Rereading The Mortal Instruments Books 5-6

City of Lost Souls

Rating: 5 out of 5.

City of Lost Souls is definitely tied with City of Heavenly Fire for my favorite book in the series. The plot is great and the character development is equally fantastic. Sometimes I forget why Jonathan Morgenstern is such a scary villain, but then I reread this book and I remember. He is just plain evil, and the dynamic between him and Clary is so intriguing.

As I said in my last review of the first four books, I got tired pretty quickly of New York as the setting, so part of the reason I enjoy CoLS so much is because it takes place in a magically traveling townhouse. This might sound far out, but Cassandra Clare writes it in a way that makes it totally believable and plausible. I love getting to travel all around Europe in this book.

Character-wise this novel also just really did it for me. I love Alec and Magnus’ struggles, as well as the progression of Simon and Izzy’s relationship. Clary has grown by leaps and bounds since the first three books, and her character is so much more enjoyable for me to read. In addition to Clary’s character, another vast improvement I saw was the writing of the fight scenes. I thought they were so much more engaging than in previous books, and really captivated and thrilled me.

City of Heavenly Fire

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is by far the longest book of the series, but it never drags. Edom is such an intriguing setting, and all the characters really grew while there. While in Edom, I felt like we finally got to see Alec and Jace act like parabatai. In previous books it was always established that the two were parabatai, but I felt like we never really got to see the intensity or depth of their relationship. It kind of came out of nowhere, but it makes sense because the longer Cassandra Clare writes in the Shadow World, the more details she will uncover.

Simon was definitely one of my favorites in this book, and I definitely look forward to rereading Tales form the Shadowhunter Academy. Alec also really gets the chance to shine in this book. The Blackthorn’s storyline is so heartbreaking, and it really shows the children’s strength.

I have no qualms with how this series is wrapped up. At the end, I love getting to see Jem and Tessa together, and I love how all the characters arc were wrapped up, but at the same time they were all set up for future stories.

Rereading The Mortal Instruments Books 1-4

I love reading new books, but I love rereading my favorite books just as much. It might be my terrible memory, but I always forget little details, and sometimes major ones, and when I reread a book it’s almost like I’m reading it again for the first time. One of the book series I reread the most is The Mortal Instruments, or anything by Cassandra Clare. In fact, I read it so much that I told myself I was not going to reread any Cassandra Clare book this year. This became a problem when Queen of Air and Darkness came out, because my terrible memory made me forget most of what happened in Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows. I tried reading Queen of Air and Darkness, but I just couldn’t get as into it because I knew I was forgetting so much of the story. Then by chance I browsed through my goodreads account and discovered that I actually haven’t read The Mortal Instruments series since 2016. I had no idea it’s been four years since I read one of my favorite series, so I decided to reread every book in the Shadowhunter Chronicles. I’ve read every book in the Shadowhunter Chronicles except Ghosts of the Shadow Market, Queen of Air and Darkness, Chain of Gold, and The Red Scrolls of Magic, so I’m excited to use this reread as a chance to finally get to these.

City of Bones

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I definitely feel the most nostalgic when I read City of Bones. Cassie Clare does such a good job introducing us to the Shadow World and immediately making me care about the characters. The banter in this book is so good, especially between Simon and Jace- it always makes me smile. I noticed that during this reread I found Clary slightly annoying. I forgot that I felt this way towards her, but I think in 2016 the last time I read this book I felt the same way. It probably has to do with the fact that I’m getting older, and Clary is written as a really stubborn sixteen-year-old girl. I think the angle Cassie Clare was going for is that Clary is so blinded by her love for her family and friends and her desire to save them that she doesn’t consider the consequences. I totally think this is a valid angle, but I feel like sometimes the lines got blurred between just being rude and being rude/abrasive for the sake of the people she loves.

City of Ashes

Rating: 4 out of 5.

One aspect that majorly weirded me out in City of Ashes is the incest. I know it’s a super old scandal and it’s been talked about a lot, but it definitely bothered me this reread. I don’t think it really mattered that much to me when I first read these books. I think it’s because I knew they would end up together and not related, and also because when I first read this series the first five books were already out, so I was able to read the books back to back.

This is really the first book where hints and connections start getting dropped about all the different bloodlines, which did get me excited for the rest of the books.

