January 25th, 2016

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Book Critique 2016 – 01/11/2016: Tall, Dark and Wicked

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a book review.
Prologue: Go here.

For the review on the first book, His Wicked Reputation, go here.

The second book in the Wicked Trilogy by Madeline Hunter is titled Tall, Dark and Wicked. Since I read the first one, I couldn’t resist myself to the read the next one to satisfy my curiosity. The trilogy follows with the story of Lord Ywain Hemingford - Ives - second and youngest legitimate son of the late Duke of Aylesbury.



He is a well-known barrister who fights on Her Majesty's side and more than often trying to keep his older brother, Lance - current Duke of Aylesbury, out of trouble. "Loyal, Good-humored, Intelligent, Uninhibited, Passionate and Accommodating" - just as he was pondering on the six qualities he jotted down that he would like to see in his mistress, gets interrupted by a curious case brought to him by one Padua Belvoir. She appeals to him to defend her estranged father who she believes is wrongly accused of a crime and also refuses to have someone defend him. Unfortunately for Padua, Ives had already been assigned to this case but as a prosecutor. However, he does insist on helping her in any way he could except the way she wants.

What follows is the cat and mouse chase between the culprits and the law in trying to prove Padua's father's innocence, between Ives and Padua in exploring the sparks that ignited during their first meet, between Her Majesty's laws and Ives personal ethics, between the accidental involvement of her father in a brothel place and it being just a false front for something bigger. In all this, Ives realizes Padua is everything he want in as his mistress fulfilling all the six qualities he had written down, but does he still want her as his mistress or more. What is he secret Padua's father is holding or whoever is holding on him that is making him to refuse any help. Is all this linked to whoever killed Percy, Ives oldest brother. Does it lead to the confirmation or dis-abandonment of the rumor.

Read through the book to know more. I guarantee it would be a fun ride with lots of interesting avenues explored. **Wicked Grin**

Stars: 3.5 / 5
My Recommendation: If you are interested in romance novels and set in periods / eras, then this is definitely the book to go to.
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Book Critique 2016 – 01/12/2016: The Mortal Instruments I - City Of Bones

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a book review.
Prologue: Go here.
For review all books in this series: Go here.


Another book that I bought for its book cover was this book, City Bones - the first in The Mortal Instruments series - by Cassandra Clare. And for the comment by Stephanie Meyer on the top of the book. Perhaps this time my instincts failed. I wasn’t very impressed by the book, although it has been made to a movie now. Here’s my take on the book.



It was a very normal evening out with her friend for Clary Fray. She and her friend Simon went to the Pandemonium Club for a dance and some fun. Little did Clary know that the fun was about to turn into an adventure that she would have never dreamt of. She witnesses the murder of a vampire by three Shadowhunters whom she is the only one seems to be seeing them. No one else, not Simon not the bouncer or the people around. A first time encounter with three of the Shadowhunters - Jace, Isabelle and Alec - for Clary that changed the course of her life. Shortly after this encounter her mother, Jocelyn, vanishes; more like kidnapped by someone that she would need a lot of help from Shadowhunters to rescue her from. After a near-death escape from the daemons, Jace takes her to The Institute to unravel this mystery and aid her in finding her mom.

The story proceeds further revealing vampires aka downworlders, shadowhunters, daemons and the werewolves - pulling Clary further and further to this intriguing world. What happened to her mother? Who was Valentine? Why was he bent on taking Clary and her mother? Is she a Shadowhunter too? What is Luke, Joceyln's boyfriend, has anything to do with this? In finding answers to these questions, Clary also falls for Jace and shares her first kiss with him. But what is Jace to her? Will she sacrifice her feelings once she knows the truth? Simon, being a good friend and in love with Clary, follows her blindly everywhere, protecting her, rescuing her. What will become of his fate? What happens in the City of Bones?

Plot is interesting, intriguing and requires quite a bit of imagination for one to follow while reading it. However, there was a disconnect for me between the characters, lacked genuinity there. A bit gory for a book that targets teenagers. Didn’t like the fact about depicting incest love. However, I would still read the remaining books in the series for the sake of my principle and also hoping that the future books would redeem themselves of my opinion.

Stars: 2.5 / 5
My Recommendation: More of a read for adults over 20 years than a teenager. Interesting pick when you don’t have anything else to read.