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We only have two installments of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy left before the series is over and yesterday Cassandra Clare took to her tumblr to share another snippet from Born to Endless Night (aka the story with the Malec baby):
The fist was blue, the rich navy of the sea when it was deep and you were on a boat as evening fell. The blue of Captain America’s suit.
“It’s a baby,” Beatriz breathed. “It’s a warlock baby.”
Here’s a synopsis for the 8th installment:
Simon, like the rest of the Academy, is stunned when a navy-skinned warlock baby is found on the Academy steps. They hand the child over to guest lecturer Magnus Bane, who has to bring a child home… temporarily, of course… to his man!
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Liv might be in love with a serial killer. You d think the fact she can talk to the dead would make it easier to figure out who s slicing up the creeps at Rosewood Academy. But it turns out some people are even more dangerous dead than alive. All clues lead back to Adam the highly tempting fugitive she s been hiding in a coffin. But her best friend Gabriel s got some twisted secrets of his own, and if you cross some lines there s just no coming back. Was the guy with the wicked grin really framed for murder? Or will Liv end up another bloody victim of the high school serial killer?
Dead Girls Don’t is a paranormal/mystery/romance, with a serial killing as the focus. After a brutal murder of one of her classmates, Liv develops the ability to speak to the dead, when she touches their corpses. Figuring out who was the killer becomes a mission for her, particularly when she had a thing for the accused, her classmate Adam. But he is being mysterious and secretive, and so is her best friend Gabriel. While she delves deeper into the mystery, she realizes she didn’t really protect herself against the consequences.
The book was certainly interesting, with the psychic medium thing, and the serial killer on the loose. It certainly didn’t make it easy for Liv to figure out the killer when the ghosts aren’t being co-operative enough. Plus, her friend Gabriel isn’t really into helping out Adam, since the two of them were bullied mercilessly by the popular squad and Adam was friends with those idiots. Her own distrust of Adam stems from the fact that he let her go because he wanted to fit in with the popular crowd. It becomes a sore point between them, one that is endlessly brought up, but with good reason. I did not really like how Adam kept blowing it off like some inconsequential matter, and was more about how she should be helping him; his disappearances also didn’t endear him to me. The writing was pretty good, and the plot had good mystery twists. But the characters were not so alive, in my opinion. It was like I knew I should feel for them, but I was just not interested? In short, a good mystery novel – I would love a sequel if there is one.
Received a free galley from Diamond Book Distributors via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The read-a-thon is over! And I certainly enjoyed devoting all my free time to reading. Granted, I had to stay off Tumblr, but for most of these books, it was worth it.
First off, here’s what I had pledged to read:
- Queen of Shadows
- Ash & Bramble
- Get Real
- A Court of Thorns and Roses
And my final reading list:
Queen of Shadows– 645 pages
Mirrored– 384 pages
One– 400 pages
Ash & Bramble– 464 pages
Lumiere– 400 pages
Get Real– 358 pages
A Court of Thorns and Roses– 432 pages
- The Scorpion Rules – 384 pages
- Messenger of Fear – 272 pages
- The Tattooed Heart – 400 pages
- Shattered Blue – 336 pages
- Ice Like Fire – 479 pages
Total pages read: 4954 pages!
I call this read-a-thon a success, and would perhaps join similar events in the future. It really is great to be part of a reading group.
I’m certainly intrigued
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Art by Cassandra Jean
We’ve already come across James Herondale’s unusual power and his strong friendship with Matthew Fairchild in The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy respectively and now we can add The Last Hours to the list. Cassandra Clare took to her tumblr to share the following snippet:
James cried out. Lightning seemed to fork behind his vision, and suddenly he was back in Regent’s Park, kneeling on the grass. There was a firm grip on his shoulders. “Jamie, Jamie, Jamie,” said an urgent voice, and James — his breath tearing in and out of his chest — tried to focus on what was in front of him.
Everything was blurred in that moment but Matthew’s face, his green eyes wide and dark and steady. Behind him moved other figures; they seemed in that moment like the shapes James had been finding in the clouds…
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Release date: October 13, 2015
It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.
Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?
Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats? As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.
Ice Like Fire takes us on a tour of Primoria, with Meira struggling in her role as the new Winterian Queen, and trying to gain support for her kingdom through alliances to overthrow Cordell’s control. While they are still indebted to Autumn and Cordell, Noam wields a stronger hand, forcing Winter to almost be his, in a way. Meira chafes under it and would no sooner drive him out of her kingdom, but she does need his help. Her primary ally, Theron, also assures her that he will not let a takeover happen. But their interests clash when the magic chasm in unearthed. From then, any hope their relationship has goes flying off in the winter air. Because she is not just a Winterian pawn now; she is the Queen and has to think about her kingdom first. You can see her fighting between being Meira and being the Queen.
