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Valeria Andrea

Hell-O, I'm Valeria & there is nothing I love more than myself...& books. TV shows! Add food & traveling the whole world at that list.

My reviews? Pseudo reviews. But they are pretty.

There MUST be another book. Please!

Across a Star-Swept Sea - Diana Peterfreund

I highly advise for a third installment of this books.
With a twisty, complicated plot, with some For Darkness Shows the Stars people, the return of the Wild Poppy, technology like never before seen & lots of Justen & Persis.
Plus Persis & Justen.


I kid you not, this book heart attacked the shit out of me. I read it up to pieces & loved the fuck out of it! For starters, it has everything I like about a book; from the complicated not-love relationships to confusing friendships all the way to kickassery & action.
So, here's the thing. This will be a non-review, where I will point out real, fair, not-made-up reasons of why there. Must. Be. A sequel.


First things first. Oh my god, you, Persis! There is no doubt that she's my hero. I loved Persis determination to hide her real identity & be the most acclaimed air head on Albion's court so she could become the most acclaimed spy & savior of New Pacifica.
Yes, yes, this was amazing!
By day she's Persis Flake, court's shallow, stupid & uninterested girl, while by night *evil smile* she becomes the Wild Poppy, mastermind & responsible of saving aristos & enemies of the galatean revolution.
Beautiful, brilliant, resourceful, she got it.
Then again, if someone will cross the sea to risk her life like that, you can only expect it to worth something. Sure, she's saving lots of lives, but hey, the extreme amounts of action she gets in every scene is the real deal breaker. & for me too!!
The missions Persis carried away as the Wild Poppy in Galatea were total nail biters. & here's where I present to you,

Reason #1 of why a sequel is needed

I need MORE. More action!
More badass spy scenes!
More intrigue & conspiracy theories & fights with the bitch!!
It's a fact that I'm all over Persis political mind, cleverness & sarcastic comments. She's great, the kind of character you wish were real, & that's perhaps why her disguise as the sweetest stupid bothered me at times.
Is the best cover the Wild Poppy could yet, yes.
You need wit to play dumb, fine.
Still... Persis is the the Princess Regent closest friend. Isla doesn't have it easy, trying to rule over such macho society, what kind of help is Persis Flake? NONE, I tell you!
On the other hand, Persis fucking Blake could have been a great social influence that could have helped her friend in her first months as regent of Albion.
Ow, Isla... Ah, Isla was wonderful as ruler! (I shall whoosh about her later).
The act also affected Persis' life too much.
Clearly she was set to make some sacrifices in order to save people in Galatea, so hurt her reputation is not much in exchange. But what about her parents?
Her relationship with her father was very damaged. & why must this happen when her mom was... sick.
Anyway. Regardless of my feeling about Persis act, she was amazing at it.

Now, lets see.
Schemes & blindsides, consorting with the enemy in order to benefit your interests (as a spy!), help the princess legitimate her rule through deception; a lie of a romance that ends in unexpected something (love)...?
That is exactly the kind of love development I like!
& man, does this book deliver. Beyond the fact that Persis & Justen are perfect for each other (& that Isla mentions it several times to nag Persis) is the fact that they deny it AND/or are to busy regarding the plot to realize.
The major peeve I had with For Darkness Shows the Stars is that I wanted TENSION, but I got tension instead.
Hell, Across a Star Swept Sea is made up of great, pointy, hurtful splinters of TENSION!!
Never mind my craziness, I loved that.
Persis is neck deep with the Wild Poppy, & she can't trust Justen by any means because he's the enemy. That she has to fake a romance with him is bad enough; that he'd be her dream boy (smart, handsome & all that) makes it all kinds of worse.
But she wouldn't let all those confusing feelings distract her. Instead she sails south to Galatea to save some galateans.
Because she's badass like that.
Justen, well, as a good revolutionary, he has too many prejudices against aristos. He brushed Persis as shallow & stupid all too quickly... the better for Persis & her act.
Yet, when he was beginning to trust her & reach out of his revolutionary guilt & loneliness, BUM!
You are dealing with an SPY, Justen!
Not that he realizes.
Then he kisses her to prove something, but that's not the point. Persis played some interesting psychological games with his head, driving his revolutionary guilt to the point that he feared his actions would hurt his sister, the person he loved the most.
*happy sigh*
Isn't it romantic?
Oh, the confusion!
Oh, the doubt!
Oh my heart, this was so good.
Is not just the circumstances of how they met or that there were lies upon lies. Persis' little heart & personal issues beyond the Wild Poppy affected her take on liking Justen when she shouldn't.

