Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire


City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #6) – Paperback, 638 pages – Published February 1st 2015 by Walker

Wow. I cannot believe the series is over.

I started this series thinking it was just another paranormal YA series, which it was in some ways, but I ended up falling in love with it as the series progressed. Now I’m gonna have to go and buy the gorgeous box set and read them a dozen times over.

If you’re not familiar with these books, you can check out my reviews of the first five books (starting with number one). I may actually be re-reviewing these in a while though, as I’ve come to appreciate them a whole lot more now.

So, where to start… The plot? Complicated but great. Action, tons of heartache, and a sprinkle of love. The ending is super sweet, too. Maybe a bit too neat and happy, but I’m a cynic. Honestly, it was nice to see them all find happiness at last.

The characters. Oh, the characters! I love them all. The use of the relationships in the plot is fantastic (and super sad), and the character development is pretty strong, too. The relationship between Clary and Jace becomes more *ahem* intimate, while Magnus and Alec finally get to talk about what happened between them. As for Isabelle and Simon… you’ll have to read it yourself to see what happens to them.

I find that Clare’s writing in these novels has a really distinct, iconic feel. From the first page, I was immersed in the Shadowhunting world, despite it having been a while since I read the previous novel. And although the book is long – over 600 pages – it didn’t feel tedious or boring. It took me a while to read it due to school work, but I did find myself having to force myself to put the book down and go to sleep.

Like I said, I have grown fonder of this series with each passing book. I’m going to start the series over again soon to see if I still feel the same way as before, but for now I’m going to give this finale a 4.5-star rating. Not quite in my favourites, but after a re-read it may be!


Comic Book Review: Suicide Squad (DC Universe Rebirth) Volume #3


Suicide Squad Volume #3 – Rob Williams, Alex Sinclair, Scott Williams, Jim Lee, Philip Tan – DC Universe Rebirth 2016

I may have fallen slightly in love with Katana.

This issue is basically made up of two parts; the squad, ahem, meeting Zod, and then Katana’s origin story. I adore Harley Quinn, like most people, and hadn’t really thought about Katana all that much. But her backstory is heartbreaking! And her sword has so, so much power…

I always love a bit of backstory, and this definitely had a great element of personal history. The fight half of the comic is also fantastic, though.

Both parts of this are great, making it my current favourite comic. Of course, there are only two others that I’ve read…

Not sure I want to give the full 5 stars to this, but I do think it deserves more than 4. So I think I’ll go with 4.5 stars.


Book Review: City of Glass


City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Paperback, 508 pages – Published 2013 by Walker Books

This is the third of six books in The Mortal Instruments series.

At 500 pages, I was slightly worried about this. The other two books were rather long too, and I had no problem with those, but I still feared that I would tire of this partway through. That was luckily not the case – far from, in fact.

We’re still following Clary and her Shadowhunter friends, trying to take down Valentine before he puts his plan into action while simultaneously trying to revive Clary’s mother from her coma. There’s a situation between both Clary and Simon and Clary and Jace – the latter being really rather awkward – and also a little thing going on between Alec and Magnus.

In this book, Clary finds herself in Alicante, the capital city of Idris, without any given permission. She also finds Simon there, locked up in the Gard. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say that the whole sibling situation with Valentine’s children is finally cleared up, in such an incredibly believable-yet-unbelievable way. Also, we’re reunited with Hodge and a few members of the Seelie Court. Oh, and Luke’s pack of werewolves, Raphael and the vampires, and we even meet a couple of angels. Nice.

This book contains a lot of past information, details about Valentine and what he did to his children. It brings a lot of clarity, and really makes you think, I understand now. Valentine is getting ever closer to executing his plan fully, and the Shadowhunters have to learn to work with the Downworlders rather than against them. Spies hidden among the Clave are brought to justice, and one very unexpected character is introduced, before being killed off again. I do have my doubts about his death though…

As for Valentine… Well, if you don’t already know, you may as well go and read the book.

