I am so happy that I reread the first three books before continuing with this series!
For some reason, I was a little disappointed in and a little bored by The Rose & the Dagger. Having said that, I do like how the story wrapped up – it was a worthy conclusion to a great (at least in the terms of the first book) story!
City of Heavenly Fire was a beautifully crafted conclusion to the series; I enjoyed it a lot, and am now really glad that I did not give up on The Mortal Instruments,
Thirteen Reasons Why is an emotional story about a girl that has ended her life, leaving behind a set of tapes addressed to all the people she feels were in some way or another responsible for her decision. I listened to this on audiobook, and I must say it was a wonderful reading experience. The story has two narrators: a girl, Hannah, and a boy, Clay. Hannah has left audio tapes and Clay is one of the people to receive them. Because Clay keeps commenting on everything Hannah says on the tapes, it feels like a conversation between the two of them. And I think that it would not feel as such when reading. Plus, both the narrators’ voices are wonderful and emotional, which only adds to the experience.
I really enjoyed reading these short stories; my favorites were:
The Whitechapel Fiend: Since I loved the prequel trilogy so much better than The Mortal Instruments, it was such a treat to glimpse into Tessa and Will’s lives in a flashback! Plus, this Jack the Ripper re-imagining was absolutely brilliant.
Nothing But Shadows: I loved the flashbacks so much! I loved James’ story and how it correlated with Simon’s.
The Fiery Trial: I loved the atmospheric descriptions of New York in the beginning and the overall mysterious feel of the story.
Born to Endless Night: One of the most adorable stories.
I was honestly surprised by how much I loved Lady Midnight – I did not expect that to happen. I loved Emma as the main character; I liked the plotline, the drama. I could have lived without some of those annoying miscommunication/forbidden love tropes, but they did make for a good story!
The City of Mirrors is a worthy conclusion to this brilliant series that is bittersweet, sad, uncomfortable, but optimistic, praising the humanity’s ability to survive and endure, which is a great message.
I am very glad that I did not let reviews influence my reading After You, because I ended up enjoying it as much as the first book. To me, After You felt even more emotional and dark. And I loved finding out what happened to Clark after we have seen her last.
Forbidden took me by surprise. I was not very comfortable with the premise, but I ended up enjoying this book immensely, and it is now definitely one of my favorites this year!
The Sudden Appearance of Hope was my first Claire North book. I have heard the best things about the author, and I am so happy that I picked this up. It left me with a lot of thoughts and quotes that I adore. I loved this!
Say what you will, but Jennifer L. Armentrout writes absolutely unputdownable books.
I know that many people did not like ACOTAR, but I actually did not have much problems with it. Having said that, The Court of Mist and Fury was brilliant! I liked how it went even darker and more emotional. I loved how Feyre dealt with everything life threw at her, and I like her even more now. ACOTAR, for me, is actually more interesting and exciting, and sexier that Throne of Glass.