Strand book haul #2 (and #3!)

Double haul. Because I forgot to post the other one a month ago.

*Blurbs from*

Part One

1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (YA)

(whoops, tiny cover!)


When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. And she’s more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And Clary is introduced with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Cover– Maybe this is just me, but I do not really like this cover. At all. Or really any of the covers in this series. Not only is it (nearly) impossible to know who’s on the cover, the whole thing in general is unappealing to me. This book was DEFINITELY not a cover buy for me. However, this is just my opinion. I don’t mean to offend anyone who does like the cover. I’m just not a fan of it.

Story– YES. I loovvveed this book. So much. Too much. Well, not as much as Harry Potter, but still a lot. It’s super fun, funny, and has loads of plot-twits. I’ve heard mixed feelings about this book, but I liked it a lot. I’d recommend this one for sure.

2. The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart


A magical watch

A string of secrets

A race against time
When Reuben discovers an extraordinary antique watch, he soon learns it has a secret power and his life takes an intriguing turn. At first he is thrilled with his new treasure, but as one secret leads to another, Reuben finds himself torn between his innately honest nature and the lure to be a hero.
Now he is on a dangerous adventure–full of curious characters, treacherous traps, and hairsbreadth escapes–as he races to solve the mystery before it is too late. Even with fearless Penny, mighty Jack, and the wise Mrs. Genevieve on his side, can Reuben outwit and outmaneuver the sly villain called The Smoke and his devious defenders the Directions and save the city from a terrible fate?
In this ingeniously crafted novel, acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Trenton Lee Stewart invites readers to join the adventure, decipher the clues, and ask themselves the question: Is knowing a secret a gift or a curse?
Cover– * five cheers for the artist * This is beautiful! I love the cover! And it looks lovely without the jacket, too.
Story– Pretty awesome! Penny might just be my favorite. The characters are all great, the story is full of suspense, and it makes you want a cool watch. Or, it made me want a cool watch, anyhow. I’d recommend this to anyone, really. Especially if you like mysteries or magic. Or both!
3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber


Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . . 

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . beware of getting swept too far away.

Cover– * claps * I love this cover! It’s very compelling. 😉

Story– Good. It has some pretty cool descriptions, and the writing is pretty cool too, and so is the story, but…it’s not as much as I expected it to be. I still want to read the second one, and don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy it, but it’s not going on my favorite book list. Or second favorite book list. Still a good book. I think it really depends on who’s reading it. Not everyone is going to like this book, and that’s okay. Maybe you want to try it out anyway. 😛

Part Two

(I have not read any of these yet, I just got them today. So I shall just be putting a cover, blurb, and cover review. And a review on anything I’ve read so far.)

1. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (YA)


To 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?

Cover– At least he has a shirt this time.

2. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin


(Beware, this is not the same blurb that I got on the back of my book. I like My Blurb better. 😉 )

Everyone says that it was an accident… that sometimes things “just happen”. But Suzy won’t believe it. Ever. After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory–even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy’s achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe…and the potential for love and hope right next door.

Cover– Lovely! Awesome! Pretty! Just look at ittttt!!!!

Story– So far, it’s amazing. The writing is beautiful and insightful. Suzy’s mother is hilarious. I’ve already learned a lot about jellyfish, and I love the relationship between Suzy’s brother, Aaron, and his boyfriend, Rocco. (Which is a cool name!)

Goodbye fellow readers,



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