Richelle said in a interview something like the main relationship of the book not being completely clear until the second book and my guess is that in the first book Adrian is still 'recovering' after Rose broke his heart and Syd helps mend his broken heart. I think that things will get more serious in the second book. (less)
I spent about five minutes thinking what rating I should give this book which is weird because usually aft...more BEWARE! MAJOR SPOILERS AND RAMBLING AHEAD!
I spent about five minutes thinking what rating I should give this book which is weird because usually after finishing a book I know exactly what rating to give it. This was not the case here. Still, I couldn't give this book 3 stars but I couldn't bring myself to give it 5 either.
The first half of the book was flawless. Absolutely flawless! I fell in love with Jordan's team mates and even though Jordan and I had NOTHING in common - I'm not even 2% a tomboy - I fell in love with Jordan too. I wish I had friends like Henry and JJ and Carter and I was totally sure that this was going to be a 5 star book and a favorite for me.
Then, Jordan finds out that Henry has been in love with her and she is torn between two guys and that was okay with me. I liked how the author built up this complicated relationship because that's how real relationships are. It's not all smiles and happy endings. I was really looking forward to seeing how it would all work out and how this book would end.
What I didn't like was how after not speaking with each other and being torn and everything, suddenly, at the big game Jordan and Henry talk and laugh and are all friendly again. I felt like it happened too soon and there was nothing to trigger it. They simply just started talking all of a sudden and stopped ignoring each other.
I think that it would have been better if Henry and Jordan started talking when Jordan sprained her knee and Henry rushed to her. It seems more normal to me if they went together to the hospital and had an emotional talk about how Henry was stupid and Jordan didn't realize that he loved her and she loved him and that's how they started talking again. For me it was almost like the author wrote the intense relationship between Jordan and Henry and then got bored and wrote a quick ending.
That was THE ONLY thing that I didn't like about this book: the ending. In the last chapters Jordan and Henry were friends again Jordan kept swooning at all the pretty boys on other football teams. No, just no.I don't know. That's just my opinion. Rewrite the ending to a better Happily Ever After and I'm happy.
Apart from Jordan's relationship issues I loved how she got to work things out with her dad and how it turned out that he was really just worried for her all along and once he got to understand how much Jordan needed his support, he gave her more of his support and time.
Other thing that I love: girl power. After reading Twilight - which I enjoyed at first, but after some time I saw that some things were just wrong (say, Bella's inability to do something other than mope around because Edward left her) - I sought books in which girls weren't seen as helpless damsels in distress. I loved how all the guys on the team respected Jordan but still were protective of her and how when she met the guys on the team from Alabama who didn't take her seriously she made them see that just because she was a girl, they didn't need to disrespect her. And I liked how in the end she becomes friends with Carrie and Marie and sees that not all girls are dumb cheerleaders.
But, all in all, this was a good book and I couldn't give it a lower rating, but this is still the queen of perfect start, horrid ending (I'm being melodramatic - it's not really horrid, just bad, or not my type of ending). (less)
I read this book at the wrong time. That thing is certain. Or rather, I wasn't that into it in the beginning and I put it down and after some time sta...moreI read this book at the wrong time. That thing is certain. Or rather, I wasn't that into it in the beginning and I put it down and after some time started reading it again and kept doing that during 5 whole months. And it's hard to like a book when you stop reading it and read something else and then continue and read another chapter and so on.
Just to be clear, this was totally a 3.5 star book for me. I wasn't sure if I should give it 3 or 4 stars but I settled for 4 in the end. The last chapters of this book weren't horrible (meaning that I kinda enjoyed them).
However, one problem I have is Ash. I mean Ash... where should I start. Everyone was swooning over Ash and he was the main reason why I picked this book. I heard people compare him to Jace or Will. No. I mean, no way is Ash anything like Jace or Will. I can say I'm 100%, hands down, team Puck. I just didn't like Ash that much. He just seemed plain to me. I guess the whole I-want-to-kill-you-but-then-I-fall-in-love-with-you thing got old for me.
Ash -> dull (sorry Ash fans, that's just my opinion) Puck on the other hand, is suck a lively and interesting character. I read the last half of this book wanting to get more of Puck. WHY, JULIE KAGAWA, WHY, WON'T YOU WRITE MORE ABOUT PUCK?!!! I was highly disappointed. Maybe I expected too much of this book, I don't know.
