Thursday Quotables

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Hello everyone!

Another week has come and gone, and here we are back at Thursday Quotables; A weekly feature hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. Anyone can take part, all you have to do is: highlight an amazing quote, line, or passage that you come across during your reading each week.

 

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Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas.
(Published September 11th 2014)

I started this a year ago, and for the life of me couldn’t get into it, but this year I’m flying through it. Almost over halfway, I’m determined to finish this and Queen of Shadows in time for next Tuesday, and Empire of Storms.

It must have hurt like hell. Yet he had taken it—the beating, the burning—while she let out those words that had clouded her senses for so many weeks now. “I am… so sorry,” she started, but he held up a hand.

“You do not apologize,” he said, “for defending the people you care about.”

I really liked this little scene in this part of the story, because it’s true. You don’t give up on loved ones, and you defend them to the death essentially. I’m enjoying this book so much, so far!

What book are you enjoying this week?

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August Monthly Wrap-Up

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Hello fellow book lovers!

August has now come to an end! I’ve decided to start doing this monthly wrap-up’s because of everything I seem to accumulate over the months. So these little monthly features will be including books I’ve received, bought or reviewed.

This month’s wrap-up will include two book reviews from the end of July, as I honestly loved them too much not to add them.

Let’s begin the flashback! Continue reading

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Thursday Quotables

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Hello everyone!

It’s been such a long time since I’ve ever taken part in any weekly features, and this is one of a few that jumped out of me. It seemed very simple, quick and easy, but still a lot of fun. Thursday Quotables is a weekly feature ran by Bookshelf Fantasies, which includes highlighting an amazing quote, line, or passage that you come across during your reading each week.

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.
(Published 27th August 2013)

Exactly a year ago I read this book, but couldn’t get into the third book after finishing this one. So this is actually a re-read, so I’m going to do this as a lucky dip, flicker the pages, stop and choose a passage!

“And then the music exploded around them, and Chaol took her with it, spinning her so that her cloak fanned out around her. Each step was flawless, lethal, like that first time they’d sparred together so many months ago. She knew his every move and he knew hers, as though they’d been dancing this waltz all their lives. Faster, never faltering, never breaking her stare.

The rest of the world quieted into nothing. In that moment, after ten long years, Celaena looked at Chaol and realized she was home.”

This is probably one of my most favourite scenes in the second book of the Throne of Glass series. It’s so beautifully written, and it captures your heart; especially after connecting with these characters on such an emotional level, after everything they have this moment where they are free.

What quotes made your week all the more worth it?

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Discussion: Happy Birthday Clary Fray!

Hello!

So yesterday marked the 25th birthday for fictional heroine, Clary Fray. The female protagonist from the bestselling novels The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. In honour of her birthday, the author released a snippet from her upcoming novel ‘Lord of Shadows’-the second novel in The Dark Artifices. As well as the continuation novel following the ending of ‘Lady Midnight’, in which we follow the story of Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn in Los Angeles.

Buy the first book in The Dark Artifices trilogy, Lady Midnight now!

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Synopsis:

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

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One thing I respect is that everyone has their own opinion when it comes to different couples and ships within any fandom. And in this fandom, it is exactly the same, but one ship-the one that started it all really has become very deeply discussed since the release of this snippet:

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Personally, Clary Fray and Jace Herondale/Lightwood/Wayland or whatever you wish to call him have always had this kind of relationship-in my mind-that wasn’t really made to last. Obviously this is just my own opinion, but they seem like the couple where they are only childhood sweethearts, and that now they’ve grown up it just isn’t happening anymore. Throughout the duration of The Mortal Instrument series they go from worse to worse, before anything gets better, and as their roles as the main protagonist’s, they go through it all the more because of that. It’s like tenfold for them.

Yes, Simon Lewis and Isabelle Lightwood go through hell and back too. Just like Magnus Bane and Alexander Lightwood, but they aren’t main characters in the same sense as Clary and Jace are. Yes, they have their own demons and obstacles to face, but here it is:

Simon and Isabelle; they are established mostly from Simon’s declaration of finding himself again-that there is something there still. As they mainly banter between one another, and you always know something will happen. I think that long, slow burn will make them last a long time, no matter what obstacles will come up. Then for everyone who has read ‘Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy’ and the bonus chapter in ‘Lady Midnight’ will know their outcome turns to the best.

