My Family Guesses YA Book Plots Based Off Their Covers

My Family Guesses YA Book Plots Based Off Their Covers

Hello, friends. A week or two ago I posted My Mom Guesses YA Book Plots Based Off Their Covers, and it was interesting to say the least. In case you were wondering, my mom did indeed enjoy it and went to talk about it for the rest of the weekend. This peaked my little brothers interest, and he came up and asked me if he could guess plots too.

That’s right, he approached me, I didn’t even have to ask him.

The only slight issue is that he is a twelve year old boy who communicated mainly through shrugs and “sures” so when he tried to come up with plots he struggled a bit. This lead to my dad attempting to help, and my mom telling my dad he was uncreative. We spent an hour sitting around while I held up book covers for all of them to give insight on. This post is the result. Enjoy, I guess?

I. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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What I told them going in: Nothing? I showed them both the old and new covers and said there was a cover change.

My dad’s summary: This story is about a killer orchestra, where they die when they play the instruments. They are tricked into playing the instruments by bad people who want more people to be sucked into the city of bones.

Real summary here.

II. Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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What I told them going in: This is a third book in a series, it takes place in the same world as the last book.

My dad and brother’s summary: This is a story about the lady in red on the cover is taking over the world because she’s greedy and wants the power. She has a dark soul.

Real summary herePlease note this summary contains spoilers for the previous two books in the series. 

III. Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

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What I told them going in: That it is not an erotica, which is what both of my parents assumed. That it is a paranormal murder mystery.

My mom’s summary: An underwater murder mystery in which the main character, Maddy, mistakenly kills her best friend Fred after she receives a letter that makes her paranoid.

Real summary here. My review can be found here.

IV. The Heir by Kiera Cass

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What I told them going in: Nothing.

My brother’s summary: A famous person is looking for a husband because she’s going to become the queen of a made up country. (Like Genovia from the princess diaries).

Real summary here.

V. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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What I told them going in: What the title came from, ie this quote: “The Winner’s Curse is when you come out on top of the bid, but only by paying a steep price.”

My mom’s summary: The main character bid on meeting her favorite author of horror novels, in which she wins but she doesn’t know that the author is writing true stories. She then becomes apart of his next horror story and she pays the most ultimate price when she loses her life.

Real summary here.

VI. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

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What I told them going in: I haven’t read this book so even I don’t know anything about it. In case you were wondering, they did not find this amusing. “How are we supposed to know what it is if you don’t? We don’t read, Arin.”

My brother’s summary: The turtles all go all the way down into their shells because a predator is coming to get them. The predator is a lot bigger than them and has big teeth. (What else did anyone expect a twelve year old boy to come up with?)

Real summary here.

VII. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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What I told them going in: I don’t think I told them anything other than it was a fantasy about fairies.

My mom’s summary: The fairy prince lives in the dogwood tree. The dogwood tree is in the mall in DC and he tries to capture tourists by throwing crowns at them as they visit the trees in hopes of finding his one true love (or 10,000 dollars). The true love needs to be human so he can become human himself because he doesn’t want to be small anymore. (I guess in my mom’s mind, fairies are small?)

Real summary here.

VIII. You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

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What I told them going in: This book hasn’t come in yet but it is one of my most anticipated reads of the year.

My mom’s summary: Alexander is a college student with a massive deadline for his senior art project thesis in which he is drawing botanical subjects. He is having difficulties being pleased with any of his work because of the amount of of stress he puts on himself. (She then went on to tell me that this sounded a lot like me and maybe I shouldn’t stress so much about school, in case you were wondering).

Real summary here.

IX. Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

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What I told them going in: Nothing, but my mom noticed that this was a shadowhunter book. I was very proud of her.

Her summary: The “tattooed dude” is a treasure hunter out to find the red scroll of magic. In order to find it, he kidnaps the other dude and forces him in a great adventure around Paris because he is the expert on the scroll. Its full of high speed chases because they’re not the only one after the scroll.

