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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 🙂 

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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 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: Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


Published in 2015 

Pages: 303

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met. 

My Thoughts:

Well, this was definitely an addictive read. I finished it in the space of an afternoon and evening, only stopping for my work shift and food. I enjoyed this even more than Albertalli’s “The Upside of Unrequited.” It was such an endearing and empowering read! 

Firstly, I felt so sympathetic to Simon! He was an amazing narrator and I was instantly drawn into his world, his friends, his rehearsal of the school musical, his family and his emails with the mysterious Blue. Albertalli definitely wastes no time getting into the story and building her characters, for each of them goes through a fair bit of growth, namely Simon! Who doesn’t want to come out to his family or really his friends, he prefers his drama to be in the rehearsal room! But this made me feel sad at times because no one should be afraid to express who they are! Simon projects his thoughts and feelings via email to Blue, who he doesn’t know, for neither of them have actually met. 

Or have they? 

I can’t go into too much detail because of spoilers, but I loved how the book was split up into the chapters and then inside the chapters were the emails between the two characters. These scenes were so precious! It gave the reader such a great insight into both these wonderful humans, and how they think and feel; and gosh did they have some laughs too, and friendly banter. It was amazing! They bonded over a love of Oreos (might I add here that this book made me hungry) and honestly so much more than that. I was constantly dying throughout for them to meet, and I was definitely feeling angst when one said they didn’t want to exchange numbers. Also when someone pretends to be Simon on “the Tumblr” and posts something mean. 

All the characterisation in this book was perfect. Actually, no, this whole book was perfect. I can’t fault it. I was hooked from the start and couldn’t put it down. It’s a contemporary full of feels, and I promise you’ll love it too! This book is definitely a perfect blend of friendship, family, love, and more! 

I could keep ranting but no spoilers so I’ll leave it there. 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: Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie 


A Hercule Poirot mystery 

Published in 1973

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Hercule Poirot is determined to solve an old husband and wife double murder that is still an open verdict! Hercule Poirot stood on the cliff-top. Here, many years earlier, there had been a tragic accident. This was followed by the grisly discovery of two more bodies — a husband and wife — shot dead. But who had killed whom? Was it a suicide pact? A crime of passion? Or cold-blooded murder? Poirot delves back into the past and discovers that ‘old sin can leave long shadows’. 
My Thoughts:

This was yet another re read on my part, but there’s something that’s always exciting about going back to an Agatha Christie favourite mystery and re reading it. No need to over stretch those little grey cells, the reader can just cruise along as one reacquaintes themselves with the story, the setting and the characters. 

What always stood out for me and sort of separated this one from many of Christie’s other mysteries, is that the murder in question took place in the past; we know the who, sort of. Well we know who’s deaths are being questioned, but we definitely don’t know the what’s and whys. Even re reading this, I was reminded of those feelings of intrigue and wondering what was happening. I really love how the reader is transported into the past as it were at the very conclusion, when Poirot is explaining what he thought was the conclusion; again, I’m reminded of the awe feeling I felt when I read the book initially, thinking of the immense tragedy that this case held. This is a mystery, yes, but what lies at the heart of it, in my opinion, one of the most tragic and heartbreaking murders ever; the reader, I find, is given hints throughout which lead to a conclusion of ‘whodunnit’, and even the first time I read this book, as I got absorbed into the story and followed Ariadne Oliver, a fictional version of Dame Agatha herself, as she familiarised herself with elephants (aka ‘once familiar faces’ that had ties to the mystery, I was captivated.

All in all, this is an enthralling mystery that will have the reader engaged from the word go, and there’s a fantastic cast of supporting characters; Celia Ravenscroft is headstrong and curious, easily one of my favourite supporting characters in Christie’s books; and Ariadne is always refreshing and fun to read about, I love her friendship with Poirot; this book is honestly one of my all time favourite Christie mysteries, and I’ll never tire of reading it. 

