I really liked it. I know a lot of people thought it was sappy but I liked it. I thought looking at humanity through an aliens eyes was amazing and th...moreI really liked it. I know a lot of people thought it was sappy but I liked it. I thought looking at humanity through an aliens eyes was amazing and thought-provoking. The book makes you think about what really makes you human. Is it just the species or how you feel and treat others?(less)
Another amazing Fablehaven. With each book I've been surprised at how much the characters and the environment they live in develop.
The book wrapped u...moreAnother amazing Fablehaven. With each book I've been surprised at how much the characters and the environment they live in develop.
The book wrapped up nicely even though it's series book. With a cliffhanger and all but still had an "ending". I really appreciate that in series books.
Seth as a character has developed dramatically. I can't wait to find out what kind of person he will develop into being. Kendra too, although I feel Kendra has kind of hit her peak. But I may be wrong on that one. Who knows what Brandon Mull will do? (less)
Recently I’ve almost give up on second installments of romance series. Usually the couple that finally found each other in the end of book one has to...moreRecently I’ve almost give up on second installments of romance series. Usually the couple that finally found each other in the end of book one has to break up in book two or they get separated and the whole of book two is spent trying to find each other. Thank goodness that was not the case with Onyx I could have kissed Ms. Armentrout for her perfectly executed book two. It was better than the first.
There was still plenty of love/hate moments which makes this still a Luxe novel. If they would have just been lovely-dovey the whole time I also would have not enjoyed it. But not the case! Daemon puts on his sexy pants and tries to prove to Katy that he’s feelings for her and not just because of some alien mojo bond.
Katy makes some classic heroine mistakes like not telling other people who are involved when stuff gets real. Secret keeping is always aggravating but the mistakes have to made for the story to progress.
Super good. Best second installment I’ve ever read. And now one of my new favorites.(less)
I agree with the decision to cut this. It just makes Jace too vulnerable from the beginning. We know that he is vulnerable beneath the quick with but...moreI agree with the decision to cut this. It just makes Jace too vulnerable from the beginning. We know that he is vulnerable beneath the quick with but it would have been way too soon and we would have never saw Jace the way we did. Cassandra Clare was right “a mysterious character is always fun.”
This was a re-read for me. This first time I read it I gave it a five star rating. And the second time I read it? A five star rating. It was just so good.
Now I have to tell you that I’m not Team Jace. I’m Team Simon!
While I like Jace as a character, I will never think he is a better pick than Simon because Simon is the nice guy. Why do nice guys always finish last?
Two of my fav non-spoiler-y moments with Simon:
“That’s sort of hot,” Isabelle argued, “that evil thing.” Simon tried to look menacing, but gave it up when he saw Clary staring at him.
He [Jace] squinted at her. “Do you remember back at the hotel when you promised that if we lived, you’d get dressed up in a nurse’s outfit and give me a sponge bath?” “Actually, I think you misheard,” Clary said. “It was Simon who promised you the sponge bath.” Jace looked involuntarily over at Simon, who smiled at him widely. “As soon as I’m back on my feet, handsome.”
I feel like a lot of you have already read this so I’m going to mention my absolute favorite moment without actually spoiling anyone who hasn’t read it yet: When Simon is shocked at his own Badass-ness. That was so cool! He did better than Jace! Go Simon!
Re-reading this book was actually a little easier than reading it the first time through. The first time I read it I devoured it in like two days because it was so fast paced and I just NEEDED to know what happened. But I was also shocked at the big secret you get at the ending. Even though I’m team Simon that was just too much for me. But reading it through again? I didn’t have any of that reader’s anxiety which equalled extra awesomeness.
Cassandra Clare is an amazing author and deserves all the hype she gets. She throws a little bit of humor into an intense situation to make it bearable. But sometimes she doesn’t, just to drive home the brutality of what’s going on and I admire her for that.
I just want to end with one of Clary’s observations while being trapped in a hotel full of vampires that aren’t happy with her:
Clary wondered if there were any ugly vampires, or maybe any fat ones. Maybe they didn’t make vampires out of ugly people. Or maybe ugly people just didn’t want to live forever.