Book Reviews

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

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Goodreads Synopsis

This is author Julie Israel’s first book which just came out this past May. It’s still relatively new but I haven’t heard anyone talking about it until recently. I myself picked it up because it was the 2017 Booktubeathon “book club” pick. I unfortunately was unable to finish it by the time the Booktubeathon ended, but I have been reading it since. Since I wasn’t under the pressure of the Booktubeathon anymore, I decided to take my time with this a recuperate a little bit from all the constant reading I did in that week.


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Honestly, I’m finding it hard to nail down my feelings towards this book. I was absolutely in love with it for the first half of the book. And then, the other half happened AND THE “ENDING”.

It’s hard for me to distinguish my feelings I have for the entire book and judge the book as a whole, rather than getting caught up in how much I hated the ending and how I felt walking away from the book.

I’m holding out hope that maybe my copy was just missing some pages. I’m just unsure how someone let it get published the way it is. I’m sorry but you can not have a mystery going on the entire book, literally from the very start of the novel and not reveal it in the end. It’s unfinished. I closed the book angry. Some times endings disappoint me, but this took that to a whole new level because there was no ending to judge; it was nonexistent. I, as the reader, was left in the exact some place I was when I started reading. The author gave me none of the answers we were searching for through the duration of the novel.

We follow Juniper on this big quest and search for closure. Although the author still found a way to give our main character closure, she left the reader none.

Right around the halfway mark, the book started to get really slow. Which happens a lot. But, I didn’t appreciate that in the last quarter of the book, everything happened at once. I feel like all of the events that happened all at once in the end could’ve been spread out through those really slow parts to help the novel flow better. In the end I was really overwhelmed because again, everything happened at once. None of the real conflict in the story happened until towards the end and I felt bombarded with all of this information. Whereas, the middle of the book was pretty boring because nothing was happening. I really wish events could’ve been spread out.

To my knowledge, this is a standalone and there will not be a continuation to Juniper’s story. Which saddens me, because again, we didn’t get the answers we were searching for. But, if I’m being honest, even if there was a sequel, I’m not sure I would pick it up; I would be too worried that the author wouldn’t be able to finish the story yet again.

In the end, I wish I had liked this more, I really wanted to but I just had too many problems with it and in my opinion, this isn’t a finished novel.


The remainder of this review is going to contain SPOILERS. So, if you have not read Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index, and do not wish to be spoiled, please go read it and then come back so we can discuss together!

Let’s begin the review!


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I am going to try not to focus of the end right now and go ahead a start with what I did actually enjoy about this book and then I am going to get to the things I wasn’t thrilled about.

I loved Juniper as a character. I enjoyed being in her headspace. I found her very interesting and unique. She was a very real and very relatable character.

I think the concept of the Happiness Index is so fun. It would be a really cool thing to do and to keep up with. I really loved that the design of the book was told by how many days it had been since Cami’s death. It was another way to implement the index cards into the book and I really enjoyed that.

I liked that although we never got to see Camilla in actuality, we got so much back story on her and she felt very real even though we as readers never got to see her. I thought she was really interesting and awesome. It was amazing that the author was able to “bring her to life” even though she had passed before the book started.

The whole book was like a scavenger hunt which was so fun. We got little tidbits of information at almost every corner and we were going through the same exact emotions and disparity to find the truth as Juniper was.

Although we didn’t dive too deeply into our side characters that much, I did enjoy the cast. Brand was by far my favorite but I also really enjoyed Kody.

Now let’s get to what I didn’t like.

I didn’t like the relationship between Juniper and her parents. I get that they were all dealing with Cami’s death in their own, different ways, but still. Anything there was any interaction between them I wanted to scream at her parents that they had another child and that they were pushing her away and going to end up losing her in a different way than they did their first child, which in my opinion, is just as tragic.

I didn’t like Nate. I didn’t enjoy his character. Any time he was on the page it felt forced, like the author really had to try to fit him into the story. And, I hated that he was the one the had Juniper’s missing index card. That again, felt forced. Also, the missing index card was another mystery that we were trying to solve from the very beginning and we finally got the answer and that moment was so anticlimactic.

Another thing that felt forced was the fight with Brand. It was honestly really stupid and the way it was written, you knew it was going to be fixed within the next 30 pages. I found it unnecessary and predictable.

So many things were left feeling unfinished for me. We would get some information and we would dwell on it for a good 20 pages or so and then it would be off to something else and that topic wouldn’t really get revisited. I hated how everything wrapped up. This had so much potential and I think the author was just trying to make too much happen in these pages that overall, it felt rushed and incomplete.


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My favorite part started on page 317. I loved  the wall that Juniper put together on 3 Hall with all of her Camilla prints and secrets she had collected. It was a really touching moment. All of her friends came back and helped her with it and it meant so much to her mom and it was just really, really sweet.


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My favorite quote takes place on pages 299 and 300. They were spoken by Juniper’s dad and I found his words really touching.

