Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare || Which left me utterly heartbroken

Title: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices, book 2
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 699 pages, Paperback
Published: May 23rd, 2017 by Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.


I picked up Lord of Shadows right after finishing Lady Midnight. This book lived up to my expectations in so many ways. As much as I loved this book, it also broke my heart and I am not going to recover completely until I get my fix, aka the conclusion to this trilogy!!! I sooo wish I could get it now because I am dying to know what’ll happen next!

*Spoilerish, mundanes!*

Surrounded by enemies, the only hope of breaking the cold peace and having the Seelie Queen by their side is if the Blackthorns and Emma can bring her the Black Volume of the Dead. Meanwhile, Emma relationship with Julian becomes more complicated due to their love for each other despite being parabatais. When faced with the ultimate challenge, will Julian and Emma be able to stop the Dearborns from taking their home, the Institute and from starting another war or will it result in a bloodbath?

I was sucked into this book from the very first page. The plot was seriously addicting! Emma continues with her fake relationship with Mark in hope of trying to get Julian to hate her. Despite that, the affection between them continues to grow. The fae realm always gives me kind of creeps but the adventure in those lands are equally memorable. So, when Gywn comes up with the news of Kieran’s execution for helping them, despite bitter feelings Mark goes out to help him and Emma, Julian and Christina follows. It was definitely an exciting and daring adventure, though the fae realm always leaves a mark. And Auther’s death was so sudden, I didn’t even know how to react to that!

“Sometimes the most ruthless heart speaks the most truth.”

Emma reminded me a lot of Jace, she is equally sassy and humorous as well as a kickass fighter. She continues to amaze me. And Julian. Oh, my dear Julian. Sighs. His love for Emma did make him scary sometimes but other than that nobody could be more loyal than that guy and his love for his family melted my heart but his planning of presenting Annabel in front of the Clave and getting the Black Volume anyhow showed another (a little sinister) part of him. Despite everything, the duo of Emma and Julian is everything!! Their chemistry was off the charts!

“It was terrifying to love someone who was forbidden to you. Terrifying to feel something you could never speak of, something that was horrible to almost everyone you knew, something that could destroy your life.”

The family aspect was as usual pretty awesome!! And the representation of Autism was done well once again. I simply loved Ty so much. Kit made a lot of appearance in this book and along with Livvy, these three made a great team! I especially loved the relationship between Ty and Kit, Kit was Ty’s Watson to his Sherlock!

“Fiction is truth, even if it is not fact. If you believe only in facts and forget stories, your brain will live, but your heart will die.”

Although I was wary of Mark in the first book but he totally earned my forgiveness. Although he misses the freedom of the sky, his loyalty to his family was commendable and also Cristina might have been a teeny-tiny reason too. Which brings me my next point, the trio of Mark, Cristina and Kieran was a little weird, I didn’t mind much but it sure felt like another love triangle though I am definitely team Mark and Cristina!

“I think you cannot root out love entirely. I think where there has been love, there will always be embers, as the remains of a bonfire outlast the flame.”

Annnnd Magnus was in this book! I love Magnus, so freaking much! ❤ I love how he and Alec pop up everytime somebody needs help. And I love his sense of humour! My heart broke after seeing Alec’s reaction after everything went down in the final meeting. The mess wouldn’t have happened if not for Dearborns and other downworlder haters. They are no good than Valentine and Zara, my god!! I hate her so freaking much! All of the anti-downworlders were narrow-minded as hell.I seriously hope she gets the deserved punishment for everything she did in her lifetime! Oh, but what I loved was Diana’s backstory!! I loved the diversity in this book!!

Overall, Lord of Shadows was a fantastic read! I don’t have a single complaint about this book BUT WHY IS THE NEXT BOOK SCHEDULED IN 2019!!! I won’t be sane till then! That is pure torture guys, pure torture. I am still devasted by how everything ended! This was the meanest cliffhanger ever!

Anyway, the plot was executed neatly and perfectly and I fell in love with the characters all over again. The writing was beautiful and it flowed smoothly and the pace was even throughout the book. I seriously need book 3 in my life right now!!

Recommend it?

Do I even need to say it?


So guys, have you finished this book yet? How was your experience? Or are you still waiting to pick it up?

Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare || Where the characters were imperfectly perfect

Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices, book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 698 pages, Paperback
Published: March 8th, 2016 by Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

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.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.


Soo, I successfully stalled for nearly a near to start reading Lady Midnight. Because of my newly formed binge reading habit, I find it’s better to read a series at once rather than wait a year to read the next one. Although I have to wait another year for the 3rd book, I somehow have to manage. For now, let’s jump into this review, shall we?

This book was such an epic read!! Cassandra Clare never fails to surprise me and I am falling more and more in love with the Shadowhunter universe as each day passes. We already got a glimpse of Emma and Julian in the last book of The Mortal Instruments series and I was super excited to read their story and I’m glad my expectations were met.

Emma’s parents died during the dark war with Sebastian Morgenstern leading everybody to believe he was responsible for their death but Emma never quite believed so, especially because of their manner of death. Now, after five years later, similar kinds of deaths are resurfacing and the targets are not only humans but also faes. After the dark war and the faes’ betrayal which led to the treaty of the Cold Peace, the shadowhunters are forbidden to do anything with the faes but when the faes return Mark, the Blackthorn’s older brother as a bargaining chip, Emma and Julian are forced to make a decision against their law. And to make matters complicated, the feelings between the two parabatais have started to blur. Will Emma be able to handle everything and take her revenge which she longed for so many years?

The plot was unique and it didn’t fail to surprise me on numerous occasion. We are taken on a wild ride from the very first page. Returning to the Shadowhunters universe was one of the best feelings ever. Five years ago, the dark war took Emma’s parents and since then her only motto has been to avenge her parents’ death. After five years of nothingness, similar kinds of murders incite Emma to start looking into the deaths. Despite learning about fae deaths among the humans, Emma doesn’t back away and Julian is always there by her side, to protect her. One clue led to another, and I couldn’t put this book down.

“Laws are meaningless, child. There is nothing more important than love. And no law higher.”

I loved the all the characters in this book so freaking much! Emma and Julian were just adorable. Emma was simply badass! She was feisty and sassy while Julian always stayed by her side, he was the complete opposite to Emma yet if anything happened to her, or if she was in danger, Julian would be the first one to shield her against any kind of trouble. Despite loving the concept of Parabatai (I am definitely eager to know more backstory behind it) I couldn’t help but think it as a curse in Emma and Julian’s case. Well, technically, it kind of is if that line is crossed and Emma and Julian crossed that line for more than once in this book which was quite surprising, not because of them but because the author doesn’t usually take this path so soon. Anyway, they couldn’t be more perfect for each other, they balance each other and their understanding was on a totally different level.

“A gentle boy with a gentle soul, but every soul contains its own opposite, and the opposite of gentleness was ruthlessness—the beautiful wreckage of mercy.”

Julian was the sweetest, after his parents’ death and Mark being taken away while Helen was thrown out, he had to take the role of the parent and damn, he did a fantastic job. The only downside was that he forgot to take care of himself and although Emma was there but he took a great burden upon his little shoulders. But I loved family aspect of this book, the sibling love, how each of them took care of one another which leads me to the amazing representation of Autism. Ty, one of Julian’s younger siblings suffer from it and it was one of the most accurate representations ever.

“There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.”

Mark, I am still wary of that guy. I mean after getting being taken by the Wild Hunt for so long, he is a totally different person. He takes a lot of time to adjust to being a wholesome shadowhunter again and his love for his siblings was there, it never went away despite his being away. He definitely was an intriguing as well as a diverse character and I am eager to know more about him. The other secondary characters were fun to read about too, I loved Christina and Malcolm, the high/resident warlock was an interesting character as well.

“Some betrayals cannot be forgiven.”

The plot twist was quite shocking, though we are eased into it still the betrayal felt heavy on the heart. But the thing that was the hardest about the ending was Emma’s decision. It was cruel but necessary but I waaaant my shipty ship to sail!! I want Emma and Julian together! I also enjoyed seeing my favourite characters from TMI series in this book, it was an added bonus! The epilogue introduced us to our next villain and although it was a bit cliche I loved it, I can’t wait to see what the next book has in store for us.

