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Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

Hi, everybody!

I’ve had such a bussy weekend! I don’t know if I will be able to put a book review on every week because of my exams. We’ll see… But I made some time to post a book review today! I hope you enjoy. 🙂

Titel: City of Heavenly Fire

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: YA, Fantasy Adventure

Publishing Date: May 27th 2014

Pages: 725

Rating: 5/5


Synopsis  (Goodreads)

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…


My review

A flawless end to an amazing book series. I loved everything in this book. After City of Bones, I loved Jace and Clary the most in this one. Of course, because Cassandra Clare can never leave them alone, there’s standing something between Jace and Clary yet again. But I didn’t find it as heartbreaking as in City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls. Friends of mine said that I would die in this book and I thought it was because of Jace and Clary. I thought it would get worse than those three previous books. Fortunatly, that wasn’t the case.

The whole book was so effing exciting but I was wondering what part would break my heart. After some time I even thought that part wouldn’t come but then the last couple chapters came…
Even though I cried extremely hard, I had also never laughed this hard in any book before. There was this part where I seriously had to cry of laughter for ten minutes straight. When I think about it now I have start laughing all over again.

You all know how much I love Jace and Clary, and Magnus and Alec, but… they’ll have to step aside for Isabelle and Simon. I love those two so much! Maybe also because Izzy is my favorite character but just! Izzy and Simon!

Cassandra Clare has created a reading experience I’ll never forget. She has the talent to write an action-packed series with one of the best cast of characters ever. Her writingstyle is so, so beautiful. Cassandra Clare also has the talent to “embarras” us: Everytime, at the end of each book, when you think everything happened that had to happen, she slaps you in the face with another plot twist that makes you scream out of frustration. When you’re just laying in bed with your book you just have to take a moment to take it all in. You look at the wall and think: “What the hell did just happen? Why did she have to do that?”

I have no idea which one of the six is my favourite. I really can’t choose between City of Fallen Angels and City of Heavenly Fire.

Oh! Can’t wait to read her other books!!!

Did you read this series? What did you think of it? Who’s your favourite character? Ship? Which one’s your favourite book? Please comment below! Also, if you have a book review for this one you can send a link to it. I’d love to read it! 🙂

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

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This or That? Challenge #14

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Hi, everybody!

I completely forgot to post yesterday. I was busy with homework and I had other things on my mind but I made some time to post today!

Last week Rae over at Bookmark Chronicles wanted to know how we knew which books to buy and now she wants to know where we buy them:

Do you buy your books at physical bookstornes (like Barnes & Noble)

OR

Do you buy them online (on sites like Amazon)


I actually do both. In Belgium we don’t have a Barnes & Noble but every Wednesday after school I go to the bookshop close to my school. I don’t buy a book every week but if I have enough money I like to buy books there. When I go to Antwerp with my mum I also go to the bookstore there because there’s a big section of English books and then I buy several books.

When it’s Christmas, my birthday, … I like to buy books online. I don’t order from Amazon (although the books there are much cheaper than the site I use but my mum trusts this site more, so yeah…) It’s been a while since I last ordered something, though… But I really want to because there are so many good books I can’t find at the bookstores… Well, in a couple of weeks we have a holiday here in Belgium and I hope to get some money for books! 😀


That’s it! What do you do? Make sure to comment on Rae’s post (linked above) or make your own post about it! (Make sure to link it to Rae’s blog) Saturday I have a bookreview for you and I will see you then! 🙂

Love,

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

The Book Courtship Book Tag

Hi, everybody!

I’m here with the Book Tag I planned to post last Sunday but if you read my post on Tuesday you know what happened. If you are reading this it means that I didn’t forget to plug the charger in. XD I was tagged by Kyrosmagica. Thank you for tagging me!


PHASE 1 – Initial Atraction: A book that you bought because of the cover

This Dutch book by Peter Nys. The cover is so beautiful and the cover of the second books is, too. I wonder what the third book will look like. I bought this book a couple of years ago before I discovered the big bookcommunity. I read it on my vacation in Greece and really liked it! Last Thursday I went to the bookfair in Antwerp and I got this book signed by Peter Nys and I was really happy with that!