The major setting for The Mortal Instruments is New York. It’s basically another character. I’ve never felt this before, but by the time I finished City of Ashes I was kind of sick of New York. I think this is because now that I’ve read most of The Dark Artifices, and I knew what was coming in City of Glass and later books, I was just really looking forward to getting to read about Idris, the Faerie Court, Los Angeles, and all the other places we visit. Finally my last gripe, if Jace would just talk about his problems so much could be avoided! I still love him, but he definitely annoyed me at parts. I actually ended up lowering my rating to four stars because after reading City of Glass, I realized I did not enjoy this book as much as others in the series.

City of Glass

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I love City of Glass because finally we go to Idris and get to see more of the Clave and meet characters like Amatis and the Penhallows. Clary at the beginning still drove me pretty crazy, and I was glad when Luke, and even Amatis, finally gave her some parental-like guidance.

Valentine definitely bored me and I was glad to see him go. I think Sebastian is definitely more interesting, and I think his beliefs and methods are just a little more plausible to me as a villain. I just never really understood Valentines’ beliefs, which might have been the point because he’s basically got very Hitler-esque tactics.

I really love the ending because it wraps up so nicely. It’s really easy to see how this was originally intended to be a trilogy.

City of Fallen Angels

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This has a really slow beginning for me. I didn’t get excited until the last 75 pages. There’s a couple reasons this felt slow to me. First, we’re back in New York, which just makes me miss Idris. Second, because the last book wrapped up so nicely, this book is almost like a second first book. The plot had to be reestablished. This was also very heavily character based and not plot based, and part of what I love about Cassie Clare books are the major plot twists, so City of Fallen Angels just lacked a lot of that excitement for me.

I did enjoy this because I saw so much growth in Clary. She seems worlds more mature, which definitely makes sense given everything she’s gone through. I also really enjoyed getting to read more about Maia and getting introduced to Jordan.

6 Standalone Novels Even the Series Lover Won’t Be Able to Put Down

If you’re anything like me, you love a good series. The longer the better! I love getting invested in characters, and watching their growth and development over multiple books. I like stories with cliff-hangers and plot twists. For all these reasons, it’s so much easier for me to get into series than standalone novels. I’ve had issue with pacing in many standalone novels. The plot sometimes moves too quickly, and characters develop relationships that feel totally forced and lacking real connection. This all makes it really hard for me to be invested in the story. But not all standalone novels don’t work for me. Below are six fantasy and contemporary standalone novels that totally did it for me! Comment and let me know what standalone novels you love.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

I’m always looking for a good mermaid book, and To Kill a Kingdom does not disappoint. Technically, the mermaids are sirens, and they are lethal killers. The characters are flushed out and complex, and they manage to go on an epic adventure all in one book.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

It’s pretty rare that I find a contemporary novel I like, and it’s even rarer I find one I love. Eliza and Wallace are such wonderfully written characters, with refreshingly honest struggles. This book is so dear to my heart, and I hope some of you will also love it. Read my full review here.

Roseblood by A.G. Howard

Roseblood is a Phantom of the Opera retelling set in modern times. The main character Rune is an opera singer at a boarding school, where she befriends Thorn, a mysterious masked violinist. The romance in this novel moved at just the right pace, and the plot kept me hooked the whole time. Read my full review here.

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

This is the first contemporary book I read that I really loved. The description really doesn’t do this book justice. In less than 400 pages Jeff Zentner totally makes me fall in love with his characters, then breaks my heart. Read my full review here.

Soundless by Richelle Mead

Soundless takes place in a village where there is no sound, and where the people must mine metals in exchange for food that is delivered to them. The main character Fei decides to save her village when her people start losing their sight and when food runs low. It’s super refreshing to read a book where people communicate with sign language, and I think this book does it really well.

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Hunted is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Beauty and the Beast retellings are pretty overdone, but this one is refreshingly original. The main character, Yeva, doesn’t suffer from special-snowflake-syndrome, like so many MCs do. The magic system is very unique and fits naturally into the world. I highly recommend if you want a read that will leave you satisfied, but also craving more! Read my full review here.

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7 Great Autobiographies by Women that Everyone Should Read

If you love autobiographies or are just looking to get into the genre, here are 7 of my favorite autobiographies.

Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus by Carolina Maria de Jesus

This is a first hand account of life in São Paulo, Brazil, written in the late 1950s to early 1960s. De Jesus was an incredible woman, and more people today need to know her story.

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins

Usually, I am not a huge fan of celebrity autobiographies. It can be hard to relate to someone whose life is so different from your own. That being said, I found Lily Collins autobiography to be very moving. Her writing was sophisticated and relatable.

