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Book Review: Clockwork Princess, by Cassandra Clare.

I am not usually one that enjoys love stories or happily ever after endings. But this book is so bitter sweet that I was quite shocked and I have found it quite outstanding. I think the whole series has been well worth the read.

The book is written in an exciting way that keeps intrigue and adventure constant. The enclave still continue their war against the clockwork army that Mortmain created. However there is much more at stake this time. Jem’s health is much more delicate of late. So much so he and Tessa decided to make their wedding date sooner. The main reason for his rapid decline being due to Jem’s overuse of the drug that was keeping him alive. Much to the devastation of his parabatai Will and the rest of the institute which had been his home for so long.

I think what really made this story unique is the love triangle between the three. Without giving too much away, the love story works out quite well. And each of them manage to find true love in the end.

Overall I found this book to be well worth reading. It is a fanatic ending to a great series. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the fight for good and evil, in a fantasy fiction skirt of way. Something a little new in an older setting. I give this book a rating of 8.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare (2011).

What a great story. I have always enjoyed the Shadowhunter story lines and this book is no exception. One of the reason’s I am enjoying this series so much I feel is the Victorian era setting. The social beliefs and practices of that time would make a fair challenge to writers trying to add fantasy fiction. However, it seems Cassandra Clare seems to have no issue of building a great story from this time period, producing a fantastic epic fantasy series in The Infernal Instruments.

The storyline itself and the writing style really makes the book a page turner for most readers. There is just enough romance to keep readers wondering what will happen between the characters, almost as much as what will happen in the next adventure the characters are about to embark upon. The books are fairly easy to read, and have just enough language of the Victorian era to make it delightful to follow.

Jem remains my favorite character. His kindness and sensitivity toward everyone in the institute makes him more or less an all around nice guy. Hoewever, recent revelations have made me consider Will a little more completley. He has more of an unfortunate past than I had first assumed giving him a much more alluring personality. I have also found myself feeling more in touch with Tessa. Her character is maturing as the books continue in this saga. She is much more interesting and and brave in this book. She is no where near as innocent as she first seems to be and I feel much more connected with her storyline.

Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this, the second book, in the series, and I feel that there would be many fantasy fiction lovers would enjoy this series for a number of reasons. Mostly for the magical fantasy of the world the author has created. I recommend this book to the young adult age group and older. I believe that younger readers would really enjoy this. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare (2010).

I saw the 10th year collection of this novel at the shops the other day and I decided I absolutely had to have it! This book has been sitting on my #mustread list for a very long time, and seeing this beautiful edition I couldn’t resist. Inside I was thrilled to find that the story is as amazing as the look of the cover. An intriguing read, Clockwork Angel is a fantastic read.

The novel is set in the 1800’s in London, and although the characters and storyline are fictional, the reader is easily able to imagine themselves within this time and place. The author has put in a lot of effort and study into the Victorian era to ensure that the book has the right feel and the places are recognizable. Each of the characters a familiar in some ways, especially after having read the Shadowhunters series, and are portrayed in a likeable and interesting way. The book is written in an easy to understand language and the prose makes it enjoyable and fluent.

My favorite character remains Jem throughout. I find him to be the most intriguing. Will does have a lot of secrets that I would love to drag out of him! But he isn’t exactly the friendliest of people and its easy to dislike him, especially after he treats Tessa the way in which he does. It was also nice to have Magnus Bane amongst the group, however I would have liked to have seen a little more of him. Perhaps that will be the case in the next book. We can only hope!

Overall, I believe this is a great book for epic fantasy fiction novels. It would be great for the young adult age group, but I think anyone interested in the supernatural would enjoy this book if given a chance. Cassandra Clare is a great author after all! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. I give this book a rating of 8/10 stars.

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Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare. Book 6 of the Shadow Hunters series. 


