I don't think there has ever been a series quite like this one. It always seemed so unique anThis review and more can be found on Living for the Books
I don't think there has ever been a series quite like this one. It always seemed so unique and I guess that's why I love it so much. This was exactly what I needed to get out of my reading slump.
I think that part of the reason why this book just works so well is because the characters are so very real and unforgettable. It's been over a year since the last book and I haven't forgotten a single thing about the characters, maybe a few minor details here and there, but honestly it didn't feel like I should have reread any of the other books before starting this one. The characters are like real people and while reading you can feel that. And the friendship that the characters share doesn't feel forced or fake, it's like real friends.
You'd think that a series that basically starts off warning that Blue would kill her true love would be all about that and feature a lot of romance, but shockingly it doesn't. This book probably has the most romance out of the four, but it doesn't take over the plot. Instead it feels natural and like it belongs. I love Blue and Gansey's relationship because it evolves from friendship and they just seem so perfect together. I've been shipping Adam and Ronan since the last book because they also just seem to be perfect for each other.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with how this book and how the story ended. It had the perfect amount of intrigue to keep me reading and it ended in a way that seems very fitting for this series. There is a fairly large cast of characters, but it wasn't hard to keep track of them all and somehow none of them were flat. They were all interesting and when it switched point of view to one of the more minor characters I wasn't hoping that it would go back to the main crew because the side characters were just as interesting.
It has been a long time since I have felt this satisfied with an entire series and I could go on and on about how much I love these characters and how much I'm going to miss them. I would say more but I don't want to spoil anything by accident, so all I have left to say is that everyone should give this series a shot. ...more
I think it's important to note that I don't read manga or watch anime. I'm pretty sure the only anime I'veThis review is also on Living for the Books
I think it's important to note that I don't read manga or watch anime. I'm pretty sure the only anime I've watched is Sailor Moon and I'm almost positive that I haven't read a manga book. So I have almost no experience with Japanese stuff. I was pretty excited about this book when I first heard of it because it sounded pretty awesome but I had no idea what to expect. I had some problems with it but overall it was a pretty enjoyable read.
The part of this book that I liked the most was probably the setting and the mythology that was mixed in. I haven't read anything like Ink so the book take place in Japan was interesting and new to me. It was obvious that the author did her research and the way she used Japanese in the story was very easy to understand. The strongest part of the book was definitely the world building. I felt like I was actually in Japan. The book had the potential to be something amazing but it fell flat with the characters and the romance.
I did not like the main character at all. Katie just moved to Japan and she had two friends. She's a social outcast and the first thing that happens in the book is her spying on Tomo breaking up with his girlfriend. She thinks he's a jerk because he's horrible to his girlfriend while he's breaking up with her but I'll get to that later. Katie happened to see one of Tomo's drawings move that day and after that she became obsessed with him. She turned into a stalker. Of course she didn't listen to her friends about staying away from Tomo. No that would be seeing reason and Katie is not reasonable at all. Somehow Katie goes from stalking Tomo to being his friend and then all of a sudden she's in love with him. Classic case of insta love.
The romance in this book was my least favorite part. Katie and Tomo fall in love way too quickly so I still have no idea how Katie went from stalking Tomo and thinking he is a jerk to being in love with him. The first time Katie sees Tomo he's telling his girlfriend that he got another girl pregnant. You would think that Katie would get the message that Tomo is bad news but of course she doesn't. Once Katie and Tomo become friends and are kind of dating Tomo continues to try to push Katie away because he's dangerous and she could get killed. Later in the book Tomo pretends to try to rape Katie and after she runs away from him, she thinks that she was a moron because she believes that Tomo was just trying to make her angry at him so that she would stay away from him. In her mind that meant that Tomo was trying to save her. I'm sorry but even though he was trying to save her, that doesn't excuse his behavior. Katie barely knows Tomo she says that she can't live without him. Maybe this would not have been so bad if there was time for their relationship to actually grow and develop.
Without the art in the book I would have probably given this book 2.5 stars but the art was just so beautiful that it deserved at least half of a star. The concept of the Kami being tied to ink and how Tomo's drawings can come to life was very interesting and even though this book has flaws, it wasn't terrible.
*I received a copy of this book via Netgalley. Thank you!...more
First off have you seen that cover? Gorgeous. No wonder why I pThis review and more can be found on Living for the Books
*A few spoilers ahead
First off have you seen that cover? Gorgeous. No wonder why I picked this book up in the first place. It also got quite a lot of love when it first came out so I had to read it. Did I read the same book as everyone else because I feel like I'm in the minority here when I say that this book and I didn't get along.
It all started when I realized that there was nothing mildly redeemable about the characters. There was no substance to any of the side characters, especially Luke and Sunshine. The main character is weird and not in the good way and to top it all off the love interest is a creep. The book was packed to the brim with instances of Violet blurting out the most random things and it almost never made sense, but none of the characters except for Luke seemed to notice that she didn't know how to hold a conversation and that she brought up irrelevant topics.
There was also absolutely no reason for Luke to be that nasty to his sister. I get it, siblings fight, but there wasn't a reason for Luke to hate on Violet. I kept waiting for some sort of childhood flashback to explain his hatred but there wasn't any. It was just there for the author's convenience and to show that the characters developed by the end. The same issue was present with Sunshine. She was written as a self-absorbed, bitchy girl but it's not like this added to the story, in fact it detracted from it because most of the time I just wanted to her go away.
