King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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Goodreads Synopsis

King’s Cage is the third book in the Red Queen series. If you have not read the previous two books or if you have not read this one, please go and read it and then come back. This review is going to contain SPOILERS.

If you’d like to read my review for the second book in the series, Glass Sword, click here!

I also have reviews for the prequel novella’s!

If you’d like to read my review for Queen Song, click here.

If you’d like to read my review for Steel Scars, click here.


Lets start the review!

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Let me just start by saying that the Red Queen series is by far my favorite series of all time. I love it so much. Red Queen is a special book to me. And Glass Sword is my favorite of the series so far.

I’m a little late reading this book. It came out mid February and I got it immediately and well…it’s been sitting on my shelf ever since. It’s been killing me to have it just sit there unread but…MY HEART JUST WASN’T READY.

One of the reasons I love this series so much is because it’s so high stakes and unpredictable. But it makes my heart hurt so much. After what happened in Glass Sword, I just wasn’t ready yet.

But I finally couldn’t take it anymore and decided it was time to read it. And, from the time I actually began to read to the time I finished it, it took me exactly a week to devour all 528 pages. I barely put it down.

This was a great addition to the series. However, it is my least favorite thus far. I had my problems with this one. It moved a lot slower than the rest of the series.

For almost three fourths of the novel, Mare is in captivity. Which means she isn’t doing much. We basically watch her unravel. In Mare’s own words, she becomes a ghost.

However, her being a prisoner allowed us to see Maven behind the scenes and we got to see the politics of his new court and, instead of seeing the Scarlet Guard operate and plan, we got to see the effect of what they did on the King. It was interesting and allowed for some good insight.

In the last book we got to see Cal and Mare interact. It this one, it was all Maven. I hold a special place for Maven. Like Mare, I struggle not to like him and feel for him. And we got a lot more of his background and we finally got to see him make his own choices without Elara. Which made me feel for him even more. Mavens life truly is depressing.

But he keeps Mare close. We know he loves her in his own wicked way and that he can’t let her go. So we just watch what Maven does. We watch him scheme and plan. He turns reds against the Scarlet Guard and recruits newbloods. He goes on a tour of the country and gains more and more support, painting the Guard as terrorists. And we watch him form an alliance with the Lakelands. Maven is incredibly smart.

Everyone plots against him though. He had House’s in his own court attempt an assassination on him. The Scarlet Guard keeps fighting. Mare tries her hardest to keep fighting. Maven’s reign is truly doomed.

I was just waiting for the first part of the book to end. We’re used to non stop action and twists in this series AND IT WASN’T THERE. It was killing me. Don’t get me wrong, like I said, it was interesting to see everything that was happening with Maven but it dragged and dragged and DRAGGED.

But things finally started to pick up with Maven’s alliance with the Lakelands and his marriage to their Princess, Iris.

I actually really like Iris and I hope we see more of her in the next book. She was a very, very fascinating character. Though, I know that when we do see her again, she will most likely be bringing lethal destruction with her.

So, Maven is married. Something that I find very weird. And when we see him again, I wonder how that will effect what he feels for Mare and the decisions he makes concerning her. He’s unpredictable with her and I wonder if this will enhance that or make him less conflicted. He doesn’t love Iris; their marriage was for power and alliance. But, still. I’m curious to see if this will change him any.

Maven’s wedding turned into a war zone. And I was so ready for it. Something was finally happening. She was finally being rescued. Cal was finally going to be here.

I am Team Cal all the way. Although I love both Maven and Kilorn, I root for Cal.

Evangeline really came to surprise me. She freed Mare. On the condition that Mare wouldn’t go after Ptolemus. But still, she freed her. Chapter Nineteen in Evangeline’s point of view was one of my favorite parts of the book. We finally got to see more to her than just this crown thirsty girl. It was nice to see a different side of her. All the chapters we got in her point of view were great. And, I never thought I’d say this, but they made me feel pity for her. I hope things work out for her. I truly do. I really came to like her. Maybe even Ptolemus a little bit too. I don’t think I’ll ever like him because I am still upset about Shade dying. But, I feel for him a little bit.

