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ladyshmelton

Joined December 2018

A short girl with a tall TBR pile.
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The Bane Chronicles | Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson
Mehso-so

The stories weren't in chronological order; rather, they were grouped by common threads of people or experiences. It made the timeline quite confusing. Of course, Magnus is fabulous. He is a good character on which to end my Shadowhunter binge.

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The Bane Chronicles | Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson
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I'll take " rejected Panic! At the Disco lyrics" for 1000, Alex.
Seriously. What a chapter title!

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The Red Scrolls of Magic | Cassandra Clare, Wesley Chu
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I may be addicted to the Shadowhunter universe. I waited (not so) patiently for this to be released, and then I waited another week for my hold to show up on Libby. And every moment of waiting was worth it. I devoured this in 12 hours, staying up way too late to finish it. It's easy to pinpoint where in time this is set, if you're already familiar with the timeline of the books. Love Magnus and Alec!

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
Mehso-so

Quick read. The meat of the story has some snappy, effective dialogue. Some readers will hate the ending, as it is intentionally left open-ended. Not a bad read, but not one I would pick up again.

*I read the audiobook and forgot to grab a photo of the cover.

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Eleanor and Park | Rainbow Rowell
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I'm not even 1/3 of the way done with this book. But I swear, if Richie hurts her or she dies and leaves Park forever, I'll reach through the pages and strangle him (Richie, that is. Park's a cinnamon roll of a human).

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Eleanor and Park | Rainbow Rowell
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I'm super late to the party on this one. It's been sitting on my bookshelf since it came out 3 years ago. The B&N Special Edition has some stunning cover art, as well. Hopefully the story lives up to the artwork!

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Not what I was expecting. It's a cute, enjoyable story, if you're into pirates and excessive drinking and gay teenage boys set in the 1700s. There were things I disliked, but as a whole, I deem it worthy of reading.

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City of Heavenly Fire | Cassandra Clare
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Oh, wow. That ending was incredible. Clare did a stunning job of tying up all the loose ends and bringing prophecies from Book 1 full circle. And the clear references to The Infernal Devices was a nice touch!
#shadowhunters

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City of Lost Souls | Cassandra Clare
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Another one bites the dust. Do I really have to day goodbye to these characters soon?!
Cassandra Clare did good work with this one.

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City of Fallen Angels | Cassandra Clare
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Another one bites the dust.
The lack of communication is YA fiction is beginning to frustrate me. I know it is a common theme that teens relate well with...but don't they know most of their problems can be resolved by just TALKING to someone about it?!
I did thoroughly enjoy this book. Clare sets up a solid dilemma for her characters to work through, and manages to keep its origins shrouded in secrecy until the end. And the allusions to TID!!

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Clockwork Prince | Cassandra Clare
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Because I loved this series so much, I thought I'd share this gem I found with you all. Will is still my favorite Herondale, even though Jace is still spectacular in his own right. #herondales #shadowhunters

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City of Glass (Reissue) | Cassandra Clare
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What I enjoyed: the vulnerable, shattered hero. It's on my favorite tropes. I loved seeing Jace be less than perfect and even nearly meet his match against Sebastian/Johnathan. I loved seeing Jace and Clary fight for their feelings. Clary's powers coming through at the right moments was neat, too. And when the humor returned at the end! The snark is so purely Herondale. #herondales #shadowhunters #YAfantasy

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Book haul from a local thrift/book store! I've been searching for the 3rd Series of Unfortunate Events for a long time! #bookhaul #happysunday

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Can I use this review to sing my love and praise for Jace? What a resilient, beautiful character. I have always loved the "fearless but damaged warrior" trope. And Jace takes it to a new level. We even get chapters from his POV now!! ?
As for the rest of the book, I have little about which to complain. Clare sets herself up for the series, hinting at important secrets but keeping them quiet. Can't wait to get my hands on Book 3! #shadowhunters

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City of Bones | Cassandra Clare
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Truthfully, I despise movie covers with a burning passion. But it was a cheap Goodwill find, and I was intrigued. (Also, the TV series sucked.)

I'm in love with the world Clare has created. I adore the long game she plays with her plot lines. The characters are so beautifully crafted and wide-ranging in their personalities, flaws, and development. She isn't a favorite author yet, but she's a brilliant writer.

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City of Bones | Cassandra Clare
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The Institute is out of bitter revenge? But it's full of Herondales and Lightwoods! Impossible!

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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Why is no one talking about this?!?