The romance made me cringe. Their relationship developed unnaturally fast and I felt like I had no reason to root for them. The way River talked to Violet was very strange. If a guy started talking to me like that I would avoid that relationship at all costs. Occasionally Violet would start thinking logically about how dangerous River was, but then she would decide she didn't care because she felt in her heart that she should keep giving him chances and that he doesn't mean to kill people, even though he tells her that he does not think killing is morally wrong and that some people deserve to die. He also can't seem to stop lying and Violet is aware that everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie, yet she still chooses to believe what he says. If that's not alarming then I don't know what is.
The entire book felt like a jumble of literary and movie references that did very little to advance the plot. It also seemed like the author tried to mash too many gothic or horror story ideas into one book. The whole thing with Jack and the kids in the cemetery was very strange and it felt out of place. The villain of the story didn't even make much of an appearance until the end of the book. I saw a few people talking about how great the twist was at the end of the book, but I knew what the twist was since the mention of siblings and Texas.
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was a major disappointment because it had so much potential, but it was executed poorly. ...more
Going into this book I was expecting the usual paranormal stuff and the usual romance where the gThis review can also be found on Living for the Books
Going into this book I was expecting the usual paranormal stuff and the usual romance where the guy saves the girl and they end up falling in love or the dreaded instant love. Well I was pleasantly surprised! Living Violet isn't really like any other paranormal book I've read.
The whole Cambion concept was basically new to me. When incubus were mentioned I had this vague sense of knowing what was being talked about before it was explained but I don't exactly know where I know that word from and that is going to drive me crazy for the rest of the day.
The main character Samara Marshall was great. She didn't drool over Caleb like everyone else. She even thought he was weird and he is so a round of applause for her. It actually took her awhile to warm up to Caleb and she had actual reasons for liking him. Basically she's curious why women are dropping like flies after they make out with him and that's why she want to find out more about him. I mean wouldn't you be curious too?
I loved reading about Samara no matter what was happening. She was sarcastic and strong so she didn't like to get bossed around and most of the time she was the one bossing Caleb around. I found some things completely ridiculous though. Like Dougie teaching Caleb how to defend himself and he gets beat up by an eight year old (I think that was how old the girl was). The relationship between Samara's parents was also really strange to me. How is her dad's wife ok with him spending time with Samara's mom? Wouldn't she be the tiniest bit worried about that since Samara's mom seems to have a hard time getting over the fact that Samara's dad married someone else.
Anyway I think my favorite part of this book was the romance between Samara and Caleb. Sam isn't exactly sure what to do about her feelings for Caleb. This is probably because of what happened to her parents. She's not really sure if she wants a serious relationship and even though Caleb is he doesn't push her. You can actually read about their relationship developing. I just love reading about that.
It was also pretty obvious that there was something paranormal going on with Caleb and there were some other obvious things but I never saw the ending coming! So basically I really liked this book. It was a nice change from the usual paranormal.
*I received this book from the author. Thank you!...more
I don't think I've had that much fun reading a book in a long time. Such a refreshing read in a sea of YA bThis review is also on Living for the Books
I don't think I've had that much fun reading a book in a long time. Such a refreshing read in a sea of YA books.
The whole concept of Nightmares was something that immediately caught my eye. I got completely caught up in the world that Mindee Arnett created. Especially the mystery.
More often then not, I can predict the ending of books. I love solving mysteries so as I was reading I was trying my hardest to piece together the clues and make a list of suspects in my mind (because that's just something I do). I thought I had it all figured out but then the ending happened and...bam! I was wrong! Well half wrong or half right. I love it when I'm wrong and books aren't predictable.
The cast of characters were very likeable except it took me awhile to warm up to Eli. He was such a jerk but eventually I realized that he wasn't so bad and that he actually was a nice guy. Dusty was such a hilarious main character. I found myself laughing at the things she said. I loved her sarcasm and attitude. Her friend Selene was also great. I loved how she wanted to stand up for sirens and how she wanted to change the siren stereotype.
There was a love triangle, but honestly I didn't really mind it too much. Dusty meets Paul, this really sweet guy about halfway through and they start dating, but he just rubbed me the wrong way for the entire book. The other part of the love triangle was Eli, but nothing really happened to them for most of the book because Dusty and Eli were both dating different people, but it was obvious that there was something between them.
The end was so intense and I really hope that this is part of a series because I need the next book!
*I received this book via Netgalley. Thank you!...more
Well it certainly took me long enough to read this. I'm pretty sure I started this book around thThis review can also be found on Living for the Books
Well it certainly took me long enough to read this. I'm pretty sure I started this book around the beginning of September and I didn't finish it until last night. The beginning just wasn't grabbing my attention.
The first 100 pages was great and after that not so great. Around page 100 this book was pure cheese. When Kaleb was with Mallory he was so cheesy I almost couldn't take it. "I'm moving tonight," she said. "I'll come to you anywhere," he promised. That one wasn't that bad but the next one almost made me want to close the book. "What if it's too far?" Kaleb laughed softly. "Nowhere is too far." Keep in mind that these two characters don't know each other. Basically Kaleb comes into her house and declares his love for her even though he admits that he doesn't really know her. I am not a fan of instant love. I like to know how and why characters fall in love.
