Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)

by Cassandra Clare

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 with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

My Thoughts: So I finally read City of Bones. It only took me forever to get around to. So naturally, I’m mad at myself for not reading it sooner now! I loved it. I think it took me so long to get to reading it because I eventually waited so long and Clockwork Princess was about to come out, so I figured I would just finish up The Infernal Devices and then start this series so I didn’t accidentally mix up any of the details. Finally, the other day, I picked up City of Bones and started it. Later that day I closed it and picked up City of Ashes. Yup, I read it in a day. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to sleep though, since I had to put down the next one for bed shortly after I started it.

It seems like to me that everyone has already read this series, pretty much. I feel like I’m late to the game. I really am though. City of Boneprimarily follows around Clary (who’s a kick butt ginger by the way, bonus points for her!). She suddenly begins to see people that no one else can see and sees a group, which she learns are Shadowhunters, kill someone in a club storage room. The body just fades away to nothing though. She soon learns that demons are real, and that was what they killed. All of the stories are real. So Clary has to adjust to this new world, which she remarkably does fairly easily, or so I thought. Her mom has been kidnapped and her mom’s best friend has basically told her never to speak to him again. So it’s a bit rough, all she has left is her best friend Simon, who is getting mad at her because she has feelings for Jace, one of the Shadowhunters from the club that killed the demon. Jace is sexy, and knows it. He’s completely arrogant, but she falls for him anyways. Simon loves Clary but never said anything until it was too late. I personally think he’s a bit on the whiny side. So I wasn’t a huge fan of him. I liked Jace though, I always like the jerks apparently. At least this only seems to be in books.. So basically, Clary is trying to find her mom, who’s been taken by someone named Valentine, who is her mom’s ex husband.

Another character that I really love is Magnus Bane. I mean honestly, who doesn’t love him? He’s just awesome and I love that he’s a character that I already know. So there is someone familiar! He brings a lot of laughs with him for the most part since he’s generally a sarcastic ass.

There is a lot of drama going on in this book, and I loved it. There is a moment at the end that made me “ewwwww”. If you’ve read this, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. But this is a really good book! I just love Cassandra Clare’s characters and world. Everything is just so awesome and fast paced. It was a really fun book to read and felt like it was flying by for me. I will definitely be continuing on in the series, obviously since I already have. I will also be recommending this one to everyone I can and I can’t wait to see the movie adaptation this summer!

Mini Reviews!

I read a lot of novellas, so I’m going to try to do a few posts like this when I can, just to give my thoughts on them. They are just going to be short, so there will be a few novellas at once!

Iron’s Prophecy (Iron Fey #4.5)

by Julie Kagawa

Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts’ gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan’s past returns with a dire prophecy: “What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them.” Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey—and her and Ash’s unborn child…

My Thoughts: I kind of wish that I had read this before I read The Lost Prince, unfortunately I hadn’t gotten it by the time I got The Lost Prince and I couldn’t help but dive in to it as soon as possible. If you can read it first, I definitely recommend that you do. This explains a lot of the mystery and questions I had about why no one wanted Ethan and Kerrian to meet. It’s a very good read!

The Prince (The Selection #1.5)

by Kiera Cass

Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection…

Before Aspen broke America’s heart…

There was another girl in Prince Maxon’s life…

My Thoughts: I’m pretty much in love with Prince Maxon, even more so after reading this. I want America to end up with him, not Aspen. I really liked this glimpse into his life before the selection happened. And to see his thoughts on America when they first meet and she basically tells him off. It was great. This is a very cute read!

Crossing the Line (Pushing the Limits #1.5)

by Katie McGarry

Lila McCormick, Echo’s best friend from Pushing the Limits, first met Lincoln Turner when tragedy struck both their lives. But she never expected their surprise encounter would lead to two years of exchanging letters—or that she’d fall for the boy she’s only seen once. Their relationship is a secret, but Lila feels closer to Lincoln than anyone else. Until she finds out that he lied to her about the one thing she depended on him for the most.

Hurting Lila is the last thing Lincoln wanted. For two years, her letters have been the only thing getting him through the day. Admitting his feelings would cross a line he’s never dared breach before. But Lincoln will do whatever it takes to fix his mistakes, earn Lila’s forgiveness—and finally win a chance to be with the girl he loves.

