The Mortal Instruments – City of Ashes – Cassandra Clare


The blue based cover showing Clary Fray and her fiery red hair

The blue based cover showing Clary Fray and her fiery red hair

Haunted by her past, Clary is dragged deeper into New York City’s terrifying underworld of demons and Shadowhunters – but can she control her feelings for a boy who can never be hers?


The second in the series and it brings even more excitement and drama to the story. You meet new characters such as Maia and some of the New York werewolf pack. I really like books when they bring new characters into the plot, and the City of Ashes is written in such a way that each new (and old) character has their own trait making them unique but also bringing them together. We find out more about some of the older characters like Jace, Clary, Alec and Valentine, and we have new knowledge on some of the Runes/Marks.

The story has a lot of drama written very well into it and the suspense grows until the point where you can’t handle it before revealing all. The book cover conveys a lot but you do have to look hard to see it. It shows Clary with some Runes and the sea. Most of the cover is blue, suggesting water and the only part of the imagery used on the cover that really stands out is Clary’s hair.

I would gladly suggest this series to anyone from teens +.

Author Comments

Holly Black – Tithe – Cassie’s writing makes my toes curl in envy. She is the rare writer who can write fast-paced dramatic fantasy with gorgeous language and memorable characters that you grow to love and worry about, as well as really funny bits that will make you honestly laugh… It is rare to find someone who can do any on of those things well; to find someone who can do all of them is just dangerous


The Mortal Instruments – City of Bones – Cassandra Clare

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The book cover showing Jace Wayland

The book cover showing Jace Wayland

Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistibly drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City – and the dangers of forbidden love.

The book follows the life of a seemingly ordinary girl – Clarissa ‘Clary’ Fray. Set in New York City we find Clary waiting to get into an all-ages nightclub; Pandemonium with her best friend Simon Lewis. When inside Clary sees a peculiarly dressed girl (for a nightclub) wearing a full length white dress, with two boys kitted out in leather. No-one else can see them. This is where the bizarre events begin.

I love The Mortal Instruments, and the City of Bones is the first of 5, with City of Heavenly Fire (the 6th book) coming out May 27th. The series is preceded by The Infernal Devices (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess) and will be followed by The Dark Artifices (Lady Midnight, Prince of Shadows and The Queen of Air and Darkness). I don’t know what draws me to them but a friend told me about the books and I thought I would buy them another time, I am incredibly glad I did. When I bought the City of Bones I read it very quickly and bought the next two (Ashes and Glass) and then the two after that (Fallen Angels and Lost Souls), then the City of Bones film, and now I am waiting for the City of Heavenly Fire.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was released August 2013 and is now available on DVD.

The cover for the City of Bones does give an insight into a bit of what the book’s about. It shows a Shadowhunter (presumably Jace) covered in Marks/Runes, below is NYC and below that are graves, all hinting to the plot and where it might lead.

I would recommend this book to teens and above for a great read.

Author Comments

Stephanie Meyer – The Twilight Saga – A story world I would love

Christopher Golden – The Myth Hunters – Dagger-sharp, funky and cool

Red Rock – Kate Kelly

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The fab cover design!

The fab cover design!

The ice caps have melted.

Only Scavvers live in the flooded towns.

The world has changed, but as 14-year-old Danni Rushton soon learns, it isn’t the first time. Danni’s life is turned upside down when her aunt is assassinated. With her dying breath, she entrusts Danni with a strange, small rock. Danni must not tell a soul that she has it. But what is the rock for, and to what lengths must Danni go to keep it safe?

Fleeing from the barren terrain of Greenland to the flooded ruins of Cambridge, Danni discovers that friends aren’t always what they seem and a rock isn’t always just a rock

I adored this book and it is a literal gripping read. People say that ‘they can’t put this book down because it’s too good’, but I could not put this book down, honestly. I love the storyline and the heroine is a confused girl who has just been entrusted with a peculiar rock she knows nothing about.

I love the cover of this book because it show the flooded areas and two hands cupping the rock with odd runes plastered all over it. The cover doesn’t say much about the book but at the same time it does. It’s mysterious and so pulls you in, but also very simple.

Kate Kelly is an amazing author and brings the book alive with a ‘show not tell’ style. She shows you who the characters are by not saying much.