Anyway, I gave this book 4 stars hoping that the Iron Daughter will be better and I will read the second book just because I am curious to see what happens with Puck.(less)
**spoiler alert** I wanted to give this book 1 star because Richelle made my favourite character leave with a heartbreak. WE WANT MORE OF ADRIAN, RICH...more**spoiler alert** I wanted to give this book 1 star because Richelle made my favourite character leave with a heartbreak. WE WANT MORE OF ADRIAN, RICHELLE!! I loved him so much and Rose leaves him telling him they aren't in sync?! What the hell?!?!?! Once again for everyone who didn't get it yet: I LOVE ADRIAN!!! I still couldn't bring myself to not give this book 5 stars. The plot was great, the character development is amazing... The book itself is absolutely amazing. I have no words. I just hoped that when Rose jumped to protect Lissa (I figured sth like that would happen) Dimitri would jump to save her and it would be a noble "I love you, Rose" kind of death. And she would still love him in the bottom of her heart and never forget him but she would be with Adrian and everyone (meaning especially me) would be happy. But noooo! Richelle Mead had other plans in her mind. *sigh* I just hope we'll get more of Adrian in the spin off series. Well... I'll just read/write more fanfiction about Adrian and forget the horrible ending. Oh My Gosh!!! I still can't believe he left (Yeah, I'm a crazy fangirl)(less)
4.5 stars. It's a really good book but I was a bit disappointed because I thought that this was going to be one of the few books without vampires or w...more4.5 stars. It's a really good book but I was a bit disappointed because I thought that this was going to be one of the few books without vampires or werewolves. I don't know about vampires so far but there are werewolves. Anyway, I really enjoyed this book and it probably would have got 5 stars if it wasn't for the werewolf issue. Good story, nonetheless. (less)
This was not exactly what I expected. A nice book but I felt like it had no main event… I liked but it kinda felt like the book wasn't finished. I can...moreThis was not exactly what I expected. A nice book but I felt like it had no main event… I liked but it kinda felt like the book wasn't finished. I can't really explain it. (less)
You once told me that I made you believe in the impossible. You make me believe in love, which I'd given up on. Thank you for proving to me that it's...more You once told me that I made you believe in the impossible. You make me believe in love, which I'd given up on. Thank you for proving to me that it's not just a fairy tale.
I can't express how much I love the Perfect Chemistry books and what an amazing writer Simone Elkeles is. This is seriously a perfect book. I have nothing to object and I literally read it non-stop. I had to stop for a few hours basically because my mom made me go somewhere with her but I still read in the car and anytime I could.
Is it just me or do the Fuentes brothers get hotter and hotter?!?!?!
HOLLY FUENTES!!! I'm actually one of the few people that got to read this book the very first day it came out!!!! Freaking out!!
I loved that this book felt like a big family reunion. At least that's how it felt to me. Alex and Brit took a big part in this book and so did Carlos and Kiara. It felt amazing and I just loved how we finnaly got to see the Fuentes brothers (all three of them) well ... together.
Simone Elkeles is seriously a genius. She kept me on the edge the whole time and I had no idea what was going to happen next. I think she should be as popular as J.K.Rowling because she is a frickin' GENIUS!! I know I say that a lot but really, she is!
Ok now to the spoilery part. I'm warning you...
I loved, loved, loved the fact that as any other Fuentes, Luis thought his brothers couldn't help him deal with the LB. Alex was kinda alone, being the oldest brother but Carlos dealt with it by himself (mostly) and so did Luis until his brothers came to the rescue.
I loved how Nikki was the one who shot Chuy. That part seriously blew me away. It was just amazing to see her, an insecure girl who would've normally not touch a gun in her life shoot a big bad gangbanger just so Luis doesn't get killed.
I look behind me. The shooter is standing in the doorway, the smoking gun shaking in her hand. Nikki. She drops the gun. She's hyperventilating as I pull her into my arms.
"I couldn't let him hurt you ... I had to ...," she cries out.
I loved when Carlos says "There's always time for arguin' when you're a Fuentes."
Loved when they had a Panty Discus championship, the three brothers with their girlfriends/wife. It was so hilarious!!
"I'm not playing something that's named Panty Discus," Brittany exclaims. "I know you explained what it meant, but it still sounds dirty."
"What does the winner get?" Brittany asks.
"Bragging rights," Carlos explains. "Which in my family is worth more than money." He turns to Kiara. "We better win, mamacita."
At this part I actually laughed out loud.
"Come on, Brit, I got full faith in you to pull this one out," Alex says to Brittany. "Twirl it faster now. Damn, girl, you look hot doin' that."
"What. The. Hell. Was. That?" Alex asks, sucking in a breath.
Brittany huffs and cries out, "You said I looked hot and it tottaly threw me off."
And Carlos and Kiara were hilarious as usual too.
"You takin' notes, Kiara?"
"I'm to busy w-w-watching your muscles flex," she says.
He wags his eyebrows at her, then whips the Panty Discus with all he's got and it lands a yard or so farther than Alex's toss. Carlos yelps out another war cry and kisses his new found army muscles. "Army strong, suck'ahs!"
