Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Dark Goddess by Sarwat Chadda

Series: Devil's Kiss, Book Two
Publisher: Penguin
Format: Paperback
Published1st July 2010
Number of Pages: 384
Book: Bought
Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural, Urban Fiction, Horror, Thriller, Suspense, Action Adventure, YA, YA-Adult Crossover
Recommended Age: 14+
Contains: Swearing, Loads of Violence... and Death... and Suspense... and Werewolves... Some Alcohol References
No Drug References
Author's Blog:


Billi SanGreal is a Knight Templar and has thrown herself utterly into their brutal regime, shutting herself off from everyone and everything.
But when Billi finds herself at the heart of a savage werewolf attack, she knows their target – a young girl – must be rescued at all costs.
For this is no ordinary girl.  Vasilisa is an avatar with an uncontrollable force within – and it’s not just the werewolves who want her.  The Dark Goddess wants to sacrifice Vasilisa and use her powers to unleash unimaginable catastrophes and devastation.
Can Billi protect Vasilisa from the ancient goddess – and at the same time stop her from destroying the world?

                                                                   Review:
When a book starts with a dead body, you know you're in for a freaking awesome and terrifying adrenaline ride.  I should've expected it anyway.  Those who have read Devil's Kiss will get how good Chadda is at writing horror, deaths, sadness, betrayal, and badass teenager Templar Knights.  Sarwat, you are officially one of my favourite people ever…
The one person Billi SanGreal cared about most is gone.  Her way of coping?  To throw herself into her duties as a member of the Knight Templar.  Fighting the Unholy, saving lives and getting all battered up is a pretty usual night for her.
And then everything goes south.  Because Billi gets caught up in a werewolf attack.  Something unlike anything she's seen before.  
The target?  A little girl named Vasilisa. 
The motive?  Who knows!  
Ok ok, I know.  So does Billi.  And the Knights Templar.  
The girl is... special.  Really special.  Special enough for a secret Unholy organisation with a deadly mission to spring up, intent on stealing her.  
Can Billi keep the girl safe, even when she's totally out of her depth and in a country she doesn't even know?  When she's up against enemies stronger than anything she's ever faced before?
When she's forced to ask a question that could either save or destroy the world...?
And when she starts to fall in love again?
This is Billi Sangreal and she is here to save the world.  Hopefully...
Sarwat Chadda, I officially love you.  Not only have you managed to bring Billi SanGreal back with a bang, but you've brought her back in a story that is somehow even better than Devil's Kiss, in a story that is fast-paced, action-packed, emotional, and at times slightly terrifying.  And how I love every single minute!  
Billi: oh, I love you too!  She's just so funny, so tough, so reluctantly caring, so stubborn and so totally kickass!  I also really love that she just feels so real.  She's flawed but in a totally believable way.  She's tough but also relatable.  She's mature but in a way that's completely truthful to her personality and lifestyle.  She's just the perfect heroine.    And I am just... I don't want to let her go.  I want more of her.  So please, please, please people at Penguin.  Publish the third Billi book!  I will buy a million copies if you'll just PUBLISH it so I can just READ it!!  And damn you, Sarwat, for giving me those first few chapters!  Now I’m even more desperate!
I'm sounding slightly crazy right now so I'll move onto Ivan.  Now, Ivan...  I may have started thinking you were a stuck up Tsarevich, but I love you now and see you for the broken, beautiful, caring, noble guy you are!  I didn't think I'd be able to love someone as much as Kay, but I loved Ivan just as much!  Maybe... maybe even more...  
The rest of the cast was brilliant – and all very varied.  And I'm pleased to say that Sarwat didn't let me down and killed off loads of them!  That sounds really twisted but c'mon!  They're freaking Templar Knights!  I'm sorry, but some of 'em are gonna die.  It's just the way life works, people.  You know, in books about demon hunters anyway...  But still, Sarwat!  Did you have to scare the hell out of me so many times?  I'm not sure how many more of these close shaves and horrible, terrifying fears my nerves and heart can take! 
