Tuesday, January 14, 2014

City of Heavenly Fire: cover finally here!

We don't have to look at this anymore:

Instead we get to look at a Jace (okay edit: Sebastian) who's impersonating Spike, and Clary in a nightgown who's not looking so badass? Oh wait, there's a knife in her hand. Sleepwalking danger?

Is this…real? I tried googling for it, but only found about a million fake ones. This one is from Goodreads, so is that legit enough? Let me know if I'm wrong.



…also Goodreads says this book is 733 pages. huh? what? o.O

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Immortals: series review

What did I spend the first week of the year doing? Well I received some secondhand books from my friend and they were eleven Tamora Pierce books. (I did go over and pick them out.) And I realized just how many I haven't read yet! I read The Protector of the Small and Song of the Lioness quartets when I was probably 11 or so, and loved them so much. Over the years I forgot there were actually more books to that universe…but now! Now. I shall finish them all.

So this past week I read all four Immortals books non-stop. I put everything else down because these kept me completely hooked. This was also a reminder that it's so great to read a series that's already released so there's no year-long waiting period between each one.

The books of the quartet are Wild Magic, Wolf-Speaker, Emperor Mage, and The Realms of the Gods. Released between 1992 and 1996. Again, so glad I only had to wait four days instead of four years to read them all.

The story follows the young girl Daine from age 13 to 16, which is a very reasonable timeline for a series, instead of the nowadays 3 weeks or 2 months maybe (there's a rant hiding in that sentence.) Daine has a sort of wild magic, and can communicate with animals, so I of course immediately wanted to be her. Throughout the books she keeps company with her horse Cloud, a neighborly pack of wolves, a squirrel, monkey, dragon, yes dragon; and even adorable blobs of something that reminds me of the pink blob thing in the animated movie Treasure Planet. (which I loved when it came out.) Those have to be my favorite.

Her human (two-legger) friends consist of the powerful and kind mage, Numair. (*eyebrow wiggle*) and horse trainer Onua. Other friends are the Lioness, Alanna, and Queen Thayet. Okay there are a lot more still, but these guys are most prominent through the whole storyline of Daine's adventures fighting the bad guys.

I wish there were more stories to be told of Daine, but alas, she'll just cameo in later Tortall books…I have grown very attached to all of these people and animals. And the only complaint I have is the point of view. I'm not a fan of third person, and this is unlimited so Daine is referred to as 'the girl' sometimes and that messed me up a few times…really it's overall not that bad. I'm just pet-peeving here.

If you haven't gotten to these books of Tamora Pierce's yet, I highly suggest you go to the library, grab all four, and gather rations near your reading chair. Even though they're younger-teen, almost considered middle grade nowadays, I'm almost a decade older than when I started reading her books, and I still find them highly enjoyable. She knows how to write fantasy like few others.

The next series I'm told to read (by my friend, the expert on Pierce's books) is the Tricksters duo. Thankfully those two were included in the eleven books I got, so I will read those really soon. I'll try to savor them, but I know it'll be hard not to zoom through.

Friday, January 3, 2014

The Offering: Spotlight

The Offering by Kimberly Derting

True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.

Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks.

When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queendom of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens Ludania, and it seems her only option is to sacrifice herself in exchange for Ludanian freedom.

But things aren’t always as they seem. Charlie is walking into a trap—one set by Sabara, who is determined to reclaim the Queendoms at any cost.

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Excerpt time!


I moved, but I didn’t do as he asked. I ignored his orders, and instead, got to my knees and dropped my chin to my chest.
I invited him to shoot me in the head.


Ohhh exciting…..

If you want to see my review, click here!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

City of Bones: movie review

A while ago I did a movie-review on The Host and it got bombarded with views, so I thought I'd take a try at this one. You're probably thinking- "City of Bones movie? That's old news, Jane." Well. I was gone all summer in Europe and didn't manage to find a single movie theatre (somehow.) So I have had to wait until the DVD release to see it. My copy finally came in at the library yesterday. I saw it with my friend and her older brother which made the experience…different.

