Review This book felt like a bit of a placeholder book really. I was hoping that there would be more resolution and progression of the characters and s...moreReview This book felt like a bit of a placeholder book really. I was hoping that there would be more resolution and progression of the characters and storylines but they didn’t seem to move on hugely from the end of the first book. It was entertaining enough and left me wanting to read the next book to find out what happens but it didn’t really hold up as a stand alone book.
Favourite character Clary Fray
Favourite quote “There's no need to clarify my finger snap," said Magnus. "The implication was clear in the snap itself.” (less)
Review This is one of my favourite books and one that I read again and again, usually when I am feeling depressed. I first read it when I was a teenage...moreReview This is one of my favourite books and one that I read again and again, usually when I am feeling depressed. I first read it when I was a teenager and I remember being amazed by how accurate I found it and my how many of the things it said seemed to be describing me. My copy has paragraphs underlined on almost every page and I never ever ever write in my books! I am by no means as dysfunctional as the author but I think that anyone who has experienced depression will find some truths in it.
Favourite quote “I start to think there really is no cure for depression, that happiness is an ongoing battle, and I wonder if it isn’t one I’ll have to fight for as long as I live, I wonder if it’s worth it.”(less)
Review It’s difficult to review these books without giving any spoilers away but I think that all I really need say is that they continue to impress an...moreReview It’s difficult to review these books without giving any spoilers away but I think that all I really need say is that they continue to impress and that if you liked the previous ones you will like this one too. I think it does suffer slightly from introducing some new characters and leaving out some old ones (whose stories are to be told in A Dance With Dragons) and there is also a slightly stagnant feel because nothing much really happens (in comparison with previous books in the series, not in comparison with books in general!) but these are only very minor problems. Overall, I continue to love the series and now just have the gigantic A Dance with Dragons left.
Favourite character Jaime Lannister
Favourite quote “I am tempted to say this is no game we play, daughter, but of course it is. The game of thrones”. (less)
Review Finally, some resolution & character growth! I was pleased to see Clary becoming a slightly stronger character, although I still found her s...moreReview Finally, some resolution & character growth! I was pleased to see Clary becoming a slightly stronger character, although I still found her slightly disappointing. I was also pleased that some of the issues about Jace were resolved. (view spoiler)[I was especially pleased to see an end to the incest storyline which I really thought should have been resolved in the first book and was expecting to be resolved in the second. When they weren’t sorted in the second I was beginning to think that he actually was her brother which really would have tainted the whole series for me. I could tell from reading this book that he wasn’t going to be though and could see where the Sebastian story was going from quite early on. (hide spoiler)] I believe that this was initially meant to be a trilogy and I can see that this book definitely wrapped the original issues up nicely. There’s still enough to keep me interested in reading though so I’ll carry on.
Favourite character Clary Fray
Favourite quote “I am a man" he told her, "and men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone woman, and bring me something brown.” ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Review I thought that the letters, especially the drawings, were adorable and it was a lovely idea to do these for his children. I think that this woul...moreReview I thought that the letters, especially the drawings, were adorable and it was a lovely idea to do these for his children. I think that this would be a really nice book to read with children at Christmastime. (less)
Review I read this as part of my Christmas reading but I’m not really sure why it’s called a Christmas story because it’s not very Christmassy at all. I...moreReview I read this as part of my Christmas reading but I’m not really sure why it’s called a Christmas story because it’s not very Christmassy at all. It’s not what I expected from Louisa May Alcott. I didn’t expect it to be another Little Women but I found the writing style to be quite different as well. I wouldn’t have known who the author was if I didn’t already know that it was Alcott. I found the main characters to be interesting, although I tended to get the secondary characters mixed up. I thought that the base storyline and the relationships between the characters was interesting but that it would have been much better if the book had dealt with those in more detail rather than the, what I considered to be, superfluous supernatural story. I thought that it was fine but that it could have been better than it was and there’s probably a good reason why it isn’t very well known.
Favourite character Maurice Traherne
Favourite quote “Human minds are more full of mysteries than any written book and more changeable than the cloud shapes in the air.”(less)
Review I really like the Percy Jackson books and this was an interesting little addition. The stories were a bit longer and more involved than I had an...moreReview I really like the Percy Jackson books and this was an interesting little addition. The stories were a bit longer and more involved than I had anticipated from an “extras” book like this and the story by Haley Riordan was really very good. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for any Haley Riordan books in the future and based on this effort I would be quite happy for him to take over the Olympus series if his Dad ever gets bored of it. All in all this was a nice place holder for fans of the series waiting for the next book.
Favourite character Percy Jackson
Favourite quote “I gave her a smile that I hoped conveyed something like: Hey, you know I’m on your side. Gods are such jerks! But what can you do? Probably my expression actually conveyed: It’s not my fault! Please do not kill me!” (less)
Review I feel like I should have liked this book more than I actually did. It didn’t help that as it is ostensibly a spy novel I kept comparing it to K...moreReview I feel like I should have liked this book more than I actually did. It didn’t help that as it is ostensibly a spy novel I kept comparing it to Ken Follett who, in my opinion, does these best and I kept expecting something a bit more exciting to happen. Ian McEwen is a writer who I generally like in concept rather than in execution. Objectively I can see that his writing is extremely good and can appreciate individual sections of it but in terms of stories/characters I can relate to he often leaves me slightly cold. There were sections and quotes that I really loved in this book but I never became particularly invested in the characters or what was happening to them. I did love the way in which I thought that I could see McEwen himself in parts. The section where Serena questions whether Tom actually has sexual deviances (for want of a better world) because of way in which he had written a character who does is surely based on experiences McEwen has had himself (particularly with his early novels). I could also really relate to some of the comments he made about reading books and the relationship between the reader and the writer. Overall it was a good book and I would recommend it to others but it’s not one that I loved or will be in a hurry to re-read. I’m not sure what I thought about the twist. Part of me thought that it was a clever twist, particularly given the way in which it had been ironically set up earlier in the novel but part of me thought that it was a bit of a cheat, for exactly the reasons that McEwen identified.
Favourite character Serena Frome
Favourite quote “There was, in my view, an unwritten contract with the reader that the writer must honour. No single element of an imagined world or any of its characters should be allowed to dissolve on an authorial whim. The invented had to be as solid and as self-consistent as the actual. This was a contract founded on mutual trust.” (less)
Review This book started off well and I loved the weaving of the stories but I felt that it could have done with a good edit to make it a really good b...moreReview This book started off well and I loved the weaving of the stories but I felt that it could have done with a good edit to make it a really good book. The characters and stories were interesting but I felt that it was sometimes a bit repetitive and went on for too long. There were parts of Meredith’s story where I felt like we were just covering old ground. Overall a good book and it is clear that Sarah Bryant is a good writer (the story reminded me slightly of Anita Shreve) but it was slightly disappointing because of the wasted potential and the fact that this could so easily have been a great book.