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 — 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 — 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.  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?)

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The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

About (Goodreads)
Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going?

Sarah Dessen’s devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.

My Thoughts

This was an interesting read. I liked the family set up. The blended family that accepted each other. But my favorite was the way Emaline explained what a father versus a dad was to the reader. A father is biological, while a Dad is someone who there through the good and bad.

Emaline has a father who’s a piece of shit. I mean there’s no other way to say it. There’s some people who are meant to be parents and this guy, ain’t one. He’s hopeless. He has Emaline and her little half brother and he still doesn’t really understand what it is to be a dad. Which, is why he’s her father. And when she finally tells him the difference the urge to fist pump is overwhelming. (I’m not even from New Jersey lol)

It’s set before her start of college and with it comes doubts about her and her hottie bf Luke. You can feel there’s something off with them coming from the book. I mean she even says she’s never been one into physical things in the relationship but what teenager is all, oh I’m good? Yes, they have sex but she’s like no into it and you can feel it. It’s almost as if she’s doing it just to keep him (which you should never do). They take a break and then she’s whisked off into this summer romance by Theo who’s in town working on a documentary for the summer. At first you think he’s cool, cute even, but then you see the neurotic come out in him. It’s a little scary. So I’m super happy when that relationship comes to an end on its own. He crazy. She doesn’t get together again with Luke but they end up friends which is good. He’s a good guy. Did he make a mistake going to a club with another girl? Sure. But they’re in high school. And young. Mistakes happen. What I’m really bent out of shape about is that I thought that Emaline and Morris would end up together. Even though he’s with Emaline’s best friend, I don’t know, I just thought they fit together. They were so good together, chemistry and all.

But what I love in all this is that her Mom is always there. She always knows when Emaline needs her or is having a tough time. And for whatever reason, maybe because I’m a mommy to 2 beautiful girls but when the explanation for the title, The Moon and More, is revealed I was a little puddle of emotion agreeing with the mom on every level of mom-ing there ever was or could be. The Mom has always wanted to give Emaline, the moon and more in life. She’s always wanted more than she had and worked hard to give her a life where that was possible. It just gives you all the feels.

I think this book delves into a topic some people miss. That there’s a difference between bio parents and actual parents. I’m very blessed to have incredible parents my mom and dad. But I know people who aren’t as blessed am I am. Who haven’t had the blessings I’ve had in life. They refer to their parents either by their first names or by the title, “my bio dad/mom”. So I knew about this topic, about these feelings associated with this relationship. It’s heartbreaking both in real life and in a book.

I gave this book a 4 of 5 stars because I felt like my want/need for Morris and Emaline was left hanging and it would have worked out. Especially with how the ending is set up with her being nervous to see him at the art opening. So it would have been a plot twist able to succeed.

4 out of 5 stars!

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

About (shadowhunters.com)

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

 

My Thoughts (Spoilers)
So I was waiting this whole book for Simon to become a vampire. To make sure the storyline at least went with the books in the tv series. While the way it happened didn’t line up and the books story is way more entertaining, it does happen. Which makes him so much more interesting. More bold, daring. More character.

I’ll be honest, I hate the Simon and Clary love thing. It creeps me the hell out when they kiss. Like epic creepiness. I don’t like them as a couple. ( ESPECIALLY ON THE TV SHOW! but that’s a whole other matter)
I think the whole turning into a vampire situation is interesting and such a dilemma. If you’re best friend was about to die but you had the chance for them to live forever essentially, what would you do? Such a hard answer. Because selfish feelings come into play here. I wouldn’t want my best friend to die. I’d change her into a vamp no questions asked. (just so you know lol) I do think that Shadowhunters having alliances with vampires, werewolves, fae, and all downworlders is a handy thing to have. So Simon becoming a vampire should help things, maybe.

It’s really sad all the death and destruction Valentine does this book. He messes poor Jace up so bad mentally. Like, “I’m your father.” Shit, dude. He’s Valentine why believe him. But he is so convincing a liar everyone does. Enter awkwardness for Clary and Jace since they’re in love with other and they kissed. So stay with me with what I’m about to say, I love this relationship. Like, I want them together so hard. May be creepy to want that but I DO.

The Inquisitor. What. A. Bitch. I honestly was glad she died. (Man, I’m just spoiling things left and right…but really, read the book so many more details.) It’s an interesting turn of events that brings about her death, her realizations, and those of Jace’s life as well.

I liked this book as much as the first. So don’t be surprised of the 5 stars.

5 out of 5 stars!

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

About (Goodreads)
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder – much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air.

It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing – not even a smear of blood – to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk.

Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

My Thoughts
I started reading this series because I’m addicted to the show. I wanted to see what the differences are between the books and the series on television. There are A LOT!

