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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Book Review: City of Glass

Title: City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release date: 2009
Rating: 5/5
Publisher: McElderry Books
Book Summary:
To save her mother's life, Clary travels to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters--never mind that by doing so she is breaking the Law, which could mean death. Even worse, Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by Shadowhunters who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight. Luckily, Clary finds an ally in the mysterious Sebastian, who holds a strange attraction for her. As Valentine musters a demon army, can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their ancient hatred and work together? And can Clary harness her newfound powers to help save them all--whatever the cost?

I didn't realize I haven't posted up this review! Whoops!

The third (supposed to be final) installment of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, City of Glass offers a winding tale of Clary's and Jace's family. . . and Valentine's.

Clare does not fail when it comes to The Mortal Instruments. She has beautiful descriptions that make the area come to life around you; the smells, the tastes, and the sounds. Her cliffhangers when she switches from one character's point of view to the next has you turning the pages trying to find out if that last character is okay and not being eaten by a demon.

Things you don't expect fly out from the shadows and get shoved into your face as if saying "HA, we got you again. What are you going to do about it?"

There are times when your heart breaks and other times when your heart soars and you wonder when there will be a section that you can rest from the emotional rollercoaster.

All the characters you've known from the other two books--Jace, Clary, Simon, Alec, Isabelle, etc.--all develop even further and show you sides that you probably wouldn't have guessed would have come out in those characters.

I'm not sure what the heck will happen in the next two books because of the way that this book ended (another surprise you won't see coming!), but I know that it will be just as emotional, and crazy as these books have been.

I highly recommend reading this book if you've read the other two: City of Bones and City of Ashes.

I can't wait to pick up City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls.  I know Cassandra Clare won't disappoint!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Book Review: Perks of Being a Wallflower

Title: Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Release date: 1999
Rating: 3.5/5
Publisher: MTV Books
Book Summary:
It is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through through unchartered territory. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, where all you need is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.

Through Charlie, Chbosky has created a deeply affecting novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.


It definitely wasn't anything I was expecting, and frankly I think my hopes being let down is why I rated it so low.

This book is my summer reading book, so I was happy to read it since I've heard so many good things about it. "It's great!" "I really liked it!" "Read it! It's so good!"

In my mind, I thought it was going to be a first person/third person story of a boy that is a wallflower and he witnesses different things and whatnot. I was disappointed to see that is was a book compiled of letters sent to an unknown receiver.

It didn't bother me at first, but after a while it started to really bother me. When I pick up a book, I like to read the descriptions and imagine and have it playing in my head like a movie. Unfortunately, this didn't read like that. I had to make up my own places, and make up my own characters to fill in the names and place names in order to read the book and not get confused.

Charlie's letters still left me a little confused since they were jumpy and often jumped from one subject to the next with out prior warning. I understand that it's supposed to be a letter from a teenager and not all teenage letters have the best writings in them, but I still would have expected a smoother change in subject.

I really didn't feel like I connected with the main character Charlie at all. I didn't feel any familiarity or anyway that I could have fit myself in Charlie's story.

I wish I could have been happier with this book because I was extremely excited to read it.

Also, I have no idea how this book will be turned into a movie. Something that will make me curious enough to watch it. Let's see. . .