The DUFF – Kody Keplinger 

Synopsis – 

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.

Goodreads rating – 3,89/5 stars 

My review – 

It’s very common for female protagonists to be stubborn and overly girly ( Bella Swan, America Singer, etc), but it isn’t often that they are the pessimistic and poetically sarcastic type which is probably what caused me to find Bianca to be so refreshing. Wesley…was certainly an ass. Yes, further on in the book we see another side of him ( what a surprise), but his bluntness and humour was entertaining. 

The book was relatable in many ways to women of all ages. It teaches us about relationships, and the objectification that many women face in our modern day society and how there are many derogatory terms used to refer to women. Keplinger uses them too, but she uses them as a way of mocking the men that degrade women, and a way of showing women how to stand up for themselves. 

Bianca was such a good main character. She was a realist and I just admired that about her. There is a touch upon some family issues that she has but it isn’t over dramatised, she simply dealt with it. Bianca was the DUFF, the Designated Ugly Fat Friend of her two best friends. At least she believed she was the DUFF when Wesley appointed her the title and explained its significance. You’d think that her gorgeous friends probably treated her badly, her being the DUFF and all ( Mean Girls) . In fact they were good friends and stood by her.

Bianca sought escape and numbness through fooling around with Wesley. But … ( Here comes the cliché)  there was no escaping his charm. Bianca’s image of Wesley, the bad boy who got whatever and whoever he wanted changes as she learns that he can listen and be open to her problems and that he also has some of his own and isn’t the epitome of perfection as everyone seems to believe. 

My only real issue about this book ( and so many other YA books) was it’s predictability. Other than that, I read it in one sitting and loved it. 

My rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare 

Synopsis –

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

Goodreads rating – 4,32/5 stars
My Review –

The hype about the Infernal Devices trilogy has become apparent and understandable to me. The Infernal Devices is the prequel series to The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. The Mortal Instruments is unfortunately not one of my favourite series, but I heard great things about the Infernal Devices so I had to read Clockwork Angel! I love the world of shadow hunters, warlocks, demons, vampires, werewolves, and fairies that Cassandra Clare had created because it is truly magical.

The setting of the trilogy is 1800’s London. The culture and sexism of this era was very well described and gave the book an interesting touch. The main character Tessa Gray reminds me of Clary from TMI, but they still do have their differences which I really like and I can easily say that I prefer Tessa. She is a really cool character and I found it easy to connect with her. Where there is Jace from TMI, there is Will who is just as sarcastic and witty with his humour and gets on my nerves just as much. Even though this series has characters that remind me of TMI it’s a completely different story and I really do prefer it to TMI.

Now I have to say that before reading Clockwork Angel I thought that Will was a character that I would like after hearing so many great things about him from booktubers, bookstagramers, etc; . However, after reading Clockwork Angel now, I can say that I don’t seem to see what everyone else does because all he did was annoy me and occasionally amuse me with his witty sarcasm. I don’t understand why Tessa likes him. He’s rude never really apologises which frustrates me but I am hoping that there is a reason behind this that I will find out as the series progresses.

Jem, who is also a shadow hunter in the book, happens to be kind and caring. He seems like the perfect guy so Tessa’s weird attraction to Will was frustrating. The plot line was amazing and I just could not put this book down! The pacing was great and the plot twist was really well portrayed. There were very few things that I found annoying but one of them was that both Tessa and one other female character kept whining that only men should fight, and that they were ‘ladies’. I know that it adds authenticity to the book due to the time period but as a feminist myself I found myself getting annoyed with the characters.

All in all, I thought that this was a great book  and I look forward to continuing with the series. It was nice to see some old friends (from TMI) such as Magnus Bane and Camille! I look forward to reading Clockwork Prince and The Bane Chronicles.

My rating – 5/5 stars

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