Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas Discussion (SPOILER)

Before I get into the full discussion, all I have to say right now is that I absolutely loved this book despite all the negative reviews that have been going on for a while. This book certainly have some flaws, but I think it was covered up by the whole story so I didn’t even see or feel the flaws clearly. I have a few problems but there’s a LOT of things happened in this book that my first reaction after my first read was “holy sh*t” and I just stared at the blank wall for an hour, I didn’t know how to react because this book surprised me. Sarah J Maas did again, just like what she did in ACOMAF and this so close to that. The book hangover I have didn’t leave me like for a week. Geez. I’ll divide to Things I Don’t Like and Things I Don’t Like, so for real now, let’s discuss it!

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Story

The story picks up directly after the ending of Queen of Shadows where Aelin and her courts have finally arrived in Terrasen. They were going to meet the Lords of Terassen including Allsbrook and Darrow and this is where a little bit of politics happened and I loved it. It turns out that Aelin is not accepted by the Lords of Terrasen to be their queen because mainly they didn’t believe what would a 19 year old do to their kingdom that they have been protected for these past ten years and Aelin was given a condition if she wants her throne back or being accepted, she has to find allies and armies for the war. Then the story moves to Dorian in Rifthold where all of the witches sacked the city by the instructions of Erawan and this is actually one of my favorite scene, Manon killed one of the Yellowlegs witch because she wanted to save Dorian before other witches found him and kill him. She’s a witch who became a witch killer and she has saved Dorian again. Luckily, Dorian was rescued by Rowan and they’re going to meet Aelin and the others at the Skull’s Bay. Aelin on the other side, she was in a small city called Illeum (if I’m not mistaken) and she met with Brannon’s spirit that told her she had to find a Lock to bind the three keys together. So the journey is actually starts right there, where Aelin has to find a Lock, armies and allies. 

If you have read The Assassin’s Blade then you’re lucky because it’s essentials for you to read TAB first before you read Empire of Storms because some characters in TAB are now back again in Empire of Storms and they will play an important part in this story. I like how there was a flashback with Gavin and Elena back when Erawan attacked Erilea for the first time thousands year ago and all of the the truths are now being revealed one by one. I really don’t like Elena though, she was too reckless in my opinion. She was doing things that were decided in last minute and that turns out to be her biggest mistake ever. There are a lot of things happened in this book and most of them are big reveal moment where all of new informations is just given out to the reader and trust me on this one, I took a deep breath every time when there’s a big reveal. *inhales deep breath*.

When I first finished this book (I’ve read twice now) I feel like the ending has some similarity to A Court Of Mist and Fury’s ending. There are some parallels that I’d like to point out:

  • In ACOMAF, Feyre finally knows that Rhysand is her mate after all this time and Rhys has known about it for a few months but he didn’t tell Feyre at all. In EOS, Aelin knew that Rowan is her mate but she didn’t tell him because she doesn’t want to cause an emotional distress to Rowan. Rowan thought he had a mate, Lyria who died a long time ago and that have led him to a dark path until he found Aelin.
  • In ACOMAF, just one day before Rhys and Feyre were going to Hybern, they sneaked out to a temple and did an official ceremony for their mating bond so actually they have married secretly. In EOS, Aelin and Rowan have married secretly with only Aedion and Lysandra as their witnesses just two days before Maeve’s armada came to their ship and launched an assault.

Despite this similarity, I still think it’s a whole different point of a story. I mean yes, the ending feels like a rip-off of ACOMAF ending but I don’t mind about it. I was utterly shocked when I knew that after all this time, Rowan and Aelin are mate and the fact that they didn’t recognise each other  as a mate when they first met in Heir of Fire was just blew my mind. Such a hatred can conceal the mating bond that should have been stronger than any kind of bond. I have suspected it though, I knew there’s more than a Carranam bond between Aelin and Rowan but all I could think is “How come you can have two mates in your life? I thought it’s impossible?” and it turns out it was all just Maeve’s trick. She’s the devil behind all of this.

