City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

About (Goodreads)
To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters โ€” never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns thaod hat Jace does not want her there, and her best friend, Simon, has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City โ€” whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling The Mortal Instruments.

My Thoughts
Where to begin? I love this series so much that it’s overwhelming. I honestly haven’t found a series I’ve loved so much since Harry Potter. And I LOVE HARRY POTTER! It’s a fierce love and passion. That being said, let’s continue…

I think what made me roll my eyes hard is the Clave. Why do the Shadowhunters trust so blindly to people who clearly have been corupt for years? This time isn’t the first. The other Inquisitor was a badass bitch who was ridden with vengence, this new one is a two faced piece of shit who had everyone fooled. Why won’t you learn Shadowhunters!!

Things I’m glad about:

  1. Jace and Clary aren’t related in the biological sense. But them having angel blood has to mean something? I don’t know what but it has to be something. Pure angel blood but still human. There’s something…
  2. ย Sebastian the crazy dies and Jace is the one to kill the psycho. It says a lot about a person when they’re crazier than their crazy father/creator. Pure evil Sebatian is, or the real Jonathan. How weird is it that he KNEW who Clary was the whole time and STILL kissed her. Like WTF?! I mean, demon blood I suppose could make you want weird crazy shit like that I guess. Ick. I’m just glad that Jace killed the mofo. Or did he?
  3. Valentine. Man, this guy. Summons an angel and thinks the angel has to do his bidding. The balls. I find it incredible he lived this long. But I’m even happier he dies. Like seriously, dead as a door nail. But I don’t understand why they gave him a Shadowhunter funeral? He was bat shit crazy and they did the whole thing. Someone needs to explain that to me. Why would they waste their time on someone who tried to wipe out their race?
  4. Simon and Isabelle? Ok. I knew it was gonna happen but also Maia? Vampire hotness must be gold.
  5. I think what I like most about being 3 books in is that Clary has stopped her poor pitiful me thing. She has become a Shadowhunter. She’s brave, strong, independent, and a problem solver. Yes, she needs more training- she can’t always rely on her runes but she’s a badass. The way she kills Valentine. Priceless.
  6. The most romantic scene I’ve ever read is her asking for the angel to resurrect Jace. That’s all she wants. She can literally ask the Angel for A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G. and she only wants Jace. I pretty sure I swooned. Like usually the male character is all here’s my romantic gesture, but this was so much more. The love in that moment was so overpowering.

I do need to brush up on my biblical readings though. The amount of references to Old and New Testaments makes me reconsider if I learned anything in my 12 years at a Catholic school. I think I’m mostly referring to the rune Clary places on Simon’s head. Cain and Able. The one story most everyone knows and remembers. 7-fold death if you attempt to kill Simon. Goodness. I’ll say this, Cassandra Clare is a bad ass writer to create such a world and vision like she has.

One last thing…Luke and Clary’s mom. Finally.

5 out of 5 stars. (Did you expect anything less?)

Hamish MacBeth series by M.C. Beaton

I’ve done reviews of some of these books before. But I wanted to update on this series since I’m waiting for #32.

I read numbers 26-31. I really love the Hamish series because it’s a cozy series. Set in Scotland, it follows Hamish the local bobby (policeman) around on his adventures. He’s still not settled down but goes back and forth about whether he wants to. I hope he ends up with Elspeth though. I really like her and she can stand her ground against the tall Highlander.

I enjoy all the different ways Beaton comes up with for death. Which sounds so awful but it keeps the series refreshing. The different characters that die also keeps you wondering about how it’s going to happen. I enjoy reading the title of the book, starting to read, and meeting the character that’s to die. Even though you know he/she will die, it’s always interesting to see what they do to deserve death.
And as always, Hamish figures out what the Detectives cannot. And doesn’t take any sort of praise or promotion. He’s a savvy man in that he can always figure a way out of situations and someone is always trying to kill him because he’s so good at what he does.

I think something that irks me is his never-ending infatuation with Priscilla. She’s a cold bitch and he needs to move on. Seriously.

I enjoy the constables that are assigned to his police station. My favorite are Clary and Dick. They’re nice and enjoyable.

I think overall the series would be good for a fast read. It’s basically the same thing over and over, like you know Hamish will solve the case but they ways he does it varies as does who, what, where, and when.

4 out of 5 overall series!

Currently Reading

My currently reading list:

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – So, I got about 20% through this and then stopped reading. And then it got automatically returned (reading on my Kindle). So I’m back on the wait list so I can make myself finish it.
  2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – I recently got it back from the library and am about half way through it and plan on finishing it this week. Come hell or high water.
  3. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi – I’m listening to this via my Kindle and I may have to relisten to it again because it’s so interesting and well written but at the same time, I’m like what was that? It’s really good. So freaking, good and imaginative and I’m really liking it a lot!

So those are my top 3 books right now. I’m currently on hold for 10 books lol And I’m excited about all of them. So hopefully over the next few weeks, I’ll be updating my blog more. And hopefully, my kiddos will be cooperative so I can 1. read, and 2. review the books I read.

Have a great week! My birthday is this week so I’m hoping I do!

XOXO

M.

My TBR Pile

I thought I’d update you on my TBR (to-be-read) pile of books that I have. Some of these are books that I’ve been putting off for years (yes, years) and others I’ve just never really thought of reading until someone recommended that book to me. I’ll explain more when as I list the books on my list.

