April 24, 2011

Review: City of Fallen Angels

Title: City of Fallen Angels
Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 424 pages
Hardcover, Margaret K. McElderry Books

Goodreads Summary:

City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever.

Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

My Reveiw:

Dark. Suspensful. Intoxicating.

Cassandra Clare does it again in the newest installment of The Mortal Instruments series.

City of Fallen Angels takes place approximatley two months since the war in Idris, and things have seemed to returned to normal, or as normal as they can get with the circumstances.

With ever turn there is a new mystery, a new threat or just an old reoccuring one. I felt like I was reading all this from the shadows, or around a corner. Underworlders play a bigger part of this story. Demons, vampires, werewovles are no longer what they used to be. No longer seperate, but united under the Accords. I could never get a real sense of what was happening until everything started to unfold and in the event all the clues finally added up. Once again, Cassandra Clare leaves you guessing, never giving away anything until the last page. And even then, you're still left in the shadows. Because as long as there is light, you'll find darkness close by.

Jace and Clary's relationship intsenfies immensly. Finally free to be together, nothing seems able to be seperate them. If only this were true. I was already afraid that each, intesne, long passionate kiss they had was their last. That each touch would lead to something more. That each silence would be eternal.

Their's is the only relationship though. With Simon still caught between Isabelle and Maia there is sure to be trouble for this Daylighter. And with Alec away with Mangus, Simon will have no one to turn to when hell falls upon him. Unless he can steady his relationship with Jace. And the new guy? Oh you'll either love or hate the hate new. I'd tell you which one of those pertains to me, but why add even more of my influnce upon you?

This story was beautifully written. It made me laugh, it made me want to cry and it made me yell many times at it. I could see everything before my eyes, so much that when I set it down to go eat dinner, I came back wondering what movie I had been watching because it was just so good.

You will love this book because with each page turn trusts will be tested, relationships under strain and you'll be doubting everything you know. It is no wonder that Cassandra Clare's newest book takes you an emotional spin and keep you yearning for more.

Overall Rating: 4.83/5 stars


P.S. Keep a look out for another version of this review, containg spoilers. These are mostly known as my after book vents. Link to be posted soon!

April 20, 2011

Review: Evernight

Title: Evernight
Author: Claudia Gray
Pages: 327
Publisher: HarperTeen

Goodreads Summary:
Bianca wants to escape.

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

My Review:

Overall, I believe this was a good book.

I'm not going to say that it's one of the best vampire romance books ever written, because it isn't. This book was originally published when the Twilight fandom was growing to it's height and vampire books were all that seemed to be on the market.

Now, for those of you who are Twi-Hards, I feel like you either like it, or you hate it. I can sincerly say that it seemed to me that this book could be considered a Twilight knock off. (Let's keep in mind that this review was originally written in '08)

Here are a couple points that I believe it is so:

1.The main character is a girl who is going to a school she dosn't want to go to.
2. The main guy character has golden brown hair and green eyes.
3. Bianca's (main character) favorite book is Wuthering Heights and the classics.
4. It's a vampire book.
5. Lucas (main guy) tells Bianca it isn't safe for her to be with him, that he isn't the right one for her.

Besides all that, it was actually pretty good. By now, there are two more books (or one, I can't remember) to the series, which are on my to-read list. I thought it was cute, and Bianca voice wasn't annoying to read as some main characters are.

You should read this before you read Twilight, but don't compare those two together, it'll ruin the image for you.

Overall: 3/5 star rating



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