The way Luis describes his cousin Elena was just too much. Another proof that Simone Elkeles is a genius.
Eveything about Elena is big. She's got big hair, a big personality, and ... well, let's just say she doesn't need silicone implants.
Yet another thing that I love about this series is how each one of the brothers falls in love too hard too fast but with the right person. I always loved how they wanted to protect Brittney/Kiara/Niki from the LB and the Latino Bloods took this as their advantage.
"Nikki is your weakness, Luis."
And another part where I laughed out loud.
I feel Luis's eyes on me, so I look up. He licks his lips suggestively. I would roll my eyes, but instead I decide to give him a wink/smile back and lick my own lips to throw him off balance.
"Dude!" Derek yells. "You just spilled acid on your arm!"
My eyes go wide as Luis sucks in a breath, then curses in Spanish as he rushes to the emergency shower in the back of the classroom. I run after him in a panic.
And just cause I need to mention it: I would love to have Mrs. P as a teacher (matchmaker).
You can tell how much I love this book just by reading this review (biggest review I've ever written) that I've been writing for at least 45 minutes. (:
UPDATE #1 (And I said Update #1 because I'm sure there'll be a lot more):
I don't have enough stars to rate this book!!!! K(less)
Holy mother of cliffhangers! WHAT. WAS. THAT. ENDING? Whilst reading the book I was just thinking how it became a little too predictable for my taste....more Holy mother of cliffhangers! WHAT. WAS. THAT. ENDING? Whilst reading the book I was just thinking how it became a little too predictable for my taste. Let me tell you, I did not see that one coming. The ending totally left me flabbergasted and I can't wait to get my hands on the 4th book as soon as physically possible. July 2013, please come here faster.(less)
I read only half of this book but I cannot read any more. From what I've read, the book is based on Ella, a girl who is obsessed with a dead man she n...moreI read only half of this book but I cannot read any more. From what I've read, the book is based on Ella, a girl who is obsessed with a dead man she never met and the fact that she has a pretty big scar on her shoulder... :|
Maybe the last half of the book is incredibly written and i am missing out (i doubt it)but this book is not for me... sorry.(less)
While reading the first book I really liked Simon because he is funny and has an easygoing personality so what's not to like? And now, after reading t...moreWhile reading the first book I really liked Simon because he is funny and has an easygoing personality so what's not to like? And now, after reading the second book I've got to admit that I'm warming up to Derek and I'm kind of torn between who I want Chloe to end up with. Also, I really like Tori as a character even if sometimes she's a bitch. Really liked this book and I can't wait to read the third one. (less)
I will write a review in the morning as I can't do it now. But all i can say is that this book deserves 1000000000* stars and that Cassandra Clare is...moreI will write a review in the morning as I can't do it now. But all i can say is that this book deserves 1000000000* stars and that Cassandra Clare is one of the few authors if not the only who can rip my heart in two, then sew it back and the tear the stitches leaving a fresh wound once more.
Pre-book release: I NEED to read this ASAP!!!!! (less)
I liked this book but I had to give it 4 stars because Anna and the French Kiss was better than this one. First of all, I just loved Anna from the star...moreI liked this book but I had to give it 4 stars because Anna and the French Kiss was better than this one. First of all, I just loved Anna from the start but at first I found Lola really weird. In the first part of the book she just goes on and on about how Cricket broke her heart and how Calliope is such a bitch and how Max is the P.E.R.F.E.C.T. boyfriend. Then everything turns upside down. I'm not saying I didn't like the book, I'm just saying that it wasn't as good as I hoped and that Anna and the French Kiss was much better.(less)
Thank you, Cassie, for this amazing book! I feel like this book was absolutely perfect for the finale of a series. The ending of the book tied all the...moreThank you, Cassie, for this amazing book! I feel like this book was absolutely perfect for the finale of a series. The ending of the book tied all the loose ends together and puts all the pieces of the puzzle that is The Infernal Devices into place so we get to see what a truly beautiful story this is. However, the ending was as tragic as beautiful. MAJOR SPOILERS! DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T FINISHED THE BOOK! (view spoiler)[ I loved how Tessa and Will had a life together and how Will died of old age and Jem came at his bedside to say farewell and played the violin one last time. I also loved how in the end, Tessa gets to share her life with Jem too and it broke my heart into pieces when he told her to meet her on Blackfriars Bridge every year. And lastly, when Jem gave up being immortal it was beautiful because that meant that he will be joining Will when he died and they will be reunited again. However, I cannot feel anything but pity for Tessa who, even though she got to share her life with not one but two amazing men whom she both loved very much, will have to spend an eternity alone.
