Book Sacrifice Tag

It’s another tag! I was tagged by the wonderful Jasmine @ How Useful It Is. Go check out her blog; she is so nice and one of the people who have made me very welcome in the book blogging community! Thanks for tagging me🙂

  1. An Over-Hyped Book:

You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked do you start chucking at the zombies?

I am gonna have to say The Fault in Our Stars. Truthfully, I did enjoy the book, but I didn’t find it AMAZING like everyone seemed to. I knew what was going to happen so I didn’t get too attached to the characters. This is one book I’d like to reread and give a second chance!

 

  1. A Sequel:

Situation: torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

Probably Crossed from the Matched trilogy. I loved this series, but the second book was kind of blah. It kind of felt like a cat and mouse game between Cass and Ky. It was really hard to pick a sequel for this question, but Crossed is the only one I can think of.

 

  1. A Classic:

Situation: You’re in English class and your professor raves about a Classic that “transcends time”. If given the opportunity to travel back in time, which Classic would you try to stop from ever publishing?

I guess Sense and Sensability or Pride and Prejudice?? I don’t even feel like I can make an honest pick for this one. I wasn’t a huge fan of either of those, but I also don’t think I was old enough to appreciate them. Eventually, I hope to reread them both because I don’t even really remember what happened in either of them! (Side note: My favorite classic of all time is Gone With the Wind, so go read it!!)

 

 

  1. A Least Favourite Book:

Situation: apparently global warming = suddenly frozen wasteland. Your only hope of survival for warmth is to burn a book. Which book will you not regret lighting?

Um….First of all, I would NEVER burn a book. But if I must pick a book, I am going to say Starfire Angels. It was a free ebook I downloaded for Kindle (haha it isn’t even a physical book but I’m going to pretend it was a physical book). It was absolutely awful. There were a ton of grammar mistakes and those irritate me to no end (if I have some in my posts, I’m sorry, I don’t do a lot of proofreading lol). Other than that, the characters were just annoying and the plot was completely unmemorable.

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I tag all of these wonderful individuals:

Melissa @ Nerd in New York

Book Nerd Momo

Drizzle & Hurricane Books

Read Sleep Fangirl

Gossamer Pages

I need more blogs to follow so I have new people to tag, so everyone leave their favorite book blog down below! What’s everyone reading at the moment??

-Jamie

Book Blogger Insider Tag

Hello everybody! Soooo…I made a tag! I am not sure if there is one like this, but let me know if there is. Feel free to do this tag yourself if you aren’t tagged.🙂

Rules:

  1. Answer the questions below
  2. Credit the creator: Jamie @ A Little Slice of Jamie
  3. Tag at least 5 people
  4. Have fun!

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  1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

Anywhere, honestly! I have written some at my boyfriend’s house, some on the couch, some in my bed, some on my desk. I can write anywhere as long as I am focused!

  1. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

About 1- 1 ½ hours. Sometimes longer if I have a lot to say, or if I cannot think of what to say…which actually did happen for my first book review, Asylum. I didn’t know what to talk about, but I am slowly trying to figure out my voice.

  1. When did you start your book blog?

In May of 2016, so 3 months ago! It has been one of the best decisions I have ever made! I love talking about books and being a part of an amazing community!

  1. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Sometimes, I feel like it is taking away from my reading time. When I am really into a book, I don’t always want to stop reading it to write a blog post (blah).

  1. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

I get a chance to write about something I truly love, books! Writing has always been a hobby of mine, but I just didn’t have anything in particular to write about. Now, I do, and it is so fun!

  1. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

Definitely my Clockwork Angel review! I basically rambled sporadically about the book, but I needed to get my thoughts out.

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  1. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

I love writing anything book related, but discussing books is one of my favorite things to do. I will go with book reviews because they can be so fun to write. They even encourage me to read more because I want to write more reviews for y’all.

  1. When do you typically write?

At night! I have written every one of my blog posts at night (I think).

  1. Do you review every book you read?

Since starting this blog, I have. If I start to read more books closer together, I might not do that anymore, but for now, I will be reviewing every book I read!

  1. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

When I write, I have Netflix on half of my screen, and Microsoft Word on the other half. I usually rewatch tv shows that I love, like Switched at Birth, because then I don’t have to completely focus on what is playing. It is moreso background noise for me! I can’t work in silence!

