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Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters Review


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So today I will be reviewing the second book in the Percy Jackson series and my Book with Non-Human characters for the 2015 reading challenge. I finished this book on the bus yesterday so couldn’t wait to get the review up for you. Before you read this book, please note that I watched the movie before reading the book. *gasp* how could I?! Well, it was out in the cinema and I saw the first one and thought, why not. Apologies in advance but lets get on with the review!

Book Title: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
Date Published: April 1st 2006
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Overall Rating:

5.0 star

Blurb:

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

My Review:

In this book, we join Percy as Camp Half-Blood has become invaded with monsters… again. This time, the magical shield of Thalia’s tree has been broken as the tree has been poisoned. Grover has been sent off in a search for Pan but uses an empathy connection to tell Percy that he is in danger. Clarisse is chosen to go on a quest to search for the Golden Fleece when Percy and his gang go along as well. I think that is the basic plot line of the story.

There are a lot of things I like about the book. For one thing, I like the detail and the funny comparisons made throughout the novel. Definitely had me laughing for a while! I also liked the character development. For example, Annabeth becomes so much more open to Percy during this book and you start to see the person she is underneath rather than the person she wants to be seen as. Percy also has some development as he grows up a lot. He becomes generous and understanding towards the end of the books. However you can see that there is a lot more development to come.

There isn’t much that I didn’t like about the book. I felt that the timing was just right and there was enough detail for you to imagine the scene, but not to much that it becomes boring.

I loved this book and I would recommend it to anyone who has read the first one and it is suitable for all ages. I hope you enjoy reading it!

Thanks for reading and I’ll write again next week!

Spike

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Theif Review


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lightningthief1So sorry this is a little (or a lot) late. I have been kind of obsessed with the show Pretty Little Liars and I haven’t been reading as much as I normally would have. This is extremely bad of me and I deeply apologize for this. Anyway, the whole purpose of today’s post was a review. This book is one of the few I’ve read so far this year and let’s get on with the review!

Book Title: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Date Published: March 1st 2006
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Overall Rating:

4.5 star

Blurb:

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends — one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena — Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

My Review:

This book is the first in the Percy Jackson series. The hype that has surrounded this series since it was first published in 2006 has been enormous. In all fairness, a lot of that hype was also based on the Hero’s of Olympus series however I felt that I couldn’t just jump into the Hero’s of Olympus series if I haven’t read the original series. It is one of the classic books that you have to read when you are a child. I am a little late to reading it but better late than never! This book is about a young boy called Percy Jackson who finds out he is a demi-god and that his father is part of the ‘big three’ Greek gods.

I loved a lot about this book. The hidden humor and ironic, snarky comments that are made frequently throughout the book adds a lot of humor and enjoyment to read. The characters are so in-depth that they seem real. There is a lot of character development as well over the course of the book. This development can also last into the rest of the series until we end up with one that everyone can understand. My person favorite character is Annabeth. She is a perfect role model for young girls everywhere as she is smart and clever but also has her faults. For example, she can be very proud and not listen to other ideas when she herself has one. Percy was also a great character because, for such a young age, he has gone through a lot yet still has the childish tone to the writing.

The one thing that stopped this being 5 stars was that I found it hard to keep reading. There weren’t really a lot of plot twists and therefore I found it quite hard to keep reading once I had started. However I did work through it and eventually finished.

Overall, I would give this book 4.5 stars as the character development and main plot are very interesting and entertaining to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure books really. I think it’s perfect for all ages and as long as you don’t mind the childish phrases, it’s great!

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Thanks for reading and I’ll be back soon!

Spike

Twelfth Night Review


Hello good people of the internet and welcome back to a Review Sunday!

So this week I will be reviewing the second completely book in the PopSugar reading challenge 2015. This for me was a play and I chose to read Twelfth Night which was cheating in a way because I am reading it al school so it didn’t take much time. Just a warning before I get into this review, I have never reviewed a play and my rating system is going to be slightly biased because I am not normally a fan of Shakespeare and I find it very difficult to understand so… with that in mind, let’s get on with the review!

