Monthly Wrap-Up | August

Wrap-Up

Well, we must say goodbye to August and say hello to September!! I just hope autumn comes fast because I can’t stand this heart any longer! I miss the chilly weather and wearing a coat over my tops!! Yep, you can definitely tell I am an autumn person!

If you have been following my reading progresses then you have noticed that August was an okay month! I didn’t read everything I wanted but I read a few good books! So, I’m happy with the progress of this last month though I wish I have read more than only thee books but it’s better than none, right? Still, July was the best month so far for me!

Wrap-Up | August

  • Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet – Charlie N. Holmberg (3/5 cups) GR | TBD | Amazon
    • This was a strange book at first! I was expecting something a little bit different from the synopsis but it was still an enjoyable reading;
  • City of Fallen Angels [The Mortal Instruments #4] – Cassandra Clare (3/5 cups – review to come) GR | TBD | Amazon
    • I was a little bit scared in going into this book because everyone told me it was horrible. But, you know what? It wasn’t that bad. It wasn’t the best in the saga but it wasn’t that bad! I liked the fact it was more centred on Simon and Alec and Isabelle had more action scenes, but overall it was only an okay book in the saga. Still, I enjoyed it despite what pretty much everyone said about it! Bring me more!;
  • Labyrinth Lost [Brooklyn Brujas #1] – Zoraida Córdova (4/5 cups – review to come) GR | TBD | Amazon
    • I really enjoyed this book! First, it was about a kind of witches I’ve never actually read anything before. Second, the romance. Third, I really liked Alex!;

And that’s a wrap!!!

Ner

Book Haul | July

Book Haul

Hello fellow bookworms!!

Today I’m bringing you my July bookhaul!! Not that I bought that many books this last month but the ones I bought, I’m super excited to show you 🙂 Why?! Because there is one particular book that was worth everything this month!! I’ll get to that in a bit!

Of course, as always, if you have been following me on Snapchat (nerthewitch), Twitter (@LeonorNer) and/or on Instagram (@nerthewitch), you probably know the books I got this month but it’s always different posting it on the blog! As you know, I always share everything with you 😉

Check out the books I got this month:

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So, the first books I got this month are second-hand copies and they were cheaper than buying them online or on my local bookstore. By the price of one, I bought two and, even though they are used, they book brand new!

I bought these books through an Instagram account – the person sells used books at a cheaper price. If you are Portuguese, you can follow it here!

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  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child [Harry Potter #8] – J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany (YES!! I AM FANGIRLING AND CRYING SO HARD!!! I haven’t bought a HP book in nine years – no, I haven’t bought any new editions or the illustrated edition because money is tight! – and this was quite expensive but WHO CARES?! IT’S HARRY POTTER!!! As soon as I was able to place my reserve, I went to my local bookstore and did it! And I have it… in my hands! And it’s beautiful, glorious, precious and I’m crying!!! Since I know I won’t be able to actually see the play, having the script and knowing the story is as close as I can get to be present. And now that WB bought the rights of the play, it’ll give every single one of us that won’t see it live, watch it for real! And yes, I’m freaking out so much I’m actually rambling… okay, I’m off!! *pats book lovingly*);

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My Wrap-Up for the month of July and my TBR for August will be coming up this week for sure. I just been slightly busier than usual since I have to go back and forth between my house and my sister’s to take care of her cats!! But, they’re coming 🙂

Ner

Monthly Wrap-Up | June

Wrap-Up

Another month gone which means, another Wrap-Up!

I’m quite happy with this month because I managed to read a total of five books. It might not look like it’s a lot but for someone who had a terrible few months, this is progress!