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Characters

  • Elide Lochan

In Queen of Shadows, Elide was on her journey to Terrasen to find Aelin and give the wyrdkey from Kaltain to Celaena. On her journey, she met Lorcan and I like how they were entangled with each other because of survival. Elide needs Lorcan to protect her from the Ilken that were trying to hunt Elide and Lorcan needs her knowledge of Morath from the landscape, the detailed of places, rooms and etc. Elide’s fear of going back to Morath is what keeps her alive, she’s trying so hard to survive using her cunning skills and I love how she pretends to be Manon/Asterin when she faced an Ilken that nearly killed her, she was so close and yet she imitates what would Manon said with the stone cold and ruthless voice. It was such an amazing scene. Elide is cunning, determined and kind but she only use her cunning/lie skills for her survival. She became really close to Lorcan and vice versa and the fact that Lorcan’s behaviour softens when Elide is near is just warms my heart and she never once scared of him or feel threatened to him. When Elide was almost captured with her uncle, she decided to kill herself instead to go back to her nightmare, Morath. She doesn’t want to waste any time so she put up a little fight and she killed two Ilkens with Lorcan’s ax and that’s just makes me so proud of Elide.

  • Lorcan Salvatorre

Lorcan was a savage, cunning Fae and a stupid one, I think. In Queen of Shadows, he threatened Aelin and she even scared of him but in here, there’s more side of Lorcan that I have never seen before. He was still powerful and savage but when he met Elide, he started to care for her and all he wants to do is to protect her which leads to the ending in this story where he made a stupid mistake. He wants to kill Aelin after he founds out that she tricked him to believe that he has the real wyrdkey. His stupid act was that he called Maeve to protect Elide like WHY LORCAN WHY?! So in the end, he had betrayed both Elide and Aelin by calling Maeve using his powers. He thought that was the right thing to do but he knew his mistake was gravely wrong and he regrets it in the end. Elide doesn’t want to talk to him at all but I bet there’s more about Elide and Lorcan on the last book because they’ll be in the same ship together to rescue Aelin from Maeve’s. He will get his redemption for what he did but I just hope that means he have to die of course. I really like Lorcan and Elide ’s relationship because they feel so natural to me, it doesn’t feel like it was rushed, it’s just happened.

  • Manon Blackbeak

Manon’s character is by far has the best character development throughout the series and Manon has become my favorite character ever. She started questioning about her grandmother’s order, she started doubting herself when there’s actually more to it if she really looks at it. There’s one of my favorite scene in here where her grandmother told her the truth of her background family, about who she really is and it feels like she just thrown everything to Manon. I love how she finally accepted that she’s the last Crochan Queen and she wants to raise a Crochan army with her Thirteen (how cool is that?)

  • Dorian Havilliard

I’ve always loved Dorian since the first book, he’s my cinnamon roll. So in here Dorian is still trying to build back his kingdom, he has a lot of things to do now that he’s the King of Adarlan but he has nobody at all in Rifthold (Aelin is on her way to Terrasen, Chaol went to Torre Cesme) and he needs someone to teach him how to control his magic and luckily Rowan wants to teach him. I like how Dorian in here is somehow back into his early Throne of Glass (first and second book) character like how he was flirting with Manon (I ship Manorian so hard now, I want them to be together ugh, so much tension before it really happened). In the end when he has the wyrdkeys, Dorian finally embraced all of the things that have happened in QoS and HoF where Sorscha died and he killed his father and he accepted and finally not afraid for what will happen in the war. I’m so excited for him in the next book as he will join with Manon & The Thirteen to the Western Wastes and probably will help her to raise an army.

  • Rowan Whitetorn

I feel like Rowan’s character development in here is almost the same as what he was in Queen of Shadows. He still wants to protect and serve Aelin and one thing that I love from him is where he asked all of his cousins to join the cause and fight for Aelin’s army instead of Maeve’s. He kneeled down to all of his cousins who joined Maeve’s armada. Is there any reason not to love Rowan?

  • Aelin Galathynius 

Last but not least is our main hero in the series, Aelin. I really love the scene in Pirate Bay where she acts as Celaena again and I miss the sassyness of her character (she still has it but it’s just different when she’s Celaena). Aelin has endured a lot and now she has to accept her fate where she has to die just to forge the lock. WHY. SHE DOESN’T DESERVE TO DIE AT ALL. At first, she’s still trying so hard to open up about her plans to her courts. She still likes big surprises and I really like when she did that, it’s very “Aelin”in my opinion. I like how she ask all of her debts back to Ansel, Ilyaas (the son of the Red Desert) and Galan from Wendlyn to be her allies but the sad thing is they didn’t know the real Aelin was taken by Maeve. I have a feeling that she will not die in the next book or maybe she will let go of her immortality and just being a mortal and I’m really okay with that as long as she’s not going to die.

