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Mini Reviews: City of Heavenly Fire, Dark Triumph, Throne of Glass

Posted by Caitie F on October 1, 2014

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 Fire8755785
Author: Cassandra Clare
Hardcover: 725 pages
Pub Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry
Rating: ++++


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 Triumph9943270
Author: Robin LaFevers
Hardcover: 385 pages
Pub Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin for Children
Rating: +++++


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 Glass7896527
Author: Sarah J Maas
Hardcover: 404 pages
Pub Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Rating: ++++


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!



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TSS: Reading Series

Posted by Caitie F on May 20, 2012

How is your weekend going? mine has been awesome Went to a Chili Festival yesterday, which was just okay but I still had a good time because of the gorgeous weather. We also went out to dinner with friends and walked around a cool town on a beautiful night. And I finally got an iPhone, so if you have any app recommendations, let me know in the comments! Today, we are running errands and finally seeing The Avengers! I am so excited! Onto bookish things!


So I have been reading A Song of Fire and Ice this year and I really enjoy it (just finished A Storm of Swords, the best book so far), but it has made me think more about series. I love a great series. It allows you to really get to know and connect with characters and it makes me feel more invested in the books when I know there is more to come.

I hate being reading this series how I am though. I am also reading The Mortal Instruments series and am in the middle of what is published with that one too. And I just hate it! I like either reading a series as each book comes out or reading it when it is complete.

If you read a series as each book comes out, you are reading with the other fans. i have two friends at work that also love ASOFAI , one is caught up, one is one book ahead of me. When we talk about it, we all have to be very careful, because none of us want to hear spoilers. It makes it very difficult! Thanks to the internet, I always have to watch myself to make sure I don’t read anything about from a book i am not up to. As someone who loves talking about what I read, this is a challenge and I don’t like it  I also love the community discussion reading as a series comes out brings. I am just so far removed from the discussions that I feel like I am missing out.

I also don’t mind reading a series when it is completely over. Then you can just read the entire thing and not have any waiting. Once I catch up with the series still being published, it is a little irritating. You could read the entire thing at your own pace then suddenly…nope! It isn’t a big deal, but it feels like the story should continue. If it is done, it is also easy to jump right into discussions and talk about the series as a whole.

It really does make me leery of reading any series that aren’t complete yet if there is more than one or two books that I can quickly catch up on.

How do you read series? How do you prefer to read series? Let me know in the comments (and don’t forget to tell me about awesome iPhone apps!)

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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Posted by Caitie F on January 14, 2011

Title: Uglies
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Paperback: 425 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Year Released: 2005
ISBN: 9780689865381
Rating: +++++

Summary (from back of book):

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally’s new friends Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world– and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever.


How did it take me so long to read this series??? I picked it up at our local Borders that is closing for $4 and cannot believe it took me so long. This book has everything I love in great books: complex characters, excited and surprising plot twists, and accessible writing. My husband teaches middle school and told me his students love the series, and I can completely see why!

The society is terrifying to me. There is no individuality. Yet, they aren’t completely terrible. The people take care of the environment, use only renewable resources, and have eliminated a lot of the major problems. The cost is a little too steep…unless you enjoy no choices (spoiler, highlight to read)and losing your personality and some brain function. Everyone spends the difficult teen years being called an Ugly and getting a nickname that points out their biggest flaw all so that they want to become a pretty and don’t rebel. It was effective though because they are not completely evil…just mostly.

Some see past the brainwashing and label of ugly to see that there needs to be another way. There are some people who get away before they become pretty. At the beginning of the book, I love Shay so much more than Tally. Tally just sees being pretty as the ideal and does not question society, while Shay questions everything. I am glad Tally starts at such an extreme because it makes her transformation so much more interesting to read.

The Smoke intrigued me and I wish I could see more of it. It was a functioning, working society out of anything that Tally could imagine. I liked seeing her aversion to cutting down a tree, even if they needed it to live. Shay’s transformation at The Smoke irritated me, but it was understandable and good story-telling.

I have to add that I love the world.  Anyone else want to go hoverboarding?

I am requesting the rest of the series at the library, I hope they are as fantastic as the first!

Did you love the book? Hate it? Let me know in the comments!

This counts for:

The Original TBR Challenge

TwentyEleven Challenge (TBR)

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