The final instalment of this series has yet again given readers another thrilling novel, following the party of supernaturals in their attempts to stop Sebastian and his evil plans of destruction. Definitely a page turner, with constant action and surprises in the storyline. 
The Institutes are being invaded and attacked by Sebastian and his followers which causes Shadow Hunters to flee to Alicante. Sebastian threatens to destroy all they hold dear if Clary and Jace are not sent to him. With council representatives captured and mass betrayal by the Seelie Queen, it is up to Clary and her friends to make things right. But as usual it is easier said than done. Jace continues to struggle controlling the heavenly fire, which causes relationship issues for him and Clary. Izzy realises her true feelings for Simon who continues to be a terrible vampire! As for Alec, well he learns where his heart should be. 

Overall this episode has to be one of my favourites purely for the storyline between Alec and Magnus. Even though Clary and Jace are the main characters with the epic love story, I felt the intimate moments between the two were becoming more and more frequent as well as repetitive. By the end, I have to admit I was beginning to roll my eyes and sigh when I reached those sections of the book. In the beginning when they thought they were brother and sister it was suspenseful and intriguing. But once they realised that they weren’t I feel like it should have moved forward somehow instead of what seemed more like a stalemate through at least 3-4 books only moving on in this final book. However, in saying that I give the novel a rating of 6/10 stars and recommend this book for mid teens and up. 

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As a series I feel that the storyline was dragged out too long and the whole Jace and Clary saga is what ended up turning me off. Overall I rate the series 4.5/10 stars

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Book Review: City of Lost Souls, by Cassandra Clare 2012. Book 5 in the Shadow Hunter series.


Jace has managed to get himself bonded to Sebastian and along with mark of Lilith, is causing him to behave very unlike himself. So much so that Clary, Simon, Alec, Izy, Magnus, Maia, and Jordan to find a way to rescue him. In this, the 5th episode in the Shadow Hunter series, the author has presented a thrilling suspenseful storyline that keeps readers wanting to turn the page to see what happens next. 
Clary joins Jace and Sebastian in their hidden apartment and tries to learn Sebastian’s plans are. She realises Jace has been “brainwashed” so to speak, and the only way to save him is to sever the bond between the two boys without hurting Jace. In their attempts to help, Magnus raises a Demon, and struggles with his relationship with Alec who is finding it hard to deal with Magnus’ immortality. Izy has realised she has deep feelings for Simon, and does her best to implicate this, however Simon just doesn’t seem to catch on the way she hoped. Izy isn’t Simon’s only worry, he also is forced to deal with his family who are either unaware of his vampirism, along with being a part of Clary’s plan so she could stay in contact with the others. 

Cassandra Clare has come up with another fantastic novel in ~ City of Lost Souls. The storyline remains fresh and unique, although I did find the plot easy to guess compared to the first 4. As all good stories come to an end, perhaps this series is nearly at that point. Overall I felt the book was great and recommend it to mid teens and up, and give it a rating of 5/10.

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Book Review: City of Fallen Angels, by Cassandra Clare. Book 4 in the Shadow Hunter series.


Wow, now I really hadn’t been expecting majority of that! The fourth instalment of this series really brings the plot twists to the table and keeps the reader guessing what is almost impossible to guess. Especially at the end! 
Just when life for our characters finally seems to be going in some sort of normal direction, a new threat seems to be brewing just out of sight. Although Clary is doing her best to be happy for her mother who is finally marrying Luke, she is worried about Jace. They are finally able to be together and for some reason Jace has become distant and strange, and not at all what she had expected. Jace in the other hand is being tormented with nightmares which may be more that mere bad dreams. Meanwhile Simon has his own romantic dilemma’s dating both Izzy and Maia at the same time, not to mention the issues he is having with transitioning into a vampire. 

Life never seems dull for this group of supernatural characters and Cassandra Clare has ensured that it continues to be an action packed emotional roller coaster of a storyline. I have enjoyed this book best of all of the four I have currently read. The authors writing style improves with each publication and the characters become more pronounced and “realistic” in a sense. I recommend this book for mid teens and up and give it a rating of 7.5/10 stars. 

