11/25/11

Follow Friday!

 It’s Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. so we want to know what you are Thankful for – blogging related of course! Who has helped you out along the way? What books are you thankful for reading?

Despite the fact that I'm Canadian and our thanksgiving was weeks ago, I'll join in :P I have to say, the biggest thing I'm thankful for is my parents! They put up with all of my weird little quirks and no longer question the fact that more and more books seem to appear in my room every day. They've definitely helped with the blog - buying me books for my birthday and other occassions - and of course when they see me feverishly typing out a review or trying to finish a chapter, they never disturb me. (Thanks guys! Love you!)


Some books I'm thankful for reading:

- the Harry Potter series, of course
- Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
- A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong
- The Sky is Everywhere by  Jandy Nelson

11/23/11

The Lover's Dictionary

Author: David Levithan
Pages: 211
Publisher: F, S & G
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)basis, n. 

There has to be a moment at the beginning when you wonder whether you’re in love with the person or in love with the feeling of love itself.

If the moment doesn’t pass, that’s it—you’re done. And if the moment 
does pass, it never goes that far. It stands in the distance, ready for whenever you want it back. Sometimes it’s even there when you thought you were searching for something else, like an escape route, or your lover’s face.
How does one talk about love? Do we even have the right words to describe something that can be both utterly mundane and completely transcendent, pulling us out of our everyday lives and making us feel a part of something greater than ourselves? Taking a unique approach to this problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary has constructed the story of his relationship as a dictionary. Through these short entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of being within a couple, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.
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My Summary: Through a series of alphabetically-arranged definitions, The Lover's Dictionary tells the story of a modern couple who have struggled to stay together. 

My Thoughts: I know my summary really stinks, but believe me when I say that this is one of the best books I've read this year. I've always been a fan of David Levithan's collaborations with Rachel Cohn, but this is the first independent novel of his that I've read, and I loved every minute of it. Despite its shortness, the novel paints a vivid picture in your mind; through the narrator's flashbacks and definitions, we learn about the ups and downs of the relationship and get to know the people involved. The writing is gritty and honest, never sugar-coating anything (which I loved), showing us just how much work and sacrifice has to go into a relationship. I finished this novel in less than 2 hours, and it was, without a doubt, time well spent.

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction and is looking for something new and refreshing. I can't say that I'd recommend it to anyone under 18 - there are mature themes like drinking, sex, and cheating - but I think mature readers will really enjoy it. Do yourselves a favour and check it out! :)

11/22/11

Juliet


Author: Anne Fortier
Pages: 480
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from the author's official website)When Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy, she is told it will lead her to an old family treasure. Soon she is launched on a winding and perilous journey into the history of her ancestor Giulietta, whose legendary love for a young man named Romeo rocked the foundations of medieval Siena. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families
involved in Shakespeare’s unforgettable blood feud, she begins to realize that the notorious curse—“A plague on both your houses!”—is still at work, and that she is the next target. It seems that the only one who can save Julie from her fate is Romeo—but where is he?
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My Summary: Julie Jacobs has always lived in the shadow of her younger twin, Janice. Being the designated 'good child', Julie is astounded to discover that their aunt - who raised them like they were her own daughters - left her entire fortune to Janice, cutting Julie out of the will completely. Grieving the loss of her aunt and the fact that she's been kicked out by her sister, Julie has no idea where her life is headed... until she receives a mysterious letter from her dead aunt, describing a chain of events that will lead Julie back to her birthplace to uncover the unsettling circumstances of her parents' deaths and her own star-crossed ancestors.

My Thoughts: I picked this novel up on a whim and couldn't put it down. Everything about the premise - an old family curse, Shakespeare, a mysterious letter - sounded like something that I would really enjoy. And man did I enjoy it. I loved the way the author blended the past and the present, giving each time period a great set of characters. I adored the history we got about Shakespeare's inspiration for the play, and the way that the author made it seem all the more real by tracing the different versions of the story through history. Being a huge Shakespeare geek myself, I loved getting a look at the differences and similarities between his version and the others. Also, the author's descriptions of Siena make you feel like you're right there with Julie as she tries to decode her mom's clues and break the curse.

Final Thoughts: If you're looking for a more mature read that has it all, I definitely recommend you check out Juliet by Anne Fortier! Trust me, you won't be disappointed. 

