Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls Book Review

Finally my book review for Book 5 of Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare is here. I’m so sorry that I have not been posting and that I have been so behind, I got really sick over the Christmas period and I’ve been packing because I am moving house is a few weeks plus University. It is just busy busy busy!! But here we are! I am going to try to get some more posts up but for now let me share my thoughts on this wonderful book! There may be a few spoilers in this review and for that I apologise! So please read ahead if you are open to hearing some spoilers! but I will try to keep them to a minimal! 🙂


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 ‘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?’


I found this book rather interesting, but I will have to be honest, I found it a tad boring at first. I think this is because when Clary was kept up in that secret house that travelled through dimensions with Sebastian and Jace just wasn’t not very interesting for me, there was not enough action or anything and I feel that even though it was needed for the story line it was a tad to long and a bit excessive but the book got interesting when Jace, even for a short time, became himself and was in control of who he was and his emotions through the mark on his body that combined Sebastian and Jace as one, being harmed for a short period of time. This was when the book got really exciting and I felt completely compelled to keep reading this book until the very end. I felt so many emotions in this book, some of them I don’t even know how I would cope with these feelings or situations in real life if they happened to me, even though obviously they wont because this is a fiction  book based on vampires and demons etc 😛

When Jace became in control of himself and was separated from Clary for a short period of time to tell Clary what Sebastian and his ‘other self’ were planning, Jace was going to take him self to the Clave even if it meant that he was going to get killed. Clary couldn’t handle the idea of losing Jace and told Sebastian that Jace was going to run and ruin their plan to destroy the shadow hunter world. This hit me really hard, the way Cassandra Clare the way Jace’s face looked when the girl he is in love with betrayed him just completely hit me in so many ways. Even though she was trying to stop Jace from the possibility of Jace getting himself killed by the clave, I did not think that this was fair of her to take away Jace’s independence and right to make his own decisions about his life.
The other part of the story that made me angry was when Sebastian was forcing himself onto clary, his sister. I was not just angry because they are brother and sister but because he was sexually assaulting her! I hate reading these scenes in books because they make me so angry. now I’m not saying that these scenes shouldn’t been in books, because it is a real problem that happens in real life, the topic just makes me angry like it would a lot of people, especially people that have gone through such a horrible experience.
I was very sad to find out that Alec and Magnus broke up, they were one of my favourite couples! I thought that these two would be able to get through anything! I really hope in Heavenly fire, book 6 of the series that Alec and Magnus get back together!
I rated this book 3 stars on Good Reads I wanted to give it a 3.5 stars but you cant do that on Goodreads. I gave it a 3 stars because I liked reading it but I got a bit bored and it didn’t capture my attention until the last quarter of the book. But that all comes down to personal opinion and what sort of story plots we like in a book. For me I wanted more shadow hunter fighting scenes and more mention of the vampires and the werewolves.
Cassandra has once again created another book in this series that describes the characters in such a realistic capturing way. Cassandra Clare is a brilliant writer!
I cant wait to read the next book in this series!
What are your thoughts on this book series? Have you read it yet? 🙂

 

Clock work Prince – Book Review

Today I am sharing my thoughts on the second book in the Infernal Device series: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. I’m sorry that it has taken me so long, I’ve been so busy with finishing my current University degree this year and I found out I got into my dream degree for next year, a bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours so now I can finally pursue my love of art, I’ll be majoring in painting, I’m so excited. I’ve been so busy preparing for that on top of it being my favourite time of year! CHRISTMAS!!

So I’m finally sharing my thoughts on the Clockwork Prince, as I finally found time to finish reading the book last night, I wish I had found time to finish it sooner! I absolutely loved this book!! So let me start my review! 🙂


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‘Love and lies can corrupt even the purest heart….

In the Magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, while her longing for Will continues to unsettle her. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers to who she is and what she was born to do?’

 

 

 


Warning: Spoilers ahead!!

Summary:

This second book in the Infernal Device series is about Charlottes fight to stay the head of the institute, however this is found rather difficult with the forces of the Clave plotting against her. Forcing Tessa to be the main target of this whole charade, because Tessa will be out on the streets with no one to defend her, if Charlotte loses the institute, making Tessa an easy target for the Magister, who wants to use her powers. Making Tessa, Will and Jem determined to find out why the Magister wants Tessa. Meanwhile, Charlotte finds out that she has a traitor right under nose.

