Perfect short story for reading between lengthy novels.
There is a lot of detail and a realistic storyline, I could even see this as a longer book, exploring where the relationship takes them.
As a huge fan of this series, I'm super sad to see it end - but it was defintely time - and Rachel did it perfectly. She closed it out in a way that each character had an end without it feeling like The End. (If that makes sense) She didn't have to go through the list of characters and give all the details of their future, you are just content with how it ends and aren't curious as to how so and so turns out.
As a whole, the story was good - plenty of action, drama, and sarcasm as always.
There were some parts that didn't quite keep my interest and I'd find myself spacing out and thinking of other things while still holding the book. The whole point of reading is to escape from the world and our problems for a little while. Despite the few mind wandering moments I did enjoy the book; it seems the story has come full circle.
In the beginning, the humans are terrified of the vampires and subsequently are their prisoners; by book #15, Daylighters, the vampires are now terrified of the humans and are imprisoned with shock collars. At least in the beginning. It seems everyone's roles have reversed at some point or another throughout the series, but in the end they are all trying to live peacefully... or as peacefully as humans and vampires can.
I mean, they are predator and prey after all.
While the narrator is the same as the previous book, it wasn't terrible this time!
City of Lost Souls was much better than City of Fallen Angels, the action is definitely back!
It started off a little slow and I was gearing up for more disappointment, but a few chapters in and the pace picked up.
As I mentioned in my review of CoFA, there were more story lines to follow in this book, so it wasn't just Clary crying over Jace... (there seems to be a pattern in these books, one always needs saving; why can't they save someone else together?!)
Anyway, we follow the strange love story of Alec and Magnus. (Alec comes off as such a baby to me. Yeah, your boyfriend is 800 years old, I'm sure he's had a few partners... get over it. It's really annoying) The typical teenage relationships between Simon and Izzy, and Jordan and Maya. (how sad is it that the closest thing to typical teenagers in this series is a daylighter vamp with a shadowhunter, and the tragic love story of two orphaned wolfs?!)There is the hint of the Lightwood parents relationship throughout the book, and of course Clary's mom and Luke.
And then there is the strange relationship between Clary, Jace, and Sebastian. At one point you almost feel bad for the guy, but then just can't - and you want to yell at Clary for being stupid, really stupid.
I do like that Clary hasn't just forgive her mother, and everything is back to normal. She stands up for herself, and I think Isabelle stands up to Clary's mom because she can't bring herself to stand up to her own parents yet.
There were some slow parts, and a few small parts that should have been taken out in editing... they were pointless to the story because nothing came from it. It's as if it was a possible idea that was forgotten and never explored. Other parts were built up to be something so important, and then were over in a few sentences like it was nothing.. no big deal.
With that said, overall it was a good read. I'd give it 3.5 - 4 stars.
This book definitely has the feel of pushing a series further than the original storyline.
It was good, it just didn't flow as smoothly as the previous 3 books.
What didn't help is that I've been listening to the series on Audible.com and for whatever reason they changed the narrators on this book and they were horrible! The guy sounds like a 30 year old British man for Simon and a knock off Sylvester Stallone for Jace! The woman sounded like a whiny 12 year old that is trying way to hard to enunciate each word for Clary. It was really quite ridiculous.
Back to the book though, There was a lot going on in this one. There are several different story lines beginning to form with each of the characters and I expect the rest of the series to be very busy. City of Fallen Angels was more of an emotional downer. Everyone seems to be heart broken and self punishing. Jace was super annoying in this one for me; I mean, you didn't learn in the first 3 books that if there is something wrong you should say something instead of trying stay away from Clary to protect her... sigh. This book was extremely frustrating at times and I had to walk away for a while; far from the previous books where I had to make myself turn it off for bed. There are a few action sequences, mostly drama, and a few scenes that seem pointless - perhaps they'll make more sense in a future book.
Overall it was an okay read. I'm sure it would have been much better had I not been picturing Sylvester Stallone reading the book into a microphone. lol
This series definitely doesn't disappoint, if anything it's getting better with each book.
City of Glass picks up exactly where City of Ashes left off - Clary rushing off to Idris to find a magical cure for her mother. Cassandra Clare has a way with words, she describes everything in such a manner that there is an incredible amount of detail with there being too much. You can actually picture the things she describes, but it's not an overwhelming annoying detailed list like a few authors I've read. It's somehow perfect.
