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review 2018-09-13 14:32
The Bronze Key (Magisterium, Book 3) - Holly Black,Cassandra Clare
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The more I read this series, the more I love it. Each book is my new favorite. 

As with the second book, this is a fast-paced adventure book filled with mystery and suspense (as well as snarky Jasper <3 ). I find Call less annoying as the series goes on as well. In the first book, I couldn't stand him, but he has grown on me and I really like all of the weird character conflicts going on. 

There is a bit of a love triangle in this one, which I am never a fan of, but there are so many other things going on in the story, that it is easy to overlook it. It's a pretty minor element of the story. 

I am so disappointed that my library does not have the fourth book in audiobook format yet as I have been listening to this series while driving for work. But I will definitely read the physical book at some point soon. After all, that ending...
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review 2018-08-30 01:50
The Copper Gauntlet: Magisterium Book 2 (The Magisterium) - Holly Black,Cassandra Clare,Paul Boehmer

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I enjoyed this book more than the first one in the series. The first one wasn't bad, it was just a bit slow to start. This one moves a bit quicker because there isn't as much of that pesky world-building stuff going on. I really enjoyed this one.

Well-written. Some things were predictable, but it was entertaining nonetheless. Great character development. I enjoyed the characters' changing roles (especially Jasper's). And as always, Havoc is adorable. 

Awesome fantasy adventure story. I have already requested the next book in the series from the library. I can't wait to read it.

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text 2018-08-16 17:33

My two latest buys, do you know how excited I am to finally have my hands on Origins!! I bought it for my dad in hardback for Christmas and was very tempted to keep hold till I had read it first, but I was a good daughter. Plus Waterstones had it half price!!


So I've never read any of Cassandra Clares books.....honestly I don't know why, they've neem on my TBR list since the list began. I am kinda glad I waited thought seeing as I stumbled across this gorgeous cover set. 





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review 2018-08-16 14:44
The Iron Trial - Cassandra Clare,Holly Black
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Are there similarities between this and the Harry Potter series? Yes. Is it still a unique and entertaining read? Definitely. 

While the story and characters share some traits with Harry Potter, there is tons of new stuff going on and each character is dealing with their own unique struggles. So yes, it's a wizarding school featuring a team of two males and one female with a stuck-up, slightly charismatic male as a school nemesis, but I promise this is not just a Harry Potter rip off. So much different stuff going on. 

I picked this up from the library because I have become obsessed with Holly Black's writing lately and was intrigued by the cover. I'll admit, the book starts out kind of slow. I didn't really like Call's character (plus, it took me forever to realize his name was "Call" and not "Cole", darn audiobooks- the whole time I couldn't figure out how "Cole" was short for "Callum"). He's a bit irritating and clueless. He grows on your a little bit, but I mostly stuck around for Aaron and Tamara. 

But the whole world-building. I loved all of the descriptions of the school itself and the various rooms. So cool. All of the magic stuff was fascinating. I liked the idea of magic coming from the elements and the apprentices learning to control them without wands or potions. 

The plot was a bit slow to start, but in my opinion, it was worth it for the twist at the end. You know something was coming, but I never would have guessed it was that. Great twist that really pulls the reader in.

I definitely want to continue the series. Just requested the next audiobook from the library. 
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review 2018-08-07 11:11
How do these people call themselves teachers?
Magisterium: The Copper Gauntlet - Holly Black,Cassandra Clare

So, apart from the fact that I'm convinced that the only reason that the kids at these schools are literate is their education before they go to the fancy schmancy magic schools.  It's more College type teaching than ensuring that they have any education and most of it seems to consist of the students being left to their own devices to sink or swim, my father would be appalled.


My father was a building construction and carpentry teacher (I believe they call them Material Technology teachers now but he's retired...) and to me magic should be like this.  Magic isn't safe, like using chisels, it needs supervision, because even if you do supervise carefully some idiot will try to cut a finger off (like someone did in my brother's class) and now I'm starting to plot how a magic school would operate, in reality.


So Call discovers that his father has plans, that involve Havoc, his well demon dog, and they're not good, so he runs away from home to one of his friends houses and then to school where the year starts okay but things go downhill rapidly and he runs away from school too.


I'm getting too old for these books.  I'm seeing more plot hole than plot and weak worldbuilding rather than being drawn in but I'm not really  the market for this so I can't really tell if it would work for the market.

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