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Lord of Shadows (#2) by Cassandra Clare
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Oh my goodness, y’all!!! This book!!! I can’t even begin to explain howlord of shadows much I loved this book and how much I want to read it again and AGAIN!!! Cassandra Clare is an actual QUEEN when it comes to writing fantasy and not only that, she is a definite voice for a new generation!! And I am not even exaggerating!

So, as this is a sequel in the trilogy AND a continuation of the overall Shadowhunters Chronicles, there really isn’t much I can say that aren’t spoiler-y. I will say, I have to thank Cassandra Clare for taking some major risks with this book. I always feel that YA authors have an incredible responsibility with their books, as they have the ability to form not only young minds, but opinions and values of those young minds. With that being said, I think Cassandra Clare did an amazing and respectful job addressing some important issues around trans representation, how autism is represented in books and empowerment of young women.

While Cassandra Clare and her books have definitely become guilty pleasure reads for myself, I definitely have to give it up for Cassandra Clare for sustaining this incredible world and for creating this incredibly sophisticated piece of work! 🙂 I obviously loved it – I am super bummed to have to wait so long for the next one, but I will definitely keep reading Cassandra Clare and ALL of her books. If you haven’t read this yet, now’s the time to go! 🙂 For the rest of you, read on and discuss! 😀

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Shadowhunter Academy

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I have been in the biggest reading slump EVER!! This has been quite nice for that, though. shadowhunter academyThere are 10 novellas in this bind up and I’ve been reading each one in a sitting each, on average. I’ve also been trying to read other books on the side, so hoping that this breaks my reading slump!

This is a collection of 10 short stories chronicling Simon at the Shadowhunter Academy as he begins his journey to Ascend into becoming a Shadowhunter. Simon was definitely one of my favorite characters in The Mortal Instruments series, so I was really excited to get my hands on these stories to get more Simon in my life! I am going to do mini reviews of each short story – spoilers ahead! 

Now that I’ve finished the whole bind-up, I highly recommend reading this before you pick up Lady Midnight! I haven’t gotten to Lady Midnight quite yet, but I can tell that there is a lot of context building done in these stories that will help make that book even better!!

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CoLS

City of Lost Souls (#5) by Cassandra Clare
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Now that I’ve finished reading The Infernal Devices trilogy, I am definitely having more funcity of lost souls reading The Mortal Instruments series. If you didn’t enjoy TMI series, then I definitely recommend picking up TID trilogy. It’s better written, has less YA tropes, and is so much more fun to read. That being said, I’m too far into The Mortal Instruments series so I need to finish it now.

This 5th installment was definitely the slowest of the series and also my least favorite cover, haha!! This book reinforces how much I don’t like Clary as a protagonist and how much I cannot stand Jace/Clary’s relationship, but I am loving the side characters and the story lines that come with them. There has been a pattern with these books where the main conflict was majorly built up to, but then resolved very quickly. I will say that in this one, the main conflict played out for a while, which made the slowness of the book worth it. I am also going to include some of my theories for the last book in the series, City of Heavenly Fire, at the end of this post. Now, for spoilery stuff!!!

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Glorious Finish to TID!!

Clockwork Princess (#3) by Cassandra Clare
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Okay, now THAT is how you finish a trilogy!! Way to go, Cassandra Clare!! Why can’t The clockwork princessMortal Instruments series be like THIS BOOK?! This book gave me all the feels, kept me guessing, and left me theorizing about the rest of The Mortal Instruments series!! I cannot wait to see how certain pieces from this book fit into the rest of The Mortal Instruments series.

I was definitely between a 4.5 and a 5 with my rating of this book – and finally settled on a 4.5. This book was absolutely wonderful, but there were just some pieces of this book that felt like were just filler pieces and, again, the main conflict of the book felt too easily solved. I’ll get into it more in the spoiler portion of my review, but I was a little disappointed that after all the build-up it seemed to just resolve itself and end. So, now to head into the spoiler portion of the review! 🙂

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Team Jem 5Ever

Clockwork Prince (#2) by Cassandra Clare
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clockwork princeIf you’re reading the title of this blog post and are hating me a little bit, no worries…I hate me a little bit too…haha!!! 😛 I have officially been sucked into Cassandra Clares’ world and I don’t hate it – I am actually quite enjoying it. I still stand by this trilogy being way better than The Mortal Instruments series. Like way better!! I am super bummed that The Mortal Instruments series barely even holds a candle to The Infernal Devices trilogy – which bums me out as I continue to finish out that series too. Anyways, I had such a fun time reading this second installment and had to pick up the third book right away (which I’m making my way through right now). Now, for spoilers…

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Christina’s November TBR

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Happy November, y’all!!

October was a pretty good reading month! I am finding that Fall time is definitely my time to read – especially as the year is winding down. I love reading as the weather cools down outside, wrapped up in a blanket, and with a warm cup of coffee. Fall just screams “READ!” to me – and I love it 🙂

Currently reading: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

November TBR:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: Jenny Lawson

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

So, another ambitious TBR – but after my successful reading month in October, I am so much more hopeful to keep up my reading stride in November! 🙂

What is on your November TBR list?? Happy reading!

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Tick Tock…Goes the Clock

Clockwork Angel – 4.5/5

clockwork angelI have heard a ton of hype around this book and this trilogy claiming that it was way better than The Mortal Instruments series. Well…I must say, I definitely have to agree! 🙂 This is the way a YA fantasy/paranormal book should read – thank you Cassandra Clare! This book is fun, has great characters, and is very captivating.

Quick Synopsis: Tessa Gray comes to London to look for her brother, Nathaniel, but is kidnapped upon arrival by the Dark Sisters. Tessa learns that she has the ability to transform into another person and The Magister wants her for himself, for some dark reason. Tessa eventually joins up with the Shadowhunters to figure out not only how to rescue her brother, but to running from The Magister.

This is the first book in The Infernal Devices trilogy – which is the prequel trilogy to The Mortal Instruments series. This trilogy takes place in London 1878, which was the thing that really drew me to this book automatically. One of my favorite book settings is London and particularly in this time period. I just think there’s something so elegant and regal about it all and I find it so much fun to read. There isn’t a ton that I can say that is spoiler-free, so I will let you know that I loved: the setting, the world building, and the character backstory arches. What I did not love: the romance and the “bad boy” YA troupe.

What will I read next in the Shadowhunter world? Since I’m going in publication order, I’ll be going with City of Fallen Angels – book 4 in The Mortal Instruments series.

With that being said, the rest of this review is going to contain spoilers – continue at your own discretion!

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