Love was magma, shooting from the Earth. It had the potential to form pillars of rock that would last for a thousand years or plumes of ash that choked the sky. She would never love like her father, never let herself be loved like her mother.

Our girl has kind of closed herself about the idea of love. She thinks that there's no boy alive who can love her because what she is & not in spite of it; because of her brilliance & not just her pretty face.
Considering she's a little crazy, she might have been right.

Reason #2 of why a sequel is needed

This is how I like my romances to happen.
& just that.
It was perfect.
I want more of this (the contradictions) & more of them (the unexplored passion). The end was so very sweet, after that roller coaster of stuff they did & thought about each other, it was amazing.
But I also need... more. Something more. I need to see, er, read them go beyond "this kiss I will give you is real". To finally see each other as they are, without the masks & with the secrets on the table.
The sequel's plot should unite them AND challenge them as a couple.

PLEASE, somebody hear this, I am begging you!!!

Talking about Justen, he was my great dilemma.
One moment I was reaching for the darts to knock him out, the next I was loving him.
I know, I didn't get it. & he bought Persis act too easily, he SHOULD have known better, so I kind of wanted to slap him, too.
Anyway, I think that in this regard, one of the best parts of the book is when it hits him that he may have been more interested in her than he pretended to be. That he cared!

Vania's visit had proved that. After all, she'd as good as threatened Persis yesterday.
And Justen had almost bitten her head of for it.

Dude, the realization made him want to slam his head on a wall.


Reason #3 of why a sequel is needed

The women in this book are pure kickass material! They are so badass, & the boys... well, they used their brain, which is good, too!
So Justen is a genius & Persis is badass as shit, okay.
But Isla, OMG! Princess Regent Isla (along with Andrine, who is a total lady) was a master of regal shut-the-fuck-up faces.

I LOVED how she managed her precarious situation on the power, given that the neighboring country had killed its queen & that the Councilman in her nation didn't respect her or acknowledge her as ruler because she is a woman.
& she kicked some ass, too!
In her very royal, queenly way, of course.

“You think they like you because you’re soft on them. But all you’re teaching them is that you’re soft.”
Now Isla did turn, and fixed Councilman Shift with her most royal glare. “And if I let your insult pass unpunished, sir? What am I teaching you?”
Shift’s mouth snapped shut.

In her defense, Councilman Shift was a total asshole.
Also, it was her idea that Persis & Justen faked a relationship, so he could stay in Albion & do his anti-revolutionary investigation, while Persis could collect information from the enemy.
Considering all the above, that can never be a bad idea.

I see what you did there, Diana Peterfreund.
In one hand we have Galatea, currently under a revolutionary rule of terror, previously ruled by a queen for hundreds of years. Where the problem is class inequality.
On the other we have Albion, an almost paradise, ruled by kings since recently. Where the problem is gender inequality, & where the diseased King's daughter can't do more than wait for her baby brother to grow up & take the throne.
*slow clapping*

Reason #4 of why a sequel is needed

Just imagine all the social, political & ideological things a sequel could deal with! That's be wonderful (specially if the darlings are involved).
Plus some Andromeda's guilt, *muajajaja*


*sigh* It was everything I love in a romantic development & action, just bring another book & my year will be complete.
No joke.
I'll be waiting.

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/535632023
The First Star to Fall - Diana Peterfreund

As far as revolution, aristocrats, technology & the-birth-of-a-spy go, this novella was pretty good.
*heads directly to Across a Star-Swept Sea*

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/746258028?book_show_action=false
The First Star to Fall - Diana Peterfreund

As far as revolution, aristocrats, technology & the-birth-of-a-spy go, this novella was pretty good.
*heads directly to Across a Star-Swept Sea*

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/746258028?book_show_action=false

2013 in Review on Reviews & Reviews

So, 2013 came & went & I didn't quite read as much books because life. As lame excuses go, I swear! College was a bitch this year.

But I want that to change. 

will read more in 2014. 

Even if 2014 will be worse. 



Meanwhile, 2013 in books & reviews, shall we?

1. Best Book You Read In 2013?

Uh, *blows air* you mean book-sss, right? As for best, well, Mistborn was SO GOOD. OMG, & such a surprise, too! 

As "best book" is such a lose term, I must say that Scarlet was a lot whole of yeeesss my dearness; The Indigo Spell blew my mind to pieces in the most amazingly GOOD way & CLOCKWORK PRINCESS *fan scream* ..., ejem. You must know what I mean. 


2. Book You Were Excited About and Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I was all over Ink

It sounded epic to mythological heights.

It was my first e-arc provided by e-galley *yey*

It was so very plain & plotless &, dude, not good enough. 

It wasn't what I expected.



 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013? 

 Mistborn I tell you!!

 It is just so full of adventure & magic & mystery &... oooh.  

Also, its sequel! The Well of Ascension just proved that I can put Brandon Sanderson on my Favorite Author list. 



 4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

Erm, I'd say Inferno by Dan Brown. It was really good & I just love this kind of books, but also, I recommended it because of the very interesting perspective this book enhanced about overpopulation & resources on the world. 



5. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Brandon *freaking* Sanderson!! I'm actually about to star a new book of his, Steelheart *swoon over his books*


6. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Gameboard of the Gods. What, I love Richelle Mead's books, & even if a lot of people seemed to... not find this book entertaining, I fell all over it. 

That world building, god, I can actually SEE it happening. Plus the GODS on earth, I wanted to die of excitement. 


7. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?


Her dagger. So dangerously badass. 



11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

Oh, gods. dearly, how may I answer this question. 

So... Sybella from Dark Triumph is a badass. Period. & even so, there is much more to her, she went through a huge deal of stuff, awful stuff you couldn't even guess. Still, she's the big deal. 

Adrian! I've mentioned a MILLION times how much I LOVE him & how he's the love of my life. Still, in The Fiery Heart me managed to rock my world once again, up to the sky!

Does this question include Memorably STUPID characters? 


12. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

The world Richelle Mead created for Gameboard of the Gods is... og, real! 

Even set in the future, with a international setting that is fractured & technology has advanced, it is still a very critic mirror of the present I I like that stuff. 



13. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

*Tear* Oh Jem. Oh Will. *Another tear* Oh my broken heart: Clockwork Princess.


14. Review You Wrote That You Liked the Most?  

Why, glad you ask! The Selecction, of course. Awful book, beautiful rant. 

Also, now that we're on the topic: The first review I wrote in 2013 was Destroy Me - The last review I wrote was The Fiery Heart *wink*




So, on 2014 I plan to enhance my reading... whatever that means. 

On the books I WANTED to read in 2013 but didn't happen, well, I'm all over Crown of Midnight. It's ridiculously stupid, I needed this book to show up & I didn't read it. 

All the shame on me. 


Also, I'm waiting like crazy for Silver Shadows! After THAT end on Fiery Heart, OMG, well... 

Any other sequel, uh, let me think. Which other book of the million I want to read is... ah, Cress


Have a great 2014, you guys. 


Source: http://www.goodreads.com/ValeriaAndrea

Reading is good in soooo many ways!

Reblogged from Donostia Book Club:

There are so many reasons to read! Here you have one more:


«Reading 'can help reduce stress'

Reading is the best way to relax and even six minutes can be enough to reduce the stress levels by more than two thirds, according to new research»


To read the full article:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/5070874/Reading-can-help-reduce-stress.html

2014 shall kickass, & I shall read more books.


Silver Shadows - Richelle Mead

The good thing is that this book comes out just after my semester will be over, so I'll be FREE to die... er, read it.


Other than that, FML.


Okay, is time to ask.
Who the hell is boycotting Bloodlines' COVERS?
Sydney looks like she's about to set FIRE to... the rain. & you. To the WORLD.
Probably set fire to some ultra idiotic Alchemist standing on her way (Yes please, yes please).
Now, Adrian is all... & Adrian is on the cover too.

Centrum Permanebit

The Fiery Heart - Richelle Mead

Ah, fuck my life. Big time. I'm a total sucker for big endings. They do harm, but oh, dear karma, how I need them. The end was amazing-ly bitch-slapping! & not just because of the end itself but how Richelle Mead delivered.
To Cliff-Hang or to not Cliff-Hang.
Yes. So, as if all the romance & drama & clock ticking wasn't enough, the end lived up for the tension build up all along.
Hell yes.


