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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Clockwork Princess ~Review

Book three: Clockwork Princess

"Tessa touched his wrist lightly
with her hand.
"Be brave," she said.
   "It's not a duck, is it?"                

Again, look at the quality of the cover. She really did a great job finding an artist to capture how magical and mystical the world of Cassandra Clare is. 

Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.
If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?
The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.
Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.
Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.
Okay, it is really hard not to spoil this all for you guys. So bare with me, as I try to tumble around my keyboard to find vague phrases that won't give anything away. OMG!!!! THIS BOOK IS THE BEST BOOK IN THE ENTIRE SERIES!!!!!
I'm going to start backwards. The ending was phenomenal. There has never been a better send off to a book, ever. Clare tied up all the loose strings and wrapped it in a neat bow. This book has you crying because you think something bad happens to someone you adore, only for the ending to bring them back with a bang! Talk about a full 360! 
Congratulations Clare, on your wonderful ending of the Infernal Devices. One of the really amazing parts, is that the Infernal Device series's timeline, connects to Mortal Instruments! I mean, not the entire series, but this final book, it lines up with the time line of Mortal Instruments
This final book, really makes the other two books shine brightly! This trilogy has so much to offer, to anyone and everyone. Romance, comedy, action, thrill, suspense, mystery. I hope everyone who reads this, gets the chance to read this series. I promise you, it is 100% worth every moment. 

Clockwork Prince ~Review

Book two: Clockwork Prince

"Ah,” said a voice from the doorway,
“having your annual
‘everyone thinks Will is a lunatic’
meeting, are you?
“It’s biannual,” said Jem.
                 “And no, this is not that meeting."                

Can we just take a minute to look at this absolutely gorgeous cover? Mmmmmmm, yummy. Jem Carstairs, I love you so much! Now, onward with the review. The synopsis please......*drum roll*

True love is shrouded in secrets and lies in the enchanting second book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when it becomes clear that the mysterious Magister will stop at nothing to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, tortured Will and the devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal and fueled by revenge. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa is drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa answers about who she really is? As their search leads to deadly peril, Tessa learns that secrets and lies can corrupt even the purest heart.
When book one ended Will shows up at Magnus Banes house. First off, Magnuse Bane, Jem Carstairs, Will Herondale, all are yummy, and if you think otherwise, I'm not sure we can be friends like I had hoped. :P, just kidding, but still. You can't not love them. 
Anyway...... Will shows up at Magnus's house saying Mag is the only one that can help Willl..... 0.0 what? What's going on Will? You learn that throughout the book, no spoilers, I promise. This second book has so many plot twists and exciting moment, that you are kinda left dizzy. 
Tess has some big choices to make and not to mention all the fighting and shadowhunter battles. Go Henry!!!! Cassandra Clare, did it again! In Clockwork Prince, you really get to learn more about the Downworld and the amazing world of shadowhunters. 
In the second book, Clare really connects you to the characters and their world. Again, points to Clare for writing in such a way that she really makes you feel like you are standing next to the characters. A writer who can do that is truly amazing. 
By now, I'm sure you can tell how I feel about this series, and if not, let me just try to explain. This book series is absolutely amazing in every way, and you simply can not put it down. Having to wait for each book to come out was torture, and lucky for all of you, all three are out. I highly recommend this series if you have the time to read three books, because again. You can't read just one. 

Clockwork Angel ~Review

I had a bit of difficulty deciding if I should do this trilogy in one long post or in three separate posts. So, I've decided to do three posts so that it won't be as dramatically long. This trilogy was absolutely amazing in every way. You can't ask for a better set of books than this one. The Infernal Devices, by Cassandra Clare, is the prequel series to her popular series The Mortal Instruments

Book one: Clockwork Angel

"There's plenty of sense
in nonsense sometimes, if
                you wish to look for it."                

