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End of My Hiatus

Hey Guys,

Sorry I haven’t posted for a very long while.  Things got kind of busy and crazy which means blogging was the first thing to go.  But even though I wasn’t blogging, I have still been reading.  I recently finished reading City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare.  This is the fifth book in the Mortal Instrument series.  I am very sad because the sixth and final book isn’t supposed to come out until next year, which is entirely too far away.  I hate getting really invested and interested in a series that isn’t complete yet.  I just want to know what happens.

But anyways, the Mortal Instruments series follows Clary Fray as she discovers some new things about her life.  First she learns that she is a Shadowhunter, which means she is part of a line of humans that have some angel blood and battle demons and protect regular humans, or mundanes.  She also finds out that her dad (Valentine) is one mean mamajama.  He views the Clave (governing group of Shadowhunters) as being corrupt and wants to overthrow them, so he gets all buddy buddy with demons to basically have a genocide of Shadowhunters.  Clary also finds out that her mother (Jocelyn) has been hiding all of this from her so she really has no idea about what happens in the Shadowhunter world.  She makes a group of friends that help her understand this new world.  And she falls in love with Jace Herondale (Morgenstern, Lightwood, Wayland…..he has lots of names).  This creates its own set of drama especially when Clary thinks that Jace is her brother.  Turns out he isn’t (he was just raised by Clary’s father as if he were his son), but they do have a shared bond of being more angelic than other Shadowhunters, which gives them enhanced abilities.

Clary does have a brother who also has many names, Jonathan Morgenstern or Sebastian.  Sebastian is actually part demon because Valentine gave Jocelyn demon blood to drink while she was pregnant (but she didn’t know that is what is was).  This gives Sebastian abilities that are even more enhanced.  Jace kills Sebastian and Clary in directly kills Valentine.  But then there is a ceremony and a spell that brings Sebastian back to life and connects him with Jace.  This is where City of Lost Souls starts.  Sebastian kind of kidnaps Jace mostly through a spell that binds there lives together so that if one is injured or killed, the other faces the same fate.  Everybody wants to save Jace.  Most of the book is spent trying to figure out how to sever the connections without killing Jace.

Ultimately, Simon, who is Clary’s best friend and a vampire and protected by the Mark of Cain, is able to get Glorious which is the sword of an archangel.  Clary uses this sword to stab Jace.  It burns all of the evil out of him which severs the connection to Sebastian, but does not kill either one of them.  So they are able to save Jace but not capture or kill Sebastian.  This means he is still on the loose with a plan to ally with demons, turn Shadowhunters in to part demon beings, and basically take over the world.

So now we have to wait to see how it turns out.  But it’s not all bad news.  The first book in the series, City of Bones, is being turned into a movie that comes out later this year.  Also, Cassandra Clare wrote a second series, The Infernal Devices series, that is set in the same world but during a different time period.  She also wrote The Shadowhunter’s Codex as a sample training manual of what Shadowhunters like Jace and Clary would have used to learn what to do when dealing with demons and in different situations.

 


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Hey Blog Readers

In early November, I will be participating in the Walk for Little City (http://www.littlecity.org/) as part of the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k (http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/).  Little City works to provide people with autism with full and productive lives.  If you are able to, please donate to help this charity continue to do it’s amazing work. https://ramracing.racebx.com/fundraising/view/507d9943-7f68-42aa-98f0-6276c0a86524  Thanks for your help and I promise to have a new book post up soon.

 


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Beautiful Creatures is Headed to the Big Screen

 

Since I have shared blog posts about the three current books from the Caster Chronicles, I thought it would make sense to let everyone know that the first book in the series, Beautiful Creatures, will be in theatres February 13, 2013.  Here is the preview for the movie.

I also found an article with some still photographs and more information about the upcoming movie: http://moviepilot.com/stories/648055-first-trailer-and-intriguing-new-stills-from-beautiful-creatures?stamp=39137&subscribe_to=570891&utm_campaign=new-pics-of-alden-ehrenreich-emmy-rossum-jeremy-irons-more-in-beautiful-creatures&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=fb-stream-post

ENJOY!

