Monday, August 27, 2012

The Fallen Series by Lauren Kate Book Review

Hey everyone!

This next book review is going to be a series. This is the Fallen Series by Lauren Kate and so far there are four books in the series: Fallen, Torment, Passion, and Rapture. I absolutely love this series and I hope you check it out!

by Lauren Kate
Published December 8, 2009 by Delacorte Press
452 pages

There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce -- he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce had to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret... even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

1. Fallen -- Okay, so I read this series when it first came out a long time ago, and have been re reading every time a new book comes out so this time I'm doing a review for the series as I re read them... again since the fourth book in the series just came out. And let me tell you, I have forgotten just how much I adore this book, these characters and this series. It's so intriguing and beautifully crafted where you're hanging in suspense for most of the book, but it's not as irritating as you think it will be.

I love the characters and their complexities, and you still have more to figure out about them in the upcoming books. Everything is not said and done at the end of this book and it's absolutely awesome. I love it and I definitely recommend this as a wonderful read. I also think that despite the fantasy portion, the characters are so relatable. Especially Luce, and I think part of that is her reaction at first to the whole situation is so believable unlike some other fantasy books. I also fell in love with Daniel, and Cam at first!! The detail is so vivid that I can accurately see myself at Swords & Cross. I highly recommend this book and this series.

My rating: 5/5

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by Lauren Kate
Published September 28, 2012 by Delacorte Press
452 pages

Hell on Earth.

That's what it's like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.

It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts -- immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually giften students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn't told her everything. He's hiding something -- something dangerous.

What if Daniel's version of the past isn't actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

The second novel in the addictive Fallen series... where love never dies.

2. Torment -- Here, in the second installment of the Fallen series, we find Luce and Daniel torn apart for reasons unbeknownst to Luce. This of course, makes Luce angry, and sad and lost all at once. She's confused about what is happening and no one seems to be clueing her in. As much as I loved this continuation, I was angry with both Luce and Daniel. Both for their stubbornness -- which is what I would assume draws them to each other. I would have hated to be left in the dark like Luce was and if I were in her position I would have killed Daniel. But Luce also did some things without thinking that made me quite mad. She needs to slow down and use her head. I understand her frustration, but without even doing research she jumped into too many things without knowing why she shouldn't.

I thought Shoreline was a good wrench to throw into the plot and I like how we started to see more of Luce and Daniel's past. Normally, i would root for the underdog -- if there is one -- and I don't normally fall in love with a relationship like Luce and Daniel's but I'm enamored with it and I don't want her with the other guy who I would normally root for. I like to see what comes next out of this one especially with where the book ended. There are so many questions left hanging in the balance!!

My rating: 4/5

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by Lauren Kate
Published June 14, 2011by Delacorte Press
420 pages

Luce would die for Daniel

And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, and Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn't need to be that way....

Luce is certain that something -- or someone -- in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime...going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel... and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames...forever.

Sweeping across centuries, Passion is the third novel in the unforgettably epic Fallen series.

3. Passion -- So here in the third book of the series, we follow both Luce and Daniel back in time. Luce is desperately searching for some answers about the curse, and reasons to validate the love that Daniel and her share. Daniel is trying to catch Luce, but always ends up arriving too late. Everyone's out to get Luce, as Luce is out to get information. But will she likes what she finds is the question?

I hope this book was major set up for the next one and the next one will be better. As much as I loved learning more about Luce and her past loves with Daniel -- it seemed to drag on. A lot of the journey's were pointless and I kept thinking okay, when will we get to the main idea of all this. The plot twist didn't come until almost the last chapter of the book. I still think it was a good continuation of the story, but as much as you think you learned about the past, there was a lot of things that weren't answered that I think could have been. It's like she likes telling half the story, and I kind of understand the suspense in the first book, but we're in the third now and Kate's still holding out on a lot. I need more groundbreaking news to keep me interested! It was light and fun info, and I still liked the book, but I'm hoping that more action and interesting things go on in the next book. I'm dying to know somethings still. If you like this series, I recommend following it through still because I'm still hooked on their relationship and wanting to figure it all out so I'm hanging on til the end so I can do just that!!

My rating: 3/5
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by Lauren Kate
Published June 12, 2012 by Delacorte Press
432 pages

The sky is dark with wings...

Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn't know if he can do this -- live only to lose Luce again and again.

Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with the lifeless bodies...and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.

For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they've borne has always and only been about her -- and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only on that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?

The astonishing conclusion to the Fallen series. Heaven can't wait any longer.

4. Rapture -- I KNEW IT!! I knew that the third book was just setting up for an amazing end to the series and Rapture didn't disappoint. I literally just jumped off my bed -- from where I was reading -- and ran to my computer to type up this review as soon as I finished the book!!

So in the final book, we finally understand everything -- which was what I was hoping for!! Her and Daniel, as well as the rest of the fallen angels now have to figure out how to stop Lucifer from erasing the entire past and wiping the slate clean. You finally figure out why all this is happening, and the reason for everything. Kate wrapped everything up nicely and you finally realized why every detail in her previous books were needed to finish up this story nicely. I loved it. I loved, loved, loved this ending. I like how this story was different from anything I have ever read and the story line was totally unique. Yes, it did drag in the third book a bit, but it all worked itself out in the end.

My rating: 5/5

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I really loved this series and I recommend it to anyone!! It's sort of confusing, but it's mysteriously wonderful and you see the author's version of how love began and how powerful love can be. It's a fresh spin on not only fallen angel stories, but young adult books as well. I would encourage everyone to give it a try, you might be surprised. I know I was!!

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After reading one of these books one night, I came across two songs that showed up on my iPod that seemed to fit this series perfectly. The first is A Match Into Water by Pierce the Veil and the second is Secret Door by Evanescence (who by the way reminds me of Luce!!) So take a listen!!

A Match Into Water - Pierce the Veil
"She's mine. Just stay away from her it's not her time. Cause I'm the one who haunts her dreams at night, til she's satisfied."

Secret Door - Evanescence
"I will remember how to fly. Unlock the heavens in my mind. Follow my love back through the same secret door."

Update: College, Change, & a Hurricane!

Hey everybody!

So I know I've been slower on my updates but that's because a lot has changed in the last two weeks and I haven't had much time to sit down and read and get the reviews out quick enough! So here's a quick update on what's been going on in my life that it's been a bit hectic.

Two weeks ago, I moved into college for my freshman year! And let me tell you, I love it! I love my college, and I love meeting new people. I'm so happy, but classes started last week and I've been super busy adjusting to all the change and haven't had much time to sit down with the books I need to read for review. Luckily, today I've had some downtime and I was able to finish one of the books on my list for review -- the review of it will be posted after this so be on the lookout!

Also, if you saw my book haul, I ordered three books and I finally got them from my house, since they were shipped home and didn't arrive before I left for college. I went home last night, because today was my mom's birthday and we celebrated last night! So I finally have those books, but they're last on my list right now, the others will be first.

Also, I'm heading back home because after today's classes, because of Hurricane Isaac, my college is being closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The perks of living in Louisiana. So i'm going to my parents house so I'll probably have time to read, especially if the power goes out. So I won't be posting, even if I finish the books but I'll be reading and hopefully have a lot for posting!!

If you live in the area of where the hurricane will be heading like me, stay safe!!

Happy Reading!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Book Haul

Hey everybody!

Today was a fantastic day in my book world even if it didn't go exactly as planned. First thing you need to know, is that online Barnes & Noble is having an incredible sale. You'll see by three of the five books that I'll show you below! And free shipping on orders over $25, I don't know how long this all lasts but go check it out ASAP!

