July212014

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

This is it, the last book in The Mortal Instruments series! I finished reading this on 29/05/14.

I think by now most people anticipating this book have read it so I wont bother explaining the plot but aaahh, this book! It ended the series quite well, but In a way I felt like it created a lot more questions, which I’m sure Cassandra Clare will answer in The Dark Artifices series. The ending is bitter-sweet in many ways, a handful of characters are killed off as promised so even though you’re happy about some things, you’re sad about others. Also, kudos to Clare for the Tessa and Jem scene at the end, how lovely!

Next up: The Bane Chronicles, then its bye-bye Cassandra Clare until the next series.

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The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

The Infernal Devices is a prequel series to The Mortal Instruments and is set in Victorian London. It consists of three books: Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess. I read these books on 12/05/14, 13/05/14 and 14/05/14.

The main characters are all ancestors of the main cast from TMI, Herondales, Lightwoods, Fairchilds, Carstairs (which we will learn more about in The Dark Artifices) and a few other important Shadowhunter families. The three main characters are Tessa Gray, Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs, who are kind of involved in a weird love triangle but without the arguments and jealously. I don’t know how Cassandra Clare managed to write a love triangle that was quite balanced, but she did. I found myself routing for both Will and Jem equally, which was nice for a change.

Without spoiling too much of the plot for people who haven’t yet read these books, I’ll just do a basic synopsis:

Tessa Gray travels to London from America to live with her brother, but when she arrives she is abducted by two creepy sisters who keep her locked up. Here she learns she is not quite normal. After a weird series of events she ends up living at the London Institute, ran by the Fairchilds, where she meets the Shadowhunters and learns the truth about their world. She realises she is involved in a huge scheme involving downworlders, clockwork people and demons, and has to use her new-found powers to help save the people she loves.

I actually think I enjoyed this series more than The Mortal Instruments, mainly because the Victorian setting was great, they’re in Wales for part of the series (woo, Wales) which is nice to see in any book, and the relationships between the characters were played out really well. It’s not necessary to read both series, as you can enjoy them individually, but the upside is that you know more about the characters backgrounds, like Magnus, for instance.

So, overview: badass female protagonist, cute half-Welsh love interest, cute half-Japanese love interest, lots of fight scenes, twists, clockwork creatures, Magnus Bane, Wales, and ancestry.

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June62014
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

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The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare

I found this book on the Kindle store for 99p, which sounded a lot better than the £10.99 it was for the physical copy at the time. Because the book was an ebook the font was different, even when set to “author’s fonts” so if you’re really bothered about seeing the “handwritten notes” the way it was intended then you should get the hardback/paperback version.

I read this book on 11/05/14 before I started to read The Infernal Devices as I didn’t want to start a new series late in the afternoon.

The Shadowhunter’s Codex is basically a guide to the Shadowhunter’s world, and is a replica of the Codex given to Shadowhunters in the series with additional notes added by characters including Clary, Jace and Simon.

The best parts of the book are the sarcastic comments between characters and the added illustrations. I mean, how cute is Chairman Meow?

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Its not a crucial part of the Shadowhunter Chronicles so if you’re not bothered about reading it then thats fine because you don’t miss anything plot-wise from the series.

June12014

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

I finally finished reading this mammoth book on 09/05/14. I have to say The Silmarillion, for me, was incredibly hard to read. I would find myself not really taking things in and having to check who was who often. The best advice I found about how to read this book was to treat it like a bible. Don’t read it like a novel. Take it paragraph by paragraph, let things sink in and then continue. Slowly. I think that’s why its taken me so long to read (I started reading it on 21st January)

Although it was quite a difficult read I found it really interesting and especially loved the story of Beren and Lúthien. There are many stories in this book, explaining from the very beginning of Middle-Earth to the events of The Lord of the Rings and the crowning of Aragorn son of Arathorn. The beginning explained the creation of Middle-Earth in a wonderful and strange way and each story was in-depth and exciting.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of The Lord of the Rings. The Silmarillion also explains why Gandalf is so incredibly awesome, so it’s probably worth reading just for that.

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City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

This is the fifth instalment in The Mortal Instruments series. I read this book on 08/05/14.

Well I don’t really know what to say about this book. I can see why people would be annoyed having to wait for the sequel to come out (but thankfully at this point I only had 20 days to wait) because it ends with a lot of unanswered questions. I feel as though most of what happens in this book wouldn’t have happened if Jace had just spoken to Clary, or if they had told someone what happened with the Angel Raziel at the lake. But no that would be far too simple, and so we’ve reached this point with Sebastian being established as the main bad guy and things going horribly wrong for the gang in the latter half of The Mortal Instruments series.

