WARNING: May...just may contain spoilers and general periods of Will-shipping and declarations of love. Read at your own risk.
Boy oh boy. Does CassandWARNING: May...just may contain spoilers and general periods of Will-shipping and declarations of love. Read at your own risk.
Boy oh boy. Does Cassandra Clare know how to rip your heart out of your chest, stomp on it a few times, chuck it around and then break it into millions of tiny fragments.
I can honestly say I've never had a book affect me as much as Clockwork Prince did. I even thought that Clockwork Angel was brilliant - and if that was brilliant, then God knows what this was. Sheer amazingness? I hate to think what Clockwork Princess will be like!
Throughout this whole novel I was captivated. Not once did I want to put it down and go to sleep like I should have done. Okay, there was one part where I had to set the book down, as I felt like I was about to explode. Literally. I must have screamed No! No! No! No! over and over and over in my head a trillion times.
Cassandra Clare has a definite knack for writing. Just look at how popular TMI and ID are. And the most amazing thing is that her books are full of substance, they are full of character. They mean something.
In the second novel in the Infernal Devices, we delve more and more into the Shadowhunter world, with familiar faces cropping up and new ones being introduced. Cassie has clearly done her research well on the locations in the book - I've never read anyone who is not from London describe a city so well. And for a Victorian freak like me, having her novel set in Victorian London is just a God-send, and not once did she disappoint! Her language was eloquent and beautiful, but allowed the reader to understand what was going on within the time period constraints. And for many writers, that is such a hard task!
And what I loved about Clockwork Prince is that it is not centred directly on *that* love triangle (more on that later!!). We get the other characters, that other authors might have left out. Cassie leaves no brick unturned here. We are given Charlotte and Henry, Sophie, Magnus. These back stories could be the backbone of the series - especially as a prequel to TMI. Which again, Cassie doesn't forget about. Everything links up, and I mean EVERYTHING. I can literally not wait to get home to Australia where my first three TMI books are and re-read them. Everything that Cassie writes has a meaning, as a purpose, a background, a story. And one thing that has now got me hooked is the fact that she mentioned that Edinburgh, my Edinburgh, has an Institute. Does Cassie realize what she's done now? Every time I walk past a church, I'm going to be wondering. And hoping.
And then there's them. Yes, those characters. The most exquisitely, beautifully, brilliant characters that trump all the rest. Tessa, Jem and Will. Oh Will. Will, Will, Will. What that boy does to me should be considered illegal. I'd always thought that the one fictional character who had me quaking in my boots was Mr. Thornton from North and South, but boy oh boy, has he been tossed aside (well, not quite tossed aside. I still see him regularly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays). Will is just....there are things that Will does to me that no fictional character should ever be able to do. My heart just cries for him. Yes, Jem is great. He's that sweet guy that every girl wants to have in their life, but Jem just doesn't do it for me like Will does. I fell in love even more with Will in CP. And Tessa...a character you couldn't relate to any more. Wow, she's just amazing. Absolutely brilliant!
Needless to say, I think I'm going to have to find some sort of book drug den (if that even exists!) to tie me over until Clockwork Princess comes out next year. I have never wanted a book so badly - now I know what Jem feels like!...more
Wither's been out for a while now, but it's been on my reading list for ages. I've always wanted to read it, but there was just something that was stoWither's been out for a while now, but it's been on my reading list for ages. I've always wanted to read it, but there was just something that was stopping me. The other week I realised what that was. Or more specifically, who.
When I was in my last year of school, my English Literature teacher made us read Margaret Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale. Not once, not twice, but five times within the semester that we were studying Atwood. You could say she was borderline obsessive with this book. I think she's gone past the point of no return. So basically, it's my English Lit teacher and Margaret Atwood's wacked out mind that's made me not read this book.
Wither centres around Rhine, a girl who has been taken off the streets, lured away from the semi-comfort of her home to become a bride to a man she doesn't know. Rhine is one of the lucky ones - being a 'bride' means that she lives in luxury. Although not all is so luxurious about this position she's been given. One of three wives to Landon, a young man still pining over his First Wife, Rhine wants nothing more than to escape the fate that has been thrown upon her.