“I know you and Camilla weren’t … on great terms at the time of the accident. And I admire that you’ve done so much for those around you since then– I’m proud of your club work and volunteering. But… you can’t just throw yourself at causes in the hopes that they’ll make up for something you can’t fix. It isn’t fair. If you hold yourself to a standard you can never attain, what can the pressure do but build until you blow a gasket? I’m just glad you didn’t hurt yourself of suffer some kind of breakdown”


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And those were all my thoughts and feels on Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index

What did you think about this book? Who was your favorite character? What did you think about the ending? Would you be open to reading anything else Julie Israel writes in the future? Any quotes that really resonated with you?

ALSO, since we weren’t told who the mysterious You was, who do you think it was?

(I personally believe that it was Juniper’s English teacher)

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Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Goodreads Synopsis

Peaches is the first book in the Peaches Trilogy by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I picked this book up primarily because of the author; I read Tiger Lily awhile back and absolutely loved it and I’ve been wanting to pick up the rest of Jodi Lynn Anderson’s books since then. I will say that although I didn’t love this nearly as much as Tiger Lily, it was still really great and I enjoyed it very much.

I read and reviewed Tiger Lily before I was reviewing here on my blog, but if you’d still like to know my thoughts on it, you can click HERE for my Goodreads review!


Image result for thoughtsThis book was so cute! And it was super light and an easy read and perfect for the summer and perfect for a readathon. I practically flew through it. It’s just a tad over 300 pages, so it’s not that much but a lot happens in those pages and I absolutely adored it. I loved our cast of characters and our setting. It set the scene and feel for the perfect summer read.

We follow three girls; Murphy, Leeda and Birdie. They’re all very different from each other and are on completely different paths. But, they all end up thrown together for a summer and each of them find something none of them really knew they were looking for. It was filled with love and friendship and it was so sweet.

It’s a great story and I loved seeing how everyone’s lives intersected and how all our characters grew. It was really interesting and really light-hearted and fun too.

I’m very excited to start the second book, The Secrets of Peaches after I finish with this review. And I can’t wait to get to the third book, Love and Peaches, after that!


This review is going to contain SPOILERS. So, if you have not read Peaches and do not wish to be spoiled, please go read it and then come back so we can discuss together!

Let’s begin the review!


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As I said above, this book was so cute and adorable. From the moment I started reading, I couldn’t bring myself to really put it down. It went by really quickly and held my interest the entire time.

I think my favorite character was by far Birdie. And, my least character was probably Leeda. Don’t get me wrong, I liked her and all but at times she was super annoying and bratty and well, whiny. Murphy was interesting and fun to read and I liked her story arc probably the most.

I didn’t really like the “Before” page. It felt really unnecessary and carried no real weight in the story. And then, later on in the story when that scene finally takes place I was like “Oh, I guess that’s why that was there in the beginning”. It didn’t need to be there at all.

I liked that we started off in Murphy’s POV. I loved the story of how she ended up at the Darlington Orchard. Her story was hilarious and had me laughing the whole time where has how Leeda ended up at the Orchard was pretty boring and Birdie well, lived there. Murphy was the fun and unpredictable aspect of the book and I really loved that.

Leeda was really uptight and for lack of a better word, prissy. As I said, I didn’t really like her. She annoyed me a lot. I liked seeing her through everyone else’s eyes but I didn’t like being in her POV.

However, I often felt myself feeling bad for Leeda. Her mom was absolutely terrible. She never wanted her. Never looked at her. Didn’t care about her at all. She was awful. I kept thinking that maybe there would be a moment where she actually had a little bit of a redemption moment like her sister, Danay did, and it just never happened. I really hated her. And I cheered Murphy on the entire time she told her off and wished that Rex hadn’t made her stop.

Birdie was fantastic. I loved her so much. She was this shy, hard working, good girl and she learned how to live life of the wild side a little bit and how to not let life pass her by. She learned how to have a voice and say what she felt and have a say in her life. She’s the reason the Orchard made it through the frost and why her dad refused to sell in the end. And I think Murphy said it best when she called her a powder keg. There was no stopping that girl once she set on something. She was a fantastic character and I really came to love her and I’m so glad everything fell into place for her in the end.

I love how we had these little snippet pages to show us glimpses of the past. It was really cool and interesting to see when their moms realized they were pregnant with them and to get some more back story on them considering we didn’t see them all the much. And, to see some more of the history of the Darlington family Orchard.

I honestly didn’t like any of their mothers. They were all horrible in my opinion. Granted we didn’t really see them, but still. They weren’t great and our main characters didn’t really like them either.

I loved that these three girls learned so much about themselves and each other and became such amazing friends in the end.

I love that Enrico and Birdie finally got together. I kept waiting for her to actually make a move and seize the moment to be with him and it never happened. And then we found out that he had gone back home to Texas. And I was had figured that the story would take a different turn then. But, she went to Texas to see him and I got hopeful again AND HE HAD A GIRL IN HIS LAP WHEN SHE GOT THERE. I was so upset and felt terrible for Birdie. And she went back home without talking to him. I’m not going to lie, I teared up. I was rooting for them and at every turn something else happened. I was so shocked when he turned up in the end. It was super cute and hit me right in the feels. SO ADORABLE.

