Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Best Book of July 2012

Many thanks to YA Highway for the idea to post the best book that I read each month. I participated in their Road Trip Wednesday in May & June where I discussed the best books that I read during those months. Now that I no longer participate in Road Trip Wednesday, I decided that I still want to post the best books that I read each month. With that said here is the best book that I have read in July:

City of Glass

City of Glass was the best book I read in July 2012, with City of Bones being the second best book. Actually I loved all the Mortal Instruments books. I spent the entire month reading them. They are the only books that I started and finished in July. (There is another book that I started, but won't finish for a few more days.) Therefore I officially declare July 2012 The Mortal Instruments Month for me. haha They were all so incredibly written by Cassandra Clare. They are so original and unique. I truly love all of the characters (besides the antagonists of course). I really cannot wait for the sixth and final book, City of Heavenly Fire. 

The reason why I chose City of Glass as my favorite is because it was the most suspenseful of the entire series. I was on the edge of my seat while reading it. It made my stomach hurt because I grew to care deeply about the fate of my favorite characters. I also liked the ending of this book the best out of all of them. I won't go into further details for those who have yet to read them. But if you haven't read them, you need to! They are brillant! I highly recommend them!!

Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With For 24 Hours

Top 10 Tuesday (#9) 

Top 10 Tuesday is a blog hop hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They post a Top 10 topic & other blogs participate & link their blog post to their website. It is a way to get to know your follow bloggers & get more traffic on your own blog! If you have a book blog, you can definitely participate! If not, you can still post your answers below in the comments!


This week's Top Ten Tuesday is:

Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With For 24 Hours

I love all of these characters!! They are all strong, independent females who I admire! Plus, most of them have great boyfriends who I wouldn't mind kissing! haha Be warned though, there are spoilers in these, mainly in 2, 4, 5, 8, & 9

1) Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)--I love Hermione! I always liked how she's able to get Harry, Ron, and herself out of difficult situations. She has saved their lives so many times! If it weren't for her, Ron and Harry would have died in the first book! If I were to switch places with her for 24 hours, I probably wouldn't be much help to Harry & Ron, but I would definitely try. I just think it would be awesome to meet Ron & Harry and all their other friends, to see Hogwarts, and maybe take a few classes, too. It would be fun!

2) Lena Haloway (Delirium)--Lena is definitely an admirable character. She has been through so much! I cannot imagine a world without love! I would want to switch places with her after the revolution is over in Requiem. 

3) Tris Prior (Divergent)--Tris is a lot braver than I am, but I think it would be interesting to see Chicago the way it is in Divergent, and to see and hang out with all the people who survive book 3. Hopefully, Tobias/Four will be one of them. 

4) Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games)--Well, I wouldn't want to be in her position when she's in the Hunger Games, Quarter Quell, or war, but it would be cool to live a day in her life after the war is over. I wouldn't want to have her nightmares, though. 

5) Juliette Ferrars (Shatter Me)--I cannot imagine living life knowing that I could harm someone by just touching them. I think it would be interesting though to see what the hideout she's staying at is like & to train using the powers Juliette possesses. 

6) Wanderer (The Host)--Wanderer is so brave and so selfless. It seems as though everything she does is for the greater good and for the humans she has come to love. I would love to spend a day as her & experience life as a soul. It would also be very interesting to see what the caves they all live in look like.

7) Clary Fray (The Mortal Instruments)--I love Clary. I found so many similarities between her and myself. I would love to live a day in her life. I think it would be so fun! Plus, who wouldn't want to make out with Jace? 

8) Trella Sanchia (Inside Out)--Trella's life in both Inside Out & Outside In is quite exciting. It would be very cool to climb through the pipes the way she does. It would be very interesting to see the cube that she and everyone else lives in. Her world is very interesting! 

9) Melanie Stryder  (The Host)--If it weren't for Melanie, Wanderer never would have gone to find Jamie & Jared, and if she hadn't then who knows what would have happened to all those humans living in those undercover caves. They could have all been caught. Anyways, I would like to live a day as Melanie after Wanderer becomes separate from her body.

