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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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