City of Glass

by Cassandra Clare, Natalie Moore (Narrator)
Audio EditionRead  August 18, 2014

Original Release Date: February 14, 2009

Length: 561 pages

Official Description: (This is book 3 of the Mortal Instruments series)

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Timesbestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

My Take:

It has been a year since I read City of Ashes. In fact it seems I only read one of these books, once a year. Maybe I just need some time away from it to forget the parts that annoy the bejesus out of me. Mostly what annoyed me was the whole Jace and Clary thing. I predicted that they aren’t really siblings, in the last book. Why because EWW the whole book they are making moo moo eyes at each other, making out, trying not to get TOO intimate, all while saying, “This is wrong, you’re my sibling” and it’s gross. That whole relationship overshadows the whole story, and the underlying story isn’t terrible.

Ok lets move on. The story. Well, we’re trying to find the third Mortal Instrument, The Mortal Glass/Mirror. Jace doesn’t want Clary in Idris, he goes taking a dying Simon with him. Simon is thrown in jail. Clary makes her way with Luke to Idris, landing in a lake that causes hallucinations when ingested by Shadow Hunters. There are new characters, Clary and Jace find out how they are experiments. They whine and have lots of angst, 88% of the book. Clary decides to stop moping and use her gift of Runes to save the shadow hunters from Valentine. Things happen that make you say “yeah” we see actual angels in this book. Which turned out to pretty darned epic. There is a lot of betrayal, misunderstanding, really horribly sad moments. Clary, I don’t relate to Clary, maybe because I’m not a teenage girl, but I don’t think, even back then, I would have ever related to Clary. She is too passive, to melodramatic, way too self-serving for my liking, plus she is underutilized. She has so much potential and Clare just kind of pushes it to the side and leaves her dependent on everyone else around her. Then there is Jace. Jace isn’t all that awesome he’s mean, of course he’s mean for Clary’s sake, he’s self-centered, jumps to the wrong conclusions. Whatever, most of the book was entirely annoying. I got this as an audiobook and had a hard time getting into the narrator.

I did enjoy the ending. The twists were way obvious, I knew what would go down with Sebastian as soon as he was introduced. Once we got past all the melodrama and in to the story, which of course was saved for the end, then the book became enjoyable. I really did like how it ended, I have an idea where the future books will go, but there were a lot of wrap ups in this book. I still love Magnus Bane, he’s one of the best characters, I love the eccentric sort, it adds so much to a character. I like that there isn’t really a love triangle. People say there is, but there isn’t, I know that Simon loves Clary, they tried it didn’t work and they are BFFs. Not a triangle. Whatever. I wish that the whole story was as good as the end.

(I apologize, my brain was all over the place while writing this, lets hope it makes some sense.)

Quote:

“People aren’t born good or bad. Maybe they’re born with tendencies either way, but its the way you live your life that matters.”

Previous Books in this series:

 

Up Next:

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

by Katherine Howe
Kindle EditionRead August 15, 2014

Original Release Date: May 22, 2009

Length: 394 pages

Official Description:

Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie’s grandmother’s abandoned home near Salem, she can’t refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest–to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge.

As the pieces of Deliverance’s harrowing story begin to fall into place, Connie is haunted by visions of the long-ago witch trials, and she begins to fear that she is more tied to Salem’s dark past then she could have ever imagined.

Written with astonishing conviction and grace, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane travels seamlessly between the witch trials of the 1690s and a modern woman’s story of mystery, intrigue, and revelation.

My Take:

This book has been on my to read list for a while. It has a great premise, a great cover, and yeah witch trials, that’s always fun. I was disappointed, and bored. Oh so bored. There is mystery, who is Deliverance Dane, what happened to her? This could have been a great story, really it could have been, but it was just executed terribly. I read, then fell asleep. Picked it up the next day, then fell asleep. It’s very descriptive, very hoity-toity. It seemed like the author was trying to say LOOK AT ME I WRITE PRETTY.

I just couldn’t get into it. I thought the protagonist was ignorant for someone who was supposedly in a doctoral program studying colonial history or something to that effect. I mean really lady! Then the author spells out simple stuff ,for us plebeians who apparently could not infer what her character was unable to figure out. It was frustrating. Just could not get into it. Sorry for those who loved it.

