Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight

  • Original Title: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  • Edition: Hardcover, 698 pages
  • Published: March 8, 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Characters: Emma Carstairs, Julian Blackthorn
  • Rating: 5/5
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Description: In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

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Discussion: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Note: I wanted to write a discussion post, but I can’t quite pull my thoughts together into one coherent post. So, I’m just going to embed all my posts from Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter to form a makeshift discussion. I think collectively, they tell the whole story of how I feel about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. My assessment is based on the actual play; I haven’t finished reading the script yet. For the record, I loved the story! Furthermore, I’ve attempted to keep my posts relatively spoiler free, but as with all things, read at your own discretion. Also, I LOVE Scorpius Malfoy!

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Cover Reveal: The Lethal Agent by RS McCoy

I’m super excited to help RS McCoy reveal the cover for her latest science fiction novel, The Lethal Agent! This is the 2nd installment of The Extraction Files, and I am really looking forward to jumping back into this world with these amazing characters! If you have not read The Killing Jar yet, I would highly recommend it. You can view my previous posts about The Killing Jar which include a regular book review and a bookish list aptly entitled 3 Reasons Why You Should Read The Killing Jar. Now, without further ado, here is the gorgeous cover of THE LETHAL AGENT!

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Author: RS McCoy
Genre: Science Fiction
Designer: Kit Foster Design
Preorder: Amazon
Release Date: August 30, 2016
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Mable Wilkinson is close to getting everything she ever wanted. She has a home in a facility in New York, a job extracting parasitic insects, and she’s even made some friends. If she can keep up this pace for a few years, she’ll earn a lifetime of security for herself—and for Hadley.

But that doesn’t mean her job is easy. Each time she begins to discover something about the bugs, they strike again, wreaking havoc on the world. Researchers are dying with increasing frequency, and Mable is powerless to stop it.

As the mounting bug attacks threaten to destroy humanity, Mable realizes she’s out of time. Her team has only days to find a solution before the human race loses its homeworld—if the bugs don’t infect them first.

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5 Great Books That Will Inspire Wanderlust

The following post is a guest post written by the lovely Caroline from Culture Coverage. In the midst of my hiatus while traveling, I thought this would be a fitting piece to post now! Enjoy!

One of the most beautiful things about books is their power to transport you to another place, time or even universe. Through the adventures of others, we can vicariously explore worlds that often don’t even exist. However, unfortunately sharing these epic journeys with our favorite characters often gives us our own case of itchy feet.

These five enchanting novels are not only excellent reads; they are also sure to give you severe wanderlust. Encapsulating both the spirit of travel, with an actual physical journey, each of these books is sure to have you packing your bags, buying tickets and jetting off into the horizon.

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Top Ten Tuesday #2: Most Underrated Books

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic was Top Ten Books With Less Than 2,000 Ratings. I altered it a bit to my Top Ten Eight Underrated Books.

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
↳ Read more at Goodreads.
“The dead don’t talk. I don’t know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

 

 

 

Pitch Black by Steven Sidor
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It’s Christmas Eve, and Vera Coffey is on the run. She doesn’t know the men who are after her. She has never seen them before,but she has seen the horrors they visit on people who don’t give them what they want. Vera has something they want badly. She’d give it up if it weren’t the only thing keeping her alive. With a thriller so fast-paced that it’s impossible to let go and an ominous sense that everything is destined to go wrong, Pitch Dark is an intense read from a master of suspense.

 

The Hollow City by Dan Wells
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Michael Shipman is paranoid schizophrenic; he suffers from hallucinations, delusions, and complex fantasies of persecution and horror. That’s bad enough. But what can he do if some of the monsters he sees turn out to be real? Who can you trust if you can’t even trust yourself? The Hollow City is a mesmerizing journey into madness, where the greatest enemy of all is your own mind.

 

 

The Pigman by Paul Zindell

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When sophomores John and Lorraine played a practical joke a few months ago on a stranger named Angelo Pignati, they had no idea what they were starting. Virtually overnight, almost against their will, the two befriended the lonely old man; it wasn’t long before they were more comfortable in his house than their own. But now Mr. Pignati is dead. And for John and Lorraine, the only way to find peace is to write down their friend’s story – the story of the Pigman.

 

I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells
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John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. He’s spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential. He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he’s written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation.

 

 

The Complete Perseopolis by Marjane Satrapi
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Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland.

 

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
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Ghetto-born, Winter is the young, wealthy daughter of a prominent Brooklyn drug-dealing family. Quick-witted, sexy, and business-minded, she knows and loves the streets like the curves of her own body. But when a cold Winter wind blows her life in a direction she doesn’t want to go, her street smarts and seductive skills are put to the test of a lifetime. Unwilling to lose, this ghetto girl will do anything to stay on top.

