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The Captive, Part II and The Power (The Secret Circle #2-3) by L.J. Smith


The Captive, Part II and The Power (The Secret Circle, #2-3)

The Captive, Part II and The Power (The Secret Circle #2-3)

by L.J. Smith
 Rating: 5/5 stars
 
Description:
CAUGHT IN THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL… 

Cassie has joined the most alluring-and deadly in crowd imaginable. But power comes with a price, and it’s more dangerous than she knows. Torn between the dueling desires of the two leaders of the Secret Circle, she must ultimately choose between saving all the New Salem, and her own dangerous love for bewitching Adam, which threatens to tear the circle apart. In the final battle between good and evil, will Cassie’s supernatural powers be strong enough to lead the coven out of danger? Or will she fall prey to the dark forces within? 

…WILL SHE SACRIFICE HER LOVE FOR THE CIRCLE TO SURVIVE?

 
Review:
 
 
Once I started reading the first one I couldn’t put that one down and read through the night finishing at 5 am. But it was worth it.So then I couldn’t wait to read the second one and picked it up as soon as I can. 

I have to say that L.J Smith tied this one up in the best way possible. I have read her other books (The Vampire Diaries seemed rather vague to me in the way it was written)and this one was, honestly, the best one. 

This book picks up right where the other ones leave off, which is right after Cassie went with the twins to get pumpkins. I really love the subtle, hide-and-seek sort of romance between her and Adam. They really got me latched on to them and I often found myself shouting at Adam when he pretend loved Diana in front of Cassie. 

I found out that I really loved all the 12 Secret Circle characters individually and found something to relate with to most of them. 

Faye is still up to no good and the wants the skull’s power for herself. But when because of Cassie’s actions her own grandmother has an accident… Cassie stands up to Faye and refuses to be her “captive,” as Faye puts it. 

Cassie’s character developed very maturely and she started standing up for herself to Faye and finally to Diana about Adam. I respected that. 

Overall this was a wonderful series and I would definitely recommend it to everyone who enjoys reading about forbidden romance, loyalty and friendship, a love triangle and a happy ending. 

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The Initiation (The Secret Circle #1-2) by L.J. Smith


The Initiation (The Secret Circle #1)

by L.J. Smith
The Initiation (The Secret Circle, #1)
Rating 5/5 Stars
Description:

Cassie must confront a shattering challenge: an ordeal that could cost her life or gain her more than she’s ever imagined…

Charmed by the Secret Circle, she’s initiated into the mysterious “in crowd,” a coven of young witches whose power has controlled New Salem for three hundred years.

Hopelessly in love with the coven leader’s boyfriend, Cassie risks falling prey to dark powers in order to have him. But if she does, her endless love could destroy the coven, New Salem, and her!

Review;
The Initiation is about a sixteen year old Cassie Blake who has moved to a new town called New Salem, New England. Cassie and her mother Alexandra move to New Salem to take care of her grandmother who is ill. Cassie’s mother left New Salem a long time ago because of a fire in New Salem that killed a lot of her friends. The parents of Cassie’s new friends.Cassie meets Diana who saves her from Faye and they become fast friends. Diana is a very good and forgiving person. Cassie also meets Adam and they have a very strong connection. Cassie finds out that Adam is Diana’s boyfriend. Adam and Cassie swear on a blood oath to each other that they will never tell Diana or anyone else how they feel because they do not want to hurt Diana. Faye finds out about their feelings for one another and she uses this knowledge against Cassie to get her to do her bidding. Cassie finds out that all of her new friends are witches and that she is a witch too. Cassie is the 13th witch. They are the descendants of the witches of Salem. Cassie and her new group of friends form The Secret Circle.Faye doesn’t like that they joined their circle because now they can’t use their powers individually anymore. To use their powers now they have to have at least one other person from their circle to help them cast spells. The circle believes that this is the best way because of an accident where someone almost died. Faye being the one who caused the accident, she is not a very nice person.

The Initiation is one of the best books about witches that I have read to date. L.J. Smithis one of the best writers ever. She did a fantastic job with The Vampire Diaries but The Secret Circle is way better. Well of course I like to read about witches and vampires so I would like them. But that does not mean that I like all books about witches and vampires though. L.J. Smith knows how to tell a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more of her stories

Faye is still blackmailing Cassie to get her to do things for her. Faye knows about Cassie’s and Adam’s feelings for each other so she is always threatening to tell Diana. Faye wants to be the leader of their coven and she is using Cassie’s secret to get her vote.

