*This review may inadvertently contain spoilers if you have not read the previous 4 books)
In City Of Lost Souls, Jace is just gone. After the battle of the last book and Lilith’s dark magic, Clary finds nothing but an empty room. Perhaps just as disturbing and if not even more so, Sebastians body is gone as well. It appears that Lilith has bound the two together – you can not harm one, without harming the other. Death for one, means death for both.
As the Clave is planning a search and destroy mission for Sebastien, Clary, Simon, Alec, Isabelle, and Magnus are trying to figure out how to find Jace and a way to separate the dark magic off of him before he is killed. When Clary discovers a way to get to where Jace is, she knows she is offering up her own life as well as Jace is not who he once was. Now under the control of a powerful magic, Jace has a new agenda that will with the manipulation of Sebastian, destroy everything.
How far do you go for love? And if there is a line… where is it?
Holy twinkies this was good reading! I fell right into page one and hid from the world until I could finish this amazing book. Cassandra Clare does not weaken in her writing as the books go on, if anything, like any good series, they become even better, more powerful and ugh….. what am I going to do until that 6th and final book comes out in May????
If you are looking for an amazing series that I could honestly say can enter into my “books that come close to my love of the Harry Potter books”… this is your series. If you know my total love and obsession for all things Harry Potter, you know that these are words I do not take lightly. WOW oh WOW.
This week, the first book in this series, City Of Bones, came out in DVD. The movie is fantastic! My advice… it is winter and at least in my area of the world… winter is LONG. Pick up these books…. enjoy that first movie and please please please, join me in the world of The Immortal Instruments.
Previous books in this series and the reviews:
City Of Bones (the only one I listened to on audio)
Tana lives in a futuristic world. There are humans, like Tana, and their are the dead… vampires, that live in walled cities called Coldtown. The Coldtown occupants are safe from others and can live as normal a life as possible surrounded by their kind, the undead.
One morning, after a crazy happening party with her friends, Tana wakes up to find everyone dead. Among the massacre she finds her ex boyfriend in the throws of being turned into a vampire, and another strange quiet boy hiding in a room. The three of them set off for Coldtown in hopes that Tana may be able to save them.
Eep. I really was thinking I would like this one a lot and that turned out not to be true. I found as I listened to this one on audio that I could not get a good feel for any of the characters. There was no one I wanted to say “I got your back!” to. It just left me feeling kind of ….
As I thought through this I think I have come to the conclusion that I like my vampire books more like Twilight. I know some of you just groaned and that’s ok. :razz: I admit it, I like my vampires to be just like us, looking like us, and still remaining cute and sociable and the whole “I like blood” thing takes a back seat. When you make the blood and gore the center of the story…. I lose interest… (and quite possibly my lunch).
So that is my take on the book, or in this case, audio – but I know others have loved it so look for other opinions on this one. My squeam level just couldn’t handle it.
Check out these other thoughts on the book:
Say what you will about Patterson, the Michael Bennett series has me waiting anxiously for each book!
Michael Bennett missed New York. He misses the ability to pick up a hot slice of pizza at any time, day or night. He misses the hustle and bustle of a fast life, and heck, he even misses the noise. Yet as he looks around the room at his ten adopted children, grandfather Seamus, and the kids live in nanny Mary Catherine, he knows this is the way it needs to be.
Due to recent events and a mad man still on the loose, Michael and his family have been relocated (compliments of the witness protection program and the FBI) to a rural farm area in California. It’s big, it’s secluded, and God willing, it is safe.
Now, big name crime guys are being killed off in bizarre and horrifying ways. What is happening is unthinkable,clearly the work of a mad man and Bennett knows that these crimes reek of Manuel Perrine, the same man who is after Bennett and his family. A choice needs to be made, does Michael stay on the farm like a sitting duck waiting for Perrine to track him down, or does he go back to work and do what he is best at… getting the bad guy before he gets him?
Oof ta. I do love me the Michael Bennett series. I have praised these books before. While they do have essence of James Patterson, author Michael Ledwidge must be the difference in these books. This series follows a great story line… a New York detective, single after losing his wife to cancer, his ten adopted children of various ages, his Pastoral grandfather who lives with them and keeps it real, and the nanny, the sweet Irish gal names Mary Catherine who is the glue that holds it all together.
