Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Hi, everybody!

Last day of the holidays and I have a book review for you of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Titel: Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher

Publishing Date: October 18th 2007

Pages: 288

Rating: 3.5/5


 

SYNOPSIS (Goodreads)

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

WRITING

The way this book was wrtitten was a very interesting concept. You read about this character who’s listening to tapes from a dead girl. The writing really made you feel things for the characters.

CHARACTERS

I didn’t think we really, really got to the know the characters. Like, we know how Hannah felt surrounding her own image and suicide, and we know how Clay felt about Hannah and how he felt about hearing her story. But beside that I had no clue who Hannah and Clay were in regular life.
Okay, maybe I do know a little bit more about Hannah. All those months she’s been living with the idea that everyone thinks she’s a slut. And that did something to her. Because she cared so much about it, it make her who she was those months. She was silent, had no real friends and she was thinking about suicide.
Then there’s Clay. I don’t have a lot to tell you about him. Like I already said: We only know what he thought about Hannah. He really liked her. When he was listening to her tapes it really hurt him. He didn’t have a strong relationship with Hannah but that would’ve been different if she hadn’t killed herself.

PLOT

So Clay listens to Hannah’s tapes. He had a crush on her for months and just before she killed herself they even had kissed. We keep wondering why Hannah had sent the tapes to Clay. All the other people on the tape had done awful things to her. So why was Clay on the tapes? When he’s listening to Hannah’s stories about the other people, Clay keeps wondering why he’s on the tapes. And we do, too. He starts thinking that he’d done something terrible. I was happy when I finally got to know Clay’s part in the story.
When I read what Hannah was saying it felt so real. Several times I thought: “When Clay’s done listening to the tapes he’ll just go to Hannah and stop her from killing herself.” And everytime it hit me like a bullet; Clay couldn’t do anything about it. She’d already killed herself.

OVERALL

This book made me think. It showed me that some little things can lead to a big and terrible thing. What’s done can’t be undone and we’d have to live with the consequences. This book left an impression behind and I really did enjoy it. I wasn’t always happy with how Jay Asher did things but it was still a really good book.


Did you read this book? What did you think of it? Comment below or send me a link to your review if you have one. I’d loved to read your thoughts!

Love

 Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

A Discussion: Will and Jem

Hi, everybody!

As I promised I have an extra post today. When I finished The Infernal Devices trilogy I had a lot of strong opinions regarding William Herondale and  James Carstairs. (Especially Will, actually.) So I wrote a whole discusion about them.

Don’t read this if you haven’t already finished The Infernal Devices! There will be spoilers!!!

Since The Mortal Instruments and Cassandra Clare are a big thing in the book community, The Infernal Devices was immediatly a big thing, too. The lovetriangle of this trilogy is thereby a very famous one. That’s why I wanted to “analyse” Will and Jem completely.

Kat over at Katytastic on Youtube and a lot of other people seem to really adore Will and I expected to do so, too. But I didn’t.

When we first meet Will in Clockwork Angel he resques Tessa from the Dark Sisters. He was all funny and witty and he really reminded me of Jace (whom I love). I had no problems with him then. I actually quite liked him.

The first time Jem comes on stage he’s playing his lovely violin. He was kind and gentil and then (if I’m not mistaken) he got his cough attack. When I read about him coughing up blood I was already afraid. I had no idea what was happening and didn’t want him to get hurt. I didn’t know him yet back then but my heart was already partly melting for him.

While Jem shows Tessa the city and is always kind, Will is off doing his arrogant things and is always being mean. I was sure they both loved Tessa then. And I was also sure that Tessa cared for the both of them and I thought then that Will didn’t deserve this. It was obvious he was hiding something from his past and mostly I try to understand such characters and be patient with them, but with Will I just couldn’t do that for some reason.

In Clockwork Prince it is now very obvious that Jem loves Tessa. I also knew that Tessa cared a lot for him but she did really friendzone him on a couple of occasions. Why she did this was because of Will. She kept telling herself not to like Will because in her view he despised her and he didn’t deserve her. And with that second matter I still agreed. I knew then why he behaved the way he did and I really did understand him but. I. Just. Could. Not. Like. Him. Don’t ask me why because I’m not sure if I know myself. He still reminded me of Jace but the things I loved about Jace, I didn’t like about Will.