Phase 2 – First Impression: a book that you got because of the summary

Several weeks ago I bought the book We Are All Completely Beside Ourselved by Karen Joy Fowler. I still haven’t read it but it sounds very interesting! Here is the synopsis if you’re curious:

Rosemary doesn’t talk very much, and about certain things she’s silent. She had a sister, Fern, her whirlwind other half, who vanished from her life in circumstances she wishes she could forget. And it’s been ten years since she last saw her beloved older brother Lowell.

Now at college, Rosemary starts to see that she can’t go forward without going back, back to the time when, aged five, she was sent away from home to her grandparents and returned to find Fern gone.


PHASE 3 –  Sweet Talk: A book with great writing

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson is so beautiful writtin. It’s a very unique story and it’s one of my favourite books I read in 2015 so far. I still haven’t read The Sky Is Everywhere by her but I really want to.


PHASE 4 – First Date: A first book of a series that made you want to pick up the rest of the series

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I was pretty late with this hype. I bought the first two books because a friend wanted to see Catching Fire with me in the cinemas. Before that I hadn’t seen or read The Hunger Games. But once I started reading I was addicted. I finished The Hunger Games and then I immediatly started Catching Fire. I finished that one on a Sunday and I was so mad because I couldn’t buy Mockingjay. I seriously was pissed that whole Sunday. XD


PHASE 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night

The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I read this book so quickly and on an evening I just wasn’t able to put the book down. I went to bed at around midnight. That isn’t late when you’re in holiday or in the weekend but that was on a schoolnight. I probably wasn’t very awake the next day, but I can’t remember.


PHASE 6 – Always On My Mind: a book you could not stop thinking about

I wanted to choose the Harry Potter series but I want to keep that one for another phase so I’m going with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This is another favourite of mine of 2015. This book was wonderfull! I still think about it a lot and I want to re-read it again.


PHASE 7 – Getting Physical: A book you like the way it feels

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. These three cute stories make you feel so warm inside and I loved them so, so much. They aren’t exactly special but they’re so fun to read. I read this book at the beginning of summer (Logical, I know) but I really want to read it during the winter when it’s cold and I need a warm-up.


PHASE 8 – Meeting The Parents: A book you would recommend to your family and friends

A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah. J. Maas. Not because I think it’s a book everyone in my family would like but just because it’s a book I want everyone to read. This also is one of my favourite reads of 2015 and I adore it.


PHASE 9 – Thinking About The Futur: A book or series you know you will re-read many times in the futur

This is why I saved Harry Potter. I already read most of them ten times but I read like to read them so much. They make me feel home and they will always be their for me.


That’s it! I hope you liked it. In a couple of weeks my exams will start so I’ll have to study a lot. Thereby I will probably post less in those weeks. I will probably still post the This or That? Challenges on Wednesdays and then a book review in the weekend. I hope to see you on Wednesday! 🙂

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

Book Review: City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare

Hi, everybody!

It’s Saturday and tomorrow is my last day of autumn break. 😦 But I have a book review for you!

Titel: City of Lost Souls

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: YA, Fantasy Adventure

Publishing Date: May 8th 2012

Pages: 535

Rating: 4.25/5


Synopsis (Goodreads)

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.


My review

After an end like the one of City of Fallen Angels I just had to know what was going to happen next. It was really good but like City of Bones and City of Ashes, not my favourtie.

I’m a big Clace shipper, you have to know, but in this fifth part I didn’t think I liked it very much. This was mostly in the beginning. When the book was coming to its end I absolutely adored them again. But Clary just risked too much for Jace.
She was a real badass, though. She knew how to fight and the fighting scenes with her were one of my favourites.
Jace’s condition really broke my heart. Like Clary, we could all see that that wasn’t the real Jace. Cassandra Clare did a wonderfull job on that.
Although Jace and Clary weren’t my favourite, I loved all the other couples.
Alec and Magnus still have a lot of problems but they really love each other. Alec talks about the problems he encounters now everyone knows he’s homosexual. Turns out it’s less easy as we first thought for Alec.
Jordan still has a lot of guilt for all the things that he did to Maia. But Maia sees this and because Jordan is extremely cute, handsome and gentle, Maia can’t resist him.
And then, there’s Simon and Isabelle. Oh, where do I start with them. Isabelle always was one of my favourite character of this series and after reading this one she might be my top favourite. The always so strong and tough Izzy turns out to be vulnerable and she finally admits she needs someone… Simon.

