RST: It’s Lord of Shadows Release Day!

Okay, so this RST is going to be slightly different from the others but not really. Who even cares, LORD OF SHADOWS COMES OUT TODAY!

Cassie Clare is my favourite author, this is no secret, and she could write a grocery list and I’d treat it like gold! I fell in love with TMI and TID from the moment I picked them up and my love for Cassie Clare as an author and a person has grown so much more over the years. She has written characters who have become a few of my favourite: Simon, Magnus, Alec and Isabelle and I cherish those moments I read about them.

When Lady Midnight came out last year I was there freaking out along with the rest of the fandom and it was a battle staying away from anything that could possibly be a spoiler to the book. Alas, I couldn’t read the book immediately because of my book buying ban and had to wait till the Shadowhunter Academy bind-up was released.

Fast forward a few months and I ended up buying both Lady Midnight and Shadowhunter Academy as Christmas gifts to myself. I waited until the new year to start them because of 2016 goals and whatnot.

Guys! I don’t even need to tell you because you already know, but the wait…omg the wait was frigging torture! Lady Midnight was so amazing and then I had to sit still and ‘patiently’ wait till LoS came out. Trust that I stayed away from those snippets Cassie Clare has been posting these last few weeks. I haven’t even read the first couple of chapters that she released a few days ago. I want to go into this book totally blind…except from what I know from Lady Midnight. I haven’t even read the synopsis.

A few weeks ago I got so pissed at the bookstore (not the people, at the actual bookstore) because ACOWAR wasn’t stocked the day it came out. As a joke, I decided to hop onto the bookstore’s website and lo and behold! There was LoS waiting to be added to my cart. I didn’t though because heaven knows how long delivery will take so I’m going to beg my dad to drive the half hour it will take to get me my precious.

I can’t even begin to express how excited I am. I’m literally putting all other books on hold (ahem, ACOWAR as well) so that I can start LoS the second I get it. I was in tears when I saw that it was after midnight and realised that today is the 23rd of May.

Speaking of, I was wondering what else happens today and in all my excitement for LoS, I totally forgot that today is my brother’s birthday. So uh, happy birthday, bro…but Lord of Shadows!

I’m trying to calm myself down because sleep must still happen but I honestly can’t. My eyes hurt so bad because I’ve been up all day but THE EXCITEMENT IS TOO REAL!

I’m going to leave now before this gets even crazier. The wait has been to d*mn long and I’ve only been waiting 5 months. I can’t.

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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eARC Book Review: Time in a Bottle by Kathleen D. Tresemer 

Time in a Bottle

Goodreads Synopsis

Beth Frye wants what we all want: to be accepted, maybe even cool. But high school’s tough for a music geek.
Things start looking up when she discovers vodka. It gives her cool friends, a gorgeous guy, and the chance to perform in NYC: all her dreams are coming true.
But, as her drinking addiction gets worse, things get complicated. She ends up in the hospital, someone is stalking her, twin brother Teddy’s trying to fix her, and that cop keeps hanging around.
Get some help? No thanks. Beth just wants what she wants, when she wants it!
The book includes helpful resources and discussion questions.


I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger Warnings: Underage drinking, Assault, Rape, Being drugged, Underage Sex, Rehabilitation, Relapses, Near-death experiences, Attempted murder.

**When a book is not categorised as Fantasy that automatically includes the more dangerous and scary stuff…all Trigger Warnings apply.

When I requested this book, I had no idea that it was going to be focused on such heavy topics. Apart from the alcoholism…but that was in the synopsis. I feel like this book was so much more than what we were promised and that it encompassed everything. Nothing was sugar-coated.

Beth and Teddy are twins, brother and sister, and they have a system that they work with. Beth needs help and Teddy’s there, rushing in, ready to save the day. This works, until it doesn’t anymore. Beth enters this spiral that leads her further down a hole and she can’t pull herself back out mainly because she doesn’t realise how deep in she’s fallen.

