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City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare- Review

Stop. If you have not read all the books in The Mortal Instruments Series and The Infernal Devices then this review will spoil things for you- step away now!

This month has been the month of The Mortal Instruments for me (and Shadowhunter Academy and Lady Midnight) This book was such a great round up to a series that I started reading three years ago with City of Bones. I went on a bit of a Shadowhunters hiatus when I finished City of Glass because (and I know some of you will agree) it does feel like a finale. When I started watching the Shadowhunters t.v show on Netflix it all came back to me, this world, this wonderful, wonderful world and what I was missing but not finishing the rest of the series.

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City of Heavenly Fire is so clever the way it interweaves new characters Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn right at the start. We get to know Emma, Julian  and the rest of the Blackthorn children from the beginning of book all ready paving the way for them to take over as the new protagonists in the Dark Artifices.

When we meet Emma and Julian and the rest of the Blackthorns the terrible Sebastian is turning Shadowhunters into his very own Endarkened army getting them to drink from his own sick, Sebastian version of The Mortal Cup. Just replace Angel blood with Demon blood and Sebastian has his very own recipe for zombie, Shadowhunters with kickass fighting skills, all willing to follow him to the end of the world (Evil villain plus evil army sounds like disaster waiting to happen.)

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Now it has taken five and a bit books for Clary and Jace to get their acts together first there was Simon, there was the whole brother and sister thing, then Jace was being all Herondale-y about EVERYTHING. Finally, Clace are in a good(ish) place I mean it is the end of the world after all and Jace is always going to be Jace (aka such a drama queen) but it’s in the blood *coughs Will*.

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My favourite ship was not doing as well, in City of Lost Souls held some dramatic moments for me- the Malec breakup. City of Heavenly Fire continues on in this vein, I cannot tell you how many times I said out loud “Magnus just tell Alec who Will is!” So frustrating, but in the best possible way and when Magnus is taken with Raphael, Josealenne and Luke and our A team (Clary, Jace, Alec Izzy and Simon) go to rescue them I loved the moment Alec broke down to Jace was like how would you feel if Clary had been taken? Poor Alec going out his mind and his Parabatai didn’t notice how afraid he was feeling (Jace why are you always so self-involved?).

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The witty dialogue and character development is something I LOVE about Cassandra Clare’s writing you never feel like you are on the outside looking in on the story but really in the book living it with the characters.

Simon is really the hero of this story for me and City of Heavenly Fire just finishes off the journey he has been through in the novels so perfectly – Mundane, Vampire – Clary, Izzy. He saves Magnus, he might have lost his memories but he saved Magnus  and in my book that makes him a true hero.

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I just want to take a moment to talk about Brother Zachariah after reading Clockwork Princess I knew, I flipping knew he was going to make an appearance now I’m bias Jem’s my favourite character in all of Cassandra Clare’s books (Magnus is chomping at his heels mind you!) Seeing him ‘back’, talk about Tessa about Will *sheds tear* I’m really looking forward to seeing him and Tessa make future appearances in Lady Midnight and Beyond.

Overall this was an epic last instalment, Shadowhunters books are fun, funny and with ships to go down with!

5/5 Paint and Butterflies Stars!

Happy Reading Everyone!

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I Can Show You The World (In Books) – Book Tag

I love to travel – in real life and in my reading life. So it’s no great surprise that I love to read books from all over the world. Thanks to Nicolette from A Little Bookish, A Little Writerly for tagging me in this tag (go check her out :-)), it has been a while since I was actually tag but I always get to my tags eventually!

The rules are simple. List a country, and then show which favorite book of yours is set in that country. You can use the countries I have used, add your own, or use completely different ones!

United States

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

A story of love, home, and self-discovery such an epic tale of first love,true love, loss and family. My Brooklyn Review

England

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Gahh! I love this series if you haven’t read it seriously what have you been doing all this time? The Prequel to The Mortal Instruments Series, The Infernal Devices is probably my favourite love story of all time. Clockwork Angel – Review

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On The Island Tracey Garvis Graves

I recommend this book to everyone if you’re looking for a unique love story that will break your heart and then put it back together again piece by piece this my friend is for you!

