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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 🙂 

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Book Review: Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco


Published in 2016 by Jimmy Patterson Books

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:


Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.


Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
My thoughts: 


This was a re read for me, I read this last year and fell in love with it, and Audrey Rose and Thomas. The two have such delicious banter, it’s amazing! And I love how Audrey rebels against the chains of Victorian London society. Which might I say, Maniscalco captures perfectly. 

The story of Jack the Ripper in itself is of course a gruesome one, but what surprised me but amazed me too is the amount of emotion packed into this book, especially towards the end! I re-discovered the feelings I had when I was reading this book for the first time, the dread, as I realised who the killer was, and the anticipation to see what would come next. 

The writing is so addictive, honestly, I couldn’t put it down, it was so good to be back in this world, and I’ve been dying for book 2 ever since it’s been announced! I’m definitely curious to see how Audrey’s emotions effect her in book 2, she went through and lost so much in this book, honestly my heart ached for her. 

Her banter though with Thomas was nothing short of amazing, the way they interact is honestly perfection and I admire Audrey so much for wanting to be different from the usual highborn ladies in the era, whilst they are obsessed with finding a husband, Audrey is working secretly with her uncle examining corpses. She’s so brave but she fights her inner demons constantly, and she loves her brother Nathaniel more than anything. I loved their sibling bond, it was one of my favourite things. Also, an honourable mention for the fact that Audrey isn’t afraid to stand up to her father, she will not be caged, she’s her own person! It’s fabulous. 

That was definitely an amazing re read and I cannot wait til I’m holding book 2 in my hands! The countdown is on 😍.

Until next time, happy reading,

– Brooklyn The Bookworm. 

Book Review: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare


Book 5 in The Mortal Instruments series 

Published: 2012

Pages: 542

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series. 
My Thoughts (slight spoilers):

I really enjoyed the pacing of this book, I thought that there was a steady beat throughout building up to some insane climax and lots of drama throughout, and I totally felt that; there was so much forboding throughout and it was so unnerving waiting to find out what happened next. 

Sebastian is pure evil, in my opinion; yes he was trained by Valentine to be a soldier but honestly he is so mechanical and reminded me a lot of Tom Riddle aka Voldemort!! Zero humanity and full ruthlessness. But you know what? I’m freaking proud of Clary for standing up to him! She’s so loyal to Jace and she has such undying love for him, it’s honestly one of my favourite things about her; and I love her blooming friendship throughout with Izzy; who had some kick ass scenes and I was cheering all the way. I loved all the Magnus and Alec feels in this book and I just wanted everyone to be happy and everything! I love how Simon had such an important role to play in this book; honestly, all of the characters have developed so much! It’s amazing, and I love how Clare portrays these favourites and introduces new faces; and I love the connections between The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices; the references are epic and every time Brother Zachariah came into this book I was a puddle of emotions; I still have so many questions about lots of things in this book; but I know they will surely get answered in the next and final book! 

Clare has definitely cemented her place as one of my favourite authors of all time, every book of hers and both series are in my all time favourites list / Goodreads shelf, and everything is just amazing about her books and writing. Nothing is forced or fake, everything feels natural and real, her writing projects the reader into her world and we feel like we’re there every single moment, experiencing things and emotions as the characters do! Every page held a different emotion and honestly I feel so mixed about so many things in this book! I loved the constant angst, word building and atmosphere; I couldn’t anticipate what would happen next. It was absolutely amazing and I could keep ranting about the epicness that is this series; but I’m honestly thinking and feeling so much after finishing this book so I’ll leave it there, but honestly cannot wait to read the last book in this series! The Shadowhunter world is one I never want to leave, I’m so excited to read Clare’s other books. There’s no words for their perfection and magic to be honest; I can see myself re reading all her books often. Okay, I promise I’ll stop now 😉

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

– BrooklynTheBookworm

Book Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare


Book 4 in the Mortal Instruments series

Published: 2012

Pages: 435

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace. 

My thoughts:


So much darkness in this book, I felt like everything was leading up to something so foreboding. This book felt so different to the previous 3 that made up the first volume of the Mortal Instruments, and it was definitely exciting coming back to this book world after jumping into the past with Clockwork Angel! I chose intentionally to follow Clare’s publication order, and reading both series together is amazing! This book definitely had me feeling and in fact it gave me nightmares, especially as I reached the last three chapters. 

For many reasons, this book felt different to its predecessors; there was so much angst and anguish, I could feel Jace’s torment throughout the book, and I felt so sad for him, considering what he’d been through in City of Glass, I felt sad for Clary because of how he was treating her; their love is so powerful but honestly I’m scared for what will come next. I had a feeling what might happen with Jace in this book, yet it didn’t make it any less terrifying. 

I loved also the reference to The Infernal Devices, and how those characters, well one in particular, is connected to Magnus and how said character (Will), definitely impacted the warlock. This made for some Magnus and Alec angst, which I loved, I adore Malec, and I was swooning when they had their scenes. They’re so precious! 

Another thing I really enjoyed about this book is how it was quite Simon focused, from the start, Simon had become one of my favourite characters and I loved seeing things from his perspective, albeit he definitely had a fair share of torment too. Though there was one thing about him in this book that initially annoyed me, but it was okay when Maia and Izzy sort of banded together for a bit. I ship Simon and Izzy, they had some close scenes at the end that I really enjoyed. 

Surrounding new characters and old, this book definitely had a lot of mystery and suspense to it, I definitely didn’t want it to end! Cassandra Clare has definitely cemented her place as one of my favourite authors, ever, and this book and it’s events will definitely stay in my mind for some time! 

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

Brooklyn.