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


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

Lady Midnight

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 »

Clockwork Angel – book review


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.