Review: City of Ashes (#2) by Cassandra Clare

Review: City of Ashes (#2) by Cassandra Clare
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Love and power are the deadliest temptations. Haunted by her past, Clary is dragged deeper into New York City’s terrifying underworld of demons and Shadowhunters – but can she control her feelings for a boy who can never be hers?

This book actually pleasantly surprised me! I liked it just a touch more than City of Bones and it felt like a perfect sequel to explore the Shadowhunting world further.

I just really feel like this book had everything, and it’s even more diverse than the first book. Firstly, we have this great mix of characters. Complicated families, complicated romance, complicated friendships. They’re all so real and relatable and I love that. Only certain authors can create such a big and diverse cast of characters and still have each and every one mean something in the story.

” “I’ve been thinking about you, too.”
“I really was sick. I swear. I almost died back there on the ship, you know.””

The thing I really felt was missing in City of Bones was here in City of Ashes. BIG action scenes with tons of Shadowhunters working together and blowing things up. These end up being some of my most memorable scenes and I just love them. The pages fly by!

Something else Clare is amazing at: making me not feel weird about the relationship two of these characters have. (I’m not going to say who because of spoilers for City of Bones, but think of the Lannisters and you’ll know who I mean). But honestly, hats off to her. I didn’t think anyone could make me read these private thoughts and not be sick all over the pages.

“”I know. Everytime you almost die, I almost die myself.””

I have one, tiny problem with this book though, that stopped it reaching 5 stars for me. I want to know more about the characters inner-workings. I feel like Clare is focusing so much on the bigger picture, that she’s missing so many gems that I think came with time and experience for her (as I didn’t feel like it was missing in The Infernal Devices). I wanted to see more of the thoughts/characteristics of side characters like Alec, that would just make me sympathise with everyone a little more!

Talking of Clare’s writing, it has definitely improved in this book! I have to say, this was also a pleasant surprise as I wasn’t expecting it to improve so rapidly, and it’s made me even more excited to see what’s to come in City of Glass.

★★★★★
4.5 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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Merry Christmas!

Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 12

Hi lovely readers! IT’S CHRISTMAS! I hope you’ve all had a truly wonderful day whether you celebrate Christmas or not. Of course I want to take a moment to thank you all for visiting my blog this festive season! Sharing my bookish life with you all is the best thing, so thank you for being such a lovely audience for my rambling ❤

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I’d like to share with you a few bookish gifts I received today, with a full haul coming later in the week!

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On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories set during the festive period, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. The stories are filled with the magic of first love and the magic of the holidays.

Yesterday, Josh and I gave each other little Christmas Eve boxes and books! I gave him a new movie edition of the Mortal Engines and he gave me this beauty!

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Newt, Tina, Queenie, and Jacob, the beloved heroes of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, are back! In this second adventure, they’re joined by fan favourites from the Harry Potter universe, including Albus Dumbledore, Nicolas Flamel, and the villainous Gellert Grindelwald. Officially licensed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products and designed by MinaLima – the creative force behind the graphics and many of the props for the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as well as the Harry Potter films – this authorised tie-in compendium delivers a rich and unique ‘making of’ experience for fans of all ages.

Today, I received many more gifts from him, including a lot of Harry Potter themed presents! They included this beautiful book which I’ve had fun flicking through today.

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The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

I also got a few more books from my friends, including Strange the Dreamer from my lovely friend and co-blogger Pete! I’ve had this book on my TBR for a long time and I’m really looking forward to picking it up eventually.

Did you have a nice day and get anything nice for Christmas?

-Beth

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Books I Wish Were TV Shows/Films

Books I Wish Were TV Shows/Films

I’m sure I’m not the only one who finishes a book, puts it down and thinks ‘I wish I could see that on screen?’ Some books just give of that air of being perfect for a TV show or movie. Here are some that give me that feel!

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Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
 

The first book that comes to mind when I think of TV shows is One of Us is Lying. Just reading that synopsis, wouldn’t you watch it? I think the mystery would be brilliant.

