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Sep 11 10 9:58 PM

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Book 1 of The Infernal Devices)
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry Books
Released: August 31

Description (from Amazon): Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still. When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own. Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

*Clockwork Angel is one of the most anticipated books of 2010 and debuted at Number 1 on the NY Times Childrens' Bestseller List. It is a prequel trilogy to her bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments.*

Review:

Ms Clare has again astounded me. Clockwork Angel is one of the best books I have ever read. It is written in the tightest, most perfectly-strung third-person and the characters are lovely.

Clare has not, as some feared she would, simply recreated The Mortal Instruments with top hats and gas lamps. It is a completely different book in the same world. Common ideas are that Will is Jace, Jessamine is Isabelle, and Tessa is Clary. Let me state that Tessa is in no way Clary. She is tougher, and I liked her better than Clary, actually, who is a tad too whiney. Tessa accepts things well enough and her backstory is realistic.

There are multiple plot twists but the book isn't saturated with excitement and there is enough tension to hold you until the climax, at which point everything falls into place but nothing does, either.

There is a clear distinction in setting, the book being set in London, of course, but also in time. Aside from the way ladies and men act, the Shadowhunter world is backed up into a well-done ghost of the current one.

The villainy and evil is evident more in Clockwork Angel than in The Mortal Instruments. In TMI, the main villain(s) truly thought he was doing good. In Clockwork Angel, all crimes and horrendous things occurring and done for the gain of the villain.

Clockwork Angel receives a rating of a solid five (5).


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Oct 6 10 9:28 AM

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

The purpose of reading a book is to be entertained or to be educated. If you are planning to read this awful series, then I assume that your purpose for doing so is either of the two purposes I have just stated. But it is regretful to disappoint you by stating that you will achieve neither purpose in reading this awful series. An entertaining book is a book that makes you happy while an educational book is one that makes you learn useful things; and this not so very good series will make you neither happy nor learn useful things. This series, on the opposite, is full of wretchedness. It’s good you haven’t read the series yet and I am hoping that you will never ever, in your wildest dream worldly possible, read it. If there is one thing you’ll learn, it will be the bad habit of plotting horrible plans against miserable orphans. Period.

A Series of Unfortunate Events, as the title suggests, is pull if onlucky moments in the life of the thee Baudeleire orphans utter tie unpleasent but cunning schemes of the goathsome villain named Count Olat. The orphan’ misery all began on the day they lost heir parents in a terrible fire. Henceforth, a word which here meens “from this point of the Baudelaire orphans’ lives forward,” the orphans were shunned from guardian to guardian while being pursued by Count Olaf in various disguises in his attempt to get his filthy hands on the enormous fortune left behind by the Baudelaire parents for the Baudelaire orphans when the eldest Baudelaire child teach the age of eighteen, which in Violet Baudelaire (the middle is Klaus and the youngest is Sunny).

In order to save you from the tedious and unbearable experience you will get in reading this series, let me tell you at this moment that the previous paragraph is the only track the series treks from book the first to book the thirteenth. Having said so, I see no reason but one for you to execute your plan of reading the series because (1) you already know the pattern of this series; and (2) the series is neither entertaining like the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel nor educational like the Book of Abraham the Mage. On the other hand, the only unreasonable reason that I could think of is that you might want to know if the tales of the pitiful Baudelaire orphans have my definition of “happy ending.” Still, please abandon your plan because the only reason I could name is in itself unreasonable and besides, even if there is a happy ending (there might be no happy ending at all, for all you know), the unpleasantness of it all weighs more than you will ever get in learning that ending.

Having said so, may this serve as a last warning to all of you. Immediately click the “For Flamel Fans” link at the upper left quadrant of this page and forget that you ever heard the series entitled “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

Rating: -5 stars (that’s less than zero) out of +5 stars.

PS#1: The first paragraph is composed of 22 multiplied by 8 words (Ignore this. It’s actually one hundred fifty five words, not one hundred seventy six). Like Zombies in the Snow, Dr. Sebald will understand.
PS#2: Forgive me for the incorrectly spelled words but I cannot avoid them. I hope Aunt Josephine wouldn’t mind.
PS#3: 16 multiplied by 4 is less than the length of the third paragraph (which, by the way, is two hundred five words).

