I must have seen this in my local book store so many times and thought about reading it. I finally bought it and i finished it really quickly. I exper...moreI must have seen this in my local book store so many times and thought about reading it. I finally bought it and i finished it really quickly. I experienced a lot of emotions reading this, including horror and surprise, at some of the events that happen. In turn though, the way Sam and his friends react highlight the better aspects of human nature.
Some of the events that occur will have you in tears, some will make you generally angry and there are others that will leave you laughing (yes there are quite a few of those moments in there). Although aimed at a young adult audience, i'd be cautious around younger teens reading it, as i found some of it upsetting and i'm in my twenties. Having said that, it is an amazing book, written by a fantastic author.
To sum it up, this has everything a brilliant thriller/sci-fi ahould have: suspense, action, amazing and varied characters, some fantastic, yet strange, powers and even a little bit romance. In short, easily one of the best books i've read in a long time :-)(less)
I read this years ago, but my mission is to try and review every book in my read library (yes it's a challenge, but it's worth trying) so i'm reviewin...moreI read this years ago, but my mission is to try and review every book in my read library (yes it's a challenge, but it's worth trying) so i'm reviewing this now.
The first thing that i loved about this book is how much depth the fantasy world has. It's brilliantly thought out, well described and fun to read about. Secondly, the characters are very easy to relate to and sympathise with, which can be difficult in a lot of books. Thirdly, it handles the taboo subject of death really well, without being too depressing and with a sense of hope and that death isn't the end.
As for the story itself, it moves quickly, but not so quickly that you lose track of whats happening. It is descriptive without going on about stuff too much. Simply put, this is an awesome adventure with magic, chaos, romance, humour and a talking cat.
I can't stress this enough, this book is awesome.(less)
This is the final part in the Abhorsen trilogy. It feels weird writing this review since i read it ages ago, but it was such a good book i remember it...moreThis is the final part in the Abhorsen trilogy. It feels weird writing this review since i read it ages ago, but it was such a good book i remember it easily. Well written, with a complex plot, magic, battles and with an ending that will leave you wishing for another book. The characters are so well formed and described that understanding and relating to them is easy, i found myself growing attached to most of them, and i loved Mogget.
If you read the rest of the Abhorsen trilogy then this is a must read. If you haven't then definately read the others first as you might find that a lot of it won't make sense. This is definately one of the best fantasy's in existence and a read for both adults and children.(less)
If you love your vampires, faeries, werewolves and shadow hunters (people with angel blood who kill demons) then this is one book you shouldn't miss o...moreIf you love your vampires, faeries, werewolves and shadow hunters (people with angel blood who kill demons) then this is one book you shouldn't miss out on. There's enough fighting and action scenes for those who love adrenaline filled battles and enough witty one liners to get anyone laughing. Some of the lines in this book are so memorable, you'll find yourself still able to quote them months later, and still find them funny. For those who love a fantastically complicated romance then City of Bones scores 10/10 on that front as well, as well as having some of the best characters ever invented in the history of Urban Fantasy (Magnus Bain is awesome!). To sum up, this has something for everyone, and i'd recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy, romance and horror, if your in your mid-teens upwards. Cassandra Clare is a genius, and the sequels are just as amazing! :-)(less)
**spoiler alert** I don't know why but i always struggle to write reviews the most about books i truly love, and this is no exception. I'm going to try...more**spoiler alert** I don't know why but i always struggle to write reviews the most about books i truly love, and this is no exception. I'm going to try and do this in a structured, logical way, but if i start babbling, just know it's because i love it so much :-)
To summarise, The Demon's Covenant picks up where The Demon's Lexicon left off, but a little time has passed and things seem to have settled down a bit, that is until Mae discovers that Jamie is in contact with the new leader of the Obsidian Circle, Gerald. Fearing that her brother is being led down the typical magicians path of the murder of innocents in order to obtain greater magical abilities, she contacts Alan and Nick, asking for their help. Alan says he'll come, but you can clearly tell that there's something else going on with them in the background, and when they get there, events get more complicated and sinister, in which the brothers may end up against each other.
One of the most interesting parts for me, were the diary entries made by Alan's father, regarding his days bringing up both Nick and Alan. With Nick's insistency that he can never be human, i found his reaction to some of the diary entries rather contradictory to the point, and i wonder if that was the point. Is Nick more human than he realises? After finishing the novel, i honestly think so, his response to Mae on the roof during the final part of the Diary entry suggests, to me, that he's feeling a lot more human than he was before. Also, towards the end of the novel when he's holding Mae, that too was a major turning point, and took Nick and Mae's characters to a level i hadn't seen before, that along with Mae's confession to herself, had me literally in tears. It was well handled and extremelly emotional.