This book was amazing. Thanks Kate Kelly.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins

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The second cover in the trilogy

The second cover in the trilogy

Katniss Everdeen survived the Hunger Games. Now the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are still alive. Katniss should be relieved, but now there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.


Catching Fire is the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, and it is 6 months on from the end of the 74th Games, Katniss and Peeta embark on their Victory Tour, before the Reading of the Card. Every 25 years is a Quarter Quell (a Games with a special rule to make it even more ‘exciting’) and this year, being the 75th Games, means it’s the 3rd Quarter Quell. The Reaping brings emotions to all the districts, as the unimaginable happens.

These cards were said to be written down 75 years ago, but the rule seems to perfect an answer for someone and it becomes questionable as to whether it is 75 years old.

The second book brings even more tension and excitement to the story, as the unthinkable becomes real. No-one could guess at what the rule is. But that’s what makes the book so gripping, you must find out once you begin reading this book.

Like the first one, Catching Fire is exciting and intriguing, and you grow evermore attached to the characters as you follow them through their lives. In the Hunger Games, anything can happen.

The cover is really simple and silently says a lot about the book. I loved this book because it brought new twists and characters into play.

The film has been released now and is coming out on DVD in the next few months.

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

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The simple, black Mockingjay Pin design

The simple, black Mockingjay Pin design

Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.
In a dark vision of the near future, twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live TV show called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

Every year the Capitol holds a live event, The Hunger Games. The Games is the Capitols way of punishing the 12 districts for the rebellion 74 years ago. Before the official Games, there is a Reaping to select one girl and boy between the ages of 12 and 18 to enter into the Hunger Games.
Living in one of the outlying districts (12) Katniss Everdeen enters the Hunger Games alongside her district partner Peeta Mellark.
The object of the Games is to be the last one alive. Yes, alive. The only rule is to kill or be killed.
The Tributes fight their way through the Games for as long as they can. The bloodbath is always the worst place, right at the beginning of the Games, supplies piled high in the Cornucopia and tributes fight each other to get the pick of the lot. Some run, some fight.

This is one of my favourite books because of the way it is written, vey intriguing and interesting. Once I started I couldn’t stop reading to find out what happened next. My emotions changed dramatically with the turn of every page, tension, sadness, relief and euphoria. Every chapter brought a new twist.

The genre of this book is dystopian, meaning where people and things don’t work well together (definition from the online Cambridge Dictionary) and is the opposite of utopia (a perfect world).

Other Comments (on cover of the book): Stephanie Meyer – Author of the Twilight Saga The Hunger Games is amazing
Stephen King Constant suspense, I couldn’t stop reading

The cover design on the Hunger Games varies, there is an abstract cover, multiple different shades of one colour layered on top of each other, a cover with the colour of the featured bird on the front e.g. The Hunger Games is a gold background with the Mockingjay Pin on it and there is the Classic cover, black with the title, author and the Mockingjay Pin on the front.

This is a must read book and is great for any age from teens upwards.

New England Rocks – Christina Courtenay


First impressions, how wrong can you get?
When Rain Mackenzie is expelled from her British boarding school, she can’t believe her bad luck. Not only is she forced to move to New England, USA, she’s also sent to the local high school as a punishment.
Rain makes it her mission to dislike everything about Northbrooke High, but what she doesn’t bank on is meeting Jesse Devlin…

New England Rocks is the new novel released by Choc Lit author Christina Courtenay.

From England, UK to New England, USA we follow the story of sixteen-year-old Rain Mackenzie as she is expelled from her English boarding school Blakeborough and transferred to Northbrooke High in New England, America. She doesn’t plan on staying long, before returning to England, although, at Northbrooke she meets Jesse Devlin, the hottest guy she’s ever laid eyes upon. But naturally, her perfect crush is already in a relationship with Little Miss Perfect, Amber Lawrence, who seems set to cause trouble between Rain and Jesse.
The characters go through everything; love, betrayal and pneumonia.
I love this book because it portrays the life of a late-teen so well and is really easy to get caught up in. Each character brought out a different emotion in me. The story made me laugh, smile and appreciate my friends.
The cover design is really eye catching.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone in their teen years right through to adulthood for a great read and I can’t wait for the next book, New England Crush!

Will you be the lucky winner of these bookmarks???

Will you be the lucky winner of these bookmarks???

Christina has kindly offered 2 sets of New England Rocks bookmarks to two lucky winners drawn at random from the comments relating to this post.
Good Luck!

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