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Review: The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles #5-7) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson


The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles #5-7) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

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Title: The Bane Chronicles

Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

Release Date: November 11, 2014

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 528

Source: Book Store

Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.

This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.


 

The Rise of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #5)

4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this story. This is the first one that had any real action. Part of the reason that I love Cassandra Clare is because of her amazingly written action scenes, so it was nice to have a little glimpse into one of those. I also really enjoyed the beginning of the story and how it took place on the day of the huge stock market crash. It was cool to see in that time period even if it was tainted with warlocks and vampires. Again, Camille is one of my favorite bad-guys, so it was fun to see her again. I’m excited to read The Fall of Hotel Dumort and see what Camille has to do with it.

 

Saving Raphael Santiago (The Bane Chronicles #6)

4 out of 5 stars

This hasn’t been my favorite so far, but I loved getting to see Raphael. He’s one of my favorite characters because he is so strong-willed in all of his decisions. I had no idea that Magnus had that much to do with saving him, but he definitely did. If it weren’t for Magnus, Raphael would have gone insane and killed a bunch of mundanes in order to get blood, but he didn’t because he had a safe place to be. I love how sassy he is. I’ve also missed the Cassandra Clare sass levels. I’m really excited to continue on with this novella series!

 

The Fall of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #7)

4 out of 5 stars

I’ve decided that I’m not too keen on the vampires. I never really liked them because they’re so cold. They almost don’t even have emotions anymore, and I get that’s what makes them have a vampiric quality, but I just don’t like it. To me, the lack of emotion makes it somewhat boring to read. I do still like Camille, but I’m confused about the ending of this one. Magnus just has Catarina erase memories from him? Hmm. I don’t know about that.

 

Series:

What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles #1)

The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles #2)

Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale (The Bane Chronicles #3)

The Midnight Heir (The Bane Chronicles #4)

What To Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (The Bane Chronicles #8)

The Last Stand of the New York Institute (The Bane Chronicles #9)

The Course of True Love [and First Dates] (The Bane Chronicles #10)

The Voicemail of Magnus Bane (The Bane Chronicles #11)

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Review: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) – Cassandra Clare


Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) – Cassandra Clare

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Title: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: September 6, 2009

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 479

Source: Book Store

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by — and torn between — two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Tessa Gray gets letters sent to her home in New York telling her to visit her older brother, Nate, in London. Nate sends her a ticket to go, and Tessa finds herself in the beautifully-gloomy Victorian England. When she steps off the boat she’s greeted by a man in a Pandemonium Club carriage, not her brother. Although it’s odd, she decides that everything will be fine, and goes with the man in the carriage. She is taken to a place that’s unknown to her, and meets two women. These women train her, and sometimes torture, her. Why? Tess has Downworld powers. She can change into anyone she chooses if she has held something of theirs. Tessa is held captive by these two women, when suddenly a boy named William Herondale comes and saves her. Will is accompanied by James, also known as Jem, Carstairs. The two boys bring her to the Shadowhunter’s London Institute. She finds out she’s very valuable to a man that goes by the name of The Magister, but nobody understands why. What does The Magister want with Tessa? Why hasn’t her brother shown up yet? Who are these powerful Shadowhunters and why has she been taken in by them?

Oh gosh. Really, Cassandra Clare, really? Cassandra Clare is perfect. Will Herondale is perfect. Jem Carstairs is perfect. I just… those Herondale boys. Mm. I love Shadowhunters and really should have read this book sooner. I have missed the world Cassandra Clare has created so much. I can tell that these three books will be just as good, if not better than, the Mortal Instruments. I love reading things by Cassandra Clare, and Victorian London is so perfect. England and Shadowhunters. There isn’t that much better than that combination.

Characters:

William. Herondale. Your hatred of ducks makes me love you more. The Herondale family is just too sassy for their own good, and it makes me so extremely happy. It is so weird to see Magnus Bane loving up on girls. Just stop. Wait for Alec, just hold your glitter and calm down. Jem is so sweet, he’s adorable and sassy and kind of besties with Tessa. I am so emotionally attached to these characters already and I have only read the first book. I want to see Tessa be with Will, but I also wouldn’t hate to see her with Jem. Will is my favorite, but…. Wessa or Tem? Ugh. DO NOT make me choose.

Who Would I Be?:

Definitely going with Tessa here. She gets to hang out with Will and Jem. Emphasis on the word “and.” You can’t really win more than that. I mean, I get that the whole Changing process is difficult, but I think it’d be really awesome to change shape.

