I've been wanting to read this series for a really long time now. I always hear people raving about these books and arguing over Team Will vs. Team J...more
I've been wanting to read this series for a really long time now. I always hear people raving about these books and arguing over Team Will vs. Team Jem and this could get pretty intimidating because I didn't want to be the black sheep. I'm a big fan of The Mortal Instrument books (well I've only read up to book 4) and I thought these books would be something I would really like too. The books are just so long so I decided to try out the audiobooks instead (Actually I decided to try the audiobooks because I knew Ed Westwick narrates Clockwork Prince and I LOVE his voice!). Unfortunately, the narrator, the very slow beginning and my lack of my ability to focus on the audiobook, Clockwork Angel didn't quite make the impression I was hoping for...
I really believe my main problem with the book was the narrator (which I've been told is the big difference between a good or bad audiobook). The person narrating sounded really old! No matter what, I just couldn't picture 16 year-old in the story with her voice. Plus, she sounded like she was trying not to cry in most scenes which was odd. I just didn't connect at all with the narrator which in turn made me not connect with the characters or the story that much. Another problem was that this was my first audiobook ever and I had a hard time focusing at first. Maybe it was the audiobook or the really slow beginning, but I found myself hearing the audiobook but not paying much attention to it. Next thing I knew, 30 minutes would pass and I could not remember anything that had happened.
Or maybe I didn't remember anything that had happened because not much really had happened. I swear Tessa is the most descriptive person ever. I got so frustrated with how she had to describe every single little detail, I was like I get it! She has a pretty dress, go on with the story! I know the Team Will vs. Team Jem is one of the most hated rivalries (between readers) but i honestly didn't get either one. If I HAD to pick a team I guess I would pick Team Will (cover your ears Jennifer!) Yes he was an ass but what can I saw, I have a thing for them. *shrugs* Plus, I understood why he pushed people away. And he just had the best one-liners! If anything, I liked the bromance between Will and Jem much better than the romance between Tessa and either of the boys :)
Overall, I liked Clockwork Angel but I didn't love it. I think maybe all the hype had me expecting something else. I'm still looking forward to the next books in this series.
Some of my favorite quotes from Clockwork Angel: -“One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
-Will looked horrified. "What kind of monster could possibly hate chocolate?”
-It's all right to love someone who doesn't love you back, as long as they're worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.
-“Are you implying that shreds of my reputation remain intact?" Will demanded with mock horror. "Clearly I have been doing something wrong. Or not something wrong, as the case may be." He banged on the side of the carriage. "Thomas! We must away at once to the nearest brothel. I seek scandal and low companionship.”
-“Well, she's not responding to my advances," he observed more brightly than he felt, "so she must be dead." "Or she's a woman of good taste and sense.”
-“It's Will," she said. "He's being absolutely ridiculous in the dining room." Charlotte looked puzzled. "How is this different from him being totally ridiculous in the library or the weapons room or any of the other places he's usually ridiculous?”
-She looked up at him with a smile. The smile broke what was left of his resistance--shattered it. He had let the walls down when he'd thought she was gone, and there was no time to build them back up.
***Spoiler-free review, there will however be spoiler for Hex Hall and Demonglass*** Ah Sophie, how I have missed you…
In the end of Demonglass, Sophie...more***Spoiler-free review, there will however be spoiler for Hex Hall and Demonglass*** Ah Sophie, how I have missed you…
In the end of Demonglass, Sophie and her father have been stripped of their magic powers, Archer and Jenna have been captured and Thorne Abbey is under attack. Cal, her fiancé even though she is technically with Archer, (no, Sophie is not that kind of girl. Witches and warlocks have arranged marriages) convinces Sophie to go look for her mother to seek for help, even though her mother is with the Brannicks, who are enemies of the prodigium.
Sophie travels through the Itineris (a magic travel portal) to find her mother, however, since her powers are bound and she isn’t technically a witch or demon anymore, the Itineris has a hard time determining what she ends up losing almost two weeks by the time it spits her out. Sophie finds her mother among the Brannicks and she finds out that they are not who she thought they were. Soon after, her father and Cal show up. Of course, you can always count in the awkward but awesome tension between these two, as well as a kissing scene!
Just when Sophie is adjusting and her and her crew is preparing to attack the Casnoff sisters, she is suddenly sucked back (literally) to Hex Hall. (Totally not expecting that, but awesome nonetheless!) Turns out that all the students, including Archer and Jenna have also been summoned back to Hex Hall, but this time they are stuck there while the Casnoff sisters try to pull off their evil plan.
