Monthly Archives: September 2017

Book Review: The Last Stand of The New York Institute by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

The ninth novella in The Bane Chronicles 

Pages: 40

Published: 2013

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Magnus meets Valentine in battle as the Circle attacks the Downworlders of New York City.

In the time of the Uprising, Valentine’s Circle goes after Downworlders in New York…and the Shadowhunters of the Institute must decide whether to join him, or fight with Magnus and his kind. This is the first time Magnus sees Jocelyn, Luke, and Stephen—but not the last. It is not long before Jocelyn seeks him out…
My review:

This was yet another perfect addition to The Bane Chronicles, honestly: the time jump was perfect and honestly it answered a lot of questions I had when reading City of Bones.

Without being too spoilery, the last stand takes place before City of Bones, and we get an insight into a lot of familiar faces before we properly get to know them; I’m talking Maryse Lightwood, Lucien Graymark, Jocelyn and of course Valentine, who we can really see his intensity and utter ruthlessness. 

Magnus however remains his perfect self, no bias whatsoever, but honestly his attitude is understandable and the authors continue to do an amazing job getting his emotions to seep through the pages. Especially at the last part, where he’s with a dear friend of his (not going to say who but oh my gosh I was so happy to see what happened play out!) and this amazing duo is asked a very important request by Jocelyn. For my fellow Shadowhunters, you know what I mean. 

And this was the novella we needed. 

And so it begins! Perfection! I actually had chills as it felt like I had come full circle; utterly amazing, and although I have two novellas left, I’ll definitely read these again. 

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading, 

Brooklyn 🙂 


Book Review: What To Buy The Shadowhunter that Has Everything by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

The 8th novella in The Bane Chronicles 

Published in 2013

Rating: 5/5

Pages: 40

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Magnus Bane may or may not be dating Alec Lightwood, but he definitely needs to find him the perfect birthday present.

Set in the time between City of Ashes and City of Glass, warlock Magnus Bane is determined to find the best birthday present possible for Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter he may or may not be dating. And he’s also got to deal with the demon he’s conjured up for a very irritating client.

My Thoughts:

Oh this novella was honestly perfection, it brought back a lot of memories from the Mortal Instruments series, and was full of Malec feels. They are one of my all time favourite ships and I loved reading about Magnus’s thoughts and feelings about Alec, and his utter desperation to find him something for his birthday, even though he has no idea what. The first line in this book made me snort with laughter, that’s right, snort! It involved Magnus and Chairman Meow, it was just fabulous, hilarious and relatable. I loved the constant wit in this one as well, and there was an amazing and touching scene with Isabelle and Magnus.

All in all this was yet another perfect novella in this collection. 

Have a great weekend and happy reading, 

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Book 2 in the Three Dark Crowns series 

Published in 2017 by HarperTeen

Pages: 448 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.
In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other. 

My Review:

Goodness, that was amazing. I was instantly hooked from the first page and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. Straight away, I could tell this book was going to be a lot more insane than the first one, and I definitely wasn’t wrong. 

So much had changed since the first book, honestly, I couldn’t anticipate what was to come and I felt so conflicted about several characters. It was interesting seeing everyone interact after the events of the last book, and honestly I feel like my thoughts on the sisters (slight spoilers ahead) have definitely changed since the first book. It was definitely insane, Katherine’s intensity and hunger majorly grew, and she made me nervous, as she almost thought she was invincible. But honestly I still massively felt for her throughout, and let’s not even start on her and Pietyr. I’m still so freaking conflicted about him from the last book and now. I actually think now my favourite queen has changed and honestly I was shocked yet excited by the last few chapters! I need to know what happens next! And without being too spoilery I really hope there’s more of Camden and Jules, because I freaking adore those two; and honestly I need to know what happens with the whole story next. Honestly, it’s insane. 

Blake’s writing definitely improved since book 1, I found the pacing of this book to be completely insane! As I said, you couldn’t anticipate what was to come and it was just brilliant! This book was even full of more darkness and wickedness than book 1, it was addictive and I could picture everything as I was reading. Even one scene caused me nightmares, which was interesting. 

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: The Fall of The Hotel Dumort by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

The 7th novella in The Bane Chronicles 

40 pages 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Magnus Bane watches the once-glamorous Hotel Dumort become something else altogether in 1970s New York City.

Fifty years after the Jazz Age rise of the Hotel Dumort, immortal warlock Magnus Bane knows the Manhattan landmark is on the decline. The once-beautiful Hotel Dumort has fallen into a decayed thing, a ruin, as dead as a place can be. But the vampires don’t mind…

My thoughts:

I actually couldn’t fault this one! This got me right in the feels, anyone who’s read The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices will understand how important Camille is to Magnus. This novella honestly highlights this; we see the former in a rather surprising state and honestly seeing how Magnus reacts was amazing. He’s so precious and once again this novella gave us an insight into his thoughts and feelings regarding Camille. 

There was some wicked humour at the start, classic Magnus. Absolutely loving these novellas so far! Perfection, and I can’t wait to read the remaining four. 

Have a great week and happy reading, 

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Saving Raphael Santiago by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

  • The sixth novella in The Bane Chronicles 
  • 40 pages
  • Published in 2013 
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

A Manhattan teen—Raphael Santiago—is missing, and Magnus Bane must track him down before it’s too late. 

In 1950s New York City, a distraught mother hires Magnus Bane to find her missing son, Raphael. But even if he can be found, is Raphael beyond saving?

My Thoughts:

This one was actually really beautiful and I found it very emotional, knowing what happens with Raphael in The Mortal Instruments series. I found, when I was initially learning about him in the Mortal Instruments books, that I wanted to know more about his early days as a vampire, and this novella definitely answered that. 

It also made me see him in a different light, a really feely one. The fragility of the state that he was in at the start of this book, and his growth throughout, it honestly was amazing to read about. Oh boy, was there some banter with Magnus? Oh yes! It was fabulous and I definitely felt emotions for Magnus because you could tell how much Magnus cared for him, and wanted to fulfill that promise to his mother. That was another thing, reading about Raphael’s mother was interesting too, it definitely gave me a more humane view of him. 

So yes, all in all this was utterly beautiful and made me laugh and even made me teary! 

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading 🙂


Book Review: 1Q84 book 3 by Haruki Murakami 

Originally published in 2010

414 pages 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads (contains spoilers for book 2):

Book Two of 1Q84 ended with Aomame standing on the Metropolitan Expressway with a gun between her lips.

She knows she is being hunted, and that she has put herself in terrible danger in order to save the man she loves. 
But things are moving forward, and Aomame does not yet know that she and Tengo are more closely bound than ever.
Tengo is searching for Aomame, and he must find her before this world’s rules loosen up too much. 
He must find her before someone else does.
My Thoughts:

Wow. What a freaking amazing conclusion! I could’ve never predict anything that was coming in that book! I read this in the space of a morning and a bit of an afternoon! I went through so many emotions but I feel like the intensity and mystery from books 1 and 2 were definitely heightened! There was no way I could’ve predicted what the characters would face and what they were to go through! The writing was amazing and enthralling as ever, I was hooked from the start and had no intention of putting this book down! I’d wondered how this book was to end and yes I was surprised and yes I actually wish there was more from these characters but in saying that I feel Murakami wrapped it all up perfectly and I can’t help but wonder of it was his intention to leave the reader thinking about Aoemame and Tengo! That I feel is a feeling I’ve had after finishing his books, and it’s one of the reasons I love Murakami so much! 

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: The Rise of the Hotel Dumort by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson 

The fifth novella in The Bane Chronicles 

Published in 2013

Pages: 61

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

In 1920s Manhattan, Magnus Bane hobnobs with the elite at a glamorous Jazz Age hotspot.

The immortal Magnus Bane is making the most of his time in the Roaring Twenties: He’s settled into New York society and is thriving among the fashionable jazz set. And there is nowhere better to see and be seen than the glamorous Hotel Dumort, a glittering new addition to the Manhattan landscape. But a different type of glamour may be at play.
My Thoughts:

I don’t know, I mean this one didn’t really do it for me. It was good, but not great, that’s just my opinion though. Perhaps my expectations were too high after the beauty that was in the fourth novella, but either way I’m looking forward to reading the rest of these novellas. In this one, I loved how the authors portrayed Magnus, and I liked the setting and the emotion towards the end, I mean I didn’t expect that! But even so I feel like this one should’ve been longer. The next novella sounds interesting though so I’m definitely excited for that!

