Book Review: The City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

The City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)  by Cassandra Clare

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

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?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 24, 2009)

RATING 4 STARS!

The first time I saw this series, I didn’t want to read it……NOW I WANT TO READ IT AS FAST AS POSSIBLE!

Clarissa ‘Clary’ Fray is back in this book, along with Jace, Isabelle, Alec, Simon, and Magnus. And of course our very much hated villain: Valentine. The book takes place in Brooklyn once again! The main conflict is cool in this book, to me at least. The Mortal Sword has been stolen and Jace is being accused.

I really liked this book a lot. The book had the right amount of action, funnies, romance, and feelings put together. It’s hard to accomplish that. Simon had a lot of problems in this book, but he was my favorite character, along with Alec. The middle was my favorite section of the book. I enjoyed it immensely, especially this: ‘Haha? That’s your comeback?’ 😛

The ending was awesome! Another action scene! Oh yeah baby! 😀 Simon…..Simon’s life stinks majorly. Again? Seriously Cassandra? You did it three times in the book. Three times! Clary’s love life stinks also. I personally think she should be with Alec is he weren’t….You know.

Above all, 4 stars! Keep up the good work Cassandra! 🙂

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I recommend to Cassandra Clare lovers, of course! YA, paranormal, magic, and romance lovers all alike will enjoy this action packed drama! Also, I recommend to ages Teen-Adult. If you’ve read The City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) or The Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1), you’ll want to look at this. 🙂

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Book Review: Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure by James Patterson

 

Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure (Maximum Ride #8) by James Patterson

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

One last chance…
for Max, Fang, and Dylan…
before it all ends.

Are you ready for the final chapter? Are you ready for the ultimate flight? Because THIS IS IT. One last incredible, explosive adventure with an astonishing ending that no one could have seen coming.”

Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (August 6, 2012)

RATING 3 STARS

Max is back baby, and stubborn as ever. 😉

Maximum Ride and the gang are just settling in for normal lives, keeping a low profile. Just when things are starting act up again and they’re needed.

A group of people have made a plan and call it 99%. Seemingly harmless, they’re more dangerous than the Doomsday group. The book has different parts, like the others. A prologue, four sections, and two epilogues. For me, there were two main conflicts: Find out more about 99% and get the whole flock back together.

The beginning for me was okay. I enjoyed it. There were awesome laughs that I enjoyed. Gazzy was hilarious, along with Iggy. Max was awesome. I love her stubbornness, but her Dylan/Fang problems made it hard to understand her.

The middle of the book was amazing! A memorable part will be: ‘Step. Away. From. The. Pie.’ Hahaha! 😀 Gazzy, don’t eat half a pie and ask for more, okay buddy? There were a lot of actions scenes the further in the book I got. I liked reading from Fang’s point of view (It may be written in third person, but still!) and his adventure. Angel……I dreaded reading from her point of view. 🙁 Because I really hate what they did to her.

There are spoilers in the section below. To read this part, highlight it and you’ll be able to see what I wrote. I didn’t want to spoil it for anyone, but I wanted to post something about the ending of this series.

I want to strangle James Patterson. The ending of this book stunk. And by stunk, I mean I got emotional, practically cried, and wanted to march up to his house and slap him. Why? Yes, yes, this sounds like ranting. But here’s my reason. Max and Fang die. During the freaking apocalypse. >:( Not cool. But here’s the other thing. The reason there were two epilogues is this: In the first one, it’s Max’s last words and saying she sees the light at the end of the tunnel. >:( The second epilogue has chapters. It takes ’till the second chapter in the second epilogue for them to actually say, “Hey! I lived! Gotcha’!” I can’t even…… Type how I feel about that. 

I’m giving this book three stars because of the ending. The ending messed the whole thing up. If the ending had been different, five stars would be coming its way! But the ending stunk. 🙁 I still enjoyed this book (Aka, the beginning and middle) and I think you should finish the series. But when you get to the epilogues, skip the first one and go to the second.

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I recommend to 13-Teen. If this goes on sale, buy it! Go ahead! But if it’s price goes up beyond its original $10, but it at a garage sale. If you enjoyed Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #8), you might enjoy this. 

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Book Review: False Memory by Dan Krokos

False Memory (False Memory #1) by Dan Krokos

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her. Except Peter, a boy who isn’t at all surprised by Miranda’s shocking ability.

Left with no choice but to trust this stranger, Miranda discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city. But adjusting to her old life isn’t easy—especially with Noah, the boyfriend she can’t remember loving.

Then Miranda uncovers a dark truth that sets her team on the run. Suddenly her past doesn’t seem to matter…when there may not be a future.

Dan Krokos’ debut is a tour-de-force of non-stop action that will leave readers begging for the next book in this bold and powerful new series.”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (August 14, 2012)

RATING 5 STARS

I loved this book very much. 🙂 It takes place, well, in America basically. The beginning and end take place in Cleveland. Other than that, they travel.

The main character is Miranda North, and she has a pretty big problem. Miranda has no memory. Stinks, huh?

Well, here I would say the main conflict, but I basically already did. Miranda has no memory. The other part of the main conflict is there’s someone they need to stop. Someone bad(Duh). But I can’t say who.

I would compair this book to Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. The writing style in my opinion is very similair. They both made me laugh and smile. They both made me want to punch someone an uncountable number of times(Noah for this book.)

The ending of this book was good, but it almost, barely though, reminded me of the Inheritance ending(The last Eragon book), which I did not really think was a good ending. It was good, it was a cliffhanger (*silence*), and I will read the second book. I just think it needed to be better…written.

What I wasn’t a fan of in this book, was the tense shifts. They were, just, ugh. One page it would be present tense, how it’s supposed to be, two pages later it would be past tense when it wasn’t even a memory. -_-

I loved, LOVED, the action scenes. They were so well written and I just plain loved them. There was enough description for me to imagine it, but not too much where it’s mostly words. I craved these moments of the book. They were my favorite.

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I recommend it to 11-Teen, even though the reading age says 12 & up. I think some adults would like this too. Fans of Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment should read it. People who also enjoyed Artemis Fowl should check this out. 😉

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