16 Apr 2015

My Week in Books / 12th to 17th April 2015


This is a reasonably new post to me, I have seen a few bloggers and booktubers do a ‘Week in Review’ post/video and I though that was a fantastic idea.  Last week was the first time I did this post and it really motivated me.  Last week I read two books, both Cassandra Clare books and both really long books (one was over 400 pages long and one was over 500 pages long).   So, without further delay, here is my week in books…

Books Read





City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare Review
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare Review





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Book Review / City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

8755776Below is the description to book one in this series, City of Bones (so as to avoid spoilers)...
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...

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Published:     8th May 2012
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Author Website: 
Click here
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Book 5, Mortal Instruments
Source:  Bought


My Review

What I loved about this book...
This was a very interesting book for me.  I have loved the first four books in this series and was looking forward to getting into this book but at 535 pages long I knew it would take me a while to read.  This story is split between two views and two places mainly.  I won’t go into more detail than that because it is book 5 in a series but what I will say about this is that the first part of the book I enjoyed and the last part of the book I really loved.  The middle part of the book I will talk about below. 

In this book I could see the characters progressing as they face different choices and scenarios and this is the first book where I can actually see the ‘bigger picture’ and maybe have a bit of a feeling of what is to come in the final book but I may be wrong. 

What I did not like with this story...
Let’s talk about the middle of the book.  As I mentioned above, the first half and last half of the book I really enjoyed but for me the middle half just felt a bit dragged out and longer than necessary.  There is a lot of back and forth between two different perspectives and some of it I didn’t feel was necessary and could have been made shorter.  That was a bit of a struggle for me in the middle of the 
book but I am glad that I persevered because the ending was well worth it!

After reading several reviews, I understand that book 6 in this series, City of Heavenly Fire, contains characters from the Clockwork series and its better to read that first so I have decided to take a break from this series for now until I had read that series first. 

About the Author
(from Goodreads)

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books.
Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction.
She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.












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15 Apr 2015

Waiting on Wednesday / Hello I Love You by Katie M Stout

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly memo that is hosted by Breaking the Spine Blog.

Expected Release Date: 9th June 2015
(Release date obtained from Goodreads)

Goodreads link is here.




A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss.

Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.

She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can't stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can't deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol.

Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she'll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.
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13 Apr 2015

Book Review / City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

6752378Below is the description to book one in this series, City of Bones (so as to avoid spoilers)...
 
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...

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Published:     5th April 2011
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Author Website: 
Click here
Goodreads :  Click

Series or Stand-Alone:  Book 4, Mortal Instruments
Source:  Bought


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My Review

What I loved about this book...
I am really into and loving this series.  It’s like I am under its spell and cannot stop reading until I get to the very end of the series.  What I liked the most about this story is the interactions between the characters and how they cope in different scenarios.  Of course, as this is book 4 in a series I won’t go into too much detail of the how, why and when but all I will say is that there are some relationships between characters that I particularly enjoyed following and one in particular I found very surprising!

What I did not like with this story...
I feel this is a common theme in this series and that is the fact that I felt the story was too long.  The copy that I read was over 424 pages long but I felt that it could have been less than that.  I felt that some of the scenes were a bit drawn out and didn’t need to be that long.  Apart from that, I am very much looking forward to getting stuck into the next book in the series! 

About the Author
(from Goodreads)


Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books.
Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction.

She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.











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Author Interview / Megan Tayte

IN SEARCH OF THE MEANING OF DEATH, SHE’LL FIND THE MEANING OF LIFE.

Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake is haunted by death. Her estranged sister has made the ultimate dramatic exit. Running away from school, joining a surfing fraternity, partying hard: that sounds like Sienna. But suicide? It makes no sense.

Following in her sister’s footsteps, Scarlett comes to the isolated cove of Twycombe, Devon, with grand plans to uncover the truth. Alone. But she hasn’t reckoned on meeting two boys who are determined to help her. Luke: the blue-eyed surfer who’ll see the real Scarlett, who’ll challenge her, who’ll save her. And Jude: the elusive drifter with a knack for turning up whenever Scarlett’s in need.

As Scarlett’s quest for the truth unravels, so too does her grip on reality as she’s always known it. Because there’s something strange going on in this little cove. A dead magpie circles the skies. A dead deer watches from the undergrowth. Hands glow with light. Warmth. Power.

What transpires is a summer of discovery. Of what it means to conquer fear. To fall in love. To choose life. To choose death.

To believe the impossible. 

