Thursday, March 22, 2012

Review: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads summary:

 Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.

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.


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Last night I stayed late because I had just a few more pages left to finish the book. Afterwards I didn't want to go to sleep. My head was buzzing from all the thoughts that were racing trough my mind.
Ohh this is going to be hard not to include spoilers.. all I'm going to say is somehow connected to the description or it wont be something too revealing.
The book was amazing. No matter what some people may say, it was incredible.
There is something about the way Cassandra Clare writes her books... I don't know if it's the writing or the story itself, but every book connected to the shadowhunters is brilliant.
As many of you know the story is set back in 1878 and follows the life of Tessa Gray and Will and Jem... Of course there are more characters that take a huge part in the story like Charlotte and Henry, Jessamine and then there are Sophie, Thomas and Agatha. Those are all that live in the Institute, except Tessa, she's just a guest. And of course Nate...
Anyway, we meet Tessa as she was captured by the Dark sisters and that's were it all began. She didn't know anything about the Shadow world before they made her do thing she never imagined possible. They made her use a power she didn't know she had and they made her transform into other people.
Terrifying but she handled herself quite well, and she put up with everything in the fist chapter or two, just because she was scared about her brother...
And then there was Will. He is a lot like Jace just with dark hair and amazing blue eyes(kind of like Alex). He is arrogant and he can be pretty mean but there is a lot more to him that he lets anyone see. He is probably the most complex character so far because we know him and at the very same time we have no idea who he is. His behavior changes a lot and the only sure thing about him is that he loves his parabatai, Jem. They are like brothers and this is the strongest relationship Will has to anyone.
Jem on the other hand is completely opposite of Will. He is kind and sweet and a real gentleman. He has a secret of his own but we did get the chance to find what it is... I think he has a thing for Tessa but I can't be sure..
The time span of the book isn't very long.. a month or two... (or I've seriously missed some parts of the book :D... no I think it was about a month or two..) but as the days passed Tessa grew fond of the people that helped her escape the Dark sisters and that brought a different problem because when the time comes she has to choose a side... (ooh that sounded mysterious :D).
The ending was not big of a cliff-hanger but again I didn't have to wait for the next book. It was a disturbing end though. I would have liked it to end in a different way but in the same time I don't because this way is unique and I love it.
I enjoyed this book a lot. I don't know why I put it off for so long to read it, by now I should know that Clare's work is really great.
I started book 2 today at school.. I will be writing a review of it as soon as I finish it! 

I give it:
 You can find the book on Goodreads

And purchase it from: 

 The Book DepositoryAmazon, Barnes & Noble
Also find the author on Goodreads and her website.


 Until the next time,

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Review: Switched (The Trylle trilogy, #1) by Amanda Hocking

Goodreads summary:

When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.

Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…

I read the book like two weeks ago but I have so much on my mind now that I didn't have the time to sit down and try to write my review.
The book was amazing. It's the first book about trolls I've ever read so I was really happy to read a something so new for me.
The trylle a.k.a. the trolls(they hate it when you call them like that but oh.. I can't help it) are an interesting species and the main thing about them is that they are connected to the nature.
The way they look( always with auburn hair), their gifts(controlling the four elements in some way, or in very rare occasions the human mind and maybe seeing the future...) and the way they like to behave was very new and I loved it that Mrs Hocking described everything so well. I have a perfect picture in my mind about the Trylle world and the people in it.
The first book in the trilogy is the intro for young Wendy Everly into the trylle world and we got to experience everything with her.
She is a strong character that has been trough a lot and has come out of it more determent than anything to protect the ones she love and to fight for them.
Wendy is a girl that has to overcome a lot of obstacles in the book. She finds out that she has been switched at birth and placed in a family and that her own mother did it. Must be hard to find something like this out and learn to live with it.
I'm telling you a lot here but believe me when I tell you that this is nothing compared to the whole story. I haven't even mentioned Finn yet and he's a whole other level of cure and amazing even though he is not your normal sweet guy that comes and sweeps you off your feet. He is distant and times but then he is really nice and amazing and then he goes back to cold and with a strange look in his eyes. He is a complex character and I loved the scenes with him. He's basically a guard and a tracker, and he is in charge of finding the changelings(the switched children) and to bring them back to their homes where they belong.
The dynamics of the trylle world is very complex and I needed some time to understand everything but in the end it was worth it.
The end was a cliff hanger and it left me wanting the next book so much. I can't buy it right now and it kills me that I have to wait to see what happens now.
Nothing is set in stone and I believe there are a lot of twists and turns to come(even more than those I read in the first book) and I can't wait to get my hands on book two.
Switched is a book that sucks you into it's world and it has a hold over you for a very long time. I loved it and I recommend it to everyone who likes a little fantasy and a little magic in their life!!!


I give it:

You can find the book on Goodreads,

And purchase it from:

 The Book Depository, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
And you should check out the author on Goodreads and her website.

This book is also part of a three months challenge I participate in Goodreads. It's my number 4.
Here's a link to it if you want to join too, you still can: Quarterly Challenge #5 (March 2012 - May 2012)

Until the next time,

Saturday, March 17, 2012

It's been a long time...

Hello guys,
It's been a really long time(like two weeks) since I last wrote to you and I feel bad but I've been slammed with some many stuff and the weekend just isn't enough to catch up on all the interesting stuff.
I've got a test or and exam almost everyday this last two weeks and I'm really tired but tonight is a time to have fun. The company around me is so loud that I can't hear my thoughts but I have the time to write so I love it!!! :D
As you probably saw the winner of my giveaway is Heather M.  Congratulations Heather.
I contacted her and she responded, and I sent her the book! I hope she receives it soon and enjoys it.
Right now I'm reading the Clockwork angel and I love it and I can't wait to read Clockwork Prince...


I think that's it for now. I have some personal stuff going on and I hope everything turns out okay so fingers crossed for that.
I will be preparing a review post of Amanda Hocking's Switched and I'll try to post it tonight but nothing's for sure right now.
I hope I have more time to read and review, and I hope it doesn't takes me this long to post something!
Have a great day/night(wherever in the world you are) and feel free to comment on any post!

Until next time,

Thursday, March 1, 2012

18th Birthday giveaway!!!

Ok guys,
 as I promised I'm hosting my first ever giveaway. Next week on March 9th I'm turning 18 and I decided to give my extra copy of Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, to one lucky winner.

So here are some rules:
The giveaway is open to the countries in EU. So if you live anywhere in Europe you are good to go.
Must be 13 or older to enter.
It's mandatory to follow via GFC and to comment and there are a few extra entries.

I am not responsible in the book gets lost(it hasn't happened to me but it might.. so I will not be held responsible for that).

The giveaway starts at 12:01 on March 2nd and ends at 12:01am on March 10th.

Just fill the rafflecopter form.


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If you have any questions feel free to write me an email: bymyself.g@gmail.com

Have fun.