Hey, it’s Liv here with the latest Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. This week, it is the Top Ten characters you’d like to check in on. So, it’s the characters that you wish you could know what they’re life is like after the book or series ended. This list started out as 6 couples and 4 single characters, but, some of the singles were from the same series as the couples, so I just lumped them together. Enjoy!
10. 9. and 8. Corey Carling, Daniel Bianchi, and Maya Delaney from The Darkest Rising Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong.
7. Calla Tor and Renier “Ren” LaRoche from The Nightshade Trilogy by Andrea Cremer.
6. Carmen Bianchi and Jeremy King from Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez.
5. Clary Fray and Jace Herondale from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.
4. Bella Swan and Edward Cullen from The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer.
3. Anna Oliphant and Étienne St. Clair from Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
1. and 2. Derek Souza, Chloe Saunders, and Simon Bae from The Darkest Powers Series by Kelley Armstrong.
Some of you probably won’t know who these people are, but you should definitely check out these books, they are definitely all in my top ten books ever.
A touching end to an amazing series.
Erchomai, Sebastian had said.
I am coming.
Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the final installment of the Mortal Instruments Series.
Before I tell you about this book, you have to know, that I have been following these books since the second one came out, City of Ashes, and I got both of them for Christmas that year (Thanks Mom!). I was immediately sucked into the series. I love these characters, they’re impeccably likeable and relatable. You want to be friends with all of them, even Sebastian, Clary’s evil brother. This book didn’t disappoint.
“Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive.”
Okay, when I got this book, I was so excited, I got this back in June, when it came out. I will always remember this day because I had a massive case of pink eye, I didn’t go to school that day, but I went to Barnes and Noble to pick up this book. It was that important to me. It took me a really long time to read this, I fell into a kind of reading slump, because it was the summer, I never really read that much in the summer. But this book did not deserve that. It was fantastic. I didn’t think she could make this series any better, but, oh, man, was I wrong.
“Clary,” Jocelyn said. “I want you to meet Tessa Gray.”
There are a couple of things that made this book so great for me. The characters and the situations. As I said before, I absolutely love these characters to death. They are really what made me stay and finish this series. I have to say though, I did not expect to like Sebastian’s character so much, I think that he is one of the most relatable characters in the entire series. He really just wanted acceptance, and returned affection, which is something I think everyone wants, I know I definitely do. Something really tough, though, is when Clary must decide to save Jace, even though she’s killing her only brother. She doesn’t really see him that way. For her, it’s save Jace, at all costs. She really struggles with this decision at the end of the book, though, and I found this very touching. The only person who really understood Sebastian was Jace. He has this strange, brother type bond with him. Jace knew that to save himself, Sebastian could not survive, and I think that this bothered him, if only a little bit. The situations in this book felt really desperate, and that kind of gave me something to hope for and to look forward to, I think that it really made things happen. Things that were really unexpected, and as it was happening I was surprised; all the time, plot twist after plot twist and it was simply fantastic. I also loved the new Dark Artifices characters, Emma Carstairs and The Blackthorne family. Helen Blackthorne and Julian Blackthorne had a brief cameo in The City Of Lost Souls, but it was really nice to see them more in-depth this time around. Cassandra Clare’s new series that comes out next fall is the Dark Artifices, and it was nice to get feel for what those book will be like before it comes out.
“There are memories that time does not erase… Forever does not make loss forgettable, only bearable.”
I really liked this book, in fact, I would say that I loved this book. It was exciting, emotional, and it felt like a really satisfying end to a series that was really, just absolutely fantastic. This series is a must read.