City of Bones has been sitting on my shelf for a while and I'm so glad I finally picked it up and read it! In one sitting, I read about 60% of the booCity of Bones has been sitting on my shelf for a while and I'm so glad I finally picked it up and read it! In one sitting, I read about 60% of the book and finished it off shortly after. Although it is a hefty book at around 490 pages, the writing style is very easy to read. I found the plot to move at a natural pace.
I do agree with other reviewers to say that the writing was inconsistent. The first few chapters were artistic, written beautifully with rich descriptions. The bulk of the book however, lost the flair and became slightly juvenile although I had no problems with it.
The plot wasn't that strong, quite a lot of the book was on world building and the character backgrounds and relationships. It still had enough action and wit to entertain me though. I did like Clary as a character, although the book did follow several cliches.
Definitely a lot of twists and turns - gotta say, did not see the "Star Wars" moment coming but that was recognizable and laughable - you'll know what I mean once you've read it.
Besides that, I do have a gripe about Jace the overdone sexy bad boy - I winced every time he talked about how hot he was. Seriously he acts like Gods Gift to Women which is a total turn off. We know you are supposedly hot and all that - you don't need to tell us more than once!!
Will definitely be picking up the next book to see where this series goes - doesn't quite join my 5 star reads (no it is not the next Harry Potter) but it's definitely up there :)
I really enjoyed the Vampire Academy series and was looking forward to the spin-off to the book. However, I couldn't help but feel that the spin-off wI really enjoyed the Vampire Academy series and was looking forward to the spin-off to the book. However, I couldn't help but feel that the spin-off was more of a reason to delve into Richelle Mead's beloved vampire world rather than truly explore the life of Sydney, an alchemist who is set to make sure vampires are never exposed to the human world.
From the get go, there are already mysteries and secrets introduced, which kept me guessing til the end of the book. However, the first half of the book starts off quite slowly, focusing a lot on Sydney and Jill's schooling dramas and Sydney as a teacher's pet. I even went to the lengths of thinking that Alchemists were boring - they can't fight, don't have powers, and they aren't vampires, or anything remotely supernatural.
There are just enough plot developments to keep you reading however - especially when you find out what Sydney can do with her Alchemist arsenal. From someone who starts out incredibly prejudice against vampires at the start, she does start to grow on you, although the prejudice never really goes away and is dangled so obviously in front of the reader that it started to get annoying after a while.
With these criticisms aside however, I did find the book quite enjoyable to read, especially as it really picked up in the second half of the book. It does get quite exciting as mysteries start to unfold, and Mead always has this way to surprise you towards the end by tying up loose ends in the book.
Well paced, great character development, set in an intriguing world, this is a series where I will be eagerly waiting for the next installment.
**spoiler alert** I found this book extremely dull and the narrative very tedious to get through. While the writing is entertaining enough to keep you**spoiler alert** I found this book extremely dull and the narrative very tedious to get through. While the writing is entertaining enough to keep you reading, I found myself wanting to get it over and done with so I could move onto something else.
Barely anything happens in the book and most of it is descriptive, and it changes pace a few times as the narrator, Cassandra is an aspiring writer who trials her skills in her journal. The book is described as a romance story, but there was barely any romance - it was more about Cassandra pining away for her sister's fiancee in the latter half of the book which seemingly developed out of thin air. While the family is in extreme poverty and manages to live in a castle (definitely threw me off as it was very unbelievable), instead of focusing of the troubles of the family, Cassandra chooses to write about her sister Rose and her boredom of her situation.
It's a very shallow story that I'd prefer to stay away from. ...more
I loved this book, what a refreshing change from the usual vampire and werewolf love triangles! The protagonist Evie works for the IPCA - the InternatI loved this book, what a refreshing change from the usual vampire and werewolf love triangles! The protagonist Evie works for the IPCA - the International Paranormal Containment Agency who works to capture paranormal creatures and keep them away from humans. The premise is unique and works really well for introducing a whole range of paranormal creatures including vampires, water spirits, fey, mermaids, and more. This could either be really good or go horribly wrong, but I'm pleased to say that the creatures worked seamlessly into the storyline and it was never to over the top at any one time.
