March Book Wrap Up!

Books Pledged to Read in 2015:

150

Am I On Track: 

3 books behind

Books Read So Far: 

33

Total Books For March: 

11.5 (I read a comic book but I so counted it)

Forever Princess (Re-Read)

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Mortal Danger

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Princess Leia #1

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The Alex Crow

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Wait for You

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Insurgent (Re-Read)

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Awakening (ARC)

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Pitching for Amalie

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Not After Everything (ARC)

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The Year We Fell Down

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The Year We Hid Away

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Blonde Date

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Note: I’m severely behind on reviews right now but I’m working on it!

Fictional Crush of the Week-Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments (Re-Post)

Character Name:

Isabelle Lightwood

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Book or Series They Appear In:

The Mortal Instruments Series

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Author/Creator:

Cassandra Clare

Played By: 

Jemima West

Who They Are:

Isabelle Lightwood is one of the main characters of the Mortal Instruments series. She starts off as a sort of secondary character and she becomes more important as the series goes on. She’s the younger sister of Alec, and the older sister of Max, and the sometimes love interest of Simon Lewis. She has long black hair, dark hair, and she’s beautiful and fierce. She has a great and fun sense of humor, and is a great fighter. She sometimes comes off as someone who may not be as serious because of her sense of humor and her fashion sense but she is a wicked fighter, and she is incredibly loyal to her family and her friends. She is an amazing Shadowhunter.

Why I Am Crushing On Them: 

I absolutely ADORE Isabelle. At first, Clary can be a little annoying. I definitely change my mind on this because Clary will appear eventually on this feature! But Isabelle, from the beginning, was my type of girl. She’s dark haired for one thing, and she just has a charming, sexy personality from the beginning. I like that she has that sense of humor, but she knows when to be serious, and when to act like a warrior. And she’s a badass warrior. She has the best weapon of all with the whip, seriously. I can’t even handle that weapon. Its awesome, and its sexy, and it probably takes a lot of skill and training for it to be an effective weapon. And I love that’s careful, and cautious and she’s so incredibly smart. Sometimes people think Isabelle is just looks, but she’s a fighter and she’s an incredibly clever person. I’ve loved watching her evolve over the series.

Plus have you seen Jemima West? She’s is SO beautiful, and I am major crushing on her. I was very sad when she couldn’t make it to the Los Angeles premiere of the movie :( I was hoping to meet her SO badly.

Notable Quotes: 

Isabelle shrugged philosophically. “I’m pure at heart. It repels the dirt.”

“But I watch my brothers give their hearts away and I think, Don’t you know better? Hearts are breakable. And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before.”

“What’s the point in wasting a perfectly good brick wall when you have someone to throw against it, that’s what I always say.”

“Isabelle chewed thoughtfully on her straw. “That new lead singer they have is hot. Is he single? I’d like to ride him around town like a bad, bad pony-” 

“Nothing less than seven inches! That’s my motto!”

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Book of the Week-City of Ashes-Special TMI Read-A-Thon Edition!

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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

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Genre:

Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance

Part of a Series?:

The second in the Mortal Instruments Series

Age Recommendation:

13+

Plot Summary:

From GoodReads:

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

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

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

My City of Ashes Experience: 

The minute that I had finished City of Bones, I knew immediately that I had to get my hands on City of Ashes. I think it was really late at night though, 2, maybe 3 am so of course that wasn’t an option. I hadn’t bought an e-reader yet so I couldn’t just download the next book the way I did when I finished Divergent at 3 am and needed Insurgent immediately. I waited until the next day and went as soon as I could down to Borders (agh, I miss that store) and bought it, and immediately went home and dove into the story.

See, the way Cassandra Clare left off in City of Bones? I couldn’t just handle that. I had fallen madly in love with Jace Wayland, and was shipping him with Clary SO hard. When I found out they were brother and sister, I just couldn’t handle it. It couldn’t be true. There was no way! It was some sort of sick and cruel joke and I had to find out what was going on.