11/17/11

I'm Not Her

Author: Janet Gurtler
Pages: 285
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: Paperback (ARC)
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads): “For the first time in my life, I didn’t feel envy…” 

Tess is the exact opposite of her beautiful, athletic sister. And that’s okay. Kristina is the sporty one, Tess is the smart one, and they each have their place. Until Kristina is diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly Tess is the center of the popular crowd, everyone eager for updates. There are senior boys flirting with her. Yet the smiles of her picture-perfect family are cracking and her sister could be dying. Now Tess has to fill a new role: the strong one. Because if she doesn’t hold it together, who will?

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. 

My Summary: Tess and her sister have always been total opposites: her sister is that girl - the popular sporty one with a tonne of friends, while Tess is more quiet and focused on school. Both sisters know the role they're meant to play, and they don't question the way things have worked out for them.

Until Tess' sister is diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly Tess isn't quite so sure who she's supposed to be, and when her seemingly-perfect family starts to fall apart, all she can do is try to be the perfect daughter and watch as her sister battles the horrible disease.

My Thoughts: This novel was incredibly realistic, especially when it came to the characters - the author writes them in such a way that you begin to see them as real people. The protagonist's voice is so genuine, you can't help but feel bad for her and wish she wasn't stuck in her situation.

I also really liked the way this novel is not from the perspective of the ill sibling. As someone who has watched a family member struggle with cancer, I really liked getting the perspective of the family members. Nobody really thinks about it much, but it's those people who are always there that tend to sacrifice the most for the people they love - I really liked that this novel was able to show this.

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to fans of edgier contemporary YA.

Greek Mythology for Teens: Classic Myths in Today's World

Author: Zachary Hamby
Pages: 185
Publisher: Prufrock Press
Format: Paperback (ARC)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)Greek Mythology for Teens takes classical mythology to a new level by relating ancient stories to the culture, history, art, and literature of today. The book uses the innovative approach of reader's theater to teach mythology to teens, asking them to act out the stories and become engaged in a common learning experience. By looking at topics instrumental to both mythology and modern culture, teens are encouraged to question topics such as heroism, foolishness, love, and more. Each chapter builds on a particular theme found in the central myth and includes activities, discussion questions, and exercises that connect the myth to the modern world and everyday life. Visually-appealing sidebars also give background on Greek and Roman mythology and culture. Greek Mythology for Teens takes the classic myths taught in school and turns them into an engaging, interesting, and modern way of looking at old material.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.


Greek Mythology for Teens is a great way to teach today's teens about some of the most popular classical Greek myths. Packed with theme-based stories and activities, Greek Mythology for teens is a great resource for both the home and classroom! Even though I've been studying all things mythology for a few years now, I learned a lot from this guide. It made the less-interesting myths a lot more relate-able by comparing them to situations in a modern teen's everyday life and describing the personality of each god. I really enjoyed the little plays at the beginning of each new section - they could be a great way to get less-interested students to participate and learn the material while still having fun. I recommend this to high school teachers - English teachers especially!

Beautiful Chaos

Author: K. Garcia & M. Stohl
Pages: 518

Publisher: Little, Brown
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads):
 Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What - or who - will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself - forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and most days he's too afraid to ask.
Sometimes there isn't just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.
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My Summary: It's been about a month since the events of Lena's Seventeenth Moon, and the town of Gatlin still hasn't returned to normal: there are lubbers everywhere, the heatwave hasn't let up in weeks, and the lake has dried up. In short, it's beginning to feel like the end of the world in Ethan and Lena's little town.
But that's not all that's happening - Ethan has been losing little pieces of himself: memories, phone numbers, and names, all disappearing from his mind without a trace. Worse still is the way Amma's been acting, and the appearance of Abraham and Sarafine - who, for some reason, think Ethan and Lena know the location of John Breed...
My Thoughts: This book is the hardest to review of the series, because I both loved it and hated it (in a good way). The writing, as usual, was flawless, and the character development gets better in every installment. It was great to see Lena and Ethan make peace with the mistakes of their past and try to move on with their lives, and I've really enjoyed the way the paranormal element builds in each book, teaching us more about the world of the Casters chapter by chapter instead of dumping a bunch of information on the reader all at once. But man, this one had some major angst (which I love, as you all should know, but my wee piggy heart can only handle so much!). You could feel the pain Ethan was in, watching his life unravel, and you couldn't help feeling for Lena as you watched her learn the truth about her mother.  In short, I loved this book. It was amazing, and I seriously have no clue how I'll be able to wait for next fall to read the last one in the series.
Final Thoughts: If you're looking for a refreshing change from the usual vampire/werewolf/faerie book, I definitely recommend this series! Check it out! The use of a male first-person narrative makes it all the more interesting, and the new take on the paranormal element makes for a great read.

