Julian + Emma Feels!!!! Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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Title: Lady Midnight
Series: The Dark Artifices
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 2016
Retail Price: $30.00
Overall Rating:  8.75/10
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Drama, Angels and Growing-up

Okay before we start, let me establish this. If you haven’t read Lady Midnight, you need to stop what you are doing right now and pick up Lady Midnight. I feel like a balloon that is about to pop because I have so many emotions and thoughts about Lady Midnight! I loved it so much!

Thank you so much to Simon and Schuster publishing. I received  Cassandra Clare’s novel, Lady Midnight from Simon and Schuster, in exchange for a review.  Please note that this does not alter, influence or change my opinions on the novel, in the following review.

When I heard Cassandra Clare was writing The Dark Artifices, I literally had a little heart attack because the Cassandra Clare was writing another book in the Shadow. Hunter. World! I couldn’t believe it but then it wasn’t long before I became disheartened. Many people would come up to me and say, “Cassandra Clare is just milking off her series. You probably shouldn’t get your hopes up,” However, I was determined to get an all out amazing debut novel for The Dark Artifices. March 9th came in a blink of an eye and soon, I was standing in the middle of the bookshelf holding Lady Midnight in my hands, extremely fangirling with some of my closest book friends. Lady Midnight had arrived and it sure did not disappoint. If there is one gif to describe how I felt when reading Lady Midnight this would be it:

Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight follows the story of Emma and Julian who have been best friends and Parabatai from when they were young. Nothing could ever get in their way of their friendship. Emma has lived her whole life with the Blackthorns since the death of her parents who she is determined to avenge. When Julian returns back from his trip to Idris, new problems arise. Mark, Julian’s brother, has come back after several years of being held by the Faerie court and the Blackthorns will do anything to get their brother back from the Faeries. The faeries create a deal with Julian if he can solve the murders which have been mysteriously taking place, his brother will get the chance to choose to stay. However, problems arise and secrets are being kept. Emma and Julian are being torn apart and pulled together by the events and that doesn’t even begin to cover the story.

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I literally have an irrecoverable book hangover for this book! I have so many thoughts and emotions for this book. Reading Lady Midnight, made DSC_0207_Fotorme realise how much I truly loved The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. There is something about these books that remind me of a fairytale. In my opinion, Cassandra Clare’s novels are really unique every story, every book, every paragraph and every sentence have woven this sense of fairytale, fantasy and magic into it, which is what I absolutely love about these novels. I love how every story is interlocking, the only way to truly enjoy this series is to read it from the very start to the very end and don’t forget, you have to read every series in the chronicles. One of my main reasons for why I love reading books is the fact that whenever you read a good story it will drag you into this world where layers upon layers of imaginary characters, storylines and settings are built up in your head and every single thing you read is being played in your head. It pulls you from the real world and act like an anchor to this imaginary world where you can forget about everything that is worrying you and its just you and the characters. (Okay, that sounded really intense but I truly mean it) Undoubtedly, Cassandra Clare’s novel always have that affect on me and Lady Midnight really did.

Lady Midnight’s plot blew me away. Like I mentioned in the beginning, I was kind of skeptical and I was really scared that Lady Midnight was going to bring my whole perfect perspective of the Shadowhunter chronicles, crashing down. I was nervous that Lady Midnight was going to have a really cliche, overused, “Cassandra Clare” plot but I was proven wrong. Just like all of her other perfect novels, Clare devised a plotline that contained the perfect balance of romance, contemporary, coming of age, fantasy, action and adventure! I do not know how she does it but it was literally the pinnacle of perfection. Okay, well maybe I’m exaggerating that a bit because it wasn’t a perfect novel but it was pretty good! I loved the idea of having a forbidden love with Parabatais. It’s so rare to see authors take the “forbidden love” plot device and twist it in their own way to make it so much more enjoyable and personal for the reader. I love it because it may sound weird but I love expanding my knowledge in the whole Shadowhunter world and I loved finding out about the Parabatais. When Cassandra Clare left the whole Parabatai falling in love thing ambiguously, I was like, “Oh no,” something big is going to happen.

When I discovered that they had solved the murder it ended on a really happy note and I’m excited to see what they’ll do in the next book! I loved how most of the characters from the other book got one or multiple cameos because that meant that we all got a chance to see our favourite characters come together again. That’s what I love about these books. You don’t have to miss characters from her other series because she always finds a way to incorporate them. Oh, I almost forgot can we mention the fact that Mark and Emma made that deal! In my mind, I was like, “NOOOOO!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING???” I could feel my heart breaking in its chest. I actually can’t even. It’s like Simon,  Clary and Jace all over again. It’s going to be really intense.

