The Clockwork Prince- Eline Reviews

Title: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: December 6th 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Purchased

From Goodreads

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

In the second book of Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices-series it is easy to tell that Clare is more comfortable with her story and characters. As you might remember from my review of Clockwork Angel, one of my issues with it was how descriptive it was, but towards the end the dialogue has a better flow to it and mixes better with the descriptions. The Clockwork Prince continues on the course Clare entered towards the end of Clockwork Angel. This also makes Clockwork Prince the more exciting book to read of the two.
The world of the Shadowhunters opens more and more to Tessa, and the more she gets involved, the more she discovers how easy it is to be betrayed. Not only did her brother betray her in the first book, but the extent of his betrayal is revealed. However, the betrayals aren’t just kept between Tessa and Nate; we’re also shown that there are some Shadowhunters whose loyalties aren’t within their own ranks.
The main plot of the series is to discover who the Magister is, what he wants with Tessa and to keep her safe from him. The biggest plot of Clockwork Prince seems to be keeping the Shadowhunters’ Institute in London under the leadership of Charlotte and Henry Branwell. Having these two plots to concentrate on, Clare also deliberately puts in other sub-plots and twists that ties the two plots to each other. As Tessa’s relationship with the Shadowhunters expand we get more back story on Will specially, but also Jem and in the end as a reader I have the same struggle as Tessa does; Which guy do I like the most? Because somehow during the two books Clare has accomplished what every author strives for: making your readers love the characters and story.
I was lucky enough to get to meet Hannah in Florida last week, and at one point we talked about Cassandra Clare’s books, and Hannah mentioned that the books are released fairly quickly (with Clockwork Princess was released March 19th). That comment made me think of Twilight and how fast those books were released. Being a Harry Potter fan and having heard a lot of comparisons between Harry Potter and Twilight, I’m not the biggest fan of comparing any book to Twilight. But I have to make an exception. Cassandra Clare does the one thing Stephenie Meyer never was able to do. Like with Twilight, both Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince leaves you wanting more, but unlike Meyer, Clare actually manages to move her story along and develop her characters. This is why, if someone were to ask me which series I would recommend I would definitely go with The Infernal Devices.


*Note from Hannah: Eline mentioned we got to meet each other in Florida last week. This might seem like no big deal if you don’t know the back story. I live in Tennessee and Eline lives in Norway. We both just happened to be vacationing in Florida at the same time. It was an incredible experience!

The Dark and Hollow Places

Title: The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #3)
Author: Carrie Ryan
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 22, 2011
Source: Library

From Goodreads

There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister’s face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.
Annah’s world stopped that day, and she’s been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn’t feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.
But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it’s up to Annah: can she continue to live in a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return’s destruction?

What I thought

The Dark and Hollow Places is the third book in The Forest of Hands and Teeth series, and it was my FAVORITE!!! What a great read! Now, just as I’ve mentioned with the second book in the series, The Dead Tossed Waves Carrie Ryan has written in a way where reading the whole series adds depth and a rounded experience of the Return, but it is not totally necessary to read all three to fully enjoy each! My husband literally had to BEG me to stop reading! I was hooked from the get go!
Right from the beginning pages you’re thrown into Annah’s world and the everyday struggles she must face in order to make it on her own. She is strong, stubborn, and full of fiery passion of a fighter! Elias, her for all intensive purposes “brother” to the world around her, and best friend in their personal life, has joined the recruiters the night after an intimate connection is made and he left. Gone for three years by the time we catch up to her. As in each book Annah’s world in confined by walls built to keep the unconsecrated out and the living in the safe, yet impoverishment fallen Dark City, once known as New York.
Chapter by chapter we stride along side and clumsily triumph over the small hurdles and the big grinds she seems to stumble into. Eventually meeting up with first Catcher who she approached with caution keeping herself well guarded at all times. Elias and Annah are reunited unexpectedly shortly there after and crushes any hope that they might have more than a friendship beaming between them. In hopes to gain protection from a hoard of unconsecrated taking down the city walls and flowing like water rushing through a river, filling the city streets, the threesome forge ahead to the recruiters in search of guaranteed sanctuary on an island, as well as keeping an eye out for Annah’s twin sister Abigail er uhm Gabry as she goes by now. Nothing is as easy as it should be. Before the long lost sisters can once again lay eyes on one another the group is ripped apart.
Ox the leader, head hauncho of the Recruiters, pulls Annah aside in an attempt to break her fighting spirit, to tell her the island they were on was the last hope for survival against the unconsecrated, bending her to his will and forcing her to abide by his law. In this scene of this book, as I read the words and understood the depth of devastation, I could literally feel the culmination of hopelessness and distress Annah must have felt. Every inch of her wanting to believe and fight for another way to live, not accepting this island as her captor has made clear, the only chance at survival.
I’m going to stop right there and URGE you to read this series and revel in every moment you have to spend with The Dark and Hollow Places in your grasp. Normally I try to pace myself with a book I like, so as to lengthen our time together haha, but once you hit this point in the book there’s no turning back. Page after page, you will drink it in until the very last word. My only dissatisfaction is that there isn’t more to take in, being the last book in the series. However that also gives the benefit of creating your own possibilities for Annah, and her crew right?
Hands down no questions asked 5 stars!! 5!!!!


