Unfortunately in 2017, I didn’t have too many 5 star reads, and that’s super disappointing. Nonetheless, I am going to be listing my favourite books of 2017 in a similar style to my 2016 favourites (which can be found HERE)! Like the previous year, instead of listing my overall favourite reads of the year, I’m going to choose the best in specific categories. So, welcome to the first post of my yearly wrap up series: thebook awards of 2017!!
(Let’s just pretend this was posted in January).
(Another note: I decided not to include any rereads because I reread the entire Harry Potter series and that’s not particularly fair on other books if I include them because THEY’RE AMAZING!!! Ahem).Read More »
I had a very intense month of reading in December because I was determined to finish my reading challenge. If you want to see how successful I was and other bookish shenanigans, keep on reading! (Let’s just pretend it’s still January).
Today I’m going to do an unboxing for the Page Habit: October YA box. This is my first time trying a bookish subscription box which was super exciting, so I wanted to document my experience of it. I am not a Page Habit rep, nor have I received anything in exchange for this post. Yes, this post is a little late considering it’s December… So with that out of the way, let’s see what goods were contained in October’s box.
As I have mentioned multiple times, I’m behind on my 2017 reading challenge so I’m participating in my 2nd reading challenge this year: Readings Crossing.
This challenge is an Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp inspired reading challenge with a bingo board style with 4 themed paths: Cute, Cool, Natural and Sporty. I have been playing this mobile version of Animal Crossing and I’ve been kind of addicted so it might be good to put this energy into reading.
The challenge runs until the end of the year from:
Sunday, 10th December 2017
Sunday, 31st December 2017.
This exciting challenge has been created by the creator of #TheReadingQuest: Aentee @ Read at Midnight. All the graphics in this post are also created by Aentee.
If this sounds like fun, you can sign up or learn more about the challenge HERE! Now to the books I’m planning to read and challenges I’m attempting to tackle…
Today I have a mighty long review for Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. Most of it is spoiler free with a spoiler section at the end. However, you may be spoiled for book #1, Lady Midnight so you may want to avoid this review until AFTER you’ve read that one. And you should definitely avoid that synopsis below. Otherwise, let’s go on!
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices (#2) Genre: Paranormal Publication: May 23rd 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books Pages: 701 Source: Borrowed
Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?
A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.
Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?
Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.
When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.
I feel that I connected with the characters more than the overall plot arc in this novel. There were so many subplots that fitted well into the storyline. The layers gave the story sophistication and characters a great deal of depth.
Today I have a bit of a different review. In fact, I have a short, sweet review of a bind-up of novellas: The Bane Chronicles. It’s completely spoiler free, but it a couple of the stories will spoil you for The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices series. So let’s jump straight in!
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson
Series: The Bane Chronicles (#1-11) Genre: Paranormal Publication: November 11th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books Pages: 507 Source: Borrowed
Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.
This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.
Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.
I think my different expectations for these stories ended up disappointing me a bit. Some of them were great, but it took me much too long to get through this bind-up. Overall, these were a bit of a hit or miss for me. Magnus is a super fun character and I was curious to learn more about his adventures and centuries old past. The humour was here and there, but it was a solid light-hearted read. If you’re a fan of Magnus Bane, this will be an entertaining read, but this isn’t a necessary read to understand the Shadowhunter Chronicles.