When I first read the summary of City of Bones, I wasn't overly intrigued. But after reading just one page, I learned just how wrong I was. Cassie Cla...moreWhen I first read the summary of City of Bones, I wasn't overly intrigued. But after reading just one page, I learned just how wrong I was. Cassie Clare has created a brilliantly enthrawling and believable story, starting here, with City of Bones.
The book focuses mainly on the almost-sixteen-year-old Clary Fray, whose only friend is the lovable, loyal, and sarcastic Simon, who happens to be in love with her. Within the first few pages, she is thrust into a world she never knew existed. A world of demon slayers (aka shadowhunters), vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and faeries. A world that she may be more closely connected to than she could have ever dreamed.
When she meets the sexy, arrogant, brooding, and angel-faced Jace Wayland, everything in her life changes. After a demon attack, Clary's mother simply dissappears, leaving Clary alone with Jace, and his "adoptive" shadowhunter siblings, the mysterious and hot-tempered Alec, and the beautiful and confident Isabelle.
From supernatural parties hosted by warlocks, to vampire fights, to the revelation of the infamous villian, Valentine Morgenstern, City of Bones is extraordinarily entertaining.
Jace is easily the most intriguing character in the trilogy, and is very fully developed. All of the characters are multi-dimensional, and described in great detail throughout the novel. From Jace's "tawny eyes" and "golden hair," to Clary's freckled face, small frame, and bright red hair, to Alec's blue eyes and mop of dark scraggly hair. None of the characters are flat, by any means.
There isn't a cliche nerdy girl who gets picked on by cliche mean girls. No. Each character has originality and depth. It is also refreshing that the characters are not simply filthy rich, spoiled, or annoyingly whiny. Each character shows true emotion! The characters also stay consistent, and do not repeatedly seem to change personalities as you may see happen in many other, not as well-written, books. I have gotten so sick and tired of the stuck-up group of girls who think they're cooler than everyone else, and sadly they seem to exist in the majority of YA novels, even fantasy ones. I felt as if this story was very original in this sense. Books such as Blue Bloods, The Morganville Vampires, and House of Night all have the typical witchy girls in them. This is what makes City of Bones so unique (along with many other things, too).
Clare gives superb desciptions of everything, so that I was easily able to picture everything that was happening, and almost felt, at times, that I was there myself. There are no huge chunks of time cut out to save time. It's all real. We know whent the characters are hungry. We know when they are dirty. We know when they're sad, mad, or glad. We know when they're tired, and we know that they are just like you and I in those ways. Most of the characters are also likable one way or another, and therefore are even more easy to connect with.
Clare does not give too much description (but just the right amount), and I am, in turn, not forced to skip through boring parts...There simply are NO boring parts to skip through.
This book will keep you interested all the way through with its not stop action, funny yet realistic dialogue and plot twists. Anyone who likes urban fantasy should give this book a try.
I wasn't bored for even one second, and had real trouble putting this book down. In fact, I got so caught up in this book, that I even had dreams about it...which was a first for me. Even after finishing the book, I feel as if the world Clare created still exists, as do the characters. Writing like this can not be replaced, and should not be ignored. Do yourself a favor, and pick this book up. Read the first page. Then you'll be completely and helplessly hooked! (less)
Definitely the best book in the series. The characters are great, well developed, and all have their own unique personalities. When reading this, I wa...moreDefinitely the best book in the series. The characters are great, well developed, and all have their own unique personalities. When reading this, I was really drawn into the story with Rose, and totally felt her pain. There are definitely some shocking moments in this one, and it'll keep you guessing up until the end. It's got tons of action, but not so much that you lose out on the emotions of the characters.
I thought it was great how Rose got partnered with Christian instead of Lissa (I love Christian). It really made for some funny moments. Plus, it got me away from Lissa, whom (sorry, but it's true) I hate. She is such a selfish, sel-centered character...yuck. And we also get more of Adrian, who intrigues me, because I don't know what to think of him yet, despite how genuine he seems in this book.
Richelle Mead doesn't stray away from grit or, to be blunt, heartbreak. There aren't always happy endings or middles with her.
There were quite a few different plot lines going on, far different from the first two, but it wasn't confusing or messy in any way. You really can't go wrong with this series, and this one just sets the bar even higher. (less)
I love this book. I couldn't put it down. I loved the relationship between Sonny and Kelley, though I don't much like Kelly (I adore Sonny, though).
C...moreI love this book. I couldn't put it down. I loved the relationship between Sonny and Kelley, though I don't much like Kelly (I adore Sonny, though).
Character development was pretty good, but not the best, and many of the minor characters were too minor, if that makes sense. I would have liked to have gotten more of a sense of their characters, especially Sonny's friend.
