Secrets

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

“Sometimes you don’t have to search out danger, sometimes danger finds you.” – Isabelle Lightwood

With this second installment of The Mortal Instruments, I noticed that there was less dialogue than the first book. I like that there was a balance between the two books. Sometimes too much of one or the other makes the book harder to get through, or it makes me want to skip over it which means I could potentially miss something, and we wouldn’t want that. Every word in the story is important. So I’m definitely curious to see if the third book has more of one or an equal balance.

Now I did have one small pet peeve with City of Ashes… While I love the Shadowhunter world, there was one thing that keeps popping up that I can’t help but wonder; (more…)

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

“…it wasn’t the monsters she was hiding from.” – Magnus Bane

I recently graduated and as a gift I received a gift card to one of my favorite places in the entire world, Barnes & Noble. It was all in good timing, too, as the newest edition of City of Bones had been released and I was dying to get my hands on it. It’s absolutely stunning and a perfect fit for the story it holds. If only the rest of the series could have special editions as well…

The world Cassandra Clare creates is unique in a way that she was able to write more than one series in it. The world of Shadowhunters is so vast, full of magic and runes and demons and more. You never know what’s around the next corner, which keeps you on your toes. There’s so much tied into it, yet it isn’t overwhelming, which is amazing as it can be hard to do.

City of Bones is the first installment in The Mortal Instruments series; (more…)

Evermore by Alyson Noël

“…the only thing I can clearly remember is dying.” – Ever

Coping with death is hard, and how do you cope with the death of your entire family? Is there a right or wrong way? And how do you deal with the weird psychic powers you get waking up after?

Alyson Noël has created a world much different from the usual, its mysterious and attracting. It’s full of angst and love, death and secrets; it even mixes teenage drama and paranormal excitement. Though the paranormal part is a tad different from the usual stuff like vampires and werewolves. Noël plays with a fascinating idea that I wish I could just give away, but that would give away part of the plot!

The title, Evermore, is appealing in itself. It actually give a little foreshadowing to the story, here’s a hint: always. Always what though? Well that I can’t say. Besides that, one of the simple signs in this first installment to a six-book series that I adore are the red tulips that Ever always seems to receive. Because red tulips are reserved just for her… (more…)