OK, so....this is like "Twilight" meets "Blood & Chocolate" meets "West Side Story" meets "The Outsiders". I love vampires 2, but must admit that...moreOK, so....this is like "Twilight" meets "Blood & Chocolate" meets "West Side Story" meets "The Outsiders". I love vampires 2, but must admit that werewolves are AWESOME.(less)
15-year-old Reason Cansino was named so for a reason- her mother, Sarafina, wished to use her name as a reminder for logic to make up for her illogica...more15-year-old Reason Cansino was named so for a reason- her mother, Sarafina, wished to use her name as a reminder for logic to make up for her illogical and unexplainable childhood from which she ran away from when she was twelve. Sarafina leads her with her in a runaway life in the Australian bush of changed names to escape from her mother, Esmeralda, a "wicked witch" to whom she has told Reason many terrifying stories about. But when Sarafina becomes insane, the guardianship is handed over to Esmeralda, the very woman Reason has been taught to fear. Magic or madness is not a question so much as a choice that Reason and the friends she makes along the way, both in Sydney and NYC. There's a "reason" this was an Aurealis Award Finalist for Best Young Adult Novel- it truly was incredible and I couldn't put it down. All the characters were developed, even the secondary ones, and the plot didn't allow you to put down the book for a second.(less)
Enter: Academia, the Alliance's (guess what?) planet of intellect.
Enter: Academy 7, the most prestigious school in the universe. Leaders are molded th...moreEnter: Academia, the Alliance's (guess what?) planet of intellect.
Enter: Academy 7, the most prestigious school in the universe. Leaders are molded there, and selection is small- chances of staying if selected after the first term are even smaller.
Meet: Aerin Renning, a thin, plain girl with a frightening past from one of the X planets that has taught her how to survive. She is (one of) the best students there, and definitely the best in the class of fighting and technology. Her sharp mind and even sharper tongue has caught the attention of her teachers and peers...
Meet: Dane Madousin, a handsome guy who was known as soon as he entered for his father, an esteemed member of the Council and a military legend. He competes with Aerin in every class, but can only manage to beat her in debate- she gets him on the ground in physical combat every time.
What could the two possibly have in common?
History. But they don't know that...
A very compelling story and a vibrant world. I'll be sure to read Osterlund's other, Aurelia.(less)
Kaye has always been "the weird girl". Part of that is just her air of wildness, and part of it is how as a child she would tell people about her "ima...moreKaye has always been "the weird girl". Part of that is just her air of wildness, and part of it is how as a child she would tell people about her "imaginary" friends, Spike, Gristle, and Lutie, three solitary fey. Thankfully(in this instance only) she is forced into a nomad lifestyle with her vocalist mother, town to town, band to band, so the impressions she's previously made of the fairy-stories don't matter so much. She is hardened to the world and ready for it. She hasn't gone to school since she was fourteen because her mother needs the money gained through a job. Her best friend at their current home, Janet, is like her in that she also knows life's not a Disney movie and lives in a trailer park. But her "friends" visit after she stumbles upon a bleeding man on a rainy night. When she helps him, he gives her three questions. Her life changes irrevocably... Black's prose is lyrical and charged with old magic and angst. If you like Melissa Marr, you'll definitely like this book.(less)
Demons. Faeries. Vampires. Werewolves. And finally, to keep them all in line, Shadowhunters- the warrior-protectors of the citizens. But like the poli...moreDemons. Faeries. Vampires. Werewolves. And finally, to keep them all in line, Shadowhunters- the warrior-protectors of the citizens. But like the police of the mortal world, sometimes they abuse their authority. Sometimes they dole out more pain than protection.
Welcome to the Shadow World, little Clary Fray. True, you're fifteen, and you're a New Yorker, so you automatically think you know everything.
Why does a mundane have the Sight? And why is she being hunted down by a demon? Because she has more to do with their world than they know. Well, some of them, anyway. Isabelle, Alec, and the gorgeous Jace(whose carelessness is great humor when mirrored against Clary's volatile temper), the Shadowhunters her age, know nothing of her, but some of the adults are holding back.
I really did love this book- heart-pounding and fast-paced, gripping and fantastical. Characters with the complexity and unknown lines of a Monet work. It was for "older" teens and deals with all the issues: homosexuality, violence(at first Clary thinks the Shadowhunters are gang members, and she's not too far off), and incest.
I don't have a problem with any of those "issues". In fact, when a YA novel has little controversy, maybe a kiss and a mild threat, I find it lame and not true to life at all. Life is not censored. However, when those issues come up in a way that I've predicted, I'm not too impressed.
Most of my friends who have reviewed this book were shocked at the ending. I didn't find it all that shocking, and thought it would happen the second Valentine came through the portal. I'm still going to read the next however, and I do hope it's not true. But if it is, that doesn't delete Clare's ability to write firecracker fiction- prose that manages to deal with dark issues yet be interspersed with comedy. It saddened me to find through searches that it's been challenged because of its ending.
Still reccomended though. Just hopes for the second to not be quite so predictable.(less)