Now, throughout the book I laughed, I cried and I fell in love with these characters more and more with every turn of the page. I absolutely adored Cecily and Gabriel and I'm pretty sure they are my second favourite couple of the book after Will and Tessa. Also, Cecily might have just become my favourite character in this series (if not, she and Tessa are both at the top of my favourite characters list). She proved to be headstrong, brave, witty and funny just like her brother and a true shadowhunter. I could see why Gabriel was fascinated by her and every scene with these two was my favourite scene. Gideon and Sophie's storyline was just as amazing - Sophie deserved a man who loves her as much as Gideon after what she'd been through and Gideon's proposal was absolutely perfect. Also, Sophie's uprising, though unexpected, was a very pleasant turn in the book and since Sophie has always been so courageous and loyal and fought alongside Charlotte and the shadowhunters, her uprising was well deserved. Now, moving on to Henry and Charlotte, I must say that Cassie gave me quite a scare and I truly thought that Henry had died in battle but I was elated to find out that wasn't so. Henry is genuinely one of my favourite characters from this series and I am glad to find that there was a happy ending for him, Charlotte and little Charles Buford Fairchild as well. (hide spoiler)]
There were many surprises in this book and after just having finished reading it the only way I could describe it was: shocking! It is a horribly beautiful and beautifully horrible book and it totally deserves 5* stars.
Now, here are some of my favourite parts of the books. Beware, they are extremely spoilery! (view spoiler)[ - Will and Jem's meeting - The Demon Pox Crisis
"Gabriel Lightwood is downstairs, and I have two words for you. Two of your favourite words, at least when you put them together." "Utter simpleton?" inquired Will. "Worthless upstart?" Jem grinned. "Demon pox," he said.
- Jem seeing Tessa in her wedding dress - Gabriel first seeing Cecily - Lightworm - Cecily fighting as a shadowhunter for the first time - Jem 'dying for love' - Gideon's scones - Henry inventing the portal (and glitter) - Woolsey saying that Will loves Tessa out loud - Magnus giving Will the pendant (which is now Isabelle's) - Bridget's perfectly timed songs - Gideon and Gabriel's letters to the Consul - Gabriel observing Cecily's knife throwing skills and teaching her how to hold a sword - Will putting his hands in the fire to save some of the yin fen - Jem's song for Tessa
It was like I saw your soul in the notes of the music. And it was beautiful.
- Will admitting his feelings for Tessa and Tessa almost saying she loves him too - Will finding Magnus 'easy to talk to' and treating Magnus like a person, not like a downworlder - Jem hearing Magnus and Will's conversation where Will said he was in love with Tessa - Jem saying that he would not have married Tessa, had he known Will loved her too - Jem telling Will to go and do something he cannot do: save Tessa - Jem and Will's incredible bond
If there is life after this one, let me meet you in it, James Carstairs.
- Will telling Cecily that he will go home to visit their parents when he comes back from saving Tessa - Magnus
"All Lightwoods look the same to me"
- Jem wanting to live to see Charlotte's baby - Cecily and Gabriel's heart-to-heart
Perhaps, Gabriel Lightwood,I have faith in you.
- Will's bleeding parabatai rune (aka Jem's 'death') - Gideon's spontaneous proposal - Sophie wanting to murder Bridget - Will finding Tessa - Will's declaration of love
I am catastrophically in love with you.
- Jem knowing his way with Tessa's corset but Will having no idea how it comes off (who would have thought?) - Gabriel saying the same things Will would have - Jem being a Silent Brother - Gabriel being afraid that Cecily will return home & their kiss
"Cecy?" he said again, his voice hoarse. "Five," she said. Her lips and cheeks were flushed but her gaze was steady. "Five?" he echoed blankly. "My rating," she said and smiled at him. "Your skill and technique may, perhaps, require work, but the native talent is certainly there. What you require is practice." "Are you willing to be my tutor?" "I should be very insulted if you chose another," she said, and leaned in to kiss him again.
- Charlotte leaving Will to take over the institute - Jem's promise to Tessa to meet her every year on Blackfriars bridge - Will and Jem's farewell - Sophie's uprising - Charles Buford Fairchild - Will courting Tessa - Will giving Tessa a copy of A Tale of Two Cities as a present & his letter - Magnus leaving for New York with Church - Jessamine's ghost - Will's proposal
Marry me. Marry me, Tess. Marry me and be Tessa Herondale. Or be Tessa Gray, or be whatever you wish to call yourself, but marry me and stay with me and never leave me, for I cannot bear another day of my life to go by that does not have you in it.
- Will, Tessa, Gabriel and Cecily visiting the Herondales
Mr. Gabriel Lightworm
- the epilogue - The Epilogue - THE EPILOGUE - THE EPILOGUE - THE EPILOGUE! - THE EPILOGUEEEE!