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Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

The first book in The Dark Artifices trilogy, a Shadowhunter novel by Cassandra Clare

Published: 2016

Pages: 668

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?
The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare. 

My Review:



I don’t even know where to begin, honestly. I have just finished this book and I’m flailing, this was freaking outstanding and honestly I don’t think I can word coherently but oh my gosh I’m gonna give it a go!

I loved all these characters, basically. Emma Carstairs is freaking amazing! She’s sassy and fierce and brave and oh my gosh she went through so much in this book! And she’d already been through so much when we initially met her in City of Heavenly Fire! Like oh my gosh I’m in awe of her character and I freaking loved seeing her and Julian again; talk about angst! I love them as parabatai; I love how they understand each other so well, and I love the depth that this novel went in terms of giving us characterisation; I felt like Clare really let the reader get inside the mind and personalities of the characters. I loved all the Blackthorns, especially Mark. He is honestly so precious and I felt for him throughout; honestly how would I feel if I was in his position? Probably would’ve done the same! 
But I love the interactions between each sibling; they are all great characters and I love how they stand together! A lot of their dialogue and scenes made me emotional!! I swear only Cassandra Clare could introduce so many siblings and make it feel natural and flawless!! 

And speaking of characters; I was fangirling so much when other characters from Shadowhunter novels kept popping up! It was amazing and perfectly feely! I loved everyone’s interactions!

The writing was freaking outstanding! Honestly the pace felt smooth to me, I was constantly hooked and addicted and I couldn’t put it down! Every emotion was packed into these pages and I am definitely feeling adrenaline after finishing it! I found this book was definitely haunting at times too and oh my freaking god what was the epilogue?! I was screaming! Honestly, how everything came together had me speechless and it was freaking amazing.

On a random note, I love how much the sea features in this book; I found it to be a beautiful setting and I love how symbolic it was at times.

Okay, I definitely know I could keep ranting but I think I’ll leave it there, honestly, perfect book is perfect. Bring on Lord of Shadows! Though there is a short story at the end of this book which I’m excited to read first.

Okay, that’s really all. Happy reading!

Brooklyn 🙂 

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Book Review: Angels Twice Descending by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman  

The last story in Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy 

Published in 2015

96 pages

5 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:


Someone lives and someone dies at Simon’s Ascension ceremony.

My Review:


Thanks, Clare, you’ve destroyed my soul again, (no, jokes, that was crushed a long time ago!) but no in all earnest this was yet another perfect addition to the Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy, and such a bittersweet finale. Everyone has come such a long way, and I honestly had chills as I was reading this one all throughout. It was honestly the perfect conclusion to the perfect book, and I can definitely see myself reading this again and again. 

Firstly, George. Oh my gosh I didn’t see that coming! Like, what?! It was so heartbreaking and honestly the ending was so emotional and perfection. This whole story was such an epic finale, and honestly I can’t even deal right now. 

So I think I’ll leave it there! Honestly, Clare and the other authors have done such a perfect job, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store in The Dark Artifices!

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

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Born to Endless Night by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

The ninth story in Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy

Published: 2015

Pages: 120

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:


Simon, like the rest of the Academy, is stunned when a navy-skinned warlock baby is found on the Academy steps. They hand the child over to guest lecturer Magnus Bane, who has to bring a child home… temporarily, of course… to his man!

My Review:


This was honestly flawless, actually I found it refreshing that it was mostly told from Magnus’s point of view and I loved that this story had all of the Malec in it. It made me heart so happy; this story had so many feels contained within it and honestly I was a puddle of fangirl feels by the end! I was definitely crying happy tears; i feel like each novella has been leading up to so much, and I honestly think that it’s these past few stories where everything is heightening to a huge finale; which I’m about to read next; but honestly I’m so proud of Simon, he has stepped up so much and especially in this story, I loved the chat he had with Alec and the depth of the conversation they had; also, can we just appreciate the amount of Malec in this story? Malec is life and I was fangirling so much throughout!! When Alec and Magnus and the Lightwood family were all bonding over …well, I don’t want to spoil it, but it was perfection! And there were plenty of light moments when Simon’s friends were comparing Malec to Brangelina, and when Malec was actually mentioned (the word) I laughed, honestly, this novella was perfection and I had all the feels!

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

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 🙂 

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: 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: 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: The Midnight Heir by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

The fourth novella in The Bane Chronicles

Pages: 64

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

In Edwardian London, Magnus Bane discovers old friends and new enemies—including the son of his former comrade Will Herondale. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

Magnus thought he would never return to London, but he is lured by a handsome offer from Tatiana Blackthorn, whose plans—involving her beautiful young ward—are far more sinister than Magnus even suspects. In London at the turn of the century, Magnus finds old friends, and meets a very surprising young man . . . the sixteen-year-old James Herondale.

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 is written by Sarah Rees Brennan and Cassandra Clare. 
My thoughts:


This is perfection. Perfection. Magical. Amazing. All the freaking feels! Amazing! It brought back so many memories and emotions and it was epic seeing such beautiful characters again and I loved all their interactions! And James, oh James. Will. Tessa. Amazing. So many feels. I love Will. I can’t wait to learn more about James, and he and Magnus having scenes was great. Oh, but one reunion scene. My heart….

Okay yeah, you can probably presume I liked this the best out of the four so far. Oh my gosh. 

Happy reading guys, see you soon! 

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: What Really Happened in Peru by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

The first novella in The Bane Chronicles 

Published in 2013

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices know that Magnus Bane is banned from Peru—and now they can find out why. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

There are good reasons Peru is off-limits to Magnus Bane. Follow Magnus’s Peruvian escapades as he drags his fellow warlocks Ragnor Fell and Catarina Loss into trouble, learns several instruments (which he plays shockingly), dances (which he does shockingly), and disgraces his host nation by doing something unspeakable to the Nazca Lines.
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, What Really Happened in Peru, is written by Sarah Rees Brennan and Cassandra Clare.

My thoughts: 

This was such a fun read, I loved the dynamic between Magnus, Catarina and Ragnor, they had such fun banter and it’s always amazing knowing what’s going on in Magnus’s head. He’s such a quirky character, I loved his funny little nicknames for Ragnor and just seeing these two interact more was just awesome! And the same with Catarina too, I love how the three sort of were united together and they had meaningful chats, as much as they jest at Magnus you can tell they mean well. 

Cassandra Clare’s writing pretty much remains flawless as always and I feel this was a fantastic start to what will be a fabulous novella collection, I feel she’s taking us into Magnus’s thoughts and giving us an idea of how he feels, which is nothing short of amazing! I’ve often wondered how Magnus really feels inside and this book has definitely given me a taste of that! I can’t wait to read more, but what with my ever growing TBR I’m going to try and savour these, hence my individual reviews. Oh, I loved the little adventure at the end with Kitty, they had such a fabulous chemistry between them! 

Until next time, happy reading, 

– Brooklyn The Bookworm ☺️