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text 2016-03-04 02:03
TMI vs TID Tag
The Mortal Instruments Boxed Set (The Mortal Instruments, #1-3) - Cassandra Clare
The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel; Clockwork Prince; Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare

Even though I should be reading and working on book reviews, I'm gonna do this tag. In the spirit of Lady Midnight's release on Tuesday (and also the release party I'm going to!) I wanted to do something Shadowhunters related...and this is it! The original video can be found here.

 

1. Favourite main character: Clary or Tessa?

In all honesty, I think it would have to be Clary. Since I started with TMI first I fell in love with Clary first and she'll always be my favourite. There was actually a time in TDI that I didn't like Tessa but I love her now.
2. Favourite Herondale: Jace or Will?

Do I even need to think about this? Jace. Jace is my bae. I love him so much. He was one of the first fictional characters that I fell completely in love with. I love him so much. Don't get me wrong, I love Will as well but Jace <3
3. Favourite love triangle: Simon/Clary/Jace or Will/Tessa/Jem?

Will/Tessa/Jem. Cause I really hated the Simon/Clary/Jace one because Clace was otp and Climon was, and always will be, notp so I really felt nothing during Climon scenes except frustration. The Wessa/Jessa (JESSA FTW) triangle gave me so many feels. I couldn't even choose who I wanted her to be with for like the first book. And then I chose Jem and just so many feels! 
4. Better Villain: Sebastian or the Magister?

Sebastian, obviously. I love Sebby's build up and the Magister...I barely even remember him. 
5. Better army: The Dark Army or The Clockwork Army?

The Dark Army, basically for the same reason as the question above. I barely even remember the Clockwork Army.  And Sebby is leading the Dark Army. That too. I just think that TID didn't stick with my as much as TMI did. 
6. Better First Book: City of Bones or Clockwork Angel?

City of Bones, obviously. TMI is one of my favorite series of all time. I loved the first book so much I think I read it it only a couple of days. It was a rollercoaster of feels the entire time. Clockwork Angel, yeah I enjoyed it immensely, but I enjoyed CoB a lot more. 
7. Better Female Sidekick: Isabelle Lightwood or Cecily Herondale?

Isabelle Lightwood because no one can beat Izzy. She's kickass and amazing and I love her so much. And Cecily...she's in it for like two seconds compared to everyone else and I don't know. I don't dislike her, I like Cecily but I can't even compare her to Izzy. 
8. Better Setting: The New York Institute or The London Institute?

I think I actually have to say the London Institute just because I love London and England so much and NY seems so boring in comparison. 
9. Better Last Book: City of Heavenly Fire or Clockwork Princess?

City of Heavenly Fire. Just...it was one of the most amazing books I have ever read in the world. I loved CP2, so, so much but it doesn't even compare to COHF. 
10. Better Final Epilogue: City of Heavenly Fire or Clockwork Princess?

Before COHF came out, CP2's epilogue was my favorite thing in the world because JESSA. I just...it was so perfect and I was screaming. Then COHF happened (and 500 pages in one night. Oops.) And the wedding. And Jem was there. Jace is a Herondale. He plays the piano. Tessa and Clary talk. Jem steals Church. It was the greatest ending to anything I could ever imagine. It will always be my favorite. 

 

That's the end of this tag! Thanks for reading! But I'm not done talking! The Lady Midnight release party is happening at the Grove in LA. And I'm going! I didn't realize how big of thing it was going to be! Cassie is going to be there, signing books. And like everybody from the tv show except Alberto and Matt (sadly). It's going to be amazing and I'm so excited. And I'll definitely blog about it here! 

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review 2015-12-12 11:44
The Bolds - Julian Clary,David Roberts

I saw this book and the cover immediately pulled me in (I am a cover lover after all), after checking the blurb, I knew I just had to get this book, and I did.

 

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review 2014-06-13 21:11
Review : City of Bones by Cassandra Clary
City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

     Clary is an ordinary fifteen year old girl. Everything in her life was going fine until one day she went to the Pandemonium Club with her best friend Simon. She saw the murder of a boy and eventually he vanished into the thin air. Three teenagers wearing strange tattoos and holding strange weapons, murdered that boy. On that night Clary was introduced to a new world of "SHADOWHUNTERS".
     She met Jace Wayland on that night and since then her life went upside down. Jace Wayland is one of the Shadowhunters, who has killed the demon boy on that club night. Shadow hunters are assigned to keep the earth safe from the demons and other harmful supernatural creatures.
     Within twenty-four hours, Ravener (demon) kidnapped her mother and she has no clue what a demon could possibly want from her mother. Clary's mom had always tried to keep her away from the Shadowhunter world and stuff. But when her mom got missing, she unravels the truth about herself and her family history.

      Clary is involuntarily being attracted to Jace, but her friend Simon has been secretly in love with her. She doesn't know what is awaiting next for her with everything going against her. Clary has to find her mom and the truth about herself and to embrace her real personality.


    I really enjoyed this book. It was filled with adventure and action. I love the villain the writer created. Honestly, he's the most manipulative and attractive villain. I like the Clary's character, she is just like a normal teenage girl with whom the other girls can relate to. Her geeky buddy Simon is the sweetest and supportive friend, we all wish for. Jace Wayland is a fallen angel who is an introvert and lives under the shadows of his father. I think Magnus Bane deserves the award for being the fashionista and coolest warlock.
    The plot is pretty twisted and I wasn't expecting the truth to be so bittersweet and heart wrenching. I was expecting this book to be filled with awesomeness, after all that hype and buzz about it. But it was good and enjoyable.