Once upon a time a little girl told her grandmother that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer. Or a lollipop lady. Or a fairy princess fireman. 'Write, Megan,' her grandmother advised. So that's what she did.

Thirty-odd years later, Megan writes the kinds of books she loves to read: young-adult paranormal romance fiction. Young adult, because it's the time of life that most embodies freedom and discovery and first love. Paranormal, because she's always believed that there are more things in heaven and on earth than are dreamt of in our philosophy. And romance, because she's a misty-eyed dreamer who lives for those 'life is so breathtakingly beautiful' moments.

Megan grew up in the Royal County, a hop, skip and a (very long) jump from Windsor Castle, but these days she makes her home in Robin Hood's county, Nottingham. She lives with her husband, a proud Scot who occasionally kicks back in a kilt; her son, a budding artist with the soul of a paleontologist; and her baby daughter, a keen pan-and-spoon drummer who sings in her sleep. When she's not writing, you'll find her walking someplace green, reading by the fire, or creating carnage in the kitchen as she pursues her impossible dream: of baking something edible.


1. If you could work with any other author, who would it be and why?
Meg Cabot. I love her style, and very much admire her versatility in writing across different genres and her work ethic – I’d love to be as prolific as she is. I like the sassiness of her heroines, and the humour she injects into everything she writes.

2.  What would be a typical writing day for you? When and where do you write?
I write for as many hours as I can around work and family commitments. I’m an early bird, so I try to start by 7.30 a.m., and I go through solidly until lunch. Then I’ll go back until the school pick-up at 3, and then try to do some editing in the evening. Occasionally, I take a writing sabbatical and do a ‘writing binge’ for a few days. Before my daughter came along I spent every Sunday night for a couple of months at a local hotel, writing from check-in at 2 p.m. until midnight, and then 6 a.m. to checkout at 12. It was a very productive time for me, away from distractions.

At home I write in my writing room, which has a big desk overlooking the garden. But sometimes I need a change of scene and a bit of a buzz – and coffee! – so I decamp to a local cafe. My other favourite writing spot is in the arts library on the university campus near my home. The smell of old books there is intoxicating.

3.  What is the hardest part of the writing for you?
The way it consumes me. When I’m in the concept, first draft and rewrite stages, the story takes me over. I love the feeling, but it can make focusing in other areas of my life tricky. The day job becomes more challenging, and at times I find I’m washing up/cooking/building Lego towers/finger-painting with the kids in a dreamy haze. At its worst, that can mean slightly charred dinners and Technicoloured children. Thankfully, my family is very understanding!

4.  When and why did you first start writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I could write. In my ‘treasures’ shoebox I have my very first story, written aged six. Reading it now, I assume my school was offering a Most Adjectives Crammed Onto a Page Prize – I can’t fathom why else I felt the need to be quite so descriptive. From there, I wrote many stories through my childhood and teens, but I didn’t quite get the courage together to write a book until adulthood. I’d written a lot of non-fiction books before I took a stab at fiction, and then I was hooked. When I write fiction, I feel like that six-year-old again, totally enchanted by writing. I think that’s the crux of why I write - it’s the most ‘me’ I can get; it’s what I always knew I wanted to do. So it takes me to a really happy, calm, fulfilled place.

5.  How did you come up with the idea for your book?
Death Wish – and the Ceruleans series – began life as four discrete ideas that I planned to make into four discrete books. Then one day as I was walking (something I do when I’m looking for inspiration) the ideas knitted together, and from there the overall story arc of the series took form.
There are many inspirations for the book. The story is quite personal to me, based on a mix of experience and fiction woven from my imaginings and ponderings. The setting – in a part of coastal Devon where I spent every summer as a child – was a key inspiration. But the story, about love and loss, light and darkness, good and bad, is based on my own efforts to make sense of a world in which people close to you can die; in which being true to yourself can be incredibly difficult; and in which love – for people, for places, for a way of being, for a passion and an ethos – is the only reason to hold on.

6.  Are you a big reader? If so, what are you reading now?
Oh yes! I don’t cope well with being ‘between books’, so I always have a stack of paperbacks and a few novels lined up on the Kindle ready. I have to read a lot of books for my day job, but I also make time to read according to my personal preferences. At the moment I’m reading an early Richelle Mead novel called Storm Born. I only recently discovered Richelle, and as I always do when I find a new author whose work I love, I get hold of the entire back catalogue. This edition of Storm Born is pretty battered, as I bought it second hand on Amazon, but I think I’m enjoying it all the more for that – I love ‘loved’ books.