Clary and Jace both annoyed me at times with the apparent blindness they have for each others feelings, Simon is finally becoming a man now that he actually will never look like one, and the other characters are growing in the background as well. I wasn't surprised when the truth came out, but it did make me feel better that it was finally in print for everyone to read.
There are tons of twists and turns in this book, plenty of action and emotion, and if there series were to end now it would be a good trilogy, with a few loose ends as possibilities.
Luckily for us, she continued writing! I can't wait to start the next book.
I really enjoyed this book. As the second in a series I expected it to loose a little of the story as most series do, but it exceeded my expectations and brought more action and adventure with it.
Clary is still underestimated by everyone and Jace is as arrogant as always, but we learn more about some of the other characters in this book. We get a closer look at Magnus, finally meet the Lightwoods, and get a better understanding of the inner workings of the clave. We are also pulled into the crazy that is Valentine.
Cassandra Clare has gifted us with tons of twists and turns; just when you think you have it figured out she hits you with something new and you have a renewed since of urgency to get to the end and find out what happens! The ending is an emotional roller coaster that leaves you begging for the third book, City of Glass.
I absolutely loved Wonderland, but Looking Glass Land didn't impress me quite as much.
Instead of learning how to have amazing sex, Alice learns about the many kinks people have and how she should have an open mind and not be judgmental. (foot fetish, orgasm denial, cross dressing, swingers, etc.)
While these are lessons everyone should learn, it didn't make for as interesting of a read as Wonderland. There seemed to be fewer erotic scenes, and they weren't quite as hot. The characters were not nearly as funny as Wonderland, but there were still a few references to the writing of the book and buying on Amazon.
Overall, It was an okay read. Had I not read Wonderland first I'm sure I would have enjoyed this book much more.
I have no words to describe this very naughty version of Alice in Wonderland...
Okay, so that's not true, but WOW is the first to come to mind!
I didn't expect much from this book but I just couldn't pass up a chance to read an adult version of a classic children's fairy tail. To my surprise I really enjoyed it. It was hilarious and yet erotic. I love that the characters themselves were making fun of the parody and occasionally referring to the real world and a few of our giant corporations. (You can buy it on Amazon...)
The Mad Hatter and crew were full of puns and sarcasm and seriously had me laughing out loud - not something I've ever found myself doing while reading erotica. I didn't think it was possible to incorporate comedy, bdsm, and a classic children's fairy tale, but Melinda DuChamp pulled it off beautifully. She's quite clever.
I loved it and have already downloaded the second. Highly recommended!
This book is perfect for anyone interested in a fun and yet erotic short read. It will break up the monotony of reading the same genres over and over.
As the fourth book in a spin off series I knew it wouldn't be quite as good as it's predecessors, but I wasn't expecting what I read!
Okay, before you decide to move this book down on your TBR list - I did enjoyed the book, but the first half was SO extremely slow! It was basically the day to day life and struggles of the group at Amberwood.
It wasn't until about the halfway mark that things finally picked up; which is great, because I was beginning to lose faith in the storyline.
The third book, Indigo Spell, had a sense of urgency to it. The pace was fast and there was a lot going on to keep you interested; this book seems to take the urgency out of those problems, and instead focuses more on all the romantic problems the group is having. Fiery Heart's primary characters are Adrian and Sydney with the rest seeming to get pushed to the background with a few mentions here and there.
Honestly, this would be a great book if you could transform the first half of the book into a summery and then read the second half. It ends with a hell of a cliff hanger that will surely have you begging for the next book, Silver Shadows.
Let me start by saying that the Vampire Academy series is one of my absolute favorites of all time! I was so sad when the series ended, and not to crazy about a spin off series (because they rarely meet the standards set by the original story line!) that is, until I found out it would be following along with my dear Adrian Ivashkov.
Turns out Richelle Mead is one of a select few authors that can pull off a spin off and still capture her audience. Yes, the storyline in Bloodlines isn't quite as action packed and fast paced as Vampire Academy was; and there was more romance to be desired - but I think this first book has set up some great things to come in the series.
Adrian is still full of sarcastic wit, but now carries around an inner pain from the loss of Rose that affects everyone around him in some way or other. Sydney has to learn to deal with vampires up close and personal, along with confronting her past. This stress has her finding an ally in the unlikeliest of places.
I really enjoyed this book and will be moving on to The Golden Lily,
I can't get enough of Adrian, no matter what book he's in. ;)
I listened to this on audio, and again it was much better than reading it, but I still don't care for the quality of the story. LJ is much better with these characters.
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