Book Title: Twelfth Night
Author: William Shakespeare
Date Published: 1601
Publisher: N/A
Overall Rating:

4.0 star

Blurb:

Set in a topsy-turvy world like a holiday revel, this comedy devises a romantic plot around separated twins, misplaced passions, and mistaken identity. Juxtaposed to it is the satirical story of a self-deluded steward who dreams of becoming “Count Malvolio” only to receive his comeuppance at the hands of the merrymakers he wishes to suppress. The two plots combine to create a farce touched with melancholy, mixed throughout with seductively beautiful explorations on the themes of love and time, and the play ends, not with laughter, but with a clown’s sad song.

My Review:

So this play is about a set of twins who got separated in a shipwreck and ended up in different parts of the world. Viola ended up in Illeria with Duke Orsino and Countess Olivia who had just lost her brother in a tragic accident and has been left with a large inheritance. In order to blend in and get a job and continue life, Viola decided to go ‘under cover’ as a man. This is where the store starts.

Ok so where to start, let’s start with Olivia. She is a very lonely lady who wants nothing more than to get over the death of her brother. But when she is landed with a large sum of money and remains single, she is constantly being hit on my the Duke Orsino. This means that she is constantly worried about people only wanting to date or marry her for her money. This leaves a clear opening in the plot for her. Viola is also a new character as she has lost her brother in a shipwreck and ended up with a lot more psychiatric problems then she originally thought.

I don’t really know how to write a review on a play because I haven’t done one like it before. Powering on though! Some of the things that I liked about this play was the unique characters. They all added a special role to the play and they all made it more and more funny. I think that if I were to see it on stage, it would be unbelievably funny and completely capture the audience. However in saying that, there are some things that I didn’t fully understand every word that they were talking about. I suppose some could argue that that is the beauty of Shakespeare but in my personal opinion, I found it confusing even though I was able to follow the whole plot. I think that is also another example as to how it is better to see in the theatre.

To conclude, I did enjoy this play but it would be better to see a live performance. I would recommend it to anyone who loves to read plays and Shakespeare because it was a classic Shakespearian story.

Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you all soon!

Spike

Requiem ~ Book Review


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So today is Sunday and I will be reviewing the first book that I read for the PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge. And as you can probably tell from the cover, that book was Requiem by Lauren Oliver. Let’s get on with the review!

Book Title: Requiem
Author: Lauren Oliver
Date Published: March 5th 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Overall Rating:

3.0 star

Blurb:

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven. Pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels.

As Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain of the Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena and Hana’s points of view. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

My Review:

This is a fitting conclusion to an alright series. To start with, I did really enjoy the first couple books and I was looking forward to reading this one as Pandemonium ended in a cliff-hanger. I have to say that it wasn’t bad but there were some parts of the novel that I didn’t like. This novel continued Lena’s story with the resistance but it also added in Hana’s point of view. I think that this was a good idea as it gave us an insight into the mind of a ‘cured’ but it also didn’t seem to work for me. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book and how it was writing but for me you couldn’t really tell the difference between Hana and Lena. This made it very hard when telling the difference between characters and scenarios.

Onto good points of this story, I think that it followed smoothly from Pandemonium which allowed readers to fully understand what was happening. I also liked the romance within the story. I think that there possibly could’ve been a bit more of an explanation about Lena and Alex because at many times I was confused at where they stood in their relationship together. I also liked Julian and how he adapted to the Wilds.

Bad points now and I think that Julian was almost unrealistic as he stuck to Lena while she pushed him away. *SPOILERS* At the end where they broke down the wall around Portland, I didn’t really know what happened to the characters. Lena had found Gracie and Hana had escaped with no harm done to her  and we knew Alex and Lena get together again but seeing as it was the end of the novel, I don’t really know where the characters stood. Lena left Julian and never explained what happened and the last we see of Hana, she walks off into the sunset. None of these endings for the characters complete the story. To add to that, they have only partially damaged the government in Portland which probably doesn’t even cause a blip on the overall scheme of things. In my opinion, I think that there should’ve been an epilogue set a couple of years in the future which tells the reader exactly what happened to the characters and the resistance. That way we can be told what happens to all the characters and what their futures are. *SPOILERS END*

To conclude this unusually long review, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves dystopian novels but more importantly, anyone who has read the first two because you might as well finish it.