7.  Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?
Have fun and keep writing! I’ve worked with plenty of authors who risk killing the joy of writing by getting bogged down in the business of being an author (and, consequently, give up after one book). I try not to take myself too seriously. I love to write, and if others enjoy reading what I write, that’s a brilliant bonus – but either way, I’ll still write.

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12 Apr 2015

Week in Review / 4th to 10th April 2015





I have seen a lot of posts that do 'week in review' blog posts summarising what they have read/done etc each week and I thought I would give it a go.  I am not sure if there is a 'meme' that I should follow, but if there is please let me know...








City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare - My Review Blog Post - Click Here
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare - My Review Blog Post - Click Here











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11 Apr 2015

APRIL GIVEAWAY - ARC of Cleo by Lucy Coats

Her precious mother is dead - and it isn't an accident! The young Cleopatra - Pharaoh's illegitimate daughter - must flee the royal palace at Alexandria or die too. As her evil half-sisters usurp the throne, Cleo finds sanctuary at the sacred temple of Isis, where years later she becomes initiated into the secret Sisters of the Living Knot. But now Isis's power is failing, Egypt is in danger, and Cleo must prove her loyalty to her goddess by returning to the Alexandria she hates. She must seek out the hidden map which is the key to returning Isis's power - on pain of death. But will she be able to evade her horrible sisters? And will she find dreamy Khai, the über-hot Librarian boy she met as she fled Alexandria years before? Cleo's powerful destiny is about to unfold...

Gorgeous and evocative, this captivating new YA novel imagines the life of the teenage Cleopatra before she became the icon we think we know.


 UK Only Giveaway

Giveaway ends on the last day of April


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10 Apr 2015

Book Review / City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Below is the description to book one in this series, City of Bones (so as to avoid spoilers)...

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...

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


Published:     24th March 2009
Publisher:  Walker Books
Author Website:  Click here
Goodreads :  Click hereClick here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Book 3, Mortal Instruments
Source:  Bought



My Review

What I loved about this book...
Now this book was very interesting indeed.  If you have read my review of book two in the series (City of Ashes) you will know that I had a bit of an unsure feeling about this series.  It was good and it called to me to keep going but I had moments were I was not sure.  I had seen some reviews that said that the real story for them started in book three so that was one of the reasons why I stuck with it and continued on to this book.  The other main reasons I have stuck with this series is the fact that I like mostly all of the characters (apart from the evil ones of course lol!) and I have a feeling this story and the characters have a lot of history and secrets left to tell...

The second half of this book was what made me really enjoy this book. The first half I will explain below but once we got to the real action and some history and secrets were revealed and/or hinted at I really saw the potential of this series for me.  I am now a 100% convert to this series.  The slowness for me from the first two books was well worth the read and build up to get to this point although I do suspect that I still do not know the full story with some characters...

What I did not like with this story...
It is mainly in the first half of the book that I really did not warm to a particular popular character.  I felt that this person was being very one minded and only looking after number one and not really seeing the bigger picture.  I could see why this person would want to do that but I still felt it was a bit selfish in places but that did not spoil the story in any way.’’

About the Author
(from Goodreads)

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books.

Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction.

She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.
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8 Apr 2015

Musical Theatre Book Tag



Original Video: SomethingLikeLydia:




1. Wicked - Favourite fictional friendship
This one was really easy to choose, it has to be Bella and Jacob from Twilight.  Not only was Twilight one of those series that really brought me back into reading and seeing characters who stay friends even though there are fights and unrequited love is really uplifting to read.



2. Sweeney Todd - Favourite villain
Now you might think that a Nicholas Sparks novel would be quite unusual for a favourite villian question but there is a particular character in this story, Richard Franklin, who meets our main character Julie and quickly becomes a very nasty character, certaintly one to keep your eyes on that's for sure!



3. Phantom of the Opera - Favourite love triangle
This is a very interesting love triangle.  You have the two sisters, Alice and Natalie, who are the main focus of this story and you one one other character which I won't say who as that would spoil the story




4. The Lion King - Favourite sidekick
Now this is a fairly recent read for me and I have to say that Jace in City of Bones is a great sidekick to the main character of Clary.   But then again so is the character of Simon!



5. Grease - Least favourite ending
I am really really sad to say that this book holds my least favourite ending.  Despite the fact that I felt the main character in this book did not so nice things to get revenge I felt that the ending was not one that I would have chosen for the main character.



6. Matilda: The Musical - Favourite adaptation of a book
Of course it has to be a Nicholas Sparks book to movie adaptation!  This is my favourite of them all and is the first Nicholas Sparks movie I had ever watched. 





