Book Discussion: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

This is going to be an incoherent post. So, be warned! It may also include extreme fangirling over Rhys. But really, what was this book? How does Sarah J. Maas manage to improve with each and every book? Now, I haven’t read the Throne of Glass series yet, except the first book. But this series is already becoming one of my all time favourite! I loved the first book A Court of Thorns and Roses, and I didn’t know how she could improve upon it. But somehow, she did! This book is even more amazing than the first one! So, if you haven’t read it yet, what are you doing? Read it, read it, read it!

Goodreads Synopsis:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

I already had high expectations for this book. And it exceeded it. It gave me what I wanted and so much more. I read the first book immediately when it came out, so it’s been a long time since I’ve ventured into this world. And maybe because of that, I forgot how amazing the world building is. And I think I forgot how much I loved Rhys. Either that or he has become even more amazing in this book. Which is completely believable because Rhys is awesome! The countless twists and turns that this story took always kept me interested. There is not a single dull moment in this book. And it is very hard to put it down once you start reading it. There is one point towards the middle that is comparatively slow, but you’ll not find it hard to get through. I finished this book in 2 days. That speaks a lot for its addictive nature.

Some new characters are introduced to the story. In fact, a whole new court is introduced to the story. And each and everything is extraordinary. I think I forgot how much sex there were in these books. And if I may have one more complaint, I would say that I didn’t like the many, many graphic sex scenes that there are in this book. Sometimes, it didn’t feel right. But those are my only complaints about the book. I grew to love Feyre much more in this than I had before. And I liked Tamlin a lot less in this, a LOT. You’ll know why once you read the book. This story broke my heart and pieced it back together again and again. I got all the feels and I loved it.

I can’t believe that I have to wait another year before I get to read the last book in this trilogy. But there are going to be many re-reads of these two books for me. Especially for some special parts.;) I also felt like this book drew inspirations from popular series like the Hunger Games, the Vampire Academy and Twilight, and fused them together in the best possible way. That’s all I have to say about this book. Please go read ACOTAR if you haven’t read it yet and then read this book. I would love it if you do. Thank you so much for reading this! Please comment if you have already read this book and you are ready to fangirl over it like me! Thank you again. Until next time then.

Fin!

My rating- 5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 5/5.

-Sanchita.

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Book Discussion: All The Rage by Courtney Summers.

I get the irony of the situation. After I protested against reading any YA contemporary book anytime soon, I’m still here talking about another book of the same genre. But this one is very different from the ones that I’ve been reading and I wanted to read this book so that I could know if this is worth recommending. Now I have read it and I have to recommend this to everyone! Despite its faults, I think this story deserves to be read at least once. It is dark, gritty and terrible, but in a good way. We all need to read stories like this. We just do.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?

The first thing that hits you when you start reading this book is the writing style. The writing flows very well but it also stops you from speed-reading this book. You need to take your time while reading it and as you get towards the middle of the book, it becomes harder to read. Not because it’s boring, but because the situation is too important for you to just skim through it. You need to pay attention and you need to take each and every word in. This story was incredibly hard for me to read. And I must admit that I broke down crying at least twice while reading this. The sheer humiliation and pain of the protagonist is enough to leave you gasping for air.

I don’t really know how to describe my feelings after reading this story. The protagonist is obviously very brave. But the society that she lived in terrified me. It terrified me how it is just a contemporary and so many girls around the world face this each and every day. I would have much preferred it to be a fantasy so that I didn’t have to think about it so much. It is hard to believe that the story the book tells us could easily have been true. It’s hard to deal with that knowledge. This story makes you think a lot. The biggest thing that I took away from it is not Remy’s story but how long we still have to go to achieve equality. Not just of gender, but of race, of sexuality and of many other things. I may not remember this story at all after a few years, but I will remember the way it made me feel.

Anyway, if I had to talk about things strictly based on the book, I would say that it is beautiful. The characters probably won’t stick with me but the story remains relevant for the way it made me think. A lot of the times I was incredibly frustrated and I hated every bad character in this book with passion. It may not be the best book about the subject it focuses on, but it initiates a lot of deep feelings within the reader. Because the story is not that memorable, I couldn’t give it 5 stars.

That’s all I have to say about this book. Have you read it yet? If not, I would encourage you to read it. And if you have, please tell me what it made you feel in the comments. Again, thank you so much for reading this! Until next time then.