One of the one differences is that in the book Clary is 16 while in the tv series she’s 18. Which for television purposes is probably good that she’s older. But how she acts does make sense with her being so young. Another difference is her height. She’s barely 5 feet in the books. And we all can see that on tv she’s much taller. Which again isn’t surprising on t.v. Honestly, I don’t find bed too whiny or scared in the books like on tv. She’s overly annoying on television. In the books she’s age appropriate. Can you imagine having your life ripped away from you? Being told that all the myths and legends are true? She handles it like a champ I think.

Jace. Oh boy. It’s weird that he’s 17 in the book. Makes me feel awkward for writing this but whatever he’s fictional. If there’s one character that both book and tv were dead on about, it’s Jace. Goodness gracious me. Yas. Most people may say he’s a conceited,egotistical, sarcastic asshat. And to that, I’d agree 100%. But that is what makes him so gosh darn sexy. And my favorite. There’s moments that just rip your heart out because of the emotions he’s feeling. Cassandra Clare did an amazing job writing this character (and the books). Also, Dom Sherwood on the tv show is just amazingly sexy and them eyes.

This whole world of shadowhunters and down worlders is very interesting and exciting. Some have compared it to Harry Potter and even claimed that Clare stole the idea from Rowling..like it’s based off of and copied with details changed. As someone who is an avid Harry Potter fan, I disagree. This world, these characters are all Clare’s. I mean I don’t remember any witch in Harry Potter having glitter as their aura (which is what Magnus Bane glitter says to me).

Magnus Bane. I love him. He’s funny, brilliant, sexy, and badass in his own way. It’s good he’s a warlord because he’s magical. His relationship with Alec is my favorite relationship in this book. It’s so sweet and fragile. You have this hundreds year old warlock with this bow and arrow shooting, straight laced, rule following, shadowhunter. It makes me so happy. I’d also like it ssy that I’m super happy that freeform (the channel shadowhunters ison in the U.S.) cast an Asian man in this role as he’s described as an Asian man who’s good looking..Which have you seen Harry Shum jr? Yas.

I really like the bad guy. Yes. I said that. Valentine is such a BAD MAN. He’s so bad that I love to hate him. Like he’s crazy as hell and the entitlement is real with that one but for a villain, he’s awesome.

Clary is brave for going to the city of bones to try and unlock her memories. I think it shows how her character will develop over time.

5 out of 5 stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

About (Goodreads)
A short story about waiting and believing — but mostly waiting — by the New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On. All proceeds go to the ACLU Foundation.

When Elena decided to camp out for the next Star Wars movie, she was expecting a celebration, a communion — a line full of people who love Star Wars so much, they have to share it.

She wasn’t expecting this:  a freezing sidewalk, nowhere to pee, and three nights stuck with a boy who decided not to like her before they even met.

It’s enough to make a girl leave the line…

But Elena came here for Star Wars, and it will take more than bad weather and a dumb boy to squash her spirits.

My Thoughts

This was such a cute, quick, witty short story. I loved it! Rainbow Rowell doesn’t disappoint me in her writings so it was no surprise that 1. I loved this! and 2. I understood every word about Star Wars mentioned which made me LOVE her more because she wrote a short story about LOVING. STAR. WARS.

The nerd in me was like yesssss! And the reader in me was like, WHY IS THIS ENDING HERE?!! I really could do with more to this story. Especially when it comes to Elena and Gabe. They were just getting good.

I think it says something about an author that can develop such a great character like Elena in such a quick read. The humor in this story is amazing and her knowledge about Star Wars…I mean, just when you think you can’t love someone more..they nerd out on you.

5 out of 5 stars! Pick it up now!

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

About (Goodreads)

From Julie Murphy, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’ and Side Effects May Vary, comes another fearless heroine, Ramona Blue, in a gorgeously evocative novel about family, friendship, and how sometimes love can be more fluid than you first think. Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Morgan Matson.

Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever.

Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever.

The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.

My Thoughts
I loved this book so much! I’m a big fan of Julie Murphy. Not only because her books are fun and unique, but also because of the Mississippi aspect. Mississippi, my home. When I find a book, or series, set in Mississippi I buy it, read it as fast as possible and then recommend it to anyone who will listen. Ramona Blue is a book that will go at the top of my Mississippi books list.

Set in Eulogy, MS Ramona Blue is a unique person. Tall with blue hair. Everyone knows who Ramona is. She’s hard to miss. In backwoods MS, being a super tall, dyed blue hair lesbian is something that wouldn’t go unnoticed. She knows who she is and isn’t ashamed. But things take a sharp turn when her childhood friend comes back to town. Ramona starts to question who she is and if she’s gay, straight, or bi.

