Book Review: Magnus Chase and The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2) by Rick Riordan

29847102Title: Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2)

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Mythology

Description: Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon – the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki – and the price he wants is very high []

                                                                Rating: ★ 

Disclaimer: Review contains spoilers

I’ve probably said this before but I’m going to say it again, I don’t think Rick Riordan will ever write a book I won’t love. It’s surprising because I love every character in this book (well maybe except Randolph and Hearthstone’s father). Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series in general is probably my favourite Riordan series. There’s just something about the Norse mythology that I just really love. And the characters within this novel are just phenomenal.

This book was everything I wanted it to be and more. The minute it arrived I started reading it and I found it really hard to put down. Magnus Chase is such a wonderful, and funny character that I find myself actually laughing out loud. I love especially that Riordan explores Magnus in a way that he has to change his way of thinking, especially when it comes to new character Alex Fierro.

All of the characters in this book are so diverse and so well written that I just want to recommend it to everyone I ever meet. And I don’t care that technically Riordan’s books are aimed at “children” I love his style of writing. I love how easy it is to dive into the universe he’s created and explore this wonderful world. I’m not going to lie I did picture certain characters from the Thor movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but seriously I cannot fault this series, this book. It’s easily one of my favourites.

I want to thank Riordan especially for the character of Alex Fierro, who was the first canon genderfluid character I have ever read in a book. It was such an amazing feeling to have this representation in one of my favourite series. A character like me (explained more in my previous blog post). It is very rare to find a genderfluid / non-binary character in fiction so to have this character who appears and immediately reveals themselves as genderfluid and transgender really warmed my heart. It’s the representation that I really needed. And to have Alex written so beautifully I could thank Rick more. On page 270 of my version of the book Alex says “I identify as female, but sometimes I have very male days,” and I just want to thank Riordan for this line. I can’t speak for every genderfluid person but I connected to Alex’s character on such a deep level. Yes our genders are slightly different as mine is fluid between female and agender. But much like Alex this is how my gender is. I feel mostly agender but sometimes I have female days.

I love how this book just flat out tells you not to trust Loki no matter what he’s always got something up his sleeve and even then there’s probably something else hiding up there. Yet the characters seem to forget this and it’s so funny and shocking when Loki reveals a twist to the original plan. All of the Norse characters are so wonderfully diverse as well I love how funny and dramatic Thor is. I’m glad that we got to see Sif. And how different she is compared to her husband Thor.

I’m really happy that Riordan decided to divulge Hearthstone’s backstory, and explained exactly what a brutal life he lived. There were moments where I wanted to some how enter the book’s universe and kill his father. Because poor Hearthstone needs to be protected and his father needs to suffer. Hearthstone’s childhood was so awful it was worse than I could imagine. I hate how his father hated him not just for being deaf but he also hated him because he blamed Hearthstone for his mother and brother’s death and it’s just awful. #JusticeForHearthstone.

Can we just talk about that ending? I’M YELLING. How dare you end it on a cliffhanger like this. Here I was thinking that I still had 100 pages or something left to go. I turn the page and it says “Glossary”. It’s 1:00am and I’m here trying not to do the reenactment of the scene from Silver Linings Playbook where Bradley Cooper’s character throws his book out the window. I’m going to suffer for a year. A YEAR. I was thinking as Annabeth made an appearance that Magnus and Percy really need to meet up and the last line was “I think it’s time you met Percy” I expected to turn the page and they’d be talking about Percy’s pen sword. And how Magnus doesn’t like the colour blue. I feel betrayed.

Rick Riordan please never stop writing. Your books are a blessing.

 

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Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Title: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary / Mystery

Description: A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies.True love.The truth. []

                                                               Rating: ★☆ (3.5)

Disclaimer: Review Contains Spoilers

I’m going to be honest I found it really hard to finish this book, it’s been sitting by the side of my bed for about a month untouched after reading a couple pages. But I finally decided to sit myself down and finish it.

Throughout this novel I found myself really annoyed at the main character, I found that I begun to hate her a lot and that’s why I found it very difficult to read. The main character at first comes across as a stuck up rich kid who doesn’t seem to want to explain certain parts of her story. For example in the beginning she talks about being shot and then moves on like 2 sentences after and I sat there like okay?

Then we start to meet the whole family and my god are they nearly as bad as Cadence. Maybe it’s because of them being such a stuck up family that I found it hard to sympathise with the main character or anything that happened to the characters in this book. Like Cadence was upset that she was taking a holiday around Europe like who would be upset about that?

At first this review was going to be 2 stars because I found it hugely disappointing I didn’t understand the hype that I had heard about it. But then I hit page 202, the final part named “Truth”. And my god is that what you call a plot twist. And suddenly guilt came over me. Here I was hating this character throughout this whole novel to find out that for two years that her mind had blocked out and made her forget that her 2 best friends and boyfriend had died in a fire that was caused by her and them. She even imagined that they were there when she arrived back at the island. How could I have hated such a character whose grief was so strong that it created this alternate reality in which her friends never died? The final part of this novel finally lived up to the hype that I was hearing. I now understand why the blurb is written the way it is.

I was thinking whilst reading it maybe this whole story is a lie and that’s why the character comes across the way that she does. In some ways my theory was right but not in a way that I thought. This perfect, rich family is not what you think it is. Candence is seeing her family from two years before the accident. It’s in the last 25 pages that you see the family in their current state. Broken, grieving, and trying to move on. Whilst Candence is only just beginning the grieving process due to finally remembering.

Maybe the writing style isn’t my style of writing. That might have been one of the key elements to this. I think this book is going to be like marmite you love it or you hate it. I’d say I hated this book more than I loved it but I definitely hate it less than I did at the start.

Book Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

 

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Author: Jennifer Niven

Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary / Romance

Description: Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death. []

                                           Rating: ★

Disclaimer: Review Contains Spoilers & Triggering Content 

Going into this book I knew of two things: 1) Theodore Finch is going to die and 2) this book is going to wreck me. And I was correct about both.

All The Bright Places more like All The Pain and Suffering because that’s what I felt like I did. And I love this book for it. I brought this novel and my friend told me that I was going to sob and that I was going to suffer and guess what I dropped everything and started to read it.

What I love about the narrative is that both Finch and Violet, especially Finch, are unpredictable and unreliable but that’s what makes them so great. Finch’s narrative is the most unreliable but I think this fits with his personality and what he is dealing with. Niven harnessed the thoughts and captivated the feelings of a suicidal teenager amazingly and I am completely broken by this novel.

At first I didn’t really care about the romance I thought it was going to be another one of those predictable “boy meets girl, girl saves boy, etc etc” but boy was I wrong. In fact Finch was the one to save Violet. And even though they had so many cute moments and happy moments this didn’t help the outcome.

Violet really cannot catch a break, first losing her sister and then her boyfriend. I really feel for her and I’m so surprised with how strong of a character she becomes within the novel.

I am glad that Niven broke the stereotypes when it comes to mental illness. She, using the character Amanda, showed that depression and suicidal thoughts can occur to anyone no matter how “popular” they seem at school. You can truly never know a person if they don’t show their true selves.

Theodore Finch, Oh God, I feel for him I really do. I could relate a lot to so much of his character. Not feeling like you are ever going to fit in, that no matter what you do the world is against you. Yet he was able to have these wonderful happy moments where he starts to believe that maybe he can be happy. But then something changes and just like that he’s gone. It really brings forward how quickly someone can be taken from you and that you truly do need to look out for your friends, family, and even your own mental health. Because this could happen to anyone. I knew Finch was going to commit suicide the minute I read the description for the book but what I didn’t know was when and how. And even though I had a theory nothing could have prepared me for his death. And the fact that Violet found him made it so much more worse.

I was already sobbing really hard at the funeral but then then Finch made Violet go on a kind of treasure hunt and she went to this church. And then:

Taylor Prayer Chapel was created as a sanctuary for weary travellers to stop and rest along their way. It was built in memoriam to those who have lost their lives in auto accidents, and as a place of healing. We remember those who are no longer here, who were taken from us too soon, and who we will always keep with us in our hearts. The chapel is open to the public day and night, and on holidays. We are always here. 

And that was it I was literally Violet when she said “I am crying—loud and hiccuping, as if I’ve been holding my breath for a very long time and finally, finally can breathe.” my glasses were full of my tears and I could no longer see. If it wasn’t like 12:00am I would’ve been crying so loudly. I haven’t cried so hard at a book in a while. And immediately if a book can make me feel like this one did it’s immediately one of my favourites.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, but prepare yourself because you’re gonna sob so hard.

Book Review: Girl of Myth and Legend (The Chosen Saga #1) by Giselle Simlett

26722146Title: Girl of Myth and Legend (The Chosen Saga #1)

Author: Giselle Simlett

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Sci-Fi

Description: A girl with a past she tries to forget, and a future she can’t even imagine. []

                          Rating: ★

Disclaimer: Review contains spoilers

I would like to thank NetGally, WWS Publishing Limited, and author Giselle Simlett for my Arc of GIRL OF MYTH AND LEGEND in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Oh my god. What can I say? I think I just found my next favourite series. I loved this so much. I found it really hard to put down. For someone who reads a lot of Fantasy novels I’ve never actually read one where there are different realms (bizarre I know) and it was so refreshing to do so.

