June Book Haul

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about the books I bought/received in the month of June! Now I was on a book-buying ban, but you know me. As soon as I get enough cash to buy a book, I immediately run to the bookstore. But I actually only ended up buying two of the seven books, so I didn’t go crazy. I am on another book-buying ban, though…But let’s go ahead and get into the book haul!

The first book I bought this month was Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor.

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This is a standalone contemporary novel that follows two depressed teens who end up meeting while getting prescriptions for their antidepressants. This is a love story, but from what I’ve heard, it is not the sort of novel where love cures you of depression or any other mental illness, which has me really excited to read this. In addition to this, I believe this novel is different from other novels about depression because our main character, Reggie, doesn’t have a trigger. There was no trauma or abuse or anything like that growing up, which mirrors my experience with depression, so I definitely feel that I will connect with the story and the characters a lot, so I am just really excited to get to this one.

The last book I bought was Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewe.

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This is the second book in The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, and I actually don’t have the first book, but this book was marked down to a quarter at a local bargain store, so I just bought it. All I know about the series is it involves some aspect of vampirism. I know a lot of people really enjoy this series, and I’ve been meaning to read it for like ever. So maybe having the second book will give me incentive to buy the first book and start reading this series. But I am really excited to maybe one day in the near future read this.

The first book I received was Train Wreck by Elise Faber.

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This was sent to me for review by the author, so thank you so much for sending this to me! This is a standalone adult contemporary romance novel that I actually have already read and reviewed, and it was absolutely fabulous. I didn’t really know much of anything regarding this novel going into it, and I definitely think that’s the way to go. But this book gave me all of the feels, and I cried several times while reading this. It just was so good, and I am so happy that Elise sent this to me because I loved it. This book was released on May 31 of this year, so I definitely recommend you pick it up!

The next book I received was Fates and Furies by Raye Wagner.

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This was sent to me by the author, so thank you so much, Raye, and I am so freaking excited to read this. This is the fourth and final book in Raye’s fantabulous Sphinx series, and I am so hyped for this novel. You all should know by now how completely obsessed I am with this series, and I am so excited that I get another opportunity to work with Raye Wagner because she is like the sweetest person ever. But this series has greek mythology, kickass characters, amazing plot lines, and just general badassery. This is one of my all time favorite series, and if you haven’t picked this up yet, what are you doing with your life? You have got to read this series! But I am super excited to see how this series wraps up in the final installment! I am sure it will give me all the feels and it will be epic an everything I want, so I am so down for this novel.

The next book I received was The Wildling Sisters by Eve Chase.

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This book was sent to my for review by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, so thank you so much for sending this book my way! This book is scheduled to be released on July 25, so definitely keep your eye out for it! From what I can tell, this book follows four very close sisters in 1959 who are spending the summer at Applecote Manor, a place they haven’t returned to in over five years, not since their sister, Audrey, vanished. They begin to discover the dark secrets of the Manor and end up starting to drift apart until one explosive night when they form a powerful bond that is much thicker than blood. This book sounds so interesting! It seems like it will be a bit of a mystery and definitely a thriller, so I am very excited to get to this very soon!

The next book I received was Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas.

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This is a YA contemporary novel that follows a girl named Chloe who is having a pretty terrible time at the moment because everything is going wrong. From crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of one of her not-so-nice coworkers to being caught in a snowstorm that has ruined her hair and the way she looks, resulting in absolutely zero progress with her crush and coworker, Tyson. And to top it all off, she is being accused (along with the other teenage employees) of stealing $10,000. So this follows her dealing with all of this and trying to prove her innocence in stealing the money. I received this from Rachel @ Life of a Female Bibliophile who hosted the Fun In the Sun giveaway, and I won the YA box! So thank you so much, Rachel, for hosting the giveaway and sending this my way!

And the last book I received in the month of June was Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn.