Overall, Lady Midnight was a fantastic read! I loved how the plot was executed and the twists and turns kept me engaged throughout the book. I fell in love with the characters and I can’t wait to read more about them, the Parabatai curse is another thing that I’m very interested to read about in Lord of Shadows. The writing was beautiful and it was fast-paced.

Recommend it?

Yes!!


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Have you read any other book by this author? If yes, which book has been your favourite so far?

Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson & Robin Wasserman || Simon, histories and more Simon!

Title: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson & Robin Wasserman
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Format: 672 pages, Ebook
Published: November 15th, 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. At least Simon’s trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. Written by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, these moving and hilarious short stories are perfect for the fan who just can’t get enough of the Shadowhunters.


I picked this book up as soon as I had finished with City of Heavenly Fire but after reaching chapter 5 or 6, I stopped because I had to catch up on arcs. So, this year before starting Lady Midnight I decided to re-read the book including the chapters I hadn’t read and oh my! Once again, the experience was totally different. I quite enjoyed reading this book than I had the first time! You can also read my review of The Infernal Devices, here and The Mortal Instruments, here.

*Spoilers!*

When presented with the choice of one of them has to die in order to return back to Earth from the demon realm, Simon offers himself him. His vampire part of him wipes away along with his memories. Simon has been feeling that a part of him is missing and when he learns the truth, he decides to head on to this new adventure of becoming a Shadowhunter.

The plot follows Simon’s adventure as he embarks on a journey to become a Shadowhunter. At first, if anybody would’ve said the two words: Simon and Shadowhunter together I would definitely have laughed it off but after all the six books and his tremendous character growth, I have to admit that he would be one of the best Shadowhunters ever! ❤ Anyway, this book focused on a lot of things other than Simon as well. We got to know a lot of history about the Shadowhunters too. Some of them were okay and some were really pretty interesting, my favourite one was about the Lost Herondale and how it was narrated by two people and how much their perspectives differed. It proved that there was always two sides to every story.

My most favourite stories were the last three. The parabatai ceremony was absolutely beautiful and it gave us a glimpse of the The Dark Artifices. But the one that I most enjoyed was when Alec and Magnus came to the Institute and Maryse Lightwood got caught up in full-on grandma fever! It was so hilarious!! I absolutely understood Magnus’s decision not to get married right now and how Alec understood and respected it and their decision to start a family with the lost warlock child whether married or not was just everything! Those two couldn’t be more perfect for each other. ❤

“We all change the world, with every day of living in it,” Magnus said. “You just have to decide HOW you want to change the world.”

Simon was a little different, I can’t blame him. He went through a lot and lost his memories as well. There were a lot of expectations which ultimately created a lot of pressure for him but sometimes, I just to punch him! He wanted to convey his feelings in a different manner but the wrong things popped out of his mouth (I can relate!). I definitely loved how he finally embraced the reality and decided to be the best he possibly could.

“Izzy -I don’t know why you’d wait for me, but if you do, I promise to make myself worth that wait. Or I’ll try. I can promise I am going to try.”

One of the perks of being a Shadowhunter was he would finally get is memory back but he wanted to be worthy how he was. I couldn’t stop adoring him! I absolutely loved the character growth in this book too!

The other minor characters were pretty interesting. At first, Jon Cartwright was insufferable but slowly, he warmed up to me. I mean, he was kinda like Jace but was totally different too. All in all, he became an ally of Simon in the end. I absolutely loved George! He was sooo adorable and he was also the kind of brother Simon never had. His death was soo unpredictable and it gutted me! I became all teary eyed when Simon finally took Lovelace as his Shadowhunter name in memory of George.

Overall, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy was a great read! I enjoyed all the stories and how they flowed in a perfect unison. I adored the characters to death. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I’m so glad I decided to read this one before starting Lady Midnight because this book was worth it.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Have you read it or did you directly skip to Lady Midnight?

Review: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare || Where the action, adventure and the romance had me swooning

Title: City of Bones (March 27th, 2007), City of Ashes (July 7th, 2008), City of Glass (July 6th, 2009), City of Fallen Angels (April 5th, 2011), City of Lost Souls (September 6th, 2012 ) and City of Heavenly Fire (May 28th, 2014)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

City of Bones: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

City of Ashes: Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

City of Glass: 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?

City of Fallen Angels: 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.