Wrap-Up | June

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  • City of Glass [The Mortal Instruments #3] – Cassandra Clare (5/5 cups) GR | TBD
    • This is, so far, my favourite book in The Mortal Instruments series. I loved the action, the characters, pretty much everything! Even though people tell me that the next book is the worse, I’m super pumped to continue with this amazing series.;
  • Re-Read: The Witch Hunter [The Witch Hunter #1] – Virginia Boecker (5/5 cups) GR | TBD
    • This was a re-read because I wanted to start reading the sequel with every single detail fresh in my mind. And if I previously had loved this book, the second time around was way better;
  • The King Slayer [The Witch Hunter #2] – Virginia Boecker (5/5 cups) GR | TBD
    • I cannot believe how good this book was!! One of my favourite series, without a doubt. And I’m so happy I decided to re-read the first book because if I haven’t, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed this one as much as I because a lot of details from the first book are important in this one!;
  • The Healer [The Witch Hunter #0,5] – Virginia Boecker (5/5 cups – no review) – GR | Amazon (US)
    • This is a novella about John, a main character in The Witch Hunter series and it works as a prequel to the first book. I didn’t count this one as a whole book because this is a novella and it was quite of a short one. And I read it not only because I wanted but also because I wasn’t ready to leave this universe and characters behind. I have a mini-mini-review on Goodreads though if you want to check it out :P;
  • Relentless [The Hero Agenda #2] – Tera Lynn Childs & Tracy Deebs (3,5/5 cups) – GR | TBD
    • I’m not yet sure about the rating. I still need to write the review. But I did enjoyed this one! As a sequel, it was pretty solid;
  • The Faerie Guardian [Creepy Hollow #1] – Rachel Morgan (3,5/5 cups) – GR | TBD
    • This was a surprise. I enjoyed this one far more than what I anticipated! A really entertaining fantasy story :D;

And that’s a wrap!!!

Ner

Review: City of Bones/ City of Ashes/ City of Glass

Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: February 19th, 2008
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 485 (Paperback)
Format: Paperback
Genre:
 YA | Urban Fantasy | Paranormal
Idiom: English
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Read: from April 2016
Source & Shelf: Bought | Own
ISBN: 9781416955078
(Paperback)
Cups:
5 Cups
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Synopsis

When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder. Much less a murder commited by three teenagers covered with odd markings. This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons–and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It’s also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know….

My Opinion

This was the third time I read this book and whenever I pick it up, it simply gets better! I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to contribute with anything new to this review but I decided to try nevertheless.

One of the reasons I have decided to pick up this book again and challenged myself to read both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices this year has to do with the TV-show Shadowhunters. Now, I know the series is completely different from the books and it’s a bit cliche and the acting isn’t the best but the main reasons I stuck to it was Malec and Simon. Yes, I continued watching the series because of Alec Lightwood, Magnus Bane and Simon Lewis! For me, these were reasons that made the show at least bearable for me.

So, because I was literally falling in love with Malec relationship in the series and was loving Simon as a vampire, I have decided to pick up the series and read their story. So, yes, I re-started reading the series because, and solemnly because, of them.

I’m pretty sure I don’t need to resume the story of City of Bones. We all know it’s about Clary who is literally thrown into this new world were demons, vampires, angels and whatnot are real. And then she finds out she’s a Shadowhunter and everything is turned upside-down and her life simply changes.

One of the things I really enjoy about these books is Cassandra Clare‘s writing. It’s super effortless and fast-pace. You start reading her books and you’re immediately hooked not only by the story but also by her writing. The story is gripping and the characters manage to add their own touch to it. Though City of Bones is mainly told through Clary’s perspective, you can definitely see yourself as part of the adventure. I don’t know about you but the moment I finished this book, I was immediately connected to these character as if I knew them all my life. They are so well created, and later on developed I can’t really say they are only characters but, in my mind, they are so real I could pretty much call on Alec and have him roll his eyes on me.

The whole Shadow World was also so well created. In City of Bones you pretty much have only a glimpse of how deep this supernatural world is.

City of Bones is the first gripping and exhilarating ride in The Mortal Instruments series. Cassandra Clare sure did created an amazing first book in what I’m hoping to be an awesome series.

Looking forward to finish this series. 

  • Author: Cassandra Clare
    Release Date: July 7th, 2008 (originally March 28th, 2008)
    Publisher: Walker Children’s Paperbacks
    Pages: 4115 (Paperback)
    Format: Paperback
    Genre:
     YA | Urban Fantasy | Paranormal
    Idiom: English
    Series: The Mortal Instruments #2
    Read: from April 27 to May 16, 2016
    Source & Shelf: Bought | Own
    ISBN: 9781406307634
    (Paperback)
    Cups:
    4 Cups
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Synopsis

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

My Opinion

City of Ashes is the second book in The Mortal Instruments series and I really enjoyed continuing this series and learning more about Valentine’s plans and see some of the secondary characters play a bigger role this time.

One of the things I found that this book had and I didn’t quite enjoyed it was Clary’s and Simon’s relationship. It was obvious that Clary only cared about Simon as a friend and found her sudden interested in him quite far-stretched. Like, it was a way for her to forget about Jace and what she felt about him.