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I really can’t tell you much of anything regarding this novel, to be honest. I’ve never heard of it, the synopsis is really confusing, and from the couple of reviews I read, you will spend the entirety of this novel wondering what the hell is going on. I do know that this is a psychological mystery novel with apparently a very explosive ending, so if one has patience, the ending makes all of the frustration and confusion of the rest of the novel worthwhile. I can tell you that this was the second book I received from the Fun in the Sun giveaway hosted by Rachel @ Life of a Female Bibliophile, and I am apprehensive, but still very excited to get into this!

And there you have it! That was my June Book Haul. What is your favorite psychological thriller that you have 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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Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am so excited to talk about the third and final book in Tahereh Mafi’s fabulous Shatter Me trilogy. I freaking loved this book so much. It gave me all the feels, there was so much character development, and it was just fantastic. I highly recommend this entire series because I love it so much. This is a dystopian series, but it doesn’t really feel like dystopian. It feels like a mixture of dystopian and fantasy, and its just great. But since this is the third book, this review will spoil you for the first two books in the series, but will not spoil you for the third. So if you haven’t read the first two books, then I suggest you leave, read them and then come back and we can discuss them together! So goodbye for now!

***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout Shatter Me and Unravel Me, don’t read any part of this review.***

Now let’s get into the review!

Synopsis:

“With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.”

My Thoughts:

Wow. This book broke me and put me back together and just made me feel so many things…I absolutely loved this book. I think it was a fantastic finale to the series. Like I am super critical about finales because most finales are too rushed and aren’t very great. I’ll be honest. I would say I do not like the majority of the finales of series that I have read, especially for Dystopian series. Like the endings to those series are always so bad, and this finale to a Dystopian series was just absolutely fabulous.

I’m still kind of numb from reading this just because its’s kind of late, and I just marathoned the last 200+ pages of that book in one sitting with no breaks. My brain is a little bit foggy, but this book just hit me right in the feels on multiple occasions. I teared up several times, for happy times and then also very frustrating, angry and sad times. This definitely hit me in all of my feels, and I just really loved the emotional aspect to this book and this series.

But we really need to talk about Juliette. The amount of character development this girl has gone through over the course of this series is kind of crazy. In the first book, she was kind of still not okay. She wasn’t in the right mind. She was suicidal, terrified, paranoid, and very weak. She trusted no one but Adam, and that kind of hurt her. Adam made her weaker. He liked her being weak because he wanted to be the hero and the protector, but we will get into that in a minute.

And then in the second book, she is finally starting to use her powers a little bit more, and she is working on her trust issues. She learns to trust a lot of great people who want to make a difference in the world. And then in this book, she was very strong, and she was not backing down. She was learning that you definitely cannot assume things about people when you don’t know them because those assumptions tend to be very misguided and often quite hurtful. She learns who she really is, what she can do, and she learns to become emotionally vulnerable, and that it is okay to be vulnerable at times. This strong, passionate woman in this book is so different from the girl we came to know in the first book, and it was just a powerful and very beautiful transformation.

Now we have to talk about Warner. I don’t know if you are aware of this or not, but I have been a die-hard shipper of Warner and Juliette (I really don’t know what the ship name is, but I love these two regardless). Now you wouldn’t really know who Warner truly is if you didn’t read the Destroy Me novella that occurs between Shatter Me and Unravel Me. But you get to see who Warner truly is versus how everyone perceives him. He is the epitome of someone who could actually kill you, but is in fact a cinnamon roll. I freaking love him, and I will ship these two until the day I die.