Then finally, when Tessa and Jem had a fierce make out session I was incredibly happy. I felt happiness I hadn’t felt when Tessa and Will kissed. And then Jem proposed. I felt like nothing could go wrong anymore. But of course, because we’re talking about Cassandra Clare here, everything kind of blew up.

Don’t get me wrong; I was happy for Will when he was rescued from his curse but ugh. Couldn’t he shut his mouth and make Jem and Tessa happy? I know. It’s not fair of me to say this. He suffered a lot and he had had a hard life but, man! I just wanted Tessa and Jem to be happy together.

The reaction of Tessa when Will told her he loved her slightly annoyed me. She was thinking immediatly about blowing off her engagement with Jem. That’s when I realised, even though she did love both boys, she would never completely enjoy her marriage with Jem. Not as long Will was there. (And then I starting plotting Will’s death *evil devil emoji* JUST KIDDING! I didn’t.)

Then in Clockwork Princess Tessa was happy to marry Jem and Jem couldn’t be more happy but still, Will kept crossing Tessa’s mind.

It was in Clockwork Princess that I really saw how deep the friendship between Will and Jem was. And even though I didn’t like Will in the previous books I felt like I had to like him in Clockwork Princess to fully enjoy the book. And after a while I did. He still wasn’t my favourite but he didn’t annoy me anymore like he did before and I think his friendship with Jem is an important aspect to that.

When Jem got to know that his parabatai was in love with his fiancée, I loved Jem even more. Being the selfless person he is, he sent Will to go after Tessa and resque her instead of being angry. When Jem “died” I did get a bit teary. I didn’t cry my eyeballs out because I knew he became a Silent Brother. (Shouldn’t have read City of Heavenly Fire before this trilogy… My fault.) Will was really broken but his love for Tessa kept him going. We all know Herondales love fiercely, right?

One thing I actually hated about Clockwork Princess was when Tessa and Will had sex. This is how that looked like in my head:

Will: My parabatai just died.

Tessa: My fiancée just died.

Will and Tessa: Let’s bang!

So you see, I really did not like that part.

Surprisingly I did like Tessa married Will at the end. I think Cassandra Clare did a really good job on this matter. In my opinion Tessa would never truly and fully enjoy her marriage with Jem when Will was around. So when Jem became a Silent Brother I really think it was the best for Tessa and Will to marry each other.

The epilogue was just perfect. I loved it. Because of Tessa’s immortality I think the chapter Will had come to an end. Of course she would never forget him but it was time to kind of move on with her life and share it with Jem.

Conclusion:

Jem is my absolute favourite and I love him with all my heart.

For the majority of the time I didn’t like Will but I am glad how it all ended for him and Tessa.


Wow! That was long! If you had enough patient to finish all that: What is your opinion on Will and Jem? Comment below. 🙂

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Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

Hi everybody!

Of course I forgot to post on Saturday but hey! I’m posting now. :p I have my review for Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.

Titel: Clockwork Princess

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publishing Date: September 5th 2013

Pages: 567

Rating: 5/5


SYNOPSIS (Goodreads)

THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

CHARACTERS

First, I’ll start with Will. If you read my reviews of Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince you know I wasn’t that fond of Will. But when I started Clockwork Princess I had the feeling that I had to like Will to really fully enjoy the book. So I tried. In the begining I found this to be very hard but slowly he began to grow on me. It wasn’t like he really touched my heart like Jem did but he was quite an interesting character.

My love for Jem never wavered and I loved him more and more. He’s so selfless and Tessa and Will are so lucky to have him for I can’t imagine a better lover or friend.

As I said in my review for Clockwork Prince Tessa annoyed me a little bit. But now I loved her like I loved her in the first book. She became so much stronger and wiser and, just like Jem, she did what she thought was best for the others before she thought about herself.

Cassandra Clare is always able to create strong women and Charlotte is no exception. She’s pregnant and I can’t imagine a better mother for she always loved and cared for everyone in the Institute. Her relationship with Henry in the first two books was quite cold but they opened up to each other and I was so happy for them both.

I haven’t talked yet about the Lightwood brothers although they already appeared in the second book. First Gabriel (the youngest) is quite an ass. He just really hates Will and doesn’t bother to hide it (neither does Will hide his dislike, of course, because that’s Will). After he discovers how his father really is, he becomes more likeable. His loyalty to his father was very important, though, and he has difficulties standing away from that.

His older brother, Gideon, is different. He’s mostly stiff and shows little emotion but he can be surprisingly funny. In contrast to his brother, Gideon understands and sees that their father never really the good man was they thought him to be. Also, Gideon and Sophie. AAAH.

Lastly there is Cecily and I adore her! As the sister of Will, she’s strong, stubborn and hilarious. I wish we would’ve seen more of her, though.

PLOT

The plot was pretty exciting. If I wasn’t spoiled for one huge thing (I recommend you read the books in order of publication) I would’ve cried of both great sadness and happiness. But what I loved most was the epilogue and how Cassandra Clare wrapped everything nicely up. Surprisingly I really like how the book ended for Tessa.

OVERALL

Just like the first book it was a book with a lot of exciting events. I loved all the characters and Tessa, Will, Cecily… always could make me laugh out loud. The trilogy told me an incredible story (although I like The Mortal Instruments a bit more) and all the characters have a special place in my hear. Yes, even Will 😉 But Jem is the one who can have my entire heart if he wants to. *-*


Did you read this book? What did you think of it? Comment below or send me a link to your review if you have one. I’d loved to read your thoughts! ALSO!!! Tomorrow I will post a blog post about something I’m very excited about. (It’s a discussion 😉 )

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Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This or That? Challenge #33

Hi, everybody!

I have no school and of course I forgot to post yesterday. But I’m posting today so yay! I haven’t done a This or That? Challenge in weeks so I’m going to start doing those again. For those who don’t know what this is you can click here and the link will bring you right to bookmarkchronicles (the creator of this challenge) her blog post of this week.


This week’s topic is…

Getting to choose the cast the movie for a book of your choice

OR

Rewriting a book of your choice


I’m not sure I would be able to rewrite a book someone else already wrote. Let alone I would want to. I respect the way an author writes his/hers book.

Deciding the cast of a book adaptation seems a lot more tempting. I could cast all my favourite actors and it would be the best movie ever. Okay, maybe not but one can dream. :p So yeah, definetly the latest.


What about you? Make sure to check out Rae’s post (linked above) and comment your choice there! Or you can make your own post about it like I always do (make sure to link it to Rae’s original post). Stay tuned for a bookreview on Saturday. 🙂

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Device #2) by Cassandra Clare

Hi, everybody!

I’m so sorry for not posting all these weeks but it’s been quite hectic at school. Fortunatly I have springbreak now for two weeks. This also may mean that I’ll post more than two times a week. 🙂

Anyway, today I have a review of Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare for you. Since this is a sequel there will be some spoilers if you haven’t read the first book yet.

Titel: Clockwork Prince

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publishing Date: December 6th 2011

Pages: 502

Rating: 4.25/5


SYNOPSIS (Goodreads)

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

CHARACTERS

This second book in the trilogy was not a very action-packed one and that actually surprised me from Cassandra Clare but it was a very good character driven book.
We find out why Will behaves like he does and even though I know now why I still don’t like him… I’m not sure why but I just don’t like him. It’s not like in the first book when I really didn’t like him: I deleted the “really”. Usually I don’t feel like this with characters with such a history. I always try to understand them, and I do understand Will but I just can’t like him. Is there something wrong with me?
Jem I loved even more. He’s so kind to Tessa and just everybody but it’s quite obvious he loves Tessa. And even though I don’t like Will, I do enjoy the two of them together because I think Will does deserve a friend like Jem. Everyone does, right?
Tessa is still thorn between the two of them. She enjoys very much to be with Jem because she feels good with him (how can one not?) but she can’t help but feel attracted to Will even though she doesn’t really want to.
I love how Tessa feels about Charlotte and Sophie, a servant. In a short period of time she really began to care for them a lot.
Sophie is wise and she’s always prepared to give Tessa advise. She can also be pretty badass.
And as I predicted, Jessamine did cause some trouble. It hit how she could be betray the people who cared for her. She’s so selfish and it seriously troubled me.

