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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 🙂 

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Book Review: The Runaway Queen by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

The second novella in The Bane Chronicles

Published in 2013

59 pages 

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Magnus Bane has a royal role in the French Revolution—if the angry mobs don’t spoil his spells. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

While in France, immortal warlock Magnus Bane finds himself attempting to rescue the royal family from the horrors of the French Revolution—after being roped into this mess by a most attractive count. Naturally, the daring escape calls for invisible air balloons…
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, The Runaway Queen, is written by Maureen Johnson and Cassandra Clare. 

My thoughts:

I definitely felt like this was a fun read, I mean Magnus in Paris and taking care of the royal family, to an extent? Honestly he was quite sassy here and it was just great getting his thoughts and views on everything. I liked his interactions with Axel, honestly Magnus is a character and he just keeps giving. The plot of this one I must admit took a while to actually take place but when it did I found I was laughing a fair bit at the hilarity of it. See, I’m obsessed with history but I found the idea entertaining of Magnus being present during the French Revolution. The characterisation of Marie Antoinette and how the authors captured the time was really good though, I felt, and all in all this was a great, fun read. 

Until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn The Bookworm 🙂 

Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare


Book 6 in The Mortal Instruments series

Published: 2014

Pages: 733

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID.

I am coming.
Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series! 

My Thoughts:

Okay,as I type this I’m honestly feeling every feel in existence. I have the best adrenaline rush and honestly I couldn’t be happier with how Clare wrapped up the series! Every page was perfection and the anticipation and feelings were real! There were shocks and feels aplenty in this book and I couldn’t put it down! There were even comical moments from banter between the characters which remained delicious as always! 

The character growth for everyone was amazing! And the links from The Infernal Devices and the Mortal Instruments were amazing! I love how Clare tied everything together, and we saw characters interact from both series and the feels were real! It was so beautifully done! And the friends we lost throughout both series, I definitely felt their prescence was felt. A character death from City of Glass, (those that read it will definitely know what I mean), has definitely shaped some of the characters, and we feel their pain too, but for Izzy, I felt that she bore the weight almost more than the rest; but in saying that she opened up and I loved her scenes with Simon! They are both so precious and I was cheering for them to get together. Every ship in this series had so many feels! Lots of angst and love! I was honestly screaming throughout this book! I didn’t want it to end yet I was hooked! I love Clare’s ability to tie up this series but set the foundation for The Dark Artefices! Amazing! And I loved meeting Emma and Julian and learning more about Aline and Helen! I love how Clare is continually bringing in all the more diversity to her world! And Mark! He’s so precious! I can’t wait to read more about these new characters, and I know I’ll get to re meet some old friends in The Bane Chronicles and Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy. I cannot wait!

It can easily be said that the Shadowhunter world is an all time favourite of mine, and Clare a favourite author; she packs so many emotions into her characters and there’s such intricate detail to her Shadowhunter world, it’s perfection. While I’m sad that I’ve finished The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, I know I’ll easily re read both, and Clare is gifting us with many more books centred around her characters, so it feels like it’ll never end, which is just how I want it! Clare’s books have definitely been a constant in my life from when I started reading them, they’re comforting and not once did anything feel forced or overwhelming. And she wrapped up everything in this book so perfectly, I’m once again in awe. 

I laughed, cried, cheered and lamented in this book, it feels like this whole book had something memorable in it, and it did. Utterly perfect and even the whole series never had a dull moment in it! As well as JK Rowling, I think only Clare could make me feel slightly sorry for the antagonist. There’s been moments when I’ve compared Sebastian to Voldemort, both having been stripped bare of any humanity; and both are honestly such wicked villains, but oh honestly. What happened at the end of this book was actually raw and powerful. An honourable mention to Luke and Jocelyn, honestly my heart ached for both of them for different reasons throughout. 

But the last chapter and the epilogue really topped off the epicness in this series! The feelings were unreal and wild! I was constantly on the edge of my seat, once again feeling every possible emotion. It remains one of the best epilogues ever and I couldn’t get enough, even though I tried to take it slow, it was just too addictive. 

I could keep ranting but I’ll end it there, all in all there are no words. I applaud Clare once again and can’t wait to read The Bane Chronicles, Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy and The Dark Artifices! As well as her planned books, which will be amazing! And her series co written with Holly Black. She’s definitely a favourite author as I mentioned and I’m so happy to have discovered her epic writing!

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

– Brooklyn The Bookworm 

Book Review: The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J Maas

The third novella in the Throne of Glass prequel short stories.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren’t much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not there to chatter, she’s there to hone her craft as the world’s most feared killer for hire. When the quiet is shattered by forces who want to destroy the Silent Assassins, Celaena must find a way to stop them, or she’ll be lucky to leave the desert alive. 

