Mon, June 16, 2014

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare Review

City of Heavenly Fire book cover

City of Heavenly Fire book cover

City of Heavenly Fire
By Cassandra Clare
Publication date: May 27, 2014
Margaret K. McElderry, 725 pages
Source: Purchased

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

— Goodreads.com description

Wow. I can’t believe we’re finally here: The end of The Mortal Instruments series.

It’s been six books, a KAJILLION pages and — let’s be honest — some iffy points here and there. *cough* books four & five *cough*

But, the journey has been so worth it. It was such a treat to watch everything (and I mean EVERYTHING, including the entire Infernal Devices/Clockwork series) come full circle.

Yes, the book actually ends. It’s not a series that just … leaves you hanging. Phew, right? I was seriously worried about that, but actually ended up 100% satisfied with the ending, and actually really quite excited for Cassie’s next series.

That’s the Dark Artifices series, which starts with Lady Midnight in March. In City of Heavenly Fire we meet — and, in my case, fall in love with — the characters, so I’m thrilled to read more Shadowhunter stories in the years ahead.

Truly, if you haven’t finished this series: Keep reading. I really marveled at how beautifully it all weaved together. The plotting and foresight and planning that must have taken! Wow!

All in all, City of Heavenly Fire felt like a BRICK in purse…but all that heavy lifting was worth it for such a funny and heartbreaking and well done story.

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Mon, March 18, 2013

Clockwork Princess Giveaway

Clockwork Princess book cover

Clockwork Princess book cover

Clockwork Princess
By Cassandra Clare
Publication date: March 19, 2013
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 592 pages

About Clockwork Princess: Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.

If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.

Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.

Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.

About The Infernal Devices Series: Set in the Victorian London underworld, in the prequel series to The Mortal Instruments, Shadowhunters are barely winning against the forces of evil.

About the author: Cassandra Clare is the author of the New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. Her books have sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.

OMG you guys, Clockwork Princess is coming out tomorrow. Are you as excited as I am?!?! I swear, if Tessa even marries Jem…oooooh man! Team Will!

If you guys are as invested in this story as I am, then it’s your lucky day. Two of you will win a copy of the book from the publisher! Fill out the form below and leave a comment to win: Team Will or Team Jem? Or even Team Tessa!

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Wed, May 9, 2012

Hey, Remember That Time I Met Cassie Clare?

OH YEAH I DO BECAUSE IT JUST HAPPENED LAST NIGHT.

PROOF:

Anna Reads and Cassie Clare

And, yes, that is a face I do make around authors. I am aware of the problem, but thank you for asking.

Anyhoo…the City of Lost Souls release party was FANTASTIC. There was  more fun beyond the signing you see above — rune painting, pics with the Jace cover model (NO! I DID NOT TAKE A PIC WITH HIM! Though I do not act like it, I am a married adult who finds that sort of creepy.), and all sorts of fun.

For a full recap, check out my post at Mundie Moms!

Posing with Tara and Heidi

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Mon, January 9, 2012

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare Review

clockwork prince by cassandra clare book cover

Clockwork Prince
By Cassandra Clare

Dec. 6, 2011
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 528 pages
Source: Purchased

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

— Amazon.com description

Via Ginger

You may have seen my post last week about “The Problem with Trilogies.” I’ll sum it up like this: If only I could stop myself from reading book 2 in a series until the third book was out, I’d save myself from loads of heartache.

Because book 2 always ruins everything. It takes your hopes and dreams and turns them upside down and shocks and sends you into DESPAIR. But it sort of has to happen, no? Because if everything you wanted to happen went down in book 3, what would happen to in book 3? Exactly.

Anyway, it’s all moot, because Cassie Clare is just so damn good, I couldn’t wait if I tried. When her books come out, it’s like a whisper starts up in the back of my brain, building up to a yell: “MUST. READ. NOWWWWW.” And then I can’t eat or sleep or breathe till I finish it.

Anyway…so clearly, as I just said, this book sent me into despair. I’m not going to spoil you and ruin it but OMG I am so upset. But yet I loved it. It makes no sense. I’m aware of that. I’m a complicated woman.

I’m also aware this review pretty much told you nothing, but let me just say this: Read this series. Wait if you’re more fragile than I am. TEAM WILL FOREVER. The end.

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Mon, December 5, 2011

It’s Almost Clockwork Prince Time



DO YOU KNOW WHAT TOMORROW IS?

Heck yes you do. Because if you’re anything like me, you’re already planning to drag yourself to the bookstore tomorrow, pick up your beautiful copy of Clockwork Prince with its new-book smell and its crisp pages and HUG IT. And then begin to read, read, read as fast as the wind because you are DYING to know what happens next.

Oh, yes, the sequel to Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is out today. 

You’ve probably heard of the Mortal Instruments series. You know, the one being made into the movie starring these two?

Yeah! That one! Well, this series is the prequel to it. It’s just as insanely good and addicting, just a little more steampunky.
If you haven’t read any of these books…well, I’m not sure where to tell you to start, other than to maybe read them in the order they came out. The latest TMI book, City of Fallen Angels, actually started to weave more bits of info from the prequel into the storyline, so I was pretty glad I’d read Clockwork Angel before I picked that one up.
However you do it, just read ‘em. For reals. Then we’ll all go and watch the movie at midnight and have a great big party.


Meanwhile, if you’re looking for me this week, you know what I’ll be reading.
 
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PS: YES, the voice in that trailer IS Chuck Bass. Bully for you for noticing! He narrates the audiobooks. Oooh, I want the audiobooks SO BAD.
PPS: Team Will.
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