Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (#9)

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:  
Venom

"Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancĂ©, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin... and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancĂ©, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself"

Release Date: October 30, 2012

I found out about this book through Penguin's Breathless Reads. It looks really good. I can't wait to read it!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Partial Hiatus

Hello everyone,

I apologize for my lack of updates. I've been super busy lately. Today started my last year of college so school will take priority over reading. I will still be reading, of course, but it will take me much longer to complete books than it did over the summer. I also will still be posting from time to time, but not as often as usual.

Hope you all understand!
Have a great week & for those in school, have a great year!!


Friday, August 24, 2012

Summer Fictional Crushes for Summer 2012

Back in June in a Top 10 Tuesday I posted my Top 10 Fictional Crushes (at the time). I also mentioned that I wondered which male characters would stand out to me this summer. Well, as the summer draws to a close, here is list of my Summer Fictional Crushes for Summer 2012. In other words, these are the boys that I liked the most in the books that I read this summer.

Note: The Top 3 are my ultimate favorites, but I could never decide which ones I like the most between them, so the Top 3 are in no order. The last 2 are in order.

1. Jace Lighwood--The Mortal Insturments Series-- I love, love, love Jace! I've never fallen for the bad boy before, but I loved him pretty much ever since the beginning of City of Bones. He is hilarious. I love his witty comments. They're so funny! Jace also has such a good heart. He will do anything for Clary and will do anything to make her happy. I truly love him!

2. Ian O'Shea--The Host--Ian's so sweet and so protective. I love how he accepts Wanda for who she truly is. I love him!

3. Jem Carstairs--The Infernal Devices Trilogy--Jem is so incredibly nice and selfless. Just as Jace will do anything for Clary, Jem will do anything for Tessa. Not only is he nice, but he's also a musican, he plays the violin. I like that. I also think it's cute how he's willing to write poetry for Tessa even though he hates it so much.  Love him, too!

4. Maxon Schreave--The Selection--Oh my goodness. Maxon. I love his kindness and how he is so patient and understanding. I also find him to be quite hilarious and I love his formality! I really hope America ends up with him.

5. Adam Kent--Shatter Me--I like Adam's protectiness of his little brother and of Juliette. It's so cute. I liked how his relationship with Juliette was a forbidden one. I love forbidden romance! I look forward to reading the next book, Unravel Me, to see what happens next between him and Juliette!


So who are your summer fictional crushes? 


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday (#5)

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:
Worst cover? What is the worst cover of a book that you’ve read and loved?

The Maze Runner. I'm sorry, but this cover does not appeal to me at all. However, I can't think of a better way they could have made the cover. The book was actually really good, though. But apparently not good enough since I haven't read the sequels yet. So please, NO SPOILERS in the comments! Thanks!


 
                      

My Favorite Clockwork Prince Quotes

I love doing "my favorite quotes" blog posts for books that I truly enjoyed & had humorous quotes in them! .

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. If anything, they are in the order they were written. Example: A quote may come from page 90 and the next one will be from page 96. 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.

Warning: These quotes contain spoilers in them!

Now, here are my favorite quotes from Clockwork Prince, book two of The Infernal Devices: 

"Is this a game? We just blurt out whatever word comes next to mind? In that case mine's 'genuphobia.' It means an unreasonable fear of knees." --Will to Jem, p. 33

"What's the word for a perfectly reasonable fear of annoying idiots?" --Jessamine to Will, p. 33

"Trains are great dirty smoky things. You won't like it."
"I won't know if I like it until I try it, will I?"
"I've never swum naked in the Thames, but I know I wouldn't like it."
"But think how entertaining for sightseers." --Will and Tessa, p. 75

"Beautiful. You are beautiful, James Carstairs."--Tessa to Jem, p. 204

"Eggs. I do love eggs. I could eat them all day."--Henry speaking completely off topic to nobody in particular, p.210

"James, you are all the family I have. I would die for you. You know that. I would die without you. If it were not for you, I would be dead a hundred times over these past five years. I owe you everything, and if you cannot believe I have empathy, perhaps you might at least believe I know honor--honor, and debt--"--Will to Jem, p. 248

"I have wanted to do this every moment of every hour of every day that I have been with you since the day I met you. But you know that. You must know. Don't you?" --Will to Tessa regarding kissing her on the balcony at the ball, p. 290

"I would forgive Tessa anything."--Jem to Jessamine, p. 350

"Lies and secrets, Tessa, they are like a cancer in the soul. They eat away what is good and leave only destruction behind."--Aunt Harriet to Tessa in Tessa's dream, p. 395