This book has the least twisty plot lines in the whole series. More than anything, the book builds up to the (THAT!) end. Meanwhile, we have hot make out sessions & a mile long line of breadcrumbs to distract us.
Still, with that plot, the dual POV was a total win-win. Of course I'd rather be in Sydney's head any day, given how much I identify with her, but Adrian is no stranger of me & I actually liked his view. Too... Adrian-ish! He's the whole deal *wink*
I doesn't matter how much I like Adrian, though, so the dual POV is more of a plot device & that's it. & a very well done.
Also, the action is replaced with passion. (Oh, hell yeah (but I'll get to that)).
So, on the action.
There is no big mystery to run after. The Whatever Warriors were unveiled & that ended with a bang; Veronica's magical tricks were chased after & that ended with a BUM; here there is no wild chasing or the risk to die as much as there is hard thinking & scientific hope. That's it, because this book has shit loads of intellectual action.


It all pretty much comes down to ink.
Tattoo ink
*wiggles eyebrows*
Just think Marcus Finch & Strigoi blood & there you go.
Magic is Sydney's bitch. No joke, squeamish who? She's beyond that & is determined to blend her whole new array of talents with the number of skills she already has to go against Alchemists & be free from them, as to cooperate with Marcus.
Even so, Sydney's task is no easy one, & the stakes for what she's after & what she's risking are actually higher. I really loved how the only two worthy plot lines of intellectual action were leaded by Sydney on the side of humans & Adrian on the side of everyone else. Adrian got a very specific place of action & importance for the greater good, too, which is kind of refreshing for a change.


& talking about Adrian...
MY Adrian (mine) is a badass & I love him & I really hope he's strong enough.
You see, viewed form Rose's POV, Sydney's & even Lissa's, spirit is, even if dangerous, something captivating. Oh, healing powers, dream walking, aura sight... that's wonderful(!).
But from Adrian's side spirit becomes quite a scary shit.
Now that we've been in his head is easier (& funnier, too) to comprehend him. Spirit is no joke for him.
It pretty much affects him way more that it does other spirit users, so he'll have to learn to deal with that.

Who was I to do this?
I was Adrian Ivashkov.
And I was about to kick some ass.

He is learning, so I believe Adrian's place on the greater story will be much bigger.
Oh, but hey, he has Sydney &, as he says, she's his flame on the dark & his steadiness & all that good whatnot that helped him.
The fact that he was willing to cooperate & that Sydney is no quitter made up for any sort of drunken haze on Adrian's past.
He's a total keeper, Sydney girl.

Now, with all due regard, I shall go full Sydrian in about... now: Oh for the freaking dude upstairs.
It doesn't matter how much I like my books to be full of tension, rapture & bittersweet, when it comes to couples these two are the real deal.
Whether it was dear Syd coming to her senses or Adrian facing his personal demons, their relationship works. Funny, sweet &, ah well, dangerous too.
Sydney puts everything on the line for this relationship. It adds up to her magic, her rebellion & her relationship with Marcus. Adrian is the deal breaker & the thing that marks the point of return was long gone.
Not that she cares.
It is, though, a toss up for what would piss of more the Alchemists. Those self righteous bastards. I am rotting for a fire ball to land on their heads, courtesy of Ms. Terwilliger (I love her so much) & her coven.
What's deadly fire for the Alchemists for me will be sweet fireworks.
Ogh, but Sydney & her sweetheart can still get too sugary at times, high risks & everything.

“Oh, man. This is my dream come true: having an ‘I love you more’ debate. Here, I’ll start. I love you more. Your turn.”

Kidding, I'm actually jealous.

Hey, here's a though. Lets burn Zoe on the stake!
She's no witch, like her sister. She's a total stupid, annoying bitch & she shall die! & I HATE her so much.
Zoe is such an attention whore (pardon my french) is just ridiculous. So the Sage sisters got an asshole as a father. That is a pretty big deal. But seeing how the big sister went away head high & how Sydney has overcome the fear to her dad, Zoe should know better.
Even then, one thing is to need your father to pay attention to you by shaming your sister's work AND another very different thing is to demonize your own mother because he says so.

"You're right. We shouldn't fight. Today we are sisters, not just Alchemists. We need to unite against the common enemy."
"You mean mom?" I asked incredulously as Zoe nodded in affirmation.

