City of Glass

Title: City of Glass

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books 

Status: Available now  *full disclosure: Bought

Description: (by goodreads.com) 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?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Timesbestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.

My Review: Might be my favorite book of the series so far, although I have to say I really loved City of Ashes. I’m in awe of this book. truly. Out of all the things I saw coming, I did not see Sebastian. At all, I didn’t even think that he could have been bad. I was shocked when I found out the full story.

MASSSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD

so I’m going to give you my overall rating now

Rating: 6.5-.75/7

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City of Ashes

imageTitle: City of Ashes

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books 

Status: Available now 

*full disclosure: Bought

Description: (by goodreads.com) Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?
In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation

My Review: So I dove into this immediately after reading City of Bones and I gotta say it did not miss a beat! I don’t know what it is about the second books in a series but to me they either are: REALLY good or REALLY bad. Luckily for me this one was fantastic! I like the dimensions in the Shadowhunter laws and officials. Every aspect of this plot line had interesting narratives and layers. The overall character development was great every character grew. I got a little tired of the whole “forbidden romance thing” because again I never thought they were siblings. I’m sorry but it was all too obvious. Why? The evil mastermind of the series tells you a lie. What is Valentine Morgenstern good at? Lying and manipulating other people to do his bidding. So as soon as he said it I was like… “uh-huh suuuuuuure.” Also I mean there are certain taboos you know can’t write without resolving them…

Well you can but you’d have to prepare to lose a ton of your readers to do it. Second reason uhhhh old lady Herondale. Done. Why would she have done what she did for him if there wasn’t some other reason for it? This whole narrative reminded me of one of my favorite required reading for school growing up: Ophelia’s Child.

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It had very similar motifs, such as a forbidden romance, and how the only family that really matters is the one that loves you. I seriously recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

Sorry I’m trying to be unspoilerific about the main plot line but oh well. Also to be fair these came directly from my notes before I read the third one soooooo. ANYWAY, back on topic: the character development. I really begun to like the majority of the Lightwood kids in this book, I wasn’t too into them before but now I really like them. Also new favorite character Maia the bamf werewolf girl! Everyone grew, especially Simon ; __ ; you poor baby the crap they put you through… Overall an amazing installment into The Mortal Instruments Series

Rating:6.5/7

Title: The Last Werewolf
Author: Glen Duncan
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd.

Book Description from Goodreads:

Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but you’d never suspect it. Nonstop sex and exercise will do that for you—and a diet with lots of animal protein. Jake is a werewolf, and after the unfortunate and violent death of his one contemporary, he is now the last of his species. Although he is physically healthy, Jake is deeply distraught and lonely. 
Jake’s depression has carried him to the point where he is actually contemplating suicide—even if it means terminating a legend thousands of years old. It would seem to be easy enough for him to end everything. But for very different reasons there are two dangerous groups pursuing him who will stop at nothing to keep him alive. 
Here is a powerful, definitive new version of the werewolf legend—mesmerising and incredibly sexy. In Jake, Glen Duncan has given us a werewolf for the twenty-first century—a man whose deeds can only be described as monstrous but who is in some magical way deeply human. 
One of the most original, audacious, and terrifying novels in years

I give up. This book… I have tried so many times to read this book but I never know who is speaking and it’s SO SLOW I ended up not even finishing it. I just couldn’t do it. I’m an avid werewolf fan, they are my favorite supernatural monsters, There were sex scenes, and what was almost a compelling plot, but ugh. If you go onto goodreads there are many people who liked it, my mom included! So give it a try if you like, I heard that if you listen to the book on audible it’s much better. 

Sadly this is my first 2/7 why? because I couldn’t even will myself to finish… but I couldn’t give it a 1 because I know a lot of other people liked it, which makes me think maybe it just wasn’t the book for me. Also it was a book nominee for the Shirley Jackson Award for best novel for 2011, so maybe I missed something.

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Title: The Last WerewolfAuthor: Glen DuncanPublisher: Canongate Books Ltd.Book

 

Faerieground: Wish

by Beth Bracken and Kay Fraser 

artwork by Odessa Sawyer

Published by Capstone Young Readers

Full Disclosure: I got it from NetGalley

My Review:This is something I thought I’d really enjoy, I’m sorry to say, that wasn’t the case… The concept was interesting and I really appreciated how they portrayed faeries as dark creatures. Why? Because in mythology they ARE dark creatures, we grew up with Disney’s Tinkerbell and I’m sorry but that is simply not the case. Faeries are little monsters. That being said I cannot recommend this book simply because of the English alone. I’m sorry but a 15 year old could have made fewer grammatical errors. Some sentences were really awkward and a few times I felt like there were words missing. Such as you know when you type a really quick email or a text and you thought you wrote a word and you didn’t? 

ex. “So I’ll see you later” but instead you actually wrote “So I’ll see later.” 

That’s what some sentences were like. 

Also I really didn’t connect with the story, everything felt too rushed so I didn’t really get involved with the characters. I didn’t like them, I didn’t hate them, I felt nothing for them.  

Odessa’s Artwork probably helped out the story a bit, it was visually stunning. 

2/7

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 Makeshift Miracle Volume 1: the Girl From Nowhere

story by Jim Zub

Art by Shun Hong Chan

Full Disclosure: Thank you NetGalley

Description from goodreads:

A young boy named Colby Reynolds searches for meaning in the world around him and discovers a place where dreams can come true – if he’s willing to pay the price! Along the way he’ll see sights he’s never fathomed and encounter hidden truths about himself he’ll wish he never knew. The hit online comic is now a beautiful, high-quality hardcover graphic novel, perfect for teen readers and manga fans with a durable, library-quality binding.

My Review: The art work is amazing

The plot is interesting but A) it’s hardly new and B) Colby and Iris fell a little flat. At first I really didn’t like Colby slowly he got more tolerable, but unfortunately Iris went in the opposite direction. We first meet Iris when she fell from the sky.

Iris lost her memories, so for me she gets a pass to be a little mary sue-ish and irritating, which actually she wasn’t, for the first half of the story. Then, she somehow managed to turn a person into tree? Or made a tree out of thin air in the middle of Colby’s Apartment. She acts like it’s nothing when Colby asks her about it. I don’t know about you but is I somehow grew a tree out of a person or nothing, I would be freaking out. I would probably call Colby while having a panic attack. She acts like a snotty jaded teenager which really turned me off of her unfortunately, and then only cries when Colby freaks out and asks her what happened. It seemed so fake, and completely lacked authentic human emotions that you would expect would arise in that particular situation.

Colby is at first annoyingly self involved and is completely overdramatic. I nearly put the book down because of his crappy attitude. Luckily the art work was so amazing that I felt compelled to at least see where it was going. It’s actually funny while Iris got seriously annoying he got more and more sympathetic. 

Overall I like the concept of this particular work and I would read the second volume to see if it got better. The start was slow but it got progressively better and even though Iris became annoying she can do pretty amazing things, and I want to give her the benefit of the doubt considering I thought she was awesome in the beginning of the book.

4/7 so far, but I really want to see volume 2 

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