Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Book Information:

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published in 2007
ISBN 9781416914280
485 Pages

Series Information:

Mortal Instruments Book 01
Sequel Series to the Infernal Devices Series

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Clary Fray has always thought she was an ordinary girl, however, she finds out that her family is far from ordinary. At the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she sees some people murdering a boy, but then, the boy’s body disappears. With no evidence to show the police, she is left confused and thinking that what she saw was just her imagination. Then, after her mother gets kidnapped, she meets the murderers again – but this time they tell her about the secret world of the Shadowhunters, warriors who are dedicated to hunting demons on earth. Why does she have this Sight? Why did demons kidnap her mother? And, why is she strangely attracted to this world? Clary wants to know this, and so do the Shadowhunters…

Okay, another supernatural book, but this one that I don’t really like that much. For the genre, this book has pretty much every kind known to me, so I just picked “Supernatural” and picked the subcategories that the book mentioned.

City of Bones is extremely slow moving, which is good in the way of details of events, but bad if you want to read in a day. As I mentioned just now, the details in this book are well written and there are a lot. The author of this books seems to value that the reader needs to know details of events, as well as what the characters look like. Most books I have read do not leave enough of an impression of how the characters look like.

Although the descriptions of the characters are a little better than most books, the character’s personalities are kind of stereotypical. Though, having stereotypes for characters are frequent in most books, not just this one. However, I found Clary’s personality extremely annoying. She is very weak and spoiled, which kind of reminds me of most people who I know. :| Also, the plot is okay, but it could have been a little bit better.

Anyways, the ending is kind of unexpected, but I read the other books in this series already. So, don’t freak at the ending parts — the author kind of switches it in the other books. ;)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Once with a 2nd review added.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Review: The Coffin Club by Ellen Schreiber

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Book Information:

The Coffin Club by Ellen Schreiber
Katherine Tegen Books
Published in 2008
ISBN 9780061288845
177 Pages

Series Information:

Vampire Kisses Book 05

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Summer vacation has finally started, and the only thing missing is her nocturnal boyfriend, Alexander. It has been a while since Alexander has left Dullsville to return Valentine to Jagger, and she is starting to worry about what’s taking him so long. For summer vacation, she goes back to where her Aunt Libby lives to find Alexander. Though, while trying to find him, she can’t resist going to the place where goths roam, the Coffin Club. However, she gets lost in the club and finds a secret door, the true Coffin Club. At the true Coffin Club, she makes friends with some of the members and is drawn to another – a biker named Phoenix. This time the danger of being changed into a vampire is great, and what’s worse, the fate of the humans in the town starts to look bleak, when Jagger starts planning to use the Coffin Club to run the mortals out of town.

Another supernatural/vampire book. I read this book a long time ago, so I had to reread it, in order to make a review. ^^;

This book, for young adults, is actually quite good. Even though it doesn’t have the creativeness of changing vampires into something else besides the stereotype vampires, it has enough description, lovely-doveyness, and plot that will not leave you disappointed. :) <— I know I have said this for the past couple of books for this series, but it is still true even in this fifth book of this series.

Like the previous books, the plot becomes more exciting and develops the characters and events that will lead to what will happen with Alexander and Raven. It’s kind of like Twilight – since the main girl character (the mortal) is trying to get the vampire guy to change her into vampire, but he doesn’t want to. However, that’s the ONLY thing similar to the series Twilight. The Vampire Kisses is original with the main lead character having spunk and courage, which most vampire books won’t give to their main girl characters.

The only thing I have to complain about is the fact that the author keeps on doing the “Alexander runs away to Raven’s aunt’s town, and Raven goes there to find him.” That theme is getting a little overused in this series. Hopefully, it’s the last time she uses it, but who knows.

Other than that my feelings have change only a little bit from when I read the first book in this series, but it is still pretty good. So, I’ll stop wasting your time and just say, “Go read the series.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Once with a 2nd review added.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

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Book Information:

Fallen by Lauren Kate
Delacorte Press
Published in 2009
ISBN 9780385738934
452 Pages

Series Information:

Fallen Book 01

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

After an accidental death of a friend, Luce Price is forced to go to Sword & Cross, a boarding school where problem students go. There she meets the mysterious Daniel Grigori, and she is immediately drawn to him. In a world of no outside communication, Daniel is the only good thing about her being forced to go to Sword & Cross. However, she’s confused as to why Daniel goes out of his way to avoid her. Though, that won’t stop her from pursuing or thinking about him. Luce is dying to find out why, but will she even live long to regret it?

