Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra ClareCity of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments #4
Release Date: April 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Bought – Hardcover

Pages: 485
Rating: 5 stars2

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The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old 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 importantly of all – she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering 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 that 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 that’s 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 one.

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. Goodreads

My Review: Okay, so this wasn’t my favorite of the four. The first half of the book was kind of disappointing for me. I found it boring at times and nothing was really going on. After the first half, it did pick up and get A LOT better which is why I rated it 5/5! When there’s only like 5 pages left, you’d think the story would leave off with a good note…. Nope… Not in this book it’s not!!

If I had to rate the books from favorite to least favorite out of these 4, I think it’d be something like this:

Favorite: City of Glass then City of Ashes with City of Bones and City of Fallen Angels tied.

So let’s just go ahead and get out the things that I didn’t like about it first.

1. Obviously the fact that the first half was kind of slow, it was interesting, but it just didn’t hold my attention for very long. I did like to see more of Simon’s point of view and how he’s dealing with being a vampire and everything.

**SPOILER!**

2. Alec.. I love him to death, but honestly, he was starting to get on my nerves. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Alec, but I felt that he was whining and not acting his age because Magnus has dated other people. Obviously with Magnus being so old, he’s dated quite a few people.. Alec (to me) just didn’t seem to let that go and would not focus on just Magnus and himself. He was too worried about who Magnus has dated in the past. He thankfully let Magnus talk to him and they got everything sorted out and Alec now knows that Magnus does not want to go anywhere without him.

Sebastian.. Johnathan… whoever he is… WHAT?! HE’S BACK!? Great… Awesome..

I’m still trying to process exactly what happened during this whole last scene with Sebastian/Johnathan and Jace. I still am quite confused really about what just happened. I’m guessing Sebastian/Johnathan is alive but is connected to Jace? As in Sebastian can’t move but takes over Jace’s body? I’m not sure… I’m hoping that’s not it!

Clary and Jace in this book…. :) I fan-girled a little let’s just leave it at that!

Isabelle’s character developed a lot in this book. Clare described more about why Isabelle is why she is and how much she’s developed since City of Bones. Simon and Isabelle are starting to grow on me. :) Same goes with Maia and Jordan.

There was nothing in this book that didn’t have me smiling or having some sort of emotion towards it! I absolutely love Clare’s writing and she’s excellent at painting pictures in your head! What makes Clare different from alot of authors I’ve read, is that she does not focus on just one character, she focuses on all the main characters.

Can’t wait to read City of Lost Souls!

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In My Mailbox (#2)

Hey guys! This is a little bit early, but I got more books! :) I’ve gotten 10 more books. The stack of books are all from Half Price Books which if you don’t have this where you live, it’s a book store that sells books second hand at half the price listed or cheaper. Projection was an ARC I won on Goodreads.

 If you do not know what ‘In My Mailbox’ is, go to The Story Siren here . She created this back in 2008 and has been floating around since. I found it through YouTube and made my way through the blogs I’ve come across. So I figured I should hop on this also! :)

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If you guys follow me on Instagram and/or Twitter you may have seen these already. :)

Projection by Risa Green

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The Death Cure by James Dashner

Unbelievable by Sara Shepard

The Secret Circle by L.J. Smith

Slayed by Amanda Marrone

Uninvited by Amanda Marrone

Shadow Falls: The Beginning by C.C. Hunter

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Movie Review: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

The-Mortal-Instruments-City-of-Bones-bannerThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

IMDB ; TRAILER

I am not a movie critic or any sort, I’m just a fan of the series!

DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT AND DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED!

I thought this movie was amazing! Of course it’s hard to make book to movie adaptations and for it to live up to your expectations, especially for something like The Mortal Instruments. City of Bones is mostly world building and character development because of how complex this world is.

There were some parts that I thought could have been done better, but overall I think that Don Carmody (who is one of the producers) did a great job! One of the things that bothered me was the use of the steles. Someone watching this movie that hasn’t read the book wouldn’t understand exactly what these do and why they are so incredibly important. To them, it’s just a glowing stick that they use to draw runes with.

