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While she contemplates life decisions,
We have all sorts of words that could describe us. But we get to choose which ones are most important.”
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One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by."
Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them...
My rating: 90%
This is a book that's been on my TBR for quite some time. I'd been putting off both the last three books of The Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices just because I wasn't sure what order in which to to read them, and quite frankly, it was just easier to read something else. But now that I've read it, I don't know why I put off reading this book. It was such a well-represented book, having elements of fantasy, comedy, romance, historical fiction, and action. There is definitely something for everyone in this book.
First of all, I love the Shadowhunter world that Cassandra Clare builds in the late 1800's. It is the perfect mix of Victorian Era London and the sophistication of the Nephilim society. Since I read this book after reading the first three Mortal Instruments books, I could see the parallels in the books and the different ways the Shadowhunters lived in the 19th century vs. the present world. The time period also has an effect on the way the narrator, Tessa Grey, views both the mundane and Shadowhunter societies. I really noticed how Tessa thought it was strange that the women of the Nephilim were thought of as equal, and fought alongside the men. It goes to show how far we have come in today's society.
Speaking of Tessa, I'm pretty sure we could be best friends. She is a strong and independent woman who don't need no man, and also loves books! I'm not going to lie, we're basically the same person. She will also do whatever is necessary to find her brother, who goes missing at the beginning of the story. Tessa is so courageous and intelligent, I wish I was her. She doesn't back down to anyone, and I really admire that.
My favorite aspects of this book are the small tie-ins to the original series, and it kept me on my toes. I won't go into too much detail because of spoiler reasons, but there were a lot of little moments where I thought to myself, "Oh, that's a nod to so-and-so!" or, "That's important later!" It was really neat to have all those little moments. I also loved the fact that every time I thought I had everything figured out, there was something unexpected thrown into the mix. Cassandra Clare constantly shakes things up and made me second guess things.
Overall, this book is both a great read if you have a few Mortal Instruments books under your belt, or you're looking for a new fantasy series, this book is definitely for you!
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The re-established Shadowhunter,
'One must always be careful of books,' said Tessa, 'and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.'
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
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From summer vacation,
The opposite of faith isn’t doubt. The opposite of faith is certainty.”
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The girl who should be studying for finals,
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."
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Jamming to the Beauty & the Beast Soundtrack,
I will call you Beauty, for that is what you are.”
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The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it's the small things that count.”
The Day I Ran Away, by: Ashton Smith
It was a somber day,
The day I ran away.
When people back home think about me,
I imagine them thinking things that
"She was lonely," they say.
"An angsty teenage girl
who felt the need to defy the town."
But that's not true.
I want to get out into the world,
See things no one's ever seen before.
I want to impact the lives of my peers,
and show them the world is much bigger
than the one they think of as their own.
I want to bring people together,
and let them know that their problems
There are people who have suffered,
and moved on,
stronger than ever.
I want to experience as much as I can,
Because, one day,
I'm going to die.
My life will end,
and, unlike others,
I don't want that weighing feeling.
"I wish"es, "I would've"s, and "I didn't"s
I never want to experience.
And for that reason,
I'm going to determine my own life.
"I plan"s, "I will"s, and "I am"s,
are the only things
that will weigh me down
on that inevitable day.
And for that reason,
to run away.
I really hope you enjoyed my poem, and please, please, please leave your thoughts in the comments! I love when other people critique my work. :)
As she lets the creative juices flow,
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry."
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The Book Insider,
'How do you scroll down?'
Ashton is a high school girl with a passion for books. She also participates in other activities such as sports and musical groups.
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