I’ve always loved Jenna (a vampire with pink hair!) and her friendship with Sophie. And Archer? I’ve always been a fan of his although Cal is still probably one of my favorite characters. And of course, Sophie and Archer’s witty comments are just as funny as the last two books, maybe even more. I forgot to mention that the ghost of Elodie is till somehow tied to Sophie, but this time she has found a way to posess Sophie’s body. Which comes in handy when they need Elodie’s magic powers, but what about when she comes face to face with Archer (her ex)? It’s pretty sad that I liked Elodie so much better as a ghost than when she was alive. But she does end up getting her (sort of) happy ending. One of my favorite things about this book was a warlock who is stuck in a mirror. He can predict the future although he rarely does, and the conversations he has with Sophie are just to die for! And I don’t know if this is just me, but it seems like the hotness level between Sophie and Archer simmers down a bit, compared to the last two books.
Along with the rest of you, I have grown to LOVE Sophie, her wit and sarcasm and the wonderful world of Hex Hall. I am very sad to read the end of her story. Spell Bound was a great but sad and bittersweet ending and still left unanswered questions. Might Rachel Hawkins answer these in a Hex Hall spin-off series or another Hex Hall book? Who knows, but I sure hope so! When I finished Spell Bound, I had no idea that this was the final book in the Hex Hall series. The story just feels…unfinished. If this was just another Hex Hall book I would give this 5 stars, but considering this is the last one I have to give in 4 stars since I feel like it should have been…more. More romance, more fighting, more of the Brannicks and more of Sophie’s parents. There was however more than enough drama, suspense and Sophie’s awesome snarky comments. Overall, Spell Bound was a fantastic addition to the Hex Hall world although I am sad it’s over. I immediately got sucked back into Sophie’s world that I devoured this book in one day.
4 out of 5 sparkly stars!
Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from Spell Bound: (there are SO many, it was hard to choose!) - “Maybe. But he’ll just say a bunch of smart-ass stuff before maybe telling you anything real. That’s what he does.” Standing, I said, “I think I can hold my own in smartassery.”
- “You can call yourself whatever you want.” “Okay. Sophie Awesome Sparkle-Princess it is.”
- Knowing I’d probably regret it, I crossed the room and yanked the canvas off the mirror. As before, he was sitting on the table, smirking at me. “Jackass, jackass on the wall, where’s the info on Hex Hall?”
- “You know, I can see more than just the future or the past.” “Really?” I asked, paging through the papers in the file. “Can you also see the present? Because I can do that, too. Like, right now, I sense that I’m in a messy room with a total toolbox.”
- “We could go to Lough Bealach,” Aislinn answered. “Is that a place, or are you choking?” I asked, earning me a glare in return.
- “And the sooner, the better. We’re in stasis now, but something is coming. I sense a—” “Great disturbance in the Force?” I interrupted before I could stop myself. Torin frowned. “I suspect you’re mocking me, but I don’t understand the reference. In any case, dark powers are stirring. The more prepared you are, the better.”
- “Right. So no plans at all, then?” Jenna frowned. “Other than rocking in the fetal position for a while?” “Yeah, I was thinking about taking one of those showers where you huddle in the corner fully clothed and cry,” Archer offered.
- “See you later, then?” he asked. His voice was casual, but my skin was hot where he touched me. “Definitely,” I answered, figuring that even a girl who has to stop evil witches from taking over the world could make time for kissage in there somewhere. *** Read more of my reviews at: Nereyda @ Mostly YA Book Obsessed http://BooksandSparkles.Blogspot.com(less)
While I didn't love Clockwork Angel, I did like it enough to continue with the series. I admit that the whole reason I wanted to listen to this one i...more
While I didn't love Clockwork Angel, I did like it enough to continue with the series. I admit that the whole reason I wanted to listen to this one is because Ed Westwick is one of the narrators. I had trouble with the narrator of book one but I thought both Ed and Heather Lind did an AMAZING job narrating this one! I still wasn't wowed by the story like most readers seem to be, but I did absolutely LOVE the way it was narrated!
Things were still a little bit too slow for my liking and Tessa was still overly descriptive over every little thing. I swear at one point she went on for like 5 minutes describing a building. But once the story started picking up, it managed to hold my attention and I wasn't drifting off this time. I liked Tessa's character much better this time but I still didn't get the big deal with the romance. I got why Tessa liked Will and why Will liked her back. I even got why she started having feelings for Jem after spending more time with him, although I don't think it was nowhere near as serious as it ended up being. The thing about this relationship that bothered me the most is that I didn't believe that Will and Jem didn't know that the other is in love with Tessa. I actually get why Will wouldn't notice that Jem and Tessa were involved because he was dealing with a lot, plus Will is very self involved and I doubt he notices much about other people's lives. But these guys are not only best friends, they're also parabatai, I found it unbelievable that they wouldn't talk to one another about liking Tessa. Also, Jem is very perspective about people, especially Will. Did he really not know that Will is in love with her? Or did he and just didn't care? I think I'm still Team Will because I just didn't buy that Tessa was that in love in Jem. Even at the end, she doesn't really seem happy. Still not really feeling this love triangle...
