This series came to me highly recommended, but I didn't want to start yet another vampire series. My husband (very wise man) gave me the books for Chr...moreThis series came to me highly recommended, but I didn't want to start yet another vampire series. My husband (very wise man) gave me the books for Christmas. They sat on the shelf for over month. But once I started reading, I was hooked. These books are so great. They don't feel too "young" for this married, 32-year old mom of two.(less)
What a wonderfully perfect ending to an awesome series!! I love these books so much. I loved Rose's strength, determination & loyalty. She didn't...moreWhat a wonderfully perfect ending to an awesome series!! I love these books so much. I loved Rose's strength, determination & loyalty. She didn't sit about wringing her hands while others determined her fate. She completely, in all ways, choose her own fate. Even with the two men in her life. I am looking forward to the spin-off series, Bloodlines, coming out in August. There are certainly some big shoes (figuratively) to fill!(less)
This book was perfection! Cassandra Clare did a masterful job of weaving the threads of TMI & ID together. Absolutely loved the brilliantly funny...moreThis book was perfection! Cassandra Clare did a masterful job of weaving the threads of TMI & ID together. Absolutely loved the brilliantly funny trifecta of Jace/Simon/Jordan. The whole book was brilliant!(less)
Let me just start by saying that I walk into every book Cassandra Clare writes, fully prepared to love it. It would take a train wreck of epic proport...moreLet me just start by saying that I walk into every book Cassandra Clare writes, fully prepared to love it. It would take a train wreck of epic proportions to make me not love one of her books. I will admit, I was slightly disappointed with book four, City of Fallen Angels. I think that's mainly due to how FREAKING FANTASTIC City of Glass was. Seriously, I would have been completely happy if the story ended there. Not to say that I'm not happy to have more, but that book is kind of hard to top.
I loved City of Lost Souls. It was dark, suspenseful and morbidly funny. Cassandra Clare writes some of the best one-liners ever. Simon, Jace and Magnus all deliver sarcasm better than any other characters. The story was fantastic. With Jace being controlled by Sebastian, the emotional stakes were huge. And I will say that Clare is not afraid to go to dark and scary places. No character, no relationship is ever truly safe.
I do have two things I want to nit-pick on. First, the need to tell us, in every single scene, what every person, every surrounding smells like. There's only so many times I want to hear that Jace/Simon/Alec/Jordan smells like soap and some other "manly" descriptor. Really. Secondly, Sebastian has white/silver hair. We get it. You do not have to tell me in every scene how it contrasts with the blood that's in it or the darkness of his eyes. Sebastian = Evil. Got it.
Whew, I feel much better after that mini-rant. Having got that out of my system, I will still say that I desperately love this series. I'm so in love with the story, characters, the out-of-control feeling I get while reading them. City of Lost Souls ended wonderfully and I can't wait for the conclusion, City of Heavenly Fire. (less)
For some reason, still unbeknownst to me, Forever sat on my bookcase, unread, for a month. A month! I just don't know why I was putting it off. Maybe...moreFor some reason, still unbeknownst to me, Forever sat on my bookcase, unread, for a month. A month! I just don't know why I was putting it off. Maybe it's because I forgot how much I enjoyed Shiver and Linger, the first and second books in the series. Possibly its because I had huge expectations for this book. Most likely, it's because I did not want the series to end. I was terrified of what would happen to the characters that I love. With each of the previous books, the stakes were raised. I knew when I read Forever, I was going to have to take it all, the good, bad and the ugly. When I say bad and ugly, I don't mean bad writing or ugly choices by the author. Maggie Stiefvater's writing is beautiful, her choices painful but real. I mean bad situations and ugly outcomes the characters must face. I knew that everything would be on the line for Sam and Grace, Cole and Isabel and the wolves of Mercy Falls.
I'm striving to make this a spoiler-free review. I want each reader to experience the book the way I did. I had no idea how the scenarios would play out. There are no guarantees, up until the end. The tension builds thickly throughout the book. By the end, I felt like I had been drug through an emotional wringer.
Here's what I can talk about. Maggie Stiefvater's beautiful, torurous writing. Her writing has a poetic, even magical tone to it. Here's a line that captivated me, I read it over and over.
"In the syringe, the liquid was colorless as spit and thin as a lie. In my veins, it was razors and sand, fire and mercury."
Draws you in, huh? That kind of writing makes for delicious reading. Forever is a fast read in the sense that I read huge chunks at a time, unable to stop. But it also makes for a slow read in the sense that you find beautiful phrases that stun the brain, causing you to read them over and over, hoping to absorb them. I read the book so carefully, thoroughly, picking up insights into the characters.
Speaking of characters, if you (like me) liked, but didn't love, Cole in Linger, you are in for a treat. For me, Cole becomes the biggest, most interesting character in Forever. I won't say how (no spoilers, remember), but here's this tidbit into "All you need to know about Cole", according to Isabel:
"He saw something he didn't quite understand, liked it, and just took it to be his."
Each character's story is full of realizations, true growth. I think you can probably tell that I loved Forever, a lot. Forever is bound to stick with me for a long time. This is a book filled with hate, despair, ugly truths. But more importantly, love, friendship, selflessness. Maggie Stiefvater did her characters and their stories, justice. Forever is a book that beautifully closes the story of the Wolves of Mercy Falls.
I love Lauren Kate’s The Fallen series. I was instantly besotted with book one, Fallen. Daniel and Luce and their tragically doomed love was mesmerizi...moreI love Lauren Kate’s The Fallen series. I was instantly besotted with book one, Fallen. Daniel and Luce and their tragically doomed love was mesmerizing. Tempted, book two, I was a little less thrilled with because of the distance between Luce and Daniel, but I still devoured it, nonetheless. But with Passion, Lauren Kate and her star-crossed lovers are back in their full glory.
So, as Passion begins, Luce has taken off through time, determined to discover for herself whether her fiery fate with Daniel is worth all the heartbreak they must endure. She will now go back to some of her former lives to witness their love firsthand. Luce, with Daniel chasing her, confront their past selves. Initially, I must admit, this was more than a little confusing. I had to read, then re-read paragraph because I wasn’t sure if “Present Luce” or “Past Luce” was with “Past Daniel” or “Present Daniel”. Or would Luce conversing with her past self mess up the whole “time-space-continuum”? (points to those who got my Back to the Future reference!) Once I got a mental grip on past/present aspect of the story, I quickly fell in love with Passion.
As Luce begins her journey, she is joined by “Bill”. Bill wants to help Luce through time to discover the key to breaking her curse. Luce is thrown into some of the most memorable moments throughout time. Lauren Kate did a beautiful job of setting the scenes in history so completely. From Moscow to Egypt, and beyond, the location was thoroughly set. Each time, she also had to make Luce and Daniel, and even their friends, into completely new characters. For me, each jump into the past brought a fantastic sense of anticipation. Each discovery Luce uncovered was tragic and beautiful.
While I’ve always liked the character of Daniel Grigori, he definitely came across as aloof and untouched at times. By giving Luce and Daniel parallel storylines into the past, Kate made Daniel into a more sympathetic and likeable character. His pain each time he loses Luce is heartbreaking. His resolve to endure the pain each lifetime is unflinching.
Passion was an intense read. The knowledge that just around the corner could lurk an impending doom and final revelation was riveting. With each leap through time, the stakes intensified. I found myself with a thudding heart and held breath. Will Daniel find Luce before it’s too late? Will their love withstand Heaven and Hell? The answers, the entire book, left me completely staggered.
The final book in the Fallen series, Rapture, is set to release Spring 2012.