April 2016 Wrap Up

Oh boy, hi, I’ve had a terrible reading month and I blogged very little and am so many books behind my reading challenge and I’ve been so busy with school and life and oh my god AP tests are coming up.

But anyways, here’s what I read this month: (A total of 7 books)


I read Lady Midnight and the Winner’s Kiss!

 

I loved both of these books so much and gave both a 5 out of 5 stars! You can see my full review for Lady Midnight here, and my full review for a Winner’s Kiss here. The Winner’s Kiss is my favorite book so far this year with Lady Midnight closely behind 🙂


I read Passenger by Alexandra Bracken!

I thought that this book was pretty good, and I gave it a 3.7 out of 5 stars. My full review for Passenger is here.


I also finally read Soundless by Richelle Mead, who wrote Vampire Academy which I loved!

Soundless was a very interesting book, and I totally forgot Richelle Mead wrote while reading because it was very unlike her. I honestly think that Soundless was a step down from Vampire Academy and Bloodlines. I would say that this book was on par with Passenger, so 3.7 stars it is.


I also read Earth’s End by Elisa Kova and the 2nd Wallbanger book

 

Earth’s end is getting 4.5 stars because it was just so gripping despite the plot problems and character problems. Rusy Nailed is the 2nd book in the Wallbanger series, and I gave Wallbanger 5 stars, but Rusy Nailed wasn’t as good plot wise and I think it dragged on, so only 4 stars, because despite all of that I still really liked it.


I finally read Truthwitch! I succumbed to the hype! ..and was a tad disappointed

Truthwitch was just so damn confusing! I really wanted to like it because of the concept, cover, and the fact that Susan and Sarah J. Maas are BFF’s. But I just was like what? At first I had trouble distinguishing between Safi and Iseult, like who was the threadwitch and who was the truthwitch in the first few chapters, and then the world building was confusing and all of the witches too.

That being said I shipped Safi and Merik from the start, and I kind of ship Iseult and the bloodwitch, is that bad? Is that what’s supposed to happen?

Also, all of these Kings, Princes, Emperor, and Domnas are confusing.


And that is all I read this month.

What did you read? Do we have any books in common? Link me to your April Wrap Ups so I can check them out 😉

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

Caps and Exclamation Points! // Lady Midnight Review

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

Page Number: 668

Format Read: Hardcover (Bought)


Goodreads Synopsis:

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.


My Thoughts:

Ok, wow. I think this has been one of the strongest first books in a Cassie Clare series, largely because the protagonist Emma, is already a Shadowhunter, and as a result, the reader already is in the know with the world.

This book though! It tore at my heartstrings! And I loved the Blackthorns so much!

My only problem as that there are so many Blackthorns that I was a little like, who’s who.

Overall I loved it, though it took me a few days to read because it was so big and I’m in school for about 10+ hours every weekday so…


*Spoiler Section* (Warning: Spoilers + Extreme Non Comprehensible Fangirling)

So one thing that I was afraid of was that Johnny Rook was going to be the bad guy here, and it would play out similar to the Clockwork Trilogy in terms of betrayal, so I found it a relief that it was Malcolm.

But at the same time, I can’t be mad at Malcolm for doing what he did, because as Emma and Julian wonder themselves, would they do the same? They hope not but at the same time, Malcolm wasn’t evil, he was wronged by shadowhunters and was just trying to be with the girl he loved.

I also really just dislike the Clave and the Cold Peace and how annoying the Clave is sometimes.

Ok, here are some major wtf moments here: (Also spoilery)

a) Kit?! A Herondale!? What!?

b) Annabel is awake! (Cough cough, plot line for book 2)

c) Mark! and Emma!? How long will this go on in book 2!? Book 2 is I think Lord of Shadows…

d) Simon/Isabelle getting married! And possibly Jace and Clary too! Awww

e) parabati curse!? What!? Book 2 please explain more

Now it’s time for my thoughts on the ships and love triangles

Ok, I obviously ship Julian and Emma, BUT, I don’t like hate Mark and Emma, same thing with Kieran, Mark, Christina, and Diego, like Mark is good with EVERYONE!

Seriously though, there isn’t a love triangle, it’s a love hexagon! With Mark, Emma, Julian, Kieran, Christina, and Diego all in it.

But I don’t really have any main ships yet, but hopefully, book 2 will help develop those.

Honestly though, the first half of this book was just:

Emma: “I love Julian, but I can’t tell him cause he’ll be disgusted since he doesn’t feel the same way”

Julian: “I love Emma, but I can’t tell her cause she’ll be disgusted since she doesn’t like me like that”

*Facepalm from the reader aka me

Verdict:

A wonderful start, with a cliffhanger esque end that had me dying.

My Rating:

5 out of 5 stars! My first 5 stars given to a YA book this year! THANK YOU Cassie Clare for being awesome 🙂


Ok, so yeah, the excitement was a little real for this one, and it’s just a bunch of fangirling honestly, it’s not even a proper review since all I did was shriek in all caps everywhere and use a lot of exclamation points.

Please let me know your thoughts! Have you read this book!? What did you think!?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

 

One Lovely Blog Award

Hi there! A lovely blog post for you today.

Ha ha, see what i did there? It’s the one lovely blog award and a lovely blog post too. See????

Anyhoo, i was nominated by the lovely…ok, not this again, the lovely Aneta @ Inspire Script, as well as Anthony @ A Very Awkward Blog, and Kimsiang @ The Spines Breaker

These lovely people all have lovely blogs, so check them out!

Ok, i’m done with the loveliness now 😉

The Rules:

I’ve seen different versions, but these are the rules i’m going with:

1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.

2. List the rules and display the award.

3. Add 7 facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 7 other bloggers and let them know about their nomination!

I saw Jesse from Books at Dawn do this award, and for each person that nominated him he did a separate category of facts about himself. That was a great idea, so i’m going to use it too 🙂

Aneta’s Category: Fruits: Top 7 Fruits I Like

1. Cantaloupe

2. Watermelon

3. Pineapple

4. Blueberries

5. Kiwi

6. Grapes

7. Peaches

Anthony’s Category: Candy: Top 7 Candies I Love

1. Twix

2. Reese’s

3. Kit Kat’s

4. Snickers

5. Milky Ways

6. Take 5’s

7. Chocolate covered anything!!!! (I’m a chocolate addict)

Kimsiang’s Category: Movies: Top 7 Movies That Are My Faves

1. Harry Potter

2. Bring it On

3. The Fault in Our Stars

4. The Hunger Games

5. Les Miserables

6. Legally Blonde

7. Pitch Perfect

My Nominees:

Jax @ Defying Gravitas

Audrey @ Forwards and Bookwords

Casey @ Inspired by the Page

Emily @ The Little Book Affair

Alicia @ A Kernal of Nonsense

Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

Summer @ Xingsings


So that is all for today, i honestly think that choosing nominees is harder than the actual award most of the time 😉

Thanks for reading, share your favorite fruits, movies and candy in the comments below, and you know what, wherever you are in the world, at whatever time, i hope you are having a great time.

-Calliope (5)

P.S. I got an instagram! @calliopegoddess, which is the same as my twitter, you can click that social media button to the right 😉

P.P.S. Did you SEE the shadowhunter trailer!!!!???? And the Lady Midnight Cover!!!!!?????