November & December

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November Reads:

  • The Mark of Athena
  • The Bane Chronicles
  • Tiger’s Curse
  • The Iron Legends
  • Second Chance Summer

December To-Reads:

  • The Giver
  • The Scorch Trials
  • In The Afterlight
  • Beautiful Wedding
  • A Thousand Pieces of You
  • Dissonance
  • Ruby Red
  • Let it Snow

Review:

The Bane Chronicles:

https://jamminsinfinitebookshelf.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/review-the-bane-chronicles/

Second Chance Summer:

https://jamminsinfinitebookshelf.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/review-second-chance-summer/

Angelfall:

https://jamminsinfinitebookshelf.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/review-angelfall-3/

Review: Angelfall

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Title: Angelfall

Author: Susan Ee

Genre: Supernatural

Rating: 8/10

Type: Paperback

Date Read: 4th September, 2013

No. in Series: #1

I actually like this book the more I think about it. It actually the first angel book I’ve read where it is an angel apocalypse. I have read many, many angel books so that is what caught my attention and then I read the plot and I was like “GIMME!!!” It was very interesting, intriguing and shocking.

This book is about this girl, Penryn who has to recruit the help of an angel, Raffe whose race has started an apocalypse, in order to rescue her disabled sister from the angel’s clutches. It basically follows the survival story and the eventual love between the two main characters.

This book was very different from what I expected. I expected it to be a sweet story about how an angel defied his race to be with this human girl, and in the background would be the apocalypse. I couldn’t be more wrong. This book is very confronting, action-packed and gruesome and the relationship isn’t even cute it is actually very deadly and not cute-deadly actually deadly.

I really liked Penryn, she was so badass, so funny, so sarcastic, so amazing, so powerful, so strong. *Sigh* I just love her so much. I admire her so much and the strength she has because the situations she is put into, is not for the weak-hearted.

Penryn and Raffe’s conversations are so hilarious and it such a lightener to this dark book. They sarcasm, retorts and just bickering is so amusing to read especially when they are arguing during a fight where they are about to die.

This book is very confronting and shocking. It reminded a bit of the show, The 100, because it had cannibalistic scenes (which were so disgusting) and many disgusting parts which had me gagging and not wanting to read more of like mutant children, like what can be more creepy then mutant children? Just, ugh. Some of the creatures described, that if I met them would make me pee. I honestly think that I would die in the first 4 seconds. Pathetic, I know.

This is definitely a real post-apocalyptic book. There are quite a few out there but many down-play what it would actually be like but this book is very realistic and vivd. Susan Ee has not softened the story at all. This book is very high up on the good apocalyptic book scale.

Review: Second Chance Summer

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Title: Second Chance Summer

Author: Morgan Matson

Genre: Contemporary

Rating: 9/10

Type: Paperback

Date Read: 24th November, 2014

I really liked this book even though it made me cry various times throughout, which is okay I don’t mind. I thought that it was beautifully written and arranged and all characters were written so well that I felt like I knew them. I loved the setting and thought that it was described wonderfully.

This book is about a girl who used to spend every summer up in Pocono with her family but she hasn’t for 5 years. Now at 17, she is going up to their lake house there for the summer because her Dad is dying and wants the family to spend his last months together.

I thought that this was written amazingly and I just love Morgan Matson and the way she described everything that was going on and their surroundings was just beautiful. I got such a clear image of where the characters were every second of the book.

I liked Taylor and I really felt for her and I understood why she did everything. I really connected to her and I could see myself doing everything she was doing in that situation. Even though she did do something that was pretty mean, she was 12. Get over it!

I really liked Henry. Who couldn’t? I was laughing when Taylor mentioned him taking off his shirt and being amazed. I just could picture Henry so well that I immediately liked him and was so crushed when Taylor did what she did because I love Henry and I wish everyone does.

I liked their relationship. It was normal. Unlike in various books, it wasn’t five seconds of dating, let’s have sex. No, they gradually worked their way through the relationship at a normal speed and that was probably my favourite part, just reading about them getting to re-know each other.

Even though their was a love aspect to it, this book was centred around family. I felt like I was one of the family, I loved how they never really hung out before and they didn’t have anything in common until they all had to lean on each other for support and they discovered something about themselves and everybody else in their family. It was beautiful to watch the slow transition.

I guess you can tell that you are going to cry in this book or if you’re stronger then me, you’ll just tear up but it is quite sad but only for maybe 20 pages. It has this anxious waiting theme to it throughout the book and that is more saddening but it also was this discovery theme to it and that makes you speed through it.

Review: The Bane Chronicles

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Title: The Bane Chronicles

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Supernatural, Fantasy & Paranormal

Rating: 7/10

Type: Paperback

Date Read: 21st November, 2014

I enjoyed this book. I’m not fangirling over it but it was definitely very interesting to know more about Magnus and all the people he has meet in his life. I always found very interesting but now knowing I know he has become such a more complex character then I ever thought. I did know that Magnus knew a lot of people but I never knew just how far down the bloodline he knew.

The story is basically about Magnus’ life and all his adventures and friends he has made on the way. This book will be incredibly more enjoyable if you read TMI and TID first.  I also do not recommend at all reading this review without reading all of the TMI and TID books.

TMI #1 Review:

https://jamminsinfinitebookshelf.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/review-city-of-bones/

Favourite Story:
Saving Raphael Santiago.

Least Favourite Story:
What Really Happened in Peru

What Really Happened in Peru:

This was an interesting story and definitely was a good choice to put first because it established all the characters and we got to know them and their personalities which is important in later stories but it just wasn’t as fun to read then the other stories. I mean, it is funny and interesting and the reason why he is banned from Peru is very amusing.

The Runaway Queen:
I am very interested in history so I was happily surprised when I figured out that the runaway queen was Queen Marie Antoinette. This story just brought a new view on the story which everyone knows but from Magnus’ point of view, the Queen was a victim and was wrongly killed. I found it very interesting to read about such a historic event from a different view. I love how Magnus mentions his fondness for men with black hair and blue eyes.

Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale:
Honestly, when I started this story I was so overjoyed to maybe seeing Will as a child or something but no, of course Cassandra wouldn’t let me have that joy. I was really interested to see Magnus meet Camille and learn how and when they first met because it is always mentioned that they have know each other a very long time but no-one ever mentions exactly how long. I really enjoyed their meeting it was so funny and just so Magnus. Edmund is quite a weird character. I had no idea that Magnus had met him and I don’t think Magnus ever mentions meeting him. I loved how Will’s parents met and I liked that I got to see that because we don’t really know much about Will’s family. I was so angry and sad at the Institute when they tortured Edmund so he could not be a shadow hunter anymore.

The Midnight Heir:
Finally some Will Herondale! Even though he is probably like 30, I will take it. I understand that this story is left open so that people will want to read TLH series but could I at least have a bit more answers? I liked how Magnus, Will and Tessa are still friends which I hoped for sincerely so much. I liked that we got to see the trio; Jem, Will and Tessa, back together and I just felt so bad for them. I loved the mention of the ducks because you can’t be a Herondale without mentioning ducks. I don’t really like James so much, maybe once I learn the reason for his behaviour, I will like him more but I just found him intolerable. Which is really weird considering he is acting like Book 1, Will. The whole thing with Grace and Tatiana, I can’t even begin to understand.

The Rise of The Hotel Dumont:
I didn’t really like this one as much as the rest. It was quite interesting and I liked to know how the hotel became just a hotel to the home of the entire New York vampires. I liked that aspect of it but I didn’t enjoy the whole GFC and Alfie because it wasn’t interesting and I thought that Alfie’s love was going to be someone important but we didn’t even meet her so alright then. I did however like the cliffhanger, I liked the last sentence. And for everyone who has read it, you understand what I mean.

Saving Raphael Santiago:
* Do not read underlined words unless you have read COHF. *
As previously stated, this was my favourite one. I just liked it because it took simple character who is described as being uncaring, bloodthirsty vampire who eats innocents to such a complex character. I really enjoyed getting to know more and more about Raphael and his story and how he became a vampire and how he became the leader. The further and further I read on, the more and more I liked him because he is not a bloodthirsty monster, he has emotions and a soul. The way he prepares to meet his family is just so heartbreaking and you just love him even more. The dynamic between Raphael and Magnus is so comical and had me laughing so many times. I laughed so hard of Raphael’s reaction when Ragnor presumed they were dating. My favourite bit was when Ragnor said “Blerondale.” This explains why Raphael did what he did in COHF for Magnus, but now knowing more about him. I feel so much worse about it all. I cried just thinking about it.

