Angels, demons, fairies, werewolves, and vampires -- oh my!
City of Heavenly Fire is the conclusion to Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, bu...moreAngels, demons, fairies, werewolves, and vampires -- oh my!
City of Heavenly Fire is the conclusion to Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, but it is certainly not the last Shadow Hunter novel. While the book was primarily focused on wrapping up the story of Clary, Jace, Sebastian, and the rest of the teenage Shadow Hunters, it also paved the way for her next installment(s) set in the same universe. I have to say, I wasn't all that impressed with this installment, but at least the ending wasn't too bad (even though it felt like it would never end!)
I keep telling myself that I'm not *that* into these books, but I keep coming back for more...
Regardless, maybe I'll give the next series a try. Here's to hoping there's no creepy incest or repetitive story lines in the next series.(less)
There are a lot of characters in this story, and unfortunately it has been awhile since I had read about them. As a result, the story was a bit hard t...moreThere are a lot of characters in this story, and unfortunately it has been awhile since I had read about them. As a result, the story was a bit hard to follow as I tried to recall the role each character had played in previous books. I am sure that a reread of the first two books in the trilogy will be beneficial in better appreciating the final installment.
Overall, the story was good, if not a bit rushed at certain points. This was a fitting end to a series I enjoyed reading. I look forward to seeing what else Bridges might come out with in the future. (less)
After three books, Kylie finally figures out what she is. Now, in book four, she is learning what she is capable of. Summer has also ended, and Shadow...moreAfter three books, Kylie finally figures out what she is. Now, in book four, she is learning what she is capable of. Summer has also ended, and Shadow Falls has become a school. But many things remain the same: Kylie is still torn between her two love interests, she's still involved in solving ghost problems, and she's ever meddling in the affairs (love lives, for the most part) of her friends.
Overall, I did not enjoy this book as much as the previous ones because Kylie, who already showed some very obvious Mary Sue aspects, became a full-blown Mary Sue in book four. She's as special a snowflake as they come. Hunter couldn't just make Kylie rare and unique and special, she had to double that and then some. Not only is Kylie a unique brand of supernatural, she's even more special than others of her kind.
While dedicated fans of the series might be the only ones to enjoy this, Whispers at Moonrise is good brain candy. Hopefully the fifth book will be more exciting.(less)
Wow. A lot of things happened in this book. Unfortunately, Alex, Adria's sister, seems to have gone MIA for the story, which is unfortunate. Hopefully...moreWow. A lot of things happened in this book. Unfortunately, Alex, Adria's sister, seems to have gone MIA for the story, which is unfortunate. Hopefully she will reappear in the third book, although I am curious how the author will find the pages to fit that plot line in. Especially with the new developments being introduced. Although this was a pretty engaging sequel, I'm not sure I liked the recent addition of the new creature. But hey, I will stick with the series and see where the author takes it.(less)
For a book about werewolves, I went into this not expecting much. I dislike werewolves. There's nothing attractive or romantic about them. They're hai...moreFor a book about werewolves, I went into this not expecting much. I dislike werewolves. There's nothing attractive or romantic about them. They're hairy, smelly, beastly, and not at all attractive. Well, in werewolf form anyway. At least in this book, the author kept them as actual werewolves instead of shapeshifters, which was an interesting aspect to have in a young adult pnr. Overall, I enjoyed the story. I liked the characters, for the most part. At least the main character and the romantic interest weren't horrible, in any case.
Also, I really hate authors killing off animals. Poor german shepherd that was randomly mentioned being killed in an unfortunate event.(less)
Not only do I hate werewolves, but this story is bugging me, and I am not even 10% in. Insta-love, predictable plot devices, editting errors, and info...moreNot only do I hate werewolves, but this story is bugging me, and I am not even 10% in. Insta-love, predictable plot devices, editting errors, and info dumps -- ugh. I will try again later.(less)
When you skip over sex scenes, Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake books become incredibly fast reads -- more so in the later books than the earlier one...moreWhen you skip over sex scenes, Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake books become incredibly fast reads -- more so in the later books than the earlier ones in the series. Although this series has grown increasingly unpopular with fans as it has become seemingly more about smut and less about badass Anita Blake kicking monster-butt, Kiss the Dead seemed to possess more ties to the original books than the later installments have had.
This book was still fun and mindlessly enjoyable in most parts, but honestly, I've found I've lost track of Anita's lovers/boyfriends/sexpartners etc. I've also found myself growing increasingly bored by the romance in addition to the sex scenes. I've seemingly skipped over entire chapters just to get back to the mystery and action that made me fall in love with the series.
