Author: Cassandra Clare
Rating: ***** (out of five)
This was the first book I read seeing as how I sped through the first book, "Clockwork Angel", a few days before January 1st. Clare is the author of the "The Mortal Instruments" series which I am reading now, but this prequel series, "The Infernal Devices", is so amazing I can't take it. The second book focuses not only on the Nephilim themselves, but also the growing relationships between the main characters, Jem, Will, and Tessa. I loved this book, and cannot wait for the third, "Clockwork Princess" which should be out later this year.
Book Two: Nevermore
Author: Kelly Creagh
Rating: ***and a half (out of five)
At first, it physically hurt me to read the book, simply because of the horrendous high school cliches and the annoyance of the main character, Isobelle. I mean, do girls really act like that? But I digress. Once all that is past and the story actually starts to form, the book immediately gets better and draws you right in. The writing is fluid in most parts, and facts about Poe are spot-on and placed well within the context of the story, and Isobelle actually becomes likable once she stops treating Varen like a "freak."
The story is imaginative and original. The "dreamworld" is unique and just that, dreamy. However, in some parts, the scenes can drone on and on when in reality they could have ended three paragraphs before. In fact, in some parts of the book, you can skip entire paragraphs and not miss anything of any importance at all.
All in all, the book is a good read. Like I said before, it's imaginative, as well as eerie. The romance is lovable and you find yourself cheering for the characters. The story is lovely and haunting and surprisingly scary in some parts. In the end, I was glad I read it and am very much looking forward to the sequel.