I’ve decided that the Charlie Madigan series reminds me of the Anita Blake books. However, where the Anita Blake books are morbid and sharp like a pal...moreI’ve decided that the Charlie Madigan series reminds me of the Anita Blake books. However, where the Anita Blake books are morbid and sharp like a pale white skeleton, Charlie’s world is well fleshed out and has meat in all the right places. Even though the magic of the Madison series is more far out and there’s three worlds in different dimensions here, if asked I’d say the Madigan story could happen over the Blake books. Gay is just that talented.
Charlie is back and the world is already smacking her down and abusing the ones she loves. Her daughter is growing up and put a stake out for a little independence. Some of Rex’s true past life is coming forward, and Charlie may have just found away to get her husband back. Bryn is suffering side effects from the Ash addiction that actually caused me to cry like a little girl. DEoD just beats the crap out of all the characters and every word off the page punch’s the reader in the gut with the emotional weight.
Doom and gloom isn’t all that fills the pages of DEoD, not by a long shot. Things evolve between Charlie and Hank that I hadn’t quite seen coming. In fact, the heat that comes off of these two reminds me of Kate and Curran from the Kate Daniels series. Unlike the Kate/Curran romance I can instantly fall into the emotional connection the two have. In a fan girl approach to this review, Hanks hotness level just hit record highs!
DEoD really puts into play the mythology behind “Heaven and Hell” and mixes in a little dose of Christian mythology. It’s great seeing how the three plains all effect each other. A dark revolution for the Jinn and hell, a war between the Nobles of Heaven and Hell is just on the brink. Charlie and Hank are on a fight against time with seemingly all powerful villains continuously popping up. Things just keep heating up in the Charlie Madigan series.
Sexual Content: Some sexual talk and humor, brief nudity, still really clean though.
This book is whacked. Plane and simple, but trust me it's a good kind of whacked. The...moreOriginally posted at Book Whipsers.
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
This book is whacked. Plane and simple, but trust me it's a good kind of whacked. The kind that has fans as thick as the Harry Potter books—or dare I say even more then the Twilight Saga. There's nothing off limits in Clare’s Immortal Instruments series, and a reader can appreciate that.
Clary is our leading lady, who is soon to realize that vampires, werewolves, and faye are just the tip of the iceberg. She's plunged into the scary reality of monsters when her mother is kidnapped by the evil Valentine (much like the evil Lord Voldemort). Jace is the awesome man candy. Clare's writing proves that there can be more to the brooding male types. Jace has had a hard life and behind that rude mask he throws up, he's hurt and damaged. It's appreciated to get a male lead in a YA series that just doesn't stare and stalk people.
Each page is dripping in snarky wit and my favorite kind of sarcastic commentary. It helps that most of the smart-alec talk comes from Jace,—yummy and witty is a lethal combination. The other members of the cast have their own sharp tongues to add to the memorable one liners. Speaking of the cast, if you want one that comes this diverse you can't ask for a better book.
Every character is so well done that each one finds a way into the readers heart, even if they turn out to be unsavory sorts. Your in for the inside jokes, subtle hints or actions is all you need to know that something profound has just happened. My heart was running rampant with fear, adrenaline, anger, hope, joy, and love. This is the one series that always makes my heart ache with emotion.
Even after many re-reads and all of the other books in between nothing comes close to the City of Bones. This book is a legend, and it has every right to be. With a non-stop plot that makes you stay up all night to finish the book—no matter how many times you've read it—this is one title you will not want to say no to. Some readers may not like the turn of events between Clary and Jace's relationship towards the end of the book, but it's good in a shocking way that only Cassandra Clare would dare. Who can say no to a good dare?
Sexual Content: Kisses and making out, light amounts of homosexual themes. And a dash of incest.
Rating: 5/5- Fabulous, a beautiful obsession! (less)