Lilah

I had another baby!

Just kidding, we got a puppy 🙂

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I have never had a dog. Not even as a kid. We always had a cat around, but they basically took care of themselves most of the time. My dad “doesn’t like dogs”, so we never had one. I think we maybe had a couple for a couple days at a time once or twice, but they never worked out. I put that previous statement in air quotes because now that me and my siblings are all adults and living on our own, my parents are empty-nesters. With two dogs.

When we decided to get a dog we knew that we wanted to rescue one. We also knew we wanted a puppy, and not an adult dog. This being because we have small children, and with an older rescue you can never be totally sure what may have happened to them in the past, and run the risk of them being set off by something and either scary or hurting the kids, and we wanted our kids to be able to help raise the puppy as well. Maybe when they are a bit older we will rescue an older dog, but for right now, a puppy it is!

We adopted Lilah through a company here in Utah called the Rescue Rovers. They are a foster company, rather than a shelter, and place rescued or surrendered dogs into foster homes until they are all up to date on their vaccinations, spayed/neutered, and cleared by the vet for adoption. Then they collect applications for the dog. They usually like to have at least three applications in for a dog at a time. Then each family comes to the foster house, meets the dog and interacts with it. Then, once all the applicants meet the dog the foster parent decides which family they think will work best for the dog.

This is what I love about Rescue Rovers. Their number one goal is not just to place dogs into homes, but to place them into homes that they will remain in  for the rest of their lives. When you sign the contract to adopt a dog, you agree that in any event you can no longer care for the dog, you are required to return it to Rescue Rovers to be placed back into a foster family. Their commitment to these animals is amazing, and I am so grateful that they are doing what they can for these pups.

Lilah, our sweet shepherd mix, is about 11 weeks old. She was found with her two sisters in a cardboard box on the side of the highway in New Mexico when they were about six weeks old. New Mexico has few resources for dogs, so the puppies were transported up to Utah and placed into Rescue Rovers. Their sweet foster mom Dana then took them into her house and raised them until they were old enough to go up for adoption. Not only do these foster families take them in for all their shots, appointments, and surgeries, but Lilah was already about 75% potty trained and 100% kennel trained. She sleeps through the night snug in her own bed and doesn’t make a peep. These foster families are not just a stepping stone for these dogs. They aren’t just biding their time there until a family comes to take them home. They are being trained with the skills to give them the highest possible chance to have a successful adoption into a family that can keep them forever.

Bless their hearts for that because I would just keep all of the puppies. I would be that lady.

Click here to visit the Rescue Rovers website if you are interested in adopting, fostering, or donating.

And You Thought I Forgot About You :)

Guys- It’s been about 4 months since my last post. FOUR MONTHS. I would start into an apology for my absence, giving excuses as to why you haven’t heard a peep from me for four freaking months, but ya know what? I’m actually not that sorry. I have spent the last four months snuggling, loving, and getting to know my new little bookworm and I don’t feel bad at all about letting myself get caught up in his wonderment. The good thing about that is, I know that you guys wouldn’t judge me either way. That’s what I love about this blog. It’s kind of like a book in a way, ya know? When I get caught up in the busyness of life and have to put down the book that I have my nose stuck in, to go be an adult and do adult things and pay my adult bills and all that garbage, I know that the book doesn’t hold it against me. Judgement free zone here yo.

And to be fair, I didn’t completely disappear. If you guys follow me on twitter (@thebookboozer) you totally heard from me! About 8217463462375 times a day with pictures of this little nuisance.

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I mean COME ON. I might be a little bias, but go ahead and try and tell me that’s not the cutest little boy you have ever seen?

If you are taking this post as I have not been reading for the past four months either, you my friend would be sadly mistaken. I have actually been reading quite a bit. I kind of went on one of those I-need-to-read-all-the-things binge and found myself halfway through 5 books simultaneously at one point. Not my best move, but I got through it 🙂

Here is a list of the posts coming your way:

The Martian by Andy Weir

Unbroken by Lauren Hildebrand

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (reread)

Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan

The Lost Herondale by Cassadra Clare & Robin Wasserman

Nine books in four months? Not too shabby when you throw and 8 month old and a full time job into the mix! Alright, alright, three of those are short stories. YOU CAUGHT ME. I’m still impressed with myself though. No judgement zone, remember?