I would hurt Zoe any day.
With a stake.
Through her brain.
I wish the Dad would be like Oh, Zoe, about you telling on your sister, good. We will save her soul blablabla. BUT (something about treason on another Alchemist on a mission or something), so you will NEVER become one. What a disappointment. Bye.
Aw, yes please.
I believe Sydney could have managed Zoe way better than how she did.
She could have said better lies, for starters. Way better lies. Mrs. Terwilliger is great & did a magnificent job helping you, Syd, but every lie has its limits.
Sydney did screw on that part.


So, sister's stuff.
A lot of old fellas made appearances in the book, from dear Rose to Lissa. *eye twitch* & I came to remember why I hate her so much.
On the other hand, I really like her sister.
I don't care how wise they say Jill is, she is a badass in her very particular way & I applaud that, plus, her relationship with Adrian is all too sweet.
On the other hand, Jill should have been a tool on Adrian & Sydney's relationship, more than the unwanted spectator.
As for the rest the gang... everything the same.
Actually, Fiery Heart, as built up as it was, was exclusively about Sydney & Adrian. I wish there was something else for the gang. Some more development beyond their romantic drama, you know?
We are talking about kick-ass guardians & a princess, for freak's sake!
The only one who stood up was Neil, the new dhampir on town. He developed on his manners & was also big point for the plot, so good for him.
The biggest thing the others got was... vain hints on the future.

Oh, dearness.
Considering this book centers in Adrian & Sydney, it all is...
They are good together, & underneath all the banter & the jokes, there is a quite desperation as well, it is hidden & kept quiet, but still there. Covered up on fake escape plans, but are they?

“Escape plan number seventeen," I told her. "Run away and open a juice stand in Fresno."
"Why Fresno?"
"Sounds like the kind of place people drink a lot of juice.”

Yeah, but it didn't matter how ridiculous & unreachable the plans were, not that deep down both needed them to happen. To be real because it doesn't matter if it was Texas, Rome or New Orleans, any option was way better than reality.
Ow, Sydney dear, why did you have to do that.
& Eddie... you go man.


As for the end... Well.
*sigh* Somewhere, somewhat I always knew it would happen. It was meant to happen. Would happen because Richelle Mead just writes like that. & she knows she does harm!
Just look at what she says in the acknowledgments:

But. I also thought Sydney would get away because of her superpowerful-ness. Magical, Logical & otherwise.
So, the end is not as much about her being in Springfield as much as Adrian's reaction.
Yeah. Think about it.
Sydney be Sydney.
But what about Adrian...? What is he capable of doing.
Think about it.


Just one last thing.
Centrum permanebit.
Yes, I am evil.

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/455007430

Reading Progress Update

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Challenge from Tumblr.
Challenge from Tumblr.

I have half a mind of doing this in a 30 second video instead of "30 day book challenge"...

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Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare

Spoilers? Maybe.
Well, obviously, as the fair cold hearted lady that I am, last night I threw a fit whenever I finished the book. Not in the bad way, is just... the ends were oh-damn-so-great.
All of them, in SO many ways.
Yep, endS, but hold on right there, I shall go back to the endS of the book later.


I didn't want to start the book.
No joke, I didn't.
But at the same time, I was desperate to go all the way to the end & see what the hell with Mortmain's devilic automatons, Tessa's origin & all the other shit load of theories I had to prove right. The thing is, I just knew at least one little tear this book would squeeze out of my mechanic heart.
I was so sure, as Tessa says,

“You know that feeling,” she said, “when you are reading a book, and you know that it is going to be a tragedy; you can feel the cold and darkness coming, see the net drawing tight around the characters who live and breathe on the pages. But you are tied to the story as if being dragged behind a carriage and you cannot let go or turn the course aside.”

I think Cassandra Clare wrote that line in purpose.
Anyway, differently from the characters in TMI, I came to care for the characters in TID way more than one sane person should.


Starting with Tessa.
The situation of her existence, how she was created (by Mortmain!) & her powers are enough for me to care, if at least in a detective like way. But, then again, I have always liked her.
I liked her at the beginning, I loved her determination when she burned her hand at the end of Clockwork Prince (my favorite scene of all 3 books), I was enduring with her all along this last book.
&, please, is not just about her thorn heart between Will or Jem, or the (apparently but not quite) pointless suffering & drama.
I like her for what she is, regardless her decision & her motives about the boy (boys?) she loved. (Of course I will parrot about it later, okay?)
I like her & care for her.