But Warner is actually a really good guy when you actually know him. We come to know the lengths to which he will go to help Juliette and some other people I can’t name because spoilers. But just know that there is a reason to everything he does, and he truly does care very deeply for Juliette and, unlike Adam, he doesn’t want to protect Juliette and to hide who and what she truly is. He wants her to embrace every part of herself and be able to protect herself. He wants her to embrace her strengths and annihilate her weaknesses. He just wants to see her be the best and strongest version of herself that she can possibly be, and I just love that. Also, the man is freaking hot. Just saying…

Now let’s talk about Adam. I am going to be completely honest here. I spend the majority of this book wanting Adam dead. Like the turn that his character went through in this novel was crazy dark and pretty violent. I did not like his character at all. He would not listen to a thing Juliette said. He analyzed things before knowing the facts, and he just became crazy violent, had severe rage issues, and just couldn’t understand why Juliette would trust Warner. But that’s kind of his fault because he wouldn’t let her explain anything at all. I just hated him, and he didn’t even become tolerable until the last forty or fifty pages of the novel. And I suspected just because of his absolute hatred of Warner that he was in cahoots with someone in this novel, but turns out he wasn’t. But I will never trust his character ever again after this novel.

I just want to briefly touch on Kenji. Can we just appreciate his character for a minute? Can we? I freaking love his character. I love his friendship with Juliette, and I just love him as a person in general. He’s funny, he’s warm, and he is just a really great friend to Juliette. Now I’m not saying he doesn’t do a stupid thing here and there, but he is just a really great guy, and I kind of want a Kenji in my life because he is just such a great person and a great friend. I just love him.

Obviously I am going to touch on Warner and Juliette a bit. I will say I spend the majority of this book just saying, “Just make out already!” because I was kind of getting frustrated with Juliette and Warner not saying what they are feeling (that’s more on Juliette, though), and just being together. But when they did get together, it made me all kinds of happy, and I literally have not been able to stop smiling because I love them so much, and I am just so glad they ended up together because they both deserve each other. I just love them.

Overall, I think the plot was very interesting, there was a crazy amount of character development, and I just really, thoroughly enjoyed the last installment to this trilogy. And I absolutely loved Tahereh’s writing, as always. Just the way she says things in this novel just hit me right in the heart, and I just love her writing style. But I am so happy I finally decided to read this, and I am looking forward to reading more works by Tahereh Mafi.

5stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. What is your current favorite dystopian series? 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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Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! Today I am very excited to come at you with a review of Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves. But before I even start to talk about this, can we just sit back and admire this cover. Its absolutely gorgeous! This is the first book in a fantasy series that I had heard some pretty decent things about, especially on bookstagram, and you know me. I am in love with fantasy, so I picked this one up. This book is actually a 2017 release; it came out on March 28, 2017, but let’s just go ahead and get into the review!

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.”

My Thoughts:

I would love to say that I absolutely loved this novel. But ultimately, this book fell kind of flat to me. Now it has a lot of potential. I think it started out pretty strong, and it was an interesting concept. I was really intrigued by the world and the magic system. That’s what originally intrigued by this novel, and it was why I wanted to read it. However, while the concept was super interesting, the execution of it wasn’t the best in the novel.

Let me explain. The magic system was pretty much mixing Catholicism with a little bit of magic. There was a government that was controlling the magic use and who was allowed to use it or even have it. Similar to your first communion, your confirmation evaluates how in tune you are with magic and how much you even have. I loved this concept because not only was it displaying the flaws in government control, and it was a different take on magic, different from anything I had read before. And while I did love the magic system, I had a problem with it being more like background noise. It just isn’t even part of the main focus. Next to all the drama that unfolds in this novel, it just wasn’t a big deal or even something that was explained a lot or touched upon, really. That was just really disappointing to me.

But I would say the main reason I just had such a problem with this was that nothing actually happened over the course of this novel. This is over four hundred pages with a plot that didn’t really go anywhere. It felt like a lot of filler. Pretty much the entire thing was nothing but filler. It felt like there was a lot of build up with no end result. Like we were waiting for this fantastic ending that just never came. The ending was very disappointing to me.

I also had a problem with the characters. I think that our main character Anna does go through some character development, but I had a huge problem with her character. The thing with this society is women are viewed as inferior, just something to look at it or to do tricks, and people who don’t have magic (like Anna) are treated like heretics in that society. Anna spends almost the entire book trying to do what is proper in society’s eyes. She tries to find a husband and tries to fit into society while ignoring those who want to fight back against this government and against this tyranny. Those who want a better world, and it just seemed like she didn’t care. This book just didn’t challenge that portrayal of women hardly at all, and as a feminist, that was something I had a big problem with.