Now onto the characters, I really liked Emma’s character and I think she is my favourite out of the three main protagonists in her three series. I love how strong Emma is and she really is one of those characters you can look up too. She is only a little bit older than me so that adds an extra bonus! But seriously, I loved Emma’s character she is so strong and I absolutely love how relatable she is. One of my favourite scenes is the one where she is talking with Christina about the fact that she feels like she has nothing special to give because she is just a normal shadow hunter with no special powers and in a metaphorical way, I could relate to that. Sometimes we all feel like we have nothing special to us but realistically we all  do. However, I didn’t really like the way Emma was presented in the first few chapters. The whole time she was swooning over Julian. “Julian this, Julian that.” I kind of got sick of it and I was worried that she would be like that throughout the book but it definitely got better.

When Julian came into the story, I was like yes! Like all of Cassandra Clare’s boys, Julian was perfect in his own unique way! He kind of reminded me of a mix between a less-clumsy Percy and a really hot California boy! 🙂 No seriously, I really liked Julian. However, I have to admit his character was so over talked by Emma that it kind of influenced Julian’s perspective. His personality got lost within the story and I found that his character was really two dimensional and hopefully we get to see more of who he is in the later stories. I love his relationship with Emma, whenever I saw them together I was literally like:

I can’t wait to see their relationship grow! I’m so excited for the next book! I also really liked Christina! I’m so glad Cassandra Clare introduced her because I absolutely love her character! I’m excited to see her story and who she relly is. She wasn’t presented in much detail and so I really want to see more of her character! Despite the many characters, I actually found myself remembering their names! (I’m very proud of myself because I always get mixed up with names!) Anyway, I also really liked Mark’s character. However, I didn’t really see much of a proper personality in his character but that makes sense considering he lived a lot of his life as a faerie! I really like his relationship with Kieren and I hope to see more of that in the later books! I’m so excited for this new Herondale because Herondales are always the definition of perfection (*cough* Will and Jace *cough*)! Hopefully, Kit or Christopher (whatever you want to call him) will just be as lovable as the other Herondales!

I love the way Cassandra Clare include Edgar Allen Poe’s poem Annabel Lee! It’s actually one of my favourite poems and the fact that she represented the poem in the story really surprised me! I remember doing a project on him in Grade 6 or 7 and I absolutely loved this poem because in my head it was like a dark, edgy Little Mermaid story! I’m so excited to see more of her stories because I know that they’ll always be based on some literary classic! I absolutely adored this book and I’m sure many of you guys did too!

what did you think of the novel? i loved it so much!!

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❤ The Ships Are Sailing! ❤ Valentine’s Day: #top5

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It’s nearly Valentine’s day and you know what that means?? Yes, today I have compiled a list of my top five ships! I’ve seen this around today, and I’ve loved reading every single one of them. I’m going to integrate a few things I’ve seen from other bloggers! Not only will I be sharing my top five pairings I’ll also share with you one of my favourite romantic quotes from the pairs! Don’t worry you aren’t the only one who has a thousand ships sailing around in their heart. This was so hard for me to choose but these are my Top Five Ships!

Who are your favourite pairs?

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  1. Will and Tessa: Wessa!
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    Ahaha! Everyone probably will expect me to say this but honestly, Will and Tessa are like my favourite ship and I am definitely sure that this is my number one pairing. Will Herondale is perfect- he is blue eyes, a mysterious, yet caring personality and he just went through so much to save Tessa. *Puts in the heart emoji eyes five hundred times* It actually makes my heart flutter, whenever I re-read Will and Tessa moments. Imagine if I can’t ever find someone like Will! I can’t even go there, just like Jace once said, “Some things are too unlikely to dwell upon,” Seriously, though, I actually will die alone if I can’t find a Will. (Save me!)

    “Life is a book, and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read, I would read them together with you, as many as I can before I die…”
    – Will Herondale; Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess

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  2.  Percy and Annabeth: Percabeth
    One of the very first ships I had, Percy and Annabeth will always be one of my favourite ships! I mean who else doesn’t ship this cute pair? Percy is the “Seaweed brain”, whilst Annabeth is the “Wise Girl,” They have been through so much and whenever I think of them I always am reminded of Callie Calet’s song, “Lucky” (Ahaha! Yes, everything reminds me of a song)! Not only that but it is actually my dream to fall in love with a boy because they have been my best friend, I actually think that falling in love like that is so cute!

