SpineOut : October 2014
Ellen, Age 14, St Michael’’s College Gold Coast Qld Broken Strings Maria Farrer Broken Strings is told from the point of view of Jess. Jess is training to be a performance violinist, and when her chance comes to prove her talent, she fails. A few hours later her grandmother who she has never met before shows up at her door. Jess was told from birth that her grandmother was dead, due to a family disagreement. Her grandmother offers her a deal: live in London with her for six months to study violin, on the condition that she doesn’t mess up. Her parents refuse to let her go, but Jess goes anyway. The main character, Jess, is a very whiny character with a very bad attitude. I found it rather unbelievable that she could just run away with a woman she believed had been dead for sixteen years. The other characters were entertaining however, with good story lines. Recommended for ages 13+. Rating: 7/10 Read it! Write it! Watch it! Laura, Year 10, St Margaret’’s School, Melbourne Vic City of Heavenly Fire Cassandra Clare It isn’t every day that a New York Times bestselling six book series ends, and so, naturally, City of Heavenly Fire, the last book in the 'Mortal Instruments' series, is one to get your hands on. Cassandra Clare lives up to the expectations placed upon her, delivering a funny, heart-warming and action-packed epic that leaves you thoroughly satisfied but craving for more. City of Heavenly Fire follows Clary, Jace, Simon, Alec and Isabelle as they try to defeat Clary’s evil brother, Sebastian/Jonathan, and get the heavenly fire out of Jace’s body. You can truly see Cassandra Clare’s writing at its best. Her dialogue is witty and charming, and the characters are instantly lovable. City of Heavenly Fire is a lock-yourself-in-your-room-and-don’t-come-out- until-it’s-done kind of book, rather than one you read casually. This last book is better than the previous books, mainly because of the way everything concludes and finishes off with a dazzling red bow. Also, a word of caution for those new to this series; it’s best to have read 'The Infernal Devices' trilogy by Cassandra Clare before the last 'Mortal Instruments' book. Rating: EPIC Listen to Cassandra Clare talk about her books.