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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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May Wrap Up | Part Two

I seriously upped my reading game this month! I read a total of 13 books which blows my usual 5 or 6 right out of the water! I got through so many because I read a few short books and listened to more audiobooks than usual. It was a fantastic reading month nothing I read was below 4 stars. What are the chances of that?!

If you’re not familiar with my wrap ups, I like to just give a mini review with my thoughts on the book and not go into too much detail about the book. I do full reviews of each book as well later and give a bit more detail in my video wrap ups.

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare ★★★★★

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)

Young Adult, Steampunk, Fantasy

This one was so good! Usually the middle book in a trilogy slows things down a bit but this one picked up speed instead. So much happens in this book that if you enjoyed the first one you should love this one.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ★★★★☆

The Great Gatsby

Classics

Sometimes I feel like with classics there’s no point in saying anything about them cause pretty much everyone is familiar with them in some way. This book especially since it was required reading for a lot of people in school. Anyway, I found this story very interesting. Gatsby and Nick are two fascinating parallels to pair together. Nick seems to barely feel whereas Gatsby feels intensely and obsessively.

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The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter ★★★★★

The Bloody Chamber

Short Stories, Feminism

Very interesting collection of stories inspired by fairy tales. Some of them are pretty disturbing with heavy sexual and violent themes. I really want to do a deeper reading and check out some analysis of them online.

The Mystery Woman (Ladies of Lantern Street #2) by Amanda Quick ★★★★☆

The Mystery Woman

Historical Romance, Paranormal

This was really good. A lot of focus on the story instead of just the main characters hooking up. It was kind of like a paranormal historical romance adventure. That’s a lot of genres for one book! Paranormal is a favourite of mine but I think I would have preferred this book without it. I’m probably just not used to it in historical’s though.

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Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden #1) by Charlaine Harris ★★★★★

Real Murders (An Aurora Teagarden Mystery #1)

Cosy Mystery

This one surprised me! I loved Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse books but these are nothing like them. No paranormal activity and it’s definitely PG. I really enjoyed it though. Aurora is a librarian and member of the Real Murders club who like to discuss past murder cases. On the night Aurora is to talk at the club one of the members is found dead.

A Bone To Pick Aurora Teagarden by Charlaine Harris Elaine Howlin Bookstagram

A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden #2) by Charlaine Harris ★★★★☆

A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden Mystery, #2)

Cosy Mystery

Continuing on with the Aurora series, Aurora finds a skull in her new home and is tasked with discovering how it got there and where the rest of the skeleton is. There are a lot of changes happening in this one…. pretty much everything I’d adjusted to about Aurora and her life from the first book gets switched up so it was a little bit jarring but still enjoyable.

Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (Aurora Teagarden #3) by Charlaine Harris ★★★★☆

Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (Aurora Teagarden, #3)

Cosy Mystery

This one I didn’t enjoy this one as much but I think that was because I was getting tired of listening to audiobooks. The mystery in this one has been the best so far.

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I hope you all had a wonderful May and that June will be just as good.

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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo Review

Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)

Title: Siege and Storm

Series: The Grisha Trilogy #2

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis: Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Format: ebook

Pages/Hours: 401 pages

Ownership: Own

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Themes: mild love triangle

Review:   I have such mixed feelings about this one. It started with a bang and ended with a bang but the middle was a bit of a chore to read. I think this book could probably be taken out of the series and make it a duology instead of a trilogy…

There were some interesting moments and we get a lot of character growth during the middle when nothing is going on but I feel like it could have been condensed a bit more.

I would give it 3.5 stars because I loved the opening so much.

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Endless Knight by Kresley Cole Review

Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, #2)

Title: Endless Knight

Series: The Arcana Chronicles #2

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy

Synopsis: Evie has fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jack was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, Evie realizes that there is a war brewing between the teens who’ve been given powers following the apocalypse, and it’s kill or be killed. When Evie meets Death, the gorgeous and dangerous Endless Knight, things get even more complicated. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history. One that Evie can’t remember, but Death can’t forget. Evie is drawn to Death, but in love with Jack. She is determined to discover why she’s been granted these powers, and in the process, struggles to accept her place in the prophecy that will either save the world, or destroy it.  

Format: ebook

Pages/Hours: 320 pages

Ownership: Own

My Rating: ★★★★★

Tags: Beauty and the Beast

Themes: Love Triangle, Hate to Love, Enemies to Lovers, Possessive Hero, Jealous Hero

Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

Review: Ok, I loved this one again but a love triangle pops up here. It’s not too annoying (yet) but it does take over the story a bit. It’s the first love triangle I have read where I genuinely can’t decide between the guys!! I have an idea which one she will go with in the end but only because he was introduced first.

It doesn’t take over completely, we get some story development and find out a good bit more about the Arcana.

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Poison Princess by Kresley Cole Review

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)

Title: Poison Princess

Series: The Arcana Chronicles #1

Author: Kesley Cole

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy

Synopsis:  

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophecy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side.

Format: ebook

Pages/Hours: 385 pages

Ownership: Own

My Rating: ★★★★★

Themes: Alpha Male, Magic, Suspense, Hate to Love

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
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Review: I enjoyed this book way more than I expected to! I loved it!!! I devoured it and gobbled up the next two books straight away!

I’m always a bit iffy with young adult books but this one had enough of Cole’s style to keep me very happy. A lot of the usual YA cliches are present but they don’t frustrate me in this book and all of the characters are so well developed it never feels like one of those books that centre around this super teenage girl that everyone is obsessed with.

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