  1. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

I like to write my reviews right after finishing each book so that everything is fresh in my mind. I don’t want to mix up a new read with what I just read!

  1. How often do you post?

Twice a week! Tuesdays and Thursdays!

Thank you to everyone who has read this! And I hope you come back to A Little Slice of Jamie. It’s a fun time here! What are you all currently reading? Favorite books that you’ve read this summer?

Jamie

I tag:

Jasmine @ How Useful It Is

Melissa @ BookNerdMemo

Gretchen @ Chic Nerd Reads

Eleanor @ Real Tasty Pages

Eevee Loves Books

 

 

 

Review and Ramblings: Clockwork Princess

Hey guys! So I just finished the final book in The Infernal Devices series and it was AHMAZING! I even teared up from both sadness and happiness. That never happens, so I was clearly very attached to the plot and characters. I didn’t want it to end!

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Number of Stars: 5 Stars

Non-Spoilery Part:

“Danger and betrayal, love and loss, secrets and enchantment are woven together in the breathtaking finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.”

There are most definitely going to be spoilers below. I WARNED YOU.

Wow. Just…wow.

Like, what do I do with my life now?

Do I…actually…like…have to do mundane stuff (ew)??

I’d rather be back in Tessa Gray’s world, but since I’m not, might as well babble about it!

I came to love so many of the characters in this book: Sophie, Jessamine (I know, I know…but the last moments of her life made me love her), Gideon, Cecily, Will (obviously), Jem, Charlotte, Henry, Tessa, and even Gabriel. But I also grew to hate some characters: Tatiana Lightwood, the Consul, and Mortmain (obviously have to hate the bad guy).

I think the most moving parts in this book were between Jem and Will. Even though Jem was supposed to marry Tessa, he did not get angry with Will when he found out that Will loved Tessa. He simply asked Will to go after her, for she had been taken by Mortmain’s minions. This was their goodbye because Jem was dying.

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When they said goodbye, I was most definitely sad, but it was bound to happen so I had already been prepared. Now, the part I was NOT prepared for was Jem becoming a Silent Brother. Like, WHAT?! Yet, while that made me so happy because he was ALIVE, Cassandra Clare managed to make me tear up about the whole situation. It was the whole Silent Brothers can’t marry, can’t play music, can’t do this, can’t do this. They live a lonely life. AND I DON’T WANT JEM TO BE LONELY.

In the final battle, everyone found out that Jem was a silent brother when he was about to be killed (um, insert mini heart attack here). I literally sat with my hand covering my mouth, so I probably looked completely absurd. #noshame

So Jem and Will were able to fight side by side one last time, which made me so so sooo happy. I was even happier when neither of them died!!! Thank the Lord!

In this book, you finally find out what Tessa really is. She is half-demon half-shadowhunter, which is pretty cray, but true. A demon pretended to be her father, and her mother had no idea. At the same time, her mother was a shadowhunter, and she had no idea.

Will gets to spend a lot of time with his younger sister, Cecily, in this book. It was so cute to read about their interactions. Seeing Will’s protectiveness over someone other than Tessa made my heart melt (not literally…it’s still beating, don’t worry).

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My FAVORITE part about this book was when Tessa and Will get married. I am so happy they ended up together. When Jem died, I realized that maybe I did like Tessa and Jem together. Things just felt more right between Will and Tessa, though.

BUT. THE EPILOGUE. BROKE. MY. HEART. And then proceeded to mend it back together. So, Will and Tessa had cute little Wills and Tessas, but Cassandra Clare just HAD to write about the scene where Will dies of old age (*tears*). That was unnecessary!

I was honestly so happy when Jem ended up leaving the Silent Brothers to be a normal kid (man?) again. He filled up the hole that was formed into my heart from Will’s death. Then, Tessa and Jem become a thing again! Yay! Tessa is no longer alone!!! That made me so happy.

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REREADING THIS PART BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES. IT SERIOUSLY IMPACTED ME AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. Haha! Sorry, guys.

I came to love Magnus Bane so much in this book. From fighting alongside the shadowhunters to helping Will in everything he needs, he was just such a pivotal character in this entire series.

Who read this series? How did you feel about this book? I felt like it tied up all loose ends and it was very satisfying! Is there anything you still want to know??

-Jamie

Book Fog

Hey guys! Today I am doing a discussion-like post about something that I call a Book Fog. A very great, but annoying side effect from reading a very, very good book.

