Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #6-10) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman


Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #6-10) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Title: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #1-5)

Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman

Release Date: November 15, 2016

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 642

Source: TBR Pile

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.

Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices.


Pale Kings and Princes

5 out of 5 stars

Ahh! Sizzy Sizzy Sizzy. They’re back. My favorite couple is back together. I KNEW IT. I mean I’ve read Lady Midnight so I knew some stuff, but it’s so cute omg. This has been one of my favorites so far because I finally got what I wanted, and the way it happened was so cute. If you hadn’t guessed it, Simon and Isabelle are now dating again. Everything is great, and I’m loving life. I really liked what happened in this novella because I learned a little more about the characters from Lady Midnight, and the reason they did some of the things they did. I’m really glad that I read this after I read Lady Midnight because I would have been a little confused had I not. I love the little connections Cassandra Clare makes while still adding new content to the world. It’s great. I love it.

 

Bitter of Tongue

4 out of 5 stars

I have to say, I really don’t like Sarah Rees Brennan’s writing style. It’s strange to me that I could recognize that it wasn’t Cassandra Clare the whole time, but I could tell from the beginning of this novella. The conversations weren’t what they usually are. They were choppy and very awkwardly written. I think that it was Brennan who wrote the conversations, but that’s just an educated guess. Overall I think this was a great addition to the Shadowhunter world as a whole. Again, I’m VERY glad that I read Lady Midnight before reading these novellas. I would have been so confused because the characters are from The Dark Artifices series, and I wouldn’t have gotten how important this story was if I hadn’t read the first installment of The Dark Artifices series. I’ve always been curious about the land of faerie throughout Clare’s novels. It confuses me, but in a good way. It’s always deceptive, but it’s always magical. This sounds strange, but when I’m reading about the land of the faeries, it feels fuzzy. Not confused fuzzy, but the way that the world is written feels softer than the harsh Shadowhunters world. It’s strange to explain it, but I love learning more about it. I am so excited to finish this book and then re-read Lady Midnight before Lord of Shadows comes out in March!

 

The Fiery Trial

4 out of 5 stars

I was kind of confused throughout this one if I’m being honest. I knew that it had something to do with parabatai because I remembered that they called it the fiery trial, but I got confuzzled when Clary and Simon just randomly started hallucinating. It made sense after it was explained, and the story of it ties up loose ends in the stories, but I was not following for approximately 5 pages. The end of this just made me sad because Emma and Julian just went through the parabatai ritual, but they should love each other romantically, not in a parabatai way. Ugh. It makes me so sad seeing a love so pure not being able to work out. Again, I cannot wait to re-read Lady Midnight because I will catch onto so many things I had missed in the first frantically quick reading. Reading these novellas does remind me why Cassandra Clare is my favorite author, so that’s making me quite happy.

 

Born to Endless Night

5 out of 5 stars

This was the story about how Alec and Magnus got their son that is mentioned in Lady Midnight. THIS WAS SO CUTE. My favorite scenes included: Simon walking in on Alec and Magnus, Simon declaring his love for Isabelle, and Jace being his sassy arrogant self. I really loved this novella. It was so cute because it was about the baby warlock that Alec and Magnus are now the parents to. Malec and Sizzy are my favorite OTPs from The Mortal Instruments, and I’ve always loved the dynamic between Magnus and Alec. They love each other so much, and you saw Alec first learn to love because of Magnus, and Magnus finally feeling real love because of Alec. It’s just so cute. I really enjoyed this one, and again, it makes me want to reread Lady Midnight (shocker) because I will know so much more now. I am really sad that I will be starting the last one next, but alas, it had to happen eventually.

 

Angels Twice Descending

5 out of 5 stars

That was not what I had expected from the ending, but it was a nice conclusion in a way. I’m very sad. I won’t spoil, but I’m very sad. I really enjoyed this one, and I do have to say that the way it ended made sense for the storyline, but I just didn’t want it to happen like that. Ugh ugh ugh. I really enjoyed everything about this one, even the ending. Sometimes being sad is the only satisfactory way to feel. I loved what Simon said to George about being brothers. That part made my heart happy. Overall, I really enjoyed the second have of this book, and loved being thrown back into this amazing world. I can’t wait for more of it.

