**spoiler alert** This book was so heartbreakingly beautiful that I'm silently kicking myself for not having the energy to write a proper review. Unfo...more**spoiler alert** This book was so heartbreakingly beautiful that I'm silently kicking myself for not having the energy to write a proper review. Unfortunately, I am suffering from insomnia and I haven't been getting enough sleep, so I don't have the energy to write anything constructive. However, I do feel that a book as wretchedly gorgeous as this one needs at least a little effort, so I will list everything about this book that made me gobble it up like Thanksgiving dinner. (excuse the lame metaphor, did I mention I'm dead tired?):
1. The realistic hardships of married life (and the little perfections, as well). Clare was often moody. Henry always wanted sex. Perhaps six miscarriages is a little extreme but there is always a reasonable enough explanation. Henry and Clare go through predicaments both large and small while still pertaining their love for each other. Clare was fiesty, tempermental, and strong willed. Henry was wise and dashing while being a bit of a wimp (you'd never notice, of course). I loved the characters and I loved the realistic (and unrealistic) situations they went through.
2. The Henry/Clare/Gomez love triangle. I really liked Gomez, though I'm not sure if that was what the author was going for. I thought he was quite a character, though there were times when I really didn't like him. Nonetheless I was happy that Clare repeatedly chose Henry over him. I did not like the parts where Clare succumbed to his charms (let's be honest here: does he even have any?), but it provided for more realistic situations. I am so sick of the cliched "I love my partner so much that even when he's away from an extraordinary amount of time and possibly dating other women I'm going to be faithful" type of thing, so this triangle contributed positively to the novel.
3. Alba. What can I say? If there was one character that made me blubber like a baby, it was Alba. I loved that kid so much. Blue Jello-O, anyone?
4. The magnificent, heartbreaking ending. I'll try not to give away too much but here's one fact for the road: you WILL cry. If you do not cry, I applaud you and your dysfunctional heartstrings.
I think that this concludes my poorly written review. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some sleep to catch up on. :)(less)
I began this book just after reading Beautiful Creatures, so perhaps that is why I enjoyed it enough to give it 3 stars. Or perhaps the unique plotlin...moreI began this book just after reading Beautiful Creatures, so perhaps that is why I enjoyed it enough to give it 3 stars. Or perhaps the unique plotline and the believable characters were a refreshing change to the common "boy meets girl, boy falls in love, girl follows suit" plotline. However, this book did not cut it for me.
I found myself constantly annoyed with Keenan. At first he reminded me of an Edward Cullen-esque man with enough confidence to woo any girl he happens to lust after (and what do you know? He's exactly that!). However, I found him becoming extremely irritating near the end of the novel. I suppose he had (some?) reason to bawl like a baby during Ash's little tempter tantrums, but it was just an unattractive edge to the story and I didn't enjoy it.
Also, what is up with Donia? She's just so....ergh, she's annoying! Perhaps I'm just evil, but I just wanted her to die. I was terribly upset with the ending.
The only character I really liked was Seth, but if I had to be perfectly honest, he doesn't strike me as the player type...
So my synopsis is this: It has a beautiful plot and believable characters, but the story itself didn't meet my standars, resulting in a 3 star rating.(less)
This was the kind of book that halfway through reading it I burst into tears. Not because it was sad, but because I dreaded the thought of finishing i...moreThis was the kind of book that halfway through reading it I burst into tears. Not because it was sad, but because I dreaded the thought of finishing it and ending the story that is Jace and Clary.
The characters are so funny and real, and the idea is very complicated yet creative. Many people compared this novel to Harry Potter but I saw no true resemblence other than the fact that both J.K. Rowling and Cassandra Clare both know how to write a breathtaking series. I love Jace! :)(less)
Normally I wouldn't think there was a need for another book after the last one ended so well, but considering that Jace and Clary thought they were si...moreNormally I wouldn't think there was a need for another book after the last one ended so well, but considering that Jace and Clary thought they were siblings for the majority of the series, I think we deserve to see more of their relationship. I honestly don't think I can wait till 2011 though. Haha.(less)
This book was simply magical. I really didn't know that there were certain writing styles that could leave me speechless, but then again I've never re...moreThis book was simply magical. I really didn't know that there were certain writing styles that could leave me speechless, but then again I've never read a book like this.
I picked this up yesterday and plowed through it, even resigning myself to my room so that nobody would bother me while I embarked on an adventure into seventeen year old Lennie's fragile brain. Nelson is an author unlike any other I've read, tying ordinary themes into extraordinary works of art. Her words managed to squeeze themselves into my ears and turn my brain into a big sloppy pile of pink mush. Every one of these 277 pages was so heartfelt, so pure and full of romance and loss, that every turned page was painful to read because I simply did not want the story to end. And yet, I couldn't stop reading.
I was inspired to read this book because of the many glowing reviews I read, and I was not disappointed at all. Hurry and read this book before my cornball statements of praise turn your brain into mush, too!(less)