Woman Crush Wednesday: Isabelle “Izzy” Lightwood

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Isabelle Lightwood is a BAMF in every sense of the word. She’s strong, beautiful, and pretty fearless. She doesn’t back away from a challenge and fights just as well, if not better, than her brothers.

Of course, with all this strength Izzy has her own issues. She’s scared to trust anyone or let them in, making dating a torrid affair. She likes to choose the guy she won’t fall in love with instead of the one she will. Still, now that I’m in book five of The Mortal Instruments, Izzy is finally realizing not only does she deserve love but she’s willing to fight for it too.

I think Izzy is an amazing character that has a lot of depth. I like that I’m getting to see more of her as I’m getting closer and closer to the end of the Mortal Instruments series.

If you haven’t read the series yet, seriously I’ve only been talking about it for weeks, so if I haven’t convinced you yet I don’t know what will. Honestly, give it a read. They’re so good and addicting. Also the characters are fantastic. Except maybe Clary. I used to like her but now I’m not so sure. Izzy is great though.

Alec looked at her and shook his head. “How do you manage never to get mud on your clothes?”
Isabelle shrugged philosophically. “I’m pure at heart. It repels the dirt.” City of Ashes

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Maia Roberts

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I just finished reading City of Fallen Angels and Maia thankfully had a bigger role in this novel and I loved every second of it.

Maia is a fierce werewolf who’s not afraid to stand up for herself and do what she feels is best for her. She’s gorgeous and strong and has been through some terrible stuff but that doesn’t hold her back. After being turned into a werewolf against her will Maia found the strength in herself to leave her home and go to New York  to find her own pack.

Now she’s doing her own thing and she doesn’t take anyone’s crap. I’m like her for her strength but I made her this week’s WCW because of her ability to forgive those who hurt her. Plus, of course she’s hot.

“Patience, grasshopper,” said Maia. “Good things come to those who wait.”
“I always thought that was ‘Good things come to those who do the wave,'” said Simon. “No wonder I’ve been so confused all my life.” City of Glass

Book Review: City of Ashes

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Synopsis of Amazon.com:

Is love worth betraying everything? Plunge into the second adventure in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).

Clary 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.

Jace is everything in this book. He makes this book. I’m only here for Jace, honestly.

Okay, now that I got that out of the way let’s talk about the book itself. If you haven’t read of City of Bones yet stop here or you’ll be spoiled.

This novel picks up not too long after the end of City of Bones. We find everyone still reeling from Valentine and the revelation that Jace and Clary are siblings. Clary’s attempting a relationship with her best friend, Simon, Jace is trying to figure out his family situation and being accused of working with Valentine by the Clave, and Luke and Clary are coping with the fact that Clary’s mother still won’t wake up.

The stakes are super high in this book with Valentine building his army. Luckily, Clary and Jace are discovering they have powers of their own and maybe not everything is lost. Plus, Simon steps up in this book, which is great because he was pretty annoying up to that point. Hopefully, now he’ll get a life and stop focusing all his attention on Clary because frankly I don’t think she deserves it. Not that she isn’t great in her own right but she isn’t the end all, be all.

Lastly, I really enjoyed Magnus and Alec’s relationship in this book. It was implied in the first book but this one solidified it a bit more. They probably won’t be holding hands, walking around Central Park anytime soon (if ever) but they’re cute and I like them together. Plus, Magnus is bae.

Borrow or BuyBuy! I really liked this one and already requested City of Glass from the library.

Favorite Line:

“That does it,” said Jace. “I’m going to get you a dictionary for Christmas this year.”
“Why?” Isabelle said.
“So you can look up ‘fun.’ I’m not sure you know what it means.”

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Man Crush Monday: Magnus Bane

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Magnus Bane, aka the High Warlock of Brooklyn, is so fine and so smooth. Shadowhunters crashing his party? Whatever. Vampires loosing their cool? Whatever. People trying to cramp his style? Lol. Nice try.

Magnus is gorgeous, and his a great combination of not giving an eff about anything but also really caring about the people that matter to him is fantastic. I’m only on book two of The Mortal Instruments and I’d have to say Magnus is probably my favorite character. I can’t wait to see more of him and his clear love interest.

Magnus, standing by the door, snapped his fingers impatiently. “Move it along, teenagers. The only person who gets to canoodle in my bedroom is my magnificent self.” – City of Bones