WWW Wednesdays #3

WWW WednesdaysWWW Wednesdays are hosted by Should Be Reading and is a meme where we discuss what we are currently reading, just finished reading, and hope to read next.

WWW Currentlylinger_maggiestiefvaterCurrently, I am participating in my first Read-A-Long which is following the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. So originally I had from the 15th till the 22nd to read Shiver, the first book in the series, but it was so good that I finished it yesterday, so this morning I decided to just begin the next installment. I am quickly becoming a huge fan of this series. The characters are so humorous and relate-able and the writing is just so fluid. I am already about 35% of the way through this one! So good!

WWW Finish

shiver_maggiestiefvatercityofashes_cassandraclareYesterday I finished reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, which is the first book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. Let me just say that I thought this book was incredible!! It was so enjoyable and I couldn’t even pinpoint any dislikes that I had; definitely recommend reading! A few days before that, I finished City of Ashes and, again, such a great novel! It was so full of adventure, action, romance, and humor… what more could I ask for.

WWW Next

forevercityofglassWell my future reading plans have shifted just a tad. After reading both City of Ashes and Shiver, I have decided to complete the Wolves of Mercy Falls series (which I have to do for the Read-A-Long anyhow) and then continue with the Mortal Instruments series, because I am just really, really into the Shadowhunter realm right now. Finishing the Maze Runner trilogy is no longer at the top of my list.

xofarah

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Book Review: City of Ashes

If you really love something, you never try to keep it the way it is forever. You have to let it be free to change.

cityofashes_cassandraclareTitle: City of Ashes

Author: Cassandra Clare

# of Pages: 453

Published:  January 1, 2008

Rating: 4 Hearts

Synopsis:

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father? [Goodreads]

My Opinion:

This book was fantastic! I didn’t necessarily love the first book, but I liked it enough to read the next book in the series and I am so glad that I did. This book was intriguing, hilarious, and action-packed.

What I liked:

Above all, I liked the relationship/friendship between Clary and Simon. I just find there to be something so special and innocent about the two of them. Maybe it is because they have known each other practically their whole lives, so it is safe or because how Simon thinks and feels about Clary is just so sweet. I haven’t decided yet, but I can’t wait to see what is in store for them.

The character of Magnus Bane is slowly growing on me. I wasn’t too much of a fan of his in the first book, but he really came back for the win in this one. Besides his “secret” relationship with Alec, I just find him to be absolutely hilarious. From his outrageous outfits to his remarks; there is just so much spunk and attitude surrounding him. “… a warlock who looks like a gay Sonic the Hedgehog and dresses like the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”

I really liked the take on faeries, vampires, and werewolves in this series. I am normally not one for fantasy novels (besides Harry Potter and Twilight), but I think the way they are portrayed a bit differently than usual is quite creative.

**SPOILER** One of the character changes that I most enjoyed is Simon’s transformation to a vampire. He is by far my favorite character in all his nerdy-ness, so I wasn’t so sure how I felt about him becoming a child of the night, but in the end it worked for me. He adapted to it and the jokes he managed were the best! “Because I forsee many romantic picnics in our future. You, drinking a virgin piña colada. Me, drinking the blood of a virgin.” **SPOILER**

This was a beautifully written sentence: “Inside him the cold of fall battled with the memory of summer.”

What I disliked:

The Jace and Clary thing. I understand the story there and in the first book it made sense- long lost brother and sister who met not knowing they were related and ended up falling for each other only to find out they are siblings. That is where it should stop. It seemed as if they were trying to end it, but then certain events would throw them back together such as the seen in the Faerie Court. I thought that part could have been left out. I am not going to bash this storyline as incest, but it needs to end.

I haven’t figured out why all of a sudden in this book there are random Bible verses thrown into the mix. I am a Christian and I enjoy a good fantasy book about demons and angels every once in awhile, but I don’t see why we need to bring the Bible into it. The first book was good and it made sense, sticking random verses in there didn’t really help the story.

What I thought overall:

I really, really enjoyed this book. I am so glad I didn’t give up on the series after the first book, because City of Ashes was definitely worth my time. It made me laugh on multiple occasions and held me on the edge of my seat. I honestly couldn’t put it down. Can’t wait to start the next one. Do I recommend reading it? Yes (but only after reading City of Bones).

WWW Wednesdays #2

WWW WednesdaysWWW Wednesdays are hosted by Should Be Reading and is a meme where we discuss what we are currently reading, just finished reading, and hope to read next.

WWW Currentlycityofashes_cassandraclareIt has been too long since I was last submerged into the beautiful world of The Mortal Instruments. I read City of Bones this past summer and I have been dying to finish the series. Recently, I bought the next two books in the series (City of Ashes and City of Glass) and I could not be more excited to find out what happens next. So far I am really, really enjoying it. Simon has always been my favorite and, from what I hear, he gets a bigger part soon and I cannot wait!

WWW Finish

leavingtime_jodipicoultSo I finally finished Jodi Picoult’s newest novel. It really left me feeling strange and iffy. I am not really sure whether I liked it or disliked it; honestly, I am somewhere in the middle. There were definitely some elements that I enjoyed, but the characters weren’t very likable or believable. The twist, I’d like to say came out of nowhere, which technically it did, but *hint* you can figure it out if you pay attention in the prequel. I am not really sure how I felt about the twist either. I am glad that I read it and will definitely read her next one, but this one just wasn’t my new favorite.

WWW Next

scorchtrials1After I finish City of Bones, I plan to read the next book in The Maze Runner series or The Da Vinci Code. I want to read The Scorch Trials to just find out what is in store for my friends that were stuck in the maze. I have so many series that I need to finish, so I think I am going to read them a little bit at a time. I bought The Da Vinci Code for almost nothing at the beginning of this year and have just never gotten around to it. I haven’t seen the movie, but I remember it being a huge deal and I would really like to get in on the debate.

xofarah

WWW Wednesdays #1

WWW WednesdaysWWW Wednesdays are hosted by Should Be Reading and is a meme where we discuss what we are currently reading, just finished reading, and hope to read next.

WWW Currentlyleavingtime_jodipicoultI am super excited about having just started Jodi Picoult’s new novel, Leaving Time. I have been highly anticipating its arrival for what feels like forever and now it has come. I started it on Monday and am about 60 pages into it. Not quite my favorite yet, but I still have miles to go and anyone who has read a Picoult novel knows there is usually a surprise toward the end. I can’t even imagine where this one is going to go, but I am so ready to find out.

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largerthanlife_jodipicoultActually, the last thing I read was Larger than Life. I read it in order to get myself pumped for Leaving Time (not that I wasn’t already). It was my very first novella to ever read. Normally I avoid books that are shorter than so 100/150 pages or so, but obviously I had to make an exception for the prequel to Picoult’s new novel. I have decided that not reading novellas is a stupid “rule” if you will. I don’t think I will read them all the time, but I feel that they have the potential to give good insight to the novel they either preface or follow. Larger than Life was a fabulous read and could have had a full blown story all to itself. It really did the job in getting me prepared for what was to come in Leaving Time.

WWW Nextcityofashes scorchtrialsThe next book on my agenda is going to either be The Scorch Trials or City of Ashes. I finished The Maze Runner a couple months ago in order to see the movie and although I didn’t like it much in the beginning, toward the end I was really getting into it. It seems to be that way with me and Dystopian book series– the first one is really good, the second keeps you on your toes, and the third one is a complete train wreck. City of Ashes is the second book in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Although some people really didn’t like the books, I read City of Bones over the summer and really enjoyed it as well as the movie, so I plan to finish the series.

xofarah