But as much as I loved Birdie and Enrico…..I loved Murphy and Rex more. THEY WERE SO GOOD TOGETHER. I felt really bad for Leeda and I didn’t really see them actually getting together until almost the end but then I realized that it was going to happen and it made me really happy. Rex and what Leeda needed to gain a bit of confidence and as she even said, he felt like a big brother and I’m glad they had that. But they both knew they weren’t going anywhere romantically. I’m very glad that Leeda and Murphy remained friends and that Rex and Murphy got to be together. I hope we actually get to see them be in a relationship in the next book.

I hate that Leeda didn’t get a summer love. She ended up on her own and that makes me really sad. However, I’m glad she had that nice moment with her sister in the end and that things seemed a little better for them. I wish things had gotten better with her mom as well but sadly they didn’t. I really hope Leeda is able to find love in the next book.

I can’t wait to start the second book, The Secrets of Peaches which is exactly what I’m about to go do. I’ve come to really love these characters and can’t wait to see what else takes place at the Darlington family Orchard!


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My favorite part was definitely when Murphy told Leeda’s mom off on page 207. As I mentioned above, I cheered her on the entire time. I loved this scene not only because Murphy was sticking up for Leeda and being a real friend and finally saying the things Leeda’s mom needed to hear, but because it started the first real sparks between Rex and Murphy. It was a really powerful scene and I enjoyed it immensely.


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I again can’t narrow my favorite quote to just one. There were two really great lines in this book that just really resonated with me and I can’t choose between them. But, they were really short lines so it’s okay to share two….right?

The first takes place right off the bat on page 5 when we were in Murphy’s POV. Nobody spoke this line but I really loved it anyway.

“It made her think about how she couldn’t believe how big the universe was, but how small it was for her.”

And the second, takes place on page 157. This was one of the many times the girls snuck down to the lake. This time we were in Leeda’s POV and this was another line that wasn’t actually spoken but again, I really loved it.

“The moment slipped away, but because it wasn’t perfect, it was the most perfect one she could remember having.”


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And those were all my thoughts and feels about Peaches!

What did you think about this book? Who was your favorite character and who’s POV did you prefer? Do you look forward to reading the rest of the series? Have you read any other books by Jodi Lynn Anderson? Any quotes that really resonated with you? Where do you think the series will go from here?

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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I have finally finished this massive tome!

I’ve been working my way through it all month and just pushed through the last little bit. Literally, I just closed the book 5 minutes ago and I’m in pieces. I’m not even sure if I’ll be able to form coherent thoughts for this review but I have a lot to talk about and a lot to vent about so we will see where this goes XD

Lord of Shadows is the sequel to Lady Midnight; the second book in the Dark Artifices series and now the thirteenth Shadowhunter book to be released.

If you’d like to read my review for Lady Midnight, click HERE!


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I don’t even know where to begin with this book. I truly am in pieces. Clockwork Princess remains my favorite book in this world but this was a really, really, really close second. This definitely topped Lady Midnight for me. And both Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows has topped all of my favorites within the original Mortal Instruments series. I’m loving these books, even though my heart is broken, I’m loving them. I don’t know how she will tie up this series but I’m looking forward to it.

My only problem? WHY DO WE HAVE TO WAIT SO LONG FOR EACH NEW BOOK?!?!?!?!


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The rest of this review is going to contain SPOILERS. So if you have not read Lord of Shadows or the rest of the Shadowhunter books, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT KEEP READING. THIS IS AN AMAZING SERIES AND NEEDS TO BE READ IT ITS ENTIRETY AND IN ORDER. SO DO YOURSELF A GREAT FAVOR AND GO PICK THEM UP. NOW. I’M NOT JOKING. GO DO IT.

Now, onto what is sure to be an incredibly long review. You may want to grab a snack if you’re planning on sticking around because I’m really about to pour my heart out.

SO MUCH JUST HAPPENED.


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I truly don’t even know where to begin. I guess the sensible place to start would be the beginning.

I will say that although I loved the entire book, the beginning was my least favorite part. It was very, very slow. And I had so many questions left from Lady Midnight and they just weren’t giving me anything to work with.

I hated the tension between Julian and Emma. It felt wrong and I don’t like the feeling I got while reading it. It was just UGH. And I didn’t like that Emma and Mark were just pretending. I was shipping them really hard. I wanted them to develop into something real. I knew that it wouldn’t happen because obviously one of the biggest things in this series is their relationship but I really shipped Mark and Emma. I was hopefully. However, I like that they were actually developing a great friendship that was helping them. I thought it was really cute that Mark had been sleeping on Emma’s floor and that she would sleep next to him and it was all just really sweet. But it was so awkward when they were around anyone else and I hated it.

I didn’t like the Centurions at all. This was our first real look at the Scholomance and it was terrible. It was a bunch of ignorant brats who felt entitled to the world and wanted to undo what Alec and Clary and Magnus and Simon, etc. had worked for. They’re pushing so hard to undo so much. Their bratty, less educated Valentine’s and they’re pushing for the same war over again. It’s maddening. Also, Zara. She can die. That’s all.

I like that we got to see a little bit of Clary and Jace. They’re all grown up and it’s cool to see them but it’s also really odd. City of Heavenly Fire wasn’t too long ago. It feels like I was just reading it and it’s still hard to process that we aren’t following their story and that they’re now running an Institute and doing secret faerie missions for the Clave.

