of Glass so I can practice the language now.

2. Nox To Lumos Candle Co
Knowing you guys, I'm sure you will absolutely love Nox To Lumos Candle Co. I mentioned the company a few times, but now I'd really like to make an appreciation post. 

Jessie, the owner, is an incredibly sweet and creative person. She created so many unique candles and also allows you to create your own custom ones based on what you like! And each and every one of them smells incredible! 

As a rep, I've been getting boxes of candles periodically, and every time it feels like Christmas! Here's a breakdown of what I've received so far, as well as my ratings. Of course, candle ratings are incredibly personal, as everyone likes different scents and types of smells. 

Caraval - Rose and Vanilla (Magic) - 3/5 - The rose smell is beautiful but quite strong, flowers have never been my favorite scent :') Nice balance with the vanilla though! 

The Bone Witch - Black Currant, Tea, and Parchment - 4/5 - This smells subtle and fruity and homely, but also quite distinct. Really like this one! 

Rowan - Pine and Snow Vanilla - 5/5 - This is like walking into a comfortable hug every time you walk into the room - I absolutely love this one! 

Queen of Hearts - Pumpkin Spice Cake - ? - I love the smell of this, it smells like dessert! But I'll never be able to burn it because the one thing my mom hates is pumpkin spice! ^-^ 

The Night Court - Honeysuckle Jasmine, Sea Breeze and Orange - 4/5 - this one is a lot like the Bone Witch candle, but with its own twist that I quite like! Flowers are not too overpowering but it's a comfortable candle overall

Experiment 626 - Coconut Cake - ? - I haven't had the chance to burn this one yet, but at first smell, it seems amazing! I created this one with Jessie and we had so much fun doing so! It is based on Stitch, of course, ^-^ 

Jem - Sheet Music, Milk, and Honey - 5/5 - I cannot get over this candle! It's so Jem, incredibly subtle yet warm and comforting. I swear, I could have this burning all day! 

LA Institute - demon stench, ocean breeze, driftwood, lilac, and embers - ? - I received this one recently so haven't had the chance to burn it yet, but I love the unburnt smell of it!! 

The Last Crochan Queen - Elderberry, black tea, velvetier and violets - 5/5 - This is a kind of fruity candle that I love! It's absolutely amazing for any of you who love berries! 

Der Erlkoning - Velvetier, Violets, and leather - ? - Haven't gotten around to this one yet either but When I opened it, it smelled like Neverland to me! ^-^ 

My bookish Corner - Parchment, Rain, Tea and Vanilla - 5/5 - I created this one! And there's still one in the shop if you'd like one! :D This is a very subtle and comfortable candle, I absolutely love how it turned out! Plus it's white and purple like my blog! 

If you are interested in any of these, the shop can be reached by clicking here! 

3. The Paper Charm Shop
Another shop I've been repping for is The Paper Charm Shop! This is a super cute shop that makes magnetic and normal bookmarks. All of the designs are drawn completely by hand, and are stunning and adorable! She also makes themed monthly boxes, and you can choose a bookish theme or a Manga theme! 

A few weeks ago, she was kind enough to send me a Harry Potter themed envelope full of adorable bookmarks that I have proudly added to my HP shelf! :D 

Please take the time to check out her work, it's truly incredible! Click here to get to her little shop :) 

4. May TBR
Considering how much uni work I have, this TBR should be illegal. In fact I'm not even sure I'll be able to get through everything in time, we'll see how it goes! 

- Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare

- Clockwork Princess, by Cassandra Clare
- City of Fallen Angels, by Cassandra Clare
- City of Lost Souls, by Cassandra Clare
- City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare 
- The Bone Witch, by Rin Chupeco
- Girl on the Verge, by Pintip Dunn (ARC tour) 
- A Court of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J Maas



All of these books are huge! 

But they're all books I had said I could read in/by May... 

Wish me luck... 

To be honest, if I can get through like 4 of these I'll be happy, hahah ^-^"

5. Harry Potter Studios & London 
Last weekend, I was able to go to the Harry Potter studios, in London! Oh my goodness this was so amazing!! 

Everything was there and it was so real and detailed and simply magical and amazing! If you ever get the chance to go, it's a must-see in London!! 

I was also super happy to find Blackfriars Bridge - My favorite character's (Jem's) favorite spot! It was so cool to be there!! 