Real summary here.

X. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

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What I told them going in: This book takes place in the past. Though, once again, my mom noticed its a shadowhunter book.

My mom’s summary: In an ancient city in the fall, the main character is shadowhunting for the keeper of the leaves. She has to travel around the ancient city battling the leave serpents that live in the ancient cities drains and then come out through the streets. She makes her way to the castle where the keeper of the leaves lives, there is then an epic battle where the uses the sword to kill the big leaf serpent (animal, monster, thing).

Real summary here.

 

Welp, that’s about it for today. You’ll probably notice my mom came up with most of these, but that’s because she has now declared herself the most creative person in the family. I guess I have myself to blame.

What do you guys think of their summaries? Which is your favorite fake plot? I think mine is The Cruel Prince or Chain of Gold.

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Series Crackdown 6.0 TBR

Series Crackdown 6.0 TBR

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Its readathon time again, my friends. Not just readathon time, but Series Crackdown time. This, if you don’t know, its my favorite readathon to participate in. There are no rules or anything like that, the goal is to just read as much as you can and try and knock some of those unread series off your TBR while you’re at it, its hosted by Mel at The Book Moo.

This is this first time I am completely this readathon with a super heavy course load, but it is bound to not be the last, so I guess we’ll just stick it out and see how this goes. Without further ado, onto my very unrealistic TBR because in case you didn’t know, I am incapable of writing realistic TBRs.

Physical Reads: 

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The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

Um, I’ve been rereading these short stories for like, a hot minute. Like, since the beginning of January, I’m pretty sure. I don’t know why I’m still reading them (okay, maybe I kind of do), but I really need to actually finish this at some point and this readathon seems like a great occasion to do that.

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Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep

We love a good middle grade series about mermaids in this household.

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Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist

I have vague memories of reading this one specifically as a child (lowkey think I read this one and then the first one and didn’t read any of the others) and specific memories of one scene, I can’t wait to see if these memories are accurate or if they’ve been messed up by time.

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Emily Windsnap and the Siren’s Secret 

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Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun 

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Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls

Everyone send thoughts and prayers that I don’t get City of Lost Souls flashbacks every time I look at the title of this book.

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Emily Windsnap and the Falls of the Forgotten Island

I’m more bitter than I would like to admit about the fact that this cover does not really match the others, just saying.

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Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince

I was lucky enough to get approved for an eARC of this on Netgalley, which is the reason I am reading a middle grade series about mermaids in the first place. There is really no way I will get all the way to this one unless I literally hide under the covers of my bed and avoid homework, essays, and my friends, but who knows really. I have to go ahead and put it on here just in case.

Audiobooks:

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I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

This is technically a reread, and I technically have a two star rating for this on goodreads. Despite the rating, I actually remember enjoying this book and I would really like to actually finish this series at some point in my life.

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The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

This is also technically a reread according to goodreads, but I honestly have no recollection of reading it ever, so that’s fun. I will probably get a little bit into this one and no further, but once again, we love being unrealistic in this household.

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The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore 

The only way I am getting around to this one is if I suddenly have to translate and scan the entirety of the Aeneid instead of random sections of it (in case this comment makes no sense, which I’m sure it doesn’t, I listen to audiobooks while I am copying out the lines I have to translate and then listen some more while I scan the lines for meter). If that occurs, I will probably just crawl in a hole and die, so we don’t really have to worry about me even starting this, but its up here anyways because I like making unrealistic goals for myself.

 

Well, folks, we’ve finally reached the end. If at the end of this when I post my reading log and it turns out all I did was listen to audiobooks while doing Latin and washing dishes and read random books on Hitler and the holocaust or ancient Greek literature because those are my assigned texts for the classes I’m in right now.

What is your favorite readathon? Are you participating in Series Crackdown? Do you also enjoy giving yourself overly ambitious TBRs? What are your opinions on middle grade books about mermaids? We can chat about any of these or whatever else is on your mind in the comments below!

