Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Bitch and a Book Review... YEA!

I have been MIA lately.  Our family has been dealing with a lot of Bullshit coming from the Army, that has failed to help protect us and it hasn't made for a very happy Megan.  I am trying to put it behind me now so I will say no more but this is why I have been avoiding everything and all things military, including the bloggy land fun.

I have been devouring books, though.  I love my iPad.  I can't believe that I thought that I would have a hard time transitioning from holding a book in my hand to holding a tablet.  It is the best and WAY lighter than a hard back book and not all awkward to hold in the tub.  Hubby got me a waterproof sleeve for it and I still soak away my stress in the tub with my book.
The waterproof case I use minus the lame handle.
It isn't as opaque as it looks in this picture.
Anyway, on to my book review:

If you know anything about my reading tastes you know i like to read a lot of books about vampires and werewolves... oh my!  I just recently read the Hunger Games series (it was wonderful - can't wait for the movie) which didn't have a single Vampire in it so my next series has to make up for it.  I chose The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.  The first book in this series is City of Bones. Photo
I really liked this book.  It had a little bit of everything fun.  I am going to try and not give anything away but there were Vampires, Werewolves, Angels, Demons and a lot more with some battles and love thrown in to the mix.   The story kicks off with a Demon being lured in to a back room to be dispatched by three demon killing teenagers (oh yeah did I mention this is a Young Adult novel?).  From there you are lead on so many twists and turns through a whole other world of New York city that isn't anything less than supernatural you feel like you may be on a ride at Six Flags as Clary is able to finally see the Shadow World that was her birthright but that her mother had had blocked from her by a powerful Warlock.  From page one to page 512 you can't wait to find out what happens next.

I love when authors take you through the supernatural world with a different spin.  For me the Shadowhunters (the demon killers) are that different spin in this series.  Especially how they are humans with a little bit extra that are able to enhance all of their natural abilities with magical runes that leave faint scars on their bodies.  I also love that it has girls kicking butt right there with the boys while staying stylish at the same time and that it is the kids that have to save the day because their parents aren't able for whatever reason (they are busy, incapacitated, or just plain evil).

The end of the book left me a little disappointed for a couple of reasons.  One reason was that the romance I wanted to see develop was left with no chance and I really didn't like how that played out and the second reasons was the set up for the next book.  I can't stand it when books do that.  I want one story to wrap up and then make book two be in addition to the first story not just 500 more pages of the same one.  But that wasn't bad enough for me not to start book two: City of Ashes and it has started off with a pretty big bang dealing with the fallout of the ending of City of Bones.

If you like Supernatural books where the people in the book kick some serious ass with a little bit of romance and intrigue thrown in then you really should read this book.  I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it!

I do have to tell you all this.  When I started reading the Hunger Games I had one of my students who was reading them too.  So when I started this book I wanted to share it with her thinking we might have similar book tastes.  I tell her the name of the book and she looks at me and says, "I am not allowed to read that book."  I look at her and ask why.  She tells me that there are inappropriate things in it.  I was only a 1/3 of the way in to it at this point and I couldn't place in my brain what was inappropriate so I ask. She leans in to me and whispers, "there's a gay boy in it."  I just say "oh" because I know her family's religion and I can see how this would be inappropriate to them and let it go.  But it really threw me off and as far as I am concerned there isn't anything inappropriate in the book.  No graphic scenes of violence (like in Hunger Games) and no sexual situations.  If I had a young adult child who wanted to read it I would not oppose it.


Elizabeth said...

That is badass!! A waterproof sleeve. Just last week I was saying I wish they made waterproof books.

Julie said...

I need one of those for my Kindle! Sorry the Army is not being nice to you :( Going to check out that series.

Ashley said...

I'm about to start on the second book in the Hunger Games series. I'm looking forward to it! Also, my husband has asked me if I want an iPad, but seeing as I read most of my books via renting from the library, it would be a waste of money. I just don't buy a lot of books that I read and I only read them once, so yeah. But that's a pretty darn cool waterproof sleeve! I would love to have something like that if I had an iPad or e-reader.

I'm sorry the Army has not been very nice to you and the husband. Hopefully things are looking up for the both of you <3