**spoiler alert** It took me about a week to read this book. I love Libba Bray and I sometimes love long books because, if it's good, I don't want it**spoiler alert** It took me about a week to read this book. I love Libba Bray and I sometimes love long books because, if it's good, I don't want it to end -- then again, this one I did. This book reminded me of working out for 3 hours. You need breaks from it almost to catch your breath. My eyes became exhausted.
Through the last 100 pages, I was anxious to finish it, I was my 2nd class of the day, & I was determinded to get it done before the end of my school day. A lot of shocking things happened.
I can honestly tell you that I didn't think Felicity was in a relationship with Pippa. I thought of their friendship how I would with my best friend and left it at that. I guess it was hinted in the beginning of the series, but so breifly that I could barely remember it -- the only reason I did remember was because it was a new term I can learned. Sapphists, was it? Oh, I don't remember.
I enjoyed the ending. Well, while I was reading it, I wanted to enjoy it. I wanted to think it was a good ending but then after sulking for a few days about how the series was over, I realized, it wasn't because it had ended, it was because EVERYONE DIED! Pippa died for a second time!
I so wanted Kartik and Gemma to get together and I began to love Mrs. McCleethly. I would also like to know -- why the hell is Mrs. McCleethy's name an anagram? Is it? What was the point of that? Just to throw us off? I thought she tried a LITTLE too hard to have a plot twist right there.
I didn't like how at the end, Gemma had gone all nutzo about how girls should think for themselves. It was almost disrespectful and it seems as if either Libba was trying to tell us something or Gemma got a slightly bigger head from all the power she had and from everything that had happened.
Anywho, this was a good book and a good series. It goes by fast with a rather sad ending and there aren't any happily ever afters with the exception of Ann.
**spoiler alert** I have read this book several times. No -- I've read this series several times. It is my favorite of all series. There are things ab**spoiler alert** I have read this book several times. No -- I've read this series several times. It is my favorite of all series. There are things about this book that I hate but there are overall things that I love.
Alright, down to the nitty gritty:
As I started this over again, I already knew what was going to happen so I tried looking for things that I most likely skimmed over the first time I read it.
I just want to say that: I hate how cocky Jace is. I mean, I just don't get it. We have to have a guy who loves himself to bits and pieces but then we have a girl who, of course, doesn't think she's beautiful. Is there a book out there where the main character, preferablly a girl, thinks she is at least pretty? I don't want conceited but, really... Can't I just have a girl where she thinks she's a little bit attractive?
Another: Why can't we just think of something cooler than a magical cup?! I still don't understand how this cup turns people into Shadowhunters, probably just another thing I skimmed over. But why can't we have like, a magic potion, a glass flower, A MAGICAL COW?! But a cup? I liked Alec's idea of a Mortal Toilet Bowl rather than the Mortal Cup.
Next: Can we be a little more predictable? Simon is in love with Clary. WOAH, WHO SAID THAT?! Not me, because it wasn't obvious or anything. I hate love triangles. I really do. But if that's all that makes a story then there must be a problem with something or another.
On and on again: I do love how Cassandra writes. I know a lot of people say they hate her writing style but, I, for one, love it. I don't like Cassandra Clare as a person, though. I have talked to her once and, she could've been friendlier. THAT'S NOT THE POINT.
Alec: This I sorta saw coming. Gay? Nah, I thought that maybe he was hiding something but not the fact that he was in love with Jace. But as I reread it, I saw the foreshadowing more and more.
I know this review is tedious and pointless and I haven't even finished my reread. But I know someone agrees with me on most of this.....more
As much as people get tired of me saying this -- I do, truly, love this series. I'm rereading it again so I can get caught up and know what the hell iAs much as people get tired of me saying this -- I do, truly, love this series. I'm rereading it again so I can get caught up and know what the hell is going on in City Of Fallen Angels.
This book leaves me disappointed but I have a little taste of satisfaction. Alec almost grew some balls, the Inquisitor got what she deserved, Magnus saves the day, Luke is awesome with everything he does, and so on. Now it killed me because I can't remember how Jace and Clary aren't technically related or if they even can be together (It's been so long since I've read these books) but everytime I saw a scene similar to this:
Valentine: "You're mother said I had already turned one of her children into a monster, she didn't want you turning into one because of me either."
Clary: "I'm not a monster and neither is Jace."
Valentine: "I wasn't talking about --"
BOOM, SIMON AND JACE WALK IN AND LEAVE ME WONDERING WHAT VALENTINE WAS *REALLY* TALKING ABOUT.
