City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Vampires, Werewolves, Faeries, Mages, and Angels all in one book. Who could ask for anything more?

I have to be honest, I’ve read so many books in the past year that I have a hard time remembering what happens in all the series that I read. This certainly goes for City of Bones, the first in the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. The one redeeming quality though, is when I read the next book in the series, I remember the past books. When I remember the other books, the more I remember, the better I thought the book was that first time I read it. Saying that, I was ashamed of myself for not remembering more of City of Bones, because it was an excellent book. Once I started reading City of Ashes, I instantly remembered all the characters and plot. I think this is one of the most original novels out there today. It’s hard to say that, because it seems like everything has been already done, but Cassandra Clare has definitely found one more piece of that originality pie.

At the end of the first novel, we learn that Jace and Clary are brother and sister and that their father is Valentine, the “bad guy” in the novels. City of Ashes starts with all that tension that City of Bones left us with. Clary and Jace have to figure out how to be just brother and sister, they have to find out what their father intends to do with two mortal instruments (the mortal cup and the soul sword), and then eventually stop him from his plot to overthrow the Clave.

Even though the idea, to most, of a brother and sister loving each other more than sibling love is pretty disgusting, I find that I am actually rooting them both on. I keep finding myself hoping that somehow they aren’t blood related so that they both can be together. It seems unfair that they can’t be together. I have some predictions or ideas of what could happen in the next book that will allow them to actually be together. I guess here is as good as any place to put those ideas.

One way that I see Jace and Clary being able to be together is that they aren’t really brother and sister. In the book it keeps mentioning that Valentine did things to them to make them better or have special powers. We see that through Jace’s extra strength and Clary’s ability to make new runes and more powerful ones. I almost believe that he might have created Jace and Clary and that their mother was almost like a surrogate. Of course, I’m just speculating, but it’s an idea that kept popping into my head as I was reading.

Another possibility that I had seen throughout the book, is the possibility that Jace or Clary isn’t Valentine’s son/daughter. Jace thought that he was the son of Wayland, but supposedly that son died. Well, what if the wrong son died and they find out he in fact really is that son? All the experiments or whatever that Valentine did on Jace and Clary seem to be done after they were born.

I don’t know that either of these are real possibilities, but I like to think there is hope for Jace and Clary to be together. I know that real life doesn’t hold so many opportunities for a love like that and it seems to be a waste to not be able to have that in this fictional world. At least, that’s what I believe. But that’s just what I want to happen. I don’t think I’ll be disappointed if it doesn’t happen. It’s just one of those things that make you feel all happy a fuzzy inside when someone, be it real or fictional, actually gets some happiness.

Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins

Wow! This was an interesting read. I absolutely loved it. The narrator had a hysterical voice full of cynicism and wit. I loved the idea that a demon could possess a human body and actually learn from it. Kiriel, the demon, learned emotions, senses and how to be human. When Kiriel first crossed over to Earth, he was naive and somewhat whimsical. All he wanted to do was to experience physical human senses. The longer he was in Shaun’s body, he began to experience lust, greed, envy, and more than the seven deadly sins. He knew his time on Earth was limited, and soon began to feel the need to leave his mark on the world. This is an human trait that he picked up. All in all the moral to this story is one that runs through many; The Grass is always greener on the otherside and one must always be themselves no matter what the consequences. (In his case, meaning being a creature of hell)

Biting the Bullet by Jennifer Rardin

The third installment of the Jaz Parks novels! I love this series and cannot wait for the 4th one to come out.

This time around, Jaz has to face the toughest assignment yet. Not only does she have to deal with her new abilites “spiritual eye”, but she is called in to work alongside none other than her twin brother David. Ever since Jaz failed to rescue David’s wife from their last mission together, she has regretted having to face her twin and face the fact that she had lost so many people that were close to her.

The mission this time is for Jaz, Vayl, and the crew to scope out David’s regime to find a mole that has infiltrated their close knit group. As Jaz finds it harder and harder to confront her twin and see how any of his men could be a mole, Jaz finds herself swept up in a hellish nightmare. She gets sent to hell, were she finds out that the demons that she has been looking to kill have marked her. Not only does she find out that she has a bounty on her head, but also gets a shock when she sees her mother is in hell. Worried more about getting rid of the demon mark, then saving her abusive mother from hell; Jaz needs to find a way to save herself, her twin and manage to save the mission without getting fired.

I loved this book. It has so many layers that it just keeps you hooked. There is so much going on and so many things that need to get done by the end that you really are at the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens. Of course, It may just be that having the cramps from hell, I really delved into this book trying to take my focus away from the pain. Anywho, I loved it and can’t wait ’til the next one. Which shouldn’t be too far down the line.

The other two in the series before this are:

Once Bitten Twice Shy

Another One Bites the Dust

Both are excellent, so go to your local library/bookstore and read these fabulous books!

(Can you tell I’m still in pain? Why oh why must I be a woman!?! LOL)