I’ll admit that at the beginning, I didn’t like Beth. There was no love lost there and I wondered if I should even feel sorry for her. Her attitude was not something that I was a fan of. She was extremely rude and bitchy and didn’t regarded anyone’s feelings in any way, shape or form. She barely cared about herself. This story was told from two sides, Beth and Teddy’s. I liked that we saw how she thought nothing was wrong, and then through Teddy’s eyes, you saw how things were slowly falling apart.

I feel that this book greatly showcased what substance abusers do to their loved ones. Maybe it’s not on purpose, but who’s behind them? Either trying to help or unknowingly making things worse. Something I read a while ago talked about funerals and about how they’re not for the person who died, they’re for the family and people they left behind. To help them cope. To give them some sense of peace. I think it’s similar for the people in this book. What they do, or what happens to them, doesn’t just affect them only.

I was shocked the further I got into this book because as I said, I wasn’t expecting it to be so heavy. Would I have still read it knowing what it entailed? Honestly I don’t know. This is why Trigger Warnings are important. I think they would’ve played a part in my choice.

I’ve had this book sitting in my Kindle App for months and I was reluctant to read it. I forgot why I had requested it and I didn’t see the sense in reading it. I do think that the stuff mentioned in this book is very important and it could help a lot of people out there, so there is a silver lining to all this. Sort of.

I do like the way the author went about this book. Nothing seemed too forced and everything was done in stages. I liked that the book was separated in parts by why of months. It helped with keeping track of the time frame. At the start of each part, the author included a quote that related well to what was going on in the story at the time.

I try to stay away from books like this only because I never know how to feel when I’m done with them. I have to admit that realistic stories of this kind are way too scary for me to frequent.

I did really like the book though. My lower rating is because of the lack of overall warning of what this book contained and the fact that the book was on the shorter side but had chapters that were 2 pages long. That’s a bit of a peeve for me so I wasn’t a fan. Really great style from the author and I think she covered just about everything.

Read: 18 May 2017
Rating: ★★★.5

Publication Date: 19 June 2016
Publisher: Soul Fire PRess
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Kathleen D. Tresemer

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eARC Book Review: Then Comes Love by Lindsay Detwiler

Then Comes Love (Then Comes Love, #1)

Goodreads Synopsis

Three generations of women,
Three second loves,
All with a dose of chaos mixed in.

Sometimes in life, changes can be good…

After losing her husband, her five cats, and her home, Charlotte Noel hates feeling dependent. As Charlotte tries to find her identity in this new stage of life, she comes to realize that drama never ends, dance aerobics can be a war zone, and love is always a possibility.

You never know when a midlife crisis is going to strike…

Charlotte’s daughter, Annie, is going through struggles of her own. Recently divorced, she is feeling frumpy and worn-out. Run ragged, Annie mourns her youth and wonders where her life is headed, all while hoping she can help her daughter Amelia get it together.

Settling down can be overrated, especially when you’re falling for a rock star look-alike…

Amelia is the wild child of the family. Working three jobs, because she just hasn’t figured out what she wants in life, she realizes happiness isn’t always settling down with a steady, dependable man; sometimes it’s about following your true passion and living on the edge.

No matter what age you are, life and love can be crazy…


I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

By the title alone I wanted to steer clear of this book because I could sense what was coming. I’m rarely in the mood for a romance novel and I’d forgotten why I’d requested this book in the first place. I’m glad I did though because this is so much more than a mere romance novel.

We are introduced to three generations of women: Charlotte, the eighty-one year old discovering that just because she’s old, it doesn’t mean that her life has to be over. Annie, a fifty year old who has to reinvent herself after the love of her life walks out on her. And of course, Amelia, the thirty-two year old who’s eccentric and devil-may-care behaviour is trying to lead her to the path of fulfilment but the idea of ‘safety’ leads her in a different direction.

First thing’s first, this book did not read like a romance novel. It was more humour than anything else. I found myself laughing only a few pages in and by then I was pretty sure that I was going to enjoy this book. And I did.

