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SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t read any
of the previous books in the Infernal Devices series, Stop! I don’t want to
ruin my absolute favorite series for you. For maximum enjoyment and
understanding, read intermixed with the Mortal Instruments series in
“The Internal Devices are without
The Internal Devices are without regret.
The Internal Devices are without number.
The Internal Devices will never stop coming.”
end to the Infernal Devices trilogy that leaves a set up for the ultimate
showdown that will take place in City of
Heavenly Fire, due out on March 1, 2014. Questions you didn’t even know you
had will be answered but even more that will not be resolved until the Mortal
just proves that all readers of Ms. Clare’s books should read them in
publication not series order as she has masterfully interwoven the history and
story of the Shadowhunters throughout each book. After you have read the
epilogue you need to remember that the Mortal Instruments series takes place in
SPOILER ALERT!If you haven't read the first two books in the series, Delirium and Pnademonium, Stop! I don't want to ruin one of my favorite series for you.
"They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past. But we are still here. And there are more of us every day."
the confines of Portland, Lena Haloway risked everything only to lose Alex and
love in the end. Adjusting to her new life in the Wilds, she makes a new
existence for herself. In becoming a part of the rebellion, she learned that
maybe she could find love again. When the two people she loved most in the
world turn out to be alive after she believed them to be dead, Lena’s world is
rocked to its very core. Now in the heart of the resistance movement, Lena and
her friends find themselves in the fight for their very lives while her heart
struggles between two different boys.
abrupt departure from Portland, Hana Tate has been cured of the deliria and
received her procedural scar. She has been paired with Fred Hargrave, the
mayor’s son. With the resistance infiltrating Portland, Mayor Hargrave is
assassinated and Fred becomes his successor. Fred and Hana’s wedding is pushed
up but Hana begins to have doubts. Guilt over Lena begins to consume her when
she discovers what has happened to the family she left behind. As secrets about
Fred’s first wife start to surface, Hana begins to question what her future
life with him may entail.
to Lena with her involvement in the resistance movement? Will she be able to
work things out with Alex or will her involvement with Julian prevail? Can Hana
make a worthwhile life with Fred or will she begin to see that Lena may have
made the right choice? Will Lena ever see her mother again? And what happens
when Lena and Hana’s paths cross again?
Requiem is told from both Lena and Hana’s
points of view. Readers will find out what is going on in the Wilds and in
Portland in the war over amor deliria nervosa. Secrets are uncovered and
questions answered in this thrilling conclusion to the Delirium trilogy.
Annabel - book 0.5, Hana - book 1.5 and Raven - book 2.5
Three short novellas that giver pertinent background information on three important woman in the Delirium trilogy. The first, Annabel, is the story of Lena's mother. The time frame is before Delirium takes place. The story alternates between her time in the Crypt, leading up to her escape with how she met her husband and the realization that the cure didn't work for her. Hana details her life from when her match is made to the events in Portland leading up to her wedding to the mayor's son. Raven offers a glimpse in her life during the ending events of Pandemonium with Julian's escape/rescue. And the shocking development at the end will have an impact in Requiem.
Each book is available separately as ebooks but the set has been published in a paperback edition.
There is also a short story from Alex's point of view in the first printed edition of Requiem. It reveals details about what happened at the end of Delirium as well as insights about some of his intentions with Lena before they are separated.
“She left looking for him and along
the way she found herself.”
Healey received a trip to Europe through the Teen Tours! Cultural Extravaganza
as a high school graduation present from her parents. After a whirlwind visit
of various tourist destinations, Allyson, her best friend Melanie and the rest
of their group are going to spend their last night in Stratford-Upon-Avon
seeing the Royal Shakespeare Company perform Hamlet at the Swan Theater. While standing in line in the
sweltering heat, a group of people are shouting and handing out neon-colored
flyers. Melanie takes one and sees that it is for a free performance of a
Shakespeare play. Allyson realizes she is now standing in a shadow and looks
up. She slowly makes out a cute boy about a foot taller, staring down. Starting
up a flirty conversation with her, he tells Allyson that such a night shouldn’t
be spent indoors watching a tragedy. Come see Twelfth Night, outside he says. Melanie coyly replies that they
will think about it and he leaves.
both girls decide to skip out on Hamlet
and their tour. Melanie pretends to be having a heat stroke and Allyson
convinces their tour leader, Ms. Foley, that she is capable of taking Melanie
back to the hotel. Not wanting to miss the play, Ms. Foley reluctantly agrees.
The girls take off for the park but are disappointed when they find no signs of
a performance. Standing in line for ice cream, the sounds of drums and shouting
quickly draws their attention. Allyson and Mel must follow the play as it takes
place throughout the park. Finally during Act 2, the handsome boy who handed
them the flyer appears. Allyson thinks he briefly makes eye contact with her.
When the actors take their final bows, the boy flips a coin to Allyson that she
catches. Mel gushes that it is sweet he acknowledged the both of them.
