Unlearned by Haley Pierce | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about a book that I personally really enjoyed, and that is Unlearned by Haley Pierce. This is a book that was sent to me for review by the author, so thank you so much, Haley, for sending this my way! I loved this book so much more than I thought I was going to. Its just absolutely amazing, and if you can handle adult content, I highly recommend you check this out. But let’s go ahead and get into the review!

Synopsis:

“I shouldn’t want Addison this much. Or at all.

She’s my student, for god’s sake.

But she’s so sweet, so innocent, and so, so, bendable to my every whim.

Her mother wants her to be a doctor, but Addison? She has no idea what she wants.

I’ll help her find out, on one condition: I’m sure as hell going to be a part of it. Because I need her. I need to touch her, to taste her, to invade her soul the way she’s invaded mine.

Shakespeare said it best. I am her slave, with no choice to tend to her desires. Whatever they may be. ”

My Thoughts:

I don’t think I can properly put into words how this book made me feel. It was just everything I wanted and more. I loved the romance and I totally was not expecting for abuse to be a topic in this book, but I absolutely loved that it was in there. This is the kind of book I wanted and needed. I loved the characters and the storyline, and it was just absolutely freaking fantastic!

I think the writing for this book is so superior to so many other writers in this particular genre that I have read. I would personally classify this as both romance and erotica under the umbrella genre of New Adult. I have read my fair share of erotica, and the writing of this book just absolutely blew all other books out of the water for me. It is such an addicting writing style. I just could not stop reading. I just am obsessed with Haley Pierce’s writing style, and I just want to read more works by her.

I also really enjoyed the romance. It did not seem like instalove at all. I really enjoyed seeing their unconventional relationship expand and grow over the course of the novel. Usually, you will see a relationship begin with like dating and such and end with sex while this really reversed that. It was very much about the sexual attraction between these two and then it developed into a real relationship. It was so beautiful to read about, and I just loved it so much.

I think the abuse was super interesting to read about. This is a topic that some writers tend to shy away from, but Haley definitely did not do that. I think she really represented it well. It was also really interesting to see Cain’s perspective on this because I just kept waiting for it to finally click in his brain that she doesn’t have an abusive boyfriend. It is not who you would normally expect it to be. I liked seeing the process of him finally figuring it out and how angry he was at the person who was abusing her (that is a major spoiler, so I am definitely not revealing that). I just really liked the way it was presented in the novel, even if I do think that the abuser had a rapid evolution in her character at the end of the novel.

I also just really loved the way writing was presented in this novel. I loved seeing Cain explaining it and just seeing how passionate he was about the written word. It was just so amazing and inspiring to see, and it actually inspired me even more because I am also a writer who appreciates the written word and just the writing process. It was just an aspect I loved seeing, and it really added to the story, in my opinion.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the writing, the complex and intricate storyline, the characters, and just everything about it. The writing was absolutely stunning and addicting as well, and I just really loved this book. I am super excited to read more works by Haley Pierce, and I highly recommend you all pick this book up because it was absolutely bloody fantastic!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. As always, all thoughts, opinions, and feels are my own.

5stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Unlearned by Haley Pierce. What book are you currently reading? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super pumped to talk to you about The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This is a book I have been wanting to read all year, and I finally read it. I am so glad that I did because I absolutely loved it. This is definitely one of my favorite books of this year, and it is one of my favorite books of all time. I highly recommend you read this book because it is absolutely fabulous, and I think everyone should read this. But let’s go ahead and jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.”

My Thoughts:

This book was absolutely phenomenal. This is such an important book that everyone needs to read. It really blew me away with how amazing it was. It was such a captivating story on the power of speaking out against oppression in general, but with a focus on police brutality. This was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, which I fully support and think is super important, and it just tackles several different topics, like racism and trauma among other things.

This book was super well rounded in the portrayal of the characters and the poor, black neighborhood of Garden Heights, in my opinion. I can’t speak to the representations as I am white, but it seemed super accurate. We really felt like we were in that neighborhood. We felt that we were with those characters, experiencing everything. It felt super authentic, which was super important in my opinion.

