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Book Review: The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Reviews on October 30, 2010 by teamjalice1863

Clockwork Angel is the beginning of the Infernal Devices, a prequel series to Clare’s Mortal Instruments trilogy. This book is in a word: Great.

Clare has introduced new characters into a new setting, with familiar terminology, and some interesting backdrops.

Tessa Gray and Charlotte Branwell are two of the strong female characters. That is one point the Cassandra Clare has with me. I love to see strong female characters.

Her new male characters, Jem Carstairs and Will Herondale were equally impressive. Will with his sharp, rude tongue, and Jem with his kind wisdom and caring nature both make for great characters.

Their friendship can be compared very much to that of Jace and Alec from the Mortal Instruments, though it is much more subtle.

What is very good about this book as well is that you do not have to have read The Mortal Instruments before reading this. It is written so that we learn about the Shadow World as Tessa Gray does. Great job, Cassandra. Keep them coming!!


Book Review: 13 to Life

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Reviews on July 23, 2010 by teamjalice1863

This book is fantastic. I had been following the progress of this book for about a year and half, and couldn’t wait to read it.

I have not been disappointed! And guess what? I have gotten myself into a new interest.

Pietr, and his entire family are great characters. The setting and the general story are tight, and gripping. I just wanted to keep right on reading! I hope the next few months up till February go by so fast.

I also want to thank the author for writing an outstanding, and original werewolf novel. Having been a fan of werewolves for many years, I am relieved to see more werewolf tales being released. This one is one of the best I have read in years. Thanks for the wonderful story!!

Movie Review: Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Posted in Movie Reviews, Reviews on July 2, 2010 by teamjalice1863

Eclipse was one of those movies that I was sort of nervous about seeing. Twilight Saga: Eclipse was my favorite book in the series. It had the least amount of Edward and Bella, and it also had more of hte wolves, and their culture. I love hearing legends of different cultures, so having that little scene with the bonfire worked very well. I was worried so much that it ended up making me sick. I did mean to worry, but not that much. As it turns out, I was worrying for nothing. This review will talk about the movies good points. This includes the look of the film, the casting choices of new characters, and the accuracy from book to screen. Eclipse is probably one of the best made of the Twilight Saga movies. I am really anxious to see Breaking Dawn now, just to see if it makes me love that story more. Anyway! On to the review.

The director, David Slade captured the mood of the story brilliantly. The way he filmed it, the way he set it up. It was great. I am going to be sorry to see him go. Even though Chris Weitz did a fine job, Slade has something that he didn’t. The original vision for Eclipse!

There were some scenes added to the movie that were not in the book. Riley’s turning, for instance, and the graduation. Which I was not sure fit, but it was awesome.

Now to the parts that are important. The chemistry between the cast is amazing. It has been gradually getting better and better. When you see the Cullens, Edward and Bella, and Jacob and Bella in this movie, you will be believing that this cast has really become these characters.

One of the key aspects in this movie is learning the past of Rosalie and Jasper. Being the history person I am, and always wanting to know the characters’ stories, this was my favorite in the book. The stories came to life wonderfully on screen. Jasper, as always, done very well.Jackson and Nikki give off the best performances as their characters to date.

I think my favorite part was seeing all of the wolves finally together. Even though Seth was not on the merchandise, he was done a lot of justice by Boo Boo Stewart. I want to hug Boo Boo so tightly. He did an amazing job. Another newcomer to the cast, Julia Jones is scathingly amazing as the bitter Leah Clearwater, the only female wolf of the pack. She left me wanting more!

The book to film adaptation for Eclipse is the best of the series. Melissa Rosenberg has done wonders. I am extremely impressed with her work on this film. I can only hope that Breaking Dawn will be just as good. I may not be a fan of that particular book as a whole, but there are certain aspects I liked.

The music aspect of Eclipse is another staple of the Twilight Saga movies. Being the music lover that I am, I am always looking for the music in the movies. This is not just the music on the soundtrack. I worry about the score not being right too, sometimes. The Twilight movies have all been right on the money where the music is concerned. Eclipse is no exception. The score was composed by Howard Shore. He does an amazing job bringing the mood of the story to life.

The soundtrack for the movie is a little bit edgier than the previous two. There are some great tracks on the CD as well, that are addictive, and honestly, I will probably fall in love with it.

Book Review: Vampire Academy: Shadow Kiss

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Uncategorized on June 17, 2010 by teamjalice1863

This book was riveting and heartbreaking. I am impressed with the way the story developed. It was good to see more of Adrian Ivashkov, and Christian Ozera.

I am looking very forward to reading the next book in the series, Blood Promise.

Book Review: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Reviews on June 7, 2010 by teamjalice1863

I am so happy that Stephenie Meyer finally released a new book. I am SAD because it was quite short. I guess we know why it was called a novella, not a novel.

Length aside, it was a fantastic read. I read it one day. It was intense, and sad, and tragic. But I loved it. Bree was one of my favorite newborns in Eclipse, and it was interesting to see it from her point of view.

Jasper came off as kind of harsh, and scary. But I do remember that Jasper was in “Major Whitlock” mode. It was very frightening.

I can only imagine how Bree Tanner must have felt.

I am hoping that this is not the last we’ll hear of the Twilight verse. Though I can’t imagine what else Meyer could to top it.

This book makes a good stand alone, but it is best read with the Twilight Saga.

Book Review: The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Reviews on June 4, 2010 by teamjalice1863

This is the second book in a trilogy that I feel is spellbinding, and amazing!! The Demon’s Covenant starts where the previous book, the Demon’s Lexicon left off.

If I am being honest, the book took me by surprise. It started off somewhat slow, though that could have just been all in my head, since Nick and Alan were not in the first three or four pages.

But I really did enjoy this book. It had a lot of twists, turns, and action. There was also some tragedy, and a little bit of romance thrown in.

Once again, Alan Ryves kept us guessing. He is one of those characters that you just really have to keep a close eye on. As a previous Alan fan girl, I enjoyed trying to figure him out. out.

The best part about this book is that we got to see a lot of Nick. We saw him trying to be a little bit more human for his brother, and maybe, even if he won’t admit it, for Mae.

I have totally switched alliances, and I can’t wait to read the final installment of the trilogy. Way to go, Sarah!

Book Review: The Vampire Diaries:Awakening and The Struggle by LJ Smith

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Reviews on May 18, 2010 by teamjalice1863

`These books pre-date Twilight by more than ten years. Fantastic fun! Stefan and Damon Salvatore have a sibling rivalry that is amazing, and intense.

Let me start by saying: I am so glad I finally gave this series a shot. I have not been disappointed! The Vampire Diaries might seem like it’s a rip off of Twilight Saga, but the truth is that this series was released in 1991!! Many, many years before Twilight was even thought of! So I will stop all prejudgments there.

The characters in this book series are very interesting. Elena, who was at first portrayed as shallow, really begins to grow on you. Stefan, Bonnie, Meredith, and Caroline are all great supporting roles.

To be honest with you, the character that stood out the most is the character you see the least until the end! Damon Salvatore, Stefan’s sinister, manipulative older brother.

The book climaxes, then ends very suddenly, forcing the reader to think twice about not continuing on to the second book, The Struggle. Which, I believe, was the point. It was very well done. If I didn’t have another book I wanted to read immediately, the Salvatore brothers would have me for another 200 + pages.

The Struggle takes up where Awakening leaves off. As expected, the intensity increased 100 fold. I am very excited to get to the last two books in the initial series. 🙂