City of Lost Souls: Jace is now a servant of evil, bound for all eternity to Sebastian. Only a small band of Shadowhunters believe he can be saved. To do this they must defy the Clave. And they must act without Clary. For Clary is playing a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. Clary is willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?

City of Heavenly Fire: Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last instalment of the internationally bestselling The Mortal Instruments series.

Erchomai, Sebastian had said. I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat him – must they journey to another world to find the chance?


Sooo, The Mortal Instruments series is my the most favourite series ever! I freaking love every tiny bit of this series and I adore the characters to death. You can read my review of the prequel series to TMI: The Infernal Devices, here.

I have read this series twice and my feelings differed a lot (in a good way!) the second time I read it. I’m glad I read it again because I saw a lot of things from different perspective. Anyway, let’s proceed towards the review, shall we?

When Clary begins to see strange things, she is sure something is wrong with her but when her mother gets kidnapped, her whole world crumbles down and she is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters. Her world turns upside down when she learns her true identity but when she is forced to choose between her own family, Clary will be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice.

*There will be spoilers, mundanes. Proceed at your own risk!*

The plot of this series was quite fascinating. So many freaking things went down in each and every book which manage to keep me on my toes throughout the entire series. I was especially a fan of the action and I loved how all of the action sequences were executed. The two wars that happened, one in book 3 and the other in the last and final book were pretty intriguing. I enjoyed the execution of the war in Idris more than the final fight that took place in City of Heavenly Fire but they were both done pretty well. The unpredictable twists and turns made the book more engaging and I loved how they managed to surprise me each and every time!

“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”

Now, can we talk about the characters!! They were well fleshed out and I loved the character development throughout the entire series. One of the things that I loved the most about him was his humour which was blatantly arrogant sometimes but Jace is Jace. His past broke my heart but he survived that and became a man he wanted to be. Nobody can replace him. I loved Clary from the very beginning. She listened to her heart and had the capacity to fight her own battles, she definitely was reckless many, many times but that emerged out of the love she felt towards the people she cared about the most. I shipped Clace from book 1 and when the brother-sister story line came out, I was shocked as hell, I definitely did not see that coming but I never stopped shipping them. (Did any of us really?) I loved the romance between them and the chemistry between them were undeniable, especially in book 3!!

“And now I’m looking at you,” he said, “and you’re asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before – bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it – but, Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me.”

One of the thing that I love-hate about the Shadowhunters show is how they are portraying the relationship between Simon and Clary. In the book, Clary was never 100% into the relationship, she kinda felt it was her duty to try but in the show, she feels too happy in the relationship and seeing Jace’s face is breaking my heart. But no more about the show, though I hope Clace comes back soooon! So, the first time I read this series, I didn’t really like Simon, I felt like he was always forcefully being the 3rd wheel but the 2nd time made me realise that he was just a guy in love with his best friend and there was nothing wrong with that. The way, he was always there for Clary and how he stood up for her no matter what, I loved their friendship. I fell in love with him. In fact, Simon is the exact kind of guy I would looove to date in real life!

Izzy was definitely one of my favourite female in this series. She was simply so awesome and strong but she barely showed her vulnerable side to anyone. So, Simon’s relationship with Izzy was a surprise for me. They are two people who are completely opposite yet they were the ones able to understand each other completely! They were perfect for each other (and I can’t for Sizzy to happen in the show!!)

Now, can we talk about my favourite character in the entire freaking universe! If you’re thinking Magnus, then my friend, you are absolutely right! Magnus is everything! That guy is always ready to help his friends, despite losing so many people in his life, he never backs away from anything. I mean, even if there is only Magnus in the books, I would absolutely gobble it up! And Harry Shum Jr. nailed his character perfectly!! I have never been so satisfied with a casting before, it was like the role of Magnus was made for him! Anyway, his relationship with Alec is goals! Alec was one of the kickass Shadowhunter ever but he was always uptight and only a few close to him knew the real Alec. Magnus was the first who was someone outside their circle who broke down his wall. I absolutely loooove them together!

“L’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle.
“It means that love is the most powerful force in the world. That love can do anything.”

