Thursday, June 26, 2014

City of Bones By Cassandra Clare

City of Bones is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Now, I'm writing this review having read all the books in the series. I really wanted to talk about them, so I decided to make separate reviews for each. But, this is a fantasy world, and not only does it take some getting used to in order to fully enjoy them, but it also takes a little while for the characters to really develop, and for you to get attached to them. City of Bones is a great kick off book for the series, but you might lose patience, because you may feel a little confused. Just keep reading, because this is an amazing series.
The Mortal Instruments is about a species???? for lack of a better word of humans, who were created by angels to keep humans- or mundanes as they prefer to call them- safe from demons, and unaware of the "shadow world". These protectors, or warriors, or whatever you want to call them are called Shadowhunters.
Clary Fray is our main protagonist character, and she thinks she's just a regular 15 year old New Yorker. That is, until she sees something that her best friend- Simon Lewis- can't see while they're in a club. The something that she sees is 3 people killing what looks like a person. And GASP, you guessed it, Clary's a Shadowhunter. Okay, I know that was a crappy review technique- I just totally spoiled something for you- but come on, it's pretty obvious. And there are so many plot twists in this book, that you won't mind that I spoiled this one tiny obvious one for you. But the book is about her learning about the Shadow world, and having to find her mother, who disappeared, and she has to adjust to this new life that she wants to claim. That's all  I'll tell you guys who haven't read the book, so if you're intrigued, go and pick this up, read it, and come back for the spoilery discussion. Bye bye :)

Are you still there? Well, if you are, you've either read the book, or are very bad at following directions. I'll give you one more chance. If you haven't read it, GO READ IT, and come back.

Okay, now if your still here, you must have read the book. I gave you not one, but two warnings. So, now I'm going to delve into the spoilers.
When I started this book, I made the shittiest mistake, and decided to read the whole plot of the book on Wikipedia. I still enjoyed it, and even though I had an idea of what would happen, I was still like GASP when I read that Jace and Clary were siblings and that Valentine was their father. I really feel bad that Jace actually has an attachment toward  Valentine, and has to be ashamed of it, because to him, he was a loving father. I do love Jace though. He's so sarcastic and funny, and sweet. When he wished Clary happy birthday it was so cute. Alec, on the other hand, was really annoying in this book. He's like the most uptight of the 5 of the main characters. And, if he loves Jace, but knows it's never going to happen, he has to let go. And he and Jace can't be together because they're parabatai- which are kind of like blood brothers- I guess that's the best way to explain. Basically, they swear to value each other's life more than their own, and it's unbreakable- like an unbreakable vow- and you can't be romantically linked with your parabatai. Oh, and the shadowhunters are really traditional, and they don't really approve of gay people. I mean, Alec's generation is okay with it, but the older generations aren't. Isabelle was really reserved in this book, and she always is, but especially so in this book. I really didn't like her much in this book, because of what happened with Simon and the faerie drink, and just her overall personality. She's better in the other books though. Hodge though, I trusted him-he was like Dumbledore- and he turned out to be a traitor. I understand where he's coming from, and that desperate people do desperate things, and that he may not actually be a cruel person, but that still doesn't excuse him giving Jace up for his own freedom. At the end of this book, I was just like W T F F. Because there's so many cliffhangers, and so many great characters, and great lines.
I feel like this series is comparable to Harry Potter, because of the way it's layed out. We have more than just the romance, and we have all this adventurous badass stuff that they do. I think that any Harry Potter fan will find this series enjoyable. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Eleanor and Park By Rainbow Rowell