Of Two Minds (Throwback Thursday)

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can put up a Throwback Thursday post on your non-bookish blog; or if you don’t have a blog at all, just use the comments to tell us about a book you remember fondly.

A past favorite book of mine is Of Two Minds by Carol Matas and Perry Nodelman (1994). My recollection of it is vague, very vague. But recently I was reading something that reminded me the teeniest bit of similar ideas and qualities in the story line of this little beauty. I have had it for years, gifted to me from my oldest sister! She is a big big fan of fantasy, scifi all of that type of reading and entertainment! When I was younger I would stay with her weeks at a time in the summer and we would watch tons and tons of Star Trek she’d had recorded on video tape (there’s a definite THROW back! haha), having to pause along the way to explain things to me. She is a very patient being with a passion for the imitative reading materials! So I was thrilled when she got me a handful of books to read on my own with their own flair for fantasy but on a level I could grasp! Bless her heart for being so thoughtful! Over the years I have whittled down my collection of books read and reread or not read at all, yet this gem remains firmly on the shelf tattered and worn down with love and eagerness to escape to another world!
Why oh why am I telling you all of this? Because this week I’m pulling this book gently off the shelf, wiping away the ole dusty dust and giving it another read with my more adult like mind haha! I know when I first read Of Two Minds I couldn’t wrap my little preteen brain around some of the imagery being painted out throughout the pages. Perhaps that’s what kept me coming back to reread. Now I have not read this book in several years, so mind you I just don’t recollect much. I do however (think that I) remember an arranged marriage, and a princess who was against the very thought of it. Her betrothed being a Prince with the magical ability to enter ones mind and read every thought the passed through her mind. Maybe he can speak with her this way as well? Its foggy. I do know his family members share this trait and imagine themselves a frivolous Kingdom, living their lives solely on the imaginary world they have built in the their minds!
In short it’s a love story that struggles in the department of love, but is anything but short of imagination. ;) I’ll let you know how well memory serves or how rusty my details might be haha! Tune in next week and please feel free to help me along with some suggestions or creative criticism! Comments and questions are encouraged!


The Next Forever by Lisa Burstein

Title: The Next Forever
Author: Lisa Burstein
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: January 13, 2013
Source: Publisher

From Goodreads

One night in college can change everything…

Away at college, Amy just wants one night alone without her high school sweetheart, Joe. So when he invites her to go to the library, she heads off on her own instead. How she ended up at a house party with the mysterious bad-boy Trevor is another story…

Joe so isn’t going to the library. He needs space from Amy, too, so he’s decided to rush a fraternity, to get back the swagger he had in high school. But it doesn’t take long for the brothers to invite him to the real rush here the beer is flowing and one particular girl has set her eyes on Joe.

Over the course of one wild night, both Amy and Joe will have to decide if their futures belong with two new people, or whether the next forever will have their first loves in it.

What I thought:
First I must point out that this was NOT a bad book, however I must admit that I don’t feel as though this book was my style. I just couldn’t get into in a way that keeps me excited and had to keep pulling myself along while reading it.
The Next Forever takes place during the time span of just one night, and there are a lot of details packed into that short bit. The two main characters must face their own demons in the face of a turning point in their relationship. Do they continue on together or dissolve the whole thing and pursue…other interests.

I definitely think there will be readers who can get behind a short read like this. One thing that I have in common with these characters is I am at a new path in my life also. With a baby on the way, my husband and I must figure out how to move ahead with our own future. (A little different I guess since we are moving forward together, but it’s a thought on my mind as I read) On the other hand, on a personal level, I felt uncomfortable with their uncertainty and their struggles because I like to make quick bull headed decisions.

Some bullet points I did like that both characters showed their inner struggle as well as their outer struggle with the temptations being waved in front of them. It seems that their relationship has definite strong hold. Also the temptations they faced were things normal teens or college students would face everyday. However I couldn’t really get behind how the segments for each of them flipped, perhaps it would have built more intensity and interest if there were less time in between spotlights where the two main characters had their own time to explain things. Like I mentioned though there was nothing terrible about this story it just was not for me. This is just one opinion however and I suggest giving it some time on a rainy day.

I would like to give you all an example of a 5 star review for this novel. Take a look at it over at Making the Grade Reviews