REVIEW: city of fallen angels by cassandra clare

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Published by: Simon & Schuster on April 5th, 2011

Pages: 424

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Hardcover

Series: The Mortal Instruments Book 4

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★★★★

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

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REVIEW: tell me three things by julie buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Published by: Delacorte Press on April 5th, 2016

Pages: 325

Genre: Contemporary

Format: Hardcover

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★★★.5

 

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son. In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

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REVIEW: a conjuring of light by v.e. schwab

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Published by: Tor Books on February 21st, 2017

Pages: 624

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Hardcover

Series: Shades of Magic Book 3

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★★★★★

 

The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive? Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

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The Bachelorette Recap: Episode 3

Hey, everyone! Today, I am here with a different kind of post, and that is one focusing on what is probably my biggest guilty pleasure: The Bachelorette! I’m sure that everyone knows what this show is about, but this season’s Bachelorette is 31-year-old Rachel Lindsay, an attorney from Dallas, Texas, who also happens to be the first black Bachelorette ever. AND I LOVE HER. So without further ado, let’s get started on this episode’s recap! Just a note, these posts are going to be pretty informal, since it’s reality TV 🙂

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REVIEW: a gathering of shadows by v.e. schwab

20764879A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Published by: Tor Books on February 23rd, 2016

Pages: 509

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Hardcover

Series: Shades of Magic Book 2

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★★★★

 

It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

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REVIEW + DISCUSSION: winter by marissa meyer

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Published by: Feiwel & Friends on November 10th, 2015

Pages: 823

Format: Hardcover

Series: The Lunar Chronicles Book 4

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★★★★★

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

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