Book Review – City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

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TITLE: 
City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6)
AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare
PAGES:  725 pages
PUBLISHED: May 27th 2014
PUBLISHER: Margaret K. McElderry
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal/Urban-Fantasy

MY RATING: 4/5 birds
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SUMMARY:

This is the long-awaited and final epic instalment of the Mortal Instruments series, which first began with City of Bones, published in 2007.

Sebastian Morgenstern, Clary’s brother, is using the Infernal Cup to create evil Shadowhunters, known as his Endarkened army, that do his bidding and threatened the lives of everyone around him. No one can stop Sebastian and when the ultimate betrayal is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon and Alex must find a way to stop Sebastian before he tears the world apart.

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MY REVIEW

In the words of Frodo Baggins “It’s done. It’s over.”

I put off reading the final book of the Mortal Instrument series because I have a bad habit of starting and not finishing series and as time went on I forgot some of the characters and the plot of the previous books. Although I find the TV series is pretty bad, watching a few episodes actually helped me remember a lot. It is always difficult when a series spans five years to recall every detail and character but Cassandra Clare did a great job of drawing me back in even after all this time.

I still think the third book is the best. I think this book was way too long and I admit I was bored at a few points. I also didn’t like how everything with Sebastian turned out. I was expecting more, you know? And it was so disappointing that even after everything the Clave had been through they literally did not learn a single thing. Peace is obviously not going to last very long in this world…

And Simon’s fate was really heartbreaking but I am really looking forward to reading Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy and also Emma’s story in Lady Midnight.

Overall this has truly been a great series! I definitely will re-read it at some point (at least the first three) and although I don’t think this was the strongest ending, especially if you compare it to The Infernal Devices ending, it is a fantastic series and I would recommend to anyone!

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Book Review – The Bone Witch

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TITLE: The Bone Witch
AUTHOR: Rin Chupeco
PAGES:  400 pages
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: March 7th 2017
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy/Paranormal

MY RATING: 3/5 birds

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SUMMARY:

Tea (pronounced Tay-uh) accidentally resurrects her dead older Brother Fox which lands her into the hands of seasoned necromancer when she finds out that she is a different type of witch than the rest of her family. She is a “bone witch” meaning she is a necromancer and therefore feared by the entire community. The older necromancer takes Tea and her brother in and trains them, but as dark forces rise Tea must learn her skills quickly in this compelling new fantasy series.

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MY REVIEW:

I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to enjoy this, the premise sounded very interesting but I found the book quite slow and boring. It took me a very long time to finish it. I initially downloaded this from NetGallery back in August and have only finished it now! I think it had something to do with how unnecessarily descriptive the book was. The world building was excellent but it almost felt overdone.

I did like the main character, Tea, but she definitely had the “special snowflake” syndrome from being the “chosen one. The romance also left something to be desired. I don’t hate love-triangles but it felt very undeveloped and it almost came out of nowhere at the end of the novel. I am hoping the author will really work on the romance for the next novel but I am not sure at this point if I would continue with the rest of this series.

The cover is absolutely beautiful though and I think that will definitely draw people in!

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Book Review – Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between #1)

TITLE: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
AUTHOR: April Genevieve Tucholke
PAGES: 360
PUBLISHED: August 15th 2013
PUBLISHER: Dial
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy, Gothic, Paranormal, and Horror.

MY RATING:

Rating - 5 Bird

SUMMARY:

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery… who makes you want to kiss back.

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

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MY REVIEW:

You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

I LOVED this! It was beyond creepy! The characters were all so amazing and well-written. If you like gothic novels this is definitely for you. The build up with Freddie and her stories about the devil completely had me. Violet is one of the best characters I have read in a while. I actually enjoyed that she was a recluse instead of it being a typical cliche “oh woe is me I have no friends” – but with Violet that description made sense to me. Her old Victorian house did too, everything just fit.

