Sunday, September 16, 2012

Life and stuff

So, once again my life has gotten a little crazy. I have just recently started my senior year of high school, and there have been some family emergencies recently. Because of all the complications related to that, I haven't had much time to read. I'm sad to say that there won't be many blog posts for a while - at least until I get caught up on some reading. My Goodreads page will still be updated with my progress, and I will try to make video updates when I can. I'm sorry that life has, once again, taken away from a good read.

If you would like me to read something, or are just interested in my thoughts on a book, please comment below and let me know which stories I'm missing.

Thank you,

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Clockwork Prince - Cassandra Clare (Infernal Devices #2)

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
It took me a while to start reading this book, mostly because, while I was fond of Clockwork Angel, and Cassandra Clare is a fantastic author, it wasn't one of my favorite books. I am happy to say that this book just so happens to be one of my favorite sequels. My heart both soared and broke with the characters in this sequel. So many things happened and so many new things were brought to light. You learned more about the institute, and a certain sarcastic warlock has resurfaced. I don't know how to review this book, because it was just that awesome. I will say that I am team Will, and the massive cliffhanger at the end of this book makes my anticipation for Clockwork Princess, the final book in the Infernal Devices trilogy, that much more.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Golden Lily - Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2)The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy spinoff series

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students--children of the wealthy and powerful--carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead's breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.
Before I review the masterpiece that is The Golden Lily, I would like to take a moment to freak out. OHMYGOD THE GOLDEN LILY AND ADRIAN AND OHMYGOD.

Now that that's over with, let's get into the review. We meet a few new characters in this sequel, and there is a lot more drama and y'know in true Mead fashion, the dreaded love triangles. Not to mention helping to plann a wedding and trying to make sure that your charges don't get killed by some crazy people while trying to protect the Mori princess and her friends. Oh, and homework. That's important too.

There was some awesome character development in this sequel, along with some heart break and things of that nature. Sometimes I just really really REALLY wanted to bash a speaker on Sydney's head because it's so utterly obvious that Adrian and her need to get together. But, then again, maybe that's just me going down with this ship. You get to see more of the supporting characters, and Eddie! My heart. I just can't even form the words right now.

Also, there's a new group of bad guys. So, that poses a problem.

So many things happened in this book that it's hard to review. It was awesome - obviously, it's Richelle Mead - and I would definitely rate it 5/5 stars. In true Mead fashion, there is another cliffhanger, and there are definitely some questions that NEED to be answered. Especially after an epic ending like that. Oh, and have I mentioned Adrian?

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