I was a little bit annoyed at myself for reading the series so quickly but the series wasn’t very long and I do read fast anyway. I guess the only thing left to do is wait and see who she kills off in the last instalment. I read that there are six characters that die, so I’m just going to assume one of them is Sebastain considering she’s bringing out a sequel series set five years later where there are still shadowhunters, and if Sebastian was successful, there wouldn’t be.

May202014

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

This is the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series. I finished reading City of Fallen Angels on 07/05/14.

I went into this book with the lowest expectations possible (because of the amount of warnings I had about it) and was pleasantly surprised to find the book enjoyable. After the events of City of Glass we all now know that Clary and Jace are not related and are currently going out. Although things aren’t going as smoothly as Clary had hoped. Jace is acting distant and weird and she doesn’t know why. Simon is accidentally seeing Maia and Isabelle at the same time (while being a total badass vampire) and Alec and Magnus are just as adorable as ever (well, via postcard.)

Some weird stuff happens in this book and instead of it being a continuation of the first trilogy it seems to pose more questions than answer them. I guess this is the new story arc, but who is the new bad guy/girl? What’s the deal with Lilith? Is Sebastian/Jonathan still alive? I’m under the impression all of this will all have be concluded in this second trilogy in The Mortal Instruments series.

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the mortal instruments series

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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

I finished reading the third instalment of The Mortal Instruments series on 05/05/14.

I feel that this book is the end of the story in some ways, and the beginning of another. The readers finally learn the truth about Clary and Jace, Clary’s ability to create runes is sort of explained, and also Jace’s power. Simon goes through quite a lot of changes, and with the help of Clary becomes something powerful but cursed. There are more characters introduced, including Sebastian Verlac and Amatis Greymark/Herondale and of course some characters are killed off. All in all I think the first three books ended nicely, most loose ends were tied and it explained a lot of the things that needed explaining.

Each of the three first books are set around the three Mortal Instruments; the first is the cup, the second the sword and the third the mirror. I was therefore confused as to what will happen in the fourth book, and after reading them all I can see where one part of the story ends and the other begins.

I was warned that the fourth book “ruins the story” and therefore prepared myself for the worst!

May172014

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

I finished reading this book on 03/05/14. Yes, I read it in a day.

The story continues where City of Bones finishes. Clary, Jace, Simon and the gang are recovering from the events of the first book. The cup is in the hands of Valentine, and now he has his eye on the sword. Clary is trying to figure out how to wake up her mother and strange things are happening to Simon. Yes, stranger than being turned into a rat.

There are some new characters introduced into this book which prove to be important in the long run, such as Maia Roberts and Imogen Herondale, as well as relationship changes between existing characters. Clary and Jace, Clary and Simon, Magnus and Alec etc. to keep readers on their toes. 

The ending of this book is pretty action-packed, with a demon that kills people with their worst fears, a pure-blood-maniac wanting to cleanse the population via The Mortal Instruments, Clary and Jace discovering more about their unique abilities, and some unexpected deaths.

I started reading the third book shortly after I finished this one.

May112014

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I decided to start reading The Mortal Instruments series this May as I know the last book, City of Heavenly Fire, comes out at the end of the month (I think it’s the 28th for us here in the UK.) I finished reading this on 02/05/14.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when reading this series as I’ve heard very mixed reviews, so I went in with low(ish) expectations. I was pleasantly surprised. The first book of The Mortal Instruments series is full of action and introduces characters well. The main protagonist is Clary Fray, a-soon-to-be sixteen-year-old girl with bright red hair and freckles. Her mother is an artist and her best friend, Simon, is a bit of a comic book geek. After she witnesses something strange going on in a nightclub called Pandemonium, she is pulled into the dangerous Shadowhunter life her mother thought she had successfully protected her from. I’m not going to say too much about the plot as I thought the book was a very quick read and I’d hate to spoil things for people.

As I had already seen the film, which I will just say is the loosest book-to-film adaptation I think I’ve ever seen, I already knew the whole “secret” wasn’t true but I still think it was an unexpected twist that gripped a lot of people.

May62014
The books I read in April 2014
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. RowlingWonder by R.J. PalacioHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. RowlingHarry Potter: The Prequel by J.K. RowlingDivergent by Veronica RothInsurgent by Veronica RothAllegiant by Veronica Roth

The books I read in April 2014

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter: The Prequel by J.K. Rowling
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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We cant’ be controlled

US and UK covers of the Divergent series

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the-perks-of-being-a-book-lover:

We cant’ be controlled

US and UK covers of the Divergent series

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