Saturday, January 22, 2011

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Maragret K. McElderry
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 485
Rating: 5/5
Source: Bought

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....

Everytime I would see City of Bones at the bookstore, I would never pick it up. I kept on hearing so many good reviews on it, but I kept judging it from the cover and synopsis on the back and would walk by part it, until one day I decided to give it a try ... and it was the best decision I made!

City of Bones is such a new concept in the YA world and I fell in love with it. Clare writes such a seductive story that I never wanted to stop and I never wanted to leave the word there. Clary was not an annoying character and even though she had her faults, she always stood up for herself and was doing everything for her mother. Then there's Jace. Hot, beautiful Jace ... only if he was real! I loved his rudness in the story because I knew behind that was a very sweet guy and he did show that soft spot of his, even though he tried masking it all the time.

Now when I look at the cover, it really describes the Shadowhunters world and everything else about the book. My next review will be on City of Ashes, the sequal, and let me tell you, I loved it as well!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Why I haven't been blogging for a while

Okay, so for the past couple of days, I have been gone. Well, hiding away since I had mid-terms this week, but do to the snow storms this week as well, school has been closing. So my final midterms are on Monday and I promise after that I will be posting more book reviews here on the blog.

But I will post a review Saturday and Sunday and will continue with the week with posting up reviews!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Why I'm Addictied to Books

Being a blogger, I love to read and ever since I've started this blog, I've read more books than I ever have. So below I have listed reasons why I can't stop reading.

1. Books take me into a whole new world.

2. Books keep me company when I'm alone or waiting somwhere.

3. Books let me know that I'm not alone and I shouldn't be afraid of challenges.

4. Things that happen in books might/never happen in my life, eg. date a werewolf, travel back in time, etc....

These are my reason on why I love books. What are your reasons?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

Publisher: HarperCollins
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 400
Rating: 5/5
Source: Bought

Only two weeks ago, life was all too predictable. But that was before I saw my first ghost. Now, along with my supernatural friends Tori, Derek, and Simon, I’m on the run from the Edison Group, which genetically altered us as part of their sinister experiment. We’re hiding in a safe house that might not be as safe as it seems. We’ll be gone soon anyway, back to rescue those we’d left behind and to take out the Edison Group . . . or so we hope.

The final book in the trilogy really did knock my socks off. The day it came out, I immediatly ran to the bookstore and bought it. My only worst fear for this book was that it wasn't going to live up to the hype I was waiting for, but it totally did. There is more action in this book and we find out who Chloe will end up with!

With the Edison Group still behind them, Chloe, Derek, Simon, and Tori are still running. Here Simon and Derek's dad comes in the picture and we find out more about the back story of what he was doing with the Edison group. Chloe has been becoming more and more stronger on every book and she is one of my favorite characters.

The ending was no cliffhanger and it tied up the book perfectly. Now all I'm waiting for is the new trilogy by Kelley Armstrong, The Gathering. Also, the color of the necklace is shown in this cover, purple! My favorite color, though we never find out what the color purple in the necklace means as we did in the other books.

Overall, this book blew me away and was a great way to end the trilogy.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl—someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment—not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever.
Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends—a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch—and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.

The Awakening starts off where The Summoning left off. I could not stop reading this book and I didn't even move until I was done. And when I finished the book, I kept on thinking about it.

Chloe, Derek, Simon, and Torie are on the run away from Edison group. This book was action packed. So many things happened and I was so worried for the characters all the time. They were never safe and I didn't know on who to trust. And the question of who will Chloe fall for, is still not answered in this one. But there are some "romantic" scenes which I think Chloe is getting closer to Derek, but hey, who knows who she'll choose?

The ending of this one was not a cliffhanger, but I still was dying to read the final book in the trilogy. Once the last book comes out, The Reckoning, there will be a whole new trilogy, The Gathering, still in the Darkest Powers Series, only with different characters and a different plot.

Again, the cover was amazing on this one and I love how the color of the necklace is always changing. I wonder what color the necklace on The Reckoning will have?

Overall, if you loved the first book, I recommend this one.


Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

After years of frequent moves following her mother’s death, Chloe Saunders’s life is finally settling down. She is attending art school, pursuing her dreams of becoming a director, making friends, meeting boys. Her biggest concern is that she’s not developing as fast as her friends are. But when puberty does hit, it brings more than hormone surges. Chloe starts seeing ghosts–everywhere, demanding her attention. After she suffers a breakdown, her devoted aunt Lauren gets her into a highly recommended group home.

At first, Lyle House seems a pretty okay place, except for Chloe’s small problem of fearing she might be facing a lifetime of mental illness. But as she gradually gets to know the other kids at the home–charming Simon and his ominous, unsmiling brother Derek, obnoxious Tori, and Rae, who has a “thing” for fire–Chloe begins to realize that there is something that binds them all together, and it isn’t your usual “problem kid” behaviour. And together they discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home either…

I first fell in love with The Summonign by the synopsis on the jacket cover. When I begna reading this one, I actually was a bit frightened. But as I went along I felt it dragging on and on, but boy does it pick up pace.