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BOOK 6 SPECULATION

I have my speculations about what I think will happen in the final book so I just want to make a bullet point for this one:

  • Fenrys will help Aelin to escape Maeve’s wrath. Remember when the book describes Fenrys’ power? He can move in a short distance like just poof he’s gone and the he’s somewhere in a second. It’s like winnowing in ACOTAR series. (Fenrys does ring a bell to me like a mix of Feyre and Rhysand maybe? hahaha)
  • I think Aelin will not die in the last book, she probably will let go of her magic power and her immortality just to make the Lock or maybe she can use her water’s element to save her life.
  • Dorian will play a bigger part in the last book, I have a good feeling on this one (and praying SJM WILL NOT KILL HIM, PLEASE NO). He has a raw magic power that could turn into water, fire , ice, even shapeshifting if he wants to learn that and now he has the wyrdkeys and his power is as powerful as Aelin. Maybe Aelin and Dorian will forge the Lock together (?)
  • I really hope Chaol and Nesryn will bring some armies or allies with them when they’re back in Erilea because that would be a huge change to Aelin’s army and can you imagine what the FINAL BATTLE with Erawan would be like?  So much bloods, scary and maybe a lot of death which I’m still not ready for it.

So overall, I really love this book and I think this was much much better than Queen of Shadows. I’m so excited for the last book but at the same time I don’t want it to end because I will surely miss all of the characters from this book.

If you have read Empire of Storms, what do you think about it? Do you have any problems with the story or do you have any speculation for the last book ? Let me know what you think about it in the comments ❤

 

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My Most Anticipated September 2016 Release

I have just realized that many new books will be released this September, as in like MANY. There are 5 books that I’ve been waiting and it will all be released on the same month. How amazing is that? (and how amazing my bank account will go empty after that). Without further due, here’s my most anticipated September 2016 release:

  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Is it time yet? WHY IS IT NOT SEPTEMBER YET? AHH! (I’m sorry for this one, I just can’t wait any longer even though it’s only more or less a week until I can finally get my hands on this beautiful book. So here’s the synopsis:

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The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

2. Crooked Kingdoms by Leigh Bardugo

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Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world

3. Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

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          Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe. Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all. As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.

4.  Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson

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After a harrowing journey across the country, Leah Westfall and her friends have finally arrived in California and are ready to make their fortunes in the Gold Rush. Lee has a special advantage over the other new arrivals in California—she has the ability to sense gold, a secret known only by her handsome best friend Jefferson and her murdering uncle Hiram.

Lee and her friends have the chance to be the most prosperous settlers in California, but Hiram hasn’t given up trying to control Lee and her power. Sabotage and kidnapping are the least of what he’ll do to make sure Lee is his own. His mine is the deepest and darkest in the territory, and there Lee learns the full extent of her magical gift, the worst of her uncle, and the true strength of her friendships. To save everyone, she vows to destroy her uncle and the empire he is building—even at the cost of her own freedom.

5. Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

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Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is. Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn’t what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid–her true home–with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she’s sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything…including Snow’s return to the world she once knew.

So what are your most anticipated  September books release?

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The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord [Review]

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My rating: ★★★★
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Bloomsbury
Original Title: The Start of Me and You
ISBN1619633590 (ISBN13: 9781619633599)
Edition Language: English
“It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?”

This is my first Emery Lord’s book I’ve read and I absolutely love this book. So much for nerdgasm on this book (at least, high school level or for me intermediate level haha). The story involves around Paige and her friends. Paige is having a rough time after her two-months boyfriend died in an accident. She’s going through a PTSD but after a year the death of his ex-BF, she decided to make a list “How To Begin Again” and that includes parties/social events, new group, date, travel and swim. Paige’s worst nightmare is to swim and that is the last thing she wants to do but she put it on the list anyway. She has a huge crush on this perfect typical high school guy we always find on contemporary YA and his name is Ryan Chase. Paige is determine to have a date with him or at least get close to him so her list of “Date” would be crossed off.

Paige has three amazing friends that will always support her no matter what and that’s what I love from this book, the girl friendship in here is so strong and I can just feel the warmth of it, it feels like I want to have that kind of friendship. We’re talking about #squadgoals #friendshipgoals in here guys. Then, Paige joins a QuizBowl team to make an improvement for her list (social group) and she met Max, Ryan’s nerd cousin, same age as her and Ryan. Max is a smart, cute geeky guy that is not usually you can find that kind of guy on YA Contemporary novels (mostly are dreamy and perfect kind of guy) but Max is MY GUY. Max and Paige become friends because of QuizBowl and their same interest on geeks stuff. Paige’s parents have divorced about a few years ago and they just started dating with each other again. She thinks that her parents will fail again and it will lead to another “fight” moment that she used to hear when she was still a child before her parents got divorced.