I also just was not a fan of the romance. I didn’t get Anna’s appeal to Gabor. Like was it just that he’s a gypsy? Like I just don’t understand. His character, like many of the characters in this story, was just very one dimensional, and I did not feel any chemistry between them. I just never understood why she was so drawn to him and because of that, I just could not get behind the romance in this story.

One thing I did enjoy was the writing, however. I loved the simplistic style that Rosalyn had, and it did make it a little bit easier to get through the book. While it didn’t have the vivid descriptions and imagery I was expecting, I did enjoy how it made the book easier to read.

Overall, this book was just not for me. I didn’t like the plot or the characters. But I did enjoy her writing style. I’m not saying you all would not enjoy this. I think this book was just not my cup of tea. If you think this synopsis sounds interesting, then go for it, but I personally just did not enjoy this novel.

3-stars

But there you have it! That was my review of Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves. What is your favorite book you have read thus far in 2017? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today! Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for review by Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, opinions, and feels on this book were my own.

Train Wreck by Elise Faber | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am so freaking excited to discuss this fantastic book! I loved this so much. I literally could not put it down, and I read it in only a few hours. I was not expecting much from this, and I just absolutely fell in love with this book. This is probably going to be one of my favorite books of the year. However, this book does contain mature content as it is an adult novel, so if you aren’t comfortable with explicit sexual scenes, you probably should express caution when reading this novel. But enough with the gushing. Let’s get into the review!

Synopsis:

“train wreck
noun

1. A chaotic or disastrous situation.
2. An utter catastrophe or mess.
3. A devastating calamity or source of trouble.
4. Pepper O’Brien.

As the daughter of a famed film producer, Pepper O’Brien is Hollywood royalty.

Also, her life sucks.

Because, unfortunately for her, the old adage is true: money can’t buy everything—including grace, true love, or the ability to not screw up every single opportunity her life has brought her.

After her latest disaster, Pepper moves across the country to start over but, as usual, her life has other plans, namely in the form of Derek Cashette, her former teenage crush and now ridiculously handsome friend of her older brother.

Derek is determined to salvage the train wreck of her life and Pepper’s determined not to let him. Her life is her problem and, dammit, why can’t she be her own hero?

But sometimes fate has other plans. Or maybe it’s hormones. Especially when her rescuer comes with a killer smile, a chest Thor would be jealous of, and a butt that any girl just wants to—”

My Thoughts:

OH. MY. GOD. I LOVED THIS BOOK SO DAMN MUCH.

This is a book that I was really interested in, but I wasn’t sure if I would actually love it because I usually do not fall in love with books I am sent for review. They aren’t usually books I would personally pick up myself, but this book was freaking fantastic. It just really made me emotional, and I loved the story line, the characters were well-developed, and I just really loved this book. It definitely took me by surprise. I just marathoned this in a few hours, and I am so glad that I got the chance to read this!

Let’s just talk about the characters for a minute. I really loved Pepper’s character. I just appreciated how she was a natural disaster; she was definitely a train wreck. But that’s what the press and her family treated her like. They were not nice people. They pissed me off 100% of the time. But she had been searching her entire life for something that she had a passion for, something she was good at. And she just stumbled upon it by accident. And that is just really beautiful to me. Its something that I really enjoyed, and I just loved how she overcame what others had forced her to believe for her entire life. It was really amazing just to watch her grow so much as a character, and I loved that!