I loved seeing a biracial couple, especially given the subject matter. I think it was super important that we got to see something like that, and it also gave us the opportunity to see racism from both sides. Racism is a double-edged sword sometimes. Black people can be racist towards white people, though not nearly as much as white people are racist towards black people. This story just really talked about race in a very realistic way, which I loved, and it focused on the importance of having your voice heard.

Overall, this was a super powerful story that I am so glad I got the chance to read. I think it was phenomenal, and it is a book everyone needs to read. This is definitely one of my favorite books of this year, and I am looking forward to reading more works by Angie Thomas!

5stars

And there you have it! That was my review of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. What is one of your favorite books you have read this year? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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JUSTICE LEAGUE | MOVIE REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about Justice League. I randomly decided to go see it in the theater with my girlfriend and best friend, and I did not hate it, but I definitely have a lot of issues with it. I personally do not recommend women–especially feminists–see this. I think most men with no knowledge of the original comic book characters and storylines could possibly enjoy this. Otherwise, you should probably avoid it unless you like watching mediocre movies. But let’s just go ahead and jump into my thoughts!

Synopsis:

“Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”

My Thoughts:

This movie surprisingly was not a complete piece of trash. My expectations were pretty low, though, so to say it surpassed my expectations is not really saying much. I had heard that the movie was pretty bad, but I wanted to see the movie myself to form my own opinion. In the moment, I did think it was pretty decent. But after really thinking about it, I realized there were some things in the movie that really should have been fixed and cut out and changed, and I just really ended up not liking this movie at all.

I had some issues with the plot line because it was completely illogical. It is DC, so like I should have expected this, but this wasn’t really a downside for me as it is to be expected in DC movies. While watching the movie, I just kind of ignored the lack of logic in this plotline and just accepted that this was the way the world works, which is something you have to do while watching this movie because it just doesn’t make sense otherwise.

I also had a lot of issues with the sexism in this movie. Yes, Wonder Woman was in it, which was the whole reason I wanted to watch it. But the movie really did a disservice to her character, in my opinion. There was not a scene in this entire movie where she could be in a room and not talk about some man. It was really focused on her past relationship rather than how powerful and badass she is as Wonder Woman.

This movie also just really perpetuated this belief that everyone and everything is completely screwed without Superman. Like who needs the Justice League when you have Superman? I did not like that at all because I wanted it to show how powerful they all were as a team, including Wonder Woman, and it just did not do that. It just was a super sexist message that I didn’t appreciate or enjoy, so it was a really big reason I ended up not liking this movie.

There were a few good points in this movie, though. One of those is The Flash. I completely forgot he was in the Justice League, and it made me so freaking happy to see him in this because I love his character so much. He was portrayed by the guy who played Patrick in The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie adaptation, so it was absolutely amazing. His character was the comic relief in this movie, and every time that guy opened his mouth, I was dying of laughter. This movie had a really big selling point on the humor because The Flash was absolutely freaking hilarious!

This is just a little side note, but Aqua Man was in this movie, which I wasn’t expecting at all. I kind of forgot that he existed. And I didn’t care for his character at all from what I had heard from people who had read the comics. It wasn’t for any particular reason; he just seemed boring to me. But I loved his character in this movie for literally one reason and one reason only, and that reason is he was portrayed by one of the sexiest men alive, in my opinion.

Jason Momoa is the person who also portrayed Khal Drogo in the first season of Game of Thrones, and he spends most of this movie shirtless. I think we all appreciated this because he is just a beautiful human. I will say, though, that as hot as he is, he probably was not the right choice for Aqua Man because he is muscular, but not in the correct way. He is more in the bodybuilder kind of way versus the swimmer kind of way. But that was the only fault I really found in the portrayal of Aqua Man.

Overall, I had a lot of issues with this movie, but it was not completely terrible. There were some good parts to this movie, but they were few, unfortunately. As an average for this movie, I would probably give it a C+.

3-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Justice League. Who is your favorite DC hero? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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November Wrap Up!

