Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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The final Infernal Devices installment finds the Shadowhunters of the London Institute once again up against the automaton forces of Mortmain. This time, Mortmain is closer than ever to achieving his demonic plans, for he finally has Tessa in his grasp. While Jem and Will scramble to rescue Tessa from her kidnapper, Charlotte struggles to keep control of the Institute. What follows are simultaneous races against time: Jem’s against his mounting addiction, Will’s mad search for Tessa, and Charlotte’s battle of wits and reason with the Consul. In this epic finale, the Shadowhunters must prevail, or face annihilation.

Wow! What an ending! I’ve always liked this series because it is part Shadowhunters and part historical fiction, and the ending really wraps everything up nicely. I especially liked how this book picked up speed right away and never slowed down. If you loved the Mortal Instruments series, make sure to give this one a try — but I don’t advise reading this one first. For thoughts about my feelings on the love triangle ending, check out the full analysis ;-).

Rating: 4.5/5

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Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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After freeing the fairy courts from Amarantha’s grasp, Feyre returns to the Spring Court to become Tamlin’s bride. But her life is far from the perfect “fairy tale” she may have expect. Tamlin remains distant after his ordeal Under the Mountain, and his fierce protectiveness of Feyre borders on suffocation. Feeding Tamlin’s paranoia is Feyre’s standing bargain with Rhysand of the Night Court. Required to spend two weeks of each month in Rhysand’s court, Feyre must periodically leave the safety of the Spring Court for what she believes will be darkness, torture, and shame — a mirror of her time with Amarantha. But, to Feyre’s surprise, the Night Court is far different than its reputation, just as the Spring Court fails to provide her with the love and warmth she expects. Soon, Feyre must make a choice regarding the two courts, one that may very well change the future of the realm forever.

In the second book of Court of Thorns and Roses, Maas continues her tradition of writing a book that takes FOREVER to get going, but, once it does, it’s awesome. Seriously, this book is far too long (like 200 pages too long), but the extra length is pretty much worth it in the end. The relationships really surprised me, and I was very excited at some of the plot twists. Definitely ready for the next book! Be warned, though, that this book is VERY adult. You may want to skip over some parts if you’re not a fan of more explicit material (more details in the analysis).

Rating: 4.5/5

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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For most of her life, Lara Jean has lived in the shadow of her older sister, Margo. But when Margo leaves for college, Lara Jean is left with the role of oldest sister living at home, and the pressure is demanding. Just when she thought her junior year couldn’t get more complicated, Lara Jean finds out that her secret love letters, ones she’d written to old crushes, have been mailed out. Now Lara Jean has to do some real damage control as her romantic life spins out of control. The ensuing schemes and antics make this “rom-com” read fun and enjoyable.

This book is so cute! I usually don’t like this kind of read (the easy romance novel in which the main character is obsessed with boys), but this one really surprised me. Most of the story is, of  course, Lara Jean dealing with her secret crushes receiving their love letters (YIKES!). However, there’s a ton of family/sister drama laced in that adds depth and meaning to the book. If you’re looking for a fun “beach read”, this is it. I actually liked it so much that I’ll probably read the sequel!

Rating: 4/5

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