They find this crystal skull and form a circle releasing darkness. Every time the skull is used someone is killed. Diana hides the skull in the sand on the beach. Faye wants the skull very bad. So she tells Cassie to get it for her or she will tell Diana about her and Adam. Cassie doesn’t know what to do about Faye. Does she keep doing what Faye wants or does she tell Diana everything? If she tells Diana she will hurt her and this is something she does not want to do but if she keeps doing what Faye ask of her Diana is still getting hurt.

When they vote for the leadership of their coven between Faye and Diana they have a tie. To everyones dismay Cassie votes for Faye breaking the tie and Faye becomes the leader. Cassie runs off down the beach and Adam follows her and tells her he knows that Faye made her do it some how. She kisses him and tells him to go back to the others, she is going back to congratulate their new leader. Faye tells Cassie to get the skull, everyone is surprised that she knows where it is, Diana is the only one that is suppose to know where it is. Faye plans on using the skull to get its power. They go to the cemetery and make a circle to get the skulls power. They only succeed in releasing a dark energy, which is Black John.

They follow Black John to Cassie’s house. They find Cassie’s mom in a daze like a doll and her grandmother laying on the floor with Black John leaning over her. Cassie uses her powers to make Black John leave. Her grandmother tells Cassie that she is a very powerful witch and she is the only one that can get rid of Black John.

Cassie goes outside and sees her circle their, she looks for Faye and tells her it is over. She will not do her biding anymore and that she can tell Diana everything. I think Cassie did this to have everything out in the open and no secrets because this is probably the only way to stop evil. You fight evil with good, I think that is want Cassie was thinking, what she knows. I hope that now Cassie is tired of being The Captive and in the next book The Power that she has woke up and she will becomes the leader that she is. L. J. Smith has a very good imagination which is a good requirement for a writer and can write some great books. I recommend The Captive to any one who loves to read a great book.

 

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Ironside (The Modern Faerie Tales #3) by Holly Black


Ironside (The Modern Faerie Tales, #3)

Ironside (The Modern Faerie Tales #3)

by Holly Black
Rating: 5/5 stars
Description:
In the realm of Faerie, the time has come for Roiben’s coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing — her love for Roiben. But when Kaye, drunk on faerie wine, declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest. Now Kaye can’t see or speak to Roiben unless she can find the one thing she knows doesn’t exist: a faerie who can tell a lie.

Miserable and convinced she belongs nowhere, Kaye decides to tell her mother the truth — that she is a changeling left in place of the human daughter stolen long ago. Her mother’s shock and horror sends Kaye back to the world of Faerie to find her human counterpart and return her to Ironside. But once back in the faerie courts, Kaye finds herself a pawn in the games of Silarial, queen of the Seelie Court. Silarial wants Roiben’s throne, and she will use Kaye, and any means necessary, to get it. In this game of wits and weapons, can a pixie outplay a queen?

Holly Black spins a seductive tale at once achingly real and chillingly enchanted, set in a dangerous world where pleasure mingles with pain and nothing is exactly as it appears.

Review:

IRONSIDE picks up soon after the events in TITHE and VALIANT, and takes the reader on another breathless journey into the amazing and deadly world of Faerie.

Things have been uneasy ever since Roiben assumed the throne of the Unseelie Court, and with the threat of war in the air and Roiben’s coronation drawing near, everyone is on edge. Changeling Kaye Fierch knows that she loves Roiben, but she feels increasingly unwelcome and out of place in the Unseelie Court. So the night of the coronation, determined to prove herself to Roiben and the rest of the court, she makes a formal declaration and pledges herself to him as his consort. However, faerie custom demands that a quest be undertaken before anyone can sit as the Lord’s consort, and Roiben grants Kaye an impossible task: to find a fairy who can tell an untruth. Now she is forbidden from seeing or speaking to him until she completes something she knows cannot be done.

Kaye doesn’t know where to go, because she has felt uncomfortable at home as well, knowing that she stole a human child’s life. In a moment of desperation, she tells her mother the truth: that she is a changeling that was switched with Ellen’s real daughter, the real Kaye, and she vows to retrieve her from the Seelie Court and return her to Ellen. She feels that this, at least, is something she can do, even if there’s no way she can complete Roiben’s quest.

