Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Series: The Mortal Instruments (#6)

Publisher: Walker Books

Published:  May 28th 2014

Summary: “Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last instalment of the internationally bestselling The Mortal Instruments series.
Erchomai, Sebastian had said. I am coming.
Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat him – must they journey to another world to find the chance?”

Review

I’ve waited 2 years to read this book. Why, you ask? Because I was devastated by Clockwork Princess, which came out in 2013, and have been since plagued by its ending (you can see why in my review). So, I knew from the epilogue that some stuff would go down on City of Heavenly Fire (CoHF) and was scared shitless of what I was going to find out. That, and I couldn’t make myself read anything in the shadowhunter world without thinking of Will, so there’s that. Anyway, CoHF was a great book to read (not during midterms like I did), and I laughed, sighed and teared up a bit. However, there were some things that left me thinking and wondering whether this book could have been better.

Now, I’m going to be spoilerly as can be so I’d refrain from reading more if you are planning on reading City of Heavenly Fire (although most people have read it a long time ago, I’m just late for the party woohoo!)

CoHF begins with the shadowhunter’s world at the footstep of a war even they can’t imagine what’s going to be like. Sebastian is on the move, Jace and Clary can’t do the deed without burning up (literally burning up), there’s trouble in paradise for Alec and Magnus, and who the hell knows what’s going on between Izzy and Simon. In all my honesty, when Cassandra Clare announced that some important characters were going to die, I thought immediately that it was going to be either Alec or Magnus. Let’s just say, CC has a flair for the dramatic and after Clockwork Princess I was expecting the worse (yes, one of them dying after their breakup would be the worst thing for me). But fear not, none of these precious characters have died! Now, I was incredibly surprised with the death of dear Jordan, who I honestly couldn’t remember that well but still felt an affinity for. I was shocked when Sebastian killed him in front of Maia, along with the massacre that had happened in the Praetor Lupus (hope I’m writing that right). I was expecting war and devastation, but Sebastion went full bloodthirsty psychopath and reached extremes even I didn’t think were possible.

The Endarkened, shadowhunters turned bad by the Infernal Cup, were a surprise as well. I thought there was going to be a way to cure them, some sort of turnaround for them. It was heartbreaking to see warriors mourn their lost and even worse having to kill their relatives, their friends, just because there was no way of bringing them back. Worst of all, Amatis. I was hoping for a salvation for Luke’s sister, but the way it all ended, I was left heartbroken with the last look of recognition.

I loved Simon’s jokes, and absolutely adored Alec when he was in a good mood. Who doesn’t, he’s hilarious too! One thinh I pitty was not remembering Maureen, at all! Well, didn’t matter that much, though.

Now now, there was some stuff that just didn’t bode that well with me. First of all, when the gang is in Edom, they are in the caves. Some stuff happened before and Jace is now free of the heavenly fire (I told you there were big spoilers). So, obviously, he can finally have sex with Clary. Sexy times in a cavern in the middle of a demon realm, who wouldn’t? The question here is, why did Jace go prepared and have a condom with him. Now, let’s think. The gang had to prepare real fast to leave for Edom. They were gathering water, food and essential stuff. Did Jace really think “well, I have heavenly fire inside be that lights up whenever I feel things but maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to do the deed with Clary there, who knows, it might happen, so I should just take this condom with me.”. I know that Cassandra Clare was probably promoting safe sex, which I completely approve of! However, it was so ridiculous! These scene was completely out of context, and I bet Jace had other worries other than finding condoms when he was preparing for a suicidal mission.

The other thing that I did not like, even though it was the one that brought most tears to my eyes and made me feel things, was making CoHF an extension of The Infernal Devices. I loved that series with all my heart. But please, it ended there. I wanted more Tessa and more Jem, sure. I wanted them to have a happy ending and the epilogue in Clockwork Princess happens in The Mortal Instruments’ world, I know. But it all felt like a cheap shot. Like the author was trying to make the readers feel by making them think about the book that wrenched their heart before. And now, we have to think about Jem being mortal, while Tessa remains immortal, AGAIN. Also, all those William Herondale references. Are you trying to kill me? Again, cheap shot. There are other ways of making the readers feel. Like Simon. I was spoiled on that because I opened on the very last page of the book when I bought it, knowing it wasn’t part of the story, but what I got was an ad for Shadowhunter Academy thingie that told me Simon was a Shadowhunter and we could follow his story there. Come on, that’s just stupid! Who puts that at the end of the book, when that’s the major ending of the story?? For fucks sake. Well, at least we got to meet the real Jonathan Morgenstern, without the demonic eyes and psychopathic soul. I feel for Jocelyn having lost her son again, and I’m sad that we didn’t get to see more of Jonathan.

