The Dark Artifices by Cassie Clare | BRINGING ON THE FANGIRLING

Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices Series #1)

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publication date: 03/08/2016
Pages: 720

By the Angel, it’s a new series from the reigning queen of schmaltzy forbidden love against a backdrop of geysering green ichor.—Kirkus

 

 

Lord of Shadows (Dark Artifices Series #2) (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publication date: 05/23/2017
Pages: 608

Too new for praises but there will be plenty in this post from me so, here we go! (ew that rhymes)

 

 

 

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Comment: DUH.

For the safety of the bookworm who is reading this and hasn’t read TDA/TMI:

GO AWAY. PRETTY PLEASE. 

WARNING THE ENDING THE ENDING OF LORD OF SHADOWS MADE ME WANT TO BURST INTO UNCONTROLLABLE TEARS.  #problemswithreadinginpublic #fictionallyscarring

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AND THE ROMANCE AGHHHHH. Like I mean, is Cassandra Clare casually trying to torture her readers?! Emma and Julian NEED to find a way to break the curse. I mean IT SHOULDN’T EVEN BE LEGAL TO MAKE A PERMANENT DECISION LIKE THAT WHEN YOU ARE TWELVE. Seriously?? What is the Clave thinking? Well take that back because the Clave is cruel and evil anyways so actually it makes perfectly logical sense! But honestly because Cassandra Clare is a ‘happily ever after’  author for the most part *CRIES* “LIVVYYYYYY, MAXXXXX it’s pretty predictable that the curse will be broken, but how?? *raises eyebrow* WELL WE MUST WAIT ONLY ONE WHOLE YEAR TO FIND OUT…

AND THEN THERE’S ZARA DEARBORN.

Can I please stab her through the words of my book?! How I feel about this character: AHHHHSDHREDH. It’s like the new Celeste from The Selection but a solid million times worse. She’s a disgrace to the shadow world, period. This sounds harsh but if you’ve read Lord of Shadows you know what I mean: ZARA GO AND LIVE IN A DARK HOLE ALONE. FOREVER.

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Dear Cassandra, let the dead be dead. IT’S PRETTY SIMPLE.

How many characters can come back to life? It’s starting to get slightly ridiculous. Not that I want death but, let’s count: Jace, Simon, Annabel, Malcom, (hopefully Livvy) and I feel like I’m missing a LOT more, but for some stupid reason I can’t find a list of the resurrected TMI characters?? (like why doesn’t that exist? lol) I felt like it was unnecessary for Malcom to come back from death because it was just like: wooowww you’re back again, except from the bottom of the ocean as a zombie to finish your messed up conquest.

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The TMI fam is back = happiness

Yayayayayayyyy so much more…MALEC! Oh yeah, also Clary, Jace, and people. Isn’t that just a LOVELY piece of fan art below? Lol I’m dying looking at this. MAGNUS LOOKS LIKE A DIVA/PUNK GIRL. I’M SO SORRY I SHOWED THIS TO YOU. 😂

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ARC Review: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart | “Haunting, sophisticated.”

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Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.
~ Overview stolen from Barnes & Noble because I tried and failed at writing a synopsis that wouldn’t give the entire book away….~

 

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This book was extraordinary. I finished it in one day (on a school day too!). And let me tell you, I usually take a while to finish books, but I flew through this one. It was quite similar to We Were Liars, but (I didn’t even think this was possible) 100 times more twisted. The story jumps back and forth in time, and throughout the book, you slowly unravel why the main character (Imogen) is on the run, in the first chapter. There are a series of clues throughout the book, that keeps you eager to finish it, because it is almost unthinkable as to who is responsible for the crime going on.

I can’t explain to you guys how fantastic the horribly twisted plot of this book was, without giving away spoilers. My only complaint is that the characters aren’t likable. They aren’t really meant to be likable either, because the story wouldn’t work if they were, but still. That’s why this book could never be my favorite, but this is an absolute must-read. At the end of the book, your just sitting there, all jaw-dropped, like, “WOW.”

Favorite ARC you’ve read this year?

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Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson | a must-read bittersweet story

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 5/7/13

Page Count: 468

Hello readers! Today I am reviewing Second Chance Summer; just another lovely book by my all-time favorite YA contemporary author Morgan Matson! Check out some of her other books The Unexpected Everything, or Since You’ve Been Gone (two books I loved).

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Taylor Edwards never had a closely knit family, because something always tends to step in the way of any bonding. When Taylor is seventeen, her dad receives devastating news, that leaves her family determined to spend a last perfect summer together, which might be harder than they thought, as they realize they don’t know each other as well as they ordinarily should. Taylor’s parents decide to move back into their old lake house, to bring back the type of fun that exists in their memories from five long years ago.

