Book Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

Don’t miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August 2013.

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.

The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series.”

Reading level: 14 and up
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

RATING ~ 5 AWESOME STARS! A MUST READ!

By. The. Angel. This rocked!!!!!!!!!! 

I needed something to read one night, so I remembered this series. I found myself buying the book, then finishing it within 4 days time. Clary Fray, Jace Lightwood, Simon Lewis, Isabelle and Alec Lightwood, and Magnus Bane are back in book 4 of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare! The main conflict? Someone is murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s circle, causing unrest and tension between the Downworlders and Shadowhunters.

This book……Just cracked me up so freaking bad. It was hilarious, with witty remarks and just outright awesomeness.Want some examples? ^-^ I have plenty.

“Is this one of those keep-your-friends-close-and-your-enemies-closer things?”
“I though it was keep your friends close so you have someone to drive the car when you sneak over to your enemy’s house at night and throw up in his mailbox.”

“As long as everyone’s wearing their own pants.”
“I see I have come in on a fascinating moment in the conversation.”

Simon looked from one of them to the other, and shook his head. “ When did you two get so buddy-buddy? Last night it was all, ‘I’m the most elite warrior!’ ‘No, I’m the most elite warrior!’ And today you’re playing Halo and giving each other props for good ideas.”

“If we’re going to the Silent City, you might want to get dressed. I mean, I appreciate the bra-and-panties look, but I don’t know if the Silent Brothers will. There are only a few of the left, and I don’t want the to die of excitement.”

See what I mean? It’s awesome! ☺

Now, I have something to say. There’s a minor character in this book. A girl that’s 14-years old. She was sweet and kind….But the way the author wrote it made the teenager seem like she was 10. *facepalm* Why?! I’m a teenager, as you all know, and I know that that character should’ve been a bit more mature.

I have just one more negative comment. Jace…..was a bit mushy in this book. 🙁 And I think I can understand why, but I wish that he was like in the previous books, ya know? Not as mushy. He was still the king of sarcasm though. 🙂

Well, that’s pretty much it! I’ll be getting the 5th book soon, and watching the City of Bones movie that comes out in August 2013. 😉 This book get five stars! Congratz, Cassandra! Good work! LOVE THIS BOOK.

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I recommend to Cassandra Clare’s fans, of course. Ages 13-Adults should take a peek. 😉 But only if you’ve read the previous three books! Also, if you’ve read  the Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, defiantly read this series.

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I bet you want to know what they are, so I’ll tell you. We’ll be giving away the first two books in the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatric: Hush, Hush (hardcover) and Crescendo (hardcover)! The next two are the first ones in the Chronicles of Nick series by Sherrilyn Kenyon: Infinity (paperback) and Invincible (hardcover)! Last but not least, the first book in The Fury Trilogy by Elizabeth Miles: Fury (hardcover)!

All of those books have something that’s paranormal, whether or not it’s zombies or demons, they have it! 😀

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Book Review: Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Infinity (Chronicles of Nick #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.

As if starting high school isn’t hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

RATING ~ FIVE ROCKIN’ STARS

Five. Freaking. Stars. DUH.

The main character in this paranormal fiction is Nick Gautier, a 14-year-old boy. Nick thinks his life stinks, which it does in someway. Nick soon meets a man named Kyrian, who happens to save his life. The main conflict appears soon enough in this book: Nick’s classmates are turning into zombies and he and his companions have to stop it.

The book takes place New Orleans, Louisiana. What I loved about this book was all the sarcasm in it. There was tons of it all throughout the book! The book was full of funny moments, action scenes, quick and smart-mouth retorts. Here’s an example of a funny/awesome moment:

“You need to up your vocabulary, boy. You can’t walk around letting people think you’re stupid. Expand your horizons. Besides, it’s fun to call people names they have to look up to realize they’ve been insulted.”
“Yeah, that’s a twofer there. You get away with it and then they’re twice as mad when they realize how bad you really insulted them. Especially if they mistake it for a compliment when you say it and thank you for it.”

This book does have some adult language in it, which made me a bit uncomfortable. I think the author intended to soften the curses with humor, but some of that failed. She used words that I don’t like, making squirm a bit when I read it. In some of the situations, it was funny to read. In other situations, I was mostly thinking: “Did someone really raise their kid allowing him to say that?”

