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August Book Reviews

The Warning

by Sophie Hannah

The Facts: Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

When a kindly stranger does Chloe a good deed, she decides she must repay him. But in tracing him, she meets a sympathetic woman named Nadine, who warns Chloe to stay away from the man at all costs. “Give him nothing, tell him nothing, don’t trust him,” she says. “Avoid him like the plague.”

Chloe knows the sensible thing to do: walk away. But her curiosity gets the best of her. What is the truth about the good Samaritan? How dangerous could he be? And can Chloe find the answers without putting herself and her daughter in harm’s way?

My Thoughts: This was an interesting read. It’s a short romance that immediately sweeps you off your feet. There are some great moments of unpredictable suspense, making you wonder about people’s motives and actions.

Overall, a decent story with some cute characters, sarcasm, and humor.

Before we hop into the next book review, I feel it’s important to share some things. My review is for the second book of a series, so let’s begin by sharing the blurb of the first book–City of Bones: a Shadowhunters novel. When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. And she’s more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And Clary is introduced with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Next, let’s discuss how I even stumbled upon this series. It all started because of the movie. I became immediately obsessed with this world and hoped for a sequel. Instead, to my surprise, I learned this was actually a book series. A 7-book series, to be exact. It’s been some time since I’ve read anything like this, let alone a long series. I tend to opt for stand-alone books. Not to mention that most of my reads the last few years have been those of Indie Authors because they’re my community. With all of that being said… some interesting doors were opened for me. All because I randomly chose a movie to watch one Saturday afternoon.

City of Ashes (Book 2 of The Mortal Instruments)

by Cassandra Clare

The Facts: Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go—especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil—and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings—and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

My Thoughts: This is definitely an action-driven story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The human world meets the supernatural world, and it’s a beautiful mixture. There’s love and humor, family and enemies. So many wonderful things rolled into one incredible story.

I fell in love with the characters. There’s some really quirky ones! You get to see the story unfold as you read multiple points of view. For the type of story this is, I think this really helps paint the picture for the reader. There’s quite a bit going. Also, the book has a cliffhanger-ish ending, which I’m not even mad about it. It simply left me anxious for the next one. (Which I’ve already started. Thank you Libby app!!)

I will add that I did see some differences between the book and movie, but I had no problem following the story. The writing is quite good. It’s genuinely hard to put the book away. For someone that has never fully committed to a series, this one has me hooked.

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