"I love you. And I don't want to lose you."--Jem to Tessa, p. 398

"When two souls are as one, they stay together on the Wheel. I was born into this world to love you, and I will love you in the next life, and the one after that." --Jem to Tessa, p. 493

"There is only one girl I care to make swoon. The question is, does she?"
"She does."--Jem and Tessa, p. 344

"Your place is with me. It always will be." --Jem to Tessa, p. 428

"Sacrifice? Tessa, I love you. I want to marry you."--Jem to Tessa, p. 429

"I cannot explain love. I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you. That you were the center of everything I did and felt and thought."--Jem to Tessa, pp. 429-430

"You speak of sacrifice, but it is not my sacrifice I offer. It is yours I ask of you. I can offer you my life, but it is a short life; I can offer you my heart, though I have no idea how many more beats it shall sustain. But I love you enough to hope that you will not care that I am being selfish in trying to make the rest of my life--whatever its length--happy, by spending it with you. I want to be married to you, Tessa. I want it more than I have ever wanted anything else in my life. That is, if you love me, too." --Jem to Tessa, p. 430

"You are home for me now." --Jem to Tessa, p. 432



Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Summer Reads 2012

It's been a great summer. I've had so many opportunities to read. It's been fantastic. I've read so many incredible books since summer began back in June. Here's a list of all the books I've read this summer. My favorites are marked with **.

Books Read in June

The Host By: Stephenie Meyer**

Touch of Power By: Maria V. Snyder 

Elsewhere By: Gabrielle Zevin

Shatter Me By: Tahereh Mafi**

Books Read In July:

City of Bones By: Cassandra Clare **

City of Ashes By: Cassandra Clare**

City of Glass By: Cassandra Clare**

City of Fallen Angels By: Cassandra Clare **

City of Lost Souls By: Cassandra Clare

Read in August:

The Luxe By: Anna Godbersen

The Selection By: Kiera Cass**

Clockwork Angel By: Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince By: Cassandra Clare **

Rumors By: Anna Godbersen
(Currently Reading)


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (#8)

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:  
Clockwork Princess

"Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.


Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.


Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy."


Release Date: March 19, 2013

I finished reading Clockwork Prince on Saturday and it left me hanging! I seriously cannot wait to see what happens in the final segment of this trilogy! Plus, it comes out only a few days before my birthday! What a great gift!

Here's a countdown for everyone who's eagerly waiting for it just as I am: 




New Layout!

A HUGE thanks goes to Lee over at Rally The Readers for the time and dedication she put into designing and helping me with this new AMAZING layout! I'm thrilled with the way it turned out! I cannot thank Lee enough for all her help! Be sure to check out her blog that she runs with her cousin Ally and their twitter as well @RallyTheReaders!


Rally The Readers


There's still a few things that need fixing, but other than that, I'm really excited about the new look. Also, be sure to check out my new button too, which Lee designed. 


Top Ten Favorite Books I've Read During The Lifespan Of My Blog

Top 10 Tuesday (#12) 

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 Topic is:

Top Ten Favorite Books I've Read During the Lifespan of My Blog 

Please Note: These are not listed in any order. There is no way I could decide which ones I like more, but these are my favorites.

1) The Host 










Yes, 6 of these are Cassandra Clare's novels, but can you blame me? Her work is brilliant! You especially can't blame me since 44% of the books I've read during the time span of this blog are written by her.

What's on your list? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Favorite Clockwork Angel Quotes

I love doing "my favorite quotes" blog posts for books that I truly enjoyed & had humorous quotes in them! .

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. If anything, they are in the order they were written. Example: A quote may come from page 90 and the next one will be from page 96. 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.

Warning: These quotes contain spoilers in them!