Until next time, happy reading:

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: The Midnight Heir by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

The fourth novella in The Bane Chronicles

Pages: 64

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

In Edwardian London, Magnus Bane discovers old friends and new enemies—including the son of his former comrade Will Herondale. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

Magnus thought he would never return to London, but he is lured by a handsome offer from Tatiana Blackthorn, whose plans—involving her beautiful young ward—are far more sinister than Magnus even suspects. In London at the turn of the century, Magnus finds old friends, and meets a very surprising young man . . . the sixteen-year-old James Herondale.

This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. This story in The Bane Chronicles is written by Sarah Rees Brennan and Cassandra Clare. 
My thoughts:

This is perfection. Perfection. Magical. Amazing. All the freaking feels! Amazing! It brought back so many memories and emotions and it was epic seeing such beautiful characters again and I loved all their interactions! And James, oh James. Will. Tessa. Amazing. So many feels. I love Will. I can’t wait to learn more about James, and he and Magnus having scenes was great. Oh, but one reunion scene. My heart….

Okay yeah, you can probably presume I liked this the best out of the four so far. Oh my gosh. 

Happy reading guys, see you soon! 

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Book 1 in the Three Dark Crowns series

Published in 2016

398 pages

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

My thoughts:

This was a re read, naturally. One Dark Throne, this books’sequel, came out recently and it’s high on my list of 2017 releases. I actually originally rated this book 4 stars but I had to change it to 5 after my re read because I cannot fault it! 

This book is so darkly unique, the writing pulled me in once again and I couldn’t put the book down! Though I did take a break near the start but that was only because I was immersed in my re read of Stalking Jack The Ripper. As I re read this book I had so many familiar feelings! There’s lots of emotions in this book, but honestly I couldn’t predict what would come next, even though I knew what was to come; I was still awed as if I was reading it for the first time! My favourite Queen is still definitely Katharine, though my next favourite is Arsinoe. The freaking ending though! 

And I think I’ll leave it there. I’m going to start shortening my reviews, for various reasons, namely though because we all feel differently about books and I honestly think that one can’t make other people agree on things. We all like different books for different reasons.

Until next time, happy reading 🙂


WWW Wednesday Post #1

Welcome to my first WWW Wednesday blog post! I had seen this prompt circulate amongst book bloggers and I’ve finally decided to give it a go! So it’s pretty much:
– What are you currently reading?

– What did you recently finish reading?

– What do you think you will you read next?

What am I currently reading:

For once, I’m trying to limit my current reads to two books at a time, and this is more for my own sanity rather than anything else 😂 so the two books that I’m currently reading are:

I’m re reading Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, in anticipation for One Dark Throne, which has long been on my list of highly anticipated releases. 

I am also reading:

I’m also reading The Bane Chronicles in between Three Dark Crowns, I’m three novellas in and I’m loving it!

What did you finish reading?

I recently finished reading City of Heavenly Fire, the final instalment of The Mortal Instruments series. It was honestly such an intense and emotional read and the perfect end to a perfect series. It’s funny cause I already want a re read of these. All 6 books were perfection! 

1q84 book 2 by Haruki Murakami. I absolutely loved this book and I found the emotions and mysteries definitely heightening from book 1 and I cannot wait to read book 3! 

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas. I had no idea what this book would bring, Throne of Glass is one of my favourite series and I was definitely unsure as to whether I’d read it right away; but I couldn’t resist and honestly it was perfection, definitely one of Maas’s best books. 

Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. Yet another re read. Hunting Prince Dracula, this book’s successor, is yet another that is one of my anticipated releases for the year. This book is an amazing take on the Ripper mystery. The characters are perfect and there’s every emotion in this book!

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This is such a precious read and one of my favourite contemporaries. 

I’ve also read the first three novellas in The Bane Chronicles. What have you read so far recently?

As for what I’ll read next? Im honestly not sure! I’m definitely a mood reader so it depends on my mood, but it’ll likely be either Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco, One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake, The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory or The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee. Or anything else on my TBR 🤔😂

Happy reading!

Brooklyn The Bookworm 🙂