Thanks thanks for reading and I’ll see you guys next week!

Spike

We Were Liars Book Review


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Today is Sunday so it’s review day! Today I am going to be reviewing my favourite book from 2014 which was…

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Let’s get on with the review!

We Were LiarsBook Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Date Published: May 13th 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Overall Rating:

5.0 star

Blurb:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

My Review:

Before I bought this book, I did what every book buyer should do. I read the reviews on Goodreads. Actually that’s a small lie as I didn’t read the reviews until after I bought the book but in my defence, I had heard many good things about this book from many people who had read it. Anyway back to the point, this book sparked many controversial reviews on Goodreads and I think that was because of the way it was written. This book is told from the point of view of an amnesiac. This means that she has a lot of mental problems which can be visibly seen in the forms of writing the Lockhart uses. It’s written in more verse than paragraph occasionally which in my opinion really captures the accurate feeling of being in a unstable mental condition.

Some of my favourite things in this book are how realistic the family struggles are. The Sinclairs are rich and popular with the appearance that nothing ever goes wrong in their life. No financial problems causing al three daughters to migrate back to the island where they grew up. No mentally unstable child and definitely no crying children. The whole setup of the family makes me feel humbled how they can appear so perfect on the outside but completely collapsing on the inside. I also liked how the story progressed because it allowed you to experience the slow and sometimes painful recollections on amnesia. The whole story line is to find out what really happened in summer 15. This struggle to find out what happens is so teaching. I think that’s the best thing I can say about it. The story taught you many things throughout. the novel. For example, the family problems shows you that no one is perfect and if they appear like they are, something is going wrong. It also shows us the power of friendships and how strong the bond between two friends can be. I think that is all I can say however without spoiling the ending.

I have nothing bad really to say about it but if you don’t like the idea of writing in verse occasionally then this would be a book that got frequently annoying as it went on. But for me, I loved it so that doesn’t apply to me.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense and mystery books with different and unusual writing techniques. The recommended age group would also probably be at least 11 because of events that would confuse anyone younger than that.

Thanks for reading and leave comments bellow for what you thought of the book!

See you next week!

Spike

Top Books I’ve read in 2014


Hey Guys,
Sorry for the disappearance, I had a busy December at school then I was on holiday over Christmas. Anyway I am now back and my New Years resolutions are:
1) be more organised
2) do more writing
3) post more frequently
so that shall be a wonderful challenge for me. Anyway I am here today with the top ten books that I read last year. To begin, I will list the books that I have read throughout 2014. I won’t go into much detail, just name the title and author but feel free to skip that part if you want. 🙂
Books Read in 2014
Lorien Legacies
I Am Number Four ~ Pittcus Lore
The Power of Six ~ Pittacus Lore
The Rise of Nine ~Pittacus Lore

The Immortals
Evermore ~ Alyson Noel
Blue Moon ~ Alyson Noel
Shadowland ~ Alyson Noel
Dark Flame ~ Alyson Noel
Night Star ~ Alyson Noel
Everlasting ~ Alyson Noel

The Mortal Instruments
City of Bones ~ Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes ~ Cassandra Clare
City of Glass ~ Cassandra Clare
City of Fallen Angels ~ Cassandra Clare
City of Lost Souls ~ Cassandra Clare
City of Heavenly Fire ~ Cassandra Clare

The Infernal Devices
Clockwork Angel ~ Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Prince ~ Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Princess ~ Cassandra Clare

John Green Novels
Looking for Alaska ~ John Green
Paper Towns ~ John Green
The Fault in Our Stars ~ John Green
An Abundance of Katherines ~ John Green

