Thursday, October 06, 2011

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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City of Bones
(The Mortal Instruments, #1)
Cassandra Clare
Released March 27th, 2007
by Margaret K. McElderry Books

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….

I first read this series because I was under the impression that people who were fans of HP would love this series. So I automatically was very intrigued by it.

In general I really enjoyed it – it wasn’t laugh out loud funny, but the dialogue usually made me smile. The world has a nice dark edge to it, while still being definitely a teen book. I was lost in the story within a couple of chapters; I enjoy fast paced books that don’t leave you waiting to find out where the plot is hiding or when something is going to happen. There’s one plot point (which I won’t mention to not give away spoilers) that I found a bit weird. I sort of guessed it mid-book but kept hoping the author wouldn’t go that route. I was told though that it all turns out ok so I’ll let it slide.

Since it was the second time reading the book, I didn’t get taken back by the twists in the story, and I don’t remember if they caught me off guard the first time so I can’t say how predictable they are. But from a re-read, it was interesting to see the subtle hints at the beginning of the book. Very small and particular details that maybe a first reader wouldn’t have thought anything of.

I really liked Clare’s writing style; She has a more mature way of writing than most YA authors. Her descriptions and dialogues are richer, more elegant. She gives us a lot of action and a fast pace that lures you into the story, which is not just full of fluff, but has depth and real emotions. It’s refreshing. The characters are also great, three dimensional and easily likable. The main character was just a bit naive for some of her reactions and for not figuring out Simon was in love with her. I knew it on page 2! My 12 month old son knew it!! I still liked her nonetheless. She has potential to eventually kick butt on her own in the near future.

4 Hot Espressos

Review: A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

Posted by on 10/05/2011 • 16 Comments

A Certain Slant of Light(A Certain Slant of Light, #1)Laura WhitcombReleased September 21st, 2005by Graphia

Helen is a disembodied spirit who “attaches” herself to humans in order to possess their bodies. Unable to remember the circumstances of her death, and with no idea why she’s in this precarious state of limbo, she knows this much: she’s been haunting the living world for 130 years. But when Helen inhabits the body of a high school teacher, everything changes. For though he remains quite unaware of her presence, a certain boy in his class is clearly able to see Helen. This realization, and Helen’s subsequent introduction to him, rocks her world.

Uncomfortable with the boundaries of her existence, Helen continues to test them and takes hair-raising risks — often for…

WoW (4)

Posted by on 10/05/2011 • 63 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  With October upon us, my WoWs this month will feature books that would be perfect for a Halloween read. My pick this week:                                     The Calling (Darkness Rising, #2)                                     Kelley Armstrong                                     Release date: April 10th, 2012

Maya Delaney’s paw-print birthmark is the sign of what she truly is—a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly anyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it’s only a matter of time before she’s able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her…

Review: Touch by Jus Accardo

Posted by on 10/04/2011 • 16 Comments

Touch Jus Accardo Release date: November 1st, 2011 by Entangled PublishingFormat: Paperback/Ebook

When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.

Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy—and her father’s “law firm”—than she realized.

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids…

Dusty Reads (2)

Posted by on 10/04/2011 • 10 Comments

Dusty Reads is a weekly post featuring a book that has been sitting unread on my home shelf for some time. This book is exclusively chosen by Giselle.

This week I picked: 

  My Soul to Take Rachel Vincent

She doesn’t see dead people, but…

She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next…

I’ve been seeing the 5th…

Review: Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar

Posted by on 10/03/2011 • 11 Comments

Raw Blue Kirsty Eagar Published June 29th, 2009 by Penguin Books Australia

Carly has dropped out of uni to spend her days surfing and her nights working as a cook in a Manly café. Surfing is the one thing she loves doing … and the only thing that helps her stop thinking about what happened two years ago at schoolies week.

And then Carly meets Ryan, a local at the break, fresh out of jail. When Ryan learns the truth, Carly has to decide. Will she let the past bury her? Or can she let go of her anger and shame, and find the courage to be happy?

Well apparently I’m the only one in the world who didn’t absolutely love this book. It’s not bad by any…

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Posted by on 10/02/2011 • 20 Comments

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Laini Taylor Published September 27th, 2011 by Little, Brown & Company

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that…

In My Mailbox (3)

Posted by on 10/02/2011 • 96 Comments

“In My Mailbox” is a meme, created by Kristi at The Story Siren, that features books I’ve received/purchased/borrowed during the current week.  (click on images for Goodreads synopsis) Hello my lovelies. Well will you look at that, October has showed her head. Summer is over 🙁 But that means Halloween is just around the bend – which sets the perfect mood for creepy books like Mara Dyer that I have finally received.  I hope you’re all happy with your haul this week, I sure know that I am.  Some of these I’ve waited a long time to get my hands on and I’m super excited to get into them. I have received for review: 

       

I have won in giveaways:

   

I have bought:

I have…