When I read through City of Ashes, I was blown away, and I immediately liked it even more than I had liked City of Bones. Cassie had taken the story she had already created and blown it up even bigger and even better. Everyone had something to worry about it, and it was all wrapped up in the ever looming drama and fear of Valentine. Jace and Clary were in love, but siblings. Simon was in love with Clary, not fitting into this new world that she was a part of. Alec continues to struggle with his sexuality and the lies he continues to tell. Its not only this story of fantasy and all that, but there are real human stories, real human emotions and I think that really comes clear in City of Ashes.

I love the turning point for Clary in this book. Clary is becoming more part of the Shadowhunter world, and I love that. In City of Bones, she is struggling to fit into a world that she was technically born for, but hidden from her entire life and that is incredibly difficult, especially when your dad-figure is suddenly a werewolf, your mom is unconscious and can’t even tell you about this world and your best friend is a mundane, not part of it at all. So in City of Ashes, when she starts to become a bigger part in the world, I found myself following her into that. I love that we see her connect with the fae for the first time, because they are a Downworlder species that we hadn’t really met before.

I also really loved that we get to see the magic that is Clary starting in this book. When she uses the open rune to get into Jace’s cell in the City of Bones, and when she destroys the ship and when she creates the Fearless rune. Those are magical moments for me, because not only is she a Shadowhunter but she’s also a special one, a powerful one. She may not be able to fight but she’s smart and powerful and that’s what makes her so incredibly strong. I got the fearless rune tattooed on my shoulder, partly because of my obsession with the ideas of fear and fearlessness and bravery but also to connect myself with Clary as a character.

The relationship between Jace and Valentine really make it a great book as well. I think its easy for the reader to know that Valentine is a bad guy but I liked that Cassie made sure that Jace struggled with it. It has to be so hard for him. Valentine, no matter who he is, was Jace’s father, and raised him. Even though he was not the best parent, he was the only person Jace knew as family until the Lightwoods, and the only affection he ever knew. He loves him, despite everything, and its such a struggle for him to fight against him and I loved the realness and the rawness of that relationship.

The Last Word

They say the middle book of a series is the one that leaves you with no hope, and City of Ashes does that. Its the one where you attempt to take down the bad guy and the bad guy wins for a bit. Think Star Wars and other trilogies where this happens. It just has to happen that way and I think Cassie does an amazing job. She really leaves us off in City of Ashes feeling absolutely hopeless. Valentine has escaped, with the Cup and the Sword. Jocelyn is still not awake. Simon is freakin vampire. Jace has just told Clary that he’ll be her brother from now. It literally leaves you feeling so let down, but its beautiful that way because you immediately want to read City of Glass and fix it all!

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Share in the comments! What do you love about City of Ashes? What are some things that you maybe didn’t like? Have you re-read it recently? What are some of the reasons you love it! Can’t wait to hear from you!

TMI Read-A-Thon: Favorite City of Bones Quotes!

Hello everyone! I am currently hosting a TMI Read-a-Thon, cure re-reading all the books of the Mortal Instruments series in anticipation of the release of City of Heavenly Fire. You can join in by clicking this link.

Every Friday, try for the next couple weeks, I’ll be posting my favorite quotes from each Mortal Instruments Book!

As this is my first week, of course, these are all my favorite quotes from City of Bones.

Enjoy! And make sure to share yours in the comments!

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Book of the Week-City of Bones-Special TMI Read-A-Thon Edition!

This week’s Book of the Week, view and the next few, will be a bit different. I am currently hosting a TMI Read-a-Thon, re-reading all the books of the Mortal Instruments series in anticipation of the release of City of Heavenly Fire. You can join in by clicking this link.

But instead of just reviewing the book, I will talk about why I love each book so much, what I felt when I read it, my memories from reading the book the first time.

I hope that you can all join in! For now, enjoy!

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Genre:

Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance

Part of a Series?:

The first in the Mortal Instruments Series

Age Recommendation:

13+

Plot Summary:

From GoodReads:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing?not even a smear of blood?to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know… 

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

My City of Bones Experience: 

The first time I read this book was nearly four years ago, in the summer of 2010. The book had already been out for three years and I was jumping late on this bandwagon, but before it completely blew up. That’s not really important though. I was in Borders (oh R.I.P. Borders) looking for something new to read. I was desperate at this point. My boyfriend and I had just broken up and if you’ve never experienced someone whom you love very much, breaking up with you, when you least expect it, it hurts. Badly. And I didn’t quite know what to do with myself. The only thing I’ve ever been good it, the only thing that has ever been able to fix me and make me feel better is reading.

So I was at Borders. I think City of Bones was one of those “employee recommends” that they put on the shelves sometime. I picked it up, read the back cover, and thought, hmm, maybe. It sounded fairly interesting and the fact that the main guy character’s name was Jace kind of had me sold. I love that name, and now love it even more.

I went home that night, and proceeded to read it so fast that I’m surprised the pages didn’t blur in front of my eyes. I immediately went back the next day to buy City of Ashes…and then went back the day after to buy City of Glass, and so on. I was hooked, line and sinker. It was magical.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. City of Bones. It was absolutely breath taking to me. It pulled me into this unbelievable, dark, sexy, incredible world and I never wanted to leave. I’ve always wanted to be a wizard and go to Hogwarts. I’ve always wanted to be a Jedi Knight with a badass lightsaber. As soon as I read City of Bones, I added one more to that wishlist: I wanted to be a Shadowhunter, and badly. I had already had…two tattoos by that point and knew that I wanted to continue to cover my body with them. The tattooed Marks of the Nephilim, the way they fought, it all sounded way too amazing for me to handle. Their world sound mysterious and dark and seriously sexy. I was addicted to it. I wanted to know about this Valentine and his plans for the Shadowhunters. I loved the idea of vampires, werewolves, faeries and warlocks. It all was so amazing to me.

I also loved Clary. I know the whole, small  normal girl turned special girl thing is kind of overplayed but I love it. I love the idea that an ordinary girl can be thrown into an incredible situation and became extraordinary. I love how you can make them small but they loom large. I love that. As a small person with lots of fears and issues with bravery, and feeling like she gets lost in the shuffle of life, I love those kinds of stories. Clary was a character that I instantly bonded with. I loved that she read, was fiercely loyal to her friends, and I was jealous of her beautiful red hair, and her ability to pull people in.

Then there was the Lightwood duo, who remain my favorite characters (besides the obvious). I loved the toughness and femininity of Isabelle Lightwood. I loved that she could be physically strong but also emotionally strong as well. I think we forget that strength can be more than just wielding a weapon. Isabelle can wield an angel blade or her fierce whip all while wearing a dress and heels. I think its beautiful that she can be strong and pretty, a fighter and feminine. I liked Alec because he seemed to be me, the kid that isn’t quite comfortable enough in his own skin, incredibly loyal to his friends and family and scared of the change around him. As soon as I figured out he was gay, I knew that I was going to watch his story closely. He meant so much to me.

And then there was Jace. I must mention, I really was so incredibly lonely when I read the book. When you realize that his name is Jonathan, which is my boyfriend’s name (ex at the time), I was dying. It was painful but so addicting. And everything about Jace made me want to grab onto him and pull him out of the pages. He was so sexy, that blond hair, and golden eyes thing going on. He was a fighter, brave and reckless and stupid but so impressive. He had sarcasm a mile, and a bite to scare away most people, but could be vulnerable and emotional. I fell massively in love with a fictional character and he remains my number one crush.

The Last Word

This book did wonders for me. It was a life perserver when I was drowning in my own emotions and self-pity. It was so beautifully written that I remembered again why I loved to read, and why I loved to discover new books. It was huge in my decision to create a blog and share my love for all things books and fandoms. It was the first fandom tattoo that I got on my body, after Harry Potter and Star Wars, both of which had been in my life since I was a child. It was the first book I had read, really, since Harry Potter, that had grabbed me, made me love it and hasn’t let go since. I’m enjoying going back and reading through them, again and again. This is not the first re-read of the book and I’m sure it will not be the last!

