So I won’t be doing a City of Lost Souls review because I hate making reviews of middle books unless I reviewed the other books.
I wanted to share my favorite quotes in the book though, which I tabbed.
You probably shouldn’t read these quotes if you’re a spoiler-phobe or haven’t read City of Ashes and +
“Jace laughed, that soft rich sound Clary loved. ‘I’m warning you, that jacket is sexy. The Institute could go up in sexy, sexy flames.”
“Simon eyed him. ‘Have you been watching The Bodyguard? Because I am not going to fall in love with you and carry you around in my burly arms.”
“‘Jordan doesn’t really care about the blood,’ Simon said now, ‘His whole thing is about me being comfortable with what I am. Get in touch with your inner vampire, blah, blah.’
Clary slid next to him onto the bed and hugged a pillow. ‘Is your inner vampire different from your…outer vampire?’
‘Definitely. He wants me to wear midriff-baring shirts and a fedora. I’m fighting it.’
Clary smiled faintly. ‘So your inner vampire is Magnus?'”
“The words exploded out of Simon. ‘Are you kidding? Because you never done one single thing for me in the entire time since I became a vampire. Instead you have done your level best to make my life miserable and end it. So–if you want it in vampire language–it affords me great pleasure, my liege, to say to you now: Hell no. ”
^ I see what you did there. Hell and vampires. Funny.
“‘Isabelle’s plans are terrible.’ He pointed a finger at her. ‘Your plans are suicidal. At best.”
“With a sigh, she reached into her pocket and drew out a small velvet bag, which she upended on the table. Two gold rings fell out, landing with a soft clink.
Simon looked at them, puzzled. ‘You want to get married?’
^ I don’t know why but this made me laugh
“…now that I’m in your mind, want to see some naked mental pictures of Jace?”
“Simon patted the seat beside him as if someone were sitting there. ‘Let me introduce you to my good friend No.”
‘”No’ is a magical word,’ he told her. ‘Here’s how it goes. You say, ‘Simon, I have an insane, suicidal plan. Would you like to help me carry it out?’ And I say, ‘Why, no.'”
“‘You mean you haven’t been going on romantic dates with Sebastian while you’ve been away from me?’
‘I tried,’ Jace said, ‘but no matter how liquored up you get him, he won’t put out.'”
“‘No way did he kidnap Jace off the roof because he’s desperately in need of a bromance,’ said Isabelle.'”
^ NO SIMON, YOU ARE EVERYTHING
^ haha. HA.
Trust me when you read City of Lost Souls, you’d be laughing too.
‘”And I remind you of your mother now? I have got to look into a manlier cologne.'”
‘”Oh no,’ he said. ‘I am a hipster. I am too cool for themed weddings.’
‘You play D and D. You’re a geek,’ she corrected him fondly.
‘Geek is chic,’ Simon declared. ‘Ladies love nerds.'”
^ LOL SIMON A HIPSTER ROFL
The long-awaited companion to New York Times bestsellers Gracelingand Fire
Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle–disguised and alone–to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.
Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.
Goodreads AVG rating: 4.05 out of 5 (can change any moment)
To be honest, when I got Bitterblue, I did not want to read it.
I read Fire a few weeks before I got Bitterblue and honestly, I just really wanted to stay away from Bitterblue.
I don’t know if it’s just me but…
Well, I can’t really explain.
Kristen Cashore crams all of this information and characters and plot lines into your head and it’s like she forces you to remember every single detail.
Like she has a grace
So when I read Fire and a few weeks later got Bitterblue, well, lets just say I tried to avoid reading it at all costs.
Of course, eventually I had to read it because I had to give it back to my friend so she could return it back to the library.
But I should probably start talking about Bitterblue.
The book Bitterblue is crammed with plot and betrayal and love
and whatever else that usually appears in Kristin Cashore books.
This book made me…confused though.
I don’t mean confused as in I didn’t get the story
, because trust me Kristin Cashore makes it impossible not to get the story; you have to remember whether you like it or not
I mean confused as in, the book made me not trust any of the characters. I analyzed all their actions and motives and in the end I was just really confused.
This book was really good.
There were twists.
There were sad parts.
There were romantic parts.
There were parts where I wanted to throw the book across the wall.
There were parts that made me want to sob myself to sleep.
And there were times I felt like I was Bitterblue [character].
There were so many mysteries with too much locks and not enough keys.
Also: Kristen Cashore describes things in tremendous detail, so it felt like the book dragged on forever.
Meaning some parts kind of bored me even though the parts weren’t meant to be boring.
I mean seriously, I felt like I lived a whole lifetime in the book ‘Bitterblue’.
Which is a good and a bad thing, I guess.
Bitterblue: She was young in ‘Graceling’ but now she’s queen in ‘Bitterblue’. I think she’s going to be a great queen and I really enjoyed reading about her.
