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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: The Fiery Trial by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

The eighth story in Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy 

Published in 2015

64 pages 

5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:


Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn become parabatai. Simon and Clary both act as their witnesses, so they can see what a parabatai bond forming looks like as they want to become parabatai as soon as Simon graduates — and because Emma asked Clary. The ritual goes unexpectedly …

My Review:


This was honestly perfection. It definitely leads into Lady Midnight, which I couldn’t be more excited to read; and honestly it had so many feelings, and I was left wanting more! I was excited to read about Emma and Julian’s parabatai scene, and honestly when Jem was telling Simon and Clary before hand about the parabatai bond I was feeling all the HeronStairs feels. No I don’t ship Jem and Will but honestly they are parabatai endgame as far as I’m concerned; though honestly the whole parabatai bond moves me, and I love Jace and Alec as parabatai too, and now of course Emma and Julian…and another new parabatai pair. Honestly, when it was suggested and both characters were for it my heart was honestly so happy! So you can definitely say that this novella was full of lots of happy feels too; although when Simon was going through the memories honestly there were a lot of sad feels there, it was all done so well! And there was of course light comedy provided by Jace, which I feel made me laugh more than it should’ve. 

But honestly, another perfection edition to a perfect book. Cannot get enough of these! And I can’t wait to read more about Emma and Julian especially! I freaking adore both of them! 

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

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Pale Kings and Princes by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman 

The sixth novella in Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy 

Published: 2015

Pages: 40

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Simon has an encounter with Downworlders and is reprimanded for not following the rules for Academy students interacting with Downworlders. A story within a story: Andrew Blackthorn, while a student at the Academy, becomes enthralled by a faerie and has two children with her: Mark and Helen.
My Review:


This was honestly so perfect, it got me right in the feelings throughout; what with Simon and Izzy, and Helen Blackthorn explaining her parents story to the students. Honestly, her being there just explains how brutal and cruel the Clave can be; but we are definitely given both sides of the argument, from when Isabelle and Simon talk about the Shadowhunter mentality; what I did love honestly was both of their support towards Helen, her presence in this story was honestly amazing and I loved her from when we initially met her in The Mortal Instruments; and I’m proud of her because it was definitely brave what she did, even if she didn’t have a choice. 

As I mentioned, her appearance definitely set the foundation for a fair bit of Sizzy angst, I was cheering throughout though; and definitely tearing up; Simon remembers fragments of things, and people; Clary of course is fundamental with this and I love how supportive she is of her friend, as he tries to piece bits and pieces of who he once was. I really feel for Simon still, he’s honestly grown so much and I cannot wait to read the rest of these novellas! This was another great perfect addition to the story, and honestly every moment has been a roller coaster of feels! 

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

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: The Evil We Love by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

The 5th story in Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy 

Published: 2015

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Pages: 91

Sypnosis from Goodreads:


All evil starts somewhere, and Simon Lewis learns how The Circle—led by Valentine Morgenstern—began. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

The Shadowhunter Academy has only just reopened following the disastrous rise of the Circle. Now the faculty can finally admit to what happened when Valentine was a student.

My Review:

This was honestly yet another addictive and angsty addition to The Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy; it was definitely full of Sizzy angst but also it provided some amazing insight to the early days of the Circle: when Valentine, Michael, Robert, Lucian, Amatis, Maryse and Jocelyn were all students at The Academy. We learn this all through the narration of Robert Lightwood, who comes to the Academy to tell Simon and the students about what it and what he was like back then, and why he did the things he did; it was honestly so interesting seeing Robert as a younger character and reading some scenes with him and Michael, who we know from The Mortal Instruments novels, was Robert’s parabatai and closest friend. Of course, it goes so much deeper than that and it was honestly really feely! I felt like the authors really allowed us to experience and see everything from these characters and to be honest I felt equally bad for Robert and Michael, though probably more so with Michael! 

