Review: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clare


City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clare

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Title: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: April 14, 2000

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 485

When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder. Much less a murder commited 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….

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

The Mortal Instruments world is one of my favorite fictional worlds. Shadowhunters hunt and kill demons with special weapons. The main character, Clary, is completely new to the Shadowhunter world. She knows nothing about it until three mysterious teenagers are seen by her Mundane eyes. She sees Jace Wayland and Alec and Isabelle Lightwood. The three Shadowhunters Clary sees are in an all age dance club, and then she sees them pull knives and daggers on a normal looking boy. She screams, but no one else can see them because of Glamour. You can only see through Glamour if you’re a Shadowhunter or a Downworlder or you have “the sight.” Hmm. Does Clary possess one of these traits? How can she see them? I love the Shadowhunter world. I’ve read this book three times now. I love the whole idea of it and I love everything about it in general.

Characters:

Jace Wayland. Jace is so perfect. He’s my book crush. He’s beautifully sarcastic and I love it. Clary Fray is the protagonist of this story and I love how curious about everything she is. I think it’s unrealistic that she would “get used to” the idea of Shadowhunters so easily. I know that I would freak out for more than a day. Alec and Isabelle are some of my favorite characters. Alec is so sassy and Isabelle is so fabulous. Cassandra Clare perfectly projected a sibling relationship. Magnus is one of my absolute favorite characters. I think I only love him because I’ve read the other books and I know what’s going to happen with him, but he’s so energetic and he doesn’t care what other people think of him.

Who Would I Be?:

I would be Isabelle because she’s tall, which I am definitely not, and she’s beautiful and graceful. I would love to have Alec as a brother because he’s awesome and a genuinely nice person. Again, I’ve read this whole series so that’s how I already know that I love him. He and his sister are just loveable characters.

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Woah, Dere Wednesday (14)


I’m sorry I’ve been kind of out of blogging lately. I usually have at least one review up a week and I’ve just been so busy and have been stressed about homework, so I haven’t gotten much reading done at all. I apologize and I will try to do better. :) This week I’m reading City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clare for the #AYearAThon. This month’s theme is re-read, so of course I’m picking The Mortal Instruments. If I can manage to finish this one before the week is over I will start City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare. Speaking of The Mortal Instruments, CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE COMES OUT IN 47 DAYS! OH. MY. GOSH. #fangirlmodeactivated

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Review: The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) – Lemony Snicket


The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) – Lemony Snicket

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Title: The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)

Author: Lemony Snicket

Release Date: September 30, 1999

Publisher: Harper Collins

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 176

In this first book, readers are introduced to the unfortunate Baudelaire children — 14-year-old Violet, 12-year-old Klaus, and their infant sister, Sunny — when they learn they’ve just been orphaned by a terrible house fire.

The executor of the Baudelaire estate — a phlegm-plagued banker named Mr. Poe – sends the children to live with a distant relative: a conniving and dastardly villain named Count Olaf, who has designs on the Baudelaire fortune. Count Olaf uses the children as slave labor, provides horrid accommodations for them, and makes them cook huge meals for him and his acting troupe, a bunch of odd-looking, renegade good-for-nothings. When the children are commandeered to appear in Count Olaf’s new play, they grow suspicious and soon learn that the play is not the innocent performance it seems but rather a scheme cooked up by Olaf to help him gain control of the children’s millions.

All this bad luck does provide for both great fun and great learning opportunities, however. Violet is a budding McGyver whose inventions help the children in their quest, Klaus possesses a great deal of book smarts, and Sunny — whose only real ability is an incredibly strong bite — provides moral support and frequent comedy relief. Then there are the many amusing word definitions, colloquialisms, clichés, hackneyed phrases, and other snippets of language provided by the narrator (a character in his own right) that can’t help but expand readers’ vocabularies. Though the Baudelaire children suffer myriad hardships and setbacks, in the end they do manage to outsmart and expose Olaf’s devious ways. But of course, with luck like theirs, it’s a given that Olaf will escape and return to torment them again some day. If only misery was always this much fun.

3 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Three siblings lose their home and parents to a huge fire. A neighbor brings the kids to their closest living family member, Count Olaf. The kids have never met Count Olaf and have no idea how they are related to him. Olaf doesn’t really care about the kids, he just wants the fortune that has been left to Violet. He treats the children like pests and he doesn’t actually want them as children. The three siblings, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, meet the nice neighbor of Count Olaf, Justice Strauss. She has a big library filled with thousands of books ranging from huge law books to books about animals, which interest Klaus. The three have to participate in a play and Count Olaf has other plans for making the play very special. I liked this book, but it wasn’t my favorite. I definitely wish I would have read this when I was much younger. I still liked it, but it is for a much younger audience.

Characters:

Violet, Klause, and Sunny are the three siblings and they have very unfortune things happen to them. Violet is the oldest and loves anything with engineering and building things. Klaus is the middle child and he likes books of any kind in general, and Sunny is the infant who likes biting everything. These three peculiar children have very bad luck and have to live with Count Olaf. Count Olaf is a rude and odd-looking man. He doesn’t treat any of the three children right, but he takes an odd liking to Violet. I liked these characters but Violet and Klaus were my favorite.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Klaus because he loves books and he likes learning things. I already love reading, so that wouldn’t even be a big change. Klaus is just a loveable character in general and I would love to have two sisters. I’ve always wished I had a sister, ad if I was Klaus I would have two.

