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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Author: Rhiannon PailleTitle: Surrender: The Ferryman and the FlamePublisher: Createspace/Coscom EntertainmentFull Disclosure: Thank you Netgalley!description:How far would you go to save everything you ever loved? Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn’t listen, and because of what she is— a Flame— one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.My Review:The entire idea behind the story was imaginative and extremely creative. However, it took a long while before things started flowing in an even tempo. The beginning was a little hard to read, it was slow and confusing BUT what happens later was totally worth the wait. The way Kaliel was described and how she had her start in the book actually reminded me of Sister Light, Sister Dark, but it was executed in a way that was much more accessible to the reader. I might be giving this book a lot of slack for the first 1/4 of the story because SLSD was so much harder to read, but I don’t think so.  The parables that Paille develops is really cool. You spend your time trying to figure out exactly what it means for out two main characters Kaliel and Krishani. They both receive two different parables because everyone in this world receives their own parable from The Great Oak tree. Like I said, the beginning was confusing.  You are dropped in a different world and you’re trying to grasp everything but you have to do a lot of guess work. There really wasn’t much explanation and you just had to go along and open up your mind and actually think, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it actually worked here eventually, it just took a while to about 50 or so pages in to get a bearing for everything. Because I’m into Greek Mythology (lol could you tell?) The idea of the Ferryman being in Opposition to an Apocalyptic Flame wasn’t a stretch I thought that was really cool.Other than the somewhat fuzzy beginning and slow pacing the story was pretty great. Moving onto the characters. I thought the relationships between MOST (not all)  of the characters were fleshed out. Pux who is Kaliel’s kin/friend reminds me a peter pan he’s a little belligerent and a spoiled brat who refuses to grow up. Pux especially gets mad at Wendy—-I mean Kaliel when she begins to develop romantic feelings, (which seems exceptionally rare, for flames and elves and ferrymen) and when she’s chosen to move away from their home. Luenelle, ugh. I don’t want to spoil too much and I deliberately try not to but I cannot stand her. I really love Kaliel’s original mentor Desaunius, and her backstory is by far one of the most interesting. I can’t wait to read book 2, The Flame of Justice so I can see her and Tor in action. I feel kinda of bad for Krishani as The Ferryman he felt like he wasn’t as much in the spotlight although I suppose that was on purpose. Kaliel is pretty cool I like that she’s the one in control of her impulses and Krishani’s the one who’s more of a slave to them. This is one of those stories where I get why they fall for each other instantly, and I don’t say that lightly. They’re isolated from normal society and they share a deep connection, through their parables, their upbringing, how they were found and how lonely, confused and genuinely conflicted with their paths.  So like I said I get it on some level, not my favorite relationship set up, but it really worked here. The ending was brilliant. Loved it. Also Netgalley gave us the Alternative ending which was interesting and dark but I think the author wrote and picked the better ending. I can’t believe I thought I was going to hate this book wow… Cool Read. This actually seems more like an Adult Fantasy Novel rather than YA to me. It was fantastic.beginning: 4/7Middle: 5.5/7Ending: 6.5/7Overall: 6/7 Warnings: dark/disturbing (cool) imagery, (the nightmares,) violence, death, some explicit sexual content. 

 Author: Rhiannon Paille

Title: Surrender: The Ferryman and the Flame

Publisher: Createspace/Coscom Entertainment

Full Disclosure: Thank you Netgalley!

description:

How far would you go to save everything you ever loved? 

Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn’t listen, and because of what she is— a Flame— one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

My Review:

The entire idea behind the story was imaginative and extremely creative. However, it took a long while before things started flowing in an even tempo. The beginning was a little hard to read, it was slow and confusing BUT what happens later was totally worth the wait. The way Kaliel was described and how she had her start in the book actually reminded me of Sister Light, Sister Dark, but it was executed in a way that was much more accessible to the reader. I might be giving this book a lot of slack for the first 1/4 of the story because SLSD was so much harder to read, but I don’t think so.  

The parables that Paille develops is really cool. You spend your time trying to figure out exactly what it means for out two main characters Kaliel and Krishani. They both receive two different parables because everyone in this world receives their own parable from The Great Oak tree. 

Like I said, the beginning was confusing.  You are dropped in a different world and you’re trying to grasp everything but you have to do a lot of guess work. There really wasn’t much explanation and you just had to go along and open up your mind and actually think, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it actually worked here eventually, it just took a while to about 50 or so pages in to get a bearing for everything. Because I’m into Greek Mythology (lol could you tell?) The idea of the Ferryman being in Opposition to an Apocalyptic Flame wasn’t a stretch I thought that was really cool.

Other than the somewhat fuzzy beginning and slow pacing the story was pretty great. Moving onto the characters. I thought the relationships between MOST (not all)  of the characters were fleshed out. Pux who is Kaliel’s kin/friend reminds me a peter pan he’s a little belligerent and a spoiled brat who refuses to grow up. Pux especially gets mad at Wendy—-I mean Kaliel when she begins to develop romantic feelings, (which seems exceptionally rare, for flames and elves and ferrymen) and when she’s chosen to move away from their home. Luenelle, ugh. I don’t want to spoil too much and I deliberately try not to but I cannot stand her. I really love Kaliel’s original mentor Desaunius, and her backstory is by far one of the most interesting. I can’t wait to read book 2, The Flame of Justice so I can see her and Tor in action. I feel kinda of bad for Krishani as The Ferryman he felt like he wasn’t as much in the spotlight although I suppose that was on purpose. Kaliel is pretty cool I like that she’s the one in control of her impulses and Krishani’s the one who’s more of a slave to them. This is one of those stories where I get why they fall for each other instantly, and I don’t say that lightly. They’re isolated from normal society and they share a deep connection, through their parables, their upbringing, how they were found and how lonely, confused and genuinely conflicted with their paths.  So like I said I get it on some level, not my favorite relationship set up, but it really worked here. 