Fin!

My rating- 3.5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West.

How many contemporary books can be read by one person before it becomes too many contemporaries? Well, I guess it’s 4 for me. Yes, I’ve read 4 similar contemporaries. And now, it all looks the same to me. It’s time to move over to another genre. But first, let’s talk about this book!

Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

Because I’ve read all these stories back-to-back, I found a lot of similarities between this book and This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. And it is very apparent. Both the books have a headstrong and intelligent girl who is not in a particularly good financial condition and a handsome, rich boy. But no, I am being extremely redundant about this. There is more to the story than just this. But while this book took a lighter approach to the situation, Jennifer E. Smith’s book took much darker turns. And generally I like darker stories, which may explain why I gave this book a lower rating. Don’t think that I didn’t like this book! I really did. But because I have seen another similar story that have been executed a little bit better, this book didn’t shine much in comparison. Now that I have go that out of the way, let’s see what I did like about this book.

I liked how sarcastic and witty Caymen was. Her constant banter with Xander was really entertaining. Okay, just for the record, I like Alex so much more than Xander. I mean, Xander? Really? Anyway, I found the chemistry between the two characters to be very believable and sweet. And I must admit that I found Xander to be extremely swoon-worthy many times. I really liked how their relationship progressed and I was able to take the Rapunzel-esque ending (Spoilers?). So basically, the book did provide me a sweet romance and I knew what I was signing up for when I started reading it. I just hope that I had read it a few months before or after this moment. But I did finish the book in a day. That speaks a lot for Kasie West’s addictive writing. Her books are great for getting out of reading slumps.

So, that’s all I have to say about The Distance Between Us. I recommend it to get out of reading slumps but I DON’T recommend anyone reading this after This Is What Happy Looks Like. Anyway, have you read this book? Did you like it or did you feel like I did? Please tell me in the comments. Thank you so much for reading this! Until next time then.

Fin!

My Rating- 3.25/5.

My Goodreads rating- 3/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella.

After reading all these YA contemporaries, I was craving some Sophie Kinsella. I recently bought three Sophie Kinsella books at the same time. I am probably going to read the one left soon enough. But first let’s see what I think about this one. This book was hilarious, but it didn’t meet my expectations. Among all her other books, I think I liked this and Finding Audrey the least. But that doesn’t mean it was bad. It was still sweet and happy and beautiful. Its just that it wasn’t the best.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership.
Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up, in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she’s mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they’ve hired a lawyer; and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can’t sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope – and finds love – is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake.
But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does – will she want it back?

The thing about Sophie Kinsella books is that they pull you in right from the start. They make you laugh and they make your heart happy. And this book did all those things. As I mentioned before, this book was hilarious. I laughed out loud in so many places and that’s a big plus point. For example:

“Our whole family thrives under pressure. It’s like our family motto or something.

Apart from my brother Peter, of course. He had a nervous break down. But the rest of us.”

or

“Great. Just great. One glimpse of his body and I have a full-blown crush.

I honestly thought I was a bit deeper than that.”

And there are many more lines like these throughout the book!

Another thing that I liked very much about this book and about all her books in general, is that even though the characters look crazy, they are all headstrong women who are smart enough to know what they want. Her books are incredibly feminist and its good to see that in chick-lits. Also, in this book, Nathaniel was not that important. Samantha and her journey was important. There are so many little elements in this book that are unique. When I put down the book and thought the story through, I realized how unique this book is when compared to other books of the same genre. Its not stupid and unrealistic. Her characters are extremely relatable and nice, which is always a nice change.

The things that I didn’t like in this book was that apart from Samantha, there was no one else I was remotely interested about. I didn’t like Nathaniel all that much and I didn’t really care. I liked Samantha because she was funny. And even though I liked Iris, I didn’t like her as much as I wanted too. None of the the characters were just good enough for me. As a result, I didn’t feel enough about the story. These are my complaints about this book.

So, that’s all! I will recommend this book if you want an overall happy book that is easy to read and that will make you laugh. Have you read this book yet? If so, did you like it? Or did you not? Please tell me in the comments!  Thank you so much for reading this. Until next time then.

Fin!

My rating- 3.25/5.

My Goodreads rating- 3/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.

This contemporary was supposed to be cutesy and funny. Like the last one. I didn’t really know what I was signing up for when I started reading this book. But I got more than I bargained for. This is not a generic contemporary. This book is special and beautiful. It is deep and it made me ask a lot of questions. And best of all, it made me think about something other than the Shadowhunter world. I think I am ready to read other kinds of books now without comparing them to any of Cassandra Clare’s book. And that, for me, is a great achievement.

Goodreads Synopsis:

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

Throughout this book, there is a tone of sadness and secrecy and it weighed over me. Despite taking place over the summer, it is not a summery romance. It is darker than that. If I had to compare, I would compare this with Where She Went by Gayle Forman. The oppression of the situation is very apparent here. No one is at fault and yet everyone suffers for the situation that have raised and that other people created. Ellie and Graham are the characters that may have been done before in contemporaries but their little nuances throughout the book make them different. This book makes you feel for each and every character and I felt for it. I laughed and cried with them. And it is rare for a contemporary romance to make me cry.

The thing that sets it apart from all other books is that it doesn’t follow the patters that we expect it to follow. The romance is not the same. The family interactions are not the same. Neither are the friendships, even though friendship is a small part of the story. Even the ending is different. I didn’t feel extremely happy when I finished the book, but I did feel satisfied. It felt realistic. And the emotions that went through the characters felt realistic. And that’s what make this story unique and beautiful.

All there is left to say now is that don’t go in expecting a light, summery romance. It is so much more that that. It is dark. And it is going to make you feel. It is similar and yet different from other books of the same genre. And I would recommend it to everyone. I won’t say that this is the best book out there, but it deserves a read from you. Have you read this book? What did you feel about it? Please tell me in the comments! Thank you so much for reading! Until next time then.

Fin!

My rating- 4.25/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West.

After experiencing the high drama of Shadowhunter chronicles, I needed some sweet and cutesy contemporary so that I can prevent myself from going into a reading slump. After trying to read at least 3 books, I found this one and it was perfect for my mood. I won’t say that this book was amazing or that you need to read this, but if you want to read a sweet contemporary with mild friendship drama, this is the perfect book for you. The book is very light and it will make your heart happy. I would also recommend this book for getting out of a reading slump because this is written in a very easy language and flows well. So, no one should have trouble reading this.

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

Right at the beginning of the story, I disliked Gia. I thought that I will just read the story for the good entertainment that it is and move on. But then, the story started being really good. I then found that Gia does have some redeeming qualities other than being shallow and self-centered. But what I really liked about this story are the characters of Bec, Hayden and their mother. All of their characters were created really well even if they were not unique. This story is similar to a lot of other contemporaries out there and I don’t think it is unique in any way. But this one here just has a charm that makes you keep reading and wanting to reach the end. I read this at one sitting and that proves how addictive the book is.

What more can I say about this book? It’s a decent story. The characters are decent. The friendship drama is entertaining. The romance is cute and sweet albeit frustrating. One thing I really liked about this book is that the ending is not rosy. There are some elements that need to be sorted out even after the book ends. So, it’s not completely a fairy-tale.

That’s all I have to say. Overall, its a decent book and you can give it a try if you want to read a light-hearted book. Have you read the book? Did you enjoy it? Please comment! Thank you so much for reading this! Until next time then.

Fin!

My rating- 3.5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.

Hello! I’m alive!

Again, it’s been a very long time. And I have no excuses, again. So, let’s just talk about the book!

As you know, I’ve been hell bent on finishing all the Shadowhunter books as soon as possible. And now that I’m at the end, at least for now, I want to go back to them and read them again. Even though I also kind of want to read some cutesy contemporary to depart from the high level of drama that have been in my life for almost two months now. I love all of Cassandra Clare’s books. But I think that Lady Midnight is the best first book in a series among all the other first books written by Cassandra Clare. And it’s beautiful.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

First of all, let’s talk about the characters. Emma is probably one of the best protagonists ever. She is up there with Tessa and that’s a great compliment coming from me because as you know, I adore the Infernal Devices. And I must say, if this book gets better with each and every book, it may even be better or at par with the Infernal Devices trilogy. I am just putting it out there right now that I have high hopes for the Dark Artifices. Because the first book was brilliant.