My thoughts:

SPOILERS

I always found Ansel’s betrayal to be incredibly harsh, and it just really goes to show how anger and grief can push some people to such passionate hate. Even though I know Ansel appears in Empire of Storms, which I read last year, I honestly don’t know if I fully like her. She’s definitely a puzzle, but I hope she’s given some page time in the last ToG book next year, I would like to see her interact more with Aelin. 

This novella really shows us Celaena’s character development, I’ve found; it jumps back to her thinking about Sam, and how she can’t quite not picture him, and she hopes he’s okay, and she has his screaming cemented in her head when their master attacked Celaena. I know I’ve mentioned it before  but I positively hate Arobynn. Hate him! 

I really like the concept of the mute masters, I found them gentle bit unnerving, and I like how we actually learnt about how one thinks in particular. 

There’s some scenes in here that I’ll never tire of, it honestly was so exciting when Celaena was riding the Aesterin horse, and her unwavering heart in terms of Ansel and Sam I just adored. All throughout this novella, Celaena remained determined, sassy and fierce. 

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

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde


Published in 2017

Pages: 263

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
My thoughts:

This was such a cute read, I loved how passionate each character is about their fandoms, and fandom life in general so that’s definitely something I could relate to on all the levels. And I love that both Charlie and Taylor learn to speak up for themselves too, both female characters went on a great growth journey through the book. 

It was told in split points of views, from both Taylor and Charlie’s perspectives, and that was great because I felt like I was feeling all their emotions and thinking what they were thinking. On a personal level, Taylor is one of the most relatable characters ever, not just for her geekiness, but for her social anxiety and her constant overthinking. Throughout her chapters, she internally vocalises her thoughts, fears and feels, and that’s something I definitely understand. I was so proud of her as she learnt to accept herself and see herself ad the amazing girl she is, and she once posted the most uplifting messages to everyone on Tumblr after she was bullied. 

Charlie herself was a great character too! It was amazing to have a diverse character that is just so open and comfortable in herself. Whilst trying to escape her ex boyfriend, Charlie runs into her vlogger idol and it was amazing to see what happened next. 

There were two sets of romance in this book, and it was so cute seeing both develop. There’s something in this book for everyone, and it is something I’d definitely read again! It was definitely refreshing and will become a bit of a comfort read! I found Alyssa and Charlie’s conversations to be empowering, and these characters felt like friends! I also loved the banter between the trio of Charlie, Jamie and Taylor, they have such a beautiful friendship and they’re definitely there for one another through it all. 

A fantastic book that I recommend to all! And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan


Book 3 of the Heroes of Olympus 

Pages: 574

Published: 2012

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Annabeth returns in the third installment of the biggest series yet from Rick Riordan, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Half-blood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six—who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?

The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land—Greece itself—to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery…

With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.

My thoughts:

Firstly. Let’s start at the end:

How do I explain that??? Like honestly, my feelings are a wreck right now! I didn’t expect that! Utterly beautifully brilliant! Wicked! Insane! Chilling!


Annabeth definitely had a few burdens to carry in this novel! The title suggests she would play a major role, and that’s true! I for one was definitely happy to see her back! She’s my favourite character in the Percy Jackson series and I was excited to read chapters from her perspective! I didn’t know what to expect from this, only that the prophecy, “wisdoms’ daughter walks alone, the Mark of Athena burns through Rome” would be coming to fruition. Reading Annabeth’s chapters gave me an insight into how that prophecy came to light, reading about her flashbacks to her ‘fight’ with Athena, her godly mother, was proper insane! And having Annabeth with Percy once again pretty much cemented my shipper heart in happiness! I love them together and while I adored seeing previous relationships with characters come to light, there’s just something so special about Percy and Annabeth together!! 
This book is also narrated by Percy himself, Leo and Piper. Each character narrations were mostly presented in three chapter per characters, which once again was brilliant because it allowed the reader to see and feel how the characters do, after all this time. 

Which brings me to the point, each character has matured so much across these books! It’s been amazing because I feel like I have been there right as each character goes through everything! 

I love how the friendships grew and developed even more in this book! Leo, Jason, Percy, Frank, Hazel, Piper and of course Annabeth are essentially squad goals and they’re all on my favourite character list! Each character is freaking amazing and had some wild and epic scenes in this book, but I must take a moment to appreciate Leo and those fabulous one liners of his! 

For all these reasons and many more, The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan is by far my favourite book in this series, the characters massively stepped up and worked together and Rick’s writing blended so well with everything! He covers so many emotions and adventures wound into 574 pages and I didn’t want it to end! And only he could create villains that take on the appearance of Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn! This is just one example of how cleverly wicked his writing is! Only he could pull this off with such brilliance! 

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

Brooklyn.