This novel is like all of my favourite things in other novels combined into one. There’s so many cliches in this novel but they are the ones I love, no adore in fantasy novels. Girl doesn’t know about her heartache? CHECK. Soul-binding? CHECK. Possible forbidden love story? CHECK. Possible enemies to friends to lovers? CHECK.

I’ve seen a few reviews that state the dislike of main character Leonie Woodville and I must say I adore her. I love how she’s not afraid to say how she feels about something. She’s not someone who will tell someone something lightly she will tell them how it is plain and simple. She has such a strong and confident front that many may not realise this secret pain hidden inside her because she wants to forget it. This persona she has taken on and become comfortable with is her way of dealing, or rather not dealing, with such a tragic event in her past. And when I finally found out what happened I gasped very loudly (it was like 2am when I was reading it and realised that maybe I shouldn’t have gasped so loudly).

I love that the novel is split into two points of view. The main female protagonist (Leonie) and the main male, I don’t really know how to describe him yet because I don’t think he’s a protagonist but I don’t see him as an antagonist either, character (Korren). The two characters are so different that the minute they met I was already shipping them because damn I’m a sucker for those relationships where they start out as enemies and in their case they do, what would their ship name be? Leorren? Kornie? I think I prefer Leorren over Kornie, or rather Korren definitely has some hate brewing for Leonie.

I fell in love with this new world the minute both Leonie and the audience got to meet it. Leonie grew up in the human realm not knowing of who or what she is. And what she doesn’t realise is she’s going to have one of the biggest responsibilities that someone could have. She is a Pulsar. The only one left in fact. And when she finds out about this she literally explodes in the middle of the street.

I think this novel is great how this series explores the racism between Chosen and Kystaen. Chosen see Kystaen as a lesser species even though, in my opinion, the Kystaen are stronger and the reason which most Chosen are alive. A long time ago the Chosen decided that the bond in which a Chosen and Kystaen could have (soul-binding) would make the Kystaen their slave and so they begun treating them horribly. Kystaen are a beast like species, immortal, who have both a human and beast form. I think the Chosen are scared of them that is why they are so racist towards them. But because of Leonie’s upbringing in the Human Realm she sees Korren differently, she sees him as someone who could help her, an ally, and a friend. Which to the Chosen is bizarre and not normal especially for a Pulsar who previously have been emotionless, using the Kystaen as shields not caring for their well being. And it’s because of her upbringing that I think Leonie will become the best Pulsar there has ever been. The last Kystaen and the last Pulsar against the world. If that isn’t the start of an epic love story I don’t know what is.

I definitely cannot wait for the next one!!

Book Review: Silence (Silence #1) by Natasha Preston

51jk8nw98yl-_sx307_bo1204203200_Title: Silence (Silence #1)

Author: Natasha Preston

Genre: Young Adult / Romance / Contemporary

Description: For eleven years, Oakley Farrell has been silent. At the age of five, she stopped talking, and no one seems to know why. Refusing to communicate beyond a few physical actions, Oakley remains in her own little world. []

                          Rating: ★

Disclaimer: Review contains spoilers

What really drew me to this novel was the blurb description I was so intrigued with how and why a young girl would stop talking. I officially started reading this a year or so ago on my iPad but due to the lighting on my iPad I found it difficult to concentrate on ebooks without getting headaches. But since I’ve invested in a Kindle I decided it was finally time to finish this novel (starting back at the beginning).

If I’m being honest I felt like I reading this for the sake of reading it mainly because I wanted to know what had happened to Oakley. Throughout the novel she gives us a few hints here and there when certain moments trigger her memories. I thought I had figured out what happened to her I knew her dad was involved somehow, and in that retrospect I was right.

The romance was so cliché it got a bit annoying at points. Them being together but not together officially was annoying. Like damn make your minds up already. It was very obvious from the get go that they were going to get together at some point during this novel. And spoiler alert they did. The romance was okay but like to be honest the sex and the amount of lovey doveyness was unnecessary at points. I started to get the vibe that Oakley was using Cole as an escape for whatever had happened to her in the past.

I think I had been at least all of the characters, minus the dad, whilst reading this novel. I had been Cole when Oakley’s mum was trying to get Oakley to talk, I had been Oakley’s mum when it got to the point that her being silent and not revealing anything got annoying. At points I think I was Oakley in a way that certain things in life have made me go silent (obviously not as bad as her situation). I think the thing that annoyed me the most was the fact that she didn’t text back. Like I understood why because Cole would ask her questions about her not talking but like you can always just ignore that text right?