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The stories in here is quite predictable but I enjoyed it a lot. I was focusing more on Max and Paige’s relationship because they’re like made for each other but they don’t even realise it at all. I love how Max is really care for Paige even when at first they’re just being friends. Max has a nickname for Paige which is “Janie” because Paige is more or less similar like Jane character in Pride and Prejudice. I love how they’re geeking out with each other and Max is totally on my top 10 fictional boyfriends list. I love him so much, he’s quite funny, he’s smart and the most important thing he loves movie well specifically sci-fi movie etc. I just love him.

Paige’s still having a trouble for starting over, she’s sometimes crying suddenly when something reminded her of Aaron (the ex-BF who died) while her friends are always there with her and comforting her without making a “pity look”. There’s one moment with Paige and her friends that really touched my heart:

“Before I could tell them I was fine, Morgan’s arms engulfed me and Kayleigh was right beside us, pulling Tessa in, too. I could pick out their scents….. With our arms around each other, I almost believed the strength could travel between us like the heat of our bodies. Nothing, not even sadness, could be greater than the sum of us.”

With her friends, Max and Ryan, she eventually face her fears and open herself up and back to being the old but new Paige. This novel is a coming-of-age novel, about how you can face your fears if you’re just brave enough to do it. I really like this book so much and I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy read but still has a meaningful story.

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Lady Midnight (Short review/ discussion)

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Title: Lady Midnight

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books       

Language: English

Hardcover: 720 Pages

ISBN-10: 1442468351

ISBN-13: 9781442468351

“The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. “Lady Midnight” is a Shadowhunters novel.

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

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn t lead her in treacherous directions

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

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

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The cover is so beautiful and it’s my favorite cover of all Cassie’s books. I love how the girl in the cover is Emma and holding her sword, Cortana. It represents a scene in the book and that scene was also my favorite on the book.

So the story is 5 years after the event of City of Heavenly Fire and the characters in Lady Midnight was minor characters in CoHF and they’ve grown up, not a children anymore (technically), Emma and Julian is now 17 years old. If you haven’t read any of Cassandra Clare’s book and want to start/try to read it but intimidated by 6 books of The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices trilogy, you can start from Lady Midnight, if you want. The first few chapters of this book will tell you the world of Shadowhunters, what happened in Dark War (the worst history that happened in Shadowhunter), what is a Downworlder, who is the hero/warrior, who is the governments and etc. so you won’t miss out anything, but I still recommend you to read all of the Shadowhunter’s novels so you can understand every character, stories from the past and the future, and some references on this book.

The stories itself was actually pretty slow up until 100pgs then it hooked me up, i just can’t stop reading after that because I was dying to know what’ll happen to each character or where this stories is going. I’ve got a NCIS/CSI vibes while reading this book, except it’s human and Shadow World and Shadowhunters are the NCIS. Emma Carstairs still trying to solve or to find who murdered her parents five years ago, she believed that her parents were not killed because of Sebastian (while The Clave insist that they were the victims of Sebastian, sigh) that her parents’ death was something entirely different. So after 5 years trying to find clues, she finally got the real track to this case and turns out, it was another betrayal again. I think I should expect every book from Cassie has betrayal or stuffs like that. It’s not just about solving this murder case but also this book told me a lot of about Parabatai bond and some weird bond that going on with Julian/Emma I can’t understand. Is having a parabatai supposed to make you feel what they feel physically? I mean, if one of them hurt, the other will know THROUGH the bond but can’t feel what they actually feel. Let’s say, Jace were hurt because of the heavenly fire and Alec felt it too but he didn’t physically felt the fire. Meanwhile in here, Emma was drowning in an ocean and Julian felt it too BUT he actually felt what was happening to her at that time, e.g drowning. So he was drowning too, he can even feel the salt sea water inside his chest, burning him and he was gasping for air and was coughing a salt water. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

Anyway, you will found out more about parabatai bond and also the reason why parabatai can’t fall in love or can’t have any romantic relationship. At first, I thought it was just a fundamental law, like just a “law”. But then when I knew what it was,.. it makes sense actually. But what I did not agree on this parabatai is that:  is there a way to break the bond? (without fussing the clave or stripping the marks and exile both of them to mundane world, because that was cruel.)

