Lord of Shadows, The Dark Artifices book 2, by Cassandra Clare, A Short Review

This second book in the Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare had a fairly slow beginning and middle until almost the very end. I definitely had problems focusing and keeping my attention on reading this book. With that said, the ending is intense. I really can’t even decide how I feel about it besides partially devastated and maybe frustrated. This series really attempts to tackle some serious issues concerning mental health and different aspects to the LGBTQ community which only increases my love for Clare. I definitely suggest being patient with this series and trying to enjoy it, especially if you are a fan of the first two series in the Shadowhunter world.

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff, A Short Review

WOW! The ending of The Nevernight Trilogy was incredible. I’m not going to give anything away, but I have to say this last book held quite a few amazing surprises. The thing I love about Mia that holds true to the end is her grip on being human. Or, to say it another way, her ability through all this rage and awful to not completely become a cold-hearted killer. She stays warm and real. She keeps part of herself soft instead of turning to stone. And I think that in and of itself is a great lesson for all of us.

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Lady Midnight, The Dark Artifices book 1, by Cassandra Clare, A Quick Review

What a great start to The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare! The last line of the book, not the Epilogue, made me gasp a little. I couldn’t help it! I just… what? But? Omg! Too much and I cant handle it. This book was steeped in the importance and love of family, also romance for sure, but family more so really. The need to have that older sibling, fatherly or, for some, motherly figure. To have that wholeness as a unit, that togetherness that defines the Blackthorns as family. I thought this tale was beautifully told, exciting, had my heart racing at parts. I highly recommend this for fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare!

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, A Short Review

I’m not going to give away what happened in Nevernight and in this fabulous sequel, Godsgrave. I’m just going to say you can consider my mind blown! Kristoff has a way of tricking me into believing that I know what is going on and then completely flipping the story to what I least expect. This series is amazing, Mia Corvere is Amazing and I highly recommend this!

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Divergent by Veronica Roth, A Short Review

This was such a great reread almost 8 years after the first time I read it. I had no idea I would still love this book so much! What I loved most of all was the sweet romance between Tris and Four. I do not know if it affected me as much the first time I read this but this time I felt like a lovey ball of goo just adoring every moment they had together. Honestly, I am not sure if I have really matured much over the years! I highly recommend this to first time readers and rereaders alike. So much fun, definitely fierce and just the right amount of romance.

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The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, A Brief Review

This was a joy to read. A brief look at the glamorous life of Magnus Bane. I need to say, if you are interested in reading this, definitely read The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series first! This answers some questions I had about Bane and it also helped me understand his character more. This book of short stories really made me like Bane as a person a lot more than I already did because I got to see him a little more clearly. I was able to see what really makes him who he is, and now I cant help but absolutely adore him! It proves that sometimes people need to simply understand each other and what makes us “people”. To try to understand, and when we understand each other we can see the whole person, not just the outfit or the glitter. And like people everywhere, there is much more to Magnus Bane than what is on the surface.

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A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir, A Quick Review

Another fabulous and gut wrenching addition to The Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir. I tried so hard not to cry but there were a few points in the end and I’m telling you, I couldn’t help it! In this book, all the prophecies come true as the main characters fully become the parts they are meant to play, for better or worse. I highly recommend this series and cannot wait for the next book which comes out in December this year and is the final book I believe.

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, A Review

An amazing end to an amazing story. Katniss never really was in control of the rebellion situation or her own life like she believed she was before The Hunger Games. Everything she loved could always be simply taken away from her. Everything she knew and trusted could be changed. It is not till the end of this book, when she loses almost everything she loves, that she truly gains control.

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, A Review

This book has so much strength to it, and the fact that I was able to get a signed copy has made me literally feel stronger for reasons I cannot totally explain. The main characters are both very loveable, charismatic and only serve to enhance each other’s stories. Laia has everything taken from her and has no idea how to fight back for it, how to have the courage of a lion and show no fear. Elias is fighting in a different way, he is literally a fighter, a mask, and also trying to find his escape to a freedom that doesn’t involve hurting anyone. I highly recommend this first book in the series and thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, A Review

Katniss and Peeta have survived the last Hunger Games only to now face the Quarter Quell and a host of other issues. Katniss has been unaware until now what her trick with the poisonous berries has caused, the revolution that is seething within all of the districts. She has unwittingly become not only the catalyst, the spark lighting this flame, but the leader of this rebellion.

I am enjoying my reread of this series, however, I do not know if it’s me personally or this specific time period or perhaps both, but the content of these books is hitting me much harder than they ever have before. I am finding new meaning and associations that I did not recognize when I initially read these books when they first came out.

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