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. 
When Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
This first book, was fairly easy to get into. It started off with just the right amout of tension and mystery to hook you in. There isn't much information I can give without spoiling the book. But, this first book was wonderful and really sucked me into the world of shadowhunters. Yes, there is a love triangle, so if you are looking for a romance free book, you better look somewhere else. 
The Clockwork Angel will have you begging for more, and the great Cassandra Clare delivers, for sure! As the series continues you find yourself falling in love with not only the main characters, but the secondary characters as well. Clare's writing is, in no simpler term, splendid. She knows how to drag you through every emotion the characters feel and their backstories. 
This first book is definitely worth reading! I highly recommend this book if you want to get looped into reading an entire series. I guarantee there is no way to read just the first one. You will have a desire to read all three. I promise you this. So if you are willing to read a couple books, totally pick up The Infernal Devices

Pushing The Limits ~Review

"I gazed into her beautiful
green eyes and her fear melted.
A shy smile tugged at her lips
and at my heart.
Fuck me and the rest of the world,
I was in love."                

Pushing The Limits, by Katie McGarry is my #1 favorite book ever. Well, from 2013 till now at least, I have yet to find a book to pass it on my list.

The entire story line was compacted and sweet, and the typical bad boy, good girl romance story. But, at the same time it was totally different. This book had me turning the pages constantly, I simply couldn't put it down.

Since I first read it in 2013, I have reread it six times. It is one of those books that you simply crave. After a book that had my heart yearning, I found myself needing to digest this book once again.

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” ~ Sir Francis Bacon

Fun fact, the quote up above appears in one of my other favorite books, Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.

The complexity of the characters and the sparks these two have together makes me fall in love with them more, each time I read it. Although, I've read it so many times I still get surprised by some of the events that occur. 

As always, here is a description of the book via the back.

So wrong for each other... AND YET SO RIGHT. 
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth. 
But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagines. They should have nothing in common. 
Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just now far they can PUSH THE LIMITS and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her HOW TO LOVE AGAIN. 

Ah! It gives me chills just reading the back again. Between the mystery, the attracting, the thrill, and mental torment, this book has everything a teenage girl can ask for. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs that heart racing story. For two years now, it has been my favorite book of all times! So worth the time to read. 

Where She Went ~Review

"First you inspect me
Then you dissect me
Then you reject me
I wait for the day
That you'll resurrect me

Where She Went is the sequel to Gayle Forman's If I Stay. This book was at first rather hard for me to get into. For starters it was from the view point of, distressed rockstar, Adam Wilde. It is always different when the author switches the perspective from one book to another.

Second, I was just so upset with Adam and Mia, and how their whole situation turned out. But as soon as I got to, maybe a fourth of the way in, I was hooked. This book had me falling in love with the messed up Adam, and feeling sympathy towards him. I couldn't help it. Each time I turned the page I wanted to jump into the pages and tell Adam that I was more worth it than Mia was.

Points to Forman for being able to evoke these feelings out of  her readers. It always pleases me when an author can do this. Then again, I may just be a total sap. But oh well, I like being able to connect to the characters.

Again, I feel it is important to have the synopsis of the book in every book review. So, here is what is on the back of the book.

It's been three years since the devastating accident... three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is rising star at Juilliard and Adam is a bona fide rock star, complete with tabloid headlines and a celebrity girlfriend. 
Then chance brings the, together again, for one night. 
As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past ad open their hearts to the future - and to each other. 

Compared to the first book, I felt that Forman continues the story smoothly. During the course of the second book we learn more about what happened to Mia and Adam after the events of the first book and how that mentally and physically affected them both. We get to see a lot more of "Shooting Stars", the band Adam belongs to.

As far as which one I feel I enjoyed more..... Well, I think that Where She Went happened to be a lovelier story line. But! You for sure have to read If I Stay, in order to really get the full effect of the sequel. This isn't a series where you can pick up the second one without reading the first and expect to know what happened.

All in all, I give this duo a double thumbs up and a five star rating. These two books had me balling and thinking about how much I have to be thankful for. Nice job Gayle Forman!!! She is definitely one of my favorite authors now.