Characters

Emma Carstairs

We all know that Emma is going to be a great shadowhunter when she grows up and indeed she is the next Jace Herondale. She is a great and skilled shadowhunter at age 17 and her parents died five years ago because of an unusual murder but the clave thought that her parents were the victims of Sebastian’s army. Emma didn’t believe it and she was so sure that her parents were murdered because of something and for five years after CoHF or Dark War ’s event, she has been trying to solve her parents’ murder case. She’s kind of stubborn and reckless but actually cares about people she loved. She’s always passionate when it comes to training session.

Julian Blackthorn

He’s not boyfriend material anymore, he’s husband material I swear. I love how Jules become a father figure for his little brothers and sisters at such a young age! He have to take care of them since he was just 12 years old!!! Imagine that. He’s very mature at age 17 and I just love how he really loves his family even Emma. Oh Jules :”)

Overall I will give this book 5 out 5 stars and it’s one of the best reads in 2016 🙂

xo,

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The Infernal Devices [Trilogy] : Review and Discussion

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I was doubting to start reading this trilogy without a reason why, I know TMI series and have read until City of Glass (not even sure why I stopped there, though I have all the books), maybe one thing that I know after I read TMI was that: I did not have any personal attachments to every characters, like strong attachments. Maybe only Clary and Jace but i forgot why so i think that was reason why I stopped reading the series.

I’ve heard about The Infernal Devices trilogy a thousands time, heard about Will Herondale, the book boyfriend that EVERYONE loves and that made me so curious about this Herondale guy (which I already know is the ancestor of Jace). I decided to read TID this year and I have finished all of it and my latest reaction is: TID RUIN MY LIIIFFEEEEEEE *sobbing uncontrollably* and yes, I understand now about Will Herondale, why people like him but I also get to know and love other characters, Tessa and Jem Carstairs. So now, let’s breakdown everything from this series shall we?

Covers

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From Clockwork Angel to Prince and to Princess they all have beautiful cover and I love each cover, they are so pretty and I even have two editions of this trilogy, the new cover and the hardback (old) cover. The hardcover one of Clockwork Princess has huge spoiler, it was just a family tree of Carstairs, Herondale and Lightwood and thank goodness I didn’t see it at all (but I was dying to know what happen, who married whom and yada yada, it’s crazy guys). For each cover, they represent the main characters of this book, They guy in Clockwork Angel represents Will Herondale, they guy in Clockwork Prince represents Jem Carstairs and the girl in Clockwork Princess represents Tessa Gray.

Setting: I love the setting so much! If you guys didn’t know, I really really love Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice, so anything about Victorian era always fascinates me. I have P&P feeling by reading this series, from the dress and how Cassie wrote about how they speak, it’s how the 19th century people speak, very polite and complex conversation/words sometimes are used but I love it.

Overall Plot:

“The series takes place in London England in 1878, a short time after the peace treaties between Downworlders and Shadowhunters. As Shadowhunters consider themselves superior or purer than Downworlders or demons, they may have no qualms about killing either.

The first book in The Infernal Devices is entitled Clockwork Angel and begins the story of Tessa Gray, an orphan teenage girl who is looking for her brother Nathaniel Gray, who has disappeared, and seeks her true identity.

Her search plunges her into a world she never knew existed, and reveals talents she never knew she had. She will have to learn to master them if she wants to find her brother, and must forge an alliance with Shadowhunters if she wants to survive in this dangerous world. Many of the family names of the Shadowhunters used in The Mortal Instruments are first introduced in this series. Another character in The Infernal Devices, Magnus Bane, the High Warlock of Brooklyn, also plays a part in this series.

As Tessa Gray is drawn deeper into the Shadow world, and goes on the quest of finding her brother, she falls in love with two Shadowhunters–but when it comes to choosing one, trouble begins to brew and suspense finds its way into her life. She will have to learn to hide her feelings if she hopes to survive. However, as her heart rages for love but her mind is bent on saving her brother, will she hide her vulnerable side? Which of the Shadowhunters will win her heart?”

I enjoyed the overall plot and for me, this series has taught me a lot of things, from Friendship, Family, Love and even Betrayal. But the most important thing is friendship value that I learned from   the main characters, Jem, Will and Tessa. I know that many young adult novels or especially a dystopian novels has a formula called “Love Triangle”. I found it in every YA novels i have read and for some time it did work for me but for some book it’s just like a turn off for me. But this series? Cassie wrap up every thing perfectly. It’s how the love triangle stories should be done, it was so perfect and beautiful and of course, a happy ending. It involved a lot of tears (and tissues) in the last book and I swear to you guys I have never been crying that hard over a book. Ever. The other book that made me ugly crying is Champion (third book of Legend trilogy) and i still have no idea why I cried at that time and it’s the same while I read the epilogue of the third book (and there are some part in later chapter) I just burst down into tears, non stop, if you saw me crying at that time, you guys might think I just broke up with someone, but NO. It’s because of this series.

For the action scenes, it was really good and unique in a way that this was in 19th century, Victorian era and no cool tech or clothes whatsoever like in TMI series and I really love it when Will and Jem killing demons in the battle. They taught me about how really important is Parabatai. Not just some oath about being not-blood-brother but it’s more than that. It’s like a bond that can only break if either one of them dies and when it comes to a bond, it speaks from their soul. *idk what am i talking about right now, but did you get it?*

Love triangle stories: I think this love triangle stories is not like you usually found in YA novels, definitely not. Will, Tessa and Jem or I will call them The Trio, they love each other so much. We know that Will and Jem were parabatai, so they’re already best friends since they were 12 and we know how Will’s and Jem’s characters are SO DIFFERENT—OPPOSITE of each other and yet, they need each other, they understand each other and they never afraid to show affection to each other (not romantically, more like brother-bonding). Then Tessa came to their life, changed them in a good way. Look how Will’s behaviour slowly changed, how the secret or the walls that he has build for years to protect whatever secret he hold slowly coming down because he’s in love with Tessa. Jem, who is really sweet and kind to everyone and including Tessa, he can’t help but falling in love with her too. Then Tessa, she always love both of them, she has two hearts one for Will and Jem and when I read until Clockwork Prince (even until Princess) I can’t take sides, I can’t choose Will or Jem, I feel like I’m Tessa and know what she felt about both of them. There are no ‘faster’ ships sailing for either Will-Tessa or Jem-Tessa (if you know what I mean) and the ending…………. [I’ll talk about the ending AT THE END OF THIS POST]

Characters

  • Tessa Gray

She loves to read, fiction and poetry. That’s the very first thing I love about Tessa (and other book characters who loves book just like I am). She’s very smart, intelligent and ALWAYS curious about every thing, she doesn’t scare to ask something she doesn’t know. She’s caring and warm-hearted and has a strong-willed too.

  • William Herondale

FIRST IMPRESSION of Will when I started reading Clockwork Angel: sarcastic bashhtard. That only took me a moment to like him. I love sarcastic guy and plus he’s really funny with his sarcasm. He is sometimes being really mean. From the first book he was REALLY mean, even to Tessa, I felt so upset because he broke Tessa’s heart, more like spoke her in the most offensive way to a girl. It was just so mean. But then from the Clockwork Prince, I know why he was acting so mean to everyone and eventually *Thank god no real curses* he became the real Will. Still funny, still sarcastic but he’s more open to everyone.

He loves to read fiction and poetry. IS THERE NOT A REASON TO LOVE HIM? I fell in love with him immediately, I love how he had a conversation about a book, discussing a book with Tessa. DISCUSSING A BOOK. It’s so rare to find that kind of boy, or never find it i think. Will is described as a pretty young man, he has that strong cheek bone, thick eye lashes and night-blue coloured eyes. He’s the definition of a perfect person, but he has weakness too. He’s actually a broken boy character then we knew his backstory in Clockwork Prince [i like broken-boy character tho] but he has Jem by his side to cheer him and he really cares about Jem because Jem is the only family he has at the institute, i mean as his parabatai, the bond is more than that you get it?, he will do anything for the people he loves. He’s very good at words (one good thing about reading a book), he memorised quotes, so many quotes and he awares that he has a good handsome face and he’s proud of it (sometimes he’s arrogant too) BUT again, he really cares about the people he loves, his family and his friends in the institute.

Last but not least, when I read Clockwork Angel, I can’t stop thinking about Jace, because they are SO FAMILIAR (I mean I know they are related by blood) but I lovehow Jace inherits the beauty face and that sarcastic and arrogant of Will. For a few times I imagined Will as Jace (not the other way around, it’s so weird.) Did you guys remember when Jem said, if Will can play a music instrument, it’d be a piano because he has long hands and I was just like, “Is this a reference to Jace? omg”

  • James Carstairs

He is the definition of the perfect guy you will ever find in a book. He’s so kind, warm-hearted, so humble to every one he meet, he’s so good at playing a violin.  Sadly, he is addicted to yin fen which makes him very sick and almost died. He really loves Will and Tessa. I love how Jem has such a different or opposite character from Will, both of them are like magnet, like and unlike, positive and negative. Jem really really cares about Will, he knows him well (even though Will has so many secrets, he understand that too, he never pushes him to tell him anything.) I love how he made a special day for Will (it was a day when Will run away from home and left his family / the day when his sister, Ella died), he knows what that day means to Will, and he tried to do something to Will to forget or at least distract him for every year on that day such as doing demon hunting or running in the street of London or whatsoever, but that’s really shows how much Jem’s loves to Will. I cried guys. I cried when Jem say goodbye to Will when he became a Silent Brother, it’s just too much.

