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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare Reviewed by Krista Ellis

To save her mother’s life, Clary travels to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – nevermind that by doing so she is breaking the Law, which could mean death. Even worse, Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by Shadowhunters who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who an ally in the mysterious Sebastian, who holds a strange attraction for her. As Valentine musters a demon army, can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their ancient hatred and work together? And can Clary harness her newfound powers to help save them all – whatever the cost?

In the third book of the City of Bones series, Clary and the gang travel to the Shadowhunter homeland of Idris, even though Jace doesn’t like the idea of Clary going to Alicante, Idris’s capitol and only city. We meet dome new characters too, like Luke’s sister Amatis, the new Inquisitor and Jace, Isabelle and Alec’s childhood friends, the lovely and very striking Aline and tall and handsome Sebastian. Although I really enjoyed everything, I really liked the setting and the vocabulary but didn’t catch the theme, which kind of confuses me a bit about what it is though… anyway lets continue.

Lets start out with discussing the setting. I actually really liked it, but I’m not gonna lie I was actually thinking it wasn’t going to like it, I completely changed my mind after reading the novel. Anyway I did really enjoy the nove, where it started out in New York and within 4 to 5 chapters into it, the characters were in Idris. And thanks to the great vocabulary, it was easy to visualize what Alicante is like, Old-fashioned and classy. I hope to get more of a good setting in the next book in the series. I would like to visualize more of The City of Glass, Alicante.

Next lets talk about the absolutely brilliant vocabulary choices Cassandra Clare uses. I am absolutely in love with it because it is easy to visualize what is going on in the novel. Lets just say if I can envision what is going on, on the page I easily fall in love with the novel. And if a  novel has a series to it then I’ll have a reading palooza in my room. I remember in the book where the big battle scene between the Shadowhunters and Valentine’s demon army, I love the fact that the author had described Magnus and Alec fighting about Magnus wanting to meet Alec’s family, because Magnus is in love with Jace and then out of nowhere a few dozen demons show up, then Alec says “If we survive this you can meet my entire family.” It was full of humor in a serious situation which I thought was just brilliant.

Then last but certainly not least, it’s time for the theme. I really didn’t like it because I can’t really figure out what it was. Now if i would have figured it out then I probably would have liked it more. But since I didn’t we’ll never know. Although if I could have figured out what it is, I would say it is “Fight for what you believe is right.” Because it is the same story line as the first two books. But in a way I think it is a strong message to give.

Overall… I really enjoyed City of Glass and recommend it for other students because I really think they will enjoy it. Due to its wonderful setting, visual vocabulary and mysterious theme I believe Cassandra Clare really has talent with her writing and is very creative. She is now one of my favorit authors to look up, and I just want to say She has done an incredible job with making people happy.

-K.L.Ellis

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City of Ashes by Cassangra Clare Reviewed by Krista Ellis

from: amazon.com/

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? Clary would love to spend more time with her bestfriend, Simon. But the Shadowhunters won’t 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 her father. When the second of the Mortal Instruments is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

How would you feel if you found out you had a sibling that you don’t know about? Clary, Simon, Jace Alec and Isabelle are back in the second book to the City of Bones series. And this time we find out what happens between Clary and Jace, and how they’re handling their new brother-sister relationship with each other. While Simon and Clary begin a budding romance and sharing their affection for each other until the night at the Seelie Court, which instantly changes things between them and changes Simon’s life forever as he begins living life as a vampire. While I really enjoyed reading this I made sure that I looked for the vocabulary, theme and setting.

As I continue reading the series, the vocabulary gets stranger and wierder, in a good way. Cassandra Clare uses the grammar differently with the spelling.Like the way she used the word faeries instead of saying fairies. Which gave me the idea that a faerie was a bit edgier and darker than a fairy, because faeries are downworlders. Not only was it the grammar, it was also the vivid descriptions that kept me interested, because I found it incredible and I really enjoyed it.

Although I have in the past, I did not figure out what the theme of the book was. And even if I would’ve found it, I think it would be the same as it was in City of Bones, which was, “Fight for what you believe is right.”

The setting of the novel, along with the first book in the series, took place in New York City. Some of the places mentioned in the novel are actually well known or familiar because of it being in the last book. Like the Institute or the Bone City where Jace was supposed to be imprisoned, the night before he was going to trial with the Inquisitor. Where Valentine had attacked the City and killed every one of the Silent Brothers. Or the Hudson River. It was mentioned before in the previous book as a peaceful spot, but in this book, the Hudson River is the scene of war between the Shadowhunters and Valentine’s demon army.

Overall I really liked the book and hope to read the next book Cassandra Clare has to offer in the series. I hope the theme will be easy to detect in the next book, I already know that the vocabulary will blow me away and I think that the next book will have a nice setting. I highly recommend that students should read the series because it is amazing and they’ll fall in love with it.

