Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.
My rating: 73%
I received Song of the Current in the June Uppercase Box and was really excited to delve into it. It sounded like something that I had never read in the young adult genre. When I got into it, I realized it wasn't really my cup of tea, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
The book started off with a bunch of exciting events all right in a row. (Okay, watching your father get thrown in prison and a beloved dock burn isn't exactly "exciting", but you get what I mean.) These first 50 pages or so really got me excited for a fast-paced action novel. But after the beginning, the story slowed down quite a bit, which I wasn't expecting at all. Sure, there were a few major events here and there, but the action-y bits scattered throughout the book were very short and sweet. The story didn't really pick back up until the very end. (And all I can say about the end of the book without spoiling anything is that it is fantastic. Totally worth sticking out the slow bits.)
Even though parts of the book were slow, I fell in love with the characters. Every single character that was introduced had a purpose and a story all their own. I love that Sarah Toclser didn't throw around characters and put in unnecessary extras just for the sake of it. The best part, however, is how deep Caro gets throughout the story. At first, she just starts out as an unassuming wherryman who hopes to become a captain. Throughout the story, her layers start to peel back, and just when you think you know everything, something unexpected is revealed, and as the reader, you are forced to start thinking something completely different.
I also just want to touch on the fact that the world that Caro lives in is so interesting and unique. The mythology that surrounds the rivers and the details that go into describing it are creative. I also have to bow down to Sarah Toclser for a minute because of the way she describes the boating aspects. They are amazing. It is so clear that she knows and loves what she's talking about, and it comes across so well through Caro.
Overall, this book was just an okay read for me, but I've heard countless people swoon over it. Hopefully you will like this book more than me, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!
From her vacation,
'Magic doesn't make a man evil,' he said. 'It's just a skill. It isn't inherently good or bad. It's what's in his heart that makes him evil, the same as anyone else.
― Sarah Tolcser, Song of the Current
Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
My Rating: 73%
As second books in trilogies go, this book ranks fairly high. As a book in general, it is just average. It had some interesting events here and there, but overall, this book didn't have anything that wowed me. I also think that part of the blame may go to the fact that I have been reading some of the Shadowhunter books in a row, with this one being number three on the list.
First of all, I felt like there were a few subplots throughout the story that felt really unnecessary. There were some that really added to the story (shoutout to my boy Will for his amazing subplot), and then there were some that I felt could've been left out and I wouldn't have missed out on anything. I am not one for plots being over-dramatic, and I caught myself reading and thinking, "It's not that big of a deal. Get over it."
One of my big issues with this book was the fact that I kept waiting for something big and climactic to happen, and I didn't really feel like that ever happened. I know this is because it is setting up readers for the last book in the trilogy, but I was really hoping for a grander ending.
With that being said, there were a lot of things added to the story that I didn't see coming. I won't mention them for spoiler reasons, but there were things revealed about the characters and their situations that I couldn't believe. These twists and turns were what kept me on the edge of my seat and what made me not want to put the book down.
I also appreciated how Tessa grew up throughout these books. At the beginning, she was terrified of every new person she met and wasn't really very trusting. Throughout the books, she has gotten chances to prove herself and really make herself known as a strong and independent woman. She is very respected in the Institute, and those little moments of courage really add to the story.
Overall, I liked this book but didn't see anything super special in it. Let me know if you have read it already, or are planning to read it sometime soon in the comments!
From her Shadowhunter break,
It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince
My Rating: 98%
I picked this book up on a whim after only hearing about it a couple of times. I had just read Wires and Nerve, the graphic novel companion to the Lunar Chronicles, and really enjoyed it. So, I decided to try out a standalone graphic novel, and what a great decision it was! I am actually really into art, especially art that tells a story. This one, in particular, was so well done, I couldn't have asked for anything better. It was a quick, fun summer read, and it has also become one of my favorite books.
First of all, as I was flipping through this book in the bookstore, I loved the style of all the drawings in the book. It really helps convey the emotions of the characters and the world in which they live. I also really liked how each chapter of the book had its own color scheme. This was one of my favorite elements in the book because it gave each chapter its own mood and helped to differentiate between settings and which characters were involved.
Also, this book was hilarious. I laughed so many times reading this book, it's not even funny. (See what I did there?) There are so many little moments of dialogue that are the kind of funny that take you by surprise. The relationship between Nimona and Blackheart is perfect, and every scene they're in together was a great one. I also loved the unique relationship between Blackheart and Goldenloin. Both relationships are not what you would expect, which I think really adds to the quirkiness and comedy of the novel.
I'm not sure if it was because this book was such a quick read, but I really took notice of all the little foreshadowing moments throughout the story. There were a lot of small things that happened where I thought, "She referenced that earlier," or "Someone mentioned something like that." Little things like that are what make a book go from good to great for me.
Overall, this book was a great story about heroics, and what it truly means to be a hero. If you have read it or plan on reading it in the future, please let me know in the comments!