Chloe is such a sweet and fun character. She was thought of as crazy, but actually she's not. She has supernatural powers and so do all the others in Lyle's House and Lyle's House is nothing ordinary. The teens may not be the bad guys, but the people sure are and Chloe and her friends are in for a long journey trying to get away from them. When Derek first showed up in the book, I thought he was a jerk, but towards the middle of the book, I began falling in love with him.

The ending was a cliffhanger and I didn't know what to actually think of it. I didn;t know what was going to happen and couldn't wait for The Awakening to find out.

The cover for The Summonign is very pretty and I love hoe the girl (which I'm guessing is Chloe and matches Chloe's description perfectly) is holding the red necklace on her hand (the necklace has a big meaning, especially the color).

Overall, I loved this book and the second book is a definite must read. Also, this is a great new series.


Dark Flame by Alyson Noel

At the start of this mesmerizing new installment of the Immortals series, Ever is helping her friend Haven transition into life as an immortal. But with Haven drunk on her new powers and carelessly putting them all at risk, their friendship becomes more and more strained. At the same time, Ever delves deeper into magick in order to get control over her enemy Roman and free Damen from his power. But when the spell she casts on Roman backfires, she’s bound to her deadliest enemy. Frantic to reverse the spell the moment the moon enters a new phase, she finds her efforts are fruitless—there’s a strange, foreign pulse coursing through her, one that propels her toward Roman. Desperate to break free of this terrible curse before Damen or the twins can discover what she’s done, she turns to Jude and delves deeper and deeper into dark magick, ultimately risking everything she knows and loves—including Damen.

Right now, I'm beginning to be sort of in the middle with the Immortals series. As I'm reading, all that is happening is basically nothing. Dark Flame felt really short. I really liked the idea of having Haven turn Immortal and her siding with Roman, but nothing exciting is ever happening in this book and Ever is just becoming more annoying than ever.

I'm beginning to see that Ever's character is not changing and I don't think it ever will. Damen now is just become a very weak character and is no longer in the picture a lot. In Evermore through Shadowland, Damen was a lot in the story and I loved that, but now, it's only Ever and Roman.

There wasn't any big cliffhanger ending at the end that made me gasp and bite my nails off until the next book came out. It was sort of obvious what was going to happen in the next book.

Even though the story wasn't that good, the cover was. I loved it so much, I was in love with it.  I am going to be reading Night Star, but my expectations aren't going to be as high any longer. But if you are enjoying the Immortals series and didn't like Dark Flame as much, don't give up.  Try Night Star, I know I am and I will be reading the last book just to see what will happen in the end.


Friday, January 7, 2011

Shadowland by Alyson Noel

At the start of this breathtaking novel, Damen and Ever travel to Summerland in search of an antidote to reverse a powerful poison. But instead of the cure they seek, they find something far more sinister: the truth about their existence and the fate lying in wait of an immortal’s soul.

Now, with Damen fighting to save them from the Shadowland, Ever turns to magick, hoping to break Damen’s curse. Along the way Ever encounters the mysterious Jude, finding herself drawn to him in a way that will test her love for Damen like never before . . .

I eagerly waited for Shadowland to come out. I would count the days until I was going to be able to hold this book in my hand and when I finally did, I finished it in one night. Shadowland was good, but not as good as Evermore and Blue Moon. I fell a bit let down from the high expectations I had for this book.

Ever and Damen here were so cute and two characters that were minor before, are now big ones. Roman continues to be around and I still kept a watchful eye on him. Ever again continued making more stupid mistakes and now both Damen and Ever are rushing to find a cure for Damen so they can touch each other without having Damen die.

The ending shocked me the most. It was something I wasn't even thinking that was going to happpen. I won't spoil the ending, but I will say it will leave you dying for the next book, Dark Flame.

The cover again was beautiful and the Immortals covers continue to suprise and amaze me with each book.

If you are dying to read this book, I recommend you reading it. It was ana amzing book and Alyson Noel showed us once more her talent in going inside a teenagers mind and making her characters come to life.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

Eager to learn everything she can about her new abilities as an Immortal, Ever turns to her beloved Damen to show her the way. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen's are waning.

In an attempt to save him, Ever travels to the magical dimension of Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen's tortured past; a past which he has always kept hidden from her. But in her quest to cure Damen, Ever discovers an ancient text that details the workings of time. Now Ever must chose between turning back the past and saving her family from the accident that claimed their lives - or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows sicker every day...
The second installment in the Immortals Series is breathtaking. I stayed up until 4 in the morning to finish it. There was no way I was putting this one down. I just couldn't. The book is an emotional roller coaster and to be truthful here, I cried at the end.
Ever here gets herself into a whole lot of trouble and throughout the book I wanted to yell at her for all the things she was doing that was wrong. But then, Damen chaged. He changed so much, it hurt me even more it was hurting Ever. She was lonely and she was trying to save Damen from a curse. There is a new character, Roman, and all I'm going to say for now is watch out for him and don't fall for his charm.
The ending was a cliffhanger and it left me wanting to read Shadowland immediatly.
The cover was amazing and there is no word to discribe it. So far, the Immortals series have had such exquisite covers, I'm in love with them. This book is a definite read if you loved Evermore.