For me characters in books matter a lot. So as much as I liked the story what really ruined it for me was the characters. I could not stand Mallory. I just wanted someone to take her away and never let her see the light of day again. I did not like her relationship with Adam it was just too weird for me. The only thing I kind of liked about her was that she could shoot guns so she wasn't completely helpless. But when she actually faces two daimons they could have easily taken her if Adam hadn't shown up. Throughout most of the book she was completely clueless too. Thankfully this book was not told from only her POV.
I'm not really sure what to think of Aya. At some parts I liked her but whenever she was with Belias she turned into this sappy romantic even though she's supposed to be this fierce fighter. Honestly the only reason I kept reading was because I wanted to find out what Aya's secret was and when I found out a little more than halfway through the book I literally thought to myself ok so now why am I reading? I had to ask myself why I was still going to read it. That has never really happened to me before.
There other part that bothered me was how we were told that Kaleb and Zevi were curs but we were never shown that. I never got the feeling that either of them were low ranking in the daimon world. They seemed pretty fine except for the fact that they lived in a cave but it sounded like a pretty nice cave. I don't know I guess I expected more suffering and more of a struggle to get food. Also I wanted to know more about the land the witches cursed (I don't remember what it was called because it was talked about so little).
Despite all of my problems I did enjoy reading this book. Sure it wasn't my favorite thing to read but I still liked it. The story was unique and that's basically why I wanted to read this. I enjoyed Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series much more than this and I'd read many glowing reviews so maybe my expectations were too high....more
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. It just looked so interesting that I had to pick it up but I'll be honest and say that I almost didn'tI have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. It just looked so interesting that I had to pick it up but I'll be honest and say that I almost didn't finish this. And I always finish books.
You see no matter how much I tried I just couldn't like Anna. I literally hated this character. She was such a goody goody that it got on my nerves. And she said/thought the strangest things.
Kai, like Thai, only yummier. Gah! Who was this girl invading my brain? I could not stop laughing. Who thinks those kind of things?
Oh and then there was her comment about her beauty mark. Why did people call it that? A freckle was not beautiful. It was a small, dark attention grabber. I hated the way everyone's eyes went to it when they talked to me. Well you know what Anna I have five beauty marks on my face and a few freckles from the sun. Never once did I think this and I've never noticed people starting at them. Oh and guess what I have one right by my lips like you do and I don't complain about it and I don't try to cover it up either. I was offended by this. I almost threw the book across the room after reading that. Maybe I was overreacting but it still offended me.
Anna would also just break down crying over nothing. Half the time I had no idea what she was crying over. She was like a three year old! Oh she told one lie and right after it she told the people she was lying. You don't do that.
I also can't really figure out her obsession with hott Kaidan or why he likes her. During the book they make out a few times and then Kaidan goes to "work". That was just weird. Kaidan has no doubt been with too many girls to count and yet Anna is ok with this. She's somewhat ok with him going to "work" too.
Then Patti her overprotective stepmother lets her go on a road trip with the son of the Duke of Lust. What? What happened to this overprotective parent? Then Patti has to say one of the strangest things I've ever read.
"Hands off, mister." I couldn't take Patti seriously after that.
After the road trip Anna would constantly be thinking about how Kaidan and her couldn't be together even thought she loved him. She was depressed and I didn't want to read about that. That isn't interesting to me. Oh and even after Kaidan is a complete jerk to Anna she still says she loves him and wants to be with him.
The only good part about this book was the New Year's party she went to. That was awesome. Is it wrong to like a character better when they're drunk? Drunk Anna and working Anna was so much better than obsessive-stalker-heartbroken-goody-goody Anna....more
So after reading Angelfire I'm not sure what went through my mind when I decided I wanted to continue the series. I was not a fan of the first book buSo after reading Angelfire I'm not sure what went through my mind when I decided I wanted to continue the series. I was not a fan of the first book but I still decided to read this.
I'm so glad I did.
You see in Angelfire Ellie was practically helpless even though she was supposedly this powerful ancient warrior. That's what made me hate her. I still kind of do but not as much because she still needs to be saved half the time but the other half she's actually standing up for herself. But she's only standing up for herself after she drops her weapons a couple times and gets smacked around a little and sees Will get hurt. But it's a start!
There's also Will. Ah Will. Honestly I think I only read these books for Will because I really don't care about what happens to Ellie. If Will dies I then there will be some problems because Will is the BEST character in that book. Oh and then there's Cadan. I like Cadan too but I really don't understand why he likes Ellie. They really don't know each other that well but it seems like everyone likes Ellie without a reason except for Ava.
My problem with this book was Ellie. For the first half of the book all she worries about was Will liking her and him not liking her. I mean the first few parts about this were ok but after that it just got annoying.
The good news: This book was loads better than Angelfire it seemed like the first book was a sort of prologue to this book because honestly this is what the first book should have been.
So even though I didn't like the first book I enjoyed this one and I'm going to read the third book but it's not going to be high on my to-read list....more
I probably say this in every review for one of Cassandra Clare's books, but there'sThis review and more can be found on Living for the Books
I probably say this in every review for one of Cassandra Clare's books, but there's something about this world and her writing that I just keep coming back to. It's almost nostalgic coming back to this world and getting to see characters that I first read about about 9 years ago. This is definitely the kind of series where you need to read pretty much every book Clare has ever written in order to get the full effect of the story.
