Book Review: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding

This book took me more than one month’s worth of motivation to finish. And I technically DNFed it.


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Name: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Author: Alexandra Bracken

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: September 5, 2017

Synopsis

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.

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Book Review: Queen of Air and Darkness (Joanne)

Disclamier: this review has a lowkey-spoiler and non-spoiler section, but that will be clearly marked. If you would like to see a full SPOILER and extremely ragy version of this fairly positive review by Ava, click HERE


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Name: Queen of Air and Darkness
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: December 4, 2018

Synopsis

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks.

Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

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Book Review: Queen of Air and Darkness (Ava)

Hi! Joanne here in italics! Welcome to Ava’s first review, QoAaD! You’ll see two QoAaD reviews since both her and I have our own opinions we want to share, but without further ado, enjoy!

Disclamier: this review has minor spoilers of QoAaD, so read at your own risk, or go to Joanne’s completely spoiler free version HERE!

Do you guys want to know what happened in Queen of Air and Darkness?

Jack shit.

That’s what happened.

First of all, full disclosure, I am not a fan of Cassie Clare as a person, considering her history (and my own unpleasant encounters with her), but I also dislike the majority of her books. Before anyone starts to call me out and demand to know why I continue to read them if I don’t like them, let me just say: emotional value. I used to be obsessed with everything she wrote, and I would’ve kissed the ground she walked upon.

People change, I matured, and I reread her books and found them far less enjoyable. If you are a fan? Carry on! I know how it feels to be enraptured with an author and their creations, and I do not begrudge or judge you for that—I simply have a lot of thoughts, and I think it’s fair for them to be expressed, given how much time I’ve dedicated to this series.


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Name: Queen of Air and Darkness
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: December 4, 2018

Synopsis

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks.

Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

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Book Review: The Shadowhunter’s Codex – Cassandra Clare

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Name: The Shadowhunter’s Codex
Author: Cassandra Clare & Joshua Lewis
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: October 29, 2013

Synopsis

Delve into the details of all things Shadowhunter with this illustrated guide to the knowledge and lore of the Shadowhunter world.

Since the thirteenth century, the Shadowhunter’s Codex has been the one and only manual for Shadowhunters looking to brush up on their demon languages, learn proper stele use, and discover just what exactly a Pyxis is. Featured in both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, this guide is a necessity for any young Nephilim on their journey to becoming a Shadowhunter. Beautifully illustrated, the Codex contains images of the famous Shadowhunter homeland of Idris, as well as depictions of demons and other Downworlders.

But this isn’t just any copy of The Shadowhunter’s Codex. It’s Clary’s copy, and as an artist herself, she’s sketched pictures of her friends and family in the book, and scrawled helpful advice in the margins. Of course, she couldn’t exactly stop Jace or Simon from adding their thoughts either. Part encyclopedia, part history, part training manual—complete with commentary from Shadowhunters who have seen it all—this beautiful guide is a perfect supplement to the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

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Book Review: Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare

Woop woop let’s go Lord of Shadowssssss


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Name: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: November 6, 2018 (1st published May 23, 2017)

Synopsis

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

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Book Review: Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare

Ok this review is really late it should have been written much earlier. In fact, I should have written it before I read Lord of Shadows, but here we are, in the year of 2019.


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Name: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: October 3, 2017 (1st published March 8, 2016)

Synopsis

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 who killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her battle partner 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?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

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Book Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare

This is gonna be the exact same as the previous post since they’re both short story collections <3

I really loved this collection as well, more below!


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Name: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Author: Cassandra Clare, 
Sarah Rees Brennan,                                              Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: August 1, 2017 (1st published Nov 15, 2016)

Synopsis

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. 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. At least Simon’s 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. Written by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, these moving and hilarious short stories are perfect for the fan who just can’t get enough of the Shadowhunters. Continue reading “Book Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare”

Book Review: The Bane Chronicles – Cassandra Clare

I’ve only included Cassie Clare in the title of this post cus its too long for three to fit in, and since its really ultimately her universe :)


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Name: The Bane Chronicles
Author: Cassandra Clare, 
Sarah Rees Brennan,                                              Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: November 3, 2015 (1st published Nov 11, 2014)

Synopsis

It’s not easy being Magnus Bane. As a warlock, he’s often called upon to fix problems of others. His life has been long, and his loves have been many, and Magnus has a way of making sure he’s at the right place at the right—or perhaps wrong—time. The French Revolution, Prohibition, the first great battle between Valentine and the New York Institute… Magnus was there. But smuggling Marie Antoinette out of France is nothing compared to having a first date with Alec Lightwood.

Though Magnus’s tale is far from over, these stories shed a little light on his often inscrutable character. What happens when an immortal warlock goes mad? Are all Herondales as problematic as Will? (Answer: yes.) And why was Magnus banned from Peru?

Magnus will never be able to tell all of his tales. No one would believe him. But here are eleven stories that fill in some of the blanks—stories he probably wishes had never gotten out. Continue reading “Book Review: The Bane Chronicles – Cassandra Clare”

Book Review: Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare

This book broke me

it’s really not ok


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Name: Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015 (1st published Mar 19, 2012)

Synopsis

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy. Continue reading “Book Review: Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare”

Book Review: Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare

Honestly this series is killing me

atm I’ve set myself on a hell schedule so I’m not sure how I’ll do if I have a hangover


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Name: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015 (1st published Dec 6, 2011)

Synopsis

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart. Continue reading “Book Review: Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare”