Review: City of Heavenly Fire


This Review Has spoilers. To see it without spoilers see my review on Goodreads
Here.
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City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My actual rating of this book is a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
That said, no book or series for that matter has a perfect ending, however, Cassandra Clare came pretty damn close.
Honestly, this book could have ended the Shadowhunter world and I would have been fine with it. I mean I would have had many questions, but that happens with any book.
This book more than any other in the series or in general, has made me realize that no matter how small, every detail matters. I really loved how Cassandra Clare tied up all of the loose ends in the story. Those she didn’t tie up, I’m sure she left them for a purpose.
Not many books make me cry, but this was one of them. There were just so many action packed moments followed by very philosophical and emotional moments. I mean, was I the only one who cried when Raphael and Sebastian died? Oh, and let’s not even get started on Simon. When he offered himself up so that they could all leave Edom, I started crying. However, I think the most heart-wrenching moment of the whole ordeal was seeing his reaction at not remembering them all and slowly gaining his memories back.
I think the fact that so many people died in this book makes it even more real and relatable to me. I know for a fact that I would have hated the book if it had ended with Jonothan still alive, The Fair Folk getting along with everyone, and all of the couples living happily ever after. I’m so glad that the series ended with so much character development from everyone and the subtle ever-present threat of retaliation in the background. To me, this ending fits perfectly with my image of Cassandra Clare’s writing style.
I can’t wait for [bc:Lady Midnight|13541054|Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)|Cassandra Clare|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/book/50×75-4845f44723bc5d3a9ac322f99b110b1d.png|19104294] to come out!
What are your thoughts?

“Waiting On Wednesday” 2 – All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter


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“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by
Breaking the Spine
that spotlights releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Today my WoW is
All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1)
by Ally Carter.
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Title: All Fall Down
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row #1
Expected Publication Date: January 20, 2015
Synopsis: Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:
1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.
As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her — so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy who lives next door, who is keeping his eye eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.
Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace — no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she has to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

I’ve read Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girl series and absolutely love it. I also started reading the Heist Society series, but never finished so I think I’ll finish it. In the Gallagher Girl series Cammie is a very relatable and witty character. From what I remember of the Heist Society series, Kat is also relatable. There’s just something about Ally’s writing that I can’t help but fall in love with. I’m sure that I’ll love the Embassy Row series just as much as I loved the Gallagher Girl series.
What book are you waiting on? Leave your reply/thoughts in the comments below.
Jackie

Review: Crazy Love: A Memoir


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Crazy Love: A Memoir by Leslie Morgan Steiner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought this book was well written. I really like how the author incorperated her background, Connor’s background, and her friendships before dating him. I like how she showed the isolation and deterioration of her friendships as she got more involved with Connor. I think my favorite part of the book was the prologue. It demonstrates that domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of class and it really drives home the issue of domestic violence.

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{Top Ten Tuesday} 1 – “Top Ten Places a Book Has Made Me Want to Visit.”


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by
The Broke and the Bookish
that features a new top ten list each week.
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This week’s topic is “Top Ten Places a Book Has Made Me Want to Visit.”
1. Hogwarts
I know, so unoriginal right? But come on! It’s Harry Potter! I can’t be the only one that was upset when I didn’t receive my Hogwarts acceptance letter in the mail…can I?
2. London
Well, why not? I also chose it because accents. Besides, London just has a million things to do and see. I’d love to see the Thames and take a walk through Hyde Park. I fell in love with London in Harry Potter, but reading the Infernal Devices series sealed my love for it.
3. New York City
Again, why not? I could go see shows on Broadway! The Mortal Instruments series also takes place in New York and it just seems so diverse. Other than that, a lot of the authors I read live in New York so there’s that.
4. Lakeview
If you’ve been following the blog, you know that I’m a big fan of Dessen and am awaiting her next novel Saint Anything.
Anyway, most of the books I’ve read by her take place in Lakeview so it only seems natural that I’d want to go there. Also, it just seems like a town I’d want to live in.
5. Mount Olympus
I loved the Percy Jackson series and one of the main places in it was the Empire State Building (AKA Mount Olympus.) The description of the view on Olympus is just so beautiful not to mention the Gods on it. I’d love to meet Athena and Artemis while I’m at it.
6. Gallagher Academy
Let me just start off by saying that if you haven’t read the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter you totally should. Firstly, I’d get to meet Cammie. Then there’s Joe Solomon, Professor Buckingham, Madame Dabney, Abby, and Cammie’s mom. If that’s not enough, they’re spies and I’d be in an all girls spy school.
7. The Obernewtyn Chronicles’ world
I’d love to visit this place because I find the world Isobelle Carmody creates fascinating. I love Elspeth and the rest of the Misfits. I highly recommend this series.
8. Idris
I can’t believe I almost forgot this one. I’d just love to see the Demon Towers and the Hall of Accords. Oh, and let’s not forget the Angel’s statue and of course all of the Shadowhunters.
9. Amsterdam
Now I know what you’re thinking, and yes I do want to visit Amsterdam because of TFIOS. However, my love for Amsterdam is truly because of The Diary of Anne Frank.
I’d love to visit the Frank house as well as some of the concentration camps just to appreciate the history and remember the horrors that occurred there.
10. Gatlin
I loved the Beautiful Creatures series because it was told from the perspective of a boy. To me at least, it was a new twist on YA books. I’d just love to see the town for myself and meet all of the characters.

NOTE: these were not in any particular order.
Leave a link to your top ten post or just leave your reply/thoughts in the comments below.

{Q&A/Discussion Post} 1 – Do you listen to music as you read?


Welcome to my first ever Q&A/Discussion post!
I plan to make these at least twice a week on Monday and Friday. Since I don’t have any questions from you I thought I’d pose my own. However, if I get enough questions I’ll use this post to respond to them as well as to pose my own question. I know it sounds confusing right now, but hopefully as I receive questions and make my posts it will become clearer. Now on to the post. 🙂
Do you listen to music as you read?
Personally, unless I’m listening to an audio book, I love listening to music as I read. To me, the music isn’t a distraction because it helps me block out other things around me. When I listen to music I usually listen to the lyrics. For some reason I can ignore the words when I read. In fact, I’ve noticed that when I read and listen to music at the same time I find that I read faster. I also find that the music helps my mind from straying when I read. There’s just something soothing about the music that I can’t explain but it quiets my thoughts. Also, have you noticed how people don’t bother you when you have headphones in?
I hope you liked this post. Leave your answer to the question as well as any questions you might want to ask me in the comments.
Jackie

How I Read.


So if you’ve read my
About Page
, you know that I’m a blind teenager. I thought it would be interesting to tell you how I read as a blind person.
When I tell strangers, or even friends sometimes, that I love reading they want to know how I read and are shocked sometimes that I read at all. Let me tell you, I can and do read many books.
Ways I read:
•I listen to audio books.
This one is very self explanatory. Basically, I get audio books from the library or buy them if I really like the series or book.
•Download digital braille copies from Bookshare, a site that gives people with a print disability the opportunity to read books.
This site has given me access to so many books! I download digital braille copies and read them on a special device called a BrailleNote.

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I also use this to do my school work and connect it via bluetooth to my phone to make typing easier. It also has speech capabilities for when I want to listen to things instead of read them.
•I buy eBooks.
I will sometimes buy eBooks for my iPhone/iPad to read/listen to. If you aren’t aware, the Apple devices have something that’s called VoiceOver which speaks the text that is on the screen making the phone accessible to blind people.
Click here to learn more about VoiceOver.
•I have someone read the book.
This is rare, but if a book is on sale in hardcover or paperback and I like it or it sounds interesting I’ll buy it and ask a friend or my mom to read it to me.
These are just a few of the ways I read books. If you have any questions about how I read, blindness in general, or about me leave them in the comments and I’ll either reply or make a post answering them.
Jackie

“Waiting on Wednesday” 1 – Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen


Hi, this is my very first WoW post! I’ll be talking about the book I’m waiting to read when it gets released. Today’s book is Saint Anything.
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I’m anxiously awaiting the release of author Sarah Dessen’s novel Saint Anything set to be published May 5, 2015.
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Saint Anything on Goodreads
Goodreads Synopsis:
Saint Anything, set for 2015, is about a girl named Sydney who finds solace in a new love interest while dealing with her older brother’s incarceration. Dessen said the novel touches on some of her favorite themes, including the “joy and complications of family, first love, and how one friend can sometimes change everything.”
I’ve only read a few of Sarah Dessen’s books (The Truth About Forever, Lock and Key, Dreamland, That Summer, Just Listen, and Someone Like You), but I’ve enjoyed all of these. In the books that I’ve read, Dessen captures the emotions and characteristics of not just the main character, but of everyone in the story. Even the smallest characters or actions in her books are important. To me this is a sign of not only a good book, but also a good author as well. The fact that Sarah Dessen can capture the emotions of her characters so well makes me connect with them more as a reader and a teenager who is going through some of the same things as some of her characters.
When I heard that she was publishing a new book I immediately got excited. When I read the summary though, I knew I had to read this book. Sydney just seems like a character that I can connect to emotionally based on the summary. I’ve never had a sibling in jail, but I do know what it’s like to have that one friend who changes everything. I can’t wait to see what Dessen brings to the table with this new novel. I always love seeing how she builds the plot, setting, and character development through the book and I’m pretty sure this one won’t disappoint.
Are you excited to read this book too? Leave a comment with your answer or your own WoW post so I can reply. Also, what did you think of my first WoW?
Jackie

Favorite Series Starters


Here are some of my favorite series starters within the last two years. I was wondering if you agreed. Vote in the poll below for your favorite starter. The book with the most votes will be my review for the month of November.

I hope you have fun voting and you agree with these.

I haven’t read The Young Elites, but it’s on here because it looks really good.

I can’t wait to see which book wins.

Happy voting,

Jackie

Messy Buns


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To most people, a messy bun signifies a lazy day, an “I just don’t care today attitude”, or at the very least, a missed alarm clock scrambling to get to work or school on time kind of day. To me, a messy bun signifies happiness.

Now yes, I know that this is a weird analogy, but let’s remember, I’ve conjured up stranger thoughts before. After all,  I did tell you all the things your pimples teach you. So please, here me out. Messy buns are one of the best things in the world. When executed correctly, this style is not only comfortable, but super fashionable. Unlike crocs which in my opinion are neither comfortable or fashionable. Seriously, those little nubs at the bottom are like walking on needles all day.

The messy bun is so simple, so tousled yet elegant, so discombobulated while perfectly put together at the exact…

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