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Book Review – City Of Fallen Angels

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Title: City of Fallen Angels [The Mortal Instruments 4]

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 424

Rating: 3 Star

Book Series Reviews: 12, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Dang. I don’t know if its just cause after the action of the last book or not, but this one fell soo flat for me. It wasn’t bad, but it does not give me high hopes for the rest. God it should have just ended with the last…

For the first and most frustrating part of the entire book for me. We spend LOTS of time inside Simon’s head. As if this wasn’t bad enough, Clare has decided to try and turn him to some lady’s man because he has ‘vampire mojo.’ What a load of crap. NOTHING about Simon has any mojo. He shouldn’t be able to have any girlfriends let alone two which he is keeping secret from each other. What the hell is wrong with those two? What the hell is wrong with Issy more when she still kind of likes him when she finds out what he has been doing? I lost so much respect for her, it nearly ruined her whole character for me.

In terms of action in the plot nothing much happens until the last third of the book. Because our main bad guy died in the last book, because the series was supposed to be over then, we have to be introduced to a whole bunch more characters and get all their back stories to try and create a new plot. We get so much about new characters that are introduced and so much about our side characters that Clary and Jace really fell to the way side.

Not that I minded that much about this half the time because whenever we did get some Clary and Jace time they were almost always complaining to each other or just completely ignoring the other one. I thought we were passed this rubbish!!!! I like Jace less and less with each book. He needs to get over these issues which he just creates in his own head.

And what is with everyone, and I mean like everyone, suddenly having secrets? Yeah sure some can, but really, does everyone need a deep dark secret or whatever that they need to keep hidden? It made the story over complicated.

Pretty much the thing that made the story for me was the ending of the book. I actually screamed when it happened. But thats all I am going to say on the matter cause I don’t want to ruin the really only good thing about the book for you.

I did really like the fact that Clary started doing Shadowhunter training. It was interesting to see her try and better herself this way. Perhaps she will learn to be less silly now that she is getting training in it.

If this had been the first book for the series I really don’t think I would pick it up and read the rest of them. I was interested in the ending because I already knew and loved the characters and everything that happened before. It I had just come in on this book it wouldn’t have worked for me. Apparently it gets better from here on out, so those reading along don’t worry too much. Keep reading.

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – City Of Glass

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Title: City of Glass [The Mortal Instruments 3]

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Lenght: 541

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Wow this book was awesome, by far my favourite one so far.

There was never a dull moment in the plot, things were always happening but it still took its moments to make me laugh. Though I worked out a big plot resolving around someone I’m going to call S since I don’t want to ruin it for anyone reading this review, it didn’t bother me because I still questioned if it was true or not right up until the end.

Jace really got under my skin n this book. I barely even noticed how dumb Clary was (most the time, some stuff was too stupid to ignore), because I was too busy wanting to punch Jace in the face. The way he treated Clary at some points was just horrible and pretty much all he does is mope about how he is all filled with demon blood and is evil because of it. All of that being said, I actually really liked the relationship he developed with Simon. Who would have thought that would have happened?

On a side note how bad is Simon’s luck? Is it wrong that I find it really funny? Nah…

Though I loved this book because it had so much happening in it, it did have downsides. One huge thing was TOTALLY given away and I think it was because the author just had so much to think about that she kind of just chucked it in there. This is a bit spoilery so you might want to skip to the next paragraph. In this book we are looking for the third instrument, this mirror. Then we have Clary fall into a poisonous lake which is connected to angels, and which Luke said one of its names had the word mirror in it. That was a serious flaw Clare. Just it being poisonous and connected to angels would have left it open to people guessing. Calling it a mirror was just stupid.

But there are moment like made the feels come out. Yay for Luke and Clary’s mum, I was so happy that things start to kick off for them. When she woke up I was so happy. Her and Clary’s fight was sad but I still liked it. I actually laughed when this happened:

“I was just trying to protect you-”

“Well you did a terrible job!”

I don’t really know why it was funny. Probably because she really did a very terrible, terrible job.I freaked the hell out when Magnus vanished after Clary helped him do something without showing any sign of helping her with her side of the deal. Thank god that worked out. And Spoiler – Max dies. Wow was I sad. Out of everyone to kill though, he was probably a good choice. He was aside character but his death still showed the effect the war had on everyone, and it was kind of a good balance between the good things that were happening in the book. – End Spolier.

I love the ending even though someone who was supposed to have died clearly didnt because they never found the body. It was a great conclusion. I know the story was supposed to end here, and it was a great ending. Im a little bit worried about it continuing. The ending was great, why are you risking staining that? You have a lot to uphold Clare.

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Book Review – City Of Ashes

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Title: City of Ashes [The Mortal Instruments 2]

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 453

Rating: 4 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I liked this book more than the first one.

