City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Epilogue

8755785The lengthy finale to the Mortal Instruments series pits Clary and the gang in a final battle against their ultimate nemesis, Sebastian. Armed with the Infernal Cup, Sebastian has created a demon race of Turned Shadowhunters — all bent on destroying the Nephilim. Sebastian’s trick is a clever one, as the Shadowhunters hesitate to completely obliterate their Turned brethren, resulting in a dilemma that may end the Nephilim (and human) race. Clary et al. must find a way to stop Sebastian and (FINALLY) bring peace to the lives of Nephilim, Downworlders, and humans alike.

While I appreciate that Clare took her time wrapping things up, this book is SO LONG. I felt a little discouraged when I had reached over 200 pages and felt like I hadn’t even made a dent in the book. But, it was worth it. There are some super creative twists in this one, and Clare…

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room

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Book two of this series, by Lemony Snicket, and so far, this is better than the first. The art work is great, Uncle Monty is my favorite!

*Spoilers in this blog*

So, the fact that everyone is oblivious to Count Olaf makes me love this book more. I know it must be frustrating for the Baudelaire children, but I find it quite amusing. The fact that it explains what sunny really means,  shows that she’s smart like her siblings, but is also still a baby.

Mr. Poe frustrates me. I can’t quite pin point it, but something about him makes me not like him.

The children know about all the reptiles, so proving the way Uncle Monty was killed couldn’t have been the snake it was. I love the Incredibly Deadly Viper, I wish I had one!

This is an amazing series, I recommend it so far! Thanks for reading…

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All the bright places – Jennifer Niven

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NO SPOILERS!

I have just read All the bright places by Jennifer Niven, and the first word that comes to mind is brilliant. All the bright places is the perfect fictional book to read when you are lying in bed or sitting by the pool and you want to be engrossed by a good book. It is emotional and you certainly get all the feels. I wouldn’t go as far as to say its a tear jerker (arguable) but it definitely makes you think. 

The book is romantic and lovely, the main characters Finch and Violet are relatable teenage characters that you get to know and love. The book deals with depression and suicide in a way that teenagers would be able to understand. Both of the main characters are struggling with problems that have brought the thought of suicide to both of them. The book is a journey of…

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Seven Black Diamonds

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Melissa Marr
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016

Lilywhite Abernathy is the daughter of a fierce crime lord and has grown up safe within the walls of her father’s secure compound. She has been trained to fight with various weapons and has always had a bodyguard. She has also been raised to take over her father’s crime business when he retires or is killed. In addition she has fae(fairy) blood – her mother was fae – and in the world she lives in any human with fae blood is arrested and probably killed. A war has been raging between the humans who are quickly destroying the planet and the fae in general and the Queen of Blood and Rage in particular, who seek to purify the earth. To that end the Queen has created what she calls her ‘Seven Black Diamonds’ or a Sleeper Cell that…

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Green Boy

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Susan Cooper
Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, 2013

Growing up on a island in the Bahamas is magical for 2 brothers. At 12 years old, Trey looks out for his brother because at 7 years old Lou is different: he doesn’t speak, he has a special affinity for all of nature, and has seizures. Together they explore the beaches and inlets of their island. One day when they are in Long Pond Cay, a special place where few humans ever go they are magically transported to another place called Pangaia. In this alternative world humankind has paved over virtually all of nature and filled it with streets, buildings and pollution so thick that even the stars can’t be seen at night. Through their journey back and forth between worlds Trey and Lou find they, and especially Lou, are instrumental in…

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Shadow Scale

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Rachel Hartman
Random House, 2015

If you like dragon fantasy then this is the story for you. Shadow Scale is the sequel to Seraphina but it can stand alone – mainly because of the extensive review in the very beginning by a often used device, “the historian.” The twist in this story is dragons and humans coexist (and even cohabitate) but it is a tenuous peace that is between them. There are the folks who hate dragons and want to kill them, there are the folks who love dragons and want to live with them, and there are mostly just regular folks who accept dragons as a part of daily life. Of course it helps in this story that dragons are able to morph themselves into human form and some do it so convincingly a person is unable to tell the difference.

The main character, Seraphina (aka Phina)…

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