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The Mortal Instruments – City of Lost Souls

Another book has been relased and reached my home where I have spent a few days reading til late night :D I am quite happy with the result!

Synopsis:
The story begins two weeks after City of Fallen Angels, with Jace and Sebastian still missing. Clary, who wants to find Jace, asks the Queen of the Fair Folk to help her using a bell given to her in the previous book.
The queen agrees to help if Clary returns two Faerie rings (which have the power to speak to each other though their minds) that were stolen and kept in the Institute library. Clary agrees, out of desperation to find Jace.

While Clary is in the library looking for the rings, Sebastian and Jace enter, talking like old friends. Shocked, Clary stays hidden while they take some books and leave. That night at Luke’s home, she wakes up to find Jace next to her. Jace tells Clary that he and Sebastian have returned to ask her to join them. They are interrupted when Jocelyn sees Sebastian and screams. A fight breaks loose, in which Luke is stabbed by Sebastian then Jace and Sebastian disappear but before they go, Jace mouths to Clary that he will be back for her.

Clary and Jocelyn move into Magnus’s house for their own safety. Shortly after they arrive Clary and her mom get in to an argument, Clary storms off and then portals out to meet Simon at the diner.

Clary then agrees to join Jace and Sebastian with a view to spying on them, whilst using the Faerie rings to communicate with Simon. Over time, Clary realizes that Jace is possessed and is acting much like Sebastian.

Meanwhile, everyone else is trying to think of a way to kill Sebastian without killing Jace; they are tied together with Lilith’s magic, meaning one cannot be killed without killing the other. Isabelle and Jocelyn go to the Iron Sisters for help and learn that the connection between Sebastian and Jace can be broken using a blade of Heaven, which can only be given by an angel. They come to a solution when Simon suggests summoning Raziel. They agree that Simon should do this because he has the Mark of Cain, making him invincible.

Clary learns from Sebastian that he intends to make a second Mortal Cup with the power to kill all greater demons. Later, Jace manages to revert to his true, non-possessed self for a few minutes to explain Sebastian’s plan to Clary. Jace tells her that Sebastian wants to use Lilith’s blood to create an army of dark Shadowhunters using the second Mortal Cup. Simon and the others travel to Luke’s farmhouse to summon Raziel. There, Raziel gives Simon a blade of Heaven named Glorious, but in return demands the right to strip Simon of the Mark of Cain. Simon agrees and Raziel takes the Mark away, rendering Simon no longer invincible.

Clary and Sebastian travel to “The Seventh Sacred Site” to create an army of new Shadowhunters. Sebastian summons Lilith and mixes her blood in the second Mortal Cup, then demonstrates his creation to his followers by forcing Amatis to drink from the Cup. Simon, Magnus, Alec, Isabelle and Shadowhunters from the Clave then arrive and Sebastian’s dark Shadowhunters meet them in battle. Simon gives the Angel blade to Clary, who tries to hunt down Sebastian. Clary uses the Angel blade and stabs Jace, believing that it won’t kill him as his heart is more good than evil. Jace is set alight, leading the other to believe that he is dead. The battle ends when most of Sebastian’s dark Shadowhunters have been killed, and Sebastian flees.

Clary sees that Jace is not dead and his family take him back to the Institute. After some days, Clary speaks with Jace and learns that after being stabbed by the Angel blade, he now has sacred fire inside him. The sacred fire prevents people from touching him, as doing so will result in them being burned. Magnus breaks up with Alec because he (Alec) considered a way to make Magnus mortal but never told Magnus that Camille made such the offer, even though Alec refused the offer. The story ends with Maryse showing two of the Silent Brothers – Enoch and Zachariah – a pair of angel wings and a note from Sebastian with the words “Erchomai, I am coming”, which she found on the floor of the institute library.

More about the series online:
The Infernal Devices – Home
The Infernal Devices – Wiki
The Mortal Instruments – Home
The Mortal Instruments – Wiki
Cassandra Clare

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Bloodlines – The Golden Lily

The Golden Lily is the second novel of the Bloodlines series.

Sydney Sage is called to an Alchemist underground reabilitation center to testify regarding Keith’s attitude towards vampires. While shocked at the change in him, she nonetheless tells them her honest opinion and as a result his sentence is shortened. On her way back, her fellow Alchemist, Zeke, shows her a human prisoner who seeks to become a vampire.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?

