Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Want Want Want Wednesday (37)

Her Royal Spyness By Rhys Bowen
"The Agatha Award winner debuts a 1930s London mystery series, featuring a penniless twenty-something member of the extended royal family. 
Her ridiculously long name is Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter to the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch. And she is flat broke. As the thirty-fourth in line for the throne, she has been taught only a few things, among them, the perfect curtsey. But when her brother cuts off her allowance, she leaves Scotland, and her fianc� Fish-Face, for London, where she has: 
a) worked behind a cosmetics counter-and gotten sacked after five hoursb) started to fall for a quite unsuitable minor royalc) made some money housekeeping (incognita, of course), andd) been summoned by the Queen to spy on her playboy son. 
Then an arrogant Frenchman, who wants her family's 800-year-old estate for himself, winds up dead in her bathtub. Now her most important job is to clear her very long family name."
I saw this book reviewed on The Unread Reader I believe? and It sounded like something I would enjoy.

Gates of Paradise By Melissa De La Cruz
"Watch out for the explosive finale in the Blue Bloods series.The seventh and final novel in the epic saga.
All your questions answered. . . All the mysteries explained. . . Friends reunited. . . Hearts broken. . . Will Bliss return with the Hellhounds? Will Schuyler save the Blue Bloods? Who will live? Who will die?"
Look,  I am obsessed with this series. It is definitely a favorite of mine and I may be a book or two behind but still! I want this book BADLY!

The Last Romanov By Dora Levy Mossanen
"For almost a century, Imperial Russia has captivated the imagination- the ruthless execution of the royal family, the disputed survival of the heir: it's a cinematic chaos that the masterful Dora Levy Mossanen unravels for her readers. Taking readers deep into tarnished grandeur, The Last Romanov follows Darya, a wise old beauty whose time spent with the Imperial family has haunted her entire life. When the murderous events unfold, Darya is plagued by the prophecy made by the Empress's advisor, Rasputin. She must find the missing Tsarevich Alexis Romanov and restore the monarchy or risk losing her own life."

You had me at Romanov. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Every Day

"Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.
With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day."
Plot: The concept and plot was a good one, David Levithan is such an artist with his writing. I loved the Levithan wrote out multiple days and different bodies for "A" to be in, a lot of writers will make it seem like they are going to do that in their summaries of the book and then only give you like 4 variations. I liked that it really made you think.

Characters: I love the we see everything through "A" 's perspective and almost like an inner voice. Although "A" is really an a-sexual entity my brain envisioned him as a boy. Very kind, and wise for his age, but also ha wonders and curiosities of any sixteen year old. The other main character being Rhiannon, who I liked, but I do wish we learned more about her, besides the superficial stuff.

Pros: Original and Artistic. Sweet and Caring, Makes You Think.

Cons: Maybe a better ending? Didn't feel a romantic connection between "A" and Rhiannon.

Final Thoughts: I think everyday is an amazing book, and I think Levithan did it again with his chararistic writing style. I so did enjoy it. My only big complaints it that the ending was almost too open-ended for me... which as an artistic choice I could understand, or was it because there may be a sequel? It almost felt like it led up to one... I also never felt a real romantic connection between Rhiannon and "A" maybe best friends but nothing that resembled undying, rooting for it Love. Besides that, I would definitely recommend this book as a must read of 2012.

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Confessions

1. I used to hate using the library, because I didn't like the fact that I couldn't keep the books and add them to my shelf.

2. Although, I now use the Kindle app on my Ipad. I despise e-readers and will not purchase a book using one.

3. I constantly re-organize my bookcases. they used to be organized by height,within the heights alphabetically by author.  Then I re-organized them by color and currently they are simply organized by authors last name. With all non fiction in a separate book case. 

4. I hate lending my books to anyone. They always get damaged somehow.

5. I pulled a muscle in my eye from reading too much. 

6. I really am not a fan of dystopian novels. I only liked The Hunger Games.

7. 80% of the time I buy a book solely based on it's cover.

