I came across this book in a different manner than most. I follow the author's agent on twitter and she kept mentioning it. And, well, I loved the titI came across this book in a different manner than most. I follow the author's agent on twitter and she kept mentioning it. And, well, I loved the title.
The plot was very different from what I was expecting, which I loved. The world it takes place in could almost be the past of our world. Almost. And it felt completely real. It had political tension, class and racial stereotypes.
I really loved that Hollin wasn't the love interest or the villain. He was just caught up in a situation he didn't want to be a part of but couldn't get himself out of.
The idea of a fairy prince trapped in clockwork body that is forced to play the piano as entertainment for fairy hating gangsters/sorcerers? This might be the most original concept I've ever read in a book. Pick it up for that reason alone. ...more
I was so excited when I managed to grab a copy of the ARC of Clockwork Angel. I've been eagerly anticipating this for months and it did not disappointI was so excited when I managed to grab a copy of the ARC of Clockwork Angel. I've been eagerly anticipating this for months and it did not disappoint.
What I really loved about this book was the cast of characters. Even more than her previous series I feel Cassandra Clare has done an amazing job of bringing characters from all these different walks of life together and creating a ragtag team. They all have different motivations (most of them hidden and confusing)and desires but they form an interesting family I was surprised by how much I liked all of them.
Especially Jessamine. I really thought I was going to hate her, but her longings and personality made so much sense, and you could tell that if she wanted to, she could be really kick-ass. She just, really doesn't want to.
The character I liked the least, surprisingly, was Jem. There just didn't seem to be too much to him. This might change in later books in the series but I didn't get the feeling that he was hiding anything, or that there would be much character development for him. Even his mysterious illness is revealed in this book. And by that time, I just didn't care. Of course, if he turns out to be evil that would be simply awesome and I would love him!
The plot and the setting were very well done as well and I could definitely see where Clare's writing has grown. You really got the feel for London from a Shadowhunter's perspective. I did feel the book dragged a little in the middle, but it didn't affect my enjoyment of it and possibly it was just that I wanted to get to the end as quickly as possible.
A lot of things were left up in the air at the end of the book but I wasn't angry like I was at the end of City of Bones. I was excited for more and I appreciated the way Tessa's story was kept a mystery, even from herself. As much as I wanted to know everything, I like knowing that there is so much more to learn.
And Will. I loved the way he was written. And nothing about him was explained, which just makes him more intriguing. The more you learned, the more you didn't know about him. I love that. I'm so excited for more of this series. ...more
When I started reading this book I honestly had no idea what it was about. I’d read the flap and it struck me as a little…odd…a girl finds a mirror thWhen I started reading this book I honestly had no idea what it was about. I’d read the flap and it struck me as a little…odd…a girl finds a mirror that belongs to a mermaid and she likes to surf?
But I like mermaids, so I thought, “why not?”
Lena lives in a small(ish) town just outside of San Fransisco. A coastal town known for its surfing. But Lena’s dad had a bad accident while surfing a number of years ago and hasn’t stepped foot in the water since. And he has always refused Lena when she asked for surfing lessons.
This is another book that, while it doesn’t physically separate itself into two parts, it does have two distinct….acts? Or something like that. The first act introduces you to Lena, her friends and family and surfing. She obviously loves her family, especially her little brother. She loves the woman she calls mom even though she isn’t Lena’s biological mother, and she wants nothing more than for her Dad to be the one to teach her to surf.
Just previous to the books opening Lena started dating Kai, a boy she’d been friends with for a long time. And you can tell she likes the new relationship but isn’t really committed to it. In fact a lot of her life feels that way. She’s there, and it’s fine but there isn’t anything she’s really passionate about, nothing that captures her attention.
And, unbeknown to Lena , while she sits on the beach and looks at the water longingly, someone is looking back at her with the same longing.
Throughout the book, there’s this fantastic metaphor. Lena is constantly searching for something. We see her unpack the books and binders in her backpack after school just to find….something. She doesn’t know what it is. But she needs to find it. This is echoed in her life. On the surface, everything is there, but she’s always looking for something more.
And then the second act of the book, where she finds what she’s been looking for. Lena lives with a different sort of family, she meets a different boyfriends and has different friends and it is here that she finds her passion. This boy is so much more than Kai, makes Lena feel more than Kai ever did. Her family is beautiful and important and mesmerizing.
I really loved the juxtaposition in this book. I love that it takes Lena discovering a whole new life for her to really understand all that she had in her first one. And I love that she then has to make a choice. And no matter which life she chooses there is going to be loss and abandonment.
The one thing I didn’t really get about this book was the name. Sure, there was a mirror but it had very little to do with the plot and by the time you get to the mirror…well, it just didn’t seem worth it. Not that I have the super-awesome-wonderful title it should’ve been called. I like the title, I just don’t think it had much to do with the book....more
I'm not sure what to say about this book. I really,really enjoyed. There was one thing about the ending that I wish had turned out differently.
And,asI'm not sure what to say about this book. I really,really enjoyed. There was one thing about the ending that I wish had turned out differently.
And,as much as I loved...arg. no. That's a spoiler. Okay, well, something happens that I loved but I also felt like it was entirely unnecessary to the plot.
I feel like this was only the beginning of Bitterblue's story. I wish we were getting more books about her.