The Golden Lily
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Golden_Lily

Bloodlines Series on the web:
http://www.bloodlinesseries.com/

Vampire Academy Series on the web:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire_Academy
http://www.richellemead.com/books/vampireacademy.htm
http://www.vampireacademybooks.com/
http://vampire-academy.com/

The Hunger Games – Mockingjay

This is the exiting and captivating sequel to The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. It is just as good as the 2 previous books – holding suspense and action on every page. I had no chance of putting it down and read it from page 1 to the end in just 1 day. I can understand that reading 1 and 1 and waiting a long time for the next book is unfulfilling because only the third book concludes a story which can be confusing. However reading them all in 4 days is awesome, thrilling and a fantastic escape into a fantasy universe !

I absolutely love these series and totally recommend it to everyone interested in young adult, fantasy, dystopian, sci-fi books! 

Synopsis
(Disclaimer: This text comes from wikipedia with some alterations of my own)
After her rescue by the rebels of District 13, Katniss is convinced to become “the Mockingjay”: the symbol of the rebellion against the ruling Capitol. As part of a deal, she demands that the leader of District 13, President Coin, grant immunity to all of the victors of the Hunger Games. She also demands the right to kill President Snow, the leader of the Capitol, herself.

In a daring rescue, Peeta and others previously captured are rescued from the Capitol. However, Peeta has been brainwashed into believing Katniss is the enemy and tries to strangle her upon their reunion in District 13.

The rebels, including Katniss, take control of the districts and finally begin an assault on the Capitol itself. However, an assault on a “safe” Capitol neighborhood goes wrong, and Katniss and her team flee further into the Capitol with the intent of finding and killing President Snow. Many members of Katniss’ team are killed, including Finnick Odair. Eventually, Katniss finds herself pressing on alone towards Snow’s mansion, which has supposedly been opened to shelter Capitol children (but is actually intended to provide human shields for Snow). Afterwards, bombs placed in supply packages kill many of these children and a rebel medical team, including Katniss’ sister, Prim. Prim’s death scars Katniss to the point of mental instability.

President Snow is tried and found guilty, but he tells Katniss that the final assault that killed Prim was ordered by President Coin, not the Capitol. Katniss realizes that if this is true, the bombing may have been the result of a plan originally developed by her friend, Gale. Katniss realizes that she will never be able to look at Gale the same way, regardless of whether or not he was directly involved in Prim’s death. Katniss remembers a conversation with Snow in which they agreed not to lie to each other. When she is supposed to execute Snow, she realizes that he was telling the truth and kills Coin instead.

A riot ensues and Snow is found dead, having possibly choked on his own blood or been trampled in the crowd. Katniss then tries to commit suicide by swallowing the pill that was sewn onto her suit in case she was captured by the Capitol during one of her missions, but Peeta does not allow her to do it. Katniss is acquitted due to her apparent insanity and returns to her home in District 12, along with others who are attempting to rebuild it.

Peeta returns months after as well, having largely recovered from his brainwashing. Finally, Katniss surmises that falling in love with Peeta was inevitable, as he had always represented to her the promise of a better future, rather than the destruction she now associates with Gale.

She says that she does not need Gale’s fire, as she already has enough fire herself; she needs Peeta, who symbolizes the hope she needs to survive. Together with Haymitch they create a book filled with their memories of the Hunger Games, the terrors of their experienses, their memories of the previous tributes and others who died in the war so that they will not be forgotten, but also to work through their nightmares, memories and hope to process all that has happened to them.

In the epilogue, Katniss speaks as an adult, more than fifteen years later. She and Peeta are married and have two children. The Hunger Games are over, but she dreads the day her children learn the details of their parents’ involvement in both the Games and the war. When she feels distressed, Katniss plays a comforting but repetitive “game,” reminding herself of every good thing that she has ever seen someone do. The series ends with the sentence, “But there are much worse games to play.”

