Clockwork Princess, Cassandra Clare
by Cassandra Clare
5 out of 5 on Goodreads.com
Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.
Yes, I’m almost 30. Yes, I real YA fiction. YA fantasy. No, I don’t care if you think that’s lame or I have a bad taste in books. I really loved this series — more thank Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Clare’s other series, The Mortal Instruments. This book now takes the #1 spot of my favorite YA book. I’m one of those people who reads a book and falls into it — they consume me. But no book has ever over taken me like this one.
I can’t give a review without spoilers. All I can say is read it. Read the entire series, if you haven’t. Enjoy a love triangle unlike any other — all three sides are equal, one would never do something to hurt the others. Pure, selfless love. (Also known as agape…see my tattoo for reference) Above all, enjoy the ending. It may be too “happily ever after” for some. Too easy of a way out, but I like my stories tied in a bow.
A head’s up: I cried the entire last 50 pages. You have been warned.
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Boundless, by Cynthia Hand
by Cynthia Hand
5 out of 5 on Goodreads.com
The past few years held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner ever could have anticipated. Yet through the dizzying high of first love to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she could no longer deny was that she was never meant to have a normal life.
Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seemed like the best option, so she’s headed back to California—and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.
As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.
In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must choose her fate once and for all.
I bought this book the day it came out (January 22nd), yet didn’t read it until Friday (coincidentally February 22nd). Why? Because I knew once I read those 300-something pages, Clara’s story would be over. But I happened to be sick on Friday and without anything else to do, I curled up under the covers and pulled out my tablet.
Four hours later, I was sniffling into a tissue staring at the last page.
Somehow through all of this divine growing up Clara had to do, she was at the same time kept an eighteen year old with thoughts and problems any college freshman would have. Most of our heros and heroines of YA stories lose that innocence as the series progresses, but Hand kept that in balance. Before I cut to spoilers, for those who aren’t going to read them I just want to say I liked the ending. It’s impossible to truly end a story in a way everyone will be happy about it, but Hand gave Clara and the rest of the characters their curtain call and closed the red drapes on a great adventure.
Torment, by Lauren Kate
Torment (Fallen Series #2)
By Lauren Kate
3.5 out of 5 on goodreads.com
Okie-dokie, if you haven’t read Fallen this is pretty much going to be a total spoiler review so just skip it for now.
So Luce (By the way, I’ve been calling her Lucy and not “loose.” Anyway…) is now in a special school for part-angel (Nephilim) kids to keep her safe. The one thing that really just annoyed me, and something that annoys me with a lot of fictional heroines. THEY DON’T LISTEN. How does, “Luce, stay here where you’re safe. People want you dead,” translate into the guy who loves you is being controlling? Clary does this in TMI and Tris did it in Insurgent. So. Annoying. I get the whole woman empowerment thing, but this makes them looks just naive and stupid.
Some of the story lines like the barely touched-upon history between Shelby and Daniel, weren’t needed. The fights between Luce and Daniel were obnoxious by the end of the book and she was coming off ridiculously bratty and whiney. If you read back to my Insurgent review, you’ll find I hate whiney characters. I felt the book was whine, whine, whine, jump through a time portal, love Daniel, hate Daniel, whine, whine, whine. At this point I really hope she does NOT end up with Daniel. I like Miles way better and if he keeps it up, he may be added onto the Fictional Boyfriends list (Jem, Four, Tucker, Finn in that order).
Props to Kate though, because I have no idea who Luce actually is as in who/what she stands for and what she and Daniel have to do with the apocalypse. If I had figured that out, I don’t think I would have kept reading the series. There are two books left and as you can tell, I’m not as into them as I was other series, but I will get to them in due time.
Fallen, by Lauren Kate
by Lauren Kate
4 out of 5 on goodreads.com
Though I dread the flight from L.A. to New York, it is inevitable that I make the trip at least twice a year. (And hopefully after a book deal it would be more! Insert wishful thinking.) The good thing about being an avid reader is that I read a (good) book in about five hours, which fits in perfectly with the airtime. This latest trip the book of choice was Lauren Kate’s Fallen, mainly because I had heard Kate’s name over and over again and the last book, Rapture, has just been released.
Obviously the fact that I read it in five hours means I liked it enough to well…read it in five hours. The characters well developed and stand out on their own which is considerably harder with so many active characters (I’d consider eight active characters through the book). It isn’t an action book by a long shot, but gives you just a tidbit of information at a time to make you want to answer the brand new question Kate just threw at you.