Gone is another great listen. I enjoy Patterson’s books on audio immensely as he adds sound effects (gun shots, tires screeching, doors slamming…) that never come off as cheesy, but instead make my heart pound.
I highly recommend these books on audio.
for reviews on the other books in this series:
(Fast listens on audio and highly engaging – I encourage you to give Step On A Crack a try and see if you are not hooked. :D)
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Alice Love has it all. She married the cute guy. She found the home of her dreams. And now at 29 years old she is and Nick are so excited for the birth of their first child.
Then she wakes up in the hospital and they tell her it is not 1998, but 2008. That sweet precious baby she couldn’t wait to meet, is now a somewhat snarky ten year old. Her sister who she has always adored, comes to be by her side but she can feel that their is a distance between them. And her amazing husband Nick is fighting her for part time custody of the kids.
Uhhhh… What just happened?
Now close to 40 years old, Alice learns that she had taken a nasty fall at the gym. The gym? She hates the gym! The girl (woman?) in the mirror looks tired, and not the easy going Alice she remembered being. She is told that she does not just have the one child, but three. Wha….
After my recent adventures with author Liane Moriarty in The Husband’s Secret, I was so impressed with her pace of a book and her subject matter that could come off as serious but thanks to a fun writing style actually comes off as lighter and a little funny at times, I dove right into What Alice Forgot.
What Alice Forgot can be described as brilliant. It’s a fun concept, if not at all time realistic, it makes up for it in funny, smart moments. I enjoyed how the story unfolds a little at a time with Alice’s memories of what was, and then the present. I found it hard to stop listening because I wanted to know what was going to happen when she got her memory back... if she got her memory back…. SHE HAD TO GET HER MEMORY BACK!
The Alice she was ten years ago and the Alice she has become collide in ways that can possibly be considered a “do over”. Alice’s head injury takes her back ten years and when a softer, more easy going Alice is presented to the world through this… really anything is possible. Right?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have my eye out for other books from this author. The Hypnotist’s Love Story comes out mid 2014 and you can bet I am watching for that one.
It is early 1978, North Carolina. An 11 year old boy, his father, grandfather, and a family friend are arriving at the families remote hunting property for a weekend of male pondering around the deer hunting season. For the boy, this is his first year that he is allowed to hunt with the men. He is ecstatic to be counted as one of them. This is his year.
A poacher is seen on the property in the distance. And the boy, even unknown to himself as to why, yet filled with the adrenaline of a hunt to begin aims his rifle and shoots.
The poacher falls.
And the world for this group of hunters explodes into a whole new unknown world of accusations, fear, family loyalty, untrust, and for the boy….
A friend of mine had read Goat Mountain. Her thoughts on this book brought it to my attention because it was different than anything I had read before. So I found this one on audio and here are my thoughts.
Goat Mountain is a beautiful listen. Yet it is also terrifying and disturbing. As the events unravel over a weekends hunting trip, a fathers anguish, a grandfathers harsh words, the friends panic, but most disturbing – the young boys lack of…
Where this book may have been a win, I found it confusing that this story is being told by the boy many years later, although we are never given a glimpse of what happened between the accident weekend and the current time of the book. Goat Mountain is about a hunting weekend, and I felt that if it was going to be about an event that happened years prior, it should have had something to bond the incident to the current time. Perhaps to others this makes perfect sense, but when it ended it felt to me to be unfinished.
I wish it would have left me with a better feeling but instead I felt as disjointed as the book came to be.
When once asked what advice Corey Feldman would give to parents who are raising kids in the industry he replied, get them out of Hollywood and let them lead normal lives.
Corey’s career began at three when he was in a McDonald’s commercial. His older sister Mindy was is the Mickey Mouse Club and one day someone heard Corey’s gravely voice while he was on his sisters set and he was hired as the voice of the fox in the Fox and The Hound. From there Corey as he grew launched into larger roles and starred as a teen in The Goonies, Gremlins, Friday The 13th and Stand By Me. He built a strong lifelong friendship with Corey Haim when they started appearing in the same movies such as The Lost Boys, License To Drive, and Dream A Little Dream.