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So, alright, let’s start off with a story. When I went on vacation in June, I was reading Paper Towns, sitting poolside. I hadn’t read a book in quite awhile (why, Jamie, whyyyy), and I was just soaking that book right up like a sponge. (I wrote a review that you can read here.) As I was sitting there, completely engrossed in Margo and Quentin’s story, my sister interrupts it and says “Jamie do you want to go into the pool?” I am half there mentally and have no interest in going in. Let’s just say my answer of “in a bit” was understood as never…which was true because I couldn’t put that book down.

So this being half there mentally is what I am here to talk about. When I am reading an amazing book, I HATE being interrupted. It is in your best interest to just leave me alone, honestly. I get into such an awful mood because I just want to read until the book is done so I can find out what happens.

When I was reading the Vampire Academy series, I would have to stop reading to go work, and all I’d be able to think about is the book. I wasn’t at work, I was still in the book. While this feeling is wonderful, it would quite literally drive me crazy because I couldn’t seem to snap out of this reverie.

However, when a book puts me into a book fog, I know it is a great book. It is good enough to make me want to stay in that world. My life is just so boring compared to, say, Tessa’s, Jem’s, and Will’s lives (The Infernal Devices series, which I have reviews up for here, and here so far), so obviously I would rather be in their world. I would do ANYTHING to be a shadowhunter.

When I am in a book fog, it is usually in my best interest to just finish the book. I am never productive when I am in that state anyway, so I usually just sit myself down and read. Of course, that isn’t always possible when you have a job and other adult stuff to attend to (ugh…adulting sucksss guys!).

I have been pretty good at avoiding book fogs lately. I just know I have a lot of other stuff to do, so I just read smaller amounts in increments. Sometimes, that just can’t be avoided (like for Clockwork Princess, which I am reading now and LOVING), so I just do my best to focus on my actual life instead of the life of the people I am reading about (BORING, but it has to be done).

So, I want to know if any of you have ever been in a book fog. AND I want to know what book/books it was that put you into that book fog. Comment below and let me know! Later, folks! J

-Jamie

Book Review and Ramblings: Clockwork Prince

Hey guys! I took way too long to finish this book, but it was so amazing. It is giving me so many feels and not all good ones! I’m happy, frustrated, sad, excited…ya know, every feeling you could ever possibly have…ALL AT ONCE. Prepare for a long review.

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Let’s all ignore the fact that the book pictured is actually Clockwork Angel.

Number of stars: 5 (without a doubt)

If you have yet to read Clockwork Angel, the first book in The Infernal Devices series, you can find my review here. It is more of a discussion, so even if you have read the entire series, you should go check it out!

Non-Spoilery part:

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

“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, but 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.”

Read it! Read it now!!

THERE ARE SPOILERS. BEWARE:

Thank you Cassandra Clare for leaving me in this state after this book. I am going to be in such a reading slump when this series ends!! (Prepare for a long booktalk below)

Alright, so this entire book was based off of this one task: Charlotte and the others in the London Institute have two weeks to locate Mortmain (bad guy, mundane), or Benedict Lightwood will challenge Charlotte for control of the London institute. There were also so many other side plots, keeping the book entertaining.

One of these side plots was Will (shadowhunter). You find out in the beginning that Will is having Magnus Bane (warlock) summon demons. Later, you find out the reason why: when will was a child, he opened his dad’s Pyxis (a box that holds demon souls) and a demon got out. It put a curse on Will, saying that anyone who loves Will will end up dead. Will’s sister, Ella, is found dead the next day and Will blames himself. This is the reasoning behind Will’s actions. He pushes everyone away and is quite harsh to Tessa (even though he loves her…it is obvious), a downworlder who has the ability to change into other people as long as she has one of their belongings.

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Then you find out that Sophie (a maid in the London Institute) has a crush on Jem (a fellow orphaned shadowhunter who also lives in the institute), and I could actually see them together. In this book, you learn that a mundane can become a shadowhunter. (Can I do it? Can’t hurt a girl for dreaming!)

At this point in the search for Mortmain, Charlotte finds interesting information about Mortmain’s parents, the Shades. The Shades were both warlocks, meaning they are sterile, so Mortmain was an adopted child. The Shades where dabbling in some dark magic, which is against the law, so they were killed.