Hey, guys! I am very excited to talk about the four books I read this month. I had a pretty decent reading month, and I ended up reading five books. This is not as much as I usually read, but I am super proud of this since I have been dealing with a lot of stuff, from Thanksgiving to my phone breaking to the semester’s end looming ahead. Its just been very stressful, not to mention I was also participating in Nation Novel Writing Month. But let’s go ahead and jump right in!

The first book I read this month was Under His Protection by Alyse Zaftig.

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This is a book that I already knew I was not going to like, and it was several different authors writing underneath one pen name. This is a story that is marketed as dark fantasy when that is actually completely wrong. It is contemporary/erotica, which I was not expecting at all. It was an adult novel, though the writing seemed very juvenile to me. You could really tell that it was written by several authors as it did not flow very well and didn’t seem cohesive. There didn’t really seem to be a storyline at all, it was instalove, there was no character development at all, and I just overall did not like this and do not recommend it. I ended up giving this 2/5 stars.

The next book I read was His Naughty Nurse by Nicole Elliot.

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All right, I know what you’re thinking. But hold back your judgment on this horrible title and unfortunate cover because this was actually really good. It surprised me because I honestly thought this was going to be another trashy adult romance/erotica novel. The title makes it seem like its going to be about nothing but horribly written sex scenes, but it actually wasn’t like that at all. I thought the story was really well written, there was a lot of great character development, and it was a really believable love story. There was way more story than actual sex scenes (if I am recalling correctly, I think there were only one or two sex scenes, and I just overall thought it was a really well-rounded story. I gave this 4.5/5 stars.

The next book I read was Training Their Mate by Vella Day.

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This was a reread for me, and I actually enjoyed it a lot more the second time around than the first. My original interpretation of it was that it was instalove with subpar writing, no character development, and a boring storyline whereas I have completely changed my mind. I thought this story had a lot of substance while also having the steamy, sexy scenes. I thought there was tons of character development, a really believable love story. I especially loved the overall storyline and the simplistic writing style. Basically, I changed all of my original thoughts on this novel, and I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

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This is a children’s classic I had heard pretty decent things about, and I saw it really cheap at a used bookstore, so I picked it up, and I ended up really enjoying it. It was a really cute tale with really important morals woven throughout it. I think this would be something that would be great to read to a child as a bedtime story, and it was just really good. There were really cute and interesting illustrations with beautiful, simplistic writing. I thought it was absolutely hilarious and super emotional, surprisingly, as I did cry upon finishing it. I think it’s a cute little story that children and adults can read and enjoy, and I just really loved it. I ended up giving it 5/5 stars.

And the final book I read in November was Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

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This is a book that I’ve wanted to read for a while now and my girlfriend had it so she let me borrow it. I really enjoyed all of these tales. I did feel that some of them were more interesting than others as well as some of the stories being weaker than the other tales. Cocobolo is a good example of one of the stronger stories, and it was definitely my favorite one. If you want my full discussion and review of this book, I will have it linked here, but I did really enjoy it, and I ended up giving it 4/5 stars,

And there you have it! Those were all the books I read in November. What is your favorite book you read this month? Comment down below! I would love to know, and that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super excited (and a little bit nervous) to talk about this collection of tales set in the Peculiar Universe. I am mostly going to be talking about my favorite of the tales, and it is super personal to me, so please hold back your judgment. I am honestly a little bit terrified to speak these truths out loud, but I am finally ready to talk about something super personal to me. But let’s go ahead and jump into the review!

Synopsis:

Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales. 

Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. The origins of the first ymbryne. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar—known to hide information about the peculiar world—first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.

Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar.”

My Thoughts:

I definitely enjoyed this collection of little tales about peculiarities with little morals woven into them, but I wasn’t blown away by every single one of them. Some I felt were not as strong as others, which was unfortunate, but I did love reading all of them because they were all very interesting. My personal favorite one was definitely the tale of Cocobolo as it is something that I personally can relate to. Our main character really tries to suppress who and what he is, desperately trying to escape it, but in the end, he realizes that was kind of pointless. He can’t change who he is, so he must learn to embrace it and realize how spectacular he is.