From the point that Mare got rescued to the end of the book it was amazing. It was what I was waiting for. We get caught up on what had been happening while Mare was away. And a lot has changed. We see even more newbloods and we see an array of abilities. The Scarlet Guard is up and moving a hundred times better and more effectively than we had in the past and things were actually going well. Very well. I hope that this situation with the Scarlet Guard and Montfort doesn’t come back to bite because like I said, the Scarlet Guard is doing so much better and getting things done and have more people behind them. I have a sneaking suspicion that they will turn on them at some point in the next book. But for now, it’s serving them well. They repeatedly succeeded in defeating Maven and it was so amazing. I hope it continues.

I wanna talk a little bit about Farley. She has always been one of my favorite characters and her being with Shade intensified that because he was one of my top three favorite characters. I loved him and I loved them together. This book made me love her even more if that’s possible. She was pregnant and still fighting and planning. And then once she had her baby, she was still on the front lines fighting for what she believed in and for a better world for her daughter. I loved it. I love that after having the baby she wasn’t just on the sidelines or left at home. It wouldn’t have been true to her character if she had. Farley is a fighter. And I think now even more so. She’s lost Shade and she wants her daughter to grow up without a war strewn country. I love that she named her baby after her mom. I think Clara is a very pretty name. And I love that we get told she looks like Shade. And, I love that when Farley goes out for the big fight at the end of the book that it’s Mare’s mom that looks after Clara. It’s really sweet and it’s a little piece of Shade still in the book and it really makes me happy when she is mentioned.

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

So, the whole Samos King thing. I don’t like it. At all. Volo Samos has decided to be a King of his own property and have people act and treat him like the actual King. His wife is Queen. And Ptolemus and Evangeline are Prince and Princess?They have servants and other houses treating them like royalty. I really don’t understand. They have a certain amount of property. It doesn’t sound like it’s an incredibly substantial amount of land. So I mean, you just want to live kingless in your house with servants and other people calling you “your majesty”? EHHH??????? I don’t like it. And I don’t see it lasting at all. Either Maven or Cal will end it eventually. Or maybe even the guard. I guarantee it.

Another thing I didn’t like was the chapters in Cameron’s point of view. I like Cameron, I really do. And I was initially excited to see that we’d be getting her POV. But I hate how it was done. We got a few chapters sprinkled here and there and they weren’t extensive. Just a few pages giving us a little bit of what was happening. We needed more. Mare was imprisoned for so much of the book and we were left in the dark where everyone else and the Scarlet Guard were concerned. We should’ve had more from her point of view so we could know more. Instead we just got the bare minimum from her. And, I feel like her chapters weren’t written as well as the rest of the book. I don’t know. I just was a little disappointed with how it was pulled off.

Also, WHERE THE HELL WAS KILORN. He was there so much in the first two books and he’s one of my top three favorite characters and HE JUST WASN’T THERE DAMMIT. UGH. I love him so much and it’s like he was just left out. He’s in the book for I bet less than 10 pages. Barely mentioned. Barely thought about. I get that it’s because the rivalry between Kilorn and Cal is gone and that Mare has chosen to be with Cal. But come on. That means he disappears? He’s a big part of Mare’s life and her family. He should’ve been way more present.

And finally, the ending. The ending made me mad. We’re trying to make Cal King and Evangeline his Queen. But everyone is saying that they are trying to change the world. For reds and silvers to be united. But the Scarlet Guard does not believe or trust anyone. Not even Cal. They back him for now but their plan is just to let Cal, Maven and the Samos’ to kill each other and then to end up on top. It’s dirty. And won’t get them anywhere in the end. I love Cal, but nothing will change if he ends up King. Nothing will change if Maven remains King. And things will be even worse if Volo Samos remains King. I side with Mare. Why does anyone have to be King? I hope she can find a solution not only to change everything but to change Cal’s mind. It broke my heart when he chose the crown over her.


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My favorite part was when Clara was born. All the Barrow’s were there and even the Colonel was there. It made me really miss Shade but, all together made me really happy. It was a very sweet scene.


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Although it had a few problems, this was still an amazing book. It’s my least favorite of the series so far but I still loved it. This remains my favorite series and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.

I was glued to the story and characters as always. This world just keeps getting more and more interesting and I love it.

I can’t wait to see what happens next and I think that the next one is actually the end of the series if I’m not mistaken.


 So, those were all my thoughts and feelings about King’s Cage!

Did you like this installment to the series? Did you find it lacking or did you enjoy it just as much as the others? Which is your favorite of the series? Who are your favorite characters? Which Calore brother do you root for? What was your favorite part? What do you think about the ending and where do you think the series will go from here?

