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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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The One (The Selection #3) – Contains Spoilers

Read on 2nd June, 2014

Author: Kiera Cass

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4 Stars 🙂

As my recent reviews have contained spoilers, I tried my best to keep this spoiler-free, but towards the end it just didn’t end up happening. The fact that this is the third and final book in the trilogy didn’t help either… I apologise with all my heart, and I will try my upmost to do spoiler-free reviews in the future (after “City of Heavenly Fire”, that is).

I have also used the “royal we” in my review, but feel free to disagree – good conversations often stem from conflicting opinions.

In the words of my past self:

The teaser to “the One” [i.e. the first four chapters] was… Interesting. While I was totally face palming and mentally yelling at both America because of her stupidity and Maxon because he infuriated me, it ended on an intriguing note.

2 stars (because of how un-America it was)

You can see by my 2 Star review that I wasn’t very impressed by the teaser to “The One” – I was put off by the stunt America pulled and how un-America it was. To be honest, I was embarrassed for her.

I was actually so close to putting it down, to not reading it, but I’m SO glad that I did read it! This book was beautiful, intriguing and certainly had the spirit of the previous two books.

The Rebels are something that has been a constant in the past two books, yet we weren’t really told anything past the fact that there were two types of rebels – the Northern and the Southern rebels. Fortunately, we found out a lot about the rebels quite near the beginning of the book. Thus, we were introduced to Augustus and Georgina, the former who was previously known as “the strange rebel girl who curtsied to America in the woods”.

Georgina, I have to say is one of my favourite characters. She was just so likeable and her friendship with America was touching and beautiful. Looking back now, I don’t suppose I have any real reason why I like her so much, but she’s just one of those characters that you latch onto. I really enjoyed reading about her, especially when the tea party scene came about, but I’ll get back to that one later.

The whole ideas behind the Northern and Southern rebels were intriguing, and throughout the book we gradually discovered more and more people we had been introduced to throughout the series to be part of the “Northern Star” rebellion.

The amount of times my heart melted where Maxon is involved is ridiculous, the first of said instances being when Maxon takes America onto the roof because she wants to feel the rain. This scene was so perfect, it stripped down Maxon and America’s relationship to its core – a breath of fresh air in the bustle of the Selection and a much needed reminder not only to the characters themselves, but to us as well. This scene really resounded with me. It was a very pure moment, and also when America fully realises that she’s in love with Maxon.

Leading up to this book, we’ve all been lead to hate Celeste. So when America finds Celeste crying in the library, we’re just as shocked as her. We see Celeste in a brand new light; we understand her and her motives for everything she’s done; we forgive her as America does. This brings about the biggest character change – Celeste goes from the second-most hated character (the first will always be the king) to one of our favourite characters (she’s my personal favourite of the other Elite), eagerly awaiting her next scene. Honestly, it is a great reminder in our lives to not judge others, and to forgive. Who knows, you might gain a life-long friend as America did.

The encounters between Aspen and Maxon, while not deliberately amusing, had me laughing so hard. I mean, I felt really sorry for Maxon, but there was a certain hilarity with America, Aspen and us readers knowing what was happening but Maxon being oblivious? He was kind of cute though, in a sad way. Does that make me mean? I’m really not sure…

When America tells the everyone to “Fight” on the Report after being dealt to heavy news of the (Southern) rebels attacking by Caste, it has an astounding positive impact on the people. We find out from August and Georgina that because of her words those of the lower Castes are keeping their tools with them as they walk about (e.g. axes and scissors), which, they believe, is largely why the death toll isn’t higher. This just made me feel so proud of America and all warm and fuzzy inside.

I feel really bad saying this because she’s actually older than me, but I found Paige so cute! And I get really annoyed when my sister calls me cute, but whatever. Paige touched my heart with her kindness and generosity towards America, especially when she had every reason just to keep to herself. I’m so glad she did though, because they were able to get her a job and some food. Although we only met her briefly, I loved her courage and compassion. I would have loved to hear more from her, but I’m glad she got a happy ending :).

I cried when Maxon saw the love letter in Aspen’s room that America had written and tried to help – again, oblivious to the situation. It made me feel so sad inside…

I was so happy that Marlee was in this book as well! I had no idea that Marlee was “Mallory”. I love that she also has some sway in the Kitchens. I’ve always adored her character :). I really liked how America, when she was feeling the most pain, wondered how Marlee got through her caning – instead of being full of self-pity and whatnot, she felt sympathy for Marlee and what she went through. Many of us wouldn’t have done that.

The tea party. I love the idea and I legitimately squealed when Celeste offered to put America in touch with some of her friends – did I mention that I love Celeste? She’s amazing. Anyway, I thought it was so cool that America turned the tea party into an event of rebel conspiracy – so brilliant. Though, at first I sadly didn’t remember the Italian princess… I loved how everything came full circle! And when America approached Maxon with the idea – priceless!! Such a great scene, certainly one of my favourites. Then again, the whole book – excluding the beginning – was filled with my “favourite” scenes and my “favourite” characters. I just can’t pick! There’s too many amazing moments.

I found Anne’s infatuation with Aspen a little sad. If only because the only person I ship Aspen with is Lucy. Anne was such a strong, loyal character and I really had high hopes for her happy ending but, the end of the book… 😦

The Convicting. I had many theories about this, one of which was, Why do I have a feeling that America’s man at the Convicting will be someone she knows and cares about? It just sounds like something Kiera Cass/the King would do to us/her… (End of chapter 18) At the beginning of chapter 19, the morning of the convicting I literally reacted like so: *claps hands like a four year old in wonder at America’s dress (the Convicting)* Ooh!! Pretty, pretty!! 0.0 All in all, the Convicting… Wow. I don’t really know what else to say about it. You’ll understand if you’ve read the book.