Why yes, I am reading Clockwork Angel in this picture, hahah! 

We did so many bookish things in that weekend, but also explored the entire city, which I loved! We even found Baker Street and an M&M shop! xD  

6. Uni Life and hitting walls 
So this part might be a little more serious... 
I'm in my third year of uni. I'm concentrating on chemistry in a Liberal Arts and Sciences degree, and in a Science Program, which is getting increasingly difficult. I'm a blogger both for myself and for a group at our local bookstore. I co-chair the charity committee with a friend, have driving lessons, lab hours, books to read, and other smaller life responsibilities. 

It's a lot. Really. The stress I've been under is sometimes crushing, and sometimes things seem to fall apart - I will be doing better in some areas, such as socially or with my reading, but then my grades go down. When I manage to get my grades back up, it's only if I put aside, well, practically everything but school, which simply isn't healthy. I need to find a steady balance again. 

I'm saying this because I'm probably going to take one step back from Just Another Bookish Blog for a while. There's no way I'm stopping - This is a big part of my life now - but I won't be as quick when it comes to posting, replying to comments, reviewing, or checking out your pages. I'll also be less active on Instagram; I might not post daily anymore, or organize huge, complicated shoutouts or games. I do have a giveaway coming up, but that's for my bloggaversary and my 5k-reaching. But in general, I really need to take a step back and focus on things like school and my family and friends, (as well as that massive TBR I promised to finish... that might not get done either tbh). 

I will still be doing fast-and-easy things like updating my Goodreads every few days and such, but until the end of June, I really need to focus on myself and on my studies. 

If you read all of this, thanks for taking the time! I know it was a lot but eh, I had a lot I wanted to say! ^-^ 

I hope you guys are having a wonderful day, wherever you are! 

Stay bookish <3

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hunted, by Meagan Spooner

Hey all! 

I just finished reading Hunted, by Meagan Spooner! 

"Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. 

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. 

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?"

This book is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, and I think that it was done, well, beautifully! I adored Meagan's writing style, and through it you could really feel the kind of magesty that comes with the Beauty and the Beast story we all know and love. 

Yeva, the main character, has some tropes that we have seen before, but I absolutely loved the character anyway! She is used to both mild riches and poverty, and yearns to go hunting in the woods, but is mostly fine with her life. There is a man who is in love with her, and she doesn't outright reject him, but believes she can learn to love him so gives him a chance. She is the youngest sister in her family and, overall, a very realistic and relatable character. 

One day, Yeva's father goes missing in the woods. She finds him killed, and this leads her to meeting the Beast - a wolf-like monster that has human attributes, such as speach and emotions. He captures her to make her agree to hunt a monster for him. Her task is to hunt and kill the one who cursed him into his beast form. Although she is angry at the beast for killing her father, she agrees and starts training with him. 

The subtle hint of magic in this book was really amazing - it wasn't an obvious, in-your-face magical world - instead, it was brought out through legends, stories, and a kind of 'music' the forest had. I though this was done really well! 

The Beast has some kind of double personality. Much like Gollum in Lord of the Rings, he refered to himself as 'we' and was often conflicted as to what to do or think. I enjoyed his constant mental conflict, and the snippets of his journal. 

One thing that I feel could be worked on a bit is maybe the emotion factor - you guys know, I love it when books hit by feels. This book had an enoromous potential for that, but I feel like emotional parts could have been drawn out a little bit more. On the other hand, moments of tension and action were practically like a single ring of a bell - bright and impressive! 

I'm giving this a 4/5 feathers! It was a beautiful read, and I would highly reccomend it to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy re-telling! 

Have you read Hunted? Or any other Beauty and the Beast retelling you would like to share? Let me know! 

Have a great day! 
Stay bookish, 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Bane Chronicles, by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

Hey all! 
I just finished reading the Bane Chronicles, by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. 

This is a novella consisting of short stories about Mangus Bane - his past and unusual adventures.  I read this as a part of Just Another Shadow Marathon! 

I do have one suggestion: If you pick up this novella, make sure that you have read all of the Shadowhunter books first - both The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices! This gives a good background about Magnus but would spoil absolutely major points about the story plot of the main series! 