But with all the tension between the courts there is nowhere safe, and in venturing into the Seelie Court to find her human counterpart, Kaye puts herself within reach of Lady Silarial. Silarial wants Roiben’s throne, and she’s willing to do anything, including using Kaye, to get it. Once again Kaye finds herself in the middle of Faerie politics, but this time Roiben’s not there to save her, and she may not have a way out.

In my personal experience it is rare that a sequel ever lives up to the first book, but IRONSIDE does just that. Full of court rivalry, deception and betrayal, sword fights and murder, faerie curses, new romances, and even characters from VALIANT, IRONSIDE is another wonderful foray into the dark, gritty world of Faerie and will not leave readers disappointed. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you pound your pillow in frustration and clap your hands in delight. My one and only complaint is that this is the last book set in this amazing world.

 

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Valiant (The Modern Faerie Tales #2) by Holly Black


Valiant (The Modern Faerie Tales, #2)

Valiant (The Modern Faerie Tales #2)

by Holly Black
Rating; 4/5 Stars
Description:
When seventeen-year-old Valerie Russell runs away to New York City, she’s trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city’s labyrinthine subway system.But there’s something eerily beguiling about Val’s new friends. Impulsive Lolli talks of monsters in the subway tunnels they call home and shoots up a shimmery amber-colored powder that makes the shadows around her dance. Severe Luis claims he can make deals with creatures that no one else can see. And then there’s Luis’s brother, timid and sensitive Dave, who makes the mistake of letting Val tag along as he makes a delivery to a woman who turns out to have goat hooves instead of feet.

When a bewildered Val allows Lolli to talk her into tracking down the hidden lair of the creature for whom Luis and Dave have been dealing, Val finds herself bound into service by a troll named Ravus. He is as hideous as he is honorable. And as Val grows to know him, she finds herself torn between her affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.

Bestselling author Holly Black follows her breakout debut, Tithe, with a rich, harrowing, and compulsively readable parable of betrayal, abuse, friendship, and love.

Review:
Valiant, like Tithe, is a gritty, visceral nose dive–this time into the streets of New York City from small town New Jersey where adults are messy, intrusive plot elements and skeezy boyfriends are even worse.After catching her boyfriend making out with her mother on their living room couch, Valerie runs away to New York City where she makes quick friends with Lolli (Lollipop), Dave, Luis, and a kitten–a ragtag bunch of teens who dumpster dive for their meals and live in the subway tunnels beneath the city. It isn’t long before Valerie begins to notice Lolli’s tendency to shoot up with a mysterious substance and the odd deliveries Dave makes for an unknown boss. Accompanying him on one delivery, Val is confronted with the world of Faeries and soon runs head first into Ravus, a troll living inside the Manhattan Bridge, and his mysterious glass sword. Bargaining for Lolli’s life, Val agrees to run errands for Ravus and finds herself delivering medicine to the iron-sensitive Faeries living in exile all around the city. Lolli, Dave, and Luis have found another use for the medicine: given to humans, the concoction has hallucinogenic effects and allows the teens to use glamour, fairy magic that has transformative, manipulative results. Affectionately calling the drug Never, the teens continue to steal from Ravus’ supplies as Faeries begin dying and accusations are pointed at Ravus and his potions.

Val finds herself in the center of the drama between the Seelie and Unseelie Court in this dark, runaway fantasy far separated from the tedium of high school and homework. Holly Black has a knack for quick, in your face openings and wicked Faerie characters that confront sweet and doting Disney incarnations. The fiendish, earthly creatures from Tithe are back in the murder mystery that is Valiant. As the narrative progresses, it became painfully obvious I was never going to get a point of view from a familiar character or something to ground what I was reading to the Tithe I read a few years ago. Valiant isn’t about re-appearances, it’s a different plot line parallel to the Faerie world and filled with the repercussion of Tithe of which I don’t really remember, but wish I had.

Given how different it is, I thought I’d be able to pick up bits and pieces to jog my memory into constructing a workable foundation for references to the Seelie and Unseelie Courts, and characters like Roiben and Silarial. What actually happened was a complete mental flop; I should have borrowed Tithe to reread before I started onValiant. There was no plot synopsis, no catching up inner dialogue; Val, Dave, Lolli, and Luis have no reason to reminisce about what happened to Kaye or Roiben–neither of whom they know exists.