In the beginning, the Elite were very stand-offish towards one another, isolating themselves. So when they bonded, it melted my heart. They became so close, like sisters with Queen Amberly as their mother. *wipes tears away* The camera scene with Maxon? (Page 168) Priceless. I tried sharing it with my Mum and sister (I was legitimately laughing that loud), but they didn’t think it remotely funny because they hadn’t read the books. Grrr… Please tell me that you guys enjoyed it as much as I did! – I refuse to believe I’m the only one.

Let’s talk about America’s dad. I loved him so much and when he died it was a crushing blow, I was not expecting it in the least. 😭 I’m so glad that Maxon got her four (technically three) days with her family, he’s such a sweetheart. It also felt right that Lucy and Aspen went with her (I didn’t see the foreshadowing on that one, I thought I was alone on that ship). The letters… Wow. It was so heartbreaking, yet satisfying that he left those letters to his family. “My father was a Northern rebel.” I did not see that one coming, but as America pieced everything together, it all made sense. Inside I was like YES!!! That is SO EPIC!!! Whoot! I mean, how awesome is that?

On a similar note, CAN I KILL KOTA NOW? Please? PLEASE???!!! *begging on my knees* Right from the word go he was rude, unappreciative and just so horrible. His reaction to their father’s generosity? Full on rejection and disgust. And then, he went further and exposed Aspen and America’s relationship for what is was not, going so far as to say that he’d go to Maxon with the incorrect news of their relationship. Again, can I PLEASE kill him? I’ve always disliked him, but now that dislike has turned into loathing. However, how Lucy reacts to the news that Aspen and America dated leads me to believe that *gasp* Aspen is so dating Lucy!! *squeal* I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I ship it!!!!

Maxon requests America back at the palace immediately – does that sound ominous to you? It did to me, but it turns out that it was the exact opposite. A house. A house and a marriage proposal. *squeal* I love Maxon! He is so amazing and adorable! *fangirl gush* They’re about to get married, spend the perfect night – and then, of course, he has to find out about Aspen and America at the worst possible time in the worst possible way. My response: NO!! That’s NOT how it’s supposed to end!! He wasn’t supposed to find out about Aspen that way!! *crying* America loves YOU Maxon, not Aspen!! Don’t let her go! Kiera Cass, HOW COULD YOU??!!!! Yep, that pretty much sums it up perfectly. And then there’s his letters… There’s a whole chapter of them, so sweet, touching, adorable and Maxon. I just… Couldn’t even. (My friend Merryn showed me this – it describes us fangirls perfectly, just imagine it about books).

Let’s talk about the wedding. This was essentially my thought pattern as it played out…

*lightbulb* The guards are Southern rebels! (Theory)
– proven true
NO!!!!! KEIRA CASS, YOU CAN’T MAKE US FALL IN LOVE WITH CELESTE AND THEN KILL HERE OFF!!!! YOU HEARTLESS WOMAN!!!! Grrr… *murderous glare*
Yes Maxon, you idiot! It only took a crazy rebel breakout for you to realise that you were about to ruin both your lives by marrying Kriss, did it? Not to mention, almost dying… *rolls eyes*
Mayhem. Crazy, brilliant, climactic, mayhem.
Poor America, forced to wait…
Gavril’s a North Star? Awesome!
YES!!!!!!!! THE EVIL TYRANT KING IS DEAD!!!!!! Party!! But poor Queen Amberly… *sniffs, holding back tears*
YES!!!!!! I KNEW IT!!!!! LUCY AND ASPEN ARE A THING!!!!! They are just so perfect for each other!!! ^_^
MAXON’S DISSOLVING THE CASTES!!!! YES!!!!!! *squeal*
Anne… 😦

Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Keira Cass’ books always make me feel so light and full of joy. Fun fact; after finishing “The Selection” all I could do was dance around the kitchen listening to Disney music. I feel like doing that now 🙂

*sigh* I really should start making my reviews spoiler-free…

The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) – Contains Spoilers

Read from 16th-22nd June

Author: Julie Kagawa

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5 Stars 🙂

Here it is at last! After $3.50 of overdue fines; weeks after I read it; hours of typing; not-the-best-quality-one-of-a-kind-review (I am NOT spending this long typing something up again), I bring my review on Julie Kagawa’s “The Forever Song”.

Brilliantly written, the thrilling conclusion of the acclaimed “Blood of Eden” trilogy, “The Forever Song” cannot be justifiably reviewed without spoilers. This review also contains excerpts from the book so, please, read the books first and then we can discuss! Beginning with “the Immortal Rules” this series is one of my favourites and highly recommended.

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“Why, James, don’t tell me you feel sorry for the walking meatsacks,” I taunted, because sometimes, goading Jackal was the only thing that kept my mind off everything else. He rolled his eyes.
“No, sister, I’m annoyed because they don’t have the decency to be alive so I can eat them.”

“Typical.” He snorted. “Silly me, thinking you actually had potential. I thought, Finally, she’s realised she’s a vampire. Now we’re getting somewhere. But now you’re just a big fluffy bunny with sharp teeth.”

“Would it kill you to have a little faith in your older brother?”
“It might.”

“Home, sweet home.” Jackal sighed. “Or it will be, once I slaughter all those bastards who turned on me, stick their heads on pikes, and decorate the city with them. Maybe shove a torch through their teeth and use them to light the walkways, wha’d’ya think, sister?”

Jackal snorted. “Sneak into my own city and skulk around like a sewer rat,” he muttered darkly, shaking his head. “Oh, heads are going to roll for this. I’m going to set up a special lane and use their skulls for bowling balls.”

“Who cares what he’s up to? He can be planning to fill the world with puppies, and I’m still going to rip the shrivelled black heart from his chest and shove it down his throat until he chokes on it.”

“Well, shit.” Jackal raked a hand through his hair. “I forgot about that. Now I’m kinda embarrassed.”

Oh, how I love Jackal… He’s just so brilliant and amazing and when you think you’ve got him all figured out, he does something that throws you off completely. He’s most certainly on my list of book boyfriends 😉

Slowly, I turned. The body in the chair hadn’t moved, still slumped forward with its head bowed. But as I watched, it stirred, raising its head… and I felt the earth shatter as his familiar, piercing blue eyes met mine across the floor.
“Hey, vampire girl,” Zeke whispered, his voice slightly choked. “I knew… You’d come for me.”

