March 31, 2011

Review: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass

Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Seiries: The Mortal Instruments
Publisher: McElderly Books
Published: 2007

When Clary Fray heads out to the pandemonium club in New York City she hardly expects to witness a murder, much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered in odd markings. This is Clary's first meeting with the shadow hunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons - and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It's also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world, with a vengeance , when her mother disapears and Clary herself is bitten by a demon. But why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the sight? The shadowhunters would like to know...

After the first chapter of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, I was instantly hooked. To everything from the interesting characters, the intriguing plot-line and the mysterious sexy Jace Wayland. After that things only got more interesting and, as Libba Bray - author of Going Bovine -says

"Hold on for a smart, sexy thrill ride!"

I really couldn't agree more! I could not put down this book, and some parts actually brought me to tears! NOTHING brings me to tears!

When I finished the book the only thing that was left unanswered - for me - was the question of  "What happens next?! The cliffhanger and sadness that lingered at the end of the books was heartbreaking which made me go right ahead and read City of Ashes, the second installment, and City of Glass the third book (see reviews below) in the - so called - trilogy.

Overall I rate Cassandra Clare's City of Bones 5 STARS



Title: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Publisher: McElderly Books
Published: 2008

Clary Fray just wishes her life would go back to normal! But what's normal when you're demon-slaying shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and suddenly you can see downworlders like vampires, werewolves, and faeries? Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend Simon but the shadowhunters won't let her go - especially her handsome, infuriating new found brother Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rouge shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil, and also her father. When the second mortal instrument is stolen , the terrifying inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help his father?

In the second installment of The Mortal Instruments things just get more interesting! Jace and Clary's love for each other is getting torn apart by the fact that they are brother and sister. The way the story played out like this I thought was very well done by Clare and the whole story really reflected upon the last book, and though heart-breaking as it was, I flipped through the pages very fast.

The story itself was intriguing and I was pulled right into the plot-line, which took off very well from the last book which I admit was a tiny bit better. Clare seemed to be not as into this next story about Clary and wasn't putting her whole heart in it... which was very saddening.

Nevertheless the story was still AMAZING and I rate it 5 STARS


Title: City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Publisher: McElderly Books
Published: 2009

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 her best friend, 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 prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the The Mortal Instruments.

I loved every bit of this story  the way the words the flowed, the intricate, heartbreaking, powerful plot-line that got you instantly hooked, and the cliffhangers at the end of each chapter as the real story is finally revealed. It was truly amazing, and Cassy outdone herself on this one. Why else would I be literally gripping the edge of my seat wanting to know what happened next? This book is definitely on the same shelf as the well known Harry Potter series and edges by the Percy Jackson phenomenon. Which let me tell you is quite a feat!

Though the beginning was a bit slow-paced I like how Cassandra turned the story into an amazing adventure, and with no doubt in my mind I rate it 5 STARS!

Oh yes! There's one more thing that I have to mention before I sign off! If you were a fan of the originally 3 Mortal Instruments books then hold on to your horses because Cassy's coming out with another 3 Mortal Instruments, and guess what? The fourth installment comes out April 5th. Which I should mention is only 5 DAYS AWAY!

This is the cover for City of Fallen Angels so be ready to get blown away by Cassandra's newest novel!

 Have fun reading,

- Jocelyn AKA Crazy Writer

March 30, 2011

New Reviews - Old Reviews

I've lately been rereading a lot of books leading up to the new releases of 

City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments #4) By Cassandra Clare
Vespers Rising (39 Clues #11) By Rick Riordan
The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles #2) By Rick Riordan

There's more but those are some of my top new releases that I'm waiting for!
Anyways my point is I'm going to post some of my old reviews of the books leading up to these seiries!

Starting... soon,

- Jocelyn AKA Crazy Writer

March 29, 2011

Review: Matched

Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Seiries: Matched
Publisher: Dutton Books
Published: November 2010


Cassia has always trusted their choices. It's hardly a price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one... until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with the impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's ever known and a path no one else has ever dared follow - between perfection and passion.

