Queen of Babble Gets Hitched by Meg Cabot

As far as sequels go, I think this was the best out of the series. And I couldn’t believe it, but there actually some shocker points in there for me. Like the fact that…

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Luke was totally cheating on her throughout their relationship! What the hell!! I don’t know that I would have been so calm about that the way she was. Although she did already have another man in her bed, that just happened to be Luke’s best friend. But still!!!

 

 

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I liked the fact that Lizzie seemed to really grow up in this book. It’s about damn time too!!! I have a case of the Lizzie’s myself and can’t keep a secret for the life of me. But we try don’t we? I’m getting better about it, making a conscious effort not to blab everything that’s going on in my life to everyone. It’s hard though when you’re not a good liar and you have some juicy information and you want to tell someone so bad, but you know it would be so wrong.

 

Anyway, the book was awesome. Go out and read it. Another A plus for Meg Cabot.

Frostbite by Richelle Mead

I read this a week ago, I just haven’t had time to write anything about it. I really loved this book. It was great. And I mean GREAT! I read it in two days and that’s pretty fast for me these days. It definitely makes me want to go out and get the next book in the series, but unfortunately  it hasn’t been written yet. Oh Well, I guess I can wait until its written and published.

Rose always knows how to find trouble. And in Frostbite, not only does she find it, trouble seems to follow her around. There have been a few Moroi Royal families that have been killed by Strigoi and the entire Moroi universe is upheaved. They have to decide whether to enlist Moroi to protect themselves or to keep up the current state and do nothing and wait out the Strigoi.

Hell breaks loose when yet another royal family is slaughtered and a lot of the Moroi families decide to camp out at a ski resort. This ensures that there are plenty of guardians around to protect the Academy students and their families. Little do they know, instead of keeping Strigoi out, they need to be keeping academy students inside.

A few of the students decide that they are going to take this matter into their own hands. They are going to hunt down Strigoi that are causing all this turmoil and do what they can to kill them. Rose, of course, has to follow these rogue students on their suicide mission and make them see that they are not strong enough to handle any Strigoi. In the process, she becomes a hostage, sees one of her best friends die, and kills two Strigoi all on her own.

We get to see a lot more of Dimitri and Rose action in this book. Of course, it’s not the kind that us readers really want. Mostly it’s just friction between the two, because it is a love that they both want, yet can’t have. Also in the book, we meet a new character, Adrian, who is like Lissa. He, too, is a spirit user, but has different abilities than Lissa. He can use conpulsion like Lissa, but can also talk to people in their dreams, unlike Lissa.  

Lissa isn’t much of a main character in this sequel, but there are some questions asked and answered about her spirit magic. It definitely makes you wonder what she can and cannot do. Also, in what direction Richelle Mead will take the next book in the series.

This is a must read for any vampire lover and Richelle Mead lover. I was very pleased by this sequel. It’s not often that a sequel is as good or better than the first and this one definitely takes the cake. I can’t wait until the next!!

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.

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