#FridayReads [4]

Today, and this weekend, I’ll be rereading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. It has been quite awhile since I last read this book, so I thought a reread was due! Plus its 10 year bookaversary is coming up!

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When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder. Much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with odd markings. This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons–and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It’s also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know….

For those of you who don’t know, this is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. The same series the TV show Shadowhunters is based off of. Have you read this series? Do you watch the show?

The Vampire Diaries: Series Finale || Favorite Moments

Damon and Stefan’s Goodbye tvd_8-16

Damon and Stefan have always been my favorite non-romantic relationship on the show! And I always loved seeing moments together like this! This scene was so emotional and heartbreaking, especially when they were trying to explain to one another why it needed to be them to sacrifice themselves.

Bonnie and Bennett Witches Save Mystic Falls

Bonnie freakin 8x16_bonnie2Bennett has always been one of the best and the most SELFLESS characters on the show. She was always willing to sacrifice herself and her happiness time and time again for the ones she loves. To see her be the one to save Mystic Falls doesn’t surprise me one bit. However the scene with her, Grams, and generations of Bennett witches was just badass, and I absolutely loved it! However I’m still pissed about them not bringing Enzo back, so they can both have there happy ending! Bonnie and Enzo are two characters who deserved that!

Stefan and Elena/Stefan and Lexi

This schqdefaultene! We NEEDED this! Stefan and Elena was where it all started and to see them FINALLY have a moment like this. We really needed it. Even though these two are not in love with each other anymore, they will always love one another. This scene was sweet, emotional, and just absolutely necessary. Plus the song Never Say Never played as they ended the goodbye! PERFECTION! And then we can’t forgot when he does leave, he walks out to see Lexi, finding peace with her! That scene was EPIC!

Damon and Elena

What we’ve been waiting for: the Delena reunion! It wasn’t this big, over the top reunion. They simply see each other, run into each other arms, kiss and hug. I know a lot of people wimagesere disappointed with this, but to be honest, I really quite enjoyed it. If you think about it, it was very bittersweet. I mean yes, they have each other back, but Damon just lost his brother and was saying goodbye to him, plus he’s now human. I mean come on, he has to be feeling so many different emotions at that moment. And Elena just woke up, and she lost someone really important to her. With all that going on, I think the reunion was done well and fit with the tone of the story in that moment. Of course I know quite a few people might disagree(that’s okay!).

Finding Peace

The ending, at least in my opinionthe-vampire-diaries-defan-8x16n, was perfect. I loved how we got to see what everyone was doing, or going to do in the future. How they had loved ones that died looking out for them, and eventually finding peace with them! Elena and Damon living a long and happy life, and when they do pass on: Elena finds peace with her parents, Aunt Jenna, and John, while Damon finds peace with Stefan, finally getting to see him again. I absolutely freakin loved that the final scene was of Stefan and Damon, and the final line was:

“Damon.”

“Hello Brother”

#IIReadathon Wrap Up!

Dana over at @andbookhoarding hosted the Informal Impromptu Readathon from February 27th until March 4th. As what I normally do, I decided to join in last mimg_5395inute. It was a fun readathon, with sprints being hosted every night, which really helped with my reading. I was able to read 3 books this week, which is the most I’ve read in one week!

The first book I read was The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury and I gave this book a 4 out of 5. This book was a retelling of Aladdin and was a definite surprise. I really enjoyed the characters and retake on the story!

Next I read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I’ve been wanting to read this book since I watched the trailer. I’m really glad I was able to get to it during the readathon. This book was such a fast read, and I really did end up enjoying it. I ended up giving this book a 4.3 out of 5. I loved how it was told throughout different formats like IM’s and Emails as well. The characters were a lot of fun and I loved the romance.

The last book I read Was Nerve by Jeanne Ryan. I really didn’t like this book and I gave it a 1 out of 5. I watched he movie last month which made me want to read the book. I enjoyed the movie. It wasn’t anything great, but it was simply fun to watch on a Sunday afternoon. However, I really didn’t like the book. I didn’t like the writing, or the characters, and I really didn’t like the romance. It just wasn’t for me. I do however recommend the movie if you want something fun.

Trailer Thoughts: Everything, Everything

So I finally watched the Everything, Everything trailer and I thought I would share my thoughts. First, I think it’s important to mention that I HAVE NOT read the book. So these thoughts are just from the trailer alone.

everything_everythingI absolutely adore this trailer. It seems like it’s going to be such a cute, yet emotional movie! From what I’ve heard, it gives away a lot from the book? As I said, I haven’t read the book, so I can’t really say. I can definitely say that after watching this trailer, I really want to read the book. So here’s hoping my library has it in!

I thought the music in this trailer was great, and fit really well! But what I think is the most important thing are the actors. The casting for this movie seems fantastic. Just from this trailer you can tell that the two leads have such amazing chemistry together. I really can’t wait to see this movie. Until then, I definitely plan on picking up the book.

What are your thoughts? I’d really love to hear from those who have read the book? Does it seem like it’ll be a good adaptation?

Book Review- Never Fade

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Author- Alexandra Bracken
Pages- 507
Rating-  4 out of 5
Companion/Sequel/Other- Sequel

I want to start off by saying that I really enjoyed everything about this book: the characters, the writing, the pacing and plot. Everything was great. Except for one thing that wasn’t. One thing that made me go from giving this book a 5 stars to a 4 stars…Ruby. I’ll start off with this positives first, and then talk about my one negative. WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE DARKEST MINDS AND NEVER FADE!

Plot- The story started off a bit slow, and I wasn’t really sure how I was feeling about it. But I kept going, and it really started to pick up. Next thing I new it was 3:30am and I’m still up reading. I was doing that whole “just one more chapter” thing us readers do. When Ruby finally ended up going on a mission for the League to find Liam and the flashdrive, that’s when it started to pick up and damn it got good! They’re were so many surprises that you don’t expect and it just keeps you wanting more.

Characters- The characters, I think are the best thing about this books! They’re fun, strong, bad-ass, and real. I was surprised to find myself really loving the new characters: Jude, Nico, and Vida…especially Vida. But what I really loved more than that, was seeing Rutumblr_o0po34f9pt1rhyksdo1_500by reunite with old characters. CHUBS! LIAM! Even though both reunions were completely different and surprising, it was amazing to see!

Liam and Ruby- One thing I really loved about The Darkest Minds, was the relationship between Liam and Ruby, and the way it ended in the first book was heartbreaking! I was so glad to see them finally reunite in this one, although I knew it wasn’t going to be the same. I was surprised to find out that even though Ruby erased herself from Liam’s memories, his feelings were still there. So when he saw her, he just knew.

Now lets talk about the one thing I didn’t like about this book:

Ruby- I just  want to point out that yes, Ruby did have moments in this book where I did like her, but for most of the book she got on my damn nerves. Most of the time, that happened was when she was alone, or with the leaders of the childrengiphy‘s league. She just seemed like a completely different person, at least until she got her friends back: Chubs and Liam. With them by her side again, she seemed like the same old Ruby, whom I did like. Without them, she was mean, rude, and just cold. I also didn’t like how she trusted Cole. I get that he looks like Liam, but he’s not Liam. You don’t know him, so why trust him? Why keep a secret from Liam, because Cole asked you to? You already messed with his memories, now you’re going to keep a secret from him about his brother? You should be trying to earn his trust back, not keeping secrets. It frustrated me.

Book Review- Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy

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Author- Cassandra Clare; Sarah Rees Brennan; Maureen Johnson; Robin Wasserman
Pages- 672
Rating-  4 out of 5
Companion/Sequel/Other- Companion!

WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T FINISHED THIS BOOK, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, OR THE INFERNAL DEVICES!

This story follows Simon and his time at Shadowhunter Academy preparing to ascend. I always end up loving Cassandra Clare’s stories. I think there’s so much that can be told in the shadowhunter world, and I never get tired of reading them! Once I start one of her books, I can’t put it down, and this one was no different. This book includes ten stories from Simons time at Shadowhunter Academy!

Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy: 4 stars

This one was the first story that we read, and was an introduction to everything. We get to see where Simon’s at mentally, and how he feels. For an introduction, I really found myself enjoying this one. Understanding where Simon was at mentally made a lot of sense. He lost all of his memories and he wanted to get away from the people who looked at him like he was hurting them everytime he couldn’t remember. We also are introduced to some new characters, both Shadowhunters and mundanes. My favorite, of course, was George Lovelace!

Favorite part of this novella: Isabelle coming in and telling everyone to stay away from her man! Go Izzy! Although what happened afterwards wasn’t very happy!

The Lost Herondale: 3 stars

This one, at least for me, was pretty boring. The students are getting a lecture about what the worst thing that a Shadowhunter could do is.We are told a story of Tobias Herondale from the guest lecture, and of course Catarina. I did enjoy reading Catarinas version, and what we find out is quite interesting. I was really annoyed when Clary portaled into Simon’s room, just to tell him to be nicer to Isabelle! Like yes, she’s going through a difficult time with Simon losing his memories, and not remembering her and the relationship, BUT SIMON FREAKIN LOST HIS MEMORIES, and you want him to be nicer? How about they be a bit more understanding? It just frustrated me!