The ending was brilliant. Loved it. Also Netgalley gave us the Alternative ending which was interesting and dark but I think the author wrote and picked the better ending. I can’t believe I thought I was going to hate this book wow… Cool Read. This actually seems more like an Adult Fantasy Novel rather than YA to me. It was fantastic.

beginning: 4/7

Middle: 5.5/7

Ending: 6.5/7

Overall: 6/7 

Warnings: dark/disturbing (cool) imagery, (the nightmares,) violence, death, some explicit sexual content. 

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 Author: Rhiannon PailleTitle: Surrender: The Ferryman and the FlamePublisher: Createspace/Coscom EntertainmentFull

Title: Siegfried<br />Author: Alex Alice<br />Publisher:  Dargaud<br />Status: Available now<br />*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review.<br />Description:<br />(by goodreads.com)<br />A three-part story inspired by Wagner’s classic opera The Ring of the Nibelung. Siegfried, half-god and half-mortal, is a young boy being raised by Mime, one of the last of the dwarf-goblin Nibelungs, in a dark forest with only wolves for friends and family. While his foster parent only wants to live in peace and solitude, Siegfried yearns to discover who his real parents are and live amongst his own kind, not knowing that Odin, father of the Norse gods, has a destiny planned for him: to fight the dragon Fafnir, guardian of the Rheingold.<br />My Review: <br />Siegfried was fantastic on every level. The adaptation of the myth was excellent. The Art work is STUNNING and you feel for all the characters even the wolves! This is part of a trilogy, and unfortunately it’s being translated from German so English readers are gonna have to be patient… but it’s so worth it! Everyone who considers themselves a mythology fan or a graphic novel buff should be ashamed if they don’t at least pick this up and give it a try.  Also Kudos Netgalley I could actually read everything this time and the imagine quality was superb!<br />Overall Rating: 6/7 

Title: Siegfried

Author: Alex Alice

Publisher:  Dargaud

Status: Available now

*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review.

Description:

(by goodreads.com)

A three-part story inspired by Wagner’s classic opera The Ring of the Nibelung. Siegfried, half-god and half-mortal, is a young boy being raised by Mime, one of the last of the dwarf-goblin Nibelungs, in a dark forest with only wolves for friends and family. While his foster parent only wants to live in peace and solitude, Siegfried yearns to discover who his real parents are and live amongst his own kind, not knowing that Odin, father of the Norse gods, has a destiny planned for him: to fight the dragon Fafnir, guardian of the Rheingold.

My Review: 

Siegfried was fantastic on every level. The adaptation of the myth was excellent. The Art work is STUNNING and you feel for all the characters even the wolves! This is part of a trilogy, and unfortunately it’s being translated from German so English readers are gonna have to be patient… but it’s so worth it! Everyone who considers themselves a mythology fan or a graphic novel buff should be ashamed if they don’t at least pick this up and give it a try.  Also Kudos Netgalley I could actually read everything this time and the imagine quality was superb!

Overall Rating: 6/7

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Title: Siegfried Author: Alex Alice Publisher:  Dargaud Status: Available

Title: Fog

Author: Caroline B. Cooney

Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks

Status: Available now

*full disclosure: Free Via Net Galley

Description: (by goodreads.com)The Shevvingtons are perfect. Mr. Shevvington is the charming, handsome principal of Christina’s school. His wife is a dedicated English teacher. When the Autumn fog rolls over the coast, Christian and Anya begin boarding at the Shevvington’s home, where Christina discovers that nothing is as it seems. Anya is slowly losing her mind, and Christina knows the Shevvingtons are behind it. But who will take her word against that of the Shevvingtons? This is book one in the Losing Christina series.

My Review: Wow. Creepy. Caroline B. Cooney is a really good author I’d say she’s up there with R. L. Stine. You guys may recognize the name from The Face on the Milk Carton/ the Janie Johnson series. Fog is a great mystery, but wow it did a number on my head sometimes I hardly believed this was a middle grade novel. It’s massively dark and extremely sinister things happen to girls in this novel. I really liked it, the main character, Christina was really relatable, especially considering she’s 12 from off an island on the coast of main and I’m 22 and from NYC. It left you off an a really grim cliff hanger. I wish all the suspenseful action was spread through out the book evenly rather than just being all at the end.

There are some really mystical elements in the novel, particularly when Christina’s describes her island or has these almost preternatural dreams. It’s as if Christina and the rest of the kids from her island are raised with their own mythology and it’s what ultimately keeps them together. I realize that sounds a little off, but that’s how I felt about the characters.

Overall Rating: 5/7 

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Title: FogAuthor: Caroline B. CooneyPublisher: Scholastic PaperbacksStatus: Available now*full