Except the little problem I had with Jace and Clary, I adored every other couple in this book. That’s also one of the best things in Cassandra’s books. It never is about one or two persons. It’s about a lot more persons. Each and everyone of them gets his or her own story. I totally love it.

I have to admit something shameful, though. When I was about halfway in the book I realised that I started to like Sebastian. I knew it was wrong. He’s incredibly bad and he reminds me of Voldemort (yep…) But still… Don’t worry. These feeling completely disapeared when the book was coming to its end. (Please tell me if you felt the same… please…)

I almost finished City of Heavenly Fire and it’s so good!


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

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

 

This or That? Challenge #13

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Hi, everybody!

This week’s This or That? Challenge hosted by Rae over at Bookmark Chronicles:

She wants to know how we choose what book to buy

Do you make your choice based off of reviews (Goodreads, recommendations from friends, etc.)

OR

Do you go with your own instincts? (You thought the summary sounded good, you thought the cover was pretty, etc.)


Mostly I buy books that I’ve seen a lot on Bookstagram or on Booktube. Before Bookstagram I never knew what book was any good so I just picked a book that seemed nice. Now I have such a big list of all the books I want, it’s almost insane! But I’m very thankfull for this big bookcommunity. Without it I wouldn’t have read such good books these past month.

So definitly the first one. 🙂


That’s it. If you want to know more about the This or That? Challenges make sure to check out Rae’s blog (linked above). Also, if you want to participate in these challenges you can comment on Rae’s post (also linked above) or make your own post about it like I do. Make sure to link it to her blog! 🙂

Love,

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

Book Review: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare

Hi, everybody!

As you may have noticed I haven’t posted a Book Tag on Sunday. But I have an excuse. I got home around 8 o’clock in the evening from a sleepover so I was very tired. I started writing the Book Tag but then when I was writing my last sentence (no lie) my computer died without a warning! I was so pissed and tired that I really didn’t want to do it again. I’ll probably do it again this Sunday, though. But for today I have an extra Book Review for you!

Titel: City of Fallen Angels

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: YA, Fantasy Adventure

Publishing Date: January 1st 2011

Pages: 424

Rating: 5/5


Synopsis (Goodreads)

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.


My review

As I said in my review of City of Glass I had no idea what had to happen in next book(s). Turns out: a lot.

When I read the synopsis I was scared. Jace was going to pull away from Clary? A couple of months ago I read a book where to protagonists kept misunderstanding each other and didn’t talk for 800 pages! I was afraid something like that would happen in this one, too. Fortunatly, that wasn’t the case. I didn’t get frustrated and the problem was quite fast “solved”.

In the beginning we read about Clary’s training. That was the moment I had the feeling Clary was going to be a real Shadowhunter. I’m really starting to love Clary, actually!
I felt so sorry for Jace. Cassandra Clare keeps torturing him and my friends say it’s going to be worst in the next couple of books… I don’t want to see my baby get hurt!
Simon has his own dilemmas. Beside all the attacks on him and two vampires “fighting” over him he’s also dating two girls at the same time… Maia and Isabelle don’t know this from each other, though. In some way I found this really funny. I’m a bad person. XD
Alec and Magnus really are my OTP. They’re so damn cute and I really love them together. But Alec finds it very difficult to date someone who’s hundreds of years old and has a such a big history.
We met the new and handsome Kyle. He wants to play in Simon’s band. I really liked him. He’s very kind and helpfull. When Simon’s thrown out of his house by his mother he can live in Kyle’s appartement and they even become friends.

As always there happens a lot in Cassandra’s books. The end was so unexpected and I totally loved it! Definitly my favourite plot of the whole series so far. A lot of people say that the series could’ve stop after the first three books. And maybe they’re right. It indeed could stop there. Everything was nicely wrapped up but I’m happy it didn’t end after City of Glass.


Did you read this book? What did you think of it? Comment below or send a link to your review if you have one. I’d love to read it! I’ll see you tomorrow with a new This or That? Challenge!

Love,

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx