Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - Lauren Mayhew AuthorClockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare – 5 Stars

The Clockwork Angel is the first in the trilogy of ‘The Infernal Devices’. The first time I read this book must have been in 2010 after finding it in my local library, and I instantly fell in love with it. It’s now one of my favourite books ever. I’ve read it quite a few times, and it never lets me down. I only wish that I’d written this review after the first time of reading the book. It would be great to see what I thought of it back then!

Blurb: Magic is dangerous – but love is more dangerous still… When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all. Continue reading “Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare”

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The City of Ember – Jeanne DuPrau

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrauThe City of Ember – Jeanne DuPrau – 5 Stars

Blurb: Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked – but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all – the lights are failing.

Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness-But when two children, Lina and Doon, discover fragments of an ancient parchment, they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember. Continue reading “The City of Ember – Jeanne DuPrau”

Lady Oracle – Margaret Atwood

Lady Oracle by Margaret AttwoodLady Oracle – Margaret Atwood – 3 Stars

Blurb:

From fat girl to thin, from red hair to mud brown, from London to Toronto, from Polish count to radical husband, from writer of romances to distinguished poet – Joan Foster is utterly confused by her life of multiple identiities.

She decides to escape to an Italian hill town to take stock of her life. But first, she must organise her own death… Continue reading “Lady Oracle – Margaret Atwood”

Eve of Tomorrow – Michelle Lynn

Eve of Tomorrow - Michelle LynnEve of Tomorrow – Michelle Lynn – 5 Stars

Blurb: The British are coming.

Eve of Tomorrow brings to a conclusion the story of Gabby and Dawn, two English sisters thrust into the forefront of rebellion in the new world. Set in a distant future laid waste by change and conflict, Gabby and Dawn discover their parents among the Americans and pledge to fight alongside their countrymen seeking safety and freedom.

The Republic of Texas has been defeated, but its doomsday weapon has fallen into the wrong hands. At first, warriors by circumstance, but now warriors by choice, Gabby and Dawn have a new mission: to destroy the weapon before it can destroy their future.

It took me a lot longer to read this than I wanted. I would happily have read this in one day, it was that good!

This one didn’t have a cliffhanger ending which I’m grateful for and Michelle Lynn did a great job of finishing this book. I have read so many books where the minor characters are forgotten about in the conclusion of the story, but in Eve of Tomorrow, we get to learn what happened to them all… If they survived ’til the end, that is!

War is evil. There is no other way to put it and although I may not be happy with some of the deaths in this book (don’t worry, I won’t give anything away!) but that’s the truth of war. Good people die and heroes are created in the aftermath.

Both of the deaths that occurred in the final chapters of this book had me in tears. One, I was kind of expecting, the other almost broke me. I could have done without the POV of the last minutes of this person’s life!

The suspense that was built up in this book was incredible, as Gabby, Dawn and their friends go on a desperate mission to find a biological weapon and stop it from being used. At one point, I wasn’t sure they were going to make it in time.

If you haven’t started this series yet, then I seriously advise that you do now! You’ll fall in love with the characters and I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down!

Day of Reckoning – Michelle Lynn

Day of Reckoning - Michelle Lynn

Day of Reckoning – Michelle Lynn – 5 Stars

Blurb: Nothing is as it seems in the colonies. Sisters Gabby and Dawn have escaped British Floridaland and now find themselves under the “protection” of the Republic of Texas.

But their supposed freedom and safety is a sham- trading one prison for another as they discover the secrets of those who supposedly rescued them.

Sam is dead. But the fates of Drew, Jeremy, and Lee are unknown.

Together, the sisters uncover the many truths and lies of this new world around them.

Sides must be chosen. Bonds must be broken. Alliances forged… And the war begins.

Another cliffhanger ending… I’m just glad I’m reading these now when all three books are available to buy, otherwise I’d be pulling my hair out in anticipation!