What, Valentine? Do you have a different son? I was so lost. A scene similar to this happened with the Inquisitor before she bit the dust.
Anyways, bottom line is, when I reread City Of Glass, I better see some smooching with Jace and Clary and I also need some smooching with Simon and Maia. PUUUUHLEEEEZ?!
I'm not even sure if there was anything I didn't like about the book that stood out to me. The battle scene gave me tinglies up my spine and shivered my timbers. Valentine always makes me wanna cry and I was quite fond of the Queen of Seelie Court.
Just for future reference -- don't hate on grammatical, spelling, or formatting errors. I'm using my cell phone to type this and my phone likes to wriJust for future reference -- don't hate on grammatical, spelling, or formatting errors. I'm using my cell phone to type this and my phone likes to write things all by itself without my consent. First off: I'm often known as that annoying person who gives out spoilers and/or very brief reviews and 'tis why no one really reads or likes them. They're just my opinions.
To the book: I loved this book the most out of all of them. It made my heart smile. Although I know there is more to the series. I'm now currently reading City of Fallen Angels. In the beginning of the book, it's taken place a week (I believe) after the events in City of Ashes. Trying not to give any spoilers but as we know from the synopsis, Jace does not want Clary around. In other words, he doesn't want her to go with him to Idris. There are times when I read books and the main romance is shined apon the majority of the story. I get angry or frustrated whenever the guy (Jace) yells at the girl (Clary) or doesn't want her there or pretends he doesn't care. That always kills me inside. With City of Glass, I didn't feel that type of frustration. I knew Jace loved her and after his spats, I realize that he knew he was wrong unlike most male romance characters. I liked that I didn't have to get angry as I read on through the book. Now, a thing I didn't really like was, I didn't get what I wanted from the series until the last 150 pages or so. Be patient. I loved how Clare didn't dwell on the romances the WHOLE TIME, she kept with all the action, made me feel like I was there and that's all I ask for. :) The end of the book would have left me disappointed if there hadn't been a 4th book (Along with 2 others after that). I felt like there was something unfinished, yet, I felt like it was the happily ever after that most people wanted which made it a good ending.
Time to see if CoFA will be able to keep up with some more epicness....more
Dear Mrs. Clare, As I put the book down, I thought to myself, "I do not have any recollection of what I just read". Don't get me wrong, the book was faDear Mrs. Clare, As I put the book down, I thought to myself, "I do not have any recollection of what I just read". Don't get me wrong, the book was fantastic. There was just so much talking and the action waited until the very last minute.
The good thing about this was: At least the talking didn't bore me. My eyes didn't get tired of reading. Everything was fast paced. The whole book was. I liked how everything turned out in the end.
Frankly, I wasn't too happy about the end because now I have to wait until May to figure out what else happens. But I enjoyed this book. It wasn't what I was expecting, really. The reader got a lot more of Simon's life than our usual characters. I felt closer to Isabelle than I ever have in the other books yet, I felt like I still didn't know Alec or Magnus.
The plot twists in this book was well thought out and really did surprise me when it came down to it. We are introduced to a new villan and the new villan's background amazed me. I had always wonder who Lilith was whenever people would say "Lilith's Children" or whatever it is that they're called.
I'm happy to say that I wasn't left screaming at the top of my lungs because I couldn't have the next book immediatly (Like I did when I finished Twilight a few years back). If you were one of those people who read New Moon and skimmed through the pages of the book JUST to make sure Edward came back, then you probably should just leave the book at where it ends and not go on reading Jace's letter to Clary UNTIL you have the next book in your hands. A little part is screaming inside me because I want the book but, I'm pretending I never read Jace's letter.
I know this seems like a whole crap load of pro's and why I love this book so much but you're also probably asking yourself, "Why in the hell did she give this book three stars then?!"
It's because it was so damn fast paced, I felt like I'm still not close to Clary or Jace but best friends with Simon, whom isn't even the main character. I also gave it three stars because I felt like the series should've stopped where CoG ended. This book just seemed like a "Eh, this sounds like a good piece of work, let's just throw it out there just for the hell of it". I just feel like there wasn't a point to it.
I obviously won't feel this way once I read the next two books but for now, three stars is where it will remain....more
I don't want to sum this book up. There's no point, I'll confuse myself. This book was an extremely confusing novel. No, just kidding. I just wonderedI don't want to sum this book up. There's no point, I'll confuse myself. This book was an extremely confusing novel. No, just kidding. I just wondered what the hell was going on half of the time. But, that was the point of the novel. If it's even considered a novel. It's 154 pages. . . . of pure awesomeness.