I definitely think Oakley’s mum could have been better at dealing with Oakley’s silence I know she was just trying to be the best mother she could be and try and help her daughter but everything she was doing was trying to “fix” her daughter. What if Oakley didn’t want to speak again? What if Oakley was generally happy with the way she lived now? I’m guessing she was doing what any parent would do (unlike her father).

There were moments in the book where I noticed the sentences didn’t make sense, like the editing was poorly done. I had to read over quite a few sentences and figure out what exactly it should’ve said, which I think is really bad on the editors behalf.

The reveal doesn’t happen until pretty much near the end of the novel. But when it does this book starts to become what I wanted it to be at the beginning. I couldn’t put it down until the last page. The minute her dad asked Oakley to go on a trip I knew that it wasn’t going to end well. I definitely predicted that she was going to phone Cole but the way everything came out wasn’t how I expected or predicted. And I’m so disgusted with Oakley’s father and I really hope he goes to prison for what he allowed to happen.

What did confuse me was how much she talked after everything was out in the open I would’ve thought it would have taken her longer to adjust back to speaking and getting used to her own voice again. She’s been mute for what eleven years? I think Oakley should have gradually got back into her speaking rather than have it so full on. I know it was necessary for her to talk to the Police as well as tell her family, and Cole what had happened when she was younger but I think after that someone who had just revealed so much personal stuff would close back in on themselves before they can truly begin expressing themselves again.

For someone who didn’t really enjoy the romance I was bawling at the end of this novel. Cole had been there for Oakley thick and thin and he didn’t try to change her. Yet, I know she had to because if it was me I definitely couldn’t live in that house either, she just dropped him like he was nothing. They had a sad goodbye but she was more eager to get out of the country than say a proper meaningful long goodbye to her boyfriend who waited for her, loved her, and will probably even wait for her.

I’m honestly torn about reading the next novel or not, mainly because I’m glad I didn’t have to pay for this one. But I also want to find out what happens in the Trial and if Cole and Oakley ever get back together or even see each other again. Plus I want to see more of Oakley getting back to a new normal.

Book Review: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

lady-midnight-cover-galleycatTitle : Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy

Description: It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses. []

                     Rating: ★

Disclaimer: Review contains spoilers

No one could have prepared me for the plot twists in this novel.

Lady Midnight lived and exceeded my expectations. I’ve been anticipating this novel since the moment it was announced and we were first introduced to Emma and the Blackthorns back in City of Heavenly Fire. I’m so happy that I’ve finally got to read it.

Lady Midnight follows the story of Emma Carstairs and the Blackthorn siblings and an investigation in the murders that may or may not be linked to the murders of Emma’s own parents. I could not have predicted who the killer was. To be honest I thought that it would be someone unknown but, maybe I shouldn’t have been so gullible, once again the enemy was right under our noses.

What I didn’t expect with the murders was how the Faeries were going to get involved in wanting the killer to be named, and by giving Mark Blackthorn over to the Blackthorns giving him his freedom. I had expected not to see either of the Blackthorn twins in Lady Midnight  but I am so glad we got to at least see and read about one of them. Mark Blackthorn is such a complex character that I couldn’t help falling for him. He’s been through hell and back and some of the lines that he says were just pure gold.

Julian Blackthorn. My precious Julian I just want to protect him at all costs. He needs to be protected. Julian alongside Emma are definitely my favourite Lady Midnight characters so far. I love their relationship and how they’re there for everyone including Cristina, each other, and even Mark. Let’s just say after the end of that novel I’m in Jemma/Blackstairs hell because of the damn Parabatai curse. Why Cassie? WHY?! Why did you have to make me ship them so hard? I am never going to be able to live through this.

Malcolm Fade. In the beginning there were elements of Malcolm that reminded me of Magnus, they have the same type of humour in a way. But I would have never had thought that he was the one butchering all of these innocent people just because he wanted to resurrect the woman he loved. Not caring who he hurt in the process. I’m glad that Malcolm didn’t get Diana involved I don’t know what I’d do if we’d had another Hodge Starkweather in the mist. I’m glad Diana stayed loyal until the end. And Malcolm met his miserable end at least he can now be with the woman he loves….or so we thought.

I loved that we saw so many of the The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices characters. I’m a bit biased but seeing Jem Carstairs and Tessa Gray’s names in other books just makes my day because they are my two favourite characters of all time. I love that we even got to see a bit of Magnus and Alec’s (#Team Malec) children Max and Rafael (forever crying at the names). And the fact Jem and Tessa (#Team Jessa) were on the search for the Lost Herondale who was right there under my nose from the get go. I should have see that one coming too and I didn’t. AND SIMON AND ISABELLE (#Team Sizzy) ARE ENGAGED.

I don’t think I’m going to survive the next two The Dark Artifices novels not with Emma having to break Julian’s heart to ensure that the Parabatai curse doesn’t happen. And the fact that she’s using Mark to do so. To hell I go for being a Jemma shipper.

AND THAT ENDING THOUGH. I wonder how Malcolm will feel knowing that he was successful in resurrecting Annabel even though he’s dead. I can definitely sense that this is not going to end well.

Lord of Shadows is just too long away.

 

Book Review: Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

22428828Title: Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy [10 Kindle Novellas]

Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman.

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy

Description: After living as a Mundane and a Vampire, Simon never thought he would become a Shadowhunter, but today he begins his training at Shadowhunter Academy.

Disclaimer: Review contains spoilers

Instead of doing 10 different reviews for all of the novellas I decided to combine them all into one review and split it into 10 sections. [I wrote the review immediately after I read each novella]

Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy | Rating: ★☆ 

I’m so happy that Simon has a book focusing just on him and everything that happened after The Mortal Instruments. Simon is one of my favourite The Shadowhunter Chronicles characters and I’ve been dying to finally read Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy. Novella 1: Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy did not disappoint! Simon is written so beautifully in this first novella as you can see his struggle with his memories as he tries to get on with everyday life.

I loved the references to other characters and events into the other novels. I screamed when George Lovelace mentioned the 1800s and Jessamine without saying her name. The reference to the name Jonathan and the big war. And the sad references that Catarina and Simon shared of their lost friends. Both had me sobbing over character deaths that I’m still not over years on from the ending of The Mortal Instruments.

I love that Simon hasn’t lost his humour even though he did lose his memories. The scene with the possum is just iconic and one I’ll never forget. I’m glad Simon stood up to the Shadowhunters about Downworlders and how they should be treated equally as them because he’s been a Downworlder, some of his friends were/are Downworlders, and he knows that not all of them are bad. I’m so ready for the George / Simon friendship.

I’m so glad we finally get to see Catarina Loss! I freaking love her already. I’m always a sucker for the Warlocks. The fact she mentioned Ragnor Fell broke my heart. They were such dear friends and I just wished that he lived. He deserved to live and deserved to be there alongside her (much like many other characters).

I definitely cannot wait to read the next one!

The Lost Herondale Rating: ★

This one was definitely better than the first novella! There was so much to love about it.

George Lovelace. He’s too precious for this world, I love how he stood up for the mundanes and said how because they aren’t strong like the Shadowhunters at the Academy how could they know going into this task with the vampire how they’d be safe and I’m glad that he spoke up about even though he only got shut down. I love the ongrowing friendship George has with Simon.

Jon Cartwright. He was okay at first but now he’s such a dick I don’t like him and it’s all because Simon stood up for the Downworlders. Is it a common theme for Jonathans to be dicks?  When he said “like he cares about anyone but himself” to Simon I just wanted to punch him in the face because Simon has sacrificed so much for the Shadowhunters and a dick like Jon doesn’t get to treat him this way. I’m so glad that Lazlo Balogh put Jon in his place because he needs to remember where he stands.

Scarsbury. Yep definitely don’t like him. He should be nicer to the mundanes not everyone gets the “blessing” of being born with Shadowhunter blood, he should be grateful that these mundanes have come to the Academy to help them now their Shadowhunter numbers are down because of the Dark War. Like this is the Mundanes first time in something that is so advanced and some of them are like 13 years old. The only thing I can think that Scarsbury is doing with this mission is to eliminate the weak ones now before the suffer at the hands of Ascending.

I feel so bad for Simon first he has to go through not having memories of most of his life and now everyone is ganging up on him and saying that he’s making it up. Let me protect you Simon you don’t need any of these dicks.

Isabelle. It was always Isabelle.” The Sizzy feels. It breaks my heart when Simon keeps saying how everyone is looking at him as the person he used to be and not the person he is now like they’re all expecting him to suddenly remember everything. I just want to tell Simon that he’s still the same person even if he can’t remember any of it or only remembering chunks of it. Everyone still loves him no matter what.