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Book Review: City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare 2009. Book 3 of the Shadow Hunter series.


Cassandra Clare didn’t disappoint in the third instalment of the series. Twists and turns show new paths for the characters and this novel is the epitome of change. Mostly for the best. There are also some extremely sad moments, when mortality really hits home. 
Even though Jace almost succeeded in stopping Clary from travelling to Idris, she managed to find her own way there and finally got her glimpse of the glass city. And what she sees is everything she dreamt it was. Jace finds truths hidden in a veil of lies and secrets, giving him and Clary the chance at their dreams. Alec and Izzy find themselves grieving, a grief shared by the whole family, as well as being in the centre of a war. Even Simon, who is accidentally brought to Idris finds himself caught up in the war and finds himself inspiring Clary to come up with the idea that could help them win. 

Many of Valentine’s secrets are revealed in this book, and his plans come into fruition, and it’s up to Jace and the others to stop him. Each secret and lie revealed seems to add a twist to the storyline going either way, and it really encourages the reader to turn the page! I was admittedly hooked and will be purchasing the next novel soon. 

I recommend this book for mid teens to adult, and give it a rating of 6.5/10 stars. Well done Cassandra Clare, I hope the following novel is even better!

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Book Review: City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare (2008). Book 2 of the Shadow Hunter series.

I was feeling hesitant toward entertaining this instalment of the series, since I found the storyline somewhat awkward to follow. Perhaps it was the newness of the concepts that Cassandra Clare brings to light, but admittedly the second book peeked my interest enough that I will follow through with the series. This book begins with Clary and Simon being in an “on-again off-again” kind of relationship. Which of course means that they really only see each other at night! As expected Clary and Luke (Clary’s ‘adopted’ father/guardian person), are helping Simon through the Vampire transition, which is going as well as can be expected with the characters personality traits. 
Meanwhile back at the Institute, Jace is in serious trouble with the Conclave, especially with one very nasty ‘Inquisitor’, a Shadow Hunter by the name of Imogen. The Lightwoods, along with Magnus Bane aid Jace in his quest against Valentine. 

Excitement and action spills from the pages of the second book of the Shadow Hunter series. I won’t say that I am completely hooked on the series, but I am not giving up just yet. I did enjoy the tension and taboo love which is seen between Jace and Clary. I would bet that majority of readers are hoping that something is very wrong and they are in fact not brother and sister! 

I recommend this book for mid teens and up. The rating – 6/10 stars.

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Book Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (2007). Book 1 in the Shadow Hunter series.


City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is a fantasy novel surrounding a new type of supernatural being, Shadow Hunters. I have never personally heard of such a thing and apparently nor did our stories heroine, Clary Fairchild. The story begins with Clary and her best friend Simon going out to a night club where Clary finds herself being drawn into a world they hadn’t even known existed. Discovering Shadow Hunters is one thing, but it’s not long before Clary finds she herself is one of them.
She meets a trio of young Shadow Hunters who after some convincing welcome her into this new world. Izzy, her brother Alec and their adopted brother Jace, explain that Shadow Hunters are not completely human in that they are said to have Angel blood, Nephilim in fact. With the assistance of other magical elements such as runes and in their weapons, they are responsible for keeping the law of Accords a and therefore punishing “Downworlders” as necessary along with the banishing of demons. 

It’s after her meeting with these Shadow Hunters that Clary finds that her mother has been kidnapped and her good friend/father figure doesn’t care for her at all. It’s then that Clary turns to the Shadow Hunters and the institute for help. She also finds herself attracted to the very masculine and vicious Jace which causes issues with her best friend Simon. 

An action packed beginning to what could be a great series. Not my usual taste and found it awkward to read at first, struggling to get into the storyline. However I did find myself enjoying it by the end. I recommend this book for mid teens and give the novel 5/10 star rating.

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