City of Bones

Recently I have finished 'City of Bones' by Cassandra Clare. This book centres around the ancient Nephilim also called Shadow Hunters and the world of Downworlders (vampires, werewolves, warlocks and the Fae). The plot centres around a girl called Clarissa Fey who inadvertantly stumbles into the world of the Shadow Hunters.
The books main themes are that of belonging and and where one fits into society and how they are accepted. The author does a fantastic job with detail in regards the the world she has created even down to the materials of certain locations of the book. The world created by Clare is that of the magical forest where verything goes bump in the night, but in this case she replaces the forest with a vibrant city scapes and the dens of wolves turn into Chinese take out stores and the coffins of Vampires turn into penthouse suites.
In conclusion I reccomend this series to any people that are fond of myths and legends combined with vibrant city life.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events

Recently I finished the final novel from the Series of unfortunate events which is called 'The End.' The 13th book centers around the Baudelaire Orphans once again as they are shipwrecked on an unknown and mysterious island that hold secrets of not only the mysterious V.F.D but also of their own mysterious parents.

There are many themes in the final novel that are very adult for a novel such as this, these are whether it is right to judge another evil and punish them accordingly or to leave it up to fate, whether 'No news is good news' and 'Ignorance is Bliss'. Once again the author under the pen name Lemony Snicket really makes you think by introducing complicated and often very adult themes with harsh consequences which is often very odd in a supposed children's novel.

I recommend this novel not only to children and teenagers but to adults also because at times the novel can be simple and predictable for the good of the children reading it but at other points becomes very moral and thought provocative which is why I enjoy this series, even though it is primarily viewed as a children's novel and not really suited for the older reader, I strongly disagree with this thought and recommend it highly.