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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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.