I’m really perturbed by the dreams Clary has been having. She’s worried that she’s about to die; she says that she feels it and that she knows it is coming. She said that’s why she hasn’t accepted Jace’s proposal. It’s heart breaking. I want Jace and Clary to be married and I thought that they’d finally get to live happily ever after BUT OF COURSE NOT. Of course Clary has to start having ominous death dreams. UGH. WHY.

However, I think that it’s connected to what’s going on with Magnus. I’m really worried about him. His magic has been draining so easily and it just sounds like he’s falling apart. I think that what’s going on with them is definitely foreshadowing what’s going on in Faerie and with the downworlders and what I think is about to break out into an all out war.

I still love all of the Blackthorns. I love them SO, SO MUCH. I love them more than the Herondales, the Carstairs’, the Lightwoods. ALL OF THEM. I love them. However, Julian is no longer my favorite of the family. I love Ty. Ty is the best character Cassandra Clare has ever brought to life. He is amazing and I love him. He’s so complex and interesting. I love his relationship with his twin *excuse me while I go weep*. And I love his newfound relationship with Kit. I honestly don’t know if I ship them more has parabatai or as a couple. I think that either way they’d be amazing together and I just ship that together, it doesn’t matter in what sense of together they end up in. Kit has really come to surprise me as a character. He was introduced pretty quickly in the beginning of Lady Midnight and we didn’t really figure out the mystery behind him until the very end. I think that everything to do with Kit and his backstory and his personality has been executed so well. He’s a fantastic character and he’s become one of my favorites over Lady Midnight and this book especially. I hope he continues to be an important part of the story and again, I ship him and Ty so much. I think they’ll be needing each other even more now. *I’m still weeping*.

Speaking of Ty. I just love that Cassandra Clare writes these eclectic and important and DIFFERENT characters. Through all of her books we have a huge array of gay, bisexual, straight characters. But now, we have characters like Ty and Diana that represent even more people. Ty is majorly autistic. And I love seeing how his family has strived to find how to help him with that and how they really try to understand his brain and why he does the things he does. And in this book we learned that Diana is transgender. I really loved how we learned about her and her past. It was very sad but it was really interesting as well. I love that she writes characters that represent and can resonate with so many people.

I also wanted to touch on the whole Mark, Cristina, Kieran thing. This is a love triangle that has been developing a little bit in Lady Midnight and completely through this one. It’s intriguing. It’s not your typical love triangle and it’s actually really interesting. I’m not sure who I ship with who and who I want to be with who in the end and to be perfectly honest, I kinda hope the three of them are just in a relationship together XD

Moving on to Faerie. A lot happened in and with Faerie in this book. I’m still confused about a lot of it. And who knows what will come of it. I honestly don’t know how she’s going to conclude this particular series in just one more book. It’s crazy. First of all, Clary and Jace are on some weird faerie mission that’s top secret. We learn that they’re going there but we don’t hear anything else about it and don’t see them again after they go. Then Mark, Cristina, Emma and Julian take off into Faerie to rescue Kieran. And literally have a showdown with the King of the Unseelie. Like WHY. And then, the Queen of the Seelie strike a deal with them for them to help her get the Black Volume of the Dead in exchange for ending the Cold Peace, helping defeat the Unseelie King, and giving Julian information about the parabatai curse. THEN, weirdest of all, Drusilla freakily gets transported to some underground Faerie tunnels and meets who I am assuming who the Seelie Queen said the Unseelie took from her. And umm I can’t be sure but I think this is Sebastian Morgenstern’s spawn. With the Queen. Of Faerie. Like…what????? I can’t begin to process this. And then she weirdly gets transported right back like nothing happens so I’m just really confused about all of that. Majorly. But yeah. The center of what goes on in these books are the Cold Peace and all the things to do with Faerie and it’s inhabitants. I think everything is about to get a hundred times worse. If that’s even possible.

So, we learned a big lesson in this book. Don’t assume that a warlock is dead. In the London Shadow Market, Ty, Kit and Livvy meet a warlock that helps them…..and he has green skin…..ummm…..guys……I THINK ITS RAGNOR FELL. I mean, he was hiding his face and skin….but they caught a glimpse of the fact that he was green. And who else would’ve helped them? And talked about Catarina? I mean, he was the High Warlock of London…their in London. It’s Ragnor. I’m sure. And I hope that we learn how, and why, and that we get to see more of him because omg.

I also want to talk about Annabel. She’s a really important part of this series. However, I was really frustrated about her plot line. The epilogue of Lady Midnight was Annabel moving around in her grave….but she didn’t come into this book until literally page 278. I wrote it down because one of my biggest questions from the previous book was what was up with Annabel in her grave in the end. But anyway, we see Malcolm (who didn’t die *dramatic eye roll*) finally raise her from the dead. And then….she killed him. I was reading and was just sitting there in shock like “did that really just happen?”. But yeah. Awkward. And then she proceeds to keep the Black Book of the Dead. She only talks to Julian. She is manic. AND SHE CAUSES THE WORST THING EVER TO HAPPEN. I CAN’T.

