[Reread Review] 10 reasons you need to read CRESS BY MARISSA MEYER


This was a reread because I plan to finally read Winter. Last summer I read Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Fairest and fell in love with the characters and world. I gave it 5 stars before and since I know I have rated things differently {rating system update} (I don’t give out 5 stars unless I am in LOVE with the book) I didn’t think I would this time around, BUT I DID.


Cress was my favorite book in the series (still is) and there are many reasons for that.

i liked...

  • Cress is so fangirly. Seriously. Can you say RELATABLE. Also she is adorable (and short like me).
  • Iko & Thorne’s banter all of the time. Thorne and anyone is generally pretty funny. IT’S A FUNNY BOOK.
  • THORNE! I LOVE HIM! I love how he actually sometimes acts a little flustered with Cress and he tries to tell her all the reasons he isn’t a hero and behind all of the grandeur.
  • Winter! Even just the little sliver of her we get in this book (and I remember some from when I read Fairest last year) she is so crazy and amazing and I love it.
  • Plot. Everything ties together really well. It’s a really long book, but I found myself not wanting to put it down.
  • Iko & Kai & Cinder.
    • First off, Kai has practically taken the weight of the world on his shoulders and is actually a really good guy and has been dealing with a lot.
    • Secondly, Iko’s love for Kai cracks me up (AGAIN, this book is funny) because she is so ‘in love’ with him but she’s an android and GAH!
  • All of the characters fit together really nicely (just like the story)
  • It is the best fairy tale retelling ever (if you can even call it that). It definitely doesn’t feel like it, but does have the fairy tale elements in it.
  • When they are all separated each story and person can hold their own. I don’t find myself dreading certain POVs and characters like I have in some other books.
  • BECAUSE I SAID SO… Seriously, if everything above and it’s super high ratings aren’t enough for you, read it because I recommended it. 🙂


There are so many things to love about Cress and the entire series! I’m a little nervous for it to end.


Love, Aubrey


Review: (Essentials & Top Thoughts Whilst Reading) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (reread)

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Series: No
Published: January 10, 2012 by Dutton Books
Length: 313 pages (hardcover)

Essential When Reading The Fault in Our Stars

  1. Paper and a pen to write down all of the wonderful quotes.
  2. Kleenexes that way you can cry to your heart’s content.
  3. Chocolate. Lots and lots and lots of chocolate.
  4. Hand sanitizer, so that way after you’re done crying (haha just kidding you’re never done crying) you can go back to chocolate.

Five Thoughts While/After Reading TFIOS

  1. It’s a little aggravating because I’m crying so hard that I cannot see the page anymore and I want to continue reading but I can’t see it.
  2. And now that I am finished I must lay here and contemplate my existence in comparison to the wonder that is Augustus waters and Hazel Grace Lancaster.
  3. This is so stinkin’ relatable. Was Green a teenage girl recently, because I personally have thought and felt and experienced so many of the things she has? SHE HAS CANCER and yet she is one of the most relatable book characters ever.
  4. The first time I read The Fault in Our Stars was the very beginning of summer 2014. At the time, I was so moved by the profound ideas and beliefs that can be none other than John Green. I felt like it was a book that could change people’s lives. It makes you think, you know? Then I spent a long time discussing with my friends about “how on earth can John Green understand teenage girls so well? It’s like he was one or something…” Now I realize how purely off this comment was. John Green doesn’t understand what it is like to be a human girl, he understands what it is like to be a human. He understands love and loss and pain and intelligence. So many times I have heard people refer to TFIOS as “a girl book”. To that I scoff *humpf* because it is as much a girl book as any other. People get caught up in the romance and Augustus Waters and he is wonderful and all, but in my opinion that is not what it is about. I feel like people get as much out of a book as they put in.
  5. I am never going to be the same again after reading this book.

Quotes: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare #WillHerondaleWisdom


I reread The Infernal Devices Trilogy recently, and plan to do an overall review soon, but (you know me) I am also in love with so many quotes from this series, so here are some of my favorites from Clockwork Angel.

Clockwork Angel Quotes

“If no one in the entire world cared about you, did you really exist at all?” (17) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

One of my favorite things about Tessa was all of her wise sayings and ideas. It is one of the reasons why I think her and Will are a better couple. Sorry Jessa shippers, but William Herondale is probably the most bookalicious babe out there.

“let me give you a piece of advice. The handsome young fellow who’s trying to rescue you from a hideous fate is never wrong. Not even if he says the sky is purple and made of hedgehogs.” (40) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

This quote is just so purely Will, and I love Will, so of course I HAVE to include it.

“Beauty fades, but cooking is eternal.” (86) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

Another beautifully Will quote. Also true. Food is the true way to love.

“But now I cannot help but wonder if perhaps the life I had before was the dream and all this was the truth.” (195) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

“She had such a strong presence, Tessa thought, that it was hard to remember sometimes how physically small she was, how birdlike and tiny.” (196) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

This defines Charlotte and it reminds me of myself (or who I want to be). I am tiny (5’2″), but I like to think that my personality and boldness makes up for my lack of physical size.

“Sophie said to me once that she was glad she had been scarred. She said that whoever loved her now would love her true self, and not her pretty face.” (197) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

I love this because Sophie has been hurt in so many ways, and the fact that she doesn’t let her scar define her, but is actually grateful for it makes me appreciate her as a character so much more.

“Sometimes, when I have to do something I don’t want to do, I pretend I’m a character from a book. It’s easier to know what they would do.” (224) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

AHH! This is such a wonderful idea. (Will Herondale wisdom right here)! I am making #WillHerondaleWisdom a hashtag.

“‘Whatever you are physically,’ he said, ‘male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy–all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. Whatever the color, the shape, the design of the shade that conceals it, the flame inside the lamp remains the same. You are that flame.’” (283) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

I love all of the moments where Jem gets super passionate and goes into a big speech. He is the type of person who doesn’t talk much, but when he does he really makes it count.

“It’s all right to love someone who doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.” (297) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

I don’t need to comment on this. Beautiful words from beautiful Sophie.

“It is as great a thing to love as to be loved. Love is not something that can be wasted.” (470) -Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel


Let’s chat: What is your favorite quote from Clockwork Angel? Did you like The Infernal Devices series? Will or Jem? Did you like The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices better?