 


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I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

 

So I used the “what should I read next” website and typed in the Hunger Games.  One of the suggestions was I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (aka James Frey and Jobie Hughes).  This book features aliens.  A group of 18 aliens came to Earth after their planet was attacked and destroyed by aliens (Mogadorians)  from a different planet.  The group of 18 is from Lorien.  Four and his Cepan (his guardian) as well as the rest of the group escaped their planet during the attack.  The others are in similar pairs each with a number child/teenager (member of the Garde) and a Cepan to help and guide them.  The plan is to eventually return if some from the group are able to survive.  In order to help with this plan there were several charms placed on the group.  The most important is that each of the members of the Garde is numbered 1-9.  As long as they stay apart, they have to be killed in order.  The members of the Garde have a charm on them that lets them know when one of them is killed.  This book starts when Four learns that Number 3 has been killed, making him the next target.

Four and Henri (his Cepan) move to Paradise, Ohio in an attempt to remain hidden.  While there, for the first time in his life Four is making friends and getting attached to people.  It makes it so he does not want to leave even when it becomes clear that the Mogadorians that are on Earth know where he is.  This ultimately results in a battle at Four’s high school.  While Four is trying to protect his girlfriend, Sarah, another one of the members of the Garde finds them.  Number Six has been trying to find another Garde member since she lost her Cepan.  However, because Six joins Four, the charm protecting them is broken.

Huge numbers of Mogadorians arrive at the school to kill Four and Six.  They also bring giant beasts that they raise just to kill.  Four and Six, with Henri, Sarah, Mark, and Sam, try to take on the Mogadorians.  They are able to kill some, but ultimately they are outnumbered.  Four’s dog, Bernie Kosar, turns out to be a chimara from Lorien and is able to defeat one of the giant beasts.  In the end, the teenagers are able to escape, but during the battle Henri is killed.

Four and Six obviously decide to leave Paradise and try to hide out somewhere else for awhile.  Four is very upset about leaving Sarah behind, and he promises to come back to her some day (which means that he probably will in a book later in the series).

I really enjoyed this book.  It had a lot of supernatural aspects to it especially since the Garde is able to develop powers like telekinesis, invisibility, and resistance to fire.  It also had a romance that wasn’t over done but made the reader care about the characters.  I’m excited that both The Power of Six and the movie I am Number Four are waiting for me at the library so I can continue the series.

 


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Torment by Lauren Kate

Torment is the second book in the Fallen series which I discovered looking through the book section at Target.  The first book introduces the reader to Daniel and Luce.  They are two reform school students who have an interesting relationship.  He tries to push her away, but she feels an unnatural pull towards him.  It turns out that Daniel is a fallen angel who has been cursed for falling in love with a mortal.  Luce has lived hundreds of lives, but in each one when she meets Daniel and gets close to him, she dies.  However, this life is different, and Luce does not die.

In Torment, it is discovered that Luce seems to be some sort of lynch pin for the balance of good and evil in the world.  Even though he is a fallen angel, Daniel is still mostly loyal to being good.  He has formed an alliance with a more evil (demon) fallen angel named Cam.  They are working together to protect Luce from the Outcasts (fallen angels who didn’t pick a side and are now rejected by both sides) who are trying to kill her.  One means of her protection is transferring to a different school, Shoreline.  This school is made up of half mortal students and half Nephilim.  Nephilim are the students who have some angel blood in them, no matter how watered down it might be.  Luce makes two fairly good friends.  Miles is a Nephilim very far down the line and basically the closest to mortal of these students.  He and Luce bond over this.  They have a very easy friendship that Luce sometimes longs for in her relationship with Daniel.  Luce also ends up getting close with her roommate, Shelby.  Shelby helps Luce in her attempts to glimpse her past lives and learn about her relationship with Daniel.

Daniel and Luce’s relationship gets a little rocky as she struggles to understand it better with him being unwilling to give her the information she wants.  This leads to her kissing Miles and wondering if it would be easier and better to be with him instead.  Ultimately, all of Luce’s friends (Nephilim, angel, and mortal) end up going home with her for Thanksgiving.  While there, a giant battle between the angels and Outcasts breaks out.  Miles saves Luce by projecting a mirror of her that the Outcasts take thinking it is the real thing.  Luce quickly realizes that if she wants to save her friends in this battle that she has to get away and she steps through basically a magical portal to another time and place.