I like her personality more than Katsa’s or Fire
Saf: He’s like Aladdin but more cocky and reckless. There were lots of times Itried to hate him because of his ignorance of Bitterblue’s side of the story, but you just can’t hate this guy. Or at least I can’t. When he was with Bitterblue on the bridge and asked her if she was going to be queen, I almost cried. Because anybody who read Bitterblue knows what he was implying.
Teddy: He trusts people very easily and is more reserved and calmer than Saf. He owns a printing shop.
Giddon: He’s so different in Bitterblue. I have a new respect for him.
Katsa: THE GIRL GRACED WITH ‘KILLING’ IS BACK.
Po: Do I need to describe how loud I squealed?
Fire: She only appears for a short time, but I had to add her in. DID ANYBODY ELSE LAUGH MANIACALLY WHEN KATSA OR SOMEONE SAID THAT FIRE WAS THE STEPMOTHER OF THE LADY THAT LEADS THE MILITARY IN THE DELLS?
DO YOU GUYS KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS?
PUT THE PIECES TOGETHER.
LEADER OF THE MILITARY.
THE GIRL BACK IN THE DELLS WHO PICKS FIGHTS W– okay you know what I’ll shut up now LOL.
There’s literally a BILLION other characters but I like these characters the most ❤ (I might have forgot some)
“Teddy grinned again. ‘Truths are dangerous,’ he said.
-‘Then why are you writing them in a book?’
-‘To catch them between the pages,’ said Teddy, ‘and trap them before they disappear.’
-‘If they’re dangerous, why not let them disappear?’
-‘Because when truths disappear, they leave behind blank spaces, and that is also dangerous.”
“That’s interesting,” Bitterblue said. “You think a conscience requires fear?”
“Danzhol. The one with the marriage proposal and the objections to the town charter in central Monsea. “Bacon,” Bitterblue muttered. “Bacon!” she repeated, then carefully made her way up the spiral stairs.”
“Saf keeps a vast range of bullies on hand at all times.”
“I trusted him five minutes ago. Now I’m at a bit of a loss.”
“Your opinion five minutes ago is good enough for me.”
“Right,” he said mildly. “I suppose you got rained on.”
“The more I see and hear, the more I realize how much I don’t know.
I want to know everything.”
“How acutely sometimes the presence or absence of people mattered”
Overall it was a really good book.
The Graceling Realm series felt like a really long journey that had just finally ended.
Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.
Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.
But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.
Goodreads AVG rating: 3.75 out of 5 (can change any moment)
OH GOD THIS BOOK.
TOO MANY EMOTIONS RUNNING THROUGH ME.
BAD AND GOOD.
Okay deep breath.
*inhales and exhales*
Okay first, I just want to say I love the synopsis.
It doesn’t give away much and it’s intriguing.
So this book is called Monument 14 because the city they’re in is called ‘Monument’ and there are 14 of them.
I was mindblowned when I figured this out, LOL
It’s a fun read.
It’s light and fun and I could probably re-read it without banging my head on the wall multiple times in frustration.
Cause God knows I hate re-reading books
Wow Batiste would’ve called me a sinner and would’ve called me out for using the Lord’s name
This book is about a bunch of kids trapped in a supermarket that reminds me of Costco.
The world outside of them-yes, outside the supermarket-is falling apart. There are axe-heavy hailstones falling, 150 meter tsunamis, volcanoes erupting, giant earthquakes, chemicals in the air that can harm you in various ways that, trust me, are not pretty, etc.
Anyways there are fourteen kids trapped in this supermarket while the world outside of them is falling apart and you pretty much read about how they live in the supermarket and what’s happening in their lives.
I think the plot is pretty unique. The ‘world ending’ plot has been done before, but Emmy Laybourne adds a twist to it.
I also liked how at the bottom of the pages there were these words that spelled out, “Day 1”, “Day 2”, etc. I thought that was pretty cool.
Another thing: the book pacing felt kind of rushed to me but honestly after reading Bitterblue, everything feels rushed to me now.
Also: The romance is…well. It’s hard to explain. The other characters are involved in their own romances (there’s like a thousand love triangles I can’t even–) and such but the main character, the person who is telling the story
OMG FINALLY IN FIRST PERSON I HAVE BEEN READING SO MUCH THIRD PERSON BOOKS THAT I’M STARTING TO THINK EVERY BOOK IS IN THIRD PERSON, has no romantic life. I offered to be his lover but it’s not like he can hear me
The book definitely could have been written better, but I applaud her.
and the author could have made a better ending because the ending was not what I wanted and it tore me to shreds omg
I have nothing more to say about the actual story. I have more to say about the characters.
Correction: the fourteen characters
Dean: Dean is the main character in this book and it is told in this point of view. What I like about his character is that he’s not heroic. He’s not the leader. Usually in books the main character is looked up to, takes action, saves a bunch of people, is special in some way, and is the leader.