10) Isabelle Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments)--I love kick-butt female characters who know how to take care of themselves & save the day when needed. Isabelle is definitely one of those characters. Not only that, but she's down right hilarious, too!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Favorite City of Fallen Angels Quotes

I love doing "my favorite quotes" blog posts for books that I truly enjoyed & had humorous quotes in them! It's funny because I actually kept a pen & paper with me at all times when reading this to write all the page numbers down just so I could have all the quotes I wanted without forgetting where they were for this post.

 Warning: These quotes contain spoilers in them, so beware!

Please Note: These "quotes" are just that, "quotes"--things characters said. These quotes don't include narration. If they did, this blog post would be HUGE. Second of all, these quotes are in no order at all. It would take me forever to figure out which ones I like more than others. Thirdly, if it's difficult to tell who is speaking to whom, I put the people's names in parentheses. Finally, all quotes come from the U.S. hardback version.

Now, here are my favorite quotes from City of Fallen Angels, book 4 of The Mortal Instruments:

"I suppose you've always been amazing at this stuff."        
"I was born amazing." --Clary & Jace referring to Jace's ability to do flips, p. 38

"No. That's Clary; she's my best friend. And she has a boyfriend. Like, really, really, really has a boyfriend. The nuclear bomb of boyfriends. Trust me on this one."--Simon to Jordan after Jordan asked if Clary was Simon's girlfriend, pp.94-95

"What were you dreaming about?"
"You. I always dream about you."
"Oh, yeah? Because I thought you were having a nightmare."
"Sometimes I dream you're gone. I keep wondering when you'll figure out how much better you could do and leave me."
"I wish I could say things the way you do. Everything you say, the words you choose, they're so perfect. You always find the right quote, or the right thing to say to make me believe you love me. If I can't convince you that I'll never leave you--"
"Just say it again."
"I'll never leave you."
"No matter what happens, what I do?"
"I'd never give up on you. Never. What I feel about you--It's the most important thing I've ever felt." --Clary & Jace, p. 75

"It means that love is the most powerful force in the world. That love can do anything." --Jace explaining an Italian quote that he said, p. 76

"Aren't they supposed to be hiring someone else to train me full-time anyway?"
"Yes, and I'm worried that if you get into the habit of making out with your instructors, you'll wind up making out with him, too."
"Don't be sexist. They could find me a female instructor."
'In that case you have my permission to make out with her, as long as I can watch."
"Nice. You're just worried they'll hire a male instructor and he'll be hotter than you."
"Hotter than me?"
"It could happen. You know, theoretically."--Clary & Jace, p. 77

"I can keep a perfectly good eye on Simon, thank you. He's my neophyte Downworlder to mock and boss around, not yours."--Jace to Jordan, p. 144

"I didn't even think you liked me all that much. Is this one of those keep-your-friends-close-and-your-enemies-closer things?"
"I thought it was keep your friends close so you have someone to drive the car when you sneak over to your enemy's house at night and throw up in his mailbox."
"I'm pretty sure that's not it." --Simon & Jace, p. 145

"What, bored with my company already?"
"Let me ask you something. Do you find me fascinating to be around?"
"What was that? Sorry, I think I fell asleep for a moment. Do, continue with whatever mesmerizing thing you were saying."--Jace & Simon, pp.160 & 161

"Break up with her? Are you insane?" --Jace to Simon, p. 161

"Everything that happens to you matters to me."--Jace to Clary, p. 242

"Clary. You were right. This isn't coming from inside me. Something is doing this to me. To us. You know what that means? If I can be...cured...then I don't have to be afraid of myself when I'm around you anymore. I'd spend a thousand nights in the Silent City for that."--Jace to Clary, p. 272

"You can't forget the things you did in the past, or you'll never learn from them."--Jordan, p. 296

