ARC Review: The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

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Written by: Renee Ahdieh
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Pages: 420, hardcover
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn, #2
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The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

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This was THE book I wanted from TLA. The one single book that I wanted more than any other. And it was only because it was one week before I could read it as it was published. But that one week was still so important to me because lord knew I needed it.

The Wrath and the Dawn was one of my top favorites from 2015, it blew me out of the water, especially as a debut. It wasn’t just the story either, it was everything and in every way that it all worked together to create this masterpiece. But then that ending happened. That cursed ending.

I already knew this was going to become one of my favorite series and I just couldn’t handle waiting to see more of it, so even if it was only three days early, lord I needed it three days early.

We’re also gonna ignore how late I am posting this review okay? Okay. Good. Y’all are the best readers ever.

 

Didn'tWork

I think that there was so much going on in this book, some of it seemed like it was handled so easily that there could’ve been more build up, but again I feel if there was more build up it would’ve lead to this being a trilogy….which really I wouldn’t have minded… But I just feel like some of the pacing could’ve been handled a little bit differently than it was.

DidWork

This damn OTP. Because that’s what these two are. Really. I have few true OTPs, and they fall into that category hard. I don’t know how to even express how hard I ship this couple. I cannot.

Both the Wrath and the Dawn, and now the Rose and the Dagger, are written with this amazingly elegant hand. I felt like I was submersed in the world. I could feel the story come alive around me and it was an experience reading the book, outside of the actual plot of the book.

Characters in this book man! Like c’mon. How can I start to talk here. They all grew and changed, and yet they stayed true to who they really were inside. They grew together and sometimes apart, but most times closer together and it just made me really happy.

Overall the book made me really happy okay? And I already know it’s gonna be one of those books that I reread and reread and reread and reread.

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The Wrath and the Dawn is one of my FAVORITE series. Period. So yes, yes go read this series and love it as much as I do.

Sondra

Q&A Review: Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

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Written by: Tamora Pierce
Release Date: September 1st 1983
Pages: 391, hardcover
Series: Song of the Lioness #1
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From now on I’m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I’ll be a knight.

And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.

But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies.

Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins – one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.

1) Best Part of this Book?

The ability to see where this book is going to go. This series is going to go really far and I can tell already and I’m so excited to follow Alanna and see where this series gets to go.

2) Favorite character?

Alanna was absolutely wonderful, she’s headstrong and powerful. She’s just got to learn to control herself a little bit and I can already see she’s going to do wonderful things.

3) Worst part of this book?

I understand that it was both Middle Grade, and published before I was born, back when YA and MG weren’t what they are today, but, I wish that there had been just a bit more substinance to the book. It was good, really but it didn’t have a lot of power behind the book.

4) Favorite Quote?

“I said I fell down.”

“Ah. The ground bloodied your nose, split yer lip, and punched ye in th’ eye, all at once.”

5) Was it what’s Expected?

I don’t know? Because I don’t know what I expected going into this book. I had an open mind, an open heart, and open arms. I was excited to see what this book would give me, so I can’t really say what I was expecting one way or the other

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I think that if you’re willing to dive into the world of Tamora Pierce, that you’ll really enjoy this one. I do think that it’s something totally worth you trying out.

Sondra

Q&A Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

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Written by: Katie McGarry
Release Date: July 31st 2012
Pages: 391, hardcover
Series: Pushing the Limits #1
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“I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.” Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. “You didn’t do that-did you? It was done to you?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other…and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again..

1) Best Part of this Book?

This was the first Katie McGarry book I’d ever read (Yes I know okay), and I’m really really happy with it! I think the best part of this book for me was that it dealt with a lot of deep issues while still being a light and fluffy contemporary. The book didn’t rely on the old “Whoops misunderstanding now they’re broken up.” trope, which I’m really happy with.

2) Favorite character?

Echo was probably the greatest thing to ever happen. I loved and was thrilled with her character development. She was such a sweetheart and yet a fighter in her own way, she never even really realized she was a fighter. I saw so much of myself in her truthfully.

3) Worst part of this book?