The Right to Choose by Gisèle Halimi

If you are looking for a short but powerful read, The Right to Choose is for you. Halimi writes about her childhood, as well as her lawyer work fighting to legalize abortion and make it more accessible to women of all economic backgrounds. This book is out of print, so it’s very hard to come by, but if you happen to see it listed online somewhere, or in a used bookstore, snatch it up!

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

Kingston’s writing is confronting, gritty, and magical. The Woman Warrior details Kingston’s upbringing as a Chinese American in California. This is a great mixture of memoir, myth, and folklore, and Kingston does a great job of intertwining all three together to explore identity, family, and womanhood.

Dreams of Trespass by Fatema Mernissi

This is one of my personal favorite autobiographies. Mernissi’s writing is beautiful, and she weaves her own memories into the narratives of the women surrounding her. Mernissi gets readers to reimagine words and places that have long been defined by white colonizers.

Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog

This is another of my favorite autobiographies. Mary Crow Dog grew up on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Lakota Woman chronicles her experiences as a Native American woman, including her childhood, strict missionary schooling, and her joining the tribal pride movement. Own-voices Native American literature is scarce, but this is a great place to start.

Anything We Love Can Be Saved by Alice Walker

This is one of those books that is great to read with a highlighter or pen in hand. I loved highlighting my favorite passages and making notes for myself to come back to later. Walker covers many topics in this work, from feminism to identity, but there is something in here for everyone.

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Review: The Fallen World Series by Laura Thalassa

The Fallen World Series by Laura Thalassa

The Queen of All that Dies: 3 stars

The Queen of Traitors: 3.5 stars

The Queen of All that Lives: 3 stars

Finally I am out of my reading slump, and suddenly I’ve found myself a new favorite author: Laura Thalassa. Last year I read her novel Pestilence, and I really enjoyed it. At the end of March I got around to reading the sequel, War, and thus launched my Laura Thalassa reading marathon.

Thalassa has quickly become one of my favorite authors due to her refreshingly realistic female protagonists and her interesting and complex world-building. The Fallen World series takes place in a future version of our current society, where the entire world is war-ravaged and conquered by an evil king, Montes Lazuli. The main character, Serenity Freeman, is a soldier and emissary, and through a strange series of events ends up married to Kind Lazuli.

At first glance, the plot sounds familiar: helpless girl is kidnapped by evil guy, falls in love with him flaws and all. I started this series expecting that to be the case, but I was pleasantly surprised. Serenity Freeman is a mix of Jason Bourne, Evelyn Salt, and Natasha Romanov. When trapped in a van full of her enemies, she is the lone person to emerge alive. Her serious badassery made her such a refreshing read.

As for the enemies to lovers storyline, sometimes it works for me sometimes it doesn’t. In The Fallen World series it worked for me all thanks to Serenity. Her internal struggle with doing the right thing, saving the world, and falling for a monster is what kept me intrigued. Thalassa is excellent at making you hate, then love, then hate her characters. I understood Serenity’s reasoning, and sometimes even though I didn’t want to, I understood King Lazuli’s reasoning.

The main reason I love this series is because Laura Thalassa went there. That’s the only way to describe it. Laura Thalassa took the dial for “insane plot twists” and turned it up until it broke. The end of book two shook me to my core. I won’t give any spoilers here, but please go read this series for a killer world, badass heroine, and unpredictable plot. I seriously love this series, as evidenced by the fact I read it in five days, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too. Now on to reading more Laura Thalassa books!

Check out Laura Thalassa’s website: http://www.laurathalassa.com

The Lover Book Tag | 2019

I’ve been trying to write a blog post for ages now, but nothings been grabbing my attention, until now! What Vicky Read created the Lover Book Tag, which is inspired by Taylor Swift’s new album, which I have been listening to non stop since it came out.

I Forgot That You Existed – A book on your TBR that you’d completely forgotten about

I had to go to my Goodreads TBR shelf to answer this one. One book that I completely forgot I had on my TBR shelf is Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. I added this book to my TBR shelf in 2015. I don’t think this is a book I would go out of my way to read now, and I actually will probably take it off my TBR shelf now.

Cruel Summer – A Perfect Summer Read

I love reading fantasy books in the summer. I’m not a huge contemporary fan, so I like to use summer as a time to catch up on my favorite fantasy series.

