• Book Reviews

    City of Bones Book Review

    *It’s time for another book review! I first read City of Bones years ago. I think I read the second book in The Mortal Instruments series too, but I’m not 100% sure. I quite enjoyed this book and I’m excited to read the rest of the books in the series. Grab a snack and drink and read on for everything you need to know about City of Bones.

    Book Info

    Title: City of Bones
    Author: Cassandra Clare
    Publication: 2007
    Pages: 486
    Series: The Mortal Instruments #1

    Synopsis

    Clary, our main character starts seeing things that her best friend Simon cannot. Soon after she starts seeing things (and people) her mother is kidnapped. Clary soon discovers that the world she thought she knew is a far cry from the world that really exists. Join Clary, Simon, and a mysterious boy named Jace as they fight to find Clary’s mom and figure out who, or what, Clary really is.

    Important Stuff

    Character: The assortment of characters in this book is awesome! There are so many different personalities and I think that Clare did a great job blending them all together. My favorites were Jace and Simon. I usually struggle to like female main characters but I like Clary.

    World-Building: So this could be a little better. For an almost 500 page book, it felt like it was lacking in this department. It feels like the author is withholding information from the reader to add mystery to the story rather than being too lazy to flesh out the world a bit more. It’s better I think because I’ve read books where you can tell the author was just not telling you things and I hated it.

    Plot: The plot was fairly easy to guess most of the time. It is YA so it does lean more to the simple side of the spectrum. It was an enjoyable book regardless.

    Writing style: Pretty basic writing style here. It didn’t add to the story but it also didn’t take away from it. It wasn’t full of errors or confusing scenes. So, while it was simple, I found no issues with it.

    Quotes

    Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book. There is quite a lot of sarcastic banter and I really enjoyed it.

    “Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt.”

    -Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

    “The meek may inherit the earth, but at the moment it belongs to the conceited. Like me.”

    -Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

    “You’re an idiot.”
    “I’ve never claimed to be otherwise.”

    -Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

    “What do you want?”
    “Just coffee. Black – like my soul.”

    -Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

    Conclusion

    I enjoyed this book pretty well. It was easy to get sucked into and there was plenty of action. I love books with action in them. It wasn’t amazing but it was a great start to a series.

    Recommended For:

    If you liked the Blue Bloods books by Melissa de la Cruz or Harry Potter by J K Rowling you’ll probably like City of Bones.

    Star Rating:

    I gave City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 3.5/5 stars.

    Happy reading friends,

    Alicen

  • Book Reviews

    Nevernight Book Review

    *Blogtober day 5! I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep up this schedule but so far so good. I finished reading Nevernight on the 3rd of October and you can find most of my thoughts on it below!

    A spoiler free review of the book "Nevernight" by Jay Kristoff.

    Title: Nevernight
    Author: Jay Kristoff
    Published: 2016
    Pages: 463
    Genre: Fantasy
    Reading Level: New Adult (not to be confused with YA)

    Synopsis:

    Our main character, Mia, is a sixteen year old goddess of death…I’m kidding. But, she is pretty freaky in the good at killing people arena. Filled with a need for vengeance for her dead family; she has been training since age ten to become an assassin. Her journey to the Red Church, home of the Black Mother, is fraught with peril and one stubborn horse. Once she arrives at the Red Church her main goal is to become a full Blade (a.k.a: assassin of the dark). Along the way she falls in love. It doesn’t work out. But not in the sense that you think.

    This book is not for the faint hearted. I started it once and took a long break and then I picked it back up with a now or never attitude. I’m still not sure I’m glad I did. There are a lot of gross things in the book. Disturbing encounters to go along with disturbing people. The one upside is Mr. Kindly, a shadow cat who eats fear. Who is also sassy. Perfect.

    Things to note:

    I had a really hard time caring about Mia at first. She seems very cold and distant from everything. It feels like there isn’t a compassionate bone in her body. But the more I read and got to know her I realized she does have a soft spot. She just has to get the life almost beaten out of her for it to show up. I think the characters in this book are very interesting if disturbing. My favorites were Mr. Kindly, Tric, and Ashlinn.

    The world of Godsgrave and the Red Church are unlike anything I’ve ever encountered before. If you are looking for unique fictional places, then this is your book. It all seems very complex to me and I need more answers Jay!

    The themes in this book range from revenge to redemption. There is a strong emphasis on friendship and choosing not to do something because you know it’s wrong. I know, not what you would expect in a book about a school for children assassins.

    I am having a hard time with the plot of this book. Because it’s very simple. Girl who wants revenge trains for and seeks out the place that trains the elite assassins. Of course when she get’s there nothing goes according to plan. It’s almost as if the plot doesn’t really matter. It’s the journey the girl makes within herself that is more important.

    Mr. Kristoff’s writing style took me a bit to get used to. A lot of the language is unique to the world it’s set in so it seems odd at first. Of course, you get used to it and it doesn’t shock you quite as much as it did maybe the first 100 pages or so. The one thing that bothered me the most were the footnotes. There’s nothing like getting yanked out of the story every other page or so. I hated it so much that’s the reason I quit reading it the first time around.

    Some quotes:

    “Never flinch” A cold whisper in her ear. “Never fear. And never, ever forget.”

    -Jay Kristoff, Nevernight

    “When all is blood, blood is all.”

    -Jay Kristoff, Nevernight

    “If I were going to name my blade,” Mia said thoughtfully, “I’d call it ‘Fluffy’.”

    -Jay Kristoff, Nevernight

    My final thoughts:

    Overall feelings? Disturbed, a little grossed out. The parts that didn’t bother me? The sex scenes. Out of every thing in this book those don’t bug me at all. Not sure what that says about me….Anyway, Nevernight was ok. I’m not in love with it but I will finish the trilogy. Because now I need to know what happened and to also find out if one of my favorite characters is still alive.

    Recommendations:

    If you liked Red Rising by Pierce Brown or the works of Patrick Rothfuss you would probably like Nevernight as well. I love Red Rising and Nevernight has similar vibes.

    My rating:

    I gave Nevernight by Jay Kristoff 3 out of 5 stars based on my personal rating system.

    Happy reading loves,

    Alicen