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Book Review #10: City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare

“Their hidden world is about to be revealed…”

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“When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder-much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered in strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it’s hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murders are invisible to everyone but Clary.

Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary’s mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon.

But why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…”

This is my second time reading this book, and it still delivered for me. It had a mix of everything I love, the supernatural, the comedy and the twists and turns throughout. Clary is a representation of a strong-willed girl and a good role model. The lines in this story are easily quotable like:

“Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?’
Jace said, “Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself.”
…”At least,” she said, “you don’t have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland.”
“Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”

“That’s why when major badasses greet each other in movies, they don’t say anything, they just nod. The nod means, ‘I’ am a badass, and I recognize that you, too, are a badass,’ but they don’t say anything because they’re Wolverine and Magneto and it would mess up their vibe to explain.”

“aren’t you, uh… reproducing?

“sure, we love reproducing it’s one of our favorite things.”

You can’t help falling in love with Jace in this story… despite his narcissistic antics. But there are still other guys to root for.

I define this story as a transition story between all the gushy vampire love stories (because it still has vampires in it), this is real. Read this book if you liked “Tithe by Holly Black, any book in the Twilight Series or heck any book involving the supernatural. You will not be disappointed, I assure you.

I also recommend reading the entire series along with the prequel series, The Infernal Devices.

My Rating

 

 

 

 

Go on, go read it…

Also, this is eventually going to be a movie, with Lily Collins playing Clary (not a decision I’m happy about) and Jamie Campbell Bower, which could be amazing until 1) he uses an american accent, 2) he buffs up a bit, he’s kind of lanky. Other than that, I just hope they don’t destroy the story with this movie, and they must use quotes from the book. THEY MUST.

(Sorry… this is a crap review. I just have nothing bad to say about this story.)

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Book Review #9: Dragon’s Oath by P.C. Cast + Kirsten Cast

“Marked as a fledgling. Captured by Love. Challenged by an unrelenting evil…”

  “In the early nineteenth-century England, long before he’s a professor at the Tulsa House of Night, Bryan Lankford is a troublesome yet talented human teen who thinks he can get away with anything…until his father, a wealthy nobleman, has finally had enough, and banishes him to America. When Bryan is Marked by a vampyre on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon prowed ship to America, he chooses the dragon-a new name and a brand new fate.

Becoming a fledgling may be exciting, but it opens a door to a dangerous world. In 1830s St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, Dragon Lankford becomes Sword Master, and soon realizes there are both frightening challenges and beautiful perks… such as Anatasia, the captivating young professor of Spells and Rituals at Tower Grove House of Night, who really should have nothing to do with a fledgling.

But when a dark power threatens, Dragon is caught in it’s focus. Though his uncanny fighting skills make him a powerful fledgling, is he strong enough to ward off evil while protecting Anatasia as well? Will his choices save her-or destroy them both?”

The mother daughter team has done it again for me. With beautiful sketches from the artist Kim Dower (who also did the Fledgling Handbook 101 art) it really completes the story. I really get more of an understanding of Dragon’s past and more of an understanding of Anastasia as well. It also prepares you for the newest book of the House of Night, Destined. It was good that they branched from the little bubble of Tusla. Overall an amazing story (also the lesbian High Preistess was nice nod to the LGBT community, as Damien and Jack was as well).

Book Review #8: Awakened by P.C. Cast + Kristen Cast

“At the brink of destruction, what will on desperate girl do to keep her heart from being irreparably broken?”

“Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tusla’s House of Night, Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey. Dominion over Kalona is only one of the weapons she plans to use against Z. But Zoey has found some sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgaich to take over for her there. Being Queen would be cool, wouldn’t it? Why should she return to Tusla? After losing her human consort, Heath, she will never be the same- and her relationship with her super-hot Warrior, Stark, may never be the same either.

And what about Stevie Rae and Rephaim? The Raven Mocker refuses to be used against Stevie Rae, but what choice does he have when no one in the entire world, including Zoey, would be okay with their relationship? Does he betray his father or his heart?”

Oh Rephaim, why don’t you choose me instead of Stevie Rae? I’m sure she’ll be fine with Erik or something. I was thinking this was supposed to be the last novel of the House of Night, but Destined is to be released Oct. 25, so I don’t have to wait too long to get my Rephaim fix.

So this novel really showed some growth in the story, from both Stevie Rae and Zoey. Zoey learned to put her friends before her own needs and strives to not crumble under the mess that she and her friends have gotten into. This book surprised me with new twists and turns and being sexy. (And also I can’t picture how Stevie Rae kisses Rephaim when he has a bird’s head, probably a break too.

Also (spoiler: It was definitely hard to picture Neferet naked. Yuck.)

So overall this novel was pretty solid, with barely any boring parts and was satisfying. I have nothing bad to say about it except that I was frustrated with Neferet (who isn’t?).

My Rating

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