30 Days, 30 Reviews: Day 10 – City of Glass By Cassandra Clare

City of Glass Cassandra ClareCity of Glass By Cassandra Clare

SPOILER ALERT: This is the third book in a series and therefore may reveal things that are discussed in the first and second book.

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Rating:★★★★★

Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads)
To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Review

Okay my original warning is not strong enough this review is choc-a-block full of spoilers!

THEY’RE NOT RELATED!!! OMFG I couldn’t be happier about this revelation! Seriously! Team ClaryxJace 5EVER.  Excuse my outburst … but I’m completely thrilled by this reveal in the third book! I was totally smitten with this pairing in the first novel and to have it taken away was just beyond upsetting. To have it back is like Christmas come early! Especially with 3 more books left to read and a possible sequel!!

This book is a good one for couples! Magnus and Alec finally resolve their secrets and Alec accepts himself for who he is! AND TALK ABOUT LOVE, Jocelyn and Luke!!! <3 I’m just totally fangirling in this review and I don’t even care!

A couple of things I do want to talk about though is that this book definitely made up for the repetitive structure leading up to now since it had a lot of character development, heaps of it.

I’m a bit sad that Ithuriel died, there were so many things that could have been asked and answered but alas I’m sure Clare has her reasons. What I’m very interested in is how she intends to plot the next three novels in the series! Who’s going to be the bad guy now that Valentine is out of the picture!

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30 Days, 30 Reviews: Day 8 – City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

city of ashes cassandra clareCity of Ashes By Cassandra Clare

SPOILER ALERT: This is the second book in a series and therefore may reveal things that are discussed in the first book.

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Rating:★★★★★

Synopsis

In the second book in The Mortal Instruments Series, Clary and Jace struggle with their feelings for each other, now they know they can’t be together in the way the hoped. So instead Jace becomes an overbearing older brother and Clary tries to find love in other people. Simon has some unfortunate luck and finds himself a downworlder, how does everyone react?

Meanwhile, Valentine is after the second of the mortal instruments and the Clave are after Jace, thinking he is a spy for his father. How will they manage to get the instruments back?

Review

I enjoyed the sequel just as much as the first book! I’m already half way through the third and I’m genuinely addicted to this series! Cassandra Clare has a brilliant style and her characters have such depth that it makes them relatable and fun to see interact.

The total love triangle going on between Jace, Clary and Simon is simply hilarious and watching the way Jace tries to be her big brother while both of them are aware of their original feelings for each other is torture (I was totally ClaryxJace in the first book before they became siblings!) I am interested to see how this develops in the novels to come.

The overall plot of the novel was similar to the first, bad guy makes threats, bad guy gets what he wants, good guys go after bad guy, bad guy gets away. However, I’m willing to overlook that because the finer details to the depth of the novel are explored enough to allow for some repetitive features. Though I expect a different tune in the third novel to avoid a cliché.

I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who loves fantasy!

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30 Days, 30 Reviews: Day 7: Pretties By Scott Westerfeld

Pretties Scott WesterfeldPretties By Scott Westerfeld

SPOILER ALERT: This is a sequel and therefore may contain spoilers.

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Rating:★★★☆☆

Synopsis

Tally is pretty now, after sacrificing herself to rectify her mistakes. She has a new life in New Pretty town. Reunited with Shay and Peris, Tally has the life she dreamed of when she was a young ugly. She still plays pranks and even has a new boyfriend in the works. But what happens when her life in the smoke comes back to retrieve her? Who will Tally pick, Zane or David? And will she be able to keep bubbly even though her mind is now that of a pretty head?

Review

I found this sequel to be a bit disappointing. Even though I felt that the tension on the romantic side was well written. I feel like it was all one big lead up to the final chapter (which I won’t divulge). I felt like a lot of the book was simply a filler for the next novel, where I’m hoping everything will start to explode!

Tally’s character is faced with the dilemma of staying pretty or going back to her old life? Her physical appearance may have changed but she wants her ugly mind back, or bubbly as she calls it. I like the idea that by playing pranks and doing things filled with adrenaline she is able to reverse what the Specials have done to her. I also think Zane’s character is written well. He is a fun but also pensive character, which I didn’t expect at the beginning.

Overall, this novel did not exceed expectations but I did enjoy it. It is a good set up to the next novel with lots still going unanswered and I will be interested to see how things pan out in the third book “Specials”.

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30 Days, 30 Reviews: Day 4 – City of Bones By Cassandra Clare

City Of Bones Cassandra ClareCity of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1)

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Rating:★★★★★

Synopsis

Clary Fray is just an ordinary girl with a mundane life, that is, until she meets Jace, Isabelle and Alec. Shadowhunters. Her life is turned upside down when she discovers a whole new world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders (Vampires, Werewolves etc) and now she has to help them because a psychotic Shadowhunter, Valentine Morgenstern, kidnapped her mother. Everything of this world is new to her, imagine her surprise when she belongs right in the centre of it.

Review

I love this book and the series is slowly becoming one of my new favourite fantasy series. The Shadowhunter world is one filled with so many emotions and it’s at a great pace that I find myself totally engrossed in the plot. Clary is a good protagonist, she has an air of naivety which is soon overcome when she really steps up. She is an eager person but not unaware of the danger she faces. In contrast, Jace and the Lightwood Family are strong characters for her to contend with, their air of mystery at first gives them a unique aura from the start. The plot of this book is simply brilliant it keeps you wondering what will happen next and the chemistry between Clary and Jace is enough to have you sitting on the edge of your seat for the whole duration. I demand that you read this book! Especially if you’ve avoided it because of the hype, because that’s what I did and I definitely regret it!

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30 Days, 30 Reviews: Day 3 – The Passion By L J Smith

The Passion L J SmithThe Passion By L J Smith

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS THE FINAL BOOK IN THE SERIES SO THERE MAY BE SPOILERS!

Rating:★★★☆☆

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Synopsis

Everyone thinks they have found their retreat. Mr Zetes has no idea where the five psychic children are and they have a pure crystal to tap into. That is, until Gabriel goes AWOL and returns to Mr Zetes and the institute. Not feeling welcomed by the people of the crystal he leaves. So the other four teens decide to go and get him back but also get back at Mr Zetes in the same score. Rob has decided that Gabriel cannot be helped and is willing to put him down if he gets in there way, but something pulls Kaitlyn to Gabriel. She wants to help him so she leaves the others and sets off on her own. But will her gamble pay off or will it put her in more danger than ever?

Review

Out of all the books I felt this had the best plot of the series, it really helped show the diversities to to Kaitlyn’s personality and how she develops from naïve to courageous. We also see how cunning she can be, my favourite part is when she decides to go undercover. As for her and Gabriel, I always preferred him to Rob. As a token bad boy, Gabriel has more fibre than Rob and makes for a more exciting plot. Their connection is more intense but the third book really shows how Gabriel holds himself back to save others. I think Smith wrapped the series up nicely and I didn’t find myself asking a bunch of questions at the end like I normally do. This was a refreshing finale and I definitely would recommend it.

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30 Days, 30 Reviews: Day 2 – The Possessed By L J Smith

The Possessed L J SmithReview of The Possessed

Rating:★★★☆☆

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Synopsis

The Second Book in the Dark Visions Trilogy finds Kaitlyn and her four psychic friends following a trail to nowhere. They are looking for the house in Kaitlyn’s dreams in hopes that they will be able to save them from Mr Zetes. Meanwhile, Gabriel is harbouring secrets of his own and Kaitlyn must figure out how to help him without increasing the tension between he and Rob. Can the People of the Crystal help her?  We’ll find out in this novel.

Review

I found this book to be more focused on the development of the characters, because for the majority of the plot they are travelling there are mostly subtle changes in their whereabouts. But mostly the focus is on the romance brewing between Kait and Rob and Gabriel’s mysterious secret. Anna and Lewis are left at the picket fence a bit, they’re characters receive little to no attention and act mainly as fillers and voices of reason between the main trio who seem to take the spotlight in this novel. The addition of Lydia is an interesting development though her part seems minute at first she becomes key in the decisions Gabriel makes. The ending to the second novel wasn’t a total shock to me but it did add to the sinister nature of the plot and give the novel a cyclical value in that it reminds the reader of the original struggle the character’s face and sets up the climax for the third novel. Overall I did enjoy this sequel but I feel like it was overpowered by the romantic aspects to a degree (especially when the reader was aware of what the characters were not.)

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30 Days, 30 Reviews: Day 1 – The Strange Power By L J Smith

So to celebrate my new blog design and URL I’ve decided to set myself a challenge! I’m going to bring you one review each day for the whole month of September! Starting today there will be 29 more to come! Some will be books I read a while ago and others will be books I read this year. Think of it as a bit of a catch up session. Anyway hope you enjoy and here’s day 1!

The Dark Power L J Smith
Review of The Strange Power

Rating:★★★★☆

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Synopsis

The book follows Kaitlyn Fairchild who is different from other girls her age. She has a power, that has caused her to become an outcast, shunned by her peers. Her power allows her to draw the future, but the things she sees scare people and never tend to be pleasant. That is until she is asked to join in an experiment, told that her power can by useful and with the promise of a college scholarship, she agrees. It is only when she comes to be settled with new friends and a possible romance brewing that things start to take a turn for the worse. She is there only a week before mayhem starts to occurs and she discovers that the Institute might not have told her everything about their plans for the five psychics.

Review

This is a great first book to a well-rounded fantasy trilogy, by acclaimed author L J Smith. The third person narration adds to the effect of feeling the emotions of multiple characters, despite following Kaitlyn for most of the novel. L J Smith gives you reasons to keep reading from the mystique of the institute and the brooding dark personality of Gabriel that contrast Kaitlyn’s innocent nature. This book has a great twist though slightly expected. The overwhelming amount of mystique that the Institute emits can only mean trouble. I did find the plot gripping and the elements of romance are well moulded into the story, because even though they are in the institute only a week, it feels like a lot longer. However, I still wasn’t totally convinced by the immediacy of the romance.

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