Now, today my brother, who is visiting from New Jersey, and I spent the day together. It was really great to be able to spend time with him, because -- and don't tell him this -- I've missed him and I'll miss him even more when I go to college. Driving around with him with the bass pumping has been a big part of my life the past couple years and I've really missed it recently since we moved away. So today, our plan was to go shopping at the Mall of Louisiana and then go see the move The Campaign starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis [which by the way was very hilarious in the stupid Will Ferrell hilarious way].

After that, we stopped at Barnes & Noble nearby for me because I'm a book nerd and in going to college soon I need to stock up even if I may not have as much time for them as I do now. So these are the books I ended up picking up and their prices, as well as links to order them online where they might be cheaper!

1. Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer
I bought it at B&N Store for $19.99 [Hardcover]
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2. Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I bought this at the B&N store for $17.99 [Hardcover]
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And at B&N I was originally looking for City of Lost Souls, the fifth book in The Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare because I'm almost finished with the fourth [click here for book reviews of The Mortal Instrument Series]! However, they were sold out and didn't have any copies left at the store. I was so devastated, but then I realized, hey, I can order books online and I'm so glad I went online because Barnes & Noble is having huge sales on hardcover books, and free shipping on orders over $25! So I ended up getting not only City of Lost Souls, but two other books as well check them out:

3. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
I bought this online at for $10.98 [Hardcover]
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4. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
I bought this online at for $10.16 [Hardcover]
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5. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
I bought this online at for $8.99 [Paperback]
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Be on the lookout for these book reviews in the next month or so! I'm really excited and can't wait to get reading although I do have some books to read before these.

Happy Reading!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher Book Review

Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
Published October 18, 2007 by Razorbill
288 pages

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher was such an amazing book. The way that he used to narrators throughout the book, and manage to make it so I wasn't confused and scrambling all over the place to understand was an accomplishment in itself. This book touched me, and was emotionally heavy but was very well written. It's not a happy go lucky book, it deals with some deep rooted questions and themes. I love the way the words paint a picture and how you hear the story from two sides with the two different narrators. It's remarkably well done and I would definitely recommend it -- just not to those who are expecting something light and happy.

You connect not only with Clay, but with Hannah as well feeling both their emotions. The only reason this is a four instead of a five is because I loved it, but it's not something I would recommend for everyone. Suicide is a hard issue, and its something you have to be prepared for to read. I loved it though and definitely recommend it to anyone who is okay with the whole book being centered around this girl's suicide.
My rating: 4/5
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Let me know what you think about this book!

Happy Reading!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Book Review

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
Published January 10, 2012 by Dutton Books
336 pages

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die, until at age 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors in her lungs...for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends, and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumors tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is by far one of my absolute favorite books. Not to mention that John Green is my favorite author! This book follows Hazel Grace, who is a teenage girl with terminal cancer. Her mom forces her to go to cancer support group where she meets Augustus. Now Augustus is in remission, and instantly wants to be Hazel's friend. However, Hazel wants to minimize the damage and pain she inflicts on the world since she sees that there is no other way her story ends except in death.

Hazel is also obsessed with a book called An Imperial Affliction which is a book John Green has made up for the purpose of the story with a fake author. The story deals with very heavy concepts, especially for teenagers since they are dealing with cancer but it touches your heart or at least it did mine. John Green is amazing with his ability to add humor into the pages of such a heart heavy tale and you go on a journey with Hazel and Augustus and it's one that you won't ever forget. You may sprout some tears by the end, but it's well worth it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would not mind a little bit of sadness.

Hazel, I think, is a relatable character because cancer has touched so many people's lives. Whether you have it, a family member has it, or someone you know has/had it, you are in someway connected to the disease. I thought it was interesting to be able to see it from Hazel's perspective -- the patient -- instead of someone else (a parent, a friend, a partner, etc.). It was amazingly beautiful and I loved all the quotes I could pull from this book.

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, then all at once."
Not only is that how Hazel felt about Augustus, but it's how I felt about Augustus and this book!

My rating: 5/5
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Let me know what you think of TFIOS!

Happy Reading!