Usually I find that I prefer the first books in a series, but so far this is actually my favourite. It isn’t quite an all-time favourite of mine, but I’d be more than happy to reread it. There’s a lot of the typical YA paranormal stuff going on in here, making it not all that unique. That being said, it is really well written and very exciting and action-packed. I am wondering what the next few books are actually going to be about, now that the whole situation with Valentine and the Mortal Instruments has been cleared up…

So yeah, this is a really good book that I would definitely recommend to lovers of YA novels, dystopian and paranormal books. I found myself struggling to put it down, wanting to just read on and on to the end despite the length. I think 4.5 stars is a decent rating for this.

(P.S. I totally didn’t constantly think of Supernatural throughout this, especially not at the references to the Mark of Cain.)


Book Review: City of Bones


City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Paperback, 442 pages – Published July 2nd 2007 by Walker Books

I’ve heard so much about this series, so I’ve got the whole series out of the library. It’s nearly midnight; I’ve stayed up reading until I finished this book!

This sounds like any other paranormal YA book really, and I suppose it is pretty much the same as all the others in many ways. But it’s a great read, with its own unique twists and advantages.

Clarissa, a 15-year-old red-head who lives with her mother, is the protagonist of this novel. She’s just like any other girl – until she sees someone being followed by people that nobody else can see. After witnessing these people destroy a demon in the storage room of a club, Clary knows her life is never going to be the quite the same.

Accompanied by Jace, Isabelle, Alec and her good friend Simon, Clary begins to learn about her heritage, just as her mother is kidnapped by a monstrous creature. The rescue mission is complicated – people often turn out to be different than who they first appear to be – and not without it’s difficulties. Clary has to unravel the lies that her life has been built upon, all the while dealing with the confusing emotions of both her and her friends.

This book is full of action! Fight scenes galore! It really is an exciting read, which is somewhat surprising due to the length. I often find that longer books get a little too dragged-on, but that was not the case with City of Bones. I’m really excited about the rest of this series.

The characters and the relationships between them are wonderful. I don’t want to include any spoilers, but things between Jace and Clary are so complicated, and it’s fascinating to see how their relationship is affected by the occurrences in this book. The less prominent characters, such as Hodge and Luke, are also full of emotion and depth. Their back-stories are amazing, and I found it easy to feel the same emotions towards them as Clary did at any given time.

Another thing that I really liked is the little details in this book. The foreshadowing, for example, and the inclusion of Alec being gay, but not openly. It’s the little things that really submerge you in the world of a book.

I really did enjoy reading this, but it isn’t quite in my favourites. It’s thrilling and full of action and emotion, as well as tons of plot twists. I’d say 4.5 stars!


Book Review: Alice Takes Back Wonderland

Professional Reader

Usually, I read ebooks in the order my request to review them is accepted. However, I had to make an exception for this as it’s based on Alice in Wonderland – my favourite story. I was given the chance to review this book by NetGalley, who provided me with a free copy in return for my review.


Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David D. Hammons – eBook (Galley), 270 pages – Published September 28th 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press

This is a great, original book. It combines dozens of fairytales in one story, each tale and character with their own little twist.

17-year-old Alice from Missouri is on medication for ADHD and schizophrenia, which she was diagnosed with after an alleged visit to Wonderland ten years ago. She’s spent all this time trying to accept that Wonderland isn’t real – until the White Rabbit turns up at her house and pushes her back down the rabbit hole.

With the help of the Mat Hatter, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and many others, Alice has to defeat the Ace of Spades, who is removing the Wonder from Wonderland, and trying to turn it into the human world. Alice travels between Wonderland, Neverland and even the Grimm Kingdom, gaining allies and developing a plan. Along her way, Alice rescues Tinkerbelle from Hook (or Captain Gepetto, the father of Pinocchio who’s been mistaken for the crock’odial for quite some time), brings down the Gingerbread Man (a villain in Grimm), reunites Queen Cinderella Charming with her daughter Snow White, and even falls in love with Peter Pan.

