**spoiler alert** Sheer curiosity is what got me to read this book. I kept seeing all the hype and the quotes and then it is going to be a movie now,...more**spoiler alert** Sheer curiosity is what got me to read this book. I kept seeing all the hype and the quotes and then it is going to be a movie now, so I thought I should give it a read, seeing as how the movie trailer intrigued me, and after reading the book I realised that the trailer didn't give anything major away. In a way I wish it had cause then it could have spared me THE GODDAMN HEARTBREAK FROM READING THIS BOOK!
So, to review this book is one I find hard because I gave a 5 star rating to a book about cancer. Yepp, feels strange to say that a cancer book is worthy of 5 stars but in all honesty it isn't really about that at all. I mean, being sick in this book is a huge focus, don't get me wrong, but these characters face the world the only way they can. These are the cards they have been dealt, they know their lives suck in terms of how long they get to be alive but they make it count and they make it not about dying.
If there is only one fault I could possibly give this book, besides killing one of the best fictional characters I have ever read about, it is that sometimes the way these kids talked was so damn pretentious. I get it coming from Van Houten, but these are teenagers who appear to have swallowed a dictionary and various other literature and spew it up on a daily basis. At times they just did not seem plausable as actual teenage human beings to me, I barely know many adults who talk with this much wisdom and words that I have to sound out out loud and google the meaning of. Maybe that says something about me, I don't know or care for that matter, all I know is that even though these kids seemed this way to me, in the end they really are just those type of people. They are smart and wise and clever because they just are. They have seen too much bad in the world already that it must be hard not to want to know more, be more and say more. So, I guess I can get over the way they talk, because in the end it is just the way they are. I've probably been reading too many stories with stupid teenagers in them.
There really is a lot I can say I love about this book but if you read it you will see just what everyone else, and now I, are loving about this book. Hazel and Augustus are two characters who have left an impression on me, not to mention Issac also. They all overcome so much and then deal with so much and really, it isn't fair, but they know that and yet they go on with life anyway. It is inspiring and without being all cheesy with my words, but it does make you see that whatever normal life you are living, it could always be wayyyyy worse.
I 100% recommend reading this book, but I will leave my recommendation with a warning: have tissues on standby and know that your heart will break for these fictional characters.(less)
I really drew out the reading time with this book simply because I don't want to have to wait so long for the last book and there it is, the last book...moreI really drew out the reading time with this book simply because I don't want to have to wait so long for the last book and there it is, the last book. IT CAN'T END!!!
This book had echoes in it of books I have read previously, but what book doesn't have that these days? What I do love most is that Cassandra Clare makes it her own and gives it a twist we haven't seen before. Without giving too many spoilers away, this book is pretty demontastic. Sebastian aka Johnathan seems to only get stronger and stronger which honestly is a real bitch to the series if you ask me. It is a great plot but come on, give them all a break! My sweet darlings just need a break to sort out their personal lives and enjoy them. Cassandra Clare, you are wonderfully cold hearted in the best way.
What I loved about this book the most was that each character was explored more in depth and I still really love all the different POVS that are going on. It makes you feel more intense about the story going on I think. Well, that helps and so does all the sexual tension, innuendos and discovery that is rife in this book.
I do have to admit that I wish I had come into this series earlier only for the reason that now I have only one more book to wait for in the series and then it is done. I only just got here guys!!
Anyway, as I will always say...READ THIS BOOK :D(less)
**spoiler alert** I normally end up with a sour taste in my mouth with the sequel to an original story, but this book has not disappointed and not end...more**spoiler alert** I normally end up with a sour taste in my mouth with the sequel to an original story, but this book has not disappointed and not ended up as a second book failure like a lot of other stories I had previously read.
With this book comes more feelings on both the characters and the readers. I mean, seriously, you expect me to ship Simon and Clary over Jace and Clary? Even with the incest undertones? Nuh uh, sorry, not going to happen. Forgetting that I know the end result in Jace and Clarys predicament because I am a dirty cheat and needed to know, I wouldn't have jumped onboard for Simon and Clary to get together. They are best friends, and yes, I know some of the best relationships start out from being best friends but in this case, no. Simon and Clary felt more like brother and sister to me so I couldn't really get into their relationship. Not to mention that it was really not fair of Clary to get involved with anyone for that matter knowing her mixed feelings for her so called 'brother'.
Continuing on with the main plot of the story, I actually really liked it and found it wholeheartedly unique. Yes, there have been different variations of what it was in movies, books and tv shows over the years, but I felt this one held well on its own and it really kept me entertained to say the least. Add in with that some new characters and it really made me love this book.
Something I really noticed in this book and something I didn't talk about in the first review was Valentine and his belief system. I understand him and his ideals of what a perfect world should be like. Now, when I say that I don't mean that I am going to jump on his bandwagon and be his loyal follower, what I mean is that he is a misunderstood man but not to mention he is also misunderstood in his beliefs. There are rules for a reason and they are in place to protect a large majority of people. Radical thoughts are some of the best ones that have changed society over time but in this case it is one of those thoughts that can destroy, and do destroy. Valentine has a warped sense of what is right and wrong and I think that is something that he was born with.
