Feed is an important tale and an all-too-realistic-feeling look of what the future may bring for western civilization. The Feed is a computer system of sorts that is connected to most people’s brains when they’re too young to know what life is like without it. Seventy-three percent of Americans have the Feed.Read More »
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane tells the coming-of-age tale of three boys in a sleepy suburban neighborhood. The narrative follows their lives from childhood to mid-adulthood. The four main characters go as follows:
Summary (taken from Wikipedia): Cassie Wright, porn priestess, intends to cap her legendary career by breaking the world record for serial fornication porn movies, on camera, with six hundred men. Snuff unfolds through the perspectives of Mr. 600, Mr. 72, Mr. 137, and Wright’s personal assistant, Sheila. With his satirical narrative and thorough research, Chuck Palahniuk reveals through these four characters the
little-known facts and histories of not only pornography and sexual deviance, but also acting and life in and out of the spotlight, and throughout the novel shows the rarely acknowledged presence of pornography in modern America.
The demon, Lilith, has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from his captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing, but so is the boy she hates,Sebastian, the son of her father, Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.
City of Fallen Angels splits its focus between Jace and Clary, who are now able to say that they are a couple, aware that they are not actually siblings, and Clary’s Shadowhunter training; and Clary’s best friend, Simon, and how he adjusts to life as a vampire.
This title is the third and final installment in the bestselling urban gothic fantasy sequence, The Mortal Instruments. With two of the Mortal Instruments now in Valentine’s hands, the world of the Shadowhunters teeters on the brink of civil war. Jace and the Lightwoods are recalled to Idris, the Shadowhunters remote and hidden home-country, where a search has begun for the last of the Instruments: the Mortal Glass. Clary finds herself caught up in the chaos as the delicate social order of the Nephilim begins to shatter, pitting Downworlder against Downworlder and Shadowhunters against each other. When the City of Glass falls under attack, can Downworlders and Nephilim fight together to defeat Valentine, or will their longstanding hatred destroy them all? And when Clary discovers the unbelievable truth about her own past, can she find Jace before it s too late?
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Things I enjoyed:
Introduction of Sebastian–including his backstory and the truth about him.
Jocelyn finally wakes up, and ends up with Luke woooooooo!
Things I didn’t enjoy:
The ending seemed like there wasn’t supposed to be a fourth book.
Summary (taken from Librarything): At the age of thirty-one, Kathy H. is coming to the end of her time as a carer – a milestone that prompts her to reflect on her unusual life. She begins, naturally, with her childhood at Hailsham, where she and her friends Ruth and Tommy negotiated the lessons and Exchanges set by their guardians, as well as the constant social pressures of school life. As her recollections progress, however, Kathy must take care not to delve too deeply into the tangled knot of her own emotions. The past holds no refuge for her; even since childhood, the knowledge of what the future holds has always been there, deep down – and some truths are too terrible to be confronted.Read More »
Summary (taken from Goodreads): 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 her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.
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Things I enjoyed:
Amazing character development of Luke, Valentine and Jace. They’re amazingly interesting, and have a little more appeal than Clary at this point.
The plot thickens a bit. More is exposed, and not nearly as much time is spent in the Institute. Mainly because Jace is kicked out by the thought-to-be bitch Maryse (but she’s actually great).
The last three chapters were intense. They all took place on Valentine’s boat, and the ending was really great.
Clary finally figures out how to fix her mom, although it isn’t revealed until the very last page.
Maia is a really rad character and I wanna know way more about her.
Things I didn’t enjoy:
The Inquisitor. She was just overall really rude, and I don’t care about her backstory; she just wasn’t… She wasn’t a good character. Until the end. But even then she wasn’t good. Clare didn’t give her a chance to be a good character.
Simon is now a vampire, and it’s really annoying already. But apparently he’s like a super mutant vampire, and he can be out in the sun. (Spoiler)