Time for some #FlashBackFriday. TOBIAS HERONDALE. My child. I loved Tobias even before I read this novella and the reasoning behind this is because I fell in love with Cassandra Jean’s drawing of him. If you know me well you’ll know that I don’t fall easily for Herondales. A lot of the fandom will tell you either Jace or Will are their favourite characters but that’s not the case for me. I was shocked when I read that he was a Herondale, I couldn’t believe that I had fallen for a Herondale. Anyway. Immediately when I read Lazlo’s story about what happened to Tobias Herondale I thought they’ve got this wrong haven’t they. The Clave is covering up something like they always do. I was right. Thanks to Catarina Loss. Lazlo’s story says that Tobias ranaway from his duty and because of this they had to punish his wife, HIS PREGNANT WIFE, because he was not there to accept punishment. The Clave is freaking brutal I cannot believe they would stoop this low. Actually I can. The real reason for Tobias running away from his duty is because a Warlock made him lose his mind and The Clave decided to ignore this factor and still punish his pregnant wife. Thank God Catarina was there to save the day. Catarina helped deliver the baby early yet made The Clave believe that they were still killing a pregnant woman. “The Law is hard, but it is The Law” I hate this I hate this I hate this.

Simon and a bow and arrow: Sign me up! At first I thought the vampire that they were going on a mission for was going to be Maureen but then I remembered that she died in The Mortal Instruments (thankfully). I still can’t figure out who this vampire was though, she definitely knew Simon.

I think my favourite thing about this one is how Simon is starting to identify what is wrong with The Clave’s laws and how they need and should be changed. Even if they don’t believe him. Plus it was really nice to see Catarina and Simon getting along and sharing things. Plus the Climon moment at the end! I loved it.

Bring on The Whitechapel Fiend

The Whitechapel Fiend Rating: 

It’s going to be really hard to top this one honestly. This one was like a breath of fresh air, like coming home after a long period of time. You’re probably wondering what the heck I’m on about but out of all the series’ in The Shadowhunter Chronicles you should know that The Infernal Devices is my all time favourite. This is why this one is my favourite so far.

Ever heard of Jack The Ripper? Spoiler alert: He was actually a 5 year old demon girl. And the people who took down this demon? Brother Zachariah (aka Jem Carstairs), Tessa Gray, Cecily Herondale, Will Herondale, Gabriel Lightwood, and Jessamine Lovelace. Flashback to my wonderful The Infernal Devices characters. Before I dive back into the flashback verse I will talk about modern day first.

I love the reference to Simon’s band and how one of their names was Fun Academy. Simon’s band’s names are so iconic I love them. And “Simon paused for a moment to recognise the fact that “snakes don’t need keys” was a good album title” made me laugh so loud because of course this would be something Simon thought of during this situation. The Eye Spy game between Simon and George was so cute. George needs to be protected and I love how their bond has gotten so deep that even when Simon doesn’t say something George can read his thoughts and understand what he’s thinking.

The walking on the branch tree and jumping off reminded me of that scene in Deadpool where he’s fangirling over the woman doing a “superhero landing”. I love that Jace was brought into it so we could see more Jimon friendship and more of Jace’s cockiness. I do love the Jimon banter that goes on between the two of them

Side note: God Bless Catarina and the hiding of that awful soup.

Simon and his damn Lightwood problem. What the heck happened between Alec and Simon because honestly I cannot remember to save the life of me. I guess, much like Simon, I’m going to have to wait and find out.

NOW ONTO THE AWESOME BIT: The Flashback.

Another thing you should know about me is that Jem Carstairs is my all time favourite character and my OTP (One True Paring) is Jem Carstairs and Tessa Gray, otherwise known as Jessa. It was so nice to read about the old squad again because honestly I’ve missed them so much. It’s nice to see that neither Gabriel or Will have changed since the last time I saw them. Every time Jem was mentioned I felt like crying because Jem is my child, my angel, my everything.

“There were few people in the world who understood how much Will and Jem had loved each other, did love each other and how much Will missed him.” THE HERONSTAIRS FEELS. I’M CRYING. THEY LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH.

“Jem was still holding her hand. I called for James, she thought, and he came.” DO YOU HEAR THAT? IT’S THE SOUND OF ME CRYING! The Jessa feels. I will never not be over these two I cannot. She was calling for her son James, yet she was also calling for the man she loves, would always love because there was apart of Jem that could reassure her. I’m sobbing.

“Will had his arms around her and her hand was in Jem’s. That was enough to keep her breathing.” MORE CRYING. The OT3 of the century.

“Tessa stepped down and went over to a man, who kissed her lightly on the cheek. He was slender, and very elegant, and dressed in black and white. His black hair hand one single streak in it, completing the dichromatic look.” JEM JEM JEM JEM JEM JEM JEM. He’s such a gentleman and it’s so lovely to see that he’s still such a precious cinnamon roll. God I love him.