I will read Lady Midnight to know more about Emma Carstairs. I didn’t know she was going to appear so much on CoHF but I’m intrigued. Also, I’m predicting more Tessa and Jem there (and Church!). If I think Shadowhunter series should end, yes I do. The author should stop writing about the world. But I like it, and will probably read more. It’s my guilty pleasure.

3.5 Chibis

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Book releases: March 2016

I haven’t done one of these in a while, but this month so many awesome books are being published, I must share them all with you. Keep reading 😉

One of the most awaited books of this year, Lady Midnight promises – am I the only one who is dying to have one copy on my hands? I believe not!

Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

8th March

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The third and last of book of the series – I’ve only read the first one, much to my embarrassment, I know I’m missing out, or so tells me Ana.

The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski

29th March

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I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of Wendy Higgins, and this one is a Fairy Tale retelling! Need I say more?

The Great Hunt (The Great Hunt #1) by Wendy Higgins

8th March

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Speaking of fantasy, I’ve never read anything by this author, but I’m a total junkie for beautiful covers, so this one has a direct pass to my TBR.

Burning Glass (Burning Glass #1) by Kathryn Purdie

1st March – comes out today folks!

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Ughh, another final book! And once again I’ve only read the first book of the series!

Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy #3) by Sally Green

29th March

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I love me some Mia Sheridan, I have no words for how much I love her books – I haven’t even read this one and I already feel myself swooning.

Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan

1st March – TODAY!

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We’re missing a historical romance!

Not anymore 🙂

Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #1) by Julia Quinn

29th March

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Who likes Allie Condie? You’re in for a treat!

Summerlost by Allie Condie

29th March

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And who missed Melissa Marr?! I know I did 🙂

Seven Black Diamonds (Untitled #1) by Melissa Marr

1st March – Today people!

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And at last, but definitely not least, a new series by Shelly Crane! I love the Significance series so much, I’m expecting big things from this one 🙂 I mean, what else could I want, it’s sci-fi, it has an UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTIFUL COVER…

The Other Side of Gravity (Oxygen #1) by Shelly Crane

15th March

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With nothing to add, I bid you an amazing reading month, happy reading!

Female Book Characters: Strong vs Weak

When I start reading a book I get into the head of the lead character, whether it is female or male, although obviously it is easier to get into the female’s… since we both share the same reproductive organs and all…

 Anyway, today I’m just gonna talk about two types of Female book Characters: Strong, as in, they don’t need to be constantly saved, can think for themselves, usually have dealt with lots of messed up situations throughout their lives, and some of them even know how to kick ass kung fu style.

And the other type Weak. Not weak in the whole sense of the word. Usually this type depends a lot on her friends or boyfriend, needs to be constantly saved and often annoys the hell out me when she can’t decide or do anything for herself.

There’s then, of course the combination of the two. Sometimes a character, who I consider either strong or weak, acts completely out of her “comfort zone”.  Sometimes this occasional change is needed, to build up the story.

If you ask me my favorite type I honestly don’t know… I’d say that my favorite kind of main character is the non-annoying kind. – Unfortunately, sometimes finding a character who isn’t annoying is hard to come by.

A weak-type of character doesn’t necessarily have to be a character who doesn’t know kung fu, or that a strong-type of character knows kung fu… I’m mostly referring to psychological features. Though… well, Kung fu always helps 😉

Going back to my point, as most female characters are what it is considered the weak type, I guess that most of my fav ones are “weak”… Though, as I mentioned before, the important thing is the character not being annoying, meaning, me not wanting to either bash her head against a wall of very pointy nails, or do the simpler option: throw to the book out my window.

Question: So, whats the best kind of female characters? Strong, weak or both?

It doesn’t really matter, it depends on several things, such as: like the quality of the writing, the plot in general, the background of the characters, and most important of all – The ANNOYING factor. These influence how much I will like the character.

In any case, I came up with a list of my fav leading female characters, I “graded” them with an S (Strong), a W (Weak) or an SW (Strong & Weak).