One thing that bothered me was how Kelley seemed to notice no one but herself. She is way too self absorbed, which made it hard for me to like her character.
The plot itself wasn't that amazing, but the emotional turmoil was entertaining enough, and the ending, though there is another book coming out, was cute and satisfying, even thought it kind of leaves you hanging a bit.(less)
The truth of the matter is, this book is very boring and has a very slow pace. However, the character's make up for it. The development of Evan and Gr...moreThe truth of the matter is, this book is very boring and has a very slow pace. However, the character's make up for it. The development of Evan and Grey is very nicely done, and both characters are very different by the end.
I found the story mystifying in a way that really grabbed my attention--it really keeps you turning the pages--not because of non-top action, but because you wat to know what happens next. I also really Plum-Ucci's writing in general, and I found at least a few quotes worth writing down. It's the kind of book you want to read on a rainy sunday afternoon. (less)
Yummy. I could just eat this book right up. Firt of all, it's the funniest thing I've ever gotten my hands on. Second, I LOVE the characters. Cal is A...moreYummy. I could just eat this book right up. Firt of all, it's the funniest thing I've ever gotten my hands on. Second, I LOVE the characters. Cal is AMAZING, as is Niko, and who doesn't love Robin and his arrogance and storytelling? The book was both unique and traditional at the same time. Rob twists well-known fantasy elements and makes them her own. This is still my least favorite of the series, but I love it anyway. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, but since the others in the series are better, I'd probably continue with it. (less)
Great sequal. Loads better than the first one, which is extraordinary, since I adored the first one. Cal. I love him SO much. He's an awesome characte...moreGreat sequal. Loads better than the first one, which is extraordinary, since I adored the first one. Cal. I love him SO much. He's an awesome character, well developed, and I can totally relate to him, even though we really have nothing in common. Niko is a great brother and character. I love the relationship between the brothers--it's so genuine. I feel like they're real people.
Robin. How can you not love him? We get more of him in this one, I'm happy to say. And we get more of Promise. I can't say I like her, but she's an interesting character...definitely not flat.
There's non-stop action. It's just SUCH a fun book, not to mention the most hilarious one I've ever read (the whole series is extremely funny).(less)
Love this series. Love this book. Love the characters. Love the plot. Love the dialogue. I just love EVERYTHING! The books just keep getting better an...moreLove this series. Love this book. Love the characters. Love the plot. Love the dialogue. I just love EVERYTHING! The books just keep getting better and better, funnier and funnier. There are some dark elements, but the humor lightens it up enough for it to be perfectly enjouable. The characters remain true to themselves while simultaneously developing and making me love them. MADHOUSE is considerably different from the others, and we get to see a more gentle side of Cal, which I loved...though, there's nothing about this book (series) that I didn't love.
Deathwish is just as amazing as the other 3 books in the series. I absolutely love the characters, especially Cal and Niko, but the others are great t...moreDeathwish is just as amazing as the other 3 books in the series. I absolutely love the characters, especially Cal and Niko, but the others are great too. It was nice to finally get Niko's point of view, because I couldn't finally get a peek at how he sees things--especially Cal, which was very interesting. It was also completely hilarious, and I love all the sarcastic remarks. Great dialogue! The story had many levels and twists and was completely captivating the entire time. I can't wait for the next book in Rob Thurman's amazing series!(less)
Firt off: The cover. When I saw the cover, I decided not to read this book, because it just seemed like it would be boring. Well, it's not. This was a...moreFirt off: The cover. When I saw the cover, I decided not to read this book, because it just seemed like it would be boring. Well, it's not. This was a really fun book! I liked the characters, especially Jarrod! I love him! He and Kate were cute together, and Jarrod's character development was superbly done. I love time travel books, and this one just made me smile and jump up and down and slam my fist on the table. I read it in one sitting--definitely give it a go, because it's much better than the cover would have you believe. I also loved the ending. GREAT STUFF!!! I would have enjoyed an epilogue, just to see how things worked out, but I felt the ending was good enough. Good characters too, even the minor ones. (less)
Good, unique, fully developed characters, a new look on magic, demons...all of these things I like. With its action-packed scenes distributed evenly w...moreGood, unique, fully developed characters, a new look on magic, demons...all of these things I like. With its action-packed scenes distributed evenly with its emotional/charater building scenes, The Demon's Lexicon is a gret read. Unexpected twists and witty writing kept me reading.
One of my complaints, though, is the ending. I didn't like how it turned out. It was sad and a little disturbing, to be honest. Also, the characters are likable to an extent, but I don't feel like I'd care if any of them died. There could have been more to this. It was basically all build-up to the twist, with no realy actin or storyline. The plot was built mainly on backstory that was slowly revealed.