On an unrelated note, let’s talk about Gwyn. He’s the leader of the Wild Hunt. I had come to actually hate him for everything that happened to Mark and for what happened to Jules and Emma. But it turns out that though he leads the Hunt, he isn’t completely responsible to everything. And I really liked what started to happen between he and Diana. It was really sweet and humanized him and caused me to look at him differently.

And I know that I’m probably leaving a lot of important things out but I think that this brings me to the ending.

My heart is gone because of it. Ripped out. Gone. I’M DESTROYED. I was really enjoying Livvy’s character. I loved her in Lady Midnight and I just kept loving her more and more as this book went on and then literally, on the last page, SHE DIED. WHAT EVEN. WHY. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE THE REASONING. I’M SO UPSET. WHY HER? WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO TY? TO KIT? WHERE IS THIS GOING TO LEAVE JULIAN? WHY? JUST WHY?

The whole ending was just a mess and left me in tears. I was really crying as I closed the book. Why does Cassandra Clare destroy me like this? It always happens and I don’t know why I don’t expect it. I’m never ready and it leaves me in shambles.

Who knows where the story will go from here. I don’t understand how Cassandra Clare writes all of these books. I don’t know how she keeps this story straight in her head. It’s amazing and I will keep buying everything that she continues to write within this series. However, I need to go and try to figure out how to cope with everything that just happened.


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I honestly had so many favorite parts. I’m not sure how to narrow it down to one thing so I think I’m going to cheat and share the top three scenes that I really, really loved. This list could go on forever so I’m going to just keep it to these three and let you know why I loved them and why these were the top three out of so many amazing things to choose from in this book.

First is on page 420. This is when Kit followed Ty onto the roof after Livvy got injured at the London Shadow Market. Ty was freaking out and blaming himself that Livvy was hurt and Kit asked him what he needed. And he told him that he just needed Kit to put his arms around him. That he just needed to be held. It was a very powerful scene and it was a big thing in the relationship between them. I really loved it. It was really beautiful and gave me all the feels.

Second is on page 442 when Emma and Julian were sitting on top of the roof of Malcolm’s house when they were catching Piskies. They started joking about all the Shadowhunter family mottos and it was just so hilarious. It was a great scene between Emma and Julian. With none of the tension that has become so terrible and expected with them. It was light and again, hilarious.

I don’t want this to drone on and on. I could make a really long list of all my favorite parts but it would take forever. So I’m going to end with one more so you’ll see my top three favorites and why.

And my last favorite part that I will be sharing is located on page 613. Which is something else that caused me to cry with this book. This was when Julian was telling Emma why he was sure that they weren’t going to destroy anything with their love. That they were going to fix everything and that they’d be together. He says such beautiful things sometimes and what he told her on this page was the most amazing and romantic line ever spoken. I’m actually going to put it right below in the Quotes section of this post because I loved it so much, so you can read it down there. But I’m sure you know what I’m talking about, it was amazing. This scene was beautiful.


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As with the Favorite part section, I have a list of  quotes that I absolutely loved in this book. I kept an ongoing list while I was reading and it just kept getting longer and longer. But again, I’m going to narrow it down to my top 3.

First, I’m going to share the quote that I mentioned above. With Emma and Julian on page 613.

“Do you know why I’m sure?” he whispered, kissing her temple, her cheek where it tasted like salt. “Because when this universe was born, when it blasted into existence in fire and glory, everything that would ever exist was created. Our souls are made of that fire and glory, of the atoms of it, the fragments of stars. Everyone’s are, but I believe ours, yours and mine, are made from the dust of the same star. That’s why we’ve always been drawn to each other like magnets, all our lives. All the pieces of us belong together.” He held her tighter. “Your name, Emma, means universe, you know,” he said. “Doesn’t that prove I’m right?”

My second favorite quote is on page 58. This was when Clary and Emma were talking on the roof. This wasn’t a particularly sweet quote or anything but I thought it was really important.

“I’d spent so much time running and fighting and desperate. And then things were ordinary. I didn’t trust it. We get used to living one way, even if it’s a bad way or a hard one. When that’s gone, there’s a hole to fill. It’s in our nature to try and fill it with anxieties and fears. It can take time to fill it with good things instead.”

And lastly, on page 479. Between Kit and Ty when they went to the Cornwall Institute on their own in the middle of the night. Kit asked Ty what he was murmuring under his breath. And Ty explained. It was super cute and really interesting.

“Just words I like,” he said. “If I say them to myself, it makes my mind — quieter. Does it bother you?” “No!” Kit said quickly. “I was just wondering what words you liked.” Ty bit his lip. For a moment, Kit thought he wasn’t going to say anything at all. “It’s no the meaning, just the sound,’ he said. “Glass, twin, apple, whisper, stars, crystal, shadow, lilt.” He glanced away from Kit, a shivering figure in his too-large hoodie, his black hair absorbing moonlight, giving none of it back. “Whisper would be one of mine, too,” said Kit. He took a step toward Ty, touched his shoulder gently. “Cloud, secret, highway, hurricane, mirror, castle, thorns.”


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And those were all my thoughts and feels on Lord of Shadows!

Did you think this was a good sequel? Who is your favorite character and has it changed since you started this series or do you still prefer characters from the Clockwork series or the Mortal Instruments? What were some of your favorite parts? Any quotes that really resonated with you? Where do you think the series will go from here? Are you excited for the series to keep going? Did the ending rip your heart out too?

