Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

So while this view is spoiler free for Lord of Shadows, it does contain minor spoilers for the previous books in the series (Lady Midnight). If you don’t want to be spoiled, I highly suggest you go read that first and then come back.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781471116650
Pages: 720
Read in: June 2017
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Review: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Publisher: Puffin
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141363936
Pages: 359
Read in: May 2016
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How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.


I think the following encapsulates the entire book:

Used to be goddy

Now uptown feeling shoddy

Bah, haiku don’t rhyme

While I really enjoyed the book as a whole, I didn’t get the same feeling I did when I was reading Percy Jackson back in the days. Now don’t get me wrong, I loved Uncle Rick’s sarcasm and humour that’s scattered throughout, but I don’t think this book was a strong as it could’ve been. Continue reading

Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781471147012)
Pages: 669
Read in: March 2016
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While this review won’t contain spoilers for Lady Midnight, it will contain minor spoilers for the entire Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series. Continue reading at your own risk, but I highly recommend you read those first, along with Tales of Shadowhunter Academy before you come back and read my thoughts on this book.

Goodreads Summary:

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.


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In Retrospect: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Hey guys! Happy Monday! I don’t usually post today, just because I don’t like posting two days in a row, but I’m making an exception just for now. There’s something very important coming up, and it’s the premiere for the Shadowhunters TV show!

Although I’m still sceptical about the changes that have been made to the TV show, I still have faith. Anyway, this isn’t the point.

In preparation for the TV show, I reread the original three Mortal Instrument books! Honestly, it was so good diving back into the Shadowhunter world, with just the original cast of characters. It was really refreshing, and also satisfied my need for more Shadowhunters. There was so much I picked up on just rereading, whether it was about the plot, world or characters. It really reminded me of just how much I love this series, and why it’s one of my favourite series of all time.

I’m just going to say right now, that there will be spoilers in the section below for all of the books. If you haven’t read it and don’t want to be spoiled (I don’t know why you wouldn’t have read this amazing series), then I suggest you go read the books first, then come back so we can discuss this series.


Book 1: City of Bones

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