"I could have asked for anything, and I asked for you. And I would do it again. I love you, Jace Wayland--Herondale--Lightwood--whatever you want to call yourself. I don't care. I love you and I will always love you, and pretending it could be any other way is just a waste of time."--Clary to Jace, p. 407

"Remember when I told you that I didn't know if there was a God or not, but either way, we were completely on our own? I still don't know the answer; I only knew that there was such a thing as faith, and that I didn't deserve to have it. And then there was you. You changed everything I believed in." --Jace to Clary, p. 407

"I don't want to let you out of my sight"--Jace to Clary, p. 409

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Book Review: City of Lost Souls


Warning! The synopsis is filled with spoilers from the first four books & the review is filled with major spoilers from this book! I also compare it to Mockingjay (from the Hunger Games trilogy), so there are Mockingjay spoilers in it, too.

City of Lost Souls

"The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace freed from captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing, so is the boy she hates: her brother Sebastian, who is determined to bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

The Clave's magic cannot locate either boy, but Jace can't stay away from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith's magic has wrought - Jace and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other.

Only a few people believe that Jace can still be saved. Together, Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle bargain with the sinister Seelie Queen, contemplate deals with demons, and turn at last to the merciless, weapon-making Iron Sisters, who might be able to forge a weapon that can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. If the Iron Sisters can't help, their only hope is to challenge Heaven and Hell - a risk that could claim their lives.

And they must do it without Clary. For Clary is playing a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing not just her own life, but Jace's soul. She's willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series."


Author: Cassandra Clare
Year of Release: 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
Sequel(s): City of Heavenly Fire
What motivated you to read this book?: Well, after reading City of Fallen Angels, you pretty much have to read this one
Book Version: ebook
Where did you get the book?: Bought it on my Nook from Barnes & Noble
Orginal?: Yes
Preditable: Nope
Favorite Character: Jace
Least Favorite Character: Sebastian
Thoughts on Cover: Best cover of the series! Love, love, love it! I love Jace & Clary together. They are so adorable. This cover is gorgeous! Plus, Jace looks hot & Clary looks beautiful!!
Recommended to: Harry Potter, Percy Jackson fans, & Fantasy/Urban Fantasy Fans
Favorite Quotes: Will write another post with my favorite quotes
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Review: "City of Lost Souls is the Mockingjay to the Mortal Instruments". That's the quote I came up with when reading this book. It definitely felt like the Mockingjay of the series to me, but better. Mockingjay was my least favorite book of the Hunger Games trilogy & City of Lost Souls is my least favorite book of this series. I'm not saying that I hated it, I still enjoyed it and liked it. (I did give it four stars.) However, it did remind me of Mockingjay because in Mockingjay Peeta was brainwashed/corrupted & in City of Lost Souls, Jace was possessed/corrupted. I liked City of Lost Souls better because Jace didn't want to kill Clary when he was possessed/corrupted, but in Mockingjay Peeta wanted to kill Katniss when he was brainwashed/corrupted. Also, there was a part in City of Lost Souls when Jace returned to normal & in Mockingjay, Peeta didn't return to normal until the very end.

The rest of my review will not be like my normal reviews. I'm going to list out and comment on the parts of the book that I didn't like and the parts that I liked. I'll start out with the parts I didn't like and end with the parts that I liked.

The Parts I didn't like

Jace When He Was Possessed/Corrupted
Of course, being the huge lover of Jace that I am, I hated this. I was excepting it, of course, after reading the end of City of Fallen Angels, but I still didn't like it. I started missing the real Jace. I didn't like how this version of Jace didn't respect Clary at times or some of the things he said to her. The scene at the club upset me, but it didn't surprise me. I didn't like how he was so obedient to Sebastian and asked him for permission to do things. I especially hated that he killed someone and that he kept Clary in his arms, preventing her from fighting in the battle at the end of the story. That was definitely not like the real Jace at all.

