Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Bookish Details:
Series: Book #1 in The Mortal Instruments
Pages: 485 Paperback
McElderry Books
Release Date: First Published in 2007, This Edition April 14th 2009

Goodreads Summary:
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

My Review:
I've heard a lot of people talking about The Mortal Instruments books lately so I thought I'd give them a try... I wish i'd tried years ago! I was hooked from the first chapter!

The setting for City of Bones is New York and it's perfect for the gritty and urban style of the story.I loved the characters is this book and the exciting stories behind them all. Jace is officially one of the best boys in a book EVER.

I was really surprised with how much humor there was. Jace's sarcasm is brilliant and I love Cassandra's writing style.

It's a great first book in the series and I'm so going to be reading the rest!

Royal Rating:

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Bookish Details:
Pages: 276 (Paperback)
Publisher: Puffin (UK)
Released: 2010 (UK)

Goodreads Summary:

Some summers are just destined to be pretty.

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer -- they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

My Review:
This book is a perfect summer read. The relationships between Belly, Jeremiah and Conrad are really interesting and I loved how the book goes back in time to previous summers that they spent together and shows how things have developed from back then. I also loved how the author described the summer house, it made me wish I could spend my summers there!

There is a perfect balance of emotions going on in the story. There's romance, humor and a bit of sadness. There's plenty going on to keep you reading from the first page to the last.

I do have to admit though that I did find Belly a little bit annoying sometimes. But the two boys were so fabulous that they blocked out any Belly-Shaped annoyance!

My Royal Rating:

Look out for the sequel: It's Not Summer Without You
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