Alan, in my opinion, had more character in this book. Seeing him make awful decisions and taking so much crap, just to keep Nick alive was heart-breaking, the fact that he knows the decisions he makes hurt others and he can't justify it,yet he just can't lose or leave Nick. I also knew, from the phone call that Mae made to Alan that something occured between Nick and Alan that upset Alan greatly, and although you find out what this is, you don't witness it. I actually liked that, it was made all the more poigent when Nick describes it later, seeing how much it affected them both, yet their both still together despite whats happened. This called into quesiton so many definitions of the meaning of a family that it made me consider a lot of things, another theme that is stronly re-itterated throughout. Is family to do with blood? is it being with someone and caring about them? or is it much deeper than that, a bond that goes beyond something that can be defined by words? The message i got was that blood is irrelevant (as i took from the difficulties in Mae's family and her mother) but rather, if you really care for someone, wether blood related or not, they are still your family. This to me was emphasised by the fact that a demon (who apparently can't love) still calls Alan his brother. While on the subject of families, i feel i should mention the relationship between Mae/Jamie and their mother Annabel, as this definately made for one of the main focus points of the novel. It wasn't blindingly obvious until about halfway through, but by the end, i have to admit, i was left stunned, i never saw what happened coming at all. Needless to say though, Mae and Jamie learned a lot about their mother that neither were aware of, and with regards to that, the growing closeness between Annabel became bittersweet towards the end. (when you read it you'll see why)
With reagards to Jamie, i found his role a lot more pronounced in this book. He grew up a lot and made a lot of tough decisions, and some of the scenes between him and Nick were the funniest ever, and i loved how protective of him Nick became (more evidence to me of Nick's progression into humanity!) Also, watching Jamie's situation with Gerald was fascinating. Clearly torn between his feelings and doing what is morally right, Jamie struggles a bit, but ultimately comes out on top as the bigger person, and i have to admit i really love his character now.
With regards to Mae, i'm not sure where to start to be honest. For the most part, it seemed she was torn between Nick, Alan, Jamie and her want to be normal Vs her love of the Goblin market. Stuggling with three guys she likes (Alan, Nick and Seb) she has a tough time of it, and i found where her heart ended up a sort of cruel twist of fate, although one i wanted to happen (because i'm strange like that). She also displayed some very mature behaviour, making difficult decisions, (not to mention risky ones) left me shocked by how much she'd grown up since The Demon's Lexicon, and i admired her selflessness that she displayed on several occasions despite all the other things going on in her life. As for her human lessons with Nick, i found those really fascinating, hearing the way she described emotions was interesting and reading about Nick trying to master them. It really does pose the question; What does it mean to be human? A question, as the reader, i was left to conclude for myself. It was even more fulfilling when at the end, Nick takes the initiative in displaying his learned human gestures. i have to admit, i cried on several occasions where those two were concerned.
Okay, so more generally. I LOVED this book (so much so i put loved in capital letters). The plot was twisty and had so many turns i was left stunned on several occasions. The relationships between the characters were complicated and very beautiful. I love a nice complicated romance as well, so reading about Mae and Nick/Alan/Seb was moving, especially when you consider who she realises she loves at the end.
There's no doubt about the fact that this book is both dark and tragic in equal amounts, but there's also no denying that light, love and the importance of family aren't there to balance it out. This is a story that's as much about hope and love as it is about despair and hate, and it's that balance that makes this book so amazing, and quite honestly, i can't wait to see what Sarah Rees Brennan writes next, because she really has outdone herself. Miss Rees Brennan, you are a genius, please keep writing as i really want the next book :-)(less)
**spoiler alert** Ok, so at first i thought: How the hell is Sarwat Chadda going to top the genius that was Devil's Kiss? The answer, i'm not sure, bu...more**spoiler alert** Ok, so at first i thought: How the hell is Sarwat Chadda going to top the genius that was Devil's Kiss? The answer, i'm not sure, but he managed to. As with the last book, this follows Billi SanGreal as she deals with those that are deamed unholy (werewolves, vampires etc) only this time she's dealing with the heartache of killing her soulmate Kay with her own sword to save the lives of many. If that wasn't enough to deal with, three months after his death she finds herself embroiled in a plot that may cause the death of the whole world if it comes to pass. In an effort to prevent the disaster occuring, she travels to Russia in search of a goddess dead set on cleansing the planet with a volcanic winter.
I'm going to take an easy way in writing this review and list the reasons i love it because if i try to write an mini essay i know i'll miss something:
1. Plot - as with his first book the plot is inventive, and despite the sheer number of books involving werewolves, vampires and the like it still manages to stand out. For one, the werewolves aren't drop dead gorgeous nice guys, yet neither are they bad-guys and even the really so called enemies are multi-faceted and not straight forward evil. It's difficult to explain, yes their's evil in book, but for once, as the reader, i got a very good explanation as to why (rather than your standard 'she/he is just an evil person') This aside, it also makes for a complex story, with more than one plot line running throughout the story. In some cases, multiple plots make for a confusing mix, yet in this case, they all merged and blended seamlessly making for a beautifully told adventure story with more than smattering of horror.
2. Genre - With most books there seems to be one over-riding genre, but i found this wasn't the case with this book. Yes, the main element if paranormal/horror, but i also found this to be a comprehensive adventure story with a hint of romance. On top of that, there was also Billi's search for resolution within herself as she tried to come to terms with the trauma she suffered months ago, these parts of the text made for emotional moments for me as a reader as she slowly learns to move on. The horror aspect of it was quite gruesome at times, and so i'd warn against young teens reading it, as some of the death/fighting scenes had me exclaiming outloud. (My sister thought i was nuts when i started yelling 'Yuck, that's disgusting' rather loudy, especially since she wad trying to read The Reckoning!)Having said that though, personally i love a good horror novel, and it wasn't the most graphic i've read by a long shot!
3. Characters - I think i've already mentioned a lot about Billi but i did discover a lot more about her. She demonstrates a more steely side in this book, with her determination to not feel and just get the job done. This made it all the more amazing watching her overcome the barriers she's put around herself, and also watching her learn to feel again for others. Her relationship with her father was another interesting development since now i know he doesn't hate her and now there trying to built their relationship again. This was one of the things i was wondering would be done as it would have been unrealistic for Arthur and Billi to be all hugs and cuddles constantly, and thankfully that wasn't what happened. Arthurs affection for his daughter is obvious now that he isn't being all cold towards her to toughen her up, and i found their relationship realistic as they try to make up for lost ground and put things right. Having said that Arthur still has his moments, but i love the references he now makes to Billi's mum, about how alike they are, now that he's not avoiding things. The other stand out characters for me were Ivan who, in his own way, is just as troubled as Billi and so similar he was the perfect person to make her face up to things and come to terms with the demons in her life, i thought he was awesome. Vasilisa was brilliant too, even though she was missing for a good proportion of the novel, she was still eerily present with the all the references that were made to her, and she bacame a major figure in the events that occur towards the end. The two enemies: the dark goddess herself and the werewolf pack are much more multi sided than in a lot of the book's i'v read, prompting the question, is anyone completely evil? The answer i won't reveal, needless to say you'll make your own mind up whilst reading it.
4. Ending - What can i say? It's not the ending i was expecting, and that's all i'm saying, apart form this: It will leave chills running down you spine in a rather creepy fashion.
As much as i love a paranormal romance, occasionally, i just want to read a good fantasy horror which is, well, different. This book fit that category...moreAs much as i love a paranormal romance, occasionally, i just want to read a good fantasy horror which is, well, different. This book fit that category nicely, and had a few extra intersting points to it that i wasn't expecting.
In summary, Changeling is about a teenage boy called Trey Laporte, who, after his grandmother dies ends up in a care home. Fast-forward a few years and he wakes up in his room one day with the place trashed and the door still locked, with no clue as to how it got that way. About to be punished for wrecking his room, he is saved by a man claiming to be his 'Uncle Lucien' who has come to see him, but not everything is as it seems and shortly after leaving with Lucien, the truth about himself and his family finally surfaces...
I found the paranormal side of this fascinating, the werewolf scenes were awesome and so well imagined that i could picture what was happening clearly in my mind, as if it was happening in front of me (and believe me, a 7/8 foot wolf is terrifying). The pace is non-stop and i was left breathless with what was happening in some instances. What i also loved is that it was set in London which was a change for me, since i usually read a lot of American books which are set in High School or various states, so it was brilliant to be able to imagine clearly where the events were taking place (although i don't think i'll ever go into the London Underground on my own again!) If your a major vampire fan as well as werewolves, then you won't be diappointed, as there's plenty of them, among random other new and exciting paranormal entities to read about, my personal favourite being the Sputem Djinn (Yuck! lol)and all of the creatures/monsters in this book are given an original and refreshing make-over compared to other books i have read.
