Top 3 books of 2019… so far!

1. Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare

This books is incredible! The Infernal Devices will forever be in my heart and I love the more and more each time I reread them! đź–¤ | REVIEW

2. If We Were Villains – M L Rio

This book made me cry my eyes out! I was so emotionally attached to all of the characters! đź–¤ | REVIEW

3. Vicious – V E Schwab

This gave me X-Men vibes!!! I well and truly loved it! Everyone seems to go on about Victor Vale being a Villain but in my mind his a just a morally grey character! Eli Ever on the other hand is pure evil! đź–¤ | REVIEW

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The Iron Trial – Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

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Goodreads Synopsis –

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.

So he tries his best to do his worst – and fails at failing.

Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . .

Goodreads Rating – 3,93/5 stars

My Review –

I must admit that I went into this book thinking that it would be childish and boring, however I was pleasantly surprised. In my opinion the cover isn’t great and makes the book seem very juvenile, however upon reading it I believe that it is a good YA novel. Cassandra Clare and Holly Black are yet to disappoint me.

Call, the main character was unique which made him interesting and likeable, which seems rare nowadays with YA as the male protagonist are always “perfect” and frankly quite annoying, but our protagonist is complex and weird which makes him intriguing.

The book was fast paced and contrary to what some may say I was surprised by the ending and the little twist in the plot. Some may say that the entire book was very predictable, however I didn’t see it that way and really enjoyed it.

In terms of friendships, I was pleased that there were no love triangles (yay!), and that romance wasn’t a key part of the book at all, but it looked more at friendship and how characters with very different personalities were able to put their differences and parents beliefs aside and become friends. It some small way the book did remind me of the Percy Jackson series, just because of the awesome friendships within that series and the well paced character development throughout the series.

My Rating – 4/5 Stars

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City of Bones – Cassandra Clare

Synopsis – 

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Goodreads rating – 4,12/5 

Review – 

Plot – City of Bones is a strong start to the series. It is certainly not the best book in the series, but it does give us a clear intro to the shadowhunter world and its badass characters. The plot was interesting and fast paced which is good because it is a fairly large book but I flew through it. It has a good balance of character development, world building and action. 

Characters-  Jace reminds me of myself at times with his witty humour and stellar sarcasm. Even when he is being an idiot I love him as a character and I think that even though he is but a character, he is portrayed in a very realistic manner. Even though he does fit the stereotype of the ‘Golden boy’ he also makes mistakes and isn’t perfect. 

Clary annoyed me at times because she just came across as whiny and useless, but towards the end it was clear that she was growing out of her childish antics and becoming a true shadowhunter. Her friendship with Simon was really cute and I loved how Simon was portrayed as the awkward nerdy type. 

 

Izzy is perfection. She is badass and doesn’t coddle Clary unlike many of the other characters. She helps Clary step out of her bubble and enter the real world. Plus she owns a whip and is absolutely stunning… I mean how much more convincing do you need of the fact that she is amazing? Lastly, Alec… every book has to have a brooding character that hovers in the background and cause conflict even though the protagonists have world threatening issues to deal with. I don’t like his character because he doesn’t come across as a very nice person but I know that his attitude will change throughout the series. 

Overall this is an awesome series that everyone should read! Cassandra Clare is amazing! x

My rating – 3,5/5 stars 

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Top 5 Auto – Buy Authors

Cassandra Clare’s writing is magical and the shadow hunter world that she created is going to be something that will be remembered and loved for years to come. I am eager to read anything and everything that she writes! 

2. 

Sarah J Maas is yet another author who was able to create an amazing world and characters that jump of the page and seem scarily realistic. I am yet to read A Court of Thorns and Roses but I can say that with the Throne of Glass Series the books get better and better ( and bigger…) with each one. 

3. 

Jennifer L. Armentrout is a legend when it comes to creating loveable male characters! She is great at world building and just an overall literary goddess in my opinion and I am happy to say that I still have a lot to read of her books and I shall savour every moment.

4. 

Marissa Meyer has not disappointed me yet! I haven’t read Winter yet but the rest of this series is incredible and certainly some of the best books that I have read this year. I look forward to Stars Above coming out soon and any future books that Marissa Meyer releases.

5. 

Libba Bray wrote an incredible book, The Diviners, which I read and fell in love with. The plot, Characters, writing, setting and simply everything was perfect. I know that she has Written many books and that I shouldn’t judge her based on one book, but hey… I loved it. I will starting Lair of Dreams a the start of 2016 and I have already ordered the Gemma Doyle trilogy which is at the top of my TBR. 

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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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December TBR 

  
*THE FOLLOWING SYNOPSIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!*

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…

Heir of Fire – Sarah J Maas

Synopsis – 

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.
Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.
The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight. 
Forbidden – Tabitha Suzuma 

Synopsis – 

She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending. 
Emerald Green – Kerstin Gier 

Synopsis – 

Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is. She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along. Emerald Green is the stunning conclusion to Kerstin Gier’s Ruby Red Trilogy, picking up where Sapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate. 

An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir 

Synopsis – 

Laia is a slave. 

Elias is a soldier. 
Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. 
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