Kiss, Marry, Cliff – SHADOWHUNTERS EDITION

So I finished Lord of Shadows recently, and it’s safe to say that I have a lot of feelings. Not only did this book have me sobbing by the end, it made me want to sell my soul to get my hands on the next book and make a deal with the devil if it meant my favourite characters would stay safe. After absolutely adoring Lady Midnight, I fell in love with the characters all over again in the second book and was taken on a whirlwind of an adventure, where twists and turns were always right around the corner.

If you’ve read Lord of Shadows, it’s undeniable that there’s both a lot of romance and a lot of death in the narrative. The romance left me swooning and the deaths made me feel as though my own heart were being ripped from my chest. Cassandra Clare makes me feel all the feels, and she definitely didn’t disappoint in her latest instalment of The Dark Artifices.

And so I thought I’d play a little game of Kiss, Marry or Cliff Shadowhunters edition! If you haven’t seen this thing floating around on the internet or haven’t played it yourself (sometimes it’s called different things: Kiss, Marry or Kill, or more explicit variations), three people or characters are chosen and you have to decide whether you’d kiss them, marry them, or push them off a cliff. All good-naturedly, of course! I asked my friends on Twitter to help me out, and these are some of the names I was given!

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Simon Lewis: The Adorkable Munchkin

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Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it.

So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. 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. And that differences—like being a former vampire—are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.Read More »

Lady Midnight – book review

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Lady Midnight is the first thrilling instalment in Cassandra Clare’s new series, The Dark Artifices.

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, your best friend – but they can never fall in love…

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best of her generation. She lives for battle. Next to her parabatia, 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 was 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 his brother back, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All they 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?Read More »

City of Heavenly Fire – book review

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City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare is the dazzling conclusion to the thrilling series The Mortal Instruments.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, strategically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. He transforms Shadowhunters into creatures of nightmares using the Infernal Cup, tearing apart families as the numbers of his Endarkened army rises.

The remaining Shadowhunters flee to Idris, but not even Alicante is safe anymore. And without the Nephilim trapped in Idris, there’s no one to guard the world against demons.

When a great betrayal is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon and Alec must flee deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has ever set foot and from which no human being has ever returned. Love will be sacrificed and lives will be lost in the battle for the fate of the world.

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I can’t even begin to express how much I loved City of Heavenly Fire. I’ve been waiting to read this book for so long and it feels great to finally have the perfect end to the perfect series. And it really was the perfect ending. I loved how this series is ended and I couldn’t have wished for a more satisfying close. I’m going to miss these characters so much and although I loved reading this book, it was heartbreaking to think that the series I’ve loved for so long is finally over. I know that there’s going to be another series, but not with exactly the same characters. I was torn between speeding through the book to see how it all ended, and savoring every word of it by reading it incredibly slowly. Inevitably, the quicker way won out. But I still relished every single part of it and I can’t wait to reread this series again to be with the characters once more.

Like every book that I’ve read by Cassandra Clare, the pacing was fantastic. There wasn’t a single moment in the entire book that I was bored. Not ever. Everything was bang bang bang and yet it never seemed rushed or overcrowding. The plot was beautifully weaved and the characters, like in the rest of the series, were dazzling. Practically everything I had ever wondered about was answered in one way or another and I was left completely satisfied. But throughout reading this book, my heart was also breaking. I had heard the rumors before reading this book that six named characters would die. Six! I was so scared to see who those people would be. Cassandra Clare had me crying from the start as I imagined who might be the ones to die. And the rest of the book was one huge emotional rollercoaster.

So many times characters that I cared about came close to dying. I read on in horror, tears streaming down my face, as I imagined the rest of the book without this person. Cassandra Clare could manipulate my emotions so easily and within the space of a single sentence I could change from angry to sad, and then to relieved. To say that I miss these characters is really putting it lightly. They were all so amazingly written and all seemed so real. I felt connected to every single character and I know how distraught I would feel if something bad happened to any of them because I’ve been there. Seriously, if Cassandra Clare ended this series much differently, she’d have so many people after her. But this series couldn’t have ended any better and I’m so pleased with how everything turned out.

The romance in this book was perfect. I know I’m probably using the word perfect too much, but that’s the only word that sums up my feelings towards it. The romance between Clary and Jace in this book was absolutely sizzling. Jace is honestly one of my favourite book boys and I loved every second I spent with him in this book. I’ll miss him the most. The other cute romance I’m going to miss reading about is the one between Simon and Izzy. They’re so adorable together and I’m so happy with the way things worked out in the end. And then there’s Alec and Magnus. They are both cute and hilarious together and I loved reading about their relationship. But the thing I loved most about these relationships was that they all had flaws and the characters all did their best to fix them. Their relationships were all incredibly real and every character was vastly different from everyone else. I completely loved meeting Emma Carstairs and I can’t explain enough how much I loved having Tessa and Jem in this book. It was like having a big family reunion. There’s always going to be a place in my heart for the characters of TMI and TID, and I can’t wait to see who is in The Dark Artifices and what stories will be told!