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ARC Review: Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh

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Goodreads Synopsis

I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Readers Copy of this book through the amazing Epic Reads. Thank you so much Epic Reads!

Obsidian and Stars is the sequel to Ivory and Bone, Julie Eshbaugh‘s debut novel.

If you’d like to read my review for Ivory and Bone, click HERE!


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I really loved this book! It was an amazing sequel and I loved it infinitely more than the first. I still had a few problems but it was still amazing and again, way better than the first in the series. I flew through this even faster then Ivory and Bone; I couldn’t put it down. It was so easy to stay engrossed in the story. I really loved that we were in Mya’s POV this time around. I thought it was great to hear more from her and it allowed us to see more into her character. I did miss Kol’s voice though and I hope that the next book is in his POV again. The writing was again so beautiful and descriptive; I love that it really paints the picture in my head. I’m really loving this series and I hope that it keeps continuing and being amazing!


This review is going to contain SPOILERS. So, if you have not read Obsidian and Stars and do not wish to be spoiled, please go read it and then come back so we can discuss together!

Now onto the review!


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So, first things first. My biggest problem with the first book was thankfully not repeated in this book. I hated the tense that Ivory and Bone was written in and hated that it was only for a certain portion of the book and then stopped; it was really annoying. So I’m really happy that the same thing didn’t happen in this book. It wasn’t as hard to get in the story and the flow wasn’t as choppy because of this.

I liked that this one was in Mya’s POV. She really kept to herself in the first book and it was hard for Kol to understand her and get in her head. So, I’m very glad that we got a chance to be in her headspace. It was really nice and refreshing and her head was a very interesting place to be. I did miss Kol’s voice though and I hope that the next book is in his POV.

The book started off with Mya heading to Kol’s clan with the intention of being betrothed to Kol. I was really excited for Mya and Kol to be betrothed. I like that the relationship between them continued not to feel forced. Although they have so much going on and their relationship is really tested with everything that took place in this book they were still really sweet together. I loved the interactions between them. Their story together is very interesting.

However, we are immediately thrown into sadness with the death of Kol’s father. This is not only sad because his father died and Kol himself was hurt but it means that Kol becomes the High Elder of his clan. It puts a huge amount of responsibility on him very quickly and is just the first strains in puts on all of our characters.

After Kol’s father dies, Kol and Mya are betrothed and so are Pek and Seeri.  But then the next devastating thing happens; Mya’s brother Chev, the High Elder of her clan announces that he is going to marry their youngest sister, Lees to his friend Morsk. Mya is angered by this not only because he’s not giving Lees a choice but because she is significantly younger than Morsk. Lees is still a child and Morsk is no where close. Even though I know that this wouldn’t be a big thing in the time these books take place, I still didn’t like it. It made sense for the story but I really didn’t like it and it caused so many problems for everyone.

I know that the reason Mya took Lees away was because she knew that Chev wouldn’t pay attention and listen any other way. But I think the bigger reason was that she felt so selfish and in a big way felt responsible for Chev making the decision to marry Lees to Morsk. I think it was a very childish thing for her to do but I also completely understood why she did and it ended up allowing her to save Noni which was a very good thing.

Everything that took place on the island happened very quickly. By the time you processed one thing, something else was already going on. Mya and Lees found Noni and helped her, Chev came to apologize and rectify the decision he made to marry Lees to Morsk, Chev died, they were once again betrayed by the Bosha, Kol’s health continued to deteriorate, they had to fight their way off the island. It was all just one big mess.

Chev dying was what put the most strain on Mya and Kol’s relationship and betrothal. Them both becoming High Elder of their clan made what was right and wrong very hazy. They wanted to be together so badly but they also had to think about what was right for everyone else and the survival of their clans.

I’m happy with how everything was resolved. I’m glad that their two clans merged and that Kol and Mya were married. It made me really happy. Their clans being merged will make future books really interesting and I’m looking forward to seeing Kol and Mya lead together.

There wasn’t anything that I really disliked about this. I had a few problems but they were all miniscule and spread out; nothing really bugged me too much. I really enjoyed everything that took place; I think it all made sense for the story and carried on from the first book really nicely. I still loved all the characters and I look forward to where they will be taken next.


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My favorite part was when they were all in the tunnel trying to get to the beach. I loved how Pek had carried Black dog up and how Lees and Noni got to lead. And I love that Kol and Mya exchanged some really important moments.


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“That’s why I like the blackest nights-the darkest, obsidian skies of winter. When the world is coldest and darkest, the stars shine brightest.”


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And those were all my thoughts and feels on Obsidian and Stars!

Did you think this was a good sequel? Did you enjoy reading from Mya’s POV? Would you like to continue reading from Mya’s perspective or did you prefer Kol? Has your favorite character changed since the first book? What was your favorite part? Any quotes that really resonated with you? Where do you think the series will go from here? Are you excited for the series to keep going?

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Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

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Goodreads Synopsis

Ivory and Bone is the first book in this series of the same name. This was Julie Eshbaugh‘s debut novel in 2016 by HarperCollins. I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile and it got pushed up on my TBR because I received an ARC of the second book in the series, Obsidian and Stars and well, you have to read the first book before you can read the second XD

This review is going to contain SPOILERS. So, if you have not read Ivory and Bone and do not wish to be spoiled, please do read it and come back so we can discuss together!