So, the lying and subterfuge begins; with her racing against him to find the secrets of the chasm to close up magic forever, and him trying to seduce her into compliance. Between this, Mather emerges once again as a contender for her affections, but I’m not ready to jump ship yet. The other interesting thing is politics – she is naive in that regard, and is immediately underestimated by all the royals she approaches. Theron, though smart in politics, can be so stupid with his world-peace agenda – anyone with a brain can see that’s a pipe dream. Meira learns to think beyond her kingdom when she sees other kingdoms in Primoria and how they are ruled, and her resolve grows stronger.
While the plot was pretty exciting, I couldn’t help be underwhelmed by how easily she finds the keys. Like they were supposed to be test, and even she is surprised that they are easy. The betrayal was not much of a surprise, since the clues were handed out earlier on, and by the last third of the book I was only dreading what was to come. It came and well, I was underwhelmed again. Well, not entirely – the scandal of the Ventralli royals was definitely interesting. The ending was left on sort of a cliffhanger, with things no better than they were during the first. I really wish to see how Meira gets out of this mess. Oh, and special mention – isn’t that cover just gorgeous!!
Received a free galley from Balzer + Bray; this does not influence my opinions or review.
For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.
But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?
Too much of everything – that’s the shortest way I can describe this book. Starting from a wafer thin plot that reveled in every cliche out of, I don’t know, every YA book before, and so much angst and melodrama, that I was rolling my eyes at every twist. Noa and Callum have this instant connection, due to dead sisters, and he becomes all I-don’t-deserve-you about it in the most melodramatic way. Sure, his touch is lethal, and he literally doesn’t deserve her, but backing out of a first date with that? Too much issues, man. Then he goes and gets a way to allow him to touch her – although we see no evidence of the loss of her Light. He is trapped here in this world, but no explanation about how he is living here. Like who pays the school tuition, dude? Oh, and Noa? For all I thought her to be the Strong Heroine when she calls him out on his shit, she goes and threatens to cut herself just to get him to confess. Like what?
Judah enters the story and it picks up, just a little. But oho, then there is that cliche brothers-love-triangle, which I am sick of since The Vampire Diaries (I left the show thanks to it) and then everything is going to hell, because there is a Hunter after Callum now. Basically the climax is a big mess, with a LOT of lies coming out. And as much as some things came out of the blue, the plot was pretty predictable. Even the true love thing – I somehow knew it was going there. The only things going for the book – the poetry (imagine me finding poetry better than prose) and the fae mythology (it is sad for the main plot when the flashback is way more interesting). The different Fae abilities were interesting, but not exactly ground-breaking. Too much romance and angst ruined this book for me.
Received a free galley from Skyscape via Netgalley; this does not influence my opinions or review.
Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer
This week’s question is:
Do you belong to Shelfari, Goodreads, LibraryThing, and other similar sites? If so, can you list all of the book sites you belong to so others can take a look at them?
Sure! I have a Goodreads, which you can look up here:
Three days to the end of the read-a-thon and I have an update!
Now, considering I had pledged to read
- Queen of Shadows
- Ash & Bramble
- Get Real
- A Court of Thorns and Roses
I’m happy to declare that those primary goals have been achieved, and then some! In week 1, I had read
and then in week 2 I got a burst of reading frenzy and in four days, I have read
So, *yay* I can cross off everything from my list, which makes me very happy.
Queen of Shadows Mirrored One Ash & Bramble Lumiere Get Real A Court of Thorns and Roses
- The Scorpion Rules
- Messenger of Fear
- The Tattooed Heart
But since technically the read-a-thon is not over and also since I’m in the zone, I will be continuing onto more books. Watch out for updates, reviews and the wrap-up on Sunday!
No mortal would dare venture beyond the borders of their world to Prythian, a forbidden kingdom of faeries. But Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill, and when she spots a deer being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. Killing the predator comes at a price though – her life, or her freedom.
Dragged to Prythian, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, the faerie lands becomes an even more dangerous place.
Oh my god, just give the sequel right now!!! This brilliant take on the Beauty and the Beast fairy-tale had me swooning, walking around in a daze when I wasn’t reading it, and really feeling exhilarated about the world that Maas brought to life. I guess, in some ways, it did remind me of Wicked Lovely, too – with the courts, the power struggles, the passion and the darkness. Wicked Lovely is, in fact, my favorite fae series, followed by Iron Fey, and this one just swooped in and got position two. Sorry, Ash, but Rhysand is way hotter! Even if he has questionable morals.
