Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare | BOOK REVIEW

Title: Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release date: 08.03.2016
Rating: 5/5

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Synopsis

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

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The Avery Shaw Experiment – Kelly Oram | BOOK REVIEW

Title: The Avery Shaw Experiment (Science Squad #1)
Author: Kelly Oram
Release date: 4.5.2016
Rating: 4.5/5

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Synopsis

When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically

The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.

Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.

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Shadowhunters 1×05 | TV TALK

Shadowhunters 1×05 – Moo Shu To Go

 The fifth episode to me was very short and fast. I don’t know why because I’m sure the duration is pretty much the same with last week’s episode.

So, this week starts with bonding time between Izzy and Clary. It’s nice to see the two girls talk to each other. I guess I’m happy for Izzy because she finally gets a female friend and doesn’t have to spend every waking hour with Jace and Alec. They talked about Clary’s mum and right after that we got to see (very pissed) Maryse Lightwood. I felt bad for Izzy because her mum was really cold toward her but I understand that she was mad at her. I remember from the book that the Lightwoods are known for their snobbish attitudes and I get a little excited because we got to see it through Maryse (weird, I know). I wish we got to see Max, oh well, maybe next time.

Whilst in the institute, Maryse told Jace and Isabelle to go see the Seelies because they stopped talking to the Clave and told Alec to keep his eyes on her. Now, this is going to be interesting. Before Jace left though, Alec talked to him about what happened last week and I would say it’s pretty accurate with the book. Matthew Daddario is an amazing actor and he did an excellent job portraying Alec.

While watching Clary, he got a phone call from Magnus (YESSSS MALEC) and I have to say that it’s my favourite scene in this week’s episode. Meanwhile, while Alec was talking to Magnus, Clary ran from the institute to go to her house, hoping to find something that can help save her mum. Alec realised she was missing, hung up on Magnus, and ran after her. Good to see him keeping his promise. I mentioned last week that I was annoyed by the fact that Alec keeps mentioning how much he disliked Clary. I’m glad to say that there’s improvement in that department this week. I think Alec is now fine with Clary.

Simon is also back and I’m so glad to see him. His lines are still hilarious. If I have to choose top actors in the show, it would definitely be Matthew Daddario and Alberto Rosende. They are successful in bringing Alec and Simon to live on screen.

While looking for whatever Clary was looking for, the werewolves took Simon and her. Alec told Jace that he lost them and Jace was angry. He took it out on Alec but then worked together to find them. Simon was definitely having all his vampire abilities out. This was shown through the jumps and him breaking the cuffs.

All in all, this episode was great in defining the relationships between the characters, except for Jace and Clary’s. However, I’m not sure about the storyline. I felt like they are moving fast in terms of the action, saving-Jocelyn’s-from-Valentine story but there is a slow development on Jace and Clary’s relationship. I think it’s safe to say that their relationship was one reason why so many people are hooked to the book. I really hope, we get to see more of them together. Oh, and more Malec please

Shadowhunters: First Impression | TV TALK

 

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The Mortal Instruments is one of my favourite young adult series so when it was adapted into movies, I was beyond excited. However, the film wasn’t up to my expectations. Then last year, I heard that they are going to adapt the series into TV shows. I don’t want to have high expectations of the TV show because I don’t want to be disappointed. But then I realised that with TV shows, they can explore more of the books. Every little thing can be explained in details because they don’t have to squeeze everything in two hours duration. My hope for the TV show is that they can stick to the book and just not make a worse version of the film.

Today, I finally caught up with the show and watched the first four episodes. To be fair, my memory of the book is quite rusty (Note to self: Re-read the series). But watching it helped me remember the storyline and the little details. There are a few things that caught my attention while watching it.

  • Isabelle and Alec are very different from what I remember. I thought Isabelle would be much much more aloof and cold towards Clary. On the other hand, Alec is much colder than the book version of Alec (or at least how I imagined Alec is).
  • I don’t like how Alec complains every two seconds in the show about Clary and telling Jace that he doesn’t trust her. He needs to chill.
  • Simon is brilliant! For the first three episodes, he saves the show. Alberto Rosende is an amazing actor.
  • The moment Magnus Bane appears is the most magical. His lines are great and Harry Shum Jr. portrays him well. I laughed a lot at MALEC moments (I NEED MORE!!!). I’m so excited to see more of them.
  • Another thing is how fast-paced the show is. Why is there no rat-Simon? That would be interesting to see actually.

Overall, I enjoy the first four episodes. I think it improves episode-by-episode and I’m looking forward to see the next episode. Hopefully, it keeps improving and doesn’t become disappointing.

Chasing Spring – R.S. Grey | BOOK REVIEW

Title: Chasing Spring
Author: R.S. Grey
Release date: 1.12.2016
Rating: 4.5/5

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Synopsis

 

I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.

I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved.

To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.

I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.

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The Score – Elle Kennedy | BOOK REVIEW

Title: The Score (Off-Campus #3)
Author: Elle Kennedy
Release date: 11.01.2016
Rating: 5/5

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Synopsis

He knows how to score, on and off the ice

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

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The Turning Point – Marie Meyer | BOOK REVIEW

Title: The Turning Point
Author: Marie Meyer
Release date: 12.01.2016
Rating: 4/5

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Synopsis

It’s funny how a piece of paper can change your life-a diploma, a ticket . . . a plain, white envelope

For as long as I could remember, I was the girl with the plan. Good college, good medical school, good career. I would save lives instead of standing by helplessly, watching while they slipped away.

That was before my father called for the first time in fifteen years to tell me about the terminal illness stealing his life-an illness that might be stealing mine, too. It was before he gave me the name of a doctor and a plane ticket to Italy. Before I flew across an ocean. Before I realized how brilliantly bright life could be. Before I met Lucas.

He’s everything I’ve always wanted, and the timing couldn’t be worse. I can’t do this to him-he deserves so much better. My head tells me I can’t afford to fall in love with Lucas, but my heart won’t listen. Lucas is fearless about the future, while I’m not even sure I have one. There’s only one way to know what’s ahead and it’s waiting for me at home inside a plain, white envelope.

All I have to do, is open it . . .

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