Thursday, June 30, 2011

Week 2 of YA Audio Sync!

 It's Week #2 of Audiobook Communities YA Audiobook Sync!
Details:
I've posted before about Audiobook Community's summer YA audiobook giveaway.

Here are some basic details again:

You can sign up for text messages reminding you to download the new title - which will be very helpful since I would forget about it last year until the last day it was available.

Text syncya to 25827 to receive text alerts about all the featured titles.

So, how it works. Every week they will be offering two free audiobooks - a newer YA paired with a classic.

This week's title is:
Available June 30 - July 6
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
The Trial by Franz Kafka

Make sure to head over to Audiobook Sync and download them this week! 
 
If you want more info, click on over to the Sync Information Page. There are some great resources there to help you out with promoting the event.
 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Review: Divergent

Divergent (Divergent Trilogy)
Veronica Roth
Published: May 3, 2011
ARC from Pam at Bookalicious

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
- Goodreads


I received an ARC of this thanks to Pam over at Bookalicious who is amazing at sharing books with other bloggers. I was DYING to read this book - and then I just kept putting it off. I don't really know why either. I had heard nothing but amazing things about this book but I just never picked it up. When I finally did - OMG. I could not put it down. I loved this book so much. One of my top 5 favorites of the year for sure. I love dystopian, adventure, hot love story - and this book had it all and then some. 


We find our main character Beatrice, or Tris as she becomes known, having to choose which faction she will be in - Candor, Abnegation (her parents faction), Dauntless, Amity, or Erudite. Tris has never felt like she belongs in Abnegation and when she takes the test that is suppose to determine which faction she belongs in - she comes up Divergent, meaning she has characteristics of several factions. This makes the choice harder for Tris but she goes with her gut and chooses Dauntless, the brave. 


When Tris goes to Dauntless she and the rest of the recruits are put through a number of tests and trials to determine who will stay and who will become factionless. Throughout the book, Tris must face ruthless opponents, terrifying situations, and a blooming romance.

There was so much greatness in this book. First, I loved Tris. She is tough but is always loyal - even if it means getting on the wrong side of initiates who would do anything to stay in the faction. As the story progresses, we get to see Tris develop and become Dauntless - the most opposite faction from Abnegation as you can get. 


The main boy in the book, Four, is heart-throb-delicious. I just loved him. At first you're not sure how to take him or what to expect from him. Once his character is developed you just fall in love with him. I would definitely want him on my side in a fight, for sure! And even when he's not suppose to,  when it could get him in trouble - he protects Tris as best he can. 


The story is action packed and I loved the world that Roth created. She did such a great job of setting up each faction - and giving the reader an idea of what is behind them. And the fight scenes she writes are epic. I felt like I was watching, not just reading, the scenes. I could see it playing out and was immersed in the world. 

So, if you haven't read Divergent you - get on it! It is amazing and well worth your time. I can't wait for the second book, Insurgent, to come out and see what happens with the characters next!

Monday, June 27, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Journey!
It's a great way to share what you read the past week, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to read next! It's been a few weeks since I posted this so I'm going to play catch up today!
 
Finished Reading (the last couple weeks):  
25. Die for Me by Amy Plum
26. Tomorrow Girls: Behind the Gates by Eva Gray
27. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
28. The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
29. Juniper Berry by M. P. Kozlowsky
30. This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer
31. Hourglass by Myra McEntire 
32. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 
 
Currently Reading:
Graceling by Kristin Cashore (audiobook)
Liesel and Po by Lauren Oliver

Up Next:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Red Glove by Holly Black (audiobook)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

In My Mailbox #30

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.
 
Thanks to Katie @ Katie's Book Blog, Nikki @ Wicked Awesome Books, Kimberly @ Stacked, Armchair BEA, Simon and Schuster, Henry Holt, and Penguin!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Quick Review: Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies: A Novel
Isaac Marion
Published: April 26, 2011
Received from Simon and Schuster

A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Not just another zombie novel, Warm Bodies is funny, scary, and deeply moving.
- Goodreads



Warm Bodies is a adult novel about a zombie named R who eats a human boy and falls in love with that boy's girlfriend through his memories. He then proceeds to take care of her and keep her alive.

This is such a different take on a zombie story - who has heard of a zombie falling in love and not eating a human that is close to them? But Marion takes a totally different approach to the zombie story and does an amazing job with it. You know that R is a zombie and you still fall for him - you want him to get better even though you know that that isn't likely. 


Being a zombie book, there were, of course, some OMG that's nasty! moments but it is so much more than that. From the beginning, you are rooting for R and hoping that he can some how have it all - everything he's lost when he became a zombie.


This is a great book. Maggie Stiefvater recommended this book on her blog and I didn't hesitate to pick it up and read it when it came in the mail. Full of hope and love and comedy this is one that you shouldn't miss.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sync YA Audio Books!


I've posted before about Audiobook Community's summer YA audiobook giveaway.

Here are some basic details again:

You can sign up for text messages reminding you to download the new title - which will be very helpful since I would forget about it last year until the last day it was available.

Text syncya to 25827 to receive text alerts about all the featured titles.

So, how it works. Every week they will be offering two free audiobooks - a newer YA paired with a classic.
 
 
 
 This week's title is:
Available June 23 - June 29
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
 
Make sure to head over to Audiobook Sync and download them this week! 
 
If you want more info, click on over to the Sync Information Page. There are some great resources there to help you out with promoting the event.
 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Review by Megan! - Brother/Sister

Brother/Sister
By Sean Olin
Published June 9, 2011
ARC Received From Razorbill (Penguin)

Will and Asheley have a troubled past. Their father left them when they were little, and their mother has just been carted off to an alcohol treatment center. Now, they have the house to themselves, and an endless California summer stretching out before them. Through alternating perspectives, they tell the story of how and why their lives spun violently out of control - right up to the impossibly shocking conclusion you'll have to read for yourself to believe. - Goodreads


This review is courtesy of one of my IRL BFF's - Megan. She has blogged here before and will again I'm sure. You can check out her personal blog here and Twitter here. She is fantabulous!

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I did not finish this book.  You should not take that as a sign that you should or should not read it yourself, because if you're interested you definitely should read it.  It's not a bad book.  In fact, it's quite well-written. The characters are distinct and (mostly) believable (I just don't believe a teenage brother and sister hold each other that much, but I don't come from a touchy-feely family and also we have never murdered anyone). My feelings for the book are totally my own, so take this opinion with a grain of salt.
 
The book is divided into two different points of view which alternate each chapter.  It is not a spoiler to tell you that someone dies.  And that Will, the titular brother, is the murderer.  Asheley, the sister, is an innocent bystander.  In each of their respective chapters they tell their account of the event.  It is understood that they are in separate rooms being interrogated by the police, but you never hear anyone else talk.  
 
The blurb on the back of the book claims that there is an "impossibly shocking conclusion that you'll have to read to believe."  I have no doubt that something incredible happens.  Maybe something mind-blowing that I will hear about at a later time and I will be so sad for not having found out on my own.  This is entirely possibly.  But the set-up was just not enough to keep me interested.
 
Therefore I have come up with my own conclusions.  I promise that if any of these are correct, it is PURELY coincidental and you are not allowed to hate me.  Promise you won't hate me.  Promise?  Okay.
 
*Will did not murder him.  Asheley did.  The narrators are completely unreliable.
*Neither of them murdered anyone.  They were bored, heard that a body washed up, and turned themselves in for a laugh.
*They are aliens.
*No. They are vampires.
*NO. They are werewolves. 
*Yes, werewolves.
*The whole thing is a dream. 
*Will and Asheley are the SAME PERSON. Did I just blow your mind?    I kind of blew mine.  I may have just convinced myself to finish the book.
 
So.  One, all, or none of those may come true.  Just saying.
 
To reiterate: Interesting premise, solid characters, nice mystery.  Just not enough for me.  But you should totally read it.  And then tell me what happens.  Do it.  I'll be standing by.   
 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should be Reading 
Grab your current read 
Open to a random page 
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
This week I am reading:
 
 Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
 
 "God, Juliette, I'd follow you anywhere. You're the only good thing left in this world."
 
Page 159 Of Advance Reader Copy
Courtesy of Harper Teen and Once Upon A Twilight Blog Tours.
 
I've gotta tell y'all. I love this book so much. I'm so sad I have to send it on because I want to read it again! It. Is. Amazing.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Wolfsbane Winner!


The winner of Wolfsbane is:

Jennifer @ Book Noise!

Email has been sent and you have 48 hours to respond! 
Thanks for entering everyone and make sure to check out my Spellbound giveaway!

