Oct 042018
Book Review: Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices Book 2)

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare My rating:  This is not going to be a lengthy review. Lord of Shadows is the middle book of a series and I want to avoid revealing too much detail both about this book, and its predecessor (Lady Midnight). I want to remind you that I am not one of those guys that reads a lot of romance novels. Granted this book hardly qualifies as a “romance” novel but it does have a few fanciful moments. The quick breakdown of the book is the conflict with the Unseelie King continues while the Shadowhunters also track down Malcolm Fade. Amidst [… Click to Continue …]

Jun 242016
Book Review: Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare My rating:  (Click here to see this review on Goodreads) So with Jace and Clary’s story done, Clare takes us a new direction. We are now following Emma and Julian, whom we met at the end of the previous series. The book takes place 5 years after Clary and Jace defeat Sebastian and his twisted army. In fact this is the first book in a new series of books Clare is writing which does have Emma and Julian as the main protagonists. It’s strange, reading a book that is only a few years after the end of a previous series [… Click to Continue …]

Jul 052015
Book Review: Clockwork Princess

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare My rating: (See this review on Goodreads.) I’m glad that I read this series, especially after having read all of The Mortal Instruments books. Honestly, the epilogue in this book is what really wraps the series up nicely. I think my biggest criticism about this book is there was a lot of the mushy romance, which isn’t really a theme that appeals to me. I did enjoy discovering the source of Jace’s charming disposition and even the origin of Isabella’s necklace and Church the cat. Tessa’s use of her “gift” during the climatic standoff was pretty epic in-and-of-itself. It actually [… Click to Continue …]

Jun 092015
Book Review: Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare My rating: (See this review on Goodreads.) I’ll admit that I was a little concerned about reading the second book since the first one was a little slow and the writing hardly held my interest at times. I honestly enjoyed this book more than the first one, however the writing still seems a little sub-par compared to The Mortal Instruments. I am finding myself feeling more vested into the fates of the characters regardless of the fact that I know some of the genealogical links to the characters in Mortal Instruments. I still suggest that you read the latter before [… Click to Continue …]

Apr 282015
Book Review: Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare My rating:  Click here to go to this review on Goodreads. It was slow at the start but eventually picked up, however I found the story in The Mortal Instruments to be a much more compelling story. Granted Mortal Instruments was set in the modern world and Infernal Devices takes place some time in the 1800s, so perhaps the setting made it easier to enjoy the former. Obviously, chronologically, Infernal Devices takes place long before Mortal Instruments but I would recommend reading the latter first. Infernal Devices does contain some origin stories and the main characters are the ancestors of [… Click to Continue …]

Jan 262015
Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare My Rating: (See this review on Goodreads) This is probably more of my review of the series than it is this book specifically. The end of a series is always a little bittersweet. You’re exhilarated to see the conflict end for the characters you have grown to love, but you are saddened all the same because the story is over. It’s how I felt at the end of Harry Potter, Eragon and this series. The good news is, Clare has set the groundwork for an additional series (rumored to take place a few years later but following the [… Click to Continue …]