Annnnd now the villains! Valentine and Sebastian Morgenstern were completely different from each other. Whereas Valentine used his brains, Sebastian was keener on the physical power. Valentine was definitely evil, I loathed him so much on how he manipulated everybody. Sebastian was no saint, I equally hated him, maybe a bit more and they both deserved the fate they got in the end. The other minor characters played an equally important role, especially Luke, he was the best father figure to Clary.

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“Heroes aren’t always the ones who win,” she said. “They’re the ones who lose, sometimes. But they keep fighting, they keep coming back. They don’t give up. That’s what makes them heroes.”

Overall, The Mortal Instruments were a fantastic read! I loved how the plot was executed and I fell in love with the characters. And I was so glad, that in the end, all my ships sailed! Though things did get way out of hand… Anyway, the writing was beautiful and easy to read and it was fast paced throughout the entire series though some parts definitely felt a little draggy but the pace picked up soon enough. More Shadowhunters review coming soon!

Recommend it?

Yes!



So guys, what are your thoughts on this series? And, how many of you are continuing with the tv-series as well? What are your thoughts on the recent episode?

Review: The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare || Where it all began…

 
Title: Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices trilogy
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Format: Paperback
Published: September 4th, 2010; May 1st, 2012, September 5th; 2013 by Walker Books Ltd respectively
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Clockwork Angel: Magic is dangerous — but love is more dangerous still

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 realises that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Clockwork Prince: In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will – the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do? As their dangerous search for the for the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa’s heart is increasingly torn, especially when one of their own betrays them…

Clockwork Princess: Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.


Sooo, I recently started The Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare, and I thought why not review everything from the Shadowhunters universe from the very first. So here it is! Also, a fair warning for the TID fans, I am more of a TMI fan so there might be some unpopular opinion, don’t take it to your heart, it’s just what I felt during reading this series.

I had already read the first 3 books of The Mortal Instruments series when I learned it would be better if I finished The Infernal Devices trilogy before I proceeded any further and I am glad I followed that advice because it definitely made a few link ups clear to understand when I picked up TMI again.

*Beware of Spoilers, mundanes!*

Tessa Gray arrives in London after finally getting a letter from her brother. But things go down the very minute she steps into the city. She finally gets rescued by Shadowhunters where she learns about a whole new universe where she also realises she’s not a human either. The only person who can unlock her secret is Mortmain but if she gives into, she might endanger everyone she loves.

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

The plot of this book was quite engaging. Cassandra Clare’s books always have the mystery element that’ll keep you up all night. Likewise, I couldn’t put the book down as well. I enjoyed how everything was executed in this series and I absolutely didn’t see the plot twist coming in Clockwork Angel. So many secrets were revealed throughout the whole trilogy and all of them were pretty interesting and kept me on my toes.

I finally understood why people were crazy about Will. I finally boarded the Will train guys!! It was so worth it! XD But, I am actually serious, he reminded me a lot of Jace, ah! why won’t he, they got the same genes after all. And, also I am team Will, how could I not be? He is addictively charming, bold and everyfreakinthing! Of course, I adored Jem but Will was something else.

Tessa was a mature character and I always see a lot of comparison of her with Clary and I am kinda also going to disagree on that. Clary always kinds of feels more reliable and self-sufficient to me and I didn’t get that vibe from Tessa, instead, she always felt more of a damsel in distress kind. Nonetheless, I did like Tessa but she just didn’t impress me like Clary did. I felt Sophie and Charlotte were much more interesting than Tessa.

I do not enjoy love triangles, there are only a countable number of books where I have actually liked them. Unfortunately, this was not one of them. Forgive me, if I don’t understand how someone can equally love two people (romantically) at once and even if felt fair to Jem and Will, it didn’t feel fair to me because they deserved more than half a love, even if they were parabatai, even if they were brothers. Though I did see the chemistry between Will and Tessa but I didn’t feel a single spark between Jem and her.

“I’ve never minded it,” he went on. “Being lost, that is. I had always thought one could not truly be lost if one knew one’s, own heart. But I fear I may be lost without knowing yours.”

That brings me to the parabatai relationship. I absolutely love the parabatai tradition among the Shadowhunters (which I am actually hating very much right now because of the “things” in The Dark Artifices trilogy) and I adored the bromance between Will and Jem. They cared about each other so much and it killed me to see Will’s heart getting broken because of Jem’s illness. But I really didn’t like how Jem never understood Will’s feelings for Tessa, he never even realised it. Also, it kinda felt selfish how Jem insisted on marrying Tessa because he would only have a few days to live. I know, I know, he just wanted to live to the fullest before he died but it just something you don’t do to the people you love. It’s usually a mutual decision of two people and it felt Jem made the decision for both of them.