” The rivalry ends here, I love you, Wise Girl,”
– Percy Jackson, Rick Riordan

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  1. Kat and Daemon: Lux
    Lux. How could I not mention Lux? Kat and Daemon are just the cutest pairing and they are, honestly,  #relationshipgoals! If I  ever find a boyfriend like Daemon, I would die happy! No seriously, they always have the cutest moments and I love their little witty comeback fights! I am one of those readers who constantly whips out their phone in public to re-read their favourite moments in all my ebooks and I always come back to the Lux series to re-read their moments because (this is going to sound weird but…) they always make me smile.

    “Did you think you could stop me? I’ll burn the whole world down to save her,”
    – Daemon Black, Jennifer L. Armentrout Lux Series

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  2. Rose and Dimitri: Vampire Academy
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    Vampire Academy is so good and there was no way I couldn’t give this honourable mention of my favourite #ships to Rose and Dimitri! (#ROMITRI) I honestly love these two as a couple because Dimitri is the zen everyone needs in their life! Not only that but Rose was a character I looked up too and just seeing the two together clenches my heart! I haven’t read this book since the start of last year but I do remember loving their adventures! I have too many favourite moments but I think this one is a pretty good quote! (Seriously Dimitri deserves an actual award!

“If I let myself love you, I won’t throw myself in front of her, I’ll throw myself in front of you,”
– Dimitri Belikov, Richelle Mead Vampire Academy

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  1. Shahrzad and Khalid: The Wrath and The Dawn
    I couldn’t choose for my last ship but I do love this pairing- Shahrzad and Khalid! What I really like about these two is the way their relationship developed, it was cliche yet unique in its own way. Shahrzad was the one who truly discovered who Khalid was and the fact that Khalid has been through so much just breaks my heart. I can’t wait for the next book! This books honestly needs more readers! Have you read this book yet?

“So I write it in the sky- I love you, a thousand times over. And I will never apologize for it,”
– Khalid, Renee Adeieh Wrath and The Dawn
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I hope you guys loved this post and like me completely fangirled whilst re-reading these moments! These ships will probably be my #ships for a very long time! Who do you guys ship?

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

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#bookhacks: How To Fit In More Reading, This Year!

Hiya!

I’m so excited because this is my first proper post on the new blog! 🙂 I’m going to be doing a lot more memes, which I hope you guys enjoy or even try out on your own blogs! This post will be part of a more spontaneous meme called #bookhacks, where I’ll give little tips on books: where to find good bargains,  how to fit more time to read or how to get out of a book slump! I would love to hear what tips you guys have to squeeze in some reading, just mention me in your memes posts as well!

Now before the stress, homework or workload swallows us whole this year! Here’s a small guide on how to squeeze in some reading before we keep on falling into those reading slumps again! I know last year, my reading habit was a constant cycle of three weeks of intense reading and then a four week period of a reading slump. I can not tell you how much I hated it and one of the main reasons this happened was because I was not planning my time right and I had too many distractions! Has anybody else felt this way?

Anyway, here are some tips I’ve learnt throughout the years on how to squeeze in some reading time onto any tightly packed schedule.