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Goodreads Synopsis

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

I also did a teaser for this book. If you’d like to read it, click here.


Let’s get on with the review.

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In this book we follow Maddy. And as an infant, she was diagnosed with SCID. Which basically means she’s allergic to the world and that anything can trigger her into an extreme sickness that could be fatal. Because of this, she can not leave the house and hasn’t left her house in 17, almost 18 years. The only people she’s ever had contact with are her mom and her full time nurse Carla.

Maddy and her mom are extremely close. They’re all each other has. And Maddy’s mom clings to her fiercely, not only because she has been dangerously sick her entire life, but also because she lost her husband and son when Maddy was a baby.

I loved the relationship between Maddy and her mom. They make the most out of the situation and find ways to have fun and just enjoy every minute of the time they spend together. Maddy also has a very close relationship with Carla. Instead of acting like nurse and patient, they are friends. And it makes sense why; Carla is the only person that Maddy interacts with besides her mom and they spend all day, everyday together while Maddy’s mom is at work.

Maddy’s life is the same everyday. She has the same routine and sees the same two people. There is no change.

Until Olly moves in next door.

Maddy is instantly intrigued when she sees that a family is moving in next door. And she is especially intrigued by the boy she sees.

They see each other through the window and there’s an instant connection.

The initial contacts between Maddy and Olly were so cute! I loved how he put on this sort of skit with the Bundt cake; it was hilarious. And then when they finally started IM’ing and emailing, ahhhh it was just so adorable. Their conversations were so fun and they really started to get to know each other. Maddy keeps Olly a secret. Until….she can’t take it anymore and asks Carla to let them meet and actually talk.

Carla is incredibly reluctant, as she should be. Maddy has never been around anyone because anything can be a trigger. Anything that comes in her house is air sealed and decontaminated. But Carla finally gives in because she loves Maddy and wants to see her happy and believes that sometimes, just breathing and going on isn’t living.

So Maddy and Olly finally get to meet. On the condition that Olly goes through the decontamination process and under no circumstances are they allowed to touch.

Their first meeting was awkward, cute, interesting and bittersweet all in one. Of course it was awkward; Maddy has never even been around a boy, let alone one that she’s interested in and attracted to. And it’s awkward for Olly because well, lets face it, anything would be awkward if you had to be completely decontaminated first. But, it was very cute. The way they acted around each other and the deep conversations they had….it was just the cutest. It was so bittersweet though! Maddy knew that no matter how much she wanted it, there was no future and it would have to end. All they would ever have was 20 minute talks, where they had to stay on their side of the room and never touch. It was heartbreaking.

But then…….they accidently touch…..and then…..they kiss. And Maddy falls for Olly.

She wants to be able to be with him more than anything. But she knows she can’t. And yet, she doesn’t care. She decides to go by what Carla has always told her; love can’t kill you and risks are a part of living.

It’s very hard to be on the “right” side here. You should hope that Maddy stays in the house and is careful and doesn’t take the risks she does because she’s so ill and the possibility of her dying is so high. But it’s impossible not to hope for Maddy and Olly to be together. IMPOSSIBLE.

When she made the decision to be reckless and not only leave the house, but get on a plane, and go to Maui…..I was cheering her on the entire time. When she said that she didn’t care if she died that at least she finally got to live first, I understood what she meant and completely agreed with the choices she made. And I’m not saying being reckless and risking your life for a boy is what I agree with here. I agree with what she was saying about seeing the world for the first time, and that doing the same old same, seeing the same two people and being surrounded by the same four walls, isn’t living. I would’ve made the same choices had I been in her shoes.

I like that she risked her life and left and knew she could and probably would die and the one place she chose to go was her dads favorite place; Maui. She also chose it because the one thing she always wanted to see was the ocean.

Maddy and Olly’s trip to Maui was absolutely adorable. They had limited time and made the most of it and it was just amazing and so sweet. They did so much and grew so close together and ugh it just made my heart hurt with how cute it all was. And like Maddy, we get hopeful. She’s been out of the house for days now and has been introduced to so many things and be exposed and nothing has happened to her and she’s still alive and fine. We hope that she’ll stay okay and that it will all be okay.

But then, the worst thing happens.