During these events, Benedict Lightwoods sons, Gideon and Gabriel, come to train Sophie and Tessa, so that they can better protect themselves. It happens later in the book, but Gideon and Sophie start to fall for each other (so adorable in my opinion). Gideon is nothing like his father (that is a very good thing) and is good to Sophie.

Okay, now I am going to talk about this love triangle that becomes very apparent in this book between Tessa, Will, and Jem. Sooooo….one night, Will kisses Tessa. Then, what seems like the next night, Jem kisses her. Then shortly after that, Will kisses her again. Dang, Tessa. Make up your mind (choose Will).

Alright, this is getting really long (thank you to anyone who is still reading), so let’s start to wrap this up!

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Jessamine (another shadowhunter at the institute) ends up being a traitor. (This shocked me so much!) She had married Nate (Tessa’s brother who betrayed them all in Clockwork Angel) and had been giving him information to give to Mortmain. Tessa decides to change into Jessamine and meet with Nate to get more information, hoping to fool him. He already knows that it is actually Tessa, and comes prepared with one of Mortmain’s automatons and it’s a big one. It was really cool to see how advanced the automatons are becoming. The engineer side of me had me geeking out a bit at the technology progressiveness.

Nate ends up getting killed during the fight that insues between him, the automaton, and the shadowhunters. It was also discovered that Benedict Lightwood is working with Mortmain. Why? Benedict Lightwood fancies demon women (ew ew ew ew) and has managed to catch demon pox (which made Will giddy with happiness…he was the only one who believed that demon pox was a thing). Mortmain is providing him with drugs to keep him alive.

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Using that information as blackmail, Charlotte convinces Benedict to withdraw his challenge, so I am excited to see how Mortmain handles that in the next book! It was all part of his plan to have Benedict in charge of the London institute.

Now, for the most frustrating thing ever. Jem proposes to Tessa!!!!! And Tessa says yes!!!!! I want Tessa to be with Will so bad. After this happens is actually when Will finds out about the curse being false. He is so happy and excited to tell Tessa, but it is too late. Tessa wants to keep Jem happy and doesn’t want to break his heart.

Jem and Will are parabatai, so they are bound together like brothers. Will doesn’t want to hurt Jem either, so Will and Tessa have to ignore their feelings for each other. This is so painful for me to accept. Ugh…Tessa and Will you belong together!!! The oddest thing is how Will was pretending to not love Tessa, but now Tessa is pretending to not love Will.

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I am seriously so frustrated about this turn of events. Don’t get me wrong, I like Jem. I just don’t like Tessa and Jem as a couple. Hopefully Clockwork Princess gets Will and Tessa together somehow!

Thanks for reading! If you’ve read this series, are you Team Will or Team Jem? I was back and forth at the beginning of Clockwork Prince, but I am definitely Team Will! Were any of you shocked about Jessamine’s betrayal? How did you feel about Gideon and Sophie’s budding relationship?

-Jamie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Haul #1

New books, guys! New. Books. I am so excited!! Let me know if any of you bought any of these recently!

So, recently, I caved and decided to buy some books from Book Outlet. The prices just couldn’t be denied, and I just haven’t bought any books in ages, so I thought it was time to add to my collection. Let me know if you happened to snatch any of these from Book Outlet!

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  1. Enclave (Razorland, Book 1)

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

“New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters–or Freaks–who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight–guided by Fade’s long-ago memories–in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs.”

  1. Half Bad (Half Bad Trilogy #1)

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

“Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?”

  1. Of Beast and Beauty

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.”

  1. Seeker (Seeker #1)

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

“The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor.

As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world.

And she’ll be with the boy she loves–who’s also her best friend. But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes.

Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought. And now it’s too late to walk away.”

  1. The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.”

  1. The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1)

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.”

I managed to pick up these next two at a huge flea market. They were hardback and in great shape, so I thought why not! I’ve heard some mixed things about this series, so let me know if any of you have read it!

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  1. Witch and Wizard (Witch and Wizard #1)

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

“The world is changing: the government has seized control of every aspect of society, and now, kids are disappearing. For 15-year-old Wisty and her older brother Whit, life turns upside down when they are torn from their parents one night and slammed into a secret prison for no reason they can comprehend. The New Order, as it is known, is clearly trying to suppress Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Being a Normal Teenager. But while trapped in this totalitarian nightmare, Wisty and Whit discover they have incredible powers they’d never dreamed of. Can this newly minted witch and wizard master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents–and maybe the world?”

