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!

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!!