Series:

Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #1)

The Lost Herondale (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #2)

The Whitechapel Fiend (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #3)

Nothing but Shadows (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #4)

The Evil We Loved (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #5)

Pale Kings and Princes (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #6)

Bitter of Tongue (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #7)

The Fiery Trial (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #8)

Born to Endless Night (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #9)

Angels Twice Descending (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #10)

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8) – John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J. K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8) – John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)

Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8)

Author: John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J. K. Rowling

Release Date: July 31, 2016

Publisher: Little Brown Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 343

Source: Library

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

4 out of 5 stars


The final installment to the Harry Potter series, and I have to say, by the end I was pleasantly surprised.

I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews on this book. Some love it and think that it was a great addition, and some thought it was pointless and full of plot holes. I didn’t love it as much as the first seven books, but I did enjoy it.

At the beginning I was confused as to why this was a thing because I felt like it was tainting my way of seeing Harry and the rest of the characters, but by the end I was thoroughly enjoying it. I don’t know if this was a very detrimental addition to the story, but the storyline was quite interesting.

Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy are best friends, and then Harry is an ass for two seconds and forbids them from being friends because he and Draco weren’t very friendly with each other. At the beginning I was kind of traumatized because they were making Harry to be really mean and it made me sad. He is part of the golden trio. He can’t be mad and not accepting of his son. Anyway, Albus and Scorpius decide to go and save Cedric Diggory because Albus overhears a conversation between Harry and Amos Diggory, Cedric’s father. It follows the two friends as they try and figure out how to save some blood from being shed, then getting out of a very sticky situation.

I don’t want to spoil anyone because this is the last book in the series and I know not everyone has read it, but I really loved the ending. It showed how selfless Harry is, and how much Ginny loves him. And how perfect Ron and Hermione are for each other. It also had some redeeming qualities for Draco, too.

I do have to say, I’m quite sad that this journey is over. This was one of the first series I had ever started, and it will always *ha* have a special place in my heart. I can’t wait to read the Harry Potter books to my kids and instill a love for reading in them. It’s okay, I’m only seventeen. It’ll be awhile ;)

Series:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

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Review: A Mad, Wicked Folly – Sharon Biggs Waller


A Mad, Wicked Folly – Sharon Biggs Waller

A Mad, Wicked Folly

Title: A Mad, Wicked Folly

Author: Sharon Biggs Waller

Release Date: January 23, 2014

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 431

Source: Library

Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.
           
After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky is torn. Just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

4 out of 5 stars


I picked this book up on a whim while I was at the library, and I’m so glad I did! I’m not going to lie, the reason I first picked this book up was because of the cover. It’s beautiful, and simple, and classic looking. I love the yellow dress on the front, as well. Then I read the synopsis, as one does, and was immediately pulled in.

It was set in London in the 1900s. It’s about an artist. A seventeen year old girl poses nude for her art class, gets sent home, finds her muse, is betrothed to a man…

Oh gosh it was so fun to read.

After picking this up from the library I went to Goodreads to see some general reviews, just to get a feel as to what I was about to read, and was a little nervous.

One of the first reviews I skimmed was a girl freaking out because of the first few sentences of the book:

“I never set out to pose nude. I didn’t, honestly.”

And people were so angsty about this. I don’t understand what the issue is. It is supposed to be sarcastic sounding. I feel like sometimes people look into things like this too much. It was that she never thought she would, but she ended up posing. She didn’t regret it at all, and I think that that showed a strong character.

Near the beginning when I found out she was betrothed to this guy, I was really against the other love interest, Will. I was being somewhat judgey of Victoria because she knew she shouldn’t be drawing this other guy, but I couldn’t dislike him. Wow. William Fletcher was my favorite character in this story because he was so happy and so encouraging to Victoria. If it weren’t for him she probably would have given up on her dreams of being an artist. Her family didn’t believe in her, and made it impossible for her to create, so she turned to Will and I’m so glad she did.

Their relationship was so cute. There were so many parts of this story that my heart just felt so happy and full. All of you know the feeling I’m talking about. The one where you almost have to make a high pitched noise because your heart is so happy. Cause yeah, same. I think the reason I liked their relationship so much was because it reminded me of my relationship. My boyfriend is supportive of me just as Will was to Victoria, and it was just so cute.

This book took a turn that I didn’t think it would take, but I really enjoyed it. I was not expecting to get a heavy suffragist theme, but I really enjoyed it. The women were fighting for equal rights, and I really respected that. I couldn’t have been put in Victoria’s place where she had to be prim and proper her whole life just so then she could be respectable in her class. I would be a suffragist because, I too, believe in equal opportunities for men and women.