The Selection Series
The Elite ~ Kiera Cass
The One ~ Kiera Cass

Delerium Series
Delirium ~ Lauren Oliver
Pandemonium ~ Lauren Oliver

Girl, Missing Trilogy
Girl, Missing ~ Sophie McKenzie
Sister, Missing ~ Sophie McKenzie
Missing Me ~ Sophie McKenzie

Legend Trilogy
Legend ~ Marie Lu
Prodigy ~ Marie Lu
Champion ~ Marie Lu

Other
Gallagher Girls #1, #2, #3 ~ Ally Carter
Uncommon Criminals ~ Ally Carter
Perfect Scoundrels ~ Ally Carter
Geek Girl: Model Misfit ~ Holly Smale
The Bunker Diary ~ Kevin Brooks
Earthbound ~ Aprilynne Pike
All the Truth that’s in Me ~ Julie Berry
Thirteen Reasons Why ~ Jay Asher
Thirteen ~ Tom Hoyle
Love, Lies and Lemon Pies ~ Katy Cannon
Naturals ~ Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Killer Instinct ~ Jennifer Lynn Barnes
It All Started With An Apple ~ Ashley Winters
Hey, Beautiful ~ Ashley Winters (I read this on Wattpad so I don’t know if it counts but it was really good if anyone wants to read it)
If I Stay ~ Gayle Foreman
Since You’ve Been Gone ~ Morgan Matson
Eleanor & Park ~ Rainbow Rowel

Right so those are all the books I have read during the past year. That is a total of 52 books – or there about. My top 10 books out of them are:

10. Looking For Alaska by John Green
Looking For Alaska

Blurb:
Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

9. The Selection Series Books #2 & #3 by Kiera Cass

The Selection Series 1

Blurbs:
The Elite: The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.
My review: The Elite
The One: The time has come for one winner to be crowned.
When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.
My review: The One

8. Girl, Missing Trilogy by Sophie McKenzie
Girl, Missing trilogy
Blurb:
Girl, Missing: Lauren has always known she was adopted but when a little research turns up the possibility that she was snatched from an American family as a baby, suddenly Lauren’s life seems like a sham. How can she find her biological parents? And are her adoptive parents really responsible for kidnapping her?
My review: Girl, Missing
Sister, Missing: Fighting back my rising panic, I stopped and took a deep breath. Think. Where could she have gone? I turned right around, looking in every direction, trying to spot the familiar silhouette of my sister. But there was no sign of her…
It’s two years after the events of Girl, Missing and life is not getting any easier for sixteen-year-old Lauren, as exam pressure and a recent family tragedy take their toll. Lauren’s birth mother takes Lauren and her two sisters on holiday in the hope that some time together will help, but a few days into the holiday one of the sisters disappears, under circumstances very similar to those in which Lauren was taken years before. Can Lauren save her sister, and stop the nightmare happening all over again?

Missing Me: Six years have passed since the end of Sister, Missing and Madison is now a teenager. During a visit to her older sister Lauren, Madison learns that their biological father was an anonymous sperm donor and sets out to track him down. Her search bears fruit sooner than she expects, but is the father she discovers all he seems? As Madison gets drawn into a mysterious investigation involving missing girls and secret hideaways, she finds herself in more and more danger. A tense and thrilling end to the bestselling series, not to be missed!

7. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons Why
Blurb:
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.
Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

My Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

6. The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu
Legend Trilogy
Blurbs:
Legend: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Prodigy: Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

Champion: He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?
June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.
But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

5. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in our Stars
Blurb:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

4. All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
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Blurb:
Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever. This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.
My review: All The Truth That’s In Me

3. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
TMI Covers
Blurbs:
City of Bones: 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…
(My Review: City of Bones )
City of Ashes: Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

City of Glass: To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

City of Lost Souls: What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

City of Heavenly Fire: Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened 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…

2. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
TID covers
Blurb:
Clockword Angel: 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….