Review: The Goddess Test

The Goddess Test (Harlequin Teen)
Aimee Carter
Published: April 19, 2011
Galley from Netgalley Courtesy of Harlequin Teen

It's always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
Kate is sure he's crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess. - Goodreads

 
I loved this book so much! I love that it is a retelling of the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone. I have a history degree and I loved to go over the Greek and Roman history with my students and include some of the god and goddess myths into the lessons. The students loved it and we always had fun with it. I think this is the first YA book that I've read that is based on Greek mythology - even though it seems to be becoming very popular and I have a few on my TBR list. That being said - it is a retelling. The gods and goddess definitely don't compare to the original Greek myths - they are drastically different. But that was okay with me - because I just loved the story. It was something new and different and something besides vampires and werewolves.


I loved Kate, the female lead, in this story. She was a strong character who cared a lot for her mom and friends - so much so that she would make a deal with a stranger to try to save them. One thing that did seem off - she never freaked out. If someone told me that they were a Greek god and I would be tested and have to live with them for so many months out of the year I would definitely freak out a lot more than she does. She definitely takes everything in stride and wants to do it to try to save her mother - no spoiled brats in this book.


I hope Carter develops Henry's character more in the next book. He was a character I really wanted to fall in love with but I just don't think we got to see enough of him to make a connection. Sure - you root for him and Kate and want things to work out but, at the same time, you know there has to be more to him and I would like to see it.


I really enjoyed the plot of The Goddess Test. There was a lot going on in the story and I was always wondering what was going to happen next. The reader knows that Kate is being "tested" to see if she should become Henry's partner in ruling the Underworld - what we don't know is what the tests are and if she is passing them. I loved how all that played out and I didn't see most of the ending coming. I love it when books can still surprise me and I don't guess the ending/what is going to happen.


The Goddess Test is a great, fun read. The retelling of a Greek myth caught my attention and kept me interested in the story. I can't wait to see what happens with all the characters next.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Guest Post and Giveaways: Spellbound Playlist by Cara Lynn Shultz

About Spellbound from Goodreads:
What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?
Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

*****
 
Today I am SO excited to have Cara Lynn Shultz on the blog as part of the Kismet tour for Spellbound.  Cara goes over the playlist for Spellbound and explains what certain songs mean. You can listen to the songs while you read the post by checking out the player below! Also, you have a chance to win a iPod nano with the playlist loaded and a copy of the book! So make sure to check out the details for that at the bottom of the post.

About Cara Lynn Shultz: 
Also you can find Brendan on Twitter and Facebook (he's hilarious and cute)
Cara Lynn Shultz’s love of supernatural writing began when she was 7 and wrote a play about ghosts, which she and her friends acted out on her grandparents’ porch. Since then, her work has appeared in Teen People, Alternative Press, Stuff, InStyle, Us Weekly, The Guardian UK and countless posts on Facebook and Twitter. She is a proud graduate of Fordham University and is currently a senior editor at PEOPLE.com. Cara lives in her native New York City with her husband, tuxedo cat and 8 million other people. Spellbound is her first novel..

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Throughout Spellbound, there are several mentions of Brendan and Emma listening to music. When you’re a teenager—possibly more than any other time in your life—the music you listen to not only defines you, but starts to shape you. You identify so strongly with bands, with lyrics—when you feel like you can’t speak, you put on your headphones and let the music speak for you. I remember being a teenager and repeatedly listening to songs that resonated with me. Although back then, we had cassettes, so it was much harder to marinate in your angst. (Sit there, wait for it to rewind, then hit play and hope that you didn’t over-rewind. It could really put a cramp in your brooding.) Both Emma and Brendan are huge music fans. In the back of the book is a playlist of the songs Brendan and Emma listen to at certain points in the story. I didn’t want to list the specific scenes (or else it’s two tickets to Spoilertown—apologies if I let anything slip here), but here’s why I picked these specific songs (apart from the fact that I also like all these bands): 

"Runaway" — Linkin Park
The lyrics are brutal and pained, but Chester Bennington’s vocals define angry. Emma’s feeling particularly tortured at this time in her life, so sonically and lyrically, it’s the perfect song for how she’s feeling. I see her pretty much listening to nothing but Linkin Park at this point in her life.

"Sounds of the City" — Bouncing Souls
Brendan’s a native New Yorker, a DJ and obviously, a big music fan. His tastes lean more towards punk rock and hardcore, so it made sense for me that he likes a local favorite old skool punk band. They’re well known to the Warped Tour fanbase. Also, they’re one of my favorite bands of all time and I just had to include them. Seriously, every time I’ve ever interviewed the Bouncing Souls, it’s like an episode of that old SNL skit, the Chris Farley Show.

"Carousel" — Blink-182
Emma’s also into rock, but she tends towards more melodic fare. This song is one of Blink’s older songs (remember, they formed before either one of them were born), a real fan favorite that it just seemed like something she’d be into. Also, it’s fast—and for this scene, she’s running in the park, so she can jog along with it with ease.

"Hurricane" — Something Corporate
This is the band that Andrew McMahon was in before Jack’s Mannequin, a band I see both characters liking (maybe Emma more than Brendan, although he appreciates Andrew’s talent). And honestly, I just love this song. It’s fantastic and lyrically, so perfectly illustrates where Brendan and Emma are at this point in the story. When the guitars come raging in…basically, this song just kicks butt.

"Stand Inside Your Love" — Smashing Pumpkins
Another jogging song for Emma, and you can definitely jog along to the almost plodding bass. It’s one of the saddest, sweetest songs about longing and love. The lyrics are so beautifully tortured and pained...and it’s melancholic while still managing to rock. Also, I had to throw in a little something from a band I personally loved in high school and college. I totally had a Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness poster on my dorm wall.

"My Life Inside Your Heart" — Rise Against
Rise Against is awesome—they rock hard, sing hard, perform hard. I always saw them as being one of Brendan’s favorite bands, but in this case, he’s listening to one of their more sentimental songs. It works for him—he’s kind of a badass, but a big softy when it comes to Emma. This song has its screamy elements, and seriously raging guitars—but lyrically it’s so sincere. And it just jumps right into it—there isn’t any wimpy build-up here. It’s just—boom! Drums! Guitars! Perfect for the scene.

"Six Feet Under the Stars" — All Time Low
This song is definitely poppier than Brendan’s usual fare, but I wanted him listening to a less aggressive song for when he finally accepts how he’s feeling about Emma and decides to pursue her. Besides, this song (and the whole album) is so damn infectious.

"Miracle" — Paramore
I’ve always seen Emma as a Paramore fan. She even sings along to one of their songs in the shower. This particular song (which wasn’t a single) seemed perfect for her to listen to at a pretty pivotal point in the story. The way the music builds into the bridge, the lyrics—it just all fits.

"Just Like Heaven" — The Cure
Another total homage to my high school years, I’ll admit. I loved this song. Also, Brendan can be a little broody emo boy at times, so he’s definitely got a few Cure albums in his collection. At this point in the story, I thought it was fun that he’s listening to the happy, peppy, so-in-love song from one of the quintessential sad bands. I love the idea of Brendan standing there, waiting for Emma, kind of happily bopping along to the keyboards on this song.

"What It Is to Burn" — Finch
Aaaand we’re back to aggressive music for angsty Brendan. This song is a little older (circa 2002), but I could see a barely teenaged Brendan discovering post-hardcore music and finding Finch. They’re melodic yet angry, and this song is perfect for how he’s feeling about Emma as their story ramps up to the finale.

"Church on Sunday" — Green Day
I don’t want to say too much that might be spoilery, but I do think the penance theme of this song works for Brendan at this point. Also, I loved, loved, loved Green Day in high school. I had to include them. It’s a moral imperative.

"The Adventure" — Angels & Airwaves
It’ll be way too spoilery to say why lyrically this song works, but I’ll say this is a pretty epic song and it just felt like the perfect thing to play while the credits rolled on the book, so to speak.


Get a playlist! Standalone player Get Ringtones

*Giveaways*
Harlequin has been nice enough to giveaway a copy of Spellbound to Hooked to Books readers! 
Just fill out THIS FORM! Contest ends June 30, 2011.
US/Canada Only. Must be 13+.

