Friday Reads

#Friday Reads 8/12/16 |Ventura, California Edition

Hey Bibliomaniacs,

There is no #Fridayreads video this week, for I am currently out of the town, visiting the lovely city of Ventura, California and  I didn’t have time this week to pre-film it. However, I do want to share what I will be reading this weekend.

I have finally started reading the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, the book that I am reading is the first installment called Obsidian. This was very popular within the book-tube community in the summer of 2013. I decided to give it a go. I have about 72 pages left in the novel and I have been really enjoying reading it off my kindle. However, I definitely have my share of issues with it. I will share them with you in my wrap-up.

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis: Starting over sucks.ObsidianWhen we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is. (Goodreads)

Since I only have about 72 pages left in this book and I will be staying in tonight I feel like I will have not problem finishing this book. So, now I know there is a burning question in you. Why Marina, what will you be reading after you are done with “Obsidian”?

When I finish “Obsidian” I would love to start reading “Lady Midnight” by Cassandra Clare. I have been dying to start this one since it came out and I am finally caught up with this series.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 

SynopsisLady Midnight

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare. (Goodreads)

I am extremely excited about this installment. I have only heard really good things about it and I think that vacation time is the best time to start a very thick book.

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend and getting plenty of reading in. Look forward to a travel vlog possibly in the near future. I would love to vlog this vacation. Although, today was a bit stressful of a start with a clogged toilet at the place we are staying but, I declare the rest of the trip to be delightful. I can’t wait to connect with my best friend who is coming to visit. And my dear ol’ pops is meeting us in Ventura as well.

With warm cups of tea and just a few more chapters,


Book Review

City of Ashes By Cassandra Clare


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 Book: City of Ashes 
 By: Cassandra Clare
 Pages: 453
 Synopsis: All Clary, wants is for her life to go back to normal, before  the demons, before the vampires, werewolves and fairies. But, when her  father Valentine, steals the mortal instruments and downworlders are being  drained of blood, Clary is determined to figure out what her father is up too  and stop her brother Jace from betraying the shadowhunters to him. She is  just one girl with hefty problems.
 Review: I gave this book a 3/5 stars. I enjoyed the action that filled the  ending apart of the book. But, the first one-third of the book was  very confusing. Firstly, they kept going back and forth if Jace and Clary are  brother and sister, and once they “established” that they were siblings they  had to add that they have feelings for each other. That part gets confusing  for both the characters and the reader.

 The characters in the story I feel have grown a lot. Clary isn’t as annoying as she was in the first book. I feel that she actually starting to connect with her feelings, where as in the first book she just expressed them but, I didn’t feel that she felt what she was saying. 

As always I loved Simon, I thought that he was a great vampire and I loved the connection that he and Clary have. He is the best friend every girl wishes to have. I think that I prefer Simon rather than Jace because he isn’t as cocky and he knows he has his own flaws.

Jace ones again was the pretty boy and at times I just wanted to whack him on the head because he always acts as if he is invincible and better than everyone else. It made him seem a little cocky.

My favorite character was Luke, I think that he was a very strong parental guide. I felt that he really cared for Clary and he allowed his emotions play out according to the situation. He didn’t hold anything back. 

Overall: I loved the characters, I wasn’t a huge fan of the plot and that it took a long time to get to the juicy parts of book. Therefore, I only gave it a 3/5 stars.

Book Review

City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare

200px-City_of_Bones Title: City of Bones

 Author: Cassandra Clare

 Series: The Mortal Instruments 

 Pages: 453

 Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

 Synopsis: A young girl named Clary, discovers that the world she has always known isn’t as simple  as it seems. After going to a night club where she witnesses a murder by a group of teenagers that  only she can see, Clary gets thrown into a world of demons and demon hunters that call  themselves “Shadowhunters”.  She would like nothing more than to go back to her perfect world  before demons. But, when her mother gets kidnapped and a demon is sent to attack Clary, she has no choice but to seek help from the kids that she saw at the night club. Within a 24 hour period Clary, is sucked into the shadowhunters world, befriending the 3 teenagers Jace, Isabelle and Alec and discovering that she may just have more in common with them than she thinks.

Review: I have  read this book twice, I have very mixed feelings on this book. This is the first book in a series so, it was a little slow as it through out a lot information at the reader regarding the characters, and the back story of the world building that Cassandra Clare does.

Clary, our main character I found to be a little whinny and annoying throughout the novel, least to say she wasn’t my favorite character and I had a hard time connecting with her. She seemed a little clueless and lost even with the most trivial things.The characters are phenomenal, they really make the world of the shadowhunters come alive. Jace, is witty and has a hard shell exterior about him, but throughout the novel it makes you wonder if someone or something will break him. He is a strong warrior as well.

Alec and Isabelle were great and interesting background characters in the novel. They  really tied in all the lose ends that revolved around Clary and Jace. It was great and entertaining to witness the teamwork that Alec, Isabelle and Jace have together and the compassion they share for one another.

My favorite character was Simon, who is Clary’s best friend. I loved him because I could totally see my self being friends with him and through out the novel I would just get giggly with how funny and such a boy next door feel he gave me. 

Within the good guys there were the bad guys, our main antagonist Valentine, was purely and evil genius. He wanted to steal the mortal cup in order to make more shadowhunters. He was such a perfect evil character because he truly believes in the cause that he is trying to succeed in. There is a lot of mystery surrounding him and he has the power to connect all the characters together. I thought that his character was very well written.

Overall, I gave this book a 4/5 stars as it captivated my attention, and connected to most of the characters. It had me rooting at the edge of the seat. Be prepared that it is a little slow at the beginning as it is filling you in on the world that the reader is about to enter.