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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 🙂

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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: 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: The Fall of The Hotel Dumort by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

The 7th novella in The Bane Chronicles 

40 pages 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Magnus Bane watches the once-glamorous Hotel Dumort become something else altogether in 1970s New York City.

Fifty years after the Jazz Age rise of the Hotel Dumort, immortal warlock Magnus Bane knows the Manhattan landmark is on the decline. The once-beautiful Hotel Dumort has fallen into a decayed thing, a ruin, as dead as a place can be. But the vampires don’t mind…

My thoughts:

I actually couldn’t fault this one! This got me right in the feels, anyone who’s read The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices will understand how important Camille is to Magnus. This novella honestly highlights this; we see the former in a rather surprising state and honestly seeing how Magnus reacts was amazing. He’s so precious and once again this novella gave us an insight into his thoughts and feelings regarding Camille. 

There was some wicked humour at the start, classic Magnus. Absolutely loving these novellas so far! Perfection, and I can’t wait to read the remaining four. 

Have a great week and 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: 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 🙂 

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: 1Q84 book 2 by Haruki Murakami 


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo. A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84–“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” 

Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled. As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector. 

An instant bestseller around the world, “1Q84” is a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.
My Thoughts:

Okay, firstly, it had been a little while since I read book 1, so I was unsure as to whether or not I’d remember everything, but as I started this second instalment, turns out I need not have worried. Everything came flooding back to me and I was once again immersed in Murakami’s writing. 

I felt like, whilst reading book 2, that book 1 was kind of the prelude, we learnt the basis of things and the scene was well and truly set and actions started to take place and it was all awesome! Now, here in book 2, the characters start to unravel even more (more so in Aeomame’s case), and we learn more about both Tengo and Fuka Eri, both of whom go through some amazing experiences and developments. It was epic to read about, and I love how the split points of views between Aoemame and Tengo started to subtly weave together. 

One of the many things I love about this second installment is how much Murakami’s writing makes you think; there was no way I could’ve predicted what was to come and it was such vivid writing; you could picture everything as it was happening; and Murakami depicts human emotions so perfectly, it’s amazing; it connects the reader to the characters even more and I was addicted, I couldn’t put this down! Aoemame is one of my favourite characters, ever, she’s just so unique and complex, I was shocked with her final chapter! Which definitely set the foundation for an epic book 3! Same with Tengo, he has grown so much, I cannot wait for their paths to intersect more! The revelation that tied these two characters together was amazing! I have high hopes that things will work out for them but honestly, one never knows with Murakami; and that’s honestly amazing. 

I loved the developments and learning more about this alternate world of 1q84, as well as learning more about these little people, Murakami writes both aspects of this book so well and I was really mystified and horrified at times, learning about how sure the inhabitants were that their leader was such a god, and the mad extents that he went to.

This book conveyed lots of emotions, and I can definitely feel a favourite trilogy here. It’s just so unique and even though I don’t read a lot of dystopian (as this book is classified), I can’t get enough of this book! Worlds overlap, mystery ensues and characters face insane decisions! This book also has me tearing up in certain parts, you just really feel a lot for both Aoemame and Tengo in this one! Also, I feel Fuka Eri at times provided some comic relief, but that’s just my thoughts, she was adjusting to her life and completely new to trying various foods and getting used to pronunciations of words, it was just brilliant to experience. I felt for her but I really admired her attitude; and I’m definitely excited to see how big of a role she has to play in book 3! 

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

~ BrooklynTheBookworm