Ireland

In The Woods by Tana French

Book 1 in The Dublin Murder Squad Series (can be read as a standalone) In The Woods is a unique, creepy crime novel that constantly keeps you guessing. In The Woods – Review

France

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

Labyrinth is set both in modern and medieval France switching perspectives between two young women as they go on the same jounrney, generations apart- this is a grail story just not as you have ever heard it before… Labyrinth – Review

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City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare- Review

I’m on such a Shadowhunters kick recently in real time I’m reading Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy right now but this isn’t real time this is review time and this is my review of City of Lost Souls!

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Getting back into this world has been so much fun I had quite a substantial break between reading City of Glass and my reading of City of Fallen Angels which was spurred on when I started watching the show on Netflix. It was brought back to me how much I enjoyed being in this world so the minute season 1 ended I picked up City of Fallen Angels and picked up where I had left off. City of Fallen Angels Review

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By the time I had finished City of Fallen Angels I was totally immersed back in this world and it reminded me of the love and laughs that as a reader you can really have with these characters.

Mild Spoilers for City of Lost Souls Ahead

City of Lost Souls book 5 in The Mortal Instruments Series picks up where City of Fallen Angels left off with Jace missing, abducted by the merciless Sebastian. When Clary finally catches up with him he is not the Jace she had left behind. Jace is now bound magically to her evil, demonic brother Sebastian. Whatever Sebastian wills and wishes are Jace’s are as well when Clary is finally forced to join them in a mysterious demonic apartment that moves so fast to is impossible for the other Shadowhunters to track Clary wonders if she will ever get her Jace back and if that is even possible.

This book also upped the anti when is came to Malec ❤ Magnus is my all time favourite character in any of Cassandra Clares books and I felt that we really got a healthy dose of Magnus moments and his story arc with Alec has really grown and developed into something that is just a joy to read about.

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I felt that City of Lost Souls was an amazing set up for City of Heavenly fire (which I have just finished *squeals* ) I  have the biggest book hangover right now but not to worry Lady Midnight is in the post!

Paint and Butterflies Rating 4/5 Stars!

Happy Reading Everyone!

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken -Review

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Title: Passenger

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Number in series: 1

Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Rating: 2/5

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Passenger from Netgalley in return for an honest review. 

I have been really excited to read Passenger it has been so hyped up, every review I read of it seems to be a positive one and it is involving one of my favourite tropes – time travel.

Sadly though Passenger really didn’t do it for me. Passenger follows Etta a prodigy violinist who, in the middle of the performance of her life finds out that she is a time traveler. I think this book had the intention of being a swashbuckling, sea- faring, romantic ride. Instead though the ship sank, and the romance was all a bit insta-lovey (eww)

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I personally don’t think the quality of the writing was that great, in regards to the romance these characters love to talk about how each other smell ALL THE TIME which is apparently of the earth and the sea (so dirt and salt then? Sighs).

Passenger is the type of book which is very dialogue heavy- I normally love this in a book because if done well (shout out Cassandra Clare) you can really get into the head and personality of the characters. Etta and Nicholas are the characters who are predominantly speaking to each other; my problem is there is no differentiating between the characters when reading. The dialogue is all really monotone and after a while just blends into one, stunting my ability to get to know the characters on any kind of deeper level.

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I did find Passenger I bit of a slog, I was bored, the story was predictable  and this book is essentially a time travel romance and if you are going to do time travel you better do it well because it has been done soo many times before. (*Shout out Outlander and The Rose Garden*)

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For me this wasn’t great, I didn’t really connect to the characters and I won’t be coming back for book 2.

However, there were some good moments some moments of light, humor and a handsome (and diverse) male protagonist and that’s why this is a two star rather than a 1-star rating.

I hope you enjoyed my review,

Happy reading everyone!

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer Review

Title:Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

Author:Marissa Meyer

Publisher:Puffin Books

Edition:Paperback

Genre: Young Adult 

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I have had a copy of Cinder for over a year now it was a birthday gift from a bookish (non blogger friend) but has sat on my shelves patiently waiting to be read. I have to admit I have put of reading The Lunar Chronicles the idea of Cinderella but as cyborg didn’t really appeal to me.

What is it about?

Cinder is more than just Cyborg /Cinderella Cinder is a complex Young Adult Fairytale re-telling with new ideas and a new world to wade through. The story focuses on Cinder a Cyborg living in New Beijing with her adoptive family, her country is swamped by a plague which is killing people within days and has no cure. Her youngest stepsister soon contracts the plague and Cinder’s family blames her. Adri, Cinder’s Stepmother is quick to sell her Cyborg stepdaughter and give her body for medical research. Cyborgs have no rights, seen as less than human Cinder finds she has no choice and is taken away to tested on until her inevitable death.  (Don’t worry though there is still a Prince and a pretty dress and oh yeah a shoe well, a foot!)