Lover – Your Favourite Book/Series

I finally read Finale by Stephanie Garber, and I absolutely loved it. Now that I’ve finished the trilogy, I can definitively say that it is one of my favorite series. I loved each book, and there was no second-book-slump.

The Man – An Amazing Female Character

I’m going to have to go with Mia from Unearthed and Undying by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Mia is such a badass and is definitely one of my favorite female characters ever.

The Archer – A book from your childhood because you never grew up

The Percy Jackson books will always stick with me. I love the world Rick Riordan created, and I love how we got to grow up with the characters throughout the books and spinoff series. I even went to see The Musical in New York and it was incredible.

I Think He Knows – A book everyone knows you love!

Everyone in my life knows how much I love Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter novels, they’ve been a longtime favorite.

Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince – A book that makes you so sad you could paint the town blue

Undying by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner actually made me cry, and books never make me cry.

Paper Rings – Your favourite OTP

One of my new OTPs is Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I love the way Bardugo wrote their relationship.

Cornelia Street – A book that lived up to the hype

I was really scared to read The Wicked King by Holly Black because I loved The Cruel Prince so much. Luckily, TWK lived up to the hype and was a worthy follow-up.

Death by a Thousand Cuts – A book that saying goodbye to is death by a thousand cuts so you just have to re-read it again

Finale was so hard for me to finish. I never want this series to end, and it was so hard for me to say goodbye to those characters.

London Boy – A book based in London

I don’t think I’ve read many books set in London, but The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare is always a favorite.

Soon You’ll Get Better – A book that brightens up your sky

Any of Rick Riordan’s books always make me laugh. He’s such a fantastic writer, and I love his characters.

False God – A book that you could reread over again because it still does it for you, babe 

The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout will always be a favorite. I love the characters.

You Need to Calm Down – An LGBTQ+ book you’d GLAADly recommend

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat is definitely not for everyone, but it’s a favorite of mine.

Afterglow – It’s Not the Book, It’s Me (A book that wasn’t for you)

An Enchantment of Ravens is loved by so many people, but I was just so bored by it. It moved too quickly and the romance was so forced and fake to me.

ME! – A Character You Relate To

Scarlett from Caraval by Stephanie Garber is literally me. We have the same personality and I am fiercely protective of my younger sister too, who reminds me of Tella.

It’s Nice to Have a Friend – A Character You’d Love to be Friends With

Katy from the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout jumps to my mind immediately. She’s so funny and relatable, and also such a badass. She’s definitely one of the most powerful female characters I’ve read about.

Daylight – A book that you weren’t sure of at first but turned out to be amazing!

I was skeptical when I first read Roseblood by A.G. Howard, but I ended up really enjoying it. I definitely plan on rereading it sometime in the future.

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Wrap-up: July 2018

Books I Read

  1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  3. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  4. After by Anna Todd

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Statistics

Pages read: 1,916 Longest book: 582 pages, After Shortest book: 358 pages, Shadow and Bone
Average rating: 3.5 stars Highest rated: 3.5 stars, After, Shadow and Bone, & Siege and Storm Lowest rated: 3 stars, Ruin and Rising

My Thoughts

I am a month late with this wrap-up but at least it’s happening! During July I was taking my last summer class so I didn’t have that much time for reading. I did recently post a review of the Grisha Trilogy, so read that if you want my potentially unpopular opinions on that series.

In July I also decided to reread After by Anna Todd. The movie adaptation of After is officially happening! Years ago when After was first coming out I was such a fan, so my young fangirl heart is over-the-moon about this movie. Filming has already finished so now we only have to wait a few more months until the movie comes out in February 2019. Honestly I still enjoyed the book. Yes, the writing isn’t the best, but I think the characters are complex and super relatable to me now as a college student.

So that’s all I read in July. Even though it’s not much, its better than August is about to me. So far I haven’t finished any books, but I’ve started about four of them. I might not even have an August wrap-up!

Review: The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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My overall rating: ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ (3.3 stars)

Shadow and Bone: 3.5 stars

Seige and Storm: 3.5 stars

Ruin and Rising: 3 stars

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company


Shadow and Bone Summary (from Goodreads)

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.


