June 2016 Wrap-Up

June has been the longest month this year by far. It was also a really bad month for reading and books in general. I haven’t read or blogged that much because of all the finals I had in the middle of the month. With that, let’s get into it. 🙂

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2016 Summer Reading Goals

For the past five or six months, I haven’t been reading nearly as much as I used, or as I want to be reading. Today marks the first day that I’m on summer break, so I’m going to celebrate with a blog post about my summer reading/blogging goals. Continue reading

5 Contemporary Books Everyone Shoud Read

I’m thinking about doing a series of blog posts called “Top 5 Friday’s”, where I’ll basically just make a list of my top 5 books, bookish things, or anything in particular that I feel needs a “Top 5” list. I’ll try to have these posts up every Friday or, at least, every other Friday. This one is going up a little late since school has been extremely busy for me, so I often don’t have time to write during the week. My first Top 5 Friday post will be on contemporary books that everyone should read (presumed from the title of the post, lol).

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Lady Midnight Review

i started lady midnight at the beginning of this month and read a few pages here and there with the little time i had to read. then one day i sat down to get a few pages in and read more than the entire last half of the book in one go. it was insane, heart-wrenching, beautifully written, funny, and genius all at the same time. everything that cassie had written in this book exceeded my expectations. with that, let’s get into the review 🙂

Title: Lady MidnightLM_cover
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices
Followed By: Prince of Shadows
Release Date: March 8th, 2016
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Family, Friendship, Love
Page Count: 720
Find it Here: AmazonThe Book Depository, Goodreads

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.

lady midnight is the first book in cassandra clare’s third series (the dark artifices). her two other series are called the mortal instruments (which takes place around 2007), and the infernal devices (which takes place in the 1800’s). this book takes place after the events that occurred in her first series (the mortal instruments). you do not have to read the first two series in the shadowhunter books in order to read lady midnight, but it is highly recommended. characters and plots from the first two series are mentioned in lady midnight, so you’ll be missing out if you don’t read them! you’ll also miss a lot of amazing adventures and kick-ass characters.

cassandra clare has also released a set of novella’s, called tales from the shadowhunters academy), available as ebooks. you don’t have to read these before lady midnight either, but in my opinion, i think you definitely should. one of the subplots in lady midnight connects to some of the novellas (*squeals*) and you won’t want to miss out on that! although they are only available as ebooks as of now, a hard copy of the novellas will be released as a book sometime this fall.

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The Hamilton Book Tag

i wasn’t exactly tagged to do the hamilton tag but i’m just gonna do it anyways because hamilton is absolutely amazing. i recently started listening to hamilton (at the beginning of april i think) and it has CONSUMED MY LIFE. if you haven’t listened to the soundtrack i 100,000,000% recommend it because it’s amazing, catchy music yes, but it’s also extremely interesting to learn about. Continue reading