*Please do not read any further*

A Series of Unfortunate Events:
1. The Bad Beginning
2. The Reptile Room
3. The Wide Window
4. The Miserable Mill
5. The Austere Academy
6. The Ersatz Elevator
7. The Vile Village
8. The Hostile Hospital
9. The Carnivorous Carnival
10. The Slippery Slope
11. The Grim Grotto
12. The Penultimate Peril
13. The End

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Oct 26 10 3:07 PM

Ink Series 8.5/10 boring at times
Harry Potter 9.5/10
Percy Jackson 9/10
Inheritance Cycle 7.5/10
The Chronicles of Narnia 6/10
The Last Apprentice 3/10 thought it was boring, though it had it's moments.
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel 10/10 Phenomenal

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Oct 28 10 8:55 AM

THE LOST SYMBOL by Dan Brown

On a quiet Sunday afternoon, Robert Langdon was tricked into coming to Washington D.C. by a person calling himself Mal’akh. Before he can comprehend what had just happened, he found himself in the middle of a CIA investigation involving matters of national security. Trapped between the demands of the government and the wishes of his friend and mentor, Peter Solomon, Robert Langdon cannot avoid but to choose sides. As he is being chased by the different factions involved, Langdon found the secrets of the Masonic brotherhood unfold before his eyes. Ultimately, what matters most is to find Peter, who is being held captive by a man who will do everything to achieve his plans.

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars

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Dec 12 10 5:16 PM

Series: Keys to the Kingdom
Books in Series: Mister Monday, Grim Tuesday, Drowned Wednesday, Sir Thursday, Lady Friday, Superior Saturday, Lord Sunday
Author: Garth Nix
Outline: Aurthur Penhaligon is thrown into a mystical world called The House. The Architect (The Creator of the everything, in the books) left behind a Will after her disappearance, to her Seven Trustees. That left them power over the seven keys each ruling over a specific part of The House and a day of a week. They each were suppose to hand over there power over to The Rightful Heir when (s)he came around. They didn't, and they broke up The Will into seven pieces each one piece and locked each one away. But then The first part of The Will escaped and found Aurthur Penhaligon, who was capable of being A Rightful Heir and gave him The first part of the first key, right before he died an that caused him to live. After that he has to find each bit of The Will Of The Architect and has to wrestle control of The House from The Trustees. But the more he uses the power of the Keys the less mortal he becomes.
Rating: Five out of Five. I loved the series. But it does have some slight Judeo-Christian themes.

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Dec 15 10 11:00 PM

You may notice alot of high ratings but hey, I chose awesome books to read!

Percy Jackson(PJO) - 9.5/10....well maybe 9.9/10
Heros of the Valley(single)-9/10
Harry Potter(havent read all yet)- easily 10/10
Rangers Apprentice(again not all read)- 8/10
The Youngest Templar-8/10(some parts in the second book are ify)
The Hunger Games(not all read)-9/10
The Lost Hero(soon to be series)-9.5/10(pretty good just not alot of action yet still ALOT going on and its kinda hard to keep track)
The Red Pyramid(soon to be series)-9/10
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flemel-100000/10(AWESOME! Congratz on an awesome books Mr.Scott!)
In Inheritance Series-7.5/10-8/10(kinda ify ify moments)
Bartimaeus Triligy(not much read yet)-7.5/10(some things are kinda confusing)(I bet it gets better tho)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid-10/10(good for these kinds of books)

That about covers all the books/series i read and owned, i haven't en reading for long so its kinda small but ya!

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Dec 16 10 3:48 PM

SERIES: Chaos Walking Trilogy
BOOKS: The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and The Answer, Monsters of Men
AUTHOR: Patrick Ness
SUMMARY: Todd Hewitt lives in Prentistown on New World. Prentistown is the last town. In Prentisstown there are no secrets as everyone can read each others minds in a never ending stream of information called the Noise. One day Todd hears a hole in the Noise which is impossible to him because everything has Noise....everything. His world is soon turned upside down and he finds himself on the run from the womanless town and its leader Mayor Prentiss to a supposed settlement on the other side of New World
RATING: Between 4.5 & 5 out of 5 its probably one of my favorite series
(Not particularly for under 13 but the author does cover up most language etc)

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Jan 12 11 3:35 AM

Percy Jackson (1st and soon to be 2nd series) 9/10

Harry Potter 8.9/10

Twilight saga: 8/10

Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel 9/10

I am Number Four 9.2/10

Inheritance Cycle 10/10

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Jan 22 11 6:58 AM

Red pyramid 7 out of 10
Percy Jackson Series 9.5 out of 10
Flamel Series 9.5out of 10(keeps on getting better)
Inhertance Cycle( Eragon) 9 out of 10
Deltora Quest 9 out of 10
Deltora Shadowlands 7.5 out 10
Dragons of Deltora 8 out of 10
Rangers Apprentice 8.5 out of 10
Harry Potter 7.5 out of 10
Warriors 8 out of 10
hatchet (brians series) 9 out of 10
Series of unfortunate events 8 out of 10
The heir series 9out 0f 10
the adventures of robinhood 9.5 out of 10



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Apr 8 11 4:12 AM

Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis.