Matched is a must read and I admit it I judged the book by it's beautiful cover, fortunately I wasn't disappointed and the cover lived up to its looks. I couldn't put down the thrilling tale of Cassia and Ky. I loved how the romance took place in a controlled world in the future. The story focuses on the life of 17 year old Cassia. Everything's going exactly right (of course it is the society's always right!), she's matched with her best friend Xander, she might get the perfect job and then she starts falling for the wrong person. When secrets are shared, rules are broken, and tablets are eaten, Cassia's "perfect life" is thwarted, and the truth about the society is revealed.

What I didn't like about this dystopian fiction was that there seemed to be a lot of un-needed baackround information and the author described what was going on a little too much, with a few unneeded flashbacks, some that didn't make sense.

Overall I really enjoyed Matched by Allie Condie. The book ended with a cliff-hanger one making you want more and more. Luckily for us there's more to come.

Crossed is next in the "Matched Trilogy" and for me November 2011 couldn't come sooner. 

Overall I rate Matched 5 STARS

More reviews coming soon!
- Jocelyn AKA Crazy Writer


March 25, 2011

5 Book Facts about Me AKA Follow Friday #1

 Guess What?! Today's Follow Friday! 
               Don't understand? Here's the deal!

Follow Friday is a weekly event where you check out other's book blogs, follow people, and say HI! Each week there's a different question/ feature. Answer the question on your blog and have fun looking at other's answers! This week the featured blogger is Rebbecca from Confessions of a Page Turner!  
   For more info click below

Inspired by the inane twitter trend of #100factsaboutme, give us five BOOK RELATED silly facts about you.

1. I keep all my books in the best condition except for my favorite ones like Harry Potter.

2. If I read a great series I might not read another series or book until I've read the series at least 3 times in a row.

3. Sometimes I picture characters in my head and totally skip the description. Like now my picture of Jace and Clary from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare are thwarted because I used to picture them differently and now that I know what they really look like I don't know what to think of them!

4. I have two book-shelves and a cabinet and a half of books alone in my room not to mention all the books lying around the house.

5. I've bought most of my books cover-based. Take the Mortal Instruments for example! 

 So join in on the fun and join in the FOLLOW FUN!

March 23, 2011

Review: Pretty Little Liars

Title: Pretty Little Liars
Author: Sara Shephard
Series: Pretty Little Liars
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 2006

Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful. But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished. How do I know? Because I know everything about the bad girls they were, the naughty girls they are, and all the dirty secrets they've kept. And guess what? I'm Telling.
                                                                                                                                          - A

Overall I liked this book. The prologue shows the girls seventh grade year. The year their friend Alison goes missing. It leaves you with a cliff hanger making you want more and more. The coming chapters introduce the main characters Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna and how they go through their daily lives until they all start receiving mysterious emails, texts, and notes signed -A. For anyone interested in books like The Clique I definitely recommend the Pretty Little Liars series.

Something about the series that was a downfall though was the plot-line, which seemed a little too predictable. Though I liked how there was one last note from the mysterious - A left at the end of the book leaving you with a cliffhanger so you wanted to lead right into the next.
And I definitely do!

Flawless is the next in the Pretty Little Liars series and I'm excited to get my hands on it!

Overall I rate Pretty Little Liars 4 STARS.

More reviews coming soon,

- Jocelyn AKA Crazy Writer

March 22, 2011

I review books too!

Wow! I can't believe I've made another blog when I can hardly keep up with my
first one! Silly me always trying to bite off more then I can chew!

For those of you who aren't following me and note I only have 2 actual followers on my other blog... I'm Jocelyn but I also go by Nelly and Crazy Writer. I - after looking at all my friends blogs (and a couple of strangers) - decided that I should become a book reviewer but my blog was full of just about everything else involving my personal life and my writing life I decided adding my book life in there too would be too much so I made this blog.

I will basically just review books (Trying to keep it simple!) But might add a few other juicy tidbits just to keep you interested in the blog.

 Well enough about me let's get book reviewing!

- Jocelyn AKA Crazy Writer