 

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharpe
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SUTTER KEELY. HE’S the guy you want at your party. He’ll get everyone dancing. He’ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. Okay, so he’s not exactly a shining academic star. He has no plans for college and will probably end up folding men’s shirts for a living. But there are plenty of ladies in town, and with the help of Dean Martin and Seagram’s V.O., life’s pretty fabuloso, actually.

Note: I’m aware this novel is very popular because of the movie, but I don’t know a lot of people who have actually read the book. I urge you: READ THE BOOK!

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Review: The Killing Jar

Original Title: The Killing Jar
Author: RS McCoy
Edition: Paperback, 400 pages
Published: June 28th, 2016 by RS McCoy
Characters: Mable Wilkinson, Silas Arrenstein
Rating: 4/5
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Earth is dying, circling the drain on life support. The future of the human race depends on space exploration, but they’re running out of time. Parasitic insects are systematically killing the best scientific minds but no one knows why.

Mable Wilkinson is the last hope to figure it out, she just doesn’t know it yet. For years, her resourcefulness, intelligence, and penchant for problem-solving have put her at the top of a very short list of researchers, only she doesn’t want to be part of it.

Cast out at sixteen, Mable wrote off the problems of the world long ago. Now, her focus is on Hadley, her adopted little sister, and teaching her to survive in the cut-throat underground. Instead, both Mable and Hadley fall into the hands of the program’s recruiter, Silas Arrenstein, and he’s determined to have one of them. Mable can join up with the man and program who killed her brother, or she can leave Hadley to the same fate.

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The Monday Musts #2

The Monday Musts is a weekly meme hosted by Jessica at Lovin’ Los Libros in which we talk about our must reads, must listens, and must sees of the week!

Must Read
If you are one of the few people in the world who haven’t read The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, then I urge you to do so. Okay, I still haven’t read The Raven King (even though I made a big fuss about buying it when it came out). I’ve had every opportunity to read it, but honestly, I just don’t want it to end!

The Raven Boys

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June Rewind: Book Haul, Reviews, & Recap

Okay, I’m going to attempt to do my first ever wrap up post which consist of books I received this month, a recap of posts from this month, and a little lifestyle update (i.e. just talking about my boring life), and a little look into what’s ahead for July, including my tbr.

Book Haul

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First, let’s start with all the physical books that I picked up or were sent to me this month. I grabbed the Harry Potter: The Creature Vault when it was on sale at Book Outlet. It’s SO beautiful. I can’t wait to be able to take beautiful pictures of it with the rest of my Harry Potter books and merchandise. Then, I got Hamilton: The Revolution, or the Hamiltome, from eBay for only $18. I’m in love with it. Yes, I have been practicing all of Angelica’s scenes.  I bought Friday Night Lights, L.A. Candy, Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines, The Darkest Evening of the Year, and Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation from the thrift store for a whopping $4.50.  Not pictured, but I also picked up The Square Root of Summer on sale at Target. Last, I received five physical books free from authors and publishers for review: The Killing Jar by RS McCoy, Gifted by J.A. George, and Just A Few Inches by Tara St. Pierre;  not pictured, Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine.

It was also a great month for my Kindle. I bought a ton on Amazon because there were so many great sales and I received a lot of e-ARCs from NetGalley.

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e-ARCs From Netgalley

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Waiting On Wednesday: Stealing Snow

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s anticipated future release is:

Title: Stealing Snow
Author: Danielle Paige
Expected Publication: September 16th, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn’t what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid–her true home–with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she’s sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything…including Snow’s return to the world she once knew.

This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Read The Killing Jar

Happy Book Birthday to RS McCoy’s The Killing Jar! You can pick up her new sci-fi romance at Amazon and other booksellers today!

Author: RS McCoy
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Release Date: June 28, 2016

Blurb: Earth is dying, circling the drain on life support. The future of the human race depends on space exploration, but they’re running out of time. Parasitic insects are systematically killing the best scientific minds but no one knows why.

Mable Wilkinson is the last hope to figure it out, she just doesn’t know it yet. For years, her resourcefulness, intelligence, and penchant for problem-solving have put her at the top of a very short list of researchers, only she doesn’t want to be part of it.

Cast out at sixteen, Mable wrote off the problems of the world long ago. Now, her focus is on Hadley, her adopted little sister, and teaching her to survive in the cut-throat underground. Instead, both Mable and Hadley fall into the hands of the program’s recruiter, Silas Arrenstein, and he’s determined to have one of them. Mable can join up with the man and program who killed her brother, or she can leave Hadley to the same fate.

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