Right now, in so, so many YA books, it's all about the romance.  Sure, there's like demons or ghosts or whatever, but much of the plot is about the romance.  Dark Goddess is such a refreshing change to that trend!  It's all about the world, the suspense, the horror, the action, the evil and the people.  The romance?  Just the sprinkling on the cake that is this killer of a book.  It doesn't overwhelm the hard, violent story but also adds a nice break – a sweet dash of sugar in this action-packed thriller.  And I loved that.  I really loved it.  And it means that this book, this wonderful wonderful book, is perfect for boys and girls.
I also loved the history of the Bogatyrs: like the Templars, only Russian and led by long-lost descendants of Tsar Nikolas.  Russian history is one of my favourites.  I love Tsarist Russia and absolutely adored all the elements of it in Dark Goddess.  Especially the one where there's a secret organisation led by a secret Romanov.  That's awesome.  And of Baba Yaga.  She is freaking terrifying...  But also just the tour of Russia as it is today.  Ever since Markus Sedgewick's Blood Red, Snow White and Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy, I've wanted to visit Moscow and St Petersburg.  And after reading Dark Goddess I want to go even more!  It all just felt so real – like I was actually there!
One of my favourite things about Sarwat's books is that nothing is sugar coated.  People die.  Like, a lot of people.  There are sacrifices, there are losses and it's not all happily-ever-afters either.  It just completely sets him and his books aside.  Well, that and the plot.  Have I mentioned the plot?  Not really?  Well, it was kickass.  Like seriously.  I never saw the twists coming, I never guessed what would happen next, I never knew who was – and who wasn't – going to die, I never even knew how the book would end – as in, with a fave character's death, more heartache, happy-ever-after or with no world left...  Yup.  That bad.  That good.  Man, I want another book...
Towards the end of the book, I found it really hard to read.  Not because it was a let-down or anticlimactic or anything.  Oh no.  Completely the opposite.  It was just so good I didn't want it to end!  Ever.  Which, if you ask me, is the sign of an amazing book.  And Dark Goddess really truly was an amazing book.  Even better than Devil's Kiss, something I didn't even think Sarwat would be able to manage.  I adored every single moment of this book and just could not put it down, even when I really didn't want it to end...  It didn't make sense to me, either.  But seriously.  If you haven't checked this series out, you absolutely have to.  I don't care if you're thirteen or one hundred, a boy or a girl: you will love this book and you will see it for the unique brilliance that it is.  Trust me.
Dark Goddess started with a dead body and ended with dead bodies – and one hell of a bang.  Now it's time for me to pray, hope and beg for the release of a Billi SanGreal Book Three.  Would it help if I put in a gif of someone begging?  No?  Oh well.  You're getting one anyways, people at Penguin.  This is how serious and desperate I am.  
Because when a series is this good, it should be illegal to stop it.  A death penalty offence.  Which is saying something, since I like in the UK where there is no death sentence, and when I'm against it anyway.  But now do you get how desperate I am?!  I need more Billi, more Ivan, more Templars and more of everything this book is about.  As soon as possible.  Please...

Star Rating:
5 Out of 5



Read this book if you liked:
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
The Demon Trappers by Jana Oliver
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Supernatural

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Happy Reading

Megan

Monday, 3 November 2014

Mortal Coil by Derek Landy

Series: Skulduggery Pleasant, Book Five
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Hardback
Published: 2nd September 2010
Number of Pages: 604
Book: Bought
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Comedy, Urban Fantasy, Thriller, Suspense, Horror, Action-Adventure, Mystery, Children's, YA, Children's-YA Crossover
Recommended Age: 10+
Contains: Violence, Death – Lots And Lots Of Violence And Death! – Gore And Mild Swearing
No Alcohol or Drug References
Skulduggery Pleasant Site: Skulduggery Pleasant

WARNING: COULD CONTAIN SPOILERS... AND A LOT OF FANGIRLING.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED...

