2nd Review: Night Road by A.M. Jenkins

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Book Information:

Night Road by A.M. Jenkins
Harper Teen (An imprint of Harper Collins Publishers)
Published in 2008
ISBN 9780060546045
362 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Cole is a hemovore, or what we call vampires, but don’t call them that to their faces. When Cole gets to New York, he is asked to train a newly created heme about the responsibilities of being a heme. He really doesn’t want to train Gordon the Accident, who is still attached to his human family, the ropes. And accidents can happen; no matter how much you plan.

I already read this book once, and it is still as enjoyable and creative as the first time I read it. The plot is different compared to other vampire books, and the author tries to put a new image on vampires, which actually works out nicely. Some other things I liked were the descriptions and characters. Gordon seems to resemble the little brother, while Cole is the big brother, and Sandor is the comic relief friend. And you actually can image the interaction between the characters. Also, some of the parts were so funny, I had to smile or laugh. Another thing I enjoyed was the lack of romance. Don’t get me wrong, I like romance, especially with smutty scenes, but there are already too many vampire books with romance in it. ^^; So, this book gave me a nice change of pace.

I was so satisfied and enjoyed the books so much that I finished this book within a day. Despite the fact ending might seem like a cliffhanger to some people, I like how you can imagine what happens in the end. :)

Anyways, this book is a very good, and original, vampire young adult book. I would read it again, if I didn’t already have some many other books to read. :D

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

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Book Information:

City Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published in 2011
ISBN 9781442403543
424 Pages

Series Information:

Mortal Instruments Book 04
Sequel Series to the Infernal Devices Series

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

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The war with Valentine is finally over, and everyone should be living peacefully, right? This peace doesn’t last very long when someone starts murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in the Circle. But this time Simon can’t help because his mother finds out that he is a vampire. And not only that, someone wants his Daylighter powers so they can bring someone back from the dead. Will Simon be able to figure it out before it’s too late?

The plot is pretty so-so, however, you will learn some new information about Maia, Magnus, the Cain Mark, and some other goodies. So, I guess, with these new pieces of information that this book isn’t a total bust (like I thought it would be). And before you do what I did, and read Clockwork Angel, I’m going to tell you now, you do not need to read that book to get more information about the new characters in this book. It would be a total waste of time, seeing that it barely mentions any actions that happen in Clockwork Angel, just some of the characters. Also, I still feel that it would have been better if this series ended with the third book. However, this book has some good twists, so it was pretty enjoyable from that aspect.

Anyways, the character growth and descriptions in this book is much better than in the others. I even like how there are different points of views, besides just having Clary narrating it, like it was in the first three books. I also love the Magnus and Alec moments. :D I even like the new characters since it added some good twists to it. Also, there are some romantic scenes that build up to “almost” sex, so beware of that. Then ending it kind of all right – almost like a cliffhanger. I will wait to see how the author will make this new arc more interesting.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Cassandra Clare
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$New_Bullet Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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Book Information:

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published in 2010
ISBN 9781416975861
479 Pages

Series Information:

Infernal Devices Book 01
Prequel Series to the Mortal Instruments Series

Review/Rating:

1 out of 5

Tessa Gray, a sixteen-year-old girl, has always been normal. That is, until her brother sends for her from London, but when she arrives, she is kidnapped and imprisoned by the Dark Sisters. While under their “care”, she learns that she can shape-shift into other people. She is rescued by the Shadowhunders, and they protect her from the Magister, who desperately wants Tessa and her ability. However, is there more betrayal behind this than what meets the eye?

This series, the Infernal Devices, is the prequel series to the Mortal Instruments. However, I don’t think it really is necessary to read this before the Mortal Instruments. Why? Mostly because the plot and characters in this books are very similar to her Mortal Instruments series, so I fail to see how this is a “new” series. Yeah, sure, there are some new aspects like Tessa is less whiny and seems stronger than Clary, but it still reminded me of the other series, a lot.

Other than having a little bit better characters, the setting and style mad the book seem more boring and redundant compared to the other series. The descriptions were great, but there didn’t seem to be enough growth – it didn’t have enough oomph behind it. Not really a good series to start if you don’t like repeat stories or characters. Also, Magnus doesn’t have the same spark in this series, so I’m not really happy about that. :( The only reason why I would read the next book would be to see what Will talks to Magnus about.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Cassandra Clare
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Review: The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Susan Stevens Crummel and Janet Stevens, Illustrated by Janet Stevens

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Book Information:

The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Susan Stevens Crummel and Janet Stevens
Illustrated by Janet Stevens
Harcourt, Inc.
Published in 2005
ISBN 0152046267
46 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

When Violet drops her ball down a prairie dog hole, the prairie dogs are confuses at first. However, after the confusion, what kind of things will they do with the ball?