The fact that you also get a glimpse of what lies further in the Shadow World helped me establish a strong connection to characters who only appear briefly in this book. Also, the hint at something more about Jace and Clary, their power and who they are was brilliant introduced.

Simon’s transformation into a vampire was the highest moment for me in the book. As I mentioned on my City of Bones mini-review, he was one of the reasons I decided to pick up the series and he surely doesn’t disappoint. He starts playing a major role in the series and not only as Clary’s best-friend but this time as a Downworlder.

The action was on point, leaving me on the edge of my sit. City of Ashes was a wonderful sequel to City of Bones.

Now bring me book three!

Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: July 6th, 2009 (originally March 24th, 2009)
Publisher: Walker Books
Pages: 508 (Paperback)
Format: Paperback
Genre:
 YA | Urban Fantasy | Paranormal
Idiom: English
Series: The Mortal Instruments #3
Read: from June 3 to 10, 2016
Source & Shelf: Bought | Own
ISBN: 9781406307641
(Paperback)
Cups:
5 Cups
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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?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

My Opinion

Now I understand why this seems to be everyone’s favourite book in the series. Now I picked it up and read the whole action in Idris, I also have to admit this being my favourite in The Mortal Instruments!

First, the fact that we get to know the Shadowhunters famous Glass City was amazing. We trade the same old city of New York for a beautiful city filled with glass towers, what seem to be old houses (like Victorian sort of houses) and endless historical places in Alicante. I loved the descriptions of every single one of the places we encounter in this book.

Second, we finally get some answers! Freaking finally! Pretty much everything we needed to know is explained and answered in this book. And the most important question of all; are Clary and Jace really siblings?  

Then, we get to know more and more characters. Luke’s sister, Aline, the new Inquisitor, the Consul, Sebastian! A bunch of new characters to add more spice to the plot.

Ans speaking of it, Sebastian!! I try to stay away from spoilers but of course I knew that Sebastian was a very important character in this book. And, let me tell you, I hated him with all my guts! As soon as I met him I immediately disliked him! And then finding out his real identity, who he really is and what… I admit some of the things I found out about him I did not see coming. Though the most important of all I did see 😉

There were two deaths in this book that broke my heart! Yes, even the first one! I knew about the second because the Internet is filled with spoilers and even though you try not to read them, you always end up being spoiled unintentionally. But the first one was unexpected! I had hopes that that character would redeem himself or something… never that he would die like that! As for the second one… WHY?!

Clary and Jace kind of annoy me sometimes in this book. I know their feelings are a mess and they have no idea what to do but their constant struggle, their constant whining about it sometimes tired me. And Jace was a bit of a pain-in-the-ass at times. 

Of course that in this book we have the moment we all have been waiting for. At least I was! MALEC!!! I wish there were more scenes with Alec and Magnus but the ones I had were so freaking adorable and beautiful and my OTP is the best!

This book was super action paced, there were almost no time to take a deep breath before something happened. Every bit of discovery is relevant to the plot and everything single character plays a role in the action.

Not wanting to dwell too much on this review because there’s still three more books in the series and a lot more will definitely happen, City of Glass was the best so far in the series. I couldn’t put it down because whenever I did, I wanted to jump back into the story and see what was going to happen.

This is definitely a series to read if you like urban fantasy. It has romance, supernatural creatures, friendship, and much more. I’m so glad I’ve decided to finally read this series. I do not regret this decision!
Ner

Book Haul | May

Book Haul

HELLO SWEETIES!!!

So… I have been terrible at blogging this year! I know that my reasons are always the same but it’s true. Still, since I’m now on vacations, I thought it was about time to let you guys know that I am alive!

I have also been slightly lacking on my social networks but I plan on changing that. Since I have more time and the days are now sunny (well… the weather is a bit bipolar but they are mostly sunny… chilly, but sunny!), I might try to take a few photos and post them online. I will also use my vacations to catch up with all my series… I haven’t watched a series in a month (I kid you not!) 