The Hunger Games on the web
http://www.thehungergames.co.uk/
http://www.thehungergamesmovie.com/
http://mockingjay.net/
Wikipedia 
Mockingjay 
Scholastic
IMDB 

http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/

The Hunger Games – Catching Fire

The Hunger Games was so good I was craving for more even before I finished it and thankfully I had bought the full triology right away so that I didn’t have to wait to get my hands on the sequel. The best about it: Its just as good as The Hunger Games.

Synopsis
(Disclaimer: Most of the following text is from Wikipedia with additions of my own)
After winning the 74th Hunger Games in the previous novel, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark return home to District 12, the poorest sector in the country of Panem.

On the day that Katniss and Peeta are to start a “Victory Tour” around the country, she is visited by President Snow who lets her know he is extremely upset with her for breaking the rules at the end of the last Hunger Games, which permitted both her and Peeta to win. President Snow tells Katniss that when she defied the Capitol, she inspired rebellion in the districts. In order for Katniss’ loved ones to avoid retaliation by Snow, she must convince Snow himself that she and Peeta truly are in love. Something which only includes them declaring a common future together.

The first stop on the Victory Tour is District 11, the home of Katniss’ friend and ally, Rue,  in the Hunger Games before she died. During the ceremony, Katniss and Peeta deliver quick speeches to the people of District 11, thanking them for their tributes. When the speeches conclude, an old man whistles a tune that Katniss used in the arena to tell Rue that she was safe. The song acts as a signal and everyone salutes Katniss using the same gesture that she used to say farewell to Rue, but suddenly the crowd reacts and the peacekeepers break in killing 3 people as Katniss and Peeta are rushed away from the square.

Katniss and Peeta proceeds their victory tour to all of the twelve districts and the Capitol. Once they arrive in the capitol they are interviews on direct TV by During one of the direct sent TV interviews with , Peeta proposes to Katniss publicly, hoping to settle the dispute between Katniss and President Snow. Despite this, Katniss learns that their attempts of subduing rebellion in the districts and convincing Snow of their relationship have failed.

Shortly after returning to District 12, Katniss encounters two runaways from District 8. They explain the situation of the districts and that 8 has rebelled and that they have a theory that District 13 was not wiped out by the Capitol and that its residents have gone underground.

As a way to get back at Katniss President Snow announces that, for the 75th Hunger Games, a “Quarter Quell” that allows the Gamemakers to add a twist, 24 victors from previous years will be forced to compete once again. Katniss resolves to save Peeta, who will almost certainly be the male tribute. Haymitch reveals that he had already agreed to help Peeta accomplish the same for Katniss, but still agrees to help Katniss.

After arriving at the Capitol, Katniss and Peeta look for potential allies among the other tributes. Katniss meets Finnick Odair, a 24-year-old man who successfully survived the Games at the age of 14, and Mags, Finnick’s 80-year-old mentor, both from District 4. She also meets Beetee and Wiress, an older couple from District 3 who are said to be “exceptionally smart” and adept at working with electronics. Beetee and Wiress tell Katniss that the Capitol leaves the control panels for their force fields vulnerable in plain sight.

The Games take place on a beach and jungle terrain, with a dome shaped force field enclosing the tributes. The arena is set up to resemble an analog clock with one lethal event occurring every hour on a twelve hour cycle. When the Games start, Katniss and Peeta form an impromptu alliance with Finnick and Mags. They try to find the arenas parameters, but Peeta runs into the force field at the edge, stopping his heart. Finnick is able to perform CPR to revive him, although Peeta is weakened from the incident. At noon, lightning strikes a tree nearby, and the next hour the Gamemakers release a poisonous fog in the group’s location. The fog causes muscle spasms and prevents them from running while carrying Mags and Peeta. Mags sacrifices herself so the other three can escape. After Mags’ death, lightning strikes again at midnight and the group is attacked by monkey muttations, but all three survive, thanks to the female tribute from District 6 sacrificing herself to save Peeta. Katniss, Peeta and Finnick join forces with Johanna Mason, a sarcastic and often cruel victor from District 7, an injured Beetee, and Wiress, who is in shock and repeatedly mumbles “tick tock”. From Wiress’ words, Katniss realizes that the arena is arranged like a clock, with the Gamemakers’ disasters occurring on a timed chart, signaled by the lightning.