The Pocono Mountains Taylor left behind when she was twelve, much to her surprise, had gone through a lot of change, yet the problems she left are still begging to be resolved; to start off, it is almost inevitable she will face an unforgiving, broken-hearted best friend, and ex-boyfriend. As the summer goes by, the Edwards are hit with the realization that the clock is ticking, every day. Taylor learns to make the best of the moment, and of her past, because maybe she can make this last summer an opportunity for second chances. Taylor can regain everything she loved in her old life, if she just plays her cards right, to make the time she has left with everyone perfect.

“And I’ve realized that the Beatles got it wrong. Love isn’t all we need—love is all there is.”

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Another book by my favorite contemporary author Morgan Matson; how could I NOT totally LOVE it. Second Chance Summer was one of the most bittersweet books I’ve ever read; the perfect resolution of a girl who must figure out how to make her summer perfect after her life is about to be ruined. Though the book moved along fairly slow until the end, I think that this was the best way it could have been written…it portrayed the mending of friendships very realistically. It wasn’t simply your typical, ‘let’s be friends again!’ type of book.

The ending had me so heartbroken at the reality Taylor at last had to face. The way Matson changed Taylor as a person over the summer, was amazing. I know the cover might make the book look a bit cheesy, but it’s far from it. It is hardly even a contemporary, because it’s SO much bigger than that. Although it probably won’t happen, I would love to see this adapt into a movie. Second Chance Summer was overall, simply so heartfelt, and is a book everyone would appreciate deeply. The plot was such a realistic, common situation, which affects the readers view on it, in my honest opinion.

“Just because you’d left something behind didn’t mean that it had gone anywhere.”

Who’s your favorite author?

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APRIL WRAP-UP

Good afternoon readers! I’m super behind on book reviews, because I just went on vacation with no wifi and took advantage of the tropical weather by reading a whole bunch of books lol. They were all amazing, but definitely put some weight on my luggage, and almost broke my shoulders (especially Lady Midnight). Also, I’m really sorry I missed a bunch of everyone’s posts lately, since my reader isn’t working right and won’t allow me to like your posts! AND dumb WordPress won’t let me align left so I’m also sorry about the awful formatting in this post.

In addition, I know this could be quite a bit early, but I would like to start collecting questions for a future Q&A celebration post for when I hit 500. 😉 And thank you to every one of my followers who has carried me to 400 this month!! I’m thinking of doing an giveaway too, along with the Q&A, for a Barnes and Noble/Amazon giftcard!

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Lady Midnight//Cassandra Clare

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This book left me internally screaming at the end from all the unresolved love triangles. And Emma’s life choices. Seriously. I wouldn’t have even believed this was possible before I read this, but somehow TDA is even BETTER than the TMI series. I wasn’t aware anything better existed until I got my nose buried in Lady Midnight. Also, you HAVE to read all of Cassandra Clare’s other series, or it won’t make sense. Overall this book was perfection and awesomeness smooshed up into a bunch of sacred pages, and I can’t wait for more in a few weeks!

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Scythe//Neal Shusterman

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Okay so first, two things that are big news: this is a series (yes!) and it is being made into a film by Universal (also yes!). This book had a really interesting and therefore, great, base of an idea to begin with, and didn’t let me down. The action/adventure only got better, as you dug yourself deeper into the secrets of the scythdom (yes you heard that right). I loved the main characters…they were really likable yet flawed, but from my past experience Shusterman isn’t great with romance, so this book killed me on behalf of that! Rowan and Citra clearly deny the fact that they like each other throughout the book, given near the end Rowan admits he loves her and Citra replies “Same here.” And I stared at the book in utter silence, thinking, SAME HERE?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME CITRA THAT’S NOT A CASUAL SORT OF REMARK.

The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale

Maus//Art Spiegelman

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To be quite candid, this was an incredible, one of a kind, extremely insightful graphic novel that deserves praise. But it just wasn’t for me. I didn’t fly through it and found it a little confusing, although overall, bottom line, it is a crazy impressive book. It is the true story of the author’s father surviving WWII, and I know, that makes it sound like a boring stereotypical survival story, but it’s NOT. I loved how the people of different religion, nationalities, etc, are portrayed as animals, as a way of showing the harsh segregation Hitler lay upon the world. The animals have a very deep meaning in the story, and this makes it intriguing.

Please comment any questions for our future Q&A post!

