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Moments – September ’15

I have said this once before that I am not a very Monthly Favorites kind of a girl. I don’t use anything enough to form an opinion in a month. But I’ve always had a thing for documenting my life and thoughts. I find this idea so amazing because I love looking back at memories and seeing how far I have come or what I was like before and if I have changed as a person or not. I have been thinking about it from so long and have finally decided to start a new category called ‘Moments’. I plan to write a post a month about the previous one and talk about anything and everything I believe I would want to commit to my memory or look back at after a while. This post is the first installment of Moments series. I don’t know if you guys will like it but I hope you do! 🙂

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Wanderlust

I had an intense desire for wanderlust in September. I just wanted to grab a bag, pack some clothes and go away for a long while to somewhere very far. Be around the beach, get lost in the wilderness, be in the rain, sleep under the sky filled with stars, just be near nature as much as possible and live a simple life. Then I looked at my bank balance realizing I can’t afford an air ticket and all the pending work I had and asked my heart to shut up! One day I will travel the world without any restrictions and do as I please.

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Last week of August and start of September were very busy days for me. I had so many errands to run and some urgent shopping to do. When I got home after I was done getting all the things I wanted and sat down ticking them off my wish list I was overwhelmed with emotions. I had all the stuff I ever wanted, even things I wrote down one or two years back when I thought I will never be able to get any of them. I felt so blessed that I was living a comfortable life, could get all the material things, had a roof over my head and dine out at good places. I thanked the Lord so much. It was my favorite moment of September.

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Coca Cola Glass

I started having a little obsession with a glass in September. I am a well known mug lover and collecting them is my hobby. I am not that fussy about glasses but one day mum was rummaging through her kitchen cabinets and found some Coca Cola glasses merchandise which came with McDonald’s value meal a while back. I set eyes on them and that was it. I called dibs on all three. I have been using just one for now and I love it. It is green, has ripples and the Coca Cola logo seems super cool on it. I am not a fan of fizzy drinks but this glass is the cutest ever.

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Now that I am not working and have a lot of spare time on my hand I thought why not rewatch Friends TV series from the very start. I didn’t realize I was signing up for the worst emotional trauma ever because it was 11 years ago when I finished this series and I hardly remember anything about it except season 9 and 10. I thought rewatching it wouldn’t hurt but damn did my feels box explode so freaking much.

I loved everything about the show. From ‘It’s always been you, Rach’ to ‘because you are Rachel & Ross’, to Mona & Chandler and that one drunken night in London, to Joey’s love for food, kiddish mind, crazy acting stints, being always there for his friends and falling in love with that one girl, to Phoebe’s craziness, smelly cat, David who moved to Minsk and that one special guy, I loved it all. It was all so damn perfect.

The night I finished it I had no idea what to do with my life anymore and I was so upset so I watched all their interviews and the next night I watched the first episode of season 1 again. I don’t think I will ever get over Friends now. I feel you guys who keep crying about this show and ask for a reunion. We need couple more seasons, yeah, and I don’t mind if they have aged. We all still love them madly!!

The fact that I have mastered Chandler’s expressions and his laugh is a bit alarming though because I don’t know how to loose it now. xD

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Halloween 2013

I think when its September there isn’t much on a person’s mind than Halloween or at least that’s the case with me. I love Halloween because you get to dress up and all that, ha. I dressed up as Queen of The Seelie Court of New York from The Mortal Instruments in 2013 and that was so much fun. I couldn’t do anything last year which was really sad so I am looking forward to this year’s Halloween. 🙂

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BOOK REVIEW ~ The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare / Sarah Rees Brennan / Maureen Johnson

*no spoilers included*

After reading The Mortal Instruments and getting madly obsessed with Magnus Bane I knew I would be looking for all the short stories Cassandra Clare has written about him but I was too lazy to look them up right away. I read The Infernal Devices just a bit back and the moment I closed the last book I knew I could wait no longer now. Luckily Cassie came up with The Bane Chronicles at the exact time and my local Borders stocked on it. *squealing* *happy dance*

Now I read TMI before I read TID so I knew a lot about Magnus but TID really got me curious about him. I actually expected The Bane Chronicles to be an in-depth study of his character and it did stand right in some parts.

TBC is more like snippets from Magnus’ life in all different eras. You get to know some of his best friends, his living style, his habits and most of all his love life. What really hit me about Magnus was how he was always looking for love. Someone he could hold on to, someone who could be his anchor. There is one story about this guy (who I really wanted to kill) that showed how he broke Magnus’ heart. It left me really sad because Magnus’ reaction was just so heart breaking. He pretended to be cool with it but his thoughts… they really shook me. I am being too sentimental here I know but there weren’t many chapters that showed such emotions and were based on adventure. Most of the chapter compromised of some of the characters we know from the Shadow Hunter world like Raphael Santiago, Camille, Maureen, the queen of Fair folk and our favorite Alec Lightwood.