Let’s get to the review!


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This was a fantastic book. I wasn’t too sure about it when I first started reading and had to push myself through the first couple of chapters or so, but once it got going, I was hooked.

Julie Eshbaugh‘s writing is so beautiful and addicting. She really brought the world to life in my head.

I found the way of life in this book so interesting. It takes place in prehistoric times where the people hunt mammoths and live in clans. I found it fascinating to read and think about how they lived. I found their “religion” if you will, to be very interesting too.

I loved all the characters. They felt like real people and everyone was very unique and had their own important role in the story. There was also a lot of character development in this book, not only for our main character but for pretty much everyone in the story.

I really enjoyed Kol and his family. I like their family dynamic and interactions. I liked that though Kol was to be the next leader of the clan and the oldest son that he never was stuck up or acted entitled. He was a very courageous, calm, smart and already showed signs of a great leader.

Kol’s brothers were all very interesting as well and all possessed unique qualities. I never found it hard to distinguish them from each other because they were all so different. Which I really liked and appreciated because sometimes younger sibling end up being very similar and hard to tell who is who because their not given a lot of time or individualized characteristics. I loved all the characters names in this book too; they were all so unique and cool haha.

I really loved the relationship between Kol and Mya. Although the sole purpose of Mya’s family visiting Kol’s clan was to find a mate for Mya and Kol was of course the ideal choice, it never felt forced to be this great romance. When Mya’s character was introduced I was a little worried that we would have this really forced and fast relationship but I was very pleasantly surprised. Not only did she not like him, but their clans didn’t even try to force them to feel something or to forge an alliance through them which I really enjoyed. Which was another thing I liked about Kol’s family. I really liked Mya’s family and clan as well. Though they differed from Kol’s, they were still interesting and pleasant.

I found the clan “politics” to be quite cool too. Like what was considered rude or polite or too forward or out of custom etc. It was all very interesting. And all the clans we saw were different from each other with their own customs and rules. However, they were very similar too.

I really enjoyed Kol’s voice and personality. He was an amazing character and I’m glad that we saw the story through his eyes. I liked Mya’s character and found it refreshing that she was different from all the other girls and kind of played by her own rules. I hope that we get to see more of Pek in the future; I found him to be a very refreshing character and loved the relationship between him and Kol.

I hope that we get to read more about the world and way of living in the novels to come; it was probably what I enjoyed most about this book. I hope that we get to see the relationship between Kol and Mya move forward, however I don’t want to be rushed or move really fast either. And I would love to keep reading about Kol’s brothers and family moving forward with the series as well.

Now, let’s get onto what I didn’t like so much.

I hated the tense this book was written in. This was the thing I hated the most about this book. It was what took me awhile to get used to in the beginning and caused me to force myself through the first chapters. I didn’t like it at all. Past tense doesn’t usually bother me; it takes me a minute to be like “oh, alright” and get used to it and it’s fine. However, not only was this in past tense, but Kol was also telling the story to Mya. So, it would be like “That’s when I saw you”, etc. Which caused the flow to be quite choppy in my opinion. Especially in the beginning. I don’t know but I just didn’t really like it and felt that it was unnecessary. And considering that the story that Kol was telling to Mya ended before the end of the book and then kept going just made it even more unnecessary. I hope that she doesn’t do that in the upcoming books because it really bugged me. This would have been a five star book for me had she not written like that.

I also didn’t like Lo’s clan. They weren’t really introduced and were only there to cause conflict and bring Kol and Mya’s clans together. They were introduced very quickly and then the conflict that came with them arose very quickly and the resolution was very quick as well. We didn’t get to see a lot of them and then they were almost immediately out of  the story. The resolution between Mya and Lo wasn’t really this big thing, it just sort of happened. I just didn’t like how anything to do with her clan was executed. I feel like it could have been a lot smoother and could’ve been made to be really interesting and it wasn’t. I hope that the conflict in the future books doesn’t continue to be other clans because I think that it will become very tiring and repetitive very quickly.


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My favorite part was actually the very end of the book. I like how things were left. I was very satisfied with how things came to a close yet, I was also very excited to see where things would go from there. I liked that scene with Kol and Mya and thought that it was very well executed and it was very, very sweet.


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My favorite quote was,

“It’s odd, I think, how the thing you love most in a person can also be the thing you sometimes wish you could change”


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I’m rounding it to four stars on Goodreads. I know I’ve said it a million times but I mean it, GOODREADS NEEDS TO ALLOW HALF STARS!

There were a couple of things that really aggravated me but overall it was a fantastic read.  I flew through it. Once I really got into it I couldn’t put it down. I loved the characters and the story and it was all so very interesting. The writing was gorgeous and so descriptive and visual. I can’t wait to see where this series goes!


And those were all the thoughts and feels on Ivory and Bone!

Do you think that this was a good start to a series? Did you like the writing style? Did you find the tense to be annoying or do you think it added to the story? Did you like the characters? Who was your favorite? What was your favorite part? Any quotes that really resonated with you? Are you looking forward to continuing on with the series?

