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The Infernal Devices

Ohh kay!  I just finished Clockwork Princess, the last book in  Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices trilogy (ID), which is part of the larger Shadow Hunter series. Wow. What a good ending! It makes me want to go back and read the first three Mortal Instrument (MI) books to see what was in them that I didn’t originally know about!

For those of you that don’t know, the Shadow Hunter series started with City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass. In these books we meet Clary Fray, Jace Wayland and Alex and Isabelle Lightwood. Jace, Alec and Izzy are shadow hunters but so it Clary, she just doesn’t know it yet! She was raised mundane and thrown into the shadow world when her crazy father kidnaps her mother and she was nearly killed by a demon. The next three of the MI are City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire which carry on with Jace, Clary, Alec and Izzy. There are many little “easter eggs” in the first three that you will find out when you read ID, which are set in Victorian England and actually star the ancestors of Jace, Clary, Izzy and Alec. My copy of Clockwork Princess has a handy dandy family tree on the dust jacket, which I suggest you only look at if you have already read the first three MI books.

If you read the first three MI books, then the three ID you will find a few well known names and perhaps find out a few beginnings.  I’m excited to start City of Fallen Angels (currently on it’s way to me via Canada Post) so I can see who else or what else pops up! And to find the answer to the quested put forth at the end of Clockwork Princess. Oh the feels at the end of that one!

Confused?

Read the books. You can read them in production order (Cassandra Clare suggests it) but you can also read it chronologically, with Clockwork Angel being first. It won’t reveal any spoilers for the other books no matter which way you decide to read them. I almost think that separating the six MI books with ID is a good way to go, I liked having the little surprises when characters popped up that I didn’t expect. On the other hand, the fore knowledge of ID will have your eyes open for other character pop ups in MI…. decisions!

As I’ve said, I’m looking forward to the next three MI books. I probably should have bought all three at the same time… *sigh*

(oh the fun doesn’t stop with City of Heavenly Fire! We get NEW characters in the Dark Artifices trilogy, starting with Lady Midnight – I love me some epic series!!)

 

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**we also need to take a moment about the hardback covers, if you can see them in person they are gorgeous. All foiled like and shiny. Clockwork Princess is probably my favourite of the ones I have. They even look amazing in B&W**

Find it in the Valley

More often than not we see things on Facebook or Instagram that we want to try, do or visit and said things are always downtown Vancouver. Not everyone lives in Vancouver and not everyone can get down there. So, what about finding it locally, in the Fraser Valley?

Goodmallows, artisan marshmallows that are handmade in Vancouver and are oh so delicious, have found there way to Langley! Well Seasoned has several flavours (London Fog, Raspberry, Lemon…) but I’m not sure for how long. I bought two full size bags ($9.98 eachI think) but they also have smaller two mallow bags for a buck or two.  Get out there, grab some!  They are husband approved! 😉

Food trucks are also something that you always hear about being in downtown Vancouver, always during work hours (obviously) and us FV people can’t get down there for lunch!  On Saturday a couple of friends and I checked out the Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival in Cloverdale. They had probably twenty odd trucks there and some booths for shopping (scentsy, bakeries, a little succulent shop). We arrived around 11:30 and the lineups weren’t bad and neither were the crowds. I had chicken tacos from Los Tacos Hermanos and they were yummy!  I also had cheese perogies which tasted good but they were boiled which is not my favorite, I prefer them crisped up in a pan. To top it all off, I had a one scoop raspberry cream ice cream in a waffle cone.  So yummy!  My friends had mac & cheese from Reel Mac & Cheese truck (I’ve had their bacon mac before at the PNE, Yum!), poutine and cookies &cream ice cream and banana chocolate ice cream. We left around 1:30 and it was much, much busier than when we arrived. The lines were a little crazy but moved quickly.  If you get a chance to check out one of the other locations that this is held at, it’s fun! You can find a list of the trucks here.   Also, leave your pets at home.  Seriously, there is no reason for you to bring your dog. He’s not happy to be there with all those people and we’re not happy having to worry about stepping on him!

I wish there was a place you could go that just had pop up versions of all the wonderful things DT Vancouver has. Like our very own awesome Vancouver Market.

Oh!  I bought some yummy macarons from one of the vendors, I wish I could remember the name. Red boxes. Anyways, they were delish! Vanilla Bean Buttercream, Salted Caramel, Double Chocolate and Raspberry. I love macarons. So much. Bu we’re talking about where to get them local! Kizzy’s Macarons are so delicious and just across the river in Maple Ridge. Go and give her a visit!! Check out her FB page for flavour availability and her hours 🙂

XO

 

Tuesday Chatter

Happy first week of Spring!  It’s beautifully sunny out right now and I am very sad to be stuck indoors (away from window) at work. I could stand to win the lotto at any time now. Three days into Spring and we’ve had rain, thunderstorms and sun.  They do say that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb… but I’m unsure how long it takes for the lamb to make it’s appearance. Probably around the time for the April showers! (May flowers anyone?)

It’s coming up on Easter weekend! It’s so early this year and seems a little strange. I’m not religious (although sometimes it seems belonging to a Church/ study group seems like fun) so while I understand what Easter is all about, to me it’s bunnies, chicks and CHOCOLATE. #sorrynotsorry

Did you know there is an Abbotsford Tulip Festival? Well, there is!  It starts March 25 and goes until May 1. Walk through fields of tulips, take a hay ride, purchase fresh cut flowers (or pick your own in their U-pick!) and purchase bulbs so you can plant them and have your own tulip field! Go and find out all about it here!