So far this series has been pretty interesting.  I really agree with Luce’s opinions of her relationship with Daniel in this novel especially when she is questioning if it is right for her.  I found myself mostly cheering for her to choose Miles which maybe Lauren Kate will explore a little bit, but I know that in the end she will end up with Daniel barring some type of tragedy.  This series provides an interesting twist on a love story by bringing in all of the supernatural aspects the angels provide.  It allows for some more unexpected avenues to be explored that are not possible in more typical novels about teenage love.


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Books Becoming Movies

 

I am always a fan of reading a book before seeing it’s movie.  That is why I am going to give you guys a heads up about some books that will soon be hitting the big screen.

http://www.popsugar.com.au/Books-Being-Made-Movies-2012-2013-23532752

http://www.buzzsugar.com/Books-Being-Made-Movies-Summer-2012-23513039

http://www.zap2it.com/news/pictures/zap-beautiful-creatures-chaos-walking-ya-books-to-movies-pictures,0,6999149,showall.photogallery

Also found info about The Host by Stephenie Meyer and Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.  I’ve read both of these books.  I like The Host a lot more than I like the Twilight Saga.  Devil in the White City is a great piece of non-fiction in novel format.  It has a great story and does an amazing job of combing both what was going on at the world’s fair with the killing spree of HH Holmes.

 


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The Kill Order by James Dashner

 

The Kill Order is a prequel to the Maze Runner series.  The series follows Thomas as he goes through a series of trials meant to map his brain in an attempt to find a cure for a disease called the Flare.  The Kill Order  provides some insight into how the Flare came to be an issue and what led up to it.  This book follows a new set of characters; mainly Mark, Trina, Alec and Lana.  This group, along with a few others, was able to survive the solar flares that wiped out most of the world.  After holing up in an office building and living on vending machine food for weeks, they are able to leave New York City on a boat and head for make shift villages that there are rumors about.

They live pretty well in one of these villages until a berg (future flying craft) appears overhead and starts shooting at the people living there.  They aren’t shooting bullets though, instead darts are being shot and people are dropping like flies.  Mark and Alec learn that the darts contain an extremely deadly disease.  Those shot by the darts die quickly, but the disease is very contagious.  Those who took care of the original casualties catch the disease and die much more slowly.  This process continues on making the disease rampant.  The main characteristic of the disease is that it eats away at the brain and drives people crazy.  Some describe it as if there is something living in their brain, others just completely change in character and go crazy.  They start trying to kill people and attack others.  Lots of weird stuff happens because of the disease.  Mark and Alec get separated from Lana and Trina and their main goal becomes getting back to them especially after learning that a group of crazies has taken them.

Through Mark and Alec, the reader is able to learn that the disease is not acting as was planned by those who released it.  It was supposed to diminish its effects after the first victim rather than be able to continue its killing spree.  The original plans were to release the Flare to eliminate some of the surviving population because there are not enough resources available to sustain everyone.

Alec and Mark are not able to save Lana from the attacks of the crazies.  They are able to rescue Trina and Deedee (a very young girl who appears to be immune), although Trina is not able to remember them.  Eventually it becomes clear that Mark, Alec, and Trina are all suffering from symptoms of the disease.  They are able to send Deedee to the headquarters of the people who made this plan in hopes that they will be able to find a cure.

The prologue and epilogue of The Kill Order help to connect the book even more solidly to the rest of the series.  The prologue is a glimpse at what happened with Thomas and Teresa just prior to them entering the Glade.  The epilogue is when Thomas is taken from his family in order to be used for the Glade experiment.

I really enjoyed this book and got pretty into reading it.  The only thing that I think would make it better would be a stronger connection between the characters in this book and the rest of the series.  Thomas’ mother remains nameless so there is no way of knowing if she is connected to anyone else in the book.  While it answers a lot of questions about what led to the situation on earth, it almost creates more questions about how the kids were selected for the experiment.  I just wanted a little more about the characters from the rest of the series rather than just the situation in general.