Saturday, May 23, 2015

[BOOK REVIEW] City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare


Synopsis from goodreads:

Love is a mortal sin, and the secrets of the past are deadly. Plunge into the third installment in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and prepare to be hooked (Entertainment Weekly).

To save her mothers life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much hes willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of bestselling series the Mortal Instruments.

Includes an exclusive sneak peek of the fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series: City of Fallen Angels! And don't miss the teaser fromClockwork Angel, the first book in the Infernal Devices trilogy, the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series.

Title: City of Glass

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publication Date: March 24th 2009

Date Read: May 18, 2015

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Paperback 

Pages: 541

My Review

My favorite book from the mortal instruments so far!

City of Glass is an action-packed and a breathtaking read. There's so much action going on that I really enjoyed compared to the first two books.  All of my questions and the mysteries has been answered in this book which is great and it made me contented.

The other thing that I liked from this book is that there are emotional parts. Cassandra Clare did not focus only on the action-scenes and stuff but also she mixed it with other elements that made the book perfect. By reading this book we know that there are so many things that has been revealed such as [1]  Jace and Clary are not brother and sister after all which made me happy [2] Jace's real father was Stephen Herondale and [3] Sebastian is the real Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern. I'm now even more excited to read the other books from TMI and also The Infernal Devices.

The ending was satisfying! They defeat Valentine and the shadowhunters and the downworlders help each other to fight and it is by the help of Clary's power, she created a new rune for a shadowhunter to have a downworlder power and vice-versa. How cool is that?!

Since I'm reading the shadowhunter chronicles by publication date, I'm now looking forward to reading the first book from The Infernal Devices trilogy (A prequel to The Mortal Instruments) which is entitled Clockwork Angel.

Ratings: 5/5 Stars

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

[BOOK REVIEW] City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare


Synopsis from Goodreads:

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? Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon. But the Shadowhunters won't 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. When the second of the Mortal Instruments os stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

Title: City of Ashes

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publication Date: March 24th 2009

Date Read: May 15, 2015

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Paperback

Pages: 453

My Review

This book is much better than City of Bones and the pacing was good. I managed to finished this book in only two days because it is so entertaining.

I really like the characters even more in City of Ashes. Not only they've improved but also they are more funnier that makes everything lighter. Knowing that Clary and Jace are "siblings" makes me want to read more because I know it's just a lie but still, there's no revelation from this book that they are not really brother and sister. *sighs* It did not affect my rating though.

At first I thought that there's no actions/bad-ass moments going on but I'm wrong. After the middle part, I can say that it is more action-packed than the first book. The scene were they fight Valentine and the demons on the ship are the best! It is so epic and it made me hold my breath. On the same scene, the inquisitor/Imogen Herondale have something important to say to Jace but then she dies afterwards. I mean what??!! What is it about? It keeps me intrigued.

I love how every characters have pov's from themselves and not in a confusing way. It's really a great idea that Cassandra Clare made because I myself wants to know more about most of them and what they are doing. Overall, this is a great sequel to City of Bones and much better! I'm so excited to read the third book because I heard from many people that City of Glass is greatest book from the mortal instruments series.

Ratings: 5/5 Stars

Thursday, May 14, 2015

[BOOK REVIEW] City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare


SYNOPSIS from Goodreads:

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... 

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Title: City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publication Date: March 27th 2007

Date Read: May 13, 2015

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Paperback

Pages: 485

My Review

This is the first fantasy book that I have ever read I believe and it did not disappoint me to introduce to the fantasy world. Cassandra Clare's writing style was just fantastic that there is no boring parts that I encounter. It was fast-paced and I got hooked with the story just from the very beginning. The world was cool and enchanting because there are werewolves, vampires, fairies, warlocks in just one story. (AND SHADOWHUNTERS!!!)

I enjoyed this book very much. All of the chapters was exciting and interesting, a page-turner indeed and I couldn't put it down. Cassandra did not forget to add some humor in it which I liked because it makes everything lighter and not boring.

City of Bones is now one of my favorite books of all time!!! I'm looking forward to reading the other books in The Mortal Instruments series because I heard that it's keeps getting better and better. I am even more excited because ABC Family picks up the Mortal Instruments tv series. I'm so stoked!

Overall, this book was great and cool. I have nothing more to say because it is just that good. For those who haven't started the TMI series yet, please read them now!

Ratings: 5/5 Stars

Monday, May 11, 2015

[BOOK REVIEW] Looking for Alaska by John Green


SNYOPSIS from Goodreads:

Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (Fran├žois Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

Title: Looking for Alaska

Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Publication Date: December 28th 2006

Date Read: May 10, 2015

Publisher: Speak

Format: Paperback

Pages: 221

My Review

Looking for Alaska is a fun and incredible story. 

