phew. it's good to be back.
i haven't been completely preoccupied with studying and writing, though--i found some great reads during November and the beginning of December.
starting with the Mortal Instruments series.
i started reading these books because of all the hype about Clockwork Angel. actually, to be more specific, i started reading the first installment, City of Bones, right when i was supposed to be studying for finals.
this series was seriously addictive. i haven't found such a good series in a very long time--and i couldn't put the books down. i HAD to have the next one as soon as i finished reading City of Bones, and then after i finished City of Ashes.
bottom line: these books are awesome. my rating of the series: 5.0 thus far
Short Synopsis of City of Bones (courtesy of Wikipedia):
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it's hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.
Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...
this summary can hardly do the story justice. hopefully, though, it has peaked your interest and you will now rush out and buy the whole series (for yourself! for Christmas!) and will join me as a hopeless Mortal Instruments addict waiting ravenously for the next three books in the series.
and in the meantime, i have Clockwork Angel on my TBR list to keep me from completely despairing as i wait for Spring 2011 and the release of City of Fallen Angels....