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Waiting on Wednesday / More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly memo that is hosted by Breaking the Spine Blog.

Expected Release Date: 16th June 2015
(Release date obtained from Goodreads)

Goodreads link is here.



Happiness shouldn't be this hard

The Leteo Institute's revolutionary memory-relief procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto -- miracle cure-alls don't tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. But Aaron can't forget how he's grown up poor or how his friends aren't always there for him. Like after his father committed suicide in their one bedroom apartment. Aaron has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it's not enough.

Then Thomas shows up. He has a sweet movie-watching setup on his roof, and he doesn't mind Aaron's obsession with a popular fantasy series. There are nicknames, inside jokes. Most importantly, Thomas doesn't mind talking about Aaron's past. But Aaron's newfound happiness isn't welcome on his block. Since he's can't stay away from Thomas or suddenly stop being gay, Aaron must turn to Leteo to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he is.

Adam Silvera's extraordinary debut novel offers a unique confrontation of race, class and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.
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7 Apr 2015

Author Interview / Eva Lesko Natello


What would you do if you Googled yourself and discovered something shocking?

In this gripping psychological thriller, a group of privileged suburban moms amuse themselves by Googling everyone in town, digging up dirt to fuel thorny gossip. Caroline Thompson, devoted mother of two, sticks to the moral high ground and attempts to avoid these women. She’s relieved to hear her name appears only three times, citing her philanthropy. Despite being grateful that she has nothing to hide, a delayed pang of insecurity prods Caroline to Google her maiden name—which none of the others know.

The hits cascade like a tsunami. Caroline’s terrified by what she reads. An obituary for her sister, JD? That’s absurd. With every click, the revelations grow more alarming. They can’t be right. She’d know. Caroline is hurled into a state of paranoia—upending her blissful family life—desperate to prove these allegations false before someone discovers they’re true.

The disturbing underpinnings of The Memory Box expose a story of deceit, misconceptions, and an obsession for control. With its twists, taut pacing, and psychological tenor, Natiello's page-turning suspense cautions: Be careful what you search for.


1.  If you could work with any other author, who would it be and why?

Oh, I love creative collaboration, especially because writing is so lonely so I'd want to work with someone who I believe to be a creative genius. I'd choose the screenwriter, Wes Anderson. He is incredibly imaginative, witty, visual, creative and one-of-a-kind. Also, I love that he is so clear in his thinking (that's what I hear, anyway) and strives to pursue an end product that reflects his imagination. 

2.  What would be a typical working day for you? When and where do you write?

I mostly write at my desk, though I take a notebook with me everywhere I go -- you can never predict where or when creativity will strike! Lots of writing gets done in my car and waiting in doctors offices or the grocery store. I try to use time away from my desk efficiently. I work on writing at my desk, and I work on thinking everywhere else.

3.  What is the hardest part of the writing for you?

The hardest part is that it is not collaborative. Although, that's sometimes the best part about it! But, I do find it isolating. Now that THE MEMORY BOX is published, I try to attend as many book club discussions as I can which is the perfect antidote. 

4.  When and why did you first start writing?

I started writing about 10 years ago, after I had decided to leave my then career to stay home raising my children. I definitely missed the creative aspects of my job so I began to think about how I could work creatively while raising my children. It was after I read a story in The New York Times about people Googling themselves did an idea come to me for a novel. I never planned on writing before, but the ideas came rushing to me and I just started putting them to paper. After years of writing/editing/procrastinating/rejection/frustration/contemplation and then more editing, THE MEMORY BOX was published.

5.  How did you come up with the idea for your book?

The story I read in the Times about people Googling themselves included a 17-year-old boy who was living in Los Angeles. He discovered, while Googling himself, that he was on a missing persons list in Canada. He didn't know that he was a victim of parental abduction until he searched his name online. I this idea of finding out something so personal from a Google search, that was previously unknown to you was a fascinating idea for a novel.

6.  Are you a big reader? If so, what are you reading now?

I love to get lost in a good book. Right now I'm reading We Were Liars by Emily Lockhart. It's chock full of great characters and wonderful storytelling.

7.  Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?

The best thing you can do as an aspiring writer is get the story out of your head and onto the page. The most horrendous first draft on paper is far more valuable than a buttoned up version in your mind. 

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6 Apr 2015

Book Review / City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Below is the description for book 1 in the Mortal Instruments series (so it does not spoil the story for those who have not read the start of this series....

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...