To connect these two adventures, the reader’s window into the familiar world of Titheis through the Faerie folk themselves: Ravus, Mabry, and numerous other strange, beautiful, and sinister exiles from the Seelie court who find themselves entangled in the political machinations (whims, fancies, whatever) of the Courts. The only thing is, we get a very narrow window into this world after the events of Tithe (chronologically,Tithe is before Valiant, yes? Is my memory that bad?), so small in fact, that I would have had to remember some crucial narrative events from the first book to make sense of the meager scraps of no doubt highly revelatory information one can only assume is crystal clear and static-free to careful readers that arrive fresh from the pages of Titheto embark on the journey that is Valiant to make important connections.

I’m not complaining–I’m hitting myself over the head for being silly and lazy enough to think I could “fake it” and enjoy Valiant the way I think it was supposed to be enjoyed–read after a reread of Tithe just in case something came up that would lead to what’s been going on behind the scenes.

In any event, the book was good and fun! Holly Black tackles drug abuse and addiction, friendship, betrayal, love, and fear in brute force honesty surrounded by urban parks and wild, untamed nature. The prude in me was a little horrified that teens are reading these things, worrying that replacing “real” drugs with “fairy” drugs would make it sound excusable to participate in related behaviors, but I got over that pretty quickly. She handles it well, I think, for the short amount of pages she had to devote to everything else. Not only that, but she wrote a great book filled with powerful, unsuspected magical objects, and ordinary kids faced with extraordinarily odd circumstances.

The scariness of Black’s magic isn’t the bad stuff that could happen should you be on the wrong side of a bad spell, it’s the fine line between the worlds of humans and Faeries and the ease with which we could all fall prey to something as supernatural and dangerous as glamour, hidden in such alluring, mundane packages. The warning is loud and clear: not everything that glitters is gold. It could be rat poison or your future demise at metaphorical needlepoint when your willpower crumbles and you find yourself going down dark paths of destructive, selfish behavior. Unlike Faeries, humans only have so long to live. So don’t waste it getting a Never high and go pick up this book if you haven’t already, but have read Tithe and thought, “OMG yay! I want more!”

 

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Tithe (The Modern Faerie Tales #1) by Holly Black


Tithe (The Modern Faerie Tales #1)

by Holly Black

Rating: 4/5 stars

Tithe (The Modern Faerie Tales, #1)

Description:
Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces the sixteen-year-old back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms — a struggle that could very well mean her death.
Review:
Tithe’s inner blurb states that it is a young adult fantasy tale written by a brand new author with an exciting and imaginative voice and, for a change, the raves are true! If you’re into darker edged fantasy, where the faeries are more likely to wound tender flesh than sprinkle one with faery dust, where sex, violence and various debaucheries are all part of a typical day in the faery kingdom, then do yourself a favor and buy a copy of Tithe. It’s the perfect book to chase away the mid-winter blahs. Big thanks to Preeti, my reader friend … for bringing this deliciously dark book to my attention.
Kaye is a tough, resourceful, street smart sixteen year old. As the daughter of a flighty, small-time rock singer who rarely stays in one place for more than six months at a time Kaye’s life has been filled with chaos. When her mother is attacked after a performance she decides to temporarily move them back into her mother’s home. As a child, Kaye loved living in her grandmother’s old house and believed she had faery friends.Kaye has always been able to see things other cannot but it’s not until she returns to her grandmother’s home that she begins to discover exactly how different she is. In the woods Kaye meets an injured young man with pewter hair and pointy ears named Roiben who requests her help, reluctantly promises her payment and then quickly disappears. Though Kaye refuses to be anything like her worthless mother and will never pine away after a man she can’t seem to get thoughts of Roiben out of her head.

Soon after the weird encounter with Roiben, Kaye discovers her imaginary world is not quite so imaginary after all. After locating two of her old faery friends she discovers that she is fated to play an important role in helping her friends remain free from the warring faery kingdoms (the Seelie and the Unseelie) who want to enslave them. Kaye’s somewhat unstable world becomes even more-so when she enters into a fantasy world filled with magic and dark beauty and the irresistible but terribly confusing dark knight named Roiben who may or may have not killed one of her friends.

