Review: The Lost Herondale by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

23380998The Lost Herondale by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

Published March 17th 2015

Simon learns the worst crime a Shadowhunter can commit: desertion of their comrades. In the early nineteenth century, Tobias Herondale abandoned his fellow Shadowhunters in the heat of battle and left them to die. His life was forfeit, but Tobias never returned, and the Clave claimed his wife’s life in exchange for Tobias’s. Simon and his fellow students are shocked to learn of this brutality, especially when it is revealed the woman was pregnant. But what if the child survived… could there be a lost Herondale line out in the world today?

 

 

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I always say I’m going to stop reading Shadowhunter books but I always get wrapped up in them. I love The Infernal Devices series to the ends of the earth but The Mortal Instruments series dragged on and on for me and I stopped liking them after book three. I didn’t plan on continuing with Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy but I was gifted a copy so I thought I might as well finish it.
I’m not a fan of Simon, never have been, so The Lost Herondale tested my patience pretty much 100% of the time.
I do love the writing style. Cassie Clare has so much talent and her world building is amazing.
I did like The Lost Herondale a bit more than Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy so that was a nice surprise.
Overall, if you’re a hardcore fan of TMI, you’ll probably love this book. But if you’re like me and tired of TMI being dragged out, you should probably pass on this book.

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Review : City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

24885531 City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Published : March 24, 2009

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 her best friend, 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?

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I feel like I’ve been struggling to get through the TMI series (I won’t like I started the next book in the series and I’ve given up). But this one was quite entertaining.

Still not loving the whole Jace/Clary thing even though it got a bit more cleared up during this book, and oh my god poor Simon! I feel so bad for the guy! I have to say though, this book series is most definitely something that missed me. I think I would’ve much more enjoyed the series if I were younger. But I have to admit, I’m strugglin’ folks.

So I think the plot was a bit more engaging in this book than the last two. And I really enjoyed how this was all written especially the back story of Jace and Valentine. I did enjoy seeing Alicante. It was a new perspective on the series and I did enjoy it.

The reveal of the true villain in this book came a bit anti-climactic for me because I could slowly piece everything together towards the end. But I felt soooooo bad for the Lightwoods. I didn’t see that coming and I felt really bad about it because I was hoping to see that character grow into being a shadowhunter and totally saw him as being a bad ass later in the series but THAT WON’T EVER HAPPEN ):

Any way, I loved seeing Alec and Magnus finally open with their relationship and I totally love them together so that was another plus, and Clary growing into her powers and really figuring out how strong she really is and the power she wields is really cool. But I don’t think I can keep going with this series unfortunately. I’ve given it a good few really hard tries, and the fourth book really just makes me not want to continue with TMI but I’ve been told that TID series is a great trilogy to try, so I might stay in the world and give The Infernal Devices a shot.

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Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

24885524City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Published: March 28, 2008

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.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings—and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.


Hello everyone! I am back into the swing of things and I’m so happy that all of you are still reading along with us! Taylor has been doing a GREAT job of keeping things going as I try to keep my life going. Wedding planning is so much harder than I thought it would be and adulting is something I wish I could take a break from but I’ve missed writing about books so I thought I’d back track to as far as I can remember and write through all the books I’ve read since I’ve been MIA and we start with this lovely little thing.

City of Ashes picks up I do believe a couple months after City of Bones. And this book, I didn’t like it as much as City of Bones but it definitely impressed me, more so towards the end of this book. So the book begins with this really mysterious beginning with Valentine doing some sort of ritual in a pentagram with like some sort of sacrifice. And I was just sitting there thinking Okay Cassandra Clare…you’ve got my attention…

After that, the book kind of just was a big bunch of ups and downs for me. So I loved meeting Isabel and Alec’s mother and father, I think they really weren’t what I was expecting but enjoyed them, especially in the end of the book. And I actually enjoyed the unraveling of Imogen’s story. It kind of reminded me of Umbridge but at the end I didn’t hate her as much because her story is …a bit rough and I kind of sympathized with her a bit. But I thought she was a great new character. I also enjoyed Maya in this series and that we got to see more of the werewolves in this book! I’ve been in like a werewolf love fest lately.

