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City of Ashes

by Cassandra Clare
Paperback EditionRead  August 24, 2013

Original Release Date: March 25, 2008

Length: 496 pages

Official Description: (This is book 2 of the Mortal Instruments series)

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon. But the Shadowhunters won’t let her go–especially her handsome, infuriating newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil–and also her father. When the second of the Mortal Instruments os stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

My Take:

I read this book on my recent vacation while stuck in the Miami Airport waiting for my plane while also listening to my child read his books and my husband complaining that our plane was taking forever. Hey, we were there for six hours after all. This is a lead up which may have affected my ability to get into this book, but I don’t really think that was entirely the problem. I have just have a huge problem with the romantic interest between Jace & Clary, because that is just gross, I mean, really, really gross. I have a very strong suspicion that it will be revealed in the future that they aren’t really related, at least I hope that they aren’t because incest is just not fun. Other than the fact that Jace and Clary are still pining after one another, the beginning of the book starts off really pretty good and intense. There is this feel that there is going to be some major action forthcoming, then everything kind of fizzles out for a while. The Second Act (the middle of the book) was not all that captivating, we have a bunch of teenagers running around being angsty and trying to figure stuff out. Then we have the romance between Simon and Clary and Jace and Clary, we never really hear much about Clary’s mom, though that’s in the background, and nothing seems too dire. The last part of the book was really good though, couldn’t put it down. I loved it when we finally get to see Clary starting to become the shadowhunter she was born to be, don’t get me wrong it’s not much, but it’s pretty cool. I loved the action scenes they were really well written.

My favorite character in all of this book has to be Magnus Bane, he just was written so much better than even the main characters. He has tons of charisma, depth, and mystery and you just want to know him. I love where they went with him this go around as well. Overall the book was merely ok. I didn’t have that spark that kept me interested the whole time, plus there was the ick factor of brother/sister love, then we had the fun parts which made the book go from mind numbing to ok. I know this series has a huge following, and I am going to keep with it just because it seems like it could get better, plus I love the covers.


“I’ll just have them change the entry in the demonology textbook from ‘almost extinct’ to ‘not extinct enough for Alec. He prefers his monsters really, really extinct.’ Will that make you happy?”

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Forever Frost

by Kailin Gow
Kindle Edition- Read March 26, 2013

Cost: $2.99 (As of This Post)

Length: 260 pages

Official Description: (This is book #2 in the Bitter Frost series)

All her life, Breena had always dreamed about fairies as though she lived among them…beautiful fairies living among mortals and living in Feyland. In her dreams, he was always there the breathtakingly handsome but dangerous Winter Prince, Kian, who is her intended. When Breena turns sixteen, she begins seeing fairies and other creatures mortals don t see. Her best friend Logan, suddenly acts very protective. Then she sees Kian, who seems intent on finding her and carrying her off to Feyland. That’s fine and all, but for the fact that humans rarely survive a trip to Feyland, a kiss from a fairy generally means death to the human unless that human has fairy blood in them or is very strong, and although Kian seemed to be her intended, he seems to hate her and wants her dead.

My Take:

SO, I remember really liking book #1 in this series, Bitter Frost, back in 2011. I had to think about it though because I’ve read many a similar story since then, and the big one came out after this series was released, but it was most recent in my mind. Forever Frost is a very simple story of that classic star-crossed lovers tale. Winter and Summer plus a wolf thrown in for fun so you kind of have an idea of where this story is going. I thought book 2 went a little too slow for my liking, we didn’t get very far in story progress, I mean we did, but it didn’t truly feel like it. Breena does not speak like a modern teen, throw it up to being half fae if you will but she grew up in ‘our’ world, so that classical feel just seems weird to me. I really was irritated between the love triangle I mean we don’t really see much of Kian in this story, but Bree just really kept getting on my nerves, “I love him, no I love him but I love him more.”  Also she felt things all the way to her soul…a lot…she feels things way more deeply than you’re atypical 16-year-old girl. But also yea for calling perv on someone! The last few chapters upped the star rating on this book because it has action, suspense and a heck of a twist that I would have liked to see earlier on. So the writing is alright again if it were a bit more fluid, and less, I want to have a romantic feel, it would be better, it just lacks a natural flow.

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Dark Memories

by Kailin Gow
Kindle Edition – Read  September 4, 2012

Cost: $4.99 (As of This Post)

Length: 270 pages

Official Description(This is book 2 of The Phantom Diaries series)

A terrible fate has turned Annette’s life upside down, leaving Eric and everyone she loves in turmoil. Before she is lost forever, before her past claims her, can the Phantom fight his demons hard enough to save her from a fate worse than death?