I have always enjoyed retellings of Beauty and the Beast. Different authors put their own unique spins on the classic fairytale, so that no two retellings are ever the same. This one is stunning in its retelling. Beautiful, fierce, heart-wrenching, gritty, and absolutely fantastic. Devoured it about a day, regardless of it being nearly 500 pages. I have no issues with this one. It is a solid pleasure read.

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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An astute observation about children in general. Loving this brand new rendition of Beaity and the Beast that I stumbled upon the other day in the library!

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Kids Like Us | Hilary Reyl
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Mehso-so

This was an intriguing look into how kids with autism think. Of course, this isn't a "one size fits all" telling; this is just one example of a high-functioning boy with autism who is learning how to engage with neurotypical people in a trial by fire.

This was a good, important book to read. While I may not have enjoyed it as much as others I've read this year, Martin's story & learning more about how non-neurotypical people think is important.

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Rising Strong | Bren Brown
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Getting out of my comfort zone can be difficult. Starting small by reading a genre that I dont venture into very often. #risingstrong #embracevulnerability #leanintodiscomfort

OnlyYoo If you like this Brene, you should check out her Ted talk on vulnerability! 9mo
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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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I'm sad to announce that I was disappointed in the structure of this story. Bardugo still creates an amazing plotline and an ending that will leave you feeling. However, for this supposedly being the start of a Nikolai duology, there were very few Nikolai chapters. Several other characters experienced important character development, but I was left wanting more from my favorite privateer-turned-king. Hopefully the next one is better.

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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Reading "King of Scars" by Bardugo and come across this line. Good old Kaz Brekker!! Six of Crows is still one of my all-time faves...which be up for a reread here soon! ?? #ignoretheTBRpile #rereadoldfavoritesinstead

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Kingdom of Ash | Sarah J. Maas
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I finished this book 4 days ago. Been digesting the ending ever since. It's been years since I ugly-cried over a book. This one did it for me multiple times at the end. My hubby thought I was ridiculous, but Maas nailed the ending to this series. Everything came full-circle; no plot lines were left unfinished. Every little spare piece was wrapped up with some sort of explanation. Excellent series overall.

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Kingdom of Ash | Sarah J. Maas
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Manon's chapters have always made me so proud and so sad, have always left me a little misty-eyed. The end of Chapter 89, though?
Sobbing. Downright sobbing as I experienced the incredible sacrifice and pure goodness that she and her Thirteen have changed into over the last few books. I have nothing but love for her and her Thirteen, Darkness hold me. ❤😭

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I needed a mental/emotional break from KoA. Switching genres a little bit here, in Hope's it will rejuvenate me.

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Kingdom of Ash | Sarah J. Maas
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Just cruising through this final installment. I haven't been able to read as much during the week, thanks to work and extracurriculars, so I'm making good use of my long weekend. 📚

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Tower of Dawn | Sarah J Maas
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Mehso-so

This book took me longer to read than it should have. I was not invested in any of the characters; I could not force myself to become invested, even as the story wore on. The character development was on par with Maas's usual style.The continutation of the plotland new jnformation/twists were well done and interesting. I just disliked the main two characters from previous installments of the series, and nothing they did here could change my mind.

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Empire of Storms | Sarah J Maas
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I knew how it was going to end, and it still broke my heart and made me cry.

All my favorite writers weave their stories intricately, tying together little bits and pieces to form a masterpiece of an ending. Maas has proven that she, too, can leave tiny tidbits of clues that she connects into grandeur revealed at the very end. A cunning end, based on how this 5th installment concluded. She is quickly rising to the top if my favorites list.

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Queen of Shadows | Sarah J. Maas
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This book was long, so I'll keep my review short: much better than previous installations.

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Heir of Fire | Sarah J Maas
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Significantly better than the first two! Action immediately! This was character development was significantly deeper & more enjoyable to read. Yes, Celaena was quite angsty, but it isn't anything new if you are familiar with YA lit.

I do enjoy drawing the parallels between Celaena and Feyre from ACOTAR. Their character development is quite similar, even if Celaena's is much more drawn out

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Heir of Fire | Sarah J Maas
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I know all the story lines will become important eventually...but I don't care much about the Ironteeth witches or any of the events in Adarlan. I just want to read about Celaena and Rowan. ❤

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Crown of Midnight | Sarah J. Maas
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Again, the beginning was tortuously slow. It took 200 pages to get any sort of significant action or excitement going. Everything was more world-building, character development, and information necessary for later in the story.

After that halfway point, though, everything exploded. Action! Excitement! Death, lost loves, and secrets galore. And that twist ending! Excited to begin the third installment!