Clockwork Prince: In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

Clockwork Princess: Tessa Gray should be happy—aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.
And finally… my top read of 2014 is…
1. We Were Liars by E. Lockheart
We Were Liars
Blurb:
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

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Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you have a great year and I shall be doing a review of We Were Liars Next week!
Cheerio!
Spike

NaNoWriMo and Anniversary


Hey Guys!
So as you know, I participated in NaNoWriMo this year. If you have read the comments on my last post, you will know that I extended my own personal goal to three months because I have been really busy with exams and school etc. If you want to however, here is a little snippet of what I have written (beware that this is a first draft so I haven’t edited it yet):
It was on my fourteenth birthday that I got my first high quality camera. I guess you could say that that was what started it all. It led me to the three hundred thousand subscribers on my channel and over four hundred thousand followers over many different social media sites. All I had was a camera, a laptop and pure determination but this isn’t a story about how a small girl from a miniature town in the UK became one of the many famous people across the internet. This is a story of something else. Something more powerful than that. Lets start from my thirteenth birthday.
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“Happy birthday pumpkin!” My eyes opened slowly as I saw Mum leaning over me with a tray of what looked like breakfast.
“Thanks Mum.” I said as I rubbed the sleep out of my eyes and struggled into an upright position. She put the tray on my lap and went to open the curtains. On the tray was a tall glass of orange juice, a plate full of waffles smothered in maple syrup and a small box wrapped in black and pink wrapping paper. I took a large sip of the drink and started eating my waffles.
“That present isn’t from your father and me. I found it on the doorstep this morning.” Mum said sitting on the edge of the bed. Pretty quickly k finished off the waffles and picked up the box. The gentle thump of rain on the window provided a background tune as I looked at the small gift tag.
Do you know how early I had to wake up to put this on your door! Happy birthday Megs!
~J
PS you owe me
I couldn’t help laughing as I read the tag. Mum peered over my shoulder and read it as well. “It’s just Jamie Mum. No need to panic.” I smiled at her and she rolled her eyes. Jamie and I have lived next door to each other for as long as I can remember. That’s probably why we were – and still are – such great friends. I gently peeled off the wrapping paper, careful not to make any mess. I guess you could say that I’m a bit of a neat freak. Underneath the wrapping was a small navy velvet box. It opened with a snap and inside was a small necklace with a gold M on it. On the top left tip of the M was a diamante diamond. I laughed inwardly at this. The previous week, we had gone to see a movie and I saw it in the window of a jewellery shop and I mentioned that I liked it. He had obviously gone back and bought it for me.
“Right Miss. If you don’t get up now, you’re going to be late for school! Plus we need to drop Mollie off at her school as well.” Mollie is my adopted sister. She cute I guess but also equally as annoying. Oh she also has an obsession with all things pink. I looked at the clock. 7:15am. I had fifteen minutes.
Mum left the room and silently shut the door behind her. I downed the rest of the orange juice and pulled on a pair of black jeans and a purple sweater. I clipped the necklace on and ran a brush through my blond, wavy (but mostly frizzy) hair. I pulled it up into a ponytail and pulled out small parts to frame my face. After brushing my teeth and putting moisturiser on my face, I turned off the light in my room and Carrie the tray out into the kitchen.
We lived in a small, three bedroom bungalow and my room was in the far corner of the house. It had a ensuite that I shared with Mollie on one side and the other was the porch leading into the relatively large garden. Apart from the bedrooms and bathrooms, it was very open planned. I literally stepped out of the door and I was in the kitchen. I put the tray on the counter and washed the plates before quickly packing my bag and joining Mum and Mollie in the car.
It wasn’t until lunch that I saw him. A mob of dark brown hair and leaf green eyes was almost the classic look of anyone living here but I guess you could say that his childish face was what made him stand out.
“Hey Megs! Happy birthday!” Jamie gave me a quick hug before noticing the necklace. “Ah I see you got your present! Take a guess at how early I had to get up to put that on your doorstep. Go on, guess.” It was clear he wasn’t going to drop the subject without an answer.
“I don’t know! Um… was it 6:00?” I asked him as we sat down at our table by the window and started eating lunch.
“My goodness Megan! Are you trying to kill me? If I woke up that early, I wouldn’t be here now would I?” I shook my head, laughing. Obviously realizing he wasn’t going to get an answer out of me, he answered it himself, “Quarter to seven Megs! Do you know how much beauty sleep I lost? A grand total of fifteen minutes!” Even Jamie couldn’t help but laugh at that. The bell rang and I walked slowly towards my next lesson. English.