As she tries to turn into a shark,
You can't just go round murdering people. There are rules, Nimona.
― Noelle Stevenson, Nimona
Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At their helm sits the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game - a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.
As if his bizarre heritage isn't enough, Jack finds out that he's not just another member of Weirlind - he's one of the last of the warriors - at a time when both houses are scouting for a player.
My Rating: 86%
Alright, let's get straight to it. This book has been on my TBR shelf for about three years. I know what you're thinking. "Oh my gosh, Ashton, what is your problem? Why would you neglect a book for so long?" Well, dear reader of mine, I have a very unsatisfactory answer for you. This book is freaking dense. Now, if you are a book collector like I am, you will understand the terror of dense books. The problem with these books is that they look like quick, 300-page reads. Then when you pick them up, they weigh 20 pounds and scare the crap out of you. When will publishers understand that if I buy a 500-page book, I want it to look like a 500-page book?
After I failed to read this book for 3 years, I decided in the past month or so to read all the books that I had sitting on my shelf for over a year. But, as my stack of neglected books dwindled, I picked up this book not expecting much. As I got into it, though, I slowly fell in love with the world and its characters. Cinda Williams Chima created the book that I feel like I Am Number Four should've been. It was fast-paced, magical, and still very grounded. I liked how the book seamlessly combined the everyday world with its magical counterpart.
I also have to mention the fact that I adore Jack. He is so sweet and funny and also a badass and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I also related to him a lot in the middle of the story, when he starts training. He has to balance school, sports, and magic and does a decent job of it, given all the time it takes out of his life. I am really involved in my school, and I thought it was awesome to see a character who has many of my same struggles on a daily basis. (Balancing school and magic is hard, people. I'm speaking from experience when I say this. Don't try it at home, kids.)
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and hope you decide to check it out. I highly recommend it as a summer fantasy read, or if you are looking for a higher quality version of I Am Number Four.
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As she finishes a blog makeover,
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Just remember who you are... The world will try to change you into someone else. Don't let them. That's the best advice anyone can give you.
― Cinda Williams Chima, The Warrior Heir
Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them...
My rating: 90%
This is a book that's been on my TBR for quite some time. I'd been putting off both the last three books of The Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices just because I wasn't sure what order in which to to read them, and quite frankly, it was just easier to read something else. But now that I've read it, I don't know why I put off reading this book. It was such a well-represented book, having elements of fantasy, comedy, romance, historical fiction, and action. There is definitely something for everyone in this book.
First of all, I love the Shadowhunter world that Cassandra Clare builds in the late 1800's. It is the perfect mix of Victorian Era London and the sophistication of the Nephilim society. Since I read this book after reading the first three Mortal Instruments books, I could see the parallels in the books and the different ways the Shadowhunters lived in the 19th century vs. the present world. The time period also has an effect on the way the narrator, Tessa Grey, views both the mundane and Shadowhunter societies. I really noticed how Tessa thought it was strange that the women of the Nephilim were thought of as equal, and fought alongside the men. It goes to show how far we have come in today's society.
Speaking of Tessa, I'm pretty sure we could be best friends. She is a strong and independent woman who don't need no man, and also loves books! I'm not going to lie, we're basically the same person. She will also do whatever is necessary to find her brother, who goes missing at the beginning of the story. Tessa is so courageous and intelligent, I wish I was her. She doesn't back down to anyone, and I really admire that.
My favorite aspects of this book are the small tie-ins to the original series, and it kept me on my toes. I won't go into too much detail because of spoiler reasons, but there were a lot of little moments where I thought to myself, "Oh, that's a nod to so-and-so!" or, "That's important later!" It was really neat to have all those little moments. I also loved the fact that every time I thought I had everything figured out, there was something unexpected thrown into the mix. Cassandra Clare constantly shakes things up and made me second guess things.
Overall, this book is both a great read if you have a few Mortal Instruments books under your belt, or you're looking for a new fantasy series, this book is definitely for you!
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The re-established Shadowhunter,
'One must always be careful of books,' said Tessa, 'and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.'
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
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Jamming to the Beauty & the Beast Soundtrack,
I will call you Beauty, for that is what you are.”
Queen Victoria the Enlightened
The tale of Queen Victoria begins on a calm spring afternoon. The rain had settled, and the sun came out to stay. King Arthur and Queen Charlotte of Barda were on their way back from a neighboring country, where they had settled a trade agreement. They were a very happy couple, as the queen was expecting her first-born child any day. What she didn’t know was that “any day” had come upon them.
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As she rediscovers her love for middle-grade,
Why must you look like the rest of us? Why do you have to be the one to change? Change the way we see. Don't change the way you are.”
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From out of her hiatus,
We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing in them becomes too high.”
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While she waits for her futuristic prince,
Even in the future, the story begins with once upon a time.”
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