The ending of Dawn of Rebellion had me on edge and I could not wait to read this book to see what had happened to my favourite characters… Drew, I mean Drew.

I honestly don’t even know where to begin with this book, I loved it so much, I can’t even explain. The characters began to develop and tell their back stories which makes you relate to them even more.

I’m still not that keen in Gabby. I started to warm to her towards the end of the book one she started to realise the seriousness of the path she was taking, but I’m not sure if she’s ever going to see everything in the way that Dawn does. At least she seems to know who the ‘good guys’ are at the moment. Hopefully she doesn’t take things too far!

I have been worried for Jeremy’s life twice now. I hope we find out about him very early on in Eve of Tomorrow. I’m not sure I can take the wait!

I could ramble on about these characters forever, especially Drew. He’s my favourite, if you hadn’t noticed..

I kept getting a little confused with some of the narrative voices again, but I do think that’s because I’m so used to reading and writing in third person. It’s very clearly stated who is talking underneath the chapter title – I just can’t seem to figure it out…

I don’t think the themes in this book will ever not be relevant to real life. Peace will never happen as long as there are men and women in this world who crave power and the need to dominate over others. With power comes madness, as proved by Jonathan. I really hope he meets a sticky end!

Basically, I loved this book. Bring on Eve of Tomorrow!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00L1PKFRG

Dawn of Rebellion – Michelle Lynn

Dawn of Rebellion by Michelle LynnDawn of Rebellion – Michelle Lynn – 5 Stars

Blurb: Dawn of Rebellion is the first in a trilogy about two sisters, Dawn and Gabby, trying to find their way and their family in a desperate future. In this first book, they encounter the forces of British occupation and the seeds of rebellion in a land formerly known as America.

Trust…Family…Love…Courage…Betrayal

When faced with the possibility of losing her sister, Dawn must find the strength to overcome anything that is thrown in her way. With the help of some unlikely friends, she travels to a wild land and faces enormous obstacles at every turn. From barbaric people to the wild animals that roam the land, this adventure is much more than Dawn bargained for…but it’s for her sister and she won’t let her down.

Up until about half way through, this book was 4 stars, but that ending! Wow! It had to be a 5!

For the first time in a long time when reading a book, my heart was racing towards the end. It was like I was running alongside Gabby and Dawn. In that moment, I was being chased too. The writing was incredible!

I liked the essence of the story being about families trying to find each other. The only criticism I would have is that Drew’s motives to go to the colonies seemed to get a bit lost in the story. I’d love to find out more about him and really hope that it’s in book 2!

I did get a little confused sometimes about who was narrating at certain times even though each chapter clearly says who it is. I think it may be because it was written in first person. My brain just couldn’t figure it out quick enough. It’s no fault of Michelle Lynn’s, just my brain!

I loved all of the characters, though I did share Dawn’s view of Drew at the beginning – cocky arse! However, my mind was quickly changed. Oh, Drew… How I love you… I find Gabby a little harder to relate to, but I think that might be because I’m more like Dawn in real life.

It’s no wonder my love life is so abysmal when I have all these fictional boyfriends. Well, Drew is now added to that list. If anyone knows a man like Drew living in England, send him my way 😉

In all seriousness, this book was amazing. It kept me wanting to read more from the beginning. I can’t wait to see what Day of Reckoning has in store for me!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FT2KCO8

The Fate of Ten – Pittacus Lore

The Fate of Ten by Pittacus LoreThe Fate of Ten – Pittacus Lore – 5 Stars

Blurb: For years the Garde have fought the Mogadorians in secret. Now all of that has changed. The invasion has begun. If the Garde can’t find a way to stop the Mogs, humanity will suffer the same fate as the Lorien: annihilation.

There is still hope. When the Elders sent the Garde to Earth, they had a plan-one which the Garde are finally starting to understand. In the climax of The Revenge of Seven, a group of the Garde traveled to an ancient pyramid in Mexico known to their people as the Sanctuary. There they awoke a power that had been hidden within our planet for generations. Now this power can save the world . . . or destroy it. It will all depend on who wields it.

I cannot even begin to explain how much I love these books! As far as I can remember, I have been reading them since the first one – I am Number Four – came out, so I’ve had a lot of patient waiting to do. And guess what… It’s still not finished!

I don’t mind there being another book because I’m really not keen for this series to be over, I just can’t believe the cliffhanger that it ended on.

I think I was supposed to be a bit more upset than I was at the ending of this book, but the character that we say goodbye to just seemed to be a bit of a spare part to me. I’m more worried about the impact this is going to have on a certain other character that I love!

This book was action packed from page 1. This one didn’t swap between too many different characters either, it was only John, Six and Ella occasionally. It made it a lot easier to read because I wasn’t having to try and remember which font applied to which character! The previous books had a habit of doing this and it got really confusing.

I think the whole book takes place in about 48 hours or so and a LOT happens in that time. I really don’t want to give too much away with this one, unlike some of my other reviews.

I’m loving the development of humans getting Legacies, though I do see this backfiring at some point. Maybe I’m too sceptical.

It was interesting to see some of the back story of Setrakus Ra. And one of my favourite lines during this sequence came from Six to the big bad himself – “Hey, fucker.” I love Six!

Ella really grows as a character in this one and I love her to pieces. There was a heart stopping moment involving her in this one. I’m not even joking, if Ella doesn’t make it, I will not be happy. Same goes for Sam, Marina and John. Six too. And Nine. Basically, no more Garde are allowed to die – apart from Five. I still haven’t quite figured him out.

I’m eagerly awaiting book 7. Hopefully it doesn’t take longer than a year.. This is definitely going onto my all time favourite books list.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00VJ6BWCE

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Joshua’s Island – Patrick Hodges

 

Joshua’s Island – Patrick Hodges – 4.5/5 Stars

Blurb: Joshua is small for his age. He has been bullied relentlessly for years, and all of his friends have drifted away from him. Eve is a pretty girl who has just been recruited into the popular clique. The two couldn’t be more different.

As they begin their final year of middle school, the unlikely pair find themselves partners in Science class. At first reluctant to work with him, Eve soon discovers hidden truths about not only Joshua but their school that turn her world upside-down.

The two form a relationship that will teach them both the true meaning of friendship, loyalty, and love… a relationship that will end up changing not only their lives, but the entire complexion of their school.

This is an amazing book! It’s a must read! I think that this should be a compulsory read in schools! Bullying is tackled in many different ways in books, but this book does it differently. You get a true understanding of what it’s like for Joshua to be pushed away by everyone because of one bitchy girl, Rhonda. I’d really love to meet that girl in a dark alley some day…

I found it so easy to read and even though some parts were repeated from both Joshua’s and Eve’s point of views, it didn’t slow the story down too much. It was actually quite nice to see certain scenes affected both the characters differently.

I was instantly drawn to Joshua from the very beginning and I wanted to give him a big hug the whole way through and tell him that everything was going to be OK! No one deserves to go through what he went through and I am so glad the he got his happy ending.

I was very close to crying throughout the last third of the book. Patrick Hodges knows very well how to get into his readers’ heads and make them feel the emotions that his characters are feeling too.

The only reason I haven’t given it 5 stars is because I found that some parts were a bit ‘unreal’. I’ve never been to an American school, so I don’t know if they really are that different to UK schools, but in schools over here, the bullies don’t rule the school.

Rhonda seems to have the whole school under her spell and everyone does what she says. I accept that they are scared of her, but I don’t believe that absolutely no-one would stand up to her. But, saying this, it’s fiction, it doesn’t have to be real! I understand why Hodges wrote the story in this way. I think it needed to be exaggerated a little for people to truly understand the impact that bullying has on people. This is why I only docked half a star!

It is a heartwarming story of courage, love and strength. I just wish I could have been as strong as Joshua was when I was being bullied in school. This is a book that all young people should read, whether they are the victim, bully or simply an onlooker. It may just save a few people from utter despair.

I almost forgot Kelsey! That girl is incredible! I think you should read the book to find out what I mean 😉

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00R3KEKGU

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R3KEKGU

Light – Michael Grant

LIGHT Michael Grant

Light – Michael Grant – 3.5/5 Stars

I don’t think I’ve ever been so disappointed with the ending of a book. I thought all the deaths of my favourite characters was leading up to this big fight at the end but all I got was disco lights.

Even Little Pete’s involvement annoyed me. The whole way through the book, the series even, Petey is made out to be all powerful and yet… nope. I get the feeling that the books were rushed and so major plot holes were just left there and not filled in or explained.

I was reluctant to read the last 100 pages of this book because I was so worried about being disappointed and.. well.. I was. It was very similar to the others in the fact that nothing really happened until the last quarter of the book and even the end fell a bit flat.

It has taken me about 5 months to read this series and although I don’t regret reading them because the story is so different to anything I’ve read before, I just cannot explain how much of an anti-climax it was. I’m left with more questions than I like.

There were more characters that just seemed pointless, Justin being one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I loved him because he was so sweet, but he added nothing to the story. Literally nothing.

And Drake! What the hell? Sam should have killed him in Lies. There was no reason and I mean no reason for him to live!

And seriously… what happened to Cookie, The Siren girl, the two kids living on the farm together? If a character is named and given a significant chunk of the story, you can’t just forget about them!

I was very happy that Edilio got his happy ending and Diana too! I’m not joking, if Edilio had died, Michael Grant would need to have eyes on the back of his head! I’d be coming after him with a spiked baseball bat!

Overall, the series was good. There was just a lot of unnecessary characters and a sloppy ending. I feel that it could have been condensed into a trilogy. Six books was just a bit too much!

The next few books I read won’t be part of a series. I think I need a few stand-alone’s for now! (Except for The Fate of Ten which comes out in 8 days!!!!!)

Fear – Michael Grant

Fear by Michael Grant

Fear – Michael Grant – 4/5 Stars

This contains spoilers – don’t read if you don’t want to know what happens!

After how much I loved the previous book in the series, Plague, I was really excited about reading this one! Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad, it just kept the theme of books 1, 2 and 3 – it was really slow to begin.

It was quite suspenseful watching the preparations for when the barrier started to become dark. You could feel the despair, as Sam knew that he could do nothing to save the people at the lake and Lana and Quinn’s conversations in Perdido Beach seemed very real to me. It’s good to see some of these kids actually starting to take leading roles, even if it has happened in book 5 of 6…

Again, some characters were introduced that really didn’t need to be there. In this book I’m talking about Cigar. I think he may have been the most pointless character I have ever met in a book. In my opinion, Penny should have just killed him. Quinn would still have gone on strike, Penny would still have taken over and Albert would still have run away – I knew I had a bad feeling about that guy! Astrid was already seeing Little Pete in her peripheral vision. If she’s as smart as Grant keeps telling us she is, she would have figured out it was him without Cigar having to tell her. To me, it just looks like Grant wanted to call a character Cigar. There really was no reason for him to progress in the story the way that he did.

I’m really starting to love Orc. Also, I’ve just remembered Howard’s death. Surely they could have killed someone else? He was a main character, albeit a pain in the arse, but he just sort of got forgotten about.

Brianna is starting to get on my nerves now. How can anyone not care that Jack may not survive?!?

As I said before, Drake is just boring now. He should have died in Lies. He really isn’t offering much to the story. I’m sure the gaiaphage is capable of recruiting someone else. Perhaps someone could have turned traitor?

The ending i.e the last 30 pages, were good. It just took a long time to get anywhere. Typical that the moment the barrier becomes clear, Sam just happens to be incinerating an evil baby… This I find funny!

I am looking forward to reading Light though, especially now that the barrier has changed and there’s a half-melted child on the loose!