8. I hate buying books with the movie covers on them, and I try to read books before the movie version comes out.

9. I cannot get rid of books, even the ones I didn't like. 

10. I try to buy all my books through book stores.. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

TBTB: Quick Bookish Survey

The Broke and The Bookish are doing a Quick and Easier Survey... Why Not Participate?

1. The book I’m currently reading: I am currently reading a ton of books. Most Recently Started Being How Lucky You Are By Kristyn Kusek Lewis, then This Side of Paradise By F Scott Fitzgerald, Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow By Juliet Grey and Atlas Shrugged By Ayn Rand , I know I am crazy.

2. The last book I finished: Well I finished a Short Story called The Enchanted Truth By Kym Petrie, but the last BOOK I finished was Dearly, Beloved By Lia Habel (it comes out Sept. 25th, BUY IT!)

3. The next book I want to read: Uhm, this is hard. Too many, but if I had to choose one from my shelf right now... Probably Witches of East End by Melissa De La Cruz. 

4. The last book I bought: I haven't bought any books in SO long. I think it was Made in the U.S.A By Billie Letts.

5. The last book I was given: Excluding, Net Galley's and Books Given by authors. My Grandma gave me 4 book a month or two ago. Two Mystery books, one book on the Black Dahlia Case and Outlander

Friday, August 24, 2012

Artemis Fowl : The Arctic Incident (Book 2)

The Arctic Incident sees the slightly older, perhaps slightly more mellow arch-criminal Artemis recovered from his last adventure, richer now that he has his half of a hoard of fairy gold, and happier since the Clarice Starlingesque superfairy Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon returned his mother's ailing mind to full health.
But there is still much unfinished business: Artemis Fowl Sr. disappeared when a daring escapade designed to free his family from their criminal--not to mention deeply lucrative--past and move the family's assets into legitimate enterprises went horribly wrong. Held captive by the Mafiya (the Russian organized crime syndicate) for over two years, he has been declared officially dead, but Artemis Jr. knows in his heart (yes, he does have one) that his beloved father is still alive, and he is determined to find him. Meanwhile Captain Short is temporarily on assignment to Customs and Excise as punishment for letting Fowl separate her and her People from their gold and is finding her stakeout duties a little dull. It soon becomes obvious that the pair have need of each other's considerable skills, and before long they are on track for an adventure that will ultimately have far-reaching consequences for both of them."
It has been a good few years since I read Book 1 in the Artemis Fowl Series, however I stumbled on a practically new copy at the Discovery Shop of Book 2 and was pretty excited. Artemis Fowl is a decently fun middle grade read. Involving a criminal mastermind boy and magic/fairies/goblins etc. Book 2 goes by quickly and isn't really too exciting, as usual it is just setting the plot up for Book 3 and probably the rest of the series. Book 2 reminded why I enjoyed the first book and I would definitely recommend this book and series for boys and girls of any ages, although it is middle grade.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

One For The Money - Book and Movie Review

"Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wiseguys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems (since losing her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store). Stephanie needs cash--fast--but times are tough, and soon she's forced to turn to the last resort of the truly desperate: family.
Stephanie lands a gig at her sleazy cousin Vinnie's bail bonding company. She's got no experience. But that doesn't matter. Neither does the fact that the bail jumper in question is local vice cop Joe Morelli. From the time he first looked up her dress to the time he first got into her pants to the time Steph hit him with her father's Buick, M-o-r-e-l-l-i has spelled t-r-o-u-b-l-e. And now the hot guy is in hot water--wanted for murder.
Abject poverty is a great motivator for learning new skills, but being trained in the school of hard knocks by people like psycho prizefighter Benito Ramirez isn't. Still, if Stephanie can nab Morelli in a week, she'll make a cool ten grand. All she has to do is become an expert bounty hunter overnight--and keep herself from getting killed before she gets her man."

