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100 books in 1 year. Books 11 to 13 Review

Published September 30, 2013 by claire2903

Ok so following on from the mortal instruments books, I have read the 3 infernal devices books.
And believe you me they are every bit as addictive as the mortal instruments books!

INFERNAL DEVICES TRILOGY – CASSANDRA CLARE

Book One – Clockwork Angel

This book sets the scene of Victorian times, and a little further into the Shadow hunter world / history.

It is a lot darker a lot sooner than the mortal instruments books, but every bit as gripping. The clinches between our heroine and the leading men are just a steamy as can be expected with out detracting from the good story line. This book lays out the basis for the adventure ahead, you get to see the main players and to get a real feel for them, understand or not understand them as the story will require.

Another book that takes you by the lapels and drags you into its world.

 

Book Two – Clockwork Prince

The second in the series and you see the relationships between the main characters develop, the inevitable love triangle presents it self , but its dealt with in a very gentlemanly fashion. These books do exude the manners and propriety of the 1800’s era of when they are based. A lady never shows too much emotion and is never forward, for want of being thought wonton and with out breeding. This however does not stop what goes on behind closed doors.
The story develops further and we see a clever plot unfold before us, with twists and turns and that ever gripping, teeth grinding annoyance as things seam to be going the way of the bad guy, and the end of the world.

Lots of shocks and omg moments, also at lot of references to the mortal instruments books, with things that will make you smile when you recognise them.

 

Book Three – Clockwork Princess

The love triangle seams to have been solved with a marriage proposal, things as ever do not go to plan. in this book we see the bad guys plan unfold its last surprise. There are times of true despair and desperation. There where plenty of times, my hand flew to my mouth through shock and fear for the characters, and also lots of smiles and laughs.

I think I may hold a record for the amount of times I said OMG! through out this book. There are lots of surprise relationships spring up in this book, as well as nods to the mortal instruments books and explanations to things in the mortal instrument books also. As well as the full un ravel of the bad guys plans, and surprise measures used against him.
I must admit though this book is very sad at the end and I recommend tissues!

 

My over all rating for these books is 5/5. The story sucked me right in and made me care for, possibly even love some of the characters. They have moved emotions inside of me which is a hard thing to do.

I will be very interested how the films will portray these books are there are some quite quite dark and scary moments. I also can not wait to see who they will cast as Will and Jem, as between these two gentlemen and Mr Jace of the mortal instruments my heart is very much torn!
My only criticism of these three books, is the verses of poetry at the beginning of every chapter in all the books. By the end it felt to me they were just a way of getting an extra 30k words into a book without having to do any actual work of your own. I can see why the idea appealed to Cassandra Clare, as the main characters have a great fondness of the written word, but for me its just became an annoyance.

 

 

So as you can see from my title I have read 13 books (dum dum dum) I have a few different books at my disposal. The wee free men, Da Vinci code and angels and demons. But I will be now continuing my journey with the dwarves with the second Dwarves book.

 

So till next time Hail and Fair Well Brother……..

100 Books Read In 1 year. Week 6/7 review

Published September 20, 2013 by claire2903

Well that was a blur of days!
As I stated in my last post I had aquired all of the Mortal Instument books that are currently published.
And wow they are quite amazing.
So with out further ado here are my reviews of all five.
Followed by a tally and were I will go fr here.

Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare

Book One – City of Bones

Well I started this book having seen the film.
It was quite by accident that I came to watch the film but a happy one as I would never have know about these books.
Me and mother were meant to see The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp in. Mothers a slight fan.
Anyway the cinema wasnt showing it and we asked the lovely lady at thw cinema what was on and good.
It was from her that we learnt the film had come from these books.
Now I went in thinking this will be like twilight and a bit teenie bobber and girlie romance slush.
Which is all fine. I loved twilight (team Jacob all the way here) but I thought this has been done.
What a suprise did I get!!
So went home mother bought all five books the next day and set about reading them in a few short days.
(Grumble moan, I think thay shes now ahead possibly of me) she then passed them to me and I actually left reading the first one for a day.
But wow when I started it was amazing.
This book is about demon hunters. But not ordinary demon hunters. Hunters with the blood of an angel running through their vein.
The first book introduces you to the nephilim and lays the board for the further books.
The main character learns a lot about her self she never knew and also the emotions with becoming 16. We’ve all been there!
You develop a really strong bond for the characters in this first book which makes you want to read the next to find out what happens next.