Its about this newly orphaned boy who has to move in with his auntie Mame, his only relative. His dad was very conservative, but Mame is not. She's wild, has phases, and lives a full life. So while Patrick is trying to be good and fit with his conservative trustee and schoolmates she raises him to be wild and daring and sophisticated and spontaneous.

Patrick is a good character, very realistic via his feelings. My usual problem with adults writing about teens is that they don't capture the essence, but with this, the author (whose real name is Michael Tanner) gave Patrick (pseudonym and main character) a life - when he's eleven, he thinks like an eleven year old. One can see how his understanding of the world and thoughts mature.

Mame is the best. She is so funny. One can expect her to do the unexpected, which is all one can expect except that whatever she does, she will fully throw herself into it (aka buy a new wardrobe)

My rating:
20/5
READ THIS BOOK

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Apr 24 11 8:16 PM

The Northerlight trilogy I give 8/10, (though I did NOT like the movie)
The Chronicles of Narnia; 8/10 (Aah...My first 'real' book series )
Complot 365; 7/10 (not that much of a mindbreaker but fun to read after some heavy literature )
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, 9.5/10, if not more (one of the best I've read, if not,...I wouldn't be here ofcourse )

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Apr 25 11 3:43 PM

The Lost Hero 8.5/10 really good but not quite as good as Percy Jackson
Artemis Fowl 3/10 thought it was one of the worst books ever, do not recommend
Nightmare Academy 5/10 it was good but a little childish for me
Perilous Realm 7/10 it was good but had some non-important moments, recommend
Deltora Quest 9/10 really good but too small, highly recommend
Deltora Shadowlands 9/10 great but again too small, highly recommend

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May 1 11 12:47 AM

The Giver by Lois Lowry 10/10 It was a very good book. I think that it was the best book ive read since teh beginning of the year.

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May 1 11 2:28 AM

QUOTE (Bluescales14 @ May 01, 2011 12:47 am)
The Giver by Lois Lowry 10/10 It was a very good book. I think that it was the best book ive read since teh beginning of the year.

Yes that was really good definitely a solid 8/10 for me, the second one Gathering Blue I did not like it as much until the ending the end was good so I reward it a 5/10, and the third one The Messenger a 9.5/10 that one was fantastic.

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May 1 11 2:53 AM

the giver was excellent(9/10), my school performed the play, and it was part of the curriculum. i got stuck in gathering blue though, so i won't rate it.

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May 1 11 3:35 AM

I'm reviewing Warriors by Erin Hunter... I give it a 9.5/10 I really enjoyed this series as a 6th grader and have continued to read it into my seventh grade year... The only thing about this series is that you have to be able to take in a large variety of characters or you will get confused but other than that really good books!

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May 1 11 2:00 PM

Oh yea, almost forgot about Runemarks!
Awesome book; at least 9 out of 10
(read she was working on a sequel; runelights flamelssecret/read.gif )

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Artemis Fowl: 10/10 for the first 5 books, 8/10 for them past that point. I love those books. Artemis is such an awful person, but they are so funny, and high tech, and just all around awesome books, plus as the series progresses, Artemis becomes a pretty decent human being.

Alex Rider: 8/10 for the whole series. I really liked the first...5 books. they were really good. But as they progressed, Alex started to degrade a little bit, personality wise. it made me sad, and the ways he escaped kept getting more and more predictable. Then the last book was just sad. I cried through it all. And it made me really sad that it just ended like that.

Tithe: A Modern Faery's Tale, by Holly Black: for the whole series, 8/10, for Valiant the second book 9.5/10. Note, not exactly suitable for those under 14 i'd say. there's nothing too bad, but there are some more mature aspects.

Harry Potter: there is no mark high enough for this series, but for measurements sake:10/10

Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: summa cum laude: 10/10. love this series, and since Harry Potter is already over, I have this to wait outside the bookstore for at 3 in the morning.

and Finally...
Twilight Saga: - 15/+10. This is ridiculous. it just is awful. the first book was pretty lame, but by the end, she was just writing for the money. she obviously didn't have the plot planned out when she started, and when the rising action in the final book is suddenly withdrawn, and there is no huge climax like we were all expecting to end it, it's like a pulled punch, then it flops in the dirt. just pathetic.

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May 3 11 3:50 AM

Just finished reading The Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink. I give it a 8.5/10! It was totally worth the wait, the book was amazing. The book was relatively short but action packed. Can't wait for the third (and last!) book!

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