ARC Review: Just For Clicks by Kara McDowell

ARC Review: Just For Clicks by Kara McDowell

Hi, friends! Today I am here with my first ARC review. Here’s to hoping I get better about actually reviewing books I’m reading in general, but it doesn’t necessarily seem like it will, at least not right now.

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*eARC provided by the publisher via netgalley

Official summary from Goodreads:

Mommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong to your mom.

Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they’re expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as “just Claire”? And what should Claire do about Mom’s old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don’t sound like Mom’s perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . .


☆☆☆.5

This was a super cute and super fun, easy read! I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a cute and fluffy, slow burn romance.

Here’s what I really liked about it:

The discussion of family relationships and whether blood is what truly makes a family.

I am a firm believer in the idea that family is not defined by blood and always find it really interesting when books or other forms of media take on these topics. This book did a really good job of having characters have lines of conversations about families and the difference between being related by blood and being related by having actual emotional connections and I really enjoyed that aspect. Also, the family dynamics in general in this book were not the usual dynamics and I really liked how that was handled and once again, I liked how there were conversations about it between the characters.

The discussion of internet personas versus real personas and how easy it is for people to misconstrue things they see on the internet about other people’s lives.

I honestly think I chose the best possible time to read this book. I read this book while I was in the middle of a month long course on food blogs and what it takes to be a blogger and how people often have different personas on the internet than they do in their day to day life. This book did an amazing job of showing how different Claire and her whole family are in person in comparison to their online presence. Claire in particular shows how she has a completely different persona online, to the point where she feels her audience does not know who she really is.

Claire’s personality and narration.

Claire was an amazing narrator, I love her so much. For one thing, she acts like a teenager. I do not know why that seems to be such a rare thing in YA, which is supposed to be about teenagers, but it is. Claire, however, actually acts her age. She is funny, stubborn, and wears great tee shirts, I love her.

The very slow burn romance and how it seemed the whole plot didn’t revolve around it.

I did not necessarily realize this until this book, but I apparently live for slow burn romances. This one was perfect. Claire and Rafael were pulling on my heart strings and I just could not wait for the two of them to finally talk it out and get together. If you like slow burn romances, this is definitely the book for you.

Here’s what I didn’t really like:

How Claire almost refused to talk things out with her family.

There were points in the book where things would have been resolved without so much miscommunication and hurt feelings. I understand that the lack of communication was somewhat necessarily to keep mystery and suspense, but at points it just got annoying. Like, Claire, I love you, but please just go talk to your mom about all that is going on and let her explain.

How the end solution to some of the main problems just seemed kind of rushed and under explained?

That question mark is there because I am not sure now to explain this. I felt like the ending was very rushed, with a solution just being said and then done without any proper discussion or conversations about how everyone would feel about the solution. Once again, I understand why this was like this, but I would have loved for more of an explanation and more discussion about what the solution would actually mean for all of the characters.

Overall 

This is a super cute and fluffy read that I would recommend it to anyone looking for a book that fits that description. It also contains lots of really good discussion on social media, blogging in particular, which was very interesting to read about. Also, this is super weird, but you know how sometimes you need a good, fluffy contemporary to get you out of a reading slump or something similar? I imagine this would be a great book for a scenario like that, especially since its a really easy read.

Just For Clicks comes out next Tuesday, so there is still time to preorder it here or here.

My Mom Guess YA Book Plots Based Off Their Covers

My Mom Guess YA Book Plots Based Off Their Covers

Hello friends, today’s post is brought to you via my mother’s frustration and quotes such as, “Arin. This cover just has thorns on it. What am I supposed to do with this?” and “Dozer*, help me figure out what this book is about.”