Sorry, I got sidetracked. Yes, so Emma impressed me a lot. She impressed me with her decisions and I liked her impulsive nature. She is the kind of protagonist that I like to read about, which basically means that she is stubborn and a prodigy. And Julian is a perfect character to stand beside her and offer different perspectives. Julian kind of reminds me of Jem in the sense that he is inherently good. He keep saying throughout the book that he has built his life around lies but I really didn’t see it that way. All the children have their unique personalities and I love how every one of the Blackthorn children brings their own unique thing to the story without feeling like fillers. But I think I’ll not make any decisions and judgement about Mark just yet. I couldn’t quite pin him down and I need another book to decide my feelings for him. Also, I think that eventually Christina and Emma are going to be parabatai. This is my prediction for the last book of this series.

The writing is, as usual, beautiful. But in this book, I loved the poetic language of the fae and everything about them intrigued me. After reading a certain story from Tales From Shadowhunter Academy stories, I know that not all of them are bad. I kind of feel like I want a book or a series that is based on them because they seem incredibly interesting to me. The plot of this book, as a whole, was really good. And the connection of this plot with a certain poem by Poe blew my mind. I read that poem last semester for my E. A. Poe course and the way Cassandra Clare waved this story around the poem was amazing. Also, I kind of miss Magnus. I know that he is preoccupied with other things but I want him back and I want his witty commentary back. I, like everyone else, also want to know the deal with parabatai falling in love thing. But I’m willing to wait for it.

So, that’s all I have to say about this book. I enjoyed it a lot and I am looking forward to knowing more about these characters and witnessing their adventure. Also, the book was really dark is certain places and I didn’t expect that. I am already hyper up for the next book. I hope the series continues to be as good, if not better, with each book. Did you read this book yet? Please comment on what you felt about this book! Thank you so much for reading this. Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 4.75/5.

My Goodreads rating- 5/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.

In this last book of The Mortal Instruments series, I got a lot of closure. Closure I wanted and needed. But I needed much more. I wanted a lot more from this book. I said in my last post that I have high expectations from this book. Not only because of the amazing reviews this book has, but also because of the way Cassandra Clare ended Clockwork Princess, which was phenomenal. But I am also oddly satisfied with this book. It’s safe to say that I have a lot of mixed feelings about this.

Goodreads Synopsis:

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

Let’s start with the things I loved about this book. First of all, I loved the way things wrapped up at the end. I loved the things that this book made me feel. I loved all the twists and turns that this story took and as usual I loved the characters. The deaths hit me hard and even though I cried, I loved it at the same time. The thing that happened to Simon just broke me. I didn’t expect that anything could be all right again but in the end, it did! And I was extremely happy and satisfied when I finished it. And I know that I will miss the characters too much now. I may even give this whole series a re-read. I also loved the action of this book as much as I’ve loved the action in any other book written by Cassandra Clare. I also loved how Tessa showed up at the end and Jem was so involved with the characters of this series and also with Emma and Julian. I hope that I’ll get to see more of them in The Dark Artifices trilogy.

But let’s talk about the negatives now. Because this book is so huge, I expected more of everything. I expected more. Maybe because my expectations were so high, I felt a little let down with the first part of the book. There could have been so many more adventures. There could have been more twists in the story. Am I the only one who thought that the scope of the story could have been utilized a little bit more and made more epic? I hope not! Anyway, I also felt like there was no need for Sebastian (or Jonathan) to have a last conversation as a good person. I wanted him to be evil and stay evil without any need of human qualities in him. Also, I thought that there should have been more deaths. Don’t hate me for saying this. I don’t want any of my favourite characters to die and all the main characters are my favourite characters. But I think a few more deaths would have spiced things up a little more. But then, I also would have complained if she had killed more people, so this opinion of mine clearly couldn’t be trusted.

So, that’s all I have to say about this book. All in all, I loved it despite its weaknesses. Also, I think that the faeries are going to have a big role in creating the villain of The Dark Artifices trilogy. Or they are going to be the villains. Because this was being hinted at heavily in this book. But I also may be wrong. I also think that Emma and Julian may fall in love and they being parabatai will play a large part in The Dark Artifices. But these are all speculations. I will read it soon and find out everything about it. Please comment if you agree or disagree with me on my opinions about this book. Thank you so much for reading it. Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 4.5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 5/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare.