I loved Ramona! She’s a strong, female character that I love reading about. I would for sure read another book about her adventures in college (hint hint lol). What I couldn’t get passed, was that she felt like her family and all their problems were her responsibility. She’s 17 and living like she’s 30. Working as many jobs as she can and worrying about who’s going to take care of her sister’s baby. Her sister is a whole other piece of work. Her sister is pregnant and selfish. I could not stand her. I really hoped she’d move away or something. I just can’t with her.

I was SO FREAKING HAPPY with the ending of this book. I know we all know people who deserve goodness in their lives. Ramona is one of those people. I know she’s a fictional character but seriously, the shit this child goes through is way more than most adults go through. Her dad works his ass off but still doesn’t make enough so Ramona and her sister pitch in. But somehow, Ramona has become the backbone of the family. Almost like she had to take the role of wife, or the other adult, so the family could eat, live, breathe. It broke my heart. She’s so young and no child should have to work harder than their parent to make lives better for those in the same house. Which I know kids do, but the world shouldn’t work that way. Her mom is also a POS (piece of shit), her sister and mom get along…wonder why (hmm).

Freddie comes along and Ramona’s whole world gets shook. I really like Freddie and Ramona together. They challenge each other, learn from each other, make each other better. Just like a relationship should. It’s nice to see how Murphy makes worlds collide, especially in a setting like MS. A white girl and black boy. Lesbian with a straight boy. It’s something only a creative, out of the box person could write.

I like that Ramona finally gets it. Her sister choosing her loser baby daddy over her finally breaks Ramona. And she decides to take her life into own hands. It’s great. I cheered for her! I was so proud of her for getting it.

It’s a great book to read. It explores sexuality, race, social classes, and life in general. It’s a refreshing story about a girl trying to find herself.

5 out of 5 stars!

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.

Moo by Sharon Creech

About
Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow.

When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna—and that stubborn cow, Zora.

This heartwarming story, told in a blend of poetry and prose, reveals the bonds that emerge when we let others into our lives.

My Thoughts
I had a bit of a hard time with this book. Admittedly, I don’t normally enjoy books that are written in prose/poetry style. But, I enjoyed the simplicity of this book. The pureness of this book is what makes it so good. It’s about a cow. About how  young brother and sister learn to love a cow. And how an old lady softens just a bit because of these two kids. Once you get into the flow of the book it’s really good.

It’s really such a simple idea. Write a book about a cow. It’s definitely meant for young readers, 4th-6th grade. It reminded me of the old lady who swallowed the fly. Just because of all the animals this woman has roaming around her house. The whole book is one crazy adventure and then, the emotions happen at the end when the lady passes but her animals which consist of a wide range of beasts, which the cow is included, are taken care of and that’s all she wanted.

There’s not much wrong with this book. I mean..there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s for a younger audience and would make a great classroom read.

If I had a criticism I would say, the action takes a while to happen. But I think it’s just because it’s written in prose.

4 out of 4 stars.

 

XOXO

M.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

About (from Goodreads)

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

My Thoughts

I’m a huge fan of YA. A good majority of what I read is young adult. For some reason, I’m drawn to love stories. Maybe because I never dated in high school (probably, no shrink needed for that one). I believe in true love. I believe in love at first sight. I should, I knew I’d marry my husband when I met him. No lie. So, when I came across this book, I knew I needed to read it.

First off, love the name Hadley. It’s unique and pretty. I find it interesting that most books you read portray the child whose mother or father is getting remarried as not knowing the person very well therefore it’s okay for them not to like said person. Maybe that’s how remarriage works. I don’t know really. I’m blessed that my parents are still together so I never had to find this out. (If anyone wants to tell me otherwise, please leave a comment and let me know- a nice comment, not a rude one. I ain’t got time for rude asses. I have kids for that.)

Back to the book (my bad)…

Hadley is going to London to attend the wedding of her father to his new bride. And Hadley is not wanting to go. I think, if memory serves, she wants to miss her flight, or take a later one so she ends up missing it altogether. Sounds like a teenager. But then she sees the boy, meets the boy. Oliver. She’s infatuated from the start. They’re on the same flight. They talk, fall asleep, talk some more. She finds out he’s going home for his dad. But he doesn’t specify for what. She tells him all about her life, her dad, and why she dislikes the soon to be stepmom.

They arrive at the airport and in the midst of the chaos that is airports, they lose each other. After some other stories, and emotions, they see each other again.

It’s definitely about more than just love and teens. It’s about family and being there. And so much more. For a story that takes place in a span of 24 hours, it’s really good and fast paced and tells more in 24 hours than some books do that last a span of a few weeks (you know what I’m talking about).

5 out of 5 stars! Give it a read!