The Book
When I heard that this book and it's series was really good and a must read, I was skeptical. However, the trailer for the movie was entertaining and the book was only $8 and wow, I am happy I read this book. Stephanie Plum is a great character and the plot was very entertaining and way more adult and serious/creepier than I expected it to be. Given that I do like Crime Fiction I was bothered. I think that is a pretty big deal to mix a book that is seen as chick lit and mix in legit crime fiction. And Man, I wanted to hate Joe Morelli, yet somehow I was falling in love with him! He was sexy and was pretty much there when you needed him to be there. There were times where Stephanie annoyed me, I mean call the cops, and move lady! But then the book probably wouldn't be as interesting right? I finished the book in a day and was excited to watch the movie right after...

The Movie
Which leads me to the biggest buzz kill ever! Talk about a poorly directed movie and although generally accurate with the book, this movie managed to cheapen a good book! Within 10 minutes of the movie, I was over it. That is how bad it is. So, if you saw the movie before reading the book. I urge to erase that from your mind and read the book!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Beautiful Lies

"Rachel and Alice are an extremely rare kind of identical twins—so identical that even their aunt and uncle, whom they’ve lived with since their parents passed away, can’t tell them apart. But the sisters are connected in a way that goes well beyond their surfaces: when one experiences pain, the other exhibits the exact same signs of distress. So when one twin mysteriously disappears, the other immediately knows something is wrong—especially when she starts experiencing serious physical traumas, despite the fact that nobody has touched her. As the search commences to find her sister, the twin left behind must rely on their intense bond to uncover the truth. But is there anyone around her she can trust, when everyone could be a suspect? And ultimately, can she even trust herself? Master storyteller Jessica Warman will keep readers guessing when everything they see—and everything they are told—suddenly becomes unreliable in this page-turning literary thriller."

Quick and Easy Review

It is hard to say what exactly my feelings are about this book, as a psychological thriller, the book definitely worked, and  I feel is the only thing the story had going for it, which almost makes you excuse the fact that a lot of things don't really add up or make sense. Pretty much, the concept of the stigmatic twins and the serial killer is a good one, but doesn't have enough of a logical depth to them. It was almost like you read one story and then jumped to another at the end, that mildy tied into the beginning.  The Story is also pretty predictable.. I knew who the killer was in the beginning and as the ending came around I knew, what the author would do. Although, still unsure HOW that happened. My final thought is the book is a mess, yet still intriguing. Feels more like a low budget horror movie though. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books Since I Began Blogging

Somehow, when scheduling my Top Ten Tuesday Blog Posts, I Skipped Over This One! Which Is Stupid Since This One Is Pretty Easy and Pretty Fun! So I apologize for posting this So Late.











And About A Million Other Books That Deserve to Be On This List, Cause It Is Hard To Choose Just ONE!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

NPR's Top 100 YA Books List

So I posted shared this link on my The Lost Book Reports FB page, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to do a post on my blog about it or not. Given that I am behind on my blog posts and I saw another blogger Britt over at Reading Nook do the post. So here are my "results".

What I've Read / What I Own...and will read eventually

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins
3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

4. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
5. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

6. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
7. The Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien
8. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
9. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
10. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

11. The Giver (series), by Lois Lowry
12. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (series), by Douglas Adams
13. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton

14. Anne of Green Gables (series), by Lucy Maud Montgomery

15. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
16. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
17. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
18. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

19. Divergent (series), by Veronica Roth
20. Paper Towns, by John Green
21. The Mortal Instruments (series), by Cassandra Clare
22. An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green
23. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
24. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
25. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
26. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
27. Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer

28. Uglies (series), by Scott Westerfeld
29. The Infernal Devices (series), by Cassandra Clare
30. Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

31. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
32. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (series), by Anne Brashares
33. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

34. Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green, David Levithan
35. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
36. Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones
37. Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli
38. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
39. Vampire Academy (series), by Richelle Mead

40. Abhorsen Trilogy / Old Kingdom Trilogy (series), by Garth Nix
41. Dune, by Frank Herbert
42. Discworld / Tiffany Aching (series, by Terry Pratchett
43. My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
44. The Dark is Rising (series), by Susan Cooper
45. Graceling (series), Kristin Cashore
46. Forever..., by Judy Blume

47. Earthsea (series), by Ursula K. Le Guin
48. Inheritance Cycle (series), by Christopher Paolini
49. The Princess Diaries (series), by Meg Cabot
50. The Song of the Lioness (series), by Tamora Pierce
51. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
52. Delirium (series), by Lauren Oliver
53. Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins
54. Hush, Hush Saga (series), by Stephanie Perkins

55. 13 Little Blue Envelopes, by Maureen Johnson
56. It's Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini
57. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy (series), by Libba Bray
58. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

59. The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
60. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
61. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier

62. Just Listen, by Sarah Dessen
63. A Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L'Engle
64. The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen
65. The Bartimaeus Trilogy (series), by Jonathan Stroud
66. Bloodlines (series), by Richelle Mead
67. Fallen (series), by Lauren Kate
68. House of Night (series), by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast (I've only read book 1 but own the series)
69. I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith
70. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlsit, by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
71. Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver

72. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman
73. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
74. The Maze Runner Trilogy (series), by James Dashner
75. If I Stay, by Gayle Forman
76. The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley
77. Crank (series), by Ellen Hopkins 
78. Matched (series), by Allie Condie
79. Gallagher Girls (series), by Ally Carter
80. The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale
81. Daughter of the Lioness / Tricksters (series), by Tamora Pierce
82. I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak
83. The Immortals (series), by Tamora Pierce
84. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (series), by Patricia C. Wrede
85. Chaos Walking (series), by Patrick Ness
86. Circle of Magic (series), by Tamora Pierce
87. Daughter of Smoke & Bone, by Laini Taylor
88. Feed, by M.T. Anderson
89. Weetzie Bat (series), by Francesca Lia Block
90. Along for the Ride, by Sarah Dessen
91. Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (series), by Louise Rennison
92. Leviathan (series), by Scott Westerfeld
93. The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer
94. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci (series), by Diana Wynne Jones
95. The Lullaby, by Sarah Dessen
96. Gone (series), by Michael Grant
97. The Shiver Trilogy (series), by Maggie Stiefvater

98. The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley
99. Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson
100. Betsy-Tacy Books (series), by Maud Hart Lovelace

Books Read: 27  
Not going to lie, I thought this number would be higher

Friday, August 17, 2012

City of Glass (Book 3)

"To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the cost?
Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Timesbestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments"

WOW! Talk about a lot of information and action. I liked City of Ashes but I loved City of Glass! The resolution between Jace and Clary's situation was great to finally have and although you knew if there was going to be that plot line, that there would be that kind of solution. You just didn't know how and I kind of liked how Clare wrote it and brought that plot into the book.  Also, Simon's role in the book finally really made a lot of sense to me and he was no longer that annoying tag along character, that I secretly wished would be killed off. I was pretty impressed with the whole book and cannot wait to read more! I know this review is short, but I don't have A LOT to critique about the book, I just simply enjoyed it.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Scrimshaw Set

"Emma Favager is thirty, single, and practicing family law in Denver when she learns her grandmother, Frances, has died and left her assets to Emma with strings attached. She must spend time with Frances' three friends in Montana. If Emma's opinion of the friends meets Frances' expectations, Emma will inherit Frances' estate. As Emma tries to fulfill her grandmother's demands, she confronts her own values, discovers why Frances was never allowed to see her, and questions her life choices."
The Scrimshaw Set should be turned into a TV Movie on the WE Channel, while reading this book I felt like I should be curled up on the couch, with some hot cocoa and the fire place running. It was so cozy and sweet. The book begins with Frances and how the Scrimshaw's journey begins, but the rest of the story focuses on Emma and her visit to Buffalo Falls, Montana at the request of her estranged Grandmother.

While the Scrimshaw Set was a nice cozy read and overall enjoyable. The book could have been edited better in some places. Hayes wrote a lot of plots into the story, to add some depth to the book I imagine and some of these plot lines could have be cut out of the book or should have been more present in the book. I also, would have liked the book to have taken place over a matter of a month instead of a week. That way I would have felt more connected to the characters and would have found the characters connections to each other more authentic. As far as the plot goes their is definitely a twist in there that I didn't expect but almost felt right. The ending, although I appreciate where Hayes was going with it, I think that it didn't fit the writing style of the rest of the book and almost was too whimsical.

As far as the actual scrimshaw set goes in the book, it was a nice touch, but not worth the book being titled after it, since it is a minor part in the book. I think the book should have been called Buffalo Falls. When it comes to characters I loved Harold, he is definitely someone I would have liked to be friends with and Emma is a nice girl. It was unfortunate that Frances was not as likable of a character though.

If you a looking for a short feel good book, to cozy up on the couch with then you could not go wrong with The Scrimshaw Set.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Kissing Shakespeare

"Miranda has Shakespeare in her blood: she hopes one day to become a Shakespearean actor like her famous parents. At least, she does until her disastrous performance in her school's staging of The Taming of the Shrew. Humiliated, Miranda skips the opening-night party. All she wants to do is hide. 
Fellow cast member, Stephen Langford, has other plans for Miranda. When he steps out of the backstage shadows and asks if she'd like to meet Shakespeare, Miranda thinks he's a total nutcase. But before she can object, Stephen whisks her back to 16th century England—the world Stephen's really from. He wants Miranda to use her acting talents and modern-day charms on the young Will Shakespeare. Without her help, Stephen claims, the world will lose its greatest playwright. 
Miranda isn't convinced she's the girl for the job. Why would Shakespeare care about her? And just who is this infuriating time traveler, Stephen Langford? Reluctantly, she agrees to help, knowing that it's her only chance of getting back to the present and her "real" life. What Miranda doesn't bargain for is finding true love . . . with no acting required."
As I started reading books for review, I have had to become a more critical reader... So I am always reading books with the thought of what is this books faults and what are its strengths and as I do this, sometimes I get so caught  up, that I don't get to enjoy reading in general. This is sort of what happened to me while reading Kissing Shakespeare. The writing and plot of this book are not really that strong and I found myself judging the books based on that, but in the back of my head I was saying " but it is kind of a cute fun story.." So I had to stop and say to myself, just enjoy the book for what it is, enjoy reading! Which is what I did and once I did that I found the book to be enjoyable. I would liken it to Twilight... not the best written book, but you can't help but get sucked into it.

Kissing Shakespeare isn't what you were thinking it would be. I can guarantee that, but it is a nice, light read. Try not to think of all the holes in the plot line or one dimensional characters. There is A LOT of sexual tension, but that wasn't even ended properly. That may have been my biggest disappointment, if I was going to read a "fluff" book I at least wanted the romance to be there and Mingle left me hanging!    

The concept of the storyline isn't that original and you can pretty much predict how this story will end. Had the writing been stronger, or had the romance is the book had proper closure. I would say this book is worth a read. Overall, I am just "meh".

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Romances I'd Think Would Last In The Real World

1. Lola and Cricket Bell

2. Anna and Etienne

3. Mia and Adam.

4.  Kat and W.W. Hale

5. Rachel and Dex

6. Logan and Elizabeth

7. Cammie and Zack

 Ok, I had to take out all my favorite couples from fantasy books and who have a partner pass away, which surprisingly shortened my list greatly. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

City of Ashes (Book #2)

"Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?
In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation."
Plot: The plot I felt in general was way stronger and definitely started to pick up in action. I was pretty pleased with it, although I did think I was going to get some definite answers and was disappointed that I didn't.

Pros: WAY more action packed and over all more entertaining

Cons: Some parts were a little jumpy and there were some minor holes in the plot line.

Final Thoughts: Given the fact that I actually didn't like City of Bones that much, I was pleasantly surprised that City of Ashes was hard for me to put down. Granted it had to do with the Luke/Princess Leia relationship going on.. that part of me wants a solution and the other part of me wishes it stopped at City of Bones. I also didn't like the back and forth between Simon's plot line, it could have been toned down a little. Overall, I enjoyed City of Ashes and can see why The Mortal Instruments Series is SO talked about. The ending opened up another big plot line for City of Glass, to the many other plot lines that need to be resolved.