Daniel Literary Society
The Mortal Instruments Series, by Cassandra Clare

Let me start off by saying that this is perhaps my favorite young adult series. Reading The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare has been absolute bliss for me. No, it is not perfect, but I love it with flaws and all.

This series has been out for a while now; there are four books currently available in the six book series with a fifth book releasing in a matter of days. However, lately I’ve been noticing a lot of flack that this series has been getting on forums and such. I want to address some of the grievances that are being expressed as the fifth book is releasing soon, and I want to offer my thoughts on why this series is pure genius for me.

I’m going to review the four books in this series one by one. You know, if I can stop fan-girling about the release of the fifth book! Can’t wait!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is a worthy book to start off the Daniel Literary Society’s reviewing of books! This is one of the most unique books out on the young adult market today. This is primarily because of the eerily beautiful, antique photography interspersed throughout the story.

To be honest, when I first started this novel, I expected a tale of horror. What I got was a riveting adventure filled with mystery. The story starts off with the seemingly average life of our protagonist, Jacob Portman. Jacob’s life is turned upside down when his grandfather dies leaving him a cryptic message. Jacob is sent on a hunt to discover his grandfather’s past and ends up all the way on a tiny island in Wales. Once there, Jacob is thrown into a very peculiar situation indeed. Rather than the ghost story I expected, I got a tale of enthralling adventure and friendship.

The antique photography throughout the story adds a new level of imagery to the story. They did not turn the story in a children’s book. In fact, they added a new level of maturity and unique storytelling to this tale of adventure. 

This novel is a strong debut for Ransom Riggs, and it deserves a chance. I’m excited to read the next book in this series when it releases. There may also be film in the near future! This book is a worthy choice for your next reading venture. Fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series and Lemoney Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events will surely enjoy this book. And pretty much anyone else with a love of adventure!

You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
You love me. Real or not real?”
I tell him, “Real.
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The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say
Anaïs Nin
We read to know we are not alone.
C.S. Lewis
First Sight

In a single second,

On a Monday afternoon.

On a street in Missouri,

A bird flies away,

As a canal floods in India.

A pilot takes off his hat,

For the weather in Cancun

Is much too formidable.

“Can you see me now,”

Says a woman,

On top of a mountain.

A farmer picks a tomato,

His Adam’s apple moves

As he takes a bite.

A mother holds,

Her child’s hand,

As they wander aimlessly.

Another unfortunate soul,

In a poor lapse of judgment,

Wishes upon a shooting star.

A dandelion sways,

In a single gusting,

Breeze, naked and vulnerable.

The Pope sleeps in his bed,

Warm and cozy.

Bread bakes in an oven,

Somewhere in Budapest,

Hope it doesn’t burn.

Firemen save a girl,

With a teddy bear,

Named Wallaby the Kooh.

An author sleeps,

Head on a keyboard,

Drool on “p” and “o.”

A boy drops a coin,

In an old, rusty well,

Glad it’s only a penny.

In a single second,

On a Monday afternoon,

A man sees a woman,

A woman sees a man.

Both wish for one more second.

The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade.
Anthony Trollope
The Daniel Literary Society is the newest club at D.W. Daniel High School in Central, SC. The mission of this club is to promote a love of reading, writing, and the literary arts in general among high school students. We hope to write book reviews, organize fundraisers, and guest speakers for high school students. If you go to Daniel High School, please join! If not, feel free to read the book reviews to come!

The Daniel Literary Society is the newest club at D.W. Daniel High School in Central, SC. The mission of this club is to promote a love of reading, writing, and the literary arts in general among high school students. We hope to write book reviews, organize fundraisers, and guest speakers for high school students. If you go to Daniel High School, please join! If not, feel free to read the book reviews to come!