Magnus and Alexander; they had the slow burn as well, as well as the internal battle Alec had with facing himself and the demons he’s always had to face before meeting Magnus. Magnus had that knowledge of living hundreds of years and finally finding home with Alec, but not pushing and literally helping and supporting Alec through his trying times. Not to mention, they had their dreaded moment on page 511, which all readers will know of. And now that they have a family, I honestly can’t see that falling apart at Cassie’s hands, unless it’s far in the future and it is a dire need.

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Buy the first book in the The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, City of Bones now!

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Synopsis:

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. Clary knows she should call the police, but it’s hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.

Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary’s mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque 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…

SPOILERS BELOW!

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Think Tattoos!

beastSo, what are your thoughts on tattoos? Do you like them? Do you not like them?

Starting next Thursday (17th September) I am going to start a weekly post, for however long people stay interested. To take part these are the rules:

  1. Have a bookish or book related tattoo.
  2. Be prepared to send me a photograph of your tattoo(s)
  3. Tell me why you got it done? What inspired you? Tell me the story behind it!
  4. Tell me your blog URL.
  5. Then every week (depending on how many get sent) I’ll post them up for the whole world to see, and tell you what I like about them!

I’ll even be showing off a few of my own!


If you have any tattoos, email them to me at thebookishemporium@gmail.com

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It’s all coming up Shadowhunters!!

Hello strangers!

This is just going to be a random discussion of sorts, preferably more of my rambling thoughts of a favourite book series-turn TV show of mine.

Only a few months ago, in January did we get Season 1 of ‘Shadowhunters’ which is the TV adaption of Cassandra Clare’s series ‘The Mortal Instruments’. After the movie didn’t do so well, I personally think taking it to the smaller screen was a better option, as they can play around with more storylines and have more time to use as well. A story as complex and as full as this series cannot be complied into a two hour movie per book; it just isn’t going to happen!

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Season 1 of ‘Shadowhunters’ I thoroughly enjoyed, and honestly can barely say a bad word about. Of course there are things I particularly didn’t expect or thought was a little different, but for a TV show like this to work, things have to be slightly off kilter. That is the only way for both us readers and non-readers to enjoy it all the more, stay true to the books and characters, but still give us that element of surprise and awe. The casting for the show was done perfectly, and I think they all brought to like their characters in their own way, but still sticking to the way Cassandra portrayed them in her books.

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As Malec fan, I honestly think their relationship was done to absolute perfection. They made that slow build into something warm, loving, and even steamy at times. I saw the Malec that my mind’s eye saw when reading the books. Matthew Daddario (Alexander Lightwood) and Harry Shum. Jr (Magnus Bane) both brought to life their characters so bloody well, and they cocooned their relationship and growth beautifully. I’m anticipating where they will go in Season 2, especially after what happened at the end of Season 1. They deserve happiness, even if I do know what is coming. (At least from what we know from the books anyway!)

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Speaking of Season 2, it was only weeks ago we started seeing the photos the cast began uploading of their training, hanging out together and all round family-like activities. They are as much as the family as we fans are, and I think it’s amazing that they share their adventure with us, like how we share our ecstatic enthusiasm. If there is anything I am anticipating from Season 2 is, as known from above, a lot of Malec, along with hopeful appearances of the Seelie Queen and Court. Also, I am interested to see what is happening with Jace now that he’s on a crazy trip with Valentine, how the Lightwood’s and Clary are dealing with his sudden disappearance, and how the whole Camille situation is going to pan out. Lastly, as well as how things will go for Simon, Isabelle, Maureen and Raphael. I’m honestly just expecting so much drama! BRING ON THE FEELS!

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So in honour of the beginning of shooting for Season 2 of ‘Shadowhunters’, and the fact that I honestly love this entire series-both book and TV-I thought I would run a giveaway!!

There will be ONE winner who has the chance to win both of these items:

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  • Giveaway is INTERNATIONAL!
  • The winner will be contacted within 24 hours of when the contest ends. If the winner does not respond within a 24 hour period of contact, the prize will forfeited and a new winner will be chosen.
  • This giveaway is NOT endorsed by authors, publishers or any other affliates.
  • The Bookish Emporium is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged prizes.
  •  This giveaway will run until midnight (British Time) on the 28th September. Good luck to all who enter!!