Stoked to get back to having this as an outlet and catching back up with you all!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Secondaries Getting Their Own Books

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If you have never come across a Top Ten Tuesday, it is a weekly feature hosted over on The Broke and The Bookish. They post a different top ten topic every week, it’s pretty awesome. All the cool kids are doing it.

I know that this was last week’s topic, but it was too fun for me not to do. I love secondary characters. Sometimes they are the reason I love a book. Sometimes they are the reason I love an author.

1. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. I never related to Harry. He was a 12 year old orphan boy who is treated like crap from his Aunt and Uncle and then finds out he is a wizard and subsequently ends up being The Chosen One. An intriguing lead, don’t get me wrong. But not someone I could relate too. A girl raised by loving parents, who loved to learn and read? There was my escape. I saw Harry through Hermione’s eyes. It would nice to get inside that head for once. Get on it Jo!

2. Simon Lewis from The Mortal Instruments. Wait, what’s this? I’M SO EXCITED.

3. Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices. Go ahead, argue with me that he was a main not a secondary. In the end I will win because I want what we all want. More Will Herondale.

4. Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter. The thing about the Harry Potter series is it is  seven books from the same point of view. We never get to see inside of anyone else’s head. I would love to know more about Neville’s life. He is one of my favorite characters of all time.

5. All of the Marauders. Collectively or separately I don’t care. Everyone wants this. Everyone.

6. Cinna from The Hunger Games. Another person that I would love some backstory on.

7. Poppet and Widget from The Night Circus. Can you imagine the whimsy?

8. Vida from The Darkest Minds. I am about halfway through In the Afterlight right now and what I wouldn’t give to understand Vida a little bit better. She is so sassy and bitchy and I love it.

9. Haymitch from The Hunger Games. If Haymitch had his own book I probably couldn’t handle it. I still want it though.

10.  Church from The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments, and I am sure a couple more to come. Come on. You know that cat has some stories.

One Lovely Blog Award :)

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Well, if this hasn’t taken forever and a day! I was nominated by the amazing Bec @infernalimagintion for the One Lovely Blog Award ages ago and am just now able to knock it out! If you are following my blog and not Bec’s, you are probably new around here. We are basically soulmates when it comes to books. If you are here, you should be there too. Miss you Bec! I promise I will be more present in the blogging world. Maybe. Probably. We will see what Nox allows 🙂
Onto the award! Here, my friends, are the rules:
  1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. You must list the rules and display the award.
  3. You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  4. You must nominate 5-15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven Facts

1. Well, I am pretty short. 5’3″ short.

2. I’ve had cats my whole life, but don’t really actually like them that much. Even in my adult life I have had them, no one is forcing me. Its kind of a weird problem to have.

3. I’ve never had a dog.

4. I am secretly listening to Christmas music in my room right now. I am home sick and it is cheerful. Hey- if there was Thanksgiving music I would totally listen to it. But there isn’t, so I can’t!

5. Fall is my favorite season. I think it’s because here in Utah it is so short that you don’t have time to get sick of it.

6. My high school didn’t have a football team.

7. I refuse to get rid of my MacBook that I have had since 2008. The operating system is so old that it won’t even let me update my browsers anymore. I love this thing. Who needs updated browsers anyhow?

And the Nominees Are… 

The Collective 

 Kate @ didthatjusthappenblog

Amy @ odetokatnissandjo

The Paperbook Blog

Lipsyy Lost & Found

Now to go catch up on everyone’s posts from the last month…

 

Baby Boozer is Here!

Sorry for being MIA as of late, but I have been busy taking care of this cutie!

