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Book review: Cassandra Clare’s “City of Heavenly Fire”

For longtime fans of young adult (YA) author Cassandra Clare, “City of Heavenly Fire” has been a book several years in the making.

After all, their journey into the Shadow World began in 2007 with the publication of “City of Bones”. In it, readers were introduced to 15-year-old Clary Fray and her introduction to the world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders, supernatural beings who often find themselves at odds with each other.

Since then, “City of Bones” has not only spawned five more books — “City of Ashes,” “City of Glass,” “City of Fallen Angels,” and “City of Lost Souls” — to form “The Mortal Instruments” series. It has also paved the way for “The Infernal Devices” series, a tale of Shadowhunters set in Victorian England and made up of the books “Clockwork Angel,” Clockwork Prince,” and “Clockwork Princess”. And while the succeeding books have drawn mostly mixed reactions from critics and readers alike, it has not prevented them from zooming up the New York Times bestseller lists.

Just last year, “City of Bones” was adapted into a movie starring Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace and Lily Collins as Clary Fray, with “Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey and “The Hobbit” star Aidan Turner playing supporting roles. The sequel, “City of Ashes,” is set to start production this year.

In “Ctiy of Heavenly Fire,” readers finally have an ending to a story that they have been following for close to a decade now. But will it be an ending that they will find acceptable after years of loyal reading? Or will it end up being a disappointment that ends up crashing and burning?

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Book review: Cassandra Clare’s “Clockwork Princess”

Twenty-thirteen may just turn out to be Cassandra Clare’s year.

Not only is the movie adaptation of her debut novel “City of Bones” set to go up on screens in a few months, the popular young adult (YA) author has also just signed a contract to write three more books set in the same universe of Shadowhunters and Downworlders she first introduced to the world back in 2007.

This year also marks the publication of “Clockwork Princess”, the final book in “ The Infernal Devices” series that tells the story of Victorian-era Shadowhunters beset by a mechanical threat that may just be too much for them to handle.

But unlike the hugely successful books in “The Mortal Instruments” series, “Clockwork Princess” has its work cut out for it. The past two books in “The Infernal Devices” series — “Clockwork Angel” and “Clockwork Prince” — garnered sharply divided opinions from fans. Will “Clockwork Princess” reign supreme over the books that came before it and give Clare  a rollicking start as she embarks on a new series? Or will this conclusion to “The Infernal Devices” be definitive proof that it’s time for Clare to depart from the world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders?

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Book review: Cassandra Clare’s “City of Lost Souls”

I have to admit that I like the trailer.

However tumultuous her time in the Harry Potter fandom may have been — allegations of plagiarism that people can still read about online — there is no denying the fact that Cassandra Clare has done pretty well for herself since then.

Not only have all four books in her “The Mortal Instruments” series skyrocketed up the New York Times Bestseller list, filming of its movie adaptation is also udnerway, with Jamie Campbell Bower and Lily Collins starring as Jace Wayland and Clary Fray respectively.

Even the lackluster reception from both fans and critics to “Clockwork Angel” and “Clockwork Prince”, the two books in her “The Infernal Devices” series, has not prevented both books from lording it over atop the bestseller lists.

This year, Clare adds another volume to “The Mortal Instruments” series with “City of Lost Souls”, the fifth installment in the ongoing adventures of Jace Wayland and Clary Fray. Will Clare’s winning streak continue with this new novel? Or will her literary luck finally fizzle out?

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Book review: Cassandra Clare’s “Clockwork Prince”

Cassandra Clare has certainly made a name for herself ever since gaining popularity – and a certain level of infamy – as a writer of Harry Potter fanfiction.

Not only did she start a bestselling series with her “The Mortal Instruments” books, Sony Studios has just recently cast Jamie Campbell Bower of “Sweeney Todd” and Lily Collins of “The Blind Side” as Jace Wayland and Clary Fray, respectively, in the upcoming movie adaptation of her work.

But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. Aside from the plagiarism debacle that hounded her during her days of writing fanfiction, her latest series hasn’t been met with as much fanfare as “The Mortal Instruments”. “Clockwork Angel”, the first in her new “The Infernal Devices” series, has received lukewarm reviews at best from fans and critics alike.

In “Clockwork Prince”, the second book in her “The Infernal Devices” series, Clare returns to the adventures of Tessa Gray, William “Will” Herondale, and James “Jem” Carstairs in Victorian era England. Will this new book signal a return to form? Or will it just be further proof of her slow decline?