The first thing that I want to do is apologize for going MIA for so long. I was actually really busy for the last two weeks. So much so that I didn’t have time to read any book let alone write about it. But today, I finally finished the fifth book in The Mortal Instruments series. And if I had to describe this book in a sentence, I would say that this is the coolest book of the lot. Now, you might thing that this is a strange way to describe the book. But you’ll know why I said it soon! Just read on.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

The first thing that I want to talk about is Sebastian. If you have read my other book discussions of this series, you’ll know that I’ve always been on the fence about Valentine. I never knew how I regarded him as a villain. But I just love Sebastian. I love him as a villain. He is evil through and through and that’s incredibly exciting for me. He makes this book the coolest! The way he acts around everyone and the way he manipulates and deceives everyone in this book is how I want my villains to be like. After finishing this book, I felt like I am so ready for the epicness of everything in City of Heavenly Fire. And if book reviews are something to go by, I know that I’ll not be disappointed.

I had a weird love-hate relationship with Jace and Clary in this book. There were moments when I absolutely couldn’t stand them at all. I couldn’t stand for their “We belong together” and “We always protect each other” philosophy to justify their wrong decisions. I was so over them in this book that it surprised me. But then, they did manage to redeem themselves towards the end of the book. I am sorry Jace and Clary shippers, I am really sorry.

There was a lot of romance in this book. And I guess this is because Cassandra Clare is gearing up to break our hearts in the next book by giving us all the feels in this one. I am so ready to get my heart broken. We saw so much of Sizzy in this book and I loved how their relationship is slowly strengthening and developing. They don’t feel too cheesy and I love how Simon told Izzy the entire plot of the first Star Wars movie and Izzy listened so attentively that she remembered it till every last detail. There was Maya and Jordan. They were also really cute and I loved them. And then there was Magnus and Alec. After what happened at the end of the book, I don’t even want to talk about them. I said I wanted more of them in all my previous book discussions, but not like this! I wanted to see more of them together! I wanted to see them being romantic and gooey! And what did I get? I don’t even want to think about it. I do hope I see them together in the last book or I wouldn’t know what to do with my heart.

Okay. That’s all. I know I didn’t speak about the major events of this book. But the climax was obviously, incredibly cool. I loved it! Also, I loved the little hints Cassandra Clare was dropping about the characters from The Infernal Devices trilogy! The only negative thing that I could find about this book is that it was really slow at the beginning. And in some places, I did find myself not caring about what was happening. But it all worked out at the end. And that’s all that matters. Please comment and tell me what you think about this book! Thank you so much for reading this! I hope you liked it! Until next time then.

Fin!

My rating- 4.25/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare.

After reading this book, I can safely say that I am terrified of what’s coming for the characters in this series. Seriously, what was that ending? I am so happy that I don’t have to wait for the next book to release and that I am marathoning the whole series. I can’t even imagine waiting one day to read the next book after that sort of cliffhanger. I want to know what happens next! And I will! But first let’s talk about this book.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series.

This one started kind of like City of Bones in the sense that we explore the characters more in the first half of the book. It was a little slow but I didn’t mind that at all. As I said, I love each and everyone of these characters and I love reading about them even when they are not in action. But Jace frustrated me a lot in this book. Yes, I get that he was being attacked and manipulated but that doesn’t make up for the frustration I felt because of the way they handled things. Jace could have handled things a lot better without being the angsty, moody teenager. But then, I can’t blame him for his age.

In the discussion of City of Glass, I predicted who the villain is going to be of the last three books. And I was totally right! I have said before that you can never guess what Cassandra Clare’s twists are going to be. But in this book, I could guess what was coming. Even though I couldn’t guess the part about Lilith, I could guess where the story was going to. And I didn’t like that. I like the frailty and unexpectedness of everything in this series, and I didn’t get that in this book. I think that’s the only negative thing I could say about this book.

We did see a little of Magnus and Alec in this book. But I will keep writing that I want more of them in the hope that in the next book I will actually get to read more. So, fingers crossed! We also saw the beginning of Sizzy in this book. And I think I quite like it. I am looking forward to more. Jace and Clary’s relationship frustrated me to no end in this part and so I automatically focused on the other relationships in this novel. We were supposed to see Jocelyn and Luke’s wedding in this book, but it didn’t happen. So I am guessing that we will get to see that in City of Lost Souls.

That’s all I have to say about this one. I am terrified of what’s going to happen next. So, I am going to start the next book right now! Thank you so much for reading this! Please comment and tell me if I will ever be able to see more of Magnus and Alec. I am still hoping I will. Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 3.5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.