Based on a true story of when Janet Stevens’ dog, Violet, drops a tennis ball down a prairie dog hole. That’s when the two authors started wondering what the prairie dogs thought about the strange object, and, what they did with it. I found it interesting how both of the authors created a story over something as simple as that. It was pretty amusing and interesting what they came up with. The prairie dogs find several uses for it – most of those uses are interesting and funny. :D

Also, even though the drawings were mostly made with dark colors, they were kind of cute, but I still would have liked some brighter colors in the pictures. Anyways, the ease of seeing/reading the text was a little hard because the text was kind of small and it was also against a dark background.

Overall, I liked how funny, amusing, and creative the book was. There is also a little lesson that you shouldn’t fight over things don’t really need and fight over it between family and/or friends. So, I also enjoyed that little lesson. It is a pretty good and amusing read for your children, so go ahead and read it to them. :)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Susan Stevens Crummel
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Review: Help Me, Mr.Mutt! by Susan Stevens Crummel and Janet Stevens, Illustrated by Janet Stevens

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Book Information:

Help Me, Mr. Mutt! by Stevens Crummel and Janet Stevens
Illustrated by Janet Stevens
Harcourt, Inc.
Published in 2008
ISBN 9780152046286
56 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 2 out of 5
Plot: 1 out of 5

Dogs with everyday people (and cat) problems write to Mr. Mutt for advice.

What can I say about this book? It was very… err… boring. :( The plot would have been interesting if there was a little bit more to it. I like the idea using dogs to write to another dog for the advice, but my attention was drawn more to the cat, The Queen. The parts with the cat and where she cuts in are pretty much the only parts I like. Other than that, I was mostly kind of bored reading the advice letters. Advice columns might be good for newspapers, but not for children’s books.

Anyways, the illustrations didn’t draw my attention like the other books by this illustrator. The only good part was that it was all right reading/seeing the text because it was easy to see/read.

Overall, I didn’t find the book enjoyable or funny. So, basically, read this book at your own risk.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Susan Stevens Crummel
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2nd Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

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Book Information:

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published in 2009
ISBN 9781416914303
541 Pages

Series Information:

Mortal Instruments Book 03
Sequel Series to the Infernal Devices Series

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Valentine’s evil plans for the Clave, Shadowhunters, and Downworlders are almost complete. Only Clary can wake her mother up and join all the forces together as allies against Valentine and his plans.

Despite the fact that this book and series is pretty average for this type of genre, it wraps up pretty nicely in this book. The plot of the series becomes a little bit better and more detailed. So, it is not as boring as the first one, but you have to have patience to read the extra 100 pages. Also, you start seeing more of a relationship between Magnus and Alec. To those of you who don’t approve of boy x boy relationships, I don’t care. ^^ Oh, spoiler, my favorite part is when Magnus and Alec kiss, and Maia goes, “Do we have to do that, too?”

Anyways, there are going to be more books in this series, and I think I would like this series more if it would have just ended where it did. :( Though, I would like to see more character growths in Jace and Clary in the future upcoming books in this series.

Overall, the book is pretty average, so read at your own risk. I’m still going to read the rest of the series, as long as my library has them, because once I start a series, I really can’t stop myself from reading the rest.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Cassandra Clare
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet After Twilight
$New_Bullet A Trillian Books

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2nd Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

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Book Information:

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published in 2008
ISBN 9781416914297
453 Pages

Series Information:

Mortal Instruments Book 02
Sequel Series to the Infernal Devices Series

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Clary Fray wants nothing more than to return her normal uneventful life. Not only does she need to deal with her newly found brother, Jace, and her mother in a deep coma, she has to deal with the mystery behind the deaths of Downworlder children. The only person who could be behind this is her father, a rouge Shadowhunter named Valentine. Will she be able to solve this mystery without losing the ones she loves?

As with the last book, it reminds me a great deal of other books, manga, anime, and shows. For this type of genre, this book has an average plot. The only really good parts are the growth and descriptions. Also, the characters are pretty much average, and you’ll be able to find them (their personalities) anywhere, especially in shoujo manga. This book basically reminds me of a shoujo manga, but without the illustrations.

Another thing I kind of liked was how Simon finally speaks up towards the ending. He doesn’t seem like a spineless jellyfish where Clary’s concerned, which is pretty good growth for him. I also like the Alec and Magnus moments. Yaoi~♥ Shush, I know some people won’t like that, but I don’t mind. The only thing I really wish for is for the author to make Clary less whiny.

Overall, the book is pretty average, so read at your own risk. I’m still going to read the rest of the series, as long as my library has them, because once I start a series, I really can’t stop myself from reading the rest.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Cassandra Clare
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet After Twilight
$New_Bullet Finding the Magic in Books
$New_Bullet Book Love
$New_Bullet A Trillian Books

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