Now we need to talk about Derek. Immediately, I shipped them like a vengeance. And I was frustrated when Pepper kept making excuses for why they couldn’t/shouldn’t be together, but it made it all worth it when they actually got together, and it just made me all kinds of happy. But there is this section of the book towards the end where Derek does one of those annoying character things where he is trying to do something to help Pepper and to help their relationship, but he just doesn’t tell her that is why he’s doing it, so all she can see is that he is being a distant, cold asshole because she doesn’t know why she is doing that. And that really frustrated me to no end, and I really just wanted to slap him across the face multiple times. But it all worked out in the end, so its okay. But he still should have gone about that whole situation differently…

Now let’s talk about Samantha and Rylie. That little girl was so freaking cute. I absolutely loved her, and when Derek would interact with her, I definitely understood why Pepper melted into a little puddle because it is such a turn on (like, it makes me like a guy 10x more) to see a guy be so good with kids. But I also loved how we got some real insight into Samantha’s life as well as Derek’s and Pepper’s. Elise made these character real to me. Like they felt like real people, which I loved. We got to see how unhappy Samantha was, which was understandable. Her husband was a fucking asshole. But one complaint I do have is we never got resolution on Samantha. Like what went down with her and her husband? Are they working things out? Getting a divorce? How is Rylie handling everything? I NEED TO KNOW.

I am just going to briefly say that I hate every member of Pepper’s asshole family. Like whenever something even remotely goes wrong, they blame her. Derek punched Andy? Oh, that had to be Pepper’s fault when she was the LITERAL VICTIM. But that was her brother who blamed her. And the wedding dress thing. It pissed me off so much when she took it upon herself to try to fix the ruined dress that someone else ruined, and her brother immediately blames it on her. Says it had to be her. She’s the screw up of the family. The amount of verbal abuse these people unleashed on Pepper just made livid, made sick, and I wanted to just bitchslap all of them…

Okay, but Derek and Pepper are the cutest couple ever. Like I loved them so much. Derek cares about her so much, though sometimes he has a funny way of showing it, and she cares about him so much, but she will not allow herself to continue to be hurt by him when he was distancing himself from her, so she stands up for herself and tells him to stay away from her. We, of course, know that everything worked out, but their relationship was not all unicorns and rainbows. They had rough patches they had to work through, which made the relationship really realistic to me. They had to go through a lot of shit to be able to be together, and I just appreciated the realness of it.

But this book also made me super emotional. I definitely was crying during the really sad parts. And this is pretty rare for me because I am not a book crier. Nope. Not me. And I really cried when I was reading this book. And whenever Derek would distance himself from Pepper, it literally was causing me physical pain. Like this is really weird, but during super sad and upsetting parts (and when I am super connected to the main character), my left hand actually has pain shooting throughout all of it. And it was probably the most intense I’ve it in a while. I was very upset, and it hurt so damn much to have to go through the pain she was going through. And the ending just made me cry because I was so happy. This is the first time this has ever happened to me. I have never happy cried in my life, until this book. That’s a pretty powerful thing…

I think this book is just so absolutely amazing. It deals with important topics, has beautifully developed characters, and I absolutely loved the story line. This will definitely be one of my favorite books of the year, and I am so excited to read more from Elise Faber in the future!

5stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Train Wreck by Elise Faber. What is your current favorite contemporary 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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May Reading Wrap Up!

Hey, guys! I am really excited to talk about the books I’ve read this month, even though I only read 2 books. This was a down month for me because I had finals at the beginning of the month, and I have been super busy with just my family and hanging out with friends and just doctor visits, and its been really draining me. I didn’t really have time to read. And because of that, I am like 3 or 4 books behind on my reading goal. But I am satisfied with the amount that I read, and I enjoyed both books that I read, so let’s just jump right into the wrap up!

The first book I read this month was More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.

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This is a book that I actually ended up really enjoying, and it surprised me because I didn’t have any expectations going into it. This book gave me all of the feels, blew my mind, and made me question the meaning of life. These characters were so beautifully flawed and developed, and they just seemed really real. They felt like real people to me, and I absolutely loved that. This book also really screwed with my mind, and just made me really emotional. The writing was beautiful, the characters were really developed, and I just ended up really enjoying this. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel, and I gave it 5/5 stars. My review is also up!

