Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Wednesday Book Recommendation

Hey everyone!  How are you?!? 

Before I get into this Wednesday's book review, I need to let you in on a totally unfun-not-really-a-secret secret.  I know, tantalizing, right?

If you've noticed my recent blog absense, both from posting and commenting, I just want you to know that I promise to return to normal in January.  The truth is, my full time job has a busy season that starts right after Thanksgiving and lasts right through to our deadline on December 31st.  So, the 11 and 12 hour workdays have been leaving me dragging and tired, with little time for anything (not even writing...GASP!) but spending the holidays with my family. 

Am I complaining?  Okay, yes, maybe a little, but honestly, I love my job and what I do, so it's a necessary evil.  But, I promise my darlings that I will be back to my peppy normal self come January and I will try to come around from time to time to say hello.  But if you don't see me, just know I'm thinking about you!

Now, onto my latest book review...the good news is that no matter how busy my life gets, I always unwind before bed with a few pages of a good book.  So, here's my latest.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First of all, I LOVE this cover and the title is full of awesomeness. I moved this to the top of my TBR stack for those two reasons alone, because I was totally intrigued.

But I'd be lying if I told you I wasn't a little let down by it. The story was good and it definitely kept me interested, but there was something missing for me that is a bit harder to describe. I never "lost" myself in this book. Throughout the reading I was reminded that I was indeed, reading. After reading so many GREAT young adult books, this one just didn't have the same flow and unputtdownableness of the others. Not to say it wasn't good, because it was, it just wasn't GREAT in my mind.

My favorite things about it? The creative storyline and the characters, Jem in particular. They were flawed and lovable, just the way I like my characters to be. The story was unique and interesting. The Shadowhunters themselves are very, very cool.

In summary, I would definitely recommend this book, it was fun and different. As a reader, I plan to continue reading Cassandra Clare's other books, because as an author, her creativity is superb.

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SO, have you read it?  What did you think?  I love getting other readers opinions because we're all so very different!

Hope you're holidays are going well and you're staying warm!


  1. I agree with you. I wasn't going to read the book originally even though I love the Mortal Instrument Series. And Will reminded me too much of Jace.

    I did end up enjoying the book, though.

  2. I totally agree, Kristi! I wanted to love this book, but it just didn't connect with me. It was a very cool concept, but it just left me feeling a little cold. I'll probably read the rest of the series, but I won't be looking forward to it as much as I was :)

    Great review!

  3. Great, honest review.
    And I love the new look of your blog!

  4. I like the honest review. I haven't read this one yet but I've seen mixed reviews of it.

  5. I love the review... I'll put it on the list.

  6. This is the next book I plan on reading. I love the Mortal Instruments series. Those are some of my favorite YA books. So I can't wait to read this. I'm curious what you think of those ones if this one was kinda so so for you. I haven't read it yet but now I'm curious after reading this review because I hope it doesn't let me down after I loved the other three so much.

    On another note... I just finished The Forest of Hands and Teeth and OMG I loved loved loved that one. Not sure if you've read it. Really different than the typical YA love story out there. And very creepy!

    I'm rambling... Lol... sorry!

  7. Great review, Kristi. I think I'll keep it on my list, but not too close to the top just yet. :)

  8. Haven't read this one yet, but I've seen it many times on the shelves. :) Great review!

  9. I haven't gotten to this one yet. I just bought my daughter City of Bones for Christmas and plan to borrow it when she's finished with it. This is bad isn't it? Give a gift you plan to borrow. Oh well, I can live with that.

  10. I always see the book everywhere and you're right the cover is very eye-catching. Hmm.. maybe I'll pick this up now that my classes done for now. I love your new blog btw :)