Monday, December 16, 2013

City of Ashes

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; First Edition edition (March 25, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1416914293
  • Author: Cassandra Clare
  • Cover art: My least favorite of the series
  • Obtained: My personal bookshelf
  • Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father? (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

After the way book one ended, I was eager to read this one. It's been a while and I'm just now reviewing it. 
I really like this series and I love the way Clare has formed her characters, she makes us care about them in a genuine way. Not all authors can accomplish this, when reading this book, I think of Jace and Clary as actual people, people I would love to sit down with and have a cup of coffee.

I love how Simon has developed as a character in this one and the way Jace changed from the first page of this book to the last. We got to learn a lot more about him then we have in the first book. 

We get to see more of Magnus which is always a treat, his character is fabulous! This is such a great series and I'll be sad when it ends but I look forward to being able to re read it over and over.

If you  have yet to read this series, you should, it's fastpace, fun and funny!

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Cinders and Sapphires

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Press (January 22, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1423171179
  • Author: Leila Rasheed
  • Cover art: I love it!
  • Obtained: My personal bookshelf
  • Overall rating:**** out of 5 stars

Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews

One house, two worlds...

Rose Cliffe has never met a young lady like her new mistress. Clever, rich, and beautiful, Ada Averley treats Rose as an equal. And Rose could use a friend. Especially now that she, at barely sixteen, has risen to the position of ladies’ maid. Rose knows she should be grateful to have a place at a house like Somerton. Still, she can’t help but wonder what her life might have been had she been born a lady, like Ada.

For the first time in a decade, the Averleys have returned to Somerton, their majestic ancestral estate. But terrible scandal has followed Ada’s beloved father all the way from India. Now Ada finds herself torn between her own happiness and her family’s honor. Only she has the power to restore the Averley name—but it would mean giving up her one true love . . . someone she could never persuade her father to accept.

Sumptuous and enticing, the first novel in the At Somerton series introduces two worlds, utterly different yet entangled, where ruthless ambition, forbidden attraction, and unspoken dreams are hidden behind dutiful smiles and glittering jewels. All those secrets are waiting . . . at Somerton. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

This has been on my shelf since it was released, I finally picked it up and read it. I enjoyed it a lot, for me the one thing that knocked it down from 5 stars to 4 is the fact that within the first 50 pages or so I had already guessed the big twist at the end.  It was pretty easy to guess, but it was still a good twist. 

The writing style was good, the characters were great and the dialog was well done. The interactions between characters didn't seem to be forced at anytime.

I am looking forward to book two in January, I'm interested to see where all the characters are going to go from where they are now. I do hope that we get to follow the character to India, I'd like to see the characters in a different setting to see how or if they would change in anyway.

I liked Ada, she was really cool a very headstrong woman in a time that frowned upon women being headstrong.

If you are a fan of Downton Abby or Wentworth Hall, I would recommend this book.

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