The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire Review
The Dark War reaches it’s climax in The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire. Clary Fray’s demonic brother, Sebastian, is attacking
Institutes around the world, either killing or turning Shadowhunters into his Endarkened warriors. After the latest attack on the Los Angeles
Institute leaves children orphaned and others kidnapped, the Clave brings the Shadowhunters from around the world back to Idris, where a plan is
to be made to defeat the evil Sebastian. When Clary is forced to flee with her mother, Luke, Jace and the Lightwoods to Alicante, Simon is left
behind with Maia and Jordan, his bodyguard and friend from the Praetor Lupus. When the mentally unhinged Maureen, the new head of the New York
Vampire Clan, kidnaps him, Simon must turn to an unlikely ally for help. Soon, Clary and Jace, along with their friends, must go to an unimaginable
place in order to stop Sebastian once and for all, and they will have to sacrifice greatly if they are to stop him from turning the world to
This book is the final chapter in the story of Clary Fray and her friends and family, along with the twisted tale of her brother, Sebastian. The
grim tale of the Shadowhunters being torn apart as their friends and family are either murdered or turned into demonic, inhuman versions of their
former selves is incredibly addictive to read. There are some deep emotional stories in this book, as the prospect of death and apocalyptic
battles lead the main characters to seek refuge with one another, and shed their barriers in order to gain clarity before their most harrowing
battle yet. The writing is superb, and with some of the most dramatic, emotional scenes yet in the series, this is the perfect ending to the
Dark Shadowhunter story line, and the introduction of new characters is a perfect way to set the story for the next series. With shocking twists
and turns throughout the book, this reader and author is hard pressed to find a better example of powerful storytelling, and I for one am looking
forward to the next part of this incredible world created by the wonderful Cassandra Claire. Everyone should pick up their copy of this book
11/22/63 by Stephen King Review:
The master of horror and suspense has done it again, bringing a unique and epic look back at American history in his novel, 11/22/63. The story
follows Jake Epping, a high-school English teacher who is thrust into a world-changing adventure when his friend and local diner owner Al shows
him a ripple in time residing in his diner’s pantry. Al, who a day ago was living and thriving, is now much older and dying, and wants Jake’s
help in stopping Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating John F. Kennedy. When he learns that each time he steps into the past, he goes back to
the exact same day, in 1958, he first goes back in time to help another friend of his, Harry Dunning, whom was brain damaged after his father
murdered his family and left him for dead. After a mildly successful trip to the past and stopping the murder, he realizes he has the power to
rewrite history, but will face life and death situations when the timeline tries to stop him from meddling. Soon he returns to the past, and
spends years there, investigating and following the life of Lee Oswald in order to determine if he was the sole assassin. However life gets
complicated when he meets Sadie, and falls in love. Juggling a desire to stay in the past and continue his mission to save Kennedy, Jake must
face the complications of living a double life, fighting the timeline’s attempts to stop him and saving the woman he loves from the dangers of
The book is a phenomenal read, and showcases that Stephen King is still at the top of his game. Getting a very real sense of what life was like
back in the late 50’s and early 60’s, this novel showcases the vast difference in societal views, exploring themes of racial tensions, religious
over-saturation and the global political scene as a whole. It actual has a lot of bearing on the current political landscape in our world, and
manages to bridge the gap between the past and the present. It also is a thrilling adventure, that explores the age old question, are things
meant to happen the way they do, or can they be changed? 11/22/63 is a must read novel that demonstrates to new readers why Stephen King is still
a master of his craft, while longtime fans will enjoy the nods to Stephen King’s established universe and the larger than life questions he always
asks through the themes of his novels. If you haven’t yet, you should read this book today!
Hellbound by David McCaffrey Review
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity in return for a fair and honest review.
Evil has a new face in author David McCaffrey’s sensational novel, “Hellbound.” This book is a thrilling tale that explores both the complex mind
of a serial killer and the effects he has on the world.
