Freitag, 24. Februar 2017

"City of Lost Souls" by Cassandra Clare

Hi there ♥

Continuing on my series of reviewing The Mortal Instruments. Even though I love re-reading them I'm also so excited to get into some new book but because of my exams I do not have much time to read the moment [insert big sigh here]. Anyway, let's get on with talking about "City of Lost Souls".

The Facts:
Pages: 535
Published in: May 8th 2012

My Opinion:

First off: It's my least favorite out of all the six books. I just don't like the plot in this one because it frustrates me. I somehow get why it was done this way but I didn't find it enjoyable to read and it made me want Sebastian to turn good since I started to like him. And then that was, of course, shattered again.
Apart from that there are lots of things I did enjoy, simply because I love all of these characters. It was lovely to see them grow some more and there were so many hilarious scenes, which is one of my favorite things about Cassandra Clare's books: she has great humor!
I basically live for the interaction between the characters, especially the three main couples (Sizzy, Malec, Clace). They share so many amazing moments and that's the best thing about all of Clare's books: the characters feel so real, so human and you're dying to become their best friend.

Somehow this book felt like a fill-in to get to the epic end that is 'City of Heavenly Fire' so we'll leave it at that. :)

Based on all of that, I give it a solid 7 out of 10 hearts because I still loved it ( aka. Clary, Simon, Jace, Izzy, Magnus, Alec....)

- xoxo Lisa

Samstag, 18. Februar 2017

"City of Fallen Angels" by Cassandra Clare

Hi lovelies! ♥

Today we'll be talking a little about "City of Fallen Angels" which is the fourth book in Cassandra Clare's 'The Mortal Instruments' series. 

SPOILERS AHEAD: If you haven't read the first three books, do not read this post.

dat mango though

The story continues right where 'City of Glass' left it: Jace died and came back from the dead because Clare wished so. They try to get back to normal: Clary is training to become a Shadowhunter while Jace has to come to terms with what happened. Not enough, though, because someone is murdering Shadowhunters and clearly, somebody has to do something about that.

Published in 2011

Pages: 424

My opinion

I did a combined review of books one to three from this series, but I plan on doing the other three individually. You may be asking yourself why: it's because to me they have a different feeling to them. I feel like books one to three really belong together. The newer three feel different to me, comparable to Star Wars Episodes 1 - 3 being different than Episodes 4 - 6. The difference though, is the fact they're still the same characters and the story continues chronologically throughout all 6 books.
With that being said, the story continues where City of Glass left off. In 'City of Glass' it kind of became clear that Sebastian/Jonathan didn't die since they didn't find a body. And we know, if there is no body to be found, the evil hasn't died yet. So even though Valentine is dead, his legacy is continued by his son. There is a change in the villain here, but not completely because the same plans are followed. 
This book has a very different feel to it than the first few books, because the characters grew throughout their journey in the first three books. 'City of Fallen Angels' feels darker and more mature. I feel like the story has also lost a bit of its magic because through Clary's eyes, the world and happenings aren't as new anymore. It is missing a bit of that naive innocent world view that she used to have. The characters all have endured so much that they all have lost their...young perspectives, I guess. 
What I really love is that the book shift their view: it is not only about Clary anymore but a lot more about Simon in this one. Simon went through so much since he became a vampire and the book really explores that. We also get more Sizzy and who doesn't want that? 
Of course Clary and Jace's relationship is one of the main focuses but not as much anymore, so for anyone who found them annoying and liked Simon + Izzy or Magnus + Alex more - you will enjoy this a lot.
And that is what I find this book to be more about - how the characters and their relationships develop more than the plot itself - and I have to admit that I don't like the plot and how the story unfolds as much as I liked it in the first three books. I still like the twists it had and they shocked me or came as a surprise, but the book is more worth a read because of the characters than the plot.

With that being said, I give the book a solid rating: 8 out of 10 hearts. Only 8 because I didn't enjoy it as much as the first three books.

Dienstag, 14. Februar 2017

Recommendation: 'Riverdale' on Netflix

Hi there!

Today we'll strive away from books, because I want to recommend a TV show to you: 'Riverdale'! It's currently on Netflix and is updated weekly with a new episode (I know, can't even binge it... I would have looooved to binge it with some ice cream).

Yeah, strong women and a cute redhead, basically.

I'll try to tell you as much as I can.
The show is based on the characters of the same names created by 'Archie Comics'. Cheryl Blossom has just lost her twin brother Jason and the show starts of with the search for his murderer. The redhead above is Archie, who is caught between wanting to make music and playing football. The blonde girl is Betty, whose mother wants her to be a good girl which Betty begins to fight against. Then there is Veronica Lodge, the new girl who used to be a not so nice girl but tries to change. Jughead Jones (played by Cole Sprouse!!!) is an aspiring author and tries to find out what really happened to Jason.

Anyway, that's just a very, very brief summary. And there are only three episodes so far, so it's easy to catch up at this point.

Lemme tell you why I think it's amazing:
I'm a sucker for teenage dramas and mysteries and it's got all that. But instead of being just dramatic, the show focuses on important problems that young people face quite often (Racism, homophobia, slut-shaming). on the other hand it's got these fictional mystery-moments because nobody knows who actually killed Jason. This aspect reflects in the colors and the atmosphere as well, which is so cool.
I also love the vibe of the show: totally 'retro'. The diner, the clothing in many parts, the music and the way it is shot and edited. It's really cool and you should watch it.

So, get your asses on Netflix and catch up. And then be there every Friday, on the edge of your seat either laughing or screaming because it's so good!

-xoxo Lisa

Montag, 6. Februar 2017

January Haul & Wrap-Up

Hi there!
I wanted to show you which books I bought in January and also which ones I actually read in January! I'm very excited to read all of the books I bought! They are very beautiful and I got three hardcovers, which is rare for me because they're so expensive... 

So, as you can see I got:

  • A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab
  • Vampire Academy 10th Anniversary Edition by Richelle Mead
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • Die Verschworenen by Ursula Poznanski (one of the best German series, sadly it's not available in English and I wish I could change that)
Which one do you think I should read first? 

Also, I have finished this month: (some have reviews up on this blog and if you click on them, you can read them ^^)
That means I've read a total of six books this months. That's a lot for me since I started studying, because I don't have much time and I need to study a lot. But I really got back into reading and it's been so nice!

Anyway, please tell me which book I should read after I finished TMI again. :)

xoxo Lisa

Mittwoch, 1. Februar 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Current Favorites that aren't books

Hi there!
As always, I have a little post prepared for Top 5 Wednesday and I really like this week's topic: Current favorites that aren't necessarily book-related! That's such a cool topic! Let's just dive right in: 

1) Grey's Anatomy
I had heard so much about Grey's Anatomy that I decided to just take a look and see if it is for me. Since it was available on Amazon Prime I felt like it was a good opportunity to get into it. My boyfriend said he didn't like shows that aren't fun and so he didn't want to join me, at least at first. He found himself overhearing so much and asking me so much about what is happening that suddenly, he's been sitting beside me for all 8 seasons that we have finished so far - sometimes I feel like he loves it even more than I do.
So yeah, currently we're watching Grey's Anatomy and we're loving it!

2) Coffee from my university's Café
It just tastes so good and I find myself getting coffee 2-3 times per week while watching booktube videos (cause one can also get connected to the university's wifi there)! Coffee is life, coffee is love ♥

3) Staedtler fineliner in 36 different colors
I started bullet journaling recently and decided I needed some nice fineliners to properly organize my life - they're really nice and I paid about 15€ for 36 different fineliners!

4) Cookies
I love cookies, always have. And they go so well with coffee...

5) The "Moana" Soundtrack
Just listen to it and you'll know why! *Listen here*

Anyway, that's it for my Top 5 Wednesday. If some of my favorites correspond to yours, please let me know so we can gush about it together!

- xoxo Lisa