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Share in the comments! What do you love about City of Bones? What are some things that you maybe didn’t like? Have you re-read it recently? What are some of the reasons you love it! Can’t wait to hear from you!

What A Nerd Girl Says’ Mortal Instruments Read-A-Thon!

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I really did try to come up with a better name for this. Obviously I failed miserably. This is why I don’t name things, viagra buy guys. I let other people do that work for me!

Moving on…

In just over a month, the final installment of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire, will be hitting bookstores. War will be waged, battles will be fought, tears will definitely be shed.

You can read my City of Heavenly Fire synopsis reaction here.

And in order to celebrate and prepare for this ending, What A Nerd Girl Says is going Shadowhunter.

I’ll be re-reading the Mortal Instruments books until the release, and profiling each one a week until the release. I would encourage you to join in whatever you way you can: on your blog, on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, whatever way you’d like!

I’ll be tweeting, instagraming and tumblring as much as possible and will be using the hashtag: #anerdgirlsaysTMIreadathon, so please join in! I’d love to hear from you as we make our way back through the TMI series and prepare for the heartbreak that is sure to be City of Heavenly Fire.

Here is the schedule that I’ll be doing for my TMI Read-A-Thon

City of Bones – Week of April 21st

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Tuesday 4/22: Tuesday Top Ten: Favorite City of Bones Moments

Thursday 4/24: Book of the Week: City of Bones

Friday 4/25: City of Bones: Favorite Quotes

Saturday 4/26: Fictional Crush of the Week: Jace Wayland (Re-Post)

City of Ashes – Week of April 28th

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Tuesday 4/29: Tuesday Top Ten: Favorite City of Ashes Moments

Thursday 5/1: Book of the Week: City of Ashes

Friday 5/2: City of Ashes: Favorite Quotes

Saturday 5/3: Fictional Crush of the Week: Isabelle Lightwood (Re-Post)

City of Glass – Week of May 5th

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Tuesday 5/6: Tuesday Top Ten: Favorite City of Glass Moments

Thursday 5/8: Book of the Week: City of Glass

Friday 5/9: City of Glass: Favorite Quotes

Saturday 5/10: Fictional Crush of the Week: Alec Lightwood (Re-Post)

City of Fallen Angels – Week of May 12th 

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Tuesday 5/13: Tuesday Top Ten: Favorite City of Fallen Angels Moments

Thursday 5/15: Book of the Week: City of Fallen Angels

Friday 5/16: City of Fallen Angels: Favorite Quotes

Saturday 5/17: Fictional Crush of the Week: Simon Lewis

City of Lost Souls – Week of May 19th

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Tuesday 5/20: Tuesday Top Ten: Favorite City of Lost Souls Moments

Thursday 5/22: Book of the Week: City of Lost Souls

Friday 5/23: City of Lost Souls: Favorite Quotes

Saturday 5/24: Fictional Crush of the Week: Magnus Bane

City of Heavenly Fire – Week of May 26th 

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Tuesday 5/27: Happy Book Birthday to Cassandra Clare!

Wednesday 5/29: Vlog Reaction to City of Heavenly Fire (Spoilers!)

Thursday 5/30: Book of the Week: City of Heavenly Fire (No Spoilers!)

Friday 5/31: City of Heavenly Fire: Favorite Quotes/Moments

Saturday 6/1: Fictional Crush of the Week: Clary Fray

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I hope that you can all join me! I know that not everyone can read as quickly as me, though, so I made these posts sort of easy so that if you’ve read the books before, you can participate!

Happy Reading everyone, and don’t forget to follow here on the Blog, the Tumblr, the Twitter, the Facebook and the Instagram to be a part of the Read-A-Thon!