Sunday, July 9, 2017

June Wrap Up and July Haul (2017)


1. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices # 1) by Cassandra Clare 

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?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

Mini Review: This is probably the best series in 
the Shadowhunter Chronicles. It's filled with relatable strong yet vulnerable characters
filled with passion and emotions. It also as a captivating storyline. 
I love how it tackles about parabatai because it was never really
explained in the other series but I love how the idea
of it and how the story centers about romance between parabatais, which 
is forbidden. I also like how it glues the story of the Infernal Devices and 
the Mortal Instruments together. In addition, after reading City of Heavenly Fire
I could not wait to read more about Emma Carstairs and the Blackthorns and I am so glad
 that they finally have their own series and I cannot wait to read more. 

2. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Mini Review: 
I was so hyped up to read this book.
Many people have been raving about it but
 it just left me really disappointed. The progression 
of the story left me bored. Also, the relationship of 
the characters with each other is very dry and I found myself forcing 
myself to finish this book, which is never a good thing. What really bugs 
me about this book is Catherine and Jest's relationship. If feels like its instalove. 
There was a lack of development in the relationship and it almost feels like 
they fell in love as soon as they saw one another and it was plataue from then.
Nevertheless, I really like Catherine's character. She was so complex and relatable.
I really enjoyed reading her perspective and thoughts. But in the end, in my opinion 
The Lunar Chronicles is better than this book. 

3. Sad Girls by Lang Leav 

“Your first love isn’t the first person you give your heart to—it’s the first one who breaks it.”

Sad Girls is the much anticipated debut novel from international best-selling author Lang Leav. A beautifully written and emotionally charged coming of age story, where young love, dark secrets, and tragedy collide.

School is almost out for Audrey, but the panic attacks are just beginning. Because Audrey told a lie and now her classmate, Ana, is dead. Just as her world begins to spin out of control, Audrey meets the enigmatic Rad—the boy who could turn it all around. But will their ill-timed romance drive her closer to the edge?

Mini Review: 
I commend Lang Leav for her outstanding presentation
 in regards with Mental Disorder more specifically, Anxiety and Panic Attacks. 
This discourse will help people understand Anxiety 
and the people affected by such disorder. My only problem with 
this book is the characterization of Audrey. Her development was 
going great especially when she went to Colorado, got to know
 herself better, and met Gabe but it went totally downhill when she went 
back. I was so frustrated because she went back to zero.

Full Review Here 

4. Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices # 2) by Cassandra Clare 

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

Mini Review: 
I can't believe I have to read two FREAKING years for 
the next book. The ending almost killed me. It feels like I'm reading 
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Shadowhunter edition. 
I feel bad for the Blackthorns because
it feels like they are always having a bad day. But despite all that 
I like how their optimistic they are.


1. Batman Through The Looking Glass by Bruce Jones and Sam Kieth 

In this original graphic novel, Batman meets his foe The Mad Hatter for the very first time - landing The Dark Knight in a Won-derland he could never have imagined, hot on the heels of a white rabbit. But is this strange place real, or a hallucination? Robinand Alfred have to believe he's deep in delirium - but if that's the case, how does he manage to resolve several mysteries that have plagued Gotham City for decades.This fantastic tale is spun by renowned comics writer Bruce Jones (THE INCREDIBLE HULK) with surreal art by Sam Kieth(THE MAXX, BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM - MADNESS, LOBO).

2. Bad Days In History (A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year) by Michael Farquar

National Geographic and author Michael Farquhar uncover an instance of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to every day of the year. From Caligula's blood-soaked end to hotelier Steve Wynn's unfortunate run-in with a priceless Picasso, these 365 tales of misery include lost fortunes (like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and missed out on a $30 billion-dollar windfall), romance gone wrong (like the 16th-century Shah who experimented with an early form of Viagra with empire-changing results), and truly bizarre moments (like the Great Molasses Flood of 1919).

Think you’re having a bad day? Trust us, it gets worse.

2. Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco 

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

What is your most anticipated read for next month? 


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