Favorite Books of 2013 Thus Far

We are three months into 2013 and there have already been some amazing books–2013 hasn’t let me down so far! Here are five that really swept me away.

  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare I would say this was my most anticipated book of 2013 and I’m so happy it was everything I could have ever wanted. I seriously cried through most of the book just knowing it was coming to an end.
  • Unravel Me by: Tahereh Mafi I enjoyed Shatter Me but the sequel was incredible—I was blown away by how powerful this book was. As it’s been said before…all the “feels”
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer I loved Cinder so much but somehow Meyer’s additions to the cast of characters made for an even more compelling read.
  • The Archived by Victoria Schwab I love Schwab’s ability to build a world and how beautifully she writes.
  • Splintered by A.G. Howard What an amazing take of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Howard’s wonderland and Morpheus haunted me well after I was done reading. I want more!

What are your favorite books so far this year?

Update: I can NOT believe I forgot Veronica Rossi’s Through the Ever Night!

Clockwork Princess Review and Giveaway

Clockwork PrincessClockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)
By: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

My Rating:

Note: this is less a review and more a love letter

The Summary (via Goodreads):
Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy
Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?

Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.

The Story:
It’s so difficult to write a review for the end of a series and for one you love very deeply. I have been waiting in timid anticipation for this book since I finished Clockwork Prince, my heart still raw after Clare ripped it from me with Will’s tale. I felt terrified about what she had planned for this last book, would it live up to the prior two? Would it have enough closure? Would it hurt to read and would the outcome crush me? I am happy to report that I loved every word of Clockwork Princess. I tried to read slowly because I wanted to savor every single word, every sentence. But, once I started to read it just sucked me in and I didn’t want to, nor could I stop. I had to know where Clare was going to take Tessa, Will and Jem.

I was given the closure I desired but it wasn’t a slow read that only focused on tying up loose ends, it was the completion of a journey. It was a full story in and of itself yet wrapped up everything from the prior books. I was swept away from beginning to end. I found myself misty eyed from the first chapter just because I knew it was the last of the series. I didn’t want to have to say goodbye to this world and these characters I’d come to love greatly. I’ve seen that some readers have been iffy about the epilogue but after digesting what I read I am happy with where Clare took the story.

The Characters:
From the moment Clare introduced me to the characters of Clockwork Angel I fell in love; I became entranced with each of their stories. In Clockwork Princess I felt that the women had the most growth, especially Tessa and Charlotte. I loved watching them stand up to extreme obstacles and fight their own fears. The mysteries surrounding Tessa were answered and I was pleased where Clare took her character.

Jem was as wonderful as ever and parts of his story surprised me, Clare has guts and such an over arcing plan for each of her characters. Will, oh Will. He is on my top five favorite characters ever list. The completion of his story left nothing for me to desire, it was done perfectly.  Clare had me loving Magnus even more which I didn’t think was possible. Not much can be written about the characters without going into spoiler territory but I felt Clare stayed true to the characters she created and really I loved every minute.

Final Thoughts:
By the Angel, if you have not read this series what are you waiting for? It is a must read.

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Recommended Books: The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare has become a household name with her Mortal Instruments series set to hit the big screen this August with City of Bones. The series is wonderful and should be read but her (sort of) lesser known series and prequel, The Infernal Devices (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess) is actually my favorite so if you’ve not checked them out you should do so. This month (March 19) the last in the series, Clockwork Princess releases (for all those people who only like to start a series once all the books are out–now is the time).

Whereas the Mortal Instruments takes place in today’s world the Infernal Devices is set in the past: Victorian London. These books have a steampunk feel and Clare does an amazing job of melding historical details with her own creative influences to write a beautiful world populated with charismatic and well rounded characters. Jem and Will have got to be some of the best fictional characters ever written, they are truly alive to me and I am so enraptured with their worlds and journeys. Our heroine, Tessa, is strong willed and loyal (to a fault perhaps). And we can’t forget about the appearance of some of our favorite long lived characters from the Immortal Instruments.

And coming in 2015, a three book companion series to the Mortal Instruments: The Dark Artifices series. You can read a character list here

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Claire Full Jacket Copy

Clockwork PrincessI am so excited for the last of the Infernal Devices series, Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Claire. Today the full jacket copy was released. Check it out on Cassandra Claire’s website

Be sure to check out the first two in the series: Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince both are just wonderful books and my favorites of Claires.

Most Anticipated YA Books of 2013

Happy New Year! 2013 will be a year for great books. There’s no way I could possibly list all that I’m excited about but here are ten (in no order).

  • Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3) by: Cassandra Clare
  • Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky ,#2) by: Veronica Rossi
  • Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2) by: R.A. LaFevers
  • Splintered by: A.G. Howard
  • Apollyon (Covenant, #4) by: Jennifer Armentrout
  • Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2) by: Leigh Bardugo
  • Horde (Razorland, #3) by: Ann Aguirre
  • Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #2) by: Diana Peterfeund
  • Untitled (Penryn & the End of Days, #2) by: Susan Ee
  • The Madman’s Daughter by: Megan Sheperd