“I can’t believe you’re here,” I whispered, feeling one arm slide around me, the other reach for something at the small of his back. “I thought Sarren killed you.”
“He did.”
His voice sounded flat now, cold and flat. Puzzled, I tried to pull back, but his arm tightened like a steel band, holding me close. He was strong, much stronger than I remembered. Putting both hands on his chest, I started to push him away, but stopped in horror as my nerves prickled a terrified warning.
Zeke… had no heartbeat.
Chilled, I looked up, into his face. I could see myself reflected in his eyes, as he gave me a familiar, too-bright stare-the gaze of a predator-and smiled.
“He told me to say hello,” Zeke whispered, his fangs gleaming inches from my throat.
And he plunged a blade into my chest.

“Any last words, Allie?”
“Why?” I whispered, gritting my teeth against the pain, the woodenness of my body. Blinking away tears, I looked into his face, searching for any hint of the boy I knew, but his face remained cold. “Why…are you doing this Zeke?”
Zeke’s cruel smile didn’t change. “I died, vampire girl,” he repeated, as if it were obvious. “And Sarren helped me forget. I forgot the pain of being mortal. The human you knew before…he’s dead. Dead and gone.” He stepped forward, raising the katana above his head, eyes bright with glee and madness. I could barely see his features through the haze darken ing my vision, but his voice rang out, cold and ruthless. “And now, you can join him.”

NO!!!!! NO, NO, NO, NO!!!!!! ZEKE!!!!! I know you’re still in there!!! PLEASE!!!!!!! Don’t kill the love of your life!!! Don’t listen to the evil psychopath!!!!!!!!!!! – That’s pretty much my internal dialog as I was reading this. And yet, I couldn’t help but feel that Allie was being stupid and naïve in believing that Zeke was still in there, you know? But then he was and I was so relieved and happy for them! XD

“Sarren did not simply Turn Ezekiel, as I did you. No, he went further. He made him a childer.”

As Kanin went and explained what a childer was, my heart just broke for Zeke and Allie… It was just so horrible, and I knew SOMETHING was going to happen – a lot of things were going to have to happen – before they reached Sarren because we weren’t even through a third of the book yet. *tears up*

“Make your decision, vampire girl,” Zeke snarled, and at that moment I wasn’t sure which personality was in control. Or if both were speaking. “You’re running out of time.”
Tears streamed down my face, and I shook my head, frantically trying to think of something. Dammit, there had to be
something to shock him out of it. What could stop a vampire in its tracks besides a stake to the heart? Was there nothing I could do? Only watch as Zeke slipped from me once more, and in the end, be forced to destroy him after all?
No, I couldn’t. I would not lose him again. Not this time.
“Allie,” Zeke groaned, and I sensed him slipping, changing into the thing Sarren had created. He tilted his head back, squeezed his eyes shut, and I made my choice. As Zeke opened his eyes, his expression savage once more, I dropped the dagger, stepped forward, and sank my fangs into his throat.

Wow. Okay. What I’m wondering about now is how she thought that was a good thing to do. I mean, she experienced the pain of a fellow vampire’s bite from Kanin in the last book, so she knows that it’s going to hurt – a lot. But I suppose she justifies that it’s better than killing him.

And then I read on, right? And I’m like what?? Somehow, the bite doesn’t hurt but is as if their souls are binding together, dancing. And it’s a very intimate moment amongst the chaos that – thankfully – does shock Zeke out of it. And whilst I’m somewhat confused I’m jumping with joy and quite ecstatic about where this is heading – I’m literally doing a virtual happy dance.

But just when we think everything’s now going to be awesome because Zeke’s back and, you know, even though we know it’s still going to be hard it’s bearable because we have Zeke back and so everything’s going to be okay. Right? RIGHT??? But, no. Zeke, because he’s back to himself, can’t deal with the fact that he’s now a vampire and what Sarren’s made him do. He can’t see the good that’s to come – that he’s got Allie back and now they can have their forever once they defeat the evil psychopath. So what does he do? He runs away and tries to kill himself.

He gave me one last, anguished glance. “Thank you,” he whispered. For…bringing me out of it. For helping me remember. I… What you showed me… I don’t deserve it. Not now. But at least I’m free of Sarren.” He glanced up at the ceiling, at the open sky overhead, his expression resigned. “Kill him for me, vampire girl,” he murmured. “Promise me you’ll kill him. Send him to hell, and then I’ll finish the job myself.”
Ice shot through my veins. “Zeke, no.”
But he turned and fled, covering the room in several long strides, ignoring my cries for him to stop, and vanishes from the chamber.

I’m screaming at him to STOP, to GET AWAY FROM THE SUN but he’s not listening to me!

So when Allie turns up I’m relieved, because surely he’ll listen to her, right? But we have these tense moments when we fear that he won’t, that Allie will lose him all over again just when she’s got him back. It’s a touching scene, really, but it’s chock full of emotion and makes me want to cry.

A lean figure in black stood across from me on the rooftop, facing the oncoming light. He perched at the very edge of a metal girder, suspended out over nothing, the wind tearing at his hair and clothes. My vampire instincts were screaming at me to get inside, away from the killing rays if the sun. There wasn’t any time left. But I forced myself to walk carefully across the roof, easing around the gaping pit, to where the lean, pale figure stood, awaiting the dawn.
“Zeke.” My voice shook. Terrified, of both the rising sun and the thought of watching Zeke slowly erupt into flame right in front of me, I stepped to the very edge of the beam. So close and yet, a lifetime away. “Don’t do this.”
He barely inclined his head, continuing to face the rising sun. Go back inside, Allison,” he whispered, his voice calmer now. Resolute. “You don’t want to see me burn. From what I’ve heard, it’s quite painful.”
His voice trembled on the last sentence. I swallowed my fear, the instinct to take his advice and flee inside as quickly as I could, and inched foreword. “Not without you.” He didn’t reply, and my voice became desperate. “Zeke, please, listen. You can fight it. I can show you how.”