“The blonde girl with the black lips turned to Valkyrie.
‘We know,’ she said.  ‘We’ve seen the future.  We know you’re going to kill the world…’”
Skulduggery Pleasant is back, but all is not well in the magical community.  For one thing, there’s an unstoppable assassin with a metal mask on the loose… and for another, Valkyrie has discovered that she is Darquesse, the evil sorceress set to destroy the world.  The problem is, she doesn’t feel she can tell Skulduggery what she’s learned, and so she must try to change her terrible destiny alone.
But the price of changing your destiny is high, and if she fails, she’ll die alone too.
With Valkyrie on her own quest, Skulduggery and the gang are even more vulnerable.  Which is a shame, as the Necromancers have a body-snatching Remnant that they’re about to release…
When no one is who they seem, when she can’t trust her friends and her enemies are closing in from all around her, the only thing Valkyrie can do is run.

                                                                   Review:
"When you're dealing with magic, you can never trust your enemies to stay beaten, or to stay dead…"
So I'm going to try to give the spoiler free version of this plot...
Alright, so Valkyrie Cain just found something out – something huge, so huge she doesn't know what to do. 
So huge and so horrible that she can't even tell her friends...
Something... life shattering...
Meanwhile, the Irish Sanctuary is reeling from... well, the bomb that killed most of them.  It needs to be rebuilt from the bottom up – preferably safely and securely.
Yeah, right.
And on top of all of this, some mysterious people are plotting to take Skulduggery, Valkyrie and the Sanctuary down.  You know.  Again.
Oh, and the Remnants – evil soulless things that killed thousands last time they were free – are walking among the living once again.  And this time, they have a purpose – which is “bloody terrifying”, to quote Tanith Low…
All in all, it really isn't going too well.
But then, when does anything ever go right for this group?
Once again, I'm going to state how much I love the Skulduggery Pleasant series.  And each book is even better than the last.  Take Mortal Coil, for example.  It still had all the action, all the humour, all the fun, all the magic – but it was darker too, more... grown up.  More YA than children's – but still appealing to a pre-teen audience, as well as an older one.  What can I say: the magic that is SP appeals to everyone, everywhere.  It's just so freaking good that it's untrue!  So good, in fact, that I finished this 570-odd paged book in an afternoon – on the edge of my seat and laughing my head off the whole time, of course.  For that is the magic of Skulduggery Pleasant: more addictive than drugs and funnier than Live At The Apollo crossed with hilarious animal videos.  
Valkyrie...  I really felt for the girl in this one.  Poor Val.  Still, she's so strong, even when dealing with all these really tough things.  And funny all the way through, of course!
As for Skulduggery: I love him so much.  I don't care about all the kinds, all his dangerous and borderline-sociopathic tendencies – he's so funny, so good, such a good friend to Val...  I really hope he stays this way…
Tanith: she rocks.  Like totally.  Ghastly is amazing too.  China, whilst being quite cold at times, is awesome.  But Fletcher Renn really stole the show for me.  He kills me – he’s so funny, but if his ego was any bigger, planets would revolve around him.  Seriously.  Also, I've gotta say, I kind of liked Billy-Ray in this one.  He was good... ish and so freaking funny.  And Clarabelle, Grouse's assistant, absolutely killed me – she always does!  She's so ditzy!  It's brilliant and so, so funny!  Val's dad is brilliant too – he, too, is freaking hilarious!  Um, have you gathered that I adore the characters in this book, flaws and all?  You have?  Awesome: moving on.
Once again, Landy's writing is stunning.  Like I've said multiple times, his writing is pure magic.  The dialogue is hilarious and so witty: Landy really knows how to ramp up the suspense and make you laugh all at the same time.  His fight scenes are beyond compare: so vivid and bloody that you can see it all in your mind...
And as for the plot of Mortal Coil: holy hell, Batman!  This plot was nonstop thrills, spills and violence!  Seriously, there were so many freaking twists it was untrue.  I never knew where I would go next.  I also didn't know who would survive til the next chapter: Derek really has a passion for killing off his characters...  Seriously, though, Mortal Coil was dark and exciting and suspenseful and I loved every single moment of this twisting rollercoaster.
I can't believe it took me this long to point it out, but I'm really pleased that Skulduggery Pleasant isn't set in America or even the UK – there are sooo many paranormals set in the USA so one set in Ireland is a really nice change.  The notion of Ireland being "a cradle of magic" is cool too – much, I guess, like the theory behind Sunnydale in Buffy or the house and nexus in Charmed; natural sources of magic and supernatural activity.  This is really turning into a nerdsfest, which wasn't my original point at all (I think) so I'll move on now...
Anyway, what I'm trying to say in this long and rambly fangirly review (well, might as well continue the trend: I have a whole series of fangirly SP reviews – why stop now?!) is that Mortal Coil is the best book in a brilliant series.  I could be stuck on a desert island with any of the SP books and I'd be happy for eternity because they just never get old.  SP is the perfect escape and I will love it forever and ever.  I will also never stop recommending it to everyone, no matter their age, gender, etc – not even when I'm old and grey and meant to pretend I like 'intellectual' books, like War and Peace
So yes.  Mortal Coil is amazing.  And you all need to read SP.  Right now.  I mean it: I can't recommend it enough.
Derek, I love you and you are my god.  I worship you the way the Remnants worship Darquesse.  Maybe that's wrong, but I don't care. 
And on that (mildly disturbing) note: Megan out.

