Book Review: “City of Ashes”

Hey dear reader,

Today I have the review for the second book in the mortal instruments series- City of Ashes.

Given the fact that this book was not adapted into a movie yet, I didn’t have the occasion to spoil the book by seeing the movie.

Here is the summary:

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

City of Ashes is one hundred times better than the first book in the series. It had a faster pace and it was more action packed.

Also, in this second installment, you will get even more attached to the characters. Without spoiling the story I can only say that even the characters bond more as well as you will get more gripped with their story.

The new characters that are introduced in the second book, are very well described and have a strong background and this is very important because they have a huge impact on the course of the story. Obviously, we have villains and heroes, both which we hate and love.

The book is a lot more action packed that the first one and also its story line is more compelling. Another thing to appreciate about City of Ahes is the way the story is told. We are given a very well described vision of this world so this way we don’t need a lot of help to imagine the things Miss Claire has created.

After reading this second book, I couldn’t help but compare all the pros and cons with those from the first installment. So I concluded that City of Ashes is ten times better than City of Bones. Obviously, I cannot give this book less than 5 stars because it would be a crime. I cannot wait to buy the next book!

I highly suggest this to everyone who liked City of Bones, I am sure you will like this a lot more!

Until next time, take care,
Lexi. Xoxo

P.S. I really hope that they won’t butcher this book to movie adaptation as much as they did with the first one.

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Book review: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”- NO SPOILERS !

 Just this instance I have finished the second book of the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire, written by Suzanne Collins, and I couldn’t wait one more day to write a review for this extraordinary novel!

Of course I am too lazy to write a synopsis for the plot again, BUT  I bet that everyone who wants to read this review has seen the movie or read the book, so I don’t really have to worry about that, do I.

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

That was the synopsis you can get everywhere that does not spoil the adventure you are about to take part of.

*SPOILER LESS PART*

I’m really trying to make a decent review for those who haven’t read the book yet, so this spoiler less part won’t have as much detail and hype as the part where I get to release all my thoughts freely.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is definitely one of the best books I have read. Even if  it does not live up to my expectations. What I mean by that? Well…I was expecting the second book to be better than the first one just because the movie was.

I didn’t like this book a lot because of the first hundred pages that dragged on and on and on… I was waiting for them to get already to the games. Of course my heart and mind won’t let me give this book a mark lower than 5 stars out of 5 because the ending was excruciating and beautiful and ah…all my feels!!!

Obviously, Suzanne’s writing remained impeccable. For me it felt like she does have a unique style of writing, but who knows…that’s just what I thought. My only problem with the way she wrote this book was at some points-I will develop my idea in the spoiler part- she rushed the story.

All in all, this second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy must be read by every single one of you!! I wouldn’t be so generous by any means if I didn’t love a book so much! Really, you have to give it a try!!!

I give Hunger Games: Catching Fire 5 out of 5 stars!

Here ends the spoiler less part of my review, if you are interested in what I have to say about some details you are free to keep on reading. 🙂

*SPOILER PART* 

On this part of my review I won’t explain what I liked and what not. I will just hype about some things I read and ask some questions that left me hanging. It will look more like me taking notes whilst I read, and I did that, but I am explaining a bit more the parts that shocked and confused me the most.

When President Snow announced what would happen at the Quarter Quell, at the 75th Games I was going mad. Obviously, I knew what was going to happen because I saw the movie, but still, the book managed to make me very excited about everything that was going on.

When the reaping took place, I had to read it twice. Here is an instance where I didn’t like that the author rushed the action. I don’t know if these were her intentions to make it rushed so we would feel like Katniss or she rushed the action because she had to much content in the book…Anyways, she definitely gets a minus from me because I wanted to feel the pain and shock the characters went through, but I couldn’t because it was too short and very little described. Phew, this was a long paragraph.

The part where Katniss has to impress the Gamemakers and the sponsors, was hilarious. Well, to me anyway. I’m talking about the bit where she took a dummy and hung it and afterwards wrote Seneca Crane on it. It was funny to me because she was rebelling and still got the highest score along with Peeta that also did something as bad as that.

The moment where Katniss and Finnick fought the orange furred monkeys I remembered what a friend of mine said. She said, that she feels like Catching Fire is just a “filling” between The Hunger Games and Mockingjay. Well, at this part I couldn’t agree more. It started to drag on a bit and I felt like these parts could have been used better to describe others more rather than rush what felt like the important ones.

One of the scenes I wish were in the movie, is the one where Katniss and Finnick apply the ointment that Haymitch sent them and wake up Peeta by scarring him with their faces. I don’t think that scene was in the movie from what I remember but I wish it were. I would have lived to see Finnick a bit more relaxed and laughing, cause damnnnnnn, Sam Claflin is hot as hell!!!

There was a part where I got really confused… Johanna tends to give me that feeling…When she said she got Beetee and Wiress for Katniss. That was the part that confused me but I realized what she meant after that, but she still gives me a weird vibe, even after finishing the first book.

I sported a pretty goosebump skin when Katniss realized that Plutarch showed her the watch beforehand so he could give her a hint about the arena. I swear that was a moment that really touched me!

Again, Johanna manages to confuse me when she does not know how Beetee won the games. Like Katniss said, Johanna did nickname him Volts, how come she didn’t know. What is going on with her? Don’t spoil me people! I hope I will find out in the next book!

When I read about Annie, the girl Finnick loves, I remember that I was spoiled about him. *MOCKINGJAY SPOILER* I know that somehow I found out that he will die in the next book, thankfully I don’t know how, but it still hurts to know that he will be gone :(. *END OF MOCKINGJAY SPOILER*

At the very end, the tears started pouring. When she was picked up in the aircraft and woke up with Beetee before her. Oh my god, my heart started beating wildly! The conversation between her, Finnick, Haymitch and Plutarch managed to touch a soft spot in my heart! And then, when Gale was in the aircraft talking to her and telling her that there isn’t a Twelfth District I lost it. I was reading the last few rows with a blurry vision and it just wasn’t nice.

If you got to this part I want to congratulate you! This was a ramble that I am proud of!

All in all, this book has its ups and downs, and I felt like I should take down from its stars for rushing some important scenes and dragging on some that felt useless, but I won’t just for the fact that it managed to greatly play with my emotions. I really did love this book and I wish everyone would have the chance to read it, just like I had. Once again, I have to thank my dear friend Carol for recommending it to me and obviously for giving me the opportunity to read it . Love you lots, thank you!!!!

Well this was all folks, I hope I didn’t really bore you with my review, but I was really excited about it, as you can clearly see :).  This was a true ramble, if you weren’t sure how a real one looks, this is it. Haha!

Until next time, keep safe!

Much love,

Lexi xoxoxoxoxo! 🙂