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City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) + The Wedding (A Comic Strip Scene From After the Infernal Devices) – Contains Spoilers (Pictures)

Read from 5th-6th July, 2014

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5 Stars 🙂

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

I’m very proud of myself, it only took me 14 hours all up to read this ;).

I was super excited to read this! I’d heard so many great things about it, and I’m so glad I was able to borrow a copy from my friend Deanna. For those of you who read my “WWW Wednesday” post, you’ll know that I was planning on reading this a few days ago. Things came up, so I made a choice to wait a few days to read this – and honestly, I think those few days of suspense contributed in making me even MORE excited to read it!

I literally devoured this book. I started reading at about one o’clock yesterday afternoon and only stopped reading at just past twelve in the morning when my mum came in and took it away. I finished it today after a few more hours. Yesterday, I was interrupted thrice in my reading and my frustration was palpable – I don’t think I’ve ever washed the dishes, set the table, or eaten dinner so fast in my life.

“City of Heavenly Fire” held me in it’s thrall from start to finish. There was no filler, no disappointments. It was intense, gripping, unexpected and very true to the characters. I laughed, I cried, I shivered in anticipation – the feels were never ending. I was actively involved in theorising what was going to happen and I’m sure my family would testify to the continuous squeals that came from my room.

I loved the different perspectives, how there was so much going on, and it all fit so perfectly together. Most of all, I loved how her three series came together in one – the Infernal Devices, the Mortal Instruments, and the Dark Artifices (her future series). “City of Heavenly Fire” was an absolutely stunning conclusion to a brilliant series and, in my opinion, the best book that Cassandra Clare has written yet (though Clockwork Princess is a close second).

The only disappointments that I had was that Tessa wasn’t introduced in person until the Epilogue (but that’s understandable considering she was the star of TID) and that Emma and Jem didn’t have a touching scene where he told her that he was a Cairstairs too, though he hinted at it.

I could gush forever about this book, this series, this amazing author, but I won’t. However, I would like to publicly apologise to lilnerdling who’s messages I spammed with my reactions as I was reading. (For those interested, I’ll post them below).

The Wedding (A comic strip scene from after the Epilogue of the Infernal Devices)

I have to admit, I read this as soon as I got the copy of this book – and fangirled like crazy. I think my parents were worried about me – they’d never seen me in hard-core fangirl mode before… (I think). It was rather amusing. *chuckles* But yes, it was SO CUTE, AMAZING AND JUST PERFECT!! The feels were palpable.

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Buddy Read: What’s Left of Me (Hybrid Chronicles #1)

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Today I’m very excited to announce that this week I will be buddy reading “What’s Left of Me” by Kat Zhang (book one of the Hybrid Chronicles) with Stefanie from Bookmark’d in Bankok. Make sure to keep an eye out for our opinions throughout the week before our final book reviews. If you haven’t read this yet, please feel free to join us!

Goodreads Synopsis:

I should not exist. But I do.

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

Seconds Before Sunrise (Timely Death Trilogy #2)

Read on 5th July, 2014

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

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5 Stars 🙂

Two nightmares. One memory.

“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”

Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.

Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.

 

Once again, I would like to thank Shannon A. Thompson for providing me with a copy of her book in exchange for an honest and timely review.

“Seconds Before Sunrise” is the brilliantly paced and equally emotional sequel of “Minutes Before Sunset.” The beginning of the story picked off clearly from the end of the previous book, and despite their new situation, Jessica and Eric’s reactions were true to what we knew about them. When Jessica lost who she was, Eric was the one who made her see that she wasn’t herself. Even when she didn’t have her memories and he had to stay away, they still managed to find solace in each other, to subconsciously love through their troubles.

Miss Thompson’s depiction of love continued to deepen as she writes in dual perspective, allowing the reader to feel Eric’s tension and Jessica’s confusion in a tragic but relatable way. If I were to pick up either of the two books in this series and turn to a random section, I would clearly be able to tell who was narrating. I loved being able to see from both perspectives and I honestly didn’t favour one over the other.

In their pain and frustration, they didn’t isolate themselves from those that care about them, developing stronger relationships with those around them. Although they had their moments of weakness and bad ideas, both Eric and Jessica were resilient in their struggles. They never stopped fighting.

I loved that the ending of the story was unexpected. The battle that was prophesied came to pass, but it was unlike anything we’d been lead to believe. And, of course, Jess regained her memory and power so she and Eric can to love each other again with nothing to hold them back. The scene at her parents’ gravestone was so touching. *wipes tear from eye* I didn’t find myself bored with filler because there is no filler. Every chapter, every scene, and every word has a purpose that pushed us closer to the end – an ending that left me wanting the last book.

The cover is just as purposeful and dark. Unlike some covers that are completely different to the book, you can tell that thought has been put into this. The cover depicts Eric in his shade form, the physical description matches what is shown. He’s of the right age (the amount of times covers get this wrong is ridiculous – e.g. Onyx and Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout) and he is engulfed in shadows. It is really true to the book.

“Seconds Before Sunrise” is a marvelous exploration of a troubled subconscious, fear of identity, and the struggle of love among a world of war and chaos. I highly recommend it to readers of young adult and new adult fiction, especially those in search of a unique paranormal romance with subtle but powerful love and complex but relatable characters dealing with their own struggles and confusion.