Overall I'd like to make a point and say, against my expectations I actually DID enjoy the movie, and would probably see it again sometime. But it is in my nature to critique and tear things up, so that is what I'm going to do now. :)

The Goods
  • Simon. Simon was definitely a Good Aspect of the movie. I think he fit the role. Unfortunately his band didn't make the cut, but that was more of a book-two thing anyway, right? At least he had funny tshirts a couple times. Only thing is he turned out to be more attractive than Jace. Sorry to all Team Simon fans (even though that really wasn't ever a thing) but Jace is just supposed to be hotter. Fact.
  • When they go see the poetry slam? Great great.
  • Clary's mother. She was nice and sheltering and cool and I can totally picture her as a retired ass-kicking Shadowhunter. But she looks very young still.
  • Hodge. Who was an excellent Moriarty by the way. 
  • Silent Brothers. The City of Bones was cool, chill inducing, all that jazz.
  • Clary. Good acting, pretty, fit the role okay. 


Hm…the accents? Those were okay. But if there is ever a showing or mention of the Enclave in London, there could be come confusion. But according to my friend, it does make them a degree cooler. (Says the Americans.)

The effects. I guess the directors had a thing against using CGI, and just went with rubber monster masks. Especially the demon cop things. I mean really. (okay it wasn't all terrible, but there was a degree of cheesy non-realness.)

Magnus Bane.
Yeah, I think he has to go to the in-between. He is one of my absolutely favorite characters ever. Thankfully his movie-version isn't totally screwed up. I didn't like his first introduction. (Um. Shorts.) But right as it cut away from that strange scene, his cat eyes flashed and there was a collective "eeep!" of excitement. And when he shows up at the institute later to help Alec it's so brief, so it's just kind of sucks…but maybe he is in more of CoA.

Luke was different than I pictured in my head. Which, to be honest, was a less-ragged looking Lupin. As the movie progressed he grew on me a little.

Isabelle had pretty nifty weapons. Flamethrower sequence baffled me but it looked cool. Interesting differences to her whip? All Electra and alive? I think they changed it because it looks more visually appealing that way.

The Bads

  • Jace's hair and accompanying hoodie.

Let us just sit on that sentence for a second.


I feel the need to point out that Jace would never agree to wearing a hoodie, as it would mess up his hair (which is actually attractive in the books) and also. Jace. Hoodie. It just does not work. I will resist a rant paragraph.

  • Valentine's hair.
  • Luke's hair.
  • actually, everyone's hair.
  • I'm just kidding, Clary's hair was okay.

  • Back to Jace, he wasn't funny of self obsessed enough; or maybe he was, but it was too subtle. And again those words don't belong in the same sentence. There was one direct quote, and you probably know which one I mean (I turn myself down occasionally) and that little quip back and forth between him and Clary was good, but that was the extent of it. His demeanor was too quiet. I know he's observant and moody broody. But no, he isn't actually. His defense mechanism definitely leans toward humor. Even if that hoodie attitude in hiding on the inside.

  • OH MY GOD I JUST REALIZED THERE ARE NO ADULTS IN THE INSTITUTE. Like right as I'm looking at my notes and typing this I was like wait. Where are the other characters? There were none!!! The Lightfoot parents are nowhere to be seen! 
  • Also. Isabelle says something quick, I think referring to Alec as her best friend….not once do they even mention they're siblings. Did I miss that? Hm.

  • Why did they make Simon awkwardly hang in the hotel? What did that achieve? Why WASN'T HE A RAT? I don't get any of that. And their whole rescue mission of sliding a board across the gap which was extremely wobbly, and then sending Clary across who is the least coordinated…just none of that whole scene made logical sense to me.

What was left out.

Raphael! Hotel Dumont. Like everything to do with that. BUT they did hint at the vampire thing with the bite marks on Simon, which regrettably clues us there will be a sequel since that issue did not get wrapped up. *torn feelings about this*

(anyone else remember what they left out? I haven't reread the book recently but it didn't seem like they left out a whole bunch, just mixed things around.)


End note. I know movies are supposed to be different than the books; if they were exactly the same, it would probably not work because books are all about inside feelings and movies have to rely on a more outwardly impression. So, I do like John Green's response to this, with regard to TFiOS: Why Stuff Like Hair Color Is Not So Important To Me.

And I may expand this review as more things come to mind.

Thanks for reading,