The story follows Obadiah Stark, aka “The Tally Man”, a ruthless serial killer who is facing execution at ADX Absolom, a desolate prison similar
to Alcatraz. With the witnesses present and an eager journalist who’s followed The Tally Man’s long career as a killer, Stark is put to death,
but journalist Joe O Connell finds some odd things that make the execution come into question. Soon he begins to uncover secrets while looking
into the mind of the killer that will bring the execution into a whole new light. Meanwhile, Stark awakens to find himself in a whole new world.
Expecting oblivion after his death, he learns he’s back in his childhood hometown, with a wife and child and a whole new life he has no memory
of. After rejecting this life and going on a viscous killing spree, (ending with a police shootout that claimed his life), Stark reawakens to
find the day has reset, and this new life has restarted for Stark again. After the day repeats over and over again, Stark is forced to examine
himself and face the grim reality of the dormant emotions that reside within him.
This is a unique thriller that takes readers on a exciting journey to discover the true meaning of justice, morality, and evil. Part horror
story, part conspiracy thriller, the alternating POV’s between Joe and Obadiah offer a great view on both sides of the story, from both the
eyes of the journalist fighting to learn the truth to the eyes of a demented killer getting in touch with his humanity. The author has created
a fun world that easily conjured up a cinematic feeling, like this was something I could watch on television today. With a twist ending that
leaves readers wanting to delve deeper into the world of this story, Hellbound is a fantastic read that everyone should read today. Be sure to
pick up your copy of David McCaffrey’s “Hellbound” today!
The Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Claire Review:
SPOILER WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
The fight for Jace’s soul wages on in the fifth book in Cassandra Claire’s epic YA series, The Mortal Instruments. After the cliffhanger ending
of the fourth book, Clary finds herself being investigated by the Clave after Jace disappears, as does the body of her brother, Sebastian. With
Isabelle, Alec and Clary frantic to find Jace and Magnus, Simon, Maia and Jordan eager to help, Clary soon learns the devastating truth behind
the disappearance. Sebastian is alive, and the ritual that raised him has tied him physically to Jace. Worse yet, Jace has become a pawn, controlled
and made into an obedient partner to Sebastian’s powerful will. Soon Clary finds herself forced to become a double agent, infiltrating Sebastian
and the mind-controlled Jace’s secret hideout in order to figure out their plan, while the rest of the group goes on a dangerous mission to
find a weapon capable of separating Jace from Sebastian.
The forces of heaven and hell become much more involved as the plot of Jonathan Morgenstern come to light. The son of the deadliest Shadowhunter
to ever betray the Clave is even more evil than anyone could have imagined. The scenes between Clary and Jace, and Clary and Sebastian, are
incredibly powerful narratives, while the development of both Simon and Isabella is a welcome addition to the story itself, and serves as a
reminder of the vast array of characters the Shadowhunter universe really is, and the mythology of the series is heavily explored throughout the
novel. By book’s end, a bloody war will loom ahead, as the final book of this series will bring an end to the vast saga of Clary Fray and her
journey. Will Clary find a way to stop her demonic brother? Will she and her friends and loved ones survive? We’ll find out in the final book,
City of Heavenly Fire.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Claire Review
SPOILER ALERT: MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
The Mortal War is over, and life has gone on for Clary, Jace, Simon and the rest of the group in Cassandra Claire’s fourth Mortal Instruments
book, City of Fallen Angels. Weeks after the bloody battle in Idris, the Shadowhunter home, Clary is back in New York, starting her training
to become a Shadowhunter. With the knowledge that they are not in fact siblings, Clary and Jace pursue their romantic relationship for the first
time, but soon Jace starts pulling away, and Clary is left to figure out what is haunting the boy she’s falling in love with. Meanwhile, Simon
is adjusting to life as not only a vampire and Daywalker, but as the bearer of the Mark of Cain. Wrestling with his vampiric nature and trying
to maintain a normal “human” life, (as well as an unexpected love triangle), Simon soon learns that there are new, powerful players interested
in him, and soon he learns just how powerful the Mark truly is. With dead Shadowhunters being found around the city, a new conspiracy threatens
to tear apart the happiness and peace they all thought they could enjoy with the death of Valentine.
