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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare Review

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

Title: Clockwork Angel

Series: The Infernal Devices #1

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

Magic is dangerous — but love is more dangerous still 

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by — and torn between — two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

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Format: Paperback

Pages/Hours: 482 pages

Ownership: Own

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Tags: Historical, Steampunk

Themes: Love Triangle

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“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

Review: I enjoyed this way more than I expected to! Will did remind me of Jace from The Mortal Instruments a bit though. I think it was the sassy attitude they seem to share.

Bringing the paranormal elements of the Shadowhunter world to the Victorian era was a very interesting idea. However, the language of the characters didn’t quite match up on occasion leading me to forget the era and the role of women is a bit different too. I understand the reasoning behind it and it is refreshing to read something with a Victorian flare and a contemporary mindset but it pushes the series more into the steampunk genre than historical.

If you’re a fan of The Mortal Instruments then you’ll be familiar with how the Shadowhunters world works but I think The Infernal Devices brings many new elements to it. It gives a much better understanding of how the status quo works and how it influences it’s members.

Tessa is one of the best characters to be introduced into the world with a heartache to rival Clary’s and the friendship between Will and Jem is unlike any I’ve read before.

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”

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The Dark Calling by Kresley Cole Review

The Dark Calling (The Arcana Chronicles, #5)

Title: The Dark Calling

Series: The Arcana Chronicles #5

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: New intrigues, adventures, and stunning revelations fill the penultimate installment of #1 New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole’s electrifying Arcana Chronicles.

In a world teetering on the edge . . .
When Evie receives life-changing—and possibly game-changing—news, she has trouble believing it. Why doesn’t she feel any different? Is it possible someone she trusts might be lying?

With enemies at every turn . . .
Tensions seethe inside the castle of lost time as Evie starts to doubt her own sanity. Answers can be found outside their stronghold, but will Death help her find them—or prevent her from learning the truth about her future and Jack’s possible survival?

Darkness beckons. 
A mysterious, sinister power begins to affect the Arcana in its path. Forced out into the wasteland alone, Evie must depend on unexpected allies. But as a battle with Richter looms, can her new alliance defeat the Dark Calling before hell reigns on earth?

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Format: ebook

Pages/Hours: 318 pages

Ownership: own

My Rating: ★★★★★

Tags: Dystopia

Themes: Love triangle

Review: Oh, my god! This book was intense! I am so invested in these characters now I’m almost afraid to read the next book when it comes out but I NEED TO KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN!!!

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Beneath the Sugar Sky – Seanan McGuire Review

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)Title: Beneath the Sugar Sky

Author: Seanan McGuire

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Series: Wayward Children #3

Goodreads Rating: 4.09/5

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Synopsis: Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the “real” world.

Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she’s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.

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What I thought about the book:  I think this one would be 3.5 stars (probably the lowest rating I’ve ever given a Seanan McGuire book). I just didn’t find the story as interesting as the others but it was still very enjoyable.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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“Children have always tumbled down rabbit holes, fallen through mirrors, been swept away by unseasonal floods or carried off by tornadoes. Children have always traveled, and because they are young and bright and full of contradictions, they haven’t always restricted their travel to the possible.”

― Seanan McGuire, Beneath the Sugar Sky

Wayward Children Series

 Every Heart a Doorway

Down Among the Sticks and Bones Down Among the Sticks and Bones

Beneath the Sugar Sky Beneath the Sugar Sky

In an Absent Dream In an Absent Dream

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Review

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Series: Red Queen #1

Goodreads Rating: 4.07/5

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Synopsis:  

Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

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What I thought about the book: Ok, I’m not (usually) a fan of YA but I really enjoyed this. It was so suspenseful with lots of action and intrigue that kept me guessing. The love triangle didn’t even annoy me.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik Review

Spinning SilverTitle: Spinning Silver

Author: Naomi Novik

Genre: Fantasy

Series: n/a

Goodreads Rating: 4.31/5

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Synopsis:  Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

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What I thought about the book: Maybe 3.5 stars. I had really high expectations for this book cause I LOVED Uprooted but it’s a very different book. It had this weird way of boring me and then reeling me again so 50% of the time I really enjoyed it and the other 50% I felt meh.

The changing points of view annoyed me and (with the audiobook anyway) it took me a minute to figure out who was speaking which took me out of the story a bit.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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