And lastly: Simon’s Letter. I’m sobbing at the Sizzy feels and laughing at the Jimon moments. I just love Simon and I love how he’s trying to become someone who can make himself, Izzy, and everyone else proud. Simon you deserve to come out of this with all the love and support. You definitely have mine!

Nothing But Shadows Rating: 

I loved this one, I’m glad that I finally got an insight into some of the main characters that would feature in Clare’s next series The Last Hours. I knew because of James’ parents that he would be no ordinary Shadowhunter because of Tessa’s demon blood but I could never have expected him to be able to turn into a Shadow. It makes me think what ability does Lucie Herondale have.

I love Matthew Fairchild, at first he kind of reminded me of how a Herondale is but it was soon revealed that he was only acting the way he was because he wanted to be home with his father, Henry Branwell. I’m glad Matthew and James are going to be Parabatai because I just love their friendship already.

I’m glad Catarina Loss is trusting Simon with all of these stories that she’s encountered over the years. I’m so happy that we’ve got to read about Ragnor Fell again. And that Simon is now thinking about who he would want to be Parabatai. Even though I already know who it will be (I was spoiled sadly) and it’s pretty obvious. It was nice of George to say that he would ask Simon to be his Parabatai. 

The Evil We Love Rating: 

I loved this one, it made me feel a lot of feelings. This one focused on Robert Lightwood and his days in The Circle. From this novella I got a very aromantic vibe from Robert Lightwood. Maybe that’s why he and Maryse never worked out and the fact that he had some feelings for his then Parabatai Michael Wayland.

I’ve always known that Valentine Morgenstern was a brutal man but even back in the early days of The Circle he was b r u t a l. Honestly at first I thought we were going to be reading about how Valentine broke his Parabatai bond with Lucian Graymark (now known as Luke Garroway) but we didn’t. This novella focused on Robert Lightwood aiding Valentine in gaining information from a very old werewolf. The way Valentine treated this werewolf was disgusting. And I think it was at this moment that Robert started to notice the error in his ways in deciding to follow Valentine and his mission.

Before getting to the end this novella made me start disliking Isabelle Lightwood because she was treating Simon terribly. Now I know that it was a game, which Robert orchestrated to see if the students would come to one of the teachers if they knew one of their fellow classmates was breaking the school rules (and the Law).

The ending was really nice I’m sad that Isabelle never opened the letter but I’m glad that she and Simon are starting to work things out and are becoming friends. I think both of them need this because they’ve spent their time apart and it hasn’t really worked out and so becoming friends could probably help resolve most of their problems. Plus I will always be Team Sizzy.

Pale Kings and Princes Rating: 

When I think The Clave can’t shock me anymore they come back with something else. The treatment of Helen Blackthorn in this novella was utterly disgusting. She risked her life in The Mortal Instruments during the Dark War but they don’t care about that the only thing they care about is the fact that she is half faerie and that her mother was the Seelie Queen. I really wanted to dive into the book and protect Helen from all the torment she was getting from the students, teachers etc at the academy.

I’m glad Simon and Isabelle had more time together and that they have started to rekindle their romance. That kiss was epic. It made me laugh that Isabelle took relationship advice from Jace. Like really Isabelle? Jace really? Jace and Simon are like polar opposites so it should have been obvious from the start that the date wasn’t going to go very well.

Awkward Simon is my favourite he’s so adorable when he doesn’t know how to react around Isabelle. I really hope Simon (and Isabelle) can do something to help Helen or at least make her a bit happier.

It was nice to hear Helen talk about her girlfriend Aline and how they are planned to get married. I cannot wait to read it because those two deserve the world. They deserve to be happy I just wish I could save them from that horrid island.

Bitter of Tongue Rating: 

Helen and Mark Blackthorn deserve better than this. I’m in tears. I loved this novella and I loved the actions that Simon took in this one.

George is so precious and needs to be protected I’m glad that Simon is there for him and that they’re friends. Him being lead in the mission I don’t think was a good idea because of what happened but because of George being in charge we got to meet Mark.

Mark Blackthorn. He doesn’t know anything about what is happening with Helen and Aline and I’m so glad that Simon kept it to himself rather than burdening more sorrow onto Mark’s shoulders. The fact that the first thing he asked Simon was if he was there to take him home broke my heart. I’m glad he believes that Helen and Aline are home with the rest of the Blackthorns and taking care of them. I’m glad he has a tiny bit of happiness in the horrid place that he is in. I hope, for the love of god I hope, that in one of The Dark Artifices books the Blackthorns and Emma go after him and Heline because they need to be with their family. The Mark / Isabelle / Simon team up was so great. I love the three of them I just wish they’d taken Mark with them.