Too Much Romance
Before I say anything else, NO I am not referring to Jace & Clary. I will ALWAYS love the romance between the two of them. They are so cute together. I also liked the romance between Jordan & Maia. They are pretty cute together, too. I am referring to the fact that there was too much romance with all the other characters: Isabelle & Simon and Magnus & Alec. Normally, I LOVE romance, but it seemed like there was romance in every, single chapter of this book. (That would have been okay if it was romance between Jace & Clary, though.) It started to get on my nerves. I normally like books that have romance in it, but not to the extreme, especially between characters that don't seem right together (I'll get to that later). I liked the first four books because the romance occurred less often, so I therefore enjoyed it more. I literally started thinking that this book was a romance book. Again, like I said earlier, if there was a ton of romance between Jace & Clary, I would have loved it, but the romance between all these other characters was getting on my nerves.

The Scene When Simon Bites Isabelle
This scene disturbed me. I was really hoping that Simon wasn't going to bite Isabelle, but he did, and she liked it. That was even more disturbing. I don't even like talking about this. I also don't think Simon and Isabelle go well together at all. I really like both characters a lot, but they just don't suit each other at all. Their relationship is really awkward. I think Simon goes better with Maia, but Maia belongs with Jordan.

Alec's Obsession over Magnus
First of all, let me tell you that I have nothing against gay couples or gay people, (I don't want people getting the wrong impression.) and I like Alec and Magnus as individual characters, (just not together as a couple), but Alec's obsession over becoming immortal & Magnus becoming mortal was probably the most annoying part of the entire book. Alec's obsession of this was starting to remind me of Bella's obsession of becoming a vampire in Twilight. And the fact that Alec was meeting in secret with a murderous vampire to discuss this, was pretty horrible, too. I hated these scenes. I was thrilled when Magnus broke up with Alec at the end of the book.

Jocelyn
I really don't like Jocelyn at all. She's way too overprotective of Clary. She doesn't seem to trust Clary enough to be able to take care of herself. I understand things from her perspective, but she really needs to calm down a bit. I especially hate what she told Clary about her and Jace not belonging together. That really angered me. What Jace did was not his fault at all. First, Lilith was controlling his dreams and was controlling him when Jace put the knife to Clary's throat, and then Sebastian was controlling Jace in this book. Jocelyn had absolutely no right to say that to Clary. She doesn't even know Jace. Jace is not Valentine.

My Liking of Sebastian
I hated that I actually started liking Sebastian. Well, not liking him, but having mixed feelings about him. Obviously, in the end, my feelings were no longer "mixed".

The Parts I did like

The Short Appearance the Real Jace Made
This was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting the real Jace to return until the very end of the book. This entire scene with Clary was extremely adorable. I loved it. It was probably my favorite part before the battle and the epilogue. I thought it was cute that he even cried. I also found it to be hilarious when he said he was jealous of himself. I especially loved how he gave a mini-speech to Sebastian about how much he hated him. I was so used to Jace acting like Sebastian's friend/brother when he was being controlled, and then he made that declaration. It made me happy.

How the Possessed/Corrupted Jace Had Bits & Pieces of the Real Jace in Him
I wasn't expecting this either. I liked how at times, when he was being controlled by Sebastian, he still respected Clary occasionally. The part when he was reading A Tale of Two Cities to Clary was really cute. Other parts with him and Clary were cute, too. 

Maia & Jordan
As mentioned earlier, I like Maia & Jordan as a couple. I was thrilled when they got together again. I think they are really cute. They are definitely my second favorite couple in this series after Clary & Jace.

Part 3
Part 3 of the story was my favorite part of the entire book. There was so much suspense. It reminded me of the suspense in the City of Glass. I love scenes that are so intense that it makes my stomach hurt. Authors that are able to write scenes that are capable of doing that to readers have a ton of skill. Cassandra is definitely one of them. I loved the scenes with Simon & Raziel, the Battle, & the Epilogue best.