Now, here are my favorite quotes from Clockwork Angel, book one of The Infernal Devices:

"When you find a man you wish to marry, Tessa, remember this: You will know what kind of man he is not by the things he says, but by the things he does." --Aunt Harriet to Tessa, p. 33

"Oh, no. I hate chocolate."
"What kind of monster could possibly hate chocolate?"--Tessa & Will, p. 83

"One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us."--Tessa to Will, p. 87

"Whatever you are physically, male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy--all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. Whatever the color, the shape, the design of the shade that conceals it, the flame inside the lamp remains the same. You are that flame. That's what I believe." --Jem to Tessa, p. 283

"Must you go? I was rather hoping you'd stay and be a ministering angel, but if you must go, you must." (Jem to Tessa)
"I'll stay. I can minister angelically." (Will to Jem)
"None too convincingly. And you're not as pretty to look at as Tessa is." (Jem to Will)
"How rude. Many who have gazed upon me have compared the experience to gazing at the radiance of the sun." (Will to Jem)
"If they mean it gives you a headache, they aren't wrong." (Jem to Will) --p. 343


"It is as great a thing to love as it is to be loved. Love is not something that can be wasted." --Jem to Tessa, p. 470

Sunday, August 19, 2012

My NPR List

NPR published a list of the best YA novels.  Michael over at The Bookshelf Review did a blog post listing all of them and saying which ones he's read and which ones he wants to read. I decided to do the same. Here's a list of all of them. I have the ones have read marked and all the ones I want to read marked as well. My favorites are in red

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling--Read

2. The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins--Read

3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee--Read


4. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green


5. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

6. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

7. The Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien

8. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

9. Looking for Alaska, by John Green

10. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

11. The Giver (series), by Lois Lowry--Want to Read

12.The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (series), by Douglas Adams


13. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton 

14. Anne of Green Gables (series), by Lucy Maud Montgomery

15. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman

16. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky--Want to Read

17. The Princess Bride, by William Golding

18. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding--Read

19. Divergent (series), by Veronica Roth--Read

20. Paper Towns, by John Green


21. The Mortal Instruments (series), by Cassandra Clare--Read


22. An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green

23. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes


24. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

25. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

26. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson

27. Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer--Read

28. Uglies (series), by Scott Westerfeld--Want to Read

29. The Infernal Devices (series), by Cassandra Clare--Read

30. Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt--Read

31. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

32. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (series), by Anne Brashares

33. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London


34. Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green, David Levithan

35. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous

36. Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones

37. Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli

38. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

39. Vampire Academy (series), by Richelle Mead--Want to Read

40. Abhorsen Trilogy / Old Kingdom Trilogy (series), by Garth Nix

41. Dune, by Frank Herbert

42. Discworld / Tiffany Aching (series, by Terry Pratchett

43. My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult

44. The Dark is Rising (series), by Susan Cooper

45. Graceling (series), Kristin Cashore

46. Forever..., by Judy Blume

47. Earthsea (series), by Ursula K. Le Guin

48. Inheritance Cycle (series), by Christopher Paolini

49. The Princess Diaries (series), by Meg Cabot

50. The Song of the Lioness (series), by Tamora Pierce

51. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson


52. Delirium (series), by Lauren Oliver--Read

53. Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins

54. Hush, Hush Saga (series), by Becca Fitzpatrick--Want to Read

55. 13 Little Blue Envelopes, by Maureen Johnson

56. It's Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini

57. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy (series), by Libba Bray

58. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

59. The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros

60. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

61. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier

62. Just Listen, by Sarah Dessen

63. A Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L'Engle

64. The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen

65. The Bartimaeus Trilogy (series), by Jonathan Stroud

66. Bloodlines (series), by Richelle Mead--Want to Read

67. Fallen (series), by Lauren Kate


68. House of Night (series), by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

69. I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith

70. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlsit, by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

71. Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver--Want to Read

72. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman

73. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle

74. The Maze Runner Trilogy (series), by James Dashner--Read one of them, might read the last two

  
75. If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

76. The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley


77. Crank (series), by Ellen Hopkins


78. Matched (series), by Allie Condie--Read

79. Gallagher Girls (series), by Ally Carter

80. The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale

81. Daughter of the Lioness / Tricksters (series), by Tamora Pierce

82. I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak

83. The Immortals (series), by Tamora Pierce

84. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (series), by Patricia C. Wrede

85. Chaos Walking (series), by Patrick Ness

86. Circle of Magic (series), by Tamora Pierce


87. Daughter of Smoke & Bone, by Laini Taylor

88. Feed, by M.T. Anderson

89. Weetzie Bat (series), by Francesca Lia Block

90. Along for the Ride, by Sarah Dessen

91. Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (series), by Louise Rennison

92. Leviathan (series), by Scott Westerfeld

93. The House of the Scorpion, by Scott Westerfeld

94. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci (series), by Diana Wynne Jones

95. The Lullaby, by Sarah Dessen


96. Gone (series), by Michael Grant--Want to Read

97. The Shiver Trilogy (series), by Maggie Stiefvater--Read

98. The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley


99. Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson

100. Betsy-Tacy Books (series), by Maud Hart Lovelace


Read Completely: 12 
Want to Read: 8
Started by not finished: 1
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Total: 21


Favorites: 6 
A lot of my favorites are quite popular apparently!

