Daily Archives: Jan 10, 2015

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices: Manga #1)

Read on 10th January, 2015

Author: Cassandra Clare

Artist: Hyekyung Baek

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4.5 Stars

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A manga-adaption to the prequel of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instrumentsseries, The Infernal Devices is the story of Tessa Gray, a sixteen-year-old American girl traveling alone to Victorian London who runs afoul of the city’s sordid supernatural underworld. Rescued by the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, Tessa quickly finds herself caught up in an intrigue that may very well destroy her new friends – including the two enigmatic young men, Jem and Will, who have taken her under their wing…

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As my first novel/manga adaptation, Clockwork Angel was rather well done. The Infernal Devices is by far one of my favorite series, so when a friend asked of I’d like to read the manga adaptations, I couldn’t refuse.

Clockwork Angel: the Manga was an understandably swift read, lacking no major plot points or crucial information (if I’m wrong, do keep in mind that I read the novel over a year ago).

My only issue with the rendition is the portrayal of Magnus Bane. To be prompt: he looks like a girl. I am not happy.

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See how depressing this is!? I just – there are no words to adequately express my devastation. No words. None.

Aside from that, I quite enjoyed the manga and I recommend it to any fan of The Infernal Devices looking for a quick read from a great series.

Skyfire (Chasing the Valley #3)

Read on 10th January, 2015

Author: Skye Melki-Wegner

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5 Stars

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What if you achieve everything you’ve dreamed of – and it turns into a nightmare?

Danika and her crew of refugees finally reach the Magnetic Valley. Will it be the safe refuge and land of freedom they had imagined? When a runaway girl is shot down before their eyes, Danika and her friends realise that this new land is no paradise. They must try to fit in at all costs – even if revealing their secrets will mean a death sentence.

The conclusion to the Chasing the Valley trilogy will reveal explosive surprises and terrifying new dangers.

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Skyfire was a thrilling conclusion to the series. As opposed to the previous installments, the finale kept me hooked the entire time and hence I completed it in a single sitting.

In a way, Chasing the Valley reminds me of The Montmaray Journals – in that the first few books were average with the finale an absolute page-turner. Although the prior installments weren’t that great, they were needed in how they established relationships and created background information and shared experiences – without them, the conclusions would not have been so enthralling.

Everything simply fell into place in Skyfire – the characters, the plot, the subtle clues that you didn’t even realise were there until the story unfolded. Whatever it was, the underlying feeling that I had of disinterest, dislike, at the series was swept away in this stunning finale.

The execution was perfect, and the overall message even more so. I am extremely glad that I stuck with the series and I do recommend the read.