Rather than leaving the fate’s of these incredible characters up to the imagination, fans will be delighted to delve deeper into their stories,
and it is quite a refreshing take on a story in which the battle continues for these naturally bred warriors and protectors. Multiple new enemies
are introduced, while this book does an excellent job of taking the reader through the viewpoints of multiple characters this time around. By
the book’s end, the book will have lain the groundwork for a brand new trilogy and a darker mystery than ever before imagined. The intricate
details lain in this book make for an addictive read, and the fifth book is sure to continue that addiction.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass by Cassandra Claire Review
WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS POSSIBLE!
War is coming for the Shadowhunters. With Valentine in possession the Mortal Cup and the Mortal Sword, all Shadowhunters have been called back
to their home of Idris, namely the famed city Alicante. Having learned the secret to saving her mother rests in the hands of a powerful warlock
named Ragnor Fell, Clary sets out to travel to Alicante, but Jace Wayland, her recently revealed brother, refuses to let her come, and decides to
take off before she can tag along. However things take a complicated turn as Jace and his family depart, and soon they are portaling through to
Alicante with a reluctant guest, Simon, Clary’s best friend and recently turned vampire. Things get even more complicated when Clary finds a way
to portal herself to the Shadowhunter home, and meets some complex problems in the process. She soon becomes steeped into the political storm that
is The Clave, and her arrival comes just as Valentine prepares to wipe out all Shadowhunters who oppose him. With their very lives at stake,
truths will be revealed, and shocking events will lead Clary to take a crucial war in the impending war.
With the very world of the Shadowhunters on the line, the stakes have never been higher in Cassandra Claire’s epic fantasy YA series. The history
of both the larger than life Shadowhunter mythology will be explored, as will the complicated family drama of the various Shadowhunter clans,
including Clary, Jace and Valentine’s connections to one another. Bringing a very real sense of gruesome horror to the fantasy series, the themes
of morality, the definition of a true monster and love are all clearly brought to life in this third entry in the series, and the strong
emotional archs given to each character is addicting and palpable to read. This book makes it easy to see why The Mortal Instruments has become
a worldwide phenomenon, and although there are plenty more books in the series, this is a satisfying conclusion to the Mortal War trilogy. Be
sure to read The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass today!
The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes by Cassandra Claire Review
The second novel in Cassandra Claire’s epic series, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, really ups the ante in terms of action, drama and
mythology. Having just completed it for a second time, the novel really builds on the foundations of the first book and makes a bigger, more
open world within the same confines of New York City.
Faced with a startling truth, Clary struggles with her new life, being caught between her friend and the life they once shared and the new,
terrifying reality that demons and monsters roam the Earth and go hidden amongst the humans. Jace Wayland also struggles with a new reality, and
faces the scrutiny of the Clave, especially the judging eyes of The Inquisitor, a woman charged with upholding the laws of the Shadowhunters.
However they both will come to learn that their new realities are the least of their concerns, as Valentine returns, and brings an unstoppable
army that threatens to overrun the Shadowhunters. They must find a way to stop him before he can raise his army, but along the way they’ll face
shocking revelations, and twists and turns that all lead to a massive action scene that builds up to the next book in the series.
The depth of these characters and the supporting cast is phenomenal. The rich mythology introduced throughout this book really serves to
bring to life the bigger plot, and it’s easy to see why this series is not only so massive, but has spawned countless spin-offs. The complicated
relationships between these characters really builds up the drama ten-fold, and the introduction of modern social issues, (family, sexual
identity, etc), helps makes this one of the most compelling YA series to date. Tune in for the upcoming review of TMI: City of Glass, coming