  1. The Gift (Witch and Wizard #2)

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

“When Whit & Wisty were imprisoned by the wicked forces of the totalitarian regime known as the New Order, they were barely able to escape with their lives. Now part of a hidden community of teens like themselves, Whit and Wisty have established themselves as leaders of the Resistance, willing to sacrifice anything to save kids kidnapped and brutally imprisoned by the New Order. But the One has other plans in store for them: He needs Wisty, for she is “The One Who Has the Gift.” While trying to figure out what that means, Whit and Wisty’s suspenseful adventures through Overworld and Shadowland lead to a jaw-dropping climax and conclusion: the highly-anticipated fulfillment of the heart-pounding opening prologue of book one…The Execution of the Allgoods.”

So I had some Barnes and Noble store credit, so I tried getting some books to complete series that I have already started collecting. I like to binge read series so that I stay interested in the world and storyline, so I can now officially read the Peryn and the End of Days series and I just need to buy Winter for the Lunar Chronicles and I can read those, too!

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  1. End of Days (Peryn and the End of Days #3)

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?”

  1. Scarlett (The Lunar Chronicles #2)

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

“Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.”

  1. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

“In this third book in Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.”

These next ones are just some other books I bought. The Pokemon origami book was a gift to my boyfriend for his birthday, but I still wanted to put it in here because I am hoping to fold at least one of them (hopefully Eevee)!

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What books have you bought recently? Have you read any of the ones listed above? What did you think? Thanks for reading!

-Jamie

Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

Hey Guys! So I am coming to you with the Beauty and the Beast Book Tag, which is super exciting, considering that I was once Belle in a play. Thanks to Lilly @ Lair of Books Blog for (sort of) tagging me.

Rules:

» Thank the person who tagged you

» Mention the creator → Kirsty @Kirsty and the Cat Read

» Match a book to each of the songs/characters below

» Tag as many people as you like

 

“Tale as Old as Time” – A popular theme, trope, or setting you will never get bored of reading

Definitely Cassandra Clare’s shadowhunter world. It just never gets old! I am currently reading the Infernal Devices series and it just reminds me of the Mortal Instruments series. That series deepened my love for reading and being back in that world makes me so happy and excited!

Belle- A book you bought for its beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside too

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I’m gonna have to pick Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter. I got this book a long time ago and I remember being drawn to the cover. Then the book was also amazing, so that was a win win situation! It’s a part of a series (all of them have pretty covers) and I loved them all!

Beast- A book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you

I honestly didn’t know if I’d enjoy Paper Towns by John Green. I prefer books with a paranormal or dystopian aspect, but I will occasionally read something contemporary. Paper Towns definitely exceeded my expectations! You can read my review here and some of my favorite quotes from the book here.

Gaston- A book everyone loves that you don’t

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I’m picking another John Green book for this one, The Fault in Our Stars. When I read this book, there was a lot of hype going around. I basically knew what was going to happen because people would talk at school and I would overhear. It was a good book, but I felt disappointed once I finished it. I wanted to love it, but I just couldn’t.

Lefou- A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counterpart

I liked Hermoine more than Harry in the Harry Potter series. She was the sensible one and reminded me of myself in how she always had her nose in her textbooks. Part of me wanted her and Harry to be together, but that just wasn’t meant to be. Ginny and Harry are adorable together anyway!

Mrs Potts, Chip, Lumier & Cogsworth – A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable

Is it fair to say all books? Reading always puts me in a better mood, no matter what is going on in my life. It’s so easy to dive into a good book and immerse yourself into a different world!

“Something There” – A book or a series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end.

 I don’t think I have an answer for this one! When I don’t like a book series, I don’t have any desire to finish it. Maybe one day I will pick them back up, but that hasn’t happened yet! The Lord of the Rings series is an example. I read The Hobbit and it took me way too long to finish, so I just never picked up the actual series.

“Be Our Guest” – A fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner

I would have to say any character from the Uglies series! Truthfully, I just want to see what they look like when they turn “pretty.” I struggled to picture the characters as I read the books because I just don’t see how surgery could make someone “perfect.” That is kind of impossible, because everyone has flaws, but that is what makes them beautiful!

And that’s all, folks! Now, I tag all of you! Go do it, and have fun!!

-Jamie