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

#Old_BlueBooks-3_5

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:

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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
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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
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2nd 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:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray has always thought herself as “normal”. However, when she starts seeing things, like demons and Shadowhunters, her mother is suddenly kidnapped. But what would demons want with a human family? Everyone wants to know, including the Shadowhunters.

I love books like this, however, it doesn’t really have that many things that make it special or different from all the other books. The author seems to borrow a lot of aspects from other things, with only a very little originality. Also, the dialogue doesn’t seem to be very realistic from the point of teenagers. The author uses a lot of works that I don’t think most teenagers would know. Anyways, the book seems kind of slow and boring because the author describes almost every event and character in detail, but I kind of like that. :)

Also, I don’t really like how she put so many anime and manga things in the book since it just makes it seem like a fanfiction than an actually story. :( Plus, you can see many manga character stereotypes in this book — like how Jace seems to be like, personality wise, characters in most of the manga I read (bad boy). The other characters seem to match a certain stereotype as well: the bad boy, the nerd, and the annoying, whiny girl. The only characters I really liked were Magnus and Alec, however, some readers might them or the book because they are gay characters. But that just makes me like them even more, since I love reading yaoi manga. ;)

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:

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2nd Review: The Choice by Lynne Ewing

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Book Information:

The Choice by Lynne Ewing
Volo
Published in 2003
ISBN 0786808519
275 Pages

Series Information:

Daughters of the Moon Book 09

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

When Catty recklessly drops Jimena into the past in order to change the future, she accidentally drops her into enemy gang-infested territory. As Jimena tries to fix the future, she also has to deal with sirens, the police, her old enemy, Payasa, and something she never thought could happen.

I decided to do a better review of the Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing since my first ones weren’t done very well. This book is really a fast read, but since I really didn’t like this one, it took a little longer than the other books.

Like most of the other books, it tries to start out with a mythology story, or what seems like a mythology story. This time it was about Medusa and how her blood created something. No more about that right now though since you learn more about it in the book.

Anyways, in this book, we continue to learn more about the Daughters of the Moon, Atrox, and what’s more, we get to learn more about Jimena’s past. The plot isn’t really that interesting, and it only gets really interesting during the last few chapters of the book. Though, it did have a sort of good twist at the end of the book. The only parts I really liked where the ones with Collin and Chris, otherwise, I found almost all the book boring.

Anyways, the tone and dialogue still reminds me a lot of my teenage years and my high school, so the author did a really good job at writing the book in teenage words and their world. The descriptions are still very well done, and both of these things made the book go a little bit faster than most other young adult books. So, I really like this book from these points. Another thing I liked about this book is the mythology that is incorporated in it. Also, the character growth and their personalities are believable (for a supernatural book). As the books/series goes on, you get more information about the Daughters of the Moon and the Atrox, which is good because it won’t overload you with information with just one book.

This series is very good, but this book is not one of the best ones since it was too bleh for me.

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 Lynne Ewing
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Currently out of print. There is currently no book with books 7-13 in them.

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2nd Review: Possession by Lynne Ewing

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Book Information:

Possession by Lynne Ewing
Volo
Published in 2002
ISBN 0786808500
275 Pages

Series Information:

Daughters of the Moon Book 08

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

After an old woman forces Serena to drink some very odd water, she starts to have lapses of memory, mood swings, and acting like a completely different person at times. Not only that, the old woman who gave her the water is following her. What has she done to Serena, and is it a part of bigger plan?

I decided to do a better review of the Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing since my first ones weren’t done very well. This book is really a fast read, but since I really didn’t like this one, it took longer than the other two books.

I’m not too familiar with all of the mythology legends, but it sounds like it starts with another legend in the beginning. However, I’m not too sure about it. Though, it is a pretty interesting story, even if it is a kind of false legend.

I was a little bored with this book because it really didn’t have the same “wow” factor as the other books in the series. However, the tone and dialogue reminds me a lot of my teenage years and my high school, so the author did a really good job at writing the book in teenage words and their world. The descriptions were also very well done, and both of these things made the book go a little bit faster than most other young adult books. So, I really like this book from this standpoint.

Another thing I liked about this book is the mythology that is incorporated in it. Also, the character growth and their personalities are believable (for a supernatural book). Despite the descriptions, there is very little growth. Also, I wish the author would take a different twist with Serena and have her character grow a little bit more. With all the books I have read so far, they all seem to be similar with Serena acting this way, and that makes it a little bit boring. However, it’s better than most books that have a series. :( As the books/series goes on, you get more information about the Daughters of the Moon and the Atrox, which is good because it won’t overload you with information with just one book.

Anyways, this book of the series is pretty average and a little bit boring. The series is a good read, but I wish this book had a little more “wow” to it.

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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Currently out of print. There is currently no book with books 7-13 in them.

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Review: Draw Me A Star by Eric Carle, Illustrated by Eric Carle

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Book Information:

Draw Me A Star by Eric Carle
Illustrated by Eric Carle
Philomel Books
Published in 1992
ISBN 039921877
40 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

#Old_BlueBooks-3_5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Plot: 3 out of 5

An artist creates things, and this one is no different. From a young child to his elder years, he draws and creates things.

I love Eric Carle’s books since they are always so cute and almost fun, even now, even though I am an adult.

Even though I like his picture books, this one seems to touch the legend of creation and God, so it kind of turns me off from that point. It kind of makes it simple, but most parents will not like one of the illustrations. The illustration is of a naked man and woman, which is why this book is banned/challenged. If that kind of image/picture is a problem, find a piece a paper or something and cover the whole picture before you read the book to your kid. Or, you can just cover from the head down before reading it. Just so you know, it is AFTER the sun page.

