City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare

“‘Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo.’ ‘If I cannot move Heaven, I will raise Hell.’”

Welcome back to the Mortal Instruments series, City of Lost Souls, book #5 in the six book series. I have to say, I love this series so much. And this book… THIS BOOK.

If you think you loved these characters before, you will love them even more. With each book, we learn more about the strength each of these individuals possess. The difference of fighting styles, the power of sheer will, and the unyeilding strength of love.

I’m thinking next time I read a large series like this, I’ll do one review for the entire series because if I tell you ANYTHING of what was happening in this book, I’ll likely spoil the first few books for you. And I just can’t do that.

So how about a couple quote teasers!

She knew how strong he was, but she still felt a shock as he carried her to the bed and laid her down gently among the scattered pillows, sliding his body over hers, one smooth gesture that reminded her what all those Marks on his body were for. Strength. Grace. Lightness of touch.
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“My heart is your heart,” he said. “My hands are your hands.”

Basically, if you haven’t read this book yet or this series, you may want to. 🙂

Rating: 4.5 stars!

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8755776The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

In My Head by JM Storm

If you currently follow JM Storm on Instagram and truly enjoy reading his posts, you will love this collection. He speaks of help and healing, of moving on and letting go, of falling in love and loving yourself. While his prose is short, it’s also tender.

if you’re going to kiss her,
then pull her close and mean it.
kiss her as the moon does the sea.
weightless and yet the deepest
parts of her are moved.

JM Storm typically writes pieces around this length, so if you order this book and don’t realize what you’re getting when you order, don’t blame the writer. I personally enjoy longer pieces, but this was still a beautiful book of prose that was both comforting and uplifting.

This book contains JM Storm’s heart that just ebbs off his words like little butterflies. A soft and gentle caress.

maybe that’s all we need.
to know that someone
thinks we’re worth the
bad times. to know we’re
set apart from the others.
to feel a hand reaching
for us in the dark.

While this isn’t one of my favorite collections, it’s still a beautifully short and sweet read.

Rating: 4 stars

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35254618“Sometimes I wonder if there are others like me. Who feel everything and everything has feeling.”

In My Head, the debut release of one of Instagram’s most popular poets whose writing has been liked by millions, dives below the surface of love, loss, and life.

J.M. Storm has crafted a haunting yet hopeful poetry collection that is meant to be felt as much as it is read.

Wildly into the Dark by Tyler Knott Gregson

This book is filled with beautiful and peaceful prose. I simply adored all of these pieces. Tyler Knott’s books have yet to disappoint me even a little. There are so many pieces in here that caused me to stop and ponder. They settled inside me and made a home. They brought a calming to my stressful days.

If I do not follow you
out of this zone of comfort
I’ve lived safely inside,
Push me, pull me, or
throw me from that
circle. If my wander loses
its lust, if the soles of my feet
begin to rust, if I forget
the way to adventure,
force it upon me until I
remember; demand a life
five thousand shades
from ordinary.

It is incredibly hard to write reviews for poetry books. They are very personal to the author, and the words either resonate or they do not. But Tyler Knott has a unique ability to bring you in and consume you with the stunning thoughts of his soul. If you’ve read and enjoyed his other books, you’ll want to be sure to add this one to the collection.

Rating: 5 stars!

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34427870The most intimate and eclectic poetry collection yet from bestselling author and online sensation Tyler Knott Gregson

With loyal fans around the world and across the internet, Tyler Knott Gregson is reinventing poetry for a new generation, using Instagram and Tumblr to reach readers where they are.

Tyler’s third collection includes more of his popular Typewriter Series poems (featured in his first book, Chasers of the Light) as well as never-before-published scenes that paint the world as only Tyler sees and experiences it. Filled with vivid photographs and even more vivid emotions, Wildly Into the Dark is a must-have for longtime fans as well as newcomers to Tyler’s unique brand of passionate, intimate, and playful words and images.

Love Her Wild by Atticus

Some of these pieces were beautiful and worth rereading.
A lot of others fell short.
There were few pieces that caused me to pause and wonder – to soak in the words.

For those who love Atticus’s Instagram, they will likely enjoy this book. I, however, was hoping for more. I thought perhaps we’d be seeing some of his short pieces tied into longer prose more worthy of a book collection. The photography in this book is beautiful and really adds an extra beauty to the content. I honestly feel I enjoyed half of the pictures more than his quotes.

This book is beautifully put together. Stunning pages, images, fonts, and the cover is gorgeous, but I feel like that’s all you get with this. Beauty on the first layer but unable to find any soul.

While his words are beautiful and give you the feels for a moment, they don’t linger, they don’t settle. If you’re looking for something deep and meaningful, it’s not this. I don’t think this book was terrible. I also don’t think it was great. If you follow him on IG, you really don’t need to get this book to find anything “more“.

Rating: 3 stars

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33208115The first collection of poetry by Instagram sensation Atticus.

Love Her Wild is a collection of new and beloved poems from Atticus, the young writer who has captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of avid followers on his Instagram account @atticuspoetry, including superstars like Karlie Kloss and Shay Mitchell. He was dubbed the “#1 poet to follow” by Teen Vogue and “the world’s most tattoo-able” poet by Galore magazine, in Love Her Wild, Atticus captures what is both raw and relatable about the smallest and the grandest moments in life: the first glimpse of a new love in Paris; skinny dipping on a summer’s night; the irrepressible exuberance of the female spirit; or drinking whiskey in the desert watching the rising sun. With honesty, poignancy, and romantic flair, Atticus distills the most exhilarating highs and the heartbreaking lows of life and love into a few perfectly evocative lines, ensuring that his words will become etched in your mind—and will awaken your sense of adventure.

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)

Or maybe it’s just that beautiful things are so easily broken by the world.

Another excellent read!

Writing reviews for these books are getting harder and harder because I don’t want to give anything away from the series, let alone individual books. And when a series runs this long or more, it’s difficult to gush about what you love or hate without spilling all the secrets. And this book was definitely a love. Oh, how I wish I could tell you all the things!!

With each book, the characters fall into their own more than the last. The attitudes, the snarky comments, and the friendships growing between them all. Not to mention Jace and Clary. But, well, you know…

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You’re just worried they’ll hire a male instructor and he’ll be hotter than you.” 
Jace’s eyebrows went up. “Hotter than me?” 
“It could happen,” Clary said, “You know, theoretically.”
“Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other, forever and tragically parted, but I’m not worried about that either. Some things,” Jace said, with his customary crooked smile, “are just too unlikely to dwell upon.

This book takes new twists and turns that will leave you anxious for more. Cassandra Clare knows how to build the tension, and in this book, it comes down to a cliffhanger moment that will leave you stunned.

Rating: 4 stars!

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6752378The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.