And the last book I read in May was The Whitechapel Fiend by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan.

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This is the third novella in the Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series, and it is probably my favorite one. We got to revisit so many characters from Cassie’s previous books, and it just gave me all of the feels. It was so interesting because it is retells the serial killer Jack the Ripper and twists it into the Shadow World. It was really cool, and I just loved what they did with it. Overall, the writing was fantastic, the plot was intriguing, and the character development was great. I gave this 4.5/5 stars, and my review is also up.

And there you have it! That was my May reading wrap up! What is your favorite book that you read in May? 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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The Whitechapel Fiend by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! So I finally read another novella in the Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series! This is like a real accomplishment for me. I haven’t read another novella in probably six months…But this means I am one step closer to finally being able to read Lord of Shadows! Fingers crossed I can finish all of these very soon. I have around seven more to go. But this novella is definitely my favorite of the novellas that I’ve read so far, and that is definitely because of the characters we see in it, but no spoilers. Just know I really enjoyed it, and I am really excited to read the next installment to this novella series! Now this review will contain spoilers, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, then I suggest you leave, read it, and then come back and we can discuss it together! So goodbye, Nonspoiler People!

All right. Now let’s get into the review!

***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout this book, don’t read any part of this review.***

Synopsis:

“Simon learns the truth behind the Jack the Ripper murders—“Jack” was stopped by Will Herondale, his former parabatai, and his institute of Victorian Shadowhunters.”

Plot:

This started out pretty slow, but then it actually got really interesting. I didn’t really care about the tree exercise in the beginning of the novella, but I loved seeing Jace. He is still sassy and sarcastic, and I love him so much. But what really made me excited was seeing Tessa again. And she told this really interesting story about Jack the Ripper. As we all know, he was a serial killer who was decently active in the late eighteen hundreds in London, England. He targeted prostitutes, cut them up, you know. The works. But Tessa told us about how that is the mundane version of history while the true story involves the Shadow World.

As it turns out, no one could identify the “man” who was killing the working girls because the “man” was actually a Demon who could change its appearance. So they tried going undercover for a bit with Tessa and Cecily being glamoured as prostitutes, but that didn’t really work. So they went home after another night of finding nothing and they find Bridget, who was watching all of the children, unconscious. They soon piece together that the Demon they had been hunting followed them home and hid the children.

Because the Demon is very child-like and loves to play games, the ghost of Jessamine Lovelace (who resides in the house), convinces it to come play with her dollhouse in her room. So they go in there and she gets it to admit the children are in the walls, which means the chimneys. So they retrieve all of the children and Jessamine tricks the Demon into playing a different game: hide and go seek. The Demon is to seek first so when it closes its eyes, Will kills it with his seraph blade. And thus ends the true story of Jack the Ripper and why he did go dormant for so many years and never killed again. Why he never was caught. They ended the string of killings.

After dinner and everything, Simon and George head down to their room where Jace is waiting. He desires to speak with Simon alone, so George goes in the room and shuts the door. Simon had earlier told Jace to talk to Tessa about his family, so he did, and he learned some things he didn’t know before about his family. Simon tells him that he owes him, so he goes in his room and writes a letter to Isabelle, giving it to Jace to deliver to Isabelle. So he gives it to Jace and that is essentially the end of this novella.

My Thoughts:

I thought this started out as being pretty slow and boring, but quickly became super interesting. I really enjoyed the story line with Jack the Ripper actually being a demon, and it was so amazing that we got to see almost all of the characters from The Infernal Devices be in this novella. I have missed them all so much, and I just loved seeing them again. And Will and Tessa were my everything. They were so freaking cute, and I loved seeing Will with the kids, and just…my emotions were all over the place. I mean, we got to see Jem and Cecily and Gabriel and Bridget and Jessamine, and it just warms my heart.