- See more at: http://letmebefictional.blogspot.com/2014/06/review-city-of-bones-by-cassandra-clarke.html#more

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review 2014-05-30 19:07
Book Review: Mortal Instruments City of Heavenly Fire By Cassandra Clare
City of Heavenly Fire - Cassandra Clare

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Pages: 752

 

The end of the Mortal Instruments...

 

I enjoyed the Mortal Instruments series for the most part. There's a bit too much romance and long descriptions for me, but that's just my taste. The best part is the world the author has created and all of the unique characters. My favorite is the glittery bisexual warlock, Magnus Bane. (Yes, seriously. He's the best!)

 

Clary is a normal girl who enjoys drawing and hanging out with her best friend, Simon. She's at a club when she sees three other teenagers with strange tattoos murder a guy, but no one else can even see them. When her mother is kidnapped, (or dead, but she really hopes only kidnapped) she's thrust into a world of Demons, Fairies, Vampires, Werewolves, and Warlocks. Turns out those teenagers are Shadow Hunters and the man was a demon. Shadow Hunters keep the peace using a device called a stele to draw runes on themselves that give special powers like grace and speed or invisibility to Mundanes. (Normal people, like muggles) 

 

There are six books in the Mortal Instruments series (and a prequel trilogy) and the last book has just been released. The series spans only six months, but it felt like longer to me. I liked the first `trilogy' better than the second, though I liked Simon more in the second. There wasn't nearly enough Magnus, but I always think that.

 

If you haven't read the series up to City of Heavenly Fire (or the prequel) don't keep reading, there be spoilers below.

 

Heavenly fire was an exciting finale, which certainly didn't seem as long as it was. I was so afraid to read it, (I didn't want anyone to die) but I'm pleased by the ending. It was a good and fitting conclusion to the series.

 

Emma Carstairs (who will star in the next series, the Dark Artifacts) gets her own point of view. She grew up a Shadow Hunter and is already quite skilled with weapons. Her best friend is Julian Blackthorn, a boy with six siblings. (Two of which are half fairy) I liked all the Blackthorns, they already have unique personalities. (Ty reminds me of Sherlock)

 

This book takes place mostly before the end of Infernal Devices, so Zachariah is still a Silent Brother. He doesn't get his own point of view. His parts are mostly told by Jia Penhallow. (How disappointing!) I really wanted more Jem and Tessa in this book! (I guess I'll have to hope for more of them in Dark Artifacts.)

 

I'm also sad we didn't get a Sebastian point of view, because it would've been interesting to see into his mind a bit more. He's a better villain than his father, more black and white, even though I think it was supposed to be the other way around.

 

SUMMARY (Plotline spoilers for first half of book)

 

Sebastian’s attacking Institutes and using the cup to make more soldiers for his war. The Clave orders everyone back to Idris. The London Institute is one of the last to leave and Sebastian attacks, but is thwarted. In his rage he attacks the Praetor Lupus and then comes after the Iron Sisters.

 

Before the meeting of the Clave the Fairy Envoy, Meliorn has invited the other Downworlder envoys to meet with him, but it’s a trap and, Raphael, Luke, Jocelyn and Magnus are taken hostage. Sebastian’s demands? Send Clary and Jace to him or he’ll kill the hostages.

 

Clary discovers that Sebastian has been hiding in a dimension of hell, Odom, and that’s why they haven’t been able to track him. To get to Odom they have to pass through the fairy court, but there they discover that the fairies have joined with Sebastian and are using their magic to transport his army.

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DO YOU WANT SPOILERS?
Deaths- 

Jordan Kyle, Raphael, Sebastian (I was so afraid for Magnus!)

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Loves-

The couples are happy and together, for the most part. (Even Magnus and Alec)

(spoiler show)

 

City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass - 9/10 Stars

 

City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire - 8/10 Stars

 

Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess - 9/10 Stars

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review 2014-01-11 02:23
El Paso Under Attack - Michael Clary

I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. First off, it's a zombie book, but unlike one I've ever read. In some sense, that is alright with me, but I went into this just wanting a really predictable zombie book. There were lots of qualities about this book that I loved, however. 

The way this book was written was not something I liked. The interviews of each character did give some insight to what they thought and felt during the outbreak in El Paso, but some of it got repetitive. Especially during the end, the first half of Skye's interview was somewhat repetitive, as it told a lot about Jax (the general) that we already knew. The interruptions from the interviewer really bothered me and broke up the flow of the book in my opinion, and I think I would have personally liked it much more if it was just written in third person, or had perspective changes. 

The characters, for the most part, I really liked. The strange fantasy elements that were thrown in really didn't make sense to me, however. If it was a zombie book, make it a zombie book. If you wanted to make something with different elements (I can't really say because it would technically be a spoiler), then write a book like that. I'm not sure what the author was trying to do, but it was really strange in some aspects. 

About half-way throughout the book, I really just wanted to put it down and quit. For some reason I had just lost all interest, and quite frankly didn't care enough about the characters to continue on. I did, however, and it finally picked up a couple of interviews later. Then it dived back down and the book ended rather suddenly but without any loose ends, and for that I was grateful. Overall, just because of how it was written and I don't know what would actually be in the next book because everything was tied off rather nicely (except for a few points which I don't even care about for the most part) I don't think I'd continue on with the series.

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