While gathered at the central cornucopia the careers attack the group, killing Wiress, and a battle ensues until the Gamemakers cut it short by shifting the terrain. Beetee devises a plan to harness the arena’s lightning to supposedly electrocute the rest of the career tributes. At night the group splits to prepare for the plan, but is attacked separately by the remaining tributes. Katniss is knocked out and has her tracer removed by Johanna. Johanna then leads the two remaining careers away from Katniss. An injured Katniss directs the lightning at the force field’s control panel with an arrow tied to the wire, destroying the arena forcefield and resulting in her temporary paralysis.

When she wakes up, she is being transported to District 13: a place that is widely thought to no longer exist. She is joined by Finnick, Beetee, and Haymitch, but learns that Peeta and Johanna have been captured by the Capitol. Katniss is informed that from the beginning, there had been a plan among most of the tributes, Haymitch, and head Gamemaker Plutarch to break her and Peeta out of the arena. The book ends when Katniss’ best friend, Gale, comes to visit her and informs her that, though he got her family out in time, District 12 has been bombed and destroyed.

The Hunger Games on the web
http://www.thehungergames.co.uk/
http://www.thehungergamesmovie.com/ 
http://mockingjay.net/ 
Wikipedia 
Catching Fire  
Scholastic
IMDB

The Hunger Games

I love books. I love a good story that is so captivating that I can disappear into it and simply become a part of it for the length of the story. I love it when the book is so good that my normal life interfers with the book, like going to the toilet is something you just don’t do (or you bring the book) because the book is un-putdownable, reading while cooking and falling asleep in the middle of a very exiting session because all the parts of the book are so exiting that you have read until 5:38 in the morning, or at least it was last you checked and that was 3 chapters ago.

The Hunger Games is one of those stories.

Synopsis
(disclaimer: copied from wikipedia)
In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts.

Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem.

The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

The Hunger Games takes place after the destruction of North America by some unknown apocalyptic event, in a nation known as Panem. Panem consists of a wealthy Capitol and twelve surrounding, poorer districts. District 12, where the book begins, is located in the coal-rich region that was formerly Appalachia.[8]

As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol in which a 13th district was destroyed, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each district are selected by annual lottery to participate in the Hunger Games, an event in which the participants (or “tributes”) must fight in an outdoor arena controlled by the Capitol, until only one remains. The story follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District 12 who volunteers for the 74th annual Hunger Games in place of her younger sister, Primrose. Also selected from District 12 is Peeta Mellark, a baker’s son whom Katniss knows from school, who once gave her bread when her family was starving.

Katniss and Peeta are taken to the Capitol where their drunken mentor, Haymitch Abernathy, victor of the 50th Hunger Games, instructs them to watch and learn the talents of the other tributes. They are then publicly displayed to the Capitol audience in a televised session with interviewer Caesar Flickerman. During this time, Peeta reveals on-air his long-time unrequited love for Katniss. Katniss believes this to be a ploy to gain audience support for the Games, which can be crucial for survival, as audience members are encouraged to send gifts like food, medicine, and tools to favored tributes during the Games. The Games begin with 11 of the 24 tributes dying in the first day, while Katniss relies on her well-practiced hunting and outdoor skills to survive. As the games continue, the tribute death toll increases. A few days later, Katniss develops an alliance with Rue, a 12-year-old girl from the agricultural District 11 who reminds Katniss of her sister Prim. The alliance is short-lived: Rue is killed by another tribute. At Rue’s request Katniss sings to her, then spreads flowers over her body as a sign of respect—and of disgust towards the Capitol.

Supposedly due to Katniss and Peeta’s beloved image in the minds of the audience as “star-crossed lovers”, a rule change is announced midway through the Games, stating that two tributes from the same district can win the Hunger Games as a pair. Upon hearing this, Katniss searches for Peeta and eventually finds him wounded. As she nurses him back to health, she acts the part of a young girl falling in love to gain more favor with the audience and, consequently, gifts from her sponsors. When the couple are finally the last two tributes, the Gamemakers reverse the rule change in an attempt to force them into a dramatic finale, where one must kill the other to win. Katniss, knowing that the Gamemakers would rather have two victors than none, retrieves highly poisonous berries known as “nightlock” from her pouch and offers some to Peeta. Upon realizing that Katniss and Peeta intend to commit suicide, the Gamemakers announce that both will be the victors of the 74th Hunger Games.