Up Next:

 

Meteor Men

by: Jeff Parker, Sandy Jarrell, Kevin Volo
Digital EditionRead August 15, 2014

Expected Release Date: October 15, 2014

Length: 128 pages

Official Description:

On a summer night, Alden Baylor sits in a field watching the largest meteor shower in human history. What begins as teenage adventure becomes something more–the celestial event brings travelers who will change the world completely, and Alden discovers a connection to one of them.

How does a young man who had to grow up fast handle the invasion of his planet? Can Alden keep humanity from oblivion? From writer Jeff Parker (AQUAMAN, HULK) and artist Sandy Jarrell (BATMAN 66) comes this story of adolescence, friendship, and hard decisions.

My Take:

I don’t know what to think of this graphic novel. Overall it is fantastic, towards the end however, I became a bit disinterested. Wait, I think I’m jumping ahead of myself.  So this novel is about Alden,  a young boy who is alone in the world, who is enjoying the Perseid meteor shower with a hundred or so of his close personal friends. He opened up his farm for viewing purposes of his town. During the meteor shower meteorites plummet to the ground not burning up in the atmosphere. This, of course, happens all over the globe where the Perseid is visible. So, anyhow these meteorites had aliens. People go missing and this teenager meets and befriends one. Apparently they have a connection, he knows about them, so that means the government is all up in his business. Of course they would be. Alden has to save the world, AND save the aliens because they are buds. Best buds, they just met, but best buds. Nothing can go wrong in this scenario.

I liked the art, the overall concept and, the story. For the most part. It gets tedious towards the end, I lost interest, there were lots of words. Ha, oh that line amuses me. I digress. The art is well done, I enjoyed looking at everything, the story told itself without the words. It is definitely one worth picking up, and I look forward to the rest of the story.

Other Books by Jeff Parker:

*I did receive this book for free for an honest review.

Up Next:

Obsidian

by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Kindle EditionRead August 14, 2014

Original Release Date: May 8, 2012

Length: 294 pages

Official Description: (This is book #1 of the Lux series)

Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don’t kill him first, that is.

My Take:

This book has been on my list since it came out. The final book in the series was recently released and they did a promotion on Amazon where this one was free. Woot! Love free things. So I picked it up, obviously. This book is so incredibly young adult, but it does get hot and heavy and some points. Daemon and Katy have a mutual physical attraction, but they genuinely seem to loathe one another for a while. Then it seems like Daemon just pisses Katy off for the heck of it, then they have a love/hate relationship. It’s interesting. I loved the whole Alien thing, it was incredibly fun.  The chemistry between all the characters was fantastic, and the insta love wasn’t there, which is always a good thing. I can’t say that the book wasn’t a bit juvenile, because it was, just a bit. However, I couldn’t put it down. I’m a sucker for paranormal stuff, and I love the writing, it flowed, there was humor and there is just so much potential. Plus I think there is so much more to Katy than we know. I can’t wait to read the second book!

Other Books by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My favorite Quotes:

“What? Did he slip and fall on your mouth? Those things are known to happen.”

“I’d brake-checked him several times. He’d blown his horn. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside”

Up Next:

Rocket Girl Volume 1: Times Squared

by Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare Digital EditionRead August 11, 2014

Length: 120 pages

Original Release Date: July 22, 2014

Official Description:

A teenage cop from a high-tech future is sent back in time to 1986 New York City. Dayoung Johansson is investigating the Quintum Mechanics megacorporation for crimes against time. As she pieces together the clues, she discovers the “future” she calls home – an alternate reality version of 2013 – shouldn’t exist at all!

My Take:

This is my second graphic novel adventure with Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare. Amy Reeder definitely has her own definite style quality, which is great, but you can tell it is Reeder’s art work. I loved the art it’s fantastic, really well done. Reeder did a great job capturing a futuristic 2013 and a realistically gaudy 1986. Geesh 80s fashion. Anyhow, the story, well it’s alright. Nothing super fantastic. Apparently at some point there is a teen police force created because no one over the age of 30 can be trusted. Why? I don’t know, we don’t find out why things happen, we just know that Dayoung has to go back in time and stop Quintum Mechanics from creating her future. How? Well, that’s odd because we follow the present (1986) and the past (2013) at the same time and we find out that Dayoung may not know the entire story. Basically the story was a fun random idea of the creators, a 15-year-old girl flying around 1986 NYC causing mayhem and the eventual future consequences of these action may come back to haunt her. I don’t know how well the story fits together, but it’s pretty.

*I did receive this book for free for an honest review.

Previous Books by Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder:

Up Next: