That time I read the ENTIRE TMI and TID series…

There once was a time when a brave, brilliant, modest girl attempted acknowledgeable feat – rereading the first five books of The Mortal Instruments series and all three of The Infernal Devices books.

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Now who would dare attempt such a ridiculous feat? And why?
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Why, Olivia D’Bookcomet of course!
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Our admirable heroine needed to reread the books as she read all but Clockwork Princess two years ago and had forgotten everything. For, she needed to read the much anticipated City of Heavenly Fire!

Ok, ok. I’m done now. That may not seem like an incredible feat to most people (don’t worry, I was exaggerating). The point is, that all of those books are rather large. Like City of Heavenly Fire is 730 or so pages. I get burnt out reading loads of books normally in a series, which are usually trilogies and consist of books that are about 300 – 400 pages. Most of those books above are at least 500 pages and there are 9 of them (not including The Bane Chronicles).

I did have to take a break once and read The Winner’s Crime. But otherwise it was fine after I got to City of Fallen Angels because after City of Glass the books alternate with The Infernal Devices, which has a different storyline.

If you didn’t know, the recommended reading order is to read them in order of publication:

  1. City of Bones
  2. City of Ashes
  3. City of Glass
  4. Clockwork Angel
  5. City of Fallen Angels
  6. Clockwork Prince
  7. City of Lost Souls
  8. Clockwork Princess
  9. City of Heavenly Fire

So here is the review of the book I had been anticipating for TWO YEARS:

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City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

Publication date: May 28th 2014 (first published January 1st 2014)

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Number of pages: 733

Series: The Mortal Instruments (6#)

Genre: YA Fantasy

Source: Won. This is my honest opinion.

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Goodreads synopsis:

Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last instalment of the internationally bestselling The Mortal Instruments series.

Erchomai, Sebastian had said. I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat him – must they journey to another world to find the chance?

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Review:

How on Earth can I be expected to do this book justice?

The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices together make two of my favourite series of all-time. They make me feel so much and truly are amazing.

City of Heavenly Fire was especially intense. I was hooked all through the pages, scared of what was going to happen, completely unsure of what was going to happen. There were twists and I had absolutely no idea where the story was going to go prior to reading this but I can tell you now that it went in all the right directions. Plot twists were executed flawlessly and I am perfectly (well, almost) happy with the way it ended.

But I mean, you’d have to be. To have been so invested in a series so long, to be so attached to all the characters, the book has to end right. And I was terribly scared that I was going to be left an emotional wreck after some things happened, but it I could deal.

And that means something, considering that I’m not a book-crier, yet I was in tears more than once in this book. Like actual tears. And that never happens. I was so scared for the characters, and Cassandra Clare is not afraid to but you through pain, heartbreak, love, humour and all kinds of crazy emotions. After all, Clockwork Princess warned me about what her series conclusions could be like.

I feel like I know the characters so well. I could never forget them and I was genuinely scared for them. As in willing Cassandra Clare not to kill them off. I won’t say if anyone died. I have never been tempted to peek at the ending of a book before, but this time I felt it. I didn’t of course, because someone walked in the room thankfully and I begged them to tell me off for even thinking that.

I also loved the inclusion of some cross-over characters from the other series. And I loved how we were introduced to Emma Carstairs who will have her series in what now seems to be 2016. I am not the biggest fan of 12 year old Emma, to be honest, so let’s hope 17 year old Emma is more likeable. Then her next spin-off series comes in 2017. Oh the pain of the wait.

One thing that did begin to bug me a bit was how much Cassandra Clare writes the word ‘ichor’. I’ll admit, it is a pretty cool word, but it’s used in both of her series, in all her books. It could be worse, though.

I’m going to cut my review here though. I could go on forever about how brilliant it is but I want to keep my review spoiler-free and I can not possibly do this book justice anyway.

If you haven’t read this series (or The Infernal Devices), make it your next book.

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Bye, bye Earth! Out of this world!

Add City of Heavenly Fire to Goodreads

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Goodreads author bio:

Cassandra ClareCassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

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Please, if you haven’t read this series, do. It really is amazing. I love it so much. And while you’re at it, read The Infernal Devices.

I’ll link you to my previous reviews on Goodreads, but don’t get too excited. I wrote most of them two years ago and this morning I realised two didn’t even have reviews, so I added a sentence or two. But here you go:

And so I’m super excited to get started on The Bane Chronicles! In about five minutes. Although I hope to have finished it by the time this post goes up.

Have you read The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices? Did you love them or could you take it or leave it? Are you excited for the two new Shadowhunter series coming out?

Mortal Instruments build up:

I can’t believe I haven’t seen anyone do this! Well since there are three days until the release of The City of Bones movie, I thought I’d do a special post each day! Each post will be bigger and better, especially the one on the release date!

Today’s post is going to be a review of…Shadow Hunters and Downworlders!

Shadow Hunters and Downworlders: A Reader edited by Cassandra Clare

Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader

Publication date: January 29th 2013

Publisher: SmartPop

Number of pages: 198

Series: N/A

Source: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley

Goodreads synopsis:

Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, epic urban fantasy set in a richly imagined world of shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves, fairies, and more, has captured the imaginations and loyalty of hundreds of thousands of YA readers. Originally a trilogy (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass), the series has extended to six titles, plus a prequel trilogy, the Infernal Devices, and a planned sequel series, the Dark Artifices. A feature film is planned for 2013.

Shadowhunters and Downworlders, edited by Clare (who provides an introduction to the book and to each piece), is a collection of YA authors writing about the series and its world.

Authors Who Contributed:
Holly Black / Kendare Blake / Gwenda Bond / Sarah Rees Brennan / Rachel Caine / Sarah Cross / Kami Garcia / Michelle Hodkin / Kelly Link / Kate Milford / Diana Peterfreund / Sara Ryan / Scott Tracey / Robin Wasserman

My review:

Put it this way, I had no idea what to rate this. In fact, I still don’t know. I liked something but really didn’t like others.

The things I liked:

– It was FANTASTIC to be taken back into the world of City of Bones.It kind of served partially as a memory jogger.
– The way the authors who wrote an essay for the book talked about the world as if it really existed. They spoke passionately and made it seem…real.
– Some of the authors mentioned things I hadn’t noticed while reading the books. It made me think about some topics I hadn’t even given a second thought to before.
– It was really really interesting. I learnt new things about a couple of authors and the Mortal Instruments series.

What I didn’t really like:

– I found this book to be so, so boring. If I could have I probably would have read this in sections rather than all at once. But on a kindle it is a bit difficult to do so and I read this as part of a blog challenge readathon, so I was on a time limit.

The boring factor was the downfall for me. A couple of essays were just a little too long and I lost interest very quickly.

But I have had an idea that I would like to stick to: to read a book by every author in the book. I enjoy quite a few, my favourite was probably the last essay. Really funny.

I would recommend this to fans of The Mortal Instruments series – a perfect way to get back in the Mortal Instruments world before the movie is released.

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Goodreads Cassandra Clare Bio:

Cassandra ClareCassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

 

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Arcs finished – 7

Total pages – not sure until one book is released

Just finished – Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader

Currently reading – When the World was Flat (And We Were in Love)

Up next – Sia

 

Counting the Stars 16#

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You know what this means? Four months! Woohoo!

Counting the Stars is a meme hosted here at Bookcomet which allows you to share what books you acquired, what you read and events that you have going on during the coming week! Go ahead and join in!

The rules:

  • Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it)
  • Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!
  • Try to post titles under at least a few of the catergories below

Books I bought:

None. I thought I was going to have to because I won a sequel but guess what? The first book when back to free! Yay!

  • Kiss of Fire by Rebecca EthingtonKiss of Fire (Imdalind #1)

Gifted:

Won:

I won something last week and it came through this week.

  • Eyes of Ember by Rebecca EthingtonEyes of Ember (Imdalind #2)

For review:

I think I have kind of defeated the point of Arc August. Arc August is to make a dent in your arc pile. Unfortunately mine is still building up.

  • The Delphi Deception by Chris EverheartThe Delphi Deception (The Delphi Trilogy #2)
  • Present Company by R. M. PrioleauPresent Company
  • Feyland: The Dark Realm by Anthea SharpFeyland: The Dark Realm
  • Fields of Elysium by A. B. WhelanFields of Elysium (Fields of Elysium, #1)
  • Reign of Blood by Alexia PurdyReign of Blood (Reign of Blood, #1)
  • Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda HooperTangled Tides (The Sea Monster Memoirs, #1) (I hope it’s as good as Grasping at Eternity)
  • Reveal by Brina CourtneyReveal (Cryptid Tales, #1)

Read and reviewed:

Ok, this is kind of pitiful. I read less than I get arcs. My only defense is that I am having a busy week.

  • Defiance by C. J. RedwinDefiance (Defiance, #1)
  • Wavecrossed by Andrea Colt Wavecrossed
  • Shadow Hunters and Downworlders: A Reader edited by Cassandra Clare (review to be written)Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader

Library:

  • Sanctuary by Sarah FineSanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands, #1)

To be read:

  • Silent Echo by Elisa FreilichSilent Echo: A Siren's Tale
  • Present Compay by R. M. PrioleauPresent Company
  • Behind Barres by Miriam Wenger-Landis, Amanda Brice and Leslie DuBoisBehind Barres

Currently reading:

  • When the World was Flat (and we were in love) by Ingrid JonachWhen the World was Flat (And We Were in Love)

 

Counting the Stars 15#

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Counting the Stars is a meme hosted here at Bookcomet which allows you to share what books you acquired, what you read and events that you have going on during the coming week! Go ahead and join in!

The rules:

  • Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it)
  • Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!
  • Try to post titles under at least a few of the catergories below

Books I bought:

Ok, so this section may be empty this week but next week it will probably not be.

But I got a freebie:

  • Lark by Erica CopeLark (Lark #1)

Gifted:

Won:

Yes! I finally won something – for the first time since starting up this blog! I will show it next week when it arrives.

For review:

  • The Commodore’s Daughter by Jamie BrazilThe Commodore's Daughter
  • The Girl Who Played Chess With an Angel by Tessa Apa
  • Waiting on the Sidelines by Ginger ScottWaiting on the Sidelines
  • The Pentrals by Crystal MackThe Pentrals (The Pentrals, #1)
  • Bzrk: Reloaded by Michael GrantBZRK Reloaded (BZRK, #2)
  • IXEOS by Jennings WrightIxeos (Ixeos Trilogy, #1)
  • Monsters by Isla J. BickMonsters (Ashes Trilogy, #3)

Read and reviewed:

I did not read half as much as I wanted to.

  • The Perpetual Motion Club by Sue LangeThe Perpetual Motion Club
  • Water by Natasha HardyWater

Read, review to be posted:

I’m posting this straight after this! Keep a lookout, it’s a little different from my normal reviews…

  • All Our Yesterdays by Cristin TerillAll Our Yesterdays

Library:

  • Paper Valentine by Brenna YovanoffPaper Valentine

To be read:

  • Wavecrossed by Andrea ColtWavecrossed
  • Shadow Hunters and Downworlders by Cassandra ClareShadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader
  • When the World Was Flat (and we were in love) by Ingrid JonachWhen the World was Flat (And We Were in Love)
  • Silent Echo by Elisa FreilichSilent Echo: A Siren's Tale

Currently reading:

  • Defiance by C. J. Redwine (still going!)Defiance (Defiance, #1)
  • The False Prince by Jennifer A. NielsenThe False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)

 

Counting the Stars 14#

counting the stars

Counting the Stars is a meme hosted here at Bookcomet which allows you to share what books you acquired, what you read and events that you have going on during the coming week! Go ahead and join in!

The rules:

  • Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it)
  • Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!
  • Try to post titles under at least a few of the catergories below

Books I bought:

Zero. Tempting as it was…

Gifted:

Won:

For review:

  • The Scar Boys by Len VlahosThe Scar Boys
  • The Shadow Prince by Bree DespainThe Shadow Prince (Into the Dark #1)
  • Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie AdamsNot Pretty Enough
  • Wavecrossed by Andrea ColtWavecrossed
  • Quintspinner by Dianne GreenlayQuintspinner: A Pirate's Quest
  • Behind Barres by Miriam Wenger-Landis, Amanda Brice and Leslie DuBoisBehind Barres
  • 4 to 16 Characters by Kelly Hourihan4 to 16 Characters

Read and reviewed:

I just could not get into any books I was reading. Unfortunately I DNF a couple but ended up with some really good reads.