Okay, a fallen angel book. I mostly read adult fiction books that have fallen angels in it, so this will be the second “angel” book that I have read that’s young adult. Compared to Eternal, this book and series is definitely lacking in details and exciting events at the moment.

This book starts out with a prologue, which isn’t really needed, so it was kind of boring at first. Why? Because later on in the book it talks about Luce’s past lives, so the beginning is just something that will confuse you more. Also, it takes out some of the suspense as to why he doesn’t want to kiss her later on. So, it starts out with something that’s not needed, but with the book, it doesn’t have enough details — and it gave me a headache with all of the useless and lack of details.

Also, it reminded me so much of Twilight, and no that is not a compliment, that it wasn’t funny. The way that Luce just obsesses over Daniel and doesn’t really care or notice anything else was creepily like Twilight, so I sort of lost my patience with this book.  One thing I really hope with this book is that it doesn’t end up like Twilight, where it doesn’t tell you why the girl is different from others.

Translation: I really didn’t like this book. The only reason why I would read the sequel to this book is to see if more details are more thoroughly explained than it was in this book.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Review: Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

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Book Information:

Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Candlewick Press
Published in 2007
ISBN 9780763627911
311 Pages

Series Information:

Tantalize Book 01

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Quincie Morris was an ordinary girl, that is, as normal as you can get with a first love who’s a werewolf. However, when someone murders the chief at a vampire-themed restaurant, which her family happens to own, things will change Quincie’s life forever. Her uncle hires a new chief, but can she change him into the Dark Lord they need for opening night? However, there is more to this chief than what meets the eye, will Quincie notice the betrayal from someone close to her before it’s too late? Or, will she be converted to the dark side and lose everything?

Tantalize is kind of different from other vampire and supernatural books I have read since most of them are like this: Girl meets vampire, girl falls in love with vampire, girl and vampire stay together forever against all odds.

With this book, you expect Quincie to pick one of the guys, but she doesn’t really pick one in the end. Though, that’s kind of disappointing for me. I was hoping she would pick to go with Kieren. Oh well, I guess that’s why I like this book. The female character does her own thing and doesn’t always pick the guy she wants in the end.

Anyways, that’s the main reason why I kind of like this book. Also, it has a lot of details and events that keep you interested in the book. Though, I would really like to know what happens to Kieren and Bradley after Quincie kind of dumps them both. :) This vampire book is not as good as Eternal, which is the second book in this series, but it is still a great read.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Review: Torn Thread by Anne Isaacs

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Book Information:

Torn Thread by Anne Isaacs
Scholastic Press
Published in 2000
ISBN 0590603639
188 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

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During the Nazi invasion of the Polish town of Bedzin, Eva along with her father and sickly sister have been forced to leave their home and move into a tiny room inside the Jewish ghetto. When the Nazi raids their town for people to be placed in work camps and other kinds of camps, Eva’s life takes a turn for the worse. During one of these raids, her sickly sister is imprisoned in one of the work camps, and so, her father arranges for Eva to join her sister, Rachel. Now, without her father and other family beside her, Eva is forced to spin thread on machines to make blankets and uniforms for the Nazi army. Now she has to make choices that may buy some more time for both her and her sister. What dangers will happen to her as she is trying to live in a dangerous time when the Nazi constantly threatens her life? And, most importantly, will her sister and her make it out alive?

It’s another junior book, but I really like history fiction, especially about World War II. The first time I read this book was around middle school, I think. ^^;

It’s a very short book, but it is very interesting with details and events from a real girl’s life. I would have liked a little bit more description about the characters, but since this is a junior book, I won’t complain that much about it. Though, the only things I really find interesting are that the book is based on a true story, and it takes place during the time period I like learning about.

Anyways, it’s too short for my tastes, but it is very well written for elementary or junior high students. Any higher level than that and the book might be a little too short for you to enjoy. Unless, you really like short books, books about this time period, or books with history in them.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read, but leaning towards maybe.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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