Simon & Raziel
I thought it was very selfless of Simon to risk his life to summon Raziel in order to try to save Jace & help with the war. I really enjoyed this entire scene.

The Battle
The battle scene was the part that made my stomach hurt because it made me nervous for the characters. This part was very intense. I absolutely loved it. I also liked how Clary saved Jace at the end. I love stories when the girl saves the guy. At first when she stabbed him I was shocked out of my mind. I couldn't believe it, but then I remembered that Raziel said the sword would burn all the evil out of whoever was struck by it & realized that Jace wasn't going to die because obviously Jace isn't evil. He has good in him.

The Epilogue
I loved the epilogue! The part at the beginning when Jace recognized someone's voice that was as familiar to him as his own, I thought for sure it would be Clary, but then it ended up being Alec & I burst out laughing. I also liked the part when Clary & Isabelle talked in the elevator of the institute & of course, I thought the infirmary scene with her & Jace was so sweet! I think it's cute how Clary always worries about whether or not Jace likes her. I was kind of wondering why Jace was keeping his distance from her but the reasoning for it--that he still has the heavenly fire in him--was quite interesting & very original. Cassandra is very good at coming up with original ideas for these stories. I definitely wonder how he will be cured of it in the next book! The very ending of the book was interesting, too, with the angel's wings and the note from Sebastian. This ending was a lot better than the ending of City of Fallen Angels. It's not an upsetting ending. However, it definitely makes me eager to see what happens next in book 6!

Overall, I thought this book was a lot better than I thought it would be. I enjoyed it enough, but I didn't love it. There are certain parts that I did love, though. I definitely cannot wait to read City of Heavenly Fire when it comes out March 2014! I wish it would come out sooner!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday (#2)


Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee Alison Can Read. The purpose of this blog hop is meet new people, gain new followers, and find cool new blogs to follow yourself.





This week's question is:

What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read when you were in school?

I always hated required readings because I was being forced to read  books that I didn't want to. I liked choosing the books that I read not being told which ones to read. So, honestly, I can't remember every book that I had to read & the ones that I can remember reading, I can't recall what happens in them. Most didn't make big impressions on me. However, I do remember some things that happened in Jane Eyre. Of all the books that I had to read, I probably enjoyed Jane Eyre best. The story is very interesting, plus, I like how strong of a character she is.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (#4)

Waiting on Wednesday is a Book Hop  hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 


This week's pick is:
Raven Boys by: Maggie Stiefvater

 " 'There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.' "

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of theShiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before."



Release Date: September 18, 2012

I'm pretty excited for this book. Maggie is a remarkable writer. Her writing descriptions make me quite envious being a writer myself. I really enjoyed The Scorpio Races. The Shiver Trilogy was pretty good too. While I wait for this book I definitely plan on reading her Books of Faerie series in the meantime!  


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Top 10 Most Vivid Book Worlds/Settings

Top 10 Tuesday (#8) 

Top 10 Tuesday is a blog hop hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They post a Top 10 topic & other blogs participate & link their blog post to their website. It is a way to get to know your follow bloggers & get more traffic on your own blog! If you have a book blog, you can definitely participate! If not, you can still post your answers below in the comments!


This week's Top Ten Tuesday is:

Most Vivid Book Worlds/Settings


I sort of changed it to the top 5 Most Unique Settings in Books

1. Hogwarts--Harry Potter
2. Panem--Hunger Games
3. Chicago--Divergent
4. City of Glass (Alicante)--The Mortal Instruments
5. The Cube--Inside Out

Sorry for the short post this week! I'm in the middle of a great book & I want to see what happens!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Book Review: City of Fallen Angels


Warning! The synopsis is filled with spoilers from the first three books & the review is filled with major spoilers from this book!