Tessa, Jem and Will discover that the Magisters want for a war on the Shadowhunters is somewhat of a personal matter. He blames the Shadowhunters for the life tragedy that changed his life. While uncovering the Magisters secrets Will, Jem and Tessa travel to a Yorkshire Manor when Will comes across a clock work demon that warns them that the Magisters knows of their every move, but how? Who is the traitor?

Meanwhile, Tessa find herself drawn to Jem, even though her heart still longs for Will even though every part of her tells her that Will is just going to break her heart again and destroy her! However, she is made more confused when the secrets are revealed on why Will was pushing her away. Making her more confused then ever, but soon coming to a decisions to choose Jem after Jem proposed to her.

Tessa and Jem are yet to tell Charlotte and the rest of the Institute when they discover a major secret that will allow them to keep the Institute, as long as they play this blackmailing secret correctly, allowing more time to find the magister as the clave asked her to do.


My Feelings and Opinions:

I loved this book! It captured me entirely. My favourite scene was when Jem proposed to Tessa. I thought this was absolutely beautiful, I think Jem is my new book boyfriend. I think this scene would have people saying ‘I want a Jem’! This book showed Jem in the most beautiful way possible, he really truly does love Tessa, and everyone deserves to have their Jem! Someone that truly loves them for who they are.

I was very conflicted on the scene of Nate being killed. I felt sorry for Tessa because she lost the only family member she had left even though he was selling her out to the Magister, trying to cause her harm.

I really feel for Tessa, and I hope that she has a happy ending!

I thought Cassandra Clare did an amazing job writing this book, she captured all the emotions beautifully! However, I will have to say that I am all for Tessa and Jem being together but I’m worried that the third book will have Tessa leave Jem. Cassandra Clare has been really good at breaking our hearts a thousand times already in the first two books, I wonder what she has prepared for us in the next book. Cassandra did a wonderful job at writing this love triangle, usually love triangles annoy me, but this one didn’t. I’m still seriously torn. Everyone loves a Will but everyone also loves a Jem. I know that no matter who Tessa actually ends up with in the last book, I’ll be happy but I’ll feel sorry for the one that does not get chosen. This triangle is particularly interesting especially because Will and Jem are parabiti but they had no idea on each others feelings for Tessa, treading on each others hearts without even meaning to.

I’m really excited to read the third book to this series: Clockwork Princess 🙂

What were your thoughts on this book?

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Fantastic Beasts Review

Today I am going to do a review on the Fantastic Beast Script by J.K. Rowling. I’m sorry that this is late, I’ve been very busy with the holiday season and finishing my spring Units at University. I read the script and then headed off to the movies to see it on the big screen with some good friends and my partner, and I’ve got to say it was absolutely amazing! I loved reading the script and then going to the movies and knowing that I could recite the words after only reading the script once. So lets start with my review on the script and the movie! 🙂


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‘Explorer and Magizoologist Newt Scamander has just completed a round-the-globe trip in search of the most rare and unusual magical creatures. Arriving in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when Newt’s case is misplaced and some of his fantastic beasts escape into the city, it spells trouble for everyone…’

I would like to start this review by saying that this book was absolutely beautiful.  The pages were decorated beautiful, each part in the book had a beautifully drawn beast that is mentioned in the screenplay. The cover is so original and beautifully decorated. I fell in love with the appearance of this book instantly!