The Mortal Instruments Books by Cassandra Clare Review!

Hey everyone!

For my first book review I will review the Mortal Instruments Books. I'll be updating this page as I go along and finish them as well as when the new ones are being released. The books are The City of Bones, The City of Ashes, The City of Glass, the City of Fallen Angels, and The City of Lost Souls all by the amazing author Cassandra Clare.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Series #1)
by Cassandra Clare
Published March 27, 2007
485 pages

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is being pulled into Jace's world witha  vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

1. City of Bones -- This is the first book in the series and let me tell you I could not put it down! I was completely hooked the second I started reading it and I have been enthralled in the series ever since. It starts out you meet Clary who is a teenage girl living in New York. It opens with her and her best friend, Simon, going to a night club where she meets Jace, Isabelle and Alec who turn her world upside down and send her spiraling into a new world where demons, vampires, werewolves, and fairies aren't just fantasy. And when her mother has been kidnapped she goes on a journey where she finds out who she really is and what world she really lives in. It is a pageturner! I highly recommend this book as I would the entire series. It's got the right amount of magic to keep you interested and there are some heart wrenching things that happen but it only increases you're hunger for more!

The characters you meet are both incredibly endearing and incredibly frustrating! For example, it's hard not to swoon when thinking of Jace and all that he is described to be -- the angelic looking one with golden hair and golden skin -- but as the description says he can be a real jerk! Clary on the other hand is so strong headed and she's the little heroin that keeps on going no matter what happens. There are also some amazing quotes inside this book that have me itching for a highlighter.

My rating: 5/5
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City of Ashes (The Mortal Instrument Series #2)
by Cassandra Clare
Published March 25, 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
453 pages

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? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to 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.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings -- and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

2. City of Ashes -- This second book in the series keeps the magic going! You learn more about Valentine, Jace, and the rest of Clary's new world that she lives in. You see her and Jace come to terms and struggle with what they have discovered in the last book -- which by the way was so painful to read, I hated it! -- and you see some interesting things involving Simon. The heart wrenching discoveries don't stop and it keeps you on the edge of your seat as again more mystery clouds Clary's life.

This book still stays set in New York and you really see and understand how much of this magical world surrounds and has surrounded Clary her entire life. Now that her mother is back, she has to figure out how to wake her up from the enchanted coma she seems to be under. I thinks it's a great addition to the first one and believe that it goes to set up more drama to fill the next books as well as the ending to this one.

"You disappear so completely into your head sometimes. I wish I could follow you."
Definitely my favorite quote from this series. When Jace says this to Clary, I don't know I just love it. And as Clary loves the way Jace can form words and sentences, so do I!
My rating: 5/5
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City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments Series #3)
by Cassandra Clare
Published March 24, 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
541 pages

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 provide deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy the Mortal Instruments. [The third in the series now that she has continued it!]

3. City of Glass -- This is the third book in the series. Most of this one is set in Idris, more importantly the capital, Alicante or the Glass City as it's more commonly known. More interesting things are popping up with Simon and Clary as well as Jace. Clary is still on the hunt for the way to cure her mother and it sends her into a tailspin of new adventures as the whole crew move locations to the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters. By far I think this is my favorite so far because I literally could not handle all the emotions that this book threw at me! I had to put it down for a second to regroup but I  couldn't leave it alone for long because I was longing to finish it even though it nearly gave me a heart attack (in a good way).

I really enjoyed the change of scenery and learning more about the Shadowhunter world as Clary did. And I also enjoyed meeting new characters whether or not they were ones I liked. It was a refreshing way to keep the series going. As I read the summary I realize it was intended to be the end, but obviously not as there are two more books out and a third one rumored to be out in late 2013/early 2014! I'm so glad this was the end because it was definitely awesome, but I crave more Jace, Clary, Alec, and Isabelle. I highly recommend reading this series even just for this book. It was a wonderful continuation -- or even if it was supposed to be the end it was a fantastic way to end but still left it open so there could be more written as there ended up being.