That is a total of 903 words for you! Don’t feel pressured to read it or anything though. I just posted it in case some of you wanted to read it! My total word count at the moment is 6,247 so I have quite a way to go if I want to finish this in three months!

Okay now onto the second part of this post. I have been blogging here for just over two years now and I am so happy that you have all joined me. I love my small blogging community and I’m so happy that you’ve all stuck with me! As a celebration, I was trying to think of what I should do. I was thinking maybe a competition, but not a long one. Maybe a poetry competition? I’m not too sure. If you have any ideas about what I can do, I would love it if you would comment down bellow on this post to let me know!
Okay I think that’s all for now… oh yeah one quick extra thing. I have recently read a lot of books and I’m trying to decide which one I should review next. I would love it if you would take the time to answer this quick poll about it:


This poll will be up until Sunday 7th December when I will post a review of the chosen book. Then the process will repeat for the rest of them 😛
Thanks for reading and see you all soon!
Spike

Girl, Missing Book Review


Girl, MissingHello everyone,

Today I am going to be doing another favourite book review. This week I am going to be reviewing Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie. Let’s get started!

Book Title: Girl, Missing
Author: Sophie McKenzie
Date Published: December 1st 2006
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Overall Rating:
4.0 star

Blurb:
Lauren has always known she was adopted but when a little research turns up the possibility that she was snatched from an American family as a baby, suddenly Lauren’s life seems like a sham. How can she find her biological parents? And are her adoptive parents really responsible for kidnapping her?

My Review:

So this book starts with a sixteen year old Lauren doing her English project. It’s kind of that classic first day back at school project titles something along the lines of Who am I? Considering as Lauren was adopted when she was about three months old, there isn’t really anything interesting that she could write. So during her research, she looks up different things which lead her onto a missing child website. Scrolling down the pictures, she reaches one that has similar sort of personal information to her own, leading to the conclusion: was she kidnapped as a baby?
This book was a lot of fun. I liked the depth of the characters and how strong the bonds of friendship between Lauren and Jam were. each individual character had an amazing personality and they all slotted together perfectly. I liked how the story flowed as a reasonable pace and that Lauren and Jam took the reader through every process that they went through. I liked this book because, as it was short, it didn’t take very long to get to the main point of the story. It kept the reader hooked on every word and I just loved it.
There were however some things that I didn’t liked. Such as when Lauren and Jam run away in America to start their mission, she doesn’t seem to be too worried about how her Mum is reacting to her disappearing in a completely different continent let alone country! I found that when they both *SPOILER WARNING* get kidnapped by the same person who kidnapped her earlier, I found this really unrealistic that a couple of teenagers would get into a car with a random stranger. I mean sure she was wearing a police outfit but it isn’t that hard to just buy one from a party shop, is it? I do agree however that without this point in the story, it could very well not have turned out the same. *SPOILERS OVER*
I did really enjoy this book overall. I’m very upset though because I had this book on my shelves and I either lent it to one of my friends and they haven’t given it back (unlikely as I asked all of them about it afterwards) or I’ve just lost it because, as with a lot of things that I lend to friends (or attempt to lend to friends) it went missing. Just like the title huh? So yeah I’m a bit miffed because I really wanted to reread it but oh well. I gave this book a 4.0 out of 5 stars because, well, it was fun! I would recommend it to anyone who loves mystery books but I do think that it may be a bit of a teen read as well so if you are a teenager who loves mystery novels then this is the book for you!

