Since I have to wait so long between the months when Cassandra Clare's books come out, my mindset about them often goes in a ten step cycle.
1) When ISince I have to wait so long between the months when Cassandra Clare's books come out, my mindset about them often goes in a ten step cycle.
1) When I first finish them, I think "My God, I need to buy the next one. Now."
2) Then, I see its not available for a far far too long time and I think "Seriously? I have to survive this long before the next one? How is that supposed to happen? I cannot go 5 minutes without the petulant thought coming up of what will happen next!"
3) Then, several days later, I realize "There are other books in the bookstore after all...maybe I can survive at least until the next book comes out."
4) The book comes out, and suddenly "Maybe I'll wait until it comes out in paperback."
5) Alas, something inside of me buys it regardless, and I keep the hardcover on my shelf for several weeks while I mill about my other books.
6) I think "Well, I loved it before, I should read this now."
7) About 10 pages through the book I realize "How did I not read this sooner!"
8) Then about 150 pages before the end I think, "I need to read slower! This can't possibly be ending this soon!"
9) Then, 100 pages to the end, she throws in one of her plot twisters and I think "NOOOO! There is no way this will be resolved before the book ends!"
10) I finish the book, and I sit in an extremely stressed yet very uplifted mood, as I am now, and ponder how my mind has just been doused in literary goodness.
Now, the cycle begins again.
Now that I have finished agonizing about how much pain my imagination is in, I need to tell you how much this book implodes with goodness (and explores simultaneously - yes, it is that good). So, five things you need to know:
1) This book, deserves more than 5/5 stars. Cassandra Clare is seriously a [insert punctuating curse word] genius.
2) You will be torn between which character you like more, because honestly there is not a single one that you wont love. Except for the evil ones, of course.
3) This book is impossible to put down. And I know I've said that before, but this time I really mean it. [I have had to pee since page 100 - the book is 500 pages - and yet I have soldiered on and decided to write the review before fixing that (is that a review appropriate comment? I think so - it is relevant.)]
4) You are going to be extremely frustrated during some points. Especially during some points near the end, because Clare does set up those famous cliffhangers of hers and you will see it coming, then be so angry at her for making the next year of your life so unbearable that you have to think about what will happen night and day (unless your cycle is hopefully closer to mine and it will just be a slightly painful few days until you read yourself into an abyss where Jem and Will are not the only ones who rule your life.)
5) Face it; you do not know what is going to happen next. And the extremely painful thing is, it might not be what you want to happen next. Will shall need to form a support group for "People who are upset that Tessa's life didn't end up the way we wanted" so we can dream about what should have happened (in our minds of course, because the author always knows best).
Now, do yourself a favor and don't put off reading this book! It is worth the pain of waiting for the next one (because we WILL have our support group). Then the world shall be dandy once again!...more
I have been waiting impatiently for this book since I finished the City of Glass in January (which I admit I didn't have to wait as long as most fans)I have been waiting impatiently for this book since I finished the City of Glass in January (which I admit I didn't have to wait as long as most fans) and I couldn't have been happier to get it, but sadder to finish it. Now I have to wait 1 year and 1 month (provided that City of Lost Souls will still be released in May 2012) to know what happens. I have no patience and I do not think I will be able to find a book that will satisfy my need until then. I'm like a vampire on a no-blood diet for a year and a month. That's a long time. Imagine if Simon had to do that!
This book was amazing, just as the previous ones. After the great finale of the last book I was wondering how it would be possible to pick up the next part of the story and keep readers engaged and on their seats since so much had happened - I will never worry again. Cassandra Clare does a beautiful job keeping the story alive and moving, the characters evolving, and the readers guessing. Anyone who thought the shadow hunter world was now safe because the war was over was wrong! This book has twists and turns I would have never guessed (and will not spoil!).
I would say this book does not have quite as much action as City of Glass, although its just as hard to put down. I took it everywhere I went and had a hard time sleeping without finishing it (I quickly finished it when I woke up!). I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the previous books, and encourage new readers to pick up the series and read up through this book. Just be prepared for a cliff hanger ending that's going to make you want to rip your hair out as you wait for next year!...more
I loved Fire just as much, if not more, than Graceling. Note however, that it is a companion novel, not a sequel; it takes place in the same world, buI loved Fire just as much, if not more, than Graceling. Note however, that it is a companion novel, not a sequel; it takes place in the same world, but follows a different character and different story line. ...more
I absolutely loved the world Kristin Cashore created with Graceling. It is unique, thrilling, and engaging. The main character is a strong heroine andI absolutely loved the world Kristin Cashore created with Graceling. It is unique, thrilling, and engaging. The main character is a strong heroine and the writing will keep you engaged until the end....more