I did enjoy the story much more than Clockwork Angel and I plan on finishing with the series, but at the same time I don't have that OMG I have to find out what happens next feeling about this series. Back to the narration. I thought at first that Ed would narrate all the male dialogue and Heather would narrate all the female dialogue, but they alternate chapters. Most of the first half is narrated by Heather which I was kind of disappointed at first, but she did an amazing job. I loved the voices she had for the rest of the characters, Sophie and Jessamine (sp?) being my favorite. At first it was a little bit weird hearing Ed narrate Tessa's scenes but he also did a kick-ass job at this! I was surprised that they gave him some of the most pivotal Tessa scenes and I thought he pulled them off brilliantly! I also loved all the different voices he did, my favorites being Will (because it sounds the most like his voice) and Magnus (because it sound the closest to his Chuck Bass voice, yum!). Honestly though, he could probably narrate the phone book and I would love it!
Some of my favorite quotes from Clockwork Prince: -“Ah,” said a voice from the doorway, “having your annual ‘everyone thinks Will is a lunatic’ meeting, are you? “It’s biannual,” said Jem. “And no, this is not that meeting.”
-“I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you.”
-“Will has always been the brighter burning star, the one to catch attention — but Jem is a steady flame, unwavering and honest. He could make you happy.”
-“He bent to put his cheek against hers. His breath against her ear made her shudder with each deliberately spoken word. "I have wanted to do this," he said, "every moment of every hour of every day that I have been with you since the day I met you.”
-“We live and breathe words. It was books that kept me from taking my own life after I thought I could never love anyone, never be loved again. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.”
-“They all have always loved you, Will Herondale, for you cannot hide what is good about yourself, however hard you try.”
***ARC provided by HarperTeen for review*** Kate and Vincent think they have found a compromising solution for their human-revenant relationship: he wi...more***ARC provided by HarperTeen for review*** Kate and Vincent think they have found a compromising solution for their human-revenant relationship: he will refrain from sacrificing himself by saving other people’s lives. But when a dangerous incident occurs, Kate realizes how hard it is for Vincent to resist saving other people’s lives and that the best case scenario for them is for him to hold out on saving people-at least until she dies. Desperate to find another solution, both Kate and Vincent each secretly search for a way for them to be together and have their happily-ever-after.
In Until I Die, we get learn more about the fascinating world of revenants! We also get to meet a couple of new revenants who become important to the story. Kate and Vincent’s relationship was not my favorite in the first book, but I felt that they really grew and their relationship was stronger and more believable to me. What made it better for me was the fact that I could feel their desperation to find a solution. And, I know already said this in my review of Die For Me, but OMG, I LOVED Jules! He was definitely one of my favorite characters. Him, along with Georgia, managed to lighten up and add humor to every scene they were in. I also loved all the flirty comments he gives Kate as much of the glimpses we see of his serious side, which leads me to believe that he might have real feeling for Kate. How do I feel about that? Not really sure since I think Kate and Vincent belong together but at the same time I'm…curious.
Until I Die was full of romance, action, suspense, humor, desperation and more than enough twist to keep you guessing where the story will go next. The writing was fast-paced and will suck you in and beg you to keep reading it until you devour it all. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the ending. If you thought the book description would prepare you for the cliffhanger ending, you are in for a surprise. The shocking ending will leave you surprised, conflicted and desperately wishing that we didn’t have to wait so long until the next book!
Both of the covers in this series are breathtakingly beautiful and do the books justice. I can't wait to get my hands on the final book of the Revenants series, If I Should Die, although I am more than a little nervous and anxious as to where the story will take us next. But, as long as Kate, Georgia, the revenants and the city of Paris are long for the ride, then count me in! Until I Die is a must book for fans of this series and new readers will be mesmerized by this beautiful and addictive new world!
4.5 out of 5 sparkly stars!
Some of my favorite non spoiler quotes from Until I Die: -It hadn’t escaped my attention that I preferred to spend time with the undead rather than the living. I tried not to think about what that said about me.
-“It was an awful time for you. You’ll never get over your parents’ death, I'm not even suggesting that. But you're doing better now. You're coping with life.” “Questionable, since I hang out with a bunch of dead people.”
-Eww. Although I wanted to know everything about the revenants, sometimes the details Vincent gave me fell into the TMI category.
-Jules was trying the guilt-trip method of attack. And it was working. “Okay, I’ll pose for you,” I conceded. “But under no circumstances will any article of clothing leave my body while I am in your studio.” “And if you're elsewhere?” he asked, breaking into a sly smile.
-“Kate, if this works, it’s our answer. I’ll be able to avoid death…” “Until I die,” I filled in the gap.
--Trying to resist you is like trying to resist dying. It just gets harder the longer I hold out. *** Read more of my reviews and author interviews at: Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed http://BooksandSparkles.Blogspot.com (less)