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you all next week!
Spike

New Review Technique and Late Book Review


Hey guys,

Sorry about not posting on Sunday, I was out all week and have been really busy with homework over the past week but seeing as I am literally not doing anything, I thought I would do another review. I have thought about ways that I could do reviews and here’s my idea:

So you know how I’ve been doing a year long book jar sort of thing, right? So I have typed up every book I have read this year to date and three bullet points to remind me about the story. Each Sunday, I pick a random piece from the jar and each one that I’ve reviewed get’s a little tick next to it. That is what I have planned to do this week so today’s review is…

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter!

Let’s get on with the review!

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Perfect Scoundrels cover

Book title: Perfect Scoundrels
Authors name: Ally Carter
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Date Published: February 5th 2013
Number of pages: 328 pages
Overall rating:

4.0 star

Blurb:

Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the son of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting-or stealing-whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy.

My Review:

Final book in the Heist Society series and I must make a little confession here. I didn’t read this series in order. I mean I read Heist Society in the school library and I never really thought much about it but after getting the final two for Christmas, I decided to read them obviously. I didn’t really pay much attention to the order so I read this one first. Just a tip, I didn’t really seem lost at all in this book. There are a few references to Uncommon Criminals (the previous book) but not too many.

I did enjoy this book. It was a great light read with to occasional twist and a lot of thick plot lines. I think this book was designed for twelve year olds so a little bit young for me but I still enjoyed it. There was a very strong depth to the characters that also helped to emphasise the story.

I didn’t like how they didn’t include much of a love interest. I mean it was there and it was still involved and all that but it left it on a sort of cliff hanger but not at the same time. Does this make any sense because I don’t really know how to put this into words? I mean the story line and main plot ended well but I found that the love interest could lead onto a new book or at least another short story to add into it. For example, they could get together and have another spy adventure together or it could flash forward a few years to where they have kids and teaching them to spy and so on. Just something to solve the mystery of this romance.

Overall, I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was a fun, light read and I would recommend it to practically anyone who enjoys spy novels.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you on Sunday!

Spike

If I Stay Book and Movie Review


Hey Everyone,
So a couple weeks ago, I finally finished reading If I Stay and went to watch the movie with one of my friends. I thought today I would do an If I Stay review before continuing with the old plans. So let’s get on with the review!

Book Review:
If I Stay cover
Book title: If I Stay
Authors name: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Date Published: April 2nd 2009
Number of pages: 201 pages
Overall rating:
4.0 star

Blurb:
Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?
Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

My Review:
In this book, Mia Hall is just a normal 17 year old teenage girl, with all the problems that comes along with that. In a split-second, her whole world begins crumbling around her and she’s faced with a sole choice that could make or break everyone around her.
I liked a lot of things about this book. I liked how the morale and the whole idea of the story is to highlight how fragile life is and how special every moment is. I liked the connection with all the characters and how real it all felt. I liked the memories and how special it all felt. This book added a really strong feeling about how special life is and how every moment should be lived as if it were your last. I liked how Adam and Mia’s love story wasn’t happy and perfect all the time and was more like a real life relationship.
If I’m honest, I didn’t find it as heart-breaking as all the reviews made it out to be. I loved the memories and I loved how special it felt but it felt more happy than heart-breaking. I find that it really helped to focus on living each moment as if it were my last.
I gave this book four stars out of five because I did love it but I didn’t think it was as sad as most people made it out to be.

Movie Review:
5.0 star

I loved this movie and I feel a little guilty in admitting that I found the movie better than the book. I loved the music that went into the movie. I feel that it accented the correct areas in the correct ways. I think that in the movie, the scenes flowed really well. I have to admit that I was tearing a lot in this movie, especially in the scene with Mia and her Granddad. That is all I shall say without any spoilers. The movie was very true to the book and I loved how I could tell exactly where we were in the book. My favourite scene was the bonfire scene. I like how the atmosphere was portrayed and how it was a bitter sweet scene.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!
Spike