So, we have this classic Feyre (the Beauty) taken away by Tamlin (the Beast) as payment for a crime – only, here it is Feyre killing a fae. Yep, she is not here because of her father’s mistakes (not directly) but because she chooses to go rather than let her family suffer. While there, she risks life and limb to find a loophole out of the deal, a way back, until she realizes there is none and settles into her life. All the classic elements, with Maas’ own personal flavor, right until her being sent back, and she realizing she loves him. Oh, and the curse, too – nearly the same, but now the whole world is dependent on it. But who wants true love declarations to break a curse? Feyre fights for her Tamlin – engaging in three dangerous and life-threatening tasks to challenge Amarantha for the claim to Tamlin. The ending, well, isn’t entirely unpredictable, but magical enough to blow you away. I’m more interested in her mental state at the start of the next, something Maas loves to explore in her characters.
World-building – everything and nothing Fae. There is a bit of what is usually expected in Fae books, but also a different kind of humanity conferred on them. They care for their courts; so much so that they will give up their freedoms. The courts have vicious politics, but that’s all to come more firsthand in the next one, I suppose. Feyre is the bright shining star in this book – and at first, I thought she might be like Celaena, but she is a very differently constructed character. She has had to grow older quickly, bearing the responsibility of a family on herself, and that similarity is what draws her to Tamlin, and I am guessing, Rhysand. She is also fierce, but has layers of humility, and an occasional lack of self-worth. Tamlin is so adorable at first, with his awkward attempts to flatter and woo her, and she wary of him at every turn, until that spark appears and my, does it heat up quickly! He is very alpha male (ugh!)about it, though, so I’m not that invested in it. I do love their romance, but I can’t help feel that the bond between Rhysand and Feyre will mean much more in future books. Right now, I just wait and wait for the next one, in continuous torment.
Celine’s life is the stuff fairy tales are made of. She’s beautiful, talented, and brave. Unfortunately, her tale comes complete with a wicked stepmother! When Violet steps into Celine’s life, everything changes and weird things begin to happen to her—bizarre accidents, strange illnesses, and rabid animal attacks. Celine doesn’t feel safe anywhere. It’s almost as if some hateful witch is out to get her.
And there is. Violet has been waiting all her life to have Celine’s father to herself. Getting rid of his gorgeous daughter is child’s play for a witch as powerful as she is. Happy-ever-after isn’t enough for Violet. She wants to be the fairest of them all, and Celine is in the way…but not for long.
Forced to take refuge with her friend Goose and his family, Celine gives up everything she loves and goes deep undercover. But will it be enough to fool Violet, or will Celine’s fate be decided by a reflection in a magic mirror? And where do you find Prince Charming in Miami anyway?
Mirrored is a modern adaptation of Snow White, told from the perspectives of Violet (the stepmother), Celine (Snow White) and Goose (Prince). The addition of Violet’s POV serves the purpose of empathizing with her, because she wasn’t evil. She was picked on as a child, bullied because she was considered ugly by people around her (even her mother), until the point she is brainwashed into the idea that beauty alone would help people love her. She is lonely and desperate for love and affection and even Kendra, who takes her under her wing as her daughter isn’t enough for her. Also, she is stuck on her childhood friend Greg, who is of the same mold as the others – he goes for the mean but pretty Jennifer (who bullied Violet). Years later, she gets her revenge on Jennifer, but she doesn’t stop there. Even after getting Greg, she is so warped by her hatred for Jennifer she turns into an evil witch and starts tormenting Celine because she thinks she is like her mother.
Celine, has grown into a beautiful girl, but lonely because her beauty keeps people wary of her. Then, when she participates in a play, she meets Goose, a short boy who uses humor as a defense mechanism because his height is what people see first in him. Both of them are kindred souls, and a budding friendship develops. When Celine’s life is threatened, his family takes her under their wing, until the evil witch comes a-knocking with a bag of poisoned mangoes (mangoes which Celine bites into without peeling off the skin?) and it is upto Goose to find a suitable prince for her to get a kiss from. Kendra’s appearance throughout the book is a highlight – she is motherly to Violet but also realizes that she didn’t notice her turning dark. Kendra’s loneliness is also apparent in the fact that she first adopts Violet and then Celine.
I found Violet’s parts the most interesting, because the author chronicles her character development so well. Celine’s parts were a bit slow, and the pace was dragging along for Goose’s. The ending, is naturally what you would expect, with a small twist that wasn’t really unexpected considering how the book was written.
Received a free galley from HarperTeen via Edelweiss; this does not influence my opinions or the review.