But I think the only major part of this book that I didn’t enjoy, and I’m noticing a lot of others didn’t either is the whole Clary and Jace dynamic of them feeling like they like each other but they’re brother and sister which is kind of creepy and I just really hope this series kind of maneuvers around and Jace is magically not really related or something of the sort. I HATED the Simon and Clary dynamic in this as well.

I loved that we got to see Maryse kick ass though! I hope we get to see a lot more of her in the rest of the series I think she’s bad ass and might be my newest favorite…I still ship Magnus and Alec over everything and anything.

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Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

25494343Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Published March 8th 2016

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?

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I’ve always had mixed feelings about the Shadowhunter books. I’m not super into The Mortal Instruments but I love The Infernal Devices with all of my heart. I enjoyed The Bane Chronicles a lot but I could barely get through the first story in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. So I had no idea what to expect from Lady Midnight. I started it with an open mind and no expectations.
And I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
I really liked the characters in this book. I thought they were well written and likeable. I especially liked Emma.
I loved the plot. I think that’s my favorite thing about Lady Midnight. The plot was so well thought out and intricate. Maybe a little too intricate but as long as you stay focused when you’re reading, it’s not confusing. I did think it was slow at times and maybe a bit boring a time or two.
The only thing that I didn’t like about Lady Midnight is the length. It’s 720 pages, people. That’s way too long for any book, let alone the first book in a series. This should have been edited down and that would have really helped the plot become a little faster paced.
Overall, I really enjoyed Lady Midnight. It was entertaining and fun. I really liked the characters and the plot and I’m excited to see where the story goes in the next book.
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Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

24885537 City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Published: September 1st, 2015

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. And she’s more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And Clary is introduced with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
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Can I just start off with WHY HAS NO ONE TOLD ME ABOUT THIS SERIES AND HOW MUCH I SHOULD’VE READ THIS LIKE YEARS AGO!  WHY HAS NO ONE SLAPPED THIS SENSE INTO ME TO READ THIS SERIES!? LIKE HONESTLY! I’M MAD AT MYSELF FOR NEVER PICKING THIS SERIES UP. I LITERALLY FINISHED THIS BOOK IN LIKE 2 DAYS.

I just have to say this world, system, this whole thing was so well thought out, and the fact that you can tell by book one is absolutely astounding and makes me do a little happy dance. I am literally writing in stream of consciousness right now so please forgive me.

First of all, Magnus and Alec. LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM I SHIP IT ON A ROCKETSHIP TO THE FREAKING MOON AND BACK. If something doesn’t become of that I will not be satisfied, and I will write a very strong worded letter to Cassandra Clare about how she has to write a whole book about Magnus and Alec being in love and just amazing together.

I loved this whole book, the characters, I don’t think I found one character (other than Valentine) that I didn’t like. I think I can tell right away that there’s going to be a lot of character development and I can already feel my heart potentially breaking, I just don’t know for who yet. Which is weird but at the same time, I totally understand why because well, there’s 5 more books I do believe to get through.

I like how there’s a lot of different lore. The whole Angel, Demons, Vampires, Werewolves, and Warlocks. And I hope it keeps up because I love books that.

I love how all the characters are so different but have ties that link them all together. It’s amazing and I love that. I feel like I keep saying the stuff over and over but I literally cannot say a bad word about this book.

This book was action packed and oh my goodness the plot twists, I thought there was just one big one but MULTIPLE, MULTIPLE PLOT TWISTS. I was literally texting people freaking out about this book. I’m pretty sure my fiancé was over it when I just unloaded this whole book plot to him. But I couldn’t help it!

So way to go Cassanda Clare, you’ve got me hooked. I’m already a ways through the 2nd book. And on Episode 4 of the Shadowhunters Series (not too impressed but oh well).

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