I’m not completely sure on some of the believability of this book. But I think a lot of that was probably more on my lack of knowledge on things rather than the author’s lack of research. I’m not gonna go more in depth just incase I am wrong, I don’t want to be in the wrong here at all.

4) Favorite Quote?

“Because growing up means making tough choices, and doing the right thing doesn’t necessarily mean doing the thing that feels good.”

5) Was it what’s Expected?

Not at all! I expected the same old same old contemporary book, fluffy, cute, no real connection to the characters outside of just smiling like a moron at the end of the book, because it’s so fluffy. I didn’t expect to really love these characters and really root for their character growth. To really be excited by them growing up and changing

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Honestly I think this one falls more to you, the reader of this review. Because it was something so different you might not enjoy it if you enjoy contemporaries a lot. But I’m the person who is picky with my contemporaries. I’m really glad to see something hugely different in what I consider a pretty much always the same genre. I do know for me I’ll be picking up the rest of Katie’s books very soon.

Sondra

Book Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

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Written by: Marie Rutkoski
Release Date: March 29th 2016
Pages: 484, hardcover
Series: The Winner’s Trilogy, #3
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Some kisses come at a price.

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?

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The Winner’s Curse was the very first ARC I ever got my hands on. I’d never read High Fantasy before that point in time, I wasn’t very sure about reading it either. I’d never really read lyrical prose before then either. Which if you’ve followed this blog for any real amount of time you know that there are two things that sell me on a book faster than anything: Prose and High Fantasy. That is all thanks to the amazing Marie Rutkoski and this amazing series.

I didn’t know how Rutkoski was going to wrap up this series, if you read the end of The Winner’s Crime…..yeah. That thing happened. That cliffhanger happened. I’m still not really over it, even knowing how everything has been solved.

The Winner’s Kiss gave such an epic synopsis to bring this book to such a climax, I cannot even. I really can’t. Don’t expect me to be very coherent in this review.

Didn'tWork

*Whines loudly. Rolling across the floor* Why is this always so hard? I didn’t know how to even start with this book on what did work, let alone here in what didn’t work. I loved this book with soul crushing love that how do I discuss it?

Alright, I think, maybe, there could’ve been some more to the book, like I think that the book could have had a few less jumps between things and a few more real stories? I don’t really know.

How about I didn’t like how there is no more to this series? How about the fact that this series is now over? I hate that.

DidWork

*Still whining and rolling across the floor* Seeing Kestrel and Arin, and how far they’ve come. Seeing how they finally had to talk, how they had to break down those walls they built up for two books. They had to finally rely on each other in a pure and amazing way. Finally these two idiots had to really talk and understand each other instead of just assuming time and time again.

I have to admit I was extremely worried at the start of the book things happen, and so many things happened that I didn’t know where this story was going to go. It set the pace that all bets were off in this book, and in truth it scared me (Scared me so much that at one point my Mom caught me just hugging my cat and goes “Honey…you’re not okay…do you need to go get food?” And the answer was yes. Because I wasn’t okay at all) this book just drove at an insane pace that kept me reading all day long.

My babies though. Just my utterly wonderful children. I love them. I want to hug them. I am just so happy.

I think that’s the real thing about this book, I feel like this review just barely touches how wonderful this book was, how great of a wrap up for the series this book was. Because in truth it was the most amazing wrap up that I ever could have imagined. I was terrified, but I was also so happy and just overall I cannot begin to talk about how amazing this book was. Because it was, it was amazing and everything I could’ve ever hoped for.

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If you haven’t read The Winner’s Trilogy then you are missing out on one of the best series that exists. This series is really something amazing, so take it off your shelf, or go out and buy it. Just binge read the entire trilogy. You will not ever regret it. I promise.

Thank you Marie for such an amazing series, thank you for a book series that I will reread often..

Sondra

Book Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

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Written by: Roshani Chokshi
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Pages: 342, hardcover
Series: Standalone, but with a companion novel coming.
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Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

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Okay so The Star-Touched Queen. I blasted through this one and finished it on this crazy high of just loving and adoring it and wanting everyone to read it. Then came time and patience, and the ability to go back over the book. I’m not sure what it is exactly that changed my mind from loving this book to saying that it’s pretty great but not as amazing as I thought it was.

