Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

I can’t help but remember The mortal Instruments series while reading this one,you get used to the way the characters of both series are alike, the concept, her writing style and plot development. However, what made me utterly admire her is the incredible way she still keeps me glued to the story.

As expected, the first book of the Infernal Devices series didn’t frustrate or disappoint me. Compared to The Mortal Instruments, it’s as exciting, action-packed, romantic, and full of shocking revelations. In fact, it’s even better. I can think of a few reasons why…

I liked that the setting used is Victorian London complete with Victorian houses, their clothes, horse-pulled carriages, and let’s not forget their British accent. I am forever in love with it, it sounds elegant, romantic, and music to the ears (oh! how I wish to be there!). I also adore the female lead, Tessa, she is less annoying than Clary, she’s has cool abilities, and of course i like anyone who likes books. Will for me is close to an anachronism, his attitude wouldn’t pass for an English gentleman during their time. He’s rude that sometimes you’d want to hurl him out of the books, then he gets so sweet and kind that you’re heart melts with his, then he goes back to the bad boy image. So I’m kind of confused. He looks drop dead gorgeous but there’s this mysterious side of him that he still keeps as a secret. I’m definitely going to watch out for it. Jem is the nice guy who Tessa magically bumps into when she’s having a hard time and then gives her advise you only get to hear from experts. Well, I’m sensing a love triangle coming up.

Also, the story is more interesting. There are no spontaneous unimportant-to-the-plot attacks from demons and the like that would make you think “what stroke of luck they have for always seeing one!” Every scene contributes to the overall plot or the revelation in the end. Speaking of the ending, it’s great, exciting, and worth reading the entire book. The narrator’s omniscient point of view helps a great deal in arousing my interest. Will definitely left me hanging by a cliff when he is meeting with Magnus Bane. He’s about to tell what the problem is, then that’s it, the next thing i know i was reading the acknowledgement section. The novel ended with a question mark that, without a doubt, etched a question mark in my mind.

Could this be the secret Will is so worried about? The reason why he doesn’t want any involvement with Tessa? I can’t wait to read the sequel and discover it!

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Beastly by Alex Flinn

I have nothing much to say about the book because it wasn’t bad and it turned out to be what i expected.

Recently, modern versions of tales that we all came to love since our childhood days have magically emerged. But we still read or watch them even though they’ve been adapted so many times. The reason is probably the same as why i decided to read this. Like some readers, I just want to be able to experience again those childhood days when fairy tales are all that really matter, as if the world is full of fairies,princes, princesses and any one who suffers from evil witches, stepmother or stepsisters will be justly rewarded with a handsome prince in the future. Well, I can say that Beastly is one of them, albeit it comes with a modern twist.

The story is nearly the same as The Beauty and the Beast but it is obviously intended for young adult or teen readers. I mean I agree that beauty is nothing if you treat other people as inferiors. The only way you’ll be able to open your heart to others is to put your feet into their shoes. And isn’t it amazing how true love can change a person for the better? I know that this book is not flawless, it didn’t give me the jaw-dropping scenes and revelations, what it gave me was something to ponder about. Because sometimes, the most obvious and easiest lessons in life are the ones we give the least importance to. All we need is a simple reminder just like what it gave me.

I recommend this to those who are not really looking for something new but for something familiar yet beautiful.

I give this book 4/5 stars!

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

After reading this book. . . . .

My heart is torn apart, broken into little pieces, and scattered all over the place.

I’m trying to tape them back together but it’s useless, impossible, it can’t be whole again.. not until Tessa choose Will, not until Will is happy..not until Tessa is freed from the crucial decision she has to make in the end….

I never thought Cassandra Clare is capable of doing something so emotional in the midst of the Shadowhunting world. Clockwork prince is the second book to the Infernal Devices trilogy I came to love. If you liked the first one, there’ll be no frustration in the second book. There are enough surprises, revelations, and betrayals. The ever beautiful Victorian London is perfectly described, and the story brilliantly paced and told. I found their conversation quite wonderful it was like going back in time but still enjoying the company of some interesting people from the past. In here, you’ll see the depths of Will’s mysterious personality. Why he has to be so despicable and why he has to push Tessa away. I sincerely felt bad for him, he endured everything all by himself. And just thinking of how everything turned out makes me so disappointed. If only he had known it earlier, things would have turned out different for him, for his family, and for Tessa. But it’s too late now, it’s why I pity his predicament. But not Jem, he’s one lucky shadowhunter I wanted to make him feel how his parabatai’s feeling. I’m not exactly mad at him. I just realized,after reading this,how badly I wanted Tessa and Will to be together. I can’t blame Jem either because he’s too good, and he’s dying. I cannot bear to see him hurt. Man! Could everything gets even more confusing!