Evie is a really likable lead as well, she's funny, quirky, excited about the concepts of a 'normal' teenage life, strong and quick-witted. She doesn't fit into the typical mould of either a strong heroine or a weak damsel in distress but yet paves her own female lead role. The characters in her world are really enjoyable too such as a best friend for a mermaid, a stalker faerie for an ex boyfriend and a whole host of other weird and wonderful creatures.
There's a paranormal twist, a villain, mysteries, an overarching storyline, it just restored my faith in the paranormal genre altogether. This book was so creative and funny at the same time.
It was just well written and really hilarious in some parts, reminding me of my favourite Succubus series. Paranormalcy is a fun, quirky, light and refreshing read that will keep you entertained until the very last page and you'll be begging for more with the sequel.
See while Stephanie Meyer has really capitilised on her Twilight series, she really does such as a writer. You gotta give her points for thinking up uSee while Stephanie Meyer has really capitilised on her Twilight series, she really does such as a writer. You gotta give her points for thinking up unique, fascinating worlds in her head but when it comes out in her writing it just doesn't work. If you read this book because you read Twilight, this is nothing like that. The start and the end were good but I was so disappointed to find that 80% of the book happens underground. How boring! A better writer could create intrigue and better character development but sorry to say I didn't really care about the characters as all. Sadly, I stuck to my "stick to the book until the end and rate it then" but this is one of the cases that I regretted. Let's give up while we are ahead - I'm not going to continue reading any of her books, including the sequel to The Host. Also it is nothing like Twilight which could only be a good thing but surprisingly not....more
A unique fantasy featuring magic, mythical creatures, and an alternate world set in the Victorian era. Definitely better than a lot of the standard teA unique fantasy featuring magic, mythical creatures, and an alternate world set in the Victorian era. Definitely better than a lot of the standard teenage book out there, as it isn't predictable with several plot twists and written well with great character development. I still strive to find a book similar to this....more
While the writing has had a marked improvement over the first book, it wasn't engaging enough and I felt like a third person looking into the Mortal IWhile the writing has had a marked improvement over the first book, it wasn't engaging enough and I felt like a third person looking into the Mortal Instruments world, where sometimes I would miss a beat and have no idea what was happening. It's a big book and sometimes I found it to drag in some places.
Not to mention the mild incest. I mean the male lead and the female lead are both in love with each other and not to mention brother and sister, how are we meant to root for them? I find it kind of sickening to be honest and just anticipating them "not actually being siblings" - really big twist huh?
Unfortunately I found the first book to be much more engaging than this one, possibly because the perspective focused on Clary alone but this one switches it up between Jace, Simon, Clary, Luke and whoever the author wants to put in to confuse us more. I'd call it a work in progress.
Even though it is hyped up a lot, I find it disappointing that it isn't turning out to be a series that I love. The writing is great and much better than I expect from a mainstream YA title but there's just something here that isn't resonating with me. Will read the rest of the series and see how I go.
A combination of steampunk, the Victorian era, and zombies, Dearly Departed is possibly one of the most unique depictions of the zombie apoRating: 4.5
A combination of steampunk, the Victorian era, and zombies, Dearly Departed is possibly one of the most unique depictions of the zombie apocalypse I've ever found. Being a huge zombie fan, I lapped up everything the book had to offer and really enjoyed the unique world building and delightful characters.
The author convincingly explains how the world came about; it's set in the future but for some reason a band of people called New Victorians have decided to uphold the traditional values to try and restore some peace and order in their world. In amongst the older manner of talking, you've got advanced technology and digital chips. The world within this novel is amazingly unique and actually quite believable, and easily transports you to another world.
The characters were very delightful and a joy to read. You've got Nora, sassy and dainty, Pamela, her strong-willed and righteous friend, and Bram, the captain zombie love interest. The other zombies were also fun to read and multi-dimensional. I'll admit, the character building was a bit limited due to having 5 different point of views within the book (not all which were essential).
I can see that many people have criticised the 5 multiple point of views, which I agree could be condensed into 2-3 to make it a more concise read with pacing. However, that was easy to overlook because I was so absorbed in the novel.
In conclusion, I've taken half a star off because of the multiple perspectives, and if it wasn't for that it would have been a perfect novel for me. Definitely recommended for those who love YA fiction, zombies, and steampunk.