Wednesday, September 17, 2014

An addition to one of my favorite series!

Novel: Luck of the Draw  Xanth Series #36
Author: Piers Anthony
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 400
Source:  I purchased

Bryce is a Mundane (regular human) who gets transported to the magical land of Xanth to partake in a quest for the hand of the fair Princess Harmony.  Here's the thing:  He's 80 years old and she's 18!  It's okay though, because he is youthened to the age of 21 to compete against the five other members vying to marry the lovely princess who does not want to marry any of them!  This story takes us back to the punfully marvelous land of Xanth and brings back characters from the past as well as new characters with all kinds of twists and turns for a delightful read.

I LOVE this series!!!  It is one of my all time favorites and I have almost all of them.  They are very engrossing and page turners!  I could reread this series over and over again and never get bored.  Also, I love the way the land of Xanth is shaped like the state of Florida!  I'm sure it makes a difference that this is where Mr. Anthony lives. :)  I started reading these books when I was in high school and haven't stopped.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

First post! And here we go.....Mortal Instruments #6 City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

So, I went and bought this book as soon as it came out this summer, but I re-read the entire series before I read #6 so that I wouldn't miss any of the subtle character nuances or plot twists that Ms. Clare adds into her novels.  WARNING! If you haven't read the previous books in the series, you will not understand the back story of this novel.  So follow my example and start at the very beginning, as it's always such a very good place to start. :)  Okay, I'm basing this off my good friend's blogs so, here we go:

Novel: Mortal Instruments Series Book #6 City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 725
Source: I purchased

Clary Morgenstern, Jace, Alec and Isabelle Lightwood and the other Shadowhunters are back to combat  Sebastian and his evil army of dark Nephilim  known as Endarkened.  They must work together in this dimension and the next to save the ones they love and the fate of every single mortal and magical being on the face of the Earth before Sebastian unleashes the forces of Hell.  Who will make the ultimate sacrifice and will they live or die?

I loved this series. It was great to see how everything ended up. Some things were alluded to that I'm sure were mentioned in her Ms. Clare's other series, The Infernal Devices, which are a prequel to the Mortal Instruments series.  I thought it was wonderfully done and I've tried very hard not to give away any spoilers.  It's more appropriate for upper middle school(8th) and high school, than lower middle school grades.