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”

I never thought at first that this book was funny. When I'm on the first part, almost all of the pages will make you smile and laugh because the characters - Miles, The Colonel, Takumi, Lara, and Alaska are very funny and it makes me want to join in their group.The second part, however, contains drama and it is the part where you get emotional and stuff. 

Miles Halter is a relatable main character for me. He's quiet, he loves reading, and hates sports. That's why I enjoy the story even more! Let's move on with Alaska Young. I feel sad for her because she's been hard on herself and Alaska's decisions were based on her roller-coaster emotions.

The story was just brilliant and inspiring because it is written by my favorite author, John Green. He is such a great writer and his works can make you laugh and be inspired at the same time. This is my 3rd John Green book that I have ever read and I'm so excited to read his other books. He never fail to impress me.

What I learned in this book is that life is not easy that's why we should not give up. Even though we have problems, if we are smart enough to overcome it, everything will be alright.

This is a perfect book for teens and for everyone who loves a funny and yet an emotional story. If you still haven't read Looking for Alaska, please read it now.

Ratings: 5/5 stars

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Liebster Award

I was nominated by Stephanie from Doodle's Book Reviews and Sandra from Sandra The BookWorm for the Liebster Award. Thank you so much!

This award is in place so bloggers big and small can interact with one another and promote friendships through the similar hobby of blogging. There are few steps to this award whichI will go through as I complete each section. First though, I must state the rules. 

* Link back to the person that nominated you for this award.
* Give 11 random facts about yourself.
*Answer 11 questions from your nominator.
* Nominate 11 bloggers.
* Come upo with 11 questions for your nominees and inform them that you have nominated them.

11 facts about myself

1. I love to sing.

2. I'm a born again Christian.

3. I only started reading YA books last 2013.

4. I still haven't read Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, The Mortal Instruments, Twilight. I know!!!

5. I am very quiet at school.

6. My most hated subjects are Math and Physics.

7. Hot choco and coffee addict!

8. I live in the Philippines.

9. I really want to go to Canada and America.

10. My books are mostly paperbacks (I only have 4 hardbacks because they're expensive!)

11. I can make friends easily through the internet, but not in real life lol.

11 questions Sandra asked me (Since two bloggers nominated me in this award, I chose the one who gave the easier questions)

1. Who is your book girlfriend?

My book girlfriend would be Mia Hall from If I Stay by Gayle Forman because Chloe Moretz played her on the book-to-movie adoptation haha.

2. Used or New Books?

New books!!!

3. Where do you like to read?

On my bed. Just like everybody else. 

4. What is your favorite series?

Is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins a series? If so, I chose it.

5. Stand Alone or Series?

It really depends on the story.

6. Do you read one book at a time or several?

Only one book at a time.

7. Most hated character?

Chiyoko Takeda from Endgame by James Frey

8. Least favorite book?

For now it's Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

9. Favorite love triangle?

Juliette, Warner and Adam from Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi!

10. Favorite character?

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

11. What world of the books you have read would you like to live in?

Anna and The French Kiss because it is set in Paris!!!

11 questions for the bloggers I nominate

1. What is your favorite book of all time?

2. Do you read while eating?

3. Physical books or ebooks?

4. Hardbounds or Paperbacks?

5. What book do you wish to become a movie but never heard about the movie rights?

6. Do you listen to music while reading?

7. Who is the author you really want to meet?

8. How many books do you finished reading in a month?

9. Buying books from the bookstores or online book shopping?

10. If you are going to another country for a vacation and you could only bring one book you already read, what book would it be?

11. For you, what book/s has changed your life the most?

Bloggers I nominate

Kevin from Tomebound

Pearl from BiblioPearl

Eunice from Nerdy Talks

Audri from Baked Book Pages

Patricia from Let's Talk Books

Friday, May 8, 2015

[BOOK REVIEW] Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer


SYNOPSIS from Goodreads:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Title: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Science Fiction, Retelling

Publication Date: January 8th 2013

Date Read: May 7, 2015

Publisher: Square Fish

Format: Paperback

Pages: 387

My Review

“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”

I had mixed feelings about this book. At first, I'm enjoying it because the world was cool and Cinder being a cyborg really intrigued me. It was okay and I thought that the characters from this book are funny. But when I reached the middle part, I already knew that Cinder and (spoiler) are the same person.

Marissa Meyer's writing was good and the sci-fi elements from this book was awesome but Cinder's real identity part should be less obvious because my excitement goes down as I got so much hints when I'm halfway through. 

I will not compare Cinder and the original Cinderella because I don't have much knowledge about the real Cinderella story lol.

Even though I don't like this book, I still have my favorite scene. It is when Cinder goes to the ball and the guard scan her I.D., then the guard announced to everyone that she arrived and she was a personal guest.

Based on what I heard from the other readers, the books from The Lunar Chronicles get so much better after Cinder so I am looking forward to read Scarlet and Cress.

Ratings: 3/5 Stars