I can personally apply this to me as for years I have tried to suppress and ignore the fact that I am not straight. I’m bisexual, and I was taught that if you were someone of the LGBT community by my parents that you would go to hell, that you aren’t a Christian, and that you are a tried and true sinner. That you are disgusting and filthy. I never wanted to disappoint my parents, so I just suppressed the side of myself that is attracted to the same sex. But over the past two years, I have realized that no matter what I do, there’s no way to suppress it. And I shouldn’t have to because there is absolutely nothing wrong with me.

It is perfectly okay for me to be bisexual, to like girls. The God that I worship and love, and the God who loves me, would never really be against loving someone. That is something I have accepted, even if my parents never will. I do have people who love and support me, including my aunt and her wife, my cousin and her girlfriend, my other aunt who has encouraged me to live my truth and not hide behind all of this bullshit that it is wrong to be anything but straight. Not to mention my amazing and beautiful girlfriend, Lauren. I am not going to let anyone try to tell me who and what I should be because I am happy with myself, and I know that there is nothing wrong with me.

This story just really solidified that for me. It really is something that I am going to continue to think about and read, and I think it is the best story in the entire collection, and I think that story is good enough reason that everyone should read this because it is so good, and I think it can really help other people like it has helped me. So I definitely recommend you all read this, even if you have not read the Miss Peregrine’s trilogy because it is so, so good.

4-stars

And there you have it! That was my review for Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs. If you have read this collection, what is your favorite tale? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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ANNOUNCEMENT: I Made a Booktube Channel!

Hey, guys! I am very excited to announce that I have finally made a Booktube channel! I had been wanting to do this for years, so I finally decided to do it! This announcement post really should have been up a whole lot sooner, but I just have never gotten around to it. So here we are. I have really been having a lot of fun just filming and uploading videos. If you want the link, here it is! But let’s go ahead and talk about everything to do with my new Booktube Channel!

I just want to go ahead and say that just because I have a Booktube channel, does not mean I will not still be posting on here. I love my blog, I love you guys, and it would feel like giving a part of myself up if I were to quit blogging. I love talking about books with you guys, and I know I do not say it often, but you all mean the world to me. The fact that you would take the time out of your day to read my posts just really means a lot to me. But basically, I have noticed that sometimes it is just easier to make a video of a certain book tag, for example, versus a blog post, in my opinion. So that will mostly be what is going up on my channel.

Now I will definitely still be posting all of my book reviews to my blog because I am just much more comfortable posting them on here. I am still trying to be completely comfortable in front of the camera, and I am just not to the point where I think my book reviews would be well done if I were to make a video review. I will be posting my TBRs and Wrap Ups both on my blog and my youtube channel, but most of my book hauls will end up on my channel.

I started this channel in September, and I have really enjoyed making these videos, so I hope you enjoy them as well! But that is going to be it for this announcement post today, so thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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October Wrap Up

Hey, guys! I am really excited to talk about the twelve books that I read in the month of October. I am really happy with the amount that I read this month. I participated in three readathons, which were Readathon By Zoe: Halloween Edition, the Spookathon and Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I conquered all the readathons, and as a result, I ended up reading quite a few books, so let’s go ahead and get into them!

The first book I read in October was The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.

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This is the first book in a companion series with this first book following Monty while the next one is to be following Monty’s sister Felicity, I believe. But this book is about Monty who is a bisexual aristocrat who enjoys gambling, sex, and boys a little too much for this time period, but he goes on his grand tour of the continent with his sister and his best friend Percy, who he also happens to be in love with. This book was so good! I listened to this via audiobook, which I definitely recommend because it is narrated by Christian Coulson who portrayed Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He just does a really fantastic job of portraying all of the characters in different ways, and it just made me enjoy the book even more. I listened to the audiobook with my best friend Emily, which also just made for a more fun reading experience. I just really thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and I did post a review, but I ended up giving it 5/5 stars.

