Author: Dave Eggers
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia
Released: October 8th 2013
Author: Jilly Gagnon
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Released: February 14, 2017
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The Infernal Devices Trilogy
Author: Cassandra Clare
Total Pages: 1518
Overall Trilogy Rating:
Prequel series to The Mortal Instruments
Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
Sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother. Her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
This was my first foray into the Shadowhunter world. I was not disappointed. Cassandra Clare’s writing is utterly addictive and I marathoned the whole trilogy in a couple of days.
✨THE BREAK DOWN✨
Book #1: Clockwork Angel
Tessa Grey goes to England in search of her brother. There she discovers shocking secrets about the world [gasp Shadowhunters exist!] and herself.
Solid intro to this new series. I love how C. Clare still took the time to set up the world for those who may not have read the Mortal Instruments (people like me). The pacing may have been a little slow but the budding love triangle just about killed me with frustration. Ugh!
Book #2: Clockwork Prince
With the help of her new shadowhunter friends, Tessa Grey discovers even more shocking secrets all the while going through a serious identity crisis.
Omg the plot literally thickens! (lol) As book two steams ahead more mysteries and plot twists are introduced to the story, making this a fantastic sequel. Was still very much annoyed by the love triangle which at this point was practically a living breathing thing yelling in my ear.
Book #3: Clockwork Princess [aka the book that destroyed me]
The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.
Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.
Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters (all the while the world’s greatest love triangle is played out!)
I can’t even.
The Infernal Devices
The very first thing I that comes to mind when I think of these books is: Love Triangles. Usually they’re frustrating as hell, and it this one started out that way but as the series neared the end this one just blew my mind!
The start of the series was a little dull but I acredited that with the author setting up the story and the world. 1880s London is such a wonderful setting but the details of the world really impressed me. Cassandra Clare is an amazing world builder, she took this time period and somehow made it her own which is an incredible skill.
Getting into the second book the writing and story gets marginally better but the Will-Tessa-Jem love triangle still grates on the nerves a bit. Aside from that the pacing picks up as the gang tries to solve the mystery of Tessa and Mortmain and the Infernal Devices.
In the last book I finally come to terms with the fact that the Will-Tessa-Jem triangle would last till the end of the series. So it was about time to get over that and just enjoy the story. At first I was convinced Clockwork Princess wouldn’t affect me emotionally because I couldn’t seem to buy into the angst but then, like a brick wall slamming into me I broke.
This book broke me so hard and put me back together. I don’t even know how it happened. One minute I was fine and the next I was a crying, blubbering mess.
To be honest the third book just completed the entire series for me. It was just such a satisfying finale, I wouldn’t have changed a single thing. It was almost too perfect the way everything wrapped up but I’m not complaining!
I’m not sure if Im ready to tackle The Mortal Instruments yet. Someday I probably will because I know at some point the two series imterwieve and then merge into Lady Midnight. It all seems so cool but 6 (?) book series is pretty intimidating…
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The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga #1)
Author: Elise Kova
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk
Release: 10th January 2017
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Her vengeance. His vision.
Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.
Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.
When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.
He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.
I recieved a copy of this book from Netgalley for review. Thank you to Elise Kova and Keymaster Press!
I don’t know why I’m surprised at this books awesomeness. After loving Air Awakens I was cautiously optimistic but The Alchemists of Loom exceeded all my expectations.
When I find myself having difficulty writing coherent full length reviews I always break down my thoughts into the good and the bad which makes it way easier for me so:
- Superb world-building: If there is one thing I can say for certain about Elise Kova it’s that her world building is always on point! You guys, The Alchemists of Loom totally immerses you in this magical world.
- The writing: Great solid writing in this book (not surprising because it’s Elise Kova!)
- The themes: I love how this book captures human prejudice (in this case dragon and chimera). The overall message is that you shouldn’t judge people for how they look or the actions of people that look like them.
- The characters: Elise Kova always incorporates strong female characters into her work and it’s always so refreshing. Ari could be right up there with Inej (Six of Crows) or Celaena (Throne of Glass).
I hate doing this but:
The only negative I have to say about this book is that; when the author was setting up the world and story it could’ve been done better (in my opinion) because for a few pages it felt like I almost had to guess at a lot of details. I just wish we got more in depth descriptions of the world itself and the characters, I think I would have appreciated the story more that way…
Overall this is one I really recommend picking up as soon as it’s out, Elise Kova is definitely an author to watch out for!