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He finally arrived on July 29th, at about 5 in the afternoon. It was a bit of an adventure getting him here, and took much longer than expected. We ended up delivering by c-section, so I have been on the mend while this little one has had to heal from some trauma he sustained during delivery as well. Maybe one day I will tell the whole story, but as for right now I am just thankful that he is here, healed, and totally healthy now!

We named him Nox Asher and love him more than we ever thought was possible already 🙂

As for reading, I haven’t had much time for it. Although I have been sneaking in some American Gods at 3 in the morning while Nox is wide awake. It just might take a while 🙂 Hopefully I will be back to blogging on the regular with at least Top Tens and Quoting the Quills. I also was toying with the idea of doing another Frightening Fall this year, so if you have any suggestions as to what I should put on the list I would love to hear them!

I hope you are all doing fantastic, and I swear I will eventually reply to all of your comments 🙂

 

 

 

The Book Blogging Test

I was tagged by the wonderful Bec over at Infernal Imagination to do this Book Blogging Test. If you aren’t already familiar with Bec, then you must be new here! Welcome! We have bonded over our mutual love for everthing Doctor Who, Cassandra Clare, or Neil Gaimain and tend to both gush it out on our blogs. Or each other’s blogs. Whichever one is more convenient and appropriate at the time. If you like my blog, you will definitely enjoy hers. Go check it out yo!

What are your top three book pet hates?

1. I really really dislike when I see people throwing books away. I realize this is more of a people hate than a book hate, but I think it still counts. I remember when my High School would go through they books every year or two and de-self those that had not been checked out in more than 5 years. This was to make room for new books, as it was a small library in a small school. I get it. They would then make a table full of all of the books that they were going to get rid of, and students were free to go through them and take whatever struck their fancy home with them. Pretty cool right? I though so! Half of my bookshelf looks like it is full of stolen library books because of this. The thing that was horrible about the whole thing was that the books that did not get saved were then trashed. How horrible is that? Once I found out what was happening, I tended to take home 10 more books that I even needed or wanted, just to save them. I felt like I had to do something. Sure, they are now just sitting on my shelf and haven’t been opened still, but at least they aren’t in a landfill or something right? Maybe one day they will be the book that I need at that point in my life, and I will be grateful that I rescued them. At least that is what I tell myself every time we move house and I have to box them up and carry them. Books are heavy dude.

2. Books that horrible romance-y covers, but turn out to be phenomenal stories, with little to do with romance. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. I know. I get it. But c’mon, who actually doesn’t judge a book by it’s cover? Plenty of times I have picked up a book that seemed mediocre from the blurb, but the cover was stunning. Most of the time those books end up being wonderful. If someone puts that much effort into creating a cover that is so beautiful, the same amount of effort was probably put into the story, and vice versa. If I am walking down an aisle of books and there is section full of half naked men on the covers, I am probably walking right on by them. Some of those books could be wonderful! I am sure someone sitting behind a desk somewhere was thinking, “yeah, women love half naked men. Let’s throw one on the cover and then they will definitely buy it!” Well guess what? I’m not that woman! So stop!

3. Book to movie adaptations gone wrong. Which is most of them.

Describe your perfect reading spot.

I know it sounds weird, but I love reading in the car. When I’m not driving, obviously. I love to travel, and with living in a semi-desolate state with family spread out all over we tend to be in the car a lot. I don’t get carsick reading in the car or on planes or any of that, but I do have a really hard time falling asleep in the car or on a plane. My husband can basically sleep anywhere, it is kind of ridiculous. So when I bring a good book with me, I can get lost in it and a 3 hour drive passes like nothing and I never have time to complain about being bored or uncomfortable.

Tell us three book confessions.

I kind of covered this in a Top Ten a few weeks back. It was more of a blogging confessions, but since I primarily blog about books it was pretty book oriented.

1. I dog ear pages. Like all the time.

2. I’m not crazy organized with my books. I was looking at my bookshelf yesterday and realized that I had PJO books on like 3 different shelves. I guess it’s just not a priority for me.

3. I prefer used books over new ones. They are just more comfy, ya know?

When was the last time you cried during a book?