What does your list look like? Send me your link to your list so I can check it out! 
Are there any on here that I don't have listed that I should check out? Let me know!

Book Review: Clockwork Prince


Warning! As always, this review contains spoilers. I can't seem to write a review without them. My apologizes. Also, the synopsis has spoilers from Clockwork Angel 

Clockwork Prince

"In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart."

Author: Cassandra Clare
Year of Release: 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Historical Fiction
Sequel(s): Clockwork Princess
What motivated you to read this book?: I almost always read the sequels to books that I read, plus I wanted to know what was going to happen next!
Book Version: Hardback
Where did you get the book?: Local Library
Favorite Character: Jem Carstairs
Least Favorite Character: Benedict Lightwood or Nate Gray, but I didn't really hate any characters to an extreme
Thoughts on Cover: I really like it. I love Jem. Normally I don't like long haired guys, but I like his long hair on this cover.
Recommended to: Fans of The Mortal Instruments
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Review: Clockwork Prince will leave you absolutely breathless. It will captivate you, draw you in, and you will not stop reading until you are done. It is rare for an author to be able to write a book that is better than the first, but in this case, Clockwork Prince triumphs over Clockwork Angel in terms of character development, romance, plot and story line.

There is a great amount of character development from Clockwork Angel to Clockwork Prince especially when it comes to Will. Will is definitely not the same person he was in Clockwork Angel (or maybe he was, but I just didn't realize it because I didn't know about his curse). Knowing about his curse made me pity him and realize that everything he did and said was a lie but for a good reason. I can't imagine living a life under the assumption of being under a curse that will kill all who love me. What a dreadful curse to assume has been placed on you! Especially finding out that the curse is false and knowing that all the lies you did and said for the past 5 years were for nothing at all. What a horrible, horrible thing. Poor, poor Will.

The romance was also a huge improvement as well. There were quite a few of intense, steamy scenes between Will and Tessa & Jem & Tessa that I loved. There were even a few cute moments between Sophie and Gideon. I especially loved the scene where Jem and Tessa first kissed and the scene on the balcony when Will and Tessa have a very passionate kiss.They were so much fun to read. They were probably my favorite scenes in the book.

The plot and story line will keep you interested as well. They were great in Clockwork Angel, but I found them to be more captivating in this book. It kept me reading and wanting to find out what happens next. Like in Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince consists of many plot twists and surprises. There is even a bit of a cliffhanger at the end that makes me quite eager for the sequel to come out!

I did find it to be a bit ridiculous though that Tessa agreed to marry Jem. I love, love, love Jem and think he is perfect for Tessa, but her agreeing to marry him after only just finding out how he felt about her just a few days before is quite absurd. She shouldn't marry him because she fears hurting him. She should have been honest with him and told him that she needed more time, especially since she has only known him for a few months and mainly because she loves Will, too, even though she hasn't admitted it to herself yet. Her engagement to Jem has only made me pity him because she doesn't love him as much as he loves her. It has also made me feel so bad for Will, too. It broke my heart to see him so sad and heartbroken, but I don't want Tessa to break Jem's heart either. (I hate love triangles.) I want both boys to be happy, but it's obvious they both can't be happy with Tessa. What made this love triangle more interesting than most love triangles is that the boys who Tessa must decide from are best friends, practically brothers. Usually love triangles consist of two boys who hate each other, not love each other. In this series, they both want the other to be happy and would be willing to sacrifice their own happiness for the other. What Will said to Jem when he announced his engagement to Tessa was so unbelievably selfless. I loved it. I truly love their friendship.

I absolutely loved this book. It was quite a pleasant surprise considering that my expectations for it were not that high. I expected it to be good, but not incredibly amazing. I definitely cannot wait to read Clockwork Princess!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Book Review: Clockwork Angel


Clockwork Angel

Warning!: This review has spoilers in it.

"Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. 

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.


Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.


Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all."

