Book Review: The Evil We Love by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

The 5th story in Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy 

Published: 2015

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Pages: 91

Sypnosis from Goodreads:


All evil starts somewhere, and Simon Lewis learns how The Circle—led by Valentine Morgenstern—began. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

The Shadowhunter Academy has only just reopened following the disastrous rise of the Circle. Now the faculty can finally admit to what happened when Valentine was a student.

My Review:

This was honestly yet another addictive and angsty addition to The Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy; it was definitely full of Sizzy angst but also it provided some amazing insight to the early days of the Circle: when Valentine, Michael, Robert, Lucian, Amatis, Maryse and Jocelyn were all students at The Academy. We learn this all through the narration of Robert Lightwood, who comes to the Academy to tell Simon and the students about what it and what he was like back then, and why he did the things he did; it was honestly so interesting seeing Robert as a younger character and reading some scenes with him and Michael, who we know from The Mortal Instruments novels, was Robert’s parabatai and closest friend. Of course, it goes so much deeper than that and it was honestly really feely! I felt like the authors really allowed us to experience and see everything from these characters and to be honest I felt equally bad for Robert and Michael, though probably more so with Michael! 

It’s been a year now, we learn, that Simon has been at the Academy for; honestly, how quickly has that gone? I feel like I’ve been there with him, seeing things as he has; and experiencing things as he has; and I think that just goes to show the power of these amazing authors, and Clare especially, for creating such amazing, natural characters. 

See, each novella has been so enthralling and addictive so far, you can’t help but binge through them and want to know what happens next! These, I can tell, will join Clare’s other books on my favourite shelf & I can’t wait to see what’s in store with the rest of these! 

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

Brooklyn 🙂 


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Book Review: Nothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan 

The fourth novella in Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy 

Pages: 96

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Published: 2015

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Simon learns about James Herondale’s time at Shadowhunter Academy. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

It’s hard to be a Shadowhunter when you’ve got demonic powers. Simon learns about the school-time struggles of half-warlock James Herondale in this prelude to The Last Hours.

This standalone e-only short story follows the adventures of Simon Lewis.

My Review:


This was honestly perfection, I can’t fault it. It was literally a prelude to The Last Hours, and I loved every moment! It was honestly heavenly reading about little James Herondale and getting snippets of his sister, I cannot freaking wait for The Last Hours; I need more of the Herondales/Carstairs in my life! 

I especially loved the growing friendship and bond between Matthew Fairchild and James, honestly, Matthew had some freaking amazing character development!! And James did too; although I knew of his power from reading The Midnight Heir in The Bane Chronicles; I thought this story was honestly really well done, in getting James used to what he can do. 

Other characters that were in this novella were interesting too, knowing how they all connected to the main characters, but for me this novella was honestly all about James, Matthew and of course Simon- and Jem, oh my heart the scenes with Jem were so beautiful! But as for Simon – He learns a lot from this story, still also dealing with his little memory fragments, and knows who he could possibly turn to in order to get his own parabatai. I for one cannot wait for that to get explored more!

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

Brooklyn 🙂

Book Review: The Whitechapel Fiend by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

The third novella in Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy 

Published in 2015

Pages: 98

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Simon learns the truth behind the Jack the Ripper murders—“Jack” was stopped by Will Herondale, his former parabatai, and his institute of Victorian Shadowhunters.

My review:



This was by far, one of my favourite novellas, ever. It had some amazing time jumps, from today at the Academy to Victorian London, when Tessa recounts to Simon and the students about how she, her husband (Will) and their Jem, as well as Gabriel and Will’s sister Cecily, stopped the Whitechapel murders. 

What an amazing twist on the Ripper murders, and I loved the appearances of so many beloved characters! I felt so nostalgic and definitely all the emotions when I was reading this; I didn’t want it to end! The detail that Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson wrote in was amazing; this novella had a perfect pacing and I couldn’t get enough! I loved the interactions between each character and I definitely want more – I hope Tessa and Jem appear in other stories too! But these novels honestly cover so many time jumps, it’s amazing. These are perfection so far and definitely are going on my favourites list! They’re everything I was hoping them to be and more! And I loved Jace’s playfulness towards Simon, and Simon’s thoughts on Izzy!

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

Brooklyn 🙂

Book Review: The Lost Herondale by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

The second novella in Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy 

98 pages

Published in 2015

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Simon learns the worst crime a Shadowhunter can commit: desertion of their comrades. In the early nineteenth century, Tobias Herondale abandoned his fellow Shadowhunters in the heat of battle and left them to die. His life was forfeit, but Tobias never returned, and the Clave claimed his wife’s life in exchange for Tobias’s. Simon and his fellow students are shocked to learn of this brutality, especially when it is revealed the woman was pregnant. But what if the child survived… could there be a lost Herondale line out in the world today? 
My Review:


I really enjoyed this one, it definitely gave a fascinating insight into Tobias Herondale and there was a little hint, well okay more than that, about another character possibly still lingering; I wonder if that will get explored in future novels? But regardless, I absolutely loved the interactions between Simon and Catarina, and Izzy and Clary’s appearances. Both definitely firmly helped Simon, I think; he’s still getting used to his patchy memories, and of course he feels bad about things, but I definitely think that Clary and Izzy have helped him in the long run, 

Even though I’m only two stories in, this has been so addictive so far and I can’t wait to see where the other stories take Simon and to see what familiar faces show up! 

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

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Welcome To Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

The first novella in Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy 

Published in 2015

78 pages

5 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

After living as a Mundane and a Vampire, Simon never thought he would become a Shadowhunter, but today he begins his training at Shadowhunter Academy.

My Review:


I have for a long time been looking forward to this one; as soon as I learnt each story focused on Simon – he had always been one of my favourite characters in The Shadowhunter world and one of my top book boyfriends in general! 

As soon as I started this first novella I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. It was honestly so feely from the start, and I found myself feeling for Simon, I mean, (spoilers for the Mortal Instruments) he has lost his memories and doesn’t fully know who he is, what he’s been through, except for little whispers of fragments that come back to him; and so you can imagine the Sizzy feels! I have always been a huge Sizzy shipper and I honestly cannot wait to see where these stories take them! Also, I freaking adore George; and I can’t wait to read more about him and Simon; their friendship is amazing so far! 

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

Brooklyn 🙂

Book Review: The Voicemail of Magnus Bane by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan

The final novella in The Bane Chronicles 

Pages: 15

Rating: 4/5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads: 

The voice mail of Magnus Bane, High Warlock of Brooklyn, in the days following a certain incident in City of Lost Souls.
My Review:


I honestly wish that this last novella was longer! It was so funny at times, I loved how everyone was trying to get in contact with Magnus about Alec and giving him advice, it just shows how much they all grew to care about one another. Some of these voicemails, actually no, most of them, were hilarious, and I loved the references to Church and Chairman Meow; honestly I think my favourites of these voicemails were from Izzy and Simon! They were so endearing! 

And this concludes The Bane Chronicles, which was honestly a refreshing and fabulous read! I loved the time jumps and how it covered so many feelings and characters throughout the Mortal Instruments and it definitely gave a taste of what’s to come, in a sense! And I for one, CANNOT wait!

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

Brooklyn 🙂

Book Review: The Course of True Love (and First Dates) by Cassandra Clare

The 10th novella in The Bane Chronicles 

Pages: 40

Published: 2013

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood might fall in love—but first they have a first date. 

When Magnus Bane, warlock, meets Alec Lightwood, Shadowhunter, sparks fly. And what happens on their first date lights a flame…

My review:


This was honestly such a precious novella. I mean not to spoil, but Malec. They are adorable and it’s always great seeing Magnus and Alec interact and getting to know the Warlock’s thoughts on his Shadowhunter ‘friend.’ Again, not to be too spoilery but this novella chronicles their ‘first date’ and honestly it was great to see Alec and Magnus just by themselves, no Jace or Izzy (even though I love both of them!) but I mean there was almost an air of fragility around Alec, usually he would fight alongside his sister and parabatai, but when Magnus calls Catarina Loss for advice, she summons them both to help out at a disagreement. 

And honestly here on in is just so adorable, Magnus and Alec have such a precious and amazing scene at the end of this one, I was definitely feeling all over! I love these two and honestly cannot wait for the Malec centred trilogy that will be coming out! 

I could go on but I’ll leave it there, honestly anyone who is a fan of The Shadowhunter novels and hasn’t read this definitely ought to give it a read! 

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

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco 


Published in 2017 

Pages: 424

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Bone white. Blood red. Along this path, you’ll soon be dead.

Following the horrifying revelation of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth flees her home in Victorian London to enroll as the only female student in Europe’s most prestigious forensics school. But it’s impossible to find peace in the dark, unsettling Romanian castle that houses the school—and was also once home to the depraved Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Prince Dracula.
When a series of troubling deaths brings whispers of Vlad’s bloodthirsty return from the grave, Audrey Rose and her sharp-witted companion, Thomas Cresswell, must unravel the cryptic clues that will lead them to the shadowlike killer—living or dead. 
My review:

This was one of my most anticipated reads this year! Honestly, I re read Stalking Jack The Ripper in anticipation for it even more, and my re read reminded me how perfect Audrey Rose and Thomas are. I adore them, and both of them have grown so much; Audrey Rose remains haunted by the events of Stalking Jack The Ripper, and she knows she needs to overcome her grief; she went through a lot in this book, but honestly remained so brave and strong throughout. Thomas remains amazing and witty as ever, honestly his banter with Wadsworth (Audrey) was giving me life! I need infinite books on these two! I really wanted these two to get together, and I’ve been shipping them from the start! Now I’m not going to spoil but I was feeling so many feels throughout the book! The book itself is told in Audrey’s point of view, I love that we can feel her emotions and her inner thoughts; and we know how important Thomas is to her. 

The writing is effortless, it had such a smooth, fast pace and honestly I couldn’t anticipate what would happen next! The setting, predominantly in Romania, to fit the title, was perfect and I often felt goosebumps of anticipation as I was reading, excited to find out what would come next. I definitely couldn’t have figured out the ending, but it was utterly brilliant and impactful! I could visualise everything as I was reading it, and it was a wonderful reading experience! Definitely going on my favourites shelf, along with its predecessor! 

The end of this book definitely sets up the start of book 3, and I cannot wait for it! It’s going to be amazing! Thomas and Audrey Rose are such precious characters, and I know I’ll definitely re read both before book 3’s release. I hope there’s more Daciana and Ileana, I love those two characters – Daciana and Thomas have some fabulous scenes together and how she and Ileana tie in to the plot was freaking brilliant! 

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

Brooklyn 🙂 

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 🙂