This was definitely a book that I would only every pick up if I was looking for a good cry. Right from the beginning there's so much loss and grief that you can't help but feel like crying for the Blackthorns. Even though I pretty much forgot the ending of Lord of Shadows, the emotions were so raw and realistic that you get drawn into the tragedy and into the story. It's not until pretty much the end that the mood seems to lighten and I loved that because it made the grief seem more real and you could see how all the characters were dealing with it differently.
One of the main reasons I didn't give this book 5 stars was because sometimes it seemed that all the plots and stories didn't work well. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed pretty much every character's moment, but it also felt like too much for one book. Once you get really invested in one story, the book would jump to another and you didn't know when it would come back to the one you really want to know what happens next in. I know this is pretty much typical for all the Shadowhunter books, but usually it involved less characters and the characters were more directly involved with each other. It also seemed like a lot of the book was setting up for later series to come and I guess that's great, but less new things and more focus on the current story would have made this book just a little bit better.
The part of these books that I've always loved is the romance (or romances is probably more accurate). The emotions feel so real and the love that the characters feel for each other, whether romantic or not moved me to tears (both happy and sad). Clare hits the nail on the head with every romance I've read by her and I loved how diverse the relationships were in this book. Out of all of the relationships, Emma and Julian's was by far my favorite. I'll admit I'm a sucker for forbidden love relationships, so that's probably why I enjoyed theirs the most, but it was also the most fleshed out relationship because Emma and Julian are the main characters. I think the one thing involving their relationship I didn't like was how their problem was solved at the end of the book. It seemed too easy after multiple books saying how difficult their problem would be to solve and how painful, but I guess without that kind of ending it wouldn't be satisfying because either they wouldn't be together or they would be miserable without the other Blackthorns.
I would assume that the epilogue is setting up for The Wicked Powers and while I'm not entirely interested I would by lying if I said I wouldn't at least pick up the first book. There's something about this world that I keep coming back to and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great series to read (although I would recommend starting with The Mortal Instruments over The Dark Artifices). It's one of those books that makes you laugh and cry with memorable characters that you'll want to keep coming back to. ...more
It honestly still surprises me how invested I can be with books. While this book wasn't the bThis review and more can be found on Living for the Books
It honestly still surprises me how invested I can be with books. While this book wasn't the best thing I ever read, it was still so good and kept me reading even though it's incredibly long and probably doesn't need to be. These books are kind of like my guilty pleasure, but I'm actually not that guilty about enjoying these.
I have always really enjoyed Cassandra Clare's writing style. There are such vivid descriptions and her world is very imaginative with so many parts, but it works so well and doesn't feel like it's too much. I also love that the emotions the characters feel are so real and believable. It's so real that it's easy to feel the happiness and sadness the characters are feeling.
For the most part, I absolutely adore the characters. I love how strong Emma is, but how she's also vulnerable in ways that make her human. She isn't an untouchable heroine that's hard to connect to because they might be too perfect and I really enjoy that. Julian has to be my favorite character by far though. His love for his family is so sweet and I just feel so much for him. The fact that he can be sweet, but also ruthless is what really makes me love him though.
Another thing that I really enjoyed about this book was the character development for Livvy, Ty, and Kit. In the last book I had complained that the siblings, except for Mark and Julian weren't developed enough. I'm so glad that Kit's point of view was introduced because Livvy and Ty became more central to the plot and less like background characters that were there only when it was convenient. The friendship that develops there is honestly one of my favorites and seemed to work so well.
I really love Julian relationship with Emma throughout this series, but I did get frustrated by them a lot for the majority of this book. Neither one will talk to the other about their feelings because they believe the other doesn't feel the same way and it's just so frustrating. I didn't understand why Emma couldn't tell Julian what she learned from Jem at the end of Lady Midnight. Why she thought that was a good idea I'll never understand.
I wish there had been more of Cristian in this book. She played a very central role for the first half of the book, but she gradually seemed to become less important as the story progressed. I was really interested in her relationship with Mark and Kieran, so I hope there's more about them in the next book. I also thought that this book was very long and probably didn't need to be as long as it is. It wasn't really slow or boring, but there were a few parts that didn't seem entirely necessary.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I will definitely be looking forward to the next one, but apparently that one doesn't come out until 2019. Why is it so far away? That wait is going to be like City of Heavenly Fire all over again. Of course this book had to end on a cliffhanger too. ...more
These books make me feel old (not that I'm really that old), but I first started reaThis review and more can be found on Living for the Books
These books make me feel old (not that I'm really that old), but I first started reading Cassandra Clare books 7 years ago. Honestly, if an author has kept me reading their books for that long there has to be something good about their books. I don't know if it's because I'm super sentimental or what, but I love these shadowhunter books.
This world always manages to drag me in. It's probably because it has just about all the supernatural creatures you could ever possibly imagine and want all in one and I'm a sucker for supernatural books. Especially well written supernatural books. I'm all for the author's writing, mainly because I actually laugh out loud while reading. Ok maybe it's more of a snicker, but still. I have way more emotions from this book than I've had reading many other books.