Okay, I exaggerated. This book was slightly irritating. It was very funny, don't get me wrong. I enjoyed reading it. It made me laugh out loud a lot and boy, did I love the Bella that was portrayed. Or should I say, Belle.
Some things that threw me off was that there were a lot of errors in the printing. I'm not so sure if it was just that, I, personally, have no idea what grammar or spelling is, (I'm a junior in high school. God only knows that we spell everything in the book [I meant this hypothetically, not as a pun or. . . . whatever] wrong.) or if everything in this novel wasn't proof read. Who knows. I could just be stupid. But when the word "thought" should of been spelled in the sentence, the "T" was left out. This happened. A lot.
I also learned a new word! Crap, if I could only remember. Ah, I had no idea that the word, integrals, existed. Belle Goose said something about "half integrals". Twice. I thought it was INTERVALS. Again, I think I'm just stupid.
So, my overall thought about this book (with no sugar added) was: It was funny, enjoyable. It felt like they got a little off the original plot line of Twilight (I mean, you gotta stay on the plot line to make fun of it) because towards the end I was a tad bit confused. But everything was pretty darn hilarious and random. It was interesting to see how The Harvard Lampoon would execute this but they did and although it was lacking something that I can't quite put my finger on, it was good!
This book, ah, just amazing. At one point in time, I went to Half Priced books almost everyday (My sister had dance class and her studio was on top ofThis book, ah, just amazing. At one point in time, I went to Half Priced books almost everyday (My sister had dance class and her studio was on top of a Half Priced Books. I had to tag along whenever she had class and I didn't mind it.), I bought a book everytime I went there. I began to start this huge collection of books that I kept putting off because "I didn't have the rest of the series" or "I have to finish this book first!". Well, Hush, Hush happened to be one of those darling books shoved on my bookshelf.
So, recently I made a list of the books I needed to read. Finally, I had gotten to this book. I'm kicking myself in the ass because I should've read it earlier.
Now I'm not going to give you some huge synopsis (I'll try not to) but, so much happened in this book that I almost don't know where to begin!
Nora lives in boring Coldwater, Maine. Her mother is often out of town because of work and her father was murdered. During Biology class, her seats were switched and a mysterious boy, who never talked much, is her new partner. Patch, which is technically a nickname, knows exactly how to get under her skin and piss her off. And, he does just that. But after strange occurances, Nora is beginning to think that Patch is stalking her and is definitley not who he says he is.
The story continues with so many twisties and turnies and a secret about Nora is revealed that I didn't see coming. Yet, at the same time, I feel I should have. Another huge secret is revealed about Patch that left me sitting here like, "Woah, what?!".
The only thing I didn't like about the book was the fact that Patch was a downright jerk to Nora for the first 200 or so pages.
Pretty much, what I thought about the book, with no sugar added was: It was amazing. Almost flawless. Almost. The romance was lacking, although, in this particular situation, I didn't mind it. The way things were worded confused me a little bit and I had to go back and reread sections to understand more. It was fast paced and had action from the beginning. No, maybe not even action, there was just a pull. A pull in the story that just made you want to read more and more. Incredible.
So, I've been putting this book off. Back when it originally came out, not sure when, but awhile ago, I only wanted to read it because the chick on thSo, I've been putting this book off. Back when it originally came out, not sure when, but awhile ago, I only wanted to read it because the chick on the cover looked like Amy Lee of the band Evanescence and I was obsessed with that band. At the time, I didn't buy it. I was bored of the jacket cover synopsis and tired of the whole "even if it kills her. . . ." line that all the synopses these days end with.
Half Price Books had it. We all know how I am with that place. I bought the book.
Lucinda Price is going to a school for kids who pretty much are very very bad and get arrested for stupid crap. The book beats around the bush and doesn't necessarily tell you what Luce did to get put in there. On her first day of school, she notices the most beautiful guy she's ever seen. Daniel Grigori (Who, of course, is the only guy she can see in the crowd of people, yada yada yada). But Daniel is keeping his distance, flips her off when he sees her, and stays away. Cam, a cutie patootie tries to get with Luce, swooning her. A series of occurances happen at the school, a falling statue, more "shadows" that she keeps referring to. She finally speaks of her past (Which I had to give props to the author because it wasn't as cliche as I expected it to be) and her worst nightmares catch up to her, making a reenactment at the school of what had happened to her before. Daniel finally gets close to her but always muttering something weird. He also always leaves abruptly. Then, while Luce tries to push Cam away, the real plot thickens when Daniel gets involved.
