I just started Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout (I'm only on the first chapter). I am thinking that I will like it because I loved the Lux series and the Dark Elements series. I am planning on reading a lot this week to catch up on my Goodreads reading challenge goal. What are you reading?
Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices, #1
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, SciFi, Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: August 31, 2010
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…
Can I give a book 6 stars? If I could, I would give every book in this series 6 stars. I loved everything about this book. First off, I definitely have a soft spot for Tessa after everything she’s been through. Then we have Will and Jem. I swear, Cassandra Clare is one of the best at coming up with swoon-worthy characters. Jem and Will are such complex, amazing characters. Next, we have everyone else at the institute: Charlotte, Henry, Jessamine, Sophie, and all of the others. Every single one of them have such well thought-out backstories, it truly is amazing.
Then we have the plot. There were so many different things happening at once
And can we just talk about how creepy the clockwork creatures are? EXTREMELY CREEPY. I finished Clockwork Angel very quick and immediately started Clockwork Prince.
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Today I am participating in a weekly bookish meme called Top Ten Tuesday. The topic is: Ten Books I Loved Less/More than I Thought I Would.
1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Average Goodreads rating: 4.02 stars
My rating: 2 stars
2. What Light by Jay Asher
Average Goodreads rating: 3.56 stars
My rating: 5 stars
3. Fallen by Lauren Kate
Average Goodreads rating: 3.74 stars
My rating: 2 stars
4. The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I gave every one of these books 5 stars. This is what the averages were on Goodreads:
Obsidian: 4.24 stars
Onyx: 4.34 stars
Opal: 4.35 stars
Origin: 4.44 stars
Opposition: 4.44 stars
5. Roseblood by A.G. Howard
Average Goodreads rating: 3.49
My rating: N/A
6. The Dark Elements series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This is pretty much the same thing as the Lux series. I gave these books very high ratings. Here are the average Goodreads ratings:
White Hot Kiss: 4.28 stars
Stone Cold Touch: 4.40 stars
Every Last Breath: 4.31 stars
7. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
This is the same as the Lux series and the Dark Elements series. I gave these books five stars. Here are the average Goodreads ratings:
Clockwork Angel: 4.33 stars
Clockwork Prince: 4.47 stars
Clockwork Princess: 4.59 stars
8. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
Average Goodreads rating: 3.68 stars
My rating: N/A
I know this is kind of cheating but these are all of the books I could think of that I liked more or less than other people.
I felt like doing some tags (and I mean a LOT of tags) so, I thought, why not combine a bunch into one post? So, without further ado, enjoy!
My Life in Books Tag
1. Find a book for each of your initials
S- Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout
T- Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare
H- Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
2. Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?
Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
3. Pick a book set in your city/country.
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout is set near where I live.
4. Pick a book that represents a destination you'd love to travel to.
The Infernal Devices trilogy takes place in London. I would love to visit London someday.
5. Pick a book that is your favorite color.
My favorite color is red and it turns out there aren't many red books. One book that is red is Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.
6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?
I'd have to say the Lux series because it is my absolute favorite series.
7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
I have tried over and over again to get into Throne of Glass and I haven't been able to. I still haven't gotten into it but I really want to.
8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?
I would have to say Throne of Glass because I've been trying to read it for a while now.
The Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag
1. Best color combo on a book cover
I love the color combination of The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
2. Best typography/font on a book cover
I think that the font on Cinder by Marissa Meyer is so unique and wonderful.
3. Best simple cover
I don't really know if this counts as simple, but the Dark Elements series has amazing covers!
4. Best endpages
OHMYGOD the endpages of The Shadowhunter's Codex are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!
5. Best map
The only book that has a map I really like is the books in the Mortal Instruments series.
6. Best naked hardback
Again, The Shadowhunter's Codex is beautiful.
7. Best backcover
None of my books really have nice backcovers so I am just going to skip this question. :)
8. Best chapter headers
I love the headers on the chapters of Roseblood by A.G. Howard.
9. Best illustrations
No books that I can think of have illustrations.
10. Best spine
The Mortal Instruments' spines are phenomenal.
11. Favorite cover on your shelves
Some people don't like the new covers, but my favorite is Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.
You're Not Good Enough Book Tag
1. You only have one more spot on your Spelling Bee team, who would you pick to complete your team?
Daemon Black (Lux) OR America Singer (The Selection)
I would pick Daemon because the Luxen are very advanced so I feel like he'd be good at something like a spelling bee.
2. Both characters want to kil you, which one would you kill first so you have a better chance of surviving?
Katy Swartz (Lux) OR Will Herondale (TID)
Gosh, this is hard. You know what? I would let them kill me because I love them both so much and I could never kill either of them.
3. You're on the Bachelor/Bachelorette and you're down to these two characters, which one are you going to give your rose to?