"It is not easy being Magnus Bane. As a warlock, he's often called upon to fix the problems of others. His life has been long, and his loves have been many. And Magnus has a way of making sure he's in the right place at the right - or perhaps wrong - time. The French Revolution, Prohibition, the first great battle between Valentine and the New York Institute...

Magnus was there, and usually in the middle of it. Magnus will never be able to tell all of his tales. No one would believe him. But these eleven stories shed a little light on his often inscrutable character. They are stories he probably wishes had never got out."

Overall, this book was a very entertaining read! In certain novellas, Magnus automatically made me think of a magical, glittery Jack Sparrow! xD If anyone makes a short story of the two of them encountering I'd LOVE to read it! They both have a strange sense of sarcasm, honesty and swagger, which is especially noticable in What Really Happened in Peru

Each of the stories were unique in their own way - some really brough an interesting background for TMI and/or TID - while others were fun little anecdotes about everyone's favorite immortal. 

One thing I absolutely loved was that each of the stories came with a one-page manga/comic strip relating to a part of the story. These were so well drawn and fun and quirky! They gave an idea of the tone of the story without giving anything away and were generally super fun! 

I'll go through this review story by story. I'm not going to try to hide spoilers, so goodbye non-spoilery people! Note: The spoilers are for TMI/TID, it's hard to spoil short stories =P 

What Really Happened in Peru
This story was probably one of my favorites! In one of the Mortal Instruments books, you learn that Magnus was banned from Peru, and refuses to say why - This story has a bunch of short stories that go over all of the stupid and/or unfortunate things that happened to/by Magnus in Peru... yet you never get to know exactly why he was banned from the country. You get a great introduction to Ragnor Fell and Magnus's background in general. This story was super fun and quirky, and often let me sitting there shaking my head and giggling! 

The Runaway Queen
For me, this story was less interesting than the others - Magnus helps the Queen of France escape during the French revoltion. You do get a really cute relationship starting between Magnus and Axel, yet the story in general didn't catch my attention as much. I'm not too sure why, it just didn't stick with me ^^

Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale
This short story was so great! This is the point at which Magnus first meets a Herondale, Will's father. His dad is really cool and suave, just dropping in by jumping off of the roof, kind of like Jace! There's a cool fight scene in which Edmund saves Linette, a mundane, with Magnus helping out. There's a lot of Nephilim-Downworlder discussions, which is always interesting to read about, and there's more Magnus and Camille! One of the best short stories of the novella :) 

The Midnight Heir (!If you had to choose one to read and liked TID go for this one!)
My feels broke on this one, over and over again. Why? The Infernal Devices, that's why. You guys know that that trilogy is a part of me and I love it and it gets to my emotions time and time agian. I can't wait to read it again! This short story is about Tessa and Will's son, James, who goes from being a super sweet, model teen to a rebel, because he believes he's damned. He is in love with Grace, another shadowhunter. Magnus brings him unconcsious to Will and Tessa, and they call upon Jem (Brother Zachariah) to help them heal him, and their encounter practically had me in tears. It was beautiful. 
The short story went from emotional to really good when Grace started trying to kill Magnus. This is the shadowhunters I know and love! 

The Rise of the Hotel Dumort & The Fall of the Hotel Dumort
To be fair, I mostly skipped these short stories. They didn't interest me as much as the others. There was a lot of tension and too many unfamiliar names for me to latch onto the story as much as the others. 

Saving Raphael Santiago
This story, however, I really enjoyed! Raphael is a very enigmatic character in The Mortal Instruments, and it was great to have some of his background as well. His mother approaches Magnus to save him, thinking he's dying. You meet Raphael right after he transformed and killed the head of the vampire clan out of bloodlust. He's about to jump into a patch of sunlight when Magnus saves him and brings him to his house to live in, until he can pass off as a warlock rather than a vampire. Loved it! 

What do buy the Shadowhunter who Has Everything (And who You're not Officially Dating Anyway)
Aah, a Malec story! This one was really cute! It's all about Magnus asking people what he should get Alec for his birthday, all while summoning a demon for a customer. This one was just a fun, quirky read! The demon, Elyaas, was the best! 

The Last Stand of the New York Institute
This story was epic! It was about the end of the Circle, when Valentine had the Shadowhunters working against the Downworlders. There is an epic battle scene in which Magnus is trying to save a little werewolf girl while getting stabbed by Valentine, you get to read about when Jocelyn started bringing Clary to get her memories wiped, and you generally have an amazing background for at least the first three Mortal Instrument books! Highly reccomended! 

