Review: The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles #5-7) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson


The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles #5-7) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

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Title: The Bane Chronicles

Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

Release Date: November 11, 2014

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 528

Source: Book Store

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.


 

The Rise of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #5)

4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this story. This is the first one that had any real action. Part of the reason that I love Cassandra Clare is because of her amazingly written action scenes, so it was nice to have a little glimpse into one of those. I also really enjoyed the beginning of the story and how it took place on the day of the huge stock market crash. It was cool to see in that time period even if it was tainted with warlocks and vampires. Again, Camille is one of my favorite bad-guys, so it was fun to see her again. I’m excited to read The Fall of Hotel Dumort and see what Camille has to do with it.

 

Saving Raphael Santiago (The Bane Chronicles #6)

4 out of 5 stars

This hasn’t been my favorite so far, but I loved getting to see Raphael. He’s one of my favorite characters because he is so strong-willed in all of his decisions. I had no idea that Magnus had that much to do with saving him, but he definitely did. If it weren’t for Magnus, Raphael would have gone insane and killed a bunch of mundanes in order to get blood, but he didn’t because he had a safe place to be. I love how sassy he is. I’ve also missed the Cassandra Clare sass levels. I’m really excited to continue on with this novella series!

 

The Fall of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #7)

4 out of 5 stars

I’ve decided that I’m not too keen on the vampires. I never really liked them because they’re so cold. They almost don’t even have emotions anymore, and I get that’s what makes them have a vampiric quality, but I just don’t like it. To me, the lack of emotion makes it somewhat boring to read. I do still like Camille, but I’m confused about the ending of this one. Magnus just has Catarina erase memories from him? Hmm. I don’t know about that.

 

Series:

What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles #1)

The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles #2)

Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale (The Bane Chronicles #3)

The Midnight Heir (The Bane Chronicles #4)

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Excitement


Do you ever just get randomly super fangirly and giddy because of your excitement for something? Oh my gosh me too! Same. I get so excited for the most random things in my life, but here are just a few of the most exciting things happening in my life soon(ish).

  1. I have a show choir competition on Saturday (I’m in combo. I play tenor sax.)
    We leave at 4:30 a.m. We get back at 2:00 a.m. Well, it’s going to be a long day, but it will be a ton of fun.
  2. I have a dance audition for a special dance for recital on Sunday.
    We are only having 14 people this year… AHH!
  3. I have an audition for a dance scholarship for a summer intensive that I go to on the 20th!
    I have been going to this dance camp for 3 or 4 summers now, and last year I got $300 off my tuition for it. Crossing my fingers it will be the same, or more this time around!
  4. My boyfriend and I will have been dating for 2 years on the 26th!
    That’s a really long time, but it doesn’t feel like that long, but it also feels like we’ve been together forever. Yay for us! Thanks for putting up with me, Mark, if you’re reading this ;)
  5. LADY MIDNIGHT. I REPEAT. Lady Midnight is coming out in March!
    That is so soon oh my gosh more Cassandra Clare. Mm.
  6. I get to go to my first prom on May 7th!
    I have been asked before, but I wanted to go with my boyfriend for my first prom, and this is the year! I can’t wait to get dressed up and go to grand march!
  7. I get to go to Italy this summer!!!
    I’ve never been out of the country, and I get to go across an ocean the first time I do. My gosh I’m so fricking excited for this.
  8. I’ve been blogging every other day for this whole year so far.
    *pats self on back* This is a huge accomplishment for me, because I was really inconsistent previously. I either posted everyday for a week, or once a month… Very happy I’m keeping up with this!

These are just some of the things I’m excited for that are coming up! What do you get excited about?

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Review: The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles #1-4) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson


The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles #1-4) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

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Title: The Bane Chronicles

Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

Release Date: November 11, 2014

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 528

Source: Book Store

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.


 

What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles #1)

3 out of 5 stars

This novella is the first installment in The Bane Chronicles, and it wasn’t amazing. I’m actually surprised that I didn’t love it, but there wasn’t really a plot to it. I get that it is only 50 pages, but there wasn’t really a point to them even being in Peru. I still love Magnus, and am excited to read more about him throughout this book. Oh my gosh I hope that he’s in Lady Midnight (WHICH COMES OUT IN A MONTH). Anyway, I still don’t know what really happened in Peru, so…

 

The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles #2)

4 out of 5 stars

Magnus is in Paris in 1791 and he has to help Marie Antoinette escape from France. Magnus is hired by Axel von Fersen to Glamour the queen and her family in order for them to escape. This was a lot better than the first novella by far. There was actually a story, but I don’t think that the stories so far have been extremely beneficial to The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices yet. I’m not saying that they’re bad, but they’ve not been helpful to understanding anything from the series yet. I am assuming that they will because Cassandra Clare is really good at weaving information into her series. I think that these are just harder for me to relate to because I’m most used to seeing Magnus with Alec in today’s time, not two hundred years ago. My favorite part so far is that it says that Magnus loves dark hair and blue eyes… Alec has both of those traits…

 

Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale (The Bane Chronicles #3)

5 out of 5 stars

They keep getting better and better! I really enjoyed this one, mostly because it is is London. And London is my thing. Anyway, this novella talked more about Magnus, but let us in on how he had a relationship with Camille. Camille is one of my favorite villains, but she’s not really even a villain. Camille just happens to have some tricky things up her ancient sleeves. I loved getting to meet Will’s dad. The Herondales will forever have a place in my heart; that family is my favorite. There was a reference to the hatred of ducks, which made me really happy, and we got to see a tiny little scene with Charlotte as a toddler. Oh my gosh it was so cute. I really loved this novella. I am glad that I got a little bit of information from pre Infernal Devices, and hope to get more about Alec and Magnus because Malec is my favorite ship.

