Aug 31, 2013

Stacking the Shelves


I got one book from a contest, I got Poison from my awesome blogger friend, Amanda, at I Solemnly Swear. Definitely check her out!



Click to SubscribeClick to Subscribe
By: L.M. Augustine

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1,135,789. That’s how many subscribers sixteen-year-old West Ryder has on his web vlog series. But he only has eyes for one of them.

As one of the internet’s most prestigious video bloggers, West talks about high school relationships under the name “Sam Green.” As far as he knows, no one from school, not even his best friend, Cat, has seen his videos. But the highlight of the whole thing is Harper Knight, who comments every day at exactly 2:02 in the afternoon. He doesn’t know anything about her aside from the occasional deep philosophical messaging on why pizza tastes so delicious, but as stupid as it sounds, he might be falling for her. So when they finally agree to meet in real life, West’s hope for romance seems more and more in reach. But that all changes as soon as he arrives at their meeting spot and sees Cat walking toward him, wearing the same “I <3 Sam Green” T-shirt Harper promised she'd have on.

To his alarm, West realizes he is falling in love with the best friend who has always been a sister to him.
 


Poison
Poison
By: Bridget Zinn

Goodreads | Amazon

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

  

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That's all I got this past week! What did you all get??

Aug 30, 2013

Review: City of Lost Souls

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)City of Lost Souls
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: May 8th, 2012
Publisher: McElderry Books
Rating: 5 out 5 Stars
Pages: 535
Format: Hardcover, Bought

Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis:

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?


My Review:

All the things that were slow in the other book that Clare took the time to get us to see all the different worlds starts to come together in this book. The demons, werewolves, Sebastian, all of it.

I found myself wanting to skim through the pages just because I wanted to know what happened next. I wanted to jump into the pages and help them out even though since I'm a mundane I would most likely just die. But I still wanted to try.

My heart cries out for Clary in this book. The poor girl is so in love with Jace that her whole world is shattered at the beginning of it. She spends the whole book fighting to keep that love alive no matter what the cost is. The bravery she shows astounds me still. She may be tiny, but she certainly isn't a wimp.

Your heart not only goes out to Clary and Jace though. There is also Alec, Magnus, Isabelle, Maia, Jordan, and Simon. There is so much love and pain going throughout the group even when they don't know what they want to do with it quite yet.

Simon is also so brave in this book. From the first book you always wondered about Simon, he was quite a push over. It feels like he has finally found his place in the world, and he is coming to terms with that.

The action in this book was great as well as the parts that slowed down a little bit. Clare kept me on my seat the whole book as I tried to find out what was going to happen next, but for me at least, I wasn't able to figure it out. If I was one to bite my nails, I would have none left right now because of all that was going on.

Even with all the pain, suffering, emotions, anger, and fighting going on in the pages I still loved this book. It might even be my favorite book so far in the series. I can tell though that the sixth book is most likely going to end the streak of favorite because I am hoping and pretty sure the series is going to be wrapped up into a wonderful mess at the end. I'm still cheering on Jace and Clary as well as Simon and who he ends up with (Don't want to spoil this part for you). 2014 needs to hurry up, because I need to find out how it all ends!! Time hurry up!!


Couldn't Put It Down!!




Aug 29, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday

Hey guys, this is my Feature and Follow Friday post! This post is hosted by two different blogs, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read! This meme is here for everyone to be able to get their blog out there and get more followers!! Links are below for you to look at others, follow them, and link your own blog!

 
 
Question: 

If you could only have ONE – one book – for the rest of your life. Don’t cheat…what would it be?

Answer: Okay, first I want to say, this question was very hard. I wanted to say Harry Potter. But then I knew it would be torture to only be able to have one of the books in the series and not all of them. So I decided against picking it, though I am not happy about it. I also thought maybe the movies would still be around for me to at least be able to still enjoy him on film since I decided not on the pages.
 
I then thought maybe The Fault in Our Stars. Then I decided TFIOS will kill me if that is the only book I can read the rest of my life. It is so emotional and heartbreaking I couldn't do it to myself no matter how wonderful the pages are.
 
I decided on a book that is actually an adult book though I know many of you have read it and loved it. It is a book I read when I had a hurricane rip through my town and wasn't able to have electricity for over a month. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. I LOVE this book and I love the movie. It is one of the first Nicholas Sparks books I read and one of the only ones that really has had an impact on my life. So, with me looking for over an hour for which book I want, this is my decision.
 
 

Final Answer:
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
 
The Notebook
 
 
 


 
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Blog Tour: Running from Romeo + Review & Giveaway





Running from RomeoRunning from Romeo
Author: Diane Mannino
Release Date: June 1st, 2013
Publisher: Smashwords
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 345
Format: e-book, received for an honest review
Tour: Irresistible Reads Blog Tours, Tour Schedule

Goodreads | Smashwords | Amazon coming soon


Synopsis:

Emilia King is entering her senior year at Santa Barbara University. For the past three years, she lived in the library – doing what she knows best – focusing on her studies and forgetting her past…a past that has forever changed her life. But this year marks a new beginning…

Logan Prescott is not only the hottest guy on campus, he’s heir to a billionaire hotel fortune. Emilia knows he’s trouble and should stay clear of him. But his notorious good looks and piercing blue eyes make him simply irresistible – especially when he’s quoting her favorite literary works.

Intrigued by Emilia’s innocence and resistance to his charm, Logan discovers she’s a challenge he simply can’t resist. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but running from him may be impossible.


My Review:

Running from Romeo is about a girl Emilia who is entering her senior year of college. She is the girl who is usually spending most of her time in the library and not really the partying type, her roommate Bryn on the other hand is the exact opposite. Emilia makes a promise to Bryn to try to go out more and enjoy her last year in college. This is where Logan comes in, he is the man whore of all the boys at the college. He is known for his reputation. He gives up all of that once his eyes see Emilia ... or does he?

This book had me sucked in. I was not in a rush to read it, but it sounded good when I was offered it for review. I have some other reads I have to do so I decided to move this one up so it got the time it deserved. I am very glad for that.

I hate to compare this book to another book, but just to help you understand the writing style and flow of this book, I would have to say it is a lot like Beautiful Disaster. The good girl runs into the bad boy and they both begin to change and find things out about each other that they never expected before. There is definite sexual chemistry and frustration but all of it is very long and drawn out like in Beautiful Disaster. Sorry again to compare it, but I want you all to understand it a little better :)

I LOVED the writing style in this. I was hooked and definitely cheering Logan on. He changed so much from the beginning yet still kept his quirks that make him so lovable throughout the book. Sometimes you are like EMILIA WHY!! I loved watching all of the past that comes out of both of these characters to let them show you why they are the way they are. At times you don't really understand because you just hear things like "all you've been through" a lot by Emilia's best friend as well as father. Once you find everything out it all makes sense though you get little clues along the way.

I loved the book from start to finish even with the curve ball of an ending. The author I have to admit made me want to throw the iPad that I was reading this book on because of the way it was ended. It is definitely set up for the sequel to the book that I need to devour like yesterday. I can't wait for it to come out so I can finally figure out how the story ends.


Loved It!!
 
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About the Author: 

Diane Mannino

Diane Mannino graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in English Literature. She is a former writer for Museum and Arts Washington and Star Magazine as well as several television shows, including, Inside Edition, American Journal, and E! News Daily. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two beautiful daughters. Running from Romeo is her first novel and she is currently working on the sequel.

Here are some links to find her:

Aug 28, 2013

Pick-A-Book Thursday #13



Pick-A-Book Thursday is a weekly meme brought you by me :) It is here for all of us to get our to be read piles down a little and help us get to the books we really want to read but just never got around to them. We can sit here weekly and talk about books we pulled from our jars or those that don't have jars, those who picked one off their shelf! Click here for the Original post for more details!

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If you didn't get to pick from one of the jars/lists, How are you coming with your pick from last time? Are you enjoying it so far?

* I am sorry for putting this book off so long. I am one once I start a series, I finish it, I don't like to stop in the middle of it and read another book and go back to it. I'm on the last book now though and decided to read the first couple chapters of this book even though I'm not finished with my other book. We will see if I do okay switching from books, if I do, I might do it more often. I like Bloom so far just weird to go from The Mortal Instruments to this, I will have a full review of it for you guys next week and a new jar pick!


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Here is what I picked a couple weeks ago
from my TBR Book Jar!



BloomBloom
By Elizabeth Scott

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There's a difference between falling and letting go.

Lauren has a good life: decent grades, great friends, and a boyfriend every girl lusts after. So why is she so unhappy? 
 
It takes the arrival of Evan Kirkland for Lauren to figure out the answer: She's been holding back. She's been denying herself a bunch of things (like sex) because staying with her loyal and gorgeous boyfriend, Dave, is the "right" thing to do. After all, who would give up the perfect boyfriend? 
 
But as Dave starts talking more and more about their life together, planning a future Lauren simply can't see herself in -- and as Lauren's craving for Evan, and moreover, who she is with Evan becomes all the more fierce -- Lauren realizes she needs to make a choice...before one is made for her.
 


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What books did you pull from your TBR Book Jar or TBR List? What books are on your list??

Be sure to leave your links below!!





Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!


Alienated (Alienated, #1)

Alienated
By: Melissa Landers
Release Date: February 4th, 2014

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Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

 

 


Aug 27, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you at The Broke and the Bookish!! Each week we will be releasing a top ten book related list for you all to enjoy!

I have had a lot of these Top Tens that have actually be a decent amount of work. I like it though. I got to go through my bookshelf and try to think of characters within the stories that could use some more spotlight :)

Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters
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1. The Weasley Family -- Harry Potter

I LOVE the Weasley Family. I know they were a decent part of the series but they were still on the side lines for most of it. It was mainly Harry, Ron, and Hermione and then a little rest of the Weasley's here or there. I feel they deserve more spotlight!

2. Rue -- The Hunger Games

She was such a big part of what helped Katniss throughout the games. Peeta was there, but Rue still had a big impact on the story throughout all of it.


3. Dobby -- Harry Potter

What isn't there to love about Dobby. He came through even in times when you weren't sure he was on the good side or the bad side. I think he was honorable and I loved his character very much.


4. Magnus -- The Mortal Instruments

He may be the high warlock of Brooklyn, but he was still over shadowed through most of the books. He has a small role, but a lot of the characters wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Magnus. The book went on because of the things Magnus did for everyone.

5. Charlie Swan -- Twilight Saga

I felt so bad for Charlie. The love for his daughter was amazing. He was shy and scared to lose her but still was there for her in his own way. The pain anytime he thought he lost her or was going to lose her could bring a tear to your eyes.


6. Isaac -- The Fault in Our Stars

He was a big friend to Augustus, but Augustus got all the spotlight. You get to know parts on how he does but you never really find out any of his story throughout the book. I still think Isaac was there for Augustus as well as Hazel through most of the book and even after the story keeps going even if the pages don't.

7. America -- Beautiful Disaster

I have read a lot of books that happen to have best friends that are important to the characters but you never fully find out how their friendships were before. America is one of those. She is put on the side a lot as just the protective best friend.

8. Corny -- Modern Faerie Tales

Corny goes through a lot throughout the books, but you never really get to hear from him what it was all like to him. You don't feel his emotions or what really goes on when he finally get attention for another male. He sticks next to Kaye through all of it and it is so nice to see it all.

9. Simon -- Mortal Instruments

No matter what, Simon is always there. I know he is a main character but he isn't fully showcased still. I wish I could get into his head more about all that is going on with not just Clary, but Jace, Isabelle, and the whole world that he is discovering. He is a wonderful best friend and I love that about him.

10. Rashmi -- Anna and the French Kiss

She has been around for most of the book and even though she was put aside a lot she had some parts that made a big impact on Anna as well as Etienne. She helped a lot more than is let on.

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Well, that's my list for the week! Hope you all enjoy!
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Teaser Tuesday -- City of Lost Souls


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.


Anyone is able to play along, just do the following :)

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)


My Teaser:

"She couldn't act like this, she told herself sternly. As if each sight of Jace the way he was now was a sucker punch to the gut."

Page 171 from City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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Aug 26, 2013

Review: City of Fallen Angels

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)City of Fallen Angels
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: April 5th, 2011
Publisher: McElderry Books
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 424
Format: Paperback, bought

Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis:

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And - most importantly of all - she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side - along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls - neither of whom knows about the other one.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.


My Review:

This is the last book I had to read for my read-a-thon I did this week. I tried to get through as much of it as I could and even though I didn't get it done during it, I did finish it the next morning after it ended. I am flying through this series because I can't stop even if I tried. I spend my days that I can't read at the time thinking about it.

I like where the story picks up. It does in a way of joy and then Jace starts to pull back and we know why, but no one else does. So most of the rest of the book is trying to find out when Jace is going to finally let it all out.

The book definitely takes a turn at the end. You have a feeling you kind of know why things are happening, but in the end it definitely wasn't what I thought. There is some parts that are connected to it, but not in ways I had imagined.

Clare leaves it off in a way that you pretty much HAVE to pick up the next book. I need to know what happens and I already know after the 5th book I am going to be really upset having to wait for the final book to come out in 2014. I might even re-read the series before it comes out just so I can jump right into the last one.

I love how the characters continue to become a part of you and grow not only has an individual but as a group of not only friends but becoming a family as well. I don't want to say much more than that without ruining the book for you all.

It wasn't my favorite out of the series, I definitely enjoyed it and I still give it 5 stars, but I think book 3 is still my favorite. I still felt like the series could have ended there and I loved the happy ending that it gave in more ways than one. I am still hoping for that happy ending with the end of the series.

This book definitely leaves you with a feeling of dread of what is going to happen at the end of it. I pretty much just set the book down and stared up and wanted to yell no, but knew I would scare my dog if I did, so I did the next best thing. I got up, went to my bookshelf, grabbed book 5, then walked in here to write this for you all :)

I know this isn't the best review, I am horrible at writing reviews on series and trying not to give spoilers for you all. I just hope you see my sincerity that I loved this book and I love the series. So many said it wasn't good after the 3rd book and that had me scared, but for me I still love the series, and I hope that remains the case after book 5 and 6.



Couldn't put it down!!
 

Bout of Books Wrap Up

Bout of Books
 
 
Number of pages read:
1401/1400 goal
Total number of books read: 3 1/2
Goals Met: All of them

Overall Goals
(will be crossed through if completed)

Read an average of 200 pages a day (1400 page total)

Read a book that's been on your shelf forever

Listen to an audiobook

Read a Classic

Read a book over 500 pages


I was hoping to finish all four of the books I had picked for the week, I didn't quite get there. I got to page 232/424. I got close to finishing all of them, but not quite. I did however finish all the true goals I had. Which are listed below.

I really enjoyed the Read-a-thon. It is the first one that I entered and really was able to give more time to it. Even when I was at work, I was sneaking pages in.

I was able to finish Alice in Wonderland, the last 100 pages of City of Bones I had left when it all started, City of Ashes, City of Glass, and about half of City of Fallen Angels. I did get to finish City Fallen Angels this morning but since the read-a-thon is over, I'm not going to cheat and count it as finished within the time.

I ended up going and seeing the City of Bones movie last night instead of finish the book. After what I watched, I would have really been better off finishing the book instead of the horrible thing I watched, but enough venting on that, there is a post to come about the movie.

I am proud of myself for what I read in just a week. I have read more this month than I think I ever have in a month before. I am very proud for sure. I can't wait to see what my total is for the rest of the month :)


How did all of you do on the Read-A-Thon?? I hope you all met most if not all of your goals too :)

Aug 25, 2013

Bout of Books Day 7

Bout of Books
 
 
Saturday 8/24 (Day 6)
Number of pages read:
City of Glass -- 133 Pages
City of Fallen Angels -- 47 Pages
Page Total -- 180 Pages
Overall Weekly Count so Far: 1216/ 1400 pages
Number of books I've read today: 1
Total number of books read so far: 3

 I finished City of Glass, woohoo! Even being sick I was able to finish it and start a little into City of Fallen Angels before I had to go to bed for work in the morning. I'm actually a bad employee and typing this up at work! Oh well! I'm doing really well on the read-a-thon and on the last book that I've wanted to read for it.

I work 9 hours today and Sundays are usually pretty slow so I hope to get a big chunk of the book read before I even leave today and then get the rest of it finished when I get home. I have about 375 pages to read to get the book finished so fingers crossed! I'm sure gonna try!
 


Overall Goals
(will be crossed through if completed)

Read an average of 200 pages a day (1400 page total)

Read a book that's been on your shelf forever

Listen to an audiobook

Read a Classic

Read a book over 500 pages

Aug 24, 2013

Review: City of Glass

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 24, 2009
Publisher: McElderry Books
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 541
Format: Hardcover, bought

Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis:

To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the cost?


My Review:

I don't even know where to begin with this book. There was so much that went on within the pages. you don't even know where to let your emotions go to.

I throughout the whole book was sucked into it, wanting to know what is going to happen. Jace is still mysterious and dark though you understand why he is the way he is. Clary is getting more and more brave and showing what her true self is. Simon is adjusting to the world he didn't know existed.

As I said in the second book in the series review, I don't know what I can really say about this book that won't be giving too much away about what happens in the other books.

I'm going to just say that the setting in this book changes a great deal than in the first two. It's still the same world but they are no longer in New York for this book. The characters also come out more to each other, some of which is hurtful some isn't, even though most of it is just supposed to be truthful even if it isn't what the other person wants to hear.

I'm not sure if this series was meant to be a trilogy and turned into a series or what, but the ending of this book doesn't really leave any hanging pieces out there. It all kind of comes together at the end of it and I would have been satisfied if this is where it ended. But I do know there is 3 more books out there, two of which are out and the last one comes out sometime in 2014.

This so far is my favorite in the series. I hope the rest of the series stays this great, I'm so excited to start the next one. I can't believe I waited so long to start reading this series! AHHH!

Couldn't put it down!!




Stacking the Shelves


I got a small haul for you all this week :) I forgot to do one last week so I am just gonna combine the two together! Enjoy!



The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)The Sea of Monsters
By: Rick Riordan


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The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan's amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a "half blood" whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan's series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book's drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.
 


The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)The Titan's Curse
By: Rick Riordan


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When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared—a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.

 
 


The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)The Battle of the Labyrinth
By: Rick Riordan


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Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.
In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos's army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth - a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.

 


The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)The Last Olympian
By: Rick Riordan


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All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows.

While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.


 


City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)City of Lost Souls
By: Cassandra Clare


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What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

 


Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)Clockwork Angel
By: Cassandra Clare


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The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them....

 




Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)Clockwork Prince
By: Cassandra Clare


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In magical Victorian London, orphan Tessa found safety with the Shadowhunters, until traitors betray her to the Magister. He wants to marry her, but so do self-destructive Will and fiercely devoted Jem. Mage Magnus Bane returns to help them. Secrets to her parentage lie with the mist-shrouded Yorkshire Institute's aged manager Alyosius Starkweather.


 






Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)Clockwork Princess
By: Cassandra Clare


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A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?
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That's all I got the past couple weeks! What about all of you??

Bout of Books Day 6

Bout of Books
 
 
Friday 8/23 (Day 5)
Number of pages read:
City of Glass -- 122 Pages
Page Total -- 122 Pages
Overall Weekly Count so Far: 1036/ 1400 pages
Number of books I've read today: 0
Total number of books read so far: 2

I spent most of the day resting. My head hurt so bad I just couldn't concentrate on the page and the words just blurred together. Towards the end of the night my head started to get better so I soaked up some reading time before I went to bed for the night. even though I didn't get to read the full 200 I have been trying to read every day, I have read enough the other days to make up for it. I'm still on track for an average of 200 pages a day :)

Today I am going to finish City of Glass and start on City of Fallen Angels. I am feeling so much better so I am hoping to get a big chunk of this book done and then get it finished off tomorrow!
 


Overall Goals
(will be crossed through if completed)

Read an average of 200 pages a day (1400 page total)

Read a book that's been on your shelf forever

Listen to an audiobook

Read a Classic

Read a book over 500 pages