Author: Cassandra Clare
Year of Release: 2010
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical Fiction
Sequel(s): Clockwork Prince & Clockwork Princess
What motivated you to read this book?: It's so popular & I loved The Mortal Instruments, so I figured I'd give it a try
Book Version: Hardback
Where did you get the book?: Library
Favorite Character: Jem
Least Favorite Character: Nate or Mortmain 
Thoughts on Cover:I like it. It's very cool. I like how the front of his face is hidden from view, and I absoultely love how you can see the Big Ben in the back ground. 
Recommended to: Fans of The Mortal Instruments
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
ReviewDespite being in the same world of shadowhunters, werewolves, vampires, faeries, and warlocks, it still had a different vibe to it than The Mortal Instruments books did. I found it to be interesting how things were ran in the shadowhunter world in the 1870's. I also enjoyed learning small bits of how life was in general in the 1870's. Before reading The Luxe & this book I had no idea that everyone, even underage people call each other Miss and Mr (i.e. Tessa was called Miss Gray and Will was called Mr. Herondale even though they were both underage), unless they gave another person permission to call them by their first name. I liked the formality of it.

I also liked how this book tied in to The Mortal Instruments books even though it took place 129 years before them. Like how Henry was the inventor of the Sensor that Jace used in City of Bones. That was pretty cool. I also liked how Magnus and Camille were in it. I also enjoyed the fact that William is Jace's Great-Great Grandpa or something and that there were Lightwoods and a few other characters who were obviously ancestors of some of the characters in The Mortal Instruments.

The story itself was very unique, kept my attention. However, it lacked the spark that The Mortal Instruments books have. It was still quite good. I really enjoyed reading it. I loved the plot twists. Things occurred that I definitely did not expect to happen and those are always nice to have. I love being surprised. I was a bit disappointed in the romance though. I tried very hard to like Will. I really did. I just couldn't get myself to like him. He seemed so much worse than Jace. So inconsiderate and rude. I can't describe how disgusted I was with him. I hope he improves in Clockwork Prince. I really didn't understand why Tessa liked him. When reading the book I expected to fall for him, but ended up falling for the other guy, Jem. I loved his kindness and his gentleness. He seemed so sweet. I loved the part when he kissed Tessa's hand. That was adorable. Probably my favorite part of the book. The scene at the very end was really cute as well. Will acted like a jerk, then Jem comforted her. I really don't understand why she doesn't like him.

All in all, I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't my favorite book of Clare's. I still plan on reading Clockwork Prince to see what happens next!

Waiting on Wednesday (#7)

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:  
Black City

"A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable--they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash's long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they're caught, they'll be executed--but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths."



Release Date: November 12, 2012

I found out about this book through Penguin's Breathless Reads. It sounds incredible & I cannot wait to read it. I LOVE books with forbidden romances in them! They make the romance more interesting, if you ask me.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Top Ten Book Romances That I Think Would Make It In The Real World

Top 10 Tuesday (#11) 

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 Topic is:

Top Ten Book Romances That You Think Would Make It In The Real World (outside the book)

I'm guessing this topic is referring to the top ten couples that would make it in the real world, outside of the world in the book. i.e. Jace & Clary making it in the real world outside of the world of shadowhunters, faeries, werewolves, vampires, etc. or Ron & Hermione making it in the real world outside of the magical world of witches and wizards. So here are the top couples I think would make it in the world if they were real people:

1. Jace & Clary--Mortal Instruments
2. Ron & Hermione--Harry Potter
3. Lena & Alex--Delirium
4. Ian & Wanderer--The Host
5. Tobias & Tris--Divergent
6. Adam & Juliette--Shatter Me
7. Jared & Melanie--The Host
8. Liz & Owen--Elsewhere
9. Will & Ronnie--The Last Song
10. Josh & Emma--The Future of Us

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Got Twitter?

Hey Everyone!

This is just a quick update to inform all of my followers of the twitter account that I created for this blog. Feel free to follow me @EmHeartsBooks. Thanks!!

-E

Friday, August 10, 2012

Help Needed

Hi Everyone!

I am in need of someone to help me design a more professional background/layout for my blog. I have a few ideas in mind, but unfortunately I do not have photoshop to create a background. I would also like assistance in creating a button as well. If anyone is welling to help me for free or if anyone knows anyone who is welling to help me please contact me at emilyheartsbooksblog@gmail.com . It would be very much appreciated! I will certainly credit you on my blog and I will post your button on my blog!

Thanks!
Emily

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday (#4)


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 would you do over if you were to start your blog again from scratch?
Tough question! I probably wouldn't have done my 30 Day Hunger Games Challenge  (But it doesn't really matter that I did it), but that's probably the only thing I would change. I love my blog. There are definitely some things that I want to do to improve my blog though!
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