And Jace! I loved seeing my favorite sassy Herondale in the story! He is still as sexy and cocky as ever, and still so in love with Clary. And he still gives Simon crap and picks on him, and it just reminded me how much I miss his character. And it made me really happy to see Simon actually does care about Isabelle, and he is trying to make himself worthy of her. I just would give anything to see her reaction to reading that letter…

But I thought the whole story line was super compelling and interesting and I loved it so much. I loved the writing and the way this novella was told. It ended up really capturing my attention, and I think this was a solid installment to this novella series. Really looking forward to reading the next one!

4-and-a-half-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of the third book in the Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series! What is your favorite Cassandra Clare book? 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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Everything, Everything | MOVIE REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am so excited to do this movie review because I absolutely loved this movie. It was so good. I could literally just keep going to the movies to watch this over and over. I loved this so much. I did end up seeing it twice because I love it so much. It was a super faithful book to movie adaptation, and it just made my heart happy. It was heartwarming and hilarious as well as amazingly well acted and well written, and I just loved it so much. Okay, enough with the gushing. Let’s just jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

“Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) is a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who is unable to leave the protection of the hermetically-sealed environment within her house because of an illness. Olly (Nick Robinson) is the boy next door who won’t let that stop them from being together. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, Maddy and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together, even if it means losing everything.”

My Thoughts:

This movie is probably one of my favorite adaptations of all time. It was really faithful to the book while also maintaining its own merit of creativity, and I just absolutely loved it. I think the actors did a fantastic job of portraying the characters in the movie, an created a really beautiful love story that stayed really true to the book. I loved so many different things about the movie, and I just am super satisfied with this adaptation.

One thing that my friend Megan and I were wondering prior to seeing the movie the first time was how they would portray the visual elements that were in the book into the movie. And not only that, but all the texting and emailing and all of that; like, how would that translate onto the big screen? And I actually loved how they portrayed all of that. I won’t spoil how they did it, but it was a really cool idea what the director did with it. I think it was a really great idea, and I loved how it came across.

One thing that I absolutely loved about the movie was the phenomenal acting. I think every single actor in that movie did a fantastic job! I was a little bit nervous about Amandla Stenberg portraying Maddy just because the only thing I ever saw her in was The Hunger Games where she portrayed Rue and that was years ago that I saw that. But from what I had seen of the trailers, she looked like she was going to do a really great job, and I am happy to say that she actually did really great! This has me super at ease about her portraying Ruby in The Darkest Minds (most people are mad because she is black and portraying Ruby, but that is nowhere near the reason I was nervous; I just wasn’t 100% confident in her ability to portray Ruby, and now I am), but that’s another discussion for another post.

But I also was kind of nervous about Nick Robinson portraying Olly in the movie because I had only seen The 5th Wave, and that didn’t really give me much of an impression on his acting ability, but he did a phenomenal job in this movie, and it definitely made me see him in a different light. Now I am super excited to see him in other projects, like Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda which is coming out next year. He just really delivered in his role, and I just loved him as Olly.

The rest of the cast was also phenomenal, and I just loved the entire cast. But something that they slightly changed, which I loved, was that they made Rosa (who is Carla’s daughter) a more prominent character in the movie. We only saw her once or twice in the book, and it was nice to see her more in the movie. I loved what they did with her character, and I think it really added another element to the story.

And oh my God; the humor in this movie was so on point. I found myself laughing to the point of tears throughout the majority of the movie, and I just found it so funny. There were so many funny lines, scenes, just so much humor, and I really appreciated it. It brought another element to the story, made it more lighthearted, and ultimately just added to my enjoyment of the film.

But overall, I really enjoyed this movie and adaptation, and I would give it an A on my scale. I absolutely loved it. This is definitely a movie I can see myself just watching over and over because it is that good, and the faithful adaptation just really warmed my heart and gave me all of the feels. I highly recommend you all check out Everything, Everything!

And there you have it! That was my movie review of Everything, Everything. Have you seen this movie or do you plan to? If you have seen it, what did you think of it? 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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