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


Published:     25th March 2008
Publisher:  Walker Books
Author Website:  Click here
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Book 2, Mortal Instruments
Source:  Bought



My Review

What I loved about this story...
I am not sure what you call it but this series definitely has a hold on me.  I really enjoyed City of Bones, the first book in the series, and was definitely intrigued to find out more about the characters and what they are up to in this story.  Of course there is a lot that I can't say as this is book two in a series but what I can say is that there is a 'relationship' going on in this story which I don't necessarily agree with as it is a bit of a taboo but I get the feeling there is more to this story than meets the eye and there is a lot of the story that we don't know yet that might put a different spin on the 'relationship'.  

Although I can't pinpoint exactly what it is (as I mention below) but I seem to be under a City of Bones spell and can't stop reading this book.  Maybe it it is in the intrigue of what is potentially going to happen...  I am now

What I was not fond of with this story...
The second book in a series is usually 'make or break' for me.  It is the decider as to whether I want to read the rest of the series.  This book two is slightly unusual in the fact that I really enjoyed the story but felt that it went very slow although there were aspects throughout the story that kept my interest and certainly the latter half of the story got a lot better than the first half.  This was one of those books that I could have very easily put down and never picked up but there seemed to be something about it, both the writing and the prospect of what is to come, that keeps me reading and I am certainly intrigued to pick up the next book in the series (book 3, City of Glass) as I have read some reviews that say that apparently it gets a lot better from book 3 onwards.

About the Author
(from Goodreads)

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. 

Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

 




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1 Apr 2015

Waiting on Wednesday / The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly memo that is hosted by Breaking the Spine Blog.

Expected Release Date: 2nd June 2015
(Release date obtained from Goodreads)

Goodreads link is here.




The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. When she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to die at the stake. Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can track down the person who laid a deadly curse on him.

As she's thrust into the world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and all-too-handsome healers, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.
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31 Mar 2015

The Calender Book Tag



Over on You Tube there are all sorts of 'book tag videos' that I have been tagged in for a while now.  I thought it would be fun to do a blog post response.  Let me know if you want to see more.....

Original Video can be found here:    


January
New Years - Name a new release coming out this year that you are greatly anticipating.

I loved the first two books in this series and have the third book on my TBR to read soon.  I might just hold on until I get this one and marathon the next to books in the series...





February
Leap Year - Name a book or series that you would like to skip, and refuse to read.
I've had the first book in this trilogy on my shelf for ages and I just haven't picked it up to read.  To me, this book/series sounds so similar to a lot of others that are out at the moment.




March
St Patricks Day - Favorite book set in the countryside or a rural area?
It would not be a favourites post without including at least one Nicholas Sparks story.  The Notebook is one of my favourites of his (although to be honest, all of his books are pretty fantastic!) which is set in North Carolina.



April
April Fool’s - Name a book that had a story that tricked you into thinking it was going in one direction, but ended up going in a completely different one.
This was definately a surprising read for me.  There really isn't much of a description for this duology so when I went into it I just thought it might be a bit paranormal.  Well, the plot twist in this duology had me nearly falling off my chair!!  Fantastic!



May
Mothers Day - Name a book that is always there for you, that you love and lightens the mood when you are feeling down.
Oh yes, another Nicholas Sparks!!  This one is my favourite book of all time.  It has such a great message and the plot twist makes me happy every time!



June
Summer Solstice - Name a book that felt like it took forever to read.
At 697 pages long, even though it is a bind up of three books, it felt that reading it would never end.  I enjoyed the story but there comes a certain point where I thought I would never get to the end!



July
Independence Day - Name a strong and independent character that inspired you.
One of my more recent reads is the Divergent trilogy and the main character Tris sprang to mind when trying to think of a strong independent character that is inspiring...



August
No holidays - If you could create a holiday that in some way concerned books, what would it be?  It would have to be an entire day/week/year/end of time period of time where people would gather in a picnic style situation and they would be free to read books, talk about books, shop for books etc all in the same place...  It would be so much fun!  

September
911 Remembrance Day - What is a book that had a huge impact on you, one that you will always remember?   The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is that book.  I had not realised when I started reading it just what impact the plot twist would have on me.




October
Halloween - What is your favourite mystery or horror book?
Not sure if this could be called mystey or horror but since I don't read too many of both I chose this book for a fantastic Halloween read.




November
Thanksgiving - What series are you most thankful exists?
It has to be done really..   I am most thankful for the Twilight series because that was the series that brought me right back into reading again after a very long period of not reading anything at all...




December
Christmas - If you could recommend your viewers a book as a gift, what would you recommend?  It would have to be this duology which is such a beautiful story it will warm the hearts of anyone who reads them!



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