Tuesday, 10 June 2014

City of Heavenly Fire (Book Review)


Hello J (Review is without spoilers)
 

Today I want to review a book I have waited a very long time to read. It’s called City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, and if you know me, I have been submersed in this book ever since it arrived on my doorstep. I have waited a very long time to have this ending to the series.

The story follows the Lightwoods as always, and also introduces some new characters, like the Blackthorns and the Cairstairs. At first I wasn’t sure if I liked these new characters being there because this is the final book and it seemed like Clare had just wanted to add a side story. But in the end I was grateful for it, because as always, in the end everything really ties together. As I was saying before, the Lightwoods face the same enemy as they have in the two books prior to this one – Sebastian, who is ready to wreak havoc as he always is, and has new alliances which make him stronger than ever.

I really loved reading this, loved to know how it all ended. I will admit this book didn’t quite make it in comparison to all the other ones. It was very good – don’t get me wrong; I was hooked from the very first page. But it wasn’t as addicting, as terrifying or as satisfying as I wanted it to be. But that’s just me being harsh and comparing.

My favourite part of the novel was the end. Regardless of whether some vital characters are missing or not (hehe, you’ll have to read it to find out), or if the ending was a happy or sad one, I loved seeing it all come together and seeing the final words printed. You can just close the book and breathe, realising that you’ve come on quite the journey since you started book one, wondering if it was going to be as good as everyone says. There are always good and bad sides to ending a series.
 
I am looking forwards to the book Cassandra Clare is promising to release in 2015, another in the Shadowhunter world but not in the Mortal Instruments series. She has a lot of series I have yet to even start reading, like the Infernal Devices and Bane Chronicles. I am actually longing for her to release a book outside of the Shadowhunter world, just to see whether her writing style changes or what it will be like. I am going to dive into the Infernal Devices next I think, I just need a bit of a break first. I am still trying to heal from knowing a series I love is over. *sniffles*

Olivia’s Question: How do you feel when you get to the end of a series, or a really good book?

Olivia-Savannah x
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14 comments:

  1. It's always bittersweet, because it's over. I prefer happy endings over sad ones, though I like to imagine what happens to the characters next rather than have the author spell it all out; and they had 2.5 kids...

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    1. Hm, yes, I think bittersweet is the correct word to explain it ^.^ I don't like having to imagine too much, but having enough guidance to kind of know what happened to them in the end.

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  2. Great to hear it was enjoyable, but sad that it wasn't quite everything that you'd hoped.

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  3. I have yet to finish this series but yeah when you end a series it's always really a bittersweet. You're happy you finally have the conclusion but then again you'll miss those people. I really hope you'll read The Infernal Devices soon which is even better in my opinion. Great review, Olivia :)

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    1. I will try and get around to them soon. I can't imagine them being even better, but then maybe I will be surprised ;)

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  4. Great review, happy you ended up enjoying this one even if it wasn't as good as the other books. I fel sad when I get to the end of a series I love, it's bittersweet. I remember sobbing when HP was over because that was such a huge part of my childhood and it was a shock that it was all over. No more waiting up till midnight to go buy the next book.

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    1. I know, it really is sad! I have yet to read HP but I will try it soon :D

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  5. Happy you loved this one and the series. I just couldn't get into the first book that much so I never read anymore.

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    1. Aww :( Well, not every book is for every person.

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  6. I always look back at the characters and see how they developed from the start, all the while, muttering comments like: 'He used to be so innocent'' or 'Why did she have to die?'' I like the thing your doing were you ask us a question at the end of each blog. Interacting with the audience is something you can't really do with a book or a poem.

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    1. Thank you. I just want the commenters to know I do care about what they have to say as well.

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  7. Depending on how a book/series ends will determine how I feel about it, and usually if it's good I will be okay but if it's tragic or bad I will go raving about it to one of my friends!
    I love the questions you leave at the bottom of your posts by the way :D

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    1. Haha I do much the same! Whether my friends have read the book or not :P
      Thank you ^^

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