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Monday, June 30, 2014

On The Fence by Kasie West, Book Review

By: Kasie West
Published by: Harper Teen
To Be Released on: July 1, 2014
Source: arc from publisher to review
Rating: 5 Stars - I Loved It
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She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door.

With three older brothers, Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, has always been more comfortable calling the shots on a basketball court than flirting with the opposite sex. So when her police officer dad demands she get a summer job to pay for the latest in a long line of speeding tickets, she's more than a little surprised to find herself working at a chichi boutique and going out with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with her neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden, sitting back-to-back against the fence that separates them. Braden may know her better than anyone. But there's a secret Charlie's keeping that even he hasn't figured out—she's fallen for him. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

On the Fence is a sweet and satisfying read about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect it.

This is a fantastic summer read, with the perfect summer romance! On The Fence has all the right elements that made me swoon, laugh, cry and enjoy every moment I spent reading this book. 

Have you ever found yourself sitting down with a book you knew you were going to enjoy, but didn't except yourself to fall head over heels in love with? That was this book for me. I knew Kasie was going to give me a good story, but what I didn't except was loving each of her characters, connecting with the story, and staying up until 2 am reading it, because I couldn't put the book down. On The Fence is a book that introduced me to some pretty incredible characters, all of which became these three dimensional characters whom I came to really care about. What I loved about that, is the story itself is about Charlotte, aka Charlie. I love it when I fall for more than just a main character. Each of West's characters felt more like people I wish I could go hang out with vs characters I was reading about in a book.

Charlie is a girl I connected with on the tom boy level. I got her love of sports, and hanging out with the guys, which in this case were her over protective, really fun big brothers. I totally understood that awkwardness that comes from trying to figure out how to become more girly and less tomboyish, while still enjoying all the tomboyish things. Unlike Charlie, I didn't figure that out until I was older. Charlie was an easy character for me to love. She says what she's thinking, he handles her own, and yet she's coping with something that really got me emotionally. I won't say what that is for the sake of spoilers, but it's something that played a big role in her maturing in who she is as a teenager, and a women, and finding herself. I also liked the way relationships with Charlie and some of the girls in the story evolved, and the realizations Charlie comes to with her relationships with them. 

Charlie's family is, well just awesome! I loved her brothers. I loved the relationship they all have, and how playful Charlie and her brothers were. They were constantly playing jokes on each other, messing around, and being pranksters. They all have a love of sports, and I LOVED that they included Charlie in everything they did from soccer games to pick up football games. Charlie can seriously hold her own with her brothers. Their dynamics and relationship felt real. I also loved that Charlie's dad played a role in the story as well. 

The love interest in this story rocked! Braden is just like one of Charlie's brothers. He's the guy from next door who's grown up with Charlie and her family, and is her brother Gage's best friend. There's nothing this group doesn't do together. Out of everyone, Braden and Gage are Charlie's besets friends. Braden and Charlie have this natural chemistry that from the get go I wanted something more to develop between them. 

West does such a great job with the way he developed Braden and Charlie's relationship. They have to navigate their feelings from being best friends to that awkwardness that arises once they both come to the realization they've in love. I liked that West didn't rush their relationship. Charlie and Braden had to decide if taking the risk of crossing the best friends to being in a relationship was worth it. Not to mention that Braden would have to deal with the wrath of his best friends for his dating their sister. I LOVED their moments together late at night talking by the fence. I liked seeing both of them with their guard down, and how vulnerable it made them. 

On The Fence really surprised me. Instead of being a read I thought I could just sit and read without giving it much thought, I ended up being completely wrapped up in the story, and connected with it on a level I was not excepting. I LOVED it! It's simplistic in it's fast moving plot line, wonderful in the way the story is told, and complex with how the characters learn to come to terms with a relationship that was so perfect, wonderful, and romantic in a way that fit both characters. This is a story that I will definitely read again. 

