Friday, July 30, 2010

Book Reviews

by guest blogger Anagha C.

Torment by Lauren Kate
Release Date: 9/28/10

This book is the sequel to the book Fallen. Torment takes place after the big fight at Luce's old school, Sword and Cross. Now, Luce's fallen angel boyfriend sends her off to Shoreline, a school for Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. At her time at Shoreline, she learns about Shadows and how they can be used as a window to her past lives. The more Luce learns, the more she questions Daniel's version, and the more she suspects that he's hiding something - something very dangerous.

I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it for an entertaining read, but not anything more. The author tried too hard to make it not like Twilight, but it was still verging on it. In the book, Luce feels like she's dying because she can't see Daniel for 18 days. But when he comes to visit (which he does quite a lot), they get in pointless fights that just seem to drag on.

The plot was good though. I liked the idea of the fallen angels, although that is not a new one. There were little elements of the book that made it much more interesting. The Shadows were a very good idea. They allowed Luce to see into her past lives. Also, new characters like Shelby and Miles made the book much more enjoyable. If you read the first one, you definitely need to read this one. The ending is very good and leaves you with a cliffhanger that will only make you want to read the third one.

The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Release Date:8/31/10

This book is the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series. When Tessa Gray comes to England to find her brother, she is kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, who are members of a secret organization named the Pandemonium Club. Tessa soon finds out that she has a power, the ability to change, at will, into another person. Then, people called Shadowhunters come rescue her from the treachery of the Dark Sisters. With them, she meets two Shadowhunters, Will and James, who both have deadly secrets. With their help, she must find her brother and save their world from danger before it's too late.

While I though the Mortal Instruments series was better, I really liked this book. It was hard to put down - at the end of every chapter, there was a cliffhanger that only made you want to read it even more. Unfortunately, the beginning was very slow. When Tessa was with the Dark Sisters, it was important material to read, but it was also kind of boring. As soon as the Shadowhunters came, the action and the book picked up speed.

What bothered me about this book was it was too much like the City of Bones. There was a girl who didn't know she was part of the downworld. Then, something big happens that doesn't happen to ordinary people. Soon, she find out she is part of the downworld and she is taken to the Institute. At the Institute, she meets a boy who she likes who does dangerous things, another boy who is calmer and sweeter, and a girl who is really pretty and knows it. Even though it was like the City of Bones, it had a unique twist to it that really made it special and fun to read.

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