  1. Make Reading A Habit!
    I’m going to sound like a teacher now, but seriously if you read every day, during a certain part of a day, it’s going to make it so much easier for you to find time to read. I only just started using this tip because I used to brush it off whenever an English teacher would lecture us about how you have to try and make it a habit of reading for an hour a day. Every morning I try to read one hundred pages and then I try to read one hundred pages at night. You’ll be amazed at how many more books you’ll zoom pass, throughout the week!
  2. Squeeze In Anytime To Read!
    Whether it’s on the train; whilst you are waiting for your Starbucks order or in the shower. Maybe, even while you’re walking to school or work. Once you have gotten past the first few chapters of your book, try to find any five to ten minute period to cut out everything and just read. Even if you don’t feel like it, if you slowly push yourself you might notice that reading was something that you actually enjoy.
  3. Cut Out All Distractions!
    Yes, I mean any type of social media you are engaged in. I know its hard but if you start to notice that there isn’t really anything that amazing about social media, then you’ll slowly learn to back away and cut it off. You’ll be amazed at how much more free time you get when slowly disengage from electronics. You’ll have so much more time to snuggle up and read a great book.
  4. Find A Good Book!
    Confession: Sometimes, I read and force myself through a book just to be able to say that I have read the book when someone asks me. Please tell me I’m not the only one 🙂 Don’t do that because that just worsens the problem. If you are reading a book you are not enjoying you tend to stray from the book. Eventually, you’ll fall into a reading slump. Trust me, I’ve been there and I’ve done that! It’s not pretty. Find a great book, which you are excited to read and then reading will become much more enjoyable rather than a chore. I recommend reading a series or a contemporary, which will really suck you in. What We Saw; Never, Never and The 5th Wave are all great series which will hook you in.
  5. Sleeping Earlier!
    It sounds weird I know but if you set an earlier time to go to bed, you have extra time to read before you go to sleep. It makes a huge difference. If you used to go to sleep at 11:30 pm, go to sleep at 10:30 because then you have an extra hour to  read!

What are some of your tips to squeeze in more time for reading? Tell me in the comments or do a post on your own blog and link it down below! I would love to hear your tricks!

Also, thank you so much for all your support in my new blog! I’ve gotten such great feedback and it means so much to me!!

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Exciting News! ❤ New Website!

Hey guys,

So before I start this post, I just want to thank every single person who has been a supporter of my blog because honestly, without you guys I couldn’t have gotten as far as I am currently with my blog. My blog is so special to me and you guys: every reader, every commenter, every liker and every follower has made it so much more special and I honestly can’t thank you guys enough!

If you saw my Instagram post last night, you would know that I had some extremely exciting news to announce! Well, here it goes! Yesterday, I got a new website: hashtaglovebooks.com !!! ( I’M ACTUALLY INTERNALLY SCREAMING! 🙂 )

You may have noticed that my follower count has decreased a lot and that is because if you were previously following my blog through one of the following channels:

  1. WordPress.com
  2. E-mail

Your subscription has already been moved to my new website! So, don’t worry! I hope you guys love the website and thank you guys so much for this past year and a half- I’ve loved you guys and my blog right from the start and I only hope that it continues to grow! It’s not perfect at the moment but, hopefully, in the future, the blog will be a lot cleaner and neater.

Not much has changed but it is definitely easier to use a self-hosted website at wordpress.org! Please go and check it out because it would mean the world to me! Comment on my new blog about anything that isn’t working or anything that is working well, as your feedback helps me a lot! Click the photo below to visit my new website:

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Also, here is some more exciting news: I am now a Book Depository affiliate! Trust me when I say this, I will not endorse products or websites to my follower if they are dodgy or useless. Book Depository is a website I have been using for such a long time. What I really like about Book Depository is the fact that Book Depository is pretty much a Barnes and Nobles warehouse right at your fingertips! It’s free shipping worldwide, so if you live in the US or in Madagascar, it’s free shipping! Also, they constantly have sales and their prices for books are comparatively cheaper than regular bookstores! So, click the button below to fill your shopping cart with books:

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What do you guys think of my blog? 🙂

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❤Emoji Tag❤

Hey Guys!

This is another fun little tag, that seemed like a lot of fun and I decided to try it out! I was nominated by The Lit Mermaid to do this tag (Thank you so much!) and if you haven’t checked her blog out you are seriously missing out because it is a truly amazing blog, that you won’t regret checking out!

For this tag you have to choose five of your most used or recent emojis and pair them up with a book:

Heart = The Infernal Devices
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 If you have been on my blog a lot, you would know that I love the red heart emoji and so it mustn’t be a surprise that my most used emoji is a heart. I decided to pair up my favorite series to my favorite emoji and that series will have to be The Infernal Devices. I absolutely love this series and I swear I use this series for every tag, but that doesn’t matter because this series deserve lots of praise!

  Laughing Crying = Lux
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This is another popular books in my tag posts but I can’t help that I love this book so much. This books always makes me laugh so hard that I could probably start crying and  so, it is a perfect fit for one of my favorite emojis! This book has so many jokes and witty lines that I guarantee will crack someone, even if they don’t laugh a lot!

Heart-Eyed Emoji = Angelfall 
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I recently finished the Angelfall series and it was so good! I really needed your typical cliche “angelic fantasy” and this book really delivered that to me! The heart-eyes really convey my feelings and emotions about this book. Raffe. Raffe deserves all the heart-eyed emojis I can give! I highly recommend this book, if you are hesitant to pick it up because it seriously won’t disappoint! A review will be coming soon!