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Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who wants to see these books as movies! I would love to see the magic on screen.

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

I feel so much the same about Six of Crows. The action in this would be incredible! I can just imagine the shots of Inej jumping from roof to roof…

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Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

I can totally see this series as a TV show too. I think TV series have to have an air of mystery about them to keep people watching, and I definitely think Caraval has that mystery.

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The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

After seeing the amazing success of contemporaries such as Love, Simon and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I can see this one on screen! This is definitely one of my favourite contemporaries and one of my favourite books of the year.

Which books would you like to see on screen?

-Beth

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Random: International Giveaway!

Random: International Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Exciting news today in the form of an international giveaway!

I recently hit 10,000 followers on Tumblr, which is such a massive number to me. I’m eternally grateful for all of my followers and the support you guys give me. So it felt only fair to organise a little thank you!

       

        

       

You can win:
– 1 paperback Chamber of Secrets in YOUR chosen house!
– 3 A6 exercise books
– 1 wand pen
– 1 pair socks
– 1 set pin badges

To enter:
– Follow and reblog on Tumblr
– Follow and retweet on Twitter
– Follow and tag a friend in the comments on Instagram

Giveaway ends 15th September at 10am GMT! Good luck!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Harry Potter Things I Want

Harry Potter Things I Want

I know this is yet another Harry Potter themed post but I can’t help myself! I’m slowly moving out of my parents house this summer, and I moved over my HP set today. While shelving, I couldn’t help but dreaming up the collection of HP books and merch I’d like to build. So I thought I would share with you guys some of the things I’d really like!

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I’d love to collect side-books like this one and Tales of Beedle the Bard. It would be so cool to have a full(ish) collection including side books!

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I’ve been eyeing this up since it came out, even before I read Harry Potter! It’s just got the most beautiful illustrations and it would be awesome to be able to flick through and admire them.

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I’ve finally come to a decision on these books, because I’ve wanted them for so long but didn’t know whether to go for the hardcovers or paperbacks because I love them both! I talked it through with my boyfriend, and we’ve decided to get hardback copies of Hufflepuff (my house) and paperback of Ravenclaw (his house), because we love the blue paperbacks. Yay!

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There is so much HP merch I’d like, and I’m going to represent the merch with this Funko Pop. I’m sure one day I will end up with an uncontrollable amount and be buried under so much HP stuff though.

-Beth

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My Harry Potter Journey

I’m so happy I finally managed to get read this series – it’s actually been a very productive and exciting experience for me! I don’t know how, but I managed to get through my 18 years of life without reading these books or watching the movies. Then I started integrating with the book community and realising I really should get my act together and read these books. To start, here are my separate reviews for every book!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

And here is how I felt when I realised how much I loved this franchise:

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It was such a daunting prospect to read this in case I didn’t like the books, so mainly I felt relieved. And I already own 2 pieces of merch, and I need so much more. I’m on movie 5, and I can’t wait to finish them too!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Harry Potter Stuff I Want

Hi everyone! I’m nearly finished with Harry Potter now but I’m planning to watch all of the movies next week! I bought some HP pyjamas yesterday and now I just want more HP merch. I decided to use this post to show you some of the things I want.

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I’m obsessed with candles and I absolutely love the lids on these.

Tea is another one of my greatest loves, so how cute is this teaspoon!

Hufflepuff Harry Potter Yellow Campfire Mug | A Little Tinsel

Keeping with the tea theme, isn’t this mug just gorgeous? I’m so glad I’m a Hufflepuff.

75 Harry Potter Jewelery Pieces To Show That You’re Still Waiting For Your Hogwarts Letter

I’ve started to really get into jewellery recently and my lovely boyfriend recently bought me a 9 3/4 charm, which I adore.

Storybook Cosmetics Gunmetal Wizard Wands Makeup Brush Set

Well, what makeup lover doesn’t want these Beauty Bay storybook cosmetics brush set?

Which HP/fandom things do you want to buy?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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