Book Two – City of Ashes

This book carries straight on from book one and the all important revalation with in it.
You feel yourself sympathising with Clary on the tough decisions and choices that she must make.
I must say I found myself texting mother and saying I dont believe this I dont believe that!
And I think this that and the other is going on.
All to be replied with ‘read on’ ggrrr most infuriating! But it did make me read on to see if I was right.
There are many more twists and turns in this book. And also you see the steamy teenage angst and frustration of developing ‘adult’ emotions start to unravel further in this book.

Book Three – City of Glass

This book sees Clarys world thrown into war.
Meaning she has to put aside her own personal feelings to help.
In this book you also see the furtherment of other relationships that have sprung up around Clary.
There are many hard decisions to be made in this book and I found myself thinking no just do it or no dont do it against the will of the author.
This for me creates conflict in the book which keeps me reading to make sure all ends happy.

Book Four – City of Fallen Angels

Clary has finally found happiness but it is short lived and she is once again thrown into turmoll.
She has to fight tooth and nail against seamingly everyone to hold on to what is hers.
You also see other characters back stories expand in this book.
Which again for me gave me a few OMG moments.
Another great technic to keep a reader reading and boy it did that.

Book Five – City of Lost Souls

This book was quite emence is the sense that it kinda grabbed me by the arm and pulled me along on a fairly chaotic ride.
I flight afraid for Clary and the times of utter despair she felt.
But not only her emotions but those of the other characters.
As I have grown to love and hate various characters, I now begin to feel more stronger emotions regarding the storying line and I think that, that is an excellent way of writing.
I got to the end of this book and literally had goosebumps!

This series of books is an amazing ride through a demon hunters world. The perils and advantures that befall them and the astronomical things they must do in order to save not themselves but the people and the world they love.

I will definately be recommending this to anyone who will listen to me 😉

My score for all of these books is 5/5.
Great, intensive reads. Throughly enjoyed and can not wait for the next one when its out in May next year!

So thats the reviews done. Whats next?

I have procured the three Infernal Devices books also by Cassandra Clare.
These are a sort of prequel to the Mortal Instrument set in the victorian times with the modern day shadow hunters ancestors.

The five books I have read takes me to a total of 10/100. Im a tenth of the way there!

I have decided it may well be better for me just to post when I have read a book rather than try to stick to a weekly post as that doesnt appear to be working.

So the reviews will now be labelled review book XX.

So caio for now bambinos  🙂

100 book read in 1 year. A challenge. Week update.

Published September 8, 2013 by claire2903

You maybe wondering what the hell happen to week 4’s update. Well quite frankly so am I! 🙂
I have been mega busy with back to school / nursery, birthdays, jam making and inventing, and of course reading.

I have only managed to read the one book in all this time, o ooh no, lagging. But i have been working on my own books so I guess its ok as this challenge is all about improving my writing skills so that my book can be awesome, so if inspiration hits me ( at 3 am most times, thanks! ) Then surely I should write huh?

Anyway I have read The Dwarves by Markus Heitz and heres my review:

The Dwarves – Markus Heitz

I’ve wanted to read this book for sometime, actually ever since seeing it in Waterstone’s book store. Its a big black book with a dwarf on it. It looks mysterious and inviting to a nosy parker like me, as it gives nothing away. Plus for all the fantasy books I’ve read, lots of them including dwarves into the story, I knew very little about dwarves. And these creatures fascinate me!

So I got this book and started it with a great keenness to read it. Now it is a little slow going at first I’ll grant you, but it so worth hanging in there and keeping going! The story is very good and well planned out. The book had me guessing and second guessing all the time. I learnt so much about dwarves from the story. But also the others in the dwarves world, like  elves and just why the two races despise each other. And the Alfar, man oh man you don’t want to meet one of those bad boys, ever!
There are some quite gruesome and possibly scary parts of the book, as it draws you in and you get involved, so much so that when reading it in the bath and your pens rolls off the side and clatters to the floor you have a mini heart attack! Yes this was me, at around 2/3 am one evening.
It did also keep me up reading as I needed to know what happened next.

The book met my expectations and possibly passed them, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to the next installment.

My score for this book  5/5  Well written, got me reading until late in the night with this hunger for more. Definitely recommended.

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This is my next task……. wish me luck, and I’ll see you in about month hehehe 😉
But on a serious note I will be hopefully writing my review of the first of these books next week ( 12th Sept ), so adios amigos!