Damon Salvatore (TVD) OR Simon Lewis (TMI)
I would choose Damon. I don't really have a reason but I love Damon.
4. You've been chosen for the Hunger Games, who would most likely volunteer in your place?
Clary Fray (TMI) OR Ash Thompson (Lux)
I would rely on Clary to volunteer for me because why would Ash volunteer or me? lol.
5. You're stranded on an island. Which character would you sacrifice to engage in cannibalism?
Lissa Dragomir (Vampire Academy) OR Magnus Bane (TMI)
Again, I love these characters too much to kill them.
6. You are the next superhero. Who is your sidekick?
Alec Lightwood (TMI) OR Dimitri Belikov (Vampire Academy)?
BOTH! They would both be amazing sidekicks.
7. Who would you fire for a lack of communication skills?
Andrew Thompson (Lux) OR Jem Carstairs (TID)?
I would fire Andrew because, let's face it, he has no communication skills.
8. You've just finished a book in which your favorite character, who is most likely to comfort you?
Jace Wayland (TMI) OR Sebastian Morgenstern (TMI)?
9. Who would most likely be part of the popular clique?
Adam Thompson (Lux) OR Dee Black (Lux)?
10. Who would forget your birthday?
Christian Ozera (Vampire Academy) OR Isabelle Lightwood (TMI)
Again, neither. :)
11. Who would be a booktube star?
Augustus Waters (TFIOS) OR Tessa Gray (TID)
12. Who would you invite to a sleepover?
Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy) OR Kaidan Rowe (Sweet Evil)
Rose would be an amazing sleepover buddy!
13. You're pregnant. Who is the father/mother?
Maxon Schreave (The Selection) OR Stefan Salvatore (TVD)
14. Who wouldn't reply to a text?
Anna Whitt (Sweet Evil) OR Dawson Black (Lux)
Neither. They are both too nice.
15. Who replaced your mother?
Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games) OR Adrian Ivashkov (Vampire Academy)
Title: Lose Me
Author: M.C. Frank
Date Published: April 11, 2017
"Today is not the day I die."
Ari starts her every day with this thought.
It can't be that hard to keep that promise to herself,
Weston Spencer is a British actor, the hot new celebrity
everyone's talking about. After wrapping up his hit TV show,
THE WATER WARS, the one that made girls all over the planet
swoon at a glimpse of his dirty blonde hair and emerald eyes,
he comes to a little Greek island to film FIRST SENTENCES,
a modern Pride and Prejudice adaptation.
But on the day before shooting starts,
he is introduced to an unconventional girl
in an unconventional way.
Her name is Ari Demos and she's a half Greek stunt girl,
with a dark secret no one knows
-she's even trying to deny it herself.
Wes dismisses her as too unimportant
when he first meets her, but. . .
Turns out she isn't unimportant.
In fact, quite the opposite.
I need more. I am not ready to let Wes and Ari go. I got so addicted to this book and now that I've finished it, I don't know what to do. I just finished it like 10 minutes ago and I had to write this review now because I loved it so much. This book is now in my top 10 favorite books.
Lose Me is so powerful and amazing. I loved everything about it. Wes and Ari are literally the most adorable couple. I really need more of them. This book will make you laugh and cry (both of joy and sadness).
Lose Me is fantastic and phenomenal and I highly recommend you read it. Oh, and did I mention that I loved it? :)
Title: The Extraordinary Journey of Vivianne Marshall
Author: Shannon Kirk
Publisher: Reputation Books
Date Published: September 6, 2016
What if you could choose your heaven now? Go on a celestial shopping trip of sorts? Thirty-five-year-old Vivienne does just that, as she lies dying in the ICU; a fatal walk into the path of a truck. In her final week of life, Vivienne treks through the Heavens of a priest, a best friend, a homeless child, and a lover who never was. Vivienne’s guardian angel, Noah, who may just be her soul mate, escorts her through selections of Heavens and through the confusion Vivienne experiences as she flounders between a doubt of life and the certainty of death. Although her visits to varied afterlives provide peace and beauty, choosing proves not so easy: Vivienne’s love for her young son and her earthly father pull her from her colorful journey—and from her divine love of Noah.
The nature of love, the variety and magic of life, unending hope, and the importance of saying goodbye are central to this uplifting tale.
This is the perfect book to curl up with some tea or coffee and a blanket and read on a cold winter day. It is an amazing story of love. This book tells the story of Vivianne. She is laying in the hospital dying, and sees a lot of people. Maybe most importantly, she sees Noah.
It's really hard to say a lot about this book without spoiling the best parts. So, I am going to just leave it at this: I really enjoyed reading this book. If you are looking for a book filled with love, this is the one for you.
Buy this book:
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Goodreads 2021: 3/20