I promised myself that I wasn't going to read this spin-off series after my mixed emotions over the original VA series (and Rose), but that was before...moreI promised myself that I wasn't going to read this spin-off series after my mixed emotions over the original VA series (and Rose), but that was before I read Maja's review of Indigo Spell.(less)
CAUTION: Some minor spoilers ahead for those who've not yet read this.
Everyone seems to love this series, and even though I enjoyed the first installm...moreCAUTION: Some minor spoilers ahead for those who've not yet read this.
Everyone seems to love this series, and even though I enjoyed the first installment immensely, I didn't want to get my hopes up by setting my expectations too high for this installment (considering I've been burned on sequels quite a few times: e.g. Torment, Blue Moon, Captivate, etc . . .). But, I'm very happy to report that I FREAKING LOVED THIS! (Hence the all caps;) Really, though, with a leading male character like Jace? How could I doubt him? *grin*
Honestly, though, I found City of Ashes to be just as enjoyable and entertaining as its predecessor, City of Bones. It had all of the action, suspense, romance, and the ever-lovable cliffhanger/what-the-hell-are-they-going-to-do-now ending.
I felt a much stronger connection to Clary in this installment. I think maybe my reason for not connecting with her as much in the first one was because I was too busy getting used to all of the terminology and lore that is used in this series. After reading this installment, though, I can safely say that I'm not only hooked on this series, but I'm loving the world Ms. Clare has created and I'm certainly loving her characters; including Clary.
Jace. *sigh* Don't even get me started on that boy! He's smart, sweet, hilarious, and hotter than the Sahara Desert (not that I've ever been there, but I'd wager this is true ;). Plus, he can kick major ass while bleeding to death! Can we say hot, talented, and tenacious? Yes we can!
I can't believe what happened to Simon in this one! I'll I'm going to say is that I didn't foresee the author taking his character in that direction, but I'm kind of glad she did. I think it'll make for more interesting developments with his character in future novels.
I found the more intimate scenes with Clary and Jace to be very romantic in a this-would-be-creepy-if-I-didn't-already-know-you-two-aren't-siblings sort of way. I mean, come on, there's no way that they're really related. I just wish that that could have been revealed in this installment.
I also had one other problem with this one: If Valentine is so evil and untrustworthy, why don't Clary and Jace just get a blood test to make sure that they're REALLY brother and sister? I mean, if they want to be together, then don't take psycho Valentine's word for it!
Other than that I found this one highly entertaining and unputdownable. I'm salivating for City of Glass! (Thankfully, I have a copy *wink*)(less)
This series has a lot of hype behind it, of both the positive and negative variety, and so naturally I started City of Bones with a mix of anticipatio...moreThis series has a lot of hype behind it, of both the positive and negative variety, and so naturally I started City of Bones with a mix of anticipation and trepidation. And while I wouldn't say that I'm nuts over it, it isn't as bad as some reviewers would paint it.
The writing is, surprisingly, exceptional. I wouldn't expect good writing from a book blurbed by Stephenie Meyer, but there you have it: Clare can actually write well. Her sentences are composed with an erudite hand and make the eyes glide over them with ease. Clary . . . well, here's the thing about her: she's heavily overshadowed by the supporting characters. She seems to have little personality and what little she does possess seems rather dull and cookie-cutter. One key point when writing a series with many characters, Clare, don't let your lead be weaker than your weakest supporting character. I can only hope that she improves as the series progresses. Jace definitely has the sexy and aloof thing going for him, plus he plays the piano(!). Lots of personality, sarcasm, strength on the page — pretty much the opposite of Clary. I guess opposites do attract, even in fiction. And . . . that brings me to the Jace-and-Clary love fest. Lots of chemistry, lots of sexy times going on with them. But if you've read this then you know their budding love is in serious jeopardy. (view spoiler)[WTF? I think that was my initial thought when I found out that Jace was Clary's BROTHER! What?! After I recovered from the shock, I thought, Well, Clary, since Jace is your brother, mind if I have him? Seriously, though, who saw THAT coming? I certainly didn't. I don't know what the hell they're going to do in the next one. Just turn off the amorous feelings that they had in book one? I guess we'll have to see. (Although I'm pretty sure that this little development is a sham.) And as far as the relationship that's brewing between Alex and Magnus goes, well, I sure do hope something good and naughty happens with that in future installments. (hide spoiler)] Gonna have to read book two to see where that goes. Simon. So sweet, so endearing — and so never going to have his romantic feelings for Clary reciprocated. Seriously, I can't help but feel bad for that kid. Alec, Jace's longtime friend, was a great character who I wouldn't hesitate to call my favorite if it weren't for Jace and, oh yes, Magnus. Mustn't forget Magnus! The promise of something between him and a certain character (view spoiler)[ALEC!! (hide spoiler)] is one of the main reasons why I plan to continue reading this series. So yes, City of Ashes is up next for me. 3.5 stars["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
First off, let's start with the things I liked about Firelight:
The writing. Fairly good. Although maybe a little too easy for my taste (I think the bi...moreFirst off, let's start with the things I liked about Firelight:
The writing. Fairly good. Although maybe a little too easy for my taste (I think the biggest word she used was confidante), it had a nice flow that made it easy to flip pages at rapid-fire speed. Also, I thought that the world she created was slightly more original than other paranormal worlds out there right now. I liked the whole "draki" idea, it made for a fresh plot that was more engrossing than most copycat (*cough*vampires*cough*) ideas being published today.