My rating: 5/5
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City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments Series #4)
by Cassandra Clare
Published April 5, 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
424 pages

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last and -- most importantly of all -- she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side -- along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls -- neither of whom knows about the other one.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels. 

4. City of Fallen Angels -- This book was fantastic! All your favorite characters are back and some new ones as well! Everyone's back in New York after The Mortal War has ended and you'd think everything would be fine now -- well you're wrong! Even though Valentine is dead, there is still another bad guy out there threatening our group of characters!

I thought I wouldn't like it as much because there was no Valentine and that's what really glued the first three books together -- since they were supposed to be a trilogy -- but Clare connected it nicely in a fresh new way. You delve deeper into the intricate world of the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders and there's so much more to learn! There's a lot more Simon in this book, which was very awesome because Simon has been dealt so many bad hands that its great for him to get some attention! Jace and Clary of course are a huge part of the focus, and some stuff is happening with Jace that causes a whole other can of worms to be opened. It's so original and interesting and such a page turner -- just like the rest of this series!

My rating: 5/5

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City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5)
by Cassandra Clare
Published May 8, 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry
535 pages

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith's magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The CLave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try and save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing not just her own life, but Jace's soul. She's willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

5. City of Lost Souls -- This is the fifth book in the series and was just as fantastic as the rest! This one is following on the journey where Jace is missing and under the spell of Sebastian who has now come back to life. He's on a mission and Jace is following his every move -- as well as being connected to him in a way that protects them both or harms them both -- you can't kill or hurt one without hurting the other. Clary is thrown into making choices and discovering if the boy she loved is still there to be saved as well as trying to protect him from the Clave.

This book was so explosive again. It makes me so upset for Jace because I feel like he's always got the short end of the stick. He's the brother so he can't get the girl he wants, then he dies, but then he's possessed by Lilith and wants to kill her in the last book and now he's imprisoned by Sebastian and forced to do his bidding. He can never catch a break can he? And I love Jace, so much, but I feel so bad for him! I think the ideas in this book were amazing and that she keeps the story moving in a way I didn't think would happen after the Mortal War at the end of book 3 -- where the original story was supposed to end. I'm glad to see that her writing and story line have still developed and haven't dulled down.

I think the author puts so much emotion into her writing that you can literally feel it. I love that about the relationships in this book -- I can feel what's going on. I also like how it's not just about Clary but it's about the other stories as well. They're all mixed so wonderfully to give you a huge picture of this crazy world.

It was strange how your world could shift on its axis and everything you trusted could invert itself in what seemed like no time at all.
I love that quote from the book and I think it's so true and depicts this entire series perfectly. Well done Clare!

My rating: 5/5

Buy it:  Barnes & Noble  or  Amazon

Overall, I really enjoy this series and it got me really excited -- so much that I decided to do a review of it before I even finished all the books but I know by reading the first two and a half that I would definitely recommend the rest. The books are honestly filled with everything you can imagine -- Romance, Magic, Mystery, Evil Villians, Fantasy, and a little bit of Horror with those demons. It's a must read I believe! At times it might seem a little slow I'll admit especially when it sets you up for things in the first or second books, but it's so worth it when you get to the good stuff. Stick with it and I promise it won't disappoint even if at points it seems like its an overflow of information with the length of the books! I have immense love for Cassandra Clare and this series! 

Let me know what you thought of the books if you have read them or tell me if you plan to read them!

Happy Reading!

Opening Note!

Hi everybody I'm Maureen! I'll be reading and reviewing books throughout my busy life and I'll let you know what I think of them. I will hope that we'll be going on a book journey together because I'm a book loving nerd and I intend to find people who are the same as me. If you want me to read a book and do a review on it, just comment or shoot me an email which is in my description and I'll try to read it and review it as fast as I can. I might make some videos for book reviews in which I'll post here, but since I'm starting college next week I don't know how many videos I'll be able to do! Thanks!