So, without further ado, let me share with you the books I got this month (PS: I might change my Showcase Sunday to a monthly Book Haul… what do you think?):

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If you have been following me on Instagram then you have seen some of the books I’l be showing you. But in case you haven’t, here are all the books I got since my last Showcase Sunday:

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  • City of Glass [The Mortal Instruments #3] – Cassandra Clare (As I think I have already told you, I am determined to read all Cassandra Clare’s books (apart from Lady Midnight). Whenever I get the opportunity to buy one of her books, I’ll do it and this last month I managed to buy at least two! Super pumped about this one because it seems to be everyone’s favourite in the saga…curious to know why :D);
  • Clockwork Prince [The Infernal Devices #2] – Cassandra Clare (And here’s Cassie’s second book I bought! I’m actually a little bit upset because this one doesn’t match my Clockwork Angel one (it’s bigger and one of those floppy paperbacks). But, still, I finally have the second book in the Infernal Devices series which means I can finally pick up where I left!);

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  • The Witch Hunter [The Witch Hunter #1] – Virginia Boecker (I was one of the lucky winners to win this book (and the next one) on th author’s twitter giveaway. In case you don’t know, I’ve read The Witch Hunter last year (thanks to NetGalley) and really enjoyed it so I had to enter the giveaway when I first saw it. I’m so happy I won it! It’s signed by Virginia to me and the book is so awesome live!);
  • The King Slayer [The Witch Hunter #2] – Virginia Boecker (And this is the second book I won on Virginia’s giveaway… an ARC of her second book in he Witch Hunter series. I’m so excited to read this one… probably adding it to my June TBR! Thank you so much Virginia for the giveaway and for the books… and if you haven’t read this series yet, I recommend you to do it :P);

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  • Zaria Fierce and the Dragon Keeper’s Golden Shoes [Zaria Fierce #3] – Keira Gillett (Lovely Keira connected me asking if I’d like to read and review the third book in her Zaria Fierce series. And since I adore this saga and been following Keira’s work for a while, I simply couldn’t refuse. And, funny story… when I first drafted this post, there wasn’t a cover available. And then, the day after, I go to Goodreads and there’s the cover, beautiful and ready to be shared. I’m currently reading this and you can expect a review during the next few weeks xD);

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NetGalley Haul

  • Tell the Wind and Fire – Sarah Rees Brennan (I was super pumped when I got approved to read this book. Apparently Sarah Rees Brennan is a loved author (she wrote ‘The Lynburn Legacy’) but I never read any of her books! So, when I saw this one and the plot sounded super cool, I had to request it! And I got approved! I’ve already read it and my review will be up shortly… let’s just say that I will give this author another try :S);
  • Girl in the Shadows – Gwenda Bond (This is one of those books I requested because of the cover! I mean, look at it! But then I read the synopsis (when I got accepted I’ll admit) and was super happy when I realised that the plot sounds really interesting. So I’m excited to see what this gorgeous book has to  offer :P);

Ner

TBR | June

TBR

So, June is here, apparently! And I’m so glad that my pseudo-reading-slump is slowly fading!

As you guys have probably noticed, this year so far has been terrible when it comes to reading. I changed my Goodreads Challenge to only 35 books because I am so behind schedule!

So, here it is, the five books I’m planning to read during the month of June! Check them out:

TBR | June

June TBR

What about you? What are your reading plans for this month? 

Ner

TBR | April

TBR

So, we’re in April now… seriously?! But the year just started and we’re already in April?! Come on time… stop flying like this. Ain’t nobody got time to do anything like this!!

Anyway… first of all, I’m not going to do a March wrap-up since I didn’t read anything *sighs* Maybe this new month will be different since I have a TBR planned and really want to go through with it.

Secondly… I need to share it with you… MALEC!!! Did you guys see MALEC kiss on Shadowhunters?! Wasn’t it beautiful, perfect, sexy as hell (seriously, I found it sexy) and simply amazing?! I’m still fangirling even after all these days! MALEC and Simon are pretty much the only thing that is making me watch the series so this was something quite of an accomplishment!! I mean, look at that (WARNING: don’t see the gif if you haven’t seen the episode and/or have heart problems!)

Okay.. I’m good *continues to internally freak out*

So, here’s my planned TBR for the month of April:

TBR | April

As you can see, I’m so in a Mortal Instruments moment!! As you know, I haven’t read the series yet but I am currently buying all the books so I can finally become a Shadowhunter. I’ll be buying one/two books a month! Yep, that is definitely happening! And I have to thank that kiss for that hehe ;P

And I’ll be extremely happy if I can read both my Uni books and The Inquisition (which will be released next month and I want to review it before the launch). We’ll see how that goes but do pray for me, please!

What about you? What are your reading plans for this month? 

Ner