The Course of True Love (And First Dates)
In short terms - Malec's first date. This story didn't contribute to the context as much as the previous one did, but it was cute and fuzzy and a must-read for any Malec fans! 

This novella was super entertaining! I would reccomend it to any Shadowhunter fan! 

I'm giving it a 4/5 feathers! Even though I didn't put much deapth into reading every single one, the ones that I did read were amazing!! 

Have you read The Bane Chronicles? What did you think? Let me know! :D 

Stay bookish! 

Friday, April 7, 2017

City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare

Hey all! 

I just finished reading City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare! 

Make sure to follow this re-read with #JustAnotherShadowMarathon on Instagram, and each of my Cassie Clare book reviews here! :) 

What I love about this series is you can really follow Cassandra Clare's writing evolution - it gets better and better with each book opened, with each paged turned. It's really incredible. 

Or she's just great at writing third books? 

"To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the cost?

SPOILERS! If you haven't read the series, there's no way to not be spoiled for the following, I'm sorry! Goodbye non-spoilery people, have a great day! 

This book brings the Shadowhunter universe to the next level. We finally see this magical land of Idris and Alicante. We get some insight on Shadowhunter politics and everyday life, and we can see how extensive this whole system is - it's not just New York!

So much happens in this book! Epic battle scenes and revelations and major character deaths, everything to keeps a reader reading! And more about side characters, finally! 

I really enjoyed the multiple perspectives this book is written in - Clare is great at being able to have several storylines happening parallel to each other to create one large story. It makes the book hard to put down, and things are rarely ever at rest. 

OH and Sebastian. One of the best villains ever! 

In City of Glass, we still get a lot of the weird/gross Clary and Jace relationship they're trying to have while thinking they are siblings. THANK FREAKING GOODNESS they're not brother and sister! I mean there are so many hints that they aren't related, but it doesn't really make it any less strange, to be honest. 

I love how you start this book with a fight scene between the Shadowhunters and a group of Forsaken. To save his life, they drag Simon to Idris, a place where vampires and downworlders are technically illegal. 

Poor Simon in this book! Where City of Ashes was all like "Everyone hates Jace", this book is against Simon. He keeps being put in situations where he has no control and is helpless. However, at the end, where Clary gives him the Mark of Cain, I thought it was amazing! I can't wait to see how that plays out in the next books! Basically, no one can hurt him now, which will probably play a huge role in the upcoming books. 

In this book, we also meet Inquisitor Aldertree, who is plain awful. He seems nice and honest but can trick anyone into every situation with just a few well-chosen words. 

So Simon is in jail and has a cell neighbor who he talks to about practically everything. It turns out that his neighbor is Hodge. As soon as Simon and Hodge escape, there is what is, in my opinion, the best fight scene in the book, between our group of shadowhunting friends and Sebastian. Sebastian is an amazing fighter. He hurts almost everyone and kills Hodge, single-handedly. 

SEBASTIAN - It turns out that he's Clary's brother, which is so much more credible. Where Clary was injected with Angel blood, Sebastian was affected by demon blood. He is dark and dangerous and tbh kind of amazing. He acts all sweet and innocent at first, pretending to be Aline's cousin from Paris, but soon shows his true colors to everyone. But the devil KILLED MAX which just hurt to read! 

Did anyone else who re-read this after reading The Infernal Devices kind of get a mini heart attack when Clary described her fairytale prince as "a king's son who was under a curse that meant that everyone he loved would die." Clary is somehow dreaming of Will. When I read that I sat there kind of fangirling xD 

Here's a list of some of my favorite parts:
- When Jace and Clary found the angel Ithuriel in the basement
- When Alec and Magnus finally get together, finally there was no more tension! 
- When Simon walked up to the other vampires like 'heh can't hurt me'
- The fights in Alicante
- When Sebastian starts admitting that he's the bad guy
- The end, where Valentine summons the angel and is destroyed because of his wrong intentions, and he kills Jace, who is eventually brought back to life. 

I have to get going, but I'm giving this book a 4.5/5 feathers! This book was a lot more emotionally intense than the first few, and a fun, dynamic read! 

