The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Bones

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Cassandra Clare

Published by: McElldrey Books

Publication date: 17th March 2007

Pages: 512

Genres: Teen Fiction/Fantasy

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is an ordinary teenager, who likes hanging out in Brooklyn with her friends. But everything changes the night she witnesses a murder, committed by a group of teens armed with medieval weaponry. The murderous group are Shadowhunters, secret warriors dedicated to driving demons out of this dimension and back into their own. Drawn inexorably into a terrifying world, Clary slowly begins to learn the truth about her family – and the battle for the fate of the world.
Review:
Originally it took me a while to read this book, I had kept meaning to read it but just never got round to it. The sad thing is I decided to read the book after seeing the trailer which, in my opinion, was much better than the actual book, though that is the aim of them. Anyway, Cassandra Clare started the series with a ‘big bang’ It included an amazing array of suspense, teenage romance and comedy.“Jesus!” Luke exclaimed. Actually, it’s just me,” said Simon. “Although I’ve been told the resemblance is startling.”And there is much more witty humour where that came from. The book is hooking till the end, and once you get to the end, it is impossible not to read the next book. “Never trust a book by it’s adaptation,” is a good phrase I live by as it’s movie was quite bad,
changing lots of the plot and even the ending that has a large role in the next few books. City of Bones introduces the character Clary (Clarissa) Fray, a seemingly normal girl who gets thrown into the world of Shadowhunters and demons. Along the way she meets an extremely sexy Shadowhunter , Jace (Jonathon) Wayland, a jealous Alec Lightwood, his beautiful sister Isabelle and Clary’s life long friend and companion Simon Lewis. These characters work so well together, complimenting each other perfectly. They all have a sort of connection that then makes this book flow beautifully. If there is only one book you will ever read in your life time, it has to be this one. As soon as you read it, you’ll realise what you had been missing out on for so long.
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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor



Title: 
Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Laini Taylor

Published by: Hachette Book Group

Publication Date: 27th September 2011

Pages: 432

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Romance/Fantasy/Mystery

Book Blurb: 

Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.

When Brimstone called, she always came.

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

Waterstones ¦ Amazon

Review:
Read this in two days, Suffered insomnia over the single night of continuous reading: and it was worth it. This book was stunningly beautiful. Laini Taylor’s descriptions were thorough and animated. This book has to be one of my favourite all times. I loved the character Karou so much. Laini made sure Karou was a real person adding little details that may seem insignificant but certainly weren’t.
I found this book when I was bored on the waterstones sight. It looked good and I didn’t have anything else to read so I thought I might as well get it. As you may have read from an earlier post, it took a while to actually find the book, but all that was worth it.
I’m struggling to find a flaw within this book, I’m not sure it’s even possible to find one.
I’m leaving this a short review, before I reveal any spoilers.
This book is a masterpiece.

Book vs E-Books – Rants in My Pants


Books vs Ebooks

This months rant features the long ongoing debate, which is better? Books, or E books? Before we start I will point out my bias towards physical copies of books. I love books: the way they feel in your hands, the smell, the pleasure you get when walking into a book store and being able to study each book to decide the one that will come home with me. E books take away the entire process and could soon annihilate it. People are becoming so dependent on e books that book shops are having to close down all over. Also I have a huge collection of books, if I want them on my e book device I would have to re-buy every single chosen book I have (which is a lot). Also future books would have to go through the dilemma of physical or electronic? Which would I buy it on. I would only ever use the electronic version on holiday but then I would also want the physical copy for home. If you can’t charge your ebook then you can’t even read your books anyway.

This will be a very short rant ending with an infographic explaining why book are better than ebooks.

 

YAY, Just Got Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

 

New Book Today!

Yay! I just got the book Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. For some reason waterstones classed it as adult fantasy fiction but I’m pretty sure it’s  a YA book. Anyway it took me half an hour to find it as there, for some reason, was only one person running the branch and they were behind the extremely busy desk.

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Alex Rider: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horrowitz

Title: Stormbreaker

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Alex Rider

Published by: Walker Books

Publication Date: 4th September 2000

Pages: 249

Genres: Teen/Adventure/Spy/Thriller/Mystery

Book Blurb:  When his uncle dies in suspicious circumstances, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider finds his world turned upside down.

Forcibly recruited into MI6, Alex has to take part in gruelling SAS training exercises. Then, armed with his own special set of secret gadgets, he’s off on his first mission to Cornwall, where Middle-Eastern multi-billionaire Herod Sayle is producing his state-of-the-art Stormbreaker computers. Sayle has offered to give one free to every school in the country – but there’s more to the gift than meets the eye.

Waterstones ¦ Amazon

Review:
I used to be so jealous of Alex Rider, not because he’s lost people, that would be sad. But because he is a spy. For around four years of my life I have wanted to be a spy for the MI6 so one day my dad bought me and my twin the box set of these books. The first book was stunning. Yes it included lots of action though Anthony Horrowitz managed to get the balance right creating a realistic thriller. It focuses on Alex Rider and his experiences. His emotions are shown really well considering the way he was feeling was polar opposites.  Jack Starbright is Alex’s American housekeeper become guardian who I adore and you will see how awesome she is as you go along through the series.
Stormbreaker has been through many different covers though I have chosen the newest edition which I (after lots of sitting around flicking through tabs.) have decided is my favourite. It’s simplistic colouring, I thing, is very spy like.
A movie was made for this book, though it was an O.K film, like most book adaptations, they changed too many things. One of the smallest was Alex Rider’s hair colour, the biggest being…
If you want to carry on reading my rant on the movie then please make sure you have at least read this book. You do not need to read the whole series..

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Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton


Title: 
Witch Finder

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaHalf Cup of Tea

Author: Ruth Warburtoon

Published by: Hodder Children’s Books

Publication Date: July 2nd 2014

Pages: 384

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Romance/Fantasy

Book Blurb:  Sworn to a loveless marriage.

Sworn to avenge the death of his parent.

sworn to kill the one you love…

London 1880.

Witches killed Luke Lexton’s parents and he is determined to avenge their death by becoming a witch hunter. But first he must prove his loyalty and pick a name from the Book of Witches to track down and kill within a month or face death himself. Luke picks Rosa Greenwood, a young witch-girl who is almost impossible to kill…

Waterstones ¦ Amazon

Review:
I read this book on holiday where I was doing outdoor activities almost every hour of the day and yet couldn’t help but finish it in a few hours. This book was amazing. It is set in the Victorian era and Ruth Warburton has brought that time back to the present; Her descriptions of the streets and housing were enthralling. She made everything come to life. I loved the story line of Rosa Greenwood’s family and how even in a fantasy book it kept to the traditions of arranged marriage for money and power. How in the 1880’s women were seen lower class.
The book begins quite ominously with Luke’s first entrance to the witch hunter community. This instantly captures you into the book.
The cover is a pretty cool mix of illustration and photography though for some reason it doesn’t quite work for me. The second book has a much nicer cover with a little more flair.
Overall this book is awesome and enthralling. There were one or two moments where I thought there could be a little more going on but on the whole it was a really good summer read.

Books I’d Like as TV Shows

There have always been books I’ve read that I’ve thought, wouldn’t that be nice as a TV programme? I’ve decided to comprise a list of those such books and see if you agree.

The first book is Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. I have heard of hundreds of period dramas such as Downtown Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs, so why not do one with a little fantasy added to it? Jessica Spotswood described all the scenes perfectly for me to visualise it and imagine I was there. Also the graphics with the garden would be beautiful I bet so that would be like an added bonus.

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