  • Slumber by Tamara BlakeSlumber
  • End Dayz by Kellie SheridanEnd Dayz (The Hitchhiker Strain, #0.5)
  • The Weight of Souls by Bryony PearceThe Weight of Souls

To be read:

At a guess because it’s Arc August and all…

  • Water by Natasha HardyWater
  • Wavecrossed by Andrea ColtWavecrossed
  • All Our Yesterdays by Cristin TerillAll Our Yesterdays
  • Shadow Hunters and Downworlders by Cassandra ClareShadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader

Currently reading:

Another reason why I did not read much – I have to many books on the go at the moment!

  • The Perpetual Motion Club by Sue LangeThe Perpetual Motion Club
  • Defiance by C. J. RedwineDefiance (Defiance, #1)
  • The Official Twilight Guide by Stephenie MeyerThe Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide
  • The False Prince by Jennifer A. NielsenThe False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)

This week look out for…

  • Awakening cover reveal
  • Chaos cover reveal

 

Counting the Stars 11#

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Hi guys! Hope you had an awesome week! For those of you who don’t know, this is a meme hosted here at bookcomet where you remember the week.

Rules:

  • Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it)
  • Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!
  • Try to post titles under at least a few of the catergories below

Books I bought:

If you read my post last week, you will know that I was going to buy another book after finishing the post. But, I didn’t end up buying just one book. I bought FIVE. I plan on showing them hopefully next week if they arrive in time.

I did, however, get a freebie on my kindle.

  • The Realm: Secrets Unlocked by Lindsey K. RietzschSecrets Unlocked (The Realm, #1)

Gifted:

  • The Summoning by Kelley ArmstrongThe Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)

I was so excited to get this in the mail. I wish it had come sooner because I wanted to read it for Once Upon a Read-a-Thon but never mind.

Won:

For review:

From the author:

  • You Are Mine by Janeal FalorYou Are Mine (Mine, #1)

Read to review:

  • Fire Country by David EstesFire Country (The Country Saga, #1)

Via Netgalley:

  • Shadow of Time by Jen MinkmanShadow of Time
  • Sideshow of Merit by Nicole PietschSideshow of Merit
  • Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda HooperGrasping at Eternity (The Kindrily, #1)
  • Shadow Hunters and Downworlders edited by Cassandra ClareShadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader
  • The Guardians by T. M. FranklinThe Guardians  (More, #2)

Read and reviewed:

  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra ClareClockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)
  • The Selection by Kiera CassThe Selection (The Selection, #1)
  • Unearthly by Cynthia HandUnearthly (Unearthly, #1)
  • Fire Country by David EstesFire Country (The Country Saga, #1)
  • You Are Mine by Janeal FalorYou Are Mine (Mine, #1)

Read and reviewed, yet to be posted:

  • Ink Exchange by Melissa MarrInk Exchange (Wicked Lovely, #2)
  • Fragile Eternity by Melissa MarrFragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, #3)

Library:

To be read:

  • The Summoning by Kelley ArmstrongThe Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)
  • Radiant Shadows by Melissa MarrRadiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely, #4)
  • Heist Society by Ally CarterHeist Society (Heist Society, #1)
  • Darkest Mercy by Melissa MarrDarkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely, #5)

Currently reading:

  • Struck by Jennifer Bosworth (on page 150)Struck (Struck, #1)

 

Arc August!

This is an event in which you tackle that pile of arcs building up during August. Trust me, I NEED to do this. Octavia at Read. Sleep. Repeat is hosting this and giving away a $20 gift card to one lucky participant. So go on, sign up.

There is a slight problem. I have more arcs than I can possibly read in a month. But at least this amazing event can help me out a little. I have decided to pick random arcs to read, in no particular order of preference – just random!

I am aiming quite high for myself to read 12 arcs during  August:

This list is definitely subject to change:

  • Slumber by Tamara Blake
  • End Dayz by Kellie Sheridan
  • Fae by C. J. Abedi
  • Shadow Hunters and Downworlders by quite a few different writers. Edited by Cassandra Clare. 
  • More by  T. M. Franklin
  • Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper
  • The Guardians by T. M. Franklin
  • Sideshow of Merit by Nicole Pietsch
  • The Genesis by K. L. Kerr
  • Deadly Designs by Dale Mayer
  • Lives of Magic by Lucy Leiderman
  • The Wrong Girl by C. J. Archer