Happy Hunting!!

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‘How to Hang a Witch’ by Adriana Mather

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Author: Adriana Mather
Publication Date: 26th July 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Format: Physical Copy (ARC)
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(I received this ARC as a gift from an author friend of mine.)

Synopsis:   
Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?
If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

Review: 
As soon as I got my hands on the copy of this book, I knew off the bat that I would love it. Though admittedly I did have some worries prior to opening the first page, as witchcraft, magic and anything with such a complex and deep history like the Salem Trials do, I panicked that it wouldn’t get brought across completely and it wouldn’t be an up to par bundle of informative back story and fiction. But, well boy, wasn’t I wrong! Adriana has completely blew the lid off all things witchcraft with this unique and twisty turn on the Salem trials.

Starting with Samantha Mather, the main protagonist in this story. Sam is what I would call anything other teenager her age, completely in her own head and everything is how she sees it. Though in spite of her being like any teenager would be, she does have some quirks, and the majority I found very relate to. The fact she is a loner and finds it hard to make friends, as well as how she takes everything-even the impossible-in her stride is admirable. Not only how she deals with all of that, but how she also takes everything-even with the pain and humiliation-that the Descendants throw her way. At the end of the day, she is adamant to make her voice-her family’s voice-heard, and prove that nothing is as it really seems.

When it comes to the Descendants, they reminded me so much of the four girls from the movie ‘The Craft’. All four of these girls are unique, followed by Lizzie and John, and portray that of a witch’s ancestor very well-they hold their families close as well as their beliefs. So when Sam comes back to Salem and everything starts taking that turn for the worse, who else to blame but the girl who is a descendant of Cotton Mather. The man who apparently was the prime cause of those hangings. (FUN FACT: Adriana Mather-the author-is a descendant of the actual Cotton Mather!) Though even for them, nothing is really is as it seems. So it was interesting to see the descendants of both the accused party and the ones who were wrongly committed come together with a common interest to really find out what is going on.

Here appears Elijah, the boy-well technically we should say man-who has Sam’s back the entire time throughout the book. This character, he was the one I stuck by from beginning to end, his loyalty, passion and love that fueled his heart and kept him going; that captured my heart. It’s what I found interesting about this story, is that each character has a story to tell of their own, and we learn each along the way, and how each one intertwines with another. Elijah’s story is one that reminded me very much of the story of Thackery Binx in ‘Hocus Pocus’. The profound love he had for his little sister, Abigail, and how not a soul would ever come between them-that he’d do anything to protect her. And in turn, because of this, he took that protective streak, and went on to protect and help Sam in any way possible. To see both sides of the coin, Elijah’s story with his sister and his story with Sam, it warmed my heart to see how far he’d really go for both of these girls. Even if the ending is bittersweet.

There are always those mismatch minor characters who we don’t really know who to trust, because you always think they’re going to turn out bad or even good sometimes. Jaxon for one I think was that perfect friend that Sam needed, even if it was supposed to secretly be forced at first. Just like Elijah he wouldn’t let Sam do this alone, and in spite of not being completely on her radar in terms of the researching and the quest, he still stuck by her. Everyone needs friends like Jaxon and Elijah, just saying! Also, my radar was completely off with this one, I was blaming the wrong person the entire time, nothing really sunk in until the very last few chapters. This I found really interesting, because it really felt like I was Sam going on this little quest-adventure-of sorts to find out the truth of it all. I felt her pain, her happiness, her love, her heartbreaks, her bravery and triumphs.

Falling lastly to the very bittersweet ending, for those of you who have seen ‘Hocus Pocus’ you will know exactly what I mean when you read it. The ending of this book consumed me in such a way, it was both beautifully good and heart-wrenching, knowing that that was the ultimate ending. I was in that state of telling myself it was not real, because it was too bittersweet. In every book saying goodbye to characters is really hard, but I struggled so badly saying goodbye to a certain one this time, because it was between that state of ‘so close yet so far’ in the battle sequence of sorts at the very end. Damn you, Adriana!

All in all, I would re-read this book a thousand times over and never get bored of it. I would live these characters lives a million times over, and they’d never get old. And there would never be a time that I wouldn’t go on this adventure all over again, because I would meet Elijah an infinite amount of times if possible!


If you’ve read this book, tell me: Would you rather choose Jaxon or Elijah?! 

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