cassandra clare

Where have I been? UPDATE

Ummm, hello lovely devoted blog reader who has obviously stuck by me through my extremely varying posts lately. I appreciate you, thank you.

It has now been 3 months since I drafted this post, yes 3 months since I was actually going to post my where have I been schpeal. That’s pretty ironic. But here it is…

First of all, I’d like to apologize for my lack of posts on this platform, even though there’s been around 1-2 posts a month, so I haven’t been completely awol, that’s not good enough to me. Basically, the reason I have been so absent from everything this year is because I’m in my last year of schooling! (cue the party) I’m so excited for that to be done with on November 9th when I finish my last exam (squeals), and then I’ll be annoying all of you with a lot more weird and whacky content. *5o people unfollow right now*

Please stay… hahaha

I miss being able to have the time to sit down and really focus on writing a blog post (the only reason I’m able to do it right now is because I’m on a 2 week break). I also miss having time to be able to take pictures for TheBookGram, which if you’re reading this, I’m guessing is probably where you came from. I haven’t been neglecting that as much as this, but still haven’t been putting out as much as I’d like.

One more thing, I really miss reading. Reading has been a rather foreign concept for me this year. Whenever I’m not super busy with study, I’m usually so tired that I end up watching TV shows, which is in no way a bad thing because that is hugely another passion of mine that has really grown this year. But I wish I read more. I guess it’s no

I guess it’s no ones fault but my own, maybe it’s  schools fault a little though, or a lot.  Reading rarely occurs now without stressful thoughts appearing in my mind that makes me unable to concentrate on what I’m reading. I think that’s why Harry Potter has been such a prominent thing in my life lately, I mean, reading the books for the first time in my last year of schooling is pretty cool.

I just can’t wait to be able to do things guilt free again, and never have to worry about school, or the things that come with it ever again. I’m also kinda excited to try and start creative writing more, and maybe share my stories with you guys.
I apologize for this being a sort of rant-filled update, but hey, if you read this far, I applaud you!

For now, I just want to say thank you so, so much to those of you who have stuck by me through my strange content schedule, etc. I appreciate you all so much, and honestly am so excited to be able to join in more with the community towards the end of the year.

November 9, 4:15 pm, I’m coming for you with everything I have.

Until next time,

Kate XOXO

 

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: City of Fallen Angels

Author: Cassandra Clare

Pages: 435

Read: 29th March, 2016

Rating: 4.90/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

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, 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. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary 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.


REVIEW:

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Writing: 4.89/5

“Or maybe it’s just that beautiful things are so easily broken by the world.”

Let’s start off by saying YES, this is the Mortal Instruments book I have been waiting for! The hype is lived up to in this instalment, even though this isn’t the most popular book with majority of people in the series. But oh well, each to their own I guess.

Let’s talk characters…

So, a lot of this novel was very Simon-based, especially during the beginning and I absolutely loved that! Simon is such a funny and interesting character to follow, and the incorporation of Kyle/Jordan into the story was so fantastic, especially to see the dynamic between those two.
I found Jordan to be a great addition to the story, and also his past with Maia really just made him all the more loveable (in a way…)
Jace was 50 thousand times more interesting in this fourth instalment, he was so complex and I just loved to read about him. I previously hadn’t loved him as much as I perhaps wanted to, but I sure do now!
Even Clary didn’t annoy me quite as much as she usually does in this book, but maybe that’s simply because she wasn’t really in it much…
Izzy was a delight to read about once again, and I’m so glad she was featured in this book a lot more than the previous one. I am hoping for even more of her and Alec in the next instalment.

From the start, I knew this book was going to be my favourite in the series so far, and I was not wrong! I loved every moment of the book, and surprisingly didn’t find myself bored at any point throughout it, which was one of my problems with the previous 3 books. It was so action packed, and even when it wasn’t enough was happening to hold my interest the entire time.

The whole Lilith plot was so intriguing and fast-paced, and I absolutely loved it! I also loved seeing the Magnus/Alec dynamic, and the kick-ass partnership of Alec and Isabelle towards the end.

The humour and sarcasm in this book was just the best. It had me constantly laughing out loud and feeling all the feels along with the characters.

This is definitely my favourite book in The Mortal Instruments so far, and I can’t wait to continue on with the last 2 and finally feel the satisfaction of completing this series!

