Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Book review: Clockwork Angel

Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Release date: August 2010
Genre:
YA Fantasy
Pages:
479


I've read the first three books in the Mortal Instruments series , also by Cassandra Clare. Check out my reviews:
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass

Synopsis
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them...
 


Expectations
I'm curious to start reading the Infernal Devices, the synopsis sounds very promising and I've heard many good things about it!


Review
Yes, I finally read Clockwork Angel. This book! This book is amazing!

First of all, I like the main character Tessa. She is very likable, realistic and just great main character. She is not such a hero, which I really like. She is very relatable. Love that she reads books! Also love the references to authors or books ! (I like her more than Clary)

The writing is lovely, there is not a boring moment in this book! The storyline is lovely, fast paced and with some twists and turns.  I can really understand why people love this trilogy so much.

Will and Jem, they make it impossible for me to choose one of them. I think this is the best love-triangle I've ever read and also where I didn't really have a preference.

I can't wait to start the next book, there are so many questions left unanswered! What is Tessa? What is Will hiding? Will they find the cure for Jem? What is it that the Magister wants?

What can I say, I just loved everything about it!

Rating
So easy to rate this book, it was AMAZING!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Book review: The Jungle Book

Title: The Jungle Book
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Genre: classic
Release date: first published in 1894!
Pages: 277
Format: Audiobook (Librivox)


Expectations:
I only know the Jungle Book from the Disney movie adaptation. I'm curious to listen to the Original book, which was first published in 1894!




Review
I've listened to this on Librivox and at first it was really nice. The first couple of chapters cover the story we know, the little boy Mowgli growing up in the Jungle. This part was fun to read.

We get to see the interaction between Mowgli and all the animals of the Jungle. Some are helpful, trying to protect Mowgli while others don't trust the creature and try to kill him. It was nostalgic for me to listen to Baloo the Bear and Bagheera the Panther.

After that there was as collection of short animal stories, which I didn't enjoy that much. The stories were hard to follow, I had to rewind parts quite regularly. It was hard for me to keep concentrating while listening to the story. 


The narrator did a great job, and I find it very fascinating that this story is written so many years ago in 1894.

Rating
Because of my mixed thoughts on the different parts of the book, I rated this one a bit in the middle, with three stars.

Friday, March 11, 2016

A very late January & February Wrap up

I combined the wrap up of the first two months of 2016. It has been a pretty decent (reading) start of the new year for me. I'll share the books I read as well as the posts I've posted in January and February :)


Posts:

Books read
This month I've read 3 books, which is not bad for me (I normally read one or two books a month). What are the books I've read in January?  Here we go:

Spellbound

This is the sixth book in the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan. This series is a guilty pleasure of mine. It is not the best series ever, but I do enjoy reading it! If you haven't heard of this series before, check out the first book; Book of Shadows.





City of Glass
The third installment of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Yes, I'm finally reading this series. I really enjoyed reading City of Glass!

Review City of Glass



Old Greek Stories
I've listened to this audiobook via a free app called LibriVox.
A collection of Greek mythological stories are  told by different narraters. There were a few stories I was familiar with, but I also listened to some new ones! Review will be up soon!





Clockwork Angel
I'm currently reading the first book in The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. It is so good! I love it more than The Mortal Instruments series. I'm halfway and I want to finish this one in March!





The Jungle Book
I've listened to this on Librivox and at first it was really nice. The first couple of chapters cover the story we know, the little boy growing up in the Jungle. This part was fun to read. After that there was as collection of short animal stories, which I didn't enjoy that much. Review will be up soon!



In March I will continue to read Clockwork Angel and hopefully start a Clockwork Prince very soon! What are you reading in March? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Book review: City of Glass

Title: City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #3
Release date:  March 2009
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 541

Previous books in this series:

Expectations
I've heard great things about the third book of The Mortal Instruments so I'm excited to read this! I'm hoping for more personal development for Clary  ( I still don't really like her, but I'm trying).




Review

I was happy to notice that the story only got better with this third installment. There were some great plot twists I didn't see coming at all!

I had some doubts starting the first book (City of Bones) and at first I couldn't get into it. But now I understand the hype. This book lifts the series to another level!

I especially liked the last third of the book. This part was so fast-paced, exciting and great to read. The middle part of the book could have been a bit shorter.

I really liked Jace and Simon(Jace more than Simon, but don't tell Simon ssshh), and I even started to 'like' Clary a bit more too!

I really enjoyed reading this, this book keeps you on your toes, sometimes leaves you in desparate situations and reveals great plot twists and surprises.


Rating
I'll rate this one 4.5 stars.

I'm currently reading Clockwork Angel, the first book in The Infernal Devices series, also by Cassandra Clare, and it is amazing!! I love it even more than the Mortal Instruments!

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