CoHF. So like, 3 weeks ago? I just love my TID characters, okay?

How many books are on your bedside table?

Just one currently. American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

What is your favourite snack whilst your reading?

I am kind of messy, so I try to avoid reading and eating at the same time. Drinking while eating though, that is a different story. Chai tea, or regular tea, is usually my go-to.

Name three books you would recommend to everyone.

Well, just pretend like you didn’t already know these, okay?

1. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare.

2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Show us a picture of your favourite bookshelf on your bookcase.

It’s obviously my Cassie Clare shelf. They are just so purrrty. I will add a picture if I get a chance before this gets posted. But ya know, I might just decide to have a baby before then 🙂 Seriously, come on out bro. WHENEVER YOU FEEL LIKE IT. Or now. Now would be great.

Write how much books mean to you in just three words.

Adventure. Escape. Inspire.

What is your biggest reading secret?

My brain gets really excited and it wants to read ahead, like a lot. Sometimes when I turn a page I have to literally cover the right hand page with my hand so that my eyes can’t read ahead. I have no control sometimes lol. I always regret it.

I am Tagging…

1. booknerdie

2. thebookheap

3.Tanya @ Read. Run. Study

Feel free to copy and paste this tag even if you weren’t tagged. Tag me in the post so I can go read it! I love book tags!

The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels Discussion with Bec Graham

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TWO MORE DAYS PEOPLE!

Two days left in a two year wait, I can’t even explain how excited I am! I don’t even know what to do with myself. Luckily, everything is going to be fresh in my brain for when City of Heavenly FIre is here, thanks to these reread discussions with Bec!

If you haven’t seen our discussions on the previous books in The Mortal Instruments, just click the link:

City of BonesCity of AshesCity of Glass 

As always, included in these posts are spoilers for basically the whole Mortal Instruments series that is currently released, plus The Infernal Devices. Feel free to discuss in the comments or add any points we forgot! These discussions can get kind of long, so we have to hold ourselves back a little 🙂

Bec: One of my favourite things about CoFA is that there is more of a focus on Simon. I always felt that Simon was an under-appreciated character. He killed Abbadon for the TMI crew way back in CoB. He turned into a vampire. His foray into the world of the Nephilim changed him way more than it changed Clary. And for the most part, we kind of just accept that Simon will always be there, like the couch in your lounge room. Simon becomes a key player in CoFA. He is no longer secondary. He doesn’t play second fiddle to Jace or Alec or any of the other Shadowhunters. My favourite representation of Simon’s sudden importance is his two girlfriends. He went from being the lovelorn teenage nerd to the vampire rock star (a happier version of Adam from Only Lovers Left Alive, basically).

So when it’s revealed that all of those tracksuited freaks were trying to get hold of Simon for Lilith (the mother of warlocks, no less), because only his blood that can be used to resurrect Sebastian (Lilith’s son, in a weird way), it’s like the Nephilim finally see how important Simon actually is. He’s not just Clary’s oldest friend, he is a person in his own right. And thank God, because poor Simon has copped so much crap for being a “mundane”. At least the Nephilim kids have to take Simon seriously now.

CJ: I could not agree more. I absolutely love Simon. He has undergone a trial in every single one of these books. Declaring his love to his best friend only to realize she prefers her brother to him, becoming a vampire, being drained of his blood and left to die only to have said brother let him live by drinking his blood, which turned him into a Daylighter, which made him an outcast to not only the human world, but the vampire community as well. Then getting the freaking Mark of Cain so that he could help the Nephilim (who don’t even really like him) win their war. Then Camille and Lillith, two of the most powerful Downworlders ever, want to use him for their own means. I mean come on, if that doesn’t make him one of the most important and loyal characters in this series, I don’t know what does!

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Bec: Isabelle. Isabelle, Isabelle, Isabelle. She’s one of those girls you hate on sight but end up loving, am I right? She’s beautiful, kind of standoffish, and self-important. But as you get to know her you just realise that she knows her worth. There aren’t many women who are as self-possessed as Isabelle Lightwood.