I can honestly say Dean is not special in any way and he is definitely not the leader.
Dean loves to read and write, which I like about him. He’s kind of quiet and he’s labeled as the ‘good guy’ or the ‘nice guy’.
He also has glasses and is extremely tall but he’s really scrawny.
Alex: Dean’s brother. Alex is my age and he’s a tech wiz. He’s level-headed and rational, which is a big difference from the other people, and the only time he cries is when the internet connection is gone, or as they call it, “The Network”.
He invents a lot of useful things and has contributed to their little community a lot
Niko: He’s awkward
(Quynh-Anh, I know you like this), quiet, the leader, and somewhat serious. He is a natural leader and is sort-of dull. I guess. He’s a total loner and when he’s drunk he likes to make up imaginary people *cough* like a girlfriend *cough*
Brayden: He’s a HOT JERK. He reminds me of Peter from Divergent, only less violent and
much more hot. He’s so funny omg but he’s such a jerk. He has a pretty cool name too. He annoyed me like a ton of times but I always remember he’s hot LOL. He’s a real jerk though.
Astrid: I CAN WHOLE-HEARTEDLY SAY ASTRID FROM THE BOOK GONE IS 100x WAY MORE AWESOME THAN THIS ASTRID. This Astrid is so annoying omg. I hate her. She ruined everything omg. SHE RUINED THE ENDING FOR ME.
I know I’m sounding so unfair right now but it’s how I feel D:.
Jake: He’s a muscular jock that calls Dean a ‘booker’. He admitted that Brayden is his best friend (how sad is that?) and he sort of goes to the deep end at a specific part in the book…
I feel sorry for him.
Josie: I can’t really say much about her cause it’ll reveal spoilers but in the beginning of the book she’s completely deranged. It’s not really a spoiler because you find out really early in the book.
Sahalia: She’s a 13 year old girl with the sex appeal of an 18 year old. She likes to seduce guys *cough* Brayden *cough* She’s kind of a slut in my opinion and she dresses in hooker clothing. She wants to be treated like an adult and when she IS treated like one, though, she acts like one.
Chloe: She’s a chubby eight year old and is such a piece of work. She’s extremely picky and is amazingly spoiled. She judges everything and Dean doesn’t like her that much.
Batiste: He’s a religious 6/7-year old Asian kid. He waits for mistakes in a person’s sentence so that he can call them a sinner. Actually he calls everyone a sinner no matter what they say. He’s really annoying and I remember Dean considering to wring his neck. I think the only reason he didn’t was because Batiste can cook like a master chef.
Max: I PROBABLY SOUND LIKE A PEDOPHILE FOR THIS BUT CAN I TAKE HIM HOME AND JUST HUG HIM ALL DAY OMG. I love this kid. He’s like 6/7 and Dean loves him. Max had a really crazy life before the supermarket incident and his life stories were so funny. He’s just so outrageous and adorable omg
Why didn’t I tab his stories? Omg they were so funny asdfghjkl;
I’m stupid OTL
Caroline and Henry: They’re 4-year old twins that adore Dean. It broke my heart when they were in their little fort talking about their mom as they fell asleep.
Ulysses: He’s a 5/6 year old Mexican kid that barely knows English. He’s absolutely adorable though and he’s so innocent. I think Dean likes him the most.
A few quotes I tabbed
I actually put like a tab on every page but I took them out:
“A real charming quality I tell you. I guess being a little self-important know it all was not considered a sin by his people.”
“I thought I had a chance but the sum total of our communication to date were the two words she’d said to me on the bus:
And I hadn’t.”
“I’ve always been a writer. Somehow, just writing something down makes anything that happens seem okay. I sit down to write, all jammed up and stressed out, and by the time I stand up, everything is in the right place again.”
“I got up. Determined to find a godforsaken Spanish-English dictionary.”
“I started to tear the plastic wrappers off the rolls when Brayden elbowed me in the ribs.
‘Nice abs, man,’ Brayden said. ‘You work out?’
He started to laugh.”
This made me laugh because Dean took off his shirt and he’s like really scrawny and skinny and has non-existent abs.
“There is something very wrong with being tied up with rope your own brother brings from the Sporting Goods section.”
“Apparently, I bit him.”
By him, he means Brayden.
“Then I saw Chloe, freshly bathed, wrapped in a towel, eating fun-size Butterfingers one after another like a chain smoker and watching me like I was her soap opera.”
“And he smiled. He had a movie star smile.”
You do not know how funny this is LOL
“Sometimes when you’d least expect it, the grief would chop your legs from under you.”
Rate: 7.5 rounded to an 8
P.S. I’m still hung up on the ending
Edit: Omg SO MANY MISTAKES IN THIS I CAN’T EVEN–