It’s so hard to say goodbye to this series. It’s taken me on such a wonderful journey and I know I’ll never forget the characters that I’ve formed such close bonds with. I’d give City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare a score of 10 out of 10. Perfection wrapped in the cover of a book. I’ll be rereading this book so many times that I’ll lose count!

Clockwork Princess – book review

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare is the third (and sadly, last) book in the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare.

Tessa has finally unravelled her heart and decided who she really loves, or has she? After accepting Jem’s proposal of marriage late in Clockwork Prince, Tessa believes her heart has finally settled down. Tessa chooses her beautiful wedding dress, Charlotte is running the Institute (for now) and Will’s sister Cecily has come to the Institute to become a Shadowhunter. But things aren’t as simple as they seem…

The Shadowhunters from the Institute, along with Tessa in her golden wedding dress, travel to the Lightwood’s home in Chiswick after hearing that something has happened to Gabriel and Gideon’s father. Upon arrival at the Lightwood’s home, they find themselves greeted by a gigantic worm. This leads Will to call the Lightwoods ‘Lightworms’ for the rest of the book.

The last words of a dying Shadowhunter provide a clue to where Mortmain might to hiding. But the powerful Consul doubts Mortmain is coming, so the small group of Shadowhunters must face evil alone. By Mortmain taking all the medicine that Jem needs to keep him alive and kidnapping their Shadowhunters friend, Will and the other Shadowhunters have to choice but to seek out Mortmain and stop him before he can let Jem die and take control of the world with his now more powerful clockwork creatures.

It becomes clear that the fate of all Shadowhunters is in Tessa’s hands. But can just one girl alone defeat all evil and save her friends?

Clockwork Princess was unbelievably, heartbreakingly emotional. One minute I was laughing at Will’s jokes, the next I was crying and thinking ‘But, why? Why would he do that? No, Tessa! But Will! But Jem!’. There were deaths, loss and destruction, all of which made me read into the early hours of the morning. Although I was a bit disappointed that Tessa wasn’t with Will or Jem for most of the book, I read on… I longed for them to be together again. There were twists in the plot and I was hoping that things were going well for the characters, but then bam! Suddenly something else changes and leads me to believe something different or regard the characters differently. This book kept me interested right to the end of the Epilogue and I was devastated to see the wonderful tales of Tessa, Will and Jem end after three fantastic books. I loved this book, and I’d give Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare a score of 9 out of 10. I’ll miss you Tessa, Will and Jem!

Clockwork Prince – book review

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Betrayal, secrecy and heartache… Clockwork Prince is the second book in the amazing Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare.

In the supernatural world of Victorian London, Tessa Gray is finally safe with her Shadowhunter friends. But when the Clave plan to replace Charlotte as the head of the London Institute, Tessa becomes in danger of being thrown out onto the streets and becoming easy prey for the Magister who wants to use Tessa’s powers for evil.

Tessa realises that the Magister’s plans to rid the world of Shadowhunters is deeply personal, his hatred a result of long ago tragedy. When Tessa, Will and Jem venture into the Yorkshire countryside in hope of unravelling secrets to the Magister’s past, they discover that the he has been watching their every move. One of their own trusted friends has betrayed them.

Along with all the peril, Tessa is still drawn between Will and Jem, and is unsure of where her heart lies. But when Tessa finds out the truth about one of them, is it too late? Will and Jem, both as close as brothers, both yearn for Tessa to love them and what Tessa chooses will break one of their hearts.

This was another amazing read for me. This series is one of my favourites… it’s so addictive and I didn’t want to put it down! In Clockwork Prince, I became closer with all the characters and I thought I knew who I wanted Tessa to end up with, but my opinion was completely changed at the end of the book. I found many twists in this book yet again, and these shocks made me want to read on. I absolutely loved Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10.

Clockwork Angel – book review

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Clockwork Angel is the first book in The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. The Infernal Devices series is a prequel to her other bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments.

The story begins in Victorian London, when the main protagonist, 16 year-old Tessa Gray, journeys to London to visit her brother. Upon arrival, two people who call themselves the ‘Dark Sisters’ kidnap Tessa and reveal to her that she is not the seemingly ordinary human she thought she was. Threatened by the Dark Sisters to show them her skill, Tessa realised that she has the ability to ‘Change’ into any other person by holding an object that they have or is representing of the person.

After being held captive in the Dark Sister’s home for many weeks, the day when Tessa is meant to be collected by the mysterious Majester, an even more mysterious man called Will rescues Tessa. She is swooped away again into a new world, seeking refuge with a race that are called Shadowhunters – beings which are half angel and half human – whose duty is to protect the human race from Downworlders (vampires, werewolves, warlocks and demons). The Shadowhunters soon discover that the Majester has an evil plan to rid the world of all Shadowhunters and take over.

In the midst of all the danger and chaos, Tessa finds herself falling in love with not one, but TWO handsome Shadowhunters who both find Tessa irresistible. Tessa must both save the world and come to terms with the desires of her heart.

Reading this series is a must! It entranced me from the very first page and pulled me into a magical realm that I loved. I love the way Cassandra Clare writes; it’s funny in parts, suspenseful and there are lots of twists in the plot that makes me want to read on and on into the night. I’d give Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare a score of 8 out of 10.