Aug 15, 2013
City of Glass is the third installment in The Mortal Instruments book series. In this book we see Clary and her Shadowhunter friends travel to Allicante, Idris - home of the Shadowhunters - to find Ragnor Fell. Fell is the warlock said to be able to lift the comatose spell Jocelyn Fray (Clary's mother) has put on herself.
Clary gets more than she bargains for and ends up playing a huge part in The Mortal War, whilst still having her immoral love-life and her evil father Valentine to contend with.
This book has been kicked up a notch. There is no chewing the fat, no awkward moments in the book, and there wasn't a time when I wanted it to be over already. I did, however, notice repeated phrases. In all three books long words are used, ones you'd more commonly see in an adult novel than one seemingly marketed at the younger generation. Too much use of the thesaurus in some places and not enough in others.
So much is going on in this book, but I never wanted to stop reading due to being overwhelmed or bored.
I do have to say that I made the mistake of reading up on the characters on the Shadowhunters Wikia. I always feel the need to know as much as I can about a certain subject, so I researched the first two books. However, I accidentally read a little bit further than I should have done and found out that Jace and Clary weren't really siblings. I found myself waiting throughout the whole book for this to come to light, which made the novel feel a lot longer for me.
The only plot negative I'd come up with is that Clare lets Clary do all sorts of Shadowhunter things but she hardly ever gets runes. She never learns to fight or gets any kind of Latin training or History of Shadowhunter knowledge put in her. I suppose we will see this all happen in the books to come, but I did find it a bit irritating that Clare let Clary out there being very vulnerable.
In this novel we see the long-awaited demise of Valentine, and the reveal of Clary's true brother, 'Sebastian Verlac', or, Jonathan Christopher. It makes me think what on earth Cassandra Clare will be able to write about in the next 2 novels, and whether they'll feel like fan fiction after a series ends.
I still love this series and find it difficult to put the books down.
Aug 13, 2013
Yep, I did it. I finished City of Ashes in a day just like I did with City of Bones. In fact it was probably less than a day, more like an afternoon.
City of Ashes follows straight on from City of Bones.Valentine is back, and pursuing his hunt for The Mortal Instruments. Clary must save the world from her own father, whilst still struggling with her morally incorrect feelings for her brother, Jace. and her best friend's Simon's never-ending love for her. We see in this book Clary's struggle to come to terms with the Shadowhunter life of demons and downworlders, whilst putting up with her mother in a coma.
This book is such a step-up from it's predecessor, the plot is more thrilling and the different perspectives from every character mean Clare's fanfiction days are over. You get to know each character more in-depth than in the first novel, as the different narrative perspectives mean you get to experience their conversations first hand and see their responses to certain situations. This book is still written in third person, yet it seems as thought Clare knew she was writing for a movie whilst this was written. The perspectives shift much as the cameras would in a film.
Cassandra Clare seems to have gained confidence whilst writing this book. Her writing skills have improved greatly, and she is not afraid to pull out twists and add hints whilst still giving nothing away.
Although, however good the plot was, I did find myself glancing at the percentage I had gone through. I was shocked to find out I had 70% left, and not much had happened. at around 3/4 of the way through things start to kick in. This is a stark reminder of the Harry Potter books, as in them J.K. Rowling keeps things on the down low in their school year until Voldemort or something else comes along part-way in. I'm not sure what happened in City of Ashes until around 75% in, not because it wasn't good (it's brilliant) but because it does seem to chew the fat a little bit. It seems to have a bit of "middle-book" syndrome.
All negativity aside, this book is so well rounded and brilliantly written, that the bad points are shoved away.
Aug 12, 2013
I first heard about The Mortal Instruments series when I saw a trailer for the first film yesterday. I thought it looked really good, and googled it to watch the trailer again. I then saw it was a book, and rushed to buy it on my Kindle - and I'm pretty glad I did.
I got wrapped up in Clary's and Jace's world just like I got taken in by Harry, Ron and Hermione. The mix of drama, teen romance and fantasy adds up to a great adolescent novel. I finished it in less than a day as it is very easy to read - perfect for a plane journey or to take away on holiday. I found myself wanting to know what happened whenever I had to set the book down, desperate to read more.
When I first started reading, I found it difficult to relate or to like the characters. For example, Simon. I didn't know why he was there and thought he was a pretty unnecessary character. This is without reading the two other books in the trilogy, so I may be mistaken. The characters are hard to relate to because we don't know much about them, and it feels as if they weren't planned before hand. It seems like Clare just picked them out of midair and started writing. After wondering about this, I did some research and found she originally made her mark writing fan fiction. This is very obvious when you look, as Clare's characters don't seem... complete, somehow.
The plot of the story is good. It bears some similarities to Twilight and Harry Potter - with the forbidden love of vampires and humans and the horcruxes resembling Jace and Clary as siblings and The Mortal Cup.
A lot happened in the story, but I felt it didn't really have a, well, climax. It didn't seem to lead up to much. Now, don't get me wrong, it felt finished like a perfect cadence, but I felt something was missing in the middle of the story. I don't know what, though, which bugs me somewhat.
Overall, I am addicted to the series already. Cassandra Clare has a good writing style, she doesn't dwell on pointless descriptive passages and her dialogue is somewhat different. The bulk of the story leaves something to be desired.
It made me want to keep reading, but that may be personal. I get attached to books very easily.
I'd recommend this to teenagers aged 13-19.
I'll definitely be reading the next book and eagerly awaiting the film.
May 29, 2013
- Revlon Colorstay Foundation for normal/dry skin in Ivory
- Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in Grand Garnet
- NYX Concealer Jar in Porcelain
- Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
- Make Up Forever HD Foundation in Pink Porcelain
- MAC Lipstick in Brick-O-La
- MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation in NC15
- Sleek I-Divine Palette in Oh So Special
- Sleek I-Divine Palette in Ultra Matte V2
May 22, 2013
|Birthday breakfast: customary Cheerios|
|Was woken up by this fattie (Alfie) sat on my windowsill|
|Presents from mum!|
|I put up all of my cards after opening my presents|
|Ate my birthday giant cupcake mum made us all after I got home from school!|
May 19, 2013
|Cup of coffee with semi-skimmed milk and Jordans Oats porridge|
|I always flavour my porridge with sugar, only a little bit|
May 18, 2013
I have very very sensitive skin, I am constantly going to the doctors for creams to soothe eczema around my eyes and jaw and allergic reactions my makeup has caused. Because of this, I was very reluctant to use a toner and cleanser combo, as last time I used some I ended up with the worst allergic reaction I've ever had. I braved it though and am so glad I did. I use the toner the most and the face wash the least. This is mostly because the face wash is an exfoliating one and the microbeads stir up the flakes on my ultra dry skin.
I use the toner to remove my makeup (I've been banned from makeup wipes because of my sensitive skin) and it does such a good job. I don't use it around my eyes for obvious reasons. It is so good. I use it in the mornings to refresh my face as I'm not allowed to use anything but water to clean my skin. This is irritating because I find water doesn't get rid of all of the gunk from sleep etc.
As I said before, these products definitely live up to their name. I don't feel the need to use any makeup after I've used the toner because my skin looks so glowing and fresh. It's a shame these effects only last for about an hour so I do have to apply makeup eventually.
Overall I love these products and am definitely going to repurchase the toner, maybe the other 2 aswell :-)
Apr 30, 2013
I made cupcakes for my best friends 16th birthday!! They took ages but credit to my mum for icing them as she is queen of buttercream (hey, I made a rhyme) but I decorated them. The daisy one is especially for her so I will be miffed if anyone else eats it!
I spent £25 on makeup. I'd done a whole day of revision for my first exam (pethics, ugh) and decided to treat myself. Superdrug do free delivery if you spend over £25 so I went there.
I bought Rimmel match perfection foundation in light porcelain, makeup academy clear mascara, the sleek pallette in au naturael and a sleek contour kit with the blush.
I've wanted the Rimmel match perfection for ages because I have super pale and weirdly toned skin, my face is pink toned but my neck is yellow toned so foundations always look too dark and orange on me. I've also wanted that sleek eyeshadow pallette for so long and I'm so glad I eventually went and bought it, same with the blush contour kit.
I didn't want the clear mascara but I was 3p off free delivery, don't you hate it when that happens!!! So I bought it as it was only £1. I thought I could use it to set my eyebrows since they're a bit unruly lately.
I will definitely do some reviews on everything I bought once they've arrived.
Apr 14, 2013
I've never done blogging before, so I don't know how to start... Or gain followers... Or anything really. Obviously I've done the whole tumblr thing - I had 5k followers but I deleted it!!! My friends were so irritated and eventually I regretted the decision.
So basically I'm a teenager who has recently become interested in reviewing makeup, films, books, general products and alike :-) I'm the sort of person you'd see sat in a cinema alone with an notebook and pen.
My aim in life is to either be a film critic or journalist. If I was a journalist it would be in an online publication because I feel there is more of a casual feel.
I have a pretty cynical view towards everything but I'm rather hoping that will fade away!
So, I'll hopefully keep blogging, see ya :-)