Is it because I’ve read a lot of books between reading this one and then sitting down to write the review? Is it because I wasn’t ever entirely sold on the second half of the book and since reading it that has gone down even more? Is it because I’ve talked to people who didn’t like the book and have realized some flaws in it?

The answer to all of these questions is: Probably.

But let’s see if we can actually dig into this book and figure things out.

Didn'tWork

The second half of the book always felt jarringly different. I understood that our main character went through a life altering experience, that she completely changed. But for some reason, as the reader, I didn’t feel the same change. I understood I was supposed to feel the change, and I went with it. I let Maya lead the way and read the story. But the emotional connection I’d felt to the first half of the book was rather damaged. I didn’t completely believe all of it.

I also think that I had a bit of a preconceived notion going into the book that this was going to be a Hades/Persephone story. Which it kinda was, kinda wasn’t. I think I was expecting a little bit more of a rebelling than what I got.

DidWork

I really did love the twists and turns that the plot itself took. I think that the storytelling was really unique, and I think that’s what sold me on the book in the first place. I love books of dual lives, but I wish that there had been more here. Hence the disconnect to the second half of the book.

The characters of this book were absolutely fantastic. I loved each and every one of them, from brooding, hurt Amar to our dear killer horse. They all really came alive for me, I really felt like I got to know them, and it connected me to the story. It led me to love them and root for them. But then, alas I wasn’t able to follow these dear characters through more growth and…yeah.

The prose. Holy moly. I am a sucker for amazing prose. Give me a well crafted book and you will have a very happy, happy Sondra. This book has those amazing words in spades and I just cannot get enough of them.

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At the end of the day, The Star-Touched Queen was a good book. I enjoyed it, and I’m happy to have it on my shelves. Perhaps I need to reread it, go over that middle section again when I’m not going crazy for the answers just out of reach. Maybe I’ll connect with the characters and love the book far more than I did.

 

Sondra

Book Review: Soldier by Julie Kagawa

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Written by: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Pages: 380, hardcover
Series: Talon, #3
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The price of freedom is everything.

When forced to choose between safety with the dragon organization Talon and being hunted forever as an outcast, Ember Hill chose to stand with Riley and his band of rogue dragons rather than become an assassin for Talon. She’s lost any contact with her twin brother, Dante, a Talon devotee, as well as Garret, the former-enemy soldier who challenged her beliefs about her human side.

As Ember and Riley hide and regroup to fight another day, Garret journeys alone to the United Kingdom, birthplace of the ancient and secret Order of St. George, to spy on his former brothers and uncover deadly and shocking secrets that will shake the foundations of dragons and dragonslayers alike and place them all in imminent danger as Talon’s new order rises.

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Ohh these Talon books. I know so many who have DNF’d them (My lovely co-blogger Polina for one). These books aren’t hard hitting ground breaking Throne of Glass type books. They just quite simply aren’t. But with all of that being said there is one more super important thing to say: I. Love. Them. When I was at TLA and they were giving out the finished copy of Soldier I waited in line for nearly an hour until they closed down the both to be handed it. I didn’t even care that the other booths were handing out arcs, I needed Dragons in my life.

I was not disappointed.

I should note here that I actually was able to keep spoilers pretty much out of this entire review so no matter what you can read this one.

This book was, pretty much as promised, Garret’s story, which I am always here for. Garret somehow is one of those characters that I just love and adore and I want to put him in a special padded room that keeps all authors away from him. Don’t ask me exactly what it is about him either, I’m not sure. But point is that I was thrilled to see so much of his past and what made him who he is.

But rather than this turning into another letter to Julie to leave Garret alone we’ll just move forward with the review.

Didn'tWork

So let’s be honest here there’s a reason why the series gets DNF’d a lot. We hinge on a Love Triangle more than Twilight does in these books. I’m still not sure where the love triangle is gonna go here because it isn’t obvious like a lot of books. I know where my heart is pulling me and I know where Kagawa had better go, but we’ll just wait and see I guess. In Soldier that gets brought to the front more than any other, we see Ember struggling with her choices from the last book, and maybe, maybe(?) making a choice. But with two more books to go it wouldn’t surprise me to see things spiraling again.