 

The Midnight Heir (The Bane Chronicles #4)

5 out of 5 stars

I love Will and I love Tessa, and I’m so glad that I got to see the way they developed from the end of The Infernal Devices. James Herondale is troubled, and it’s kind of ironic as to why he’s troubled. He is getting attacked by love, where his father was saved by love. There were so many happy squealy moments to this novella (honestly, ask my family). There was another duck reference, and I loved seeing things from a new perspective. In The Infernal Devices you didn’t really see anything from Magnus’ point of view, you only saw from the Institute residents. I think that this will be the novella I will just read over and over whenever I’m feeling left out of the Shadowhunter world. I literally cannot even express how much I love the Herondales. So much love for that family.

 

Series:

The Rise of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #5)

Saving Raphael Santiago (The Bane Chronicles #6)

The Fall of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #7)

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Review: The Book Thief – Markus Zusak


The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

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Title: The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

Release Date: October 15, 2013

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 550

Source: Young Adult Literature Class

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

5 out of 5 stars


If I had to choose only one word for this book it would be “eloquent.” The definition perfectly describes the book perfectly; fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing. This is easily the best book that I have ever read, and I will reread it countless times in the future and have my children read it when they are old enough, and I will forever recommend this book to everyone I meet. I’ve not read too many historical fiction novels, but I think I have to after finishing this one. It is one of the most beautiful pieces of art that I’ve ever encountered, and everyone needs to read it.

One of the most amazing things about this book is that it is told from the perspective of death. Death is the narrator, and you see things from his/hers/its perspective. One of my favorite elements of this story was that each time there was a death, Death narrated it and explained it by the sky being a certain color. The sky could be blue, red, purple, yellow, black. Any color known could represent the life of the person that passed.

Liesel Meminger goes to live with Hans and Rosa Hubermann after her brother died and her mother couldn’t support her. Liesel shows up and quickly becomes part of the family; Hans, whom she soon calls Papa, bonds with her soon after her arrival. Liesel meets Rudy, her best friend, while she goes to play with the neighborhood kids, and they become the best of friends and will forever be in each other’s hearts. The infamous duo participate in a group of kids who steal from those more fortunate than them; Liesel ends up stealing books from a library of one of her friends.

Hans teaches Liesel to read by starting with her first steal. They read every night right after Liesel wakes up from nightmares, and she learns from there.

This book has so much symbolism, and touches the heart of everyone who reads it. I can’t explain the depth of the characters that I got from 550 pages. This book will forever hold a spot in my heart as being the first book to actually get me to cry real tears. There is no way for me to not spoil anything for anyone, so you’ll have to read it for yourselves, but I loved this book more than anything.

The writing style was lovely. It was easy to read, but made you think about what you had just read. Again, this is easily the best book that I’ve ever read, and I don’t think that anything will beat it. I just want to thank God for creating people with this ethereal way of writing stories down.

Please read this book.

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Just Reflect


As one of my first non-bookish posts in a while, I just wanted to talk about life, so here I go.

Take a few moments to yourself. Close your eyes, and think. Let your mind wander. Where does yours go to?

My mind immediately goes to two things. England/Europe, and dancing.

I have been a dancer since I was 5 years old, and have always loved it. I hope to pursue a future in dancing, and can’t wait to see what my future holds for me.

I have wanted to travel to Europe since early middle school when my cousins (second, maybe third cousins) came from Manchester to visit my nana, grandpa, and aunts. I heard their accents and immediately knew I had to go there some day.

Just think about it; your mind probably wandered to beautiful and exciting things. We have everything we want and need right near us, but we don’t appreciate it enough. I have a wonderful family, a great dance studio, nice things, a handsome boyfriend, and I haven’t taken a step back in a while to be thankful for everything. I love the way my life is right now, even if my curfew is a little too early, and I’m always a little too sore. I love my life, and I’m sure almost all of you do too.

I’m not saying you’ve not had hard times in your life, everyone has, but it’s nice to look at your life from an outside perspective. I want every single one of you to take a few moments out of your day to appreciate the things around you and say thank you to your parents, and significant others, and siblings, and friends. Even if they think you’re super weird for texting them a simple thank you, I guarantee you that almost all of them will have a better day afterwards.

Live life to the fullest. Don’t be scared of the unknown. Dance until you can’t move anymore. Travel until you’re completely broke. Have fun and be spontaneous.

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Review: Uglies (Uglies #1) – Scott Westerfeld


Uglies (Uglies #1) – Scott Westerfeld

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Title: Uglies (Uglies #1)

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Release Date: February 8, 2005

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 425

Source: Friend

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world– and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever…


 

4 out of 5 stars

This book was completely different than I thought it was going to be. I don’t really ever know what books are about before I read them, so it was really cool to jump into this one blindly. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this series, but I just have never gotten around to reading it until now. My friend loaned me this book because she enjoyed it when she read it a few years ago, and I’m glad that I read this.

It took me quite a while to get into this book; I’ve not read a dystopian in quite a while, so the world building was hard to get used to at first. I really enjoyed this book despite some of my annoyances with it. The world building was really awesome throughout the book, and it felt like I was right there with the characters.

The main thing that I had a problem with was fricking Tally not telling the Smokies the reason that she came there in the first place. The only way that she would have gotten them to trust her for real was if she told them the truth. Huh, weird right? SHE WAITED UNTIL THE LAST POSSIBLE TIME TO TELL THEM. wth. Why did you wait that long? David, the love interest, would have trusted you and not been backstabbed if you would have told him right away. And for real, she could have just gotten rid of the necklace. I completely saw what was coming before she did it. Ugh; typical YA.

I am really excited to read the rest of this series! I will definitely be purchasing a box set of this series in the near future. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next books!

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