I wouldn’t say The Bane Chronicles was everything I expected or wanted. Some chapters were really good and then there were some that lacked excitement. However, I wouldn’t say it was a bad read. The illustration was really fun especially the ones in Alec’s chapters. The cover is absolutely gorgeous. I would take anything in blue. Then we have a really good looking guy on the cover who reminds of Godfrey Gao. What else do we need?

I would say get this book if you’re a diehard fan of the Shadow World or if you have read TMI and TID because com’n you’ve read all nine; complete the series; read this one as well.

Rating: 8/10

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Book Review ~ The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare

Review ~ The Mortal Instruments series (Books)

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Book Review ~ The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare

*no spoilers included*

“In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…” (source: goodreads)

I ended The Infernal Devices just last week and wow did it help me see things clearly. I must confess I had no idea The Infernal Devices would be in any way connected to The Mortal Instruments and that was great because I thoroughly enjoyed the surprise and loved reading about all the ancestors and getting to know the bloodlines. And right about here I must add, damn these Herondales and their chiseled cheek bones and sharp tongues. I will forever be amused by their beauty and wittiness. 😀

Cassandra Clare spins the best of the tales I am sure of it now. After being familiar with TMI I was pretty sure I would easily catch all the suspense and mystery but boy did this woman had me on my heels. The books are so well written that there are parts where you are left speechless because you are so overwhelmed with emotions. A saw a whole new era of the amazing Shadow World with demon hunting, discovering the arch nemesis, the links of lovers and oh those lovely runes. There was this part where Cassie describes Shadow Hunters wedding and I don’t think I have read something as beautiful as that in my entire life. For a moment I was sure that’s what I wanted right after my nikah, lol. This series didn’t bore me for a second and I was always eager to know what happens next.

The characters were well written and had amazing transformation; my favorite being the main three characters; Tessa, Will & Jem of course but most favorite has got to be Gideon Lightwood. If only I could see this guy in flesh and bone. *sigh*

The only thing this book lacked was a lot of Magnus Bane because we can just never have enough of him can we now, ha. 😀 Though I did get my fill by reading The Bane Chronicles right afterwards 😉 Don’t worry you lot the review would be up soonish!

I am recommending The Infernal Devices to every single one of you. If you haven’t read it, then you must. Don’t forget to have The Mortal Instrument series at your disposal because I am assuring you, you would need it right away.

Rating: 4/5

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Book Quote~

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He was not hers; he was not anybody’s. Something in him was broken, and through that break spilled a blind cruelty, a need to hurt and to push away.

– Tessa Gray for William Herondale

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

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Movie Made Me Read It

This is new I know. It’s always the other way around that you read a book and then you watch its movie but a few days back I was noticing how some movies made me want to read their books instead. Often time movies are not a very good version of the books and they can also put you off a good book if the movie is not that well made. I don’t intend to disrespect any filmmaker. I know everyone gives a hundred percent to their work and creating a whole movie out of a book is not an easy task. Thumbs up to people who still try to do so and give us a visual product.

As I often say I am very picky about the movies I watch and like, there have been some movies that, even if they aren’t that good, got me interested in their book.

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1- Twilight

I guess I belong to the minority now who would admit these days that they liked Twilight movie. Most of the people I know who were really crazy about the movies dislike them now.

I was travelling to attend my aunt’s funeral when this movie came out and of course I wasn’t going to pop up in the local cinema to watch Twilight. Two weeks later when I got back home it was off cinema. I watched it at home and loved it so much. I regretted not watching it in the cinema. Then I bought a copy of the book and read it. I didn’t like it. There were so many parts that weren’t in the movie and the ones that were in the movie were kind of different in the book. I got really confused and wasn’t able to visualize the book’s story. My mind was stuck on the movie version. Then before their movies released I read New Moon which I liked, Eclipse was my favorite and Breaking Dawn was okay. I read Twilight again last year and loved it so much I reread it once more and attempted to read it a third time too but got busy with uni so never got a chance to complete it.

My favorite character was Jasper and that’s the reason I loved Eclipse so much because he had such a vital role in it. Carlisle was an amazing character and Emmet was another favorite because he was big, strong, and tough and teddy bear like.