PLOT

Because it was a character driven book it wasn’t a very exciting ending (for Cassandra Clare). I really loved that one exciting scene. And to be honest, Will really annoyed me at the end and unfortunately Tessa did a little bit, too…

OVERALL

I don’t think this prequel was as good as the first book but I still really really liked it. We didn’t find out that much about Tessa but I hope we will in the final book.


Did you read this book? What did you think of it? Comment below or send me a link to your review if you have one. I’d loved to read your thoughts! I hope to see you soon! 🙂

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

 

 

Book Review: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Hi, everybody!

Today I have my book review for Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare for you. I hope you enjoy!

Titel: Clockwork Angel

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publishing Date: August 31st 2014

Pages: 479

Rating: 4.75/5


 

SYNOPSIS (Goodreads)

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

WRITING

As you all know I really enjoy Cassandra Clare’s books and I love her writingstyle. She makes me really feel things for the characters and she’s so funny!

CHARACTERS

Cassandra Clare is known to create amazing and unique characters, In this book it isn’t any different.

We follow Tessa who travels to London on her brother’s request but gets kidnapped. When she discovers the Shadowhunters (or they discover her) her life changes forever for she knows now the truth about the world. I find Tessa a very likeable character. She’s caring, loves her brother like nothing else and she loves books. Quickly she’s attracted to the sweet Jem and the sarcastic Will.

Jem, oh, how I love Jem. Jem’s been ill for a very big part of his life and doesn’t expect to live a long life. He’s so kind and understanding and God, I love him so, so much! *-*

Will’s another story. Where his friend is light and kind, he is dark and hateful. He keeps people away from him with the exception of Jem. I really don’t like him. He’s very mysterious and I can tell there is more to his past than he says but I. Just. Cannot. Stand. Him. Everybody else seems to love him, or at least like him, and now I can’t really see why but I guess that will change throughout the trilogy. I’ll just have to wait and see.

Charlotte runs the London Institute and she’s very capable of doing so, even though she still is very young and doesn’t really get support of her husband, Henry. He’s an inventor and very absentmindedly. Charlotte takes Tessa under her wings immediatly and cares a lot for everyone who lives at the Institute.

Lastly there’s Jessamine. She hates living at the Institute since she doesn’t want to be a Shadowhunter and I expect she will cause some trouble in the rest of the trilogy. She’s not very strong set mentally, I think.

SETTING

I loved to see the Shadowworld in Victorian London. I love the idea of the clothes they’re wearing and I liked to see that the Shadowhunters were a little bit more modern than the mundanes. (Like, women are almost as important as men.)

PLOT

As Always with Cassandra Clare’s books, the end was so exciting. Throughout the whole story we have a lot of questions surrounding Tessa and her abbility and at the end we got to know some things about her that left me with even more questions.

OVERALL

This was an amazing first book! I loved everything about it and it was all very interesting. Can’t wait to continue with this trilogy. Hopefully we’ll get some more answers that don’t leave us with more questions. :p


Did you read this book? What did you think of it? Comment below or send me a link to your review if you have one. I’d love to read your thoughts! 🙂

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Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Or That? Challenge #30

Hi, everybody!

New This or That? Challenge!!!! This challenge is created by Bookmarkchronicles. If you want to know more about this challenge just click the link and it will bring you to Rae’s original post. 🙂


This week’s topic is…

Do you prefer original fairy tales

OR

retellings of fairy tales?


I have to admit that I haven’t read that many fairy tales. I know the stories and stuff but I haven’t really read them. I blame my parents. They never read fairy tales to me when I was young but I really want to read them now because fairy tales are just wonderful to read.

I haven’t read a lot of retellings either to be completely honest. I’ve read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and that’s actually the only one. But everytime I hear about a retelling I’m like: Definitely want to read that one! I can’t wait to read The Lunar Chronicles for example.

So I guess I’ll go for the retellings. I absolutely love the or original fairy tales but I love the twists other auteurs put on them even more so yes, retellings.


What about you? Make sure to check out Rae’s post (linked above) and comment your choice there! Or you can make your own post about it like I always do (make sure to link it to Rae’s original post). I hope you enjoyed it and make sure to check out my book reviews I post every weekend. 🙂

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx