Shadowhunters Recap: Dead Man’s Party

Shadowhunters Recap: Dead Man’s Party

 This is a recap of episode three of Shadowhunters — Dead Man’s Party. Scene One Back at the Institute, Clary is blasting the shadowhunters for their poor behavior towards mundanes, particularly towards Simon. The shadowhunters’ whole purpose (ostensibly) is to protect mundanes, Clary says, so it’s incredibly hypocritical of the shadowhunters to treat Simon and other normals like garbage, leaving them alone in vans so vampires can kidnap them. Isabelle looks guilty at these words, while Alec is plain unrepentant. Jace… Read more »

The Dark Days Club » Review

The Dark Days Club » Review

The Regency Era was only about 40 years in duration, but it was a big time in British history.  It lasted from 1795 to 1837, and encompassed the time that mad George III was seen as unfit to rule, and his son served as regent. It’s known, especially, as the time that Jane Austen lived and wrote.  Her books have immortalized the period for many readers and movie-watchers. Oh yeah, and the Napoleonic Wars were underway, as well. That’s important,… Read more »

Shadowhunters Recap » The Descent Into Hell Isn’t Easy

Shadowhunters Recap » The Descent Into Hell Isn’t Easy

It’s time for a recap of episode two of Shadowhunters — titled “The Descent Into Hell Isn’t Easy.”  You know what else isn’t easy? Recaps, I’ve found, but I’m going to stick with it regardless. Scene One We open with a close-up of Clary’s closed eyes, getting a glimpse of some excellently applied Wet n’ Wild.  In one ear, Simon continues to implore Clary to come with him and seek mundane help for her troubles. In the other ear, Jace has… Read more »

Shadowhunters Recap » The Mortal Cup

Shadowhunters Recap » The Mortal Cup

I have always wanted to try my hand at television recaps, ever since Television Without Pity was in its prime, and you know, I have my own blog — there is absolutely nothing stopping me.  I really want to share my thoughts on the new Shadowhunters TV premiere on ABC Family Freeform, which is based off of the successful book series by Cassandra Clare. So, welcome to my new feature, all. This is a ***minute*** recap of the pilot, episode one, of Shadowhunters. The episode is… Read more »

Top Ten TBR » How To *Really* Crush Your TBR

Top Ten TBR » How To *Really* Crush Your TBR

All good plans need amendments! About a month ago, I shared my Top 20 TBR plan with you all.  The idea was to slowly chip away at my To Be Read pile, whilst still keeping up-to-date with New Releases and holding on to a sense of spontaneity.  Now, having followed this plan for all of December, I’ve implemented some well-needed adjustments to make these guidelines more effective. The Top 20 TBR is now The Top *Ten* TBR! I decided my… Read more »

Cress » Review

Cress » Review

With each book under her belt, the author of The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer, has become a better and better storyteller, improving by leaps and bounds. Back in 2012, when I first read Cinder, the first book in the sci-fi/fairytale-retelling series, I remember being mildly pleased, but mostly unimpressed with Meyer’s writing.  Quite a few elements of the story bothered me.  Without getting too far into gripes, I had issues with the pacing, characterization, and concept. When book two, Scarlet, came around, I found myself enjoying the… Read more »

The Name of the Wind » Review

The Name of the Wind » Review

I enjoyed Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind… at times  At other moments while reading, I was frustrated, impatient, and sleepy.  Yes, sleepy.  Usually, books keep me up at night.  The Name of the Wind put me to sleep during the day. To be fair, at 662 pages, with ninety-two chapters, The Name of the Wind is much longer than the books I normally read.  It took me two whole weeks to wade through this tome.  I was bound the get drowsy during… Read more »

When Celebrities and Famous People Read Books Aloud

When Celebrities and Famous People Read Books Aloud

Actors and actresses usually need the whole package in order to become successful.  It’s not enough to just be talented in a lot of cases.  Winning the genetic lottery and being stupid attractive helps, especially in becoming famous.  But also, as we all know from the movie Singin’ In the Rain, dramatists need to speak well, too. It’s not so easy to do that. Every human voice is like a uniquely shaped instrument, and some sound better than others. And like any… Read more »

March 2016 YA New Releases

March 2016 YA New Releases

Ahh — a fresh, new month means a fresh, new crop of YA releases and there are some amazing new releases in the YA world set for March 2016!  Browse below to find your most anticipated, upcoming book(s) and let me know what you’re dying to get your hands on! Beyond the Red » Ava Jae Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but… Read more »

All About Reading Challenges » 2016

All About Reading Challenges » 2016

Ah, December!  There’s just something about that last month of the year that gets the planning juices flowing.  Not only am I printing out calendars, refining my New Year’s resolutions, and designing my own blogging organizer, but I’m also signing up for reading challenges left and right!  I’m going to share with you the challenges I have picked out for myself for 2016, but first, a little introduction into reading challenges… What Is a Reading Challenge? A reading challenge is… Read more »