The Mortal Instruments Series (First 3)

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#BecRereads2018

This is my 2nd time through this fantastic YA Urban Fantasy novel, and I just love how Cassandra Clare’s mind works, even when I hate it a little. There’s action, humor, drama, conflict, wit, badass demon hunters, and plenty of mystery, all paired with solid world building.

I’m really happy to be revisiting this series and world. I read them in print the first time, and this time I’m enjoying the audios.

My only major disappointment continues to be that the bestie won’t take the time to become obsessed with this world, so we can get matching parabatai tattoos. Big sigh. I guess I can’t win them all.

Book 313 read in 2018

Pages: 485


City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#BecRereads2018

I remember being so angsty and impatient the first time I read this book, but this time, I had the benefit of knowledge to help defray my angst and allow me to focus on the overall story and characters even more, which was really enjoyable. However, there were some aspects of the world and storyline that I forgot about, which made the rereading of it even more fun.

It has probably been 7-ish years since I last read this series, and I’m not sure why I waited so long to revisit it. Well, I mean other than my 4K TBR pile that is always looming, but other than that….

Book 314 read in 2018

Pages: 453


City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#BecRereads2018

I forgot what a thorough ending book 3 has, as if the series could have ended right there. I like that, but I also like that the series continued. It’s one of those worlds that gets better with each new book, so I’m happy to be revisiting this.

Book 316 read in 2018

Pages: 541

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Pushing the Limits Series by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#BecRereads2018

Katie McGarry is an Author Goddess. She writes words that wrap me up inside so tight that I don’t care about the world going on around me. Her characters are complex and layered. Her storylines are interesting and so effective. She takes every emotion I have and forces me to feel it at max volume. It melts my face off, and I love it.

This is my 2nd time through this book, and I’m still stunned by this story.

Book 309 read in 2018

Pages: 392

PREVIOUS REVIEW:
It’s emotionally gut-wrenching in the cry so many tears the page gets blurry kind of way. The characters are complex and well-developed. The storyline is fascinating and fast-paced. The voice is good, the writing admirable, and I love the alternating POVs.


Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)Dare You To by Katie McGarry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#BecRereads2018

I’m really glad I decided to revisit this series, because it has so many things I enjoy in a good story. The characters are complex, well-developed, and show a lot of growth. There is a school counselor who is interesting and quirky and does a whole lot to help these teens with their struggles. The parents are all flawed individuals, who also don’t make the best choices, so that’s a recurring theme that continues to be interesting.

They’re also romantic in a realistic, believable sort of way, and Katie McGarry is a phenomenal storyteller. I’d read the sports pages, if she’d write them (not that I get a newspaper, I don’t, because this is 2018).

Book 310 read in 2018

Pages:456


Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3)Crash into You by Katie McGarry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#BecRereads2018

I don’t know how many of you had a moment in your teenage years, or maybe even early 20s, where you realize your parents are more screwed up than you are (or than you ever even understood). If you did, then you’ll relate to this series on a whole different level, because it showcases a lot of flawed and complicated family relationships, which make the stories more interesting, though often more painful.

Isaiah is a delicious book boyfriend, even if he sometimes needs to dial down the overprotective vibe. And watching Rachel deal with her anxiety and panic attacks, and/or not deal with them, added another layer of concern to the story.

I definitely still appreciate the pro-therapy/counseling message of this series.

Book 311 read in 2018

Pages: 474

PREVIOUS REVIEW:
I’m so upset that this story ended. I can’t even talk about it right now. I just wanted to stay in the world for as long as possible, and now I’m kicked back out of it and devastated. Boo on reality. This is going to be an ugly book hangover.


Take Me On (Pushing the Limits, #4)Take Me On by Katie McGarry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#BecRereads2018

There were so many characters in this story on their own difficult journeys. Every person in the story has a purpose, and every major side character is developed well enough that you really get invested in everyone, not just the main couple.

This is the story of a boy who can’t stop fighting everyone and everything, and a girl who did nothing but fight and now never wants to fight again.

Book 312 read in 2018

Pages: 544

PREVIOUS REVIEW:
Don’t love fighting. Do love this book. Katie McGarry writes flawed characters who are so lovable I hate when our time together ends.

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The Blackhawk Boys Series by Lexi Ryan

Spinning Out (The Blackhawk Boys, #1)Spinning Out by Lexi Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was full of drama and mystery. It’s sold as a sports story, but there is very little sport involved in this, which was fine by me.

I really enjoyed the side characters, who kept things interesting. There were just a few small things that didn’t sit well with me, hence the 4 star rating, but I did read this straight through, until 3:30 AM on a work night, which means it’s definitely attention-grabbing.

Book 299 read in 2018

Pages: 462


Rushing In (The Blackhawk Boys, #2)Rushing In by Lexi Ryan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I liked this better than book one. It’s angsty, and it addresses outdated viewpoints on female sexuality. That pleases me.

Book 300 read in 2018

Pages: 376


Going Under (The Blackhawk Boys, #3)Going Under by Lexi Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So the series still has almost nothing at all, whatsoever, to do with football, besides that the men apparently play football (not that you ever really see that or hear about it).

That doesn’t matter to me, but since this is sold as a sports romance in a football world, I figured I should throw that out there.

This one is dark and twisty, but it’s also a bit convoluted and unbelievable at times. However, I still enjoyed Alex, even if some of her drama is too surface level.

Book 301 read in 2018

Pages: 274


Falling Hard (The Blackhawk Boys, #4)Falling Hard by Lexi Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a good change of pace. I enjoyed it as I read, but when I stepped back and really thought about it, there’s a lot of stuff that happens that is just too easy or convenient, rather than being truly believable.

I still enjoyed the journey and unexpected trope (actress meets con artist), but again there are some surface level moments that could have been deeper or truer to character.

Book 302 read in 2018

Pages: 376

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Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

Seriously... I'm KiddingSeriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like Ellen a lot, so I enjoyed this bit of randomness. It’s not quite as good as some of the other celebrity memoirs I’ve read recently, but it’s also not her first book, which changes things.

I thought it was funny, and it’s an easy read. I probably should go back and read her other books, as I actually would like to hear just a bit more about her life.

There are some added segments in the audiobook, where she talks directly to the listeners, and I really enjoyed those.

Book 307 read in 2018

Pages: 241

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