The Fall of The Hotel Dumont:
I didn’t really like this one either. I didn’t like seeing the vampires as pathetic and so pitiful. I felt so bad for Magnus for having to witness Camille’s downfall which is I guess why Catarina did what she did and I really liked her after that. I liked that we knew that Raphael wasn’t involved at all, thank god.

What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway):
I think the first sentence had me laughing which just sets the tone for this story. This story is funny and light and just fun to read. I really liked it when the demon mentioned Will but called him Bill, that made me laugh. I laughed so much when Magnus mocked Ragnor for talking so much about Raphael. I also found is heart-warming that all the characters were so close and still talked even though they might’ve not seen each other in 40 years. I think that is real friendship. I just realised in this story (yes, I’m a bit slow) that Magnus would’ve known the entire time in the TMI series that Isabelle was wearing his necklace. It went from Magnus-Camille-Magnus-Will-Cecily and all the way down to Isabelle.

The Last Stand of The New York Institute:
This story is probably is most depressing and is the most heavy one. I just can’t imagine how it must’ve been like living as a Downworlder when the Circle was roaming around. It would’ve been terrifying and I felt for Magnus and all his friends who had to be careful everywhere they went. I knew of The Circle but I didn’t realise how ruthless and vicious they were and just how much of a following Valentine had. It was just so sad to Stephen Herondale like that and I felt the same of Magnus did. It was just so saddening to see so many lives lost just because some bloodthirsty maniac had convinced them that killing innocents was justified. Seeing Tessa and Clary meet was just so cute.

The course of True Love (And First Dates):
This story was also really funny but also awkward and it was funny just how awkward it was. I just loved seeing them together and how perfect they are together because they are so opposite. I really liked seeing Alec come into his own person and step out from the shadows of Jace and Isabelle and realise just how amazing his can be without them. This story was just so cute, sweet and funny. I ship Malec.

The Voicemail of Magnus Bane:
*Do not read underlined bit if you haven’t read COG*
This was just so funny and amusing and even though it wasn’t technically a story it was still entertaining. I especially loved the voicemails of the people who were forced to make the voicemail especially Simon’s because his was just so funny. I honestly didn’t even remember what happened to Ragnor in COG, but it was mentioned in a voicemail and I realised what happened and I was so sad. I really got to know Ragnor and even though he was so annoying, I grew to like him and I was looking forward to hearing more about him in future books.

Review: Pushing the Limits

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Title: Pushing the Limits

Author: Katie McGarry

Genre: Contemporary

Rating: 8.5/10

Type: Paperback

Date Read: 28th September, 2013

No. in Series: #1

I love this book and I love this series so much. This has to be one of my favourite contemporary series of all time.  It is just so good and so intriguing and so easy to get into the story quickly. I just love this book and this series so much that I could cry.

This book is all about loss and grief and learning how to deal with it. This book follows Noah who has just come out of foster care and is trying to get custody of his two little brothers with the help of the student councillor. This book also follows Echo who used to be popular until one night changed everything and she became a social-outcast, the only thing is that she can’t remember what happened the night that everything changed.

Thank god, I’m really mature for my age because this book has some very intense and confronting scenes and if I wasn’t really mature I never would’ve been able to finish this because it just would’ve been too intense and confronting for me.

The love between Echo and Noah is so consuming that you feel like you are in that relationship and trust me, that is a very good thing. I just love every time they are together and hate when they aren’t.

I like Echo as a character because unlike usual contemporary YA female leads, Each was not annoying and whinny and she didn’t mope about her life and Noah. No, she was enjoyable to read about.

Noah. Man, Noah. He is just so damn. Noah is so amazing and I just love the dynamic between him and his brothers. Just when you thought he couldn’t get any hotter; you see him with his brothers and *BAM* he gets hotter.

I actually cried during the book and I did during the scene when Noah is with his brother’s near the end of the book because I just felt for him and just every single character in this entire book.

I cannot express how much I love this book. It is just so realistic and heartbreaking and beautiful and sweet and cute and I just wish I could read this book again for the first time because it is just so amazing.

I actually read the second book in the series first which if totally fine because it doesn’t continue the same story but the characters do occasionally get mentioned as they are  characters from the other books in the series.

Review for Dare you To:

https://jamminsinfinitebookshelf.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/review-dare-you-to/