Tithe is a real page-turner. I especially enjoyed its bleak, but never overwhelmingly depressing, look at life from a jaded sixteen year old point of view. Even before Kaye discovers the world of faery her world isn’t that of your typical teenager. Because of her upbringing and lack of parental support she’s got an edge about her that makes her refreshingly interesting. She smokes, talks tough, and holds her own against the flakey, ineffective adults and self-absorbed teens that inhabit her world. Though she’s self-reliant and insightful she’s still a teenager prone to emotion, moments of selfishness and wicked thoughts of revenge. Her faults, as well as her strengths, are the reason I enjoyed her character so much. Her conflicted feelings for Roiben — is he tortured hero or cold-hearted fiend? — are also another fascinating aspect of the story. Their emerging romance manages to be sensual, touching and anything but the same-old, same-old. If you’re tired of angelic, nauseatingly good heroes and heroines don’t worry because you won’t find any here!

Though I enjoyed this book thoroughly I did spot a few minor problems (sorry, I can’t shut off the nitpicker inside me). With the exception of Kaye, nearly all of the secondary characters aren’t given enough space to become very well defined. This is one case where I think a longer book may have made for a near perfect book (and I almost never say such things). Kaye’s troubled friend Corny and especially Roiben would’ve benefited from more space to become fully fleshed out characters. I guess we can hold out hope for a prequel all about Roiben. There is also some troublesome dialogue here and there that needed a little tweaking. At times I felt like I’d walked in on the middle of a conversation and missed a sentence or two somewhere along the way. Other times I felt like the characters must be reading each others minds because their dialogue made little sense to me. Despite this the story moves very quickly, is imaginative, entertaining and I wish it hadn’t had to end quite so soon. I cannot wait to see what author Holly Black comes up with next.

All in all, this was a goodread!
 

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City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare


City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)
by Cassandra Clare
Rating: 5/5 Stars
City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)
Description:
The Mortal War is over, and Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most important of all—Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her. His mother just found out he’s a vampire and now he’s homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other.When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels

Review:
So, I just finished this book about an hour ago and I’m at a loss of words to describe it. Was it brilliant? Yes! Was it fantastic? Yes!   I was happy and satisfied when City of Glass ended, but learning that the author Cassandra Clare decided to write more books was just the icing on the cake. It’s been a while between books, but this was more or less everything I expected and more!It was different and yet completely the same. There’s no way to pretend that the characters haven’t changed–that they’re not different and that everything that went into the storyline and plot of the first 3 books hasn’t changed. That chapter of the series is over and a new dawn has emerged (yes, cheesy, I know, but sue me).
The characters were still the amazing, incredible people that stole my heart throughout the first 3 books and being with them again was a lot like coming home from a long trip. I must say—I thought Jordan was an awesome inclusion! I always thought Maia’s ex was a real jerk, but he’s nothing like I thought or expected and I love that.
I will admit that I did miss seeing more of Clary and Jace. They’re still my fave everything of this series, fave characters, fave couple, but I still loved the book regardless. It was so strange getting such an in-depth look into Simon and following him the most. Obviously the books have always changed POV’s, jumping back and forth, but it’s always been fixed mostly on Clary, whereas this time it was more Simon than anything else. And yet… I didn’t have a problem with that.
I love Simon–always have–and even though I never wanted him to be the one Clary ended up with, I still wanted the best for him. He’s still the same great Simon he’s always been, but he’s slightly different too. I think he’s got a long way to go and there’s a lot of growth that I think will happen to him. I can’t wait to see though…It’s odd, when the last book ended, if anyone had asked me, I’d have been one of the few people who actually said they wanted Maia to be with Simon, but after this book it’s plain to see that Izzy is the one that for him! Perhaps I’m late to the party, but it always seemed to me that she was a bit much for him and (even though I love her, heart and soul) I didn’t believe she was right for him. I honestly thought that Maia and he would have made a better couple, but after this book I’ll never think that way again. Perhaps it was Jordan coming into the storyline and seeing how he and Maia were/are, but I finally looked and realised that Simon and Isabelle really have something. There’s so much more to Izzy than we’ve seen and I think that Simon may actually break through her defences and worm his way into her heart if she lets him!
Oh, and it goes without saying that I want Maia and Jordan back together too. Hello? Weren’t they just perfect together? The issues they have and Maia wanting to rip him to shreds aside.I was sad to see so many issues for Clary and Jace in this book, but I can’t say I was surprised either. I knew Cassandra Clare wouldn’t just let them be. It seems like they’ve been through so much, but of course it’s not the end for them, no sir-ee. There are more problems facing them and new struggles, but I don’t doubt for a second that they can get through it…..somehow. That’s not to say that I didn’t love every single moment they were together, because I did. I absolutely did! The moments between Clary and Jace were electric. Every time they’re together, every kiss, every time they touch, things just sizzle. I’ve loved a lot of book couples over time, but none compared to them. They’re like no other. You can’t deny that they’re made for one another, you can’t miss the chemistry they have. It’s truly impossible not to see and feel. They just go together so well, they both make each other better. Jace makes Clary stronger, and she’s his whole world. She means he world to him and it makes me giggly inside (Yeah, yeah, yeah….I went there =D)This book was perfectly paced and the ending was a heart-stopping roller coaster ride. So much happened and I was on the edge of my seat, wanting to see how Simon, Jace and Clary would get out of things. I couldn’t believe that Lilith was trying to bring Sebastian back. There’s no one who deserves to stay dead more than him…well, perhaps expect Valentine.

The ending of this book was jaw dropping. I. Could. Not. Believe. It! Still can’t, if I’m honest here. I cannot believe that Sebastian is alive again and what he’s done to Jace. It’s shocking, it’s exciting, it’s heart-breaking, it’s everything I didn’t want, but at the same time I CANNOT wait to see what’s going to happen next.
The next book is going to be a showstopper–I can so tell—and I can’t wait to see what happens now. Can Clary and everyone else manage to free Jace from Sebastian? Can they defeat Sebastian? Just what does this mean now?God! I NEEEEEEEEEEEDDDD to buy the next book, like stat! Seriously, this series is just brilliant and I can’t wait for the next instalment!
Bring on the awesomeness!
 

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City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare


City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)

by Cassandra Clare
Rating: 5/5 stars
City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)
Description:
To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters — never mind that enter-ing the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City — whatever the cost?Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Timesbestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.Review:
The story was totally amazing!!! I would recommend this one to those who love reading YA novels with the poisonous taste of demons blood plus the bittersweet flavor of young love. For those like me who love Twilight, then this one will surely make you go nuts and bring back the groggy feeling of sleepless nights :D.The Third Book of the Mortal Instruments written by Cassandra Clare. The focal point of the story was the completion of Valentine’s plan in purifying the world which means, killing demons, downworlders and even Shadowhunters alike. Shadowhunters whom he believed to be tinted with the dirt and foulness of corruption should be eradicated, and to achieve this would mean summoning the Angel Raziel while employing horde of demons in conquering the highest order of their land in Idris, the Clave.What can I say? Well, a happy-ending for now, I guess. And I’m having a hunch that the villain for the next (3 more, If I’m not mistaken) book(s) to come would be Sebastian Verlac with his brethren DX, his demonic family. And Speaking of Seb- er, Jonathan the evil-bastard-foul-scumbag-**** I so hate him. First, Max, afterwards Isabelle, then JACE! Also, what freaks me out the most is that he finds it amusing that he snogged his sister! What the “F”. He’s CRAZY! The mere idea of it makes me wanna vomit, ew! No doubt he has demons blood running his veins.

As for the Angel boy/ knight in shining armor/ man of my dreams(hahaha), I felt awfully sorry for Jace. The feeling of having no family which kind of remind me of Remy lol, nobody’s girl and Jace would be the other version (Jace: Nobody’s Boy, lol 😀 Am I really symphatizing with him :D) Ehem! back to the topic, it is also a pity that the essence of truth has no real bearing in his life. What I mean is yeah, he’s been searching for truth all his life but after knowing it (maybe he thinks it can cure his longing of a real family and well here comes the saying that the “truth shall set you free”, but I still find him binded with the shackles of misery), what about it? 😦 okay he’s Stephen Herondale’s but… hhmmm, I’m having headache with this one :s It’s like truth is so evasive of them, just like the elusiveness of air around us. As for my (feelingera! Hahaha) Daylighter friend, Simon. I’m so proud of you dear, you have proven yourself that you really are a smokin’ or rather a burnin’ HOT vampire lol. As for Luke and Jocelyn, Magnus and Alec, congratulations to you guys haha. Lastly, my words for Clary… I’m so envious of you! 😀

Every chapters made me gasping, panting and later delirious. In comparison with Twilight specifically Breaking Dawn, I’m loving the Mortal Instruments Book even more. The supposed to be clashed between the two opposing parties (volturri vs bella and friends) was kind of anti-climatic. Twilight lacks the element of surprise, there are some things that are quite predictable. Unlike this novel, it has so much twist and turns. Anyways, I still love them both.

It’s definitely a goodread! This is a MUST-READ!!

 

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