TBR of the Week: Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices #1)

Hello, there! I don’t know what’s happening with me lately, I don’t seem to be able to put up a post on Saturdays! Ugh, so frustrating! Anyway, hope you’re enjoying your Sunday (it’s already middle afternoon over here) and it’s time to talk about the chosen one for TBR of the Week: Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare!

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Read

Good night and welcome to a once more late Top 10 Tuesday! I think I’ll stop pointing out that I’m late because it’s becoming a bad habit. Maybe if I don’t point that I’m late, I can get myself back on time…? Anyway, this meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and my chosen theme for the day is 10 Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Read 🙂

In no particular order, let’s go!

  1. By Arrangement, by Madeline Hunter
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from my Instagram 🙂

As punishment for a romantic indiscretion, Lady Christiana is forced to marry a common merchant. But when she meets David de Abyndon, she finds he is no ordinary merchant but a man of extraordinary poise and virility. She senses the most uncompromising of passions behind his cool blue eyes.

This one has been sitting on my shelves for like three years or more now and I never seem to find the time to read it, ugh!

  1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Han

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while, but never got to it. After reading Jess’ review for it, I’m more excited ❤ [Jess is from the Mud and Stars]

  1. The School for Good and Evil series, by Soman Chainani

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The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

I’ve been meaning to read this book since it freaking came out in Brazilian Portuguese [aka right after the original release]. But I only saw it twice on bookstores: the first time it was when we met and I was penniless (I’m a sadistic for going to bookstores without any kind of money, I know); and the second time I had to leave it on the shelf, along with To Kill A Mockingbird and Falling Kingdoms because I had also found the illustrated Harry Potter… Well, they always say that the third time is the one that counts, right? 😀

  1. When Lightning Strikes (1-800-Where-R-You #1), by Meg Cabot

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Jess Mastriani has never been what you’d call a typical Midwestern teenager—her extracurricular activities, instead of cheerleading or 4-H, include fist-fights with the football team and month-long stints in detention. A part of Jess would like to be the prom queen her mother has always envisioned her being, but another part is secretly counting the days until she’s saved up enough money to buy her own Harley.

Then something happens that guarantees Jess will be one of the in-crowd…at least until her newfound talent ends up getting her dead.

I’ve met this series two summers ago, by chance at a bookstore, and by looking at the last volume’s cover. To this day, I have never seen the first book anywhere (I admit that I didn’t do that much digging…), so it’s not exactly my fault that I don’t have it, right…? Lol Wrong.

  1. The Infernal Devices + The Mortal Instruments + The Dark Artifices

And any other book in the Shadowhunters world, by Cassandra Clare

I promise I already bought the ebook for Clockwork Angel. Soon, guys.

  1. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1), by Marissa Meyer

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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

This book simply doesn’t sounds as my kind, but I was convinced by an army of lovely bookstagrammers and book bloggers that I should give it a try. And I can’t believe I’m still standing there not reading it, haha!

  1. Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon #1), by Dan Brown

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When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol—seared into the chest of a murdered physicist—he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati … the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy—the Catholic Church.

Langdon’s worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival.

Embarking on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair … a clandestine location that contains the only hope for Vatican salvation.

I’ve read Inferno some years ago and I can’t believe I still haven’t read the other books in this series lol I’m hopeless.

  1. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë

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avril sighs in exasperation

YES,  I KNOW, I DESERVE THE EYE-ROLLINGS!

  1. Throne of Glass series, by Sarah J. Maas

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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

The reason why I’m not reading this series yet is because I want this edition, with the woman on the cover. I don’t care much for books with illustrations on the cover overall and I don’t like this series illustration covers at all, sorry 😦

  1. Game of Thrones

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Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

I already bought all the ebooks, made a bet with a friend (hi, Jen!) and still haven’t started those. Maybe on June. June sounds like a good month in my calendar. ~who knows~

That’s it, thank you so much for reading and I hope your eyes aren’t too sore from all the rolling I must have won during it, haha!

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The best seller books of 2015 (accordingly to Book Depository)

Hello, again! Today I’d like to talk a little about the best selling books of 2015! I know we still have a couple of days left, but Book Depository already did a list of the best selling books of the year and I selected a few of them to put on my personal whish list, haha! If you want to send me a Christmas present, here is what you can get me LOL (just kidding):

  • Coloring books

Seems like AGES ago, but coloring books went viral this year and I loved this wave, as I always like to color ❤ I bought a Parisian themed one and a Frozen themed one, but I still want many more, like these:

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  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Illustrated Edition)

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Do I need to say more? LOL

  • To Kill a Mockingbird 50TH Anniversary edition

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I’ve read this book in the beginning of my college years, but it was a friend’s borrowed book, so I still need to get myself a copy of this amazing novel ❤

  • Go Set A Watchman, from Harper Lee

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As I loved TKAM, it’s only logical that I’m dying to read this book, right? Haha!

  • The Witches : Salem, 1692, from Stacy Schiff

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As soon as this book was released [LINK], I knew it was good stuff and that I had to read it. Now I can’t wait to put my hands on it!

  • Carry On, from Rainbow Rowell

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I just started reading Fangirl and already am in love with it! I can’t wait to read Carry On!

  • The Death House, from Sarah Pinborough

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I LOVE THIS WOMAN. I didn’t even know this book and I already need to read it ❤

  • The Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones, from Cassandra Clare

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I plan on start to read her next year, so I need the books, haha!

  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter, from Melinda Salisbury

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I’ve read a friend’s review for this book and it left me so curious! Now I want to read the book as well, haha!

  • The Miniaturist, from Jessie Burton

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So many people talked about this book at Instagram! I want to play along, haha!

  • The Serpent Papers, from Jessica Cornwell

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I just learned about this book and sounded amazing. I like those kind of fictions that sounds like non fiction ❤

  • Life and Death, from Stephenie Meyer
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Already explained here 🙂

  • The Hundred and One Dalmatians, from Dodie Smith , Illustrated by Alex T. Smith

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I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t know that there was a book for The Hundred and One Dalmatians… NOW I HAVE TO READ IT.

  • Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon, from Terence Pepper and Helen Trompeteler

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I love Audrey, so I wouldn’t mind having a book full of pictures of her at my shelf, haha!

  • A Portrait of Fashion : Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, from Aileen Ribeiro and Cally Blackman

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I did my college final dissertation this year and my theme was fashion related. I love this universe and am always interested in reading more about it!

  • The Other Tudor Princess : Margaret Douglas, Henry VIII’s Niece, from Mary McGrigor

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I love history books, so another one to my TBR list!

 

That’s it! Thanks for reading ❤ You can check the full list of best selling books of 2015 on Book Depository, here. Do you have any favorite new releases that you would love to see under your tree?

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Ps: this article was submitted to a book giveaway contest hosted by http://www.urbanepics.com 🙂