Hysterically-Crying Emoji = Eleanor and Park
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This book deserves a crying emoji because I cried an awful lot for this book. I am a sensitive person and have a list of books, which made me cry. This book really stood out to me because I vividly remember using tissue after tissue, once I finished this book. If you are looking for a book that will make you cry… a lot, you need to pick up this book because you will cry a river as big as the Nile!

Heart Kissy Face = Anna and The French Kiss
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Whenever someone mentions Anna and The French Kiss, the first thing I think of is romance and Paris. The heart-kissy face definitely has this young, parisian romance vibe, which is why I chose Anna and The French Kiss. All Stephanie Perkin’s novels are reminiscent and they leave you with this longing for a love-story as perfect as the ones she writes. Anna and The French Kiss, by far, is my favorite and if you haven’t read this, don’t be fooled by the name, it is a perfect read for contemporary enthusiasts!

That’s all for this Emoji Tag! I know I haven’t been posting a lot of reviews and I lot will be coming up in the future and a “currently-reading” post! What is your favorite emoji and what is a book that remind you of that emoji?

Here are five people I nominate:
Book Delights
Pretty Doesome Books
All Things YA
The Ultimate Fangirl
Bookmark Chronicles

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Taylor Swift Book Tag

Heya! I haven’t done a book tag in ages… so, I am doing one today. I recently got tagged by Famtaq to do the Taylor Swift tag, she has a great blog and you should definitely check it out! Lets get started on the tag:

  1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together- pick a book series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then you wanted to break up This would have to be the Harry Potter series. Now before you all butcher me, I used to “try” to be obsessed with the Harry Potter series because everyone else used to be “OH MY GOD! It is the best!” but internally I used to despise it. I guess I don’t really like the layout of the plot where all the boring stuff, like going to school, would happen in the beginning making it really hard to get through and then in the last quarter of the book we would get this really big scene with Voldermont. It followed the same routine throughout the series and that is probably why I don’t really like it.
  2. Red- pick a book with a RED cover. The first book which popped into my head was… you guessed it, Vampire Academy but I also really like House of Hades!
  3. The Best Day- pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic. That would have to be the Percy Jackson series because I read it when I was quite young and I’ve pretty much grew up with the characters!
  4. Love Story- pick a book with forbidden love
    SOOOOOOO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM. I recently read Amanda Hocking’s Kanin trilogy and there is definitely forbidden love in there! Oh! The! Pain! A review will definitely be coming soon.
  5. Innocent- pick a book that someone ruin the ending for
    Allegiant, I learnt about the ending before because I had a friend who told me as I didn’t think I would read the book. I started the book a month after, but don’t worry I still cried so much! 🙁
  6. Everything Has Changed- pick a book character that has gone through extensive character development
    This is honestly one of my favorite Taylor Swift songs but anyway back to the point, Lara Jean from the Two All The Boys I’ve Loved Before duology goes through really extensive character development and you can clearly see that towards the end of the two books.
  7. I Knew You Were Trouble- pick a bad character you couldn’t help but love
    I really don’t know… I’m one of those people where if the bad guy is a bad guy, my view won’t change for the entire book. For example, I hated Warner (Shatter Me Series) from the start to the end and I was still on team Adam at the end of the book. Roth in the Dark Elements series was bad for about a book- does he count?
  8. You Belong With Me- pick a book you are highly anticipating
    7 MORE DAYS TIL EVERY LAST BREATH!!!! Wooooo!!! I am highly anticipating this series! I can’t wait! I am also waiting for the last book in the 5th Wave series to come out, as well!
  9. Forever and Always- pick your favorite book couple
    This is too hard!!! At the moment, since I just finished reading the series I am really shipping Ridley and Bryn but my favorite book couple of all time has got to be Will and Tessa.
  10. Come Back, Be Here- pick the book you would least likely let anyone borrow, in fear that it will be returned in a ruined state.
    I have a fair share of “book-borrowing” stories and they do not go down well. I still lend out my books, but my favorite copy of City of Bones was destroyed by one of my best friends and I have been much more careful, nowadays. I would probably never lend out my Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods book because it is too fragile and beautiful and also my Infernal Devices trilogy because of how much it means to me!

That’s all for the tag!!! I hope you enjoyed my answers and I will tag anyone else who wants to do this!   #lovebooks❤

5 Books That Made Me Cry Hysterically

Hey Guys!

I am back to school, so that means I won’t be posting as frequently as I did for the past three weeks but you’ll definitely be seeing me around! Today, I decided to do 5 books which made me cry…a lot. This won’t be in order because I have pretty much lost tracked on the amount of books that made me cry; don’t judge I’m a sensitive person 🙂

1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
If you didn’t cry for this book, I can’t even consider you human. I cried so much for this book that I was a serious mess. At the end, everything about this book made me cry and it was the epilogue, especially, that made me just burst into a bomb of tears. My favorite books tend to be the ones where I really connect with the characters and the ones which make me an emotional wreck by the end of that and The Infernal Devices definitely did that for me.

2. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
The memory of finishing this book was painted vividly in my mind. The tears just couldn’t stop. If you have read this book you would know that the ending is awfully sad and just the thought of the ending was too much so the tears kept coming. Contemporaries which end without a happily ever ending are my weak spot and most of the time I end up crying but this one was one of the worst cases. 🙂

3. Blood of Olympus by Rick Riodan
This was no surprise but I definitely cried at the end of this book. I was lucky enough to grow up with this series and so the fact that this amazing series had ended was unbearable. Percy and Annabeth were my like my best friends and when I finished the last book- Blood of Olympus, I cried so much. It was really the end and for me it felt like an end of an era.

4. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Nirven
Like Eleanor and Park, I cried so so much. I was using up all the tissues, this book has a major plot twist (if you know what I mean) and it just got to me. I was crying so much it was crazy. Every little thing about the book got to me and the adventure the main character takes at the end of the book was too much to bear.

5. Champion by Marie Lu
If you ready 5 Stages of A Book Hangover post you would know how much this book affected me. The ending was horrible and the way the main character was left broken really broke my heart. I was balling hysterically. I never thought such a cheesy plot ending would affect me so much but the way I felt like I really knew the characters really made me cry even more.

What’s a book you cried for? Comment below:

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Mini Review: Nothing But Shadow by Cassandra Clare

Title: Nothing But Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: May 2015
Series: Shadowhunter Academy Novella (Shadowhunter Chronicles)
Retail Price: $6.99 (Digital Copy Only)
Overall Rating: 8/10
Genre: Fantasy, Family and Drama

Nothing But Shadows is the highly anticipated fourth novella of the Shadowhunter Academy series. Fans of the Mortal Instruments have all missed reading about the Shadowhunter Academy and by reading Nothing But Shadows was like reuniting with an old friend. For fans of the Mortal Instruments who are unaware of this new series, Shadowhunter Academy is a series of short stories which have been released every month since February 2015 and follows the story of Simon Lewis’ Shadowhunter Academy life.

Nothing But Shadows was a short novel which is why I have a mini review on it! Nothing But Shadows continues with Simon’s story. Simon is confused about the Mundane and Shadowhunter classes and seeks Ragnor Fell for advice. Ragnor then explains James Herondale’s story of his Shadowhunter Academy experience to Simon. Most of the novel was in James Herondale’s third person perspective and I loved anything to do with the Herondales, which is why I loved this book! 🙂 If you are a major fan of The Shadowhunter Chronicles, you must purchase this book!

*WARNING: SPOILERS FOR NOTHING BUT SHADOWS AHEAD*

I really really missed the Shadowhunter family and it was so exciting and enjoying to read about the Shadowhunter world from a new perspective- Simon and James. Ever since the end of City Of Heavenly Fire, Simon Lewis had lost all his memories and has since began the journey to become a true Shadowhunter at the Shadowhunter Academy in Idris. Nothing But Shadows follows the story of Simon who fails to realise the effect he is making on the Mundane and Shadowhunter classes and Catarina Loss tells the story of the great, James Herondale to Simon.

Reading these Shadowhunter Chronicles feels like reading a story that no one would understand unless you know the original secrets- like a young girl who knew all the gossip on the school playground-which is one of the reasons why I enjoy it so much!

Cassandra Clare has done so much world building it actually feels unreal that this is purely fiction. It feels like her head is an Encyclopedia of this world that is so complex and twisting.I loved reading about James Herondale as it was new insight into the lives of the new Herondale bloodline. Since the release of Clockwork princess, there hasn’t been much resolution on the Herondale situation. Through Nothing But Shadows we got to read about James Herondale and how he lived his life. James Herondale was a really unique character, as expected of a son of Will Herondale and I found myself relating to him in more times than I expected.