Star Rating:
5 Out of 5






Read this book if you liked:
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
Department 19 by Will Hill
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare



Happy Reading

Megan

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Dark Days by Derek Landy

Series: Skulduggery Pleasant, Book Four
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Hardback
Published: 1st  April 2010
Number of Pages: 320
Book: Bought
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Comedy, Urban Fantasy, Thriller, Suspense, Horror, Action-Adventure, Mystery, Children's, YA, Children's-YA Crossover
Recommended Age: 9+
Contains: Violence, Death – Lots And Lots Of Violence And Death! – And Mild Swearing
No Alcohol or Drug References
Skulduggery Pleasant Site: Skulduggery Pleasant

WARNING: COULD CONTAIN SPOILERS... AND A LOT OF FANGIRLING.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED...

“Valkyrie turned to the portal.  The wind whipped her hair, and she could feel the gravitational pull, eager to welcome her.  She ran, straight into the yellow…”
Skulduggery Pleasant is gone, sucked into a parallel dimension overrun by the Faceless Ones.  If his bones haven’t already been turned to dust, chances are he’s insane, driven out of his mind by the horror of the ancient gods.  There is no official rescue mission.  There is no official plan to save him.
But Valkyrie’s never had much time for plans.
The problem is, even if she can get Skulduggery back, there might not be much left for him to return to.  There’s a gang of villains bent on destroying the Sanctuary, there are some very powerful people who want Valkyrie dead, and as if all that wasn’t enough it looks very likely that a sorcerer named Darquesse is going to kill the world and everyone on it.
Skulduggery is gone.  All hopes rest with Valkyrie.  The world’s weight is on her shoulders, and its fate is in her hands.

These are dark days indeed.