The end of this book was a cliffhanger, but luckily I had the second book on hand. ^-^ Special me. Anyways, it was a rockin’ awesome book. 5 stars!

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I recommend to teens, adults, and paranormal lovers. Of course, people that love sarcasm will also enjoy this book. Ages 13-Adult should be able to enjoy this. If you’ve checked out Bane (Vampire Apocalypse #1), you’ll most likely enjoy this. 🙂

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Book Review: The City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

The City of Class (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

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?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of bestselling series the Mortal Instruments.

Includes an exclusive sneak peek of the fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series: City of Fallen Angels! And don’t miss the teaser from Clockwork Angel, the first book in the Infernal Devices trilogy, the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Paperback: 576 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (August 3, 2010)

RATING 5 STARS

The City of Glass was awesome! Oh yeah!

In this book, Clary and the gang have returned. 🙂 This book takes place in the City of Glass, the home of the Shadowhunters. This book’s main conflict is….Clary has entered the City of Glass to find a way to get her mother out of a magical coma. A little weird I guess, but still a good conflict.

This book has action, romance, and lots of twists and turns. There were some pretty hilarious parts. Here’s an example:

Malachi scowled. “I don’t remember the Clave inviting you into the Glass City, Magnus Bane.”
“They didn’t,” Magnus said. “Your wards are down.”
“Really?” the Consul’s voice dripped sarcasm. “I hadn’t noticed.”
Magnus looked concerned. “That’s terrible. Someone should have told you.” He glanced at Luke. “Tell him the wards are down.”

I was laughing my head off at that. Magnus Bane is awesome! I enjoyed all of the twists in this book, but it did get a little confusing at times. :/

I enjoyed the action more than the romance in this book. The romance was confusing , sense it kept getting more complicated. Clary and Jace, Jace and someone else, Clary and Simon, then back to Clary and Jace. Honestly, romance shouldn’t be this confusing.

The ending was super cool and I liked it..A lot. 😀 All in all, this book was amazing, a must read, a five star book. 🙂

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I recommend to teens and adults. People who enjoy paranormal, romance, and paranormal/action/romance. If you’ve checked out The Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1), you should enjoy this. 🙂

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Book Review: Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

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Marie’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1ST edition (December 6, 2011)

RATING 3–STARS A GOOD READ

Clockwork Prince is the second book in the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare.  The story takes place in London, England in the mid 1800’s.  There were many elements that drew me to this series.  I enjoy historical fiction and it’s not a dominant theme in YA.  Tying the two together gives the reader a faster HF read, since YA typically moves at a faster pace than adult novels.  I’ll get more to the pacing later.  I enjoy paranormal, and really like books that cross the paranormal worlds and smash them together.  This was that kind of book.

The characters grew in Clockwork Prince.  Tessa, Jem, and Will are all growing and changing.  Tessa is becoming more sure of herself, even though she isn’t sure what she is. I wish there wasn’t a love triangle, but there is.  The triangle doesn’t seem forced, but I think it portrays Tessa as a weaker character.  I like reading about Jem and Will.  They are both opposites, but that plays off of them nicely.  It makes them seem real, which is awesome.  And Will is such a hot mess, who couldn’t love him?

Tessa is the main character, and she doesn’t know what type of creature she is.  As the novel progresses, she gets more clues as to her heritage, while becoming more bold as the plot unfolds.  The Institute is under attack, and another Shadowhunter is trying to take it from Charlotte.  The world itself it beautifully woven together.  There are demons, ghosts, vampires, nephilim, and more mythical creatures that live together under the noses of the human population.

The steampunk thread that runs through these books is also interesting and well done.  It doesn’t feel out of place or shoved in there.  The mechanisms are an integral part of the story-line.  In short, this makes the series a prime candidate as a paranormal smorgasbord of all-time favorite creatures with mass appeal.  I should have loved it.  I really, really wanted to…

But, there was a major flaw with the pacing of this book (and the previous book). I felt bipolar while I was reading it.  Some days I loved it, and others I hated it.  I finally figured out why. The pacing throughout this novel was erratic.  It felt like the story was stuck in second gear.  The book progressed that way through both novels, without a serious climax.  Don’t get me wrong – the book did climax a little bit, but for the size of this 500+ page book, and the depth of the story, well the climax fell short.  Then the story for the third book started.  I don’t have issues with that.  It creates cliffhangers and I love cliffhanger endings.  It’s just that the characters and the world were so awesome, but the story itself seemed lackluster in comparison, which was disappointing.

The other issue that pulled this down to three stars was the fact-checking.  There were three oopsie facts, back to back toward the end of the  book.  One sentence was a string of words that should have described a gown, but meant nothing.  They strung together words that were meant to sound technical, but they were the wrong words.  The sentences immediately following were about cameras with incorrect period info. It may not bother other people, but having several issues in a row jerked me out of the story.

Clockwork Prince is proceeded by Clockwork Angel.

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This book is recommended for YA Paranormal readers, historical fiction fans, and Cassandra Clare fans.  Younger readers should be aware that this novel has a graphic scene about war spoils that some may find upsetting.

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Book Review: Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

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A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: “In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. In Linger, they fought to be together.

Now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stievater.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1St Edition edition (July 12, 2011)

REVIEW–5 STARS MUST READ!

O.M.G! MAGGIE STIEFVSTER, MAKE MORE!!!

This book is the last of the series called, “The Wolves of Mercy Falls,” and it totally. Rocks! The book takes place in Mercy Falls, Minnesota.

I’ll compare this book to the the first one. THIS ONE WAS THE BEST OUT OF THE WHOLE ENTIRE STINKIN’ SERIES!!!!!!! You know why? I can’t tell you because it spoil the ending, so, READ THE BOOK THEN I’LL SAY! Sorry, but I don’t wanna spoil it 😀

I liked that the conflict was big and that the book had more than one. I liked the characters (Especially Sam ;D). Cole was sarcastic, as usual. I.  I can’t find anything wrong with it. Well, Isabelle was still snobby, but, eh? You can’t change someone who doesn’t want to change.

The main struggle in this book is Sam trying to back Grace, well, sort of. The main, main conflict is trying to get the wolves out of Mercy Falls before a big hunt goes down.
I liked the ending, it was a happy one :). That’s all I can say without a spoiler.

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I recommend this book for adult and teen werewolf lovers, Mercy Fall lovers, romance lovers, mystery and action lovers.

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Book Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

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A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: “In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.”

Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (July 13, 2010)

REVIEW: 5 STARS–NOT TO BE MISSED!

Werewolves come again!!!

This book is the second in the trilogy of The Wolves of Mercy Falls. It takes place in Mercy Falls, Minnesota. Compared to the first one, this was better, in my opinion. It has a lot of excitement, romance, and some new people, making me like it even more.

I liked that Linger had Sam in it, as a human and not a wolf. I liked the excitement and the mystery solving. The main struggle in this book was Grace and herself, trying to keep from turning wolf. The ending was a GREAT one and I enjoyed it. It was my kind of ending with romance and adventure that said, “This isn’t over yet!”

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I recommend this book to fans of the series, YA addicts, romance lovers, and werewolf lovers.

Series order: Shiver, Linger, & Forever

Book Review: Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

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A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: “For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf–her wolf–is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human–or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.”

Reading level: Ages 12 & up
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (June 1, 2010)

REVIEW: 5 STARS – NOT TO BE MISSED!

O.M.G! I rarely read a werewolf books, but I’m sooo into them now!

Grace is a girl who survived a wolf attack when she was young. When she finds out the secret the wolves hid, her world changes.

I loved the conflict in this book and how Grace acted. Isabel was snobby, but sarcastic, making her lovable (and funny!). SHIVER went at a steady pace, and the personalities of the characters were awesome!

SHIVER has a love story where the couple can’t be together. They can’t be together because a problem separates them.  SHIVER is the first of a series (I’m reading the second one now!) and I think that so far, this one is better. Loved it!!! The main conflict in this book was Grace trying to find a cure to keep Sam a human and not a wolf (Cute!).

Ending. Was. FANTASTIC!

I loved that it was a happy and a perfectly paced ending.  It was suspenseful and awesome!

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I would recommend this book to YA paranormal romance lovers, mystery, action, and YA suspense readers.

SHIVER is part of a trilogy and is followed by LINGER and FOREVER.

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