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We Are Okay//Nina Lacour: not your typical YA novel

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Publisher: Dutton Books

Publication date: February 14, 2017

Pages: 240

“So lonely and beautiful that I could hardly breathe. This is a perfect book.” —Stephanie Perkins, bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss

 

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“You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.”  ~Nina LaCour, We Are Okay

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I feel like this book deserves more than four stars, but there’s one thing that just makes it not quite there: the characters. I felt very passionate for Mabel and Marin (our main characters), throughout the entire book, but I didn’t fall in love with their personalities. Don’t get me wrong, they weren’t necessarily bad people, and I don’t really know how to put a finger on it: there was just nothing that extraordinary that made them stick out.

“I thought that it was more likely the opposite. I must have shut grief out. Found it in books. Cried over fiction instead of the truth. The truth was unconfined, unadorned. There was no poetic language to it, no yellow butterflies, no epic floods. There wasn’t a town trapped underwater or generations of men with the same name destined to make the same mistakes. The truth was vast enough to drown in.”

Now that the negative thoughts are spoken of…there is SO MUCH I loved about this book! First off, the writing was unique, gorgeous, and perfected artwork. Nothing like most YA books I’ve read; I just finished The Book Thief, and personally, I thought the writing in We Are Okay was just as exceptional. The story jumps through time, and at the end of the book, all the mysteries are cleverly explained…which means there’s a huge plot twist (this is my favorite thing in books). Also, the writing was somewhat poetic; if you enjoyed We Were Liars, you will love this!!

It’s a dark place, not knowing.
It’s difficult to surrender to.
But I guess it’s where we live most of the time. I guess it’s where we all live, so maybe it doesn’t have to be so lonely. Maybe I can settle into it, cozy up to it, make a home inside uncertainty.

What’s your favorite type of book?

We Were Liars//e. lockhart

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Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publication date: May 14th, 2014

Pages: 242

Hello! I actually read this book a LONG time ago, but I re-read it all the time. When I wrote the review for this book a year ago, I hadn’t fully comprehended it. Here you have my slightly wittier and more polished version: Oh and the Deluxe Edition is being released this May!!

 

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“We are Sinclairs.

No one is needy.

No one is wrong.

We live, at least in the summertime, on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts.

Perhaps that is all you need to know.

Except that some of us are liars.”

~e. lockhart, We Were Liars

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This may sound strange, but despite that this is my absolute favorite book, I’ll won’t deny that it has it’s flaws of course. It’s not specifically the deaths that are chosen which bother me (I don’t really complain about those) but rather a character’s change of personality every so often.

The universe is seeming really huge right now. I need something to hold on to.

If Gat weren’t in the story, I honestly don’t think this would be my favorite book. He literally holds the best character I’ve ever found in any novel. Cady doesn’t even deserve him, but you do have to acknowledge what she’s suffering from throughout most of the book, and not think “Cady’s an idiot. Why would anyone burn down their grandpa’s house?” You’ll recognize E. Lockhart’s  writing style as simplistic although soon you’ll have to give it some thought; it’s not the type of book you can necessarily mentally whiz through.

If you want to live where people are not afraid of mice, you must give up living in palaces.

Cadence is often viewed as selfish, which leads to many poor ratings, and I know she is. But it’s bigger than that; you could look at the summary of the book and easily say it’s awful, but you have to comprehend the writing to enjoy it. Depending on how you look at it, this novel tends to have a love/hate reaction.

Do not accept an evil you can change.

Loved or hated it?

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Popular Graphic Novels You’ll *Fly* Through

Hello readers! Let’s talk about a few graphic novels that are totally worth mentioning. I’ve found that graphic novels make a good break from regular reading, so it’s nice to pick one up every once in a while.

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MAXIMUM RIDE: JAMES PATTERSON & NARAE LEE

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I used to be absolutely crazy for this series; it was probably my favorite book. Although, way back then I hadn’t read a whole lot of young adult novels, so who knows how good my judgment was lol?

Narae Lee’s artwork is truly amazing, and in addition she gets the same story across as the original novels but so much better. I own this series and I have re-read every book millions of times (not even an exaggeration)…

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CARDBOARD: DOUG TENNAPEL

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Cardboard takes you on an adventure as you flip through the pages. The entire story is absolutely brilliant, and there is great character development displayed throughout the book.

The author’s artwork is very distinguished from other graphic novels, and has a generally jagged design (which isn’t bad). Read this if you’re seeking action and excitement; I guarantee  it’ll take you places in your imagination.

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SISTERS: RAINA TELGEMEIER

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I had enjoyed the first installment, Smile, but I must admit this was at least twice as good! It was humorous, and simply about Raina’s road trip with her siblings. There are a bunch of flashbacks, and Raina (the author) does a really nice job creating the younger versions of all the characters.

One of my favorite things about these books though, are that they’re real stories. And the thing is, she wasn’t anyone particularly famous before she wrote these books, but Raina simply wrote about her life, and benefited from combining that with her talent for literature and art!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GRAPHIC NOVEL?