And can I just take a random moment to say how much I love the cat Church? They talk to him like he understands and he leads people around the house. He is just awesome. But then again, I like most cats in books if they get a little bit of special personality traits.

Now onto the things people actually care about haha.

Unlike the first book I enjoyed the writing style in this one much more. I think Clare has really gotten into the flow of how the story and all the characters should go and say and all that stuff. It just makes the story easy to follow and enjoyable to read.

I know I said that I thought Simon brought out the best in Clary, that does not mean in anyway shape or form that I think they should be dating. What the hell do you think you are doing Clary???? The only time the two of you dating would be accept is if you were both like 50 and had made a deal to be together if you could find no one else, even then you never know. Its not that hard to find someone better boyfriend material that Simon. Why do people always assume just cause people have a good friendship that means they should date? Even people in real life tend to do this. Its annoying. The relationship was very forced and thought I was a bit upset when Simon basically died, I was jumping up and down with joy because it meant the relationship would end. But of course he didn’t die, but thank you Simon for coming to your senses and ending it. It made me very happy.

We got to meet knew people in this book. I both liked and hated these people. We got a good meeting of the fey and their queen, and anyone by now should know that I like a good/cunning/different kind of evil villain. I got this in her, she’s a bit of bitch, but I love how she messes with their minds. It was pretty funny. And it made Simon sad haha. But then we also met the Inquisitor from the Clave. Oh my god I don’t think I have hated a character this hard in a really long time. Everytime anyone even just mentioned her I instantly become furious. She is just crazy, and not the crazy I like. She is the kind of crazy that hasnt actually lost her marbles but acts upon things that have no basis because thats the way she wants it to be for her own pathetic reasons, despite how wrong she is proven to be.

Other than that there were some really great moments in the book. One of which I feel is worth mentioning is that both Jace and Clary come into their own powers which have been mentioned as a possibility in the first book. Clary really begins to shine because of this. She gets a kind of new confidence that makes her more appealing and enjoyable as a character. I didn’t really get this feeling with Jace because you always knew he was kind of more superhuman then the others. Still enjoyable though.

So yes, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the supernatural, some good action, and is interested in reading a series rather than a trilogy.

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – City of Bones

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Title: City of Bones [The Mortal Instruments 1]

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 485

Rating: 3.5 rounded up to 4 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know… Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I didn’t really expect much going into this book. I have heard lots of people talk about it, quite often good, and I had seen it fill the shelves at stores like kmart because they always have many many many copies of YA books that are supposed to be the next big hit, and I had heard there was a movie. There were mixed reviews about the movie though, most people said it was bad. So I avoided it for a really long time. I think the covers also had something to do with it. It kind of looked like the book was trying to hard to p[rove itself or something… which is ridiculous cause now that I think about it they are not that bad but whatever. Then someone came to me and said they really think I would like the movie and that I should watch it, so I decided that I should read the book first before I put myself through something like that.

Though I can kind of understand the hype some people hold for this series, I myself didn’t feel it at all until I got to the end of the book. I found the very beginning really hard to get into. The way some of the demons talk, and none of them ever talk that way again at the end, was just so stupid. How am suppose to feel suspense when someone who is facing off with a demon that can’t even talk proper. It was a joke. If you are not going to get them to talk in a way that is not menacing and  have them coming across something you might hear in a really old and bad horror movie, its best to keep their mouths shut. The second their mouths open you have ruined all the feeling you have spent all that time building up to. There were other things but that got under my skin the most.

All of that rant being said and done, I was really really into the story by the end of it and instantly picked up the next one so that I could keep on being in there. Most of the characters are awesome (with the exception of Simeon who is just annoying), and even characters like Clary’s mum who isn’t even in the book all that much I enjoy. I love the relationship between the characters and I think they are well developed.

I felt bad for Clary and the development she has to go through is quite alot so that she doesnt go crazy. Despite the fact that I don’t like Simeon, he brought out the best in her really. The section where he gets turned into a rat and she just goes totally ape-shit, specially when she looses him, was just hysterical. I think this might have been one of my favourite scenes in the entire book.

Im a but iffy on the relationship between Clary and Jace. The big secret of who Clary’s father is was never a secret to me despite how desperately they tried to make it seem like a big mystery, and the second they said that Jace was going to be with his father (who we have been told is dead) combined with the way they said it I knew straight away that their parents are one and the same. Yay incest? I think most people find this as a really bad aspect of the story, but I have already been presented with this kind of thing in other stories which I loved so its not a huge sticking point to me. Something I try to over look and not think about, but it didn’t make me put the book down. They had some cute moments but I hope that perhaps they move on or something… Luckily it didn’t hold that big a part of this section on the story.

So yeah, sorry for the bit of rant, but I still enjoyed the book. If you like supernatural stuff I think this would be a book you pick up and at least try.