My Thoughts

The last few months have been some of the busiest of my life. I finished my third-to-last semester of college, during which I read sixteen books for school in addition to a numerous amount of PDFs. Then over the summer I took not one, but two classes, during which I read two books and again, a numerous amount of PDFs. In the midst of all these readings for school I found it hard to make time to read for pleasure, especially during the last few months. When I’m busy or overwhelmed, I tend to reread books because I know the plot already, so if I leave it unfinished it’s not a big deal. In addition to taking two classes over the summer, I also started working at a new job where I somehow ended up logging over 40 hours each week. My summer in three words: exhausting, stressful, short.

In the midst of this crazy summer I did find the time to read a few books that I’d never read before. Finally, after years of putting it off, I decided to pick up Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, the first in the Grisha Trilogy. I bought Shadow and Bone over two years ago, and for two years it had sat on my shelf, untouched except for when I was reorganizing. One reason it took my over two years to read this series is because of the hype. This series is incredibly beloved by so many people in the book community. Whenever a book or series is so beloved and hyped by so many people, I tend to avoid it. I’m scared of it not living up to the hype, and I’ve heard about it so much that I honestly just don’t want to hear about it anymore.

So, what did I think of this beloved trilogy? For me it rides the line between fine and good. It was okay. Is it spectacular? No. Is it overhyped? In my opinion, which might be an unpopular one, yes.

One of the things I did like was the world/setting. Bardugo did an excellent job creating the Russian-inspired fantasy world of Ravka. In YA fantasy novels, a lot of worlds are very similar. This was a breath of fresh air. I also appreciate Bargudo’s magic system, if it can even be called that. In the novels, ‘magic’ is called The Small Science. Basically, the ‘magical’ powers and abilities are based in science, which is pretty cool to me.

The plot was lacking for me. The same thing kept happening over, and over, and over. How many times do I need to read about the Darkling (bad guy) catching up to Alina (our heroine), trying to capture her, and in the end her escaping? I don’t think this series needed to be three books. Two definitely would have sufficed. One huge aspect of the plot is the search for three magical amplifiers. The big question is, what is the third amplifier? It takes basically the entire third book for our main characters to figure it out when readers could figure it out hundreds of pages earlier.

Now onto the characters. While the plot was definitely lackluster, one area where Bardugo excels is in character development. Alina was realistic and relatable, and I did enjoy her as our narrater. But my most favorite thing of all was how the lines between good and bad were blurred for both Alina and the Darkling. I LOVE when characters are complex and imperfect. Bardugo did this fantastically, and this is honestly the only reason why I’m considering reading other books.

I just felt no surprise or joy when I was reading these books. In the end, I was very underwhelmed by the Grisha Trilogy. I loved the characters, but the plot was unimpressive and predictable. This is Bardugo’s first series though, so I am willing to give her another shot in the future.

Wrap-up: June 2018

Books I Read

  1. Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics by Jeremy Schaap
  2. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas
  3. The Games: A Global History of the Olympics by David Goldblatt
  4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  5. Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  6. Mirage by Somaiya Daud

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Statistics

Pages read: 2,674 Longest book: 664 pages, Tower of Dawn Shortest book: 288 pages, Triumph
Average rating: 3.8 Highest rated: 5 stars, Legendary Lowest rated: 2 stars, The Games

My Thoughts

Finally I am getting back into reading for pleasure! Now that my first summer class is over I feel like I can finally relax and dive back into some fictional worlds.

In June I read two books for summer class. The Games was a pretty boring history of the Olympics, but Triumph was a much more interesting biography on Jesse Owens. It was a short and easy read.

This month I also finally read Tower of Dawn. I really enjoyed it, but it wasn’t spectacular like Empire of Storms. However, I did love the characters and I can’t wait to see more of them in Kingdom of Ash.

Then, Legendary finally came out! I reread Caraval in preparation and then reread Legendary once my copy arrived in the mail. It was even better the second time around because I could pick up on all the little details that I didn’t notice the first time.

Finally, I read an e-arc of Mirage, which completely blew me away! I did not expect to like it as much as I did, but it has ended up being one of my favorite books of the year!

Collector’s Edition: Caraval

Welcome to my new series: Collector’s Edition! Each Collector’s Edition is going to be a blog post dedicated to one book/series. If you’re like me and you love collecting books and bookish merchandise then this is for you! I’m basically just compiling a list of items inspired by your favorite books to help you build your bookish collection!

First up is one of my favorite books of all time: Caraval! Legendary was recently released and it was so amazing. I’ve been eyeing lots of Caraval and Legendary inspired items lately and I thought I would compile a list for all you Stephanie Garber lovers out there.