I really love historical fiction, and this book just reminded me of that. I really enjoyed reading this, and loved that Sharon Biggs Waller had some of the history in the back of the book. I love when authors actually research their writing to make sure it’s historically accurate.

Overall, I really liked this book. It was a relatively fast read, and it put me in a historical fiction mood again! Pick up this book if you want a cute romance and a strong female lead.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) – J. K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) – J. K. Rowling

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Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: July 21, 2007

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 784

Source: TBR List

It’s no longer safe for Harry at Hogwarts, so he and his best friends, Ron and Hermione, are on the run. Professor Dumbledore has given them clues about what they need to do to defeat the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, once and for all, but it’s up to them to figure out what these hints and suggestions really mean.

Their cross-country odyssey has them searching desperately for the answers, while evading capture or death at every turn. At the same time, their friendship, fortitude, and sense of right and wrong are tested in ways they never could have imagined.

The ultimate battle between good and evil that closes out this final chapter of the epic series takes place where Harry’s Wizarding life began: at Hogwarts. The satisfying conclusion offers shocking last-minute twists, incredible acts of courage, powerful new forms of magic, and the resolution of many mysteries.

Above all, this intense, cathartic book serves as a clear statement of the message at the heart of the Harry Potter series: that choice matters much more than destiny, and that love will always triumph over death.

5 out of 5 stars


I still can’t believe that it took me this long to finally read this final book. I really enjoyed it, just the same, though.

One thing. I think that the first 200 pages of this book were veryyyyy slow. It didn’t remind me of the fast pace of the first part of this series. I understand that it was probably because Harry didn’t know what to do, so Rowling wanted to capture that with her writing style, but it was a little hard to get through. Not much happened at the beginning, but it was great overall. The last half redeemed itself.

I don’t want to talk too much about this, as it is the 7th book, but the Battle of Hogwarts. Woah. It was so intricate and well thought out. Voldemort was ready to be the winner that he believed what Narcissa told him at the end.

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Review: The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) – Rick Riordan


The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) – Rick Riordan

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Title: The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5)

Author: Rick Riordan

Release Date: May 5, 2009

Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 381

Source: Barnes and Noble

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds are against them. Kronos is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, his power only grows.

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the prophecy surrounding Percy‘s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

5 out of 5 stars


I can’t even explain how glad I am I ended up reading this series. I wish I would have read the books while I was in middle school, but seriously, they are so good. I have loved every single one of the Percy Jackson books, and this is no exception!

Most of this book consists of the final battle that takes place in New York City with the monsters and Kronos vs. the heroes and Demigods. The battle scenes were so epic, and there were so many twists and turns throughout this book. It starts off with Percy and Rachel Dare spending time together *not okay with this since she showed up, but whatever* and then Percy going back to Camp Half-Blood. Everything is different now, though. Grover is off running around with other satyrs, so his best friend is gone. Annabeth is kind of mad at him because he’s spending time with Rachel. And, Kronos has taken over Luke’s body and is trying to kill all the Gods of Olympus. But other than that, everything is great. ;)

Again, most of this book takes place during the battle in NYC, so it had a lot of action and battle. I don’t want to give too much away because this is the last book in the Percy Jackson series, but I would seriously recommend reading all of the books. Even if you don’t love the PJO stories, this last book is worth it.

I loved the Percy and Annabeth scenes; they were soooooooo cute. I think the Percabeth is one of my biggest ships because they are seriously just so perfect for each other. She calls him Seaweed Brain and oh my gosh it’s so cute. I wish there were more scenes with them, but I can’t complain because the ones I had were great.

Two of my favorite scenes from the book:

Percy bathing in the River Styx and being tied to the mortal world because of his love for Annabeth. He loves her friendship, and that’s the only thing that keeps him from drowning and it’s just so flipping cute.

“And it was pretty much the best underwater kiss of all time.” *heart eyes*

Very thankful that I’ve read these books, and can’t wait to find out what happens to the characters in the next series!

PS. Please read these books. I promise they’re worth the hype.

Series:

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2)

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3)

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4)

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Review: November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) – Shannon A. Thompson


November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) – Shannon A. Thompson

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Title: November Rain (Bad Bloods #1)

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Release Date: July 18, 2016

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Format: eBook

Page Number: 230

Source: Author

Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them. Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

3 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to Shannon for sending me this ebook to read! I always love connecting with you :)

November Rain follows two points of view; Serena and Daniel. Both are parts of different flocks in Vendona. Serena is the first escapee of this scary sounding institute-esque testing facility, and she meets Daniel. Immediately she is scared of him because he’s willing to help her, but then she learns to not be scared.

This is the first installment of the Bad Bloods series and I’m excited to read the final installment! I love Thompson’s writing style; it flows nicely, and there is just the right amount of description. I do have to say, though, I was quite confused throughout this book. I had to reread several parts because they were somewhat unclear. I am assuming it will be easier to understand after finishing the second book, but I was a little confuzzled near the beginning. I usually get confused when there are a lot of different names in a short amount of time, so that is probably the reason. I love slow introductions of characters so I can get to know them, so I don’t know.

I don’t have a lot more to say about this because it was quite short. I enjoy paranormal, so I’m excited to learn more about everyone’s different bad blood powers!

I did enjoy this book, it was a quick read, and I’m SO SORRY IT TOOK SO LONG FOR ME TO READ IT! I have had this since June! I know, I’m awful.

Anyway, I would highly recommend checking something out from Shannon, she’s a beautiful writer! Her Timely Death Trilogy was my favorite!

THANK YOU SHANNON. YOU’RE AWESOME <3

Series:

November Snow (Bad Bloods #2)

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Review: Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt


Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt

Indiana Belle (American Journey, #3)

Title: Indiana Belle (American Journey #3)

Author: John A. Heldt

Release Date: April 14, 2016

Publisher: John A. Heldt

Format: eBook

Page Number: 295

Source: Author

Providence, Rhode Island, 2017. When doctoral student Cameron Coelho, 28, opens a package from Indiana, he finds more than private papers that will help him with his dissertation. He finds a photograph of a beautiful society editor murdered in 1925 and clues to a century-old mystery. Within days, he meets Geoffrey Bell, the “time-travel professor,” and begins an unlikely journey through the Roaring Twenties. Filled with history, romance, and intrigue, INDIANA BELLE follows a lonely soul on the adventure of a lifetime as he searches for love and answers in the age of Prohibition, flappers, and jazz.

4 out of 5 stars


Guys. Please read this series.

Huge thank you to John for sending me this book for review! I really enjoyed it, and this has been my favorite thus far!!

Alright, wow. So, Cameron Coelho learns of a girl from a mysterious murder in 1925 from a beautiful photo of her. He finds more information out about the woman depicted in the photo, and finds out her name is Candice Bell. Candice is related to the infamous Geoffrey Bell from the American Journey series. Cameron goes and finds Professor Bell and talks him into letting him go back to the 20s to save Candice. Of course he doesn’t tell him he’s saving her, but makes a deal with him to find some more of the magical crystals.

Cameron and Candice meet at the newspaper office, and he’s immediately taken with her; he had fallen in love with her photo, so he knew they would click. They form a beautiful relationship that was kind of rushed at the beginning of the story, but ended up being perfect and great.

This book was so great, you guys. I highly recommend reading this series. I loved that it was in the 20s because I’ve always been taken by the Gatsby era. I love 20s fashion and how women are getting more freedom; it’s great. I loved seeing the daily life of Candice through her writing stories for the paper up until the end of the book.

There were some things that happened near the end of the book that were so surprising. I literally had no idea about who the criminal was in the story. Very great addition to the story.

My favorite part about this book was Cameron and Candice’s relationship. Oh my gosh, they were literally goals. I can’t even express how adorable they were and how precious they were. The one scene where she brings him tea. Not expecting it and made my heart flutter. So good. Also, the ending was so precious. Please read this book just so then you can experience a super cute romance.

One of the coolest parts to me was when they went to the year 2041. I liked the way the explained the new form of government. It was an anti Democratic and anti Republican thing happening. Now, it didn’t end well, but it’s just cool because I’m learning about the constitutional convention and other similar things in my Government class. Very relevant to my life at the moment. There were also a lot of mentions to Iowa in this book. It’s always strange to me when people reference Iowa in books because it seems like a very random place, but whatever.

Check out this book on Amazon!

Series:

September Sky (American Journey #1)

Mercer Street (American Journey #2)

Class of ’59 (American Journey #4)

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