After hearing good things from many different places, I decided on a whim to give this book a try. After a week long adventure immersed in this world...moreAfter hearing good things from many different places, I decided on a whim to give this book a try. After a week long adventure immersed in this world of fantasy meets reality, I am so glad I took a chance.
City of Bones had everything I wished I could find in a book before. It's sexy and fun, fast-paced and enthralling. Like Harry Potter, this is a whole other world that normal humans usually never know about.
When Clary finds herself dragged into it, the adventure really begins, and from start to finish I was captivated, wanting to know what would happen next. I loved the mixed of the fantastical meets normal.
All of the characters seem to be well developed. Usually when there are several characters, it's easy for them to only scratch the surface of their personality, but there seems to be a depth to each character. While perhaps they aren't fully explored in this first book in the trilogy, the potential is set up and I can't wait to read the next book to find out more.(less)
Like City of Bones, City of Ashes quickly pulled me into the fantasy world Cassandra Clare has created. While there is still so much unknown to the re...moreLike City of Bones, City of Ashes quickly pulled me into the fantasy world Cassandra Clare has created. While there is still so much unknown to the reader about the lives and world of Shadowhunters, I felt like this book explored more of that world, and also more about it's characters.
I was pleased to find that I was right when I assumed that the characters mentioned in City of Bones has a lot of potential left to be explored. Something I really enjoyed about this book was that, while still written from third person, we were shown different angles of the story. City of Bones seemed to focus more on things from Clary's point of view, but this time we were able to see things from several different sides, and I felt like that really added some dimension to the story.
Also, like City of Bones this book kept up it's fast pace. Even when there were moments of downtime, I never felt like they were being wasted with trite filler material. I also felt like there were clues being dropped along throughout the book that has made me especially anxious to move on to the next book in the series. Most times I don't enjoy books that leave me hanging, but in this case, and maybe it's only because I have the next book and won't have to wait to get started on it, but the suspense and the questions left unanswered have given me something to look forward to.
I think I enjoyed City of Ashes more than City of Bones, but that could also just be because I feel more attached to the characters now. I think the second installment to the trilogy is interesting, exciting and full of action. It's definitely an enjoyable read, and one that I think I will be reading again in the future.(less)
I cannot get enough of Molly Harper's books. They're always great for a fun adventure loaded with lots of humor. After devouring the Jane Jameson and...moreI cannot get enough of Molly Harper's books. They're always great for a fun adventure loaded with lots of humor. After devouring the Jane Jameson and Half Moon Hollow books, I felt a bit out of sorts, so I quickly decided to give How To Flirt With a Naked Werewolf. Sometimes it's a bit scary (and disappointing) to switch to a different series by the same author because you don't know if you'll like it as much, but I needn't have worried because I loved the first book in the Naked Werewolf series.
The setting in Grundy, Alaska was fun and interesting. I really enjoy Molly Harper's ability to create a really great atmosphere in here books. The setting seems to become just as much a character as the people in the book. And the people of Grundy had that some sense of community as well as the eccentricities I'd come to love about Half Moon Hollow.
As for our protagonist Mo, I really loved her. She was funny and snarky, and her background was such an interesting touch. Her parents were a hoot, but I could certainly understand why she'd decided to move to Alaska to get away from them.
Her love interest, Cooper, was such a surly guy in the beginning, but there's just something so attractive about the dark and brooding guy (at least in fiction). His werewolf heritage was really interesting. Even though Naked Werewolf and Jane Jameson/Half Moon Hollow are two different universes, it seemed as though the werewolf mythology was the same, so it was cool to learn about it.
I really enjoyed the plot with the mysterious werewolf attacks as well as Cooper's hangups and baggage that came along with his werewolf status. I thought Maggie was absolutely horrible at first, but I was really glad when she came through in the end.
Overall, this was yet another fun ride in one of the worlds Molly Harper as created. I'm looking forward to the next Naked Werewolf!