So reading about Isabelle’s childhood, and how Maryse decided to tell and impressionable thirteen-year-old Izzy that her father cheated on her mother, was terrible. There’s an instance of horrible parenting right there. These things happen but you never tell the kid. Not until they’re old enough to handle it. And so we find out why Izzy treats men like they’re disposable:

“I watch my brothers give their hearts away and I think, Don’t you know better? Hearts are breakable. And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before.”

This is the beginning of Izzy really letting her guard down around Simon. It has been a really, really slow process which started way back in City of Bones. But after Izzy tells Simon the truth about her past, Simon says something that, I think, opens Izzy’s eyes to everything she’s missing by being so closed off:

“Maybe you’re better,” said Simon. “I know I’m better.”
“You mean Clary,” said Isabelle. “Because she broke your heart.”
“Into little pieces. You know, when someone prefers their own brother over you, it isn’t a confidence booster. I thought maybe once she realised it would never work out with Jace, she’d give up and come back to me. But I finally figured out that she’d never stop loving Jace, whether it was going to work out with him or not. And I knew that if she was only with me because she couldn’t have him, I’d rather be alone, so I ended it.”


I identify this conversation as the beginning of the Isabelle Wall coming down. She knew how much Simon loved Clary, but she sees how Simon dealt with heartbreak and thinks that maybe she can risk the pain too. (I also think that somewhere in her Isabelle mind she’s thinking “If a man can do it, so can I.” Because, well, of this quote:

‘Honestly, Clary, if you don’t start utilizing a bit of your natural feminine superiority I just don’t know what I’ll do with you.’

CJ: There are some things that I just don’t get about the Enclave, especially Maryse. She is so hard-core bitch the majority of the time, but then when Simon comes clean about Camille’s proposition, it’s like she hands over the reins to Simon and Jace. Not only do they agree to Jace’s plan about the cell phone pictures, but then Jace comes with them to apprehend her, and then is the one to actually apprehend her. Last time I checked, even though Jace is half-angel, if a Shadowhunter is underage, they basically can’t be involved in anything.

Remember in Clockwork Angel when Will had to fight for like a whole chapter to be able to attend De Quincy’s party? Sure, our teens in TMI usually just accept the whole underage thing instead of fighting it, but usually that is just because they never even involve the Clave in things until they absolutely need too, presumably because they would be told no and it would be taken out of their hands.

 Maybe it’s just for the ease of the story, but the discrepancy just kind of bugs me. But it also leads to my ill feelings towards Maryse. When Charlotte is spending half her time fighting with Will and telling him no on things, it’s not because the Law says he can’t because he is underage, or because she thinks he isn’t capable. It’s because she is worried he might get hurt and she cares about him. I guess the lack of that from Maryse makes me feel like she doesn’t really care about Jace. Or Alec or Izzy really.

There is something sketchy about that lady, and I think that maybe we will find out more of her story in CoHF. Hopefully!

Bec:
Just quickly, because you brought up Will, and I can’t give up an opportunity to talk about Will: when you think about it, the parallels between Will and Charlotte and Jace and Maryse are astounding. Both of the Herondale boys came from traumatic family lives to their respective Institutes and threw themselves hard into their studies. Both Charlotte and Maryse adopted these boys and loved them as if they were their own. Thing is, Will was always horrible to Charlotte and Jace loved and respected Maryse openly, in his way. But whereas Jace accepted his life at the Institute and everyone inside it, Will rejected everyone and everything until Jem. I think Charlotte, more than Maryse, detected Will’s essentially suicidal tendencies. I mean, Will became parabatai with a dying boy. Jace at least chose someone healthy.
So when it comes down to Maryse letting Jace apprehend Camille and Charlotte making Will’s plan to infiltrate de Quincey’s party almost impossible, I think it was because Maryse knew that Jace had some self-preservation whereas Will didn’t. Especially because, at these points in the stories Jace had Clary to live for and Will still thought he was cursed. Maryse was giving Jace some freedom to prove himself, probably because she came down so freakin’ hard on him at the beginning of City of Ashes and wanted to show she had faith in him. Charlotte was just trying to keep a boy who bites vampires on a regular basis alive. 