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A Reaper at the Gates | Sabaa Tahir
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Thank goodness for audiobooks to make the mindless tasks of teaching go by a little quicker! #TeachersofLitsy #audiobookstotherescue

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Throne of Glass | Sarah J. Maas
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Don't mind my pajamas; it was nearly 2 am when I finished this.

The first 100 pages felt a lot longer than they really were. The world-building, character introductions, and beginning of the plot were extremely slow. Once the action began, however, I devoured this book. Read it I'm 2 sittings in one day. I'm eager to see what the rest of the series holds!

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Clockwork Princess | Cassandra Clare
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I cried at the ending. Beautifully written with plenty of intrigue to hold a reader.

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Clockwork Princess | Cassandra Clare

"I can tell you that the end of a life is the sum of love that was lived in it...you endure what is unbearable, and you bear it. That is all."

Can you hear the sound of my heart shattering?

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Clockwork Prince | Cassandra Clare
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Love triangles. Death and betrayal. Witty humor that literally had me laughing out loud. What more could you want from a book?!

Her writing was beautiful. I did listen to the audiobook for half of it, and the voices were well done. The actual book, though, lends itself better to understanding the story. I did not mean to fall in love with this series, yet here we are. #winterstormreadathon

BooksAndTea97 Be prepared for the final book if you haven't read it, it tore me apart. TMI is one of my all time favourite series.❤ 10mo
ladyshmelton @BooksAndTea97 I'm about halfway through the final one. Its breaking my heart with every scene! 😭 10mo
BooksAndTea97 @ladyshmelton I feel you. The ending had me in a reading slump for days. Cassie really knows how to end a series. 10mo
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Clockwork Angel | Cassandra Clare
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Oh no. I have stumbled upon another series that I just KNOW is going to rip out my heart and trample it to pieces. This is one book that did NOT start out slow, in my opinion. I felt drawn into the action right from the get-go. Loved it! #winterstormreadathon

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Clockwork Angel | Cassandra Clare
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The first bookshelf, dedicated to series, is complete! Unread/unwanted series were weeded and I have made a nice dent in the Clockwork Angel audiobook while I worked. Grape Scotch, it's fun work!

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Clockwork Angel | Cassandra Clare
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Snowed in over here in the Midwest. Taking advantage of forced hibernation to finally pull ever single book off my bookshelf, clean the shelves, catalogue the books, and reorganize.

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Wink Poppy Midnight | April Genevieve Tucholke
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It was a very slow beginning and middle. I spent most of the book confused about what the author was trying to accomplish. I saw the "surprise twist" coming several chapters before it happened, so it was completely lost on me. Her writing style wasn't bad, but the plot was a pain to follow. I almost DNF'd several times.

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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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I loved this book when I read it past year. I loved it again as I reread it in preparation for the sequel. The morality discussions always floor me. In an age when death comes from a seemingly unbiased 3rd party, how do they keep their morality in check? I appreciate how this book follows two different tracks: one who remains on the morally high ground, and one who must figure out who he is in the face of fire.

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Bedtime poetry, reminding me that I am more than my outward appearance. I love ending my day with a few pages of quiet, thoughtful poems. #bedtimemusings

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I'm trying to find the words to describe this book, but the ending left me speechless. The beginning was a bit slow, but it really picked up, especially in the last 10 chapters. The characters are so well-thought-out. It's fun to watch each of them try to unravel their destiny (especially if they were given clues), and then utterly fail...exactly like ancient Greek/Roman heros.

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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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My Amazon, Thriftbooks, and Powell's orders all arrived within a day of each other. So many beautiful things to read!

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About halfway through this beauty. Helping me recover from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series while I wait to start the Throne of Glass series (book on hold through the library). #waitinggame

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Onyx & Ivory | Mindee Arnett
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It wasn't a bad book. The magic she introduces is new, a breath of fresh air amid the multiple magic books I've been reading.

However, it dragged. Maybe it is predictable, but I couldn't keep my focus on it after 300 pages. I read the last chapter just to know the ending, but I couldn't complete the last 75 or so pages.

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Heartless | Marissa Meyer
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Finished the ACOTAR series last night. Library run tomorrow evening. This will have to tide me over until then!

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This series absolutely devastated me. The novella gave me a tiny hint of closure.

I know many people had problems with this novella. Here's my take: I fell deeply, madly in love with the characters, so the novella was worth the read. If you are looking for further plot development, don't bother. There are new POVs included. We see some important interactions between characters. And I think it was a nice wrap-up to the series.

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WOW. The twists, the tie-ins from the earlier novels, the character development and devastation of other characters...This book was an incredible wrap-up to the main problems.