That’s all,

Kate 🙂

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: City of Glass

Author: Cassandra Clare

Pages: 491

Read: 27th March, 2016

Rating: 3.80/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

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?


REVIEW:

Plot: 3.5/5

Characters: 4/5

Writing: 3.5/5

I’m already dreading writing this review before I even start because I literally read this for over a month (thanks school), so bare with me if I have trouble remembering things, anyway here we attempt to go…

Let me start off by saying this book was huge, and I feel like it really didn’t need to be. That’s one thing I am not so fond of in Cassie’s books (minus Clockwork Princess), is how massive they are, and the descriptions of things that just aren’t necessary to the story whatsoever, and honestly don’t add anything so much as annoy me. I ended up skimming some descriptive parts because they just didn’t hold my interest at all.

In terms of characters, Clary really annoys me, I just find her to be a little whiny and selfish, but I think that may change as the series progresses. I hope.
Simon is right up there as one of my favs, I adore his snarkiness and he has the best one-liners, apart from Jace and Alec.
I’m sad we didn’t see much of Alec at all throughout this installment, and I hope that changes in book 4 because he really intrigues me.
Also we meet good old Sebastian in this book, and let me tell you, I’m placing all bets right now that that guy is so not dead. Low-key hoping we get to see a little more of him, although I’m still not sure of my feelings for him yet.

I’m so, so glad the brother/sister storyline is over now, it was so long-winded and driving me insane to be honest, because I just knew it was obviously not going to be true.

Although I enjoyed this book, most of the last 200 pages I just wanted it to be over, as I felt not much actually happen (just a hella lot of description, uh) and it was so predictable to me.

I’m really looking forward to reading City of Fallen Angels now, which I have already started and am really liking so far. I hope the series takes a bit of a different turn now that the original ‘trilogy’ part of it is over. I’ll be honest and say although I have enjoyed it, it hasn’t been the best so far for me, but as always I’m holding out hope for the future novels.

That’s all,

Kate 🙂

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Clockwork Princess, Book 3 in The Infernal Devices trilogy

Author: Cassandra Clare

Pages: 570

Read: 24th January, 2016

Rating: 4.89/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.


REVIEW:

Plot: 4.5/5

Characters: 5/5

Writing: 4.5/5

This is the first Cassandra Clare book that I’ve read the whole way through without taking a 5 month long break between…success!

I really enjoyed this book! I listened to a few chapters of it on audiobook when I wasn’t able to sit down and physically read, and I loved doing that. The audiobook was narrated by Daniel Sharman teen wolf represent and I feel like he did an amazing job, loved it!

Even though this book was 570 pages long, it didn’t really feel that long, I mean it took me a week to read but it still didn’t feel like the story was compacted into 570 pages.

Cassandra Clare has this unique way of enticing you into her world and gripping you with your full attention, hence why I can’t read her books very quickly. However I feel like I may be becoming more accustomed to her writing because I found this one easier to read than her other books. So that’s exciting considering I have 4 books left in TMI to read…ahh.

The characters in this novel were amazing, I just loved the different personalities and relationships they had with one another. Will and Jem have this incredible bond due to being parabatai, and that really shows throughout this instalment especially due to everything that went on… I found this to be the most important relationship in the series, even not being a romantic one.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where I quite loved all the side characters as much as I did this one. Throughout the novel I just grew closer to the characters and really cared for them more than I ever had in the previous instalments. Shoutout to Sophie, Henry, Charlotte, Gideon, Gabriel, Cecily, Jessamine, Magnus (who I now get the hype for) and even Bridget because without them, this series wouldn’t have been as good as it was.

There was so many moments in this book that either made me smile, literally laugh out loud, or make not-for-public-viewing facial expressions…or all at one time. I found this final instalment to be much more action packed, fast paced and fun from the very start than the other two, which I loved! Also, once again Clare provides the most amazing quotes with equal amazing delivery by the characters, which honestly aided in my growing love for the characters. Loved.

I loved the way it wrapped up, though bittersweet I couldn’t have imagined it any other way. I was expecting a-lot worse because of what I’ve heard about everyone crying throughout this whole book, but I’m not really a book-cryer so I was safe.

All-in-all, I really enjoyed this trilogy, it was fun, hilarious, heartbreaking, sweet and emotion-inducing. It’ll be sad to say goodbye to these characters, I can still remember reading the first book so clearly, I’m not quite sure why but these books feel special to me. It was just so beautiful.

Yeah that’s it,

Kate 🙂