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Cinder vs Cinderella

When studying at University part of my dissertation was fairy-tales effect on feminism  and because of this I have spent a lot of time researching fairy-tales and their origins – particularly Cinderella. One thing that I learnt that Cinderella’s most like to have originated from China (not France thank you Brothers Grimm).  So it was really interesting reading Cinder as it is set in Beijing (New Beijing) but still. Having Asian characters felt right for a story which more than likely came from that culture and if nothing else it made for a diverse reading experience and we always want more of that right?

What did I think?

Over all I think Cinder is a great part one to a series, the first one hundred pages or so were slow but after that it picked up and I got really engrossed in the story. There is a love interest which (considering we are reading Cinderella) is not to romance heavy it’s cheeky and cute and I can’t wait to here more from Cinder and Kai.

Definitely going to be picking up Book 2 Scarlet very soon!

3/5 Paint and Butterflies Stars!

Hope you enjoyed my review,

Happy reading everyone!

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Musing Mondays (March 7th)

Hey guys, today I will be taking part in my first Musing Mondays – A weekly Meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer, Musing Mondays is hosted by Jenn at Books And A Beat go check her out!

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Which characters (from which book) do you think deserve their own spin-off story? Why?

I’m currently reading 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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I have been meaning to read this for ages but just haven’t been in the mood for fairy-tale re-tellings, but this month Cinder has been screaming at me from my book shelf dying to be read. I am about two chapters in – so far, so good!

Which characters (from which book) do you think deserve their own spin-off story? Why?

Ian and Wanda from The Host

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My desperation for a sequel from The Host knows no bounds even though I have (almost)  come to terms with the fact that is never going to happen but still a girl can dream.

Well thanks for joining me on my very first Musings Monday,

Happy reading everyone!

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Tag:Three Days, Three Quotes #3

Thank you for the third and final time to Cat aka The Book Finch for tagging me for the Three Days, Three Quotes Tag don’t forget to check her blog out by clicking above!

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

I decided that for this tag I would pick my three quotes from my childhood faves, yesterday it was it was The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and the day before was Alice in Wonderland so today I’m bringing things slightly more up to date with Harry Potter  and the Philosophers Stone by J.K Rowling.

Day 3-  Harry Potter  and the Philosophers Stone by J.K Rowling.

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“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

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Happy Reading Everyone!

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TBR Book Tag

Hi guys I’m back with another tag and this time it’s the TBR Book Tag! Thanks to Nicolette over at A Little Bookish, A Little Writerly who tagged me. I do love a list and this tag really plays on my need to list everything and a Bookworm actually managing to organize her TBR, well that’s the holy grail!

So lets get started shall we…

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How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Errm, I have several ways that I try, I repeat TRY to keep track with my TBR, I use Goodreads, I have a physical books TBR shelf at home, I have a Amazon wish list as well which I use almost the same way as I use Goodreads it’s just on Amazon. I also have a lot of E-Arcs and Netgalley requests all on my Kindle so really my TBR is a mess!

 


Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

More print but I have my fair share of eBooks as well.

 


How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

I’m a real mood reader and my mood can really dictate what I’m reading. Check out my Confessions of a Mood Reader Post for my info.

 


A book that has been on your TBR the longest?

Possession by A.S Byatt it’s not that I’m never going to read it it’s just that I haven’t felt the will to pick up Possession since I bought it (which is about 2+ years now)

 


A book you recently added to your TBR

I recently added War and Peace to my TBR I was inspired by the brilliant BBC adaptation which has been showing on BBC1 staring Lily James and James Norton. It also fits nicely with my 2016 challenge which is to make an effort to read more classics!

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A book that’s on your TBR strictly because of the cover

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick I have to admit I only added this book to my TBR because the cover is so gorgeous I don’t really have much interest in reading the book itself (sorry/not sorry)

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A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading

I never like to say never.

 


An unpublished book on your TBR that you are excited for?

The Winds of Winter by George RR Martin  it’s a real shame this won’t be published before the next series of Game of Thrones. I am still so excited for this book A Song of Fire and Ice is such an epic fantasy saga and it has such amazing scope. Plus we all want to know does L+R = J DOES IT?!

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A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you

This is criminal but it has to be the last two books in the Shatter Me series I have been meaning to get to them for a while especially as I loved book 1. Finishing up this series is definitely on TBR for 2016!

 


A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

I don’t actually get alot of book recommendations it’s usually me doing the recommending. But I have a close friend who is a reader (not a blogger though) and he recently suggested I read The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

 


A book on your TBR that you are dying to read?

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr  is one of the next books I’m planning on reading I’m also really excited to read Passenger by Alexandra Bracken and a play called Rainmaker by  Richard N.Nash.

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How many books are on your Goodreads TBR?

There are 598 books on my Goodreads TBR and it’s and ever growing problem.

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Review

Author:Naomi Novik 

Genre:Fantasy /Young Adult

Standalone or Series: Standalone 

Publisher: Del Ray

Uprooted is the story of Agnieszka – she is a young woman who lives in a small village with her family and her best friend the beautiful and enigmatic Kasia but there is a dark side to Agnieszka’s world. Her village is on the edge of a dark, magical wood, a wood that destroys and kills everything it touches. Agnieszka and her people are protected from the wood by the Dragon. A fearsome wizard employed by the King to live in a tower on the edge of the wood and protect the people with magic but the Dragons protection comes with a price. Every ten years he will come to the village and take a girl to go and live with him in the tower. Ten years he will keep her and after that the girls are let go, often they try to go back to live with their families but they can’t. The girls are much changed and each girl has left the village never to return.

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“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka knows that Kasia will be taken by the Dragon, he always picks the most beautiful, most talented girl Kasia is all those things. When the day of the choosing arrives and all the girls a rowed up for the Dragon’s choosing the Dragon takes a look at Kasia but instead he chooses Agnieszka-scruffy, plain Agnieszka. Agnieszka will soon learn that everything in the Dragon’s tower is not as it seems and it is not just Agnieszka who will learn- the Dragon will also find himself. (And if you like a Wizard with an attitude problem you will love the Dragon!)

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What did I think?

I really enjoyed Uprooted it is a slow paced, fairy tale which felt to me to have Russian influences. Agnieszka and the Dragon have a really interesting love/hate (mostly love…confusion,sometimes disgust <3) relationship and something I really enjoyed about this book was their slow burning romance . It wasn’t to intense, or to in your face it was just there, sadly though I felt the relationship (for me at least) was never quite fore-filled and was disappointed by their lack of conclusion.

The story and character development in Uprooted is very well done and I really enjoyed Noami’s writing style. Her style is quite slow but as I read on I could really feel the story building around her words and as I turned each page was desperate for a conclusion.

Over all I would give this a Paint and Butterflies rating of 4/5 stars I would highly recommend for anyone who enjoys a fairy-tale with Russian influences, Wizards and Witches and a Dragon with a serious attitude problem!

Happy reading everyone!

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children- by Ransom Riggs- Review

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a series I have wanted to start for about two years and this December I finally got round to it making it my final book of 2015.

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This creepy YA Fantasy-Mystery is both aesthetically pleasing and beautifully written it is the story of Jacob a young boy who has a close relationship with his Grandfather. This Grandfather has always told him stories and Jacob has come to an age when he realises than his Grandfathers tales are more like fairy-tales then the rock solid truth he had always believed them to be. With his Grandfather’s health failing and his own fathers difficult relationship with his Grandfather all tied in with Jacob’s mental heath issues, Jacob visits his Grandfather in search of answers. Only to witness something on his arrival that is so shocking it will change his life forever.

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Jacob is lead by the stories he was told as a child to England and a creepy, dead deserted house with nothing there but burnt belongings and the ghosts of a past long gone. But Jacob soon finds that this house is more than it seems, that the world from his Grandfathers tales might not be gone after all and it might be his destiny to be part of it after all.

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Told with genuine antique photographs the pictures add to the creepy feel of the story and help Jacob’s Grandfather’s tales come to life bringing the Peter Pan esk world into reality of Children who live forever, who never die.

I really enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children I felt great empathy for Jacob’s story I loved learning about the Peculiar Children and I can’t waited to jump right in with book 2. To find out what will happened to Miss Peregrine, Jacob and the rest of the Peculiar gang! The Miss Peregrine series is being adapted to film for 2016 – Directed by Tim Burton this is something to look forward to in the up and coming year the film stars Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson and Asa Butterfield as Jacob.

This first book in the series has 4/5 Paint and Butterflies Rating!

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Happy reading xoxo