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Review: Mortal Instruments #3: City of Glass (Cassandra Clare)

The Deets: 
Audience: YA
Pages: 541
Publisher: March 24th 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN: 9781416914303
Genre: mystery, paranormal, magic, paranormal romance, series
Source: Library copy

To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? W…

Summer Library Challenge: Library Collage

This week's Summer Library Challenge task asks us to make a collage of our local library.
Well, sadly, I'm leaving for Disney this week so I had no time to take pictures of the gazillion library locations in my town (ok, I think there are like 20). But I did find some amazing pictures on-line to show how awesome they are.

My favorite library in town is the one downtown. It's about 30 miles from me. When I worked around the corner from it, I would always stop by after work. Now it's a bit of a drive but I make it a point to take the kids there as much as I can.

There is an enormous children's department. I mean HUGE. Think full art studio, theater, reading area plus computers and shelves upon shelves of books. We hang out there a lot. We also spend time in the YA center (and by we I mean me). It is incredible.

With 4 stories and numerous "extras" downstairs, the main library is a major feature in town. There are monthly Art Walks hosted here as well as lo…

Review: Mortal Instruments #2: City of Ashes (Cassandra Clase)

The Deets: 
Audience: YA
Pages: 453
Publisher: March 25th 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN: 9781416914297
Genre: magic, paranormal, paranormal romance, series
Source: Library copy

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings —…

Book Blast: Warrior by Kasi Blake