Since I am such a free floater with this book I let a lot of things slide, I have no doubt. I go into these books with low expectations and so it meets them every single time. Do I understand that a book like this has flaws? Oh lord yes. But do I let myself dwell on them while I’m reading them? Nope.

Once again Julie, that cliffhanger. I’m serious. You’d better fix this. FIX IT WOMAN.

DidWork

Alright so here’s the thing about these books. Take all of that Did Not Work stuff and put it with this. This book is the one that you can read while it’s raining outside and you just settle in with these characters, because even though things are rather simple, the truth is? The characters are wonderful, the plot is easy to follow and keep up with, it’s a simple little float along book. There is nothing I love more in this world than that….and dragons.

Dragons. Period. End of did work. Dragons. D R A G O N S.

Ember is finally making really smart choices, she’s starting to come into her own and she’s starting to realize this is a war and she’s gonna have to fight in it, but that doesn’t mean she has to lose herself while she fights in it. Yes she’s growing up, but she’s holding onto who she is in essence.

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So if you’ve made it to book three with Talon I highly doubt my words here will or won’t get you to pick up, especially after the cliffhanger that was Rogue. BUT if you haven’t picked up Talon? Try it out. Seriously. You might find a new series that you really love.

Sondra

ARC Review: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen

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Written by: Jenn P. Nguyen
Release Date: June 7th 2016
Pages: 336, paperback
Series: Standalone
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Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.

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So I picked this book up because I needed a fluffy nothing while waiting for The Raven King to come out, and this one seemed like it would be fun, it seemed like it was exactly what was written on the back of the book. Much to my surprise it wasn’t at all like the back of the book. It was far better.

Yes at the core the book is about a contract between a guy and a girl, but what I didn’t expect was how utterly adorable and wonderful this book was going to be. Because it was suddenly it went from something that was going to be a simple, pick up, read, put down book, to one I was going to start really recommending to my friends.

I very quickly gave this book to my mother to read, and then told my sister when she got done with school she was reading it too. It’s so much more than I expected.

Didn'tWork

This book had a few moments I didn’t completely get right off the bat. Evan is extremely protective of Taylor for no real reason, I went with it because it was utterly adorable. But there wasn’t any sort of explanation of why he was this way with Taylor when he wasn’t protective of really anyone else.

There were a couple moments where I had to suspend some disbelief for a couple of things within the novel, but it was never anything that ruined the story for me. I really just loved these stupid little characters.

DidWork

I absolutely was on board with this relationship. I shipped these two so hard that it wasn’t even funny. I rooted for them from the start. It was such a great dynamic and they worked so well together that I absolutely believed they would be amazing down the road. I loved seeing how Taylor treated Evan especially because she took no crap from him and it was utterly adorable.

I really loved the entire wrap up, because it was super cute and I loved it so much. It worked so well for these two characters as they grew together and on their own. I was also so glad that my ARC included their first scene. (You’ll understand when you read it)

I mentioned it slightly but I really do want to talk about the character development in this story. There was really quite a lot of it and it was built so well that it felt completely absolutely natural which I really just sat and squealed over. I cannot guys. I really cannot. I’m gonna go cuddle with a pillow for a while and squeal over this book.

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If you’re in the mood for a light hearted contemporary, but one that is well written with really great characters you’ve found it here. Just go try it.

Sondra

Reread Challenge: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The 2015 Re-Read Challenge

WHEN I First Read:  June 11 to 20, 2013

WHAT I Remember: When I first read The Raven Boys I’m pretty sure my thought process was “Dear god what just happened? What was that book? Was it an actual thing? Did I like it? Did I like those characters? I think I did. What even did I just read? When does the next one come out? I think I want to read it.” then out of nowhere I pretty much found myself later on unable to stop thinking of these moronic Raven Boys. It’s a condition that I’ve now lived with for basically four years. You never stop thinking about those moronic Raven Boys. Ever. 

