It is that time of year again – when I post some mini-reviews! This is specifically for YA fantasy series! I read these all in August, but never felt like I had a whole review in me, but I still wanted to share my thoughts.
Title: City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
Hardcover: 725 pages
Pub Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry
Sebastian is on the move, turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families as the ranks of his 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
The series is over and I know a lot of people like to make fun of it, but I really enjoyed the last installment. Sometimes it got cheesy, the writing wasn’t always the best, but the story had me engaged and reading more. Not every book or series has to be a masterpiece to be a good series. If you are looking for a fun, paranormal series with every kind of creature and a lot of feelings, read it for yourself. And Magnus Bane is one of my favorite characters in any series. I say it is worth reading the books just for him
Title: Dark Triumph
Author: Robin LaFevers
Hardcover: 385 pages
Pub Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin for Children
When Sybella arrived at the doorstep of St Mortain half mad with grief and despair the convent were only too happy to offer her refuge – but at a price. The sisters of this convent serve Death, and with Sybella naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, she could become one of their most dangerous weapons.
But her assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to the life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. But when Sybella discovers an unexpected ally she discovers that a daughter of Death may find something other than vengeance to live for.
This series is very cool, since each book takes the perspective of a different assassin. This book did not take place in the same area of the conflict as the first book, which I really liked. Readers get to see what is going on in an entirely different area. The characters are so strong, smart, and stubborn. If you like your fantasy with some history, or your historical fiction with some extras, read this series. I really look forward to book 3!
Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J Maas
Hardcover: 404 pages
Pub Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another.
Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
This book is SO COOL! How did it take me so long to read it? There is seriously something wrong with me. Celaena is one of my favorite characters in YA literature. She totally kicks butt, but she still likes to dress up and look pretty. It is nice to see a character be both. I wouldn’t want it in every YA book, but it is nice to see in one or two.
The book is so exciting and well-written. I read it in all in one sitting because I could not put it down, I had to find out who the murderer was and see Celaena be awesome.
I will read the next two books in the series soon!