2- Harry Potter

Yes, I am one of those who hadn’t read the books till they came out as movies. I started the books after the fifth movie was released because I couldn’t take the suspense and straight away read book six and damn do I get why most HP book lovers hate the HP movies so much. When the sixth movie came out and I went for it I actually wanted to bang my head against the seat in front of me. The movie felt like bits and pieces were glued together and there was so much more to the story. I know it’s hard to fit a 500-600 pages of book into a two hour movie but don’t ruin it at least.

Coming from a person who started the books just due to the movies I know hardcore HP books fans would say I don’t get a say because I wasn’t there in the fandom from book one but seriously guys I do sympathize with you all. I sometimes go as far as saying I shouldn’t have read the books at all till all the movies were out because the books did ruin the movies for me. I would love to read the entire again again and have a HP movies marathon too hopefully soon.

3- The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I watched this movie so very late but once I was done with it I was eager to read the book. Emma, Logan and Ezra’s acting was so good and the storyline was different from what I usually watch. Patrick was my favorite character in the movie and in the book Charlie and Sam were my favorite. I found the end a little confusing but because I had seen the movie already I didn’t go blank or get annoyed. I would want to reread it again one day but in paperback this time.

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4- The Mortal Instruments – City of Bones

Oh, The Mortal Instruments! A friend of mine suggested me the book series and I wasn’t keen on reading it but all it took was a glimpse of Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace in City of Bones trailer to woo me in. A lot of people didn’t like the movie and found Jamie unsuitable for the role but I loved him as Jace, even after reading the books. I could picture no one else as Jace than Jamie while I was reading the series because he acted amazingly in the movie. I liked the movie and there were parts where I would say ‘this part would be amazing in the book’, ‘I am sure they have messed this part in the movie’, ‘oh, the details, the romance’ and ‘book would be so much more’. By the end of the movie I was shocked and heart-broken and if you have read CoB you would’ve been too and all I was saying was ‘I can’t wait to read this damned book’. The books were amazing and I am hoping and wishing they come out with the next part of the movie series because I can’t wait to see Jamie as Jace again.

5- The Great Gatsby

This movie was every bit as beautiful as Leo looked throughout it. The sets, the direction, the music, the dialogues, everything was perfect. I liked it so much but by the end I wanted to kill Daisy, Leo’s love interest in the movie. After I came back from the cinema I downloaded the e-book and read the whole thing. I liked it and it made me very sad.

6- The Book Thief

I bought the book first and downloaded the movie later. I watched the movie first and then started reading the book. I loved the movie. It was beautiful. The acting and direction was amazing. Liesel, Rudy and Max were my favorite characters. The movie was pretty long but I am glad it was because while I was reading the book I noticed how the movie didn’t really miss a thing. At least not till where I have read it. I am still in the process of reading it and am enjoying it so much that I sometimes read it really slow or stop reading at all because I don’t want it to end. I love the writing and the illustrations in the book and have been suggesting everyone to read the it but in paperback because that’s when you will really enjoy it.

That’s all for now guys. I hope you enjoyed this post. I might do another post of this sort if I see any movie that inspires me enough to read its book too. Let me know in the comments below if there was any movie that made you read the book it was based on.

Till next time,

Byeee!

~F x

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Review ~ The Mortal Instruments series (Books)

*no spoilers included*

Been delaying it since months but finally doing the review yaay

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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.

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The Mortal Instruments series is written by Cassandra Clare. It has six books in total; City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire. The last book was released on 27th May.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones synopsis sounded like something I would never be interested in but I have a friend who really liked the series and recommended it. I still wasn’t sure I would like to give it a read but then I saw the covers. If you don’t know me well, beautiful book covers are my weakness and I am known for buying books due to it.

I had City of Bones listed in my Summer 2013 to-read books and by the time I got around to reading it the movie released and I wanted to see it before I committed myself to reading the series. I have a problem. I can’t read just one book knowing there are more in the series. I have to end it or my mind doesn’t let me rest.

I went for the movie and liked it (because of Jamie Campbell Bower). The story was really good. The end obviously had us all baffled. I went back home, locked myself in my room and didn’t come out till I was done reading it. I was really hoping the end would be a little different in the book, less heart breaking, but the book’s end was even more painful than the movie. Also, I found the movie alright after reading the book. I mean they could have made it better.

The Mortal Instruments: City of bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass were so nicely written that I couldn’t put them down. I finished them in almost one go because every chapter was more interesting than the last. The flow of the story was perfect. The whole Shadowhunter world made me wish it was for real. I loved reading these three books. I was totally hooked. City of Glass felt like an end to the series but there were still three more to go.

A little unprepared but excited nonetheless, I read the fourth and fifth book; City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls and I would admit I didn’t enjoy reading them at all. They were such a drag and I would often find myself wishing it would just end.