11/14/11

The Iron Knight

Author: Julie Kagawa
Pages: 361
Publisher: Harlequin
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing. 

Unless he can earn a soul.
 

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought. 

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive. 

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side. 

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale. 

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.
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My Summary: After being ordered by Meghan to leave the Iron Kingdom and never return, Ash is desperate to return - but the only way it could ever be possible is if he becomes human and gains a soul. Now, along with Puck, Grim, and two more unlikely companions, Ash sets out to reach the End of the World, where he'll have to endure grueling challenges in order to complete his quest, earn a soul, and return to the Iron Kingdom to be with Meghan. 

My Thoughts: I jumped on the Iron Fey Bandwagon about a month ago, after years of being told by fellow bloggers that it was a series I absolutely had to read. I never listened before, thinking that faerie books probably weren't for me. But man was I wrong.

I bought the first book on a whim. I was bored of the usual stuff and wanted something unlike anything I'd ever read before, so I pulled it off the shelf, read the summary, and bought it without thinking twice. Then I sat down to read. Two hours later I was almost halfway through the book and loving every minute - I'm 100% certain that I would have finished the book in one sitting had I not had to leave for work shortly after. Later that night, despite my exhaustion, I finished the book, needing  to know what was going to happen. The next day I pretty much ran to the YA section of the bookstore and grabbed The Iron Daughter, and the day after that I rushed in 3 minutes before closing to grab The Iron Queen. And man was I bawling by the end of that sucker.

It was a long, grueling wait for The Iron Knight (I can hear the long-time fans screaming, "you think you had it bad? We had to wait a whole YEAR!") but it was so worth it. I loved getting to see the world through one of the fey's point of view, and seeing everything through Ash's eyes and getting a glimpse at his thoughts was great. I loved the way that Kagawa wrapped up all the loose ends in this one! And I seriously can't say anymore or I'll ruin the entire book and then everyone will hate me for it...

Final Thoughts: If you like anything paranormal YA (or are looking for a place to start) I definitely recommend the entire Iron Fey series. Do yourselves a favour and pick them all up at once though - gas it getting expense these days, and you'll be driving back and forth to the bookstore if you don't :P

11/12/11

Author Interview with Nova Sparks!

The lovely Nova Sparks is here today to answer a few questions about her reading preferences and her sci-fi/urban fantasy series The Dome Trilogy (now available on amazon!).

What inspired you to write a sci-fi/urban fantasy novel? Was it a conscious decision or did it just sort of happen?
I'm absolutely IN LOVE with science fiction! Ever since I was a little girl, that's all I would gravitate towards, science fiction television shows, movies, books, etc. I knew that I was going to write a television show for HBO and that I was going to make it science fiction, eventually I changed my mind and turned the television show treatment into a book and that's how the DOME trilogy came to be. I really do believe that science fiction runs through my veins. It just comes so natural to me. I guess I could say this whole thing just sort of happened.

What is your favourite paranormal / sci-fi element (vampires, werewolves, faeries, angels, etc)?
My FAVORITE is definitely ALIENS, and you can see my love for aliens in my first book series, the DOME trilogy. If I could, I would write about aliens forever, but I know that would suck for everyone else after a while. I will say that my next sort of paranormal/sci-fi series will center around angels and demons but will definitely have a twist to it. Although I'm not a religious person, I've always been fascinated with angels and demons, so I'm really excited to start working on it.

Do you prefer to read e-books or paper books? Why?
If you woud've asked me this a few years ago, I would've definitely said Paperback books, but ever since I got my Kindle, it's E-books all the way. I really like the convenience of e-books. With books, if I wanted to read more than one while I'm out and about, I'd have to carry them all with me and I hate carrying things. With an e-book, I can have hundreds of books with me and only have to carry one lightweight device. LOL sounds like I work for Amazon, right?

How long does it usually take you to write a book?
Well I guess I can say not that long. The first thing I do before I start writing a book is do an outline, and my outlines are always really really really brief. I'm talking one paragraph. And from that paragraph I just start writing the book. I can finish writing a book in two months with my schedule, but its the editing and fixing things and the constant changing of my mind that takes up a lot of my time with releasing a book. If I had all the time in the world, I'm sure I could write a whole book in about two weeks. But I'm glad I don't have that kind of time. That would mean I'm poor or living on the street. But then I wouldn't have a computer let alone a pen or paper.  