She ends up in the hospital because she gets terribly sick and her heart stops. And her mom goes to Maui and brings her back home.

When Maddy finally wakes up, she’s devastated. She’s back to where she was; stuck and locked up. And away from Olly. And she can’t take it. So she cuts ties with Olly and tries to forget everything and go back to the way things were before she saw him.

It broke my heart.

But we go back to the same routine and try to move on and then Olly moves away and it’s all the way it used to be.

Until…..Maddy gets an email from the doctor in Maui, saying that she doesn’t think Maddy has SCID….or that she ever had it.

This is when we get thrown through a loop. I did not see what happened next coming at all; I was completely shocked.

We find out that her mom has been lying to her for 18 years. Her entire life. She kept her in the house and by herself and away from anything and everything.

After her dad and brother died, Maddy’s mom couldn’t cope. Maddy was all she had and she decided the only way to keep her safe was to not allow her to be a part of the world.

Now don’t get me wrong, I see what Maddy’s mom believed and all she wanted was to keep her safe and I get that and there is nothing wrong with wanting to protect your child. But she took it to the absolute extreme. She took so much away from Maddy and it truly is unfair. She took 18 years away from her. She kept her locked up and told her that she was terribly sick and would die if she left the house. And that is so, so wrong.

Like I said, I didn’t see that coming and it shocked me. And it was a really good twist. But this became the focus of the end of the story.

THE ONLY THING I DIDN’T LIKE WAS THE ENDING.

This book was on it’s way to becoming a five star read. I loved everything I had read and couldn’t put it down.

BUT THEN THE ENDING HAPPENED DAMMIT.

The book was about Maddy and Olly and THEIR STORY. And he wasn’t even in the last forty pages or so. AND THEN. WHEN HE WAS FINALLY BACK IN THE STORY. IT WAS FOR 5 PAGES.

And we don’t even know what happened. It ended with her going to New York to surprise him. She went to this bookstore and told him to go there….and left her favorite book as a clue…..and he saw it…..and then said “I found your book”…..AND IT ENDED.

I was so disappointed. That didn’t tell us what happened. We don’t know if they were going to be able to be together. Or what. It just ended.


So, other than the ending, I completely loved this book. I loved the story and all the characters. And I really loved Nicola Yoons’ writing style and how not every page was filled with text and that we got illustrations throughout the book. It was such an easy and light read and overall it was just great. I just wish we had gotten to know a little more on how things were left between Maddy and Olly.

Also, I’m planning on seeing the movie opening weekend and I’m very excited. I hope that it’s as amazing as the book (but expands on the ending a little bit).

My favorite part:

When Maddy and Olly finally met for the first time in person. It was so cute and just UGH I loved it so much.

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The ending really disappointed me and made the book feel so unfinished so I just can’t rate this 5/5 stars. But I still loved it so, so much.

(I rounded it to 4/5 stars on Goodreads. Again I say, Goodreads really needs to allow half stars)


So, those were all my thoughts and feelings about Everything, Everything!

Did you love the relationship between Maddy and Olly? Would you have made the same choices Maddy did? Did you see the twist coming? Do you agree with what her mom did and/or her reasoning? Or did you agree with how Maddy felt and reacted? Did the ending make you angry?

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Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

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Before I get into the review, I would just like to say that I am REALLY sorry. I took a little bit of a hiatus for the past 2 almost 3 months and just kind of dropped off the face of the earth. I honestly think I was just in need of a break.

But I’m back now, and I’m hoping to jump right back into things.


I’ve actually been finished with this book for the last month or so and I just kept getting busy and pushing off doing a review.

This review is going to have SPOILERS. So, if you have not read Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, and you do not wish to be spoiled, please go and read it and then come back.


And so, the review begins.

I really wanted to love this book. But I just didn’t.

 The pages dragged by and there wasn’t a lot of depth and I felt like the story wasn’t living up to its full potential. I hated the ending and it really affected how I felt about the good parts of the story because all I could focus on was the let down.

The story starts off with Naomi narrating and then we also see the story through the other characters eyes, (Ely, Bruce, Bruce the second, Robin, etc.). I liked that the story was told through all of the different characters. We got to see how the story and events pertained to everyone involved and not just Naomi/ Ely.