Anyways, does anyone else remember those booktube videos from a while back where people would have their families look at YA book covers and try and get them to guess what it was about? Well, this weekend while I was home from school, I decided to attempt that with my mom because I really wanted to see what she came up with. The results are below, and they are simultaneously better and worse than I thought they would be. My mom evidently has a thing for orphans getting happy endings.

*Our beloved dog, pictured here observing this blog post being written and wanting to know why my bed is covered with more books than normal.

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I. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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What I told her going in: the book is urban fantasy, then what urban fantasy is because she had no idea.

My mom’s summary: A girl (or a mermaid, could be either) slays under water sea monsters with her sword (with her special invisible scuba gear), for fun.

What the book is actually about: Shadowhunters doing shadowhunting things, this time in LA. Also now featuring more faeries and bigoted laws. Actual summary can be found here.

II. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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What I told her going in: Set in the same world as the previous book.

My mom’s summary: This story follows Sawyer, a business man by daytime and a demon angel slayer by night. (That’s why he has suit on with his sword over his side, he forgot to change out of his day clothes).

What the book is actually about: Shadowhunters doing shadowhunter things, this time in London during the nineteenth century. Featuring one of the loves of my life, Charlotte Fairchild. Actual summary can be found here.

III. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

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What I told her going in: The genre is fantasy.

My mom’s summary: An angry rose bush traps its lonely prey, but only at nighttime and only because it doesn’t want the people to be lonely anymore.

What the book is actually about: A beauty and the beast retelling, featuring an angsty prince, a fake princess, and an scary guardsman. Actual summary can be found here.

IV. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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What I told her going in: The genre is science fiction, it takes place in the future in outer space.

My mom’s summary: A fire raved village that has been set on fire again. This time the fire was set to get rid of the libraries and the books because the people who started the fire don’t like books.

What the book is actually about: A lot of things? Hacker geniuses, crazy AIs, badass female characters, deadly plagues, etc. Actual summary can be found here.

V. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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What I told her going in: The genre is urban fantasy.

My mom’s summary: A story of three children taking their pet dragon out on an adventure to a sacred battle ground where the dragon turns evil because he is bitten by a bug. They don’t make it home, its not a feel good book.

What the book is actually about: Three demigods trying to rescue Hera because she is messing with people’s lives, again. Actual summary can be found here.

VI. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

socWhat I told her going in: The genre is fantasy, the tag line on the cover, “six dangerous outcasts, one impossible heist.”

My mom’s summary: A evil crow goes on a mission to steal all of the windows out of the buildings in this abandoned town take them back to the orphans. The orphans need the windows because their houses are holey.

What the book is actually about: A ragtag group of thieves try and break into government building and capture my heart along the way. Actual summary can be found here.

VII. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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What I told her going in: I don’t think I told her anything? She got super excited when she saw the cover so I was letting her run with it.

My mom’s summary: The main character is a coroner that contracts a disease from one of the dead bodies that gives her the ability to look into peoples souls with her piecing eyes and shatter their emotions, which destroys their lives.

What the book is actually about: Um, please don’t ask me to summarize. Just read the real one here.

VIII. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

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What I told her going in: The genre is fantasy, that the guy was wearing a coat and not a dramatic cape.

My mom’s summary: A mischievous magician who has a magical coat that allows him to jump from one city to another and his evil plot is to steal all of the candy from the evil black city and take it to the bright and cheery red city to give to the orphans.

What the book is actually about: Magic? Parallel Londons? Please just read the real summary here.

IX. The Selection by Kiera Cass

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What I told her going in: The story actually is a romance, set in the future.

My mom’s summary: A story about 35 girls who are in a competition to win the favor of the handsome prince, but on the day of the competition they all show up wearing the same dress except for one, who wins his heart. They live happily ever after in some “off the wall country in Europe.”

What the book is actually about: …I’m actually shook about how accurate that was. Anyways, real summary here.

X. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

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What I told her going in: This book takes place in the Shenandoah valley in Virginia (where we live, which is the only reason I told her).