“No.” He whirled on me, his gaze feverish. The desolation on his face made my stomach twist. “You don’t understand. I remember killing those people. I remember tearing them apart and…and I loved it, Allie.” His face screwed up with revulsion and self-loathing. “Don’t you see?” he whispered. “I’m not like you. You’ve fought this thing inside you since the day you were Turned. I’ve…already fallen.” He blinked, and twin tracks of red slipped down his cheeks. “I’m a demon, and the sooner I take myself out of this world, the better.”
It was very bright now, or it seemed that way to my light-sensitive eyes. I didn’t know how much time we had left, but I couldn’t leave him here to die alone. “You’re not a demon,” I pleaded, as my own tears spilled over to join his. “You’re just as strong as I am, Zeke. You can fight this. It doesn’t have to control you-”
“I’m a vampire now!” Zeke exploded, his face anguished. More crimson lines coursed down his skin as he gestured violently toward the rising sun. “I died, Allisin. I’m dead! What kind of existence can I expect from now on? Feeding on humans, only coming out at night, constantly fighting to stay in control, to not rip people apart for fun. Living for eternity as a cursed thing?” He sobbed. I couldn’t answer, because my own throat was filled with tears. Wiping at his eyes, Zeke looked up at me, his expression desolate.
“My father is dead,” he whispered in a hopeless gesture. “I can’t go back to Eden. My family won’t have anything to do with me now that I’m a vampire, and I can’t ever go near them, because I don’t want to put them in danger. Everyone I love will hate and fear me, and they have every right to.” He gave another sob, closing his eyes and turning away from me. “I should have died,” he choked out. “Back in the lab with Sarren. I wanted to die. What’s keeping me here, Allison? Why should I stay?”
“Because
I love you, you idiot!”
He blinked, looking stunned. I slumped, feeling the tears still trickle from my eyes as I looked up at him, beseeching.
“That night in the lab,” I began in a soft, resigned voice, “when you…died…I lost myself for a little while. I almost became the monster you always hated.” Shame and guilt rose up once more, mingling with the fear and desperation. Memories of the night I had nearly crossed the line. “I thought it would be easier to let go of everything that made me human, to feel nothing. But I didn’t let it win, Zeke. Because of
you.”
Zeke didn’t move or look away from me. I met his gaze head-on, uncaring of the red lines down my cheek or the sudden, instinctive fear of those three words that left me wide open. “You told me once that I wasn’t evil,” I said firmly. That I wasn’t a demon, and I believed you. I still believe you.” I took a careful step forward, so that I was right at the edge if the girder. Just a few feet away if I reached for him. “And I swear to me Zeke, I’ll help you fight it. Every step of the way. I won’t let you become a monster. But you have to trust me now. Please.
The top of the sun broke over the horizon. Faint orange light spilled across the rooftops, and a blinding pain speared me right in the eyes. I hissed, half turning away, feeling the skin on my cheeks, forehead, hands, everywhere that wasn’t covered, erupt with pain.
“Go back,” Zeke choked out, his voice right with agony. I peeked up and saw him silhouetted against the light, tendrils of smoke beginning to curl from his bare arms. His eyes were anguished as they met mine. “Allie, get inside. Leave me.”
“No.” Straightening, I turned to face the sun, feeling the light sizzle across my face. Putting one foot on the beam, I held out a hand, my fingers already red and raw. My tears felt like acid, searing down my cheeks. “I’m not leaving without you,” I said hoarsely. “So, you either come with me, or we both burn.”
Zeke closed his eyes. For another moment, he stood there, head bowed, fighting with himself. Finally, he let out a sob, a heartbroken, defeated sob… and stepped forward, placing his hand in mine. I pulled him from the edge, hurried to the gaping hole in the roof, and dropped into darkness. As the sun climbed fully over the rooftops and painted everything behind us in an orange light.

This is one of my favourite scenes (hence why I bothered to write it out in its entirety) Heartwarming, real and chock full of emotion, what’s not to love?

I stood quietly, sword in hand, waiting to see what the humans would do. I felt like I should say something, but Zeke and Jackal seemed to be handling it well in their own; they were the vamps who had been in charge of this city, not me. And Kanin, by definition, was a Master and someone you’d best pay attention to. I just had to stand here and look dangerous-well, as dangerous as a thin, seventeen-year-old with a katana could look, I supposed. Hopefully the fact that I was a vampire made up for my height.

Love it!!! Allie, you just come up with the most hilarious things! *chuckles* I can relate to that, too. I’m WAY short (unfortunately).

For a moment, I was confused. Then my eyes widened in shock, and I turned to Jackal, who was standing in the same place with his arms crossed, looking annoyed. “Jackal?” I spluttered, and he raised an eyebrow. “You decided to come back? Why?”
“Don’t read to much into it, sister.” My blood brother sneered at me, golden eyes mocking. “I didn’t come back to save you from the big bad minion army, trust me. And I wasn’t about to let lover boy get away with stealing my city. And I figured you wouldn’t have the balls to off him yourself, once it really came down to it. Looks like I was right.” He snorted and rolled his eyes. “I came to cut off a head and take back what’s mine, nothing else. So, don’t get all mushy on me.”

Sure Jackal, you keep telling yourself that. We all know that you have a heart behind your sarcastic, big bad vampire exterior. MWAHAHAHAHA!!! I don’t know why I just did that… Oh well, rolling with it 😉

“Why don’t you tell us what he’s up to?” I challenged. “You worked with him back in New Covington. I’m sure the pair of you had plenty of chances to bond.”
“You’d think so, but not really.” Jackal didn’t miss a beat. “Turns out, crazy psychotic vampires are really difficult to pal around with. They tend to be irrationally paranoid, and his poetry was about to drive me up a wall. So I’m afraid I didn’t get any useful information out of Sarren because I was busy…oh, what was it again? I forgot why I was there.” Jackal mock frowned, then snapped his fingers. “Oh, yeah! I was saving your skin.”
“Funny, I was going to say setting us up.”
“You’re never going to let that go, are you?”
“If the two of you would like to walk to Eden,” Kanin said at last, not taking his eyes from the road, “I can stop anytime.”