I also enjoyed the romance – well if you could call it that. Basically I am not sure if Violet even likes River, and visa versa. Was it just the glow? Is River capable of loving someone? He was completely untrustworthy the whole novel and a breathe of fresh air from reading novels with perfect boyfriends who never do anything wrong (or if they do it is for a stupid reason, like they love the main character too much or something). It was a bit frustrating when Violet would touch him even though he was manipulating her – and she knew it. but oh well, she is a teenager. stuff happens.

I am verrry curious what happens with (SPOILER) Neely! I feel like Violet and him are destine to fall in love while River is away hunting down his devil-brother and what not. He is like the nice, perfect version of River…we’ll see what happens!!

Book Review – Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

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TITLE: Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1)
AUTHOR: Kelley Armstrong
PAGES:  422 pages
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: August 25th 2009
PUBLISHER: Vintage Canada
GENRE: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Shapeshifters (Werewolves)

MY RATING: 5/5 birds

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MY REVIEW & SUMMARY

This is the first novel in the Women of the Otherworld series. The story begins when Elena, the first werewolf in a generation, is trying to adjust to life without her pack. She was betrayed by her soul-mate Clay and tries to hide as a normal human when she meets Phillip, whom she lives with. Philip wants to marry Elena but she is hiding half of her life from him. To make matters worse Clay comes back looking for Elena and wants to bring her back to the pack which tears Elena’s two worlds apart.

I love Kelley Armstrong. I read her Darkest Powers series first and absolutely loved it. Even though it had some flaws, I could tell she was an excellent writer and I sought out the Darkness Rising series after. Again, I was amazed by her writing skills, relate-able characters and interesting plots. I am very excited for The Calling to come out! I also love a Canadian author that actually sets their novels Canada as well, not just some fictional town in the US or in typical Seattle.

I don’t know why it took me so long to get into the Women of the Otherworld series but now that I have read Bitten I am (dare I say it) smitten? haha but honestly, this book was everything I expected from Kelley and more. I already have Stolen sitting in my pile of library books, just waiting in line to be read, and I cannot wait to dive into this series!

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Book Review – The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

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TITLE: The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1)
AUTHOR: Kelley Armstrong
PAGES: 390 pages
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: July 1st 2008
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
GENRE: Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

MY RATING: 4/5 birds

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SUMMARY:

Chloe Saunders a regular 15 year old girl who just happens to see ghosts. She goes from being just an ordinary teenager to being taken away and locked up in a mental hospital called the Lyle House.

There she meets Liz, Rae, Simon and Derek. Everyone has something “special” about them that is keeping them in the Lyle House and Chloe started to investigate what danger lies not only in the mental hospital but with her new housemates.

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MY REVIEW:

This book was surprisingly good! What I meant by surprising is the first 100 or more pages were honestly kind of boring and I wasn’t sure where this book was heading. Chloe, the main character, gets sent to a “group home” or mental hospital because she can see ghosts and the first half of the book was mainly her going back and forth between believing in her sights and powers and telling herself she is just crazy. The book suddenly picks up though and gets SUPER CREEPY and after that, I just couldn’t put it down!

Not to mention Derek. I know he was described as being really ugly and was pretty scary in the beginning when he hurt Chloe (by accident) and we didn’t know what the hell he was but by the end I really really liked him. He actually was a huge reason why I couldn’t put the book down. Even though Simon might be the one Chloe ends up with (it was hard to tell if he even liked her, he kind of left it open for interpretation at the end before they ran away) I actually hope Chloe ends up with Derek. She spent way more time with him in the novel than anyone else, he always was there to rescue her and I think it would be amazing if the female main character didn’t always fall for the sexy predictable guy, right? Derek seems like he cares for Chloe but he just can’t show it.

Anyways I am definitely going to pick up the rest of this series!
ps. I only gave it 4/5 instead of full ratings because the beginning was really boring for me, I almost didn’t want to continue reading it, but I’m so glad I did! I think the next book will be even better

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