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Book Review: City of Bones
Dec 9th, 2014 by Coral

In Cassandra Clare’s “City of Bones,” I was instantly transported into a vibrant world of demons, magic, and intrigue, right in the middle of New York. From page one, the plot was compelling, and the characters had incredible depth.  Clare artfully introduced me into her secret world, not giving everything away, but, at the same time, not letting me drown in confusion.

The story quickly took a direction I didn’t expect, and continued on an exciting journey through the past, present, and future, all hanging in the balance.

Clary, our main narrator, is a girl with a definite personality and a healthy dose of spunk. She’s thrown into a world of mystery, and handles it excellently. The cast of characters also includes her best friend, Simon, who I absolutely adore. Tough as nails Jace, who took some getting used to, and Alec and Isabelle, those characters and their relationship have a special place in my heart.  Each character has strengths and flaws, and they feel like real people.

Cassandra Clare leaves nothing to guesswork, she knows exactly what’s going on in her story, and I could tell, even when I didn’t know exactly what was going on. This is a series I look forward to finishing, and I would highly encourage reading it. Action, adventure, mystery, romance, and fantasy, all wrapped up into a beautiful book. It also gives a fresh feeling, completely different, in some ways, from other books I’ve read.

 

Cassandra Clare, congratulations, your book is fantastic.

 

 

Book Review: Mind Games
Nov 23rd, 2014 by Coral

Today I will be reviewing the book “Mind Games” by Kiersten White. Yes, I know, a lot of book reviews lately, I’m sorry, I will have other stuff coming up. Over Thanksgiving I’ll have the chance to get a ton more written, but for now, book reviews!

Mind Games is a completely enthralling book about two sisters, both inserting themselves into the older sister role and trying to protect the others.

I absolutely love the main characters, Sofia and Annie. We’ll start with Sofia.

Sofia. Oh. My. Gosh. I love Sofia, she breaks my heart and makes me laugh almost in the same instant. Sofia works for a mysterious agency that deals with psychics. Sofia is herself not a psychic, but instead moves on pure instinct. Without planning, how can a psychic foresee what you’ll do? It’s ingenious and incredible. Sofia’s state of mind makes it impossible to predict what she will do, she can’t even predict what she will do.

Annie. Annie, the older sister, is blind but can see glimpses of the future. Annie tries to protect her little sister, but doesn’t know how most of the time. Annie is an equally intrigueing character, but I can’t say too much without giving big spoilers.

The book had me guessing and wanting more from the first page and did not disappoint as it went on. The end, well, I really didn’t see it coming, which made a great impresion on me.

Kiersten White has not disappointed, and I may even like this series better than the “Paranormalcy” series which first introduced me to this writer.

I’ll leave a link to “MInd Games” below, and you can check out Kiersten White’s blog on the left sidebar, and her other series, Paranormalcy on the right. Enjoy, and I encourage you all to read, if not this book, then something!

 

Book Review: Mockingjay
Nov 21st, 2014 by Coral

Today, to celebrate the movie release, I will be reviewing the book Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Most of you probably know the basic story of Mockingjay, and the Hunger Games trilogy in general, but you may not have taken time to read it. So, here we go.

Mockingjay is the third installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, following seventeen year old Katniss Everdeen through the most traumatic ordeals of her life. After going through the Games twice, Katniss finds herself the Face of the Revolution, aka, the Mockingjay. Most of the people Katniss grew up with are dead. Killed in the bombing of her district brought on in part by her actions in the Quarter Quell Arena. Peeta is in the hands of the Capitol. She and the rest of the District Twelve survivors are being housed in District Thirteen, which they all thought was dead.

Okay, this is not going to be a complete recap of the book. That was just context for me to begin. Mockingjay is an intensely emotional and psychologically compelling book.  The book has gone from the personal fight of one teenage girl to an all out revolution for an oppressed country.  I hear a lot of complaints about the darkness of Mockingjay. To that I say, well, hon, it’s a war, and they’ve been through the inferno, and they aren’t even done yet. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: I am not a serial killer
Nov 17th, 2014 by Coral

“I am not a serial killer” by Dan Wells is a thrilling and intriguing book. Written from the point of view of a teenage sociopath, John Cleaver, it explores the emotional struggles he encounters, while also facing a mysterious sinister force that leaves the police scratching their heads. Living above the mortuary and working part time, it’s no surprise that John Cleaver has slightly questionable interests. To be precise, a fascination with serial killers.

John Cleaver takes us through a completely different range of emotions than we are used to. Sociopaths, as opposed to common belief, do feel emotion, just differently than other people. This in itself gives the story a riveting aspect, but there is also an unseen danger lurking in his town. A serial killer, something that John Cleaver just can’t leave alone.

You may think you know where the story is heading, but there are surprises at every turn. I am thrilled with this book, and it’s sequels, “Mr. Monster” and “I don’t want to kill you.”

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