Okay I'm going to keep this review short and sweet. This book was not for me.
Genevieve's mom dies in a mysterious fire and lands her in Alaska. Immed...moreOkay I'm going to keep this review short and sweet. This book was not for me.
Genevieve's mom dies in a mysterious fire and lands her in Alaska. Immediately, she meets handsome William who is off limits. Even though another girl seems to have claimed William, Genevieve can't help her growing attraction. She learns of the lycans and their supposed princess. Although she believe none of it to be true. everyone seems certain that she is the lycan princess.
Genevieve was not a likable characer, which made this book hard to digest. Even if I don't like a character, I have to be able to understand where he or she is coming from-I didn't get that in this book. Genevieve is a brat. She yells when she doesn't get her way and is extremely disrespectful to her aunt. Also she makes AWFUL choices. But that's another story.
I found the story hard to get through as well. So we go to Alaska and learn that there is a family of werewolves looking for their princess, not only that but there is a vampire. Oh and I'm pretty sure that there are hints of a love triangle. Been there. Done that.
If you are a fan of Twilight, I say go for it but this book was not for me. This book had its moments and even a twist that I did not foresee, but that did not make up for the rest of the novel. (less)
After reading the first installment in this exciting series, I knew that I had to get my hands on the second novel and quickly! Sadly, this novel did...moreAfter reading the first installment in this exciting series, I knew that I had to get my hands on the second novel and quickly! Sadly, this novel did not live up to the expectations that I had. Clare's world and characters are still enchanting but the plot did not impress me.
After the crazy events on of The Mortal Cup, Clary attempts to return to a normal life, or as normal as life can get with your mother in a coma and experiencing feelings for someone you really shouldn't. Clary's life is turned upside down when her best friend is attacked, her father attempts to lure her brother to the dark side, and a very persistent Inquisitor seems to have it out for Jace.
The second novel in The Mortal instruments series deals with Clary coming into her newfound shadowhunting skills as supernatural children are turning up dead, drained of all blood. Sounds interesting doesn't it? And it was for the first hundred or so pages. While the plot did not drag, I did not find it interesting in the least bit, well except maybe the epilogue. This novel takes a closer look at Clary's feelings for Jace and the awkward love triangle that she is thrown into. While I will get into the love stories later in my review, I can honestly say that the love triangle is what made me give the novel a lower rating: it felt really cheap. I also felt that the repeated appearances by Valentine's made him less menacing; he kept popping up everywhere and there was no mystery to what he had up his sleeves.
I wholeheartedly believe that the best things about these books are the characters. They are so much fun and so colorful and each have their own issues. While I loved Jace, Luke, newly added Maia, and the Lightwoods, Clary and Simon annoyed me. Cassandra Clare throws Simon and Clary into a very awkward situation in which neither character is being truthful with the other. The synposis states that the two are "becoming more than friends" but the situation is extremely forced on both parties and it also ends very awkwardly. Simon states that he wants truthfulness but goes right ahead and adopts a characteristic that he just chided Clary about. Hyp. O. Crit. I adored Alec in this story, especially his blossoming love story which I hope becomes evident in future novels.
The writing style reflected the first novel's very closely and I did not have any qualms. Clare writes her characters and introduces the audience to her world with such ease that City of Ashes becomes a fast page-turner despite the novel having almost 500 pages.
Despite my disappointment with the second installment, I will definitely be picking of City of Fallen Angels very soon, Clare's world and characters are too enticing to throw away just because of one mediocre book.
Recommended for those who loved the Mortal Cup and those who are looking for a more diverse urban fantasy read with unforgettable characters. (less)
After reading the last chapter to Hard Bitten, I knew I had to get my hands on this book and read it ASAP! Neill's Drink Deep introduces new supernatu...moreAfter reading the last chapter to Hard Bitten, I knew I had to get my hands on this book and read it ASAP! Neill's Drink Deep introduces new supernatural characters and answers the number one question swimming around all of our heads at the end of Hard Bitten.