Basically, this is a cross of all my favourite stories. I’m now in love with the idea of Alice and Peter Pan being an item, with each of them being one of my uttermost favourite characters. The idea is that echoes of Wonderland, Neverland, Grimm etc reach the human world through the rabbit hole, inspiring the stories we grow up loving. But as they are only echoes, many details aren’t quite right.

There’s a lot of action in this novel, especially toward the end. Like I said, all the characters are wonderfully unique, and have nice little quirks. Some of the writing is kind of… simple, but still descriptive. It’s also rather repetitive at times, though this is sometimes used to it’s advantage – certain quotes are repeated from the original book by Caroll, entwining this modern story with the older novel.

I didn’t find this as easy to read as I would’ve liked, though I did get into it in the end. The plot is great, and the characters too. I’d give this book 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 if need be.


Book Review: Terminal

Terminal by Kathy Reichs (Virals #5) - Hardback, 380 pages - Published March 26th 2015 by Arrow (Young)

Terminal by Kathy Reichs & Brendan Reichs (Virals #5) – Hardback, 380 pages – Published March 26th 2015 by Arrow (Young)

Terminal is the fifth book in the Virals series by Kathy Reichs. I know I’ve reviewed a ton of books in this series now, so I’ll try to keep this one relatively short!

The Virals gang are always getting into trouble. But this time, they have multiple severe problems to worry about: a rival pack and, worse, some mysterious black-suited men asking questions about them. Which was worse? Losing against the Trinity, or becoming a bunch of lab rats for some secret government agency?

First, Tory and her friends need to find out the identities of their opponents. While the first two seem to be somewhat easy to find, the third member of the Trinity – the mystery girl – brings quite a shock to every member of the Viral pack.

As usual, the Reichs’ bring tons of action, problem-solving and surprises in this Virals sequel. Nothing is certain: who are the Trinity? Who are these mystery detectives? Will this be their last adventure? 

I said I’d keep this short, so I’ll try to wrap this up now. I love this series. I’ve been looking forward to this book for ages, and I definitely was not disappointed. As well as the two main problems the pack is facing, Tory has another issue; multiple boys are after her, and she doesn’t know who she wants. I love how this book has teenage humour to it, a little bit of romance – the perfect amount, in my opinion – and tons of unexpected plot twists. 4 stars for Terminal!


Book Review: BZRK

BZRK by Michael Grant - Paperback, 407 pages - Published September 3rd 2012 by Electric Monkey

BZRK by Michael Grant – Paperback, 407 pages – Published September 3rd 2012 by Electric Monkey

BZRK is a unique, action-packed story about the war taking place “down in the meat”, the war that could determine the fate of the human race.

Sadie McLure, daughter of billionaire Grey McLure, is horrified when she witnesses the death of her father and brother. This was no mere accident, and Sadie is determined to discover the truth behind their deaths.

And Noah Cotton is desperate to find out the cause of his brother’s madness. He was an army recruit, Alex. But then something happened, something that drove him so insane that he was sent to live out his days in an asylum, screaming about Bug Man and repeating the word “nano”. It has to mean something, doesn’t it?

These two teens are joined in extraordinary circumstances, and thrown into the deep end of a major battle. A battle that is too small to be seen by the human eye. A battle between biots and nanobots. A battle that leads to multiple deaths, and could alter humanity entirely.

I loved the concept of this book. I’ve never read anything like it, about tiny bug-like robotic creatures and people who are linked to that are linked to their biots in such a way that they risk their sanity with every mission. But personally, I found it all somewhat… overwhelming. I wanted to enjoy it but I just got lost and, frankly, kind of bored. It improved again further on but I’m only going to give BZRK 3 stars.