Ah, the start of another month. Is it just me or is 2016 flying by? Anyway, March was such a terrible reading month for me. I’m actually so disappointed but it’s the end of the semester and I’ve had a ridiculous amount of uni work to finish off. Also, I need to apologise in advance again about the amount of Shadowhunter books mentioned in this post – there’s not as many as last month, I promise, but there are a couple.
A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of Downward by Cassandra Clare
Okay, so I’m technically cheating with this one. I actually read this at the very end of last month but I forgot to put it in my February Wrap Up (I know, I’m terrible), so I felt the need to mention it in this post.
This book is full of beautiful illustrations and a little bit of background on important characters from all of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter books. This book isn’t a necessity but I actually found is super useful. I’m one of those people who don’t spend much time really paying attention to character’s appearances – unless they’re central characters – so I usually get confused about what they look like. The illustrations in this book helped me to place the characters and give me a greater understanding of their physical appearance which was greatly appreciated!
The Shadowhunter Codex by Cassandra Clare
Next up is the Shadowhunter Codex. This book is mentioned throughout the Shadowhunter Chronicles and is used as a sort of text book for new Shadowhunters. This actually kind of reminded me of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by “Newt Scamander” because of all of the little added bits and bobs from characters in Harry Potter.
Throughout this book Jace, Clary and Simon add commentary to what’s actually in the Codex which is fun to read, especially since these characters have a lot of chemistry. There’s also a number of lovely illustrations by Cassandra Jean which break up large sections of text and make it seem less boring and more bearable. As much as I liked the entries by the characters from TMI, I didn’t read through much of the actual information provided because I pretty much know it all from reading the Shadowhunter books. This will be a good point of reference if I ever get confused about something to do with the Shadow World in the future though, so I don’t regret purchasing it.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Aha! A book on this list not by Cassandra Clare. I thought I should change it up a bit this month so you wouldn’t get bored (not that anyone should ever get bored of Cassie’s work).
A Darker Shade of Magic was a great little read, and well worth the hype! It wasn’t as great as Vicious, but Vicious is one of my all time faves so I wasn’t expecting it to be. However, the characters were definitely a major highlight in this story for me! Lila Bard, the main female protagonist, is an absolutely fantastic character – sassy and strong. If you’d like to find out what else I thought of this novel, then check out my review of it right here 🙂
Thank you so much for reading! I promise I’ll be more active next month and will be back reading more 🙂