So I’m just hoping against all hope that Tessa makes the right decision in the end. I’m feeling that it’ll still be Will even though their future together seems far-fetched. I can’t wait for the last installment! Can’t bloody wait!

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Meghan Chase is the typical high school girl who wants to fit in. She’s unpopular, not that rich, and has a big crush on the football player . You would take one look at her life and decide it’s boring. However, everything turns upside down after her little brother, Ethan, disappears. She discovers the children stories she’s known when she was a child were true, that faeries are true, that her bestfriend, Robbie is one of them, and his name is Puck, not only that, she’s the daughter of King Oberon! She goes to Nevernever on a quest to find her missing brother. But she’ll soon find out a deeper dilemma that is much bigger than her losing her brother.

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa brings back the pleasure of reading fantasy novels like The Harry Potter series, The Fablehaven series, with all its magical creatures and a new facsinating world (Nevernever) you’d surely want to explore. It also reminds me of Narnia, I guess it’s because how they first got there is through a closet. It is divided into two courts : the summer court (Seelie Court) and the winter court (Unseelie Court) where a winter prince named Ash lives. He’s handsome but I didn’t like that he’s cold I mean literally cold because i can’t imagine it without a vampire stalker lurking into my mind. I also hoped it didn’t made references to A Midsummer’s Night Dream because I was clueless as to what it is. It became interesting because its characters are personified in the book, namely Robin Goodfellow, Tatiana, Oberron, etc. But it’s probaly for those who have read and can relate to it, right? The heroine is great, she’s brave and has a heart to the ones she loves. And I also like Grimalkin, always helpful and interesting. It reminds me of the cat in the Alice in Wonderland. Also, the author made emphasis on the baneful effects of technology, it’s definitely cliche but it’s good to read a different plot now and then.

The ending went pretty well and it kept me guessing whether Ash will still surrender Meghan to the queen. So I have to read the next book to know what’ll happen! All in all it was a good story, this is a must read to anyone who is a fan of fantasy novels. 

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I admit I’m not a fan of vampire novels, plain curiosity is the only reason why I decided to read this one. I’ve seen its books in most bookstores, heard so many people liked it, and the mere fact that it is so popular among young adults I thought I’d try it. 

So after reading, I thought it was okay but not quite great to give it five stars. I liked that it obviously steered clear from what I didn’t like to encounter in vampire novels. There’s no sparkly vampires and the awkwardly cheesy love story, but rather it introduces a whole new concept like Morois, Strigois, Dragomirs, Dhampirs, and Guardians. Well, I can’t say anything bad about the story because in all fairness it was good and it ended pretty well. 

The love story was sufficient, and by “sufficient” I mean it didn’t drag on too long and overpower the entire story. However, the whole time I’m reading the Rose-Dimitri moments I was thinking.. “Why does he have to be older than her? Why does he need to be Lissa’s guardian?”…. When Dimitri says the line “If I let myself love you, I won’t throw myself in front of her. I’ll throw myself in front of you,” it got stuck in my mind. That made me pause and wonder if they have a future together. I think they’d be great together. I guess I’ll have to read the sequel to know. 

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

I can’t believe that there will actually come a time that i can say “I really like the Mortal Instruments series!” because yes! now it’s true! I used to look at it displayed at the bookstores with its shining pedestal and think of its undeserved popularity like some novels i’ve became tired of mentioning. After reading the first novel, it was good, a bit predictable, and depressing in the end. I didn’t even want to make a review, not with disappointment in the back of my mind, not with Jace having Clary as his sister, not with a doomed love story. Well, it’s different now because I’m writng a review! It’s different now because I’m smiling like an insane creature. And it’s all because of the awesomazing time I had reading this. I’m praising this novel not just because of the good news everyone’s been waiting for ( Finally Jace and Clary are not related! yay!), but it’s also because of the complexity the plot has turned into. The ending was kind of epic with the all the battles going on. And I like that the revelations keep on coming. I also came to adore the characters. Clary became brave and powerful. Let’s not forget about Jace, I sympathized and  pitied him for his fate, for the love he can never have, and the risks he’s willng to take. Simon is always the good friend but he’s no more a mundane, a great vampire! And Sebastian, who would have thought there will be an additional character who plays a big part on the story. I was truly caught off guard by the reveltion of his true identity. And of course, a special mention to Jocelyn Fairchild, finally! that’s a relief, i thought she’d be a sleeping beauty forever. I’m also glad that Valentine’s already taken care of but there’s still the questionable death/disappearance of Sebastian. Now, I’m looking forward to what will happen in the fourth book. The demons or enemies they have to face, the unexpected twists to their story, and the romance people can’t get enough of.

I’m forever in love with JACE!!! 

“I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there’s a life after that, I’ll love you then.”

Jace and Clary all the way!!