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Review: City of Heavenly Fire

Review: City of Heavenly FireTitle: City of Heavenly Fire
Author(s): Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #6
Genre(s): Romance, Urban Fantasy, YA
Pages: 733 (Kindle)
Source: Library
For: Personal Interest
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Synopsis from Goodreads

Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to 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 of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian--but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance…

My Thoughts

I have wanted to read City of Heavenly Fire since I knew it was going to be a book! Why did it take me so long to get to it?! I should’ve dropped everything else I was reading for it. I wish I had read it sooner, but now I’m sad I’m done with Jace and Clary as the focus main characters. Oh, I know they’ll show up in the other companion trilogies, but “their” story is over. It’s now other Shadowhunters’ stories to tell.

City of Heavenly Fire was so good. I absolutely adored it. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. I loved reading from all the different perspectives, some I hadn’t had a chance to read from yet. I also loved exploring new places and new magic. I always wonder how Cassie is going to top herself, but she always finds a way.

City of Heavenly Fire is such a fantastic ending to The Mortal Instruments series, which it needed to be with it being the sixth book in an epic urban fantasy. I loved seeing that Cassie wasn’t afraid to do what was necessary. I’m just glad that one unnamed thing isn’t going unreversed. (Ha! How was that for unspoilery?! 😂)

I can’t wait to start The Dark Artifices trilogy now. A new adventure awaits. I have a feeling that it’s going to be tough to get through since I know the characters a little bit, I know what Cassie has hinted toward, and I know the Law. Oh, my heart. I hope I’ll survive.

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Review: Eliza and Her Monsters

Review: Eliza and Her MonstersTitle: Eliza and Her Monsters
Author(s): Francesca Zappia
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 385 (Kindle)
Source: Library
For: Personal Interest
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Synopsis from Goodreads

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

My Thoughts

I had never heard of Eliza and Her Monsters until I saw Suey review it on her blog and then I saw it on a couple of other blogs right after that. After Suey’s review and her recommendation, I decided I needed to read it. Fortunately, it was available on Kindle at my library so I could.

I loved Eliza’s story. I loved her webcomic. In fact, I really want Zappia to publish a novelization of her webcomic as well as a graphic novel of Monstrous Sea now. The story was so interesting and sounds like something I would enjoy so much!

I wanted to strangle Eliza’s parents. I know they meant well like most parents do, but there were times when I felt like these parents just didn’t care because it’s not what they did. I felt like they didn’t try to understand her. It’s not completely their fault. Eliza could’ve talked to them more as well, but as her parents, it’s up to them not her.

I adored Eliza and Her Monsters. I adored the double entendre of the title. And, I sobbed as I read parts of Eliza’s story. Even though I’m not an introvert, per se (I’m an introverted extrovert or an extroverted introvert, lol), I related to Eliza and even Wallace in so many ways. I shared some of their monsters in high school and reading about them made me want to hug them both and tell them, “It’s okay. Life gets better.”

I’m glad I read Eliza and Her Monsters. I’ll definitely keep a look out for more of Zappia’s work.

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Review: Ready Player One

Review: Ready Player OneTitle: Ready Player One
Author(s): Ernest Cline
Series: Ready Player One #1
Genre(s): Dystopia, Science Fiction, YA
Pages: 374 (Kindle)
Source: Own
For: Book Club
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Synopsis from Goodreads

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win--and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

My Thoughts

My book club read Ready Player One for January. I was really excited to read it because I knew it was all things nerdy. And, boy was it nerdy!

The concept of Ready Player One was so fascinating. I loved the dystopian society that Cline built and the need for the OASIS. At times, I wished the OASIS were real, but to be honest, I’m glad it’s not. I kept thinking about my self-proclaimed from JK Rowling, “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” In the society that Wade lived in, the OASIS was needed. In my society, it’s not and I hope we never need something so immersive.

The contest was fun. I adored reading about all the 80s nostalgia. I felt like I was reliving my childhood. I’d agree with the characters when they talked about “our” favorites and then I’d get mad at them when they dissed one of my favorites. I’m looking at you, Aech. Ladyhawke is awesome!

My biggest pet peeve with Ready Player One was the info dumps. Whenever Wade got hold of a new technology, I felt like Cline couldn’t help himself. He just went on and on about the technology he created and it was a little much. I understand that he needed to describe what was happening, but that whole chapter in Wade’s apartment was just painful to read.

Besides the info dumps, I really enjoyed the story. I was immersed and glued to my seat, so to speak. I’m excited to see how this book translates into a movie.

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Review: Artemis

Review: ArtemisTitle: Artemis
Author(s): Andy Weir
Genre(s): Mystery, Science Fiction
Pages: 322 (Kindle)
Source: Own
For: Book Club, Play Book Tag
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Synopsis from Goodreads

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

My Thoughts

I read Artemis because my work just formed an impromptu book club and chose Artemis as its first book and the topic for this month for my Goodreads PBT group is science.

I really liked Artemis for the most part. In fact I thought it was interesting and it makes me want to read The Martian, which I was on the fence about before. Weir includes the science part in a way that makes it fun and interesting, not boring or like I’m listening to a lecture in school.

The reason I’m only giving Artemis 3 stars is because of the main character Jazz Bashara. I liked her, but she read more like a teenage boy than a 23-year-old woman. During the first part of the book, I couldn’t figure out what it was that seemed off, but then I read someone else’s review that mentioned the teenage boy thing and I immediately thought, “Yes, that’s exactly it!” Does that mean she’s all bad because she reads like a teenage boy? No. In fact, I liked her sassiness and don’t-take-crap-from-anyone attitude. She just said some things that no woman I know would say.

I still think the book is worth a read. It kept my interest and I really wanted to know what was going on, who was behind everything, and what would happen in the end. I even made some guesses as to who the bad guy was. I was way off. 😉

 

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Review: The Sugar Queen

Review: The Sugar QueenTitle: The Sugar Queen
Author(s): Sarah Addison Allen
Genre(s): Magical Realism, Romance
Pages: 278 (Kindle)
Source: Library
For: Book Club
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Synopsis from Goodreads

Twenty-seven-year-old Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter in her North Carolina hometown is her favorite season, she’s a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her hidden closet. For while Josey has settled into an uneventful life in her mother’s house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night.... Until she finds it harboring none other than local waitress Della Lee Baker, a tough-talking, tenderhearted woman who is one part nemesis--and two parts fairy godmother...

My Thoughts

My book club read The Sugar Queen for December. I didn’t know what it was about, but when I saw that all the chapters were named after sugary treats, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it. To be perfectly frank, I was worried one of the characters was always going to be eating delectable goodies, making me crave them, and I don’t need that in my life. Fortunately, the story didn’t make me crave sugary goodies.

I actually ended up really liking the story. I loved the magical realism and how it was part of the characters’ everyday lives. It made me wish books would just appear out of thin air (as long as they’re books I want to read, lol).

I liked that the story followed two main characters instead of just one. There were a few side characters as well. To be honest, I didn’t really care about the side characters. Okay, mainly just Josey’s mother. But, I was thoroughly invested in both Josey’s and Chloe’s happiness.

This is the first novel I’ve read written by Sarah Addison Allen. Because I enjoyed it as much as I did, I’ll definitely give another one of hers a try. If you’ve read any others, which one(s) would you recommend?