This book was slightly a disappointment. I expected it to be something dark, different. Which, indeed, it was different. Not trying to spoil, but there are fallen angels in this book. Don't really think that was much of a spoiler but. . . . back to my point: The whole plot was not what I expected. The prologue, yeah, it was a giveaway, but that was the point, correct? I guess I'm disappointed because I thought it'd be a lot better than it was. For all the hype, I thought of this as an average, slightly edgier cliche version of every other book. Sure, I know it's hard to get away from the cliches and I'm not saying this book is bad because of it. I'm saying, it was a little predictable at some parts and I just didn't get excited during the action scenes because they almost weren't there.
The ending action scene was thrilling, yes. There was a battle, obviously. Like most books, they have to end with a big bang. The only thing that bothered me was that we didn't get to even see the big battle. We get to see into Luce's head. Some major events happened but she wasn't there during the battle. The action scenes she was involved in were short and it seemed like a quick rap up.
Pretty much, my thoughts on the book with no sugar added: I expected more. I didn't really get the whole "dark and sexy" aspect of this book. But, maybe I was just bored because I just recently got done reading Hush, Hush? I finished it fast and it was entertaining but I don't feel like it lived up to the reputation it has.
I still, most definitley, will read the next book, though!
I finished this book a few weeks ago but it took me a long time to read. If I really think about it, the book flowed easily and didn't have very manyI finished this book a few weeks ago but it took me a long time to read. If I really think about it, the book flowed easily and didn't have very many boring parts. Yet, this was my least favorite of the Blue Bloods series....more
I just finished my reread of this book because when I got back into reading, I found Kiss of Life at Half Priced Books and thought, why the hell not?!I just finished my reread of this book because when I got back into reading, I found Kiss of Life at Half Priced Books and thought, why the hell not?!
So I started this booking thinking, "God, could you talk ANYMORE about how she's goth..?" I understand, yes, she wears black. but you don't have to talk about how she's gothic in every damn chapter.
I jumped into this book again thinking, Ihatethisbookihatethisbookihatethisbook.
The book starts with introducing Phoebe, Margi, and Adam. Adam is Phoebe and Margi's best friend although he pretends he's not in school. There's a new dead kid in the school, Tommy Williams, who Phoebe takes immediate interest in. Tommy signs up for the football team, causing huge controversy and racism. Adam is neutral to the dead kids while Pete Martinsberg (I think that's his name) makes racist comments and threatens Tommy. As Phoebe takes more interest in Tommy, giving him poems and such, she attends his football game where there are riots and protesters not wanting him to play. When he is finally put into the game, people realize how good he is but then he quits. Phoebe, Adam, and Margi join a Differently Biotic class to learn more about the dead kids. They realize how bad things really are. While Phoebe and Tommy get closer and closer, Tommy reveals to her the murders of the already dead kids that the news doesn't report about and things take a wild turn.
In a lot of my reviews, I describe how the characters feel "real" to me. I'd say that but, it'd just be pure irony. The characters aren't as strong as characters I've read in other books but they're still lovable. Karen and Tommy remind me of my own friends in some ways.
The writing was good although it felt like he repeated things a few times. I was happy with the way he worded things. Really made me feel like high school kids were talking.
This was a rather annoying book up until the end. I liked how it ended, a good cliff hanger and it led up to conflict well although many conflicts are still unresolved.
Oh, the cover. I don't know why but back when I had finished Generation Dead and was waiting for the next two, I was most anxious to see what the coveOh, the cover. I don't know why but back when I had finished Generation Dead and was waiting for the next two, I was most anxious to see what the covers were going to look like. I was pleased with it, but I'm curious, on Generation Dead, who is that supposed to be?
In Kiss of Life, Daniel Waters stretched the plot to lead into a third book. Why were the kids still coming back? What happens with Phoebe and Tommy? Phoebe and Adam? Does Colette ever find her brother and parents? What is going to happen with Sylvia? Tak? George? Popeye? Karen?
There were some questions answered also. So, who does Phoebe end up choosing in the end? Well, this didn't turn out like I wanted it to. I'm not sure it did for anyone for that matter, yet I wasn't upset by her choice at all and infact, I was happier about it.
What happens with Adam? Clearly, he is a struggling Zombie whom was killed by Pete Martinsberg in the previous book. Pete was aiming to kill Tommy, Phoebe was in the way, Pete fired, Adam jumped in front.
What happens with Colette and Margi? Well, you'll have to find out, I guess. I loved the ending result although, Phoebe seems to be "lost" (Metaphorically) through this whole book.
In this book, a whole new problem arises. Pete doesn't go to jail for his murder because Adam came back, so it wasn't really murder. Martinsberg has to go to therapy and do community service at the place for Undead Studies where he meets Duke.