And last but not least: do you believe in aliens?
Is this even a question? OF COURSE I believe in aliens! When I was a little girl I used to believe that I was an alien and would stare out my window everynight, hoping my real parents would come down from the sky and get me. Plus, I watch way too many documentaries and read too many books that have tremendous amounts of evidence pointing to aliens being real. I guess I think of it like this. This universe is bigger than we can even imagine, bigger than we can even measure, and it's expanding all the time. We live in one galaxy, one solar system. There are soooooo many other galaxies out there, so many other planets. How silly would I be to believe that we're the only ones? Oh yeah, and I've seen a UFO before. Right here in NYC. I thought I was the only one, but thousands of people saw it and filmed it and you can see the video of it on youtube. That ain't no weather balloon!


Thank you so much Stephanie for having me on your blog! It has been really fun!

No problem Nova, it's been great having you!

And now, lovely readers, here's a sneak peak at The Dome by Nova Sparks:

What if you knew the exact date and time the world will end, what would you do? Sam Tucker was faced with that dilemma when he began getting visions of the Earth's demise. Luckily for him, he was able to save his family and as many people as he could before the tragic event occurred, and he did so with the help of unknown visitors. With Earth now destroyed, Sam, his family and thousands of other lucky survivors must live the rest of their lives on a faraway planet in a Dome that simulates life on Earth. But Sam's mind can't seem to rest as a few questions arise. Why did the aliens save them? How did they know about Earth's sure fate? And exactly what are they hiding? 

Emma Tucker begged for an escape from her boring life but never in a million years did she think it would come at the destruction of Earth. Living on a new planet and finding it difficult to get rid of her rebellious habits, Emma finds herself making friends with a member of the alien race and it soon develops into an unexplainable love; a love that is more dangerous than she could ever imagine. While her father is searching for his own truths, she has no idea that she is stumbling on a truth of her own. 

Told from the point of view of both Sam and Emma, author Nova Sparks takes readers on a journey to discover love, fate, faith, truth and the mystery of the DOME!

Check out the book trailers!

Trailer #1: Sam




Trailer #2: Emma




Click on one of the links below to sample or purchase the DOME (the DOME trilogy #1):


http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/64825
http://amzn.to/itzlO6
http://bit.ly/me1LxX



Visit Nova's blog to find out more about The Domehttp://novasparks.blogspot.com

11/8/11

The Grave Robbers of Genghis Khan

Author: P.B. Kerr
Pages: 448
Publisher: Orchard Books
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)The final installment of bestselling P. B. Kerr's magical Children of the Lamp series!
Djinn twins John and Philippa are off on another enchanting, and dangerous, adventure in the last book in the bestselling Children of the Lamp series. As volcanoes begin erupting all over the world, spilling golden lava, the twins must go on a hunt for the wicked djinn who wants to rob the grave of the great Genghis Khan. Can the twins stop this latest disaster before the world is overwhelmed?
Join John and Philippa, their parents, Uncle Nimrod, and Groanin as they must defeat an evil more powerful than any they've ever faced before. . . .
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My Summary: While on holiday with their uncle Nimrod, djinn twins John and Philippa witness something incredible: a previously dormant volcano erupts, spewing a strange golden substance. As more an more reports flood in from around the world describing a vast amount of these inexplicable events, the twins (and Nimrod and Groanin, of course) are spurred into action, setting off on what will be their final adventure.
My Thoughts: When one of your all-time favourite series ends, you have to grieve a little. You just have to. And an amazing series like this one deserves to be grieved. 
Not many people have had the pleasure of reading this series, which is unfortunate. The writing is awesome and intelligent and doesn't make the reader feel 'talked down to' like some children's books. I began reading these books at the age of 9 or 10 and adored them, and to this day I still adore them and laugh at the jokes and the puns. I always loved the way that facts were sprinkled into the novel, teaching you a little something while entertaining you at the same time. These books are pure brilliance, and I am extremely sad to see the end of the series. I'll definitely be re-reading them and passing them on to my 11 year old brother... and then probably to my kids one day!
I adore this series, but that doesn't mean it's without its faults. There were a few loose ends left at the end of this one that irked me... but I think the author may have left them purposely. Who knows? 
Final Thoughts: If you're looking for a funny, intelligent series to give to the kids who've outgrown children's novels, this series is for you. It's also great for anyone looking for a refreshing, interesting read. I swear you will not regret picking it up.

11/7/11

And the Winner of the Autumn Giveaway is...


