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Cuddly blanket and a comfy seat on the couch, complete with cat sitting on my legs? Check.
Let’s get down to the reviews, shall we?
Unfortunately, many of the books on my pile are sequels to others. I have to say, writing a review of a sequel is really hard. How much do I give away? How much do I have to avoid if you haven’t read the previous books? This is my conundrum, but we will see how this goes.
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
2009, 541 pages
City of Glass is the third entry in Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. Based on reading the book jacket, I think that this was originally supposed to be a trilogy. However, it has since expanded to five books with a spin off series as well.
This book involves main character Clary and friends traveling to Alicante, the city of Shadowhunters, to try and convince them that Valentine, evil Shadowhunter who wants to get rid of all Shadowhunters who accept Downworlds (mortals, vampires, werewolves, etc.), needs to be stopped. There is a battle, naturally.
I did not enjoy this book as much as the first two. It involved some skimming at the end. It just did not have as much suspense as the first two. I was able to guess how things were going to go. I also think that it wrapped up the trilogy pretty well, and so it did not need to include two more books.
Rating: 3 out of 5 bedazzles
If the Shoe Fits by Megan Mulry
2013, 313 pages
I thought that this was going to be some form of romance in which it reinterprets a fairy tale. I like those. It was not that. Sarah James, shoe designer, has a weekend fling with Devon Heyworth, earl of something-or-other. They then decide that they want to be together. Misunderstandings ensue, and they end up happily ever after.
It was not the best of romance. Other issue, totally not enough shoes.
Rating: 2 out of 5 bedazzles
And now we come to the new category of book reviews: the audiobook.
My commute is now about 40 minutes, which means that I spend almost an hour and a half in the car every day. The radio gets boring pretty quickly, so I have decided to begin borrowing audiobooks. My first audiobook, not a success.
The Suitors by Cecile David-Weill
2013, 7 discs and 8 hours 47 minutes
Oh my issues with this book. It was translated from French, and I just wonder if it read much better in French instead of in English. The story is about Laure Etangre and her sister Marie, who find out that their parents are going to sell their Mediterranean vacation home. They are rich, their parents are rich, and their friends are rich. The two girls decide that they should search for rich suitors to marry in order to keep their vacation home. Yeah, that is the plot.
Nothing really happens in the book, just minute descriptions of dinners and lunches and obnoxious people.
Another huge problem: the narrator. I didn’t care for her voice, accent, or the way that she read the book. It was allllll bad times. But I finished it, so I guess good job me?
Rating: 1 out of 5 bedazzles