Contest rules for the iPod give-away
In order to enter to win a iPod nano  including the Spellbound Playlist and covered in a GelaSkin of Spellbound's cover art, you must collect the pink highlighted words the text messages between Brendan and Emma that are provided each day at the individual tour stops.  The daily words can be joined together in sequential order to create the winning secret message.  Once you've constructed the winning secret message, you will need to enter that message on Spellbound's tour home page .
No purchase, affiliation, status as follower to a certain blog or any other association is required to enter.
Full rules for the contest can be found at the Spellbound tour home page
Winner of the iPod give-away will be announced on Cara's homepage  on Tuesday, July 5th.
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Make sure to check out the rest of the stops to get the rest of the text messages!
June, 13th - The Page Turners / Character Interview , Brendan
June 14th - Candace's Book Blog / Guest Post
June 15th - Baffled Books
June 16th - Hooked To Books /Guest Post, Playlist
June 17th - Truly Bookish

June, 20th - Paranormal Opinion
June 21st  - Mission to Read /Interview with Cara
June 22nd - Reading Angel / Character Interview, Emma
June 23rd -  Miss Page Turners
June 24th -  Books At Midnight

June, 27th - Pure Imagination
June 28th - (Spellbound Book Birthday!)The Unread Reader special Guest post
June 29th - Bookish Delights
June 30th - Mimosa Stimulus / Guest post
July 1st - writers write, right? /special Guest post

Tuesday, July 5th: Announcement of the big prize winner on Cara's Site!



Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should be Reading 
Grab your current read 
Open to a random page 
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
This week I am reading:
 Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Advance Reader Copy Page 107

Everything in my world shifted, and I knew I would trade every breath I'd ever taken for more of him. In a heartbeat. 
Then, from the corener of my eye, I saw a red blinking light.
Security camera.



Saturday, June 11, 2011

Sorry


Hey y'all. Sorry I've been MIA the last week or so. This was my last week of work for the summer and I had a lot of loose ends to tie up. On top of that, my husband's grandpa has been really sick and passed away on Thursday evening. We've been over there almost every day this week and I just haven't had time to update. Things should be settling down within the next week and with school out for the summer I'll have a lot more free time to read and blog! Just wanted to let y'all know what was going on. 

I'll be back soon!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Review: City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments #4)

City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, Book 4)
Cassandra Clare
Published: April 5, 2011
Purchased from Barnes and Noble

City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever.

Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels. - Goodreads


 *Spoilers for the first three Mortal Instruments are possible!*
Y'all have no idea how excited I was for this book to come out. I LOVE Mortal Instruments and most of that love comes because of my love for Jace.  I love his snark and attitude and the way he interacts with the other characters. He is definitely one of my favorite all time characters. Love him. That being said - City of Fallen Angels is told mostly from Simon's point of view. Needless to say - when I started the book I was not very happy. But I should've known Cassandra Clare would still bring the amazingness. And amazing it was. I loved this book of the series as much as I loved the previous books. Clare's writing is flawless and her characters are so well written and developed - the reader feels like they know them and want to be friends with them and live in the story with them.


In any story, there's gotta be some drama and Clare knows how to bring the drama and leave the reader wanting more. Clary is now training to be a Shadowhunter and Jace is helping. But her mom is not too happy with the idea of Clary seeing Jace - he could be too much like his father, Valentine, and could end up hurting Clary. On top of that, Jace is being distant - weird distant. He says he loves Clary but then stays away from her for days at a time. Poor girl can't catch a break - first Jace is her brother and now he is avoiding her! 


Most of the book is from Simon's point of view which I must admit, I ended up loving. Simon was really developed as a character in this book. He wasn't just the best friend trying to steal the girl anymore. He was a guy trying to find his way through the new world that he got mixed up in. From being turned into a vampire to the mark of Cain - Simon's life has been flipped upside down and the boy is doing a great job of dealing.


Clare introduces us to some new characters in City of Fallen Angels - Kyle to be specific. Oh, I loved Kyle. His relationship with Simon and then Jace was awesome. I can not wait to see more of him in the upcoming books. I also love Simon and Jace's start of a new found friendship! Y'all - they play off each other perfectly! I was love the scenes with Jace and Simon more than the scenes with Jace and Clary (I know right!). Except for maybe the dirty sexy alley scene. Hello! That was the most swoon-worthy scene in any book I've read in a long time.

Clare is amazing at cliff hangers and she doesn't disappoint with City of Fallen Angels. I know a lot of people were pissed about the ending but I loved it. I definitely was more upset over the whole "they are related" cliffhanger. This one just felt right. It was an awesome end to the book and I can't wait to see where it goes with City of Lost Souls. 


I could gush on and on forever about how much I loved this book but I really think you just need to go and read it yourself. Like, now. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.
 
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