The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
It would not be a roundup post on Young Creative Press without a mention for Cassandra Clare. If you haven’t guessed by now she is my favourite author and probably always will be.
There are many arguments about which order you are supposed to read her books in; publication, chronological, whatever the hell you want. I happened to read them in publication order as I brought the books as they were being released. This means it’s been a good while since I read the Infernal Devices series and I would really like to read them again.
Set in 19th Century London, ‘Clockwork Angel’ like all Cassandra Clare books follows the lives of Shadowhunters and Downworlders. Tessa Gray has come to England in search of her missing brother. During this time she gets kidnapped by two cruel sisters working under the name of The Dark Sisters. Here she is saved by a group of Shadowhunters including Will Herondale.
Now let’s get to the real reason why I want to re-read this book. Will Herondale. I thought after reading The Hunger Games that no one could steal my heart from Peeta Mellark and then Will Herondale came along and I was proven completely wrong. I then thought the same thing until Julian Blackthorn came along, but more on him later. In hindsight I feel like I might be too old to be admitting this now…please don’t judge me.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
This book is definitely one of my all time favourites. I loved the fact that I read ‘Fangirl’ prior to ‘Carry On’ so I felt that I already knew the characters before I started reading it. The use of magic in this novel is something so unique that I couldn’t help but instantly love the world of Simon Snow.
For those who may not have read ‘Carry On’ yet. It is a tie in with Rainbows earlier book ‘Fangirl’ where college student Cath writes fanfiction for her favourite series “Simon Snow”. ‘Carry On’ is the story that Cath writes.
This book is such a standout for me that I am willing to read it again. This is not something that I do very often as I am always buying books and I will definitely never have time to read them all. I’m often a reader of fantasy but the books I choose can sometimes be dark stories with murders and wars, this book however is a light read and I think that’s what made me love it so much. I sometimes enjoy reading nice fluffy books that do not require too much effort and this was that type of book for me. Well it might have been…it’s been a while since I read it.
‘Carry On’ has been on my re-read list ever since the second installment ‘Wayward Son’ came out. Sadly I have not read ‘Wayward Son’ yet as I am the type of person who likes their books to match and the paperback is not out yet.
Beautiful Dead by Yvonne Woon
I talked about this book last week in my Underrated Books post which can be found here, because of this I will keep this bit short. I’ve also used the same photo on both posts…sorry.
I read ‘Beautiful Dead’ at such a young age that I want to revisit it to see whether it was really as good as I thought it was. I was head-over-heels in love with this book when I read it the first time. I’m not sure if this was because of the story or whether it was because it was a lot more mature than what I was used to. This book from what I can remember focuses quite heavily on romance and often death. At the age of 11 I had not yet read anything that had quite so much romance in it. I think it was the excitement of reading something that maybe at the time I was a little too young for.
When I first read this book I had no idea that there were two books in the series and I read the first book back in probably 2010, its year of publication, so I definitely need a refresh before I can dive into the second book.