This screenplay is set 50 years before the Harry Potter book series, even having said this, there was a lot of references made that links to the Harry Potter series, Albus Dumbledore was even mentioned and I jumped for joy at the mention of him!
I just want to say that when I watched this at the cinemas, I was hit by nostalgia when the theme song from Harry Potter played, I got all excited!
I was nervous about reading this because I knew it was not going to be dealing with the story of Harry Potter, so I wasn’t sure of it was going to spark my interests, but it really did. After reading the screenplay I had to go watch this at the cinemas and I saw it in 3D, and let me say that this was just absolutely amazing! I wanted to go and see it a second time in 3D because the creatures just jumped out and the screen, and having the creatures be so beautiful and magical making you want to have one yourself it was just amazing!!
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I’ll have to say, I was so excited to see how the creatures would look in the movie, because they sounded so amazing in the screenplay, I loved the niffler in the screenplay and to see how they made the niffler look in the movie I fell in love with it instantly, the niffler was my favourite creature in this movie! If these actually existed I would be over the moon! Such a cute beautiful creature!
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I loved this little guy, I thought it was the cutest thing that Newt carried this green little creature around in his pocket. I will admit I almost cried when Newt was pretending to trade him for information.
I can see how this can be made in to four movies and this makes me very happy!! Let’s be serious, who wouldn’t want more from J.K. Rowling when it comes to the wizarding world!
I loved the plot, however I felt there could be more mention of Grindelwald and that there could have been more added to the ending when Grindelwald got caught out. I felt more explanation on who he was could have been given, especially for people who have not read or seen the Harry Potter series before.
I have to say, that I know a lot of people were hesitant to read or see this after reading Cursed Child, but I’ll have to say, just go read it/see it! I doubt you will regret it, especially if you’re a fan of seeing magical creatures and/or of Harry Potter! Its a beautiful movie/screenplay, and deals with so many emotions that you can’t help but feel a connection with the characters!
I’d give this screenplay/movie 5 stars! Definitely watch/read this again! Loved it!!!
What were your thoughts on this? Did you read the screenplay? Watch it at the movies? or both?

 

Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels – Book Review

Another book review! My second book for the month of November! I finished book 4 of the Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. I loved reading this book! I had many mixed feelings and thoughts on this book. This review may contain a few spoilers, so please read at your own discretion. I will try to keep the spoilers to a minimal, but sometimes spoilers are a must in a book review 🙂


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‘Clary is back in New York and life is good: she’s training to be a Shadowhunter and is finally able to call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. When Jace inexplicably begins to pull away from her, Clary is forced to acknowledge that she herself has set in motion a chain of events that could lead to the loss of everything she loves. Even Jace.’

‘Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever…’

 

 


Summary:

This fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series is about the issue of someone quite strong in power is murdering Shadowhunters that use to be apart of Valentines inner circle, which could cause another war for the Shadowhunters. Meanwhile, Simon has told his Mum that he is a Vampire, she did not take the news well however, and Simon has moved out of home to live with his new band member, Kyle, who happens to be a werewolf, hired to help Simon into the transition period of being a Vampire. Simon is also dealing with the issue that someone wants him dead, everywhere he goes people are jumping out of dark ally ways trying to kill him, all because of his misfortune to have the Mark of Cain, a Shadowhunter mark that is slowly ruining his life. He is also dating two girls at once, neither girl knows the other exists and then one night they discover each other and he is left standing single within the blink of an eye.

Clary and Jace are finally happily together, but the happiness is short lived when Jace starts to have dreams about Clary that turn into his worst nightmare; him killing Clary in horrible ways. Instead of him seeking help or talking to Clary he pulls away from her, too scared to tell anyone in fear that his up bringing with Valentine is finally catching up with him. Clary feeling like she’s losing the love of her life tries really hard to hold on to him by delving into the mystery, only to discover that she is the cause of these events that are taking place.

Both issues that Simon, Clary and Jace are dealing with end up in the event that Simon is kidnapped and Clary is also kidnapped by Jace who is being controlled by Lilith. Stirring up an issue that they never thought they would have to deal with again: Sebastian.

My Feelings and opinions:

This book put me through a whirlwind of emotions. The idea of Simon dating two people, made me so angry. I did not understand how this could occur and why he did not try to fix it. I was also quite confused on to why Clary did not push him more to fix this issue of dating two girls at once and thinking that he was going to get away with it if he kept hiding it from them. Clary, being Simon’s best friend should have been more serious with the topic with Simon.

another topic that I was really emotional about was when Jace told Clary about is dreams of killing and hurting her, why did she not freak out? Why did she still feel comfortable being around him in only her undergarments? I would have been freaking and wanting to run out that door if the love on my life told me that they were having dreams of hurting me or killing me. Maybe because in the real world not the fictional world, this is a sign of being a ‘bad’ and an ‘insane’ person.

I felt so sorry for Simon, how his whole life has been turned upside down and that was put into perspective quite a lot in this book. He’s out in the world on his own, trying to look after himself like an adult while still trying to finish school and trying to maintain human and adapting to being a Vampire. Simon is going through a lot in this book but he is still trying to look after everyone around him.