Have you read City of Glass? What did you think of it? Let me know! 

Stay bookish, 

Monday, April 3, 2017

City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare

Hey all! 

I just finished the second part of my super long marathon - City of Ashes! 

If you weren't aware, I'm currently re-reading all of the Shadowhunters series, in anticipation for Lord of Shadows, which will be published on May 23rd of this year! You can follow my re-read with #JustAnotherShadowMarathon on instagram :) 

But for now, here's my review for City of Ashes! 

"Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?"

This book was more enjoyable than book 1 - the story is developing in a darker direction which is always more interesting to read about, especially in a familiar, modern-day context. I feel like Cassandra Clare is exploring with messing with our emotions in this book - we all know how she destroys us in the Infernal Devices, right? (Looking forward to being crushed again. Us readers are strange ^-^). You start to see some character relations becoming deeper and more emotionally impacting. The Shadow World she created became darker and you feel a stronger sense of danger than was felt in the first book, and you get a bit more of the side characters. 

You also learn a lot more about Valentine in City of Ashes - for now, he is one of the best characters, in the way he was written and developed. He's sadistic and manipulative, all while using the excuse of 'family' as a reason for his actions. You can totally see why he was popular back in the day. 

I also appreciated that Clare eased off of the huge info dumps - it was refreshing to just get plot and characters for a bit! 

That's all I'm going to say for the non-spoilery bit! From here on I'll be going into specific plot details! 

(I started putting small page markers when sections or phrases spark my interest and it's so helpful!)

Okie let's get to the details! 

I was talking about this book with a friend who read it when I first read it way back six years ago. We just realized how... inappropriate the relation between Jace and Clary is. I mean I get it - They got together then realized they were siblings so some feelings are left over. But both Jace and Clary at separate times approached the other to get back together DESPITE KNOWING THEY WERE SIBLINGS. Plus Clary was with Simon... it's just all kind of a nasty situation, no? (So, so glad they aren't actually related, but I'm amazed I wasn't put off when I first read City of Ashes!) 

That scene in the Seelie Court - you know which one I'm talking about - had both amazing scenery but awkward circumstances. I really have a love-hate relationship with this scene. I feel so bad for Simon! The fact that Clary subconsciously chose Jace over him makes him go so crazy that he goes to the Hotel Dumort to get changed into a vampire - That's so sad, nerdy drama queen! 

"Alec looked at her and shook his head. 'How do you manage never to get mud on you?'. Isabelle shrugged philosophically. 'I'm pure at heart. It repels the dirt.'"

I wasn't exactly comfortable with the Climon relationship - I mean, they're best friends, and I feel like he just assumed that since Clary was now single, they could be together. Simon, you're the best but you're just a bit pushy with her. I never really shipped them, sorry! 

But now Simon and Maia feels so much more right! I'm glad that at the end of the book Simon accepts that and makes that a possibility! 

"Clary stepped aside to let him pass. 'How old are you, anyway?' she asked curiously. Magnus winked at her. 'I was alive when the Dead Sea was just a lake that was feeling a little poorly.'"

Magnus is awesome - I can't wait to get to his novella! Well, his novella that's the size of City of Bones! 

This book is also the book where Clary's power with runes is discovered - I actually really liked this part of her character development! I love how she can make practically anything happen with runes, but doesn't overplay it either. 

In this book we also get Valentine trying to perform something called the Ritual of Infernal Conversion - he needs the blood of the four types of downworlder - warlock, vampire, werewolf and fairy - to turn the Angelic Soulsword into a demonic one. As Simon says, it has to go from "Lawful good to Chaotic Evil". This leads to the death of unknown characters, and almost to the deaths of Simon and Maia. 

One of my favorite parts was when Simon was 'dead-er', and Jace steps up to save his life by letting him drink his blood. That was majestically written, and I think made Jace's character grow a lot in a short timespan. It was so great! 

I fangirled when Inquisitor Herondale pointed out the Herondale star birthmark on Jace's shoulder! Hehehehe ^-^ 

I'm loving the little Malec moments! The way Alec tries to hide it is so cute, while Magnus is just so sly! 

Thats it for City of Ashes! 

Have you read it? What did you think of it? Let me know! :D 

I'm giving this a 4/5 stars! 

Stay bookish!