I really enjoyed the whole cast of characters, even if I would get some of them confused. It took me forever to stop getting Ty and Tavvy confused. Tavvy didn't really have any really distinguishing qualities, except for the fact that he was the youngest. Dru and Livvy also weren't that distinguishable, but I didn't really get them mixed up (probably because their names were so different). I wish that those characters were more developed throughout the story. Since they weren't developed it almost felt like there were too many characters, especially for someone that isn't familiar with the series. There were many name drops and guest appearances by characters from other series that would not make sense if the reader hadn't read any of the other books. While I did enjoy seeing some of my old favorite characters, it kind of felt unnecessary.
I did really love the main cast of characters, specifically Julian, Emma, and Mark. Julian is so precious and I loved how fiercely he loves his family. Emma was badass, but also had a soft side and she felt like a real person. Especially since she was dealing with the loss of her parents, while also trying to navigate her feelings. I also really enjoyed Mark's character, but I don't really want to spoil too much, so I'll leave it at that.
The romance was something that I enjoyed, but was also frustrated with. As much as I love Emma and Julian, I didn't understand why they couldn't always be truthful with each other. The ending was something that didn't really make a whole lot of sense to me. I feel like they could have worked it out some how and it was unnecessarily painful. I did like the build up of their romance though. It was sweet and it didn't feel like insta love because they had been friends since they were children.
I definitely enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down most of the time and I really loved being able to return to the shadowhunter world I've loved so much. I'll definitely be going out to get the next one very soon! ...more
I waited far too long to read Days of Blood & Starlight. My emotions are all over the place. I'mThis review is also posted on Living for the Books
I waited far too long to read Days of Blood & Starlight. My emotions are all over the place. I'm still trying to recover from it. At one point I was disappointed but happy. I wanted to sob and smile. As weird as it sounds I like that. I want a book to make me feel something for the characters. I'm so glad the world didn't end so I could finish this book.
I don't even know where to begin with the writing. Laini Taylor has a gift. Her writing is just beautiful and once I actually had the time to sit down and read this book I couldn't stop. From 7 in the morning until about 4 I had this book right next to me. I couldn't even eat without reading this.
And the characters were just perfect too although I was really annoyed at Karou for most of the book. I loved Ziri, Liraz, Hazael. Of course Brimstone is my all time favorite character from this series. Every single time they mentioned him I wanted to cry.
The only problem I had with this book was Akiva and Karou's relationship. I wanted more of it. What did I get? Chapters and chapters of them separated and Karou constantly punishing herself for loving Akiva. It made me want to shake her and scream that they are meant to be.
At least everything else about the book almost made up for that problem. Zuze and Mik were so adorable. I swear if something happens to them in the next book I'm going to sob my eyes out. And Ziri has to get a happy ending.
If you loved Daughter of Smoke & Bone then I would suggest running out and reading Days of Blood & Starlight not only because it has a gorgeous cover but because it was almost as good as the first book and the first book was pure awesomeness.
Now I'm just wondering how I'm going to survive the wait for book 3. I mean how could it just end like that with the third book so far away?...more
Lately I've been having a lot of luck with the books I read. Most of them have been really good and Every Other Day is no exception.
Kali is normal. ShLately I've been having a lot of luck with the books I read. Most of them have been really good and Every Other Day is no exception.
Kali is normal. She attends a normal school and goes through the day as a normal human. But that's only every other 24 hours. Every other day she's a hunter. She kills all supernatural creatures that go bump in the night. She's invincible. Kali also doesn't know what she is or why she's a hunter one day and normal the next. Then Bethany Davis, a popular girl at her school is marked by a chupacabra and Kali decides to play hero.
Honestly I loved this book. From the first page I was in love. Kali is an amazing character and the story was amazing too. I can't believe I kept putting this book back on the shelf at the bookstore! I also loved the humor in this book it was nice to have some comic relief during the serious parts.
Favorite part: Bethany blinked. "Did you just hit me?" she asked, disbelief coloring her every feature. Skylar raised both hands, palms outward. "I come in peace!" "You do not come in peace. You hit me." "I hit in peace!" Could not stop laughing after that.
So what are you waiting for? Go and read this! I promise it's amazing!...more
My first thought after finishing this: I'm glad I didn't buy this. My second thought: Ellie must die.
So this book is definitely not my favorite. The enMy first thought after finishing this: I'm glad I didn't buy this. My second thought: Ellie must die.
So this book is definitely not my favorite. The entire book I couldn't stand Ellie. She was helpless almost the entire book and I got tired of hearing how she was so powerful when all I was reading about was Will fighting for her. Other characters in the book would repeatedly say how strong and powerful she was but then after that she'd say something like this: If I was some kind of hero, how many people would I be unable to save? I couldn't even eat fries without dripping ketchup on myself. How could I be responsible for someone else's life when I couldn't even be responsible for my own shirt? I feel so safe now knowing that the only person who can save the world can't even be responsible for her own shirt! I'm sure the badies are quaking in their boots.
The only thing that I really liked was the plot but it was completely ruined by the terrible main character. I just couldn't stand hearing about how she was waiting for her memories to return to her and how she didn't believe she had any power. For me characters are a big part of the story and if I don't like the main character then I'll have a problem with the entire book unless it has a truly amazing plot and writing style. But this one didn't. It gets one star for the plot. So where does the other star come from? Will. I can't help but love Will. Sure he's like most other young adult guys but I don't care.