My mom’s summary: The story is about a group of boys that were attacked by ravens and contracted a horrible disease that the evil scientist had created in his laboratory. the boys then have to fight the Frankenstein in the birds wings in order to receive the cure, but they are forever known as the raven boys. Please note, this all takes place in Swannanoa**.

What the book is actually about: A group of private school boys and a psychic’s daughter go searching for a dead Welsh king. Real summary can be found here.

**A super old, super fancy mansion in the valley where you can pay to go and walk around and pay even more to take wedding pictures. Looks like the perfect place for birds to attack teenage boys and give them diseases, right?

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Well, this was a fun experiment. Stay tuned next Friday for more very inaccurate YA book plots, this time brought to you by my entire family.

Would you guys read any of these books if they really were about what my mom thought? Let’s chat in the comments!

Songs I Associate with Books

Songs I Associate with Books

Hello, friends. Today I am bringing you a pretty self-indulgent post because I really just want to talk about my favorite books and all of the songs that I am constantly listening too. I have nothing else to say, so I’m going to start by naming the book (or series) and name some of the songs that remind me of it. If anyone actually finds this interesting and wants more, I can definitely deliver. I am really good at deciding that random songs were written with books in mind (even though they definitely weren’t).

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Young And Menace by Fall Out Boy

“We’ve gone way too fast for way too long
And we were never supposed to make it half this far”

Okay, this song has reminded me of Six of Crows since before I even read the book (is that possible? I guess so). Now that I’ve actually read the book, I cannot help but be blown away at how well it fits. Also, I kind of associate every song on this album with some book character or another, but that is a story for another day.

The Selection by Kiera Cass 

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Perfect by Ed Sheeran

“Well I found a woman, stronger than anyone I know
She shares my dreams, I hope that someday I’ll share her home”

This is definitely a song that Maxon would play for America. And by play, I mean have someone else play for him because I am not under any illusion that Maxon Schreave has even an ounce of musical talent in him.

Absolutely Smitten by Dodie

“Handsome stranger you have made her happy,
The first in a long time!”

It may just be because I went through a real kick where I would only listen to Dodie when I reread this series the last time, but basically every song by her reminds me of the type of music America would play. This song in particular seems like something America would play about her and Maxon.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steivfater 

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Youth by Daughter

“One day we’ll reveal the truth
That one will die before he gets there
And if you’re still bleeding, you’re the lucky ones
‘Cause most of our feelings, they are dead and they are gone”

I could write an essay on this song and these books, but I don’t want to because that sounds like a lot of work. Please just settle for listening to the song and somehow knowing all of my explanations through some sort of across internet telepathy.

Spooky Guy by Danny Gonzalez

“I’m a spooky guy
I will never stop spookin’ ’till the day I die”

This is where everyone unfollows me and doesn’t think twice about it. This song connection started in the hot mess that was My Spotify Top 100 and Books and I haven’t been able to sever the connection since. But, as I said then, this song reminds me of the Squash One, Squash Two song Ronan is supposedly always listening to. Also, Noah.

I Lived by OneRepublic

“I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did”

This song reminds me of Gansey, it also makes me want to cry and those two things are very related.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

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Summer in London by All Faces

“Summer in London wasn’t meant to last
Even though we thought somehow that we’d go far”

Okay, lets play the “is Arin just associating this song with this book because it has London in the name and this book takes place in London or because she discovered it while reading this book or are there actual valid reasons” game. If anyone wins and figures out the answer, let me know.

Nancy Mulligan by Ed Sheeran

“I’m gonna marry the woman I love
Down by the Wexford border”

I don’t care what anyone says, this song should be Will and Tessa’s theme song.

Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran

“You know she beat me at darts and then she beat me at pool
And then she kissed me like there was nobody else in the room”

This song has always reminded me of Cecily Herondale. I don’t know why, she isn’t from Ireland or anything, but it always has and at this point it always will. Also I started listening to this album during my last TID reread, can you tell?

