'And now at last I am free, and I can finally tell you, without fear of danger to you, all that I feel in my heart."
Why is it that when there are decl...more'And now at last I am free, and I can finally tell you, without fear of danger to you, all that I feel in my heart."
Why is it that when there are declarations of love such as these do they always come a bit too late? Even if will is free from all his life's burden that has been weighing on him since Ella died, it seems that he cannot hope for happiness. Not if it meant dashing to pieces the heart of Jem. Oh, why can't the situation be like that of Jace's with Clary?
Title: Clockwork Prince: Deleted Scene (The Infernal Devices Shorts, #2.1) Author: Cassandra Clare Reviewed By: Purplycookie
Are readers to lose a lot of respect for the brotherhood which exists between Jem and Will had we known truly what Jem feels? I think not. I suppose that oftentimes I yearn for Jem to be more selfish instead of being selfless all the time whenever it is Will who is involved.
In the matter concerning Tessa; we shall see. Even if I'm madly voting for Will. I guess I can never squelch my bias for the bad boys.
Lia and Alice buried their father on a rainy day in the fall of 1890. His death was sudden, and strange happenings are keeping the twins from resuming...moreLia and Alice buried their father on a rainy day in the fall of 1890. His death was sudden, and strange happenings are keeping the twins from resuming their wealthy, well-educated lives. Lia begins to dream of flying and Alice, while reserved, does not appear to mourn her father. Lia's boyfriend, James, uncovers an ancient tome that cryptically tells of two sisters, one the Gate and one the Guardian. One has the power to return Samael/Satan to Earth, the other the responsibility to keep her sister in check. As Lia investigates the prophecy, a fortuitous trip to a fortune-teller, Sonia, unlocks new doors. With school friend Luisa joining in the adventure, the cast of characters is complete. Lia, Sonia, and Luisa band together to solve the riddle while preventing the increasingly malevolent Alice from discovering their findings. It was easy to follow what was going on, even if it was too effortless to figure out what was going on in parts that were supposed to be mysterious.
I was really excited for this book when I bought it. It had a strong beginning that had me wanting more but the middle part was just not that good. I felt that the plot of “the prophecy” was weak. Things were there 'just because'. No further explanation and nothing wanting me to be more interested in the prophecy or Lia's friends.
Zink's choice of first-person present sadly emphasizes her lack of character development. None of the perils the heroines face invoke fear or sympathy, as they are all half-explained and resolved too quickly for real concern to set in. The supposed evil sister was hardly in the book. I was expecting more sinister behavior, more backstabbing more...something. The other characters interested me more than the very proper, always righteous Lia. I would have loved to have a first person account from Alice and possibly a little from Henry. Those were the characters I found most interesting.
The historical detail in this book is sadly nonexistent unless you count the mention of servants and carriages as historical detail. There is no description of dresses, traditions, manners, mourning customs etc. If this is a historical fantasy book then there better be some sense of the time period the characters are living in.
Sometimes a slow build-up creates anticipation and excitement, but I was just confused as to where the author wants to bring this story to. I kept waiting for the book to become a page-turner, but it always kept me just interested enough to keep going...nothing more.
I want to start this off by agreeing with de la Cruz's introduction, that one of the best things about being in love with a series is standing by it a...moreI want to start this off by agreeing with de la Cruz's introduction, that one of the best things about being in love with a series is standing by it and wanting to know everything about it. When I become so immersed in character and novels i want to devour all I can about those books, I want to know everything I can about well, everything. And that's why I found that I liked "Blue Bloods: Keys to the Repository". It isn't a sequel in the series, its considered a companion. It's sort of like extras on a DVD, there's deleted scenes and sneak peaks, and how its made (where she got the main idea and certain little ones).
This book is an conglomeration of a variety of things. There are some great short stories that fill in missing pieces. We get a story about Schuyler and Jack's first rendezvous at the house where they meet secretly. Another story about Schuyler and Jack's last meeting from Jack's point of view. A short story featuring Bliss that introduces De La Cruz's new "Wolf Pact" series (but since I'm not a fan of werewolves or anything resembling it, I very much doubt I'll pick it up). And another story that tells up what happened to Dylan Ward for the time he was missing earlier in the series. This last short story is very familiar to me, I must've read it as part of a horror or vampire-themed anthology from long ago.
In addition to these stories there are short profiles on all of the different members of the families. Appendices discussing all of the side characters and all of the canine familiars. As well as an appendix going through terminology.
Overall the stories were good, the extra information was interesting. It made me realize how complicated this series has gotten since I picked up the first book in the series and thought that "Blue Bloods" was a pretty simple story. I would say this is a must read for fans of the series.
The plot revolves around lovers who find one another, only to lose one another over and over again in a story that spans centuries.
Perhaps the sequel...moreThe plot revolves around lovers who find one another, only to lose one another over and over again in a story that spans centuries.
Perhaps the sequel will contain an explanation of what these immortal types are doing at a reform school in the first place.
The book is long and at times seemed a little tedious; there is no real ending here, no payoff that makes you sit back, sigh and say, "that was great." "Fallen" should have been a dark, on-the-edge-of-your-seat gothic type mystery romance. Instead, "Fallen" is a limp, insipid telling that lacked enthusiasm and spirit in every single passage.
Title Fallen (Fallen, #1) Author Lauren Kate Reviewed By Purplycookie(less)