Cassandra Clare did a wonderful job in writing these characters personalities and portraying the struggles that each character would go through in every situation that they are in. This makes it so easily relatable because we all share the same emotions, it is how we are all connected, its so we understand each other; through our emotions.

My Rating:

I give this book 4 stars, I truly recommend reading this series if you like fantasy/young adult books, or if you just want to try something different. This series will give you so many emotions but you will also love it too!


Have you read the Mortal Instruments before? Or are you currently reading it? What are your thoughts on this series? 🙂

Infernal Devices: Clock Work Angel Book Review

Today I’m doing a book review on a book that I finished today, the 4th of November. After finishing my last University exam, I took it upon myself to finish this book: Clock Work Angel by Cassandra Clare, the first series in the Infernal Devices series.

I’m reading this series along with the Mortal Instrument series by publication date. I wrote a post on this as I have been told that the order in which you read this series is rather important if you want the true experience of these series: : Mortal Instruments and Infernal device order.

I had a lot of mixed emotions for this book, with it being my first time reading the Infernal Device series I wanted to write my review while it was all fresh in my mind. This review may contain spoilers so please read on at your own discretion.


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‘Love is the most dangerous magic of all…

When Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Vitoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Down world, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gas lit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of demon hunters. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between -two best friends.’

 

 

 

 


Summary:

This book tells the tale of a shy girl called Tessa who leaves New York to move to London to live with her Brother Nate after her Auntie Harriet the only family member she has left apart from Nate passed away suddenly. When Tessa arrives in London she finds that Nate is not there to meet her like his letter said he would, instead a carriage and two women are waiting, being told that her brother sent these two women to pick her up and after seeing a letter written in his hand writing that the women gave her explaining the change of plans trusts these women and go along with them. They introduce them selves as the Dark Sisters. The story is about how Tessa discovers that in fact she has been kidnapped and must do what she is told other wise her brother will be killed only to find out everything is a lie and she doesn’t know who she is anymore. She discovers the Nephilim world and the Downworlders actually exist. Her whole world is torn upside down and she must fight to stay alive but also discover who she can actually trust.

My feelings and opinions:

This is going to give away some spoilers, I’m sorry!

I found this book beautiful to read, but also quite emotional. Tessa goes through so much in this book, it surprises me that such a person would not just break down and cry or give up, especially after being tortured, discovering that she isn’t human but in fact a warlock as well as finding out her brother sold her to a guy for money and power. I feel like no person in real life could deal with this much hurt and not cry. I know I definitely would of had some issues after going through all this. But I think that this is what makes Tessa such a good character, she is an inspiration for readers. But at the same a bit relatable, especially the teasing that she gets from another female character in the book about her appearance, I got so angry and wished I could have punched this other girl for Tessa.

I was quite torn with the love triangle that occurred with Tessa, Jem and Will. I found that Will could be very sweet and caring when he wanted to but he was also that guy that would be far to complicated to date because he shut of his emotions and was always quite hurtful. I definitely shipped Tessa and Jem because they were just so cute together and understood each other on levels that Will and Tessa probably couldn’t. I feel that this is what makes the book so enjoyable to read because its so engaging, who is she going to chose in the end? it’s that feeling of please chose this guy….! And you end up shipping them completely and you know you will be really upset if it doesn’t happen by the end of the series. That’s what I am like with Tessa and Jem, I ship them completely. I’m completely in love with idea and I’m not even sorry!

Cassandra Clare writes characters are full of flaws yet still perfect in their own way in people’s eyes. Making the characters so relatable in their emotions and their personality’s that you cant help but feel a connection with one of more with the characters, making you feel like you are not a reader but in fact in this fantasy world yourself fighting along side the main character. I had a lot of trouble putting this book down even to sleep, my fiancé had to take it away from me because otherwise I would be staying up too late and I would not have been able to do my University exams.

I also loved the covers of these books, Cassandra Clare always seems to have beautifully designed book covers for her series.

Rating:

I give this book 4 stars, I truly recommend reading this series if you are a fan of the Mortal Instruments series, and if you aren’t, that is still okay, you can give this a chance if you like, I doubt you will regret it if you like a young adult fantasy book to bury yourself in for a day! 🙂


Have you read this book? What was your thoughts on this series? or is this on your TBR list? 😀