Series:

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2)

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)

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Review: City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) – Cassandra Clare


City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) – Cassandra Clare

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Title: City of Lost Souls

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: May 8, 2012

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 535

Source: Bookstore

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.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Jace goes missing and the Clave sends out search parties to try and find him, but then a more important matter comes up. The search parties are called off and lessened, but of course, Clary tries to find her true love. Clary, being herself, goes off with a crazy plan after meeting with the faerie council and her friends. She decides to follow Jace and Sebastian in hope of finding something to help, but also be close to her boyfriend. She finds out some information, but loses the way to communicate with anyone. Simon, Isabelle, Magnus, and Alec get a weapon that can hurt only one of the two from the bond and relays the information to Clary. Blood is shed and Shadowhunters are killed. This book was an epic addition to the Mortal Instruments series. I liked this book, but City of Glass is still my favorite from the series. Clary is getting really irritating to me because she just rushes into everything without thinking. I know that’s considered a good quality to some people, but it’s just irritating sometimes. Now I finally get to start City of Heavenly Fire :)

Characters:

No new characters were introduced, really. Magnus is my new favorite character other than Isabelle and Jace. Magnus is the coolest person, well warlock, ever. I want him to be my best friend. He has sparks coming out of his fingers and he always wears glitter. I still love Isabelle, though. She shows her vulnerability in this one again, and she basically said that she’s officially in love with Simon. It’s perfect. Simon and Isabelle are my OTP because they’re perfect together.

Who Would I Be?:

I would honestly choose to be Magnus. He is such a loving person and he helps everyone out all the time and he loves Alec so much. The way he calls Alec his boyfriend is perfect and precious. He’s so in love. I love that he’s in love. It’s so cute. I’d also get to hang out with everyone all the time, which would be super cool.

Series:

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) – Cassandra Clare

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In Conclusion: Finish/Catch Up on Series


This month the theme for the #AYearAThon was finish/catch up on series. Naturally I believed I could read all the rest of the Mortal Instruments books before City of Heavenly Fire came out, but I didn’t. I finished City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare and City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare. I just finished City of Fallen Angels and I will read the last two this month. I cannot wait to start City of Heavenly Fire! Oh my lord. AND TFIOS IS THIS WEEK! WHAT.

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Review: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare


City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare

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Title: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: April 5, 2011

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 424

Source: Bookstore

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Clary is madly in love with Jace, even more so than she was, but Jace is completely ignoring her. She doesn’t know why, but he’s just acting weird and distant towards her. Simon is in a tough place stuck on two beautiful girls at once. He tries to deny the fact that he’s a vampire by skipping meals of blood, then gets put into a horrible life changing situation. Maia finds an old friend. Alec is bothered by how old Magnus is. Jocelyn and Luke are finally getting married. Everything seems in order until a certain vampire gets creepy blackmail messages. Is anyone safe? What’s going on with Jace? Why is he ignoring Clary? Some new answers are revealed to past problems, but some new problems are faced. This is honestly one of my least favorites in the Mortal Instruments series. I love Jace as a character and this book is more centered around Clary and Simon rather than Jace. A lot of the humor was lost with the less of Jace in the story. I still love this book, but it got really slow because I knew what was going to happen. I cannot wait to read City of Heavenly Fire, though!

Characters:

Again, Jace is my favorite, but I honestly loved Isabelle in this one. She showed a vulnerability she hadn’t showed before. She’s finally admitted that she’s in love. That’s a huge deal for her. She was raised always knowing that giving y0our heart away was a foolish thing to do. She believed that hearts are too easily broken, but her shell was finally cracked and it was much easier to relate to her because of it.

Who Would I Be?:

Obviously I would choose Isabelle. I just said above all the reasons I loved her and related to her. Again though, I loved her vulnerability in this book and I loved how brave she was with everything. She’s always brave, but she had a different feel to her this time. The story focused more on her than on just Jace and Clary and you realized that she isn’t just a beautiful girl who doesn’t want to fall in love.