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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The Last Of The Real Ones by Fall Out Boy

“I’m here in search of your glory
There’s been a million before me”

Okay, so there is never been a time that I have heard this song and not associated it with TMI. It screams TMI, to be frank. I mean, the opening line of the chorus is “‘Cause you’re the last of a dying breed” and like, shadowhunters are a dying breed. I rest my case.

Champion by Fall Out Boy

“I’m a champion of the people who don’t believe in champions
I got nothing but dreams inside, I got nothing but dreams”

Remember when I said I associated this whole album with one character or another? Yeah, here we are again. This reminds me of shadowhunters due to the whole mundanes not knowing they’re being protected by these half-angel creatures. You know, the usual.

Brother by Kodaline

“Though we don’t share the same blood
You’re my brother and I love you that’s the truth”

This song screams Jace and Alec. Also Jem and Will. Also basically every parabatai pair ever.

The Dark Artificies by Cassandra Clare 

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Kill v Maim by Grimes

“You gave up being good when you declared a state of war
I don’t behave, I don’t behave, oh eh”

The “I don’t behave” refrain in this song is essentially the “lex malla, lex nulla” refrain from this series.

Burn the House Down by AJR

“Should I keep it light?
Stay out of the fight?
No one’s gonna listen to me”

This whole song is very reminiscent of that one scene in Lord of Shadows. You know what scene I mean, it definitely involves burning something to the ground.

 

Okay, so that is all I have on this topic for today. I definitely have many, many more things on this topic because I only touched half of my book related playlist while making this. Is this something you guys would be interested in seeing more of? I would definitely be up for doing more of these.

Are there any songs you guys associate with books or characters? If so, what are they? I’d love to check them out and add songs to my already huge list.

 

My Favorite Quotes from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

My Favorite Quotes from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Hi, friends! Today is a big day, in case you didn’t know. It’s Jace Wayland’s birthday! He turns 28 today, which is super hard to believe because in my mind he will always either be an angst filled teenager or the 21 year old who randomly pops up in The Dark Artifices. Either way, I hope him and Clary are happy with their multitude of children. I hope said children have figured out a way to surprise him with some cute craft, like maybe a mug that says “world’s best dad” or something. Moving right along to the point of this post, in honor of Jace’s birthday, I am going to be talking about my favorite quotes from each of the books in TMI. Given that technically every line to come out of Clary Fairchild’s mouth is a favorite quote, we could be here for a while, so I’ll just get on to the point.

For the record, I will avoiding all spoilery quotes. Sadly, this means I can’t bring up two quotes from City of Heavenly Fire that make me wanna sob my eyes out, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

City of Bones

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“Clary, you’re an artist, like your mother. That means you see the world in ways other people don’t. It’s your gift, to see the beauty and the horror in ordinary things. It doesn’t make you crazy – just different. There’s nothing wrong with being different.” 

Okay can I hear a shout out for the adoptive father of the year Luke Garroway? Anyways, I just like, love this quote? I mean its an interaction between Luke and Clary, which are ALWAYS my favorite, so that already gives it point, but there is just something else about it? I don’t know man, its just great.

“Hugo is a raven, and, as such, he knows many things. I, meanwhile, am Hodge Starkweather, a professor of history, and, as such, I do not know nearly enough.”  

Okay, so fun fact, this is my favorite quote of the entire series. I know that probably sounds super weird, especially since its a Hodge quote, but I am a history major and relate to this quote on a personal level. I freaked the first time I read this quote in City of Bones.

“‘If you insist on disavowing that which is ugly about what you do,’ said Magnus, still looking at Alec, ‘you will never learn from your mistakes.'” 

Magnus Bane calling out the Clave will forever be one of my favorite things. But, this also has a very important message and I support that. Everyone should listen to Magnus, he knows whats up.

“You cannot save others until you first save yourself.”

