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: 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.

Book Discussion: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare.

After finishing this book, I can safely say that Cassandra Clare has become one of my favourite writers ever. She never disappoints. This was the best book yet that I’ve read in this series. Clockwork Princess, of course, is my favourite book of hers. But this occupies a close second place. I absolutely loved this book. This was the most gripping book yet and I finished it in just two days. Since it’s more than 500 pages, I would say it speaks a lot of the addictive quality of these books.

Goodreads Synopsis:

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

First of all, I found it quite strange how all the arcs came together in this book and everything was resolved. Actually, I found it a little confusing. What about the other three books in this series? Who will be the villain in them? I hope its not someone whose body could not be found, if you know what I mean. I haven’t yet read the synopsis of City of Fallen Angels so that I can write this discussion without any notion of what’s going to come next. But this one felt so much like a finale that I was often weirded out. With each and every book, Cassandra Clare is increasing the epicness of her books. I can’t help but wonder what epic battles she has in store for me in the next book. Or maybe it will just be a simple battle like that in City of Bones. Either way, I won’t mind.

The characters have become such an integral part of me now that I am pretty sure I will read a whole book where they just interact with each other. Which means that I am probably going to read lots of fanfictions about them after I end all these books. Yes, I am one of those weird fans and I am not ashamed. You can’t judge me! Anyway, I have fallen in love with each and everyone of them. So, I must say that I loved Max so much. I would have loved to read about him a little more. I was so impressed with everyone in this book. I feel like I would love to see more of Isabelle. And Alec and Magnus. Together. I would love to see all these characters just relaxing and bantering. But that’s probably not going to happen. Well, a girl can hope!

The thing that I wanted to talk about most is Valentine. I didn’t really hate him. I couldn’t! He was so sure that what he did was right. I don’t know how to hate someone like that. Even though he was an amazing villain. Till the last moment, he was incredibly interesting and I was eager to know what his actions are going to be next. And I must say, that ending was totally unexpected. I never actually expected Raziel to come. I thought there was going to be a different sort of ending. I loved that big epilogue that we got and even though the peace is bound to be short-lived, it felt good to enjoy it for a few pages.

So, that’s all I have to say about this book. Thank you so much for reading it! Please comment how much you liked this book if at all! I would love to talk about it with someone. Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 4.75/5.

My Goodreads rating- 5/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare.

The only reaction I could muster after reading this book is why? There are so many questions that can be asked with that word. But the questions I want to ask are not the ones concerning important events that might take place in the Shadowhunter world. But the questions mostly revolve around why Cassandra Clare is making her readers suffer like this with anger and frustration. But then again, I can’t say that I mind.

Goodreads 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?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

I don’t even know where to start. So many things happen in this book! Okay I want to start with something I said in my previous post. I said that Jace shines in City of Bones and it feels like everyone is revolving around him. Characters like Alec and Izzie feel minor. I am taking my statement back. I feel like this book managed to make all the other characters important enough that they all shine. They get their own parts in the book and it feels like all of them are the heroes of their own stories. And I rooted for each and everyone of them.

Something major happens in Simon’s life in this book. I was already expecting that because I was spoiled by the trailer to the show. Yes, the trailer. For those of you who have read the book, you know what I am talking about! And I loved Simon in this book even though sometimes he really annoyed me. I feel like he grew a lot in this book as a person. I love how Jace and Simon finally made their peace. What Jace did for him, it was amazing! Let’s talk about Magnus and Alec too for a sec, shall we? I totally ship them together. I loved how they took care of each other when needed and even though it wasn’t addressed that much in the book, I totally root for them. I look forward to reading more about them in the future. Jace and Clary were stuck in a totally awkward position throughout the book and I felt nothing for them except frustration.

I haven’t talked about Valentine at all. So, I think that I don’t really hate Valentine. Yet. He did so many horrible things to these characters that he almost feels invincible. When I read the scenes on the ship towards the end of this book, I totally thought that this is the end and everyone is going to die. Of course I knew that they won’t, but I feared for them anyway. He has such an interesting personality that I love reading about him. I love it when other characters like Luke and Maryse talk about him because it helps me piece together his personality. I am yet to find any weakness in him and that is terrifying as well as so interesting! I always feel like I am waiting for what he is going to do next, in a good way.

So, that’s all my feelings about this book. Of course, this book too has lots of humourous dialogues and witty and sarcastic comebacks. This keeps these books interesting even when nothing important is really happening. And I love that! Also, WHAT IS THE ENDING? I am going to start the next book right now! That’s all for today! Thank you so much for reading this. Please comment your feelings about this book! Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 4/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.