Series:

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) – Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) – Cassandra Clare

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#FridayReads (11)


SUMMER IS HERE! The reason I’ve been MIA is because I don’t have my school computer anymore! I am using my mom’s laptop at the moment and decided to use this as my first summer post. You would think that I would be super happy because I have more time on my hands to read, yes? Well, I do have more time, but I’ve been hanging out with friends instead of reading. I am behind so many books on my Goodreads goal, but I guess that is okay. Anyway, I am still reading City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare. The reason I’m reading this super slow is because I’ve already read it. I didn’t read it too long ago either. It’s still a very good book, but right now it’s boring for me. I know what’s going to happen and I just want to read City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) – Cassandra Clare. I OWN THE NEW BOOK! I bought it. I knew I was going to, but I COULDN’T RESIST! It’s a beautiful book and I cannot wait to find out what happens in the final book. That is all for now, I will be blogging as much as I can… And reading as much as I can. :)

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Review: City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare


City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare

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Title: City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: March 24, 2009

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 541

Source: Bookstore

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Timesbestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Clary’s mother is in a coma-like sleep and Clary needs to find a way to save her. Magnus Bane, the Warlock, creates a portal into Alicante for Jace and the Lightwoods to go through. Clary tries to tag along, but Jace thinks otherwise. They run into some problems with the portal and Simon ends up getting taken through the portal to Alicante illegally. Problems occur with Jace bringing the vampire to the Shadowhunter city, and Clary finds herself drowning in a lake outside Alicante. Jace and Clary meet the Lightwood’s cousins, Aline and Sebastion. Aline and Sebastion seem nice to them and they befriend the cousins. Clary and Jace are still siblings, and they can’t deal with it. They love eachother in a more intimate way than siblings should. Valentine comes into play in this book and mysteries are revealed. So much happens in this book. This is my favorite of all the Mortal Instruments books. I love the unraveling of mysteries and I love finding everything out. Jace and Clary are so perfect together. I love what happens with Luke and Clary’s mom, and what happens with Alec and his significant other. I love rereading these books because I pick up on so many things I’d forgotten. I can’t wait to reread the others.

Characters:

Again, I love Jace and Clary, and Simon would be the perfect bestfrined. Simon is so loyal and helps Clary in any way she needs it, and supports all of her decisions. Isabelle and Alec woul dbe so cool to meet and be friends with. I absolutely HATE Valentine for what he did to Jace and Clary, and Luke is one of my all-time favorite characters. I love that he’s so caring and loving to both Clary and her mom.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Isabelle yet again. She’s such a cool person. She might have a short temper, but she’s beautiful and she has a family that loves and accepts her. Alec would be my brother, and I would get to hang out with magnus and Clary all the time. How about yes.

Series:

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) – Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) – Cassandra Clare

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#FridayReads (10)


Today we got to read during one of our classes and I almost started crying because of Jace and Clary. I can’t even. It is so sad. I just got to the part in City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare where Jace came to Clary’s room in Alicante and he said, “There is no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, amd I will love you until I die, and if there’s a life after that, I’ll love you then.” WHAT? THAT IS SO CUTE AND SO PERFECT. I can’t wait to finish this book. I have so many feelings invested into this series. If Jace dies during the last one I will go all Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters and write a strongly worded letter to Cassandra Clare. I will need a different ending.

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Woah, Dere Wednesday (17)


This week I’m reading City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare. I will try and finish it soon to start City of Fallen Angles (The Moral Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare and then City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) – Cassandra Clare before the LAST ONE COMES OUT! Oh my gosh. I’m so pumped. 12 DAYS. ONLY 12. I can’t wait. Right now I’m at the part in City of Glass where the demon towers in Alicante aren’t working and there is a war beginning to form and it’s epic. I love this part and this is my favorite book out of the whole series. I love City of Lost Souls, (I’ve read them all) but this one is my favorite. *SPOILERS* Okay, you’ve been warned. If you haven’t read the first three or more do not read this part. Simon is a vampire and he’s locked down in jail in Alicante and Jace and Isabelle are bringing him blood because the new Inquisitor threatened to leave him to die if he doesn’t tell a lie to the Clave. He’s not going to tell the made up story beacause the Lightwoods are his friends, well, Clary’s friends, and that would hurt Clary. Simon loves Clary so he can’t do that, obviously. So, he’s staying down in jail with this weird guy in the cell next to his and he’s trying to stay alive, but right now there is a war going on and he can’t get out. *SPOILERS DONE* Like, what? This is unacceptable. Anyway, I love this book and can’t wait to read the others again.

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Teaser Tuesday (2)


I haven’t done a Teaser Tuesday in so long! What you do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page, and share two sentences from that page. This week is from City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare.

“Close enough to do what?”

“To kill him,” said Jace. “What else?”

-City of Glass, page 343

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