The illustrations are really very simple, but they are also kind of boring at the same time. However, I think it is creative how he can illustrate his own books with tissue paper, but it is still a little bleh for me. Also, the text is very easy to see/read because it is either on a black or white background with text being either white or black as well.

Anyways, I found this book kind of average and not really worth reading, but it is up to you if you think it is worth reading to your child.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Review: Smoky Night by Eve Bunting, Illustrated by David Diaz

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Book Information:
Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
Illustrated by David Diaz
Harcourt Brace & Company
Published in 1994
ISBN 0152699546
40 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

#Old_BlueBooks-3_5

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

Riots are breaking out in the streets of Los Angeles, and it isn’t any different in Daniel’s neighborhood. Daniel and his neighbors learn an important lesson after two always-fighting cats finally get along.

This picture book is set during an actual historical event, the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Because it uses a historical related event, the plot is very well informed and good because it teaches anybody who read this book, including adults, that we should value people and get along, no matter how different we are. Also, it teachers young children about the racial differences we had, and still have, through simple measures.

Even though the plot is very nicely done, the illustrations and how easy you can read the text isn’t. The illustrations seem overdone with the textures all over the place, and I paid more attention to the textures instead of the actual drawings. Also, with most of the text, it was over textures that were hard to read the black text.

Anyways, those were the only two things that I had a problem with in this book. It also has a wonderful lesson for everyone to learn and remember. Though, I have just a word of warning, it has the theme of racism in the book. However, it isn’t really that noticeable, if the kid is really young. This is a very good book with an important lesson to learn, no matter how young the child is, but the illustrations and how well you can see/read the text is kind of hard and bleh.

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:

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2nd Review: Night Shade by Lynne Ewing

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Book Information:

Night Shade by Lynne Ewing
Volo
Published in 2001
ISBN 0786807083
275 Pages

Series Information:

Daughters of the Moon Book 03

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Once a gang member, Jimena has changed her tone after learning about her destiny as a Daughter of the Moon. She is not afraid of anything, but when her deceased boyfriend, Veto, shows up again from the dead, Jimena is afraid what kind of bargain he has made with the Atrox that could cost them their lives.

I decided to do a better review of the Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing since my first ones weren’t done very well. This book is really a fast read, but since I really didn’t like this one, it took longer than the other two books.

In the third book of the Daughters of the Moon series, it explores the legend behind the goddess, Diana. It really isn’t as interesting as the other two books for mythology information, so meh.

The tone and dialogue reminds me a lot of my teenage years and my high school, so the author did a really good job at writing the book in teenage words and their world. The descriptions were also very well done, and both of these things made the book go a little bit faster than most other young adult books. So, I really like this book from this standpoint. Another thing I liked about this book is the mythology that is incorporated in it. Also, the character growth and their personalities are believable (for a supernatural book). Despite the descriptions, there is very little growth, and it is not as interesting as the first two books. However, it’s better than most books that have a series. :( As the books/series goes on, you get more information about the Daughters of the Moon and the Atrox, which is good because it won’t overload you with information with just one book. The third book is still pretty good, despite the less interesting mythology information, so go ahead and read it. :) I’ll be reading the next book after I read a picture book.

Any more information would spoil the books. :P

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:

$New_Bullet Lynne Ewing
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$New_Bullet Natalie’s Bookshelf

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Review: The Trail of Tears by Joseph Bruchac, Illustrated by Diana Magnuson

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Book Information:
The Trail of Tears by Joseph Bruchac, Illustrated by Diana Magnuson
Random House
Published in 1999
ISBN 0679890521
48 Pages

Series Information:

Step into Reading (Level 5)
Not a real series, and you can read them in any order.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

#Old_BlueBooks-3_5

Through simple explanation, the author explains the history behind the Trail of Tears and the challenges that the Cherokee Nation faced during this time period. Chief of the Cherokee Nation, John Ross, and his people (17,000) must leave their homes and go west. During this trying time period and journey, a lot of deaths and hardships will befall them.

The information given is pretty much interesting, which one of the reasons why I like the book, and even some of the history I don’t really remember that well. The hardships that they are faced and the history facts are not really watered down, but phrased in a way that won’t have your kids ask questions you wouldn’t really want to answer when they are still kind of young. If your kids don’t understand that we have done bad things in the past, you might have some explaining to do. Now some of the interesting information they give are about Cherokee legends of how their people came to be, the legend of the Cherokee Rose, which is thought to come from the Trail of Tears, the Cherokee written language and the newspaper, and some other pieces of information. Basically, it is kind of like a miniature history book with fun and interesting information, but I wouldn’t count on it for tests and things like that since most schools depend on their history books for making tests. It’s also great if you want to give a head start for your kids about the subject before they start on it in school. Another reason why I like this book is because of the illustrations inside the book. They are some pretty, and I liked looking at some of them. :D

The only thing I didn’t like the book is the boring parts and not enough history/facts to keep me personally interested, which is the main reason why I rated this book a 3 out of 5. However, it is a good little book that will tell your kids about the Trail of Tears before they learn it in school.

I would recommend this book for kids who are having difficult time learning about the Trail of Tears and need a little bit easy way of explaining the basics of what happened during that time. However, I wouldn’t depend solely on it for their school projects. Also, make sure you read it with them because some of the words they will have trouble with like the Cherokee language and maybe some other things. But, it is pretty much easy to understand.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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