Monthly Archives: January 2016

City of Lost Souls by: Cassandra Clare

The demon, Lilith, has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing, but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father, Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away – not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has brought – Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?

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A Peek Inside my Library

Hey Everyone! I’m sorry that I haven’t posted anything for a while, so I’m hoping to get some posts in more consistently. For now, here’s a little peek inside of my library! As a fellow book lover (and hoarder), I’m sure you can understand what I mean when I say that I have way to many books. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing, it just means I need to find more room for the books. And get a job. I tried to divide the books that I’ve read into different categories, and than just piled all my TBR books under one section. Just like it is in my room. Lets get started!

 

The Classics:

Little Women by: Louisa May Alcott

Pollyanna by: Eleanor H. Porter

Heidi by: Johanna Spyri

The Secret Garden by: Frances Hodgeson Burnett

Anne of Green Gables by: Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by: C. S. Lewis

A Wrinkle in Time by: Madeleine L’engle

 

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City of Fallen Angels by: Cassandra Clare

Two nights ago, I finished reading City of Fallen Angels by: Cassandra Clare. Honestly, I was kind of disappointed. I hate writing negative reviews, but this book didn’t really live up to my expectations. After reading the first three books in the Mortal Instruments series, I was surprised to hear that there were more books. I thought that the first three books were amazing, and I loved, and still do love, all of the characters in these books, but I was disappointed when I read City of Fallen Angels. I don’t want to say that I didn’t enjoy the book, because I did, just not as much as the other ones. during the middle of the book, I was in love but that feeling didn’t last.

I don’t know if I disliked the book as a whole, or am just mad about the ending, but I would give this book a three out of five stars. I did have trouble getting in to the book, but once I got hooked, I couldn’t put it down. The ending was amazing, and I was sad to put down the book, but it was okay because I realized that the book wasn’t over yet! I still had a few more pages to go before the real ending. The sad part is that those last few pages really ruined it for me. I am really upset that Ms. Clare feels the need to pick on Jace again. Hasn’t he been through enough already? I definitely will continue to finish the series because I do want to find out what happens (but mostly because I already bought the next book), and will let you know what I think of those.

Overall, I would say that this book made for a good story, but the ending didn’t satisfy me or give me that peaceful feeling that I usually get after finishing a book. I also feel like it could have been written a little better. I found myself questioning Ms. Clare’s word choices multiple times throughout the book. As I mentioned before, I did love the first three Mortal Instruments books, and I hope that I can enjoy the rest of the series.

-Leah

An Ember in the Ashes by: Sabaa Tahir

Recently my family and I went on a road trip to a beach resort. While at the resort, I finished reading An Ember in the Ashes, a book written by Sabaa Tahir. An Ember in the Ashes was an epic fantasy novel, following Laia and Elias, two teenagers under the rulership of the martial empire. Laia and Elias become unlikely friends as the story unwinds and Laia becomes a slave to Elias’ mother, a cruel woman who tried to give up her son when he was a baby. Elias is a soldier in his last year of training, who secretly wishes to be freed from his brutal fate.

I would give this book five out of five stars. I thought this book was very well written and would recommend it to any book lovers out their. Even with all of the distractions around me, when I was reading this book, I became thoroughly emersed in the world of Elias and Laia. Tahir writes about a fantasy world, filled with sorcery and sprinkled with dark magic, yet still makes her characters very relatable to us. An Ember in the Ashes takes on a life of it’s own, without following any of the classic story lines that we are so accustomed to. This book was filled with heroes that we love to love and villains that we love to hate. An Ember in the Ashes was, without a doubt, one of the best books (and only books) that I read this year. I can’t wait to read the next book!

All About Me!

Hi everyone! In this post I will be telling you some things about me, as well as what this blog is all about.

My name is Leah and I love reading and writing (obviously). I have am the oldest child and have three younger brothers, Jonah, Jacob, and Noah. I also have a mini golden doodle named Daisy. I wanted to start this blog as a way to share my love for books with all of you. I will also be taking this opportunity to improve upon my writing abilities. This blog will be primarily focused on young adult novels, because those are my favorites, and I will be reviewing different books that I read. If you have any books that you would like me to review, leave a comment, I love hearing from you! I know that I am new at this, so I would love your feedback. Let me know what you liked or didn’t like, what you would like to see more of or less of, or anything else! Keep smiling!

-Leah