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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments #6)

BookListOfBooks, July 30, 2014

City of Heavenly Fire. How do I begin to describe this book? This book is flawless. Well, as close to flawless as a book can get. It was the perfect conclusion to The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. From the action to the suspense to the character development, all of it was on point and kept me hooked until I finished the book (which may have been a very bad thing, considering my copy had arrived during finals week). Not to mention the fact that this book is huge (725 pages)!

The plot, oh my. I have virtually no words to describe it. Whatever I was expecting from this book, it wasn’t this. It was better. There isn’t much I can say about the plot itself without spoiling anything, but I can say that there are a lot of twists - some of those ending happily, others ending in intense feels. Most of the loose ends have been tied up, though there is an introduction to some new characters that will be appearing in The Dark Artifices.

And let’s not forget the characters. Though the timeline in the series is only about six months, I feel like all the characters have grown up and matured since the first book. The character development is amazing.

Overall, I am giving this book a five out of five. Yes, a perfect score! There were no extremely awkward parts to read in terms of poor writing. The characters were all well developed. The book held me right to the end with its perfection.
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Gatekeepers 05 Oblivion Uk by Anthony Horowitz
Gatekeepers 05 Oblivion Uk

BookListOfBooks, March 28, 2014

This book is easily one of my favourite books ever written, no doubt about it. I don't even know where to begin when describing the amazingness that is Oblivion. It's the last book in the Power of Five/The Gatekeepers series and is probably the darkest out of all of them. It provides a very conclusive ending to the series, despite the fact that I wouldn't complain if he found a way to continue these books.

The writing in this book is amazing and I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning finishing the book. It's extremely suspenseful and as usual, full of Horowitz-style details. This book is told from the perspective of all of the five, as well as a few other characters such as Richard. I highly recommend this book to anyone (keep in mind, this book can be read as a standalone), even though parts of it may have you watching your back in the middle of the night.
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City of Bones: Mortal Instruments #1 by Cassandra Clare
City of Bones: Mortal Instruments #1

BookListOfBooks, March 12, 2014

This book follows fairly true to the original myths of creatures (or Downworlders, as they’re called in the books), such as vampires, fairies, and werewolves, a nice change from all these Twilight-esque books that are finally falling out of popularity. Vampires in this series can’t go out in the sun and sleep during the day. Werewolves are made up of those infected with Lycanthropy and they change on the full moon. Fairies aren't the innocent creatures that Disney makes them out to be. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw these details in the book, and so I applaud Cassandra for doing her research.

The thing that struck me the most out of this book was the societal aspect of it. This book was written in 2007, right around the time that people started to get riled up about the fact that gays couldn't get married. This is one of the few books that I've read that actually includes gay characters and I couldn't be happier about this (other books include Harry Potter and Perks of Being a Wallflower).

The main character, Clary, is a very round, dynamic character. She starts the book as a girl who loved art and didn't always get along with her mum. She ended the book more independent and with a new perspective of the world around her.

Overall, I'd give the book a 5 out of 5 rating. I like the way it was written and I love the characters.
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Champion (Legend Novels) by Marie Lu
Champion (Legend Novels)

BookListOfBooks, February 22, 2014

This book was absolutely brilliant! It provided a perfect conclusion to the series. There were some sad bits, but that's to be expected. It isn't a tear-jerking as other series concluders I have read. The ending of this book doesn't compare to anything else that I've read before. It was perfect!
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Start-Up #1: The Social Code by Sadie Hayes
Start-Up #1: The Social Code

BookListOfBooks, February 17, 2014

The Social Code (originally published as The Start-Up in 2011), by Sadie Hayes, takes place in the sunny Silicon Valley. It’s about two orphaned twins, Adam and Amelia Dory, who both received scholarships to go to Stanford University. Amelia is a computer nerd with incredible coding skills, while Adam has an impressive business sense. It’s told from the perspective of numerous characters - not just the main two characters. It’s the first book in the series The Star-Up, which currently has two books released. The original version of the series has a third book to it, but it’s only available as an ebook and is noticeably shorter (as are all the books in the original publication of the series).

The plot was basically Gossip Girls, but with hacking. From the back of the book, it had sounded mildly interesting. Personally, I’m a pretty big fan of books that involve technologically competent characters. What I hadn’t expected was a book that about the rich or the ones trying to become rich. There were more scandals that happened in this book than there is in an episode of daytime television.
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