The next book I read was Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

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This is a Halloween classic that I read during the Readathon By Zoe: Halloween Edition that happened on Saturday, October 14. This was the first time I had ever read this story, and I am so glad I did because I ended up really enjoying it. If you are unaware of what exactly this story is about, we follow Victor Frankenstein who decides he wants to create something living, but he really isn’t prepared for the results of messing with nature. It is just a really good book that makes you think about a lot of things. I’m being very vague, but if you are curious as to what my full thoughts are, feel free to check out my review. I did end up giving this book 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee.

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This is Mackenzi Lee’s debut novel, and after reading The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, I just knew I had to read more from her, so I got my hands on this, and I think I loved this even more than the first book I read by her. This is such a Halloween book, and I also read this during the Readathon By Zoe. This is a Frankenstein retelling with fantasy and steampunk thrown in, and it was literally my everything. This is easily my favorite thing that I read this month, and it was just so amazing. You could clearly see that Lee did her homework with this one, and it was such an action-packed, amazing retelling. I just loved it so freaking much. It was everything I wanted and more. My review is a bit more coherent, but I did give this 5/5 stars because it was absolutely fantabulous!

The next three books I read are a trilogy, and that is The Forbidden Game trilogy by L.J. Smith.

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This trilogy consists of The Hunter, The Chase, and The Kill, and this was a reread for me. I did read this during the Spookathon that lasted from October 16-22. I read this back in high school, and it creeped me out so much that I was wondering if it would still be able to do that all these years later, so I reread it, and it still creeps the hell out of me. This is a series that follows these idiot teenagers as they play this game, and they actually get sucked into the game and have to live through their worst nightmares. Its super creepy, but in the best way possible. Back in high school, these books gave me nightmares. But my whole series review really breaks all of my thoughts down. I gave the first two books 5/5 stars and the final book 4/5 stars. I also did a series review for the trilogy. They were just as fantastic the second time around as the first!

The next five books I read were the last five books in Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and friends.

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This is a series that happens after the events of City of Heavenly Fire but before the events of Lady Midnight. I can’t tell you anything about this series without spoiling the end of City of Heavenly Fire, so all I am going to say is this novella series is absolutely fabulous, and I highly recommend that you read this series. I gave Pale Kings and Princes 5/5 stars, Bitter of Tongue 4.5/5 stars, The Fiery Trial 4.5/5 stars, Born to Endless Night 5/5 stars, and Angels Twice Descending 5/5 stars. My reviews for all of these novellas have been posted, and I am so happy I finally decided to read them.

The last book I read this month was Deadpool Vol. 1: Secret Invasion by Daniel Way and Steve Dillon, illustrated by Paco Medina.

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This first volume of Deadpool, unfortunately, has resulted in me deciding I am not going to pick up any of the other comics or graphic novels. This just was trying to be funny, but it just kept missing the mark for me. I thought the movie was absolutely hilarious, and I loved it so much. I was just expecting to really love this since I loved the movie, and that just did not happen. I really liked the artwork, but the writing was not the best, and I really was not a big fan of the storyline. I ended up giving this 3.5/5 stars.

And there you have it! Those were all the books that I read in the month of October. I am really happy with all of the books that I read, and with the readathons that I participated in. But that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Angels Twice Descending by Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am really excited to talk about the final book in the Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series, Angels Twice Descending. While I did really enjoy this installment to the series, I did wish it was a bit longer. I think it should have at least been a hundred pages. It did seem a little bit rushed, in my opinion. But nonetheless I did still really enjoy it, so let’s get into the review!

Synopsis:

“Someone lives and someone dies at Simon’s Ascension ceremony.”

My Thoughts:

I don’t know what to say other than I am not okay. I am trying to hold back tears because I knew something bad was going to happen, but I did not expect this certain bad thing to happen to this certain good person, and I just am kind of overwhelmed right now. I am still processing what happened. This was a novella, meaning it happened really fast, and I haven’t had time to process, but I am still not okay with what happened at the end.

But I thought it was really interesting to see the actual Ascension ceremony because, in the other books, it is something we hear about, but we never really see happen. We pretty much follow born Shadowhunters. But we know what happens if it goes south. That’s a huge thing that is just being held over our heads throughout this entire series, especially in this book. But I loved seeing the ceremony. I thought it was really cool to see.