My Thoughts: I love Katie McGarry’s writing. Even in such a short story she makes me love the characters and become emotionally attached to them! Lila and Lincoln are so cute together. I have to read everything by Katie now, she just does an amazing job putting so many feels into the story. I cried reading this and it’s only 67 pages long. That is how good she is!

Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess

Cassandra Clare

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.

My Thoughts: So in 2011, I was in a bit of a slump, addicted to video games and hadn’t really done much reading in six years. Well, then I found Goodreads and Clockwork Angel. I’ve read almost 200 books since. So of course I had to read Clockwork Princess. These are the books that got me back into reading. I have been waiting for what feels like forever for this book to come out. Well, the wait was definitely worth it. Don’t worry if you haven’t read it yet, I like to keep my review spoiler free if I can help it, nothing worse than coming across a spoiler before reading something you’ve been waiting forever for.

So in Clockwork Princess we are waiting basically for Jem and Tess to get married (I was pissed by the way! Team Will!) I felt so bad for Will, who thinks that Tessa doesn’t have any feelings for him and even worse for Tessa who won’t way anything to Will about her feelings, so as to not create false hope. I will tell you why I’m so Team Will. Jem is dying, and to me it seems somewhat selfish that he is asking her to marry him, knowing that he’s going to die soon. He could literally die any time. Some people might have been happy about this, with him getting some bit of happiness in his short life, but still.

I came into the book nervous about what was going to happen. To me if the series didn’t end a certain way, well I was going to be super upset. In case you’re wondering, it didn’t end like I had hoped. It was a better ending than I could have hoped! The ending was amazing and I’m pretty sure a lot of people were happy with it. It wraps everything up so nicely. But I’m not going to say what happens because that would be mean.

So Tessa is at the Institute, waiting to marry Jem, but never forgetting about the threat of Mortmain. He wants her and will stop at nothing to get her. She is safe at the Institute though. I really like Tessa as a character. She tries her best not to let people walk over her, a bit hard in the time period when no one will really let a woman do anything alone. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind to defend herself though. Sometimes she doesn’t think things through all the way, but she is brave and willing to do anything to keep her friends safe. Plus she is a big reader, so how can I not like her? I kind of want to read A Tale of Two Cities even more after reading this series, they talk about it so much.

I still love Will, poor tormented Will. He now knows that he wasn’t really cursed, but it’s too late and Tessa is engaged to Jem. His sister is at the Institute now as well and he is happy about it but not at the same time. He doesn’t want her to get hurt. I think I just always root for the bad boy/underdog really, but I can’t help but love Will and his snarkiness.

Jem, well, he’s still dying! I know, it’s mean to say. But really, he’s dying and he knows it. He’s on borrowed time and there’s nothing he can do about it. He does something really selfish too. He starts using more and more yin fen. Seriously, Will works his butt off to get him this stuff and he blows through his entire YEAR supply in TWO months!! I get that he doesn’t want to be sickly all the time, but he drastically just reduced his life expectancy to basically dying any day now. There is also no more yin fen to be found anywhere. So you see why I think he’s selfish?

All in all, I really loved this last book. Like I said, everything is wrapped up nicely. I wasn’t expecting the end at all. There are new characters to enjoy, Cecily and Gabriel for one. Lots of action and emotional bit. I was in tears for some points and stupid grinning at others. I get that way sometimes, so excited for what is happening in a book that I sit there with this giant grin on my face that literally hurts because I can’t stop smiling. There was one moment in particular that I got like this and started texting my friend to read faster because it was just too awesome.

So if you can’t tell, I loved this book and think everyone should read this series! Have any of you read it yet? Did you love it as much as me?

Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie MaGuire

Beautiful Disaster

Jamie McGuire

INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

My Thoughts:  So this is what “New Adult” fiction is? I think it and I are going to get along very well. I absolutely loved Beautiful Disaster. I’m not really sure why I waited so long to read it, but I should have read it sooner. I read about 30 pages when I first bought it while waiting for my husband to do something, I don’t remember what, but I was in the car and was hooked right away. I had to put it down at the time thought because I was behind on review books. Well I just picked it back up and read almost the remaining 400 pages in a day. I just couldn’t put it down! It was so good!

The protagonist is Abby Abernathy. She’s hoping to start over in college and get away from her past. You know how it is though, your past always catches up with you and falling for the school player isn’t the best way to make good changes for her. Travis is everything that is bad for her, but he is oh so right for her. I loved him. Seriously. He’s not even my type normally but.. I’m pretty sure I’d give him a chance. Abby is hesitant and they become really good friends. She is not going to be another notch on his belt. I liked that she didn’t get all gushy for him right away. She wasn’t a perfect heroine, she had her flaws, but that’s what made her easier to connect with. She was human.

Alright. Talk about some steamy scenes. There are a few times when things get hot and heavy, not too descriptive that it would make you blush, but just right. I might be a bit jealous of Abby. Maybe.

The entire story was just amazing. It’s not like a girl meets boy, they fall in love kind of love story. No, anything but. There were tears shed, face hurting smiles had. Sometimes I was just so happy for the characters. The character building was wonderful, the setting was easy to imagine. Jamie McGuire write an amazing story the pulls you in and makes you want more. I might have immediately ordered Walking Disaster right after I finished this one. I need to read it from Travis’ PoV.

Overall, amazing book. Probably one of my favourites of the year. I will be recommending it many times I’m sure. I will have to check out more from this “New Adult” genre and see where it takes me.

Review: Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi

Yann Martel

Growing up in Pondicherry, India, Piscine Molitor Patel – known as Pi – has a rich life. Bookish by nature, young Pi acquires a broad knowledge of not only the great religious texts but of all literature, and has a great curiosity about how the world works. His family runs the local zoo, and he spends many of his days among goats, hippos, swans, and bears, developing his own theories about the nature of animals and how human nature conforms to it. Pi’s family life is quite happy, even though his brother picks on him and his parents aren’t quite sure how to accept his decision to simultaneously embrace and practise three religions – Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.

But despite the lush and nurturing variety of Pi’s world, there are broad political changes afoot in India, and when Pi is sixteen, his parents decide that the family needs to escape to a better life. Choosing to move to Canada, they close the zoo, pack their belongings, and board a Japanese cargo ship called the Tsimtsum. Travelling with them are many of their animals, bound for zoos in North America. However, they have only just begun their journey when the ship sinks, taking the dreams of the Patel family down with it. Only Pi survives, cast adrift in a lifeboat with the unlikeliest oftravelling companions: a zebra, an orang-utan, a hyena, and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

Thus begins Pi Patel’s epic, 227-day voyage across the Pacific, and the powerful story of faith and survival at the heart of Life of Pi. Worn and scared, oscillating between hope and despair, Pi is witness to the playing out of the food chain, quite aware of his new position within it. When only the tiger is left of the seafaring menagerie, Pi realizes that his survival depends on his ability to assert his own will, and sets upon a grand and ordered scheme to keep from being Richard Parker’s next meal.

My Thoughts: So I heard this was a good book. Is it ever. I wasn’t completely in love with it, I didn’t have that feeling that if I wasn’t reading I was wasting precious reading time. No, but I did pick it up every chance I got. I just had to know this crazy story about someone who could survive for so long on a lifeboat with a tiger. I freaking love Richard Parker, as I’m sure many other people have. Tigers are possibly my most favourite of animals. They are just so beautiful. They command respect and Pi is just lucky he knows about them.

Life of Pi is an epic story of survival that I feel everyone should read at some point in their lives. I know I waited too long to read it and only got around to reading it now because I’m dying to watch the movie. You can expect a Fiction to Film on it in the future. The movie just looks so awesome that I needed to read the book now, rather than waiting to get to is on my list of books that I’m reading. I can see why they made  a movie about the book. The story is just amazing. There are some parts that had me cringing and others that had me laughing. Pi was clearly in shock when he calls Richard Parker to the life boat, but it’s an act that ultimately saves his life.

I still have a hard time of remembering that Pi is supposed to be a 16 year old boy. He seems so much older, which makes sense because he had to be to survive. I can only imagine the suffering that he went through during his time at sea. He lost everything and then to have to go through this trial? Insane.

This book is the only thing I’ve read by Yann Martel, but I will be considering reading more by him in the future. There are pretty heavy religious themes throughout the book, which didn’t really bother me all that much. I also  found the beginning of the book a bit slow, but I think that was because I wanted to get to the part where the ship sank. That’s really where the major part of the story starts, the part that hooked me in and kept me reading.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and will be recommending it highly to many in the future I’m sure. It shows how far someone can go to survive (some of the things Pi has to do aren’t the most pleasant). It’s truly a book you all should read. Give it a try if you haven’t already!