Although she survives the ordeal in the arena and is treated to a hero’s welcome in the Capitol, Katniss is warned by Haymitch that she has now become a political target after defying her society’s authoritarian leaders so publicly. Afterwards, Peeta is heartbroken when he learns that Katniss’s actions in the arena were part of a calculated ploy to earn sympathy from the audience. However, Katniss is unsure of her own feelings, and realizes that she is dreading the moment when she and Peeta will go their separate ways.

The Hunger Games on the web
http://www.thehungergames.co.uk/
http://www.thehungergamesmovie.com/ 
http://mockingjay.net/
Wikipedia 
Scholastic  
IMDB 
http://thefoundingfields.com

http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/

Metamorfosis en el Cielo / Metamorphosis In The Sky

Metamorphosis in the sky is a book written by Mathias Malzieu, the lead singer of the french band Dionysos, among several other books. I just bought it when I was in Costa Rica and for now it has only come out in Spanish and French, but both the previous books written by Mathias Malzieu have been translated into english and you shoud try to get a hold of this beautiful book when it gets out in english (unless you read english or french).

I totally loved it. It is about a man that does everything to follow his dreams, even if it can cost him his life. He just does NOT want to be like everyone else and he does not feel life is worth living without the exitement of his half crazy acrobatic stunts.

Synopsis
Everyone has dreams and Tom Cloudmans greatest dream is to fly.
Because of this Tom is an acrobat (Some say he is the worst acrobat in the world) and a specialist in taking risks because this makes him feel closer to heaven. Tom is more famous for failing and making a spectacle of himself, than for his spectacular show.

No risk is high enough, no danger big enough and between high risk jumps and piruettes his body wears down and ages far prior to his age. His bones have been broken so many times that they have started to creak. Cuts, bruises, nerve problems and paralized muscles are just a few of the after effect of all of his crazy stunts and one day Tom is in a car accident that takes him to the hospital. When he wakes up he is at the oncology department in the hospital and he is told that the cancer has already spread beyond treatment in his vertebral column.

But Toms destiny is not that of most of us and following his story, we learn that during one of his nightly walks around the hospital (stealing feathers from the other patients pillows to make himself a set of wings). One morning he wakes up to find a picture of a man with a birds head and wings by his bed. Another day he is out walking he discoveres a red feather that falls on his shoes, soon thereafter another falls on his head and looking up he sees a rainfall of red feathers coming from just above the hospital. Are the feathers falling from heavens doors?
Following the feathers, he ends up at the roof of the hospital where he finds a stairway covered in feathers. He climbs up to find the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, half bird, half woman. He falls in love with her immediately and the birdwoman tells him that she can give him what he wants most. She can teach him to fly. But first he has to accept the conditions that she has. She tells him to come back the next day, but Tom has already decided. He wants to learn to fly.

The birdwoman presents her terms to him. He can abandon his human life for a new adventures. “I can convert you into a bird and cure you, but you would have to accept all the consequenses. To activate your metamorphosis you have to make love to me. If Tom is true to his feelings, he has to walk down the irreversible path, transform and abandon his human life. And.. Are we able to convert for love?

Tom accepts the terms and makes love to the birdwoman and he is set back when he watches her turn into a human woman before his eyes and he finds his doctor at the oncology department. Toms metamorphosis is slow and he is getting sicker and weaker from his cancer day by day.

The metamorphosis can save his life. Or not.

The Infernal Devices – Clockwork Prince

I just finished reading the Clockwork Prince of The Infernal Devices series.
It was recently published and I have been really exited to read the follow up from Clockwork Angel. I loved the book!!!  – right up until the end – which was truly STUPID (PS: Major spoiler alert here:)

Why does the author make the heroine fall in love with the weakened and dying 17 year old Jem instead of the handsome, lively Will with his full life ahead of him – loving Tessa just as much??
MAN, I’m disappointed ! Kill off Jem and let Will and Tessa be together. Tess loves Will as well so that would be an easy switch.

Synopsis (from Wikipedia):
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute.

If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

More about the series online:
The Infernal Devices – Home
The Infernal Devices – Wiki
The Mortal Instruments – Home
The Mortal Instruments – Wiki
Cassandra Clare