Book Review: CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare (SPOILER FREE)

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Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal

Released on: May 27th, 2014

Pages: 725

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GOODREADS SUMMARY: 

ΕRCHOMAI, 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 the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance?

MY REVIEW:

Let me start by saying I will NOT be posting any spoilers pertaining to City of Heavenly Fire. You may read a few reactions I had while reading the book, but for the most part, no spoilers.

Okay, let’s dive right in.

I thought it was a very fitting ending to this wonderful series. Granted, I would have been perfectly fine if Cassie decided to end the series with City of Glass because, well let’s admit, it WAS a good ending to a plot line there. But, no. We were graced with City of Fallen Angels and suffice to say, I was disappointed. I didn’t like Fallen Angels and, in fact, I was sort of bored with it. So when Lost Souls came along, I was hesitant to say the least. But much to my surprise (or perhaps because my expectations were already low), I enjoyed Lost Souls! A greater plot emerged and the character of Sebastian developed more and more to the point where I was hooked. AND, by unpopular opinion, I actually started to like Sebastain. Like him in the sense that if he were redeemed in some way, or saved, I’d love him as a character. I think what I loved most about Sebastian’s character is that I could understand what he was trying to accomplish, if that makes sense? Hopefully it does. Basically, I don’t believe people are born evil. They’re made that way. And poor Seb was made that way. So I had hopes for redemption for him after reading Lost Souls.

And that brings us to the final installment in the series, City of Heavenly Fire. I was scared to start. I mean practically shitting bricks, if you can believe it. I was also anxious and at first it was anxiety over holding the VERY LAST BOOK in the series I’d grown so attached to. But as I read through CoHF and the Seb’s plot unraveled, I started to get anxious for a looooot of other reasons. The sense of desperation and fear carried me through out the book and had me biting my nails (which is a bad habit, don’t do it) and clutching my book for dear life. I HAD to know what was going to happen. And that’s always a for sure sign that the book you’re reading is good. If it has you hooked by the balls desperatly wanting to flip that page to see what happens next, you’ve got good one. And City of Heavenly Fire was a good one. That being said, pacing for this book was great. The jumping from different POVs kept me engaged enough. And I say enough because there were some POVs that I was just “ughh hurry up there’s major shit going on with characters A and B, I ain’t got time for you character D!” But still. Each POV revealed something about the characters and how they all intertwined together like an intricately woven cloth, if you will.

Cassandra’s writing style is always top notch. There isn’t much else to say besides I wish I could write descriptions the way she does. Cassie has a way of bein so vivid in just a few words that work so well to put me in that scene and enviorment.

I have to say this now, I love love LOVE Emma and Julian and all the little Blackthorn siblings. Seeing our two protagonists from The Dark Artifices (TDA) in CoHF as youngsters, shadowhunters-in-training, was great. It brought to light that sense of innocence and vulnerability both Emma and Julian have and how that will push them into their own stories, leading them down a path that has been set since the battle taking place in CoHF. Again, it’s awesome to see how that all intertwines and works together. It’ll be easier to understand once you’ve read CoHF, but from what I’ve read of them in COHF, I can tell we’re going to love them.

And I have to make a separate paragraph for all the Clockwork Princess feels this damn book evoked. Literally every scene with Brother Zacharaiah had me bawling and then when he (Not really a SPOILER because we read this in the epilogue of CP2 but whatever) becomes mortal again and interacts with Jace, I just about lose my shit every time. AND THE END SCENES PRODUCE THE BIGGEST CP2 FEELS FROM ME OMG. Sorry. Lost it for a sec, but I’m good now. TID characters do that to me.

And now the ending.. wow. Well a bit before the ending, a certain event happened that I so knew was going to happen but that did not make it hurt any less and I was bawling… Let’s just say some of my hopes from Lost Souls come to light in Heavenly Fire. But, yeah, so hard not to say what without saying spoilers. And yet after that scene that made me bawl my eyes out, everything else just kind of fell flat? Not so flat, but still it seemed like the ending lacked something? Even the direction she went with our beloved Simon seemed to fall flat? I don’t know.

I think the best way to describe my feelings toward the ending was, “oh. that’s it?” Not that that’s a bad thing! Just, unexpected. I was expecting to cry and cry and mourn and shrivel into a ball. But instead I closed my book, sighed, kissed the cover, and said “okay.” It was satisfying, of course. Just not what Cassie had amped it up to be? That’s as much as I’ll say about the ending, ya’ll are just gonna have to read it!

Still, it was a great ending to a great series that left me tender-hearted. All the awards and applause to Miss Cassie Clare for wrapping up The Mortal Instruments series!

Until Lady Midnight, Shadowhunters.

Ave Atque Vale.

– Alex

MY RATING: 5/5 

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@Midnight Experience + “What’s in my bag?!”

Hey ya’ll! Been a few days… I figure it’s time to post again!

I wanted to take a quick minute to reach out to all the Rooster Teeth & Achievement Hunter fans (and since I, myself, am one!) to talk about my @midnight taping experience. The episode aired Wednesday night (at midnight on Comedy Central) and I was actually able to see me and my friends in the audience (we were second row) which is awesome! But the taping itself was a whole other experience. Being there and seeing Gus, Gavin, and Burnie was so surreal.

They are much prettier in person, let me tell ya.

