City of Fallen Angels

Title: City of Fallen Angels

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books 

Status: Available now 

*full disclosure: Bought

Description: (by goodreads.com) The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And – most importantly of all – she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her. His mother just found out that he’s a vampire and now he’s homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side – along with the power of the curse that’s wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls – neither of whom knows about the other one.
When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

My Review: Um it was okay. Sorry that’s it sound terrible I realize but out of the TMI series I think this might be my least favorite, which is weird considering this is all about Simon and my Werewolf Girl. BUT OMG THOUGH I HATED HOW SIMON WAS ACTING!!! Stop it. STOOOOOOP! It made me like him a little less because of it. I don’t know this book just felt like the weak link in the chain, but it was necessary. There were still so many questions unanswered, and this book filled in a lot of gaps and holes, but I don’t know something about it just felt a little less magical than the rest of the series. Probably because of the way it ended. All this being said I did like it, definitely not my favorite but it’s not like the Titanic or what Caitlin Kittredge did to her series the Iron Codex. I guess I just expected more from everyone especially Simon ( probably because he’s my adorable baby, and I want him to be okay, but he was being an absolute dick there for a while) at least he felt bad about what he did and made amends with his girls. I’m sure more good things are to come for the resolution of the series. 

also I’m so sorry this was supposed to be posted waaaaaay back as well as almost all the other reviews you will be getting bombed with.

Overall Rating: 5

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

 

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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 Makeshift Miracle Volume 1: the Girl From Nowherestory

ImageImageOld Non-YA cover, New Ya Cover

Title: Sister Light, Sister Dark Book 1 of the Great Alta saga

Author: Jane Yolen

Publisher: Tor Teen

*full disclosure: bought

Description:

(by goodreads.com)

Raised on a mountainside, Jenna learned the arts of the warrior, and from the mountain women the magic of the ancient lore. But the greatest magic of all was her ability to call forth her dark sister from the depths of the mirror of the land of light and shadow.

Skada was the dark one, able to exist only when the moonlight cast a shadow or lamplight flickered in a darkened room.

This is the story of Jenna and Skada. Sister Light and Sister Dark.

My Review:

… Well I know I’m going to hell for this one…

Jane Yolen is a great Writer, she once came into my college, for a specific class I was taking. I really liked reading Briar Rose but… because there has to be a but… I felt nothing for her characters in this story. I didn’t care what happened to them at all.  The Main character Jenna is adopted by a band of female warriors who prey to The Great Alta, their goddess. Jenna or Jo-an-enna, (yep this is one of these books where everyone has two names and you have to keep track of that otherwise you will get very very confused about who’s talking to who. For a while there I thought Pynt, Jenna’s friend and Marga where two different people -____-) Jenna is supposed to be this prophesied child, who’s orphaned thrice, and is supposed to help save the world. Typically I give stories like these a chance because it’s always nice seeing female leads, I just couldn’t with this novel.

It was so choppy. The story might have been engaging IF there weren’t all these annoying digressions that were comprised of Ballads, Legends and Histories explaining the actual story. Yeah, it sounds cool, and it would have been cool if they had been footnotes OR moved to the back of the book where the OTHER ballads were. Instead these interruptions were completely distracting, they were inserted between every “chapter” (chapters weren’t marked) and didn’t add anything! In fact, it was because of this the story lost all of it’s flow. I remember I was actually getting into the story, (I didn’t even bother reading these “Histories” anymore because I just wanted to be done with the book,) and in the span it took to turn 2 pages to get back to the story, I was disinterested again. -__-

Overall, it wasn’t a terrible story or badly written it just could draw me in and the way it was formatted left the book choppy and annoying to get through…  I won’t be reading the next book.

; __ ; sorry Jane your other stuff is cool.

This is the perfect example of what I would give a solid 4/7 as it says on the sidebar… A 4 is okay…/meh… it was fine but it had some problems if I were to recommend it, I would recommend it with a warning. And my warning is this: definitely not for everyone, the format leaves a lot to be desired and I just really didn’t care what happened to anyone in this story…

Warnings: Violence, Some Language, from memory nothing sexual goes on it’s just hinted at… and uh yeah I think that’s it.

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Old Non-YA cover, New Ya Cover Title: Sister

Title: Solstice
Author: P.J. Hoover
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing/ Published Independently

Description from Goodreads:

Piper’s world is dying. Global warming kills every living thing on Earth, and each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles which threaten to destroy humanity. Amid this Global Heating Crisis, Piper lives with her mother who suffocates her more than the chaotic climate. When her mother is called away to meet the father Piper has been running from her entire life, Piper seizes an opportunity for freedom.

But when Piper discovers a world of mythology she never knew existed, she realizes her world is not the only one in crisis. While Gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals into turmoil, and she struggles to find answers to secrets kept from her since birth. And though she’s drawn to her classmate Shayne, he may be more than he claims. Piper has to choose whom she can trust and how she can save the people she loves even if it means the end of everything she’s ever known

My Review:

Sorry guys I meant to write this review so long ago >__<

So I wasn’t sure what to think about Solstice at first. The beginning was a little bit slower than I like, but steadily it reached a much better tempo, and plot got better and better. I was surprised I liked this so much,(but it’s a Hades and Persephone story so it won me over quickly.) Piper is a believable girl in this distopia, she has numerous problems and a complicated home life. Despite this she seldom plays the victim, she tries to discover herself and pushes her limits.

 I really enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would, and I would definitely read a sequel if one came out. The author really did their research on greek myths and the greek underworld. I cannot tell you how much I appreciated the attention to detail in this novel. All the characters are complex, however all of them aren’t perfect. There will be moments that will frustrate you, as they did with me. However it made me appreciate these characters so much more because let’s face it everyone does things the frustrate us on a day-to-day basis. 

I give this a 5.5/7 

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Title: SolsticeAuthor: P.J. HooverPublisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing/ Published