I thought casting was alright. There were a couple characters that didn’t fit with what I imagined they’d be like. Such as; who plays Kevin Zegers Alec Lightwood, Godfrey Gao who plays Magnus Bane, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers who plays Valentine Morgenstern. None of these characters were what I pictured them to be. Godfrey didn’t really play Magnus’ character very well in my opinion. He didn’t really act how Magus is in the books.

The Silent Brothers… Wow! They were VERY creepy! They were actually how I imagined they’d be, but they turned out to be scarier! The entire scene with Clary and Jace going to the Silent Brothers to figure out why Clary has these blocks on her mind was absolutely amazing!

The fight scene with the vampires at Hotel Dumort was probably one of my favorite parts! I loved Isabelle’s character even more while watching this. I was so excited while watching this entire scene and I didn’t want it to end!

The greenhouse scene with Clary and Jace… That was so adorable! Could have done without Demi Lovato playing in the background, but that’s okay, I love Demi Lovato. The greenhouse was so pretty! This was probably the scene that I was most looking forward to in this. I fan-girled a little, okay, maybe a lot when this scene came on!

If you haven’t seen this movie and your a fan of this series, you need to go watch this movie as soon as you possibly can!

In My Mailbox (#1)

Hey guys! So, I received some books that I ordered online and they came in the mail yesterday! I’m really excited for these! I also purchased 4 in stores.

If you do not know what ‘In My Mailbox’ is, go to The Story Siren here . She created this back in 2008 and has been floating around since. I found it through YouTube and made my way through the blogs I’ve come across. So I figured I should hop on this also! :)

I don’t know how often I’ll post these, but I will try my best!

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If you guys follow me on Instagram and/or Twitter you may have seen these already. :)

Across The Universe by Beth Revis

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

Review: The Mortal Instruments #1-#3 by Cassandra Clare

city of bones  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments #1
Release Date: March 2007
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Bought – Paperback

Pages: 485
Rating: 5 stars2

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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… Goodreads

My Review: Ohh man, where do I begin!?  I’m mad at myself for waiting this long to start this series. I noticed the series when I was a sophomore in high school (I’m now a sophomore in college) and I just never picked it up. For that, I’m very mad at myself for.

The first chapter was a little hard to understand; I thought it was Clary’s point of view. We are automatically thrown into the world and learn about the Shadowhunter world. Clare throws alot of different creatures and terms at you in the first chapter to set up the world, which to me was confusing at first.
*SPOILER!*
I was such a Clary/Jace fan throughout this book! When Valentine took Jace after the whole thing with the greater demon, I believe, I was COMPLETELY shocked about it all. When Valentine had the plan to make it seem like he died in the fire with his son and in-laws, holy moly I was shocked. When Clary finally found Jace and he was trying to tell Clary that Valentine was his father after she had already found out the Valentine was her father too, I didn’t want to believe Jace either. I thought it was just something Valentine was trying to do to manipulate Jace into thinking Valentine was his father so he’d have someone on his side. For the longest time I didn’t believe Valentine. I didn’t want to believe it at all. The whole scene with Clary and Jace at the greenhouse… Ugh… I just thought that was soo cute and I wanted them to be together… Well now, that’s just kinda odd if they date each other considering they are brother and sister. I’m just kind of hoping that Valentine made all this up and that when Clary’s mom wakes up she will tell the truth that Jace isn’t her son.. I’m just waiting for that to happen so that Clary and Jace can be together!

I can’t quite figure out if I like Luke or not. I’m sorry, but you don’t basically just disown your niece because you want to keep her safe. She doesn’t have anyone else to look after her! Her mom is basically in a coma and hasn’t come out of it yet! I get that he’s trying to keep her safe from the Shadowhunter world and everything, but really?? He was kind of rude to her that night when she called him. I still can’t get over that. I love that he just came out and gave the entire story about her mom and Valentine and everything that has been going on, I’ll give him credit for that. But still, I don’t know if I like him that much.

I’m still on the fences about Clary and Simon.. I don’t want to get into too much detail, as I’ve already started City of Ashes.

There is absolutely nothing bad that I have to point out about this book! It was absolutely AMAZING! Cassandra Clare’s writing is amazing and I love this world that she has made. I’m beyond excited to continue on with this series as well as the Infernal Devices.

city of ashes  City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments #2
Release Date: March 2008 (original)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Bought – Paperback

Pages: 453
Rating: 5 stars2

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Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon. But the Shadowhunters won’t let her go–especially her handsome, infuriating newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil–and also her father. When the second of the Mortal Instruments os stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father? Goodreads

My Review: DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T READ CoB!