Throughout the book, Phoebe struggles to bring Adam "back". Love is why Karen and Tommy were such functional zombies and that's what Phoebe is giving Adam.
Tak, Popeye, and George: The Sons of Romero, are pulling pranks trying to demonstrate that the differently biotic are not goin' anywhere while there are brutal crimes happening all over Oakville, in which they're being blamed on.
Tommy leaves town to spread what has happened to the differently biotic to other states.
There are many more twists and many more tumbles. But if you're looking for a book where Tommy is your favorite character: Don't get too excited, he's barely in the book at all.
Seems like, in a series, someone (Usually the Knight in shing armor) leaves which causes huge uproar (Ea: New Moon, City of Fallen Angels ). I guess it just seems cliche and annoying.
One thing I LOVED about this book was purely Phoebe. In another review, I said I just wanted to find a character who wasn't conceited but still thought she was pretty. I'm just so tired of the complaining. Phoebe admitted she was pretty! But she didn't flip a shit when Adam called her beautiful, "OMG. He called me beautiful. BUT IM NOT, IM JUST NOT, IM BUTT ASS UGLY". I hate that so much. Phoebe didn't talk about it and it wasn't her main focus.
This book is kinda boring and I felt like more should have happened. Most of it was just Phoebe trying to help Adam and not a lot of conflicts were solved but new ones had arised.
The series is a good read but not something I'd obsess over. I'm happy to say that this book didn't have the kind of zombies with a limp leg and ate everyones brains. They were cold, rock hard, pale, glassy eyed, almost beautiful. Depending on how you looked when you died.
Okay, to tell you the truth, I had no sweet clue what in the hell the main character was talking about. I read the synopsis on the back of the book anOkay, to tell you the truth, I had no sweet clue what in the hell the main character was talking about. I read the synopsis on the back of the book and still had no idea what the book was even about. . . .
So, I started this book with mixed feelings. I wasn't sure how much I'd like it and I wasn't sure how much the book could really deliver considering it's such a small book.
Honestly, I loved this book so much. For anyone with eating problems or a horrible self-esteem, should read this. Take it from me.
While I don't really post personal stuff, this book was a huge self esteem booster once you reach the end. I have never had an eating disorder but, I pick at what I eat and I count every calorie and work out religiously. I guess you could say for a long while I teetered on the "I don't want to eat because I'm fat" point. Just like in this book, I always had a "Thin voice" that told me exactly what I didn't want to hear, One cup of soup, two hundred and thirty five calories. Forty minutes of swimming laps.
As I read this book, I realized that what Lisa, the main character, is going through is real and I think this book could touch everyone who reads it.
Lisabeth is anorexic. She has a good life, a best friend, a boyfriend, a loving father. Her life isn't perfect, though. The voice in her head, the Thin voice, is always telling her what to eat, how many calories something is, and how much exercise she needs to burn it. She thinks she's fat yet she only loses around 1/10th of a pound everyday and feels a sense of accomplishment. Her best friend Suzanne is starting to notice and tells her, Lisa, you're anorexic. This is a complete insult to Lisa and they stop being friends. Her boyfriend starts to notice also and she just gets angry with his assumptions. Her new best friend, Tammy, binges and purges and Lisa is jealous of her self control and her ability to even make herself throw up. As Lisa battles with food, she begins to feel depressed and she wants to die. She tries overdosing on her mothers pills.
While all of this is going on, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is gone and they need someone new as the Famine Horsemen. The Death Horsemen decides to chose Lisa. Now, Lisa has the ability to go places with her new steed and throw a whole villiage into famine but the Pestilence Horsemen says she can do good with her ability. Can Lisa help the world with her abilities? Can she help herself even though her new abilities show her the good and bad of food?
I'd say something right here, like I normally do like, My thoughts on this book with no sugar added is: but that just goes to perfectly with the concept of this book.
This book is definitley the right book for anyone who has looked in the mirror and has had thoughts of going through drastic measures just to be thin. A lot of teenagers go through things like this. A lot of girls. I'm not the exception. This book helped me realize, could help anyone realize, that it isn't all about appearance. Although it took Lisa awhile to finally realize that being thin isn't the only thing that makes her happy, she did finally get back the people she loved most and pushed away their concerns.
The only problem I had was the fact that I didn't really get to know the characters. That's the only reason why I gave it four stars. Otherwise, this book was flawless.
For someone who has gone through almost the exact same thing, minus the apolalypse horsemen stuff, this book made me feel better. Don't underestimate the fact that it's small. It gives a lot for being only a whole 177 pages.