And SO KIND.

But I digress. The show was funny and even when it wasn’t all that funny, we as the audience had to laugh like it was the most hilarious thing we’d ever seen. At times it was difficult to pull a laugh out but the guys from Rooster Teeth did what they could to add their own humor and make it even funnier. So that helped.

After the show, my friends and I were still super pumped (and god damn thirsty for some water) but we were also a little disappointed that we couldn’t get to say hi to the guys or get pictures. I mean, these guys are mostly in Texas all the time and this is the closest we’ve ever been to them and probably ever will be (unless they go to Comic Con)! So that bummed us out a bit.

But.

Just as we were about to get picked up and head back home, we see a crowd. Now at this point I’m joking around with my friends and teasing them saying, “Oh, wouldn’t it be funny if in that crowd we just saw Burnie and Gus and Gavin just hanging out.” My friend shook her head and said, “Nah, they aren’t here anymore. They probably left as soon as the show was over.” But guess who I happened to see from the crowd because we was so tall…. BURNIE. I yelled at my friends, “That’s Burnie holy shit!” And we booked it over to them.

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It was lovely. I told Burnie that I fantasized about his pancakes all the time to which he laughed and told me of the time he baked his girlfriend Ashley pancakes for her birthday and proceeded to put frosting on them, which he realized just made a cake. He’s too perfect.

Gus was just so kind. He was already headed back inside to leave and he saw me and was like, “Do you want a picture?” To which I said, “Hell yeah!” Which just came out as a meek, “Yes, please.” Anyway, he held my phone out and was like, “Here, let’s turn this way cause it’s better lighting.” It was. Thank you, Gus. Original Brown Man.

Gavin is a funny story. He was actually the first one I saw and immediately I was star struck. Let me tell you why. His eyes are portals to a magical world only fit for those he deems worthy. And damn did I want to be worthy. They were so bright and green and perfect and gah. Now I know what it must be like when people stare into my eyes. But I was so struck by his beauty that I told Gavin he was pretty. To which I recovered with, “Oh, you probably don’t want to hear your pretty but…” And he chuckled which was cute. Then we took a picture. It was awesome.

Anyway, that’s my @midnight experience. I can die happy now. Btdubs, Chris Hardwick (@nerdist) is hilarious.

OKAY, MOVING ON TO…… “What’s in my bag?!”

I wanted to start this segment when I realized I have a lot of books I shove into my bags, even when I’m going to places that will honestly not give me any down time to read. But I’m emotionally attached to my books so I guess there’s that. So let’s start!

In my bag today I have:

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This is in preparation for City of Heavenly Fire coming out in 12 days I believe? I didn’t realize just how big and long this book is until I decided to do this reread. I’m only on chapter 9 which is almost 200 pages in and I haven’t even made a dent. But I’m determined. Let’s hope the graduation I’m going to today will allow me some down time to read??

Readers, what’s in your bag today?!

That’s all for today!

Be well,

Alex

TMI ReRead [City of Lost Souls]

Shadowhunters!

Come forth all my fellow Shadowhunters. Our time is now. We have two weeks until the great release of City of Heavenly Fire!

And until then, I invite you all to engage in a reread of City of Lost Souls with me!

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I know it’s not a full reread marathon with all the other books but, really, do we need to reread books 1-3? I remember those distinctively. I remember most of Fallen Angels, but it’s Lost Souls I can’t seem to remember anything about. Shame, I know. So, I’ve decided to dedicate these two weeks before the release of CoHF to rereading CoLS!

And if any would like to join me, that’d be great! Comment letting me know you’re IN, and follow the blog’s twitter so we can chat about what we’ve read so far!

Whether you’re a fast reader, or a slow reader, it’s as good a time as any to refresh your mind on the happenings of City of Lost Souls.

That’s it for now!

Be well,

Alex

Greetings + Any Advice?

Hooray, my first blog post! If you’re reading this then by some miracle you have managed to stumble upon my blog – and for that I thank you!

In this blog you’ll find pretty much everything book related. Perhaps the occasional movie posts but those will only pop up because they are book adaptations. So, still, all book related.

Now, this is my first book blog. Never before have I decided I would dedicate myself to writing a book blog. I’ve always wanted to! I just never found the time to set aside and I was afraid I’d be horrible at it. Well, this is me shoving aside those fears and taking a chance! I love to read and I love to share my thoughts on books, so what better outlet than a book blog? Perfect, I know.

But I am new, so for that I do ask that ya’ll bare with me. I’m learning how to use wordpress and I’m learning how to be an “effective” blogger. My goal is to post once every week but that might be a tough goal to follow as I’m barely starting. So how about this… my aim is for one post a week, but to start it might end up as a post every other week? (I’ll get better with this, I promise!)

I also want to do vlogs! So if I don’t write up a post one week maybe I’ll fill it in with a vlog? I’m still brain storming ideas here but if ya’ll have any ideas or advice for me, please feel free to share!

I do have a few “big time bloggers” (at least I consider them to be) friends and I am going to them for advice but I’d love to hear from the rest of you too! What do ya’ll want to see from bloggers? What do you think would make a book blog more interesting? I’m open to ideas!

In the meantime, there is a twitter for this blog already up and running here, so check it out for blog updates.

Thanks, guys!

Be well,

Alex