The Whitechapel Fiend: 4 stars

This story was fun! We start off with the students having another guest helping out, this time JACE! He’s helping the students jump off a tree. Which is quite perfect for him. As usual, it’s always fun when Jace is around. We also get another guest lecturer, known as Tessa Gray. She’s telling the story of Jack the Ripper who was a demon and how they helped stop it. It was very nostalgic  for us Infernal Devices lovers as we got to see Tessa, Will, Gabriel, and Cecily again! Simon also convinced Jace to go and talk to Tessa, and I really wanted to read how that o6bjzm4conversation went! It would be amazing to see Jace and Tessa interact!

Favortie part of this novella: Every Jace and Simon moment! Seriously I need a novella with these two! It would be a lot of fun!

Nothing But Shadows: 3 stars

This one for me was kind of boring as well. We get to see James Herondale and his time at Shadowhunter Academy. I did enjoy seeing the relationship between James and Matthew, and that’s what kept me interested, but other than that, I was kind of bored reading this one.

The Evil We Love: 3.5 stars

I did enjoy this one more than the previous one! We got another guest speaker, Robert Lightwood, who was accompanied with Isabelle! Robert told the story of his time in the circle, and I found that really interesting. I always enjoy reading and learning more about the circle. I find it fascinating! I also enjoyed seeing Simon struggle about his feelings over Isabelle. He knows that she’s important to him, and that he cares about her, and you can really see that in this story!

Pale Kings and Princes: 5 stars

I loved this story! We got to see Helen Blackthorn come in and forced to gi491304fcc12af6e17be099134f49bc20ve a speech about how cruel and manipulative the faeries are, which everyone already knew. However, because she is half Fae, they treated her like crap, and it was sad to see! I felt terrible for her, but she seemed so strong! The best thing about this novella was SIZZY(Simon and Isabelle)! we got to see them really open up and talk, and go on a date, and it was lovely! I really enjoyed this story!

Favorite part of this novella: EVERYTHING!

Bitter of Tongue: 4 stars 

In this story we get to see Mark again, as Simon accidentally goes into fairy land. I honestly feel so bad for Mark. He believed that the Shadowhunters were coming to get him, but no one came. Because he is half Fae, the clave just doesn’t care about him anymore. Poor Mark, stuck in the Hunt. Seeing Isabelle come down to rescue Simon was amazing. Even trapped in the Fae world, they have there cute moments! Even though it was short, I loved seeing Simon at the wedding. It was nice to see him doing something normal with his girlfriend and friends.

Favorite part of this novella: Isabelle rescuing Simon!

The Fiery Trail: 5 stars

I’ve read some mix8991247a4e907d735567049a617547daed reviews about this one, but I really found myself enjoying this novella. We find out that Emma and Julian wanted Clary and Simon to be the witnesses at the parabatai ceremony, which I though was so sweet! We also see Clary and Simon get tricked into drinking Lake Lyn water and taking the water to test to see if they could be parabatai themselves! I loved seeing this test and how it all played out. As well as seeing some familiar faces pop up! And of course learning that Simon and Clary can, and will be parabatai!

Favorite part of this novella: The water test itself, but also seeing Jace pop up in the tunnel of love with Simon! That was too freaking funny!

Born to Endless Night: 5 stars

This was just a lot of fun! We get to see Magnus and Alec adopt a warlock baby! I absolutely loved seeing Alec talk about this feelings with not only Magnus, but Simon as well. We never get to see that, so it was great to see what he was feeling. I loved how supportive the Lightwood family was over the baby! They were arguing over who gets to hold it next, and seeing Robert and Mayrse as grandma and grandpa Lightwood was adorable!

Favorite part of this novella: Pretty much everything!

Angels Twice Descending: 5 stars 

This story was just amazing! Simon is almost ready to ascend, but we see him having to go and say goodbye to his mom and sister. I really loved the moment with his mom, but at the same time I felt bad for both of them. After he leaves, he’s not ready to go back to the academy, and decides to walk around New York, until he ends up outside his apartment he shared with Jordan, and Izzy finds him there. That all leads up to the Sizzy moment a lot of people have been waiting for. I just adore Simon and Isabelle! Finally we get to see Simon ascend and it was perfection! I honestly wasn’t expecting what happened to George and it was emotional.

Favorite part of this novella: Every-single-part!

Trailer Reaction || 13 Reasons Why

We’ve been hearing about this for awhile, but to be honest, I really thought it got scraped and it wasn’t going to happen. But, I’m glad I was wrong. We officially have a date and teaser for this show.

Now the first thing that went through my mind when I watched this, was “Damn! Who are these people?” You see, it has been a long while since I read this book. I remember the major points of the story, but other than that, I forgot quite a bit, like most of the characters names(except for Hannah and Clay of course.) The next thing that went through my mind was “this looks like it’ll be good!” I don’t know about you, but I really enjoyed this teaser. It gives you just enough!

I’m trying to decide if I should reread this book before the show or not. I don’t remember much, so it’ll be kind of fun to experience it over.

What’re your thoughts on the teaser? Are you excited?