As we cleared the bridge’s ominous shadow, the van shuddered, gave one final squeeze, and stopped moving. Kanin tried coaxing it to life, but no amount if prodding could revive it this time. It was well and truly dead.
“Great.” I glared at Jackal as we piled out onto a lonely highway that stretched for miles in either direction. The trek to Eden had just become that much longer. And we didn’t have time to spare. “I know it’s irrational,” I told him, “but I blame you for this.”

Jackal groaned. “Oh, yeah, stroll merrily up to the van reeking of blood, placed very conveniently in our direct path. That doesn’t sound like a trap at all.” But his dinged, bloody fire ax emerged from beneath his duster, and he gave Iran easy twirl. “Rescuing bloodbags and saving puppies.” He sighed. “That sounds about right for this group. You bleeding hearts are going to be the death of me, I just know it.”

I looked up, met Zeke’s gaze, and my insides fluttered. He was gazing at me with a faint, familiar expression, one I hadn’t seen on him since he’d Turned. The icy mask had cracked a bit, admiration, respect and a little awe filtering through the terrible blankness in his eyes. The corner of his mouth curled, very slightly, and he shook his head.
“Still incredible, vampire girl,” he whispered, sounding almost like himself again. “Dangerous, beautiful and unstoppable. You haven’t changed.”
“Oh, isn’t this sweet,” came Jackal’s loud, mocking voice before I could reply. “Let’s make goo-goo eyes at each other in the middle if a stinking corpse field, how very romantic.” Ignoring my glare, he kicked an arm out of his way and sauntered forward, his ax vanishing beneath his sister once more. “But before you two start making out, maybe we should check the thing we fought all the rabids to get to?” He glanced at the back of the semi and rolled his eyes. “Don’t want Sarren’s trap to go to waste, after all.”

Ahh, family bonding. If I was part of their family I would be quite useless for I would be in a constant state of laughter… Wouldn’t that be a sight? Jackal would surely crack it at me… But doesn’t he always?

“… Remember what you told me, then? You said I’m not a monster, and I’m not evil. Why is it different for you?”
“Because I
am a monster!” Zeke snarled back. His fangs flashed as he whirled around, glaring at me. “This is what I am, Allison! I’m a demon-you know it as well as me.”
“Oh, for f**k’s sake!”
Jackal abruptly shoved himself off the truck and came stalking forward, eyes glowing yellow, his lips curled into a grimace of disgust. “Puppy, I am getting
so tired of listening to you wine about this,” he snarled to Zeke. “This isn’t rocket science. If you don’t want to be a monster, don’t be a bloody monster! Be an upright stick in the mud like Kanin. Be a self-righteous bleeding heart like Allison. Or you can stop agonising about it and be a f**king monster, it’s actually a lot of fun.” He narrowed his eyes at Zeke and I stared at him, stunned. “But for the love if piss, make some sort of decision. If you don’t want to eat babies and nail bloodbags to walls, that’s your choice. What Sarren did or made you do in the past has nothing to do with it now. You’re a vampire. Do whatever the hell you want.”

Okay, so I LOVE that quote and the scene afterwards between Zeke and Allie but I simply CANNOT be bothered typing it up so I have attached photos of the pages. I do apologise if they are hard to read, but my camera is pathetic. You can ignore them if you wish, the page numbers in the paperback is ppg. 214-219.

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“This asshole had better open the door,” Jackal growled, spinning his fire ax in a graceful arc as the horde came on. “I didn’t come all the way to Eden to be eaten at the damn gates. Some might call it ironic, but that just pisses me off.”

Okay, so they get into Eden and at this point I’m mightily confused. They’ve seemingly gotten to their destination, so why is there still half of the book to go?? I learnt soon enough… 0.0

But his eyes, tiny and black, regarded me with a sharp, piercing gaze, one pencil-thin eyebrow raised in surprise. “This is the vampire?” he asked no one in particular. His voice was surprising, too. High and clear. “A girl? I wasn’t expecting her to be so…small.”
We can’t all be walrus men, was the retort that sprang to mind, though I didn’t voice it out loud. Dealing with volatile vampire Princes had taught me the value of diplomacy, especially when talking to people in charge. Jackal, of course, snorted a laugh, and I glared at him.
“She’s stronger than she looks,” Zeke said in a quiet voice, making the mayor blink at him. “Trust me on that.”
“Yes, but…” The mayor peered at me intently. “When they told me a vampire was being kept at the barracks, I was picturing someone…older. Not a girl. She looks young enough to be my niece.”
I held my tongue again.
You wouldn’t know a vampire if it walked up and bit you, I thought ungraciously. you have four vamps standing in this room right now, one if whom is a Master, and you’re making comments about my age? How did you get to be the mayor of Eden, anyway?

I love Allie. She cracks me up. *wipes tear of laughter away from eye* Seriously though, ‘walrus man’ made me think of OUR overweight people, when more likely than not he’s only slightly overweight. Is it bad that even later on, I dislike him? And it’s not on any reasonable case either, it’s because he appears to be stupid. I know it’s harsh and probably untrue – after all, somehow he made it to be the mayor – but I just can’t shake it. Am I the only one?

Again, there is a ridiculously long scene (to type up, anyway) that I would love to share with you – it’s my favourite – but I can’t be bothered typing it. The page numbers in the paperback is ppg. 264-272 (you see what I mean about long???). It is just the most touching scene and it just made me so happy inside. ^_^

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That last line made me feel a mix of cheesiness and apprehension because there was still a third of the book left and, being the series finale, they were not going to come out unscathed – authors simply don’t do that.

Jackal leaned against one of the rails and alternated between gazing out over the water and shooting me knowing smirks. When Zeke and I first arrived at the dock, my blood brother had taken one look at us and barked a laugh, though, shockingly for him, the only comment he made was a rather triumphant “About bloody time.” I’d been waiting for him to say something else, bristling and ready for a fight, but so far he remained mute on the subject, which was rather disconcerting.

Jackal, Jackal, Jackal. You always know just how to play people, don’t you? Still, I was rather disappointed at his lack of reply… *pouts* I was rather looking forward to it, actually…

“You know,” Jackal said, kicking a rabid in the face, sending it reeling, “it seems that whenever I’m with you, in constantly fighting my way into places I really don’t want to be. The sewers, the Prince’s tower, a bloody freaking church.” A rabid clawed at him from the side of the stairs, and he slammed its head into the railing. “If I ever need a favour, sister, I hope you’ll remember this sh*t. All these life-threatening situations? Not really my thing. I should’ve cleared out a long time ago.”
“Why didn’t you, then?” I snapped back, dodging a rabid’s claws to my face. “No one was stopping you. You could’ve left anytime, just like that time in New Covington. Or are you waiting until you find the cure to jump ship?”
He snarled, whirled around, and smashed the rabid leaping at me into the concrete. “You are so bloody frustrating!” he roared, back dusting another rabid with the axhead. “Do you really think the cure is worth (italics) this? (Italics) You think I’d be here now if that’s all I wanted?” He turned and sliced his weapon through the air, beheading one rabid and sinking it into another. “Get your damn head out of your ass, sister!” he seethed. “And give me a little f**king credit. That’s not why I’m here.”

I knew you had a heart Jackal! Whoop! Allie, darling, you really should give him some credit. He (italics) has (italics) saved you countless times…

“Well,” Jackal muttered, dusting off his hands, “here we are. In a church. Vampires taking refuge in a church-that’s gotta be the most ironic thing of the decade. Puppy, you’d better tell me this place has a back door.”

I opened the door, and a body tumbled out of the refrigerator, landing at my feet with a gasp of pain.

You have NO IDEA how much I was hoping that would be Caleb or Bethany! But, no. They were someplace much worse and we had to have Dr. Richardson instead. It worked – I mean, it had to happen – but I was still very upset.

“Kanin,” I whispered as the Master vampire turned, his gaze narrowing. The screen was dark, except for a set of tiny red numbers in the very middle, counting down.
2:46
2:45
2:44
“Huh,” Jackal muttered as the whole room realised what was happening all at once. “That clever sonofabitch.”

Okay, so it’s just past 11 o’clock at night and I’m dead tired but I’m determined to get this done tonight. So, you guessed it, the next three scenes will be in picture form.

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Okay, so I decided to just combine them all and make one giant section. In the paperback, it covers ppg. 316-341. Huge, right? But it’s the climax of the book-the series, really- and it’s absolutely jam-packed.

First, we have Jackal attempting to start up the boat to get them off of Eden with the pressure of who-knows-how-many infected rabids pressing in on them. Jackal has quite a few brilliant quotes here, but shattered my heart when he got infected. After all, it’s Jackal – he just CAN’T be infected!

We have a very cheesy but well-put one-liner at the end of chapter 17 by Allison, “The race to stop the End of the World had begun.” It’s the sort of book that you wouldn’t expect to have it in there, but all is forgiven because she timed it right. (If my rambling right there made ANY sense at all, be sure to let me know).

Caleb and Bethany. While I’m incredibly glad they’re alive, this was the last place I expected-or wanted-them to be. But then again, I shouldn’t have been so surprised as, after all, this is Sarren we’re talking about. It was the perfect ploy to take Zeke out of the equation, and it worked. So, the Four were down to Three.

I did not Jackal to leave them like that – anyone else might have expected it, but I was stunned. If I recall correctly, upon reading that, I sat and just stared at the page, my eyes not moving, wondering how he could do that to Kanin and Allie, for a good few minutes. The Three were down to Two.

The battle with Sarren. I don’t know what I was expecting. A battle of epic proportions where Sarren was quickly overpowered and they got to skin him, burn him, do whatever the heck they wanted to make him pay? (By ‘they’ I’m largely referring to Jackal.) That would have been pretty cool (although it does sound rather lame laying it in front of me right now) but it certainly doesn’t happen like that – it is much more realistic. In short, Kanin and Allie get thrashed; the ship can’t ve turned around; Sarren draws it out; Allie realises she can’t win against him so when the opportunity arises instead of attempting to kill Sarren herself, she throws Kanin her katana who finishes him off. It’s so much better than that, but whatever. Go read the book and you’ll understand.

Kanin. Oh, wow. Where do I start? How about WHY DID YOU HAVE TO DIE???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! I cried so much when he sacrificed himself because the cure was inside him and it all came full circle… How when he died the last emotion he felt wasn’t fear or despair, but peace, finally able to rectify what he’d done all those years ago… I’m babbling here but you get what I mean… And now Allie’s a Master vampire? How is that even possible? What I got out of it was that Master vampires, when created, are the last offspring of another Master before they die. Since Masters are the most powerful and hence rarely die, new Master vamps don’t really happen. My theory is, since the Master vamps don’t know that they’re going to die at the time of producing their last offspring, that offspring only becomes a Master (italics) after (italics) their sire passes. But that, too, doesn’t make much sense… Either way, I believe that Masters are only created to replace their sire. That way, there would always be the same amount of Master vampires in the world at one time – kind of. Well, that’s my theory, what’s yours? I’d love to discuss.

“No good,” he muttered after we’d crashed into it a few times to no avail. “It’s not going to open.”
I glared at the door, anger and desperation rising up to dance with each other.
I’m a Master vampire, I thought, clenching my fists. Though the notion was still hard to believe-me, a Master vampire like Kanin? Like a Prince? But I trusted my sire, and I knew he would never lie to me. Kanin would be able to get through. And I’m not going to let those people on shore die because of a damn door. So, open up, you stupid thing!
I bashed into it once more, putting the last of my strength behind the blow. The impact jarred my body, sending a flare if pain through my almost-healed ribs, but the door flew open with a crash, and I stumbled inside.