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Bec:

Ay me! For aught that I could ever read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth.

If you stop and think about it, there is not one single relationship in any part of the Shadowhunter universe that isn’t fraught with intense drama. All relationships have issues every now and again, but relationships don’t usually have to overcome lycanthropy, demon possession, constant threat of war, the Mark of Cain, vampirism, murder, or secret societies…

Let’s break it down:

Luke and Jocelyn – Jocelyn was married to Luke’s parabatai who turned out to be an evil fanatic. She bore his, Valentine’s, children and one of those children turned out to be offspring of one of the first ever demons. And so Jocelyn always kept herself away from Luke, romantically, because she didn’t want to burden him with her messed up past. And then, of course, the whole Jace/Simon/Clary/Lilith/Sebastian thing interrupted their wedding.

Robert and Maryse – He cheated on her. They stayed together because of their kids and because they were exiled together after the integral part they played in the Circle.

Amatis and Stephen – Amatis and Stephen divorced because Valentine didn’t think Amatis was right for Stephen. I mean what? Valentine ended the relationship just because Amatis happened to have a werewolf for a brother and that messed with the whole “blood purity” thing of the Circle.

Magnus and Alec – Magnus is immortal and so has been with many, many people throughout the course of his long life. People of many races, species, and genders. And Alec just can’t deal. So he decided to play with the idea of taking away Magnus’ immortality. Alec is a whiny, selfish bitch. Magnus deserves better, I can’t say it enough.

Jordan and Maia – When Jordan first Turned he started beating Maia. Emotionally and physically abusing her, leaving Maia with deep trust issues. They were deeply in love and then he turned violent. Not in the mundane sense, where he knew exactly what he was doing when he was beating her. But still he raised his hands to Maia.

Simon and Isabelle – Simon’s still a little in love with Clary, Isabelle has serious trust issues with men. Simon has the Mark of Cain on his head and happens to be a vampire. And Isabelle is a member of the Shadow World police, responsible for maintaining the order between vampires and the rest of the world.

Jace and Clary – *deep breath* They thought they were brother and sister. Jace “found out” he had demon blood. They finally realise they aren’t brother and sister, and then Jace dies. Jace is resurrected by the angel Raziel only to have his mind taken over by Lilith, one of the oldest demons and mother of the warlocks. Clary destroys the rune that binds Jace to Lilith, only to realise that the rune can’t be destroyed that easily and it heals, putting Jace back under demonic control, only now it’s Lilith’s “son”, Sebastian, controlling Jace. Jace disappears with Sebastian, Clary goes after him and manages to separate Jace from Sebastian, but the means of separation means that Jace, as of the end of City of Lost Souls, has the fire of Heaven running through his veins, and therefore can’t be touched without burning the person who touches him. *deep breath*

But my favourite romantic, gooey part of the series thus far (and there are millions of them), is a Jace and Clary moment: the part where Jace changes the meaning of the Morgenstern ring. We all know by this point that Morgenstern means “falling star”, right? So the family ring Jace wears has a pattern of stars on it. Only, when Jace gives the ring to Clary to wear he changes the meaning of the stars, to that beautiful quote that gives me chills whenever I hear it:

“L’amor che move il sole e l’altre stele. It means that love is the most powerful force in the world. That love can do anything.”

What I wouldn’t give for one relationship in Shadowhunter land where they actually get a substantial period of happiness. But I can’t see that happening any time soon, because we are losing SIX NAMED CHARACTERS IN LESS THAN A WEEK.

Too bad if you’re born Nephilim, eh?

CJ: Sidenote on the Alec/Magnus relationship in this one. When Alec is being all “who haven’t you slept with” to Magnus, I literally laughed out loud at this part:

“Good organization,” said Magnus. “I knew the man who founded it, back in the 1800s. Woolsey Scott. Respectable old werewolf family.”