Merit and the House are at a loss when they lose their House Master. And as if things couldn't get worse, Merit's best friend is acting strangely and Lake Michigan turned black (which doesn't really happen too often..). Merit has to solve the mystery of the lake before vigilante groups decide to take their "vampire problem" into their own hands.
Now if you have kept up with the Chicagoland Vampires series, you know how important this book is to the story. I am happy, that even while readers are dying to know what happened to Ethan, Neill can weave a clever and interesting mystery that will hold the reader's interest until Neill feels comfortable revealing her big secret. I loved the Lake Michigan mystery that has supernatural creatures turning against each other. Everything flowed so well, when you think a mystery is close to being solved, Neill hits you with a curve ball. I must say that the last few chapters had me holding my breath the entire time.
What made this book so sucessful is how Neill manipulates her characters, especially Mallory, Merit's best friend. Not only does Neill give her stunning cast more depth, she also introduces some very interesting characters who I hope to see in future novels. When Lake Michigan turns black, the Nymphs immediately point fingers at Lorelei, the local Siren. Lorelei lives on a beautiful island and Neill only revealed a taste of her, and I want to know more! Of course Merit is the same badass that we all know and love, but that was a given!
If you haven't read this novel yet and you are dying to know what has become of our beloved House Master, this is definitely a book that you need to read! It's full of mystery, outstanding character developments and a love story that I just can't get enough of! (less)
Nick's second book and Mrs Kenyon has yet to disappoint. I really don't have much to comment that isn't praise. The story was fun and lighthearted, wh...moreNick's second book and Mrs Kenyon has yet to disappoint. I really don't have much to comment that isn't praise. The story was fun and lighthearted, which I think is taking me a while to understand. When I pick up a Sherrilyn Kenyon novel I expect it to be a gripping novel full of heart ache and true love.
Not the case with Nick, which is okay with me because he's only 14. He hasn't met the love of his life, and he's too young to have to go face to face with an epic evil. Once I realized that, I appreciate the story a lot more.
The only thing I want to criticize is Kenyon's use of the word "pwning." :p I love her hip and witty writing but if memory serves, the act of "pwning" did not come into play until 2004 or onwards. I know I said that I don't have too much to criticize, which I don't, but I just wish that one day Sherrilyn would write a character whose voice isn't dripping with sarcasm. I understand that Nick's personality has already been defined, but new characters such as Bubba, Mark, Kody and Caleb should not all have to be smart asses. I would LOVE to see a character that is sincere.
Those really are small things that don't interrupt the reading process, but they are just small things that I noticed.
I loved all of the twists and turns that the novel brought and I loved seeing young Nick's interactions with characters like Aimee, Wren and Remi. Seeing everyone from Nick's eye was both fun and exciting.
The story was interesting, it was not the main focus of the novel but it was still an interesting journey. Also, I love that Kenyon can write characters with so many dimensions, that's one of the reasons why I am in LOVE with (almost) everything she writes. She knows how to make her audience feel for her characters whether it's Cherise Gautier or the mysterious Ambrose.
I recommend this novel for ALL Kenyon fans or anyone who just wants a fun novel to read. (less)
When I picked up this audio book I didn't know what to think. I had heard A LOT of things about Cassandra Cla...moreWell. That was not what I was expecting.
When I picked up this audio book I didn't know what to think. I had heard A LOT of things about Cassandra Clare on the internet and was kind of hesitant to pick this one up.
I'm happy I did, because I liked it. Yep, I liked it. I understand where people can draw parallels to other medias BUT the similarities were so close that I felt the need to sue Cassandra Clare on behalf of Harry Potter or Star Wars.
The book kept me intrigued at all times and I found it amusing that she would mention certain anime and manga.
Each character had a personality which is something I need when I'm reading. Whether you liked them or not, they were all very memorable.
So yeah, I liked it and I will probably buy the next book instead of another audio book. While the audio book wasn't bad, it was easy for me to walk away from. I'm sorry but it's hard to take a woman impersonating a big powerful demon seriously.
So Miss Clare keep doing what you're doing and I'll be back when I pick up the second book! (need to know what couple to root for!)(less)