• Book Blog,  Book Reviews

    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?

  • Book Blog,  Discussion,  Rants and Raves

    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!

  • Book Blog,  Cover Reveals

    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
    Add The Lethal Agent on Goodreads!

    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.

  • Book Blog,  Bookish Tips & Lists,  Guest Posts

    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.

  • Book Blog,  Bookish Tips & Lists,  Top Ten Tuesday

    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
    ↳ Read more at Goodreads.
    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
    ↳ Read more at Goodreads.
    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

    ↳ Read more at Goodreads.
    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
    ↳ Read more at Goodreads.
    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
    ↳ Read more at Goodreads.
    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
    ↳ Read more at Goodreads.
    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
    ↳ Read more at Goodreads.
    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!