Character-wise, i absolutely loved Trey, he was funny, brave, and emotional (which made a change in a book with a male protagonist!) With regards to how he dealt with all the revelations thrown at him, i was quite impressed, because if it was me i'd have done a runner. At the same time though, it was believable as he didn't go all heroic with no panicking and make all the perfect choices, nope, Trey is a flawed hero and those are my favourite kind! Lucian, i thought, was brilliant and the relationship that forms between him and Trey is wonderful to read about, especially when you realise how much like a father Lucian becomes to him (which pretty much sets up the whole second book!). Alexia is the character who provides the slight bit of romance into the book, and it's clear that there are sparks between her and Trey from the start, i also love her attitude, she's fun, witty and withstands a lot of crap that's thrown at her. Finally, my character babble wouldn't be complete without mentioning Tom, the awesome Irish guy who is simply, well, awesome!
To summarise, this book is so brilliant i believe everyone who loves a good fast-paced adventure, with some wonderful twists, heart-stopping emotions and a cliff-hanger that will leave you needing the next in the series, so give this book a read.(less)
The Changeling series is one of those rare ones that are enjoyable for children but just as much (if not more!) for adults! I'm writing this around a...moreThe Changeling series is one of those rare ones that are enjoyable for children but just as much (if not more!) for adults! I'm writing this around a year after i read it so i apologise for any mistakes in advance.
Dark Moon picks up where Changeling left off, or there abouts. Lucien is still in a coma after being attacked by his brother and it is now down to Alexa, Trey, Tom and their friend Charles to fine Alexa's mother and the magical artifact she owns in order to save his life.
What follows is a heart-racing adventure across the world to iceland and finally the neverworld, whilst dealing with a very evil Witch, an angel and scores of other evil nasties. As well as this, theres an alternate storyline that is linked to the main events but going on elsewhere and i found these bits to be fascinating. My only problem was that these parts tended to come up just as i was getting into the rest of the story which i found a teensy bit annoying. However, not annoying enough to put me off and i was able to pick up the main story where it last left off.
As well as being a horror/fantasy adventure it did become highly emotional towards the end as well as ending on an amazing cliffhanger that will leave you hankering after the next book; Blood Wolf! (less)
I love this series a lot and i couldn't wait to get my hands on the forth in the series. The start was a little slow but i really didn't mind because...moreI love this series a lot and i couldn't wait to get my hands on the forth in the series. The start was a little slow but i really didn't mind because the pace picked up so much that i found myself barely able to put it down.
This installment picks up roughly where the last one ended with Alexa and her friend Philipa stuck in the netherworld, Lucien is on a mission of his own to discover why his fangs have grown back and what Caliban is up to. Of course unbeknown to him, while Lucien is seeking out the battle Angel; Moriel, Trey and Alexa are in more danger than anyone realises. Meanwhile, Caliban is up to something sinister that will ultimately cause massive trouble in both the Netherworld and the Human world.
One of the things i really enjoyed about this book was how much the story developed and the little things that were revealed along the way, both character wise and story wise. The story itself comes from several viewpoints which merge as it progresses. I found Trey and Alexa's viewpoints to be the most attention grabbing though as i watched their relationship develop and progress. Also, the idea of the games themselves were a genius idea and watching Trey deal with everything that was thrown at him really strengthened my respect for his character and i can't believe he went from that disbelieving young boy to a strong and heroic young adult.
Also, Alexa's adventures with the Ashnon were brilliant and for a creature who is a demon and can't feel love then i was rather surprised at it's loyalty towards her and Philipa. With regards to Lucien, his side of the story was truly revealing as i learned about his new developing abilities and changes that he had undergone since he was healed at the end of book two and i loved the friendship he slowly develops with Moriel (who is simply awesome by the way)
For those who have been wanting more romance in the series, there is definately a bit more in this book. And there's a few scenes between Trey and Alexa that made me feel all gooey inside. Truly, truly an awesome book for those who are fans of Horror, fantasy and a general good story. Brilliantly Imaginative :-)(less)
I've been struggling to write this for days and i'm not sure why. I can only assume i've had review writers block, that and the fact that this is one...moreI've been struggling to write this for days and i'm not sure why. I can only assume i've had review writers block, that and the fact that this is one of the most eagerly anticipated books of the year and if i write this wrong i will probably offend a lot of people (please bare in mind whilst reading the next part it still got 4 stars!)
Okay, first things first, i did really like this book but there are two main reasons why it lost a star and im sure i can't be the only one who thinks these things. Number One: Compared to the writing in the Mortal Instruments this book just wasn't as funny. Yes there were some very witty conversations and one liners but i missed the overall snappy dialogue that came with mortal instrument books. Obviously this was always going to be a problem since Victorian times were a lot more reserved than they are in modern times, but i just missed the constant joking and humour.