Um, I’m not gonna say much about this one? Its just an important quote.

“I told her how brave you’ve been. How she’d be proud of you. Her warrior daughter.”

Wow, did you hear that? That was the sound of my heart shattering into pieces. Also, please note this is already the second Luke quote and we’re only on book one. I love that man.

City of Ashes

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“If you really love something, you never try to keep it the way it is forever. You have to let it be free to change.”

This may be the one ideology originating from Jocelyn Fairchild that I support.

“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”

Sometimes I just use this quote to put things into perspective. Also, this was almost my senior quote in high school.

“When you love someone, you don’t have a choice. Love takes your choices away.”

If you all thought I’d get through a favorite TMI quotes post without one of Clary’s most iconic lines, you were obviously wrong.

“Fate is never fair. You are caught in a current much stronger than you are; struggle against it and you’ll drown not just yourself but those who try to save you. Swim with it and you’ll survive.”

Okay, so like, this quote is a lot and I fully acknowledge that. But I just like it? Cassandra Clare really needs to stop with all of these quotes that send important messages because they make posts like these really hard.

City of Glass

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“Regret is such a pointless emotion, don’t you agree?”

Magnus Bane, forever coming through with the words of wisdom.

“The Clave thinks the wards will stand forever because they’ve stood for a thousand years. But so did Rome, till the barbarians came. Everything falls someday.” 

Hi, I’m Arin and I almost immediately fall in love with any and all historical references, especially if they’re from the classical period.

“All he wanted was to not be afraid, and so he was afraid all the time.” 

This quote always hurts me. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to, but it does.

“People aren’t born good or bad. Maybe they’re born with tendencies either way, but it’s the way you live your life that matters.” 

This quote has always reminded me of that Sirius Black quote and you know what, I don’t mind.

“‘Weakness and corruption isn’t in the world,’ Clary snapped. ‘Its in the people. And it always will be. The world just needs good people to balance it out.'” 

An important reminder in today’s society, especially in today’s political climate.

City of Fallen Angels 

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“‘Hearts are breakable,’ Isabelle said. ‘And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before.'”

Is this my first Isabelle quote? Wow, that honestly surprises me.

“The more you try to crush your true nature, the more it will control you. Be what you are. No one who really loves you will stop.”

I love Luke Garroway. Everyone should listen to Luke. He’s that friendly old man who is a dad to everyone and just wants what’s best for you and to make pancakes into fun shapes.

“You are not trivial.” 

Important! Message!

City of Lost Souls

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“You may have the worst timing since Napoleon decided the dead of winter was the right moment to invade Russia.”

Did I mention that I fall in love with historical references easily yet? Oh, I did? Also this quote just always makes me laugh.

“It was stupid to hope, she knew. But sometimes hope was all you had.”

Fun fact: I am a sucker for any and all quotes about hope. Don’t ask me why, but I am.

“I don’t think she doesn’t believe she can die. I think, just like you always did, she believes there are things worth dying for.”

Luke! Defending! Clary! We stan a father daughter pair.

City of Heavenly Fire

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“We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.”

Wow, I love the man who said this. I’m not gonna state who that man was because spoilers, but what. a. man.

“‘Heroes aren’t always the ones who win,’ she said. ‘They’re the ones who lose, sometimes. But they keep fighting, they keep coming back. They don’t give up. That’s what makes them heroes.'”

Wow, look at my baby girl coming through with words of wisdom! I’m so proud of her!

“Because the world isn’t divided into the special and the ordinary. Everyone has the potential to be extra ordinary.”

I’m pretty sure I saw this quote on an inspirational instagram post earlier today? Weird. Maybe they were celebrating Jace’s birthday too.

“Family isn’t blood. It’s the people who love you. The people who have your back.”

I love a good found family.

“There will always be those who want to tell you who you are based on your name or the blood in your veins. Do not let other people decide who you are. Decide for yourself.”

