Currently Reading

Right now I am reading Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I read her first two installments in the Infernal Devices Trilogy but I never could find the third in the library. I’ve been hunting it down for almost a year now, but I finally have it! YAY

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With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Review #9

An Abundance of Katherines is definitely my favorite of John Green’s books. A year ago I was drawn to this novel after reading his other works, but now I re-read it time and time again because of the fascinating math involved and the great story. (Yes, I have tried using the formula, but I’ll have to wait and see if it was right. I hope so). Mr. Green’s depiction of a washed-up child prodigy is hilariously true and I love Colin; he’s gloriously unpopular and obsessed with books just like me. This book has a great message of friendship, love, and laughter that I’ll never want to stop reading, and I absolutely adore every character (except TOC and Katrina… for obvious reasons [obvious only for those that have read this book, sorry]). Whether or not Colin becomes a genius is still unknown, along with whether him and Lindsey work out, so I hope we will be blessed with a sequel. In short, this novel is about finding oneself, sometimes the hard way, and experiencing life as you go with an open heart.

Shoutout to my friend Katherine that I’ve known forev’s: Have you dumped any Colins recently? Just kidding 😛

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Review #8

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton is a chilling and remarkably honest tale of love, death, passion, and suffering and how they are intertwined. Years of strange events and lost loves build up to the tragic night in which this story meets it’s conclusion. Leslye Walton introduces to us the odd and unbelievable and explains how even the neglected can find love. The life of Ava Lavender was not that of an angel, but simply that of a girl. If I learned anything from this novel, it is to listen to those who only speak when it is important.

My favorite character by far was Henry Lavender. Even those who are bizarre can do marvelous things. Though hardly anyone understood him, Henry was the true hero of this story, regardless of whether or not people allowed him to help them.

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Review #7

OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG

Okay… *eh hem* the review. Right. (Spoilers included!!!)

A Court of Mist and Fury truly knocked me off my feet. The bargain struck between our favorite dark prince (I ❤ RHYS) and Feyre at first seemed like a curse, but Maas surprised us with a twist in this tale. The once lovely and welcoming Spring Court is now no better than a prison, yet the feared Night Court is a beautiful haven. Tamlin has become a BEAST. Rhys and Feyre have to join forces to stop the imminent war… but along the way Feyre realizes whom she can really trust and who was meant to be from the start. This book is spectacular in every sense of the word and I LOVE it. It’s full of so many plot twists that I couldn’t even handle it and the things you learn about all of the characters… it’s just glorious.

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

P.S.- Rhysand is gumdropbestpersonamazingnessyesyesshadowprincecinnamonrollsunshine that everyone should love, and Tamlin is eeevil.

Review #6

A Court of Thorns and Roses was an exciting novel that I could not put down! It was full of sacrifice, heroism, and thrill from start to finish. Mrs. Maas has once again created a whimsical and dark world of both the immortal and mortal, and the underlying Beauty and the Beast themes only added to the daunting plot. The villain she made was nothing short of wicked (Amarantha is bad… but she’s so cool). Feyre is strong-willed and brave, and we couldn’t ask for a better person to save Prythian, thorns and all.

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Review #5

I just finished Fangirl… and Rainbow Rowell is now working her way to the top of my fav list. Well done *clap clap*. Anyway, here’s my review:

This book starts off with a lot of change. And change can be hard to deal with, or at least hard to deal with properly. But Cath seems to be okay with just about anything if she can write her beloved fic for Simon and Baz (SHOUT OUT TO CARRY ON). Throughout the novel, Cath slowly breaks away from being so tightly tethered to the fictional world of Gemma T. Leslie and is able to actually experience life. Classes challenge her (well duh it’s college) and she has to face the fact that her fan-fiction can’t be considered original work (plagiarism). So while Cath is working through all of this (family issues, school, classmates, writing), she is awarded the spectacular gift that is Levi *sighhh*. And Levi is amazingly wonderful. Without realizing it at first, they fall in love, and Levi is always there for her in the good and the bad. So, in short, Fangirl is a fantastic book about finding yourself and accepting the change that is thrown at your life.

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake