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Book Review: Chasing Red by Isabelle Ronin

Published in 2017 by Sourebooks

Pages: 387

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

They said she was going to be my ruin…

Then let her ruin me.

Caleb Lockhart has everything—wealth, adoration, a brilliant future. Until a chance encounter with a siren in a red dress changes everything. Until he meets the woman he dubs Red.
Veronica Strafford’s past makes it hard for her to trust anyone. Now, kicked out of her apartment, she reluctantly accepts Caleb’s offer for a place to stay.
Caleb feels intensely drawn to Veronica. And, for the first time in his life, he really wants something—someone. Too bad Veronica’s heart might just be the one thing Caleb can’t win.

My Review:


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review; this in no way affects my thoughts on the book. 

I honestly don’t think this book was for me; I mean it had it’s funny moments but for most part I found it cheesey and cringey. Initially, I found myself liking Veronica, but then I honestly got so fed up with the lack of character development, and was irked that we didn’t find out more about her early life; see, I feel like this book could have been a hell of a lot more interesting than what it was; were it not for the fact that it was a cycle of Caleb and Red desperately wanting one another. 

Caleb honestly annoyed me to the core, he was so spoilt and personally I think he was selfish and rude; initially I think he shows signs of being an abusive character and honestly he makes some childish decisions throughout the book; which just annoyed me; his actions felt melodramatic, and every second thing he said was a sexual innuendo; and I didn’t think that was necessary; honestly the whole book played out like a cliche soap opera; I felt like there were opportunities for character development, but as the title suggests; the author focused heavily on the romance in this book, and for me it was just way overdone. 
Then again, this is of course my sole opinion; and just because I don’t like this book, doesn’t mean someone else won’t. From what I can see, the author and these books have a huge following; and that’s good for her and once again, thank you to Harriet McInerney over at New South Books for the review copy.
Until next time, happy reading,
Brooklyn 🙂 

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Book Review: Angels Twice Descending by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman  

The last story in Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy 

Published in 2015

96 pages

5 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:


Someone lives and someone dies at Simon’s Ascension ceremony.

My Review:


Thanks, Clare, you’ve destroyed my soul again, (no, jokes, that was crushed a long time ago!) but no in all earnest this was yet another perfect addition to the Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy, and such a bittersweet finale. Everyone has come such a long way, and I honestly had chills as I was reading this one all throughout. It was honestly the perfect conclusion to the perfect book, and I can definitely see myself reading this again and again. 

Firstly, George. Oh my gosh I didn’t see that coming! Like, what?! It was so heartbreaking and honestly the ending was so emotional and perfection. This whole story was such an epic finale, and honestly I can’t even deal right now. 

So I think I’ll leave it there! Honestly, Clare and the other authors have done such a perfect job, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store in The Dark Artifices!

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

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Born to Endless Night by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

The ninth story in Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy

Published: 2015

Pages: 120

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:


Simon, like the rest of the Academy, is stunned when a navy-skinned warlock baby is found on the Academy steps. They hand the child over to guest lecturer Magnus Bane, who has to bring a child home… temporarily, of course… to his man!

My Review:


This was honestly flawless, actually I found it refreshing that it was mostly told from Magnus’s point of view and I loved that this story had all of the Malec in it. It made me heart so happy; this story had so many feels contained within it and honestly I was a puddle of fangirl feels by the end! I was definitely crying happy tears; i feel like each novella has been leading up to so much, and I honestly think that it’s these past few stories where everything is heightening to a huge finale; which I’m about to read next; but honestly I’m so proud of Simon, he has stepped up so much and especially in this story, I loved the chat he had with Alec and the depth of the conversation they had; also, can we just appreciate the amount of Malec in this story? Malec is life and I was fangirling so much throughout!! When Alec and Magnus and the Lightwood family were all bonding over …well, I don’t want to spoil it, but it was perfection! And there were plenty of light moments when Simon’s friends were comparing Malec to Brangelina, and when Malec was actually mentioned (the word) I laughed, honestly, this novella was perfection and I had all the feels!

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

Book Review: Bitter of Tongue by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

The 7th story in Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy 

Published in 2015

57 pages 

5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:


When Simon is kidnapped by the fey, he’s amazed to find a friend in former Shadowhunter Mark Blackthorn. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

After Simon is kidnapped by faeries (why is he always kidnapped?), he uncovers rumors of a secret weapon Sebastian left behind for the faerie queen. He must escape the Fey, relying on his only ally, former Shadowhunter and Dark Artifices character Mark Blackthorn.
This standalone e-only short story follows the adventures of Simon Lewis, star of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments, as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy features characters from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments, the Infernal Devices, and the upcoming Dark Artifices and Last Hours series. Bitter of Tongue is written by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan.
My Review:


Yes, you read rightly. Yet another Cassie Clare novella that I’ve rated 5 stars. Honestly, I cannot get enough of these! Each story brings something incredible to Simon’s character; they impact him and you can tell he’s slowly piecing things together of who he was, even though he knows he’s someone different now, as it were. But in saying that, each occurrence in each of these novellas are adding all different thoughts and feelings to Simon; and it’s amazing seeing him grow from his time at the Academy; I can’t believe he’s in his second year now! It’s amazing how quickly the time has gone, honestly! 

I really felt sorry for Mark, in this story; I adore him and I know he’s going to feature more in The Dark Artifices; I cannot wait to read more about him; he’s so precious; and he certainly brings some humour and even more feelings too; honestly; his undying devotion to his family made me ache. And I felt all the feels as I saw Julian and Emma at Helen and Aline’s wedding, honestly I love all these characters and I can’t get enough of them! Mark definitely made his… mark (yes, I went there), on Simon – and it was amazing seeing the two characters interact. I wod happily read an extended version of this story, honestly! And Isabelle! When she was there I cheered. I really really cheered! I honestly cheered..okay I said that already, but you get it. Ya’ll know I’m Sizzy trash 😉 I love how in each of these novellas, that the two have some amazing scenes that get me right in the feels! My heart needs them to get together already! 

Honestly, I could continue, but I feel I’ve covered everything?! I cannot wait to continue these, and see these characters again! Definitely an all time favourite here yet again, I thank you Clare..you’re a queen and I’m always going to be hooked and bewitched with the Shadowhunter world. I rarely binge books, but I can’t help it with Clare’s books. The Shadowhunter world is one of my favourite obsessions! 

Okay, that’s truly all, 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: 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 🙂

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: 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 🙂

Brooklyn. 

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 🙂

Book Review: Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

The third novella in The Bane Chronicles 

Published in 2013

61 pages

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ✨ 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Magnus Bane leverages his alliances with Downworlders and Shadowhunters on a venture to Victorian London. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

When immortal warlock Magnus Bane attends preliminary peace talks between the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders in Victorian London, he is charmed by two very different people: the vampire Camille Belcourt and the young Shadowhunter, Edmund Herondale. Will winning hearts mean choosing sides?
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, Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale, is written by Sarah Rees Brennan and Cassandra Clare. 
My Thoughts:

This was definitely my favourite of the three novellas so far! It brought back so many feelings and emotions and it was amazing how everything in this connected back to the Infernal Devices and therefore The Mortal Instruments! All throughout I was practically fangirling over the beauty that was this novella, there were so many fabulous scenes! Edmund Herondale is absolutely precious and I loved the back story and getting to know more about his character, which frankly was so precious! And Camille! It was great to see her again and see her and of course Edmund interact with Magnus, who of course as witty and as fabulous as always, not to mention endearing! There was such an emotional moment at the end, the feelings were amazing and honestly it was just perfect! Seeing so many familiar faces was such a perfect thing!

Until next time, happy reading, 

– Brooklyn The Bookworm 🙂