Lastly, it is impossible to relate to/like the main character, Nick, which was a turn off for me. I mean, who would care if he died? Not me.(less)
I was skeptical at first because of the whole 'science experiment' thing, but I was pleasantly surpirsed. The first Maximum Ride book is very good. On...moreI was skeptical at first because of the whole 'science experiment' thing, but I was pleasantly surpirsed. The first Maximum Ride book is very good. One of my favorite things about this particular young adult book is that there are characters of all anges, from 6-14, and I thought it was pretty cute seeing 14-year-olds act so parental and such.
There isn't much character development, save for Max, the main character, but I still found the plot entertaining, and liked how POVs were alternated when the characters split up. (less)
I hate books based in mental wards...which is why I realy didn't enjoy this book at first. What saved it, were the characters of Chloe and Derek. I li...moreI hate books based in mental wards...which is why I realy didn't enjoy this book at first. What saved it, were the characters of Chloe and Derek. I liked Chloe, though I didn't relate to her, but she seems like a good person without being perfect. Derek isn't the typical love interest, which is why Chloe doesn't realize she likes him (not that she does, but I'm hoping). Simon wasn't all that interesting to me. He is just this random nice guy who draws cartoons, and tries to steal Chloe away from Derek. Also, ghosts aren't really my thing, so Chloe being a necromancer wasn't all that exciting. And Tori...Eek...that girl is annoying, but I do like what she added to the book.
For some reason, though, I actually quite liked it. I was really ready for them to escape, so when they got caught I was kind of bummed, but consoled myself with the fact that it was only Chloe and stupid Rae that got caught.(less)
There are good and bad things about this book (and the other 2). I'll start with the positives: The different perspectives are interesting and helpful...moreThere are good and bad things about this book (and the other 2). I'll start with the positives: The different perspectives are interesting and helpful with character development. Like those. The plot is intriguing and suspenseful...and overall pretty good. HOWEVER: I dislike most of the characters- they can be very annoying at times, especially Jessica- though she does get better as the series continues. The only character I ACTUALLY liked (WARNING: SPOLIERS) gets twisted by the darklings...hmmm...but I still love Rex anyway. My main issue is this: The main characters don't like eachother. Okay, there's Jess and Jonathan and Rex and Melissa, then there's Dess. I feel like the story would have had a greater impact if the characters actually CARED about eachother. Maybe that seems silly, but I would have felt more emotionally connected to the story if the characters liked eachother a bit more. It seems as if they go around saving eachother simply because they think it's what they SHOULD do... Out of the three books, this one is my least favorite, and the most boring--especially with the extra dosage of Jessica.(less)
Better than the first book, because it's not all about Jessica complaining and scampering around all terrified and superior, judging people and thinki...moreBetter than the first book, because it's not all about Jessica complaining and scampering around all terrified and superior, judging people and thinking she's so perfect. As you can tell, I really don't like Jess. Even when she is CLEARLY not the one in danger, she's like, "OH, what could the darklings want with me? They couldn't possibly want anyone or anything other than me, because I'm so special!" The characters are just not that likable, and I didn't relate to any of them. I liked Rex, but felt as if Westerfield sort of pushed him off to the side to make room for the all-power Saint Jessica. (less)
The third book in the Midnighters Trilogy was probably the most interesting. We got to see a lot more of the characters, and focused less on Jessia, w...moreThe third book in the Midnighters Trilogy was probably the most interesting. We got to see a lot more of the characters, and focused less on Jessia, who I dislike--which is why I was satisfied with the ending (won't give away anything, but it relates to Jessaica and how I don't care what happens to her). The ending was still bittersweet, but I thought it realiztic in a way, well written, and didn't have the same boring spots that the first 2 did.
One thing that annoyed me, however, was how everyone (save Melissa) was treating Rex. They were all like, "What the hell's wrong with him? Has he lost his mind?" I'm sorry, but how stupid can you get? He was partly CHANGED INTO A FRICKIN' DARKLING!!!! WHAT DID YOU EXPECT!!?? Also, I loved how Rex ended up being the one to figure it out, especiialy since so many of them had thought he'd gone bad/nuts.(less)
Way better than I expected. I've never been into mythology or anything, though I studied it when I was in school, and I thought the book may feel more...moreWay better than I expected. I've never been into mythology or anything, though I studied it when I was in school, and I thought the book may feel more like a history lesson than a fun fantasy, but I was totally wrong.
One of the books strong suites is character development. I love the main character, Percy, as well as Grover and Annabeth and many others. The characters all have distinctly different personalities—though some may be slightly chiche, I still found them to be real.
Action. Action. Action. Plus some emotion. A great mix overall. (less)