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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 🙂 

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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: 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: 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 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: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Book 1 in the Three Dark Crowns series

Published in 2016

398 pages

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

My thoughts:


This was a re read, naturally. One Dark Throne, this books’sequel, came out recently and it’s high on my list of 2017 releases. I actually originally rated this book 4 stars but I had to change it to 5 after my re read because I cannot fault it! 

This book is so darkly unique, the writing pulled me in once again and I couldn’t put the book down! Though I did take a break near the start but that was only because I was immersed in my re read of Stalking Jack The Ripper. As I re read this book I had so many familiar feelings! There’s lots of emotions in this book, but honestly I couldn’t predict what would come next, even though I knew what was to come; I was still awed as if I was reading it for the first time! My favourite Queen is still definitely Katharine, though my next favourite is Arsinoe. The freaking ending though! 

And I think I’ll leave it there. I’m going to start shortening my reviews, for various reasons, namely though because we all feel differently about books and I honestly think that one can’t make other people agree on things. We all like different books for different reasons.

Until next time, happy reading 🙂

Brooklyn. 

WWW Wednesday Post #1

Welcome to my first WWW Wednesday blog post! I had seen this prompt circulate amongst book bloggers and I’ve finally decided to give it a go! So it’s pretty much:
– What are you currently reading?

– What did you recently finish reading?

– What do you think you will you read next?

What am I currently reading:

For once, I’m trying to limit my current reads to two books at a time, and this is more for my own sanity rather than anything else 😂 so the two books that I’m currently reading are:


I’m re reading Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, in anticipation for One Dark Throne, which has long been on my list of highly anticipated releases. 

I am also reading:


I’m also reading The Bane Chronicles in between Three Dark Crowns, I’m three novellas in and I’m loving it!

What did you finish reading?


I recently finished reading City of Heavenly Fire, the final instalment of The Mortal Instruments series. It was honestly such an intense and emotional read and the perfect end to a perfect series. It’s funny cause I already want a re read of these. All 6 books were perfection! 


1q84 book 2 by Haruki Murakami. I absolutely loved this book and I found the emotions and mysteries definitely heightening from book 1 and I cannot wait to read book 3! 


Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas. I had no idea what this book would bring, Throne of Glass is one of my favourite series and I was definitely unsure as to whether I’d read it right away; but I couldn’t resist and honestly it was perfection, definitely one of Maas’s best books. 


Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. Yet another re read. Hunting Prince Dracula, this book’s successor, is yet another that is one of my anticipated releases for the year. This book is an amazing take on the Ripper mystery. The characters are perfect and there’s every emotion in this book!


Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This is such a precious read and one of my favourite contemporaries. 

I’ve also read the first three novellas in The Bane Chronicles. What have you read so far recently?

As for what I’ll read next? Im honestly not sure! I’m definitely a mood reader so it depends on my mood, but it’ll likely be either Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco, One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake, The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory or The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee. Or anything else on my TBR 🤔😂

Happy reading!

Brooklyn The Bookworm 🙂

Book Review: Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

The third novella in The Bane Chronicles 

Published in 2013

61 pages

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ✨ 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Magnus Bane leverages his alliances with Downworlders and Shadowhunters on a venture to Victorian London. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

When immortal warlock Magnus Bane attends preliminary peace talks between the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders in Victorian London, he is charmed by two very different people: the vampire Camille Belcourt and the young Shadowhunter, Edmund Herondale. Will winning hearts mean choosing sides?
This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. This story in The Bane Chronicles, Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale, is written by Sarah Rees Brennan and Cassandra Clare. 
My Thoughts:

This was definitely my favourite of the three novellas so far! It brought back so many feelings and emotions and it was amazing how everything in this connected back to the Infernal Devices and therefore The Mortal Instruments! All throughout I was practically fangirling over the beauty that was this novella, there were so many fabulous scenes! Edmund Herondale is absolutely precious and I loved the back story and getting to know more about his character, which frankly was so precious! And Camille! It was great to see her again and see her and of course Edmund interact with Magnus, who of course as witty and as fabulous as always, not to mention endearing! There was such an emotional moment at the end, the feelings were amazing and honestly it was just perfect! Seeing so many familiar faces was such a perfect thing!

Until next time, happy reading, 

– Brooklyn The Bookworm 🙂 

Book Review: The Runaway Queen by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

The second novella in The Bane Chronicles

Published in 2013

59 pages 

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Magnus Bane has a royal role in the French Revolution—if the angry mobs don’t spoil his spells. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

While in France, immortal warlock Magnus Bane finds himself attempting to rescue the royal family from the horrors of the French Revolution—after being roped into this mess by a most attractive count. Naturally, the daring escape calls for invisible air balloons…
This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. This story in The Bane Chronicles, The Runaway Queen, is written by Maureen Johnson and Cassandra Clare. 

My thoughts:

I definitely felt like this was a fun read, I mean Magnus in Paris and taking care of the royal family, to an extent? Honestly he was quite sassy here and it was just great getting his thoughts and views on everything. I liked his interactions with Axel, honestly Magnus is a character and he just keeps giving. The plot of this one I must admit took a while to actually take place but when it did I found I was laughing a fair bit at the hilarity of it. See, I’m obsessed with history but I found the idea entertaining of Magnus being present during the French Revolution. The characterisation of Marie Antoinette and how the authors captured the time was really good though, I felt, and all in all this was a great, fun read. 

Until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn The Bookworm 🙂