The whole concept of Eleanor and Park is venturing into something totally new for young adult contemporary- and that's a good thing. It's not about one thing, and that's what sets it apart from most "issue novels". And these issues aren't the central point of this book either. It's a love story. In a lot of contemporary, the central plot is regarding the issue- the abuse, the drugs, the bullying, etc, and getting past that is what the book is about. But in Eleanor and Park, everyone knows that they will have to deal with certain things, and they'res no way to change that. What I mean, is Eleanor isn't exactly a barbie doll- and I don't mean she's skinny and she think's she's fat; I don't mean she has an eating disorder, I mean she's tall and broad, and not skinny. Can Park (her love interest) see beauty in her? Yes. Is she as repulsive as she sees herself? Probably not. A while ago, I was on the author's website, and she wrote something about how she got asked the question "Eleanor isn't really fat, is she?", and that's because YA contemporary is trashed with the-excuse my choice of words if they offend you- skinny 5 10" size 00 white girl who for some odd reason, thinks she's fat, and starves herself, or binges and purges. Eleanor does neither of those-nor is she a binge eater or a closet eater, because she has this asshole of a stepdad who drinks too much, and there isn't enough food on the table to eat anyway. It's just the way she is, and she just can't change it. And she knows that, and she's already gotten past that. Park, is biracial- he's half Korean and half white- and he understands that some people aren't okay with that- after all, this book takes place in 1986, so there are actually a lot of people who aren't okay with this. And that is also what sets this book apart from others. It's not two perfect people. It's not a good girl and a bad boy. It's not a druggie and a valedictorian. It's two teenagers who don't exactly fit in, but see the beauty in each other.
That said, this book is amazing- I read it a long time ago actually- Last September, and it was a school night, I started it at around 10:00 pm and I was awake until 4:15 am reading it until I finished. It nearly brought tears to my eyes. Now, I'm going to delve into some spoilers, so if you haven't read it, I recommend you read it, and then come back.
Do you agree that it was so cute when they would read the comics together on the bus? I just thought that was so adorable. I appreciated how Park's mom came to like Eleanor after seeing how large her family was, and how she was able to relate to her. Richie is such a b*stard, I mean, those things he wrote on her book covers. And he freaking wants to rape her! He's disgusting, and I hope he rots in hell. Eleanor's siblings just pissed me off. I mean, shouldn't they have each other's back? Well, to her siblings, Richie's become "Dad" because he didn't kick them out of the house for a year, like he did to Eleanor. At the end, when she finally realized that Richie was writing on her books, and what he was going to do, and Tina could actually sympathize for her, I loved that. I loved it because even though they don't like each other, and Tina isn't very nice to Eleanor, she still feels bad for her, because she can relate. She isn't happy that Eleanor is in the situation that she is in, because Tina is also in a similar situation. My heart broke for Eleanor and Park when Eleanor had to escape and go to her uncle's house. And they didn't talk to each other & tried to move on with their lives. And Eleanor sends him the post card saying she loves him.
I perceived this as kind of like a cliffhanger. Because you start to think: "Do they meet each other, because she told him she loves him, and he obviously feels similarly?" or "Do they just move on with their life, and it fades away- they were just teens, so they might find love again-right?" So, that's why I felt like that.
Over all, I rate this book a 5/5 stars. It's a different direction for the YA contemporary genre, and I really enjoyed it. It wasn't cheesy, and that's kind of rare for the YA genre in general, but that's part of why I love the genre. So, I'm not judging books with cheese, because I love them to death too. But sometimes, you need to get away from the cheese, or you'll get a stomach ache- you feel me? LOL, but really, read this book if you haven't, and I'll talk to you in the next post, I hope you enjoyed this. Please comment, tell me if you liked the book, or your favorite parts, and I guess that's all for now.
- Swathi


Hi, my name is Swathi, and I freaking love books. I stay awake on school nights until 5:00 am to finish a book, and that's why I'm making this blog. I don't have very many friends that are as into books as I am, and if I recommend 30 books them, they might end up reading 2- and that's a might. Now, there are exceptions to that, and I do have friends that like books, but they're into different genres than what I'm into, and I just want to talk about books, so I'm going to use this blog to do that.
Let me tell you about myself. I started blogging when I was 7, because my parents forced me to. Now, I'm going to be frank, I hated it, and I wrote crap. I was a really bad writer when I was younger, because I didn't read as much when I was younger. You may not believe it, but those two are very closely related. Now, I'm happy that my parents made me do it, because now I actually enjoy it. I also have another blog, which is just really random, and casual called : I have posted there about books before, but not in the way that I want to. I want this blog to be focused on solely books, and things book related.
My personal book style is Young Adult books. I'm more into the dystopian/fantasy leg of the genre, but I can dig some contemporary too. So, I guess that's all for this welcome post, I'll talk to you in the next post (in a review).