If anyone else has read it yet, I would love to discuss.
Originally posted at whatchYAreading.net:
It’s been a couple months since I read this back in January or February but I feel like it still hasn’t sunk in. And I find it difficult to separate my disappoints as a fan of the characters from what I thought about the story and the writing. Does that make sense? The characters, two in specific, did not end the way I was hoping/expecting them to and I was disappointed with that but the story and the writing I think was top notch.
The book had mystery and romance and a large diverse cast of characters that I enjoyed. But not much happened. You know? There was no epic battle, there wasn’t even really a specific enemy. What there was, was a kingdom falling apart at it’s seams and Queen trying to discover who she really is at the same time as trying to discover what her kingdom wanted to be.
I really loved Bitterblue in this. Her tenacity from Graceling is still there but it’s tempered with age and sorrow. Not that she’s terribly old but she’s not ten either.
I’m not sure I’m getting my feelings across here. I loved this book, really. But with everything that happened in it, I still get morose while thinking back on the characters and their truly heartbreaking stories and it’s difficult to gush and gush about it, you know. Other than Bitterblue and Saf my favourite character was definitely Death (pronounced to rhyme with teeth) who I hated at first but grew to love his dedication and sarcasm. Someone who is that dedicated to preserving history and books, no matter how painful, can have nothing but respect from me.
There was one part that I felt was completely unnecessary to the plot but very necessary for the reader and for bringing all three books together and I just loved seeing the conclusion there.
At the end of the story we’re left, I felt, not at an ending but at a beginning, a true beginning. The kingdom on it’s way to healing, the Queen on her way to being a great ruler, the characters on their way to healing and understanding. I was left feeling hopeful but also slightly disappointed. Not with the writing or anything like that. But because of the ending, this book felt more like the beginning of a series instead of the end. It felt like beginning of Bitterblue’s story, not the conclusion of an over-arching plot.
Maybe I’m just being greedy though? The ending is very open. And while I like to think everything turns out the way I want it to for certain characters, especially in a romantic sense, I would really love to see it.
Overall though, I am happy with this conclusion to the story....more
I have a confession to make. I have a sort of thing for fictional guys with wings. If this weren't a YA blog I mighFirst posted at whatchYAreading.net
I have a confession to make. I have a sort of thing for fictional guys with wings. If this weren't a YA blog I might even call it a kink. I don't really know why. I just think guys with wings are better than guys without. You know?
So, when I read the blurb for this book, I got a little excited.
For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosinia, as a siren--the highest calling a mermaid can have. When Dosinia runs away to the mainland, Esmerine is sent to retrieve her. Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily to the capital city. There she comes upon a friend she hasn't seen since childhood--a dashing young man named Alandare, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alandare band together to search for Dosinia, they rekindle a friendship . . . and ignite the emotions for a love so great, it cannot be bound by sea, land, or air.
Not only does the guy have wings, but the girl is a mermaid. Second confession time. My best friend growing up (*waves at Candace*) had a pool in her backyard and we would spend hours in there pretending to be mermaids. And sometimes dolphins. And sometimes Sailor Moon but that was unrelated to the pool.
So, basically, this book was written for me. Both childhood me and adult me. Between the Sea and Sky is a short, fast read but that in no way dampens the richness of the world it takes place in or the depth of the characters. The world has three different main areas to it. Under the water, on the land, and in the sky. And the story is about how someone from beneath the water and someone from the sky can meet in the middle and find each other on land.
The relationship between Esmerine and Alandare is palpable from the first moment they see each other. They were forbidden childhood friends before this and when they come across one another as adults, it's perfectly clear that for neither of them was it ever going to be friendship.
Esmerine is on a mission to find her sister and enlists Aandare to help her find her sister fast. Because Alandare can fly. Because he has wings. And we like boys with wings. Yep. Anyways, in their journeys we get too see a lot of different parts of the world and get a true appreciation for the complexity of the different cultures that pepper it. I loved the glimpse we got into the winged people's lives and how constrained it seemed despite the freedom we, as land bound humans, always seem to associate with flying. I really loved that.
I guess that was what the book was really about. Finding the freedom from one's culture or society to go after what one really wants. And what Esmerine and Alandare really wanted, since they were children, was each other.
All in all the story was cute and one in which I really cared for the characters and wanted them to be happy. I will say I thought the ending was slightly rushed. Or something. I can't quite put my finger on what it was, but I wanted something a little more before...well, before that final scene which I enjoyed immensely.
I highly recommend this book for a fun, fast read, with a cute romance, and characters you want to cheer for....more
A great ending to to the duet. Again, with many different elements to the story. I loved how everything came together and worked. I just love these boA great ending to to the duet. Again, with many different elements to the story. I loved how everything came together and worked. I just love these books and the characters so much. I was sad to have to leave them. ...more
Everything about this book was fantastic. The plot, the characters, the world-building, the suspense. It was all amazing. I minus-ed half a4.5 stars.
Everything about this book was fantastic. The plot, the characters, the world-building, the suspense. It was all amazing. I minus-ed half a star because the style of the text left me feeling slightly detached from the characters. It wasn't a major thing, I still cared a lot about them. And I even thing, to a point, it was done on purpose. But, I've read similar books that I was more emotionally invested in.
But really, terrific book. Can't wait for more from this author. ...more