So should you read this? Only if you don't mind helpless main characters......more
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After seeing such high ratings for this book and hearing everyone rave about how fantastic this series is, I caved and borrowed the book from the library. It seems that all the hype surrounding this book made my expectations too high.
I don't consider myself an expert on angels and demons, but I've watched Supernatural and read enough books to get the gist. Every author seems to handle the whole angel, nephilim, demon, and fallen angel thing differently. Unearthly is definitely one of the best angel books I've read in a long time, but not the best. I enjoyed the part about the purpose for the angel-bloods or nephilim and I really liked how the Black Wings radiated sadness due to their fall. The mythology and lore part of the book was amazing, but I think the book fell a bit flat with a few of the characters.
I fully expected to love Clara. I'd heard that she was just plain awesome, but I must have been reading a different book from everyone else because most of the time I wasn't a fan of Clara. It was strange how she practically stalked Christian. Yes I understand that it was for her purpose, but her knowing so much about him without actually knowing him didn't sit right with me. Then there's the fact that she's immediately enemies with Christian's girlfriend. Kay wasn't exactly nice to Clara, but she wasn't really nasty either. Clara basically hated her because she was dating Christian. I also didn't like how Angela kept encouraging Clara to go after Christian and she kept saying that it was her destiny.
I wasn't a big fan of Christian, mainly due to the incident a prom and how he's way too prefect. Clara's friends describe him as a god and perfect in every way. I can't stand perfect characters. I love characters that have flaws and develop as the the story progresses. Which is probably why I love Tucker. Tucker may have been a bit rude to Clara in the beginning, but I ended up liking him much more by the end. He's just a normal guy and he's extremely sweet. The story didn't get interesting until Tucker came along.
This book wasn't amazing, but it also wasn't horrible. I will most likely end up reading the next book, mainly because I want to know what happens to Tucker and why Christian was Clara's purpose. ...more
First off the only reason I picked up this book was because of the cover and it was about angels and at that time I couldn't stop reading angel or nepFirst off the only reason I picked up this book was because of the cover and it was about angels and at that time I couldn't stop reading angel or nephilim books. This book was...the most uneventful book I've ever read. All Beth did was say how much she loved Xavier I mean come on yes we know you love him yes we know you think he's perfect. She even waited for him to make the first move then she automatically trusted him with her secret. What the...? You barely know him what if he turned out like Jake?
Xavier one of many characters in this book I couldn't stand. He was just too perfect. I mean I would like to read about someone who messes up sometimes that's what makes a story!
Now on to the only person I actually liked in this book: Jake. Ah Jake. The only problem with you was that you fell for Beth too. Other than that you were perfect (not in the Xavier sense). Doesn’t it say something when I don’t even want the “villain” to be with Beth? Jake is so much better than Xavier.
One star for the cover and the other is for Jake. I probably won't continue this series but I've read worse so it might be in my future. ...more
Happy to report that Rapture was slightly better than Passion so it wasn't a complete waste of my time and money. Ok it still kind of was. Honestly I'Happy to report that Rapture was slightly better than Passion so it wasn't a complete waste of my time and money. Ok it still kind of was. Honestly I'm not ever sure why I continued the series after the last book. Maybe it was the beautiful cover or the fact that the unfinished series was taunting me. It said "Hey Erika it's only one more book and look the cover's so pretty." So I eventually gave in because after all it is the last book. I need closure, no I need ANSWERS because in the last three books there were no answers to Luce's curse.
So in the last book we finally get some answers but still not all of them are answered. I still have no idea why Trevor (is that his name?) went up in flames! It seems like Lauren Kate just forgot about him or something. If I have to read another book just to know what happened to Trevor I am going to say no. Just for my sanity.
After almost four books, approximately 1,691 pages we find out what Luce is but we still don't really know about her curse. That comes a little bit later. So after all the reading we find out that Luce is (view spoiler)[an angel. No really? I never would have guessed that. (hide spoiler)]
Now on to my least favorite character, Luce. Luce here just can't seem to think about anything other than Daniel and his violet eyes. Honestly if I didn't hate Daniel so much too I would never wish Luce upon him but now that I think of it, they deserve each other only because I would never want anyone want to suffer through Luce or Daniel. I wouldn't even want to her be with Lucifer.
How could I forget my second least favorite character? Daniel is extremely possessive of Luce to a point where I can't take it anymore. Luce couldn't even talk to Cam without worrying what Daniel thought they were doing. I'm sorry but I'm pretty sure if you love someone that much then you should be able to trust them. Oh there's also the part where Daniel tells her she doesn't need to breathe. Of course she accepts this without any explanation at all. Then he constantly talks over her. She'll be saying something and then he'll cut her off just to shut her up. Not ok.
I just want to do this to both of them
Anyway the only character I actually like in this series is Cam and he had a very minor role in this book. When Daniel started talking about this person who broke Cam's heart I wanted to read about that not Daniel and Luce.
Rapture has fallen lower than all the other books except for the one before it and it is a torment I wish upon no one. I also hate Daniel and Luce with a passion.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
It's been awhile since I read any of the other Blue Blood books and I'd basically given up on the series. I am not a fan of Schuyler or Jack and theyIt's been awhile since I read any of the other Blue Blood books and I'd basically given up on the series. I am not a fan of Schuyler or Jack and they are the main characters. I'd been avoiding reading this book for as long as I possibly could but one day I decided to give it a try and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be in fact it was good! The only thing that bugged me was that Schuyler acted like an adult and talked like an adult and I thought this was a young adult book. I haven't cared about Schuyler or Jack since she picked him and broke my poor Oliver's heart. Honestly Oliver is so much better than Jack but sadly Oliver was friend-zoned by Schuyler. Oh well (more Oliver for me)... I loved that Kingsley was back because him and Oliver are my favorite guys in this series! My hope for the next book (or is it books?)is that Oliver gets his happy ending and so do Kingsley and Mimi because they are the ONLY characters I care about anymore....more
I can't believe it's over. This series has been one of my favorites for the past couple years and it's alwaThis review is also on Living for the Books
I can't believe it's over. This series has been one of my favorites for the past couple years and it's always been in the back of my mind. So now that it's over I'm not sure what to do with myself. Guess I'll just have to read some more books.
I'm going to try to make this as spoiler free as possible.
"You know that feeling," she said, "when you are reading a book, and you know that it is going to be a tragedy; you can feel the cold and darkness coming, see the net drawing close around the characters who live and breathe on the pages. But you are tied to the story as if bring dragged behind a carriage, and you cannot let go or turn the course aside."
That quote from the book basically sums up my feelings while I was reading. There was no way this book could have ended without some sort of heartbreak. And believe me the ending was so heartbreaking but also so sweet.
The characters were absolutely amazing and so realistic. I cared about all of them (which is very rare since I'm kind of picky about the characters I like). But all of them were unique and had their own story that made them who they were. After risking so much, I was so glad that most of them got their happy endings.
The love triangle in this book is how a love triangle should be written. Many books have love triangles but most of them are nothing like the Will-Tessa-Jem love triangle. I actually liked both guys in the love triangle (I ship Will and Tessa but I still love Jem). Loving both guys is just a recipe for heartbreak.
The relationships between all the characters was also another part of the book that I love. Will and Jem's friendship made them like brothers and it was so heartbreaking when Will or Jem would think of when they were children or the adventures they had. I sobbed whenever Will thought of the first time he met Jem.
Even though Tessa can't fight like the Shadowhunters she's still powerful in her own way. I loved how she was so determined and willing to give anything to protect the people that she loves. I'm definitely going to miss her as a main character.
Clockwork Princess was a much darker read than the other two books in the series. Despite that, the book had me laughing. Not as often as in the other books but the little bits of humor were perfectly timed. The sarcasm in all of Cassandra Clare's books never fails to make me laugh.
The ending was actually very satisfying even though I was crying so much I couldn't even read the page. I totally called who Brother Zachariah was but I never would have guessed the twist at the very end of the book. When you read this book I highly recommend keeping a box of tissues close by just so you're prepared.
Now I must say goodbye to one of my favorite series and the characters I have come to love.
Before reading Dear Tessa Choose Will! You obviously love him even if you won't admit it! I do think that you love Jem but not the same way you love Will. Just remember that Will loves you and you are tearing him apart! I would be happy as long as you don't end up with Jem!...more
Cassandra Clare has done it again. What has she done, you ask? Well she’s the only author that has made me love both of the guys in a love triangle foCassandra Clare has done it again. What has she done, you ask? Well she’s the only author that has made me love both of the guys in a love triangle for two full books. That takes skill.
In Clockwork Prince Tessa grows closer to Jem. We see a completely different side of Jem, one that I wasn’t expecting. While Tessa and Jem become close, Will is searching for the cure to a curse a demon put on him. At the same time Charlotte is fighting to keep her institute but it may prove more difficult than ever because there is a traitor among them.
As I said before I believe this is the only series where I love both of the guys in the love triangle. That doesn’t mean I haven’t picked a favorite, though.
Jem is just plain sweet. He genuinely loves Tessa but he blind to Will’s love for Tessa. Jem is fragile because of his sickness but he’s strong at the same time. Jem is one of my favorite characters but if I had to choose between him and Will, I would pick Will, no question. There’s just something about Will that I absolutely love. Sure he can be jerk but he’s only being that way so he can protect the people he loves, he also has a softer side for Tessa that I can’t help but love.
I also love the humor in the book, especially the whole part about the demon pox. I even have Will’s song memorized because I reread the song so many times. I think I read Cassandra Clare’s books for the characters and the humor.
This book literally killed me. I could not stop crying after I finished it. I have a feeling Clockwork Princess is going to kill me, bring me back to life, and then kill me again because no matter how it ends I know I’m going to be sobbing.
PatientlyImpatiently waiting for Clockwork Princess...more
I'm sad to say that Passion was a bit of a disappointment for me. I didn't like how Luce traveled through time and I don't get the feeling that what LI'm sad to say that Passion was a bit of a disappointment for me. I didn't like how Luce traveled through time and I don't get the feeling that what Luce and Daniel have is love its more like lust. We still don't have any answers about Luce. Am I the only one who wants to know about that boy who burst into flames in the first book? I think his name was Travis but I don't even know anymore. Also I hate Daniel. Don't ask me to explain why because I'm not even sure myself maybe it's because I like Cam. Whatever the reason I can't stand him and hearing Luce talk about how she wants him all the time did nothing to help my feelings for Daniel. Also there was no Cam in this book! I mean come on the only reason I read this book is so I can read about Cam. I think I was hoping for something different before I read this book so maybe that's why I hated it with a passion (sorry I had to say that). It's just Luce is one of the most annoying protagonist I've ever had the displeasure of reading about....more
Finally, this prolonged series comes to an end and while I wish I could say that I'll reallyThis review and more can be found on Living for the Books
Finally, this prolonged series comes to an end and while I wish I could say that I'll really miss the characters, I probably won't. To be completely honest, I used to adore this series back when I first read it about four years ago, but I feel like it no longer has the same appeal as it once did. I'm pretty sure I only picked this book up out of habit
The biggest issue I had with this book was that the characters focus on the wrong things. The world is basically coming to an end and instead of caring about that, most of the characters seemed concerned with their love lives. Thank goodness there was no Clary and Jace drama, I don't think I could ever take more of that. Instead they're mostly happy for the book, even when they're hunting down Sebastian in the demon realms. They were kinda of sappy, but so were all the other characters. At least the characters were still sarcastic and more than once I laughed at the dialogue between the characters.
A couple characters do die, but for me it wasn't that big of a deal. I didn't shed a single tear for any of the characters that died in this book, but I was practically sobbing about the mentions of characters from The Infernal Devices. The deaths didn't really serve a purpose other than to kill off a couple of characters because it didn't really seem to move the plot forward.
The villain, Sebastian, was alright I guess. I didn't like him all that much because I thought he was strange. At first he wants to kill all the Shadowhunters and then his plans change a great deal when Clary, Jace, and all the others, find him in the demon realms. His plans for Clary are disturbing and he's basically an evil mastermind, but I never got the wow he's a great villain feeling. I'm not exactly sure why, but I think it may be partially because I'm just so done with this series.
I wasn't expecting to be blown away by this book and I wasn't, but I still enjoyed it. I laughed, I cried, I rolled my eyes, I wanted to throw the book, but in the end it was a decent ending to a series that should have ended three books ago. If I hadn't given up on Shadowhunter books I might be tempted to pick up the next series because the new characters are kind of adorable, but I think for now I'm done with the Shadowhunter world.
Me when I found out the release date:
Just finished City of Lost Souls and now I have to wait 2 more YEARS before I can read this book! It's going to be torture I tell you! Pure TORTURE! At least Clockwork Princess is coming out in 2013 otherwise I think I might go insane from this wait! I LOVE the title it just makes you want to read this even more. I mean who wouldn't want to read a book called City of Heavenly Fire? On another note...if Magnus and Alec don't get back together someone is going to get hurt because they are awesome together! I just thought of something...what if the world ends before this book comes out? WE WILL NEVER KNOW HOW THIS SERIES ENDS IF THE WORLD ENDS! How can they do this to me?
Edit: *clears throat* so um you have to understand that when I posted this I thought TMI series was the best thing since sliced bread. To be honest I probably thought that because I hadn't read that many books at that point so I had nothing to compare it to. Books 1-3 were good but after that I now think the series has gone downhill especially after the movie. I'll still read this book but to be honest I'm not as excited about it. 2 years is a long time and my taste in books has changed drastically since then. I'll keep the top part because it feels wrong to delete it. And this is why I'll never post a review of a book before it comes out.
"It's not that," said Magnus. "There are some people--people the universe seems to have singled out for special destinies. Special favors and special"It's not that," said Magnus. "There are some people--people the universe seems to have singled out for special destinies. Special favors and special torments. God knows we're all drawn toward what's beautiful and broken; I have been, but some people cannot be fixed. Or if they can be, it's only by love and sacrifice so great that it destroys the giver."
I think I just about died after I finished this and now City of Heavenly Fire isn't coming out until March of 2014? Is Cassandra Clare trying torture everyone?
This Mortal Instruments book is actually one of my favorites (the other two are City of Bones and City of Glass). My heart had been shattered way too many times in this book and I think that's why I love it.
This book was full of romance between almost all of the characters even Sebastian. The only relationship that wasn't screwed up in this book was probably Maia and Jordan's but most of everyone's relationship problems were fixed by the end of this book. MOST. Not all. So that just makes the wait even more impossible to bear.
How can you like a character but hate them at the same time? Seems unlikely right but I'm actually not sure how I feel about Sebastian anymore. Sure he wants to destroy the world; he's half demon, evil, a murderer, and EVIL! But he's also lonely and he showed kindness to Clary at some points...ok I think the bad outweighs the good but I still like him.
So now onto my theory about the Infernal Devices. Before you read this I'd like you to know that I am perfectly sane I just obsess over these books... Are you ready? No? Too bad. Brother Zachariah knows all this stuff about the Herondale family right? So I'm guessing that Brother Zachariah was someone close to the Herondale family so maybe he's Jem or even Will! But I'm leaning more towards Jem and I think Will ends up with Tessa! Reason 1: He remembers his time before being a Silent Brother AND he is the most human AND he knows a lot about the Herondale family. Reason 2: In the book when Jace is reading Clary A Tale of Two Cities is says "With hope at last, William Herondale" so maybe that means Will ends up with Tessa! Reason 3: When Clary asks Brother Zachariah if he was in love or if there was anyone he was willing to die for before he became a Silent Brother he says to ask Magnus about the two people. Here's the quote: "Two people, said Brother Zachariah. There are memories that time does not erase, Clarissa. Ask your friend Magnus Bane, if you do not believe me. Forever does not make loss forgettable, only bearable."