Alec made an ugly sound in the back of his throat. “Did you sleep with him too?”

Magnus’s cat eyes widened. “Alexander!”
“Well, I don’t know anything about your past, do I?” Alec demanded. “You won’t tell me anything; you just say it doesn’t matter.”
Magnus’s face was expressionless, but there was a dark tinge of anger to his voice. “Does this mean every time I mention anyone I’ve ever met, you’re going to ask me if I had an affair with them?”
Alec’s expression was stubborn, but Simon couldn’t help having a flash of sympathy: the hurt behind his blue eyes was clear. “Maybe.”
“I met Napoleon once,” said Magnus. “We didn’t have an affair, though. He was shockingly prudish for a Frenchman.”

Magnus has banged Woosley like a screen door in a Hurricane.

 Bec: I seriously just snorted Pepsi out of my nose. That is so true. Magnus kind of reminds me of Barney from How I Met Your Mother in a way: one night stands and flings left, right, and centre but when he falls in love, he falls hard. Plus, I just wanted to chuck this quote in because, well, it’s one of the reasons I hate Alec so much: because Magnus adored him and Alec just kept treating him like shit:

Magnus’s heart broke.
“Alexander,” he murmured, wanting to say more than just “Alec,” to call him by a name that was longer than and different from the name everybody else called him, a name with weight and value to it . He whispered the name as if making a promise that he would take his time.

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Bec: I really want to talk about Jordan. Specifically, his relationship with Maia. When we find out that Simon’s roommate Kyle is actually Jordan, Maia’s abusive ex, we’re all shocked, yeah? Because Jordan seems like such a nice guy. But then we find out that Jordan only turned violent because he was Turned, into a werewolf, and he couldn’t control his murderous impulses. The rage, jealousy, violence…it was all a result of the transformation. But he still abused Maia. I touched on this a few points ago.

What I want to talk about it why we forgive Jordan for that abuse. More importantly, why we crave a Jordan/Maia reunion. I honestly think that we wouldn’t feel so kindly toward Jordan if it weren’t for the whole “possession” theme of the book. Jace is possessed by Lilith, Alec is possessed by his obsession with immortality, Simon is possessed by the Mark of Cain, Jordan was possessed by the changes to his body he couldn’t control. The Jordan we meet is such a lovely guy, obviously still in love with Maia, that we kind of melt for him. We want him to get the girl in the end. It is so confusing. Because we don’t forgive Valentine or Sebastian or Alec (well, I don’t forgive Alec) for being abusive. So why do we forgive Jordan?

“I want to know how to go on, now, and maybe you can tell me.” Simon leaned forward. “Because you’ve been a good guy to me since I met you. I’ve never seen you be mean or get angry. And then I thought about the Wolf Guard, and how you said you joined it because you’d done bad things. And I thought Maia was maybe the bad thing you’d done that you were trying to make up for.”
“I was,” said Jordan. “She is.”

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CJ: Alright, it’s theory time. Remember back in the CoA discussion when Bec talked about a mundane not being in the institute for hundred years? Guess what came up again?

 “I thought getting hold of you would be easy. Dealing with a simple vampire. A newly made one, at that. Even a Daylighter is nothing I haven’t encountered before, though there has not been one for a hundred years. Yes,” she added, with a smile at his glance, “I am older than I look.”

We know that Lilith was in London during TID, because she made an appearance at De Quincy’s party canoodling with Benedict Lightwood. Also, she mentions that she only came through from the Demon Realms because Valentine had opened the door and she was curious. We also know that the other time we have seen her, when she was giving Valentine her blood for Jonathan, and in that instance she had been summoned. Can Greater Demons just go through a portal whenever they want? Or do they have to be summoned to Earth? If so, what got Lilith thrown back out into the demon realms? What the hell happened one hundred years ago that changed the Shadow World so evidently? Does this mean that Lilith might be the antagonist in TLH? It would make sense. If none of this mattered at all, why would Cassie mention another Daylighter? I NEED TO KNOW.