Review: Hex Hall

28 Apr

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Hex Hall (#1)

Pages: 323
Release Date: January 1st 2010
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
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Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters. By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect. As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, “especially” her.

I have to be honest and say that it starts out a bit slow. Sophie is at her High School Prom and she is trying to do a love spell to help out a Senior girl from her school. Of course, this goes terribly wrong and she gets send to ‘Hecate’ Hall. Hex Hall is a ‘school’ for the supernatural (Prodigium) kids that have misbehaved in public. I really like Sophie, she’s the girl you’d want to be your friend, she’s caring and open-minded. At Hex Hall she gets roomed with the only vampire at school, Jenna. Jenna isn’t a very popular (understatement!) girl, she’s also the only suspect of a murder that happened at Hex Hall.

As soon as Jenna is settled in at school, things start to happen and it gets more exciting. I won’t tell what happens as I don’t want to spoil the book. The book was really good plotwise, there are a lot of books where I can predict what’ll happen or who the bad person is but with this book I was totally off!

So, even though the book started out a bit slow it ended up being a page turner and I can’t wait to read the next one!


Review: The Iron King

20 Apr

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Iron Fey (#1)

Pages: 363 (Paperback edition)
Release Date: February 1st 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
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Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

This book has been on my wish list for a long time and after reading a lot of good reviews I decided to finally order the book and I didn’t regret for a second! This is the first book I read about Faeries (If you don’t count the Faeries that pop up in some of the other paranormal books) so I didn’t really know what to expect.
Julie Kagawa’s writing style is amazing and everything is explained in such detail that it isn’t hard to imagine how Nevernever looks.

The characters were amazingly written. I love Meghan’s character, she’s stubborn, brave, smart and very loyal to her family and friends. The other characters in the book were amazing as well. I adored Puck. Puck is Meghan’s best friend and Meghan’s “protector”, he was sent to the mortal world to watch over her. His sense of humour made me laugh quite a few times.
Grimalkin reminded me of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, I hope we get to read more about him in the next book. I don’t know what to think of Ash to be honest.. at first I didn’t like him at all! He was such an ass at the beginning but he started to grow on me near the end of the book. We’ll see what happens in the next book and what I’ll think of him then. 😉

I really loved The Iron King and I can’t wait for The Iron Daughter to arrive so I can start reading it as soon as possible!

“Oh, we’re playing nice now? Shall we have tea first? Brew up a nice pot of kiss-my-ass?” – Puck

Books I can’t wait to read – Spring/Summer 2012 (part 2)

15 Apr

4. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (Blood of Eden #1) – April 24th 2012
In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.
Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.
Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.
But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

I found this book through the most anticipated books list 2012 on goodreads. This book really appealed to me and it looks like this book will be different from all the other vampire books.

5. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (Graceling Realm #3) – May 1st 2012
Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.
Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

I loved Graceling and I was happy to read that the third book in this trilogy would be about Bitterblue’s life when she’s older. I can’t wait to see what has happened after the events in Graceling!

Review: City of Fallen Angels

14 Apr

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments (#4)

Pages: 424
Release Date: April 5th 2011
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
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Clary is back in New York and life is good: she’s training to be a Shadowhunter and is finally able to call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. When Jace inexplicably begins to pull away from her, Clary is forced to acknowledge that she herself has set in motion a chain of events that could lead to the loss of everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever..

I really don’t know what to think about this book, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the previous books in the series. It was a slow read and to me it felt as if 90% of this book was filling up for the next book. I did enjoy reading about Simon, who is still struggling with being a vampire and about the relationship between Magnus (<3) and Alec. Those parts did not make up for the fact that the book was quite boring though.
I think it would’ve been better if she had ended the series with City of Glass and just concentrate on The Infernal Devices or even write a spin-off series to the Mortal Instruments about one of the other characters. I’d love to read a book about Magnus his past! 😉

That being said, I will read the next book as I am curious to see where Cassandra will take the story but I won’t be rushing to the store when it’s released.

Review: City of Glass

6 Apr

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments (#3)

Paperback: 492
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Release date: March 24th 2009

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To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters—never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City—whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.

Another great book in the Mortal Instruments series! This might just be my favourite yet.
I knew that there was more to the story about Clary and Jace! There were just too many hints about it in the last book so it didn’t really come as a surprise. I do have to say that some things were quite predictable but there were also enough events that I didn’t see coming that kept the book from getting boring.

I do wonder why most descriptions of this book that I’ve read say that this is the final installment in the series. Was this series meant to be a trilogy? I wonder what made Cassandra decide to write more books for The Mortal Instruments as I thought the ending to this book was a perfect way to end a trilogy with. It makes me wonder what will happen in the next books. I do have some ideas about that though. 😉

I really loved this book and I can’t wait for City of Fallen Angels to fall on my doormat!

Books I can’t wait to read – Spring/Summer 2012 (part 1)

1 Apr

1. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (All Souls Trilogy #2) – July 10th 2012.
“Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown”—the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of Witches Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel, A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.
Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.
Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries, delivering one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the season.
Is it July yet?! I just can’t wait to read this. I loved A Discovery of Witches and have been waiting for Shadow of Night to come out for a long time now. Time can’t go fast enough for me! 😉

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Review: City of Ashes

30 Mar

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments (#2)

Paperback: 411
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Release Date: March 25th 2007

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Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go—especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil—and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings—and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

Wow. This book has definitely exceeded my expectations!
There is still so much chemistry between Clary and Jace even though they know they can’t be together. I have a feeling that not everything is as it seems though, it seemed as if both Imogen and Valentine knew more about their heritage. I do hope that Cassandra won’t drag that out too much though and not wait to reveal it ’til the last book in this series.
It seems that Clary is slowly but surely accepting that she is a shadowhunter. I love her special skill, it comes in quite handy in certain situations. 😉 I do wonder why both Jace and Clary have a special skill though, I don’t remember reading about any other shadowhunter having a special skill. So hopefully we’ll find that out in the other books.
After reading City of Bones I hoped that Magnus Bane would make another appearance in this book and he did! I’m starting to see why everyone likes him so much.

The ending of the book left me wanting more, I can’t wait to read the next book and find out what happens next!