This has been a major Shadowhunter month for me, so I apologise in advance for how much I will be talking about Cassandra Clare’s books in this wrap up. I’ve sort of been in a mad rush to finish every Shadowhunter book available so that I can read Lady Midnight when it comes out and be super excited with everyone else. In total, this month I’ve read 4 books and 14 short stories. So let’s find out what they are…
City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare
I’m actually embarrassed to be admitting this but I started this book on the 25th of August last year. Yup, I took a six month break from the Mortal Instruments for quite a few reasons.
When I started reading this series I had intended on reading them in publication order along with the Infernal Devices trilogy. However, after I read the first three TMI books and started TID, I was completely hooked on them and couldn’t put them down. TID is my all time favourite trilogy now, I absolutely love it.
So, I was having major Will Herondale/ Jem Carstairs withdrawals when I started this book and that was my first mistake – I should have probably read some fluffy contemporary in-between. Another reason why I put this book down for so long is because the first half of it made me angry and annoyed. All of the characters were irritating me and I really tried to push through but alas, I did not.
I wasn’t so sure about this book when I picked it back up again this month, but once it hit around 302 pages it definitely started picking up and I found myself enjoying it again.
This book is definitely my least favourite in the series and because of this and how much I disliked the first half of the book, I gave it a 3.5/5 stars on Goodreads. It actually hurt my heart to have to give that low of a rating to a TMI book but the series gets way better, so it’s all good.
City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare
I was going to write a review on this book but I ended up finishing City of Heavenly Fire before I could get around to writing it and it seems a bit pointless to write a review on it now when I know how the series ends, so I’ll just write a short summary of my feels here.
AND THERE WERE A LOT OF FEELS (I’ll try to keep the spoilers on the down low).
Okay, so after how City of Fallen Angels ended I was kind of freaking out about what was going to happen to Jace, and basically the whole world because, y’know, Sebastian is a demonic psychopath.
I love how Clary kind of finds her inner Shadowhunter in this book and starts kicking ass, rather than needing to be saved all the time. Even though some of her decisions were still ridiculous and life threatening (some things never change).
About halfway through this book I started feeling a bit weird towards Sebastian. I’m not sure if it was sympathy or whatever but I started to think maybe he was redeemable in some way (lol).
Overall, this book was a major improvement on the last one and left me completely reeling for the final instalment of the TMI series. This is a solid 5/5 stars for me!
Ps. Did any of you catch when Jace said that he had always hated ducks, and never knew why? *cries profusely*
City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
I can’t believe this series is over :((( Although it’s technically over it doesn’t feel like I’m completely losing out because there is the Shadowhunter Academy short stories and The Dark Artifices coming out which include characters from this series. It’s not like with Harry Potter, when once you finish the books and movies, there’s nothing else (BUT OMG ROWLING IS RELEASING HP AND THE CURSED CHILD THIS YEAR, HOW EXCITED ARE YOU?!?!?!?!?!?).
Anyway, back to City of Heavenly Fire.
In fact, never mind. If I start talking about this book I will never stop. If you want to see what I thought of it, you can read my really quite lengthy review of it right here.
I also want to make an honourable mention to whoever designed the cover for this book, because it is absolutely stunning! This book is a 5/5, this whole series is a 5/5, Cassie Clare is a 5/5. Ugh brb, I need to go read more Shadowhunter related things.
What Really Happened In Peru? (The Bane Chronicles #1) by Cassandra Clare
Meh. This short story was very meh.
WHY DO WE NEVER FIND OUT WHY HE WAS ACTUALLY BANNED FROM PERU?!
I’ll upload a full review of this when I finish the rest of the Bane Chronicles, which, admittedly, I don’t know when that’ll be. This first story has kind of put me off reading them for a bit. I give this a 2.5/5 stars.
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (#1-10) by Cassandra Clare
This was everything. I’m being genuinely serious right now, this is a must read for all Shadowhunter fans.
It’s not only a set of novellas about Simon, it also includes characters from TID, TLH, TMI and TDA. I’ll stop here because I don’t want to include any spoilers but I’ve written a review of all ten of these novellas on my blog, which you can see if you click here. I have individual ratings for each of these short stories as well but overall, this is 5/5 stars.
Kissed and An Offering of Moonlight by Cassandra Clare
These are two short stories posted on Cassie Clare’s website.
Kissed is a scene from TMI which we never got to see in the books – Magnus and Alec’s first kiss. I’m so glad I read this, it gave me major Malec feels and Malec is life. So yeah, 5/5 stars.
An Offering of Moonlight is a scene from Clockwork Prince, the one where Jem tells Tessa that he’s in love with her and they have that steemy make out sesh on his bed. The difference is, this time it’s told from Jem’s perspective and it’s just completely heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. I loved this scene the first time round and equally as much this time. 5/5 stars!
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
This met all of my nerdy Star Wars needs and more.
I didn’t really know what I was expecting before I read this. I hadn’t searched up anything online or read any reviews. Saying that, I knew I’d love it because it’s Rainbow, and her work is always amazing.
This is a short story following a girl named Elena who is a major Star Wars nerd and is queuing outside her local theatre four days before the release of The Force Awakens.
When she turns up to queue she’s expecting there to be loads of super major nerds waiting to talk about Star Wars and have a laugh. However, there’s actually only two other people who have already been there for a few days.
I thought the characters in this were great and I appreciated the Star Wars references because I enjoy the movies. I also thought that Rainbow ended this perfectly, so bloody perfectly haha.
Side note: I need to make a quick honourable mention to Elena’s mum because she was hilarious. I actually found myself laughing out loud a lot throughout this whole short story.
It would be nice if Rainbow wrote a book about Elena and Gabe, she leaves a few open ends in this story and I’d like to see their relationship grow from where its started.
Thanks for reading,