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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Spooky Halloween Tag

Hey, guys! I am super excited to do the first book tag I have done in ages, and that is the Spooky Halloween Book Tag. I originally saw this tag on Rachel @ Life of a Female Bibliophile‘s blog, so go and read her post and give her blog some love. She is awesome, and I just really love her blog, not to mention that she is super lovely and sweet! But I really love Halloween, so I am sure this is going to be tons of fun to do. Let’s get into it!

1: Fave horror or Halloween-themed song?

My favorite song to listen to around Halloween has always been Nightmare by Avenged Sevenfold. This song just screams Halloween for me!

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2: Name something you wouldn’t want to run into in a forbidden forest or abandoned building.

Just one thing? Definitely something supernatural in nature. The first thing to come to mind is a Dementor. *shudders*

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3: Have you ever played with an Ouija board?

I have seen people play with one before, but I have never personally played around with one of those things. People really should not be messing around with that kind of thing…

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4: Favorite horror monster or villain?

How can I go with anything other than the classic vampire?

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5: The creepiest thing that has ever happened to you while you were alone?

I’m just going to refer to my Halloween Story Times video. That has all the creepy shit that has happened to me over the years…

6: If you were dared to spend the night in a “Haunted House,” would you do it?

Hell to the no. I would hear one noise and be like, “Peace. I’m out, bitches.”

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7: Are you superstitious?

Not really. I don’t believe in the whole Friday the 13th BS or black cats or whatever.

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8: Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?

If by “figures” you mean seeing my younger brother try to sneak up on me and scare me, but instead I catch his ass every single time, then oh yeah. I see figures on the daily…

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9: Which Urban Legend scares you the most?

Probably Bloody Mary. I don’t believe in that superstition bullcrap, but that Supernatural episode still freaks me out…

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10: Do you prefer gore or thrillers?

I 100% prefer thrillers. I hate gore. There is a reason I don’t watch The Walking Dead. True Blood is about as gory as I get…

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11: Do you believe in multiple dimensions or worlds?

Nope, definitely not. I’m a Christian, so I don’t believe in that. But I do love to read about that kind of thing!

12: Have you made a potion of any sort?

Does trying to make myself into a mermaid from H2O: Just Add Water when I was 10 count? (and yes, I seriously did try this…)

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13: Do you get scared easily?

When it comes to Haunted Houses? Yeah. But like movies and such? Not really.

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14: Have you ever played Bloody Mary?

Heck to the no.

15: Do you believe in demons or the Devil?

I believe in both.

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16: You’re home alone in your house and you hear footsteps. What do you do?

Grab my pepper spray, flashlight, and a switchblade, and then I make a circle of salt around myself. What else are you supposed to do?

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17: If you got trapped in one scary movie, which one would you choose?

If I get trapped, I wouldn’t have a choice, would I? But I probably would choose Children of the Corn because that is one of the least scary horror films I can think of…

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18: If you could only wear one Halloween costume for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

I would be Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments series because I basically wear everything she does on a daily basis anyways!

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19: Would you ever go to a graveyard at night?

I won’t even go to a graveyard during the day…

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20: In a Zombie Apocalypse, what is your weapon of choice?

Probably a blade, like a Machete or something. But I would probably be more likely to find a gun. My family owns so many that it is kind of ridiculous.

21: Would you rather go to a Halloween party or go trick or treating?

Halloween Party all the way. Not even going to disclose why, but you can probably guess.

22: You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

I probably would be a combination of a skeptic and the smart one. But I definitely would not be the first one to die. Given the amount of horror movies I’ve seen, I definitely could build up some strategies to take down that SOB.

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23: Do you have to watch something happy after watching a horror movie so you can go to sleep?

I can usually just go to sleep. I don’t need to balance the negative with the positive.

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24: Whilst watching scary movies, are you the person who is yelling at the characters, the one with their eyes covered the whole time or the person who falls asleep?

I am a combo platter. Half the time I’m covering my eyes and the other half I am yelling at the characters.

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25: Are you the one who gets scared or the one who does the scaring?

Oh, I definitely do the scaring. One time I hid under the bed while my sister was watching the Woman In Black, and during one of the really scary parts, I grabbed her ankle. It was the greatest thing I have ever done, I swear XD

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26: Favorite scary book?