It’s been a year now, we learn, that Simon has been at the Academy for; honestly, how quickly has that gone? I feel like I’ve been there with him, seeing things as he has; and experiencing things as he has; and I think that just goes to show the power of these amazing authors, and Clare especially, for creating such amazing, natural characters. 

See, each novella has been so enthralling and addictive so far, you can’t help but binge through them and want to know what happens next! These, I can tell, will join Clare’s other books on my favourite shelf & I can’t wait to see what’s in store with the rest of these! 

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

Brooklyn 🙂 


Book Review: Nothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan 

The fourth novella in Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy 

Pages: 96

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Published: 2015

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Simon learns about James Herondale’s time at Shadowhunter Academy. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

It’s hard to be a Shadowhunter when you’ve got demonic powers. Simon learns about the school-time struggles of half-warlock James Herondale in this prelude to The Last Hours.

This standalone e-only short story follows the adventures of Simon Lewis.

My Review:


This was honestly perfection, I can’t fault it. It was literally a prelude to The Last Hours, and I loved every moment! It was honestly heavenly reading about little James Herondale and getting snippets of his sister, I cannot freaking wait for The Last Hours; I need more of the Herondales/Carstairs in my life! 

I especially loved the growing friendship and bond between Matthew Fairchild and James, honestly, Matthew had some freaking amazing character development!! And James did too; although I knew of his power from reading The Midnight Heir in The Bane Chronicles; I thought this story was honestly really well done, in getting James used to what he can do. 

Other characters that were in this novella were interesting too, knowing how they all connected to the main characters, but for me this novella was honestly all about James, Matthew and of course Simon- and Jem, oh my heart the scenes with Jem were so beautiful! But as for Simon – He learns a lot from this story, still also dealing with his little memory fragments, and knows who he could possibly turn to in order to get his own parabatai. I for one cannot wait for that to get explored more!

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

Brooklyn 🙂

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: 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 ☺️

Book Review: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare


Book 5 in The Mortal Instruments series 

Published: 2012

Pages: 542

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series. 
My Thoughts (slight spoilers):

I really enjoyed the pacing of this book, I thought that there was a steady beat throughout building up to some insane climax and lots of drama throughout, and I totally felt that; there was so much forboding throughout and it was so unnerving waiting to find out what happened next. 

Sebastian is pure evil, in my opinion; yes he was trained by Valentine to be a soldier but honestly he is so mechanical and reminded me a lot of Tom Riddle aka Voldemort!! Zero humanity and full ruthlessness. But you know what? I’m freaking proud of Clary for standing up to him! She’s so loyal to Jace and she has such undying love for him, it’s honestly one of my favourite things about her; and I love her blooming friendship throughout with Izzy; who had some kick ass scenes and I was cheering all the way. I loved all the Magnus and Alec feels in this book and I just wanted everyone to be happy and everything! I love how Simon had such an important role to play in this book; honestly, all of the characters have developed so much! It’s amazing, and I love how Clare portrays these favourites and introduces new faces; and I love the connections between The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices; the references are epic and every time Brother Zachariah came into this book I was a puddle of emotions; I still have so many questions about lots of things in this book; but I know they will surely get answered in the next and final book! 

Clare has definitely cemented her place as one of my favourite authors of all time, every book of hers and both series are in my all time favourites list / Goodreads shelf, and everything is just amazing about her books and writing. Nothing is forced or fake, everything feels natural and real, her writing projects the reader into her world and we feel like we’re there every single moment, experiencing things and emotions as the characters do! Every page held a different emotion and honestly I feel so mixed about so many things in this book! I loved the constant angst, word building and atmosphere; I couldn’t anticipate what would happen next. It was absolutely amazing and I could keep ranting about the epicness that is this series; but I’m honestly thinking and feeling so much after finishing this book so I’ll leave it there, but honestly cannot wait to read the last book in this series! The Shadowhunter world is one I never want to leave, I’m so excited to read Clare’s other books. There’s no words for their perfection and magic to be honest; I can see myself re reading all her books often. Okay, I promise I’ll stop now 😉

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

– BrooklynTheBookworm