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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

Published in 1997

Pages: 350 (Ravenclaw edition)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads: 

Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw … Twenty years ago these magical words and many more flowed from a young writer’s pen, an orphan called Harry Potter was freed from the cupboard under the stairs – and a global phenomenon started. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has been read and loved by every new generation since. To mark the 20th anniversary of first publication, Bloomsbury is publishing four House Editions of J.K. Rowling’s modern classic. These stunning editions will each feature the individual house crest on the jacket and sprayed edges in the house colours. Exciting new extra content will include fact files, profiles of favourite characters and line illustrations exclusive to that house. Available for a limited period only, these highly collectable editions will be a must-have for all Harry Potter fans in 2017)

Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.
Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

My Review:


I’ve officially lost count how many times I’ve re read these magical books; and to be honest I’ll re read them again, many more times. Harry Potter has been part of my life for 20 odd years now, I can’t imagine life without it. They were the books that got me into reading; and I’m forever grateful to Queen Rowling for bringing magic into my life, every time. Honestly, re reading Harry Potter feels like going home; it is always perfection and I can easily say that it’s my favourite book series of all time; my top fandom, and even as I read them, what with being older now, I can appreciate the magic in a new light; and I always seem to pick up some fine detail that I’ve missed in the past; and this was such a quick re read! I finished it in less than 24hrs!

Where do we begin, Rowling is honestly a flawless writer! I was there, observing Mr Dursley and his frankly mundane (see what I did there, fellow Shadowhunters), life; and then even as I re read, my curiosity heightened when the surname Potter came up; honestly yes I knew what was to come and what would happen but it was just so exciting re reading the book! And whilst I can never capture the first read feeling; it will never not excite me when I re read Harry Potter. Meeting all the new characters again, was awesome. I loved the little banter between Ron and Hermione (I mean they had always been clearly meant to be!) and the wisdom of Dumbledore, who gives many of my all time favourite quotes: “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” to name one! And the honest to goodness awe inspiring that is just the description of Hogwarts! With its moving portraits, endless staircases, house ghosts; it’s magic is honestly infinite and Hogwarts has always been a dream, literally. 

I honestly forgot how fast paced the story is; and not at all confusing, ever! Harry Potter needs to be read by everyone at least once! I mean all the characters are freaking awesome; the dialogue can be humourous, and it’s an epic adventure if there ever was one! I felt I was there, feeling Harry’s desperation to get his letters, his excitement and all round awe at Diagon Alley; and how Hogwarts feels like his home. Honestly, my emotions from this re read; I always feel excitement and often get goosebumps, when Harry, Ron and Hermione become friends (go girl, for covering up for the lads!) and honestly who doesn’t love Hermione? She’s my next favourite girl character after Luna and probably the one I relate to the most; and as I said I loved seeing all these characters again, it was nothing short of wicked! 

All in all, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the perfect start to a perfect series; and it always will be.
And that concludes my review, until next time, 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: 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 Lost Herondale by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

The second novella in Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy 

98 pages

Published in 2015

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Simon learns the worst crime a Shadowhunter can commit: desertion of their comrades. In the early nineteenth century, Tobias Herondale abandoned his fellow Shadowhunters in the heat of battle and left them to die. His life was forfeit, but Tobias never returned, and the Clave claimed his wife’s life in exchange for Tobias’s. Simon and his fellow students are shocked to learn of this brutality, especially when it is revealed the woman was pregnant. But what if the child survived… could there be a lost Herondale line out in the world today? 
My Review:


I really enjoyed this one, it definitely gave a fascinating insight into Tobias Herondale and there was a little hint, well okay more than that, about another character possibly still lingering; I wonder if that will get explored in future novels? But regardless, I absolutely loved the interactions between Simon and Catarina, and Izzy and Clary’s appearances. Both definitely firmly helped Simon, I think; he’s still getting used to his patchy memories, and of course he feels bad about things, but I definitely think that Clary and Izzy have helped him in the long run, 

Even though I’m only two stories in, this has been so addictive so far and I can’t wait to see where the other stories take Simon and to see what familiar faces show up! 

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

Brooklyn 🙂 

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: The Last Stand of The New York Institute by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

The ninth novella in The Bane Chronicles 

Pages: 40

Published: 2013

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Magnus meets Valentine in battle as the Circle attacks the Downworlders of New York City.

In the time of the Uprising, Valentine’s Circle goes after Downworlders in New York…and the Shadowhunters of the Institute must decide whether to join him, or fight with Magnus and his kind. This is the first time Magnus sees Jocelyn, Luke, and Stephen—but not the last. It is not long before Jocelyn seeks him out…
My review:


This was yet another perfect addition to The Bane Chronicles, honestly: the time jump was perfect and honestly it answered a lot of questions I had when reading City of Bones.

Without being too spoilery, the last stand takes place before City of Bones, and we get an insight into a lot of familiar faces before we properly get to know them; I’m talking Maryse Lightwood, Lucien Graymark, Jocelyn and of course Valentine, who we can really see his intensity and utter ruthlessness. 

Magnus however remains his perfect self, no bias whatsoever, but honestly his attitude is understandable and the authors continue to do an amazing job getting his emotions to seep through the pages. Especially at the last part, where he’s with a dear friend of his (not going to say who but oh my gosh I was so happy to see what happened play out!) and this amazing duo is asked a very important request by Jocelyn. For my fellow Shadowhunters, you know what I mean. 

And this was the novella we needed. 

And so it begins! Perfection! I actually had chills as it felt like I had come full circle; utterly amazing, and although I have two novellas left, I’ll definitely read these again. 

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 🙂