My favorite book to read around Halloween is The Forbidden Game by L. J. Smith. It is so creepy and thrilling, and I just love it so much! Highly recommend!

27: How old were you when you saw your first horror movie?

I was probably seven or eight. I stayed at my grandmother’s and watched Hide and Seek with my grandmother, without my mom’s permission. My mom was so livid when she found out, so the next time I stayed at my grandmother’s, she made sure to show me that movie again, just to spite my mother…My grandmother is great, I know XD

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28: What was your first Halloween costume?

Well, I was not allowed to dress up when I was growing up because my dad believed (and still does) that Halloween is a celebration of the devil and blah, blah, blah. So I have no idea…

29: What are you going to be for Halloween this year?

I dressed up as Isabelle Lightwood this year! It was so much fun.

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30: If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf), what would you pick?

I am obsessed with wolves, so I would definitely choose to have a wolf. I think they are just such beautiful creatures!

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And there you have it! That was the Spooky Halloween Tag! What/Who did you dress up as for Halloween this year? Comment down below! I would love to know. If you want to participate in this book tag, but have not been tagged, then consider yourself tagged! 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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Bitter of Tongue by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am really excited to talk about the next installment to the Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series, Bitter of Tongue. I really enjoyed this novella, much more than I thought I would. These novellas just keep getting better and better, and I am so excited to move onto the next one! But I am just really excited to get into my thoughts, so let’s just jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

“After Simon is kidnapped by faeries (why is he always kidnapped?), he uncovers rumors of a secret weapon Sebastian left behind for the faerie queen. He must escape the Fey, relying on his only ally, former Shadowhunter and Dark Artifices character Mark Blackthorn.”

My Thoughts:

I really loved this installment to the series. While there was not as much going on as in the previous novella, I really enjoyed this, and I ended up flying through it. I was so excited that we got to see Mark and even Kieran. While I ship Mark and Cristina in Lady Midnight, I also think Mark and Kieran are freaking cute together, and I ship them a lot as well. But back to Mark, this was years before Lady Midnight, so he has not changed quite as much as he has in Lady Midnight. He still has faith in Shadowhunters. He really believes in everyone. He is worried about his siblings. He is very much still a Shadowhunter, which was interesting to see.

I also loved seeing Simon and Izzy because they are my favorite. They are literally the cutest couple in existence, and if my smile had gotten any larger when reading this particular portion of the book, my face might have broken. It just made me so happy to see their playful banter, and it was just everything I wanted. And then the last part of the book just made me super happy, and I am not going to say anything about it because it was really cute, and I am not spoiling anything. But it was beautiful and cute and really allowed us to see Julian before he had gone so far downhill, as we come to see in Lady Midnight going into Lord of Shadows.

But overall, this was a solid installment to the series, and I am so excited to continue on with the rest of the novella series. I honestly think every novella just keeps getting better and better, and I am just flying through these. The rest of these are going to be so much fun…

4-and-a-half-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Bitter of Tongue by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. What is your favorite Cassandra Clare 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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Pale Kings and Princes by Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am really excited to discuss the sixth book in the Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series, Pale Kings and Princes. I really enjoyed this novella. It just made me so nostalgic for The Mortal Instruments series. I think this series is so great, and it feels like an actual book, not just a novella bind up. But I don’t really want to spoil anything, so let’s go ahead and jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

“Simon has an encounter with Downworlders and is reprimanded for not following the rules for Academy students interacting with Downworlders. A story within a story: Andrew Blackthorn, while a student at the Academy, becomes enthralled by a faerie and has two children with her: Mark and Helen.”

My Thoughts:

This is one of the shortest novellas in this series, but it is my new favorite. We got to see Isabelle and Helen, and it was my absolute favorite. I hated how these stupid prejudiced Shadowhunters just had to treat Helen, who is and always will be a Shadowhunter, like the devil incarnate. She is not responsible for what the Fae did. Yeah, the Fae in the Dark War were freaking sons of bitches, but she fought alongside the Shadowhunters against the Fae, against Sebastian. She has been and always will be a Shadowhunter, and how did the Shadowhunters repay her? They sent her into exile on this frozen tundra of a land, and they treat her like the devil. It just burned me up inside…

I didn’t know the true story of everything that happened with Helen’s dad and his brother, Arthur, and everything with Lady Nerissa. Now I know why Arthur is so messed up in The Dark Artifices–he literally went through hell. And then the Shadowhunters forced Helen to tell that story and to say that is why Faeries can’t be trusted. The professor and the students treated her like something you scraped off the bottom of the shoe, and it just really made me realize even more why Downworlders hate Shadowhunters. They are arrogant, cruel, and just awful bastards who treat anyone who isn’t a Shadowhunter like they are so beneath them that they would need to dig far into the center of the earth for a fraction of who they are, and it just pisses me off.

Now the other storyline we follow is the one with Isabelle and Simon, and my God. I was living for this entire section. I love them so much. There is a reason they were my favorite ship in TMI. Sizzy is my favorite thing. It’s sexy, but also geeky and awkward, and it is the best thing ever. I was so excited to see them in this novella, and I just could not stop smiling the entire time. While the beginning of the novella may have royally pissed me off, I freaking loved this part of the novella. It made me so happy, and it just made me excited to continue on with the rest of the series!

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And there you have it! That was my review of Pale Kings and Princes by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman. What is your favorite in the series so far? 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 Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith | SERIES REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! Today I am very excited to talk about one of my all-time favorite trilogies, The Forbidden Game trilogy by L.J. Smith. This is a very creepy series that I read back in high school. I absolutely loved it then and I still am in love with it now. I had been meaning to reread this for awhile, and I finally did. I am so happy I finally got around to rereading it because I loved it just as much as the first time. But let’s go ahead and get into the review!

Synopsis:

“When Jenny buys a game for her boyfriend, Tom, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the guy behind the counter. There is something mysteriously alluring about Julian’s pale eyes and bleached-blond hair. And when he places the Game into her hands, she knows their connection is something deeper.

But as Jenny and her six friends begin to play the Game at Tom’s birthday celebration, a night of friends and fun quickly turns into a night of terror and obsessive love. Because the Game isn’t just a game – it’s the seven friends’ new reality, where Julian reigns as the Prince of the Shadows.

One by one the friends must confront their phobias to win the Game. To lose the Game is to lose their lives. And that is only the beginning…”

My Thoughts on The Hunter:

I forgot how much I freaking love this series. This first book is equally scary and creepy and it is just an interesting world that L. J. Smith has created, and I still love it. I think I forgot this was based on Norse Mythology, and I honestly forgot a lot about what happened in this first book. There is only one part of this book I could never ever forget, and that is the bug scene. It was like my own twisted nightmare brought to life. It scared the crap out of me the first time I read this, and it still scares me to death. I had nightmares for months after finishing this first book back in High School. It is everything I want in a spooky, scary novel. There are family elements, friendship, love, and so much creepiness. I just fell in love with this series all over again.

Something that I picked up on in my reread of this book was the similarities I saw in Julian’s character with Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I don’t think they are the same by any means, but Julian looks a little bit like him (they’re both unbelievably sexy with white hair), they have similar background in who/what they are (literally can’t say because spoilers), and they are both obsessed with a girl who is taken by another guy and who they really can’t have (which is frustrating as hell because I ship Jenny and Julian with a vengeance). My mind just kind of connected the two of them while I was reading, and now I can’t not see the similarities, even if the stories are completely different. I just thought it was interesting, considering this book was published over 20 years ago.

But I loved the storyline, the writing, the love story, and just everything about this. It is still my favorite thing to read around Halloween, and I think it is just great. Highly recommend!

5stars

My Thoughts on The Chase:

Oh, this was so good! This one had the creep factor, but it was different. It was scarier, more suspenseful. When you’re reading this book, you kind of become paranoid. Like, who is going to disappear next? How are they going to disappear? It just kept me on the edge of my seat, and the last fifty pages of this book were like terrifyingly suspenseful. I literally could not stop reading! With this one, while the actual romance is not touched on a lot, I was living for every single scene that had Julian and Jenny together because I am absolutely trash for those two. I freaking love them, and I will ship them until my last dying breath.

This book just gave off a very cool vibe to me, and I was here for it. It was interesting how L.J. Smith took the Game, and just made a new one, but on their turf in the real world, in reality, and not the Shadow World. It really forced us to see the repercussions of looking over their shoulder constantly. We got to see the aftermath of Summer going missing and how everyone thought that Jenny and all the rest of them killed her. We also saw how the Game was affecting their familial relationships. They were having to lie to everyone they cared about, and people were noticing how changed they all were. It just really put a strain on their relationships with everyone around them, and it was really cool to see.