But, on the other hand, I also felt that is the main reason why there wasn’t a lot of depth. I felt like we just bounced around from place to place and character to character too much. I found it hard to keep up with everyone and follow the story. By the time I was getting into what was going on in one persons life and was getting interested and invested, the chapter would be over and then we were just jumping into someone else’s story.. I don’t know, I personally found it frustrating and I think it hindered the story more than it helped portray the message.

Before I read the last 30 pages or so, I was already not loving this book as much as I thought I would. I was getting annoyed and was just trying to hurry up and finish the book at that point. And then I read the ending and it really just made me feel a huge sense of disappointment towards the whole book.

So, lets talk about the ending. The story ended with Ely gaining courage and perspective in his relationship with Bruce, Naomi and Ely making up and Gabriel and Naomi with the promise of their attraction and interest going somewhere. Here are my problems: The story went from Naomi’s story to her becoming a secondary character and Ely becoming the main focus. Ely’s the one that had the big epiphany. Ely’s the one that ended up with the big happy ending. The fight between Naomi and Ely had been stretched through such a big part of the book and then, just like that it was magically solved. And then the story between Naomi and Gabriel was left unfinished. If Naomi had stayed the books main focus, then the relationship between Naomi and Gabriel wouldn’t have been left the way it was. Because of this, I don’t feel like Naomi really came to the same conclusion as Ely.

Side note: I’ve now watched the movie about three times and I LOVE IT. This was a rare case where I felt like the movie was way better than the book.


Overall, this book was a really easy, teen read. It let me down a lot and I wish the ending didn’t feel so unfinished. I was really excited to read this because of David Levithan. I’ve really loved what I’ve read from him up until this point and Boy Meets Boy is one of my favorite contemporary novels. But, I just really ended up not liking this that much.

My favorite part:

When Gabriel went through all the songs on the playlist he made for Naomi and explained his reasoning for picking each song.

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(I rounded it up to three out of five stars on Goodreads)

(Goodreads REALLY needs to allow half stars. ^_^)


So those were all of my thoughts and feelings on Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List!

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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I picked this book up per a recommendation. I’m not really into classics at all. But, it was brought it to me. And when someone just brings you a book, just because they know you love books, you should really read the book.

This is actually the first classic that I have ever finished. A sad fact, I know. But honestly, I find them boring and overly pretentious and it really kills me to try and stay concentrated. So, it surprised me that while reading The Catcher in the Rye, I was actually engrossed.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to do an extensive review for this book, for many reasons. One of which being that I was a little nervous about reviewing a classic because well, there are a lot of varying opinions on classics. More so then when you read any other book because, when you read a classic, there are generations of feelings towards the text you’re reading.

But anyway.

Now, I’m going to stop going on about my unease towards classics and actually tell you what I thought about The Catcher in the Rye.

This review is going to have SPOILERS. So, if you have not read The Catcher in the Rye, and you do not wish to be spoiled, please go and read it and then come back.


I’d like to start by talking about the plot….kind of.

I honestly think that I was not smart enough to read this book. I know that makes absolutely no sense. But, I kept trying to figure this book out while reading. Like, what would happen for Holden to make a big revelation or change in some way or realize some big picture. But, the plot is in no way of any importance in this story. Not really. That’s why we have Holden describe everything to us. It’s more about the plot of his mind. Again, I know that doesn’t make sense. But, I’ve been sitting here, staring at the computer for awhile now, trying to figure out how to adequately describe what I’m trying to say and I just couldn’t figure it out. ANYWAY, the plot is just what happens in this 16 year old boys life over the course of a 2-3 days. And he really doesn’t change.

Now let’s talk about Holden a little bit. I’m very conflicted about my feelings for Holden. I liked him, but at the same time I hated him. I found him to be rude, nosy, annoying, hypocritical and incredibly pretentious. He had these little personality tics that really got to me. Like his overuse of saying “If you want to know the truth”, “I know it”, and “Boy”, just to name a few. But, at the same time, I think that these little spasmodic tendencies of his is why I really enjoyed the narration of this book. It added a certain prose.

I think this book captured the spirit of being a teenager perfectly. Because, teenagers are pretentious and they like to think that they know the “true” meaning to life and the world around them. They like to think that they are the only ones who notice everyone else’s tropes. And they they’re the only ones that see the stupidity of social ideologies and mannerisms.They’re incredibly hypocritical beings. JUST. LIKE. HOLDEN. And for all of those reasons, I could DEFINITELY relate to him.

