Month: August 2016

WWW Wednesdays

What am I currently reading?

Highland Fling, Beautiful Broken Things, The Jungle Book and Fire Study.

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What did I finish reading recently?

I finished City of Lost Souls earlier today.

What am I reading next?

It’s up to you! Remember to vote in all four categories, as I read several books at a time.

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Book Review: City of Lost Souls

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City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #5) – Paperback, 544 pages – Published September 6th 2012 by Walker Books

I can’t believe I’ve nearly finished this series!

First of all, I would like to complain about the cover. If I hadn’t heard so many great things about this series then I probably would have avoided it, simply because it looks like a typical teen paranormal romance atrocity. The story is actually way more action-based with a sort of hint of romance, but I just don’t think the cover portrays that very accurately.

Moving on to the actual book, it follows on from the last novel where Sebastian is sort of reintroduced. He is a massive character in this, after disappearing – along with Jace. It turns out there’s some sort of bond between them thanks to Lilith, and the only things that can separate them are the weapons of either angels or demons. Which, unsurprisingly, results in some rather reckless acts on the part of Jace’s friends and family, including the summoning of an angel and a demon. Nice.

Alec and Magnus have some pretty serious difficulties in this book, which actually really upset me because they’re currently my favourite couple. There’s also romantic plots following Maia and Jordan and even Izzy and Simon, but nothing major.

In the end, the Institute receives a disturbing gift, Clary stabs Jace, and Magnus kicks Alec out of his apartment. Maureen is seen again, claiming to have killed the woman Alec was out to murder, and Luke’s sister is taken and turned dark by Sebastian. I think that’s everything?

As for the writing, I love it! The books are all quite long, but they don’t feel it when you read them. I don’t understand how the feel so timeless and exciting all the way through!

Of course, this is a YA paranormal novel with typical romance lines and so on, but it is as unique as a book in this category can be. It has a nice mix of surprise, suspense and plain old action, and the diversity of the characters is fantastic. I’m really looking forward to the next novel in the series, yet I don’t want it to be over!

Simply because it is a somewhat generic book (there are just so many angel/demon YA novels these days) I can’t put my rating any higher than 4 stars. But the writing is fab and the plot always interesting, so there really isn’t any true fault.

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WWW Wednesdays

It seems like ages since I posted one of these! I’ve been to France and met up with tons of friends, which has left me without enough time for blogging. But I’m back!

What am I currently reading?

Highland Fling, Beautiful Broken Things, The Jungle Book, Fire Study and City of Lost Souls.

What did I finish reading recently?

Well, this is embarrassing…

What am I reading next?

Here are all your options for each book that I start next:

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WWW Wednesdays

What am I currently reading?

I’m technically still reading Highland Fling and The Jungle Book, but I haven’t read much of either of them recently… I’m also reading Beautiful Broken Things and Fire Study.

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What did I finish reading recently?

Just Magic Study this week.

What am I reading next?

Here are all your options for each book that I start next:

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Book Review: Magic Study

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Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder (Chronicles of Ixia #2) – Paperback, 419 pages – Published June 7th 2013 by Mira Ink

This is the sequel to Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study, a Chronicles of Ixia novel. It follows Yelena after she has discovered her magical abilities, and features familiar characters such as Irys, Valek, Ari and Janco.

The book begins with Yelena’s return to the Zaltanas, her family clan, fourteen years after being kidnapped from the forest. Her brother, Leif, is clearly not as happy to see her as her parents. The siblings travel to the Keep together, where Yelena is to begin her magic training. But while on their journey to the Citadel, they are ambushed by strange men. Yelena discovers that it was set up by her brother, who believes her to be a spy from Ixia. They intend to take her to the Keep where a Master Magician will search her mind for the proof they require.

Of course, Yelena is found innocent and is allowed to start her training. Cahil, the leader of the ambushers and the supposed heir to the Ixian throne, has trouble coming to terms with his mistake.

Several victims of a mysterious murderer have been found, one of which has managed to survive the attack. But can Yelena rescue her, even after her soul has retreated into hiding?

The man – Ferde – is attempting to harbour souls from innocent girls. Yelena is determined to stop him, even if it means risking her own life.

While hunting for Ferde, Yelena must deal with Leif, the vengeful Goel, Cahil and a visiting party of Ixians. Who would’ve thought that she would look back and find her poison-tasting days peaceful?

There is action, magic, love, confusion and more in this book, yet I struggle to feel any emotion from this series. I don’t feel Yelena’s pain, or her fear or excitement. I don’t feel anything from these books. I don’t understand why; these are perfectly good stories, well written. But I just don’t enjoy them.

I am still going to read the next novel, and I am curious as to what will develop in Yelena’s life. And although there are typos and punctuation placed where I find a little strange, I do acknowledge that these are decent books. The plot’s good, and there’s a nice mix of action and magic. Yelena is older than most YA protagonists – at around twenty – which is refreshing, but still not quite right to me. I will be generous and give this novel about 2-3 stars, though, as there are no real faults to be found with the writing itself.

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