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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 🙂 

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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 🙂 

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: 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: 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 🙂