This is the second book in the soul screamers series by Rachel Vincent. This book follows on not too far from where the first one left off and it giveThis is the second book in the soul screamers series by Rachel Vincent. This book follows on not too far from where the first one left off and it gives more insight into the Netherworld and into Kaylee's powers. You really feel as though you're learning as Kaylee is learning, you don't know things because *she* doesn't know them-not because the author's purposefully keeping them back for a more dramatic finish which I think always makes the story more realistic, and helps you bond with the character, as it's almost as though you're on a journey of discovery with them.
It was interesting to learn more about Bean Sidhe powers, and I really enjoyed the plot of teen girls dying whilst they aren't in possession of their souls-I love a good mystery to be solved in a book, it's like reading a murder mystery but with vampires and faeries etc. I enjoyed the storyline with Addison and her younger sister, I think this was done very well.
I felt Todd really came into his own in this book, it was great to learn more about him and see him develop, I think he's fast becoming my favourite character. It was also great to see Kaylee's relationship with her dad being rebuilt, Rachel Vincent portrayed this very well. I'm glad she didn't totally abandon Kaylee's uncle and cousin, it was good to see how they're getting on.
I'm still not 100% convinced about Nash. I can't pinpoint exactly why. It might be something as small and selfish as I just don't find him attractive, which is something that always helps me take to the male characters. Still, I enjoy the way his and Kaylee's relationship is developing, I liked how Kaylee is insecure about the fact he's popular and attractive, and her worries about whether he only likes her because she's a novelty right now. I thin Rachel Vincent handled very typical, teenage worries well without making them too over dramatic or angst ridden.
Overall, I give this book 4/5 and I cannot wait for the 3rd in the series to be released!...more
I loved that it was set a few months later; and didn't try and deal with the immediate aftermath of the last book. It was good to see Clary developin I loved that it was set a few months later; and didn't try and deal with the immediate aftermath of the last book. It was good to see Clary developing a bit more both in terms of her shadowhunter abilities and as a person. I really enjoyed her relationship with Jace too. I think some may find that comment odd because it was so fraught and conflict-ridden; but I enjoyed the angst actually. I really understood all the different and overwhelming emotions Jace felt; and while sometimes I felt Cassie made them a bit *too* obvious (I'm a fan of subtle) I still think she portrayed his anguish and desperation well.
I missed Alec and Magnus; they weren't in the book enough for me. Magnus is by far my favourite character and I missed his presence. I did like the Simon, Isabelle and Maia plot though; and I can see how that's obviously going to develop which I loved. One thing I really love about Cassie Clare's writing is how she ties all the little details together, and how something that seemed like an irrelevant detail the first time you read it turns out to be of vital importance. I also loved the references to Clockwork Angel; they make me ridiculously happy for some reason. I hope more comes of them in the later books!
Plotwise; I didn't think it was quite as good as the previous books. I felt the main plot with the dead shadowhunters was a bit underwhelming and a bit too similar to City of Ashes. However; the ending was really good, and this more than made up for my initial disappointment. I loved the ending so much; I can see so much potential in it which is obviously why Cassie Clare did it! I know a lot of people have been quite upset by it; and I wondered at first why I wasn't. The only explanation I can think of (other than that I'm hardhearted) is that I'm not *really* that attached to Jace. I think he's a fantastic character of course, but he's not the big love interest for me that he is for most people.But for my sanity maybe that's a good thing!
I hope more comes out of the plot with the Seelie Queen; I was surprised that didn't form a part of the ending so I'm looking forward to seeing how that develops. Overall it was as well-written and pithy as the previous books and whilst elements of the plot were a mild letdown other parts more than made up for that....more
Where to start with this one? I was very excited to get it and I read it in a day. The pacing is good, it's not heart-racingly, blood-pumpingly fast bWhere to start with this one? I was very excited to get it and I read it in a day. The pacing is good, it's not heart-racingly, blood-pumpingly fast but it moves along in a way that means it's never boring or slow.
