City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare : A review

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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The first thing that crosses my mind when I head ‘City of Ashes’ is Incest.I couldn’t help cringe at the incestuous relationship that Clary and Jace hold albeit it being very obvious that they aren’t siblings. Other than this, relationships between Alec-Magnus, Luke-Clary and Simon-Clary are endearing.

The villain , (so wrongly named), Valentine fails to elicit any kind of fear in the reader. I didn’t need an intricately drawn ‘novel’ fearless rune at all throughout the book. The far-fetched super-hidden powers of the protogonist seemed unreal; I mean, Clary takes one look at the Gray book and is suddenly inspired to be the Shadow-hunters’ personal Leonardo da Vinci ?? :/

The least Cassandra could have done is dedicate the interphase between the books 1 & 2 for the training of Clare, which seemingly nobody is bothered with.

As far as the narrative is concered , the abrubt breaking in dialogues gets irriating after a while. But if that is Clare’s style of writing…*shrug*.

Despite all the reasons mentioned above, I liked the twist of events and the slow(sometimes dragging) unraveling of the truth about the Mortal Instruments.

I did want to pick up the book and finish it. The imagery and the sarcasm in the book are worth the read.

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City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare : A review

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 2 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐
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meh :/

After the third book, it just feels like Cassandra is dragging the series. I don’t mind having a bit of Simon and Jordan and their teenage-adorable-boys’-thing but Clary-Jace has just become contrived romance.

I found myself skipping sessions of long, verbose dialogues clary has inside her head; it was inevitable. Maybe the focus could’ve shifted to Simon or Jordan 🙂

But I am still waiting for the last book to find out if Cassandra actually had an ulterior motive to tie us to a hook and drag us all around ennui-town for a reason.

Burned [House of Night #7] by P.C.Cast : A review

Burned (House of Night, #7)Burned by P.C. Cast
My rating: 4 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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Finally a good book from the House of Night series that is worthy of the time we spend reading it!

Burned was way better than the first 6 books (I can’t believe it took P.C.Cast 7 books to finally get it right!! ) in aspects like plot, narration and character depth.Every character was given a significant role in this book; even annoying ones like Heath.

I felt connected to what transpired in the ‘Otherworld’ between Heath and Zoey and could at last see what Zoey saw in that cute boyish self.

The plot was a hundred times better in this book; what with delving deeper into ancient magic and revealing elements of eternal balance viz. Light and Darkness was a good way to go.

I found it a little hard to follow the name and ways of the Queen of Isle of Women but I’m hoping we will get to know her better in the forthcoming books.

I don’t understand the part where the Queen takes Aphrodite’s bitchy-ness in a comical light-heartedness. C’mon a Queen who has been isolated from the rest of the world for ages, surrounded by the Best of the Best warriors taking sh*t from a teenage mortal girl ? Didn’t work for me.

Please continue this way and reduce the boyfriend drama and the stupid self obsession of Zoey. Let her grow and mature and act that way.

I do hope Rephaim chooses the good side and fights in Zoey’s battle against Kalona. Stevie Rae and Rephaim make such a good pair!!

I loved the balance of love, hatred, wit and plot twists this book had and hope this continues till the end of the series.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell : A review

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars ⭐ ⭐
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I don’t remember how I stumbled upon this book, but I remember having huge expectations for it.

The first thing that comes to mind about this book is the way the tone was fluctuating between adorable and fugly/creepy. Like a sinusoidal wave.

sinewave

Eleanor and Park are pretty much normal teens who slowly discover each other and fall in love. There is a mystery about Eleanor’s back story in the beginning which was nice. To read about a Korean guy in such a setting was interesting. Park looks like his life might be perfect but there are some major flaws too. These flaws were touched upon elegantly. The initial stages of getting to know one another, the little cutsie exchanges of phone numbers and comic books were the good parts.

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