While some may think having the opportunities of being a teen star is glamorous, Corey, in his memoir paints quite a different picture. A verbally and mentally abusive mom took all of his earnings and cost him more than one job. His father was not much better, acting as his manager in Corey’s teen years and costing him larger roles by making Corey accept the smaller easy money roles. When Corey put his foot down and told his dad that he could no longer manage him, his father kicked him out.
Corey falls into the traps of Hollywood with drugs and alcohol and even abusive sex. Told in a matter of fact way, Corey Feldman owns up to all of his past failures, painting quite a different picture than the one that we see on the screen. When Corey Haim his friend of many years dies at the age of 38, Corey Feldman speaks strongly about the causes and rumors surrounding Haim’s death.
An amazing memoir of strength and courage.
I grew up with the movies that both Corey Feldman and Corey Haim starred in. Watching them on-screen they looked like your typical fun-loving teenagers and as a teen myself, I wished I could hang out with them. Now, after listening to Corey Feldman’s memoir…. no way I should have wanted to hang out with them! The things that they both went through is enough to make anyone sick and angry…. both boys really were lost boys.
At first I thought it was a little odd that Feldman talks so much about Haim and what his life was like in this memoir. After I thought about it I feel that they were both so close, and Feldman probably knew Haim better than almost anyone. Haim never got to share his story. He wanted to… he just ran out of time. To hear Feldman stick up for his friend when he was sexually abused, rumored to have been gay, and a drug addict is heart breaking.
I flew through this audio. Read by Corey Feldman himself, I found the behind the scenes movie antics to be fun as that was what I like to know about in this memoirs of actors and actresses. Really though, the childhood, the growing up and all the things we do not see, is what breathes life into the story. So often you hear about these child stars lives at home and you are shocked. Corey’s is no exception. This memoir is brutally honest and I for one am glad to know Corey’s story.
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has a reputation to protect. The other women in her town after all look up to her. She organizes many of the school functions, is always around to help where needed, and you did not even know you needed Tupperware until you attend one of Cecelia’s parties… and then you don’t know how you lived without it. She has three wonderful daughters and a handsome husband. What more could she want? Then while looking around the attic she finds a letter from her husband sealed and saying to only open in the event of his death. And suddenly everything Cecelia thought was right in her life is turned upside down.
Tess O’Leary loves her job and the fact that she is able to work beside her husband Will, and her cousin and best friend Felicity. Then Felicity, who was always a bit heavy loves a significant amount of weight and along with Will, approaches Tess about their love for one another. Stunned, Tess packs up her son Liam and goes to live with her mother in Sydney.
Rachel Crowley is a school secretary. She loves being around children even though she lost her own daughter over 25 years ago to a murder that was never solved. When new evidence turns up, Rachel has to decide if she can wait for the police to take action or will the anger and pain of all these years cause her to do the unthinkable.
These three women’s lives will intertwine in ways they do not see coming. Through friendships and connections, the Husband’s Secret is not to be missed.
I listened to this book on audio and once it started, I had a hard time shutting it off! Caroline Lee was an amazing narrator, she made the book come alive with each of the voices of the full cast of characters. In an almost fun and snarky tone, I fell in live with this book through the narration. It was just a lot of fun to listen to!
The Husband’s Secret was delightful, fast paced, and while dealing with serious subjects, it never came off as heavy. I have heard the book is great, but audio listeners know that the audio is pretty fantastic too.
Note: Because I enjoyed this book so much, I am currently downloading What Alice Forgot, by this same author.
Book 4 (May contain (inadvertently) spoilers)
Finally things are coming together. The war is over. Clary’s mom is not only safe and home, but also preparing to marry the love of her life. Even Clary herself is in love, real love, now that it has been proven that Jace is not her brother after all. Even Simon who has become a little hotter, a little more self-assured in his new vampire physic, is attracting a few prospects of his own.