Charlotte’s character was possibly my favourite out of the three women. I have no idea what it feels like to be eighty but this woman did not read like an eighty year old. I kept having to remind myself of her age because the story ran away with me. I think that was a bit different though and I liked that about the book. By doing that, making the characters seem younger, she opened up the book to all ages.

I feel like the main message in this book was: stop running. These characters were so scared to face the music that they kept running away but once they stopped and took a moment to take everything in, new paths opened up for them.

“Sometimes love changed everything. Sometimes love came when you least expected it. Sometimes you gave up on life, gave up on finding out who you were supposed to be.

And then, when you’d forgotten what it felt like, when you’d dismissed the ideal entirely… then, well… then came love.”

Lindsay Detwiler’s writing was superb and extremely fast paced. I sat myself down and finished the book in no time. She really has a way with pulling you into the story and holding your attention up till the very end.

I’m not saying that this book opened up the way for romance novels for me but I’ll definitely be reading more of this author’s work. That was a nice break from the ‘serious’ books I’ve been reading. If you’re looking for a light read that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy in the end, this is what you need.

Read: 11 May 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 18 March 2016
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Lindsay Detwiler

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Book Review: Godshaper #1 by Simon Spurrier

Godshaper #1Goodreads Synopsis

Written by Eisner Award-nominated writer Simon Spurrier (The Spire, X-Men Legacy) and illustrated by breakout talent Jonas Goonface, Godshaper introduces a vast world where there’s a god for every person and a person for every god…though for Ennay, unfortunately exceptions may apply. People like him are Godshapers, godless social pariahs with the ability to mold and shape the gods of others. Paired with Bud, an off-kilter but affectionate god without a human, the two travel from town to town looking for shelter, a hot meal, and the next paying rock ‘n’ roll gig


This comic tells us a story where the world is so much different than we know but at the same time I feel like it could just as easily relate to the world we’re currently living in.

In this comic there is a god for every person and a person for every god. Of course you get the exceptions and those few who are raised without a god are called ‘godshapers’.

We follow musician Ennay- a godshaper- and Bud- a god without a human. Together they go from town to town standing out while also trying to fit in. Even though shapers were raised without gods and belief, they were given a fit: they can mold and shape godflesh. While Ennay uses this ability to keep customers busy, Bud scavenges for food and useful items nearby.

“You know what it is to be a shaper–really? Everyone needs ya, nobody wants ya.”

I like the idea of this comic and it seems like it’s going to go far. The writing was awesome and fast-paced and the artwork was amazing!

I can’t wait to continue this comic. I’m definitely intrigued and have high hopes for the continuation.

Read: 18 April 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 12 April 2017
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Illustrator: Jonas Goonface

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Wrap Up: April 2017 (and May TBR)

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 5.13.14 AMA Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) Dream Me 17818457 Spider-Gwen, Vol. 1: Greater Power City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) 32941084 The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice Godshaper #1 The Totally Awesome Hulk, Volume 1: Cho Time XODUS (Astralis, #1) 25662710 Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop Adventure Time: Candy Capers The Power of the Unseen

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Oh don’t get me started on this book. I’ll just talk continuously about how perfect it was. SJM is a queen that knows how to break my heart and put it together again all in a blink of an eye. See review here.

Dream Me by Kathryn Berla

Okay, this book was hella confusing. Like what? Who? Huh? I can’t deny that I actually liked the writing style though. Review to come soon.

Revival Vol.2: Live Like You Mean It by Tim Seeley

I enjoyed this volume so much more than the first one and it’s official, I’m addicted to this series. I love zombie stories, and this is one with a twist. And a good one at that. See review here.

Spider-Gwen Vol.0: Most Wanted? by Jason Latour

By the time I finished this, I really wanted to read the Spider-verse and see what all the fuss is about. I’ve got to stop reading comics backwards. Great start though! See review here.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Words cannot express how much I love this series! And every time I watch a video on Cassie online, or see her around the social medias, I’m even more convinced that she’s amazing and I need to meet her one day. This reread though! I’m living for it! See review here.