WHY I Wanted to Re-Read:  Because I hadn’t reread since I first read it, not even when the other books came out, I read the recaps(http://recaptains.co.uk/) written by Maggie herself that are amazing, and give you all of the information. But I hadn’t reread the entire book.

HOW I Felt After Re-Reading: Remind me why I was so confused at first? I don’t know if it’s because I’ve grown as a person, or as a reader, but this time I wasn’t confused at all at anything in the book. I was able to just roll with these moronic Raven Boys.

WOULD I Re-Read Again: Always. Forever and Always. I just…I can’t get over these stupid boys and their stupid lives and the stupid way they get under my stupid skin.

Sondra

Q&A Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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Written by: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 8th 2016
Pages: 668, hardcover
Series:The Dark Artifices #1
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In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

1) Best Part of this Book?

BLACKTHORN FAMILY OH MY GOD. This whole group of characters that comes together as this crazy little adorable family. Like I cannot even begin to tell you how adorable and wonderful they were. They all cared about each other and took care of each other and just one big huge family.

2) Favorite character?

Can I say everyone? No. Okay. Then probably Julian. I loved seeing how the reversal of roles, he’s the homebody, he’s the Mom of the family. He takes care of the kids while Emma goes out and fights the demons. I think Julian was probably the cutest thing that I’d ever seen, he was also so precious and he deserves all of the good things. He’d better be happy by the end of this series or I will be angry.

3) Worst part of this book?

Oh god the pain. I knew it’d hurt, like I knew it going into this book. I got to get into City of Bones late enough that I knew the truth about the twist. But this one I’m gonna have to live through it and ugh I dislike it a lot.

4) Favorite Quote?

“When you love someone, they become a part of who you are. They’re in everything you do. They’re in the air you breathe and the water you drink and the blood in your veins. Their touch stays on your skin and their voice stays in your ears and their thoughts stay in your mind. You know their dreams because their nightmares pierce your heart and their good dreams are your dreams too. And you don’t think they’re perfect, but you know their flaws, the deep-down truth of them, and the shadows of all their secrets, and they don’t frighten you away; in fact you love them more for it, because you don’t want perfect. You want them. You want—”

He broke off then, as if realizing everyone was looking at him again.

“You want what?” said Dru with enormous eyes

“Nothing,” Julian said. “I’m just talking.”

5) Was it what’s Expected?

Yes it was actually. Cassandra Clare’s books are always so dang solid that I knew that’s what I was going to get going into this. I knew that I was going to be in love with this book. I’ve yet to be let down by anything Cassie has written. Heartbroken, gutted? Of course. But never let down

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If you think that you need to read Cassandra Clare’s other series to read this one, it’s not quite true. Yes you’re gonna get spoilers for the rest of the series, you’re gonna know what happens, but you don’t specifically need them for background information. If you’ve tried City of Bones and it wasn’t your thing, then I highly recommend trying this new series out. You might like it a whole lot more.

Sondra

Mini Review: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

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Written by: Neil Gaiman
Release Date: October 23rd 2014
Pages: 69, Hardback
Series: Standalone
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A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish.

On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.

Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift.

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So the only real reason I’m writing a review for this book is because I did it via audiobook, and the audiobook for this book was absolutely amazing. I got the audiobook from my library on a whim, I also wound up snagging the physical book since I knew it had a lot of art in it and I’m a bit of an art junkie. But I decided to try out the CD on the way home and I am so thrilled that I did!

The audiobook has a full cast, complete sounds, everything that becomes immersive to a story. It felt like it was coming alive around me in the car. The audiobook was only an hour long, but I just couldn’t get enough of it. I did come home and look at the art, but honestly? I feel like I got more from the audiobook than I would’ve gotten from reading the book. Which is really saying something.

I will say this about the actual book, the plot was absolutely fantastic. I thought it was going to go one way, and it went about five million other ways. It completely surprised me, which in a 60 page book? That’s saying something.

But if you’re gonna pick this one up, seriously, try and see if you can get it via audio, it was such an alive production.

Sondra