WHOOHOO! I knew you could do it Allie! This girl really is a pillar of strength and inspiration. She’s physically and mentally exhausted, Jackal abandoned her, Kanin’s dead, the Hunger is roaring within her, but she’s persevering to save a city of humans who all fear her for what she is. It’s mind-boggling, really.

How the heck was Sarren still alive!!!???? I’m glad that both Kanin and Jackal had the satisfaction of delivering the final blow. Speaking of which, JACKAL CAME BACK!!! He DIDN’T abandon them!!! You have NO idea how happy I was when I found that out! *squeal*

“Jackal,” I whispered, as he raised a sardonic eyebrow. “You’re…still here? I thought you took off….”
He snorted. “With Requiem on the loose? Where would I go, exactly? We had to stop it here, but I figured if Sarren killed us all, the damn plague would begin the second the barge hit land and the rabids got loose. I knew I wouldn’t be any help in taking down the psychopath. So, I implemented a backup plan. That way, if he managed to kill you all, at least I could warn the meatsacks what was coming.”
“That was your plan?” I glared at him, remembering what he’d said on the boat, right before he pulled away and vanished over the waves. “I thought you were abandoning us! Why didn’t you tell me that earlier?”
Jackal gave me a smug grin. “And miss out on those lovely rants you do so well? What fun would that be?”
“Wait a minute,” Zeke struggled to sit up, his expression incredulous and skeptical. “You…you’re telling me you left to warn the town. To save the humans?”
“Don’t read too much into it, puppy,” Jackal sneered. “I don’t want Requiem to spread any more than you. It would put a rather large damper on my plans if everyone up and died. So, yes, I left to warn the bloodbags, who all agreed that we should try to stop this thing. Maybe pick off as many rabids as we could before they hit shore.” He raised his assault rifle. “That’s when I saw you and your girlfriend on deck with Sarren, getting your ass kicked, and thought I’d intervene. You’re welcome, by the way. I’m just a little sad I didn’t get to see Sarren’s face when it finally left his scrawny neck.” He snorted and looked at the pale, crumpled corpse lying several yards away. The head was nowhere in sight, having rolled off the deck when the ship ran aground. One corner if Jackal’s lip curled in a satisfied grin, before he sobered. “Too bad the old man never got to see it.”
A lump caught in my throat, even as I blinked at him. “You know.”
“I have a blood tie, too, sister.” Jackal smirked at me, though it lacked the bite if before. “I felt when the old bastard finally kicked it. It seemed to be what he wanted, so I’m guessing Sarren wasn’t the one who did him in. How’d it happen, anyway?”
I swallowed hard. “Kanin,” I began, trying to keep my voice steady, “discovered the cure…was inside him.” Jackal’s eyebrows arched, and an incredulous look crossed his face as I continued. “That he carried the cure for Requiem in his blood. He gave his life to make sure the virus wouldn’t spread to the rest of the world, that it would end right here.” M eyes went blurry, and I blinked hard to clear them, my voice coming out a little choked. “He saved us. He saved everything.”
“Huh.” Jackal blinked at me, his expression unreadable. Turning, he gazed back toward the platform, where the rabids had been minutes before. “Well, old man.” He sighed, and his voice wasn’t smug, or sarcastic, or mocking. “You’ve been waiting for this day since the rabids were first created. I hope you found your peace.”
Suddenly, he winced, sinking down on the deck, the assault rifle clattering beside him. Alarmed, I straightened, reaching out to steady him, but Jackal slumped to his back on the deck, putting an arm over his face. I could see the ugly bite wound on his neck, glimmering and black, turning the skin around it black.
“Well, isn’t this f**king hilarious.” He sighed as the wind blew over the railing, swirling around three vampires slumped together on deck. “We saved a bunch of bleating meatsacks, killed a psychopath who is older than dirt, stopped another world-destroying plague…and we still don’t have the cure. God really does hate us, after all.” He sighed again, letting his other arm rest on his stomach, like he was getting ready to take a nap. “Seeing as this is probably my last hurrah, I don’t suppose I could get you two bleeding hearts to massacre a village with me? For old time’s sake.”
“No,” I said, as Zeke frowned beside me. Though I
was starving, and I would have to feed soon, as would Zeke. Hopefully, Dr. Thomas could spare a red blood bag or two. “You’re not going to slaughter the humans we worked so hard to save,” I told Jackal, who snorted without looking at me. “Besides, you’re not going to die.”
“Oh?” He lowered his arm, eying me with resignation. “Got the cure up your sleeve, then, sister?”
“Actually, I think I do.”
They both stared at me. I looked at Zeke, and Jackal, and felt that tiny flicker of hope grow steadily into a rising flame. Kanin had been injected with Zeke’s blood in New Covington, but he wasn’t the only one. Just to be certain, I felt along my neck were the infected rabid had bitten me, finding smooth, unbroken skin, and smiled.
“I’m a Master vampire, I said, to their stunned expressions. “The cure is inside me, as well.”

Love that part! And the ending is just so beautiful. I can’t believe it’s now over! Please, discuss with me! Otherwise I fear I will go into Blood of Eden withdrawal… I do apologise for the long wait, as well. I’ve had exams and everything’s just been hectic. However, I’ve got no homework over the break and a ton of books to read so you’ll be hearing from me again soon (I hope).

Pandemonium (Delirium #2) – Contains Spoilers

Read on April 29th, 2014

Author: Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium

5 Stars

 

I’m serious this time, I WILL write a review/rant/vent on this. I promise.

 

April 30th, 2014
Here as promised (finally)

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No. Just no.
Let me get this straight:

First you make me fall in love with Alex. You kill him off. Julian comes into the picture. Alex comes back just when Julian and Lena have gotten together and realised that they were both in love with one another. WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU THINKING LAUREN????!!!!!!!!!

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Julian:

  • You make me fall in love with him
  • You give them more moments together
  • Show him developing as a character
  • Make both Lena and him break their cold exteriors and give pieces of themselves to the other
  • Make me fall even MORE in love with him
  • Beat him up
  • Make them almost die time and time again
  • Allow them to finally find peace
  • Separate them
  • Raven reveals to Lena that this was all some sadistic plan to make Julian change sides
  • Julian almost gets executed for changing sides
  • Lena realises she love him, finally moving on from Alex
  • Lena saves him with Raven’s help
  • They finally get to be together
  • Things seem to be perfect

AND THEN YOU COME IN AND PUT ALEX IN THERE ON THE VERY LAST PAGE, INTERRUPTING THEIR MOMENT!

(I use ‘then’ too much…)

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I’m sorry, you just can’t make me fall in love with Alex, grieve over his death, make me fall in love with Julian and then when things seem perfect… YOU DROP THE BOMB THAT ALEX IS ALIVE!! Just no. *shakes head* That is not fair AT ALL!

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Raven:

  • You make me trust her
  • You make me love her
  • You show me her vulnerable side
  • You make me feel sorry for her
  • You then reveal her to be no better than the Zombies (Cureds) by planning the kidnapping of Lena and Julian, manipulating them both, and then not caring that Julian was going to be executed, breaking Lena’s heart and mine
  • Raven decides to leave the following morning, leaving Julian to death and Lena to heartbreak (AGAIN!)
  • She slightly redeems herself by helping Julian escape

I honestly don’t know what to feel about her.

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Tack:

  • You make me hate him
  • You make me think he’s the one in the wrong when he and Raven argue
  • You reveal him to be awesome
  • I fall in love with him

 

Hana:

  • She is left behind
  • Lena goes through the emotional pain of realising she’s been cured
  • Lena has to try and remove Hana from her memories because it becomes too painful
  • We are told that “Requiem” is told from the perspective of Lena AND HANA
  • I’m sorry, what? I though Hana was one of the Zombies now???

 

Oh, and don’t forget about Lena’s mum:

  • You make Lena think that she’s been dead since she was six
  • Alex helps her find out that her mum was not dead but, in fact, in the crypts
  • Lena misses out by merely days on seeing her mother – losing her all over again
  • You let them encounter each other without Lena knowing it, only seeing the number branded on her mother’s cheek
  • Lena finds out that it WAS her mother by looking it up in the records of the crypt
  • By the time Lena realises this, her mother is gone, presumably never to be seen again (she’s tip-top in the rebellion)

SHE BETTER BE IN THE THIRD BOOK OR I SWEAR…

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I loved the “then” and “now” chapters and how in both timelines I was hooked and intrigued. To some this may have been confusing, but I got it right off the bat. Every chapter ended in a cliff hanger, every page making me want to know more. I loved how we got to see a lot of the Wilds in this novel and it was simply brilliant. Not to mention, I ADORE how the sites were nicknamed “Zombie Land” because it’s SO TRUE!!!

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There’s probably a lot more I should have explained or whatever but considering I’m writing this a couple days after reading it, I think I’ve done pretty well. Also, this kind of format (if you can call it a format) is a new thing that I’m trying out. Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated. (if anyone actually reads this…)

(Yes, I know this was written very badly…)

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Contains Spoilers and References to the Infernal Devices

Read on December 11, 2013

Author: Cassandra Clare

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4 Stars

 

 

***SPOILER ALERT***

Finally!! I thought that they’d NEVER get to the point of finding out that they weren’t brother and sister… But now they have, and Clary and Jace can be together!!! The depiction of Idris is beautiful and YES, LUKE AND JOCELYN ARE FINALLY TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are SO going to get married… Not to mention there was so many MALEC moments that I almost cried in happiness…

WARNING: References to the Infernal Devices

Am I the only one who noticed that not only is Jace William Herondale’s heir but that the star that he has as a birthmark originated from when Will was marked by Tessa’s Clockwork Angel (the same angel, mind you, that Valentine captured) after they had spent the night together in her cell at Mortmain’s headquarters? Yes? No? Maybe?

I also happened to notice that Jocelyn’s maiden name is Fairchild – and you know who else’s last name is Fairchild? Charlette! Or, more accurately, her SON. So Charlotte’s Clary’s ancestor! Isn’t that awesome?!

Hodge’s last name is Starkweather – as in, Tessa’s great-grandfather’s name. Since Tessa’s immortal (indeed, I have heard that we catch up with her in “City of Fallen Angels”) it is more than likely that at some point she took on the name of Starkweather – maybe, but I’m not sure – presuming that I’m right, Hodge and Jace are distantly related.

The Lightwoods. The Lightwoods are already an amazing family as it is (a part of me died with Max) but to make them even better she’s tied them to Gabriel and Gideon – who’s father, might I recall, turned into a giant worm because he had demon pox

Don’t you just love Shadowhunter surnames? I know I do! Cassandra’s references to the Infernal Devices (in my opinion) just make her writing even better! Though, she DID write the Mortal Instruments first (I think) but I still think that it’s brilliant how she’s tied them together – after all, the Infernal Devices ARE set a couple hundred years back.

Rise (Eve #3) – Contains Spoilers

Read from November 30 to December 01, 2013

Author: Anna Carey

Rise

5 Stars

Brilliant use of past characters, new characters, plot line and realism. “Rise” is a book which I could read time and time again without getting tired of it – and now that I have my own copy, I can!! XD

I really am giving out too many five star ratings…. oh well…

 

 

 

 

***SPOILER ALERT***

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALEB IS ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM NOW THE HAPPIEST GIRL ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A part of me died when he was shot but now it’s back again!!! XD And now Clara can have Charles!!!!!!!!

ARDEN is the rebel leader!!!!! I certainly did NOT see that coming….