Number Two: There wasn't as much action in this book snd their seemed to be a lot of scene setting. This didn't impact my rating as much as the above though. It is a first in a series and so i expected a lot of introduction, but i felt the book was ending just as i was getting to know lots of things, but hey, means theres more to look forward to in the next book.
Right, now thats over, i shall now rave about why i really liked it.
Firstly i really really loved the characters. Tessa was simply awesome and her loyalty to her brother was amazing, even near the end when things have all fallen apart she still sees him as her brother. I also admired her ability to counter Will's rather annoying and often rude comments towards her, she really knows how to stick upo for herself. Will was annoying for the most part, but it's obvious he's hiding something and he has a well hidden caring streak he doesnt like to show. Jem was awesomeand i admired his courage despite what he has been through. Jessamine i'm still not sure on. she confuses me and her motives seem purely selfish, guess i'll have to wait and see how her character develops.
Secondly, the actual plot was intriguing and surprising. I couldn't even hope to guess what came next at any point and i was left genuinely surprised on several occasions. Also, i loved the combination of clockwork and magic, and i found the parts with very fast clockwork creatures absolutely terrifying in a way similar to that of a zombie novel, because just like a zombie, they can't be killed very easy. Also, finding out about the links to the mortal instruments series was fascinating. I loved meeting characters such as Magnus Bane when they were younger.
Finally, the ending was a supurb cliffhanger and i can't wait to find out what happens next! :-D(less)
Woohoo! The forth Mortal Instruments book! And is it as good as the hype? Yes it is! It's amazing. It's sexy. It's funny. And it has Jace in it! What...moreWoohoo! The forth Mortal Instruments book! And is it as good as the hype? Yes it is! It's amazing. It's sexy. It's funny. And it has Jace in it! What more can I say? plenty actually :-) City of Fallen Angels picks up a little while after the end of City of Glass (COG for those who are into the acronyms). Jace and Clary are finally together, Simon is attempting to date two very fiery women at once (asking for trouble!), Luke and Jocelyn are planning their wedding and everything seems fine. But it doesn't stay that way for long as an ancient vampire names Camille comes onto the scene and seeks out Simon, Shadowhunters are turning up dead and Jace is pulling away from Clary with no apparent explanation.
Sound exciting? Well it is and that's putting it mildly. There is no off switch with this book and for that I am extremely thankful. Is anyone aware of that feeling when your reading a book and it seems to be going very slow? Well with this it was the opposite. One minute I'd be 50 pages in and the next I was 200 without realising I'd been reading for a couple of hours straight (A very good reason why I didn't read this at work). The way the plot came together was extraordinary and somehow several unconnected events became interlinked with one another which is something I love about Clare's writing; she has a true gift for story telling and for world shaping which marks her out as a truly remarkable author.
For those wondering about the razor sharp wit that we usually experience from Clare's work, well, it's still there and in good form. I couldn't stop laughing at one paragraph with a song dedication, containing the following lyrics: "I want to bang you like a drum". I was in stitches while sitting in Costa Coffee drinking hot chocolate, and I was getting very weird looks :-) Simon and Jace are both just as funny as they were as well, especially when faced with imminent danger or certain death, and why not? Because lets face it, if your going to die you may as well die making a joke as opposed to begging for your life.
The best part about returning to the world of the Shadowhunters? Has to be the characters and all the old favourites are back. Jace and Clary's relationship was stellar in this and there is one scene in particular had my heart racing, not just because of the all the romance and heat but because of the tension and emotion, I was left stunned. Those two are meant to be and every time they interact sparks fly. Simon's relationships with Isabelle and Maia are wonderful and have unexpected twists involving a character that we've never seen but has been mentioned. I won't say any more on that front because it will spoil a good chunk of the novel and I am not going to do that. For Magnus and Alec fans, don't fear! Our favourite Shadowhunter/Warlock couple is back and they are so amazing, I love them both and I really want a happy ending for them. Magnus, you'll be pleased to hear, still has his extraordinary fashion sense ;-)
I could go on and on and on about this but I will end up spoiling things. So I will end by saying the plot is amazing, it will make you laugh and cry in equal measure. There are a few "ah ha!" moments as well as you link events from past books to this one and the story takes some amazing twists. The ending will leave you longing for the next in the series and I am dying to get my hands on book 5. Why must I wait do long? It is torture I tell you, Torture! Anyway, read this, read it, read it, READ IT! That is all, thank you xxx(less)