Simon standing up for the Downworlders and announcing to his classmates that they need to change was the best part of this whole thing. How he used his knowledge on what just happened with Mark and how they all need to look at Downworlders as equals because Simon knows what it’s like to be one. And it’s not nice the way the Shadowhunters see themselves as superior to them. They can’t help what they are just like how the Shadowhunters can’t.

The Heline wedding. I’m so happy that they got at least one happy day with their families. I was sobbing when Simon told Helen what Mark had said when they were together. I’m glad that Simon told her because it made her so happy to know. Protect the Blackthorn twins 2kforever

The Fiery Trail  Rating: 

I loved loved loved and loved this one. This novella gave me so many Clary/Simon feels (I’ve always lowkey been on the Climon train). I kind of saw this coming from a mile off, but I’m so glad that it was happening even though predictable. Climon are going to be Parabatai!

It was so nice to have Jem, Magnus, Catarina, Clary, Julian, and Emma in this novella as well as all of the little cameos in Simon’s hallucination. Much like Simon I didn’t expect Magnus to serve both Clary and Simon the water from Lake Lyn. I found moments in Simon’s hallucination a bit harsh, like how he saw Jordan covered in blood. I wasn’t happy to see Maureen again like please stay dead. Thankfully Simon always chooses Clary, hence why they are destined to be Parabatai. 

I’m so glad that I finally got to read how the Parabatai ceremony takes place, even if it was with my two new favourite characters and OTP. I feel like Julian Blackthorn and Emma Carstairs are very similar to Clary and Simon in one way but I also feel like they’re destined for something more. Whereas Clary never had romantic feelings for Simon I feel like for Jemma their feelings go both ways but because of what happened during the Dark War both jumped to the best case scenario to make sure that they’d never be parted again, which is become Parabatai. This novella definitely has me excited to dive into Lady Midnight after I’ve finished the last two novellas.

Born to Endless Nights Rating: 

THIS ONE WAS DEFINITELY MY FAVOURITE (alongside The Whitechapel Fiend). It’s also the longest one yet. I love love love love loved this one. There was so much Malec.

Little Blueberry aka Max Lightwood-Bane. I’m so happy that Malec are starting a family and what a great way to start one. Max Lightwood-Bane is going to grow up and have such a loving family and I just want to cry at the perfection that is Malec. Every time I read something about Malec and now the fact that they’ve got a Warlock child there’s always that part at the back of my head reminding me that it’s not always going to be the three of them and it breaks my heart every time. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like for Alec as he grows old and his significant other and his child will not.

Raphael Santiago. There was so many references at my precious asexual vampire and I just I want to cry because he didn’t deserve his fate. He deserved to live. And that letter to Ragnor Fell had me in tears because neither of them ever got to have their Spanish lessons.

WE FINALLY FOUND OUT THE BEEF THAT’S BETWEEN SIMON AND ALEC. Turns out there is none, mainly it was Jace trying to stir up something between Simon and Alec. The reason that Alec never said anything to Simon and seemed off to him was because he didn’t know what to say. Simon saved Alec’s family and he didn’t know how he could repay him. He felt guilty. And I think that’s the sweetest thing ever. I’m glad I finally know what was going on between them because it was getting on my nerves.

I loved Magnus and Simon’s talk about what his chosen Shadowhunter name would be (Sadly I know what he chooses and why he chooses it, #when you get spoiled by the author). And honestly there was a theory going around that he would choose “Daylighter” as his Shadowhunter name. And if I didn’t know what he chooses I would also have thought he might choose that.

Angels Twice Descending Rating: 

I’M AN EMOTIONAL WRECK RIGHT NOW. WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY????????? WHY CASSIE WHY?

Before I even picked up this series I thought Cassie would kill Simon whilst he Ascends but luckily that didn’t happen. But she did have to kill off someone. Out of all the mundanes that could have died she picked the purest of them all. George Lovelace. You will be missed my precious cinnamon roll. You deserved better.

As I read this one I found my heart pounding through every page turn because I was so scared of what was going to happen. Much like Simon I was furious over the fate of George and found myself sobbing over it.

I’m so happy that 1) Simon honoured his brother and chose his Shadowhunter name and 2) That Simon got to see both Jessamine and George together. I’m so glad George had a funeral and is buried at the London Institute. Maybe now he can be at peace.

I’m happy that Simon got his memories back because I feel like without them there would always be a divide between him and the rest of them. At least now he knows every brave thing that he is done and maybe it can help him be the best Shadowhunter he can be

Goodbye George Lovelace

Goodbye Simon Lewis. Welcome Simon Lovelace