"Well[...], you can be assured that no one will be coming to rescue you now."
You are to be the ruin of the Nephilim.
"Then I will have to rescue myself."

Ah? Tell me if THAT isn't a strong character!
I will miss Tessa. I'd like to see her in action present-day, though that would also be... heart breaking, you know. Other people I love so much wouldn't be there.


Like Charlotte!
Okay, I like Tessa lots, but as I've said before, Charlotte would be my roll model if I ever grew up. Period.
She alone could lead ALL Shadowhunters!
*Hugs Charlotte one LAST time*
Okay, my eternal admiration for Charlotte brings down my point about how much I cared about the characters in TID.
She is a supportive character, & I was looking forward to see what was going on through her eyes.


The focus on TMI (1-3 at least) are Clary & Jace, so the wide spectrum in TID is great, specially with the likable characters.
I didn't expect to like Gabriel at all!
I had expected Cecily's appearance to be a bit more... plot-worthy. Since she & her parents knew Mortmain, I though that perhaps she would be at the Institute by his hand, even if indirectly. But no.
She was there because of her brother, she wanted to bring him back home, though the shot fired exactly in the opposite direction.
Still, I was looking at her closely, Cecily & Gabriel; Charlotte & Henry; Gideon & Sophie; ... even Bridget!
Damn, she surprised the hell out of me with her fighting skills. & her songs! Ha-ha, I actually liked them. I bet that Bridget eavesdropped on the guys, just to sing the more accurate creepy song.
My favorite was:
"Oh mother, mother, make my bed
Make it soft and narrow
Sweet William died, for love of me,
And I shall of sorrow.


They buried her in the old churchyard
Sweet William's grave was neigh hers
And from his grave grew a red, red rose
From hers a cruel briar.


They grew and grew up the old church spire
Until they could grow no higher
And there they twined, in a true love knot,
The red, red rose and the briar."

Jem & Will...

“You hear that, James Carstairs? We are bound, you and I, over the divide of death, down through whatever generations may come. Forever.”

For a love like Will's & Jem's for each other. *sigh*

Somewhere on the book, Jem says that the oath of the Parabatai is not what gave them the eternal biding of them souls, that it was just something that gave words to this that already existed.
Both boys are more than brothers & blood has nothing to do with it. The love for each other is just one of the many definitions of love you can find, for not even a girl (even if THAT GIRL was Tessa) could cut them apart.
Not even death.
I really loved (2 tears, oh my god, TWO TEARS for the boys!!) Will & Jem.
& I loved the love they have.
For a love like theirs...


Well. Moving on, before I do something stupid (like freak out... or cry); Mortmain is a son of bitches kind of villain. & I am glad to say that, even if I respect him as the bad guy, the very thing he created was what also destroyed him.
*evil laugh here*
Of course, he delivered the speech all villains do, explaining his motives & exposing the childhood trauma that made him the wreck he was. He even explained detailedly how was Tessa created! (Yeeeeeah! One theory right bitch!). He was smart & loved irony but he underestimated Tessa & what he made of her.
She ended up LOVING Shadowhunters, the very thing he hated the most(!)


Now, his Infernal Devices


Hmp, that scares the shit out of me, in the good way.
Mortmain's plain is what mind-blew me. It was very clear, maping carefully all the moves he had done since Clockwork Angel, but still, just as Tessa's conception, there were details that made me wonder & not have quite a clear idea of what he planed.
& this is exactly why I like him as a villain so much.
His planing has unexpected points that gave sense to the whole picture just once he delivered.


Ah, never fear, his automatons army IS scary.
Steampunk-devilishly kind of scary.


I don't usually pick up teams.
I don't like to. Of course, I would root for one or another, but teams? Hell, no. So when I actually put on a shirt for someone it is in situations like this.
*chokes* I AM TEAM WILL OKAY?! *chokes a little more*
I like Jem, a lot, he's a great dude, but well, I just like Will more. In Tessa's case, I totally understand what she means by loving both of them. Actually what Woolsey says to Tessa is pretty much my opinion.

"On can love two, but your heart can be given in romantic love to only a single other. So novels would tell us, though I have no experiences of it myself.
[...] Most people are lucky to have even one great love in their life. You have found two."