Clary, in a fit of her standard recklessness, goes off to 'save' Jace, leaving everyone else to do the actual work. I was starting to like Clary, but she did kinda get on my nerves a bit in this book. I mean, she was there more so she could tell the story of what Jace and Sebastian were up to, but she never really did anything, and when she did have a chance to help, she was too weak to take it. Ultimately, she did make the hard decision, and she did redeem herself, but by that point I was a little fed up of her.
Fortunately, we spent a lot of time with the other characters and that helped. I think Isabelle grew a lot in this book, and I liked seeing that. She's fairly adult, and mature about everything that goes on; yet at the same time she reveals some of her vulnerability. Simon too, I really liked. He starts to come into himself more, away from Clary I think he really steps up and he makes some tough calls. Magnus and Alec....my heart ached for Magnus and Alec. Magnus in particular. Poor bloke. He's changed a lot since book 1, he's sacrificed a lot, he's committed himself and in this book it does sorta come back to bite him in the arse. I think he handled everything in the best possible way, but that doesn't make me happy about it! Alec, I do feel really bad for him, but he was a complete idiot. Jocelyn was another to get on my nerves, her and Clary clearly have this whole mother/daughter annoyance factor. She now refuses to treat her daughter as the shadowhunter she is, and has even admitted that keeping it from her has made Clary reckless and it has. I resent Jocelyn's poor decision making. Sebastian comments that Jocelyn is just as ruthless as Valentine, and I actually think he's right.
Ah, Sebastian.His relationships with both Jace and Clary are very bizarre but for different reasons. I didn't quite find him as....captivating as I expected to,but I really liked to see the developments in his character. I'm not sure how complex a character he is, how much of him is an act and how much is the real Sebastian. Jace was...well, bonded. And bonded Jace is unnerving.
Plot wise, this is definitely superior to CoFA. There's a big, overarching plot, there's things that need to be unravelled, there's information to be uncovered, risks to take, gambles to make. There's lots of nice little subplots, spin-off elements that all worked well. The ending of CoLS isn't the huger shocker that CoFA was, but it definitely sets a tone of foreboding. Lots of things happen in the build-up to the last pages, things that are definitely going to have some pretty huge consequences. I'm definitely intrigued for the final book, I think we can expect big things
At over 500 pages, CoLS isn't a small book, but I never once got bored. Reading about these characters is like slipping into a favourite pair of pyjamas; it's comforting and familiar. Yet at the same time Cassie's exemplary storytelling and interesting plots make for an exciting read. ...more
The first thing I have to say about this book is that Sam is one of the most empathetic characters I have ever come across. You really feel his desperThe first thing I have to say about this book is that Sam is one of the most empathetic characters I have ever come across. You really feel his desperate desire to remain in human form; his love for Grace and the effects his traumatic childhood had on him. This is not a fast paced, action packed book. It is so much more. It's so sad and introspective and creative. I love the way Maggie Stiefvater writes; it's almost poetry. Sam and Grace and Grace's friends are so real and likeable-Grace is a down to earth and normal student aside from one thing-she's in love with a wolf. I absolutely adored the twist on werewolf lore in this book-and I loved how it is explained. There are so many twists and turns and heartbreaks that you forget there's no big fight scene or build up of tension. It's so perfectly sweet and lovely and heartbreaking that you can't help but love it. If you're craving a book to really tug at your heartstrings this is the book for you. If you're dying for a sensitive; thoughtful and melancholy love interest-Sam is the boy for you. I urge everyone to pick up a copy of this book straight away. ...more
I got this book a few years ago, it had great reviews and there were loads of the series out, so I was looking forward to reading them all. UnfortunatI got this book a few years ago, it had great reviews and there were loads of the series out, so I was looking forward to reading them all. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. I found it to be badly written and ridiculously cliche and boring. I wish I had enjoyed it, but sadly I never got more than half way through. ...more