If you're looking for that perfect book to pick up and take to the beach with you that will have you sighing, constantly smiling, laughing out loud and swooning, PICK UP THIS BOOK!

Mundane Monday #216 - City of Heavenly Fire Quote from Magnus

Happy Mundane Monday! 
Hopefully today's quote from City of Heavenly Fire will help get your Monday off to a great start, or maybe this picture of Magnus will. 

"..... Everyone has the potential to be extraordinary. As long as you have a soul and free will, you can be anything, do anything, choose anything...."

- Magnus Bane, City of Heavenly Fire, page 699

I LOVE this quote from Magnus. Have a great Monday!

Cassandra Clare Discusses Her Upcoming Series, Magisterium: The Iron Trial

Cassie took to Tumblr yesterday to answer a fan question about her upcoming release, The Iron Trail, which is book one in her MG (middle grade) series that she's co-written with fellow YA author, Holly Black!

"frozeninstruments said: Hello Cassie! I’m looking forward to the first book of TDA and Magisterium series, now that TMI is over. :’) I see that you’ve been posting TDA snippets lately… can you share some snippets from Magisterium?"
I will soon! I’m letting the post-CoHF hangover wear off first. Right now you can read the prologue and first chapter of Iron Trial here. And here is the upload of the full cover. The poem on the back is called the Cinquain — it’s part of the rules of the alchemical magic of the Magisterium. Each element has a purpose and each balances another.
Cassandra Jean’s also drawn the characters of the Iron Trial and I look forward to showing them to you!

I'm looking forward to this book!

Cassandra Clare Talks CoHF, Church, Izzy's Eye Color & Clockwork Princess

Hi Shadownunters! Just in case you missed it, here are some of Cassie's most recent Q&A's she's shared with fans via her Tumblr page. Each of the individual post links are embedded into the individual discussion thread headers below.

Hey Cassie. I just want to say that I adore all of your books, and I think they are beautiful. Thank you. I have a question regarding Sebastian or Jonathan. For some reason I loved his character even though I wanted to strangle him 99% of the time. I just always thought he was evil against his own will, that he was the way he was because of his bastard father, and it didn’t hurt that he was hot too. I’m just curious to what he might have been like without demon blood, as in his personality.
herondalectable said: I have a couple questions about a very important character… Church. The most important is, of course, HOW IS THIS CAT STILL ALIVE?! Is he immortal? If so, how did he become immortal? Was it the Dark Sisters or Magnus? I he somehow tied to Jem’s life force? Also, in now Magnus brought him to New York, but how did he wind up at the NY Institute? Magnus always seems to want a cat, so why didn’t he just keep Church? Was Church too moody for him? Thanks for all the cats to love!
I’ve been asked about Church so often it’s on my FAQ page.
"The necromantic magic practiced on him by the Dark Sisters has made him immortal."
(The FAQ page actually answers a ton of questions. I recommend checking it out.)
Church will live forever. One day he will inhabit space.
Church doesn’t really care if most people live or die, except Jem. He may remember Jem saved his life. He is not, however, tied to Jem in any magical way. 
Magnus actually only has the two cats whose names we know, Chairman Meow and The Great Catsby. He spends The Bane Chronicles and TID mostly catless. He probably suspects Church might try to kill him, which is true.
We will eventually find out how Church wound up at the NY Institute. Patience!
sociopathwithyournumber said: Hi Cassie, first off i wanted to tell how much i admire your writing. CoHF was fantastic but I do have questions about it. This was brought to my attention by polandbananasbooks video, but was never addressed in CoHF. why is Izzy the only lightwood child with dark eyes when both Maryse and Robert have blue eyes? why does it seem like we know practically every character’s eye color but max? Is this just coicindence or will it be adressed in another series? thanks for sharing the shadow world :) 
Hello! I’m not sticking this under a spoiler cut because honestly, it’s not really a spoiler, any more than “City of Heavenly Fire contains no sharks!” is a spoiler.