THE EPILOGUE/THE ENDING

I’ve told you that this series made me crying so hard. It was Clockwork Princess that made me sobbing so hard until my head hurt so bad and I got swollen eyes on the next day when I woke up. It’s so worst, I didn’t expect it would turn so bad like that. It’s not about the ending that made me cry, I LOVE THE ENDING SO MUCH, the epilogue and flashback made me cry so bad, it’s how they describe Will’s death and I JUST CANT BEAR IT.

I did not realised how much do I love Will until that very description about Will’s death in June 1937. I just started crying while I read the story. It’s like I was in there too with all Herondale family and their close friends, on his death bed, remembering how funny and sarcastic Will is, how he loves his children, grandchildren so much, told them to not to trust the duck, taught them to loves paper book and singing the demon pox song, how he really loves Tessa, how they have romantic holiday in Paris, and when Jem or Brother Zachariah came to finally take Will’s last life, JEM PLAYED A GODDAMN VIOLIN I BROKE DOWN GUYS. Literally broke down into tears i just can’t handle it, it was the hardest scene in a book that i’ve ever read. But I will always remember Will Herondale in my heart, he has a special place and his death taught me that although he died because of old age, death is inevitable and it’s a part of life that for every moment you have to accept it no matter what. So, god bless your soul Will Herondale.

I love how finally Jem and Tessa reunited (I think I need to do a TMI marathon to catch up) and they finally getting married. They were so alone for almost a half centuries, without someone to love and they finally find their way back. Even Will (god bless your soul) agrees with this. They deserved to be together as much as Tessa and Will deserved to be together. That is why the reason I love how this love triangle story ended. Or probably still continue, maybe Jem and Tessa will have a child or children, and I don’t mind with it because it’s Jem and Tessa, you know?

One thing that I hope for the next instalment of Shadowhunters chronicles’ novels is that I hope I will get see Tessa and Jem again, even if they’re going to die in battle or not, I’m happy if they died in the battle, because they will later meet Will in heaven so alive or dead I’m happy for three of them.

Review: Lola and The Boy Next Door

Title: Lola and The Boy Next Door
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 29th 2011 by Dutton Books
Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door

This is my second book by Stephanie Perkins and I will give this book 4/5 stars, this was such a quick read for me and i did enjoy reading this book but it does not really gives me those feeling but I like every characters from this book. The stories were told in one person pov which by Lola’s pov. You know the thing about contemporary book is that they usually ends with happy ending but it’s kind of cliffhanger as in “okay they’re happily ever after, but I NEED MOOOORE!” it’s never enough when it comes to contemporary book, I need more and more of the stories.

Overall : 4/5 Stars

Cover & Stories: I love the cover so much, it’s really cute and pretty and it tells you about the setting for the stories which is in San Fransisco and the picture is the famous Golden Gate bridge. If you haven’t read this book yet, but you tempted to buy it, it’s okay, sometimes I buy book because of the cover too (hehe). The plot/stories itself is not hard to follow, it’s like we follow someone’s story and you just can imagine it right away. Although the ending or the plot is quite predictable but there are some cute moment that will make you swoon but then one thing about contemporary novel is that the ending is just left open to us for whatever the possibilities for each character and what I want is: I NEED MORE OF THEMMMM.

Plot: Lola has a boyfriend, introduced in the very first chapter and her adoptive parents are gay couple (which one of her parents is her uncle). Her parents didn’t agree with her ‘sexy rocker badass boyfriend’ because he’s just too old for her, but Lola didn’t care about it because she’s in love with him (you know back when you were teenager and have those kind of feeling and just don’t care about what other people say? No?). But she has her past that always coming back to her, haunts her and probably the one that she can’t forget about it. Her first love was her neighbor, the boy next door and she was best friend with him first until they were teenager and they grew feelings with each other but things got very wrong in the very last night they meet before they were separate for two years. It’s the closure that she never really gets from Cricket (her first love) and it just left open for god knows how long and if I were Lola, I will be very very curious to find out whether he really felt the same about me or not back then. But she was trying so hard to forget him and now she has ‘older’ boyfriend and when Cricket moves back again to his house, she just can’t run away from the past. She really tries to convinced herself that she already over him, and does not have any feeling anymore but deep down she knows she still has some feeling for him. So the plot is how Lola finding the one (even though it’s obviously there’s only ONE) and it’s about choosing the right person and learning to how to not lying to herself about her own feeling.

Setting: San Fransisco, US. It’s not really hard to imagine the setting on my mind although i have never been to US, I have seen San Fransisco landscape on movie a few times so it’s really easy to get the picture of the setting.

Characters:

Lola

She’s quirky, she loves to make her own dress/clothes and she loves to dress differently like every day has its own theme for her dress and it reminds me of Andie from Pretty In Pink. They were actually pretty similar in the way that Andie can also make her own dress, her own prom/formal dance dress just like Lola except Andie loves anything about pink but she also has that unique sense of style just like Lola.

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WHAT  really frustrates me is that she keeps lying to herself that she’s over him when clearly she’s not. But then I don’t quite like how she felt like it’s okay to giving false hope to Cricket while she already has a boyfriend so it’s more like she’s cheating on her bf, i mean she was really confused with herself and her feelings towards Cricket and Max but then she keeps being in denial for a while until Anna and St. Clair (thanks to these couple) gave her some advice on what to do or do what you feel is right and stop lying to yourself.

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Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) as Lola

What I love from Lola is that she doesn’t care about what people say when she dresses up so unique because she knows she loves it and no one can change the way she dress up except those one moment when she broke up with her bf, Max, and gosh I want to punch him so much, he was the one who told her that Lola is always being fake, not herself, dressing weird with costume for every day and that moment really changed or hit her until she changed the she dress up, she dress up just in black/dark color without her colorful skirt or dress and even people around her notices the change in her. But thanks to Cricket, she finally realized and healed her heartbreak through time and she become herself again. Her parents are so supportive and sometimes is so strict with her, her birth mother is used to be a homeless woman and has some alcohol problem if I’m not mistaken and in the half of the chapters she was really ashamed with her mother but then she learns something and make peace with her mother which was really nice.

Cricket

Cricket is officially my favourite and more ‘realistic’ fictional boyfriend (if that makes sense?) after Levi from Fangirl. He is really smart and so tall, he’s such a geek, he takes Mechanical Engineering as in Engineering the same major as what I’m taking now except mine is Petroleum, he’s socially awkward which sometimes really cute (he talks too fast when panicking) and the plus thing is that he happens to be handsome. ONE THING that is important from him is that he has a great sense of style. I mean he cares about fashion, how he dress up, in other words, he’s stylish. What a perfect guy to find eh?

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I love how the cover is really picturing Lola and Cricket

He basically changed from the last time Lola met him two years ago, he is more straightforward and he felt guilty for what he did to Lola back then, but he told Lola about his feeling and he’s just don’t care about Lola having boyfriend as long as he told about his feeling, so he just spills it out. In here, he’s not described as a complicated guy (or problematic guy), Cricket is pretty much a normal guy, every day doing his college project/homework and has a twin sister who were once messing up his relationship with Lola two years ago. Besides being a normal guy, he’s also really sweet with Lola, I love him when he gave her his own gift, he made it by himself and it’s just such a sweet moment. If I met Cricket (IF) I would probably have a huge crush on him, I mean who doesn’t? 🙂

Calliope

She was described by Lola that she was very mean to her and probably because she was just jealous of her twin brother of having special friend other than her. Or more or less she was bi*chy. She’s an olympic figure skater and she’s really pretty. I think as they grow older, and because Lola actually helps make a new dress for her competition, she finally kind of stop being selfish and make peace with Lola.

Andy & Nathan

I love them, they are such a dynamic couple in my opinion. I mean Nathan is more like the protective father and Andy is more like to the caring mom. I like how they take care of Lola since she was a baby, love how they really really love and care about Lola (I mean obv, they’re her parents,duh).

Favorite moments

  • Anna and St. Clair cameo, well not really a cameo because they involved with Lola and Cricket at some part and i still love them and St. Clair still hasn’t changed at all, still attractive and annoying. I LOVE THEM.
  • When Cricket and Lola talks from their window, it’s just cute and sweet moment.
  • When Cricket helps Lola before they went to the Winter Formal *Cricket know how to do a hair do, what things that he can’t do seriously?*
  • When Cricket and Lola gave each other a gift that really means to them and especially when Cricket gave those special gift he made just for her, it’s just awwwwww so sweet :”)

So I guess that’s all, see you guys on next post!