"The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And - most importantly of all - she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side - along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls - neither of whom knows about the other one.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels"


Title: City of Fallen Angels
Author: Cassandra Clare
Year of Release: 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Sequel(s): City of Lost Souls & City of Heavenly Fire
What motivated you to read this book?: I loved the first three books of this series, so I had to read the fourth one
Book Version: Hardback
Where did you get the book?: Library
Orginal?: Yes
Preditable: Not really, I figured somethings out a paragraph or two before they actually happened, but other than that, no.
Favorite Character: Jace
Least Favorite Character: Lilith
Thoughts on Cover: At first I didn't like it but it has grown on me just as Simon has grown on me. I love Clary's hair, dress, and necklace, which Jace gave her. I like how the dress is exactly like the one she wore in the book. It made it easier for me when picturing it.
Recommended to: Harry Potter, Percy Jackson fans, & Fantasy/Urban Fantasy Fans
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Review: I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. It was definitely quite different from the first three, but that is understandable since Valentine is dead. The story line and plot were still both very good and it kept me reading. It got really intense during some parts especially at the end with the battle between Lilith, Jace, Simon, and Clary. I honestly thought Simon was going to die. I have grown to love Simon, and it was very upsetting for me. I didn't like how the chapters were so choppy. Most of these books are written this way, and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I like seeing things from other character's point of views, but I am still unsure how I feel about how Clare cuts off and then starts the next paragraph from another character's perspective in a totally different scene. It made me keep reading though, with all the mini-cliff hangers. It made me want to see what happened next, but then I would get annoyed when I wanted to know what happened next to a certain character, and then having to read 15 or 20 pages before it returns to that scene.

I really like how all the characters have grown and developed throughout the series. They are obviously the same people, but in different ways. For example, Jace is obviously the same person he was in City of Bones, however, he is has changed quite a bit. He sort of has become friends with Simon. I like their relationship. It's amusing. They are more accepting of each other and willing to risk their lives for each other because of Clary. I thought it was pretty hilarious how Jace even pretended to be a bodyguard for Simon. I also liked seeing the vulnerable side of Jace. He normally hides his emotions from everyone, but he expresses himself clearly to Clary, and it is obvious that he really is not that conceited. This line of the story explains Jace's emotions well from Simon's perspective:
                                       
              "Though Simon imagined that Jace ran the gamut of facial expressions when he was alone with Clary, his default one around other people was a fierce sort of blankness."

I definitely felt bad for both Jace and Clary throughout the story. Jace was going through so much mental misery which caused in turn Clary to be miserable because he never told her what was wrong. I was very surprised later on when Jace was being controlled by Lilith. I never expected that to happen. It was quite upsetting. It reminded me somewhat of characters who were controlled/brainwashed in other books.The ending was quite a shock too. I never thought that would happen! I wasn't quite sure what to think once I finished the book.

Favorite Quotes: Will definitely write another post with my favorite quotes! There are just so many!


Favorite City of Glass Quotes

In my review of the City of Ashes, I included a section with my favorite quotes from it. I also posted a blog post not too long ago with my favorite quotes from City of Bones. It was a lot of fun to do, and I have decided to do another one for City of Glass

Warning: These quotes contain spoilers in them, so beware!

Please Note: There are many other quotes from this book that I love, there is no possible way I could include every single one of them. Secondly, these "quotes" are just that, "quotes"--things characters said. These quotes don't include narration. If they did, this blog post would be HUGE. Thirdly, these quotes are in no order at all. Fourthly, if it's difficult to tell who is speaking to whom, I put the people's names in parentheses. Finally, all quotes come from the U.S. hardback version.

