City of Ashes

By Cassandra Clare.

Genre. YA Fantasy, Angels, Vampires, Werewolves.

Series, The Mortal Instruments (#2)

Synopsis.

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?

Review.

Not going to lie this is a defiantly a second book dry kinda book but it was a fantastic book as well carrying on the plot from City of Bones really well. I have found that reading the first two books in my 20’s has been a different experience than reading these books as a teenager. We continue to find out a lot more about the Shadowhunter world, although this is a fantasy series, Clare is still able to keep the realistic moods and behaviors of teenagers. Clare also brings in a lot of new and interesting characters and aspects of the Shadowhunter world which was a bit more interesting than the actual plot. Although this book is a bit dry in the plot I would defiantly continue to read it to get further into the series which is when the development of characters and plot thickens.

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A Court of Wings and Ruin

By Sarah J Maas.

Genre. YA Fantasy, Fae

Series. A Court of Thorns and Roses (#3)

Synopsis.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

Review.

I loved this finale of the A court series, a lot happened but it was amazing and such an enjoyable read. I loved meeting all the members of the other courts as well as getting to see more of the courts and their personalities. Now I am a huge Maas fan so I am automatically biased, but man did she do good with this novel. I know a lot of people complained about the way Feyre and Rhysands relationship changes, but I love it because shes kept it really realistic, she has them being equals and having bumps in the road too. My only issue was with Feyre’s sisters although Nesta eventually breaks her walls down and willingly becomes a part of the family, Elain annoys the hell outta me. I was getting so mad that she was so moppy I just wanted to slap her and tell her to be apart of the family. Despite that one aspect I know her character will develop in the next few books, overall the book was amazing with lots of unexpected scenes and also some ‘hell yeah’ moments. Although the book ended in a happy way (everyone lives YAY) I know this is just a pause in what Maas has in store for her readers in her next few novels. They are classed as Novella but I’m being hopefully she’s going to do another TOD and make them all into novels.

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The Ruby Circle

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Bloodlines (#6)

Synopsis.

Their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s bestselling Bloodlines series.

When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, she and Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world and alter their lives forever.

Review.

Although I have loved the entire Bloodlines series, I was extremely disappointed with this final novel. I felt like too much happened in this novel that could have been spread out over another book or even mentioned more in previous books. I had to check the cover several times to see if anyone had co-written this novel as it felt more like fan fiction. Although a lot of exciting events take place in this novel and Mead is still able to write amazing plots, it felt like two plots had been smashed together. I think Mead was in a rush to finish this series as she mentioned at the time she was ready to move on from the Moroi world. In general, it is a great book with an enjoyable and happy ending but at the same time, it felt really messy and too much with parts that could have honestly been left out or with less focus. I did enjoy the epilogue that roughly explains what happened to all the characters and what they are doing with their lives. Mead has left the ending open so it is a story she can come back to at a later time, which I really hope she does.

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Silver Shadows

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Bloodlines (#5)

Synopsis.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Review.

How is Richelle Mead able to rip my heart out like this?? I was absolutely broken reading book five, why oh why did she have to rip Adrian and Sydney apart like this? Why make the future look so bleak? But at the same time, this really kicked the series up a notch, we have really reached the pinnacle having the ultimate betrayal of Sydney’s sister. It was really interesting having Mead split the novel between Sydney and Adrian, the only other time she has done this was with Rose and Lissa in VA and that was through a bond, making this split way of storytelling really interesting and fun to read. The last chunk of the book really had me on the edge of my seat, a lot happened in a short amount of time and it was amazing and in a way more exciting than the epic rescue of Rose in the Last Sacrafice. Mead has really challenged the Moroi and Alchemist relationship in this novel and it really does keep the readers engaged and desperate for more. As usual, Mead is able to have a lot happen towards the end of the book then finish the book on a major cliffhanger.

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The Firey Heart

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Bloodlines (#4)

Synopsis.

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her…

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

Reviews.

FINALLY!!!! SYDNEY AND ADRIAN ARE A COUPLE!!!! I have waited for three books for this sexual tension to end and final they have both caved into their feelings. I am fully loving the intimate and sexual scenes between Adrian and Sydney it is amazing, the tension is higher though because it has to be kept a secret from Sydney’s sister. Sydney has a lot going on in this novel, lots of secrets and sneaking around and it just keeps me on my toes throughout the novel, especially with all the near misses they both experience. I love Sydney in this novel, in previous novels shes bit awesome but a little annoying and we as readers know she is keeping her true self-hidden which drives us all crazy. Sydney is finally opening herself up and breaking rules that have kept her from being who she really is, this book is my favourite out of all six as this is probably the happiest our loveable characters have been so far.

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The Indigo Spell

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Bloodlines (#3)

Synopsis.

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets–and human lives.”
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.

 

Review.

Mead begins jumping into a different aspect of fantasy with book three of the Bloodlines series. We get to see Sydney break more rules which are so exciting and we also get the amazing sexual tension between Adrian and Sydney (YAY). Mead is defiantly slowly exposing a different side to the Alchemist world which we are dying to see uncovered, while also having the witch element and having them as being kind and scientific is a nice change from the standard novels and stories on witches. I love how Mead has exposed Sydney to this side of magic but has kept Sydney’s personality and habits that make her who she truly is. I also think it’s great how Mead has mixed up magic and the Alchemists, it’s a fun aspect especially with how strict and anti-magic the Alchemists are. The path of Sydney Sage has really expanded in this novel and she begins to break down the walls that have surrounded her since we first met her in Blood Promise.

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The Golden Lily

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Bloodlines (#2)

Synopsis.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California – tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formorly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and her sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi – the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that – special, magical, powerful – that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Braydon, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else – someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists – or her heart?

Review.

I love how in this novel we are starting to see Sydney change her ways, in the Vampire Academy series and Bloodlines shes pretty uptight with the vampires she is around, but we as readers know them and love them and we want her to know them like we do. I’m so glad that she does not have any other Alchemists in this novel, you think yay finally things are starting to grow but then Mead throws us at the end as usual. I find most second books in a series a bit dry compared to the first one, but Mead is still able to keep her readers on their toes a bit as she starts bringing a lot of different elements into her novel. Again a fantastic novel by Mead and it defiantly sets up some interesting plots and theories for the third book.

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