January 6, 2020

The Infernal Devices Re-Readathon

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own. Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

I have a better appreciation for the term Infernal Devices- Mortmains automaton creations. Don't blink because the clockwork angel Tessa wears around her neck is the most fantastic imaginative piece of the author's fabric! and there is a lot of clever pieces of fabric in Cassandra Clare's creative mind, such as the Iratze's and the swords shadowhunters fight with. As you will discover, Mortmain is the enemy and Tessa, Will, Jem, Charlotte, Jessamine, Sophie, Thomas and Henry all live inside the London Institute of Shadowhunters.

Tessa Gray travels from New York to London on a steamship hoping to meet up with her brother Nate. Instead, she falls victim to a pair of dark sisters who serve Mortmain the magister. They seem to know all about her and insist on training Tessa on how to use her power. She doesn't know anything about what she is until she is forced to become someone else for the first time.

Downworlders are creatures with a supernatural abilities such as warlocks, vampires, faeries, and werewolves. Shadowhunters are part human and part angel. They have angel blood coursing through their veins. They primarily fight and kill demons and are bound by Clave Law and The Accords to live peaceably with downworlders and their mandate is to kill demons. Tessa seems to have escaped the Dark House into their world. On a bright note, her romantic involvement with Will is tasked with their mutual fondness for books. I'm sure avid readers will appreciate that aspect.

"Is it dreadful, being so evil? Are you worried you'll go to Hell?" She leaned closer to Tessa. "What do you think the Devil's like?"
Tessa set her fork down. "Would you like to meet him? I could summon him up in a trice if you like. Being a warlock, and all."

Brother Enoch says Tessa is an Eidolon. A Shape-changer but not one that is familiar to him. There is no demon's mark on her.

The following review was first published on my blog in 2011 @Jackie's Forget Me Nots
I just finished reading Clockwork Angel, and it was incredible! I found this mock book cover at DeviantArt. We learned Tessa’s little angel necklace was surprisingly helpful to her. I was astonished more than Tessa was to see that little fiery fairy thing come to life buzzing around her neck when she was being attacked by automatons in the Institute. It saved her life. This may be a spoiler post but I don’t care, considering I am always late when it comes to reading books, so I am assuming everyone in the world has either heard of it or read it.

Alex Mortmain, french for ‘hand of death’ is the head of the pandemonium club. The Magister! OMG!!! :p NOT DeQuincey like everyone was fooled into believing.

Magnus Bane is a very interesting character who I feel has a lot more to do with Tessa’s family than we are aware of. He is a very old warlock. Speaking of characters, I hate Nathaniel Gray! what a dick!

January 4, 2020

My 2020 top anticipated releases continues...

In all seriousness, I forgot to mention a couple of books I've been anticipating to read in 2020 in my initial post. Needless to say, sometimes I jump the gun and if I were in the Hunger Games I would be dead as fuck!

Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. 

Releases June 9th, 2020. 
How did I ever forget to mention this one? Storm and Fury was the most entertaining paranormal fantasy of 2019! I can't wait for the sequel.

Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox #3) by Julie Kagawa. 

Releases April 2nd, 2020
OMG! Another HIT and I can't wait to dive back into the fantasy world because I love Yumeko and Tatsumi!

The Adventures of A Time Spinner

Secrets of the Chocolate House (Found Things #2)

Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is close to Christmas and Xanthe and Flora's little antique shop is open for business and they are making friends with the tea shop owner Gerri, next door. Liam is also helping out whenever he can. He likes Xanthe, a lot, but she hasn't gotten over her feelings and relationship to Samuel of the seventeenth century.

Xanthe finds out she is a Spinner whose role in travelling through time is to help people. She can hear certain objects sing that beckon her to answer the call. So far her adventures have been fraught with danger. I just hope she will get to experience joyful ones.

Upon finding a copper chocolate pot she gets the impression Samuel is in danger so she goes back in time to save him and is caught up with the secrets of a chocolate house, where she learns there are others just like her: Mistress Louisa Flyte and one dangerous Benedict Fairfax!
This fascinating time travel is an adventure in proportion to witchcraft and I enjoyed every little detail. I love that Xanthe was able to use her talent for singing in the past as well as the present. I also love that she was chosen to be the bearer of the spinner book, just as Mistress Flyte was.

January 3, 2020

Review -The Little Shop of Found Things

The Little Shop of Found ThingsThe Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a romantic tale of love that is kindled in the past and left to burn in the present reminiscent of Outlander. It is about time travel and redemption.

Xanthe opens up an antique shop with her mother who is burdened with chronic pain. Xanthe is a beautiful girl with a unique ability to feel emotional ties to objects but is unaware of a ghost who wants Xanthe's help to save her daughter from a certain fate that will require travelling back in time. The catalyst is a beautiful chatelaine brooch that Xanthe bids for in an auction and will be the portal to the early 1700s.

My 2020 Top Anticipated Books

My wishlist is all about paranormal fantasy/paranormal romance and science fiction fantasy. Keeping up with all the books to be released drives me absolutely mad. Typically I don't like waiting for the next book in a series because of the cliffhangers. As it were I like to be caught up in the moment preferably because I tend to lose interest and forget about it or worse. Get angry. So I hope to at least read the ones I've listed below. UPDATE: See also My 2020 top releases continues

Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) will be released on March 3rd, 2020 Yes I know I've said I didn't want to continue with her next series because I was not overly impressed with the way things wrapped up in Queen of Air and Darkness but I can't resist The Last Hours which takes us back to the Infernal Devices. At least that is what I understand from reading an excerpt
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0) by Suzanne Collins. This takes us back to Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games. Expected publication is May 19th, 2020
The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black Narrated by Caitlin Kelly.  I plan on reading the entire series this year even if I have to buy the damn books! UPDATE: Oops Sorry! This one is a 2019 release. regardless it will be read by me in 2020 lol.
The King of Crows (The diviners #4) by Libba Bray February 4th, 2020 Anticipating this release is the reason I began reading the books and I am glad I did.
Wicked Bite by Jeaniene Frost January 28th, 2020 It will be fun to dive back into another one of her vampire kick-ass worlds.
The Sinner (Black Dagger Brotherhood #18)by J.R. Ward. Narrated by Jim Frangione. It releases March 24 Always a pleasure to read another installment of the BDB and I have read all of them to date.
A Blight of Blackwings (Seven Kennings #2)by Kevin Hearne releases on February 4th, 2020 Thanks to Kim Costa from Caffeinated Book Reviewer for reminding me about this and that I need to read A Plague of Giants.
The Dragon of Sedona (The Treasure of Paragon #4) by Genevieve Jack Narrated by Rock Engle possibly? It releases on March 24th, 2020 I've loved reading about these hot dragons, however, I am not caught up with the series. Genevieve Jack is very underrated.
 Crush the King (Crown of Shards #3) by Jennifer Estep Narrated by Lauren Fortgang. I will be reading an E-arc and writing my review soon. It releases on March 17th, 2020


December 13, 2019

Knottys' Hexes and O's

Hexes and O's (Singles Town Book 1)

Hexes and O's by Lisa Wells

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published November 1st, 2019 by Up All Night Publishing

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

**I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Remington Smith is an orphan who inherits a Knotty residence that belonged to her best friend Beth. Regardless of her condition, her character exudes confidence and a sense of humour even after being rejected. She trusts in her third eye ability: a belief in ghosts which you must have to take part in a Seance.
Beth, the ghost, was Remington's best friend who dies and leaves her home in Knotty to, along with a list of things-to-do. I thought her character was a bit complicated as she is stuck in the veil for having unfinished business, only she can't remember what :/

Jason Hart is the main distraction who steals women's hearts and lives next door to Remington. Their romance is a work in progress. However, opposing factors of murder mayhem and other unpleasant outcomes had me worried for a minute. Thank God it didn't degenerate into worse things.

Goodreads Summary 

Inherited: One haunted house; One witch’s manual; One mandatory ‘to do’ list.
Not Inherited: One hunky neighbour; One memory-challenged ghost; One set of town gossips 
When down-on-her-luck costume designer Remington Smith receives a surprise inheritance, she must return to the town she swore to forget. And complete a list of mandatory projects. And learn to cast magic spells. Magic spells? Too bad the hunky guy next door keeps getting in the way. 
After a tornado ravages a small town, Jason Hart purchases ninety percent of the property as a cooperate training ground for Think Tank Innovations. But his first renovation crew quits. Then another. And another. They all say ghosts are running amok—and the whole town is hexed with an anti-love spell. Except Jason doesn’t believe in ghosts or (anti) love spells. And given how drawn he is to his spunky new neighbour, that doesn’t seem likely to change anytime soon.
While Remington works to complete her inherited to-do-list, avoid falling for her playboy neighbour, and learn how to cast spells that don’t backfire, she discovers a deadly mystery involving the orphanage where she grew up. A mystery so deadly that Jason starts trying to shove her out of town and out of his life. But Remington has never been good at taking orders.

 About the author

Lisa Wells writes romantic comedy with enough steam to fog your eyeglasses, your brain, and sometimes your Kindle screen. On the other hand, her eighty-year-old mother-in-law has read Lisa's steamiest book and lived to offer her commentary. Which went something like this: You used words I've never even heard of.... She lives in Missouri with her husband and slightly chunky rescue dog. Lisa loves dark chocolate, red wine, and those rare mornings when her skinny jeans fit. Which isn't often, considering the first two entries on her love-it list.
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November 25, 2019

The Christmas Sisters

The Christmas Sisters

The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Suzanne made a promise that if her best friend Cheryl ever died that Suzanne would take care of her 3 girls. Hannah, Beth and Posy. Their parents did die in an avalanche hiking Mt. Rainier when they were young. Misfortune and favour looked on them because they couldn't have adopted a better mother than Suzanne. She is most compassionate with a caring heart and I liked her. As the three sisters got older they grew apart and would only see each other once a year at Christmastime in the highlands of Scotland. Hannah was the most problematic since she made every excuse not to come. Except for this time, both Beth and Hannah arrived early... Posy lived with her parents all year and was an active outdoor enthusiast who loved to mountain climb as her parents did. Suzanne and Stewart loved those girls and they all had strong personalities but they never really discussed and healed from what happened to their parents all those years ago.
With the prospects of budding romance for all three sisters, this novel warmed my heart.

The Christmas Sisters: A Novel 

Written by Sarah Morgan
Narrated by Mandy Weston 👍❤
Publisher: HarperAudio
Released: Nov 6, 2018
Audiobook: 12 hours 1.5x speed

Publisher Summary
In the snowy Highlands of Scotland, Suzanne McBride is dreaming of the perfect cozy Christmas. Her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays and she can’t wait to see them. But tensions are running high… Workaholic Hannah knows she can’t avoid spending the holidays with her family two years in a row. But it’s not the weight of their expectations that’s panicking her—it’s the life-changing secret she’s hiding. Stay-at-home mom Beth is having a personal crisis. All she wants for Christmas is time to decide if she’s ready to return to work—seeing everyone was supposed to help her stress levels, not increase them! Posy isn’t sure she’s living her best life, but with her parents depending on her, making a change seems risky. But not as risky as falling for gorgeous new neighbor Luke… As Suzanne’s dreams of the perfect McBride Christmas unravel, she must rely on the magic of the season to bring her daughters together. But will this new togetherness teach the sisters that their close-knit bond is strong enough to withstand…