I’m nearly finished the first three books in Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter series (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones/Ashes/Glass). By nearly finished I mean mere pages from the end.  I’ve read them so quickly because I am just rereading. I plan on starting her Infernal Devices section (Clockwork Angel/Prince/Princess) tonight! These are new reads for me and many, many book people have said they are 100x better than the first three MI books. We shall see.

We’re days away from the close of my blogaversary giveaway and I have to admit I’m a little underwhelmed (and a little sad) about the participation level. I honestly thought that I would have tons of entries (in the hundreds) and not just the five I have gotten. I’m wondering if this is because it’s not a new release book.  The reason I chose Kushiel’s Dart is because I love it and the series it belongs to. I wanted to share one of my most favourite books with others. Apparently, that’s not the way to get entries into your giveaway. It’s good news for the people who DID enter though!   They have a GREAT chance of wining the book and the super cute bookmarks from Crafted Van.  If you didn’t know about my giveaway, head on over to Instagram (@loveabibliophile) and enter! Just look for one of the coloured giveaway pics featuring the book.

I’ve asked about this on my personal IG and on Facebook, but I know I get different people who also read my ramblings here.  Has anyone tried Davines? It’s a brand of hair care products and in my never ending pursuit of the perfect shampoo/conditioner, I thought I would try their Love Smoothing line out, but I wanted some feedback on either these products or the brand itself.  Hit me up in the comments section!

xo

 

 

 

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Online Book Ordering Struggles

Let’s take a minute and discuss online book purchasing.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the feeling of going to a brick or mortar store and browsing through rack after rack of word on paper goodness (not to mention the instant gratification of having the book right away)… BUT… online ordering is, generally, cheaper. Much cheaper.gollum

As I spoke about in my last post, a three pack of hardcover books in store was $79 and online $54 (Chapters).  That’s a significant price reduction, significant enough that (with free shipping) I am willing to wait a week to hold my precious books.

Chapters/Indigo is on of my go to spots to get books, mostly because they are shipped out of Toronto and I have my purchase in my hot little hands within five business days. Free shipping to any store for pick up or on orders over $25!

Amazon, of course, is another option and with Prime you get it even faster (two days!!). But… then you have to pay for a Prime membership, which is $79/year.  At this point, it depends on how much you plan on ordering, as that determines shipping rates, and how badly you need your book(s).

I have recently found out about Book Depository!  Based out of the UK and Australia, this website offers FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING! No minimums! It also seems to have multiple book cover options and a wider selection of hardcover books! To me, this is great as I have several older series that the first couple books are paperback because I jumped on the bandwagon too late. Prices are about the same as with Chapters and Amazon.  Book Depository sounds pretty dark skookum right about now doesn’t it?  Well… the downside is that the website tells you when your order has shipped, but not with which carrier. Nor does it offer up tracking information. Oh, it also takes 8-10 business days to North America  which I am sure isn’t including getting held up by customs.

So, here I am… day 9 after shipping notification… staring out my work place window and jumping at every single shipping truck. Waiting. Wondering. Hoping. I don’t know where my prized books are.  I don’t know if they are lost, damaged, stolen, dropped off at the wrong address, fallen off a truck or out of a plane and into a volcano?  Too far? Perhaps.

So I guess ordering books online would be completely dependent on your needs at the time. Want it fast? Something special? The current hot book? Do your research and order from the website that offers what you need at the moment or go in store. I guess it doesn’t really matter as long as you are reading. 🙂

Any other book websites? let me know!

 

*Barnes & Noble wasn’t covered in this simply because I know nothing about them*

**huh, book depository is an Amazon company **

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City of Bones

I read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare over the weekend on my journey towards her new book in the Shadowhunters series, Lady Midnight!City of GAB4 WM.png

I’ve read the first three books in the series before, and they get better as you go through them. I seem to recall reading somewhere in my online travels that they started out as fan fiction. I have also heard, from many people in the book community that the next three (Infernal Devices) are leaps and bounds beyond the writing of the first ones. Which makes total sense, all people should get better the longer they do something!

IMHO, City of Bones is just OK. It doesn’t have that grab you by the throat and drag you into the world that the first book of a series needs. It does have enough interest and promise that it gently prods you to read the next novel. The story in intriguing and some of the characters have so much potential, I really hope they don’t disappoint as I work my way through. These books aren’t very big in reality.  They LOOK larger than they actually are, due to a bigger size print. So if you don’t want to commit to a “long” book, don’t worry. This isn’t it. They do get longer though. (follow me on Instagram, I’ll be posting pictures of the books together as I get them)

In order to be prepared, I went out to my local Chapters to purchase Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess in a set of hardbacks (matching series is a must). I had a lovely conversation with a very sweet book loving associate (hi!!), who had a great laugh over my love for epic series (Wheel of Time, Dragonriders of Pern, Outlander & Sword of Truth anyone?). She told me she loved the Shadowhunters series and has read up to City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments #5 but in reading order #8). So, with a pep in my step I went and paid for my purchase… $79!! (insert shock here)  I could have sworn they were cheaper.  So… when I got home I looked online, sure enough they were $54! For those math challenged that is a $25 difference. I promptly placed my online order for the exact same books and took the other set back to the store the next day. Apparently, it pays to be patient! And really, it’s not so bad since they will arrive to me by the end of the week and I have only just started City of Ashes.

Now, I know I am behind on the bandwagon and I am OK with it! I would rather be able to sweep through the entire series, than have to wait for the next book to be released. This also works in my favour since I need to read a series from the beginning when the next installment is available. Very time consuming.