Neryn – Shadowfell series by Juliet Marrillier  – S

Kricket Hollowel – Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol  – W

Sadie White – Breathe by Abbi Glines  – SW

Brooke – Real series by Katy Evans  -SW

Layla – White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout  -SW

Savannah – Resisting Her by Kendall Ryan  – W

Camryn Bennet – The Edge of Never by J. A. Redmerski  -S

Alexandria Andros – Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout  -S

Avery Morgansten – Wait for you also by JLA  -even if “damaged” in some way, this girl is so brave, that I can only consider her – S

Penryn Young – Penryn & The End of the Days series by Susan Ee  -S

Mercy – Cambion series by Shannon Dermott  -W – and kind of annoying

Mara Dyer – Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin  -S

Sydney Sage – Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead  -SW

Anna Whitt – Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins  -W

Alice Bell – White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter  -W

Blaire Wynn – Too Far series by Abbi Glines  -SW

Maggie Master – The Significance series by Shelly Crane  -W

Theresa Gray – The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare  -S

Sookie Stackhouse – Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris  -S

Rose  ‘Fucking HathawayVampire Academy series by Richelle Mead (I’m sorry-not-sorry for the curse word, but it’s  Rose we’re talking about, she’s  whom I look up to) – S (with a BIG S)

Katy Swartz – Lux series by Jennifer L.Armentrout – S

Sophia Mercer – Hell Hall series by Rachel Hawkins  -SW

Jane Bennet Pride and Prejudice by the one and only Jane Austen (thank you Mom for showing me Jane Austen’s books)  -SW

And then there’s those books you totally loved but the lead character was so annoying!

Abby Abernathy – Beautiful Disaster & Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire  -W

Kiera Allen – Thoughtless series by S.C. Stephens  -W

Nora Grey – Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick  -W

Melanie Stryder/Wanderer – The Host by Stephanie Meyer (I want more books!!!)  -W

Juliette Ferrars – Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi  -SW

Evie Claremont – The Premonition series by Amy A. Bartol  -W

Clary Fray – The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare  – W

Don’t get me wrong, I totally loved ALL the books I mentioned… but the lead characters made me think of violent things.

I hope this enlightened you in any way, if not, well, at least I hope you read the books I mentioned, they are all awesome in their own way. And remember, even if a book is considered canonical or not, you always learn something from it 🙂

Happy Birthday Ana!

Hey everyone, today is Ana’s 19th b-day! I was thinking about just giving her a present and nothing else, but I think that it wouldn’t be nearly enough. So, that brought me here today. I’m gonna tell you how I met Ana (my POV ahaha).

I met Ana last year February, we had been having classes together since September but we never talked to each other (back then I was kind of an anti-social person ahaha). Anyway, we talked to each other for the first time on an English class, she started talking to someone about manga and anime, obviously I was like: “Manga?! Anime?! WHUT?”

Then she said “something, something, kpop”

Of course by then it was clear to me that me and this girl  had to be friends! So, I tried to look very calm and composed and went to talk to her. We talked for a while about anime and kpop like normal people do when then talk… idk, about normal things? Anyway, everything was going well, until someone mentioned “Harry Potter books, JK Rowling”, the topic changed to books! I then asked very innocently (NOT!), if anyone had a goodreads, Ana answered yes.

Once I got home I decided to stalk Ana and find her Goodreads. I shall try to show you how I reacted I saw her read list:

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Ok, so I could only see: “OMG SHE LIKES THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, INFERNAL DEVICES, VAMPIRE ACADEMY, SIGNIFICANCE SERIES, LUX SERIES?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG, ARE WE SISTERS?! DID GOD SET US APART WHEN WE WERE BORN SO OUR PARENTS WOULDN’T HAVE TO PUT UP WITH TWO OF US?!!!”

Then, once we saw each other at university you can guess how our conversation went: “books, books, books, anime, anime, kpop, kpop” 🙂

After a few weeks Ana asked me join her on chibireader, I was so, so HAPPY!

Now here we are, after many book recommendations, feels over books shared, stupid dances together (us trying to dance like on kpop mv’s), animes watched, phone calls where we hysterically expressed our ANGER and LOVE over CLOCKWORK PRINCESS (Cassandra Clare, if you ever read this, just wanted you to know, I will never forgive you!!), I can only say that I hope we can be friends until we’re old and gray. I can actually imagine us sitting on a couch, drinking tea, you with lots of dogs around you, we talking non-stop about what happened on this book, how we felt about it and how excited we are about the next book coming out for sale … 🙂

Thank you for everything, but above all, thank you for existing, cause if you didn’t, my mom would still have to listen to me when I finish reading a book. I’m sure she is done with it ahaha

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! GOOD LUCK FOR YOUR JAPANESE CLASSES!

P.S.: Ana, this Friday, your b-day party… just, well, brace yourself ;)) *evil laughter*