Ashley H.! Congrats, you've won a copy of The Death Cure by James Dashner! I'll be contacting you by email to let you know that you've won, so please reply within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.


A huge thank-you goes out to everyone who entered! Because of the awesome amount of entrants, I'll definitely be having another giveaway soon. Check back in a few weeks to enter! :)

11/4/11

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

Author: Kody Keplinger
Pages: 280
Publisher: Little Brown
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. 

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.
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My Summary: Bianca has always thought that her views on love and relationships in highschool are realistic. She doesn't delude herself into thinking that people can fall in love in a week and knows these couples never last, so she doesn't think highschool relationships are worth the drama. She tells herself she's perfectly content with the way things are...
Until one day when Bianca and her friends are at an all-ages dance and the biggest man-slut at her school calls her "Duff" and explains that out of her little group of friends, she's the designated ugly fat friend. She throws her drink in his face and storms out of the club, but his words haunt her... how could she have not seen it? 
From then on, things begin to spiral out of control. Bianca goes to confront Wesley, but instead of putting him in his place, she ends up kissing him. And as things in her home life get worse and worse, she begins to use him as a distraction, agreeing to a secret friends-with-benefits relationship. But what happens when Bianca figures out that her distraction has become something more?
My Thoughts: This novel and I go way back. When I first heard about it a few years ago (before it was published) I immediately wanted to know more. It was one of the first books I added to my to-be-read on Goodreads, and I was extremely excited when it was finally released. 
But I did that thing again: bought a bunch of books and pushed the rest to the back of the pile (wash, rinse, and repeat). It was only a few days ago that I was able to finally read it.
It was worth the wait.
First off, this book is definitely not for younger YA readers. The book is heavily based on serious relationships and everything that comes with them, so in a way, I'm glad I waited a few years to read it. Second, the story is told from an honest, genuine point of view. Nothing is sugar-coated (the cynical narration prevents that), which is, honestly, one of the reasons I really enjoyed it.  
I also really liked the way it dealt with a lot of serious issues without making them seem like they overwhelmed the book. Bianca's issues with her parent are ones that a lot of people have had to deal with, and the author didn't make her seem like a saint for doing what she did for them. I personally thought that made her a lot easier to relate to.
Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to mature YA readers (over the age of 16 would be appropriate, I think).

Clockwork Prince

Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 497
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Format: Paperback (ARC)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



Summary (from Goodreads)In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa's powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister's war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will; the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
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A HUGE thank-you goes out to Ambur for sending me her extra ARC!!!
My Summary: It's been a few weeks since Nate betrayed Tessa and the Shadowhunters - a few weeks since Tessa's illusion of her life before was shattered. And just when she'd thought she'd found solace in Will, Tessa discovers just what he really thinks of her. After so much heartbreak, no one would blame her for giving up.
But Tessa is surviving. Thanks to Jem's presence, she is beginning to feel comfortable in the Institute and, more importantly, in her own skin. She's learning to control her powers and use them to help the Shadowhunters, but it's not enough - they still haven't been able to locate the Magister or find a way to take him down. 
As Will pulls away from Tessa, she finds herself clinging to Jem... and realizing that maybe there is a way to be happy after your heart's been broken. 
My Thoughts: Guys, you have no idea what this book did to me. It chewed me up and spit me out and then kicked me while I was down. And the worst part? I have to wait a whole month until you guys read it to rant to you because I refuse to be spoily-McSpoilerton! 
The writing was awesome. I love the way Cassie's writing portrays the Victorian era: it's dark and gritty but also makes you wish you were there. The character development in this installment was amazing - you really get to see Tessa, Will, and Jem mature and grow. There are some great steamy scenes, and the end... I'm not going to tell you who I'm rooting for (I was undecided after the last book), but I will tell you this: my first attempts at writing a review for this books looked a little something like: LKJSLKSL&MLMFM#%^MOIYIUWR*TI^YWYOYG!!@GFRSGGFFFDHHHGKSKK WHY WHY WHY WHY WHYYYYYYYYYYYY?!?!
Final Thoughts: If you've already read Clockwork Angel and loved it, there are no doubts in my mind that you'll adore Clockwork Prince. Do yourself a huge favour and pre-order it now!  And if you haven't read this series (or Cassie's other series): WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

11/3/11

Follow Friday!

Happy Follow Friday Everyone! You already know how this works so I won't bother explaining. On with the show!


Take a picture of yourself with your current read.


So here's me with my current read:


And yes, that is Clockwork Prince (sent to me by my awesome friend Ambur)! Go ahead. Be jealous. :P