And while I didn’t like what happened, it was kind of inevitable. I knew something bad was bound to happen, but I just was not sure what. I think the actual end scene was really fitting as well, and I think it really helped bring some closure to the end of this series, I really liked it.

Overall, this book was really heartbreaking, but I really loved it. The writing was as fabulous as always, the world was just as intricate and complex and interesting as always, and I am just really happy that I finally finished off this series so that I can start Lord of Shadows!

5stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Angels Twice Descending by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman. What was your favorite book in this series? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Born to Endless Night by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am so freaking excited to talk about Born to Endless Night as it is my favorite installment to the series thus far. It had everything I wanted and more. There was so much Malec and Sizzy and Clace, and I just loved it so freaking much. This was just a really good book, and I really want to discuss it, so let’s get into the review!

Synopsis:

“Simon, like the rest of the Academy, is stunned when a navy-skinned warlock baby is found on the Academy steps. They hand the child over to guest lecturer Magnus Bane, who has to bring a child home… temporarily, of course… to his man!”

My Thoughts:

This is my new favorite in the series. I was smiling the entire time I was reading this. It just made me so happy because it was like everything I ever wanted in a book. It had Sizzy and Malec and Clace and the Lightwood family being nice to Magnus and it was just my everything. And we got to meet Alec and Magnus’s baby, and it made me so freaking excited. The baby was so cute! The baby brought everyone together. Magnus got along with Alec’s parents, and it was just an amazing time.

We really got to see how much the family dynamic has changed in the Lightwood family in this book. While Maryse and Robert definitely still do not get along, they are in the same room without going at it, Robert does not recoil or show any sign of disgust when seeing Magnus and Alec together, and everyone just seems to be (for the most part) getting along.

Simon and Izzy are my heart and soul, and I just love them together. It’s the perfect balance of geeky and sexy, and I just freaking love them. They are so great for each other. Simon and Izzy both care about each other so much, and that is just evident in this book. It just goes to show that no matter what, they would have found each other because their love is that powerful, and it was really beautiful to see.

This book just made me swoon and smile, and I just really enjoyed it. I loved the writing, the character development, and the world and just everything about it. I am really looking forward to reading the next installment to the series because I am sure it is going to be absolutely fabulous!

5stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Born to Endless Night by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. What is your current favorite book in the series? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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The Fiery Trial by Cassandra Clare & Maureen Johnson |REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about this next installment to the Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series. While this was a bit confusing and weird in the beginning, I ended up really enjoying it by the end. It gave some really great insight to the parabatai ceremony. But let’s go ahead and jump into the review!

Synopsis:

“Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn become parabatai. Simon and Clary both act as their witnesses, so they can see what a parabatai bond forming looks like as they want to become parabatai as soon as Simon graduates — and because Emma asked Clary. The ritual goes unexpectedly …”

My Thoughts:

This was definitely one of the weirder books in the series. I was so confused about what was going on until it finally clicked in my mind, from the tea to everything that was going on in the beginning. I had been waiting for this book because I was sure it was going to be discussed eventually (and I was really freaking excited, even if I wish Clary and Izzy had been parabatai instead). And it was. I loved seeing Clary so much in this novella (even if I was really missing Izzy because bae).

Not a ton happened in this one, but we did get to see Emma and Julian’s parabatai ceremony, which was very exciting. I am always really intrigued by anything we to do with the Shadow World, so this was something I had been wanting to see for a while. But it was actually really interesting that Simon himself noticed that something was off in the ceremony. Its like he really knew what was going on. That they should have both been way more excited and happy to be becoming parabatai than they were. He could just tell they were actually into each other that way, and that they just doomed themselves because they can never be a thing since they are parabatai.

Overall, I really enjoyed this installment to the series, I loved the writing, seeing the parabatai ceremony, seeing all the Climon friendship scenes, and I just really thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I am really excited to move onto the next one!

4-and-a-half-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of The Fiery Trial by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson. What is your favorite Shadowhunter book? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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