In the story he was thirteen/fourteen which was really interesting as Cassandra Clare’s characters are usually sixteen but because of this I believe that James’ thoughts were over-mature for his age. Nevertheless, I still loved reading in James’ perspective which very much reflected a persona similar to his father’s. He loved reading classics which was super exciting to read because as we all know in the Infernal Devices Will had a major love for reading. James’ story felt like my story and Cassandra Clare’s beautiful writing displayed this. When I discovered that he was insecure about who he was, my heart broke alongside his. My favorite quote of his was “Maybe they were all praying he would become a shadow and simply slip away,” It was so beautifully written yet I found myself relating to this as we all carry so many duties that sometimes we all wish we could become a shadow and simply slip away.

I loved the story telling style of the story and how James’ story was like a fairytale you would tell a child at bedtime. I have heard thoughts that Cassandra Clare’s writing is well but I believe her writing is amazing It was unique yet magical and has a special meaning. I enjoyed getting more insight on the Herondale family history and I could highly relate to James Herondale- who is now my new favorite boy character. I can’t wait to read the next shadowhunter chronicle books! #lovebooks❤

Book News- 26/04/15

Hey Guys,

Lot’s of exciting things have happened this week but I think the most exciting thing that happened this week was the fact that Dom Sherwood was casted as Jace!!!! Also, Whitechapel Fiend came out and I recently read that! It has Clary, Jace, Simon and Will and Tessa, which is extremely exciting because we rarely see the characters from The Infernal Devices working with The Mortal Instruments characters.

For The Selection fans, you may be excited to hear that it is officially been picked up by Warner Bros. and is being made into a movie. We all remembered when The Selection Pilot came out and it failed. Hopefully, this one will be much better. Honestly, The Selection wasn’t my favorite series and I am not as excited.

The first official trailer for The Scorch Trials movie came out and there is Dylan O’brien in it :). It was released at Cinemacon, which was where the Paper Towns movie crew and cast attended this past week.

That’s all this week on Book News.

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#mythoughts… Casting for Jace- The Mortal Instruments TV Show

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Hiya!

I am not sure about you guys but this morning I woke up to a spam of Dom Sherwood on my Instagram. At first I had not clue and I was like, “Why in the world is Christian Ozera clogging up my feed?”. Until I discovered, that he is, in fact, the new Jace for the Mortal Instruments TV Show! What? Let’s talk about that…

First of all, I am kind of disappointed (please don’t be mad 🙂 ). Dom Sherwood, to me, reminds me too much of Christian Ozera from Vampire Academy as he previously portrayed this character in the film. Don’t get me wrong, he was an amazing Christian but as a Jace- eh…not really.

He originally has a vampire vibe and now that he is Jace I don’t think I can scrub off that picture. Maybe, he will be a really good Jace but at the moment I am not getting my hopes up. I don’t think you can really cast a perfect Jace. If you have a look at the IF List for the Tv Show, out of all the fan casted actors I definitely would have chosen Dom Sherwood. I think I am looking into it too much, I think it will be a fairly good show!

As for the other cast members, I think Lily Collins was a great Clary but I know they aren’t going to re-cast her. If I couldn’t chose Lily Collins, I think Holland Roden would be a pretty good Clary Fray. She has red hair and that girly but feminine vibe. Robert Sheehan was also a really good Simon Lewis but for the TV Show I think Nat Wolff or Dylan O’brien would be a great Simon. I know this is out of the whim but I think Douglas Booth could be an amazing Will!

About the actual layout of the TV Show, I am so glad! If you didn’t know, each book will get a season (So, like 6 seasons in total) and the first episode will be called “The Mortal Cup”! What a great name? 🙂 It is going to be directed by MCG, who has done every single good teen TV Show and Movie, such as, Supernatural, The Duff and Charlie’s Angels. Ed Decter will be running the series and I just discovered he wrote The Lizzie Mcguire Movie (#throwbacktotheearly2000s)!

This is all I have to say so far about the TV Show. I am super pumped and I can’t wait to watch it!!! I am getting more and more excited by the minute! More #mythoughts will come as the cast members are announced. Tell me, in the comments. what you think about Dom Sherwood as Jace and tell me who you fancast for the other characters:

#lovebooks❤