Yet nothing ever stays calm and soon Shadow Hunters are being murdered in New York. Tensions run high between the Downworlders and Shadow Hunters as each wonders now that Valentine is gone, who could possibly be behind these killings? Is it followers of Valentine? And then there is Jace, finally he and Clary have what they both had dreamed of and yet he seems to be pulling away. Clary is so confused – he claims to love her so much it hurts but then why it is every time they get close he pulls away. Far away.
As Clary and Jace deal with what is happening between them, Simon is trying hard to avoid what all vampires seem to cave in to… and his thirst just grows stronger and more uncontrollable every day. When a baby shows up at the hospital with claws for hands and black pits for eyes, something bigger than their own problems seems to be taking form….
Holy smokes! I read this one in its entirety while on vacation in Florida. Read that sentence again. I read this book while on a three-day Florida vacation packed with things to do and places to see. That is how awesome this book is. I read it in the morning while at the hotel breakfast and again at night when I was so tired I could hardly keep my eyes open. And I read a big chunk of it on the plane. I could not put it down …
and when it ended…
I could not wait to get my hands on the next one.
As Jace and Clary have now made it to boyfriend and girlfriend – what we had all (ok – me) been hoping for comes to reality only to seem to be ripped away as soon as it happens. While this may be a familiar scene in books of this genre – be sure that Cassandra Clare has put a spin on things to make it unique and page turning all at once. And with Simon’s battle of who and what he is you got to feel for him, I mean… a guys got to eat right?
Another solid delivery, Cassandra Clare takes us to yet another level of her world that is breathtaking and fast paced. How I long to add Shadow Hunter to my bucket list of things to do…..
Book 3: Clary’s mom has been in a coma for a long time and answers are finally starting to fall into place as to why she will not wake up. To get to the bottom of what is going on with her mom, Clary, Jace, Alex, and Isabelle must go to to the City Of Glass which is said to be an unwelcoming place and dangerous. Simon must stay behind because vampires are frowned upon and one that can withstand daylight would be all the more insulting to those who dwell in the City.
As Clary works to try to figure out her past, a friendship comes in the form of Sebastian, a good looking Shadow Hunter who seems to understand Clary. Downworlders and Shadow Hunters class are required to work together on what seems to be reaching epic battle proportions – but the underlying questions is can these two groups come together when they are worlds apart?
And can Clary stay strong as Jace moves on with another girl leaving her to come to face to face with the fact that is all she can ever have of him is his friendship.
So mid series I am still at a WOW level. I simply love the characters and Jace… well…. see the City Of Bones movie and tell me if you can think of Jace any other way. ;) (Just saying…). Simon is as always a great addition to the books (way to go Cassandra Clare!) He adds that mix of dorky loyalty that levels out the book from all the hotness those Shadow Hunters provide! But stay tuned future Mortal Instrument readers, Simon also comes into his own and this book is an excellent example of that.
Get ready to join in the battle as it is a GOOD one!
Life… once resembled normal for Clary. She was a typical teenager hanging out with her best friend Simon. But now everything seems goofy. Simon, now seems to be more than a friend… and of course that is because Jace, who really holds her heart… has been relieved to be her brother. Clary wishes it would all just go back to what life was…
but not really.
At least Jace is part of her life, even if it can not be in the way she wishes. And the Shadowhunter world is both strange and exhilarating all at once. With her mom still in a coma, and Downworlders being murdered by who knows who or what, there is not a lot of time to dwell on what was…
In a word: Yippy!
I moved on to this book not after reading book one (City of Bones), which was an “eh” audio listen for me, but instead, after I seen the City Of Bones movie. Yowza. Once I could see what was happening I could not wait to dive into this book and give the Mortal Instrument series another go.
Results? Fantabulous! (*My word.) Seeing the movie gave me the kick-start I needed to visualize what was happening in this world of Shadow Hunters, Downworlders, Demons, and other things that go bump in the night. I flew through this book loving the world that Cassandra Clare has created and thirsting for more. I do not think I have been this excited about a fantasy series since dare I say…. Harry Potter?
My recommendation: dig in. There are 5 books in the series but they are so engrossing you will fly through them. I have. And loved every minute of it.