I guess that’s mainly because the first three books were written in a brilliant manner, a way that made me help write too and I learned a lot about writing and building a flow in stories which is something I always look in books; guidance on writing as I love writing too and was struggling to put together a story. I wrote so much for my story while reading those three books but when I started the fourth one the flow ended. Fourth and fifth book were written in quite a different manner and I just couldn’t find any guidance anymore. I read those two anyway. That happened last year. Now I had to wait for a couple of months before the last one come out. I was so hoping City of Heavenly Fire will be written like the first three and it was. Thank the lord for that but I found it a drag as well. I didn’t enjoy the sixth book too and was just glad I was done with the series.

Overall, if you are not that particular about the writing style as much as I am you will end up loving the series because it’s really good. The story is amazing. The characters and their formation are brilliant. There is no she-was-weak-and-suddenly-she-is-strong-as-f thing. All characters go through proper personality building situations and you can see what impact they have on them and how they emerge as different people by the end of the series.

My favorite character throughout the book was Magnus. Too much love for that guy, his dialogues, his glitters and boxers. I doubt there was any character I hated. I even loved Sebastian, leave everything else. 😛 I bought the first three books in the series and doubt I will buy the other three but you never know with me. Those covers are too pretty to not have on a bookshelf. 😀

Rating: 4/5

 Have any of you read The Mortal Instruments series? How did you like them? Have you read anything similar? Have you read anything else by Cassandra Clare? Do let me know in the comments below!

Love,

~F x

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Notes: The first banner picture is a google search result. The rune picture is from google too. The next two are mine. Didn’t come out that good but i still wanted to stick there here! 🙂 Synopsis is from Goodreads.

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Summer 2013 – Must Read On My List

Okay, so I have been putting off reading a lot of great books I currently have due to pure procrastination. Yap that’s just how I am a combination of laziness and delaying things for as long as possible.

Anyways, I have decided now though that this summer I want to get done reading them all or at least most of them. You will probably freak out when you see which books I have and have still not read them. 😐

1)      A Song of Ice and Fire – George R. R. Martin

Yes, I have the complete series, book 1 to 5, from a year now. They just look so good there at my bookshelf that I didn’t had the heart to take them out and read in case I destroy their beauty. (Oh yeah I am major book freak) Anyways, this is on the top of my list. What I want to do is watch the first season of Game of Thrones and then read the first book. And do the same for the next two books too. Actually I am very impatient for suspense. I’ll probably go mad reading half way through the book and not knowing what’s going to happen in the end. I want to take the edge off at least with this series. I’ll go crazy anyway after completing first three books that I’d read the next two too immediately I know.

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2)     The Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins

On the last day before my last exam when I went to bed I opened my Tab and was going through the e-books I have. I saw it there and opened the first part. I read the first line and I liked it so very much that I wanted to start reading it right away. But then I controlled myself because I knew if I would I would forget whatever I have studied and will just go on reading it and not even bother to sleep or give my paper properly because I would be in a rush to get back to finishing it. Now that the finals are over so is my enthusiasm. -_-

I have this series in PDF format, so yet again it will take me some time to finish. But I really do want to read it. I watched the movie first but did not like it much. Like it was okay or maybe I wasn’t in the mood to watch it. Anyway, this one makes my list too.

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3)     Manuscript Found in Accra – Paulo Coelho

I just have to read it no matter what!! I am a die-hard fan of Coelho’s work and I don’t want to miss out on anything English by him. All I need to do is get off my lazy bum and go to Borders and get it. 😛 Which reminds me I have a post on Borders coming up really soon. 😀

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4)     Fifty Shades Trilogy – E. L. James

I want to know why every girl is going crazy about Christian Grey. I have this series too in in PDF format.

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5)     Scharamoche – Rafael Sabatini

Something different every now and then is always good. 🙂

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6)     Life of Pi – Yann Martel

To find out what’s it about because 1- I haven’t seen the movie and 2- I don’t want to read about it on Wikipedia because I alwaysss and alwaysss get to know the main parts and that I do NOT like.

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7)      The Host – Stephenie Meyer

I had read its first few pages in my Breaking Dawn book as a sneak peak part. I wasn’t interested to read the rest or the book. But then i saw the movie during my finals a few weeks back and liked it.

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8)     Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Because I heard it is beautiful and has been recommended by a lot of people.

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9)     Inferno – Dan Brown

No reasons needed. It’s the latest Dan Brown book. And even though I have heard negative reviews about it I want to read it for myself and comment.

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10)  The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare

I have got its first three parts. I want to read the first part though and decide if I like it enough to read the rest of the series. There are five so far but its sixth book has been scheduled to release next year March.

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That’s my list and now let’s see how many will I be able to complete.