The Auctor Trilogy by T.R. Wolf

A few plot holes here and there but I hope they’ll be filled in as the series continues. Not a bad start and I’m eager to see where this goes. See review here.

The Flash Vol.1: Lightning Strikes Twice by Joshua Williamson

Joshua Williamson is quickly becoming one of my favourite comic book writers. I enjoyed this volume immensely and I look forward to reading Volume 2. See review here.

Godshaper #1 by Simon Spurrier

I found this comic by accident and thank goodness I did. The idea for this plot is so different and amazing, I look forward to seeing where this story goes. Review to come soon.

The Totally Awesome Hulk Vol.1 by Greg Pak

This was a pretty good start and I liked it. I do feel like a lot still needs to be touched on. Looking forward to continuing this. Review to come soon.

XODUS by K.J. McPike

The only thing I found worthwhile about this book was the writing style. I didn’t care much about anything else. See review here.

Among the Flames by Shelby K. Morrison

I waited two years for this book and as I was reading it, I totally forgot that fact. I loved going back into this world and I look forward to continuing this series. See review here.

Sex Criminals Vol.2: Two Worlds, One Cop by Matt Fraction

Enjoyed this so much more than the first volume. I’m glad we got to see Jon’s side a bit more and that we delved into his head…even though it was kinda sad. Review to come soon.

Adventure Time: Candy Capers by Yuko Ota

This was only my second Adventure Time comic series but so far this is my favourite. Marceline is so awesome! Review to come soon.

The Power of the Unseen by Marcel Borgi

I started out liking this book so much but as I read more it all went sour. I’ll talk about this more in my review. My stand at the moment is 50/50. Review to come soon.

Total Read: 14 Books


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The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1) City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

ARCs (I swear this list is getting shorter)

Then Comes Love (Then Comes Love, #1) Sleight This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information Time in a Bottle Heartborn Loving Ashe: Book 1 of the Celebrity Series Soothsayer: Magic Is All Around Us (Soothsayer Series #1) Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale, #1) Unseen (Breaking Free Book 1) Teeth: The First Bite (Teeth, #1) Jaeth's Eye (The Agartes Epilogues, #1) Demolition Love The Labyrinth Eve The Soul Reaper The Nightingale Circus (Broken People, #0.5)

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Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

Goodreads Synopsis

Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.


If you haven’t read A Court of Thorns and Roses it’s best not to read this review.

A Court of Mist and Fury takes place about 3 months after the events of ACOTAR. In this time, not too much has happened but it seems that the major situations were saved for the rest of this book. From the first page, we’re thrown into this world and now that Feyre is a High Fae, we see the world the way she sees it. She’s no longer a ‘mere human’ that doesn’t understand. She’s learning and we’re right there along with her.

I’m trying my utmost not to make this review a rant about how I feel about Tamlin but easier said than done. I didn’t really like him in ACOTAR and I was cool with that but the way that changed for me in the second book is like zero to a hundred real quick. I don’t want to say ‘hate’ because it’s a really strong word but what I feel for Tamlin is not a nice feeling. I can’t describe it and the worst [possibly the best] thing about all this is that I probably despise him so much because he was so well written. SJM allowed that darkness I felt to settle in and build throughout the book. We along with Feyre were ignorant to who and what Tamlin really was. Remember, in ACOTAR he was this sweet-ish character that was drool-worthy and SJM’s made a total 180 where he is concerned.