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Review: I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) – Pittacus Lore


I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) – Pittacus Lore

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Title: I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1)

Author: Pittacus Lore

Release Date: August 3, 2010

Publisher: Harper Collins

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 440

In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now. The Nine had to separate and go into hiding.

The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.

I AM NUMBER FOUR is the thrilling launch of a series about an exceptional group of teens as they struggle to outrun their past, discover their future—and live a normal life on Earth.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Nine kids are sent to Earth from the planet Lorien. These kids each have a guardian and a number. A curse is placed on all nine of them. The curse says they have to be killed in order according to number. Numbers one through three are dead… Number Four is next. I loved this story. The concept is so strange and the book is so wonderfully written. When I picked this book up I really had no idea what it was about except that there were nine kids and the main character was Number Four. I’m glad I knew nothing more about this story because I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much as I did if I had known what it was about. I wouldn’t have been surprised by the premise of the story if I had know what it was about. I loved everything about this book, really. It was a super fun read, even though it did take me a while to finish. I’m a fast reader and it usually doesn’t take me longer than a couple days for me to finish a book. 400 pages isn’t very long for me. Overall, I’m so glad I picked this book up. Worth all the hype and I fully recommend it to anyone.

Characters:

John is the main character in this book, he is Number Four. He and his guardian, Henri, move to Paradise. The two of them settle down there and John goes to school and meets some really great best friends. He meets a beautiful blonde girl named Sarah, and becomes best friends with the alien-obsessed nerd, Sam. John and Sarah like eachother and then continue to fall head over heels for one another. Their relationship is so adorable. I love the characters separately, but I love them even more together.

Who Would I Be?:

Sarah. Duh. She gets to be dating a super-human, amazingly sweet, basically perfect guy. Of course I pick to be Sarah. John and Sarah are so cute together. John. Mmmm. He’s so sweet. He’s one of the sweetest male characters I’ve ever encountered in a book. I would love to be Sarah because of John. That is definitely enough of an explanation. :)

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Source: Library

Woah, Dere Wednesday (13)


I have been kind of MIA for a couple days. I started soccer a couple weeks ago and I’ve been so exhausted. Two hour practices everyday on top of eight hours of dance a week… it’s a lot. I like it, but I’m always tired now so meaning less reading. I will try and read more if I can, but I might have to stick with reading whenever possible. I am currently reading I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) – Pittacus Lore and I really like it. I want to see the movie, but right now it’s really good. The main character is starting to get his legacies and he’s falling in love. I really like the girl that he likes because she’s sweet and very nice. I like reading this book and one of my favorite parts is that the side of the book says Lorien Legacies on the pages. I also like the movie cover better than the normal cover because the guy is very attractive and the two girls are really pretty. I think it looks better for the book than the actual cover. When I finish this book I will start The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) – Patrick Ness. I checked this book out from my school library during a study hall one time and I am really excited to read it. I’ve heard really great things about this book from some people on Youtube and I’ve read reviews and most of them are positive. I can’t wait to finish I Am Number Four and start The Knife of Never Letting Go.

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March Wrapup + April TBR


Read:

  1. The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) – Rick Riordan *review*
  2. Twilight (Twilight #1) – Stephenie Meyer *review*
  3. Don’t Even Think About It (Don’t Even Think About It #1) – Sarah Mylnowski *review*
  4. Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) – Kristin Cashore *review*
  5. The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1) – Sara Shepard *review*

TBR:

  1. I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) – Pittacus Lore
  2. The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) – Patrick Ness
  3. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix (Harry Potter #5) – J. K. Rowling
  5. Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) – Richelle Mead

Review: The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1) – Sara Shepard


The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1) – Sara Shepard

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Title: The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1)

Author: Sara Shepard

Release Date: December 6, 2011

Publisher: Harper Teen

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 307

Source: Library

I had a life anyone would kill for. Then someone did.

I may not remember much, but I know I led a charmed life. Even in death I’m getting something no one else does: an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never got to meet. Now, in order to figure out what happened to me, Emma needs to become me. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Hug my parents good night like she’s their daughter? And can she keep up the charade even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

Let the lying game begin.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

I checked out this book because I loved the TV show, but this was already so different from the show. This is NOT a spoiler. Sutton is dead and Emma comes from foster care to come and meet her, but she ends up finding out Sutton isn’t there. Emma gets threatening notes saying “Sutton is dead. Keep being her… or you’re next.” Emma didn’t want this. Emma wanted to just meet her long-lost twin and have a sisterly relationship with her. Sutton follows Emma around, but nobody can see her. She doesn’t remember anything about her life, so she’s finding everything out along with Emma. All Emma needs to find out is: Who killed her sister? Why did someone want Sutton dead? I really liked this book. I actually think that the TV show is better than the book. Of course I’ve only read the first, but so far I like the show better. I’m very excited to read the others in the series, though.

Characters:

I liked the characters in this book, actually. They are very spoiled and are all rich except for Emma. But because Emma is taking Sutton’s place, she has enough money. Sutton’s friends are very spoiled and big troublemakers. Madeline is a ballet dancer, Charlotte is another one of Sutton’s best friends, and Laurel is Sutton’s little sister. Laurel is one of my favorite characters from this story. She looks up to Sutton/Emma and wants to be exactly like her. I think it’s cute how much she looks up to her.

Who Would I Be?:

I think I would choose to be Laurel from this story because she has so much faith in Sutton/Emma. She wants to be exactly like Sutton in every way possible. Laurel loves her family so much. I want to have a quality like that.

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