Tessa has Will AND Jem, she loves both of them & they love her just as much.
& she could not love one more by loving the other less & vice versa. But Jem was to die... & everyone knew it would happen.
What I liked in their... situation, is that this wouldn't be Tessa's unilateral choice. She is to marry Jem because she loves him (obviously) & even if she would like to be with Will as well, Will chooses to stay apart because he loves Jem too.
It all is very confusing. As a fan, if the end was Will, without any other force intervening & no other making choices, regardless of Jem's dead, I would be happy.
As I come to find now, it never is as easy.


I mean endS because everyone gets an end, but Tessa. She will live eternally so she won't have her end.
There is an end for Will-&-Tessa another for Jem-&-Tessa, but not one named Tessa-Tessa.
The Will-&-Tessa end is one that comes as satisfying but also bittersweet. Because the guy I was putting my money on kind of won but at the end, my money is taken from me.
It is not okay, but I also understand. It got to me, to see Tessa & Will together.
Jem-&-Tessa end, on the other hand... well, I don't feel like winning or losing anything. Of course I love the fact that Tessa is with someone she loves, after all this time of solitude. I don't even think it as something bad since Will would have probably approved & all.
Still, there is something about this at the back of my mind. Is as if the thing hasn't had closure, so I don't know... yet.
It was Okay, but still... not entirely what I would have liked, since he made his own decisions.
Also Jem's cure has a point, I know it. Whatever happens to him in CoHF, that I want to see.
Though even then, I wouldn't know about Jem & Tessa afterwards. There has to be a reason besides having his own shot with Tessa in the future, you know. & he will die, eventually...
Maybe the point of his cure shows itself in that other 2015 series, The Dark Artifacts?
Oh, god.
Tessa & Jem HAVE TO appear in that book! Doing something totally plot-worthy. Since Emma Castairs is Jem's, what, great-great-great niece?
& what if... Ah!
My heart is confused, I tell you.
Though the consequences of those ends give me motives to keep reading City of Heavenly Fire, since City of Lost Souls was so frustrating.
At least I get to see Brother Zachariah, now that I know who he is.


So, whit all this, what else can I say to this books, to the characters that I somehow came to care so much for?
Ave Atque Vale.
Hail & farewell my dears.

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/302765063

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Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.


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I can't ramble when I update my reading status?

Whaaaaaat - I LIVE out of complining, damn it. 

HOW the fuck... oh. I see. 


I know I can handle this site. I'm a grown up already, COME ON. 


Boundless - Cynthia Hand

& with cheese I'm usually all whatever, but dude, seriously. What.




*annoyed sigh*
*drums fingers*
*looks at screen*


Clara is supposed to be a not-quite-but-almost-there angel. So she's a tripliare; when you are thinking Oh, well. She must be busy not worrying about the good/evil paradox, playing her harp & stuff, you suddenly realize that she (& also Christian for that matter) are west in Stanford because a normal life sure is what everyone wants.
You want to be normal? GO WITH A SHRINK!


& here I present to you Boundless plot:
A Tripliare First world problems.
Tripliare in love.
Tripliare in love with a Human.
Tripliare at college!
Tripliare in danger...
Tripliare running for their lives because we have to make the book exciting.


*Deep thought or whatever*
I had this sudden epiphany where I was staving Christian (I swear it came of nowhere)! But it was beautiful. His stupid head against the car glass & a sharp object on his chest.
Clara was childish & pointless about stuff all the time. Selfish, stupid & more interested in her now nonexistent relationship with Tucker than in her upcoming death.


Now, that other plot line that has nothing to do with tripliare was so... WHAT THE HELL?!
What in the fucking literal HELL!
Angela became kind of my antihero.
Hero because of how she managed her, uh, dilemma. Until the point Phen came, that's it.
Anti because COME ON. Is fucking ANGELA. I just can't believe the pregnancy stuff. Just no. I'm in college, & I just cannot begging to wrap my mind around the frustration &... frustration someone like Angela must have felt.


The fist book of the series was cliche fest but was so well done that I liked it. The second was a shrug, a shake head & a pat in the back. This one was just ridiculous.
Fuck you Clara.
I wish she was with Christian.
Tucker, in all his human glory, is still too funny & smart to be part of THAT end.

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/321218357