Some quotes that I really loved:

“The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.”

“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”


Overall, this book was just SO interesting and honest.

I ended up really loving this book. It was a really great and engaging read. I seriously think that every teenager should pick it up sometime during their teenagerhood.

(I know it’s not a word. But, childhood is so…..)

My favorite part:

I honestly don’t know what I would classify as “my favorite part”. Holden’s habit of constantly straying off topic and never really dwelling on one thing really made it hard to differentiate between events for me.


So, those were all of my thoughts and feels towards The Catcher in the Rye!

Did you enjoy Holden’s narration? Did you find the plot clever or confusing? Or both? Did you relate to Holden? What was your favorite part?

Tell me all of your thoughts and feels down below!

Also, for anybody who really liked this, I would definitely recommend that you pick up The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.


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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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I read this book per my awesome friend Anna‘s recommendation. We were having a conversation about our favorite contemporaries and she named Simon as one of hers. Thank you so much for telling me to read it Anna!!

I’m sorry that it took me so long to finish this. I started this book on March 1st and I was in a reading slump when I started reading it. Then I put it down because Lady Midnight was released and I just couldn’t resist. But, as we all know, it took me FOREVER to read Lady Midnight. So again, I apologize.

This review will have SPOILERS. So if you haven’t read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, do so and then come back so we can discuss together!

Let’s get onto the review!!


If I had to choose only one word to describe this book, it would be ADORABLE.

Becky Albertalli seriously had me laughing or flailing (sometimes both at the same time) through the entire duration of this novel.

That was seriously what I looked like.

This book had one of my favorite beginnings, maybe ever. Having the novel begin with Simon being blackmailed leaves the reader feeling just as confused, angry and bewildered as Simon does. It was an incredibly clever way to get us to instantly care about Simon.

Simon was absolutely adorable. I loved his personality. He didn’t feel like a fictional character. It felt like he was a real person, dealing with real teenager problems. And that goes for the rest of the characters as well. All of them were unique and interesting. And they all had their own personalities, quirks and problems.

Abby was this incredibly funny and sweet character and she always had Simon’s back. I thought it was really cute that Abby was the one that Simon came out to first. And although it caused tension between Simon and Leah because he told Abby first, I thought it made a lot of sense that he told her first.

Leah was my favorite side character. I loved her sarcasm and how deadpan and cynical she was. Her crush on Nick was adorable; I’m kind of upset that she and Nick didn’t get together. I love that we find out that she’s kind of had her own agenda. She turns out to be a kickass drummer which is awesome. She’s probably my favorite character because I related to her the most.

Nick was really cool. He was this amazing guitar player and an overall really chill guy. I really loved how he took the news of Simon being gay. He didn’t make a big deal about it. He just accepted it and told Simon that he had his support. Now, although I’m mildly upset that Nick and Leah didn’t get together, I think that Nick and Abby are an adorable couple.

I really love Simon’s family. How awesome would it be to have a home life like Simon’s??His parents were so incredibly supportive and reasonable. Alice was so cool and Nora was so interesting. And his family has the coolest Christmas traditions. Seriously. The coolest.

Let’s talk about the whole blackmail situation.

Martin was unbelievable. He was blackmailing Simon because he liked Simon’s friend Abby. Not because he hated Simon or because he wanted to embarrass him in front of the entire school. But because he liked his friend.

This was the worst possible way to go about trying to be with Abby. Really. How could he possibly think that that was a good idea??

And then, when Martin got upset at Simon for not helping him with Abby he put up that horrible post. I hated Martin.

 

Moving on.

Simon and Blue are seriously the cutest. OMG!

I love that their relationship started via email. And that they learned each others inner self first.

I did not know who Blue was until it was revealed.

Just like Simon, I was completely convinced that Blue was Cal. I thought that all the clues led to him. But, then when Simon guesses about Blue’s identity, we learn that Cal is definitely not Blue.

So, Simon then thinks that Blue is Martin. The horrible guy that’s blackmailing him. I didn’t think it was Martin at all. I was sure that Blue would never blackmail Simon, especially over his sexual identity.

Towards the end of the book, I did start to suspect Bram. And I was starting to hope that it was him. But I wasn’t 100% sure.

So, when Bram was finally revealed to be Blue, I was still really surprised. It made me really happy that Bram was Blue.

Simon and Bram have to be one of the cutest couples ever. ❤ ❤ ❤

I wish we had gotten to follow the progression of their in person relationship more.

And then there is Martin’s sort of redemption. We learn that Martin was really jealous of Simon and that Martin had been going through a difficult time with his family because of his brother coming out. Although this all made me feel very bad for Martin, it didn’t excuse his actions. Therefore,  I still hate him. But, in a way it led to Simon and Bram meeting in person quicker. So……I hate him but I’m kind of, sort of, a little bit grateful….?? But not really.


Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It didn’t top my favorite contemporary, but I’d say it’s my third favorite.

My favorite part: The Halloween party. It was so funny.

 


So, those were all of my thoughts and feels about Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Did you guess who Blue was? Would you forgive Martin after he explained himself? What was your favorite part? Who did you relate with the most?

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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I’ve been reading Lady Midnight since March 8th and…….I FINALLY FINISHED IT!!!!!!!

This book was a masterpiece, as we all knew it would be. I just really wish life and reading slumps hadn’t interrupted me while reading so that I could have experienced it all at once.

This review is going to be filled with spoilers so if you haven’t read Lady Midnight yet, go do so…..like NOW.

You’re seriously missing out if you haven’t read this book.

But, anyway.

Let’s discuss this book of greatness.


Okay, so obviously we should start with the prologue.

The prologue confused me, as I’m sure it did everyone else. Cassandra Clare’s prologues and epilogues are always super important and usually my favorite parts of the book. But, this prologue really threw me. I was intrigued by this new character, Kit. And I liked him from what we saw of him in the prologue…but then we didn’t really see him again until the end of the book. I didn’t like that. I mean, it really surprised me when the truth about Kit was revealed and I completely understand why Cassie wrote it the way she did….but still. I was confused at first and I was upset that we didn’t get to see more of Kit.

Moving on.

So when we meet back up with Emma, she’s hasn’t seen Julian or any of the other Blackthorns for the summer because they’ve been in Europe, so her only companion has been Cristina who is new to the LA Institute.

I really liked Cristina. She was a wonderful character. And I really enjoyed her story and her personality. She was a very loyal and kind person.

I was a little upset that the Blackthorns had left Emma alone all summer….but then, Julian and Emma have an adorable reunion scene and I was like “Okay, if they had to leave her alone just so that moment could happen then it was totally worth it.”

I really love Emma and Julian. I loved what we saw of them and their relationship in City of Heavenly Fire, and I loved the progression of their relationship in Lady Midnight. Though, like everyone else, I was left devastated by the end of the book that they couldn’t be together.

I hate everything Julian has had to face and handle.

He’s not Ty, Livvy, Dru and Tavvy’s older brother. He’s their parent. I hate that he was left to take care of four kids and Emma on his own. He struggled to care for them all from the time that he was 12 and he fought to keep them all together. And he succeeded. He became an amazing parent. We also find out that Julian is running the Institute.

Julian is 17 years old and he is a parent to four children and he runs the institute by himself. Julian never ceases to amaze me. This boy could and would handle anything for his family, something that he constantly proves. I. JUST. LOVE. JULIAN!!!!!!!!!

Emma was basically the same as when we left her in City of Heavenly Fire. Albeit she’s way more badass now….and she’s kind of become a female Jace. Which is absolutely awesome. She had all the witty lines and was always showing off her skills. I loved it.

I was disappointed to hear that Emma and Jem weren’t closer. At the end of City of Heavenly Fire I was so hopeful that they would have a familial relationship and that he would be a bigger part of her life. I mean, we learn that he’s been off doing something very important, but still, it made me sad to hear that they didn’t see each other more.

Okay, now I want to talk about Ty. I LOVE TY. He’s so intriguing. I love his personality and quirks. I loved reading about his thought process and how he sees and understands the world and people so much differently then everyone else. It was so cute that Julian made him toys to help him with his anxiety; and that Julian put so much thought behind them. I hope that we get to see even more of Ty in the upcoming Dark Artifices books.

SO, the first really big OMG moment was the fairy convoy. I should probably start by telling you all that I love Mark. I’ve loved him since City of Heavenly Fire and I was so upset that he was taken from his family. I was seriously so happy when he was returned to them in the Sanctuary. But then, my heart was broken. When we get him back, he’s under the impression that it is all a trick and he is so scared. We learn that Mark has been through horrific things in the last 5 years. He’s had to endure torture, both physically and mentally.

But, Mark’s time in Fairy also made him hilarious in the mundane/Shadowhunter world. Who else died laughing when he requested a plate of strawberries?? That was one of the funniest parts of the whole book.

Okay, so let’s talk about the whole Annabel plot. I’m still not sure I have completely comprehended the whole Lady Midnight/Annabel/Malcolm thing. So much happened and I just don’t know what to think about it all. Or feel about it all. IT’S JUST SO CONFUSING AND HORRIBLE.

Lady Midnight is Annabel Blackthorn. A Shadowhunter from a long time ago that fell in love with a warlock, Malcolm. But that was a time when Shadowhunters weren’t allowed to be with downworlders. So her family murdered her. By putting her in a tomb. While she was still alive.

That is seriously the most fucked up thing that I have ever heard.

It is also revealed that Malcolm is the one who murdered Emma’s parents and the one that is behind all of the other murders.

I could not believe that it was Malcom. I couldn’t. I still can’t. I really liked him. And I trusted him because he was like the Magnus of LA. And he seemed so harmless.

And I sympathize with Malcolm. He was in love with Annabel and she was taken from him for no other reason then the fact that he was a warlock and she was killed in a completely horrific way.

I’m really upset that they got Nightshade in trouble. He was their friend and they threw him under the bus. And it’s not like he was doing something terrible. He just put some addictive powder in the sauce so people would keep buying his pizza. When you look at it like that, the guy who first put pepperoni on pizza should have gotten in trouble with the Clave….

Then the whole Kit thing was revealed. I’m still OMGing over this. Like, what do you mean he’s a Herondale……REALLY!?!??! I JUST DON’T KNOW HOW TO FEEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And he’s what Tessa and Jem have been looking for…….WHAT?!?!?! WHAT DO YOU MEAN?!?!?!

So……..I guess he’s Jace’s cousin….??? I don’t know. But, I’m really excited because we get another Herondale!! And I don’t know about you but I am SOOOOO shipping him and Ty. They would be the cutest couple EVER.

And lastly we learn why parabatai can’t be together romantically. Up until the point when Jem tells us what happens to parabatai that fall in love we’re all rooting for Jules and Emma to be together because it is obviously a stupid law that parabatai can’t fall in love. But Jem says that it is because of the power that comes from parabatai falling in love. That it can drive them mad and that there is no coming back from that path.

So she freaking goes to Mark.

And asks him to pretend to be falling in love with her so that Julian will no longer be in love with her.

And he says “Why lie?’

…………..

 

I am devastated that Emma and Julian can’t be together. And I am very upset that she went to Mark because she knows that a relationship between she and Mark will break Julian’s heart.

But, I  do ship Mark and Emma. I’ve kind of always wanted them together.

And lastly, the epilogue. Annabel has been resurrected. What chaos will this bring??

Now, with all of that being said.

I don’t know how to feel and……..

I. CAN’T. WAIT. UNITL. THE. NEXT. BOOK.

My favorite part: When Julian saved Emma from the ocean and then everything that proceeded to happen between them on the beach. It was pure perfection.

OBVIOUSLY.


So, those were all of my Lady Midnight thoughts and feels!

Did you see any of the twists coming? Was your heart left in a million tiny pieces? What was your favorite part? Who do you ship? Tell me all of your thoughts and feels down below!


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Light My Fire by Christie Ridgway

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This was AMAZING! I loved it! I just couldn’t stop reading and the pages flew by.

Ren and Cilla had such a cute, complex and interesting relationship. They were perfect.

I really loved that Cilla and Ren BOTH had problems that they had to work through and that they balanced each other out. Where Cilla had problems with trust and confidence, Ren had to come to terms with his really deep abandonment issues and he had to stop pushing everyone away. And, I love that Cilla got the guy she had a crush on when she was younger and that he became the guy of her fantasies. It made Cilla and Ren’s coming together even sweeter.

Ren was perfection. He was the bad boy, yet he was also this really great guy. When he found out about what Tad had done to Cilla I was really, REALLY hoping that he would actually kill him. I mean, who does that??? UGH, Tad needed to die.

I also like that each book within this series follows a different Lemon kid. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books and follow the rest of the Rock Royalty!

My favorite part: Everything that took place in the Rapunzel tower.

5/5 stars

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