Feyre on the other hand…my opinion of her between ACOTAR and ACOMAF has changed so drastically. She was never weak- come on, she hunted alone in the woods- but at the same time she wasn’t someone I could look up to as a role model. She had her strong points and by the time this book started almost all of them were made null and void. She didn’t have the freedom to express and explore this new version of her. She was pushed down and made to be this weak thing that needed to be looked after. She didn’t know and that’s the thing. Love made her so blind that she was willing to suffer, albeit involuntarily, because she was convinced that this was where she belonged. The moment she broke free though…

“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

The amount of character development that took place in this book, not just with my dear Feyre, but with Rhysand as well. I can’t imagine how difficult it is to trust anyone after you’ve given someone everything. Feyre rose like a phoenix and come out being this strong character, not just physical but mentally and emotionally as well.

My darling Rhysand. My amazing, dark, mysterious, charming love, Rhys. I loved him in ACOTAR of course, but the contrast between the two books was so phenomenal I’m still grinning like the dang cheshire cat. He already was this great character that I loved, with how well he was written and the way he was portrayed but the way he grew in ACOMAF makes me feel so proud because I believed in him. I knew there was something more to him than this facade he put up for everyone. Most of the time I just wanted to give him a hug.

The supporting characters that were introduced in this book were a lot more involved and I loved that. They were featured and talked about so often that it felt like they were part of the main cast, which in a way, I think they were. You couldn’t have one without the other. I appreciate that SJM gave them backstories because I think that it helped with knowing who those characters really were. It definitely helped me decided who and who not to trust…you know, since SJM just loves ripping my heart out.

“No one was my master— but I might be master of everything, if I wished. If I dared.”

I’d been told before I even started ACOTAR that this book was way better and I thought it was an exaggeration because I loved the first one so much. Let me tell you that I can’t begin to explain how much better this book was. SJM’s writing has never been a problem for me so I went in having high expectations and I was not disappointed. Is it bad that my trust in her writing is so high? I think that so much emotion was put in this book and the roller coaster of feelings I went through definitely proves that. I felt real anger, love, sadness, betrayal and sometimes disgust and I think those made for an even greater read.

I am so eager for ACOWAR that it’s not even funny. I have this book hangover and I don’t know what to do with my life now that I’m in this in between of finishing one book and still waiting for another book to come out. This is why I wait to read books. Thank you SJM for killing me with your amazing writing. And now…I wait. Send help!

Read: 31 March 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 3 May 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Sarah J. Maas

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Book Review: An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean

31298846Goodreads Synopsis

A very special anthology that’s a must for all fans of the Shadowhunter novels!

Featuring characters from Cassandra Clare’s international best-selling novels from the Shadowhunters world including The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices, this anthology showcases beautifully illustrated portraits from Cassandra Jean – creator of The Shadowhunter Tarot – alongside never-before-known details from Cassandra Clare about all your favourite characters.


An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld is a book that puts together short snippets of the characters of the Shadowhunter Chronicles i.e. The Infernal Devices, The Last Hours, The Mortal Instruments, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and The Dark Artifices. It includes drawings of the characters (by Cassandra Jean) as they were described in the books. I for one am very happy with how they turned out because many of them were how I imagined but now I get to put faces to the names.

I loved everything about this book. I specifically wanted the black cover because I think it looks so refined and classy. My sister told me this book would make a great coffee table book and I glared at her so hard. I feel like this book should be on permanent display in my bookshelves, it’s so pretty. I’m glad I finally managed to get my hands on this and to think that I initially didn’t want it because I thought it’d be pointless. Well that was a mistake on my part because I’m so in love with it. I read it the same day I got it and I thought I’d just browse through but I ended up actually sitting down and taking note of everything. I still have a smile on my face. And little Max! ‘He wants to be a pirate.’ He’s the most adorable little boy ever!

Along with the drawings and snippets, each character is given a flower or plant with a meaning that relates to them. I found this to be ingenious and I appreciate the amount of effort that was put into achieving this beautiful book.

 

Above are examples of what’s inside. I can’t wait to pick up this book again. I felt so happy while reading it and I actually laughed out loud a few times. For now it’ll rest next to my other Shadowhunter books. Till next time, my love.

Read: 18 March 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 18 February 2016
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children’s UK
Writer: Cassandra Clare
Illustrator: Cassandra Jean

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