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Mini Review: Love Me Two Times by Christie Ridgway

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Goodreads Synopsis

This is book 8 in the Rock Royalty series. I’ve been waiting a very, very long time for this book. Last year I back to backed all 7 within the span of a month or so and I absolutely loved them all. I had really been looking forward to this one and I’m very happy that I finally got to read it and that it didn’t let me down.

Sadly though, I wasn’t able to get through this as quickly as I wanted. The book itself flew by but I was struggling with being able to sit still and put my mind to reading.

This review is going to contain SPOILERS. So, if you have not read this book or the ones preceding it and do not wish to be spoiled, go read them and then come back so we can discuss together!

If you’d like to read my review for the first book in the series, Light My Fire, click here.

Let us get on to the review!


 

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This book was worth the wait. I loved Beck so much.

Though I will say that I guessed both of the “big revelations” if you will. I guessed both that baby Soul’s father would be Beck and that the little girl that haunted Ren’s past would be explained in Beck’s story.

That being said though, from the first page in Jewel’s point of view she told us that Beck was the father so it’s not like it was really a big surprise. And even when it was revealed that Jewel was the child that was involved in the accident that caused Ren and Beck not to be close anymore, it wasn’t really dwelled on or treated like a big deal.

This book was a lot shorter than the previous 7 which irked me quite a bit. I wanted more of their story and more Beck and UGH.

I loved the relationship between Beck and Jewel and Beck and Soul. He really developed as a character and ended up in a great place. I really love that the story wasn’t that Beck remembered that he had a great time with Jewel or that he just wanted to remember so badly that we decided to be with her or even that he just wanted to be with Soul. I love that it was revealed that not only had he fallen in love with her in the first place and decided to come home as quickly as possible and be with her and then he fell in love with her the second time, without any recollection of the first. And he wanted to do right by his daughter.

I wish that we could’ve gotten a book on when they fell in love for the first time. If Beck hadn’t lost his memory he would’ve been the first of the Rock Royalty to fall in love.

I loved Ren and Cilla’s wedding. It made me so happy that we got to see it. In the series they were the first to fall in love and the first to be engaged. Their wedding was so sweet and I’m glad that the Lemon’s didn’t have a chance to ruin it.

I kind of hope that Jewel and Beck used all the wedding plans in Jewel’s name and did get married that weekend haha. It technically wouldn’t have been fair to the rest of the rock royalty who were waiting for Ren and Cilla to then get married. BUT, again, Beck and Jewel did fall in love before the rest of them and they have a baby together.

I don’t know if I want to continue with the “spin off” that she is writing about Beck’s friend Ryan Hamilton. I’m sure that we would get to see glimpses of the rest of the nine getting married and such but I don’t know if I want to read about him. Although I love these books, I think that they are all written very, very similarly and I think that her continuing this specific series with this side character that we haven’t even met is to try and keep it going because this is series has done very well for the author.


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I have two favorite parts. The first being when Beck watched Soul by himself and he really enjoyed himself and had fun and then she got into Jell-O powder and scared him and it was just super cute. My second was Ren and Cilla’s wedding. Again, we’ve been waiting for this since book one of the series and it was so sweet.


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Beck was one of my favorite guys that we followed throughout the series. I loved that we watched him fall in love for the second time. We’ve seen Jewel through all of the books in the series and I’m glad that not only did she become apart of the Rock Royalty tribe but that she also got her happily ever after too.


And those were all my thoughts on Love Me Two Times by Christie Ridgway!

Did you like this installment to the series? Was Beck your favorite Rock Royalty guy? Did you guess that Beck was Soul’s father? What was your favorite part? Do you think you’ll want to read the spin off book about Beck’s friend?

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Mini Review: Zac and Mia by A. J. Betts

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Goodreads Synopsis

I started reading this book back in October (yeah, I know that’s bad). I got to page 13 and I put it down to read something else and didn’t really have an interest in picking it back up so, I picked something else up and well, it just kept going. But I decided that it’s been far too long and decided just to power through it and finally finish it. I started reading again on Thursday night and just finished it about 20 minutes ago. I don’t have an exuberant amount of thoughts, however I did want to share the thoughts I do have.

This review is going to contain SPOILERS. So, if you have not read this book and do not wish to be spoiled, please go read it and come back.

But let’s get on with the review.


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I did not like this book as much as I thought I would. At all. I was incredibly disappointed. It wasn’t terrible. But it wasn’t great either.

There wasn’t a lot of depth to the characters or the story. The plot flowed really weirdly in my opinion. And overall, it fell so flat.

I didn’t like Mia. At all. She was a self absorbed whiner and very annoying.

All the other characters were impersonal and had no depth.

Honestly, the only thing I liked about this book was Zac. His witty humor and his personality were great and I really liked him.

I didn’t like “Part 3” of the book. It was all Mia’s perspective and as I said, I didn’t like her.

Zac’s relapse felt rushed and we didn’t really get the chance to absorb and move forward with the information. It just happened.

Everything just fell so flat and it disappointed me greatly.

I can’t really recall a favorite moment or any part of it that I truly enjoyed while reading.


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And so, those were all my thoughts about Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts!

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