I had mixed feelings after finishing Wither. I think because of the hype surrounding the book, I built it up more than it should have been. In all honesty, not a lot happens in the book action wise, which in dystopian fiction I love so much. Yet Wither, while having a steady pace to it, didn't really seem to be going anywhere.
All of that was made up by the fact that there is so much depth within this book that it's deeper than the Marina Trench in the Pacific Ocean. This is one novel that was very well thought out, and there is so much detail in this book. The world deStefano has created is absolutely amazing and so realistic that you can see it actually happening. Which is a scary thought. Wither deals with the subject of polygamy. The result of a virus which means that people are dying in their twenties, the government has turned a blind eye - or just plainly encouraging - to the kidnapping of women for procreation reasons. It's not common, in this new America, so many years into the future after a World War, that rich and powerful men take more than one wife. And as demonstrated in this book, one is usually for show, one for the baby making, and one for general satisfaction.
Wither is the first in a trilogy, and you can just see already that the next book, Fever, which comes out this month, is going to absolutely kick off big time. Wither is about introducing the world that Rhine lives in, and the people she encounters. And each individual character in this book is so well defined. Rhine's a girl who knows what's right and wrong. She makes her own choices - even when forced into situations she doesn't want to be in. She's strong and you can easily relate to her. Her sister wives are people she can't connect to at first - Cecily, being the youngest and most naive, gets on your nerves throughout the whole novel. What I loved most, however, was the fact that not even the high and mighty - in this case, Landon, the House Governor that Rhine is wed to, knows what is truly going on in the world. I hope as well that we get to see more of Gabriel in the next book, as I really thought he was more of a minor character here, and for a love interest, he didn't really have that spark.
Wither is definitely a captivating read, and whilst I found it a bit lagging at times, I didn't want to put it down at all. Lauren deStefano has stepped into new territory here for YA dystopian literature, and she does it with such perfect execution that you almost feel a little freaked out about what the future might hold for us one day. While Wither has been compared to such books as Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale, I would definitely recommend that people read Wither more than the former! I'm very much looking forward to seeing which direction Fever takes. And I'm loving the awesome covers as well - that dress! ...more
Welcome to a world where the Society chooses everything for you. From your future job to who you are going to marry. This is the world that Cassia, ouWelcome to a world where the Society chooses everything for you. From your future job to who you are going to marry. This is the world that Cassia, our main character lives in, and a world in which she is trying to figure out.
What I'm trying to figure out is the book. And I read it at the end of November.
Crossed basically picks up where Matched finished, with Cassia heading to the Outer Provinces to try and find Ky. The novel itself, for most of the time, plays out like some version of Cat and Mouse, with Cassia determined to find Ky and finding Rebellion/Uprising, and Ky determined not get killed and find Cassia, and the Society trying to make sure that neither of them succeed.
For me personally, Crossed was a disappointing read. Where Matched outlined and showed us a world that was thought perfect but in fact was utterly flawed, Crossed seems like writing that was, if I can put it, half-heartedly done. Most of the time, the novel was spent either in the Outer Provinces or in the Carving, where there was little else to do but run, walk and discuss poetry and paintings. The jumping of point of views between Cassia and Ky became muddled into one, meaning you spent most of the time going, "Hold on, whose head are we in now?" While Condie definitely has a way with words, and in using symbolism and ideal such as the 100 Paintings or Poems to convey messages across (for example the use of the Dylan Thomas poem), the novel definitely lacked something - substance. All the characters felt weak and almost uncared for, and as for their own personal development, nothing really happened for Cassia and Ky. The book finished very abruptly, like if you had just run into a wall. The most intriguing part of the book was a plot twist involving one member of the love triangle.
In saying all this, the reason I gave the book three stars on Goodreads is because one thing I will give to Condie is how simplistic Cassia and Ky's love for each other is. Especially when you are reading it. While most YA novels go for the full out shivers and chill running down your spine during a romantic scene, Condie keeps it..well, simple. It's very much like Regency England times - it's all in the touch, the look. Which I think is an amazing - and unique - way of portraying the love these two characters share for each other....more