Cassandra Clare: City of Bones, Reviewed by Krista Ellis

From: Amazon.com

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in NYC, she hardly expects to witness a murder – much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizzarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. Its hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing – not even a smear of blood – to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first meeting with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk, within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The shadowhunters would like to know…

What would it be like to see things you never knew existed? Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray never expected to witness a murder committed by three teenagers with strange tattoos. After meeting the handsome Jace, Quiet Alec and beautiful Isabelle, Clary’s life changes so quickly it becomes a blur. Clary’s bestfriend Simon is dragged in this new world Clary begins to see. As the begin experiencing this new world, Clary and Jace begin to fall in love. I really enjoyed the novel and hope to read the other books in the series. The qualities I mostly looked for in this novel were the theme, setting and vocabulary and found all of it.

I have to be honest I didn’t really catch the theme in the beginning chapters, but I did catch it towards the end and it was ” Never judge someone until you know what they’re capable of.” In Clary’s world there is an unmarked country called Idris that is located between France and Switzerland, which is where Jace, Alec, Isabelle, Hodge, Jocelyn ( Clary’s mother), Valentine (Clary’s father) and Luke ( Jocelyn’s best friend) are originally from. In the beginning Clary is brought back to the Institute after her mother disappears. That is where she meets Hodge… Alec, Isabelle, and Jace’s mentor.

The setting was absolutely my favorite in City of Bones. It took place in the well known New York City today. Some of the places mentioned makes me want to go to New York myself and visit some of the palces it mentioned. Like the old Manhatton Cemetery where the City of Bones is located in one of the tombs, that Brother Jeremiah of the Silent Brothers, that Clary and Jace went to in order to help her regain her memories as a child. Or the old hospital on Roosevelt Island, where Clary and Luke go in search for Valentine and Jace. Even the greenhouse of the Institute,  where Jace and Clary  go for a picnic on her birthday, that Jace had set up for her birthday. It was incredible, I can imagine how wonderful New York is by the way Cassandra Clare wrote it.

Some of the vocabulary used had me rolling on the floor dying of laughter, while the rest of it had me on the edge of the seat, excited and ready to turn the page. Just like in Matched, I had a movie going on in my head, because the author used vivid descriptions. It was just amazing, and I fell in love with the novel and its characters like Jace and Simon. I really enjoyed it and I’m excited to read book number two: City of Ashes.

Drumroll please…( Drumroll)…. Overall the book was amazing. And since this is my time for inputs on the novel I chose I’ll admit it, I watched the movie before finding out that there are books that this is based on and I was instantly hooked. Okay, time to be serious again, this book is officially the number one book for me to go to at the moment, and I think that 99.9% of people who read this will really enjoy it. I highly recommend it to students who loves a good mystery. Cassandra Clare has a best-selling novel that she should be very, very proud of.

-K.L.Ellis

Matched by Ally Condie Reviewed by Krista Ellis

From: Amazon.com

 

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choice for her; what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching Ceremony, Cassia knows her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s  face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as the slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Wouldn’t it be nice if your true love was chosen for you? For me, personally, no it wouldn’t in any way be nice. I wouldn’t feel individual, and be forced into something I don’t want to be rushed into just yet. Ally Condie portrayed this in Matched, but the only difference is Cassia wants to go along with this. When she is matched with her best friend Xander, she gets a silver box containing a microcard that tells about her Match, and when she looks at it Ky Markham’s face appears on the screen, she is curious and starts spending time, then falling in love with him. While I was going crazy over this novel, I felt like I really was amazed the theme, setting and vocabulary.

I really don’t want to give away too much about about the novel, but I do have to tell about the theme. What the theme towards me was, “Fight for what you love, no matter what the lengths it takes you.” In the world Cassia lives in, who you are going to love the rest of your life is chosen for you and for a while she believes the Officials. When she is chosen as Xander’s match she, like I said, believes the Society made a right choice. But as she gets to know Ky more, little by little, every day she begins doubting the Society when she starts falling in love with him. She chose who she wanted to love and then went for it, and Ky did the same  by telling Cassia that he loved her.

The setting was very interesting, Like a lot of other dystopian novels, the setting is a city of the future, where something that happened in the past ruined what could’ve been completely different  from the readers know of. Some of the places Cassia goes is a pure symbol of her and Ky’s love for each other, like the top of the hill, for her is a spot the first admitted their love for each other and shared their first kiss together, that they had both ached for. Also after Cassia leaves the Society to go to the Outer Provinces, she lives on a farmland near where Ky was sent off to, which for her is a sign of determination out of the act of love.

The vocabulary in the novel was straight up incredible and so mindblowing, I couldn’t get enough of it. While the primary audience the author chose was for young adults, she was not in any way shy about her word choices, which I found, mind my British language, completely brilliant. Her vocabulary is strong and very unique and incredible. Her word choices were so vivid I had a movie going on in my head as I continued to read. Especially when Cassia was fighting her way to Ky when the Officials were taking him away, never to return. I’m not going to lie I cried because it felt so real.

Overall, I genuinely believed this book was absolutely brilliant, I couldn’t get enough of it. And I am really looking forward to reading the other two books. I really want to know if Cassia finds Ky and if anything tries to pull them away from each other if they do find each other. This novel officially has my blessing and I really think other students will enjoy it. I hope the other people who have read and enjoyed Matched really believe Cassia Reyes is a strong and determined character who fights for what she loves. Through the use of an incredible and relatable theme, a remarkable and unique setting and vivid vocabulary, Ally Condie has created has created a breathtaking novel called Matched.

-K.L.Ellis