Mel wants to
spend their last night hanging out with the tour at the pubs. Allyson just
wants to go back to the room and get ready for their train ride to London early
the next morning. The two go their separate ways. Mel is groggy on the train
and tells Allyson to wake her in London. Having missed breakfast, Allyson goes
to the dining car to find something to eat. While sitting at the table, a
familiar voice strikes up a conversation with her. It is the boy from the night
before. Over breakfast, he tells Allyson the reasons he knows that she is an
American but doesn’t look like one. She reminds him of a silent film actress
named Louise Brown and nicknames her Lulu. He introduces himself as Willem and
tells her he is going home to Holland, his first time in two years. They are
laughing when Melanie shuffles in. a little miffed, she quickly brighten upon
noticing Willem. Allyson silently pleads with Mel not to spoil the moment. The
three get off of the train together and Mel receives word that her cousin will
be late picking them up. Allyson is disappointed in the station with the
station and Mel asks if she is still moping over not getting to go to Paris
because of a strike. She states that Budapest wasn’t the same. Allyson can’t
believe she is so close to Paris and will not get to see it. Willem tells her
to just go. Allyson’s overprotective mother would not be happy and suddenly
Melanie becomes the voice of reason. Willem offers to pay for the train ticket
and be her guide. For the first time in her life, Allyson throws caution to the
wind. She tells Mel to cover with her mother when she calls and sets off for
Paris with a boy she just met.
and Willem spend the day in Paris not doing the typical touristy things. She
gets glimpses onto his nomadic lifestyle. Also, she is left wondering if he
isn’t a bit of a playboy over the number of girls he seems to know. A day of
fun and unusual adventures leads to a conversation over the differences between
falling in love and being in love. Willem describes being in love as a stain on
one’s soul. He admits to falling in love many times but never actually being in
love, like his parents. The day takes a turn for the worse when Willem attempts
to stop an altercation and Allyson feels the need to rescue him. Escaping from
the danger, Allyson is cut on the neck and it brings Willem back to reality.
Ready to put her on a train back to London, Willem attempts to make things
right when he sees how angry she is. They end up squatting in an artist’s
studio where the tension between the two of them finally erupts. Allyson tries
to delay the inevitable by promising to stay one more day. Exhausted, they fall
asleep but not before whispering to a sleepy Willem her real name.
The next morning,
Allyson wakes up in a panic when she realizes that Willem has left and she is
alone in Paris without her suitcase and out of money. Unable to reach Mel,
Allyson must rely on Ms. Foley to help her get back to London and her friend.
She breaks down when she is reunited with Mel.
one day oink Paris with Willem, Allyson finds her life in a major tailspin.
Unable to shake the memories, she sets out on a journey to find Willem but
along the way she just might discover something about herself. Why was Willem
gone the next morning? Will Allyson be able to get over the hurt and get on
with her life? Can she locate him knowing very few details about him? What does
she learn about herself after this experience?
over the ending! Just like Forman’s If I
Stay/Where She Went, Allyson and Willem’s story will continues on October
13, 2013 with Just One Year, this
time from Willem’s point of view.
SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't read the first book in the series, Incarnate, Stop! I don't want to ruin the story for you.
“My life might have begun as a
mistake, but I wouldn’t let it end as one.”
of Heart have spent the spring preparing the Templedark Memorial for the eighty
souls lost that night, those would not be reincarnated. That summer, the
citizens spent days at the memorial honoring the lives of their friends. As
summer concludes, the desolation of the community is smothering Ana. She and
Sam go away for a while.
The two stop
one night at the Purple Rose Cottage where Ana grew up. Sam surprises her with
a picnic on the lawn and presents Ana with a beautiful flute. Trying it out,
Ana is shocked to discover that her playing is attracting sylphs. Even more surprising
is the fact that they seem to be dancing and imitating the sounds. Panicking,
Sam rushes inside to gather traps while Ana attempts to keep them from
attacking. When an oldsoul, Cris, stumbles along, he is startled by the scene.
Continuing to play, Ana leads them from the cottage and they peacefully leave.
It turns out
Cris is the original owner of the cottage and he and Sam do not seem to be on
friendly terms. Cris is on his way to Heart to help in reorganizing the
genealogies of the darksouls. The topic of Templedark comes up and Ana keeps
quiet about her reasons for leaving Heart She is searching for the reasons
Menehem chose to stop reincarnation. Was it to allow more newsouls to be born
or could it have been his attempt to prove Jana’s existence?
the next morning with Cris, Sam and Ana continue on to Menehem’s lab. There,
they compare the information Ana brought with her from Heart to the small
library of research Menehem left behind at the lab. Bouncing theories about the
sylph’s behavior, Ana realizes that Sam cannot follow her line of questioning. It
slowly dawns her that Janan purposely keeps secrets from the oldsouls about the
true nature of the sylphs. Ana decides she needs to discover what secrets Jana
keeps in the temple and how the sylphs are involved. Once she figures out the
mystery, Ana realizes that she can use Janan’s secrets against him.
What will Ana
discover from Menehem’s research? Can she uncover the secrets of the sylphs? Who
is Cris and why are he and Sam acting strangely around each other? What is Jana
trying to keep quiet? Will Ana learn she is capable of love? And what happens
when more newsouls are born?
will conclude her trilogy with a third book in 2014.