The romance: Team Will or Team Cassian? To be honest, I didn't much care for either. Will definitely had his shining moments, but they were few and far between and I felt that he fell flat as far as memorable male characters go; I don't see myself remembering him even next month. And as for Cassian - to be quite honest - he just wasn't in the novel enough for me to really get to know him in order to properly gauge him as a character. Although I will say that in the small glimpses we do see of his character, I found him to be more intriguing than Will.
The main character, Jacinda: At first I liked her voice on the page. But then she started to seem a little bit irritating. Mainly because throughout the novel she goes back and forth between wanting to be with Will and thinking that she must stay away from him; I lost track of how many times she did this. That hackneyed plot line (along with the love triangle) just doesn't work for me anymore. I think the only thing I ended up liking about her character was that I could empathize with her and the situation that she was put in because of her mother.
I found Jacinda's sister, Tamra, to be very annoying and I just wish she could have been a little more supporting of her sister. I've never liked vain characters.
Since I've basically mixed in the good with the bad I'll just finish saying that, all in all, this wasn't horrible, it just didn't live up to my expectations. And as for the sequel, Vanish . . . it's safe to say that I won't be reading it.(less)
First off, I really liked Evie. She reminded me of Mac (from the Fever series) a little, and that can't be a bad thing. I'm usually very fastidious wh...moreFirst off, I really liked Evie. She reminded me of Mac (from the Fever series) a little, and that can't be a bad thing. I'm usually very fastidious when it comes to finding heroines that I like, but Evie was actually really nice. She may have had a couple of blonde moments towards the end (no offense to blondes, of course - my mother is actually blonde) but I still think she was fierce, fun, refreshing, and insecure in a way that I found quite endearing. I alternated between wanting to grab her and hug her and wanting to go shopping with her. She just has that aura about her. And when the time came for her to make the right decision, she made it. Plain and simple. There was no messing everything up so that the stage is set for the next book to have a bunch of obstacles to move and things to fix that could have easily been avoided if the heroine had only made the right decision. To be blunt, she wasn't stupid (like some heroines I won't mention here *cough*Ever*cough*). (view spoiler)[Although there was one thing that she could've done differently: I wanted her to kill—or at least find some thorough way to get ride of—her sister. That particular story line did irk me a little. I know that seems harsh, but nothing good can come from her sister IMO. (hide spoiler)]
Lend was completely different from what I was expecting. Kind, sweet, yet protective when the situation called for it. He was the perfect yang to Evie's yin. And the paranormal aspect with him seemed more unique than most out there right now; I liked that.
I've never been a big fan of faeries when they're the kind that manipulate and take you away from where you're clearly supposed to be. So I think it's safe to say that I didn't really like Reth. But, in this case, I'm not quite sure you're supposed to. It seems to me that the author wants us to know he's not really a second choice for Evie—unless he changes drastically in the next installment—so much as an obstacle for Evie to overcome. So, as far as love triangles go, I'd say this novel doesn't really have one (YES! That's a good thing, IMO). And here's to hoping that doesn't change in the next installment.
Now, I think the only thing I haven't mentioned is the writing. I think that some may read this novel and feel that it's maybe too cutesy or fluffy; however, for me, it was just a nice change of pace from all of the angsty YA romances that seem to be so popular.
So, Paranormalcy is a good debut and I look forward to seeing where this story goes in the sequel, Supernaturally.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)