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

– BrooklynTheBookworm

Book Review: My Story, The Diary of a Tudor Lady (1547-1544) Lady Jane Grey by Sue Reid


Published: 2012

Pages: 229

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

The tragic story of Lady Jane Grey who was Queen of England for nine days in July 1553. Jane grew up watching her cousins in training as heirs to the throne, little imagining that by a twist of fate she would one day be crowned. But this is Tudor England where nobody plays fair, and even a queen isn’t safe from those who wsh her harm.
My thoughts:

Okay, it’s not that this book was bad, it had its moments that I really enjoyed, however, I found that it lagged in places and there were definitely some gaps, especially as I reached the ending. I was like, ‘oh, is that all?’ 

What I did like about the book was its structure, it was entirely presented in diary format, chronicling the brief life of Lady Jane Grey, nine day English Queen. 

I felt that the book connected the reader to Jane, we saw everything through her eyes and we were essentially reading her thoughts throughout; I liked how the author characterised Jane, I felt it made her relatable, and even though I don’t know how accurate this book was, I thought some of it was definitely plausible – she was definitely used as a pawn by her father and family in order to elevate their gain, as many young girls were used for that same purpose in the Tudor time; and although we’ll never really know if Jane loved Guildford, her betrothed and forced husband (in this book and in my own research I’ve done, I’m lead to think not), but this book painted their relationship to be forced, but through the tragic circumstances that both found themselves in, a part of me thinks that perhaps they might’ve grown fond of one another. 

I’ve read many a book, both fictional and non, on Lady Jane Grey, and I’ll keep reading more. I’m fascinated with her as a historical figure, and she makes for some brilliant reading. 

This book however, I’m not quite sure what my problem was with it. I liked the bookishness of her character, I liked that it was told in her diary format; I think it would be perfect for a child to read, it’s an ideal introduction to Tudor history. But as an older reader, I felt that perhaps the writing was slightly sugar coated, and it doesn’t properly explain the ending; Which for my fellow Tudor history fans, will know. 

All in all, it was the book that got me back into Tudor fiction, so I’m happy for that, even if it wasn’t the best read. 

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

Brooklyn 🙂

Book Review: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley 

Published in 2016

Pages: 352

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Love lives between the lines.

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came. 
Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future.

Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough. 


My thoughts:

I was given a selection of books to review for work and told to pick one. Instantly, the cover to this book jumped out at me and I was instantly moved by the blurb on the back, so I chose this. 

I started it the next day and was instantly in  awe. The layout was and is absolutely beautiful, the writing captivating. It jumps between Henry and Rachel’s perspectives, as well as letters which are found in various books in the bookstore. The setting to this book was perfection, the bookstore and the stories inside held so much symbolism for the plot, what had happened, what was to come, and what the characters had gone through. 

Both Henry and Rachel went through their own angst through the story, and from the narrative the reader definitely got a tragic feel and I felt so sad for Rachel throughout, she was missing her brother greatly and his death impacted her so much, she had definitely changed, Henry hadn’t heard from her in some time, but when their paths cross, he knows how absent she is, there’s very little of the Rachel that was his best friend and she doesn’t tell anyone about her brother, she hardly talks to him.

I feel this book was definitely about both characters’ journies, but there were some great side characters that featured in this book too. Henry’s family, especially, they all had their things to deal with, and there was definitely a great amount of mystery as George (Henry’s sister) tried to figure out who was writing the secret letters under the mysterious pen name. I honestly didn’t know who it could’ve been but there was a tiny clue offered to the reader, and it clicked and the tragic irony was unlike anything I’d read in a YA contemporary fiction book before. 

There were so many bookish moments a book lover can appreciate, whether it’s the letters being shown that are found in the Howling Library section, and from what books and pages they were from, to the open book discussions that were in this book. Henry’s family had regular book group meetings and I thought that was so sweet. 

Definitely a book that will stay with me for some time, it had lots of light moments too, it washonestly a unique, precious read, and I recommend it 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.