Yet another fast paced story by Kate Avery Ellison, author of The Curse Girl which I really enjoyed.
Frost is about the farm girl Lia who due to recen...moreYet another fast paced story by Kate Avery Ellison, author of The Curse Girl which I really enjoyed.
Frost is about the farm girl Lia who due to recent tragic events made her head of the house quite young. She tries her hardest to take care of her family living on a small farm out in the woods. To add more pressure to her life Watchers, vicious creatures, roam the woods when night falls and one has to make sure to be indoor otherwise one might not live to see another sun rise.
This book was a quick read, only 195 pages and it is book one in the Frost series. I have nothing bad to say about it, as I loved the likeable characters, and the settings were perfectly described. I just loved it. Though I wished it was longer, but then again it is, as it is a series. So I am looking forward to be reading book 2!
Review of 'Shadowhunters and Downworlders: a mortal instrument reader'
First of all, I would like to start with a little DISCLAIMER: for those of YOU w...moreReview of 'Shadowhunters and Downworlders: a mortal instrument reader'
First of all, I would like to start with a little DISCLAIMER: for those of YOU who are thinking "this is a collection of short stories", for those of YOU who can only accept this book as a collection of short stories, and finally for those of YOU who cannot appreciatea collection of serious non-fictional essays about their favourite piece of fiction.... Y'all need to leave.... Now!
("Ain't nobody got time" for those of you.. So take your disappointing comments elsewhere.. We do not want them here)
Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader is so much more than I expected it to be... I love it when other people are so enthusiastic about another's work that they can create meaningful essays about it. I love it when something non-fictional can come out of fiction. Yes these essays might remind you of those you hate/hated reading throughout your time in school, but these essays are so much more...
They opened my eyes, once again, for how brilliant the world that Cassie has created is.
The first essay made me realise how important the word city actually is. Yes, it is mentioned in every title yet did I give it much thought other than they move around from city to city a bit? No, I did not... And what a mistake that was! I was too busy wondering about Magnus' past, the bad boy Jace and then the ultimate bad boy Jonathan... The essay also hit close to home as I have recently move to the capital of my country, a fifth of the whole population lives here... I'm from a "everyone knows everyone's business" kind of community and now I live among millions of others and I do not even know my own business as I'm a stranger to the city - I need to do what Clary did with her city.
The second essay made me realise why I love Clary as much as I do. She is a hero out of necessity and her deadliest weapon is her art! How cool is that? You do not see that often huh? Consider this in another popular YA story.. If Clary had volunteered as tribute in the Hunger Games she would be one of the first to die, because in that dystopian universe her power is not heroic at all... It is a disadvantage! Just like what Alec thinks of Clary when he first meets her... Boy, did he eat his words or not!? It turns out the most unlikely weapon of all in this world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders is the most powerful weapon! I would like to see Jace make the boat explode or making a portal or join the two races together with a swing of his sword... Eh eh? Come on...! Nothing? That's what I thought!
The third essay is like the second in the sense that Jace's most preferable weapon is his humour.
The fourth essay draws parallels between the Clave and high school cheerleaders!
The essay about Simon Lewis, as the Jewish vampire goes to show how much research and thought Cassie put into his character. Simon is on my top three of characters thus far, having all published books in mind (1: Jonathan "Sebastian", 2: Magnus Bane, and 3: Simon Lewis).. Simon deserves more credit and more interest that he is currently giving as he goes under such a development that it is remarkable he is still here.. Jace? Well, mehhh.. After two books I lost interest... But Simon? Oh, Simon!
I remember how I felt when I was done reading City of Bone.. I felt like Cassie had just stabbed me in my heart, then ripped it out just to stamp on it in front of me and finish off with spitting on it.. That's what I felt, and the essay "brotherly love" grabs the whole taboo of their, first forbidden, love...
As much as I adore Rachel Caine's way of writing and tattoos in general, I did not enjoy reading her essay as I did not know if she was making stuff up or not. In an essay you need references, and the other coauthors had those... So I'm just.... Mehh
I LOVED the discussion of Cassie's work by Holly and Kelly in front of Cassie. It truly shows their friendship, and whilst reading it I felt like their friend too!
This collection of essays doesn't reveal anything we do not know yet it makes us think about the stuff that we know in a way we might have overlooked. I believe it is a must read for all real fans of Cassie's work...
I received a digital ARC of this book from BenBella Books, Inc by requesting on Netgalley.com (less)