Although I can't imagine this series returning to its original roots due to the "ardeur", Anita's hunger to feed on sexual energy, I do hope Hamilton focuses more on the action that attracted readers and less on the erotica, which only appeals to a certain audience.
I'm seeing a pattern: ghost shows up at the end of the book, only to be followed up in the next book. Continuous cliffhanger!
I enjoyed this book more...moreI'm seeing a pattern: ghost shows up at the end of the book, only to be followed up in the next book. Continuous cliffhanger!
I enjoyed this book more than I did the second. Finally, no more dragging on with the "What is Kylie game?" But there's plenty of drama regarding Kylie's love triangle with Derek and Lucas.
In book two, Kylie was indecisive in wanting to be with Derek because of her desire for Lucas. In book three, although Kylie is now with Lucas, she's torn over her lingering feelings for Derek. Whereas Lucas represents passion and adventure, Derek embodies safety and security. Derek understands her ghost-whispering abilities while Lucas seems repulsed and doesn't understand Kylie's desire to help the spirits.
One of Kylie's main reservations regarding Lucas is that his pack is against their relationship. Lucas, who comes from a line of pure-blood werewolves, is expected to marry a werewolf. Also, Fredericka's close relationship to Lucas causes Kylie to feel extremely insecure.
In between Kylie's indecisiveness regarding the two boys, she's also being tracked down by the villain from last novel, Mario, and his grandson Red. Plus, there's the secondary-character drama to deal with, mainly Perry and Miranda and Holiday and Burnett. On top of the presence of yet another confused (and impossible to comprehend) ghost, Kylie is kept busy dealing with her new powers, which seem to keep on expanding (view spoiler)[ (this time around, she may possibly be able to resurrect the dead! -- oh, and she can intercept fireballs with her hands.) (hide spoiler)]
I'll be interested to see what happens when the camp finally turns into a boarding school...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Awake at Dawn, book two of the Shadow Fall series, starts off where Born at Midnight left off. At Shadow Falls camp, Kylie is confronted by yet anothe...moreAwake at Dawn, book two of the Shadow Fall series, starts off where Born at Midnight left off. At Shadow Falls camp, Kylie is confronted by yet another cryptic ghost asking her to save someone close to her. Frustrated by her inability to understand the ghost, the ghost is mostly side-lined for a good portion of the book. Kylie's focus turns to other issues, such as her ongoing love triangle between Derek, the half-fae who wants to be her boyfriend and who she feels safe with, and Lucas, who had become infatuated with Kylie from when they were childhood neighbors. While Lucas took off in the previous book with Fredericka, a werewolf who is in love with him and who he admits to having had sex with, Kylie still continues to dream of him; this undoubtedly conflicts with what she feels for Derek. Another issue Kylie needs to deal with is that the Blood Brothers, a vampire gang introduced in the first book, has reappeared. Kylie knows that she's somehow of interest to them -- particularly when "Red", a vampire she grappled with at the zoo next to the camp, intrudes on her in a dressing room while she was bra shopping with her friends. On top of all of this is the growing distance between her former best friend Sara, all of the unique powers and changes Kylie is suddenly saddled with, her father's midlife crisis, the reconciled relationship with her mother, her cat being turned into a skunk by one of Miranda's spells, and her ongoing identity crisis. Overall, Awake at Dawn is a good book. I enjoyed it, but not as much as the first. This is largely due to how Kylie's Mary Sue side is breaking through during the book: (view spoiler)[ She might be a vampire due to her love for the taste of blood, she might be a werewolf due to a growth spurt (hair, bust, height), she could be anything else due to her new powers of healing and dream-walking... nobody knows! (hide spoiler)] I'm fine with characters who are a bit overpowered. But when they reach untouchable status, like Kylie is beginning to, they just become unrealistic and therefore unable to relate to. While I gave the first book four stars, I'm going to have to lower this one down to a 3.5
Okay, while I really enjoyed Raven Boys, when I decided to give Shiver a try, I only succeeded in getting through 23%, and then the main love interest...moreOkay, while I really enjoyed Raven Boys, when I decided to give Shiver a try, I only succeeded in getting through 23%, and then the main love interest mentioned that he ate a cat while he was in his wolf form. I might have continued with the story, but that fact...yeah, as a cat owner and fond of all things feline, I just couldn't get over that. Especially not when Grace is, like, "ok, well, you had to eat."
I mean, not that catatonic Grace with a creepy wolf obsession was any better. And Sam wasn't too interesting of a love interest. And I can't say I actually like werewolves, or have ever found a werewolf character I have liked.
But the cat being killed? I ... yeah. Stiefvater is not a bad writer, but I just cannot get into Shiver.
Edit: I read to 32%. Still not holding my interest.(less)