Saturday, 28 July 2012

City Of Lost Souls By Cassandra Clare

City of lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Well Im sad to say I had a brilliant review of this written up and Then My memory stick decides to up and die on me. Probably my own fault for only keeping one copy, However I decided I needed to go and write another one. This is the fifth book in The Mortal Instruments books and it took me back to the first few books. The 4th book wasnt what #I expected it to be and was a little disappointed in it. But when I got my hands on the 5th book I dived right into it and Im so happy I did. Cassandra Clare is back on form and I loved it.

I'll try keep this to a minimum and not give too much away, however if you havent read the first four books please dont read any further!

What they say:
The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missingbut so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay awaynot from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Liliths dying magic has wroughtJace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentines evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?

Only a small band of Clary and Jaces friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved and that the fate of the Shadowhunters future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.
And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jaces soul. Shes willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?
Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

Oh, by the angel!

My Review:
City of Lost Souls starts two weeks after City of Fallen Angels ended. They are all looking for Jace and it a little heartbreaking. The clave start the search for them but still get no result, so they de-prioritize the search. Clary and her friends decide to take matters into their own hands.

Then we find out that Jace has not in fact been kidnapped. Things are much, much, worse. Sebastian binds Jace to him. What Sebastian feels and thinks Jace feels and thinks. However whereas Sebastian can control Jaces actions and emotions, this factor is not vice versa. Whatever physical damage happens to Jace, also affects Sebastian, the only good thing to come out of this horrible connection.

Clary was still her ever-fearless and reckless self, trying to save Jace from the evil clutches of Sebastian. But at times I was wondering was she living in a dream world instead of trying to find a way to help Jace.

The thing I loved most about this book was that it went into the relationships of the other Characters in the book and I found this so interesting. Simon is still very nerdy and very sarcastic. He deals with his problems in his own way. Isabelle, on the other hand, was a lot more admirable in this book than she had been previously. She lets her walls down and I enjoyed it. Perhaps Simon draws out the better side of her. I enjoyed the growing romance between the two of them, and, as always, Simon kept things thoroughly entertaining. Maia and Jordan, were two characters I grew to warm towards in this book after having very little opinion of them previously. It was interesting to understand them better when the story shifted to their perspective.

I was always enjoyed Alecs character but he annoyed me to no end in this book and you just wanted to shake him and tell him to wake the hell up!

The plot, as expected in a Mortal Instruments book, was full of surprises and twists, and nothing short of brilliant. And it didnt disappoint me at all. By the time I got to the end I was wanting more. The wait for the next book in the instalment will be torture but at least we will have clockwork princess out early next year YAY!

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Book Review: Partials by Dan Wells

Hi all, so sorry its been awhile but life got in the way as its does now and again. I've decided my first post in awhile is going to be a book review. Its my first book review, I do these reviews for  a work blog so weasn't sure how to do them here aswell and then I just thought I write them I might aswell post them here too ;)

Partials by Dan Wells

Dan Wells is An American horror and Science fiction Writer. He Published his first book when he was 22 and he live in Utah. Partials is his 5th book and he has also published many short stories.
Release date: February 2012

The Plot..

The year is 2076, and the world has been decimated after the Partials, genetically engineered super soldiers, rebelled against their human creators. Having replaced the world’s armies, humans were unable to defend themselves when the Partials launched their attacks. It was a biological weapon, a deadly virus known as RM, that managed to wipe out 99.9% of the world’s human population. The Partials retreated after the RM plague and haven’t been seen for eleven years, but now the human race is on the verge of extinction as every newborn in the survivor settlement of East Meadow on Long Island succumbs to the virus.

The survivors themselves are inexplicably immune to RM, but the inability to produce new generations threatens to put the final nail in the coffin that was humanity. In response to this overwhelming problem, the government of East Meadow created the Hope Act: a law that requires all women age 18 and over to be pregnant at all times.

Sixteen-year-old Kira Walker was only five when RM was released, but she still remembers a time before every infant died within hours of birth. Kira works as a medic in East Meadow hospital’s maternity unit. Everyday she helps her fellow scientists try to discover a cure for RM by studying the newborns before they quickly die. When her best friend Madison becomes pregnant, however, Kira is determined that her baby will live. Convinced that the answer to curing RM lies in the physiology of the Partials, all of whom are immune to the virus, Kira sets out for the deserted island of Manhattan with one mission: to bring a live Partial back to East Meadow and find a cure.

My Thoughts on the whole thing...

When I first picked up this book it was because I had been seeing its cover on my many blogs and a lot of bloggers where saying that this was the next best thing. I wasn't convinced and decided the best course of action was to read it myself. I was a bit worried that this book would be irritatingly similar to other dystopian books out there at the moment, but was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't like that at all. Although it definitely had some concepts from other popular books, TV shows or movies, the overlap didn’t bother me. In fact, I found the author’s take to be fresh and interesting.

One of my favourite things about this novel was the fact that it had a strong, intelligent female protagonist, Kira. Not only is she described as beautiful, she is also very smart, explaining the science of her research to us readers and giving teen girl’s a positive role model. She is proud of her knowledge and uses it for a purpose she believes in.

I’m looking forward to seeing how Kira develops in the following installments, and can’t wait to read Fragments when it’s released in 2013

A Review...

Continuing the dystopian craze that seems to have taken over young adult literature is Dan Wells’ Partials, the exciting and well-written first installment in a new post-apocalyptic series for teens. A cross between Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, Battlestar Galactica and Terminator, some common ideas (i.e. the revolting robot/machine, world-ending plague, totalitarian government, etc.) get a fresh and interesting take in this novel.

From the beginning, it is clear that the Partials, the human race’s enemy number one, are going to have a role in curing the deadly RM virus. Unraveling exactly what that role will be is one of the most intriguing parts of the story. The author does an excellent job of creating an action packed plot, making Partials an ideal recommendation for male readers who want something exciting. Teen girls will also find a lot to identify with in Kira, the smart and dedicated scientist who is determined to save the life of her best friend’s unborn baby.

Unlike other dystopian novels, and young adult novels in general, the romantic part of the novel takes a bit of a backseat to the rest of the story. Readers might pick up on a potential future love triangle, but the book isn’t particularly lovey-dovey, adding to its male appeal. Overall, Partials is an enjoyable and interesting beginning to a series with lots of potential. The sequel, Fragments, is set to be released in 2013

If you liked this, you might like..

Eve by Anna Carey, The Pledge by Kimberly Derting, The Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano, The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, Legend by Marie Lu, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Divergent by Veronica Roth.