Tessa Gray for President. Ah, what a beautiful quote.

 

Welp, we are finally done. If you made it this far, I’m so proud of you. Have you guys read TMI? If so, what’s your favorite quote? Are you also having a hard time believing Jace is 28 today? Let’s chat and or scream about anything TSC related in the comments.

Ten 2019 Releases I Need Now

Ten 2019 Releases I Need Now

Hi, friends! 2019 is going to bring us a lot of new, amazing books! I can’t wait, there are so many books that I need in my possession right now, but apparently I have to wait until their release dates? Disappointing. Anyways, lets move right along to the books I need right now.

10. Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer 

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Release Date: June 25th 

In case you didn’t know, I love Brigid Kemmerer! And right now, I love all things contemporary! This is a contemporary written by Brigid Kemmerer! I feel like that says it all!

9. Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare

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Release Date: June 4th 

Okay, so like, I am well aware that I have already read the majority of this book (like 80% of it) multiple times, but a certain someone’s name is going to be revealed in the last two short stories and I! need! to! know!

8. Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston 

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Release Date: May 14th

Okay, so maybe its just that I spent the majority of my winter break watching Hallmark Christmas movies (and then winter movies, who knew they made non holiday related ones?) with my mom, but I am suddenly a sucker for any and all royal love stories, please send me all your recommendations so I can stop rewatching The Princess Diaries and The Princess Switch on Netflix. Plus, a female president? Sign me up.

7. The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

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Release Date: September 24th

So I still haven’t read the third book in this series, but I swear I will before September when this one comes out. I will not be spoiled if another huge character that I was just starting to love gets killed. Not again. I’m done with that.

6. Again, But Better by Christine Riccio 

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Release Date: May 7th 

I have been watching Christine’s videos since middle school, she is the one who introduced me to the online book community. I had no idea that any of this existed before I discovered her channel one day, so the fact that I will get to read a book written by her is mind blowing and I am very excited. Plus, its set in college. I need more books set in college! Though, I go to a women’s college so reading about colleges where men go is weird, but I’ll adjust. I always do, and by always, I mean that one time I read a book set in college.

5. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell 

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Release Date: ???? 

This doesn’t even have a blurb yet, but that doesn’t matter. I am so excited. I have nothing else to say other than I am excited. I am also worried because of the flames bit. I don’t like flames, not when they are near my babies.

4. You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

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Release Date: not soon enough  March 5th

I feel like I have been screaming about this book since I heard about it sometime last year, but I also feel like I have only been screaming about it to my real life friends who don’t really care and not on here, so that has been a big mistake on my part. I honestly can’t describe how much this book speaks to me even before its released. I wish it had came out last year when I was still in high school, but I will take it whenever. Academic pressure is something that I really struggled with in high school, I was in the top ten of my high school and started taking AP classes online because my school didn’t offer enough. It wasn’t good for my mental health, but my counselor had me convinced it was good for college. I am really, really looking forward to a novel that actually discusses academic pressure. Also, Laura Silverman is a total sweetheart. Please follow her on twitter.

3. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

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Release Date: November 19th 

First off, Brianna and I deserve this. Second off, AHHHHH. Third off, I really have nothing intelligible to say but AHHHH. Fourth off, not to be dramatic, but like, I’m already willing to die for the mysterious Fairchild daughters and we don’t even know their names yet. Loving and defending the Fairchild women is my hill and I will die on it.

2. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer 

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Release Date: January 29th (!!!!!)

Have I went over the fact that I love Brigid Kemmerer yet in this post? Oh, I have? Well, here we go again, I love Brigid Kemmerer. I will read any and all books she publishes.

1. The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

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Release Date: April 2nd

Two words: Haline content. More words: this was originally supposed to come out when I was on spring break but now its not and I’m bitter.

 

Well, that’s about it from me for today. What books are you excited for this year? Are you excited for any of these? Could you care less about any of them? Let’s chat in the comments!