Sorry I haven’t been around in a long time. I have been reading, but since I post all my updates and reviews on Goodreads, I tend to forget about my blog. I do hope to get back into blogging about the books that I am reading. I do have another blog for my crafting, and have been trying to get my business up and running, but I do hope to return to this one. 😀
478 pages, Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2010
Goodreads Synopsis: Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. Discover the riveting first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
My Thoughts: I thought it was a good book. It flowed beautifully. The action scenes were written in such a way that it felt like I was there watching. I thought the characters were great as well as the world building. Some of the characters I didn’t like too much, but it was written that way. Magnus Bane is my favorite character from Cassandra Clare, and while you get introduced to him in this book, he is not as involved as in the Mortal Instruments series, which I hope will change with the next book in this series.
I absolutely love that this is set in the 1800’s as this is one of my favorite time periods to read about when reading historical fiction. The whole steampunk aspect is wonderful with the automatons and the cogs and wheels. Really enjoyed this book.
112 pages, Scholastic, Inc., 2008
Goodreads Synopsis: Bestselling author Nancy Krulik takes an inside look at what it takes to survive middle school.
Jenny has been getting gifts, cards, and notes from a secret admirer. Who could the mystery boy be? While Jenny is dealing with her admirer, Rachel and Felicia stop speaking following a basketball game in which Rachel refused to pass the ball to Felicia, and then missed the winning basket. Felicia called Rachel a ball hog in front of everyone. Now the girls are both trying to get their friends to choose sides! Will Jenny figure out who her secret admirer is? And more importantly, will her friends ever speak to one another again?
My Thoughts: Poor Jenny has a secret admirer and she isn’t really into boys as boyfriends yet. Continuing with this series, Jenny gets caught up in having to sell Jelly Beans to people to raise funds for an environmental project her class is doing without being consulted by her ex-best friend Addie, who is her Vice-President. The Jelly Beans are to be sold at at the championship basketball game, in which two of Jenny’s best friends are playing in.
Fights ensue between everyone, and the Pops are loving in. Everyone is taking different sides. Amidst all this, Jenny finds herself with an unwanted secret admirer.
I read this one very quickly, but found it a bit flat. I enjoy the writing, and the characters, but the story, I just found a bit lacking. I’m not sure why. Since Jenny doesn’t like conflict and avoids fights, I find that she just comes off as someone who lets things just go with the flow, without standing up for yourself or others because of not wanting to draw attention to yourself. I get that, these being sixth grade kids, but I think that maybe with a little more positivity and self esteem, the story could become much more for the young readers who read these books looking for help.
192 pages, Harlequin, 2011
Goodreads Synopsis: An unexpected visitor was not something billionaire Mateo Celeca wanted to deal with on his vacation. Especially one as beautiful and mysterious as Bailey Ross. She claimed his grandmother had sent her, so he offered her a place to stay. But there was no way he was leaving his “guest” alone at his mansion. If Bailey needed a refuge, she’d come with him to Paris.
Being with Mateo soon made Bailey forget all the reasons she’d vowed to avoid romantic entanglements. But falling into bed with him could lead her dangerously close to revealing all her secrets and falling in love.
My Thoughts: I thought it was a good book. I would have liked more of a backstory to the characters, but it was good. It was fairly fast paced as most of these books are so I ended up reading it pretty much in one evening.
I loved that the male character, Mateo, is a philanthropist and gives back to the organization that helped him when he was little. It shows that not everyone who works hard for their money just wants to keep it all. I especially liked the ending, which was a little obvious, but still good.