Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Own the book: No
Source: Library
Format: Paperback
Price: N/A
Date Read: 30th March 2014

‘City of Bones’ is the first book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. In 2013 it was made into a film. The book centres around the main character Clary Fray and her adventure to find her kidnapped mother and to find out more about herself and her family’s vast array of secrets. City of Bones fits firmly into the teen fantasy/paranormal genre with Shadowhunters, Werewolves and many others.

I greatly enjoyed this book, especially the twists and turns in the last third – my socks were definitely knocked off! Looking forward to reading book 2.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Review: Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King’s Daughter by Simon Brett

Own the book: No
Source: Library
Format: Hardback / Large Print
Price: N/A
Date Read: 12th March 2014

Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King’s Daughter is the first in the Blotto and Twinks series by the author Simon Brett and by far his oddest series. It is a crime / comedy fiction book and lives up to this eclectic genre mix well. If you want serious crime, this really isn’t the book for you. If you want rushed conclusions (just by glancing at a blood-stained jacket, Twinks can tell whose the blood is, as well as its blood-type!), phrases you will be shouting for weeks (Toad in the hole Twinks, you really are the larks larynx!), and the use of cricket bats to fend off cannon-balls (Yes, really) then by jove, this is bally-well the book for you.

I found the story to be well written and highly amusing; often sending me into fits of giggles at the worst times (the doctors waiting room for example). However, I did in the end get tired by the endless idiocy that is Blotto and the utter unending brilliance that is Twinks. Whether I shall read another of this series I don’t yet know but the author has written others (such as the Fethering series) which I shall be trying.

Rating: ♥♥♥