I just really loved the different take on The Forbidden Game, the writing, the development of all of the characters, and I just think this was a solid installment in the trilogy. I loved this, I think, even more than I did the first time around, so I am really excited to finish up my reread of the trilogy with the last book, The Kill!

5stars

My Thoughts on The Kill:

This book was very creepy, I’ll give it that. It was a scary experience, and I am convinced that this book is the reason I find my local amusement park so creepy, but it was just missing a certain element. The romance. One of the reasons I loved the first two books so much was the romance between Jenny and Julian. You could see how much he cared about her. You could see how much Jenny really did care about Julian. But that element was just missing from this book. It was in the first part of the book, so I really enjoyed the first part of the book, but then that element was just suddenly gone, and that was why I was dragging my feet when I was reading this. It was missing my favorite part about this series.

I would say the character element to this story was what was really lacking. You don’t really get much character development because this time the story was plot-driven, and I just missed all of the character moments we got in the first two books. With this last one, it was just plot. And the storyline was really interesting, but it should not have taken precedence over the characters and their development, and I just feel like that is what happened. There was no chemistry between any of the characters in this book. I just didn’t feel emotionally connected to anyone in the story except for Julian, even if I do think he was behaving off in this book.

I had problems with this book, compared to the other two books, but I still really enjoyed it, and I want to continue my reread of L.J. Smiths’s other works! The writing was on point, as always, I still really enjoyed the first half, and I do think it was still a good conclusion to the series!

4-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of The Forbidden Game trilogy by L. J. Smith. What is your favorite urban fantasy novel? 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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This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am so excited to discuss This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee. This is a Frankenstein retelling, and I really enjoyed it. I think it was such a well-written and interesting take on the traditional Frankenstein story,, and I just really loved it. If you love spooky reads, you definitely will like this. But let’s go ahead and get into the review!

Synopsis:

“In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.

His sweetheart, Mary—gone.

His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real-life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…”

My Thoughts:

This book was absolutely fabulous. I was entranced with this story from the first page, and it was such a good retelling of Frankenstein. Having just finished Frankenstein, the story was very fresh in my mind. I loved trying to figure out what was going to happen when trying to parallel this story with the original work, and it was just a fun time reading this.

I really loved the characters. Oliver was a difficult character, but I still found him appealing. I loved how Mackenzi Lee really gave substance to his character with the plotline of him being resurrected. With the original work of Frankenstein, we just knew him as the monster. He had no name, he had no life prior to his creation, and he was more of a thing than a person. With Lee’s reimagining of the original Frankenstein story, she gave us a person who is definitely more human than monster. Oliver had a life before everything happened. He was a person who was loved and who just enjoyed life. We really build on that over the course of the story and build on the relationships between him and his family and other characters. Oliver is so complex when comparing his life as Alisdair’s creation to who he was before. He is just such an interesting character, and I loved learning more about him.

Alisdair was someone who we had to get to really know over the course of the entire book. We peel back all the layers of who he really is. We piece together the mystery surrounding how his brother really died, and it just made me want to keep reading, to figure it out. And we also need to figure out what went down between him and Mary, how she is connected to everything, and just the complexities of his character coupled with the complexities of who she really is because she put on an act for everyone, as to who she is.

I also really loved Clemence’s character. We got some lesbian rep in this book, and it was really interesting how it was handled in this novel. While it wasn’t a major element to the story, it is addressed, and I loved seeing that. I also just loved how kickass Clemence was. She was never afraid to speak her mind, and I just loved her character so much. She was easily one of my favorite characters.

I also really loved the fantasy and steampunk aspects to this story. While this is not my first steampunk novel that I’ve read, I did really enjoy it! I found it super interesting how Lee managed to weave all these fantasy elements into this retelling of Frankenstein, and it just made the book even better, in my opinion. I also loved how the actual book of Frankenstein was woven into this story. It isn’t just quotes and nuances that are in the story. The actual book plays a major role in the plot of this story, and it was so interesting to read a retelling of Frankenstein with the actual book being in the story, and it just added something extra to the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed the characters, the world, and the writing, and I could not be happier with this retelling. I highly recommend you all check this out, and I am so excited to read more from Mackenzi Lee in the future!

5stars

And there you have it! That was my review of This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee. What is your favorite Halloween read? 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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