This book really stood well on its own and is a great second book in this series, an awesome predecessor for what else there is to come. READ IT!(less)
I think I liked this book out of the series so far the most.
My reasoning for that being the world within a world that Cassandra Clare created. I love...moreI think I liked this book out of the series so far the most.
My reasoning for that being the world within a world that Cassandra Clare created. I loved getting to read about Idris and I love that it still has all of its old world elements to it, something that the modern day seems to lose at times. To me it felt like a safe world, bridging on hidden danger at times and that made me want to keep reading more and more about the place.
I have really started to notice something about Clary after finising the first three books. She is sooo stubborn and bordering on a little whiny at times. Don't get me wrong, I love her character and who she is and what she stands for, but she really shows her maturity level a lot when she runs off into danger not caring about what others think or what they have said even with the eons of knowledge they have over her. I do feel for her though because I can see she yearns to learn and be trusted and wants to be involved with a world she is still new to. No one wants to seem to give her the chance because 'it isn't safe'. I get it, I understand it, but that didn't stop everyone believing that Harry Potter could do what he did because he was 'the chosen one' and he was younger than Clary! It just shows the conflicts that both adult and young adult have to overcome and I really hope some of that resolution shows up somewhere in the rest of the series.
The battle sequence was probably my favourite part of this book. I love the different POV's and how it jumps all over the place while keeping you enthralled and up to date with what is happening. By Cassandra Clare doing that she kept me cursing at the page when Isabelle's POV changed to Simon's who was somewhere else entirely. I had to keep reading as fast as I could to get back to one POV only to want to stay in the current one. Honestly, it is a complete and utter mindfuck (excuse my french ;)).
Introducing Sebastian was also a wonderfully sinister surprise as well. It was an 'I didn't see that coming' moment and I loved it! This book managed to indroduce so much to lead onto the next one and keep you wanting more.
As I have said at the end of a few of these reviews now, READ THIS BOOK! You will not regret picking up this series at all. Trust me.(less)
I truly dislike giving a Maggie Stiefvater book anything lower than a 4 but I had to do it with this one.
Hopefully one day when I re-read it I might c...moreI truly dislike giving a Maggie Stiefvater book anything lower than a 4 but I had to do it with this one.
Hopefully one day when I re-read it I might change my mind on what I thought but as of right now it sort of disappointed me. Now, don't get me wrong, this is one of the most different and exciting ideas for a book I have read about in a long time but as for it gripping me, it really didn't and I REALLY wanted it to.
As for what disappointed me about it, it had a lot to do with the fact that it felt jumpy. I love Maggie's way of writing and some of the sentences she strings together has painted the most colourful images in my mind to date, but it felt like in this book that it went from one place to the next and the characters sometimes seemed way too far gone in their mind than I thought they would be. The only time it was appropriately jumpy was at each POV because then I knew that the scenes and perspectives would change.
Also, the whole ley line and Glendower thing popped up out of no where. I know there was a brief description in there somewhere about what they were all about, but I felt like it needed a huge description because now that I have finished the book I am still a little iffy on what exactly it is all about. As for the characters, Maggie always makes them the most interesting and I had clear images in my head of how they all should look to me and each of their personalities stood out and not one of them blended together, they had cohesion in the same task but they all stood on their own.
I really thought that this book would drag me in and I could lose myself in it, but I just couldn't. Some parts were great and others fell flat with me. I can judge this books merits on how quickly I read it, and I don't think 'months' is a very good merit in my book. I do look forward to reading the next book in the hopes that I feel more enlightened and to hopefully get some clarity on how the bloody hell the first book ended and so I can actually understand it.
All in all, it was a wonderful idea for a book but I think it might need another go for me to truly see if my perspective changes. I still recommend it to be read at the end of the day :)(less)
There isn't much to say about this book or a lot I really want to say to be honest, so this will be shorter than my other reviews.
I liked what this bo...moreThere isn't much to say about this book or a lot I really want to say to be honest, so this will be shorter than my other reviews.
I liked what this book was all about, I really did. The title jumped out at me and so did the subject matter. What didn't really capture me was a lot of the stories. I had my 2 favourites and then I skimmed over the other stories because their beginnings just did grab me like the couple I liked.
It seems that nowadays the subject of being an outcast, whether gay, straight, transgendered, bisexual or any of the other colourful arrays of orientation you might be is more of a social and accepted topic than it used to be, and I welcome it for everyone, because what I realised that this book was trying to say is that we are all the same in many ways, but the little differences that make us who we are or seem to rub people the wrong way are the things that make us great, and they should be embraced and welcomed, because no matter who you love, its still love and its still beautiful. I will happily walk down the street holding my boyfriends hand one day and if I see two guys holding hands walking past us, whatever! So this book did have a strong message, even if I wasn't a fan of all the stories.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has an identity issue, or like me, who finds these controversial topics interesting.(less)