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Read ALL the books!

Victory!

I don’t know about you guys, but I found 2011 to just be a very bleurgh year, to say the least. It seemed like there was just a general malaise that seemed to infect the world the past year — earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, flooding. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one happy to see the back of last year.

And yeah, there’s that whole Mayan apocalypse thing that’s supposed to happen this year, but you know what? I’m going to be a freaking optimist about the whole thing. World’s going to end? Then I’m going to read ALL the books.

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Your week in books #13

With the San Diego Comic Con now ongoing, there is a lot of book to movie news now making it out into the Web.  From “Harry Potter” to “The Hunger Games” and all the way to the seemingly endless comic book adaptations, this week’s round-up will try to keep up with everything that’s happening, alongside other less “star-studded” book news.

  • With “Harry Potter” no longer a contender, Moviefone has put together a great list of book to movie projects that could possibly succeed in replicating the success of “Harry Potter”. Of course, first on the list is Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games”, which just recently put out a teaser poster featuring a blazing mockingjay badge. Other series that seem set to make the transition to the silver screen are Cassandra Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments” trilogy; Maggie Stiefvater’s “The Wolves of Mercy Falls”; and Veronica Roth’s “Divergent”. (Source)
  • One book to movie franchise that has consistently dominated — for better or for worse, depending on who you’re asking — Comic Con has been Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series, and this year is no different. According to Entertainment Weekly, some fans were in line for the Hall H press conference three days before it was set to start. Say what you will about the franchise, but goodness me that is a different level of adulation. Or crazy. All I know for sure is this is one chagrined looking Edward Cullen. (Source)

  • “Twilight” fans looking for a little bit of karmic payback for this particular Stephen King quote may have just had their wishes fulfilled as the adaptation of King’s “The Dark Tower” series looks to be dead before it even began. (Source)
  • “Captain America” is opening on our fair shores next week, and from the
    Let's all be honest now. You'd watch it just for this.

    advance buzz it looks like plunking a few hundred pesos for it won’t be such a bad life decision after at all. And at least it gives me a better reason to watch the movie other than getting to see Chris Evans shirtless. (Source 1, Source 2, Source 3)

  • And just to keep us on the Captain America track for a bit longer, Marvel has just released two concept art posters for the “Avengers” movie coming out in 2012. (Source)
  • I quite enjoyed the “Sin City” movie when it came out in 2005, so I’m looking forward to the possibility of a sequel being made by Robert Rodriguez, who also helmed the first movie all those years ago. (Source)
  • Bradley Cooper is set to play Satan in a movie adaptation of the John Milton classic, “Paradise Lost“. I don’t know about you guys, but this just sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. (Source)
  • Just when you thought Google couldn’t get any more omnipresent than it already is, the search engine giant just announced that it will be integrating with Pottermore so that future ebooks of the “Harry Potter” series will be able to integrate seamlessly with all the other Google products already on offer. (Source)
  • There’s a great essay in the New York Times about how the digitization of historical texts and artifacts means for historians and researchers used to feeling a “contact high” when handling original manuscripts. Is there really any difference between handling an original manuscript and perusing it electronically? (Source)
  • Finally, Jodi Picoult, author of “My Sister’s Keeper”, is set to publish a book she co-wrote with her daughter, entitled “Between the Lines”. (Source)

Book review: Cassandra Clare’s “City of Fallen Angels”

Anyone who’s been in Harry Potter fandom for as long as I have has certainly heard of the infamous Cassandra Clare. Bringing her up is always fun because people have such extreme feelings when it comes to her — either rabid hate or blind obedience. There is no gray area when it comes to Clare. For me, the whole debacle and the way she handled it has always made me skeptical of everything that she has put out.

That plagiarism debacle, however, certainly didn’t end Clare’s writing career. In 2007, she came out with “City of Bones”, a book that would jumpstart her successful “The Mortal Instruments” series. She’s been on the top of the New York Times (NYT) Bestseller List and as garnered praise from authors like Holly Black and Tamora Pierce.

Even “Clockwork Angel”, the first book in her new “Infernal Devices” series, shot up the NYT Bestseller List despite the mixed fan reaction, with most of the fans complaining that “Clockwork Angel” merely rehashed characters, plots, and themes Clare had already explored in her three previous books.

Her latest novel, “City of Fallen Angels”, is a return to the series that made her famous. The novel shifts its focus from Clary Fray to that of her best friend, Simon Lewis. Will this new novel be a return to form, or another clunky addition to a once soaring collection?

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