My Take:

This book is really short. It says that it’s 270 pages but the first (small chunk) is praise for the series and about other books….so the reading of this went by really quickly. I don’t know what I was expecting from this book, but it didn’t feel as ‘magical’ as the first one, in fact I found my self more irritated reading this one than the book 1, but it was still an ok read. We start off in Eric’s perspective as he is trying to deal with the whole Kristen being in Annette’s body thing. Everything is really predictable, and it gets dealt with really quickly, I was hoping for more drama. Also I was kind of glad that things went down with Annette’s parent the way they did, but I don’t know what I feel about the whole New Orleans thing that authors do that makes everyone seem like they’re magically savvy.  Mostly I was disappointing in Annette, I understand she’s 18 years old. I get that’s a young age to have all these great guys throwing themselves at her BUT I would think that she’d have some common sense when it came to dating. EVEN though she’s not experienced at dating you’d think she’d know not to run from one bed to another…to another. It’s confusing for her but unfair for all the guys she’s stringing along that seem to like her indecisiveness. Eric is also indecisive and he’s super old! Geez stay or go that doesn’t help Annette any. I don’t know what to think about Aaron yet, and all this stuff about the history between the trio of these three characters families is becoming a little outlandish, but I’m assuming that everything will get tied up in book 3. I did like the story but there were just several aspects that got under my skin.


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Midnight Alley

by Rachel Caine
Paperback Edition – Read  August 21, 2012

Cost: $6.99 (As of This Post)

Length: 245 pages

Official Description:(This is book 2 of the Morganville Vampires series)

Morganville is such a nice place to live… And die. If you don’t mind that sort of thing.

When Claire Danvers learnt that her college town was run by vampires, she did what any intelligent, self-preserving student would do: she applied for a transfer and stocked up on garlic. The transfer is no longer an option, but that garlic may come in handy.

Now Claire has pledged herself to Amelie, the most powerful vampire in town. The protection her contract secures does little to reassure her friends. All of a sudden, people are turning up dead, a stalker resurfaces from Claire’s past, and an ancient bloodsucker extends a chilling invitation for private lessons in his secluded home.

My Take:

Ok, first off I HATE, HATE, HATE cliffhangers, HATE ‘EM I tell you. This book has some cliffhangers, I say some because there are multiple things that happen that kind of slap you in the face because UG. Anyway, I do like this series, and I think I liked this book a little better than the first two. It has an interesting story line, I liked the character development and Claire is turning into a good little character, who does stupid, stupid things sometimes. I get that there was a lot that happened in the last book, Claire signing herself over to Amelie, Michael becoming a Vampire, Shane’s’ dad, Eves’ brother…I mean everyone is drama, drama, drama and it doesn’t seem to be getting better, but Shane, I don’t know how much longer I can stand him. He’s a great character for Claire, but he’s either being a stupid teenage boy or being way too noble. I like Michael the best out of the house mates; he seems more like a ‘real’ character. Anyway, the story is great, there is a lot of tension and just so much going on and I really liked Myrnin’s character, I hope there’s something else that goes on with him because he was pretty cool, in a completely psychotic kind of way he was the character I felt the most for. Great book, Grrr ending ready to pick up #4.


“Parents had some kind of sin radar, Claire thought. They always called when you were in the middle of something you just knew they’d consider wrong. Or at least risky.”

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by Nikki Jefford
Kindle Edition – Read  August 11, 2012

Cost: $2.99 (As of This Post)

Length: 251 pages

Official Description:

If Graylee Perez thought sharing a body with her twin sister was bad, dealing with a duplicate of herself is two times worse. Gray the second doesn’t seem to get that Lee’s boyfriend, Raj McKenna, is off limits. Then there’s the problem of Adrian Montez. He expects one of the Grays to be his.

Nearly a year later, the council is onto them for past misdeeds; Lee, along with the rest of the coven, has lost control of her powers; and Gray is being stalked by what looks like the Grim Reaper.

If they work together, they may stand a chance of setting things right and making it out alive.

This book is intended for older teens.

My Take:

Where I found the first book (Entangled) in this book to be an alright story the second book is much better. We don’t have all that back story and we don’t have to be reminded of what happened previously, because yes we did read the first book. So yeah to the author for not reminiscing too much over the last book. This book pretty much starts off a year after the last one started, so a year has gone by since Graylee died and came back and switched bodies and all that business of book one. Book 2 complicates things further, but we don’t have to deal with Charlene, yeah, we have to deal with two Graylee’s which can get frustrating, not because of the writing or anything but Gray #2 kind of grated on my nerves. Again, I liked this story better than the first, the pacing was all around better the characters were fantastic, and honestly I really kind of like Adrian’s character….hmm…anyway the story just seemed to work better this time around, there just seemed to be more at stake, even though I guess it was about the same as before, plus I didn’t like Charlene. It looks like there is one more book left in this series, and I can’t wait to see how things turn out.

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