So the book right off the bat starts with action. I was on the edge of my “seat” the whole time! Compared to City of Bones, I definitely liked this one alot more! There was alot more action involved and we got to get a better look at alot of the main characters- Clary, Jace, Simon, Alec, etc. We are also introduced to several new characters such as Imogen and Maia. We found out in the last book that Clary and Jace are brother and sister. Of course, their feelings for each other don’t go away with knowing this, in my opinion it just gets stronger.

Valentine is after the Mortal Instruments and will stop at nothing ’til he gets his hands on them. He is determined to destroy the Clave and remake Shadowhunters into what they were created for. He believes that the Shadowhunters of today are corrupt.

We finally get to meet Alec and Isabelle’s parents and younger brother, Max who are coming back from Idris. With the return of these three, someone from the Clave comes to visit because of the rumors being spread around about Valentine having children still alive as well as himself. One of our main characters is being interrogated and sent off to Silent City for the night.

We get to meet some of the other Downworlders and what their world is like. While in this new world, two of the main characters are forced to give into the kiss that they desire most. After returning back to New York from this world, one of the characters goes off and creates a scene which doesn’t end very well for this character.

We finally learn about what Clary’s ability is and what she is able to do with this. With Valentine obtaining both the Mortal Cup and Soul Sword, he creates a war between demons and Shadowhunters.

(review on goodreads)

city of glass  City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments #3
Release Date: March 2009
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Bought – Hardcover

Pages: 541
Rating: 5 stars2

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To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering 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 Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters 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 Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments. Goodreads

My Review: DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T READ CoA!

I absolutely LOVED City of Glass! It did take me 10 days to read it, only because I was going through a reading slump and wasn’t feeling up to reading some days. It’s not that I didn’t like the book, because I loved it, I just did not feel like reading some of those days. I can’t decide if I liked this one or City of Glass more. Maybe knowing that Clary and Jace are not brother and sister now. (Even though I knew they weren’t; I never really believed it.)

There was definitely alot more action in this one. It’s getting harder to distinguish which scene belongs with which book now.. But from what I can gather, this book has alot more action. Also, more romance- which was a plus. I absolutely fan-girled when Jocelyn told Clary that Jace wasn’t her brother. I started freaking out and getting all excited! The last little scene with Clary and Jace and the whole gang watching the fireworks was absolutely AMAZING! I can not wait for when they make the movie of this and we get to see this scene! I’m really excited to see what they will do for this scene! This was probably one of my favorite parts of City of Glass, possibly for the 3 books so far.

I’m actually really happy that Valentine is dead.. I hated the guy. When Clary portals to where she believes Jace is, she ends up in Lake Lynn and almost dies because of the amount of water she drank. I’m actually surprised that Valentine saved her… Definitely not surprised with what he did to her though. Binding her arms and legs and using the same rune that was used on the Silent Brothers.. Not shocked honestly. It was kind of weird throughout that whole scene. I was waiting for Clary to do something while all this was going on. I kept asking why won’t Clary save Jace?! Valentine just stabbed him and she isn’t doing anything about it! Then I remembered that she was tied up and was silent. The whole scene with Jace and Valentine… I’m surprised I didn’t cry when he stabbed Jace and killed him… I kind of knew in the back of my mind that Jace wouldn’t really “die”. Clary would find a way to bring him back and everything will be okay. Well, obviously things won’t ever be okay.. but you know what I mean. :)

Sebastian being the real Johnathan… I kind of expected this when he came after Clary, Jace and Simon when they helped Simon and Hodge escape. As soon as Sebastian, well Johnathan now, shot Hodge with an arrow and had all the strength and everything I had a feeling in the back of my mind that he could possibly be him. I wasn’t exactly shocked when the truth came out that he was the real Johnathan Christopher Morganstern. I never liked the guy since he first appeared. Something seemed kind of off about him.

When he took Clary to go find the Book of the White at the mansion or whatever it was interesting the way the house was described. When they had their little kiss scene I was completely disgusted. Maybe it’s because I really like Clary and Jace together and that’s why I was disgusted.