Books

I try not to keep multiple copies of books unless that book is one of my absolute favorites. If Caraval and Legendary are some of your favorite books, then here are some editions that definitely belong in your collection. Also note that if you buy a book using my book depository affiliate link I receive a small commission!

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The UK paperback edition is in the center, and the UK hardback on the right.

The UK Paperback edition of Caraval: I ordered this edition from Waterstones, but you can also buy it from Book Depository. The UK paperback edition has a beautiful striped spine and a circus tent on the cover.

The UK Hardback editions of Caraval and Legendary: The first print run of these editions had the secret covers. Unfortunately, since they were only on the first run, it is hard to find them these days. I found my secret cover edition on eBay for $11. Unfortunately, it is very hard to find these at a reasonable price on eBay as lots of people are selling them for upwards of $50. I ordered my Legendary edition from Waterstones. Even though you can no longer buy the editions with the special covers, I would definitely recommend buying the regular versions because they are just as beautiful!

Art

There is nothing I love more than bookish art! I am currently working on buying some of my favorite Caraval inspired pieces so I can have them all framed together. Here are some of the most beautiful Caraval inspired art prints I can find!

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‘Amidst the Game’ by Micheline Ryckman of Whimsical Illustration

Whimsical Illustration: Micheline is such a talented artist. Her work is stunning! Currently she has three Caraval inspired pieces in her shop. She has portraits of Scarlett and Julian, and she also has a painting called ‘The Perfect Ending‘ which gives me all the feels! Micheline’s prints are $24 CAD, which is roughly $18 US dollars.

Morgana0Anagrom: Salome is one of my favorite artists. Her work is gorgeous and she perfectly captures my favorite characters. Recently she did an illustration of Legend for Shelflove Crate. Right now you can buy the print for $8 in Shelflove Crate’s online shop. Usually when an artist does a print for a subscription box, the box owns the rights for a couple months, meaning the artist cannot sell the print until the rights revert back to them. Eventually Shelflove Crate will run out of their extra stock of the prints, so if that happens you might be able to find the print in Salome’s redbubble shop.

Dark and Beautiful Art: Gina is another one of my favorite artists. She recently completed a Tarot Card collection that includes portraits of Jacks, Legend, Dante, Tella, Scarlett, and Julian. She also has an illustration of Scarlett and Julian, which is gorgeous, and a Legend inspired piece. All these illustrations are available in Gina’s redbubble store, where you can get them on tons of different items.

Meliescribbles: Melanie is another insanely talented artist who has a gorgeous illustration of Scarlett in her beautiful enchanted gown. You can buy it in two sizes from her INPRNT store.

Candles

There are so many different Caraval inspired candles to choose from, there’s bound to be one for everyone. They all have different scents and come in different sizes. Here are some that would look gorgeous on your bookshelf. I know candles can be kind of expensive, so if you are going to buy them from any bookish candle company I recommend checking their instagram page to see who their reps are and using a rep code. Then you’ll get 10-15% off your order.

ThatBookieCandles: Legend smells like whiskey and blackberry sage, and Donatella smells like chocolate covered strawberries. They also have a Caraval candle which smells like the fireside and caramel popcorn. Yum!

UntiltheveryendCo: They have an entire collection of Caraval and Legendary inspired candles. Check out Legend, Tella, Jacks, Scarlett, Julian, Dante, and Caraval.

The904Store: They have candles inspired by Dante, Legend, Julian, Caraval, and Isla de los Suenos.

TotallyWickedCandles: They have a candle called Legend’s True Name that sounds like is smells AMAZING! It smells like caramel custard and smokey woods.

Quacker Candle probably has the candle I most want. Crimson smells like lavender, mandarin, and chamomile.

Tea

TheSimplyBookishCo: Their ‘Only a Game‘ tea contains rooibos, mallow flowers, rose petals, wild mava, calendula petals, natural and artificial tropical fruit flavors. Each tin is 8-10 servings for $8.50.

Lip Balm

Oriandle is a Netherlands based shop that sells tea, lip balm, candles, and more. Their Caraval lip balm smells like burnt sugar, caramel, and vanilla.

Custom Funko Pops

As of right now I can only find two Caraval inspired custom funko pops. Custom funkos are expensive, so definitely make sure you love the pop before buying it. Legend is $42  and Scarlett is $30.

Jewelry

If you’re looking for some cute but subtle jewelry then you should definitely check out ElissaJDesigns shop. Her Legendary Spade charm necklace is $16.