“It wasn’t enough, not nearly enough, but it was all there was.”

The minor characters were pretty interesting! I absolutely loved Sophie, she was so brave. I freaking loved her so much. And her chemistry with Gideon was so freaking cute! I loved how their relationship fanned out. Jessamine was definitely another interesting character and I didn’t expect what happened to her and I hated her for her betrayal but that was short lived. (I kinda love how she pops up now and then in other books!) My another complaint is that there was not enough Magnus Bane! Why was there not enough glitter in this series?!

Also, can we talk about Mortmain? I wanted him to be more villainy but he just didn’t live to up my evil expectations, he did feel a little bland. Anyhow, I absolutely loved the climax and the revelation moments. Well, they are always my favourites and here in this series although I wanted more, the climax definitely was explosive! But, but, but what was the ending!! It felt like Cassandra Clare mushed everything up in order to satisfy both Will and Jem fans, instead of a wow moment, it just felt meh! Believe me, I love seeing Jem popping up now and then, in the other series but that ending was so bland, I was not satisfied.

Overall, The Infernal Devices were a great read. I enjoyed how the plot was executed and I loved the chemistry between Will and Tessa. The writing was beautiful and smooth and the pace was even throughout the book although many portions felt a bit dragged! Stay tuned for more Shadowhunters review!

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Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what are your thoughts on this trilogy? Or is it still in your tbr?

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas || An Epic tale of politics, intrigue and romance

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, book 3
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Retelling, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 699 pages, Paperback
Published: May 2nd, 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.


This book was a blast!! I had so many emotions, I laughed, I cried, I swooned, basically, it was a whirlwindy ride and I couldn’t put the book down! You can read my review of book 1: A Court of Thorns and Roses, here and book 2: A Court of Mist and Fury, here.

*Majorish Spoilerish!*

After everything went downhill when Tamlin sold them off to Hybern to get Feyre back, she is forced to return to the Spring Court with Tamlin and Lucien but keeps her facade on of being on their side. Too much, too soon, she becomes face to face with too many dangers, and she is sure of one thing, a war is coming. A big one. She is ready to defend her home or matter what or die trying.

“Night Triumphant – and the Stars Eternal.
If he was the sweet, terrifying darkness, I was the glittering light that only his shadows could make clear.”

This book was seriously EPIC!! So many freaking things happened. The plot kept me engaged from the very first page until the last. After Tamlin’s ambush which led to Feyre’s sisters turning into Feys against their will, Feyre only wants revenge for what he did to her family. And by family, not only her sisters but selling the whole of Prythian into the hands of Hybern. I absolutely loved seeing another side of her and how she manipulated Tamlin’s soldiers and his people against him, not that he wasn’t to be blamed for his actions, he absolutely deserved what he got.

“What we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength.”

I am someone who doesn’t enjoy politics much, but I have to vastly defer in this case. The politics, the intrigue were absolutely mind-blowing and I was continuously on the edge of what was going to happen next. This book did a fairly great job of maintaining a certain amount of mystery which made this book unpredictable and which is something I absolutely loved.

The family aspect of this book continued to amaze me. I loved how much Mor, Cassian, Azriel and of course Rhysand were a family to each other and comrades later. Rhysand and Feyre were so amazing! I loved them even more in this book and the romance between them was explosive as hell!

“I see all of you, Rhys. And there is not one part that I do not love with everything I am.”

Also, Nesta and Elain were definitely another interesting aspects in this book. I loved the fact that things finally became the way it was supposed to be between Feyre and Nesta, although not fully but it was a start. I seriously didn’t expect that blow from Elain in the battlefield but it was kickass and also how afterwards Nesta finished the job! Simply mind-blowing.

The only one negative aspect of this book, which I felt was that the middle portion dragged a bit. And it started to feel that the main execution of the war would fall short but I am glad I was proved wrong. I admit, I kind of wanted a bit more action from Feyre in the actual war but overall, it was simply devastating (in a good way!) and executed perfectly! Tamlin’s change of side didn’t make me forgive him, in fact when the actual meeting started before the war, I didn’t loathe him more in that one particular moment when he understands Feyre’s truth and that was also the moment I loved Rhysand the most and how he defeated his mate as well as his High Lady’s honour.

“I blinked at my mate. Then grinned, not bothering to hide the savagery within it. “Hybern has no idea about the hell that’s about to rain down upon them, do they.” “Here’s to family reunions,” was all Rhys said.

Everything came down to the war. They were facing Hybern, who were undefeatable especially with the help of the Cauldron. Although with so many allies and a few of their hidden weapons, they still fell short. There were a few moments my heart nearly gave out, especially in the one where I thought I would lose Cassian for real. Amren kinda reminded me of Calypso (from Pirates of the Caribbean) and with the stunt, she pulled but I was so happy for everyone in the end and my heart soared with joy when the unexpected allies rolled in. Feyre’s story may have come to an end but I am definitely up to know more about Nesta and Cassian. There was undeniable chemistry between them and I definitely hope to see more of them in the future. Also, Elain and Lucien are on my list too! Ah, basically I want books for every character!! ❤

Overall, A Court of Wings and Ruin was a fantastic read! I couldn’t get enough of it. The plot waas executed neatly and the characters kept me on my toes. I loved the character developement and the romance between Feyre and Rhysand. There were so many amazing aspects of this book. The writing was beautiful and smooth and it was fast-paced throughout the book! I can’t wait to read more books in this series!!

Recommend it?

Duh. Yes!


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Did you love it as much as I did or was it just meh for you?

Review: Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh || A satisfying conclusion || Blog Tour

Welcome to my tour stop of Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. You can find the full tour schedule here.


Title: Obsidian and Stars
Author: Julie Eshbaugh
Series: Ivory and Bone, book 2
Genre: Prehistorical, Fantasy, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 368 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: June 13th, 2017 by HarperTeen
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher for this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sister Lees to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself.

Refusing to marry anyone other than her beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees. And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she’s been followed. Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

With the lives of her loved ones on the line, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.


Obsidian and Stars definitely was an interesting conclusion to this series, one that I definitely enjoyed. You can read my review of book 1: Ivory and Bone, here.

After the betrayal and the fight with the Bosha clan ended, everything finally seemed at place. Mya is ready to be betrothed to Kol but then the unthinkable happens, Chev, the High Elder of her clan as well as Mya’s brother decides to announce Lees’s, their sister’s marriage with Morsk, someone she despises. Mya sees the only option out is to take her sister’s place or run but when more trouble comes their way, how will she face them alone?

The plot managed to hold my attention from the very start and I finished it in two sittings. Ivory and Bone ended on a calm tone with the two clans, Manu and Olen coming to an understanding. I loved Mya and Kol together and I loved the chemistry between them. But soon enough Mya has to take a tough decision in order to save her sister from marrying Morsk which kick-started another new adventure.

When Mya and Lees run away, the end up on a totally new land where they find Noni, a runaway from the Tama clan. I loved how it didn’t take Mya a second to accept her as her own when she saw how much trouble the little girl was in. She defended her with all her power and proved how much worthy she was off. And I equally loved Kol, who stood by her side no matter what although sometimes it felt Kol wanted their relationship to succeed more than Mya but I was glad to be proved wrong in the end.

This book was indeed a little bitter-sweet but I loved the way everything was executed. The action and the adventure kept me on the edge and I was so eager to know what happened next. And how things ended, I couldn’t have been more satisfied.

“That’s why I like the blackest nights-the darkest, obsidian skies of winter. When the world is coldest and darkest, the stars shine brightest.”

Overall, Obsidian and Stars was a great read. The plot was executed neatly and the characters kept me engaged throughout the book. I loved the romance between Mya and Kol. The writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast-paced throughout the book, I didn’t feel bored, even for a second. I am definitely looking out to read more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

JulieJulie Eshbaugh is the author of the upcoming Ivory and Bone (HarperCollins, 2016). She used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. Julie eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives with her husband, son, cat and dog. Her favorite moments are when the unexpected happens and she cheers loudest when the pitcher gets a hit.

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So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Have you started this series yet?