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Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

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Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication date: 12/03/2013

Pages: 368

“The Lemony Snicket author convincingly inhabits the mind of Min, a teenage girl reeling from her first heartbreak. This poignant, bittersweet novel centers on a box of objects infused with memories of her brief, unforgettable love.”

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This is the box, Ed.

Inside is everything.

Two bottle caps,

a movie ticket from Greta in the Wild,

a note from you,

a box of matches,

your protractor,

Joan’s book,

the stolen sugar,

a toy truck,

those ugly earrings,

a comb from the motel,

and the rest of it.

This is it, Ed.

The whole story of why we broke up.

The thing is with your heart’s desire is that your heart doesn’t even know what it desires until it turns up. -Daniel Handler, Why We Broke Up

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For the record, I’ve never been very interested in contemporary novels (unless it’s Morgan Matson). But even Matson’s books aren’t solely romance; they’re focused around family and friendships also. When it’s not, things just gets tiring for me…I reached about three quarters through until I skipped to read one of the last chapters (I know, awful). On the contrary, Handler’s writing itself is some of the best I’ve ever found in a young adult novel, but the topic just wasn’t in my interest.

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I didn’t find Min very likable at all; Ed, and Al (her best friend) were okay, but everyone else in the book was basically just a major side character. Of course, because Min is narrating the story about every item in the box, the book is generally very focused around those three characters, which makes sense I guess. Besides that, the whole box idea is really unique and wonderful, and so was the artwork; those things were basically what motivated me to pick up Why We Broke Up. As Asia @LostArtofReading put it..I think it might’ve been me, not the book this time.

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Hello! My apologies, I haven’t posted in almost a month! My weekends had been astoundingly busy with sports and school; the trimester was closing, which meant a lot of tests and homework. Without further or do, I will get on with this book review…

Image result for shatter meFirst off I will admit that I loved the cover of this book; I don’t know how to describe it as anything but simply very creative and pretty. Anyways, I had always been tempted to read this, because one of my favorite genres is dystopian. I found out about it a while back watching a book vlogger, although I unfortunately can not get my hands on the video to share with you all.

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The outside world has turned into an ugly place. Everything has turned either unnatural or dead: the animals, plants, and even oxygen seems to be on a horrific shortage.

Juliette has been imprisoned in an psychiatric institution, or better known as an asylum, because of her lethal touch that is feared by people across the country. She has been held in captivity here for 264 days; 264 days with no communication, or interaction with another human being. The Reestablishment Society imprisons her here because they believe she is guilty of murder, although she has never forgiven herself for the dread her power has caused others.

The society keeps her alive because they believe that this 17 year old girl can be used as a weapon against other countries in their contest of power. They know they have at last found the key to winning their war against the world, but will Juliette stand by their side? The choice of either the likelihood death or cooperating with the enemy is hers.

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I enjoyed the style of writing in this book; it was quite of straight forward, and I think that it was written this way to express the main Juliette’s style of thinking. Another feature of this novel are the crossed out words, that seem to be describing her regrets and inner thoughts to you.

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It did take me a little bit to get used to this, but I ended up enjoying it. In addition, the author doesn’t spell out any numbers, which I believe adds to the importance of them because they tend to pop out more this way. Juliette mentions numbers many times, considering when she is locked up in the asylum, alone, and her only source of entertainment is counting how long she has been imprisoned.

Generally, I moved along the book at a fair pace, considering the novel was quite action filled. Preferably, it would be more interesting if the book used different POVs for each chapter, although I do recall that the fourth installment, Destroy Me, is in Warner’s (the leader of the Reestablishment Society) POV.

Looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
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Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

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Hello!

I recently found out about this book through my sister, and borrowed it from her once she had finished. It came out very recently, and I was so pleased to know that Raina Telgemeier had written another graphic novel!

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Catrina and her family move to Northern California, for her little sister, Maya, is very sick. Cat is very unpleased about leaving home, but she knows Maya will be healthier living on the coast with the salty, cool air, because of the condition she has, called cystic fibrosis.

The two sisters find that adventure awaits in their new home, Bahía de la Luna. They hear rumors from their neighbor that ghosts wander all around the place, especially on Día de los Muertos.

Maya’s last wish would be to meet a ghost, but Cat is reluctant to the thought of it. She must discover the brightness that lives among the dead, on this treasured holiday, so that she can fight through her fears for both herself, and her family.

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It was okay, and certainly not bad, but it wasn’t as captivating as her first book. I felt it could’ve gone slightly more into depth about the tradition of the holiday, and the book was kind of predictable. The author’s illustrations are cute though, plus the idea of the story was original, since it was dealing with the Spanish culture. All in all, I do recommend that you should read this.

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