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.

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

Wow. Not only did I forget how much I loved this series, but THIS BOOK. I vaguely remembered bits and pieces from reading it five years ago, but now it’s all slammed into me and I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT.

Welcome to the Glass City – AKA Alicante! This book is a bit different from the first two so far. It starts off with a bang and it just keeps going. There isn’t really any down time. You are in and you are being pulled under by the current of this story. Needing more action. Wanting answers. Craving CLACE.

“There is no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then.”

Out of all of the characters, this book broke my heart piece by piece for Jace. You can’t help but feel sorry for him, and also, a little peeved. I’m not spoiling the book but, WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT, JACE? AND THAT? AND THAT?

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I still love you.

I would like to take a moment and say just how much I love the scenes between Jace and Clary. They are filled with struggle and torment masked as a hunger that runs deeper than their bones. The development of friendship between Simon and Jace and the bonds growing between all of the other characters is also an awesome bonus in this book!

Off to book 4! 🙂

Rating: 4.5 stars!

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3777732To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare

I’ve been on a Shadowhunters television binge, and felt the need to reread the series. So here we are, book 2! The intensity builds between our main characters. Longing and denial. Disgust and hunger. But they aren’t left to focus on their feelings for long. Valentine strikes again.

Jace is finding parts of himself he never knew existed while losing who he thought he was. His life is being split in every direction and you can’t help but feel for this sixteen year old boy who is filled with stubbornness and tenacity.

While Jace is coming apart at the seems and unsure of his own identity, Clary is trying to meld who she thought she was into who she now realizes she is supposed to be. No longer just a mundane, she works to be involved with those of her “kind”. But when they refuse to see her as more than an ordinary human, she’s pushed to take matters into her own hands.

She felt the brush of his lips, light at first, and her own opened automatically beneath the pressure. Almost against her will she felt herself go fluid and pliant, stretching upward to twine her arms around his neck the way that a sunflower twists toward light. His arms slid around her, his hands knotting in her hair, and the kiss stopped being gentle and became fierce, all in a single moment like tinder flaring into a blaze.

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*squeals*

It’s so incredibly difficult to review books that are part of a series! There’s a lot of detail and things to discuss in the story itself, but I can’t spoil it for those who have not read these yet. So… Read the series, and find me on social media so we can talk about ALL THE THINGS.

Rating: 4 stars!

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24885524Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go—especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil—and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings—and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

Damaged Like Us (Like Us #1) by Krista Ritchie

So. I’m going to start this out by saying, I’m not into MM Romance. I feel awkward reading/thinking about it. It’s just not my cup of tea. However, when KB Ritchie say they have a new book, you know it’s a MUST read. So that’s what I did. For them.

Maximoff stares right at me with resilience and finality that says, I want you.
Only you.

If you’ve read The Addicted series, you’ve already had the opportunity to meet him and get to know him a little bit, but in DLU, you will submerge in everything about him. I love all that is Maximoff. His love for family, his loyalty, his feelings of responsibility, and even how his mind overthinks everything (I’m totally the same in that category).

Then we get to meet the new bodyguard, Farrow. Now, if you’re ever looking to read about a guy who is the epitomy of sexy badass, look no further. HOT. DAMN. Tattoos, piercings, all black clothes, with a James Franco grin that can melt anyone…

If I have to wrangle the sun out of the fucking sky with my bare hands, then I’ll withstand the burn. I’d give it all to him if I could.

I never expected to love these two together as much as I did. And the banter… THE BANTER. I don’t want to say more because if I do, I’ll go into a crazy rampage and spoil things, so… *zips lips*

Truthfully, I enjoyed so much of this book! All the credit for that goes to the lovely ladies who can write anything and not put me off. Again, MM Romance is by far not my favorite thing in the world to read, but it was still a great book with soooo much emotion that I doubt KBR can do anything less than bring the feels. And… THAT JAMES FRANCO SMILE.

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I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to be a piece of food so badly as when I watch this gif.

These characters had me laughing and smiling, but I had one dilemma. Every time one of the core six came into DLU from the original series, I lost my mind with excitement. I miss them. I want them. I love them. All six are embedded into my core. What Krista & Becca Ritchie are doing to bring more of this world into our lives is so amazing, but also, I imagine, incredibly difficult. Not only do they have to do these characters justice, but also make the reader fall in love with this new cast equally, if not more, than the original. And with The Addicted series being my top-ever-romance-books-read, it’s going to be an incredible feat to pass. But if anyone can do it, it’s the authors who brought us the core six.

Now, this book, did not make me fall in love with these characters more or equally… yet. I wish they did, but… maybe in the next book? I have faith in KBR to make me fall deep for these characters the way they do in all their writings.

Note to the authors: I hope if you see this, you don’t overthink anything. Absolutely no pressure here from me. What you’re already doing is incredible, and I applaud you for having the courage to branch into the family and try to bring all those feels back with a new cast of characters. It will be my fault if I can’t manage to let go of the original gang. #addictedforlife

But taking the Addicted cast out of the running, this book was GREAT. I look forward to the next one in the series. I have so much I want to know – need to know – and the fact that I have to wait months is going to kill me.

 

Rating: 3 stars!

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unnamedDon’t date your bodyguard.
It was the one rule he had to break.

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet.

Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth.

He is certified American royalty.

When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff’s sexual fantasies.

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated.

Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.

The Like Us series is a true series, one continuous timeline, that follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the people that protect them. Damaged Like Us can be read and enjoyed without reading any of Krista & Becca’s other novels.