Now, here are my favorite quotes from City of Glass, book 3 of The Mortal Instruments:

"I had to try. And I did. But God knows, I don't want anyone but you. I don't even want to want anyone but you." --Jace, p. 209

"Good things come to those who wait." 
"I always thought that was 'Good things come to those who do the wave.' No wonder I've been so confused all my life."
"'Confused' is a nice word for it."--Maia, Simon, Jace, pp. 539-540

"You look happy." (Simon to Clary) "And a good thing for you that she does." (Simon to Jace)
"Is this the part where you tell me that if I hurt her, you'll kill me?" (Jace to Simon)
"No. If you hurt Clary, she's quite capable of killing you herself. Possibly with a variety of weapons." (Simon to Jace)
"Look, I just wanted to say that it's okay if you dislike me. If you make Clary happy, I'm fine with you." (Simon to Jace)
"I don't dislike you." (Jace to Simon) --pp. 534-535

"And I'm supposed to sit by while you date boys, fall in love with someone else, get married...? And meanwhile, I'll die a little bit more every day, watching." --Jace to Clary, p. 331

"There is no pretending. I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there's a life after that, I'll love you then." --Jace to Clary, p. 331

"Clary, open your eyes." --Jace, p.497

"Because you asked him to. You could have had anything else in the world, and you asked for me." 
"But I don't want anything else in the world." --Jace & Clary, p. 498

"You're not my brother. You know that, right?"
"Yes, I know that." --Clary & Jace, p. 499

"You don't look like you."
"It's the dress. I don't usually wear things this...pretty."
"You always look beautiful." --Jace & Clary, p. 526

"I know, I'm just saying that I think I chose the way I did in part because of you. Since I've met you, everything I've done has been in part because of you. I can't untie myself from you, Clary--not my heart or my blood or my mind or any other part of me. And I don't want to." --Jace to Clary, explaining why he chose not to side with Valentine, p. 531

"I am a man, and men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone, woman, and bring me something brown."
"Brown?"
"Brown is a manly color." --Jace & Isabelle, p. 534

"And now I'm looking at you, and you're asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger  than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before--bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it--but, Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me." --Jace, p. 532


Friday, July 20, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday (#1)


I will now be participating in Feature & Follow Friday. Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. The purpose of this blog hop is meet new people, gain new followers, and find cool new blogs to follow yourself.

This week's question is:

Christmas in July! Someone gives you a gift card for two books (whatever that costs). What two books will you buy?


City of Lost Souls 
By: Cassandra Clare

I am in love with this series! I'm currently reading the fourth one (So, SHHH! NO spoilers, for the fourth one or this one PLEASE!) and I love it. I absolutely love Jace. He's so hilarious. And I just LOVE the cover of this book. Jace and Clary are so adorable together. I would love to buy this book. It would make me so happy. I wouldn't have to wait for it to become available at my local library. I hate waiting.

Delirium 
By: Lauren Oliver

I read this book in February & I loved it! I've been wanting to by it ever since. I keep looking for it at Half-Price Books, but they never have it. It's really frustrating. I really look forward to re-reading it again one day.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Favorite City of Bones Quotes

In my review of the City of Ashes, I included a section with my favorite quotes from it. With that said, here are my favorite quotes from the City of Bones

Warning: These quotes contain spoilers in them, so beware!

Please Note: There are many other quotes from this book that I love, there is no possible way I could include every single one of them. Secondly, these "quotes" are just that, "quotes"--things characters said. These quotes don't include narration. If they did, this blog post would be HUGE.Thirdly, these quotes are in no order at all. Finally, all quotes come from the U.S. hardback version.

"I was laughing at you because declarations of love amuse me, especially when unrequited." --Jace to Clary, p. 41

"You know, when most girls say they want a big rock, they don't mean, you know literally a big rock." --Clary to Jace, p. 313

"But she's so beautiful."
"So are you." --Clary & Jace, p. 315

"I've never been more awake."--Jace before he kisses Clary, p. 317

"Didn't I read your tea leaves, Shadowhunter? Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?"
"Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself."
"At least, you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland."
"Not necessarily, I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting."
--Dorothea & Jace, p. 345

"Is this when you start tearing strips off your t-shirt to bind up my wound?"
"If you wanted me to rip my clothes off you should have just asked. It would have been a lot less painful...next time you're planning to injure yourself to get my attention, just remember that a little sweet talk works wonders."
"I'll keep that in mind." --Clary & Jace, p. 187

"Don't tell me. You've got a drawing emergency. You need a nude model. Well, I'm not in the mood." --Jace, p. 324


Waiting on Wednesday (#3)

Waiting on Wednesday is a Book Hop  hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Warning: Spoilers from Shatter Me are in the synopsis.


This week's pick is:  


"Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45."


Release Date: October 2, 2012

I'm looking forward to reading this. It should be interesting to read a novella from Warner's perspective. Warner is a very interesting character. He is definitely a character you love to hate. 


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Book Review: City of Glass


Warning! This synopsis is filled with spoilers from the first two books & this review is filled with major spoilers from this book!

"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 that Jace does not want her there, and 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."


Title: City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Year of Release: 2009
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Sequel(s): City of Fallen Angels & City of Lost Souls
What motivated you to read this book?: I have really grown to love these characters & I was dying to find out what happened next!
Book Version: Hardback
Where did you get the book?: Library
Orginal?: Yes
Preditable: Mainly No. The parts I thought would happen were only because I knew what the cover of the last book looks like. (So I figured that Jace & Clary weren't really siblings, BUT I still had doubts because it wasn't revealed that they weren't siblings till chapter 17. I also thought Clary would ask Angel Raziel to save Jace because it's obvious that he is still alive on the cover of book 5.)
Favorite Character: Jace then Clary then Isabelle then Alec. In all honesty, I liked all the protagonists. Jace was definitely my favorite though.
Least Favorite Character: Sebastian/Jonathan
Thoughts on Cover: Not my favorite cover of the three, I discovered that that is Sebastian on the cover & I never liked Sebastian. I never trusted him. That should be Alec or Isabelle on the cover.
Recommended to: Harry Potter, Percy Jackson fans, & Fantasy/Urban Fantasy Fans
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Review: This book is by far the best of the series so far. I absolutely loved it. The story was really intense and packed with lots of action which I enjoyed. It got really extreme and my stomach started hurting from nerves! My love for Jace and the other characters grew. I loved how Jace seemed more considerate and caring than in the first two books. I especially liked how Simon and him became more accepting of one another and even saved each other's lives a few times in both this book and in City of Ashes. I never would have expected that at all. I was also very, very pleased when it was finally announced in this book that Jace and Clary are not siblings, and that they can be together as a couple. I had been rooting for the two of them to get together since the beginning of City of Bones! Words cannot describe how happy I was. The scenes with Jace and Clary before that were very emotional. I literally felt the emotions that they were feeling. They were written so well. I loved them. My favorite scene with the two of them (before the epilogue) is either the grass scene or the scene in Clary's bedroom when Jace spills his heart out to Clary. The climax with Valentine, Jace, and Clary was really well done too. I literally started crying when Jace said "Clary, open your eyes." That scene was very moving, I loved it! The epilogue was brilliant too. The best epilogue of the series so far. The other epilogues were so depressing, and this one made me very giddy and eager for more. I'm definitely excited for book four: City of Fallen Angels.
Favorite Quotes: Will definitely write another post with my favorite quotes! There are just so many!


Top Ten Books For People Who Like The Hunger Games

Top 10 Tuesday (#7)

Top 10 Tuesday is a blog hop hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They post a Top 10 topic & other blogs participate & link their blog post to their website. It is a way to get to know your follow bloggers & get more traffic on your own blog! If you have a book blog, you can definitely participate! If not, you can still post your answers below in the comments!


This week's Top Ten Tuesday is:

Top Ten Books For People Who Like The Hunger Games By: Suzanne Collins


(I have 6 listed.)


1. Divergent By: Veronica Roth


2. Scorpio Races By: Maggie Stiefvater


3. Maze Runner By: James Dashner
(SHH!!! Don't talk about the sequels, I haven't read them yet! Thanks!)


4. Inside Out By: Maria V. Snyder


5. The Host By: Stephenie Meyer (review)


6. Shatter Me By: Tahereh Mafi (review)

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