                                                                 Review:
"Valkyrie, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but your friend is most likely dead."
"Of course he's dead.  He's a skeleton."
Skulduggery Pleasant is gone, missing, taken, held hostage by the homicidal gods known as The Faceless Ones.
Valkyrie Cain will go to any length to get him back – including risking her own life.
But meanwhile criminals that Skulduggery and Valkyrie put away are gathering.  Their plan?  To destroy the Sanctuary – and Valkyrie Cain.
Things are looking grim.
Grimmer: the mysterious and dangerously powerful Darquesse, whose only goal is to destroy the world...  And on top of this, they can trust no one at the Sanctuary.
Yup, things are looking pretty damn dark...
If only they had Skulduggery to help them...  Cue foolish planning, now...
God, I adore this series!  I've seriously forgotten how much I love it.  Even on my second or third reading, it's just so damn good!  Dark Days was action-packed, hilarious and just as magical as all Skulduggery Pleasant novels.  I literally can never get enough of Skulduggery and co, and Dark Days really didn’t disappoint me – in fact, it was better than the three that came before it, which I thought impossible.  How Derek Landy always manages to completely outdo himself with each new book is beyond me, but he does, and it's awesome.  Also, totally addictive.  I can't wait to continue my reread in the big run-up to the final book!  But God knows I'm going to be a snivelling mess by the time it's done!
Ok, Valkyrie is getting to be soo awesome!  She's growing up a lot, you can just see the difference, like her getting crushes.   I was really impressed by how natural and subtle Derek made her growth feel – Val really does seem so much like a real person, albeit one with magic, razor-sharp wit and more strength than a million elephants.  And even though I know where she's going, I can't wait to see it!
Skulduggery: I love him so much.  I really wish people would stop saying mean things about him (in the book) 'cause I adore him.  He's funny, bonkers, snarky and smart and is my favourite ever detective – and this includes Sherlock from the BBC TV show, so that's sayin' something!  
I loved Fletcher too – he was so cute and obsessed with his hair!  However, I always see Jedward whenever I think of him...  Don't ask...  Tanith was, as always, brilliant (I do so love the kickass girls in this series) – as was Ghastly (brilliant, I mean, not a kickass girl).  I also really like China, even if she is a bit... creepy...  Oh, and Finbar is amazing – that guy kills me each and every time!
The villains in Dark Days were epic.  You had the Revengers Club (or Vengeance Brigade, depending on who you ask), who were made up of familiar and new faces, and then there was the mysterious Darquesse...  My favourite (though I probably shouldn’t have a fave villain) was Billy-Ray, purely because he cracks me up.  But all the villains were pretty awesome.
And damn, I love the writing in these books – the dialogue in particular!  The characters never lack a snarky thing to say, some witty and brilliant comeback.  I love that.  I also love how amazing Derek's writing is: reading his books is like watching a film inside my head, which is awesome.  These books are just the perfect escape for reluctant readers, in my opinion!
As for that plot... all the twists, the turns, the action, the murder, the excitement...  It's enough to hook a girl for eternity.  And as for the ending: cliff-hanger alert!  I mean, I saw it coming this time, but the first time I ever read Dark Days: serious jaw-drop moment. 
And I really quickly have to mention the world in these books, because it is awesome – seriously, awesome!  Magic, monsters, mayhem, awesomeness…  I want to move to this world and become a sorcerer so badly!
I also want to say how much I appreciate Derek writing to please everyone.  There's magic, science, adventure, suspense, humour and friendship in this book, appealing to a wide audience.  I also love how it's not aimed at boys or girls.  I mean, Val's a girl but Skulduggery plays just as big a part.  Boys and girls alike love this series – and some not-so-boys-or-girls too – and they're all so very right to.  Skulduggery Pleasant is one hell of a series and everyone, everywhere ought to pick it up.  Right now.  I'll be waiting.
Oh, but before you go I want to and this: Dark Days was dark in the most delicious way.  It left me wanting more, as always, and I seriously can't recommend it - all of the bokos actually - enough.  
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go read Mortal Coil and those of you who haven't read Skulduggery Pleasant need to go read that ASAP. 

Happy reading!

Star Rating:
5 Out of 5 




Read this book if you liked:
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
Department 19 by Will Hill
The Spooks' Apprentice by Joseph Delaney
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead



Happy Reading

Megan

Thursday, 30 October 2014

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Series: The Mortal Instruments, Book Five
Publisher: Walker Books
Format: Paperback
Published8th May 2012
Number of Pages: 560
Book: Bought
Genre: Dark Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Action-Adventure, YA
Recommended Age: 12+
Contains: Violence, Drinking, Death, Faerie Drugs, Swearing
No Alcohol References
Author's Blog: Cassandra Clare

WARNING: This Will Be A Rambly And Long Review From A Crazy Fangirl.  Said Fangirl Has Tried To Cut This Review Down.  She Has Failed.  Miserably.
Oh, And There Will Be Spoilers.
You Have Been Warned.

Jace is now a servant of evil, bound for all eternity to Sebastian.  Only a small band of Shadowhunters believe he can be saved.  To do this, they must defy the Clave.  And they must act without Clary.  For Clary is playing a dangerous game utterly alone.  The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul.
Clary is willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him?  Or is he truly lost?
What price is too high to pay, even for love?


Review:
We’ll start with a little rambling, before the spoilers (and more rambling) begins…
City of Lost Souls is engrossing, all consuming.  I left the house without it and nearly went stark raving insane wondering what would happen next.  It's one of those books that you simply can't put down without going round the bend!  If you're planning on reading any book in this series, make sure you clear out a whole day or two so you can read it without distractions!  Or, unlike stupid ol' me, DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!!!
Spoilers begin now…
"Kill me, little sister.  Kill me, and you kill Jace, too..."
Jace Wayland disappeared the night Lilith died – along with her and Valentine's son Sebastian, the boy with ebony eyes and demon blood in his veins. 
The Clave has been searching for them ever since and Clary has almost killed herself with worry.  She thinks she's imagined the worse until she runs into Jace and Sebastian. 
And sees that Jace... isn't her Jace anymore.  He's evil, bound to Sebastian forever. 
Everyone thinks he's beyond saving.  Believes he's evil now too. 
Apart from the ones closest to him, the ones willing to do anything to get their Jace back.  Even if it means breaking every single rule ever made
Or, in Clary's case, risking her life to get more information, risking Jace's soul, as she tries to find a way to bring him back to her...
Y'know how you pick up a book cause you can't sleep and want to find out how it starts, and then end up reading two hundred odd pages and stay up til three AM?  CoLSSo that book.  Really I should have known better; after all, Clare has kept me reading way into the night before.  Really I only have myself to blame, thinking I would be able to stop reading a book with Jace Wayland and Magnus Bane and Simon Lewis in for any other reason than I was about to pass out from exhaustion.  Stupid Meg!  But, man, was it worth it!  I couldn't put it down (lack of sleep fainting aside) and was totally absorbed and invested in the plot and characters.  This series will never get old to me, not when there are so many wonderfully snarky characters and such a kickass world I've already got my bags packed, ready to move there like right now!  But how, how, how am I meant to wait months and months and months for the next book?!  Damn stupid waiting!  I need more: NOW!!
The characters…  I’m sorry, but I warned you about the rambling, people…
Jace, even with your evil on you are utterly irresistible.  And seeing Izzie's memories of Jace as a kid – just break my heart why don't you!  I love Jace so much – even twisted Jace.  But is it wrong that I love the not-Jace?  He still has the snark and wit...
Oh, who cares.  That boy is darn irresistible. 
Clary Fray...  I like Clary, I really do.  But are you an idiot?!  C'mon, self-destructive much?  Still, I love how much tougher and kickass she's gotten, how awesome she is at fighting.  Well done Clary!  But she was selfish.  Clary, Clary, Clary.  Why, why, oh why did you have to become one of those girls?
Magnus Bane, oh, how I love you!  He is so cute and funny and eccentric and just so... Magnus!  He is just my favourite!  He makes me giggle and he really brought humour into otherwise crappy situations.  He himself said that he was "not a hero", but he loved Alec enough to stay and fight.  I love him so much for that. 
And Simon, oh how I adore you!  Sweet, loving, warm, so, so human Simon who is just the best-hearted person in the whole book.  He’s really the hero of the story, the one who was pure and sweet and good and... well, I just love my "Warrior of Heaven"!
I love Izzy, the fierceness and how she's totally independent, would do anything to help the ones she loved.  She may look cold and hard, but she's so vulnerable inside, beneath the hard-ass-ness of her – and beneath the whip, too!
Oh, Alec!  I love you so much but don’t do that!  Stupidity aside, my heart broke to see how horrid the other Shadowhunters treated him – they aren’t open-minded when it comes to sexuality…
Sebastian...  I hate him!  He is an even better villain than Valentine – meaning, he's even MORE dreadful!  He has such believable motivations and reasons for his craziness – but don’t think that I don’t want to jump into the book and muder him dead!  He was truly intriguing and terrifying!
I adore all of the characters in this book, but I just loved how some of the more minor characters got starring roles in this.  I loved getting to know some of the characters I didn't really know that well before.  Maryse Lightwood really came through for me: how much she loved Jace just really made me warm to her.  I loved Simon's sister Becky: she was so sweet and added a perfect feel to the story.  
And I love the couples in this book.  Simon and Izzie were perfect, even if they weren't exactly 'official'.  Jace and Clary I've always loved 'cause they belong together.  But Magnus and Alec were my all-time favourite.  They were PERFECT!  And so darn cute! If they don't work out, I will cry my eyes out.  I'm warning you two!  The 'bromance' between Sebastian and the not-Jace was intriguing.  I hated what Sebastian had done to Jace, but their banter made me laugh nonetheless!
Oh and how the hell does Clare write in the way that makes me unable – like, physically unable – to put down her books?  How does she make me feel like I'm right there in the world, with all the others, like I'm a Shadowhunter too and there for the action?  I've decided how.  Cassandra Clare is MAGIC
And COLS may have had the best plot of the series.  It was just non-stop and super-fast, and I loved how some of my favourite minor-ish characters got their own chunk of the story line. COLS was just jam-packed with subplots and suspense.  It was addictive and could so easily have been confusing, but it just wasn't.  However, the problem with following many various characters' stories is that there will inevitably be some you don't like as much and some you to find and carry on with their story.  Though they grew on me, the ones I wasn't so excited about were Maia and Jordan.  The ones I skipped for?  Always Jace and Clary.  And also Magnus and Alec.  And Simon and Izzie.  It's not that I didn't like the Jordan-Maia scenes, some were actually pretty hot, just that I didn't feel as connected to them, as fond of them.  Nonetheless, this book addictive!  It was fast-paced and exciting and absorbing.  Perfection! 
And God, I wanna move to this world.  Like, so bad it's driving me insane!  I wanna be a Shadowhunter, have a Seraph blade and kick demon butt!  Book Fairy, PLEASE let me wish my way into this world!  PLEASE!
It's honestly crazy how much I love this series.  If you ask me, it just keeps on getting better and better.  I know there are fans who disagree, but I love it so, so much.  I guess those are the ones who thought it was just a trilogy and never thought more books would come out.  I always thought it was a series and read it as such.  I just adore everything about this series – and this book. 
Sure, there were not-so-good bits, but the story and characters and world just outshine everything and anything.  It's almost intoxicating.  God, I love it...  But, WHY, WHY, WHY must I wait a year for the next book!?!?!  I'm going to go insane!
Ok, I could go on and on and on about this book – well, more than I already have.  I loved it so much I'm not sure if all my rambling has even done this incredible book justice.  I loved it do much I couldn't put it down, couldn't stop reading until I passed out from exhaustion.  And now I've begun the rambling again...  What I was trying to say was that this book, this amazing, pure awesome book, is so good I can't even tell you.  So all I'm gonna say is read it.  Read the series – PLEASE.  I know you'll love them just as much as me – how COULDN'T you?!  So please, even if you're sick of paranormals or don't like them, please, please, please read these.  I'll love you forever if you do!

Star Rating:
5 Out of 5




Read this book if you liked:
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rephaim by Paula Weston
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


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Megan