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    This is a relatively new book to me. I know it’s been around for a while but it was recently recommended to me by an acquaintance. She raved about it so I thought I’d give a shot. I just was informed via email that it’s waiting for me at the library. So it should be a review soon!
  2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    admittedly, I was supposed to read this in high school and didn’t. My friend read it and gave me some notes on it so I did pass the test on it. I just couldn’t get into it. I did get it from the library recently, and got half way through it before I had to return it. I’m back on hold for it so once I get it back, I’ll be finishing it and reviewing it.
  3. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
    I admit that this one is mostly out of curiosity. I’ve so much shit about Lena that I just want to read and judge it for myself. I enjoy a good autobiography (which I’ve learned recently after reading about 4-5 of them lately) so I’m hoping that maybe it’s not as bad as all the critics make it out to be.
  4. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
    The 3rd book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Maas. I cannot wait to get my hands on it. It is SUCH a great story and the characters are wonderful. If you want to fall in love with a male ficitional character, read this series. I’m obsessed!
  5. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
    I love Rainbow Rowell and all that she writes. So it’s no surprise she’s on my list.
  6. The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
    A recently new book that came across my screen about “a read you’d be interested in”. I read an excerpt and thought it was so good!
  7. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
    It’s been on my list for a while. I will eventually get to it. It sounds very good.

So that’s it so far. I’m sure there’s more but I can’t find my list lol

I’ll keep ya updated on when I do reviews!

XOXO

M.

It’s Been A While…

Hey Y’all!

It’s been a while, I know. But that last few months have been CRAZY! We moved, overseas! Say whaaaat?! But yep, we made the big move and are finally settling in. It’s been a lot hectic trying to find a home, register our oldest for school, find places to shop, get our car ready to use (which it still isn’t, so we’re still walking a lot).

But I’ve been reading! A lot! So I will be playing catch up on my reviews starting today and probably for the next few days. So keep a look out. Hopefully, I can recommend something to you that you may not consider to pick up usually. Which is always my goal!

XOXO

M.

Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton

I’ve been consistently reading this series for the last few months. I’m up to, Death of a Poisen Pen, which is book #20.

While the books are basically the same: setting, characters, murder, tea and cakes, Scotland, Hamish solving the crimes and not accepting promotion; they’re different also. It’s hard to understand to some people why I love these types of mystery series. But, I’ll try and explain.

Mystery series that have multiples in it such as this Hamish series, are well written. And why they may have the same base, the contents poured into it are slightly different each time. And that is what makes you, well, me, come back and read the next and the next.

Hamish Macbeth is a great character. You can easily picture this long and lanky, red haired man walking around Lochduhb. Said, lock-doo. A great sign of writing is making the reader want to visit a place and search out a local copper for a picture. Silly? Perhaps, but I told my husband Scotland is a place we must go now. All thanks to M.C. Beaton and her Hamish Macbeth.

One of the things that does bother me is the character Priscilla. She frustrates me to no end. Just stop being snobby and do something already. You’re 30-something, make your own mind up and marry or don’t. Which that could be said for Hamish. He needs to forget about Priscilla.

Most of the books are set in a small town of Lochduhb. And you see the goings on of a small town set in a rural area of Scotland. How gossip travels faster than the speed of light and how people will stick up for you to strangers but talk right dirty about you to neighbors. It’s really funny, and so well written that you want to read more in the next book and next book.

Pick up the first in the series! Death of a gossip.

5 out of 5 ย stars! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Update

So I’ve been MIA on here lately for good reason. I had a baby lol

It’s been crazy hectic but I’ve been getting some reading in. I’ll be posting some reviews soon…while my baby and toddler sleep. So be on the look out!

 

Hope all is well in your life!

M

Happy 2016!

Happy New Year Everyone! Sorry it’s so late and it’s been so long since I posted. I have a lot of books to add to my reviews. I’ll have some bunched together as the books are a series.

Hope 2016 is treating you well so far! My family and I have 1 month until we meet our baby girl! Ahh! We’re so excited and a tad nervous at the same time. My 3 yr old is so excited to be a big sister though!

Happiest of New Years to y’all!

M

Kid’s Read-a-long Books

Lately I have been reading a lot with my daughter who loves books almost as much as I do (parenting win!). I like to use my Kindle to download books from the local library’s app to do read-a-long books with her. She loves all the Dora and Diego books and since my Spanish is more Spanglish, it’s best if the narrator reads those books to her.

I’m blogging about these books because they are so fun and great for kids! I enjoy it too because I can see the excitement she has for these books. I also get books I read to her but her favorites are the ones that read out loud to her so she can hold my Kindle herself (very independent already).

I want to encourage you to read with your children (if you have any) or any child in your family. Instilling a love of reading and books at a young age starts with us taking the time to be present with them. All kids want is attention. Give them some attention by reading a good book- it doesn’t have to be long, it can be a short book- but those few minutes will help spark so much in that child’s life and imagination.

I try to read to my daughter every day for at least 10-15 minutes. She LOVES it. Maybe you only have 2-5 minutes..that’s fine too…any amount of time is great!

One of the best books we ‘read’ was B.J. Novak’s, The Book With No Pictures. He narrates it too and he does a great job! My daughter was very interested because of how animated his reading is. As I mentioned, we also read a ton of Diego and Dora- those books are great because they also have Spanish words in them and my daughter has picked up on some words which amazes me!

Check some read-a-long books out!